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San Jacinto College
News Release
Thursday, October 13, 2011

Butch Sutton appointed to serve on
National Intramural Recreational Sports Association Assembly

PASADENA, Texas — San Jacinto College Central Campus director of campus recreation, Butch Sutton, will join 24 of his counterparts from across the United States to serve on the 2011-2012 National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Assembly. 

Sutton's duties with NIRSA will include the contribution of ideas toward advancement within the sports recreation profession, advocate higher education, and nurture and expand community members. With 33 years serving as a physical education instructor at San Jacinto College, Sutton's career has taken him from hosting two Region IV NIRSA Conferences in 1983 and 1984 to receiving the 2002 NIRSA Regional Award of Merit and a 2008 Horace Moody Award for his outstanding contributions toward student development. As campus recreation director for the same amount of years, he has overseen the administration of a comprehensive program that involves individual, dual, and team events, including a regional golf tournament that qualifies students for national play in Las Vegas, Nev., and the hosting of several local, regional, state, and national workshops and conferences.

"This is a true honor to represent the two-year colleges and universities in this role for NIRSA," said Sutton, whose selection represents the only community college within the assembly. "To be honest, I was shocked to be asked, given the outstanding members we have within the Association. To be thought of and selected is just really neat; it is, to me, an award in itself."

NIRSA is considered the leading resource for professional and student development, education, and research in collegiate recreational sports. Headquartered in Corvallis, Ore., NIRSA now includes nearly 4,000 highly trained professional, student, and associate members throughout the United States, Canada, and other countries. Serving an estimated 5.5 million students who regularly participate in campus recreational sports programs, NIRSA members are actively engaged in many areas of campus life: student leadership, development, and personnel management; wellness and fitness programs; intramural sports; sport clubs; recreation facility operations; outdoor recreation; informal recreation; and aquatic programs.

"Butch is a valued member of NIRSA and his volunteer service is an example to us all," stated NIRSA executive director, Dr. Kent J. Blumenthal, in a prepared statement. "I know that his contributions and service will have a positive impact not only on NIRSA, but also on campus recreation at the San Jacinto College Central Campus."

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The College, an Achieving the Dream Leader College, is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. Our graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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