Six students celebrated for embodiment of college’s core values



This past week, Augustana College recognized those students who exemplify the five core values of the school during the 12th annual Covenant Awards.

According to dean of students Jim Bies, the awards celebrate the “movers and shakers on campus, and is an opportunity to scratch below the surface to see the impact of these students.”

Of the 33 nominees this year, 6 students each had their efforts recognized with an award.

Senior English and journalism major Allie Hjerpe from Hutchinson, Minnesota received the Christian Faith Award for holding firm to faith values and letting her beliefs shape her work on campus.

Allie is a part of Better Together, an interfaith dialogue group on campus, and will attend Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa this fall to become a pastor.

Crystal Ortbahn from Pierre, South Dakota, a senior English major with minors in government and philosophy, had her commitment to mastering the many areas of learning recognized through her reception of the Liberal Arts Award.

Hoping to go to the Sundance Film Festival for an internship this summer, Crystal aspires to volunteer with the Peace Corps in the near future.

Senior music education major Andrew Paulson from Jackson, Minnesota, was presented with the Excellence Award for his outstanding commitment to academic performance, and desire to better himself and others.

For her work in the Augustana community, senior Elise Sperling was recognized with the Community Award.

Elise is a government, social science and secondary education major from Moorhead, Minnesota. She is involved in many campus activities, including Augustana International Club, Campus Ministry, the Augustana Orchestra, Civitas,and Recreational Services. Elsie hopes to become a social sciences teacher in Minnesota.

Both Abby Waylander and Anna Bahnson received the Service Award following their outstanding work in San Jose, Guatemala.

Abby, a senior nursing major, and Anna, a biology major and member of the Civitas program, worked at a local health care clinic in San Jose and helped raise money in the United States to fund future work at the clinic.

Abby has been hired as a member of the Partners in Nursing program at Sanford Hospital, while Anna will be volunteering this summer with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. in Tacoma, Washington.