Binghamton University students win Wasson leadership awards


Two Binghamton University students have been awarded William N. Wasson Student Leadership and Academic Awards by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA).

Jessica McCarthy, a senior studying management with a concentration in leadership, and Stephen Bendt, a senior studying English literature, will be honored April 17 at the NIRSA National Conference in Alberquerque, New Mexico.

The students were selected from more than 100 national candidates. McCarthy was recognized for her efforts as a lifeguard for BU’s Campus Recreational Services, where she has been employed since her sophomore year. Bendt received recognition for three years of service to BU’s Campus Recreational Services where he has been employed as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor and student manager.

Named after NIRSA’s founder, Dr. William N. Wasson, the awards recognize outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who are active participants, employees or volunteers in collegiate recreational sports departments. Criteria for the awards include self-improvement through leadership, academic success, activities, volunteerism and promoting inclusion.

Last Updated: 9/17/13