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Mumps 2015 Update

Buena Vista University Health Services & Wellness has been aware of the mumps cases at the University of Iowa since July and have been monitoring the situation with guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and our local Buena Vista County Public Health (BVCPH).  It is known, that in most cases the students have received both required doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) which is a requirement at BVU.  

When mumps cases are occurring at colleges or universities, national criteria are used to determine when a third dose of MMR should be recommended.  These criteria are based on the number of people at the university who have become ill.  These criteria have been met for the University of Iowa student body; therefore, a third dose of MMR is currently being recommended for University of Iowa students less than 25 years of age. 

This announcement comes in an effort to help protect others from mumps and its complications, and to reduce the spread of the infection- not only on the campus of the University of Iowa, but across the state and outside Iowa since Thanksgiving break is fast approaching.  

No other colleges or universities in Iowa have met the national criteria; therefore, a third dose of MMR vaccine has not been recommended by public health officials.

People who have been in contact with a person infected with mumps should have their immunization status evaluated.  Anyone who is not immune and has not received two doses of a MMR should be vaccinated.  Persons who may have been exposed should be educated on the signs and symptoms of mumps disease, and should seek medical attention as soon as any of these symptoms begin.  For more information regarding the mumps go to http://bvu.edu/mumps

Tami Laursen, Director of Health Services & Wellness

Commencement Web Page is Open
The Commencement web page is open and has all the current information about May 2016 graduation.  December graduates are encouraged to take care of ordering their tickets and cap and gown for commencement now.  Use the link here to access the information for graduates on the BVU website. http://www.bvu.edu/commencement

As part of the 24/7 For Your Safety initiative, the Office for Student Affairs, in cooperation with Edwards Auto Center, encourages all BVU students to Check Your Ride before you travel for Thanksgiving Break. Simply go to Edwards Auto Center, 1301 N. Lake, during the week of Wednesday, November 18 – Wednesday, November 25 and present your student ID to have an Edwards technician give your vehicle a quick safety inspection. Edwards technicians will check all of your fluid levels, check all your belts and hoses, and check your tire pressure. The best part is…. IT’S ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!

The Student Senate Executive Board is pleased to announce that they will now be having office hours every day of the week! The Senate office is located in the Student Affairs Extension suite in the Siebens Forum. Students can contact one of the Executive Board members or check BVU News for a schedule of the office hours. Members of the 2015-2016 Student Senate Executive Board are: Austin Groth, President, Izaak Plunkett, Vice-President, Emily Leighton, Secretary, Chase Werden, Treasurer, Jacob Braddock, Parliamentarian

“Beaver Bucks” are convenient!
Students can use “Beaver Bucks” in the Centennial Room/Snack Bar or Common Grounds Coffee Shop. “Beaver Bucks” may be purchased in the Business Office at any time during the year and Sodexo Food Service loads the value on the student’s ID. Beaver Bucks will transfer from semester to semester, but not year to year. The cost for Beaver Bucks is as follows:

25 Beaver Bucks…. $20
50 Beaver Bucks…. $40
100 Beaver Bucks…$75

Outdoor Rec House Equipment Available
The Outdoor Recreation House has the following equipment available for students to use at no cost to them; just stop at the Rec House and Trevor will assist students with signing out what they need.
Camping Gear:  Tarps, Sleeping Bags, Backpacks
Water Gear:  Kayaks & Canoes, Paddleboards, Life Jackets, Paddleboats
Bike Gear:  Bikes
Sports Balls:  Basketballs, Volleyballs, Soccer Balls, Footballs, Kickballs
Miscellaneous:  Golf Clubs for Lawn Golf, Frisbees, Hula Hoops, Disc Golf

Sign up for the Beaver Athletics Weekly
The Beaver Athletics Weekly will keep you up-to-date on all of the latest Beaver Athletic events and results. Sign up today using the form at http://www.bvuathletics.com/fanzone/Beaver Athletics_Weekly

For a complete list of events and deadlines throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, you can access the Academic Calendar at www.bvu.edu/academics

The Tack, BVU’s award-winning, online student newspaper, invites you keep up-to-date on all the news about BVU by visiting its website at http://www.bvtack.com/. While there, be sure to click on “Subscribe” (http://www.bvtack.com/subscribe/) to start getting The Point, the paper’s weekly eNewsletter that comes directly to your email inbox and contains the top headlines for that week. You can also follow The Tack ONLINE on Facebook or @thetack on Twitter for news updates and links