Fairmont Junior Wins Augustana Covenant Award for Service
Thursday, May 6, 2010
SIOUX FALLS, SD – Brady Holm, a junior Art and Communication Studies major from Fairmont, MN, is the recipient of the Augustana Covenant Award for Service.
Each week Holm devotes 10 hours to Journey of Healing in the Arts at the Sanford Cancer Center. While at Sanford he leads patients, family members, and caregivers in art therapy sessions. Following one of his demonstrations, a patient remarked that it was the first time since her diagnosis that she could remember not thinking about cancer.
Holm has made it a point to spend time with patients who seldom have visitors. He finds it rewarding to see what impact art has on people facing seemingly insurmountable challenges.
On campus, Holm has served as a peer advisor in Residence Life since his sophomore year. He is an active member of SALT (Serving and Learning Together) and played a crucial role in resurrecting the on-campus group and rewriting its constitution.
Holm has used his art skills to design the 25th Anniversary t-shirt for Ronald McDonald House, the logo for MyFuture (an afternoon program for at-risk youth), and the new Augustana Chapel processional banner. In addition, he has donated his art work for multiple fundraisers, including a recent drive for Haitian earthquake victims.
Brady is the son of Anne and Javen Holm of Fairmont.
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.
Also nominated for the Service award were Tyler Crissman, a graduate student in History from Sioux Falls; Marie Halvorson, senior Communication Studies/Business major from Wells, Minn.; Phil Mulder, senior Government and International Affairs major from Volga, S.D.; and Kayla Rockwell, senior Business Administration and Classics major from Sioux Falls.