Buena Vista University is an NCAA Division III institution and a member of the highly competitive Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The intercollegiate athletics program is integral to the institution and enhances the overall quality of the educational experience. Approximately forty-percent of our students participate in at least one of the nineteen sponsored intercollegiate sports. Men’s teams include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field and wrestling. Women’s teams include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball. Buena Vista University student-athletes strive for success at the highest level of NCAA championship play while also successfully completing their academic degree.


(subject to change) Monday-Friday…………………………………… 7:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. (Breakfast) 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Lunch) 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (Dinner) Saturday-Sunday………………………………….. 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Brunch) 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (Dinner) Beavers Den – (Offers made-to-order items during the following times): Monday-Friday (Afternoon Grill) 1:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday........................................................7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Common Grounds Coffee Shop Common Grounds Coffee Shop is an excellent space to gather and enjoy your favorite hot or cold beverage. The coffee shop proudly brews Starbucks coffee and offers a variety of snacks and sandwiches. The coffee shop is adjacent to the library. Monday-Friday.............................................. 7:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Saturday.-Sunday.......................................................Closed–Open for Special Events (Coffee Shop hours subject to change)


Phone: 2430

Campus Dining Services, operated by Sodexo, provides many opportunities for you to take care of one of your basic needs in life…food. The food service program at Buena Vista University is more than just providing meals, it involves people who care about providing for our students the best food and service possible. The food service is centrally located in the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business/Siebens Forum. Our concept of diversified university dining is called the Sodexo Marquis Plan. It is recognized as a plan that offers variety and freedom of choice for students. The Marquis Plan offers a flat-rate meal plan that allows students to eat as much, or as often, as they like any time during dining hours. All first year students are required to be on the Marquis Meal Plan for the entire academic year. For upperclassmen that prefer a lighter option and do not require the flexibility of the Marquis Plan, there is a 10 and 14 meal option. All resident students are required to participate in a food plan. Additionally, Beaver Bucks can be used in the Centennial Room/Snack Bar or Common Grounds Coffee Shop and may be purchased in the Business Office at any time during the year. Beaver Bucks will transfer from semester to semester, but NOT year to year. Sodexo’s goal is to make every day a better day through our dining facilities, Common Grounds Coffee Shop, Late Night Grill, campus vending and our Catering Services, and have proudly been serving the BVU and surrounding communities since 1974. Sodexo uses menus that have been designed just for you. Regional chefs plan seasonal menus and Sodexo adds their campus favorites to these menus to enhance your dining experience. The Student Senate Food Crew meets with Sodexo’s management team and provides a channel for which students can express concerns. Sodexo encourages you to visit with them at any time about that favorite dish you’d like us to prepare.


Phone: 2500

Harold Walter Siebens School of Business/Siebens Forum, Student Affairs. Phone 2500. Campus Security provides 24 hour coverage to the campus community with the goal to provide a safe environment for the campus community. They offer several services including 24 hour escort, medical transportation, and vehicle assistance. Personal safety and crime prevention programs are offered throughout the year. Campus Security is responsible for the University parking program. The link to the Campus Security Website is:


Phone: 2440

Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and evenings by appointment. The Career & Personal Development office is dedicated to helping students connect their college experience to their future career. Students receive help in choosing a major and exploring career options through personalized career coaching and self-assessments, on-campus programming and online resources. The Assistant Director of Career & Personal Development assists students in locating and applying for internships in partnership with faculty. The staff offers job search services for both students and alumni that include an online job board exclusive to BVU. Students are prepared for professional success through resume and cover letter reviews, mock interviews, alumni networking events, an extensive career library (print and online) and campus events with employers.


Phone: 2405

From meeting refreshments to buffet or served meals, Sodexo can take care of your needs. Sodexo’s goal is to make every day a better day through our dining facilities, Common Grounds Coffee Shop, Beaver’s Den, campus vending and our catering services, and have proudly been serving the BVU and surrounding communities since 1974.


Phone: 1236

The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) is the University’s academic support unit, which provides services to enhance the teaching-learning experience for the University community. The CAE provides tutors in almost all academic areas. All of the CAE tutors are outstanding BVU students who have been chosen because of their academic and teaching skills. Our tutors are trained in learning strategies, study methods, social interaction, strategies for students with disabilities, and specific content area skills such as math methods and correctly citing sources to avoid plagiarism. The CAE emphasizes the writing process, including content, organization, and revision – not just proofreading. Math and writing tutors are scheduled daily from 9-5. Tutors for other classes are scheduled based upon the tutors’ academic schedules. When students request a tutor for a specific course, we find one for them. All students benefit from using the CAE. Many of the students who use the CAE are successful students who want to improve upon their skills. We like to say this is a place where good students come to be better students. Some students who require additional support use the CAE to help meet their academic goals. • Students can schedule regular weekly appointments with the same tutor. • Tutoring is provided at no additional charge to the students. • Students can use the CAE as an alternate study location. • Students can also meet with the director of the CAE as well as other members of the CAE staff to schedule individual appointments to improve their skills in time management, test taking, and studying. Students can work with our math specialist, our writing coordinator, our academic coach or with the tutors. Hours: Our hours of operation are updated on the CAE web page. We also have information on the CAE web page for study skills and academic skills.


Phone: 2443

Harold Walter Siebens School of Business/Siebens Forum, Geisinger Student Leadership Center • Phone 2443. The Office of Civic Engagement serves as an excellent resource for students seeking experiential learning opportunities. A full-time staff person and student advisory board, named Student MOVE, (Mobilizing, Outreach, Volunteer Efforts) assists individuals and groups looking to participate in service opportunities. Local, regional, national and international volunteer opportunities help students realize the importance of civic responsibility and engagement. The Office of Civic Engagement is host to an AmeriCorps State program for which students interview and apply for positions. Annual events sponsored by Student MOVE include Service Events and Alternative Week of Off-site Learning (AWOL) program which is our Alternative Spring Break Program. Each event pairs a volunteer experience with an opportunity for social interaction. The Office of Civic Engagement also sponsors the BV Buddies Mentoring Program. This student-lead program pairs a BVU student with a Storm Lake Middle School student for an entire academic year for participation in tutoring and enrichment activities.


Phone: 2123

Professional and confidential personal counseling services are available for individuals, couples, and families, and are without cost to students, faculty, and staff. The counseling office also provides educational programming, referrals for treatment at on-campus or off-campus sites, support groups as needed, and consultation services to anyone at BVU. Counseling records are private and do not become part of the University record. An appointment can be made by contacting the Office for Student Affairs.


Phone: 2401

Event Services is located in the Harold Walter Siebens Forum and assists student organizations with all of their co-curricular scheduling needs. The office will assign rooms for events and meetings, ensure signs and equipment are in the room as ordered and submit catering requests for food and beverage orders.


Phone: 1238

Office hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Health Services & Wellness is a free service to students. All health records are confidential and do not become part of the University record. Health Services goal is to enhance the educational process by modifying, changing or removing health related barriers to learning, promoting optimal wellness, teaching and enabling individuals to make informed decisions about health related concerns. Students are provided with assessment, treatment and referrals for illness or injury. Referrals and appointments are made to appropriate health care providers. Payment for these services will be handled between the provider and the student. Basic medical supplies and over-the-counter medications are available to students at no charge. Other special equipment such as crutches, ice packs, heating pads and vaporizers are available for use on a loan basis. Students, who are ill, are responsible to notify their professors. Health Services & Wellness and the Office for Student Affairs will contact professors of a student's medical absence if requested by the student. It is at the professor's discretion whether or not to excuse an absence. All full-time students (12 credit hours or more) and students residing on campus are required to have medical insurance while attending Buena Vista University. Health Forms: Required of all full-time freshman and transfer students are a completed health form (with a copy of their current insurance card) and a student health insurance waiver statement by the following deadlines to Heath Services and Wellness: • Aug. 1 for first semester • Jan. 5 for Interim • Jan. 20 for second semester This form must be received and immunization status approved before you will be permitted to complete final registration in August. Students that fail to complete appropriate documentation will have an academic hold placed on them until it is received. Insurance: An online insurance waiver must be completed each year by all full-time students and/or students residing on campus by the specified deadline or you will be automatically enrolled in a student health insurance plan and billed through your student account. For more information visit the Office of Health Services or the Business Office. If you are participating in intercollegiate athletics, please contact the Athletic Training Department at 712-749-2258 for additional insurance information. Note: If for any reason your insurance carrier changes or is discontinued, you must report this to Health Services within 10 working days. WELLNESS PROGRAM: Wellness is a positive and balanced approach to living that encompasses six dimensions: spiritual, physical, intellectual, career/occupation, emotional, and social/environmental development. Students, faculty and staff have many opportunities to participate in the physical dimension of wellness-related activities in a variety of ways including usage of weight training and cardio-vascular exercise equipment; usage of flexibility and abs exercise equipment; and swimming and/or aqua aerobics. The importance of balancing one's life through wellness is emphasized. A wellness room (Peterson Room), located in the lower level of the Fieldhouse, L-20, is available for scheduled wellness programs or individual or group use. The mirrored room offers audio/video equipment, mats, wall mounted ballet bar, exercise balls, steps, exercise bands and a small video library of exercise tapes and DVDs. To reserve the Wellness room contact Health Services & Wellness at ext. 1238 or e-mail The goal of the Wellness program is to encourage a healthy lifestyle for all members of the Buena Vista University community. Students interested in Team Wellness are encouraged to contact Health Services & Wellness. Students that qualify for work-study positions may receive an hourly wage for their hours. Work study opportunities are available within the Team Wellness program.


Phone: 2378

See The Office of Multicultural Engagement.


Phone: 2395

The campus store, located adjacent to the Information Desk in the Harold Walter Siebens Forum, can supply you with your entire textbook and apparel needs. The store is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Weekend hours vary based on campus activities and are posted monthly.


Phone: 2360

Harold Walter Siebens School of Business/Siebens Forum • Phone is 2360. Mail and Printing Services is located next to the Centennial Room’s north entrance past student mailboxes. This office offers students complete mail service, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and only accept cash or check, no debit or credit cards. At Mail & Printing members of the BVU community can: • Mail letters • Purchase stamps • Ship and receive packages via UPS, FedEx and DHL • Pick-up packages (an email is sent to students when a package arrives) • Photocopy materials (for a nominal fee) • Color Copy (for a nominal fee) • Bind (for a nominal fee) • Laminate (for a nominal fee) • Send faxes (for a nominal fee.) Fax number 712.749.2037 • Schedule résumé printing and purchase résumé supplies • Be assigned a personal mailbox and mailbox combination Personal mailboxes are assigned to all students and are located in the Forum in the hallway leading to Mail & Printing Services. To receive mail at Buena Vista University students must: • Have both name and student box number on incoming mail and packages • Use their own name, not an “alias,” for all incoming and outgoing mail and package delivery • Sign for all packages when picking them up • Get written permission to pick-up someone’s mail or package and sign for it • Empty mailbox on a weekly basis (except during breaks). Any mail left in a mailbox longer than one week will be returned to sender • Be a registered student (to hold the same mailbox while at BVU, students must be registered consecutively each year) • Keep mailboxes locked (BVU is not responsible for items taken from unlocked boxes) • Pay for all personal postage, packages, supplies and printing upon receipt Students should have mail sent to their BVU address in the following format: (Name) Buena Vista University, Box ( ) 610 West 4th Street Storm Lake, IA 50588 During breaks, magazines will be saved for students but newspapers will not. Only first class mail will be forwarded for students off campus during Interim. First class mail and magazines will be forwarded during the summer months for returning students leaving forwarding addresses. Only first class mail will be forwarded for one year following graduation or departure from the University, but we ask you submit a change of address card as quickly as possible. Magazines will be forwarded for two months, giving time to get addresses changed. Newspapers will not be forwarded. To have mail forwarded, a forwarding card must be completed and submitted to Mail & Printing. This is also necessary for students wishing to have mail held during the summer or while pursuing off-campus studies. Due to postal regulations, no students will be allowed behind mailboxes except those working in Mail and Printing. If you have any questions, please contact Dan Newcomb 749.2360 or e-mail


Phone: 2378

Harold Walter Siebens School of Business/Siebens Forum – Phone 2378 Multicultural Engagement (ME) at Buena Vista University assists multicultural students with the transition to student life by fostering a safe and supportive environment within which students can explore their own cultural identity. ME seeks to enhance the visibility and awareness of diversity within our campus community by creating opportunities for students, staff, faculty and the community to come together for cultural exchange and celebration. ME supports all students in broadening their perspective of inclusivity by developing opportunities for our students to learn and understand the importance of relating to others around issues of privilege; ability; age; arrest record; citizenship status; color; cultural identity; ethnicity; family educational history; gender identity or expression; genetic information; marital status; national origin; personal thought or belief; political affiliation; pregnancy; race; religion or spiritual belief; sex; sexual orientation; socio-economic status; or military status. The office enhances the visibility and awareness of the diversity of the University by creating opportunities for students, faculty and staff to come together to celebrate the diversity of our community. Working collaboratively with academic and co-curricular departments, ME strives to promote student learning, development and success. Students and student organizations committed to multiculturalism and inclusivity are encouraged to become a part of MELT (Multicultural Engagement Leadership Team), RAICES, and Asian-American Pacific Islander Alliance. STUDENT ACTIVITIES – The office develops opportunities for students to enjoy entertaining as well as educational programming through the efforts of the Student Activities Board (SAB) and a student multicultural leadership team. SAB is a student run organization which brings diverse social and recreational activities to campus. SAB provides free, fun entertainment planned to fit the diverse interests of the student body. Activities include movies, comedians, bands, laser tag and more. Each fall SAB hosts Homecoming Week Activities culminating with coronation of the king and queen. BVU also offers over 50 active student organizations representing a wide variety of interests, services and disciplines. The majority of BVU students involve themselves in one or more organizations as a means of developing skills or interest and in distinguishing themselves for future job searches. Students who are interested in learning more about any of these programs should contact the Geisinger Student Leadership Center (GSLC) located in the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business/Siebens Forum.


Phone: 1454

The purpose of the Recreation Services program is to encourage and develop healthy habits among the BVU community. It provides resources to support student engagement in all varieties of Intramural Sports, Outdoor Recreation, Fitness Classes and Wellness Initiatives. Recreation Services is a division of Student Affairs and is located at 27 Peterson Drive, in a house along the lake front. It is the goal of this department to facilitate student development through experiential education, self-discovery, leadership assessment, building interpersonal skills, and technical skill development. Recreation Services’ programs offer students opportunities to become involved, explore the world, and challenge themselves while building a foundation of healthy and balanced habits. The University has many recreational items that can be checked out for students to use. Some of these items include canoes, kayaks, camping equipment, racquet ball racquets, disc golf equipment, volleyballs, stand-up paddleboards, and golf clubs for lawn golf.


Phone: 1240

The Director of Student Success is responsible for the overall coordination and execution of retention initiatives for the University. The main focus is to engage all areas of campus in conversation and lead the effort to improve student success and persistence to graduation. The director meets with students to connect them to resources to ensure their success. One important function of this office is to plan and coordinate initiatives to improve student success and retention. Initiatives include one-on-one weekly student Success Coaching and BVU Welcome Chats in the Common Grounds Coffee Shop for all new students to connect with a faculty or staff member.