Buena Vista University Students Receive Governor's Volunteer Awards

Buena Vista University Students Receive Governor's Volunteer Awards

Buena Vista University Students Receive Governor's Volunteer Awards
Chelsea Clayton, a BVU graduate with a degree in biology from Early (center), receives her award from Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds .

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.

Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds attended the event, and over 65 individuals and organizations from northwest Iowa received awards at the event in Storm Lake, which was one of six awards programs held across Iowa.

The BVU Student Senate was nominated by the Iowa Department of Transportation, and the BVU students were nominated by Dr. Ashley Farmer-Hanson, director of civic engagement at BVU, who is a member of the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and co-chair of its volunteer engagement committee.

Fifteen of the student recipients have been involved in a variety of volunteer organizations and activities, including BV Buddies in which they serve as mentors to local middle school students. The students from that group who received awards are:

  • Erika Garcia, a recent BVU graduate with a degree in psychology and Spanish from Storm Lake
  • Katie Larsen, a senior elementary education major from Glenwood
  • Amanda Jamtgaard, a recent BVU graduate with a degree in accounting from Ireton
  • Tou Xiong, a recent BVU graduate with a distributive degree from Fresno, California
  • Kendra Campbell, a recent BVU graduate with a degree in management from Pierson
  • Melanie Boysen, a recent BVU graduate with a degree in psychology from Danbury
  • Ashli Dunham, a recent BVU graduate with a degree in biology from Dunlap
  • Lacey Flugge, a recent BVU graduate with a degree in management from Nashua
  • Alexis Wiltgen, a recent BVU graduate with a degree in elementary education from Le Mars
  • Tesia Posekany, a recent BVU graduate with a degree in biology from Ames
  • Brady Stier, a recent BVU graduate with a degree in exercise science from Austin, Minnesota
  • Chelsea Clayton, a recent BVU graduate with a degree in biology from Early
  • Amanda Swanson, a recent BVU graduate with a degree in elementary education from Aurelia
  • Erica Ocker, a recent BVU graduate with a degree in criminology and criminal justice and psychology from Lake City
  • Andrew Schanbacher, a senior biology major from Newhall

Ashley Lage (above), a recent BVU graduate with a degree in management and marketing from Manning, was also recognized for her work as a Student MOVE (Mobilizing Outreach Volunteer Efforts) volunteer and as an AmeriCorps member.

The Governor’s Volunteer Awards program was created in 1982, with inaugural awards presented in 1983. What began as a small program only available to state government agencies has expanded over the years and now provides all Iowa non-profit, charitable and government organizations with a way to honor their volunteers with a prestigious state-level recognition award.