Posted on March 13, 2012 by Tia Lalani

Katrina Lexvold, Dean’s Entrance Citation winner 1st Year B.Mus. (Piano Performance) Leduc, Alberta As a grade 12 student at Christ the King in Leduc, Katrina Lexvold chose an undergraduate degree from Augustana for several reasons. “For one, it’s a small campus,” she explains. “This really appealed to me because I came from a small high …

Katrina Lexvold, Dean’s Entrance Citation winner
1st Year B.Mus. (Piano Performance)
Leduc, Alberta

As a grade 12 student at Christ the King in Leduc, Katrina Lexvold chose an undergraduate degree from Augustana for several reasons.

“For one, it’s a small campus,” she explains. “This really appealed to me because I came from a small high school and liked an atmosphere where your professors all know your name. The classes are small and more personal.” Katrina is part of a family tradition of going to school in Camrose: both of her aunts and their husbands went to school at Augustana, and her parents attended the Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute. She was also told that Augustana had a very good music program.

Now enrolled in the Bachelor of Music program, in Piano Performance, Katrina is the proud recipient of the Dean’s Entrance Citation for superior academic achievement. “I was very excited when I found out that I actually would receive this scholarship,” she says. “The $2500 per year means a lot for me as I am paying for my own education.” She has been awarded an additional $6400 in other academic awards, allowing her to focus on her studies rather than on employment or loan debt.

While studying piano performance, Katrina enjoys singing in the Augustana Choir and is taking organ lessons for the first time. She plays the piano for Friday chapel services, and intends to be a student chaplain next year. She also plans to take voice lessons and spend more volunteer hours singing in the community. After graduation, Katrina plans on both Master’s and Doctorate degrees in music.

“I really would love to teach music at a college or university someday!” says Katrina Lexvold.

Samantha Christensen, Outstanding Independent Work Award winner
4th Year B.A. (English)

Fourth-year English major Samantha Christensen was nervous to present at December’s Student Academic Conference, she says, “But at the same time, I was so excited because I was absolutely in love with my research and I wanted to share it.”

Under Dr. Roxanne Harde, Samantha examined gender, class and food in nineteenth-century children’s literature in a presentation she called “Little Cooks”, and won the Outstanding Independent Work Award for her efforts.

“I looked at aspects of food as they relate to gender and class, and food and eating habits as extensions of social structure,” she explains. “I focused on novels and short stories written by women authors such as Elizabeth Stuart Phelps and Louisa May Alcott, and used feminist and new historicist theory to unpack the texts.”

“This award means a lot to me,” says Samantha. “I put so much into this research and am still passionate about the topic, and it’s an honour to have it recognized. It’s also given me more confidence to carry the research on into graduate studies next year.”

She is well on her way: you can see more of Samantha’s outstanding work in the January 2012 edition of Bookbird, a journal of international children’s literature, in an article on trauma and children’s literature in the 19th Century.


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