First Year Residential

Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Sunday, August 24

7 a.m. - Breakfast – Dows Grand Ballroom
Early risers can head down to the ballroom to eat breakfast on your own or with a friend or two!
*Remember your Student ID for meals

10 a.m. - Chapel – Schaller Chapel
Attend this non-denominational chapel service with Buena Vista University Chaplain, Ken Meissner, and the Student Ministry Team. You may also attend a service at one of the local places of worship. Information on locations and times of worship services can be found online at

11 a.m. - Lunch with University Seminar Group – Dows Grand Ballroom
Join your University Seminar group for an early lunch before you start your busy day.
*Remember your Student ID for meals.

Noon – 4:30 p.m. - Rotation (go with your University Seminar group to various locations)

  • University Seminar Footprint Project – Assigned Classroom 
    Put the finishing touches on your project and presentation.
  • TLTC & Angel – Hansen 8
    The Teaching & Learning with Technology Center (TLTC) staff will introduce you to our university learning management system, ANGEL. You will learn about the institution’s e-mail system, GroupWise, and you will learn how to utilize BEAVERNET, our campus portal.
  • Introduction to the BVU Library (located in the Forum).
    This is one of your first steps to academic success. Explore your library and meet the staff before the semester begins. There will be games, prizes, food … and yes we might even make some noise!

4:30 p.m. - University Seminar Presentation Sectionals – Forum Rooms 1,2,3 & Hansen 8
Present your Footprint Project to BVU and the city administrators to see if your project moves on to the finals.

5:30 p.m. - Campus Wide Picnic – South Forum Lawn
Get to know more of the BVU family as faculty, staff and returning students join new students for a picnic.

7 p.m. - University Seminar Presentation Finals – Anderson Auditorium
President Fred Moore and City Manager Jim Patrick will judge the finalist presentations of the Global Footprint Project. Come cheer on the other groups and see how you can get involved in some of these and other city-wide projects. Beaver Game awards will also be given at this time.

8 p.m. - Johnny Holm Band – Middle Campus (in front of the Science Center)
A SAB (Student Activities Board) event and BVU tradition, Johnny Holm and his band perform an outdoor concert for the students of BVU. Come celebrate the beginning of a new year and take the opportunity to meet more BVU students!