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Looking Back on 2014

Dec. 17, 2014
It was another great year at Buena Vista University. Take a look at some of the exciting things that happened in 2014... in the classroom, on the field and traveling the world.

Buena Vista University Named to Higher Education Service Honor Roll

Dec. 16, 2014
BVU has been named to the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The distinction is the highest federal recognition that colleges and universities can receive for civic engagement.

BVU Accepting Applications for Cultural Leadership Conference

Dec. 11, 2014
The Buena Vista University Office of Multicultural Engagement and its Multicultural Engagement Leadership Team are accepting applications for the 15th Annual Cultural Leadership Conference: "Illuminate the Vibrant Self Within."

Kelsey Mitchell to Study Mathematics in Budapest

Dec. 5, 2014
The BVU senior will be the first student from Buena Vista University to attend the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics study-abroad program. She will live and study in Budapest, Hungary, during the Spring 2015 semester.

Celebrating the Season at the Christmas Dinner

Dec. 4, 2014
The Buena Vista University community gathered together for the 28th Annual All-Campus Christmas Dinner. Students were served a holiday meal by members of the University faculty, staff, and administration.

Concert Band Presents Holiday Concert

Dec. 2, 2014
The Buena Vista University Concert Band, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Jerry Bertrand, will present its annual holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. in Schaller Memorial Chapel

Digital Media Students Earn National Recognition

Nov. 26, 2014
Buena Vista University students and organizations were recognized in the College Media Association's Organizational Pinnacle Awards. The Pinnacle Awards honor the best student media from colleges and universities across the nation.

BVU Offers Art Sessions to High School Students

Nov. 26, 2014
BVU hosted a high-school based, hands-on, art event, "I Do Art" in November. The workshops, hosted by art, graphic design, and digital media seniors, were part of their capstone Senior Seminar and Media Project.

Buena Vista University MLK Day Celebration Call for Essays

Nov. 25, 2014
In preparation for "MLK Day Celebration: A tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.," the Buena Vista University Office of Multicultural Engagement and Spiritual Life is seeking entries for its “I Have a Dream” essay writing contest.

Former Men's Basketball Coach Jeff Spielman Passes Away

Nov. 21, 2014
Former Buena Vista head men's basketball coach Jeff Spielman passed away suddenly on Nov. 19 at the age of 61. Spielman guided the Beavers from the start of the 1983-84 season until the end of the 1992-1993 campaign.

BVU Students Accepted to 2014 Iowa Collegiate Honor Band

Nov. 19, 2014
Three Buena Vista University band members have been selected to participate in the 21st Annual Iowa Collegiate Honor Band. This year marks BVU’s 16th year of students participating in the honor band.

Beaver Alumni Celebrate at Gosch-Schoof Wedding

Nov. 12, 2014
Beaver alumni helped celebrate the wedding of Brittany Gosch SL'08 and Lee Schoof in Storm Lake on June 14. Brittany and some of her fellow Beaver grads leapt for joy in front of Victory Arch.

Buena Vista University Theatre Presents "Picnic"

Nov. 8, 2014
Buena Vista University Theatre presented "Picnic" by William Inge in November. The play is set on Labor Day weekend in the joint backyards of two middle-aged widows in a small Kansas town.

Students Present at Regional Conference

Nov. 7, 2014
Three Buena Vista University students presented at the Midwest Service Leaders Conference. Their presentation focused on the BV Buddies program, the building of reciprocal relationships and its impact on mentors and mentees.

Evans to Become President at Southern Vermont College

Nov. 5, 2014
Buena Vista University announces that Dr. David Evans will be leaving his position as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty effective Jan. 1, 2015, to accept a position at Southern Vermont College.

Buena Vista University Theatre to Present "Picnic"

Oct. 29, 2014
The play by William Inge will be performed Nov. 5-8 in Anderson Auditorium. "Picnic" is a realistic examination of unfilled dreams and the conditions faced by many women in the 1950s.

Buena Vista University to Host Vienna Boys' Choir

Oct. 28, 2014
Buena Vista University will host the Vienna Boys' Choir on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Schaller Chapel on the BVU campus as part of its Academic and Cultural Event Series. The performance is free and open to the public to attend.

Buena Vista University Announces $2.7 Million Endowment for Science

Oct. 28, 2014
BVU's School of Science has received a $2.7 million endowment from Harry and Molly Stine, to support student and faculty research and expand other high-impact learning opportunities.

Dr. Melinda Coogan: Mentoring Women in Science

Oct. 20, 2014
Dr. Melinda Coogan, associate professor of biology at Buena Vista University, talks about her efforts to encourage and set an example for other young women in science.

BVU to Offer Classes at Southeastern Community College West Burlington Campus

Oct. 17, 2014
Buena Vista University and Southeastern Community College have signed an agreement that will enable BVU to offer bachelor's degree classes in West Burlington through its Graduate & Professional Studies program.

BVU Students Meet the Iowa Supreme Court

Oct. 16, 2014
Buena Vista University pre-law students got front-row seats and a chance to meet with Iowa Supreme Court justices during the court's special session in Anderson Auditorium on campus.

Alumni Awards 2014

Oct. 13, 2014
The Buena Vista University National Alumni Association honored four individuals for their service to the University and to their communities at a special luncheon and at half-time of the Homecoming game on Oct. 4.

Homecoming King and Queen Crowned

Oct. 9, 2014
On Oct. 3, Buena Vista University crowned its 2014 Homecoming king and queen: Ian Grigsby, a senior mathematics major from Omaha, Nebraska, and Beth Weber, a senior biology major from Danbury.

McDermott Receives EPA Research Fellowship

Oct. 3, 2014
Carolyn McDermott is one of only 30 U.S. students to be awarded the fellowship, which provides financial support for undergraduate study and an EPA facility internship, and plans to research emerging contaminants.

BVU Students Participate in Footprint Project

Oct. 1, 2014
BVU held its fifth annual Footprint Project exercise, with the objective of developing creative ideas to spur environmental change and reduce the area's environmental footprint. The winning project focused on the disposal of used electronic devices and e-waste.

Horpedahl Featured on Omaha Public Radio

Sept. 23, 2014
Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl, assistant professor of economics, was featured in an interview with an Omaha Public Radio station about his research regarding the impact of tax incentives on Nebraska taxpayers.

Buena Vista University Named a Leader in Civic Engagement by National Association

Sept. 19, 2014
BVU has been named as a Lead Institution by Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and selected to participate in its national Lead Initiative on civic learning and democratic engagement.

BVU Earns High Score for Academic Value Among Midwest Colleges

Sept. 15, 2014
Buena Vista University has retained its standing as the third best value school among Midwest regional colleges in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 Best Colleges Rankings publication. This is the third consecutive year that BVU has held this ranking.

Discrete Math Takes It Outside

Sept. 12, 2014
Dr. Jason Shepherd SL'99 decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and teach his Discrete Math class outside of the Estelle Siebens Science Center.

"Exploring the World Through Outdoor Recreation" ACES Event, Kayaking Workshops

Sept. 3, 2014
Adventure seeker and Storm Lake native Chuck Stark will be on campus sharing his story of exploring the world on foot and in a kayak. Stark will also offer kayaking workshops through the American Canoe Association.

BVU Announces Exchange Program with Geneva School of Business Administration

Aug. 29, 2014
Through the program, the institutions can exchange up to two students each per academic year. Students will spend a complete semester studying at the host schools, giving them an immersive international experience.

Buena Vista University to Honor Nine on Founders Day

Aug. 26, 2014
BVU will hold its 37th annual Founders' Day memorial service on Sept. 6 to honor nine deceased individuals who have served the institution as faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, friends and benefactors.

New Students Welcomed to BVU

Aug. 25, 2014
New students moved onto campus during BVU's Welcome Week activities. They were welcomed to campus by other students, faculty and staff, and made the traditional procession through Victory Arch.

BVU Announces New Faculty Members

Aug. 22, 2014
Buena Vista University has announced faculty changes for the 2014-15 academic year, including nine new professors. The new faculty bring strong credentials and new perspectives to campus.

Newhouse and Rust Head BVU Community Campaign

Aug. 22, 2014
Buena Vista University has announced that Josh Newhouse and Michael Rust will be the co-chairs for its 2014-2015 Community Campaign. Contributions to the Community Campaign help provide resources for scholarships and academic programs.

Professors Gain International Perspective in Rapa Nui

Aug. 1, 2014
Five Buena Vista University faculty members recently visited Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, as part of the McCorkle Fellowship program. During the 12-day trip, they visited various destinations and landmarks across the island's 63 square miles.

BVU Students Selected for Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute

July 31, 2014
Four students have been selected to participate in the annual Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory on West Lake Okoboji.

Beaver Sculpture at the Iowa State Fair

July 31, 2014
If you attend the 2014 Iowa State Fair, be sure to check out Buena Vista University's beaver-shaped concrete sculpture. The creation is BVU's entry in a contest to help promote the Fair’s theme, "Amazingly Amusing."

Celebrating Scholarships

July 22, 2014
This year marked BVU's ninth annual Celebrating Scholarships event, where students come together with their scholarship benefactors to say "thank you" in person.

Supporting Scholarships: A Symbiotic Relationship

July 22, 2014
Scholarships enable BVU students to attend the University, accomplish their goals, and experience a variety of transformative opportunities, and those funds could not exist without BVU's generous donors.

Sharing in the Vision of BVU

July 18, 2014
Throughout Buena Vista's history, a variety of individuals have used their insights, knowledge, and perspectives to contribute to the success of the University. Many names come to mind, including the last name Pierce.

Student Organization Receives Grant from Alliant Energy

July 15, 2014
BV Buddies-Teammates has received a grant from Alliant Energy Foundation that will be used to support their activities in the community.

On-Time and On-Track: Four Years to Graduation

July 11, 2014
Active, hands-on learning through internships, travel, field work, and research is the lifeblood of the BVU experience. So how do students get the most out of their college years and still graduate on time?

Buena Vista University Students Receive Governor's Volunteer Awards

July 9, 2014
Sixteen Buena Vista University students and the BVU Student Senate were honored at the 2014 Governor's Volunteer Award ceremonies held in June on the BVU campus.

Buena Vista University Honored by Iowa Campus Compact

July 7, 2014
A Buena Vista University student organization and an individual from the campus community were recognized with honorable mention awards by Iowa Campus Compact at its 2014 Engaged Campus Awards event.

First Class of BVU Global Fellows Graduate

July 3, 2014
Six students who were selected for Buena Vista University's first Global Fellows Program in 2011 earned their degrees and are the first class to complete the four-year, interdisciplinary academic and travel program.

Members of Alumni Board for 2014-15

July 1, 2014
Eight alumni began terms on the BVU National Alumni Association Board of Directors as of July 1. In addition, Tracy Abbas and Rod Hartwig were elected as Chair and Vice Chair for the 2014-2015 year.

Athletic Trainers, Students Connect with Alumni at NATA

June 27, 2014
Alumni met up with BVU faculty and students at The Ram Restaurant and Brewery while attending the National Athletic Training Association Clinical Symposium in Indianapolis on June 25.

Graduate & Professional Studies Announces New Degree

June 25, 2014
Buena Vista University Graduate & Professional Studies is launching a Bachelor of Applied Science degree with a major in applied management. The degree is specifically designed for those holding an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Computer Science Group Takes Part in Charity Hack

June 19, 2014
A group representing BVU's computer science program aided the Young Women's Resource Center in Des Moines, during an event that provides free programming and software development to non-profit organizations.

Buena Vista University Honors Faculty and Staff

June 13, 2014
Buena Vista University held its annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner on May 23 to recognize and award achievements for employees of the university.

BVU Remembers Dr. John Madsen

June 12, 2014
Dr. John Madsen, associate professor emeritus of business and corporate communication, passed away at his home in Rock Island, Illinois. He was one of the most respected faculty members during his tenure at BVU.

Stepping into a Career in Business

June 11, 2014
When he graduated in May, Michael Meisheid knew that his triple-major in business management, finance and banking, and economics fully prepared him to begin his career at United Fire Group in Cedar Rapids.

Claiborne Honored by BVU for Excellence in Teaching

June 5, 2014
Jamii Claiborne, associate professor of digital media, has been named the 28th recipient of the George Wythe Award, BVU's highest honor for excellence in teaching. She has been a faculty member since 2001.

Summer Camps

June 5, 2014
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.

Student Senate Leadership Elected for 2014-15

June 2, 2014
Recently elected to the executive board of the Student Senate for the 2014-15 academic year were Megan Long, Caitlin Bach, Lynsey Seuntjens and Aaron Burns.

Best Featured on Omaha Public Radio

May 30, 2014
Dr. Bradley Best, associate professor of political science at Buena Vista University, was featured in an interview with Omaha Public Radio station KIOS about Iowa's upcoming primary elections.

Class of 2014 Graduates in Commencement Ceremony

May 24, 2014
Six hundred ninety-nine students received their degrees from Buena Vista University during commencement ceremonies on May 24. Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

Victory Arch Procession: Commencement 2014

May 24, 2014
Watch as Buena Vista University's Class of 2014 makes the traditional procession through Victory Arch on its way to the commencement ceremony in Siebens Fieldhouse.

"One Day Without Shoes" Event Raises $300

May 20, 2014
Buena Vista University students, faculty, and staff partnered with the Alta-Aurelia Community School district for TOMS Shoes' One Day Without Shoes event, which raised $300 for The Bridge of Storm Lake.

Commencement Ceremonies to be Held May 24

May 16, 2014
Buena Vista University will hold commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 24 with 699 graduates scheduled to receive their degrees. The commencement speaker will be Dr. Richard Lampe, professor of biology at BVU.

BVU Links to Significant Cancer Clinic Trial and Research

May 16, 2014
BVU trustee Dr. Stephen J. Russell is the leader of a team of researchers at Mayo Clinic who have just released promising results of a principle clinical trial using virotherapy to battle cancer.

BVU Announces Program with Creighton School of Law

May 12, 2014
Buena Vista University has signed an agreement with Creighton University School of Law, to allow BVU undergraduates to apply to Creighton's Juris Doctor Program and earn their bachelor's and law degrees in six years.

Beavers Win IIAC Tournament with 10-0 Shutout of Central

May 10, 2014
The Buena Vista baseball team captured its second-ever Iowa Conference Baseball Tournament championship with a 10-0 victory over Central College. The win sends BVU into the NCAA Regional Tournament.

Baseball Wins IIAC Regular Season Crown

May 9, 2014
The Buena Vista baseball team capped off an amazing season by completing the four-game series sweep of Loras College and securing its second Iowa Conference regular season crown in the last five years.

Doebel Honored on National History Day

May 6, 2014
Kirsten (Bartleson) Doebel SL'01 was recognized as the Senior Division Teacher of the Year at the National History Day state contest in Des Moines. Kirsten is a teacher at Alta-Aurelia High School.

Band Presents Spring Concert, Featured Soloist

May 5, 2014
The BVU Concert Band, under the direction of Jerry Bertrand, assistant professor of instrumental music, will present its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, May 11 at 3 p.m. in Schaller Memorial Chapel on the BVU campus.

More Buenafication Day Photos

May 2, 2014
See more photos of Buena Vista University's Buenafication Day activities.

Campus Community Performs Service on Buenafication Day

May 2, 2014
Students, faculty and staff performed service on Buenafication Day, a beloved campus tradition. See photos and video of the day's activities, courtesy of BVU's campus media.

Alumni Honored as "Parents of the Year"

April 30, 2014
Bill SP'92 and Sherry (Courtright) SL'76 Zinn were honored as BVU "Parents of the Year" in April. Bill and Sherry were nominated by Andrew and Hanna Zinn, both current BVU students.

Spring Break Service Trips Impact BVU Students

April 29, 2014
Over 40 Buena Vista University students participated in four service trips during spring break, enabling them to volunteer their time and service to a variety of people and programs.

ROTC Cadet Mason Nielsen Receives Governor's Award

April 28, 2014
Cadet Mason Nielsen received the Governor's ROTC Award for outstanding achievement from Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. The award recognizes ROTC members for academic, athletic and leadership accomplishments.

Students Showcase Their Achievements at Scholars Day

April 28, 2014
Buena Vista University's tenth annual Scholars Day was held April 25. The event provided students from all disciplines an opportunity to present their best presentations, original research, academic posters, artistic creations, and performances.

AWOL: Disaster Relief

April 28, 2014
Participants in the Disaster Relief trip experienced the after-effects of a weather-related disaster and gained an understanding of the long process of recovery and rebuilding when they traveled to Greeley, Colo., and assisted with cleanup efforts from last year's catastrophic flooding.

AWOL: Health and Hunger

April 28, 2014
BVU students traveled to Staten Island, N.Y., where they partnered with two organizations. Project Hospitality focuses on hunger, homelessness and outreach to individuals with HIV/AIDS, and Tunnels2Towers concentrates on Hurricane Sandy relief work.

AWOL: Environmental and Animal Rescue

April 28, 2014
Students concerned with environmental issues and conservation traveled to Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula to volunteer at the Widecast Sea Turtle Station, where they netted, weighed and tagged turtles before releasing them back to the ocean.

AWOL: Children and Poverty

April 28, 2014
BVU students traveled to Montego Bay, Jamaica, and volunteered in nearby Copse, where they assisted with many day-to-day activities at the West Haven Children’s Home, an orphanage for disabled children.

BVU Students Show Off During "Chalk the Walk"

April 26, 2014
Buena Vista University students expressed their creativity during the "Chalk the Walk" event. The event was sponsored by the Fundamentals of Arts Management class, which provided chalk for students to create art in front of Victory Arch.

Dr. Richard Lampe will be 2014 Commencement Speaker

April 24, 2014
Buena Vista University has announced that Dr. Richard Lampe, professor of biology, will be the 2014 Commencement speaker on May 24. Dr. Lampe has served in faculty and administrative roles at BVU since 1976.

BVU Hosts Fourteenth Annual Cultural Leadership Conference

April 23, 2014
Buena Vista University hosted high school students from across the Midwest at the fourteenth annual Cultural Leadership Conference. The CLC offers high school juniors and seniors from diverse populations a firsthand look at college.

Student Organizations Receive Awards at Regional Conference

April 18, 2014
Members of the Buena Vista University Student Activities Board attended the National Association for Campus Activities regional conference in St. Paul, Minn., where they received several awards.

Woods' Path Leads to Law

April 17, 2014
When Shannon Woods set out from Chariton for college in 1996, she planned to be an FBI agent, but she ended up on a different criminal justice path as a lawyer.

BVU Theatre to Present "Three Sisters"

April 17, 2014
Buena Vista University Theatre is presenting a version of Anton Chekhov’s play, "Three Sisters." Written in 1900, the play features the lives and aspirations of the Prozorov family, three sisters Olga, Masha and Irina and their brother Andrey.

Campus Media Places First in National Competition

April 16, 2014
Buena Vista University student newspaper, The Tack, placed first in the nation for online news website overall excellence in the annual Society for Collegiate Journalists national media contest.

Buena Vista University to Host Tenth Annual Scholars Day

April 15, 2014
BVU's tenth annual Scholars Day will be held on Friday, April 25. At this annual event, students share their best presentations, original research, artistic creations and performances with their peers, professors and the community.

Students Attend Lecture by Hiroshima Survivor

April 15, 2014
Buena Vista University Japanese instructor Yuriko Togashi and a group of BVU students attended a lecture by Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor, Koko Tanimoto Kondo.

Matching Gift Program Multiplies Your Support

April 14, 2014
The joy of giving to BVU grows sweeter when you can double, or even triple, the impact of your donation. Each year, BVU alumni tap their employers’ matching gift programs to spread their generosity even further.

BVU Hosts High School Student Media Festival

April 14, 2014
BVU's digital media department hosted the second annual SHOWOFF Student Media Festival. The festival allows high school juniors and seniors to submit media projects for award consideration in a variety of categories.

Buena Vista University Holds Second Annual Hacking Challenge

April 10, 2014
Twenty students from the BVU computer science department faced off against each other and students from Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., during the second annual "Capture the Flag" computer hacking challenge.

Morrow Receives National Honor for Service

April 1, 2014
Sloane Morrow was selected by Campus Compact as one of five Iowa college students to receive the national Newman Civic Fellows Award. She is an active student leader and performs service work in the Storm Lake community and beyond.

Alumni Reunite in Arizona

April 1, 2014
A group of BVU alumni from 2008 and 2009 reunited in Arizona. They went on a hike to the top of Camelback Mountain and visited the Grand Canyon.

Helping Students Reach Great Heights: The Legacy of Lois Bright

March 17, 2014
Lois Bright, head of the Bright Foundation, passed away on Oct. 26, 2013, at 102 years old, leaving behind a legacy of giving that will continue for years to come.

Legacies of Giving

March 17, 2014
When it comes to estate plans and establishing a longterm gift to Buena Vista University, communication is an important step. Irene (Meehlhause) Voss has included BVU in her estate plans.

Create a Living Legacy

March 17, 2014
It is simple to ensure your spirit of giving continues into the future by adding Buena Vista University as a beneficiary in a bequest through your will or trust.

BVU Students Network at Career Connect

March 14, 2014
Career Connect is a unique, interactive event, specifically designed for networking, learning about employment trends, and building relationships between students and future employers.

BVU Wraps Up Iron Beaver Challenge with Triathlon

March 11, 2014
Over 40 Buena Vista University students, faculty, staff and members of the Storm Lake community participated in the third-annual Iron Beaver Challenge during the month of February.

Wythe Award Nominees for 2014

March 10, 2014
Four professors, including two alumni, have been selected as finalists for BVU's 2014 George Wythe Award for Excellence in Teaching. The winner will be announced at the Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner on May 23.

Buena Vista University Announces Law Program with University of Iowa

March 6, 2014
BVU has signed an agreement with University of Iowa College of Law to coordinate their programs, allowing BVU undergraduates to apply for admission to Iowa Law's Juris Doctor Program and earn their bachelor's and law degrees in six years.

Figueroa Prepares for Possibility of Graduate School at Harvard

March 5, 2014
Sophomore political science major Monica Figueroa Vaca attended the Public Policy and Leadership Conference at Harvard University. The conference is designed to prepare students for graduate study in public policy and international affairs.

BVU Announces Senior of the Year Finalists

March 3, 2014
Buena Vista University's graduating senior class has chosen the finalists for the Senior of the Year Awards. The winners will be announced at the Student Recognition Dinner on April 26.

Joshua: BVU Empowers His Success

March 1, 2014
Like most college-bound students, Joshua Fortmann, a junior biology major from Cedar Rapids, wanted to earn a degree without going broke. He's glad he didn't let sticker shock rule out the options.

Meghan: Scholarships Bring New Opportunities

March 1, 2014
For Meghan Harmening, a second-year accounting and finance/banking double major from Marshall, Minn., financial assistance from Buena Vista University eased her student debt load.

Mariana: Scholarships Offer A Fighting Chance

March 1, 2014
At 17, Mariana Ramirez had risen to the top of her high school class. Her prospects for climbing the economic ladder were far more grim. But BVU gave her a bold opportunity to author a new destiny.

Student MOVE Delivers National Conference Presentation

Feb. 28, 2014
Members of the Buena Vista University Student MOVE organization attended and presented at the National Collegiate Leadership Conference in Tucson, Ariz.

Ice and Snow Fun at BVU's Winterfest

Feb. 14, 2014
Students gathered to compete in ice hockey, broomball, and a snow sculpture contest, while others participated in open cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and polar golf.

Students Selected for Academic Achievement Award

Feb. 13, 2014
Seventeen BVU students have been selected for the Clifford A. Rae Academic Achievement Award for the 2013 calendar year. The program encourages quality learning experiences for students outside the classroom.

Science Students Honored for Academic Achievement

Feb. 13, 2014
Nine BVU science majors have been selected for the Clifford A. Rae Academic Achievement Award for the 2013 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. 13, 2014
Eight BVU business majors have been selected for the Clifford A. Rae Academic Achievement Award for the 2013 calendar year. The program rewards business majors who excel in their academic pursuits.

Almost All 2013 Grads Employed, in Grad School

Feb. 12, 2014
Members of BVU's Class of 2013 are off to a great start, according to statistics from the annual survey by the Office of Career Services. Ninety-seven percent of them had found employment or were enrolled in graduate or professional school within six months of graduation.

Campus Media Students Honored at ICMA Conference

Feb. 11, 2014
Buena Vista University’s student-operated media organizations took home several awards and other honors at the 2014 conference of the Iowa College Media Association held in Des Moines.

Buena Vista University to Present Two One-Act Plays

Feb. 11, 2014
Buena Vista University Theatre is presenting two one-act plays, Trifles by Susan Glaspell and The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter. Performances of the plays will take place Feb. 12-15 at 7:30 p.m. in Anderson Auditorium on the BVU campus.

Michael Pierce Joins BVU Board of Trustees

Jan. 31, 2014
Buena Vista University has announced that Michael K. Pierce of Houston, Texas, has been elected to the Board of Trustees. He is a native of Storm Lake, and is a partner at Thompson & Knight, LLP in Houston, Texas.

BVU Adopts an Elementary Classroom

Jan. 30, 2014
The BVU School of Education has “adopted” an elementary school classroom at Field Club Elementary in Omaha, Nebraska. The program helps young students recognize the possibilities that come with a college education.

Riding the Trolley at Walt Disney World

Jan. 25, 2014
Students on the "Storytelling with Walt Disney" travel course meet BVU alum Tracy Cochran at Walt Disney World. Tracy drives the horse-drawn trolley up and down Main Street USA at Magic Kingdom.

Exploring Math with Origami

Jan. 24, 2014
Students in the "Recreational Mathematics" course explored polyhedra figures using origami. The class focuses on mathematical games with an emphasis on logical thinking and problem-solving techniques.

Students Jam at the "How to Become a Recording Star" Concert

Jan. 24, 2014
Dr. David Klee's Interim class, "How to Become a Recording Star," performs in Anderson Auditorium. The concert is the culmination of their month-long study of song writing, music theory, and trends in the music industry.

Learning Chinese Culture and Customs

Jan. 23, 2014
Students in Bei Yi's January class "Behind the Gold Star – The Real China" are exploring the culture and customs of China through research and hands-on activities including Chinese knots, paper cutting, and brush calligraphy.

Success in College and Life

Jan. 22, 2014
A small group in the Interim class "On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life" discuss a in-class activity about evaluating relationships.

How Things Work

Jan. 21, 2014
Dr. Timothy Ehler's Interim class, "How Things Work," toured the AGCO tractor production facility in Jackson, Minn. The class includes discussions and activities to explore scientific principles behind technological wonders.

A Relaxing Mountain View

Jan. 20, 2014
Caroyln McDermott briefly relaxes at Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. The BVU Global Fellows group visited the park during their January Interim trip.

Exploring Food for Thought

Jan. 19, 2014
"Food for Thought" allows students to explore food in a cultural context. Topics include cultural diversity, family traditions, nutrition, food production, and everyday food norms, values and taboos.

"Voluntourism" Performs Service, Crosses Panama Canal

Jan. 18, 2014
Students and faculty on the Interim travel course "Voluntourism" traveled through the Panama Canal on Jan. 16. The Voluntourism class made stops at a rescue mission in Miami, the Cayman Island Animal Shelter, and a children's foundation in Columbia.

A Rugged Day at Camp Dodge

Jan. 17, 2014
Kirsten VanZuiden gets ready to try out the humvee rollover simulator at Camp Dodge in Johnston. She has performed a January internship with the Iowa Association Business and Industry.

Meditation in Motion

Jan. 16, 2014
Students in Siebens Fieldhouse explore the graceful and reflective movements of kung fu in "Ching Chi Kung Fu: Meditation in Motion." The class focuses on movement, breathing and wellness.

Welcome to Spain

Jan. 15, 2014
Alexis Williams presents a stunning view, overlooking the Spanish city of Toledo. Alexis and other BVU students are studying Spanish for three weeks at the University of Salamanca, one of the oldest universities in the world.

Event Planning & Management

Jan. 14, 2014
Students listen to a presentation from Teresa Stuhr, catering manager for Sodexo as a part of their class, Event Planning & Management. Each student presents the planning details for an event using the tips and tricks they have learned.

Study Break with Japanese Culture

Jan. 13, 2014
Elementary Japanese students take a short break from learning Japanese grammar and pronunciation with two cultural activities - folding origami paper and trying on kimonos.

Outdoor Cooking by the Lake

Jan. 10, 2014
Despite the frigid weather, students in the January class "Managing Risk in Outdoor Recreation" used portable camping stoves to cook dishes such as pasta with vegetables, oatmeal, chili, and a beef stew-type concoction.

Makensie Gets the Shot

Jan. 9, 2014
Senior Makensie Brown photographs a model during her January internship at Aaron Geller Photography in Toledo, Ohio. During the month-long internship, Makensie is practicing studio photography as well as photo retouching and marketing.

Learning Survival Tactics

Jan. 8, 2014
Amy Letsche demonstrates knapping techniques for students in her January class "BVU Survivor." Throughout the month, the class will make snowshoes and take field trips to experience geocaching (a modern outdoor scavenger hunt).

Self-Portraits and Forgiveness

Jan. 7, 2014
Students in Rev. Ken Meissner's class "Forgiveness" create self portraits during class as an exercise in personal reflection. The January class is studying forgiveness from psychological and theological perspectives.

Students Begin Medical Internships

Jan. 6, 2014
The Undergraduate Rural Medicine Education and Development (URMED) program has selected two students for its January 2014 scholars program, and on Jan. 6 they participated in a white coat ceremony to begin their three-week internship.

Hiking a Chilean Mountain

Jan. 3, 2014
Students and faculty on BVU's Global Fellows trip hiked the Cerro Bandera in Chile. The mountain is 1,834 meters high and the hike took two hours.

A Golden Opportunity

Jan. 2, 2014
Two street performers in Prague take time to pose with Caitlin Hoffman during BVU's European Art and Culture Interim travel course. During the three-week trip, students and faculty will travel to six European countries.

School of Education Adds New Technology to Program

Jan. 2, 2014
BVU's school of education has implemented a Smart Technologies SMARTBoard system, which will be used by education majors to help them prepare for technology that might be available in their future classrooms.