News from Buena Vista University en-us Taxing Work Gives Back 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. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 02:28:00 CDT Alumni Honored by Advertising Federation 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." Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:48:00 CDT Woodson Becomes All-American at NCAA Championships 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. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 07:47:00 CDT BVU Students Deliver Presentation at National IMPACT Conference 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. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 01:16:00 CDT Focus on STEM: Building Future Leaders 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. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 10:13:00 CDT Beaver Alumni in Sherwood Forest 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. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:35:00 CST Wythe Award Faculty Finalists Announced 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. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 02:37:00 CST Hot Shooting Sends Men's Basketball to Conference Title 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. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:04:00 CST Students Intern During Rural Health Fellowships 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. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 03:22:00 CST Students Participate in 2015 URMED Internships 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. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 01:41:00 CST Student MOVE to Host Glass Slipper Shop Event 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. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:51:00 CST Students Honored at Iowa College Media Conference 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. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 01:30:00 CST Students Selected for Academic Achievement Awards 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. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 10:34:00 CST Buena Vista University Theatre to Present Original Play 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. Wed, 4 Feb 2015 12:37:00 CST Buena Vista University Student Honored for Mentoring 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. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:50:00 CST Japan: Art, Culture, History 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. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:56:00 CST Beavers Travel Down Under 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. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:35:00 CST Krystal and Kassi in Advertising 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. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 04:15:00 CST How Things Work 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. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:38:00 CST Buena Vista University Hosts Middle Eastern Culture Workshop 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. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:38:00 CST BVU Names Byrne Vice President Academic Affairs 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. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 03:48:00 CST Creating the Architecture of Style 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. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:12:00 CST Creating a Performance 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. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:10:00 CST Introduction to Pharmacology 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. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 10:16:00 CST Spanish Immersion in Ecuador 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. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:05:00 CST BVU Earns A/Stable Rating from Standard & Poor's 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. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:07:00 CST The Science of Grilling 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. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:56:00 CST Buena Vista University Receives Grants for New AED Devices Buena Vista University recently received grants from Buena Vista County Community Foundation and to upgrade the automated external defibrillator devices available on campus. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 01:38:00 CST Global Fellows in Chile 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. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:25:00 CST Wellendorf Gets Published... and Republished 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. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 04:37:00 CST