Lux Service Award
The University of Northern Iowa Lux Service Award is presented annually to those undergraduate students who best represent the ideal of service to the University community.
The honor is conferred in the spirit of keeping the light of service to others burning bright at UNI. The name of the award - Lux - is from the University's official seal that features a burning lamp of knowledge and the Latin word for light.
The award is presented by the Dean of Students and sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association.
Congratulations to the 2011 Lux Service Award Recipients:
Darion Watson is an organizational communication major from Gary, Indiana. Darion has made many lasting contributions through his service to UNI. He serves as a student admissions ambassador and currently serves as vice president of membership. He is active in residence life, serving as a resident assistant for the past three years. He is a youth tutor and mentor for the UNI Upward Bound program and is a career services peer advisor. In addition, he serves on a number of campus committees and is the founder of the UNI Black Male Leaders Union. According to one nominator, "Darion touched the lives of all of our students, and they are all much better for having him in their lives as a mentor and role model." Another recommendation described Darion as "one of the most caring and selfless people I have encountered at UNI, and it is a true joy to be in his presence." In addition to the Lux recognition, Darion was honored recently as the UNI and State of Iowa Student Employee of the Year.
Jacob Rudy is a political science and sociology major from Radcliffe, Iowa. Jake has made involvement and service a centerpiece of his college experience. He served as student body vice-president and represented students on many university committees, including the ADA Facility Compliance subcommittee, intercollegiate athletics reaccreditation steering committee, and UNI Strategic Planning Committee to name a few. In addition, Jake works as a peer advisor in residence, was a member of the summer orientation staff, and is involved in numerous student organizations. One recommendation summarized Jake's legacy in stating, "while the sheer quantity of ways Jake has provided service to UNI may initially seem most impressive, his true legacy on this campus is tied to the genuine spirit of care he brings to each of his volunteer and leadership roles...the carefully considered student voice he has given to many important policy discussions has changed this campus for the better."
Adam Haselhuhn is a political science and political communication major from Des Moines, Iowa. Adam's service to UNI has spanned all levels of student involvement. He served as student body president and provided leadership and guidance to key university initiatives including the UNI Strategic Planning Committee, Diversity Council, and the First Year Council among others. Additionally, Adam has been involved in Relay for Life, Maucker Union Advisory Board, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, interfraternity council, College Hill Partnership, and numerous co-curricular activities. "While Adam's service as student body president was a very visible manifestation of his leadership and service to UNI, it is his continuing involvement in service outside of the official limelight which illustrates how truly exemplary he is," according to his nominators. Another recommendation added, "his courage to use his authority as president to spark administrative action in times of concern and his continued commitment to advancing the dialogue for diversity truly make him stand out."