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PSU Campus Rec Employees Win National Awards
Author: Alex Accetta
Posted: February 26, 2008

Campus Rec employees Josh Read and Yoshini Gunawardena have both won the prestigious William Wasson Student Academic and Leadership Award from the National Intramural-Recreation Sports Association (NIRSA).

Josh Read, a graduate student in Environmental Management, has been awarded one of twelve graduate student awards. Yoshini, an undergraduate in Graphic Design, won one of 24 undergraduate awards. Both students represented NIRSA Region VI, which consists of Oregon, Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Washington.

The William Wasson Award was created to recognize undergraduate and graduate students who excel in their in involvement with departments of recreational sports around the nation. Those who are nominated, not only stand out within their own program, but represent the highest standard in scholarship in the classroom as well.

Josh is currently the assistant coordinator of Campus Rec's intramural program and has been involved with Campus Rec since September, 2006. Josh is a nationally recognized basketball referee who most recently reffed at the Nike Invitational in Chicago, Illinois and has coordinated flag football, racquetball, basketball, and softball. Josh is also a student representative on the Student Rec Center committee.

Yoshini is currently the Communications Coordinator for Campus Rec as well as a Student Ambassador. Yoshini's graphic design work can be seen across campus, including the artwork for the recent Student Leadership Conference. Yoshini also recently placed 2nd in the NIRSA National Creative Excellence Awards for her work on the Outdoor Program's marketing brochures.

Campus Rec congratulates Josh and Yoshini on thier awards and for their continued involvement with our program. To learn more about the William Wasson Award or about NIRSA, please go to: nirsa.org.

Portland State University's Campus Rec program is a student-fee funded organization and a member of NIRSA. Campus Rec is comprised of five areas: aquatics, intramurals, outdoor program, rec clubs and fitness. Its mission is to "inspire and empower members of the Portland State community to reach their individual health goals through fun recreational activities." To learn more about Campus Rec and its programs, please visit: campusrec.pdx.edu.