Three UNI students receive Lux Service Award

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa presented three graduating students with the Lux Service Award for their exemplary service to the university during the Student Leadership Awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 10.

Lux Service award winners

The winners include:

Hunter Flesch is a senior elementary and middle level education major with a minor in K-8 basic science. He has been involved in several organizations on- and off-campus, and has served at the highest leadership levels in his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and in the Northern Iowa Student Government. Flesch also contributed many hours as a tutor at the UNI Center for Urban Education and as a mentor at a local junior high school. His lasting legacy will be his work to develop the “You Matter at UNI” mental health awareness week on campus, by facilitating a youth leadership program that has positively impacted over 200 eighth grade boys in the Cedar Valley, and by helping to raise over $10,000 for Sexual Assault Prevention Week programming.

Meghan Busswitz is a senior elementary education major with a minor in special education who will be student teaching this fall. She first started her involvement on campus by contributing many hours to Habitat for Humanity and Northeast Iowa Food Bank. This spirit of service continued in her work with Residence Hall Honorary, Northern Iowa Student Government, Student Admissions Ambassadors and two years as a resident assistant. Busswitz also demonstrated a strong commitment to inclusivity, working as a member of the LGBTQ+ community task force to develop UNI’s first ever LGBT living learning community.

Jamal White is a senior marketing and organizational leadership management double major with a certification in project management. He has been involved in over two dozen organizations and committees, including National Residence Hall Honorary, Black Student Union, Connecting Alumni to Students, American Marketing Association, Team TC/TK, Ethnic Student Promoters and Student Admission Ambassadors. White is also a two-year resident assistant, an orientation and UNI Now leader, a four-year participant in Dance Marathon, and a leader in Northern Iowa Student Government.

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 2017, 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.

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Kristin Woods, director, Student Success and Retention, 319-273-2332,

Blake Ruane, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,