Hjerpe Named Recipient of 2014 Covenant Award for Christian Faith
Allie Hjerpe, a senior English and journalism major from Hutchinson, Minn., was recognized for her commitment to Christian faith during Monday’s Verdier 2014 ceremony, part of a week-long celebration of Augustana's core values.
A significant tradition at Augustana, the Covenant Awards are named in honor of 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.
Nominees for the Covenant Award for Christian Faith are those who, during their time at Augustana, have searched for a calling that honors the Christian faith; who actively integrate faith and actions; who see their life journey as part of a bigger tapestry; who are growing in faith with Christ; and who are comfortable discussing their faith with others.
In receiving this award, Hjerpe is described by her nominators as someone who "thinks deeply about faith, seeks to learn about her own faith and the faith of others, and asks important questions about how to integrate with global responsibility." A 2013 Peace Scholar, Hjerpe is called the "driving force" behind Better Together, a campus group that seeks to build inter-faith dialogue. She is the daughter of Kurt and Ramona Hjerpe.
Verdier 2014 continues throughout the week. Augustana’s core values will be celebrated each day and student Covenant Award nominees will be recognized. Upcoming Verdier events include:
- Tuesday, April 1: Celebrating the Liberal Arts, hear some of Augustana's great professors in the "Fast Five" presentation. The Covenant Award for Liberal Arts will be presented. 3 p.m., Siverson Lounge
- Wednesday, April 2: Recognizing Excellence, watch students take on faculty members in the Quiz Bowl following the presentation of the Covenant Award for Excellence. 6 p.m. Siverson Lounge
- Thursday, April 3: In celebration of Community, get "caught" wearing your Augie gear and earn a prize from Ole the Viking and his team of roving spotters following the presentation of the Covenant Award for Community. 10 a.m. Siverson Lounge
- Friday, April 4: Lifting up our dedication to Service, join your fellow students in the Madsen & GSC Rotundas from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. to dip dog bones for the Sioux Falls Humane Society followed by the presentation of the Covenant Award for Service. 3 p.m., Siverson Lounge