CARC Director Appointed to Advisory Council

Last Updated on Jul 20, 2017 at 8:55am | Education

Article courtesy of NCWC Media - The Republican. Garrett College Correspondent: Stacy Holler. Photo Credit to Stacy Holler.
Steve Putnam, director of the Garrett College Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC), has been appointed to serve as a member of the 2017-18 Small Programs Advisory Council of NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation.
NIRSA, a national higher education organization based in Corvallis, Ore., has a stated mission of advocacy for the advancement of recreation, sport, and wellness. As part of its mission, NIRSA provides education and developmental opportunities, generating and sharing knowledge while promoting networking and growth for its members. Founded in 1950, NIRSA currently has nearly 4,500 professional, student and business members and serves an estimated 8.1 million students.
According to the NIRSA website, the Small Programs Advisory Council was formed as a result of the Small College and Community College Task Force implemented by NIRSA in 2015. The goal of this task force was to bring the needs of staff at small programs forward, as well as to evaluate current and potential resources for that section of the association’s membership. It has also set the wheels in motion for NIRSA to expand its offerings to meet the unique needs of small program staff.
Putnam, who has been a NIRSA member since 2012, was selected for the Small Programs Advisory Council after a highly competitive nomination process. He previously earned NIRSA confirmation as a Registered Collegiate Recreation Sports Professional (RCRSP).
As part of the SPAC, Garrett and the CARC will host a small program/community college meeting this fall called Face to Face. The goal is to recruit more small programs into NIRSA and provide networking opportunities for current members.
“Steve’s appointment is a testament to the high regard in which he’s held within the national college recreation community,” said Dr. Richard Midcap, Garrett College President. “This is an honor for Steve, as well as recognition of the work he and his staff have done in making the CARC a model aquatic and recreation facility.”
Putnam will join representatives from six other institutions — Roanoke College, St. Edwards University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Stevenson University, Texas A & M University at Galveston, and Seminole State College of Florida — on the SPAC. The council is currently working on a preconference workshop for the 2018 Annual Conference; webinar and professional development opportunities across the country; and retention and recruitment initiatives to strengthen the network of small program NIRSA members.
“I am looking forward to working with all the talented professionals on the advisory council and the opportunity to promote recreation at the small program level for NIRSA,” said Putnam. “The success at Garrett College and the CARC over the past six years is a testament of what can be done in the promotion of health, fitness, and recreation at the small program level. We have a great staff, and all the credit for this success is attributed to their hard work and dedication. This has resulted in Garrett College gaining a piece of the national spotlight in collegiate recreation.”
Putnam has served as CARC director since October 2012. He previously served as director of the Wellness Center in Tucker County, West Virginia. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in exercise physiology from West Virginia University and the University of Pittsburgh, respectively.