Student Members

2018 - 2019 MIRSA State Student Leader 
Congratulations to Amy Ramras!!!

Amy is the Graduate Assistant of Facilities and Club Sports at Central Michigan University. Her plan is to create a friendly competition between all the schools active in MIRSA. 

#1) Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started in Campus Recreation:

I started in campus recreation when I was a sophomore as an intramural official at Hamline University. At the time I was just looking for a job, but I ended up falling in love with recreation. After that year I actively sought out leadership positions within the department. I thrived on the challenges and experiences that each position that I held at Hamline provided for me. I knew that campus recreation was the career path I wanted to pursue. Now as a graduate assistant at Central Michigan University I am looking to continually challenge myself to get involved and promote/advance the engagement of students in campus recreations.

#2) Describe your involvement in MIRSA, NIRSA, and in your institution's Campus Recreation Department:

My involvement within NIRSA, MIRSA, and Central Michigan University is growing and changing each semester. My first experience with NIRSA was in 2016 when I got the opportunity to attend The Annual Conference. It was there that my passion for recreation flourished as I witnessed the engagement of universities across the continent to create better programs for students. That experience pushed me to seek out graduate assistantship roles and to get involved at the state and national level. Since I started my time at Central Michigan University I have attended Lead On in Carbondale Illinois and the MIRSA Conference in Lancing Michigan which have allowed me to connect with students and professionals across Region III. As a graduate assistant, I supervise and mentor students to help them to grow as professionals and gain valuable experiences to help them be successful in the future.

#3) In your opinion, what is the importance of Campus Recreation as it relates to student development:

Campus recreation is very important in terms or student development. There are so many opportunities to grow as a person that can be beneficial in the professional working world. Time management, communication, team work, leadership and various other skills are all important skills that employers are looking for which can be taught within a recreational department. There are also valuable opportunities to get involved in MIRSA/NIRSA which can help students develop new leadership strategies/programs to bring back to their institution and they can start to build a strong professional network

#4) What is one new idea you would like to implement if selected as the new SSL:

Something I would like to implement as the Michigan State Student Leader would be to create some new initiatives to enhance student engagement. An idea that I have would be to create a friendly competition between all the schools active in MIRSA. It would be a yearlong competition with several challenges mostly surrounding community service. The school that is active in the most community service events would win a prize, or a trophy could be passed around annually from whichever school is victorious. I think that it is important to be active in the community, and being in the recreation field it might be fun to create a friendly competition to promote student engagement.

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Jan 13, 2015, 3:12 PM