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New Alumni Board Members for 2015

July 2, 2015
Only July 1, BVU welcomed three new members to the National Alumni Association Board of Directors. The are Diane (Schmeling) Beisner SL'81, Chad Halder SL'05 and Kelcey (Naber) Morrison SL'04.


BVU Receives Grant for School of Science

June 24, 2015
Buena Vista University's School of Science has received a grant of $174,054 from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust to purchase five pieces of laboratory instrumentation equipment for the enhancement and development of classroom and research.


2015 Beaver Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

June 23, 2015
The annual Buena Vista University Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 24. At that time, four new members will join the illustrious group of BVU Athletic Hall of Famers.


Education Students Receive Recognition of Excellence

June 17, 2015
Five Buena Vista University students received the Recognition of Excellence Award from Educational Testing Service for their performance on the Praxis II content knowledge exams.


Studying Business in Switzerland

June 15, 2015
Kirsten experienced a new way of learning when she spent a semester abroad in Switzerland. She studied international business management at the Geneva School of Business Administration.


Ahrens Receives Leadership Award

June 11, 2015
Zach Ahrens received the Student Leadership Award from Iowa Campus Compact at their Engaged Campus Awards. The award recognizes leadership on campus and in the community and a strong track record of supporting others in service.


Buena Vista University Honors Faculty and Staff

June 5, 2015
Buena Vista University held its annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner on May 22 to recognize and award achievements for employees of the university.


Shepherd Honored by BVU for Excellence in Teaching

June 4, 2015
Dr. Jason Shepherd, assistant professor of computer science, was named the 29th recipient of the George Wythe Award, Buena Vista University's highest honor for excellence in teaching.


Summer Camps

June 4, 2015
Buena Vista University will be offering athletic and music camps for high school students this summer. The camps will offer specialized instruction from BVU coaches and faculty.


Kiley: Internship Success

June 1, 2015
Kiley wanted an internship where she could explore her passion for writing, and her digital media professors helped her land a spot at xoJane in Manhattan. After a few days on the job, her first article was published and picked up by Time magazine.


Beavers Unwind, Collide During Bubble Ball

May 28, 2015
Buena Vista University athletic training students and professors celebrated the end of the spring semester with a rousing game of bubble ball on Peterson Field.


Alum Meets Governor in Sac City

May 26, 2015
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds were in Sac City in April and visited The Beer Bread Company, where they met Mercedes Barlow SL'11.


Pair of BVU Grads Receive Doctorates From UNMC

May 25, 2015
Two BVU graduates, Cassandra Pauley and Grant Turner, graduated from The University of Nebraska Medical Center on May 9. Cassandra received her Doctorate of Pharmacy and Grant received his Doctorate in Medicine.


Class of 2015 Graduates in Commencement Ceremony

May 23, 2015
Five hundred eighty-two students received their degrees from Buena Vista University during commencement ceremonies on May 23. Congratulations to the Class of 2015!


Victory Arch Procession: Commencement 2015

May 23, 2015
Watch as Buena Vista University's Class of 2015 makes the traditional procession through Victory Arch on its way to the commencement ceremony in Siebens Fieldhouse.


Timelapse: Commencement 2015

May 23, 2015
Buena Vista University's commencement ceremonies were held on May 23. See time lapse video of the event in Siebens Fieldhouse.


Beavers Celebrate Cornelius Wedding

May 18, 2015
Buena Vista alumni were on hand to celebrate the wedding of Tiffany Cornelius Lorenzen SL'05 and Eric Lorenzen. The group posed for a fun photo during the reception.


Buena Vista University Engages in Process to Address Higher Education Challenges

May 12, 2015
Buena Vista University has completed a year-long comprehensive self-assessment of its academic, administrative and co-curricular programs and services, called Prioritization. BVU chose to undertake this evaluation to address growing challenges that are affecting higher education on state and national levels.


Commencement Ceremonies Scheduled for May 23

May 11, 2015
Buena Vista University will hold commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 23, with 582 graduates scheduled to receive their degrees. The commencement speaker will be retired America Online executive and former BVU Trustee Laura Horn.


Buenafication Day Provides a Record 7,500 Hours of Service

May 8, 2015
An estimated 3,500 faculty, staff, college students and students from Storm Lake Community School District participated in Buena Vista University's 102nd annual Buenafication Day, contributing 7,500 hours of community service.


Student Organizations Receive Awards at Regional Conference

May 7, 2015
Members of the Buena Vista University Student Activities Board attended the National Association for Campus Activities regional conference in Madison, Wisconsin, April 16-19, where they received several awards.


Spring Break Service Trips Impact BVU Students

May 5, 2015
More than 40 Buena Vista University students, faculty and staff participated in four AWOL trips during spring break, enabling them to volunteer their time and service to a variety of people and programs.


Spring Break Service Trip to Atlanta Impacts BVU Students

May 5, 2015
Ten Buena Vista University students participated in a service trip during spring break, enabling them to volunteer their time and service with a focus on inner-city poverty outreach in Atlanta, Georgia.


Spring Break Service Trip to New Orleans Impacts BVU Students

May 5, 2015
Ten Buena Vista University students participated in a service trip during spring break, enabling them to volunteer their time and service with a focus on disaster relief and clean up in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Spring Break Service Trip to Nicaragua Impacts BVU Students

May 5, 2015
Ten Buena Vista University students participated in a service trip during spring break, enabling them to volunteer their time and service with a focus on grassroots sustainability and economic development in Nicaragua.


Spring Break Service Trip to Utah Impacts BVU Students

May 5, 2015
Ten Buena Vista University students participated in a service trip during spring break, enabling them to volunteer their time and service with a focus on being a part of the animal advocacy movement through direct outreach.


Celebrating Dr. Bruce Ellingson

May 2, 2015
Beaver alumni, students and faculty gathered to celebrate Dr. Bruce Ellingson's 31 years at Buena Vista University. Digital media faculty, past and present, spoke eloquently of his impact on the university and its students.


BVU Theatre Presents "Into the Woods"

May 2, 2015
Buena Vista University Theatre presented "Into the Woods" on April 24-25 and May 1-2 in Schaller Memorial Chapel. The musical brings together classic fairytale stories including Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood and more.


Scholars Day: The Effects of Foam Rolling

May 1, 2015
Athletic training students studied the effects of "foam rolling" and presented their findings at Scholars Day, Buena Vista University's celebration of students' intellectual and scholarly accomplishments.


Service and Fun on Buenafication Day

April 30, 2015
Buena Vista University celebrated Buenafication Day, a time-honored campus tradition, on April 30. Students, faculty and staff spent the day having fun and performing service.


Concert Band Presents Spring Concert and Featured Guest

April 30, 2015
The Buena Vista University Concert Band, under the direction of Jerry Bertrand, will present its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, May 10 in Schaller Memorial Chapel.


Alumni Association Names Seniors of the Year

April 29, 2015
The BVU National Alumni Association presented two students with "Senior of the Year" honors at the Student Recognition Dinner on April 25. The seniors selected were Beth Weber and Ian Grigsby.


Digital Media Students Receive 15 National Awards

April 28, 2015
Buena Vista University's media students and organizations received 15 awards in the annual Society for Collegiate Journalists national media contest. Entries are judged by professionals in the media industry.


Dance Marathon Raises Money for Children's Miracle Network

April 28, 2015
BVU students participated in a dance marathon to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network. The event raised $3,000, which will be used to enhance children’s healthcare services and fund special services and health education for children and families.


Students Present Academic Work at Scholars Day

April 27, 2015
Buena Vista University's 11th annual Scholars Day was held April 24. The event provided students from all disciplines an opportunity to present their best presentations, original research, academic posters, artistic creations, and performances to their peers, professors, and the public.


Pre-Law Students Meet Nebraska Supreme Court Justices

April 24, 2015
Buena Vista University pre-law students got the chance to visit Creighton University School of Law, one of BVU's 3+3 law program partners, where they met with Nebraska Supreme Court justices during the court’s special session on April 2.


Buena Vista University Theatre to Present "Into the Woods"

April 23, 2015
BVU Theatre has announced the cast for its spring production of "Into the Woods" by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, which will take place April 24-25 and May 1-2 at 7:30 p.m., and April 26 at 2 p.m. in Anderson Auditorium.


ROTC Cadet Receives Governor's Award

April 23, 2015
ROTC Cadet Matthew Hanson, a senior business economics major from Stanton, received the Reserve Officer Training Corps Governor's Cup ROTC Award for outstanding achievement from Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.


Buena Vista University Hosts Third Annual Computer Security Contest

April 20, 2015
Students from the BVU computer science department competed against each other and students from three additional universities during a computer security attack-and-defend contest.


Digital Media Students, Alumni Meet in Wisconsin

April 19, 2015
BVU digital media students traveled to the Central States Communication Association Conference with Jerry Johnson SL'85. While there, they had a chance to meet Mei-Lien Converse SL'12.


Digital Media Hosts High School Student Media Festival

April 17, 2015
Buena Vista University’s digital media department hosted the third annual SHOWOFF Student Media Festival on April 10. The festival allows high school juniors and seniors to submit media projects for award consideration in a variety of categories.


BVU Earns Regional Honors from Society of Professional Journalists

April 13, 2015
Buena Vista University student journalists, its media publication, The Tack, and its radio station KBVU received recognition in the 2014 Society of Professional Journalist regional Mark of Excellence Awards.


Business Students Meet Alumni in Kansas City

April 13, 2015
Scott Anderson, associate professor of marketing, traveled with business students to Kansas City, where they met with BVU alumni. Some of the alumni also invited the group to visit their businesses.


BVU Announces 2015 Commencement Speaker

April 7, 2015
Buena Vista University has announced that Laura Horn, retired America Online business executive and former BVU Trustee, will be the 2015 Commencement speaker on May 23.


Bonnie Keller Receives National Honor for Service

April 2, 2015
Bonnie Keller, a senior biology major from Sioux City, was selected by Campus Compact as one of seven Iowa college students to receive the national Newman Civic Fellows Award.


Kazmierczak Receives Principal of the Year Honors

April 2, 2015
Kim Kazmierczak CB'93 has been named 2015 Iowa Middle Level Principal of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa. She is the principal at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Council Bluffs.


Choir Takes it Outside

March 31, 2015
The Buena Vista University Choir rehearses outside on a beautiful afternoon in early spring. The choir is under the direction of Dr. Merrin Guice.


Taxing Work Gives Back

March 25, 2015
The VITA program provides free income tax preparation assistance to people who are lower-income, persons with disabilities, and others. Nineteen BVU students volunteer with the program.


Alumni Honored by Advertising Federation

March 25, 2015
Two BVU alumni have been honored by the American Advertising Federation of Des Moines. Adam Feller SL'11 was named "Ad Pro of the Year" and Kelsey (Reitmeier) Feller SL'12 was awarded "Rookie of the Year."


Beavers Get Shout-Out in NYC Sports Broadcast

March 24, 2015
During an appearance on WPIX-TV in New York City, Slam magazine's Leigh Klein was quizzed on his knowledge of college mascots. He knew the mascot of every college in the quiz, including a certain beloved Beaver.


Woodson Becomes All-American at NCAA Championships

March 14, 2015
Senior Seth Woodson capped off his stellar indoor track and field season on Saturday afternoon with his fourth-place finish at the NCAA DIII Indoor Track and Field Championships.


Students Deliver Presentation at National IMPACT Conference

March 12, 2015
Members of Student MOVE presented at the 2015 IMPACT National Conference. Their presentation focused on how service organizations can shape the future of civic engagement.


Focus on STEM: Building Future Leaders

March 10, 2015
A recent gift of $500,000 has established an endowment for STEM education at BVU. This endowment will help prepare education students to teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in K-12.


BVU Concert Band Presents Annual Winter Concert

March 10, 2015
The Buena Vista University Concert Band, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Jerry Bertrand, will present its annual Winter Concert on Sunday, March 15 at 3 p.m. at Schaller Chapel on the BVU campus.


Alumni are Part of Emmetsburg's "5 Under 40"

March 2, 2015
Three BVU alumni have received the Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce's "5 Under 40" Award. They were recognized for their work for Emmetsburg's RAGBRAI Committee in 2014.


Beaver Alumni in Sherwood Forest

Feb. 23, 2015
Four BVU alumni are involved in the production of "The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood" at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. In the play, the Merry Men are armed with spoons and battle a Sheriff of Nottingham who would rather be bowling.


Wythe Award Faculty Finalists Announced

Feb. 19, 2015
Four professors have been selected as finalists for BVU's 2015 George Wythe Award for Excellence in Teaching. The winner will be announced at the Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner on May 22.


Hot Shooting Sends Men's Basketball to Conference Title

Feb. 18, 2015
The Buena Vista men's basketball team shot better than 50 percent from the field en route to a commanding 94-80 road victory over the University of Dubuque. The win secured the program's 12th overall Iowa Conference title and the ninth under head coach Brian Van Haaften.


Students Intern During Rural Health Fellowships

Feb. 18, 2015
The Rural Health Fellowships program selected two Buena Vista University students for its January 2015 scholars program, which includes a three-week internship and a $1,000 stipend.


Students Participate in 2015 URMED Internships

Feb. 18, 2015
BVU's Undergraduate Rural Medicine Education and Development program selected three students for its January 2015 scholars program, which included a white coat ceremony and an internship in rural Iowa hospitals.


Student MOVE to Host Glass Slipper Shop Event

Feb. 18, 2015
The Buena Vista University organization Student MOVE will be hosting their Glass Slipper Shop event on the BVU campus. The event gives the local community the opportunity to purchase new and gently used formal dresses at a lower cost.


Students Honored at Iowa College Media Conference

Feb. 17, 2015
Buena Vista University's student media organizations took home several awards at the 2015 Iowa College Media Association conference, winning 29 awards in numerous categories and three special awards.


Students Selected for Academic Achievement Awards

Feb. 11, 2015
Eighteen BVU students have been selected for the Clifford A. Rae Academic Achievement Award for the 2014 calendar year. The program encourages quality learning experiences for students outside the classroom.


Science Students Honored for Academic Achievement

Feb. 11, 2015
Nine Buena Vista University science majors have been selected for the Clifford A. Rae Academic Achievement Award for the 2014 calendar year. In addition to academic excellence, the program encourages quality learning experiences for students outside the classroom.


Business Students Honored for Academic Achievement

Feb. 11, 2015
Nine Buena Vista University business majors have been selected for the Clifford A. Rae Academic Achievement Award for the 2014 calendar year. The program rewards business majors who excel in their academic pursuits.


Buena Vista University Theatre to Present Original Play

Feb. 4, 2015
Buena Vista University Theatre is presenting the original play "[fuzed & fraid]" Feb. 11-14 in Anderson Auditorium on the BVU campus. It is an original play that was conceived, developed, and written by BVU students, based upon their own personal experiences.


Buena Vista University Student Honored for Mentoring

Jan. 27, 2015
BVU junior Sloane Morrow has received the Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service. The award was presented by Governor Terry Branstad during a special recognition ceremony in Des Moines.


Japan: Art, Culture, History

Jan. 26, 2015
Students explored the beauty and majesty of old and new Japan during the "Art, Culture, History and Society" Interim travel course, led by Kathy Kapitan and Yuriko Togashi.


Beavers Travel Down Under

Jan. 25, 2015
Buena Vista students experienced Australia in January. They visited several destinations throughout the country, with a focus on natural wildlife, aboriginal culture, and the nation's origins.


Krystal and Kassi in Advertising

Jan. 24, 2015
Kassi Kommes and Krystal Schulte have spent January Interim at Maxwell/Liebl, an advertising agency in Des Moines. The pair created materials for many of the agency's clients, including radio and print advertisements.


How Things Work

Jan. 23, 2015
It takes more than building a trebuchet or a DC motor to learn about how technology works. In this course students research and build interesting gadgets while learning the scientific principles behind how simple and complex mechanisms work.


Buena Vista University Hosts Middle Eastern Culture Workshop

Jan. 23, 2015
BVU hosted area K-12 teachers for a workshop focused on teaching Iowa Core standards using Middle Eastern artifacts from the Keith Carter Collection, featuring cultural artifacts from Middle Eastern countries.


Running, Reading, and Reflecting

Jan. 22, 2015
In "Running, Reading, and Reflecting," students are motivated to fit physical activity into their busy lives. They keep track of their progress with a daily journal and exercise log to use as the basis for a reflection paper.


BVU Names Byrne Vice President Academic Affairs

Jan. 21, 2015
Buena Vista University has named Dr. Barbara Byrne as its interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. She began her duties on Monday, Jan. 12 and will serve in the position through the 2015-16 academic year.


Creating the Architecture of Style

Jan. 21, 2015
Stephanie Steiner has spent January Interim as an intern for Style-Architects in Minneapolis, Minn. She has contributed to a variety of projects, such as styling and photographing images for social media and writing copy for blog posts.


Creating a Performance

Jan. 20, 2015
Dr. Bethany Larson's interim course "Devising Theatre" is like no other theatre course at BVU. All students in the course participate on stage or backstage as they prepare for the opening night of an original production.


Backstage at Disney

Jan. 19, 2015
"Storytelling With Walt Disney" takes a look inside the world of Disney theme parks and cruises. Students go "backstage" to see how attractions really work and visit with Disney cast members, historians and authors.


Intramural Athletics

Jan. 18, 2015
During January, there are also opportunities to get involved with intramural sports. Students can participate in basketball and wiffle ball sports leagues, with women's, men's, and co-recreational leagues.


Introduction to Pharmacology

Jan. 17, 2015
Students in "Introduction to Pharmacology" are learning about basic pathophysiology and discussing how medications treat a variety of diseases. The experience also involves studying the effects of pharmacological agents on cell viability and function.


Spanish Immersion in Ecuador

Jan. 16, 2015
BVU students experience the geography and culture of Ecuador during the "Spanish Immersion" travel experience in January. Students and faculty visit historic and cultural sites and volunteer in the community.


Aviation Supplier, Airplane Hat

Jan. 15, 2015
Samantha Knudsen shows off her stylish airplane hat during her January internship at RIM Enterprises in Cedar Rapids. The company is a full service aircraft parts supplier.


BVU Earns A/Stable Rating from Standard & Poor's

Jan. 15, 2015
Standard & Poor's has affirmed its 'A' long-term rating and stable outlook for Buena Vista University. BVU has received an 'A' rating for the last 13 years, and it puts the University in the top-tier of Iowa private colleges.


The Science of Grilling

Jan. 14, 2015
Students practice basic lab documentation procedures while enjoying food prepared during a grilling contest. The contest is part of "The Chemistry of Food," where students learn the chemistry behind how food is prepared.


Buena Vista University Receives Grants for New AED Devices

Jan. 13, 2015
Buena Vista University recently received grants from Buena Vista County Community Foundation and AEDGrant.com to upgrade the automated external defibrillator devices available on campus.


Global Fellows in Chile

Jan. 13, 2015
BVU's 2015 Global Fellows are experiencing the culture and geography of Chile. The group has learned about scientific efforts to preserve pristine lands, and is now experiencing the vast culture of the country.


Meditation in Motion

Jan. 12, 2015
Students in Dr. Jo Bachman's interim course are learning the 17 basic movements of Ching Chi Kung Fu, while exploring the belief system behind the Tao and the ancient Chinese healing system.


Grand China Discovery

Jan. 12, 2015
Through fun and engaging activities students explore the fascinating country of China. Students are introduced to new foods and learning how to use chop sticks, do traditional calligraphy with a brush, and tie Chinese knots.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Jan. 12, 2015
Buena Vista University's Offices of Multicultural Engagement and Spiritual Life are hosting "MLK Day Celebration: A tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr." on Monday, Jan. 19 on the BVU campus.


Wellendorf Gets Published... and Republished

Jan. 11, 2015
Kiley Wellendorf is spending January Interim as an intern at xoJane.com, an online magazine in New York. Kiley's first article for xoJane has been republished on the Time magazine website.


Event Planning & Management

Jan. 10, 2015
Event planning and management requires a lot of hands-on work and effective communication techniques, so Dr. Rebekah Neary-DeLaPorte uses hands-on activities and presentations to demonstrate what it takes to be an event planner.


Exploring Mathematics

Jan. 9, 2015
The "Recreational Math" course introduces students to math in non-traditional ways. One popular class activity is origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, which allows students to create three-dimensional models of geometric equations.


Working with Marketing and Communications

Jan. 8, 2015
Senior digital media major Tyson-Jay Domingo is busy at work in his January internship in BVU's University Marketing & Communications office. He is photographing on-campus activities and helping with graphic design work.


Evaluating the Portrayal of Jesus

Jan. 7, 2015
Instead of classroom discussion, students in Dr. Swasti Bhattacharyya's January Interim class "Jesus Goes to the Movies" work in groups to draw their responses to the different portraits of Jesus presented in the gospels.


Playing Soccer in Cabo

Jan. 6, 2015
Buena Vista University students play soccer during their stop at a children's home during the "Panama Canal Transit Cruise" travel course. The trip explores multiple perspectives of tourism and its effects, both positive and negative.


Students Begin Rural Medicine Internships

Jan. 5, 2015
The Undergraduate Rural Medicine Education and Development program has selected three students for this year's program, and on Jan. 5 they participated in a white coat ceremony to begin three-week internships.


Beavers at Bedford Industries

Jan. 3, 2015
Katie (Luitjens) Larson SL'08, Stacy (Kruger) Fricke SL'04 and Gladiola Esparza SL'14 take a break at Bedford Industries. The three Beaver alumni work for the company in Worthington, Minn.