Pride, Assurance for BVU Families

Pride, Assurance for BVU Families

Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions a young adult will ever make. When the children of Buena Vista University employees choose to attend BVU, it brings a sense of profound pride and assurance knowing that their son or daughter will receive a quality education.

Michael, Bobby, Grace and Dr. Troy Ivey

Grave Ivey, administrative assistant to the director of athletics, will have two sons — Michael and Bobby — attending BVU this fall.

Michael, who will be a junior, is a sports management and marketing double major who has been chosen to participate in the Minnesota Vikings’ Game Day internship program this fall. Michael is also a member of BVU’s baseball team, the Business and Marketing Clubs, and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), BVU Chapter.

Bobby will be a freshman this fall and plans to double major in biology and chemistry. He also hopes to participate in professional development programs offered at BVU, including the Undergraduate Rural Medicine Education and Development (URMED) program, which provides internship opportunities to pre-med students who have an interest in practicing rural medicine. 

“What I love about BVU is that its size optimizes students’ college experiences,” says Grace. “The extracurricular activities and the internship programs are also abundant and invaluable. I am confident that my sons will have a solid education when they graduate, and I know they will be prepared for a career in the field they desire or for post-graduate studies.”

Rich, Neil and Nancy Marshall

Nancy Marshall’s son, Neil, will be a freshman and a member of BVU’s baseball team this fall. “I was happy Neil chose BVU because I know he will get a great education and I know there are opportunities for him to succeed and grow,” says Nancy, assistant to the vice president for student affairs/dean of students & office manager. “I know that the faculty and staff will take the time to get to know him and respect him for the person he is and for the potential that he has.”

Neil — who will major in sports management — visited three other private institutions and one state university before deciding to attend BVU. “I always wanted Neil to be at the institution that was the best fit for him,” says Nancy. “BVU provides various opportunities and experiences for students both inside the classroom and outside the classroom.”

Lynn, Tami and Blake Laursen

Tami Laursen’s son, Blake, will also be a freshman at BVU this fall. “People of the BVU community are dedicated to the students,” says Tami, director of health services & wellness. “I am elated that Blake has chosen BVU. I know that he will get the best education, support and guidance over the next four years.”

At BVU, Blake will major in biology and has been accepted into the elite Honors Program and Dean’s Fellowship Program. Blake also plans to be involved with the Science Club, the Student Activities Board (SAB) and intramural activities.

“I’m excited to have Blake go to such a wonderful school and I look forward to watching him grow at BVU,” adds Tami.