By Jayna Barker
NKU Marketing + Communications
More than 1,600 graduates will receive a diploma this year, but there are a handful of outstanding graduating seniors who Northern Kentucky University would like to recognize.
These graduates have distinguished themselves with personal commitments to their classwork, the University, and the surrounding communities. Their accomplishments reflect positively on their own abilities as well as NKU.
The University Service Award is given to a senior student who has provided outstanding service to the University through: (1) student involvement in such areas as sports, fraternity/sorority affiliations, intramural, student government, student organizations, the Northerner, etc; (2) student involvement in civic organizations or agencies such as Easter Seals, Redwood, Boys Club, YMCA, Boy and Girl Scouts, Welcome House, etc.; and (3) academic achievement such as student publications, student presentations, grade point average, etc. While a minimum grade point average of 3.00 is required, the individual's academic record should be given equal weight with student involvement in both university and community activities. This award will be presented upon completion of degree requirements. The award does not have to be given if the committee determines there are no suitable nominees during a particular year. The Northern Kentucky University Alumni Association sponsors this award.
There’s no doubt Justin Wynne has been busy during his four years at NKU. The journalism and international studies major has served in the NKU Student Government Association, was president of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, is a member of the Order of Omega, the National Greek Scholars Honor Society, was a Presidential Ambassador, and won our annual Victor’s Volunteer Service Award three times.
Justin also interned for NKU’s Office of Marketing + Communications on campus and wrote articles for for Inside NKU. And during the 2015 general assembly, he interned for Kentucky Sen. Will Schroder.
On top of of all that, Justin is part of the Honors program and has been on the Dean’s list all four years here. He also participated in the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates in Fiji in 2014 and 2015.
“Throughout his time at NKU, Justin Wynne has proven to be a strong student and steward of our esteemed institution,” says Dr. Ryan Salzman, assistant professor of political science at NKU. “He represents NKU well to fellow students, the commonwealth, and the world. Justin exemplifies student involvement at the highest level and has a stellar academic record. Justin began serving this community soon upon his arrival here. He has shown leadership through the positions he has held as well as his disposition and effort once in those positions.”
Justin isn’t quite sure what is in his future, but knows that the possibilities are endless. He’ll be sure to carry his leadership experiences on campus with him wherever he goes.
“Being able to play a role in NKU itself just makes the things you read about in a book or hear about in a lecture much more real and gives you perspective,” Justin says. “I think what I’ll miss the most is having an open network of people to be around. Sometimes you run into someone, and it changes your path.”