Campus Rec is proud to announce that Jake Ostrow, Rec Clubs Graduate Assistant and Emily Skeen, Marketing and Outreach Student Coordinator, have been chosen as winners for the national William N. Wasson Student Leadership and Academic Award through NIRSA (National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association). This will make six Wasson Award winners at Portland State Campus Rec since 2007! Named after NIRSA's founder, Dr. William N. Wasson, the William N. Wasson Student Leadership and Academic Awards recognize exceptional undergraduate and graduate students who set the standard on campuses across the country.
Jake Ostrow has been with Campus Rec since Fall of 2009. Since then he has been a Club Leader, Student Coordinator, and Graduate Assistant with in the Rec Clubs Program. He has shown during his time here that he truly exemplifies the leadership qualities that represent the Wasson Award, named after NIRSA's founder, Dr. William N. Wasson. We are very proud of Jake and the work he has done to improve the program and we can honestly say that the Rec Clubs Program would not be where it is with out him. Around campus he has also served on numerous committees, both hiring and event related. His leadership at Portland State extends into NIRSA as he has attended numerous conferences and has even presented at the NIRSA Sport Clubs Symposium. We are grateful for his dedication to Campus Recreation and his commitment to University student leadership experience.
Emily began with Campus Rec as an Office Assistant and then took on a leadership role as a Student Building Supervisor. As a result of her exemplary leadership skill, she was quickly scooped up by the Marketing department and has been in the Marketing and Outreach Student Coordinator role for over a year and a half. Emily was an instrumental part of the F.L.A.S.H. (Freshman Learners Acquiring Skills in Higher Education) recruitment and hiring process at Campus Rec for both cohorts in 2012 and 2013, developed Campus Rec's first ever Outreach program, participated in Leadership Fellows (a student leadership development program through SALP, Student Activities and Leadership Programs), was the Coordinator of the Opera Club (Student Opera Association of PSU 2011-2013), and has been an instrumental volunteer for Camp Ukandu (a camp for children living with cancer) as music staff in 2012 and 2013. Emily has consistently demonstrated an ability to rise to challenges while maintaining a positive attitude and commitment to teamwork. Her passion and advocacy light a fire at Campus Rec, which inspires students and staff to join, play, and engage. Emily has a wonderful sense of humor, creativity, and contagious enthusiasm, all which make her delightful to be around and work with.