Mark Hecht Receives NIRSA Regional Award of Merit
CORVALLIS, OR – Mark Hecht, Director of Recreational Services at Augustana College, received a Regional Award of Merit from the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). Hecht and five other honorees received the awards on April 3 as part of the 2009 NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Exposition in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The six Regional Awards of Merit recognize the outstanding contributions of individual NIRSA members, made on either a regional or statewide basis. The award is intended to acknowledge exceptional performance or dedication, to encourage creativity and innovation, and to establish a standard of excellence in professional achievement.
“Mark's commitment and dedication to NIRSA and to student development is readily apparent” said Mick McComber, NIRSA Region V Vice President. “His passion for recreation and the important role it plays in our lives is displayed in the way he lives his life as well as in his efforts in providing opportunities for his students at Augustana. Mark is an outstanding colleague and we are fortunate to have him as a part of Region V.”
National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA)
NIRSA is the leading resource for professional and student development, education, and research in collegiate recreational sports. Headquartered in Corvallis, Oregon, NIRSA was established in 1950 at a meeting at Dillard University of 22 African-American men and women from 11 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. NIRSA now includes more than 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.