The Paul J. Sipes award is presented to an outstanding senior student who displays (through documentation provided by the nominator and nominee) the personal qualities of honesty, character, and industry and who has actively participated in community affairs. The person will also be strong academically, and, although a specific grade point average is not required, the individual’s academic record should be given equal weight along with the listed personal qualities and community involvement. 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.
Ausitn Gullett is passionate for one thing—serving his community.
The organizational leadership student has dedicated countless hours to this mindset while at NKU, becoming one of the most recognizable faces in the community. Even though he is a traditional student, he still craved helping others. Austin decided to integrate multiple online courses into his academic plan. This allowed for more schedule flexibility that supported his work and volunteer activities.
Austin continues to work hard and serve as a positive role model to local students in the Covington community, where he coaches a variety of local sports camps and is an assistant coach for Holmes Middle School basketball team. He strives to not only help these students learn the game but also build their understanding of relationships, teamwork and sportsmanship.
His biggest impact has been during his time at Holmes, where he mentors students every week—not just with homework but also community activities.
“His enthusiasm and dedication to doing for others was consistently evident in his course contributions,” says his nominator. “He is truly remarkable and demonstrates the de pth of a character through his personal qualities of selflessness, honesty and industry—qualities that are evident in the volunteer work he does.”
Looking back on his experience, Austin recommends getting involved on campus. He is thankful for the relationships he has built along with the opportunities to grow and lead.