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.
For the past four years, Allison Kumar spent her undergraduate career being heavily involved leading at NKU. Her diverse background in a variety of student organizations and initiatives on campus allowed her to help and inspire other students.
The Communication Studies has held numerous roles from Orientation Leader to Resident Assistant. Her most influential though, is being the student coordinator for Norse Violence Prevention Center, where her career was inspired.
“I know how challenging college can be,” says Allison. “To be able to help a fellow student navigate some of those is extremely rewarding.”
Upon graduation, Allison will be attending the University of Alabama pursuing her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration focusing in student conduct or violence prevention.
“You can’t be in Allison’s presence long without catching her enthusiasm and optimism. She embodies selflessness and has dedicated her college career to giving back the university and her local community,” says Gabby Dralle, director of Norse Violence Prevention. “Allison’s endless curiosity, combined with her dedication, leads me to believe there is no limit to her growth and achievement.”
Allison gives one piece of advice for all Norse Nation, “Even though it seems early – picture your graduation day. What do you want to be able to say you gained, you learned, you experienced, you accomplished? Now what are you going to do to turn that into reality in a few years? Be intentional with your time.”