Lux Recipients


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

Karl Baresel

Karl Baresel is the son of Paul and Kim Baresel.  Karl is a German Education major from Davenport, Iowa.  He has made a lasting mark on the University by continually going above and beyond his required work in many behind the scenes activities.  As an academic coach he assumed responsibility for planning and implementing curriculum workshops to help a variety of students learn through activities like Culture Chats and the Pirate Study Club.  Karl has served as the Vice President of Finance for the Vocal AmmUNItion Show Choir, Chair of Golden Graduates/Homecoming Activities with CATS, and as member of the German Club.  However, Karl's biggest behind the scenes activity is serving as our Head Mascot TC Panther.  Serving as TC he spends hundreds of hours volunteering his time around the Cedar Valley, performing at athletics events, and representing the university as an ambassador.  When asked about being TC Karl said on the one hand it is hard because you can't share with others all the hard work you put into it, but on the other hand it is great because you get to relate and respond to people in a totally different way.  The nominator for Karl said he "demonstrates an admirable combination of high standards and empathy for his students while always being friendly and personable.  His passion for learning and helping students is evident." 



Darvel Givens

Darvel Givens is a business management major from Waterloo, Iowa.  Darvel is the son of Denise Baring and Dana Lodge.  Darvel made involvement and service a centerpiece of his college experience.  Darvel's light shines for UNI with his work with several multicultural organizations on campus.  One of his nominators noted that as president of the Black Student Union he has helped facilitate a "miraculous turnaround" of the organization increasing membership by 700%.  He recognizes organizational structure and the importance of buy-in and building consensus.   Because of his leadership, Black History Month on campus has become filled with educational, insightful, and fun activities.  Darvel has also been actively involved in Black Male Leaders Union, Ethnic Student Promoters, UNI Entrepreneurs, NISG, CATS, and CAB.   When asked why he got involved, this recipient said, "Leadership is service, it is a selfless thing.  I just wanted to make an impact and see a better environment."  One of his nominators said this recipient has "injected new meaning into the veins of the university environment.  He has been a model for future student leadership."  He has given of himself to make UNI a better place and he has made an impact. 



Theresa Luensmann

Theresa Luensmann is the daughter of Don and Laurie Luensmann.  Theresa is majoring in biochemistry and biology from Aspinwall, Iowa.  Theresa has served as a resident assistant for the past two years, was a summer orientation leader, and career guide.  She has left her lasting impression on UNI in her efforts representing and supporting the campus community in many activities including serving as a student admissions ambassador, an NISG representative, the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society, and several residence hall organizations.  Theresa's nominator indicated she was easily in the top 1% of all RA's she has ever worked with; she is dedicated to the position, to the staff, and her residents.  Theresa is described as always being "on" and a positive leader to be trusted and admired.  When asked what she would tell incoming students if given the chance, she said, "Find your passion.  When you find your passion you are not afraid to get involved and find where you fit."  Theresa's dedication to UNI and her level of service to UNI as well as her ability to manage several important leadership positions while maintaining a 3.93 cumulative GPA is an impressive example of finding that fit.  Theresa has such pride in UNI she has decided to attend a graduate school with the same colors and a CAT for a mascot!!