The Lux Service Award is the most prestigious award given to undergraduate students who best represent the ideal of service to the University community. Recipients are nominated by their peers, faculty, or administrators and are recognized at the spring commencement ceremony.
This award is named in honor of the official University seal, emblazoned with a burning lamp of knowledge. The Latin word for light is LUX. Since 1984, the Lux Award has been conferred annually in the spirit of keeping the light of service to others burning brightly at UNI.
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Congratulations to the 2013 Lux Service Award Recipients
Daye Pope is a political communication major from Clear Lake. Pope has been actively involved in UNI Proud, the Feminist Action League, Panther Magazine, the Northern Iowan and Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG). Pope served as president of UNI Proud for two years and was part of the group of students who called for the new LGBT* Center on campus. Pope has volunteered with various political campaigns, including serving as an intern for Sen. Tom Harkin in Washington, D.C.
Kayla McCormick is an exercise science and sports psychology major from Caledonia, Minn. McCormick has served as the captain, co-president and secretary of the swim team, representative for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee for the Missouri Valley Conference, team leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a team captain for Relay For Life. She also created the Hygiene Hijack program, which collects travel-sized toiletries to donate to local shelters and the Salvation Army.
Ramya Varadaraju is a computer science major from India. Varadaraju has served as president, vice president of special programs and secretary of the International Student Association, communications specialist for the International Student Promoters, secretary of Panthers Allied with Local Schools, and mentor to a student in the Waterloo School District. She also served as the NISG director of International Student Affairs.