New Underwood Senior Wins Covenant Award for Community

Jenny Lockhart, a senior from New Underwood, S.D., is the recipient of the 2011 Augustana Covenant Award for Community.

“I am honored to be recognized by a community that I love and feel so at home in,” said Lockhart.

The Covenant Award is a long-standing distinguished tradition at Augustana. It is presented five times each year – once 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. Specifically, the award for Community is given to those individuals who have been committed to serving the Augustana community.

Lockhart, an English and journalism major, serves as editor-in-chief of The Mirror, Augustana’s student newspaper. During her time at Augustana, she has served as co-chair of New Student Orientation, chair of the Band Fest Committee, vice president and treasurer for Augie Dems, vice president for the Augustana Women’s Association and has worked as a teaching assistant for Civitas, the College’s Honors Program, and as a tutor for the Augustana Writing Center. She has also participated in three international learning initiatives, studying in London, Glasgow, Amsterdam and Northern India.

2010-2011 Covenant Award Winners:

Kim Hibma, Covenant Award for Christian Faith
Tom Alexander, Covenant Award for Liberal Arts

“It's hard to chronicle the number of ways in which Jenny has helped build and maintain community at Augustana in her time here. She is almost fearless in the way she involves herself in activities from helping new freshmen learn the ropes here to publishing the campus newspaper to building a student organization for our honors program. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Jenny takes the notion of community to heart, and makes it an actuality for all of us here. There couldn't be a more deserving recipient of the award,” said Dr. Jeffrey Miller, chair for the Department of English and Journalism and director of Civitas. 

“Well-equipped for the future, [Lockhart] is viewed as someone who will impact their new community through their career and whose legacy at Augustana will be one of an enduring and boundless nature,” Lockhart’s nomination read.

Lockhart is the daughter of Dan and Jean Lockhart. Also nominated for the award were senior business administration and computer science major Jamie Martin (Valley City, N.D.) and junior business administration major Sawyer Vanden Heuvel (Rock Rapids, Iowa).

Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations