News from Buena Vista University en-us Buena Vista University Student Honored for Mentoring 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. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:50:00 CST Beavers Travel Down Under 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. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:35:00 CST Krystal and Kassi in Advertising 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. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 04:15:00 CST How Things Work 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. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:38:00 CST Buena Vista University Hosts Middle Eastern Culture Workshop 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. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:38:00 CST Running, Reading, and Reflecting 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. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:30:00 CST BVU Names Byrne Vice President Academic Affairs 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. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 03:48:00 CST Creating the Architecture of Style 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. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:12:00 CST Creating a Performance 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. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:10:00 CST Backstage at Disney "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. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 02:42:00 CST Intramural Athletics 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. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 02:17:00 CST Introduction to Pharmacology 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. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 10:16:00 CST Spanish Immersion in Ecuador 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. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:05:00 CST BVU Earns A/Stable Rating from Standard & Poor's 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. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:07:00 CST The Science of Grilling 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. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:56:00 CST Buena Vista University Receives Grants for New AED Devices Buena Vista University recently received grants from Buena Vista County Community Foundation and to upgrade the automated external defibrillator devices available on campus. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 01:38:00 CST Global Fellows in Chile 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. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:25:00 CST Meditation in Motion 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. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 07:33:00 CST Grand China Discovery 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. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:18:00 CST Wellendorf Gets Published... and Republished Kiley Wellendorf is spending January Interim as an intern at, an online magazine in New York. Kiley's first article for xoJane has been republished on the Time magazine website. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 04:37:00 CST Event Planning & Management 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. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 10:33:00 CST Exploring Mathematics 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. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 04:15:00 CST Working with Marketing and Communications 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. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 02:06:00 CST Evaluating the Portrayal of Jesus 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. Wed, 7 Jan 2015 03:28:00 CST Playing Soccer in Cabo 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. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 02:41:00 CST Students Begin Rural Medicine Internships 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. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 06:48:00 CST Looking Back on 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. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 03:39:00 CST Buena Vista University Named to Higher Education Service Honor Roll 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. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 04:11:00 CST BVU Accepting Applications for Cultural Leadership Conference 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." Thu, 11 Dec 2014 04:03:00 CST Kelsey Mitchell to Study Mathematics in Budapest 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. Fri, 5 Dec 2014 09:30:00 CST