The Outstanding Leader Award recognizes a campus leader who has contributed significantly to a student organization or co-curricular program, going above and beyond to engage members, and contribute to the student experience.
- Demonstrates well-rounded leadership excellence in the service to the co-curricular programs
- Exhibits a strong commitment to university development through impactful initiatives
- Must have completed all Campus Leadership program requirements
- Must be a student or alumnus in good standing with the University
The submission deadline is now closed. Please stay tuned in Fall 2022 for additional information.
- Nominations may be made by faculty, staff, students, alumni, and those familiar with the nominee's leadership experience
- Self-nominations accepted
- Letters of recommendation, personal essay, and supplemental evidence (work samples, resume, etc.)
- Top candidates selected by the Office of Student and Alumni Affairs
- Final approval granted by University President
- Award recipients will be honored during Commencement weekend, and should we have an in-person celebration, one night accommodations and individual travel expenses to attend Commencement will be paid for by the University
- Award recipients receive a crystal trophy
- Award recipients are not required to attend Commencement to accept the award
Greg Comiskey medically retired from the US Army after 17.5 years in October 2013 with the rank of First Sergeant. He served as a Scout in Light Cavalry and Airborne units deploying twice to Iraq (2003-2004 and 2008-2009). He received a Purple Heart in 2003 and the Bronze Star in 2009, but after a lifetime of jumping out of perfectly good aircraft, he found that he still wanted to serve the nation. The same year that Greg retired, he graduated from American Military University with a bachelor’s in History, Magna Cum Laude. He decided to coach, teach, and mentor the youth in Columbus, GA, outside Fort Benning, where his family decided to put down roots. He earned his teaching certificate in Secondary Education, Social Studies and went back to American Military University, graduating with his Master of Public Administration w/Honors in June 2019. He now teaches Government, US, and World History to High School students at a local Title I inner-city school. Greg has remained committed and active at his Alma Mater. He became Vice President of the AMU & APU Newman Center in 2017, helped co-found the sub-group, AMU & APU Newman Center - Tackling Human Trafficking Team. He is a member of Saber and Scroll and the Historical Studies Honor Society. He has personally led many Newman Center initiatives, including a Pro-Life focus, a study on CS Lewis’ The Problem of Pain, and a book study on Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen during Lent 2020.
Greg has been married for 21 years to Crystal Comiskey, nee Styles, and they have one daughter, Shelby Lynn, 13. He is very active in his faith, where he is a sponsor of the local Pro-Life, women’s resource center, Seneca Choices for Life, and his wife’s new Pro-Life ministry, The Pelican Project. He is a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, a Lay Dominican, a member of the Confraternities of St. Peter and the Most Holy Rosary, a member of the Saint Anne’s Catholic Church Prison Ministry, and a proud Disabled Veteran.
Nina Rivera-Nunez graduated from American Military University with a master’s in history in 2018 with a GPA of 3.78. In 2014 she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in marketing. Currently, Nina is enrolled at AMU pursuing her MBA in entrepreneurship and plans to graduate in 2022. Her interest in ancient history began as a child and continued through her adulthood. History plays such a significant role in Nina’s life she named her daughter after one of her favorite ancient Egyptian figures, Isis. Nina aspires to use her education to teach history as well as open her own cosmetics company. When she is not busy, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and volunteering.
Hannah Via is a psychology student at American Public University, finishing her degree this August. During her time at APU, she has served in a variety of positions within the student clubs. She is the current President of the Jewish Student Association, V.P. of Golden Key and Sociology at Work, Service Director for the Psychology Club and Active Minds, and the previous Social Media Officer for Model UN. In addition to this position, she is a member of the Ambassador Program, a Clearpath Mentor, Pi Gamma Mu, the National Society for Collegiate Leadership, the National Society for Collegiate Scholars, and the Democratic Society. Outside of school, Hannah serves as a member of the Leadership Team at her summer camp, CYJ TX, where she has spent her past three summers as a counselor, archery specialist and returning this summer as a Mental Health Care Intern. She has held two internships with the Foundation for Jewish Camp, one internship with Gift of Life Marrow Bone Marrow Registry, and as a volunteer for Still Bisexual.
Upon completing her undergraduate degree, Hannah plans to attend graduate school to obtain a Ph.D. in either Marriage and Family Therapy or Mental Health Counseling. Her long-term goal is to work in the Jewish world, offering training on mental health, social justice, and child development to schools, camps, and daycares. When she is not working, Hannah enjoys reading young adult novels, working on puzzles, needlework, hiking, gardening, and spending time with friends and family.
The submission deadline is now closed. Please stay tuned in Fall 2022 for additional information and contact the University Awards Committee if you have questions.