To graduate from Buena Vista University at the Storm Lake campus, all full-time students must register for ACES each semester beginning in their first semester until successfully completing the required number of semesters based upon the formula outlined below. Students possessing a baccalaureate degree are exempt from the ACES requirement.
The ACES Program consists of cultural and scholarly events. The Academic and Cultural Events Series (ACES) contributes to the University’s mission by enriching the solid liberal arts foundation of the University, by enhancing the curriculum through experiential learning opportunities and, by promoting an awareness of the diversity of cultures and perspectives that exist in the global community.
Cultural ACES are events from touring groups as well as in-house performers. They consist of dance, theater, performing arts, vocal, instrumental, as well as solo artists. There are multiple events programmed each semester. They are typically booked in Schaller Memorial Chapel or Anderson Auditorium
Behavior - Students are expected to behave in a respectful manner during the performances. No use of cell phones or other electronic devices will be allowed during the performance. Further, any disruptive behavior, such as talking or undue noise, will not be tolerated. The BVU campus is tobacco free including ACES events.
Attire - Cultural Events are considered semi-formal and students will be required to dress accordingly. Students wearing casual attire such as jeans, t-shirts, ball caps, and athletic shoes or attire, may be asked to leave.
Scholarly ACES are a series of lectures/programs related to topics within the academic disciplines and sponsored by the University undergraduate schools.These events are open to the general public.Dress for these events may be casual, but respectful.
Entering first year students: four semesters are required.
Entering transfer students: The graduation requirement depends on transferred credit hours accepted by the Registrar’s Office based on the following.
|Transfer Hours||Semesters Required|
Transfer students must earn ACES credits in consecutive semesters beginning with the first semester.
Non-degree seeking students and part-time students at the Storm Lake campus are not required to fulfill ACES requirements, nor are BVU Online, Site and Graduate program.
Students fulfill their ACES requirement by attending two cultural and two scholarly events per semester.
For speaker or performance suggestions, booking inquiries or general information, contact:
Buena Vista University
610 W Fourth St. Box 2011
Storm Lake, IA 50588