Blake Findley, Kara Poppe, and Russel Karim were awarded the Lux Service Award, which is the most prestigious award given to recognize exemplary service to the university. For more information on the Lux Award winners, their biographies are available here.
The 2015 Student Leadership Awards Ceremony was held on April 21 in the Maucker Union Ballroom. The reception recognized student leaders from across campus through the Drake Martin Gold Star Awards, the Emerging Leader of the Year Award, Student Organization of the Year Award, and Student Organization Program of Distinction Awards, Additionally, the Dean of Students recognized various students with Dean of Students Citations. The Office of the Dean of Students also recognized graduation senior for their outstanding service and leadership.
President Ruud and the Executive Management Team recently approved the formation of a new campus-wide Community Engagement Council. The group will provide leadership, coordination and advocacy to achieve the community engagement-related goals of the University. Serving on the Council will be staff appointees from the Student Involvement Center and the Department of Residence; student appointees will represent Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, Northern Iowa Student Government, Residence Hall Association, Student Athlete Advisory Council, and Service and Leadership Council.
On March 28, the UNI Creative Life Research Center produced TEDx UNI: Charting Destiny, an event to launch conversations and inspire positive growth for individuals, institutions, and our culture. Of the ten speakers and performers at the event, three were students at UNI.
The National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) has named Carol Petersen, Director of Dining Services at the University of Northern Iowa as recipient of the 2015 NACUFS Midwest Region Distinguished Service Award. Carol received the award in recognition of her exemplary and enduring contributions to the food service industry and to the association, including her service as a member of the NACUFS Board of Directors and as the President of NACUFS Midwest Region.