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Worthington senior wins Covenant Award for Liberal Arts

SIOUX FALLS – Shannon Cumiskey, a senior from Worthington, MN, is the recipient of the 2009 Augustana Covenant Award for Liberal Arts.

The Covenant Award has become a notable and significant tradition at Augustana. It is presented five times each year; one award for each of the College’s five core values: Christian, Liberal Arts, Excellence, Community, and Service. A committee of faculty and staff review nominations from the entire campus community.

It has been said Cumiskey “infects” others with a love of learning, and is an “excellent example of a student who has embraced the liberal arts at Augustana.”

She has planned and implemented a Jane Austen study group, for which she designed the curriculum. She has tutored students through organic chemistry, many of whom believe her to be the sole reason behind their passing grades.

Shannon is currently a member of the Student Affiliate of the American Chemical Society (SAACS) and the Augustana Choir. She serves as a laboratory assistant in the Augustana Chemistry Department, and periodically speaks at Worthington High School to help students prepare for college and career goals.

Shannon has been described as gifted, humble, caring, kind, and graceful.

Shannon is majoring in chemistry and English, and plans to continue her education with a study of Korean literature and to ultimately pursue a doctoral degree in chemistry. She is the daughter of Kum-Sun and Michael Cumiskey of Worthington.

While learning and teaching were always enjoyable, she didn’t give much thought to a career in teaching until becoming a laboratory assistant. “As an assistant, I found pure joy in attempting to elucidate seemingly complex chemistry ideas to overwhelmed students. Nothing has been more rewarding to me than to see the effect of my help. From that, I decided that I needed to become a professor. I realized my love for teaching, and I would ultimately like to pass on my love for learning to the students I would be privileged to teach someday.”

Also nominated for the award were Adam Broin, a senior from Sioux Falls majoring in physics; Matthew Haar, a senior from Sioux Falls majoring in philosophy and religion; Megan Hasche, a senior from Sioux Falls majoring in journalism and French; and Beth Singleton, a senior from Moorhead, MN, majoring in religion and philosophy.