Commencement 2012: Spartan Award recipient a driving force behind student service efforts

Christopher Shue

As the recipient of the Spartan Award, AU senior accounting major Chris Shue will speak to his fellow graduates during commencement on May 6.

When you meet 2012 accounting graduate Chris Shue, it’s clear that the university’s longstanding values of character and scholarship are alive and well. The recipient of this year’s Spartan Award, AU’s highest honor for graduating seniors, Shue has distinguished himself in both academic achievement and service above self.

In his four years at AU, Shue has been a driving force behind a wide variety of campus service efforts. He led fundraising efforts to help Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, mobilized the Dunham Scholars program’s Fighting Malaria project, organized the annual Angel Tree to purchase Christmas presents for area families in need, and headed the AU United Way campaign.

“The Spartan Award really isn’t about me – it’s about thanking all of the people at AU who I’ve worked with along the way,” he said. “AU planted the seed for service with me. In collaborating with faculty and fellow students on these projects, I’ve grown in my own way and discovered my passions.”

As Shue looks forward, he now has a clear sense of direction. Just three days after graduation, he will take the first step on his career path as a staff accountant with Naperville-based Sikich, a public accounting and advising firm. In the next year, he’ll be studying for his CPA exam while at the firm. At the same time, he and several AU friends are planning upcoming mission trips to continue their dedication to servant leadership.

“Accounting may seem dry to some, but I’ve found my passion there,” he said. “Accounting provides a vehicle to help others, can be a direct service to someone in need, and will help me get where I want to go.”