Select a year to view news archives:

Kazmierczak Receives Principal of the Year Honors

April 2, 2015
Kim Kazmierczak CB'93 has been named 2015 Iowa Middle Level Principal of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa. She is the principal at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Council Bluffs.

BVU Theatre to Present "Into the Woods"

March 31, 2015
BVU Theatre has announced the cast for its spring production of "Into the Woods" by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, which will take place April 24-25 and May 1-2 at 7:30 p.m., and April 26 at 2 p.m. in Anderson Auditorium.

Taxing Work Gives Back

March 25, 2015
The VITA program provides free income tax preparation assistance to people who are lower-income, persons with disabilities, and others. Nineteen BVU students volunteer with the program.

Alumni Honored by Advertising Federation

March 25, 2015
Two BVU alumni have been honored by the American Advertising Federation of Des Moines. Adam Feller SL'11 was named "Ad Pro of the Year" and Kelsey (Reitmeier) Feller SL'12 was awarded "Rookie of the Year."

Beavers Get Shout-Out in NYC Sports Broadcast

March 24, 2015
During an appearance on WPIX-TV in New York City, Slam magazine's Leigh Klein was quizzed on his knowledge of college mascots. He knew the mascot of every college in the quiz, including a certain beloved Beaver.

Woodson Becomes All-American at NCAA Championships

March 14, 2015
Senior Seth Woodson capped off his stellar indoor track and field season on Saturday afternoon with his fourth-place finish at the NCAA DIII Indoor Track and Field Championships.

BVU Students Deliver Presentation at National IMPACT Conference

March 12, 2015
Members of the Buena Vista University Student MOVE organization presented at the 2015 IMPACT National Conference. Their presentation focused on how service organizations can shape the future of civic engagement on college campuses and local communities.

Focus on STEM: Building Future Leaders

March 10, 2015
A recent gift of $500,000 from a generous couple has established an endowment for STEM education at BVU. This endowment will help prepare education students to teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in K-12.

BVU Concert Band Presents Annual Winter Concert

March 10, 2015
The Buena Vista University Concert Band, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Jerry Bertrand, will present its annual Winter Concert on Sunday, March 15 at 3 p.m. at Schaller Chapel on the BVU campus.

Alumni are Part of Emmetsburg's "5 Under 40"

March 2, 2015
Three BVU alumni have received the Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce's "5 Under 40" Award. They were recognized for their work for Emmetsburg's RAGBRAI Committee in 2014.

Beaver Alumni in Sherwood Forest

Feb. 23, 2015
Four BVU alumni are involved in the production of "The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood" at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. In the play, the Merry Men are armed with spoons and battle a Sheriff of Nottingham who would rather be bowling.

Wythe Award Faculty Finalists Announced

Feb. 19, 2015
Four professors have been selected as finalists for BVU's 2015 George Wythe Award for Excellence in Teaching. The winner will be announced at the Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner on May 22.

Hot Shooting Sends Men's Basketball to Conference Title

Feb. 18, 2015
The Buena Vista men's basketball team shot better than 50 percent from the field en route to a commanding 94-80 road victory over the University of Dubuque. The win secured the program's 12th overall Iowa Conference title and the ninth under head coach Brian Van Haaften.

Students Intern During Rural Health Fellowships

Feb. 18, 2015
The Rural Health Fellowships program selected two Buena Vista University students for its January 2015 scholars program, which includes a three-week internship and a $1,000 stipend.

Students Participate in 2015 URMED Internships

Feb. 18, 2015
BVU's Undergraduate Rural Medicine Education and Development program selected three students for its January 2015 scholars program, which included a white coat ceremony and an internship in rural Iowa hospitals.

Student MOVE to Host Glass Slipper Shop Event

Feb. 18, 2015
The Buena Vista University organization Student MOVE will be hosting their Glass Slipper Shop event on the BVU campus. The event gives the local community the opportunity to purchase new and gently used formal dresses at a lower cost.

Students Honored at Iowa College Media Conference

Feb. 17, 2015
Buena Vista University's student media organizations took home several awards at the 2015 Iowa College Media Association conference, winning 29 awards in numerous categories and three special awards.

Students Selected for Academic Achievement Awards

Feb. 11, 2015
Eighteen BVU students have been selected for the Clifford A. Rae Academic Achievement Award for the 2014 calendar year. The program encourages quality learning experiences for students outside the classroom.

Science Students Honored for Academic Achievement

Feb. 11, 2015
Nine Buena Vista University science majors have been selected for the Clifford A. Rae Academic Achievement Award for the 2014 calendar year. In addition to academic excellence, the program encourages quality learning experiences for students outside the classroom.

Business Students Honored for Academic Achievement

Feb. 11, 2015
Nine Buena Vista University business majors have been selected for the Clifford A. Rae Academic Achievement Award for the 2014 calendar year. The program rewards business majors who excel in their academic pursuits.

Buena Vista University Theatre to Present Original Play

Feb. 4, 2015
Buena Vista University Theatre is presenting the original play "[fuzed & fraid]" Feb. 11-14 in Anderson Auditorium on the BVU campus. It is an original play that was conceived, developed, and written by BVU students, based upon their own personal experiences.

Buena Vista University Student Honored for Mentoring

Jan. 27, 2015
BVU junior Sloane Morrow has received the Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service. The award was presented by Governor Terry Branstad during a special recognition ceremony in Des Moines.

Japan: Art, Culture, History

Jan. 26, 2015
Students explored the beauty and majesty of old and new Japan during the "Art, Culture, History and Society" Interim travel course, led by Kathy Kapitan and Yuriko Togashi.

Beavers Travel Down Under

Jan. 25, 2015
Buena Vista students experienced Australia in January. They visited several destinations throughout the country, with a focus on natural wildlife, aboriginal culture, and the nation's origins.

Krystal and Kassi in Advertising

Jan. 24, 2015
Kassi Kommes and Krystal Schulte have spent January Interim at Maxwell/Liebl, an advertising agency in Des Moines. The pair created materials for many of the agency's clients, including radio and print advertisements.

How Things Work

Jan. 23, 2015
It takes more than building a trebuchet or a DC motor to learn about how technology works. In this course students research and build interesting gadgets while learning the scientific principles behind how simple and complex mechanisms work.

Buena Vista University Hosts Middle Eastern Culture Workshop

Jan. 23, 2015
BVU hosted area K-12 teachers for a workshop focused on teaching Iowa Core standards using Middle Eastern artifacts from the Keith Carter Collection, featuring cultural artifacts from Middle Eastern countries.

Running, Reading, and Reflecting

Jan. 22, 2015
In "Running, Reading, and Reflecting," students are motivated to fit physical activity into their busy lives. They keep track of their progress with a daily journal and exercise log to use as the basis for a reflection paper.

BVU Names Byrne Vice President Academic Affairs

Jan. 21, 2015
Buena Vista University has named Dr. Barbara Byrne as its interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. She began her duties on Monday, Jan. 12 and will serve in the position through the 2015-16 academic year.

Creating the Architecture of Style

Jan. 21, 2015
Stephanie Steiner has spent January Interim as an intern for Style-Architects in Minneapolis, Minn. She has contributed to a variety of projects, such as styling and photographing images for social media and writing copy for blog posts.

Creating a Performance

Jan. 20, 2015
Dr. Bethany Larson's interim course "Devising Theatre" is like no other theatre course at BVU. All students in the course participate on stage or backstage as they prepare for the opening night of an original production.

Backstage at Disney

Jan. 19, 2015
"Storytelling With Walt Disney" takes a look inside the world of Disney theme parks and cruises. Students go "backstage" to see how attractions really work and visit with Disney cast members, historians and authors.

Intramural Athletics

Jan. 18, 2015
During January, there are also opportunities to get involved with intramural sports. Students can participate in basketball and wiffle ball sports leagues, with women's, men's, and co-recreational leagues.

Introduction to Pharmacology

Jan. 17, 2015
Students in "Introduction to Pharmacology" are learning about basic pathophysiology and discussing how medications treat a variety of diseases. The experience also involves studying the effects of pharmacological agents on cell viability and function.

Spanish Immersion in Ecuador

Jan. 16, 2015
BVU students experience the geography and culture of Ecuador during the "Spanish Immersion" travel experience in January. Students and faculty visit historic and cultural sites and volunteer in the community.

Aviation Supplier, Airplane Hat

Jan. 15, 2015
Samantha Knudsen shows off her stylish airplane hat during her January internship at RIM Enterprises in Cedar Rapids. The company is a full service aircraft parts supplier.

BVU Earns A/Stable Rating from Standard & Poor's

Jan. 15, 2015
Standard & Poor's has affirmed its 'A' long-term rating and stable outlook for Buena Vista University. BVU has received an 'A' rating for the last 13 years, and it puts the University in the top-tier of Iowa private colleges.

The Science of Grilling

Jan. 14, 2015
Students practice basic lab documentation procedures while enjoying food prepared during a grilling contest. The contest is part of "The Chemistry of Food," where students learn the chemistry behind how food is prepared.

Buena Vista University Receives Grants for New AED Devices

Jan. 13, 2015
Buena Vista University recently received grants from Buena Vista County Community Foundation and to upgrade the automated external defibrillator devices available on campus.

Global Fellows in Chile

Jan. 13, 2015
BVU's 2015 Global Fellows are experiencing the culture and geography of Chile. The group has learned about scientific efforts to preserve pristine lands, and is now experiencing the vast culture of the country.

Meditation in Motion

Jan. 12, 2015
Students in Dr. Jo Bachman's interim course are learning the 17 basic movements of Ching Chi Kung Fu, while exploring the belief system behind the Tao and the ancient Chinese healing system.

Grand China Discovery

Jan. 12, 2015
Through fun and engaging activities students explore the fascinating country of China. Students are introduced to new foods and learning how to use chop sticks, do traditional calligraphy with a brush, and tie Chinese knots.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Jan. 12, 2015
Buena Vista University's Offices of Multicultural Engagement and Spiritual Life are hosting "MLK Day Celebration: A tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr." on Monday, Jan. 19 on the BVU campus.

Wellendorf Gets Published... and Republished

Jan. 11, 2015
Kiley Wellendorf is spending January Interim as an intern at, an online magazine in New York. Kiley's first article for xoJane has been republished on the Time magazine website.

Event Planning & Management

Jan. 10, 2015
Event planning and management requires a lot of hands-on work and effective communication techniques, so Dr. Rebekah Neary-DeLaPorte uses hands-on activities and presentations to demonstrate what it takes to be an event planner.

Exploring Mathematics

Jan. 9, 2015
The "Recreational Math" course introduces students to math in non-traditional ways. One popular class activity is origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, which allows students to create three-dimensional models of geometric equations.

Working with Marketing and Communications

Jan. 8, 2015
Senior digital media major Tyson-Jay Domingo is busy at work in his January internship in BVU's University Marketing & Communications office. He is photographing on-campus activities and helping with graphic design work.

Evaluating the Portrayal of Jesus

Jan. 7, 2015
Instead of classroom discussion, students in Dr. Swasti Bhattacharyya's January Interim class "Jesus Goes to the Movies" work in groups to draw their responses to the different portraits of Jesus presented in the gospels.

Playing Soccer in Cabo

Jan. 6, 2015
Buena Vista University students play soccer during their stop at a children's home during the "Panama Canal Transit Cruise" travel course. The trip explores multiple perspectives of tourism and its effects, both positive and negative.

Students Begin Rural Medicine Internships

Jan. 5, 2015
The Undergraduate Rural Medicine Education and Development program has selected three students for this year's program, and on Jan. 5 they participated in a white coat ceremony to begin three-week internships.

Beavers at Bedford Industries

Jan. 3, 2015
Katie (Luitjens) Larson SL'08, Stacy (Kruger) Fricke SL'04 and Gladiola Esparza SL'14 take a break at Bedford Industries. The three Beaver alumni work for the company in Worthington, Minn.