Buena Vista University will hold its annual Student Recognition Dinner on Saturday, April 28 to honor approximately 218 students for outstanding accomplishments in academics and leadership.
“The Student Recognition Dinner is important to the BVU community because it is our one consolidated annual event to celebrate the achievements of our students across all majors and years,” says Dr. David Evans, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. “It’s one of the signature events that marks the completion of another school year with a celebration of the wonderful work our students have done and brings recognition to student leaders in all areas of university life.”
The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Wind Goodfriend, associate professor of psychology, who will speak on the “Psychology of Excellence.” Goodfriend was the 2011 recipient of the prestigious George Wythe Award, BVU’s highest honor for excellence in teaching.
The top 10 percent of students at BVU’s Graduate & Professional Studies locations are also recognized at the event. The program begins at 5 p.m. at Dows Grand Ballroom in the Harold Walter Siebens Forum.
Among the honors will be the BVU National Alumni Association’s presentation of its two Senior of the Year Awards (male and female). The finalists are Kelli Bass, a mathematics with secondary education major from Boone; Shelby Bleeker, a management – human resources and marketing double major from Apple Valley, Minn.; Keifer Nevius, a psychology major from Osceola; and Marcus Rihner, a mathematics major from Denison.
Several other overall honors will be presented at the event including Student of the Year—which is awarded to one student per major based on faculty recommendation—and Student Leader of the Year. Fifty-five BVU student organizations and members of the Student Senate will also be recognized.
“The Student Recognition Dinner is enjoyable and festive,” adds Evans. “It’s also a moment to reflect on the mission and goals of the university to provide students with outstanding opportunities to develop and shine.”
The recognition dinner coincides with BVU's annual Family Weekend program.