|DATES: Thursday, March 7, 2013
TIME(S): 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
LOCATION: CJ Callaway's Event Center (69th & Minnesota), Sioux Falls
TICKET INFO: Reserved tickets are $20 and include lunch. Tickets at the door are $25. Tickets are available through augietickets.com.
A native of Mankato, Minn., and an elementary education major, Hannah Miller served on the Chapel staff and was its Ambassador/Service Coordinator during her sophomore year. She helped organize the “For All Who Are Thirsty” water project, an initiative to bring clean water to people in need, and helped raise $3,000 for the effort during the 2009-10 academic year. In 2010, she was named one of two Augustana Peace Prize Forum Scholars and spent two months at Norway’s University of Oslo studying causes of armed conflicts, peace building, peacemaking, humanitarian interventions and aid, and nonviolent peace movements. For her final project as a Peace Prize Forum scholar, she examined the growing issue of human trafficking in South Dakota. To gauge the seriousness of the issue, she conducted undercover research during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and paired it with ongoing investigations conducted by Be Free Ministries, a non-profit organization based in Sioux Falls and committed to ending human slavery, trafficking and exploitation locally and round the globe. She presented her findings to the campus community at the Augustana Symposium while Be Free officials presented the evidence to South Dakota lawmakers who later passed legislation to address the serious issue of human trafficking in the state. She has dedicated countless hours to teaching and serving children with limited resources locally, in Tanzania and Slovakia. Earlier this year, she was named the recipient of the 2012 Covenant Award for Service, a distinguished honor recognizing students 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.