by Jillian Andreozzi ‘24 & Scott Mauro '94 & '19   | February 18, 2021

Posted Thursday, February 18, 2021 @ 2:01 PM

(Orlando, FL) — NIRSA Leaders in Collegiate Recreation will honor the UCF Recreation and Wellness Center next week at its annual national conference for innovative achievement in marketing and leadership in social justice by one SDES professional staff member. NIRSA has honored the RWC Marketing team with three Creative Excellence Awards and an Annual Service Award to Assistant Director of Sport Clubs, Inclusive Recreation and Risk Management, Andrea Snead. NIRSA CEA’S recognize innovative approaches to marketing, media, and design by its member institutions. The Annual Service Awards honor professional and student staff members who volunteer their time to help NIRSA improve the campus recreation field.

NIRSA recognized the RWC Marketing Team with three awards. First-place in the COVID-19 Communication category (focusing on COVID-related safety protocols for university students and staff during the reopening of the RWC last summer and fall), a first-place award for the RWC’s Social Media campaign for its COVID-19 related online workout platform RWC+ which the team pivoted to in the face of the pandemic last year, and finally a second-place award in Audiovisual Promotion for its 2019 #GoPlay fall kick-off video campaign. It is the first time in RWC history the marketing team has won two first-place CEA’S in the same year.

Additionally, NIRSA honored Snead with an Annual Service Award. In a release on NIRSA’s website, leadership with the organization honored Snead, “for her extraordinary service and impactful leadership to advance social justice, build community, and create brave spaces for campus rec professionals through her many volunteer roles in NIRSA.”


Snead is no stranger to national accolades. Last year NIRSA honored her with the Juliette Moore Distinguished Leadership Award honoring individuals committed to advancing diversity and inclusivity in the field. She is also on NIRSA’s Board of Directors, chairs the RWC Diversity Committee, and is a team-lead for UCF’s Just Knight’s Response Team (JKRT), the bias incident group on campus.