Distinguished Alumni Awards

W. W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award
Mick Renneisen - 2008

Mick Renneisen serves at the Director of Bloomington Parks and Recreation, a position he has held since July of 1996. Previous to his appointment as the head department administrator, he worked with the Bloomington department in capacities as sports coordinator, director of sports and revenue facilities, and sports division director. In 2007, the Bloomington Parks Department received the highest honor award from the National Recreation and Park Association – the Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

Mick is considered to be one the premier leaders of the profession, not only in Indiana, but also throughout the nation. During his tenure, he has served on numerous Indiana Parks and Recreation Association (IPRA) and National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) committees. He served as the IPRA president in 1997. He was a member of the Board of Regents for the NRPA/Oglebay School of Sports Management from 1991-93.

 Mick has been a member of the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Board since 1990 serving as its president in 2003-04. Active in the Bloomington and Indiana University communities, Mick has also served as the internal press box announcer for Indiana University home football games since 1983. He has also served as a NCAA statistician for Indiana University basketball games. Each November, Mick performs statistician work at the annual Maui Basketball Invitational in Hawaii (it’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it!). In addition, he has been a licensed IHSAA official for basketball, football, baseball and softball for many years. He has also been a sports analyst for local high school football and basketball radio broadcasts and served as the host of the television shows “Big Red Football” and “Big Red Sports” covering Indiana University athletic programs. Mick earned two degrees in Recreation from Indiana University; a bachelor’s in 1979, and a master’s in 1988.