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Moorhead senior wins Covenant Award for Christian Faith

SIOUX FALLS – Beth Singleton, a senior from Moorhead, MN, has been named winner of the 2009 Augustana Covenant Award for Christian Faith.

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. A committee of faculty and staff review nominations from the entire campus community.

The committee was asked to consider the following guidelines during the selection process for the Christian Faith award:

  • Students who are in search of a calling that honors the Christian faith.
  • Students who actively integrate faith and actions.
  • Candidates who see their life journey as part of a bigger tapestry.
  • Students who are growing in faith with Christ.
  • Students who are comfortable discussing their faith with others.

Beth has been described as someone whose “leadership is quiet, but very effective because of her integrity, peace with oneself, and sincerity with and for other people.” She was also cited for superior academic ability, and her concern for social justice.

Beth is serving as president of the Augustana Congregation and is chairing meetings of the Campus Ministry staff in 2009-2010. Last spring she was selected to receive a 2009 Fund for Theological Education (FTE) Undergraduate Fellowship. The award recognizes students who have gifts for leadership and are exploring the possibility of ministry as a vocation.

She is a participant in Campus Ministry service projects, and served one year each with the Residence Life Staff and New Student Orientation.
Beth, who was also a nominee for this year’s Covenant Award for Liberal Arts, is majoring in religion and philosophy. She is the daughter of Cathy and Calvin Singleton of Moorhead.

Also nominated for the award were Drew Adam, a senior from Sioux City, IA, majoring in biology; Sam Eisele, a senior from Sioux Falls majoring in Spanish and education; Caitlin Gronewold, a senior from Madelia, MN, majoring in psychology and sociology; Amy Hulstein, a senior from Hull, IA, majoring in history and government/international affairs; Miriam Rollason, a senior from Isabel, SD, majoring in biology and philosophy; and Emily Thornton, a senior from Sioux Falls majoring in biology.