Celebrating the 2021 Augustana Student Life Award winners

Congratulations to the students and staff from across Augustana Campus who have been recognized for their contribution to student life on campus: in leadership, academics and athletics.

Tia Lalani - 22 April 2021

Every year, Augustana looks forward to celebrating student and staff achievement across campus. The Student Life Awards take place at the end of the year and represent award winners from across campus, including awards handed out by the Augustana Students' Association, student life and athletics.

The individuals and groups listed below have contributed to student life at Augustana in one way or another (and sometimes, in many ways!) and their efforts have made Augustana a better place—to study, to work and to live. Congratulations! 

Augustana Leadership Award

The Augustana Leadership Award was created in 2013 to recognize students who demonstrate outstanding dedication and leadership to fellow students and to their community through involvement in student government, student associations, clubs and organizations. Recipients of this award receive a certificate along with a $500 award from the Augustana Students' Association.

Augustana Students Association Student Recognition Award

This award is chosen from student self-nominations and was created to recognize those students who may not have public leadership exposure, but who are student leaders nonetheless. The award celebrates a commitment to community engagement.


Betty Ostenrud Award

This award was created by the Students' Association to recognize both a member of the faculty and of the staff who have given of themselves tirelessly to the benefit of students and the institution as a whole. The award is named after Betty Ostenrud who was a longtime staff member of the university and who truly demonstrated outstanding service to the Augustana community. Two award recipients is a difficult choice to make as all of the nominees are extremely deserving!

Club Awards

Every year, clubs have the opportunity to win three awards. Best New Club recognizes a new club that has made a visible impact on campus as evidenced by events and student engagement. The Most Improved Club award goes to a club that has improved in club membership, number of events, student engagement, etc. And finally, the Best Overall Club award is given to a club with second-year status that has a large presence on campus, not necessarily in membership, but in recognizability and engagement with the campus community.

Heather Roxanne Huber Memorial Award

This award, established by the Augustana Students' Council, is in honour and memory of Heather Roxanne Huber, a student who contributed greatly to the life and community of Augustana. In her time at Augustana, she was involved in many activities on and off of campus, and her vibrant and energetic personality was felt by all. This award is given annually to a third or fourth-year student who has contributed greatly to the Augustana Students' Association by way of leadership either in clubs/committees, councils, fine arts or athletics.

Onesimus Award Winners

The Onesimus Award is presented to a select group of third and fourth-year students in recognition of their significant contribution to the welfare of Augustana. The award takes its namesake from the servant of the Apostle Paul and Philemon. In a letter to Philemon, Paul says that Onesimus is his "very heart." At the "very heart" of Augustana's life are those who freely offer their time, energy and talents in service to this community. This award is given to students selected by faculty, staff and students who have exemplified faithful, dedicated service to the well-being of Augustana.


Augustana Athletics Awards

Our athletes are impressive both on and off of the court (or field or track!). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, awards like "MVP" and "Rookie of the Year" are not applicable for the 2020/2021 season. Instead, we would like to recognize our graduating student-athletes and thank them all for their significant contributions to the Augustana community and their teams over the years. We wish you all the best and hope that athletics will continue to be a significant part of your lives!

To learn more about these graduating student-athletes, visit the Vikings website