Campus Recreation Wins NJRPA Awards

The NJRPA Agency Showcase Award in the category of Best Digital Media Promotion and an NJRPA Excellence in Programming Award.

Student Development and Campus Life's Department of Campus Recreation is proud to announce that two awards have been bestowed upon its Marketing Area and Professional Staff member Alex Sperling, respectively: The NJRPA Agency Showcase Award in the category of Best Digital Media Promotion and an NJRPA Excellence in Programming Award.

The New Jersey Recreation and Parks Association (NJRPA) presented both awards to their respective recipients at its annual conference in Atlantic City, NJ on March 5th, 2014. The NJRPA Agency Showcase Award was given in response to the Marketing Area’s “Go!” video, a digital promotion that was created and produced by student Robert Woods. Robert is a Filmmaking major (CART) in his sophomore year at Montclair State University. Music for the video was written and composed by New York band American Pinup.

The video was awarded for its creativity, breadth of information, and overall design. It showcases all the Student Recreation Center has to offer, including myriad highlights such as free Group Xercise classes, its 2-court gymnasium, 20+ special events, a bike rental program, and over 10,000 square feet of fitness floor space. The video does a fantastic job of generating excitement for all students to make use of the facility and take advantage of its numerous benefits. It can be viewed via YouTube at

The NJRPA Excellence in Programming Award was given to Alex Sperling, the Professional Staff Member of aquatics, for his commendable work in both conceptualizing and planning the “Cardboard Canoe Racing” special event. This event consisted of multiple teams of four, each given the task to create a canoe using only cardboard and duct tape. Two team members were then required to paddle the canoe around the pool and remain afloat for as long as possible. The team whose canoe traveled the furthest distance was the winner. This creative event was a hit amongst participants and introduced yet another unique and fun opportunity to enjoy the heated indoor swimming pool. A photo album of the event can be viewed via Facebook at

Finished projects that have received prestigious awards represent only a fraction of the work that the Department of Campus Recreation puts forth each year. Its Marketing Area is comprised of students possessing a variety of skills ranging from graphic design, video production, photography, web development, and social media. These students work under the guidance of junior Student Supervisor Joshua Kilian-Meneghin and Marketing Coordinator Kevin Rippon. Professional Staff member Alex Sperling oversees all student employees within the area of Aquatics and plans all Aquatics events at the start of each academic year. As a collective unit, the Department of Campus Recreation has produced an impressive body of work throughout the years.

NJRPA is a nationally accredited organization dedicated to promoting outstanding recreation programs in the state of New Jersey. Each year, it recognizes several local universities and municipalities for deserving projects in the field of recreation. It is both an honor and a privilege to have received not one, but two NJRPA Awards this year, as these acknowledgements positively reflect the hard work and dedication of not only student and faculty employees of the Department of Campus Recreation, but the University as whole.