CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa presented three graduating students with the Lux Service Award for their exemplary service to the university:
Blake Findley is a psychology and Spanish major from New Virginia. He has served as vice president of the Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) and was a writer for the Northern Iowan. Findley was an advocate for students on a number of university committees and served as chair of the First Generation and/or Low Income Student Task Force, commissioner of the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and chairman of the NISG Campus Relations Committee, among many others. He was also a peer mentor for the First Year Cornerstone Program and a Classic Upward Bound tutor and mentor for UNI's Center for Urban Education. Findley created the Above and Beyond Awards, which recognize faculty and staff for their contributions to teaching and advising students. He has also been actively involved in suicide prevention efforts on campus. Findley will be attending graduate school this fall.
Kara Poppe is a geography and environmental systems major from Davenport. She made study abroad a large part of her UNI experience, going abroad four times with UNI and two times on her own. Poppe served as president of Green Project UNI and director of environmental affairs for NISG. She was also a peer mentor, STEM ambassador, and a member of the Honors Program, Circle K and the Student Nature Society. Poppe is one of the founders of the UNI Panther Plot, a campus-wide vegetable garden that produces food for UNI Dining and the surrounding community. In two summers, the garden has engaged more than 100 volunteers and produced 4,000 pounds of produce. After graduation, Poppe has plans to take a position that incorporates program management, experiential education and diverse populations.
Monzurul Russel Karim is a computer science major from Laxmipur, Bangladesh, who will graduate in December. He served as the president and vice president of International Student Promoters, president of the Muslim Student Association and international director for NISG. He was also an orientation leader and worked with UNI Dining to offer meals for students who could not go home over major academic holidays. Karim has started two businesses in mobile applications, software and Web development, and created a mobile app for the UNI Traditions Challenge, which is a must-do list of things students should participate in before they graduate. The app allows students to track their Traditions Challenge memories on their phone.
A selection committee chose the Lux Service Award recipients based on nominations from UNI faculty, students and staff. Requirements include being scheduled to graduate in 2015, a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstration of service to UNI during the recipient's academic career that will leave a lasting impact on the university community.
For more information about the Lux Service Award, visit www.uni.edu/deanofstudents/luxrecipients.