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.
Travis Roy’s road to NKU is not like the average student’s. After graduating from high school, the first-generation college student left to serve in the Navy for five years then, deciding he wanted a quality education, started looking for a place with a small-school feel where relationships with his professors were possible—lighting his path to NKU.
Entering college at a later age than many students, Travis’ skills and experiences set him apart from his classmates. The integrative studies major has impacted campus in a variety of ways, from being a member of the Student Government Association executive board to serving as a P.A.V.E. peer team leader. Travis’s involvement shows a commitment to civic and student engagement.
“The quality of Mr. Roy’s work and his compassion for students is evident in everything he has done,” says Ralph Carmichael, Veteran Resource Station coordinator. “These experiences align with the expectations of university service. He is deserving of this recognition and more.”
Travis’ advice to NKU students is to find a club or organization that piques their interest. “Being an active student on campus will open opportunities and push you even harder to succeed,” he says.