Waylander, Bahnson Named Recipients of 2014 Covenant Award for Service

In recognition of their volunteer efforts on campus, and in support of a small community health clinic in the village of San Jose, Guatemala, seniors Abby Waylander and Anna Bahnson were named recipients of the 2014 Covenant Award for Service during Friday's final segment of Verdier 2014.

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 Service are described as those who have a commitment to service on campus and in the broader community; who inspire others to serve; who serve quietly without fanfare and with no desire for recognition; and whose future plans have been shaped by service.

In receiving the awards, Bahnson (pictured, left) and Waylander (pictured, right) were described as advocates who, through their own service, inspire others to serve.

From Sioux Falls to Guatemala

A home base for Augustana Interim classes on ecology and Spanish, San Jose is a community whose health clinic has limited equipment and supplies.

Having previously served at the clinic as a volunteer, Waylander again volunteered to coordinate volunteer activities for the students who would be visiting the facility during the January 2014 Interim Course, “Tropical Ecology of Guatemala, Belize and Spanish Immersion,” led by Dr. Craig Spencer (biology) and Dr. David O’Hara (philosophy).

According to nominators, Waylander used her nursing skills and knowledge of the clinic to teach Augustana students how to take blood pressures as well as other simple screening procedures, allowing them to serve as volunteers in the clinic.

While Waylander focused on the patient care, Bahnson coordinated fundraising efforts and public health education outreach programs to support the clinic.

Selling hand-made cards as alternative Christmas gifts, Bahnson raised more than $2,000 which was used to purchase medical supplies and equipment for the clinic.

In addition, Bahnson and Waylander also solicited donations of additional equipment and supplies from various health providers in and around Sioux Falls, resulting in three large duffel bags filled with much-needed medical equipment and supplies for the clinic, including stethoscopes, thermometers, exam gloves, sutures, glucometers, sphygmomanometers and a fetal heart monitor.

Bahnson also designed and coordinated several public health education programs for children in San Jose.

Waylander, a nursing major from Montevideo, Minn., has been a consistent participant in Community Service Day at Augustana and has held leadership roles for the Union Board of Governors (UBG) and New Student Orientation (NSO). She is the daughter of Gregg Waylander.

Bahnson, a biology major from Hartford, S.D., hopes attend medical school after graduation and become a family physician. She serves as president of the Pre-Med Club, has served on the planning committee for Faith Fest, is active in Campus Ministry and has served as an NSO leader. She is the daughter of Bahne and Kay Bahnson.

Learn about the nominees for the 2014 Covenant Awards.

Verdier 2014 concluded today. In celebration of Augustana's dedication to Service, the campus community dipped more than 200 dog bones for the Sioux Falls Humane Society.