By Alyson Schoenung
NKU Marketing + Communications Intern
If you’ve ever forgotten your All Card or worn sandals on the weight room machines, you may have encountered the friendly face of Mark Csolkovits.
As the student supervisor of facilities at the Campus Recreation Center, Mark has mastered the art of telling people that they can’t in fact come into the recreation center by just telling him their social security number and without an I.D., nor ride a stationary bike in flip flops.
Mark, an integrative studies major, is a super senior and a well-known face for all of Campus Recreation’s frequent patrons. He got the job as a sophomore and has been within the walls of the campus recreation almost daily since.
Through his experience as a student worker at the recreation center, Mark has met a lot of people, many of which he is friends with outside of the work environment.
“I'm lucky in the sense that when I go to work, I'm hanging out with friends the whole time,” Mark said.
He also says that by working at the recreation center, his school spirit has increased.
“When you're working with people on the dance team, or you're seeing the basketball players and getting to know the coaches almost every day, it makes you want to see the school’s programs succeed and continue to improve every year,” he said.
Mark has become known as somewhat of a big brother figure for many of the campus recreation employees. He’s been there the longest of the student employees and is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable when it comes to policy.
He can be seen greeting patrons with a bearded smile and small talk banter on nearly a daily basis. One of his biggest assets he brings to the recreation center: using his sarcastic humor to ease the longevity of closing shifts and helping scoot patrons out of the building as soon as the clock strikes 11 p.m. during the school year.
Mark says that the best benefit of working at the recreation center is having the opportunity to make connections with people.
“The rec has a ton of professors and students come in and workout,” he said. “I've been lucky to get to know my professors better as well as the higher ups. You know the ‘clock building people?’ Yeah... I know them.”
Mark is getting ready to graduate in December 2014 and admits that he will miss putting on that campus recreation polo every day.
“When you spend as much time with the people you work with as we do, you get to see each other grow, help each other through problems, and just hang out with them and enjoy their company,” Mark said. “The experience you get working at the CRC is something that once you're out in the real world, you don't get to see or experience.”
For now, Mark can be found twirling his lanyard full of keys during the summer months at the campus recreation center.