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Assistant athletic director recognized for work in community

Posted by on December 29, 2015

Nicki PieartNicki Pieart, assistant athletic director and head athletic trainer, is an excellent example of the “service before self ” mantra. Her dedication to serving both the campus and greater Aurora community through numerous service initiatives is admirable.

Throughout her time at AU, Pieart has worked with several athletic teams to coordinate service projects at a number of area organizations and has been a strong leader for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. For her hard work and dedication to serving others, Pieart was awarded The John McKee Citizenship Award earlier this year. The award is presented to a member of the AU community who has demonstrated outstanding citizenship and is actively engaged in a community service beyond his or her role at the university.

“I am honored and humbled by this award, and while grateful for the recognition, I am even more grateful for the volunteer opportunities I have been involved in at AU,” said Pieart. “I get tremendous satisfaction from serving the broader community and seeing student-athletes grow from their service experiences.”

The award was established in 2009 by longtime Aurora University trustee John F. McKee. This award was created to affirm the university’s commitment to the values of integrity, citizenship, continuous learning and excellence. The award reflects McKee’s lifetime commitment to “service before self,” a principle that has guided his work as an AU trustee for 35 years and in his involvement and service throughout the Aurora community.