Elon’s interim director of Campus Recreation and Wellness was named as a recipient of the NIRSA Region II Horace Moody Award.
The Horace Moody Award, named after a founder of NIRSA, Horace Moody, recognizes professional staff within different NIRSA regions throughout the United States for exceptionally demonstrated commitment to student mentoring and development. Region II represents the southeastern U.S.
Larson’s commitment to student mentorship and development is illustrated throughout her collegiate recreation career and involvement in NIRSA. She has chaired the NIRSA Region III Student Lead-On while in graduate school, and presented at state, regional and national conferences on student employment and development. Additionally, she serves on the NIRSA Student Development Task Force, where she has co-authored “Student Staff Training and Development” and facilitated multiple webinars.
Larson’s commitment to student mentoring and development can also be seen in her daily tasks, which includes overseeing hiring, training, and development initiatives for the 300 student employees in Campus Recreation and Wellness. She also served on the Division of Student Life working group to advance student employment.
“I wouldn’t be where I am in my career without the many supervisors and mentors who invested in me when I was a student, so I come to work every day thinking about how I can provide similar opportunities for our students,” Larson said.
NIRSA is a national association that comprises and supports leaders in collegiate recreation. The association’s mission is to be a leader in higher education by advocating for the advancement of recreation, sport and wellness, providing educational and developmental opportunities, generating and sharing knowledge, and promoting networking and growth for our members.
Larson will receive the award at the NIRSA Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, later in March.