(March 14, 2014) -- Tony Daniels, associate director of operations for UTSA Campus Recreation, has been elected to serve on the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) board of directors as at-large director effective April 23. A long-time member of NIRSA, Daniels has more than 20 years of professional experience in collegiate recreation, intercollegiate athletics and higher education.
Since its founding in 1950, NIRSA has worked to support leaders in collegiate recreation by fostering lifelong habits of well-being, such as leadership, teamwork, dedication and respect among their peers. NIRSA is internationally recognized as a leading organization in the advocacy of recreation, health, wellness and student development in higher education. It is comprised of nearly 4,000 dedicated recreation professionals, students and business leaders from across the United States and serves an estimated 7.7 million students.
"Collegiate recreation is a vital and critical contributor to the world's work force through its promotion and facilitation of a healthy lifestyle," said Daniels. "I hope to be a significant contributor to NIRSA's mission of fostering an atmosphere of wellness in collegiate students across the country."
Daniels manages and oversees facility operations for UTSA Campus Recreation, Aquatics Center and Recreational Field Complex. He has mentored several students who have since entered the field of collegiate recreation and is a founding member and current adviser of the UTSA Professional Recreation Student Organization.
Daniels has held similar positions at several public and private institutions such as Texas State University, the University of Kansas, Colorado State University and the University of Denver.
Daniels is a recipient of the NIRSA Horace Moody Award for Outstanding Commitment to Student Development, the NIRSA Juliette Moore Distinguished Leadership Award and a two-time recipient of the NIRSA National Service Award.
He has been a member of several professional associations including the American College Personnel Association, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Association of College Unions International, National Wheelchair Basketball Association and Association for Fraternity and Leadership Values.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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