Ortbahn Named Recipient of 2014 Covenant Award for Liberal Arts

Senior Crystal Ortbahn, an English major from Pierre, S.D., was recognized for her worthy commitment to the Liberal Arts during Tuesday’s segment of Verdier 2014, part of a week-long celebration of the core values that serve as the foundation for Augustana’s academic and student life programs.

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 Liberal Arts are those who have demonstrated a love of learning for its own sake; acknowledged or forged connections between academic disciplines; connected curricular and co-curricular interests; related their studies to important issues of human existence; and whose commitment to the liberal arts has shaped their plans for the future.

In receiving this award, Ortbahn, a tutor for the Augustana Writing Center, is described by her nominators as someone who is "humble, is known for her love of ideas, and is committed to tackling the big problems of the world." Following graduation this spring, she plans to enter the Peace Corps.

She is the daughter of David and Rena Ortbahn.

Learn about the nominees for the 2014 Covenant Awards.

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:

  • 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