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Rec Services Staff

Mark HechtMark Hecht
Director of Recreational Services


Mark Hecht has been Director of Recreational Services since 1988. Prior to his current position at Augustana University, he previously worked as a teacher/coach at Aurora High School in Aurora, Nebraska, for four years. He graduated with an M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota in 1992 and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from Augustana University in 1984. Mark has been a long time member of NIRSA (National Intramural Recreational Sports Association), serving the Association in a variety of capacities. His past NIRSA contributions include being a member of various committees including Professional Ethics, Nominations and Elections, and NIRSA Blue Ribbon committee; Presenter at NIRSA Region V Conferences and Minnesota State Conferences; and South Dakota/North Dakota NIRSA State Director and winner of the 2009 Regional Award of Merit.

Lydia Hanson
Assistant Director of Recreation — Group Fitness
Lydia Hanson, a native of Andover, MN, graduated from Augustana University in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Biology. Lydia worked with Recreational Services all 4 years that she attended Augustana. During those 4 years, she worked in a variety of roles including Office Staff member, Weight Room Supervisor, Water Assistant, Swim Lesson Instructor, New Staff Recruiter, and Team Leader. As a team leader, Lydia led a group of students through training, team bonding and service activities, and the planning and executing of Late Night events for Augustana students to enjoy on Saturday nights. Now, in her 10th year with Recreational Services, Lydia will continue in the role of Assistant Director - Group Fitness and will provide guidance and support to the current team leaders. 
Logan Haak
 Logan Haak
 Assistant Director of Recreation — Learn to Swim 
 Logan Haak, a native from Yankton, South Dakota, and graduated with his bachelors in Sports and  Recreation Management from South Dakota State University in 2020. Logan recently completed his  Masters in Sports and Recreation Administration from South Dakota State University, graduating in 2022. He has worked in settings varying from Division 1 college athletics, community recreation and aquatics, and campus education and recreation. Logan is excited to bring his knowledge from his academic career and previous experiences to enhance the Learn to Swim program with oversight to the recreational services desk staff.

Mark C Mark Christenson
 Intramural Director


Mark Christenson is a proud South Dakota native. He started attending Augustana University in 2015   and finished his BA in Exercise Science in the spring of 2019. Mark finished his MA of Science in   Athletic Training at Augustana University one year later in the spring of 2020. He was an active member of the Augustana community as a three year member of the Augustana Choir, Founder and Primary Coordinator of student group Augie Worship Night, and Vice President of the Athletic Training Student Association. Mark graduated from the Sovereign Grace Pastors College located in Louisville, KY in the spring of 2022 before joining the Augie community as an Assistant Director of Recreational Services staff in June of 2022. He will be the primary leader for the intramural program and will assist in other program oversight. Mark is thankful and excited for the opportunity to be back on Augustana's campus to help provide students a impactful and formative experience through Recreational Services involvement.


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