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Student Organizations Receive Awards at Regional Conference

April 18, 2014
Members of the Buena Vista University Student Activities Board attended the National Association for Campus Activities regional conference in St. Paul, Minn., where they received several awards.

BVU Theatre to Present “Three Sisters”

April 17, 2014
Buena Vista University Theatre is presenting a version of Anton Chekhov’s play, "Three Sisters." Written in 1900, the play features the lives and aspirations of the Prozorov family, three sisters Olga, Masha and Irina and their brother Andrey.

Campus Media Places First in National Competition

April 16, 2014
Buena Vista University student newspaper, The Tack, placed first in the nation for online news website overall excellence in the annual Society for Collegiate Journalists national media contest.

Buena Vista University to Host Tenth Annual Scholars Day

April 15, 2014
BVU's tenth annual Scholars Day will be held on Friday, April 25. t this annual event, students share their best presentations, original research, artistic creations and performances with their peers, professors and the community.

Students Attend Lecture by Hiroshima Survivor

April 15, 2014
Buena Vista University Japanese instructor Yuriko Togashi and a group of BVU students attended a lecture by Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor, Koko Tanimoto Kondo.

BVU Hosts High School Student Media Festival

April 14, 2014
BVU's digital media department hosted the second annual SHOWOFF Student Media Festival. The festival allows high school juniors and seniors to submit media projects for award consideration in a variety of categories.

Buena Vista University Holds Second Annual Hacking Challenge

April 10, 2014
Twenty students from the BVU computer science department faced off against each other and students from Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., during the second annual "Capture the Flag" computer hacking challenge.

Morrow Receives National Honor for Service

April 1, 2014
Sloane Morrow was selected by Campus Compact as one of five Iowa college students to receive the national Newman Civic Fellows Award. She is an active student leader and performs service work in the Storm Lake community and beyond.

BVU Students Network at Career Connect

March 14, 2014
Career Connect is a unique, interactive event, specifically designed for networking, learning about employment trends, and building relationships between students and future employers.

BVU Wraps Up Iron Beaver Challenge with Triathlon

March 11, 2014
Over 40 Buena Vista University students, faculty, staff and members of the Storm Lake community participated in the third-annual Iron Beaver Challenge during the month of February.

Wythe Award Nominees for 2014

March 10, 2014
Four professors, including two alumni, have been selected as finalists for BVU's 2014 George Wythe Award for Excellence in Teaching. The winner will be announced at the Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner on May 23.

Buena Vista University Announces Law Program with University of Iowa

March 6, 2014
BVU has signed an agreement with University of Iowa College of Law to coordinate their programs, allowing BVU undergraduates to apply for admission to Iowa Law's Juris Doctor Program and earn their bachelor's and law degrees in six years.

Figueroa Prepares for Possibility of Graduate School at Harvard

March 5, 2014
Sophomore political science major Monica Figueroa Vaca attended the Public Policy and Leadership Conference at Harvard University. The conference is designed to prepare students for graduate study in public policy and international affairs.

BVU Announces Senior of the Year Finalists

March 3, 2014
Buena Vista University's graduating senior class has chosen the finalists for the Senior of the Year Awards. The winners will be announced at the Student Recognition Dinner on April 26.

Joshua: BVU Empowers His Success

March 1, 2014
Like most college-bound students, Joshua Fortmann, a junior biology major from Cedar Rapids, wanted to earn a degree without going broke. He's glad he didn't let sticker shock rule out the options.

Meghan: Scholarships Bring New Opportunities

March 1, 2014
For Meghan Harmening, a second-year accounting and finance/banking double major from Marshall, Minn., financial assistance from Buena Vista University eased her student debt load.

Mariana: Scholarships Offer A Fighting Chance

March 1, 2014
At 17, Mariana Ramirez had risen to the top of her high school class. Her prospects for climbing the economic ladder were far more grim. But BVU gave her a bold opportunity to author a new destiny.

Student MOVE Delivers National Conference Presentation

February 28, 2014
Members of the Buena Vista University Student MOVE organization attended and presented at the National Collegiate Leadership Conference in Tucson, Ariz.

Ice and Snow Fun at BVU's Winterfest

February 14, 2014
Students gathered to compete in ice hockey, broomball, and a snow sculpture contest, while others participated in open cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and polar golf.

Students Selected for Academic Achievement Award

February 13, 2014
Seventeen BVU students have been selected for the Clifford A. Rae Academic Achievement Award for the 2013 calendar year. The program encourages quality learning experiences for students outside the classroom.

Science Students Honored for Academic Achievement

February 13, 2014
Nine BVU science majors have been selected for the Clifford A. Rae Academic Achievement Award for the 2013 calendar year. In addition to academic excellence, the program encourages quality learning experiences for students outside the classroom.

Business Students Honored for Academic Achievement

February 13, 2014
Eight BVU business majors have been selected for the Clifford A. Rae Academic Achievement Award for the 2013 calendar year. The program rewards business majors who excel in their academic pursuits.

Almost All 2013 Grads Employed, in Grad School

February 12, 2014
Members of BVU's Class of 2013 are off to a great start, according to statistics from the annual survey by the Office of Career Services. Ninety-seven percent of them had found employment or were enrolled in graduate or professional school within six months of graduation.

Campus Media Students Honored at ICMA Conference

February 11, 2014
Buena Vista University’s student-operated media organizations took home several awards and other honors at the 2014 conference of the Iowa College Media Association held in Des Moines.

Buena Vista University to Present Two One-Act Plays

February 11, 2014
Buena Vista University Theatre is presenting two one-act plays, Trifles by Susan Glaspell and The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter. Performances of the plays will take place Feb. 12-15 at 7:30 p.m. in Anderson Auditorium on the BVU campus.

Michael Pierce Joins BVU Board of Trustees

January 31, 2014
Buena Vista University has announced that Michael K. Pierce of Houston, Texas, has been elected to the Board of Trustees. He is a native of Storm Lake, and is a partner at Thompson & Knight, LLP in Houston, Texas.

BVU Adopts an Elementary Classroom

January 30, 2014
The BVU School of Education has “adopted” an elementary school classroom at Field Club Elementary in Omaha, Nebraska. The program helps young students recognize the possibilities that come with a college education.

Riding the Trolley at Walt Disney World

January 25, 2014
Students on the "Storytelling with Walt Disney" travel course meet BVU alum Tracy Cochran at Walt Disney World. Tracy drives the horse-drawn trolley up and down Main Street USA at Magic Kingdom.

Exploring Math with Origami

January 24, 2014
Students in the "Recreational Mathematics" course explored polyhedra figures using origami. The class focuses on mathematical games with an emphasis on logical thinking and problem-solving techniques.

Students Jam at the "How to Become a Recording Star" Concert

January 24, 2014
Dr. David Klee's Interim class, "How to Become a Recording Star," performs in Anderson Auditorium. The concert is the culmination of their month-long study of song writing, music theory, and trends in the music industry.

Learning Chinese Culture and Customs

January 23, 2014
Students in Bei Yi's January class "Behind the Gold Star – The Real China" are exploring the culture and customs of China through research and hands-on activities including Chinese knots, paper cutting, and brush calligraphy.

Success in College and Life

January 22, 2014
A small group in the Interim class "On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life" discuss a in-class activity about evaluating relationships.

How Things Work

January 21, 2014
Dr. Timothy Ehler's Interim class, "How Things Work," toured the AGCO tractor production facility in Jackson, Minn. The class includes discussions and activities to explore scientific principles behind technological wonders.

A Relaxing Mountain View

January 20, 2014
Caroyln McDermott briefly relaxes at Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. The BVU Global Fellows group visited the park during their January Interim trip.

Exploring Food for Thought

January 19, 2014
"Food for Thought" allows students to explore food in a cultural context. Topics include cultural diversity, family traditions, nutrition, food production, and everyday food norms, values and taboos.

"Voluntourism" Performs Service, Crosses Panama Canal

January 18, 2014
Students and faculty on the Interim travel course "Voluntourism" traveled through the Panama Canal on Jan. 16. The Voluntourism class made stops at a rescue mission in Miami, the Cayman Island Animal Shelter, and a children's foundation in Columbia.

A Rugged Day at Camp Dodge

January 17, 2014
Kirsten VanZuiden gets ready to try out the humvee rollover simulator at Camp Dodge in Johnston. She has performed a January internship with the Iowa Association Business and Industry.

Meditation in Motion

January 16, 2014
Students in Siebens Fieldhouse explore the graceful and reflective movements of kung fu in "Ching Chi Kung Fu: Meditation in Motion." The class focuses on movement, breathing and wellness.

Welcome to Spain

January 15, 2014
Alexis Williams presents a stunning view, overlooking the Spanish city of Toledo. Alexis and other BVU students are studying Spanish for three weeks at the University of Salamanca, one of the oldest universities in the world.

Event Planning & Management

January 14, 2014
Students listen to a presentation from Teresa Stuhr, catering manager for Sodexo as a part of their class, Event Planning & Management. Each student presents the planning details for an event using the tips and tricks they have learned.

Study Break with Japanese Culture

January 13, 2014
Elementary Japanese students take a short break from learning Japanese grammar and pronunciation with two cultural activities - folding origami paper and trying on kimonos.

Outdoor Cooking by the Lake

January 10, 2014
Despite the frigid weather, students in the January class "Managing Risk in Outdoor Recreation" used portable camping stoves to cook dishes such as pasta with vegetables, oatmeal, chili, and a beef stew-type concoction.

Makensie Gets the Shot

January 9, 2014
Senior Makensie Brown photographs a model during her January internship at Aaron Geller Photography in Toledo, Ohio. During the month-long internship, Makensie is practicing studio photography as well as photo retouching and marketing.

Learning Survival Tactics

January 8, 2014
Amy Letsche demonstrates knapping techniques for students in her January class "BVU Survivor." Throughout the month, the class will make snowshoes and take field trips to experience geocaching (a modern outdoor scavenger hunt).

Self-Portraits and Forgiveness

January 7, 2014
Students in Rev. Ken Meissner's class "Forgiveness" create self portraits during class as an exercise in personal reflection. The January class is studying forgiveness from psychological and theological perspectives.

Students Begin Medical Internships

January 6, 2014
The Undergraduate Rural Medicine Education and Development (URMED) program has selected two students for its January 2014 scholars program, and on Jan. 6 they participated in a white coat ceremony to begin their three-week internship.

Hiking a Chilean Mountain

January 3, 2014
Students and faculty on BVU's Global Fellows trip hiked the Cerro Bandera in Chile. The mountain is 1,834 meters high and the hike took two hours.

A Golden Opportunity

January 2, 2014
Two street performers in Prague take time to pose with Caitlin Hoffman during BVU's European Art and Culture Interim travel course. During the three-week trip, students and faculty will travel to six European countries.

School of Education Adds New Technology to Program

January 2, 2014
BVU's school of education has implemented a Smart Technologies SMARTBoard system, which will be used by education majors to help them prepare for technology that might be available in their future classrooms.