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Kinesiology Student Receives Honor from the National Intramural Recreation Sports Association

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Natalie Janes, a senior at Texas A&M University- Kingsville has been named the recipient of the William N. Wasson Student Leadership and Academic Award from the National Intramural Recreation Sports Association (NIRSA).

The award is given to 12 undergraduate students across the nation. Janes was one of two students recognized from the region at the NIRSA Annual Conference in Washington D.C. Feb. 21-24, 2017. She is the first student from A&M-Kingsville to win this award.

“The William Wasson Student Leadership & Academic Award recognizes top students across the country who work for or participate with the Department of Recreational Sports. Basically, undergraduates who show hard work and dedication that is appreciated by their employers,” Janes said.

The Raymondville native is studying Kinesiology (EC-12 Physical Education) and became involved with the NIRSA when she began working at the Student Recreation Center on campus in January, 2015.

“I would say Anthony Kreitzer and Joseph Secrest have been my mentors here at the Student Recreation Center, and showed me all about how to be a successful employee and how to excel as a professional. They've allowed me to grow and have more say in our day-to-day operations and overall gave me responsibilities that encouraged creative thinking and problem-solving skills that I'll be able to use in any job,” Janes said.

Janes was nominated for the award by Tony Kreitzer, Director of Campus Recreation and Fitness.

“She was rated on her overall GPA, previous scholarship awards, professional development, leadership, campus involvement and volunteerism, promotion of recreational sport activities, and a letter of recommendation,” Kreitzer said.

After graduation she plans to pursue a master’s degree in Higher Education.

“I would love to continue working at a recreation center in a GA (Graduate Assistant) position, so I'll be applying for those types of positions when the time comes around. If I were to receive a teaching position I wouldn't hesitate to accept it, but continue my degree online,” she added. 

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