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BVU Announces Fall 2017 Enrollment
BVU Announces Fall 2017 Enrollment

Of the 1,982 total students enrolled for the 2017-18 academic year, there are 786 who attend the Storm Lake campus and another 1,196 who comprise BVU’s online, site and graduate programs.

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BVU's Response to DACA Decision
BVU's Response to DACA Decision

A message from President Joshua D. Merchant regarding the Trump administration’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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New Students Arrive, Welcomed to BVU
New Students Arrive, Welcomed to BVU

New students moved onto campus during BVU's Welcome Weekend activities in August. They were welcomed to campus by other students, faculty and staff, and made the traditional procession through Victory Arch.

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BVU Debuts New Commercial
BVU Debuts New Commercial

A new commercial for Buena Vista University made its debut in August. We have a lot to say about BVU, but the most important thing is this: you have to see it to believe it.

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Remembering Lanny Grigsby
Remembering Lanny Grigsby

Lanny Grigsby, Class of 1960 and associate professor emeritus of mathematics, passed away on Aug. 3. He spent over five decades teaching every type of math offered at Buena Vista and served in several coaching positions for the Beavers.

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McCorkle Fellows Explore Cuba
McCorkle Fellows Explore Cuba

The Fellows visited a variety of cities and historical locations, including Matanzas, the "Athens of Cuba;" Cienfuegos, the "Paris of Cuba;" Trinidad, a colonial city that was founded in 1514; Jardines del Rey, a coral reef located on Cuba’s northern coast; and Playa Giron, the Bay of Pigs.

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Romance Rides On For Alumni Couple
Romance Rides On For Alumni Couple

After their wedding in Oregon, Arick and Kathryn Loew celebrated by riding their bikes together from the Pacific Coast back to Iowa... just in time to cross the state during RAGBRAI.

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An Academic Wonderland Once More
An Academic Wonderland Once More

Buena Vista University has begun to raise philanthropic resources in an effort to renovate the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business/Siebens Forum and transform it into a true, modern student center.

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2017 BVU Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
2017 BVU Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Four new members, and one team, will be enshrined into the Buena Vista University Athletic Hall of Fame this fall during halftime ceremonies of the BVU and Central College football game on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 in J. Leslie Rollins Stadium. Kickoff against the Dutch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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Schlichte Named Senior of the Year
Schlichte Named Senior of the Year

Each year, the award is presented to an outstanding senior who demonstrates academic achievement, leadership characteristics and the ability to set personal and career goals.

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Hanson Sets North American Ironman Record
Hanson Sets North American Ironman Record

Ironman Triathlete Matt Hanson SL'07 won his second North American Championship in Texas on April 22. He finished the 2.4-mile swim,112-mile bicycle ride and 26.22-mile run with a time of 7:52:44, setting the North American record.

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Spring Break Service in South Dakota
Spring Break Service in South Dakota

BVU participants volunteered with the Cheyenne River Youth Project and helped with the organization's Passion for Fashion Dress Drive, a program that accepts dress and accessory donations so area youth are able to attend prom.

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Spring Break Service in Nicaragua
Spring Break Service in Nicaragua

BVU students worked with the Panorama Service Expedition and immersed themselves in the area’s culture and worked on a farm alongside locals helping prepare grounds for planting coffee trees.

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Spring Break Service in North Carolina
Spring Break Service in North Carolina

BVU participants spent spring break volunteering at Possumwood Acres, a non-profit wildlife sanctuary that specializes in the rehabilitation, care and treatment of injured animals.

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Concert Choir Performs at Carnegie Hall
Concert Choir Performs at Carnegie Hall

The Buena Vista University Concert Choir was invited to perform a spotlight debut performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City after a selection process by Manhattan Concert Productions.

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Beavers at Ehrhardt Wedding
Beavers at Ehrhardt Wedding

Jason Ehrhardt SL'14 married Emily Droessler in Cedar Rapids on March 25. Joining them in celebration were Jason's BVU tennis teammates and other fellow alumni.

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Remembering Bob Willadsen
Remembering Bob Willadsen

Bob Willadsen died on March 13, 2017. As a student at Buena Vista College, Bob participated in football and track and would later serve as an assistant football coach. He was inducted into the athletics Hall of Fame in 1972.

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Student MOVE to Host Glass Slipper Shop Event
Student MOVE to Host Glass Slipper Shop Event

The Glass Slipper Shop gives community members the opportunity to purchase new and gently used formal dresses at a lower cost. Proceeds will go to the Storm Lake office of Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault (CAASA) to benefit those in need.

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Mike Degen Joins Board of Trustees
Mike Degen Joins Board of Trustees

Degen is a 1967 BVU graduate with degrees in accounting and business management. He is the retired chairman, president and CEO of Nortech Systems, and has over 45 years of experience spanning multiple industries and companies.

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BVU Names Two New Trustees
BVU Names Two New Trustees

Buena Vista University has announced Mike Degen and Brad Schroeder have been named to the Board of Trustees. The Board works to develop policies and programs to help BVU provide a quality higher education experience to its students.

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Search Process Update
Search Process Update

A memo to the Buena Vista University community from Norm Nielsen, Chair of the Board of Trustees and Presidential Search Committee.

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Remembering Dr. Carl Adkins
Remembering Dr. Carl Adkins

The professor emeritus of English taught at Buena Vista University for over thirty years, serving in roles including chair of the faculty senate, assistant dean, leader of curriculum development and head men's tennis coach.

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January Interim Offers BVU Students Variety of Experiences
January Interim Offers BVU Students Variety of Experiences

Many Buena Vista University students explored a wide array of personal interests during this year’s January Interim, a three-week program that gives students the opportunity to take travel courses, enroll in enriching classes on campus and participate in internships.

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