The Academic and Cultural Events Series (ACES) contributes to the University’s mission by enriching the solid liberal arts foundation of the University, by enhancing the curriculum through experiential learning opportunities and, by promoting an awareness of the diversity of cultures and perspectives that exist in the global community.
The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things is the incredible journey of 5 female filmmakers driving across America to encourage, empower, and inspire the next generation of strong women to go after their career ambitions. Driving over 7,000 miles from Los Angeles to New York over the course of 30 days, the documentary spotlights 17 positive and powerful women leaders across a variety of lifestyles and industries. Along the way, these filmmakers relay the candid insight on how these women define their success, what it takes to be a woman in their position, and valuable advice on how to improve the female role in the workplace. In celebration of the all-female focus in front of and behind the camera, the filmmakers turned the cameras on themselves, capturing their transformational journey. Created for women by women, they challenge the audience to ask themselves, "What would you do if you weren't afraid to fail?"
The film's co-producers Ashley Hammen, graduated from St. Mary's in Storm Lake and will be on hand to discuss the film.
Adventure seeker and Storm Lake native, Chuck Stark, will be on campus sharing his his story of exploring the world on foot and in a kayak. Come learn about his experiences and how he got started in the recreation industry.
Discover the possibilities that occur when contrasting lives meet and diverse cultures and ethnicities collide.
The uplifting and surprising story of two adventurous lives: an American mountain climber and a Lost Boy of Sudan. This unique multimedia, living-documentary event utilizes a symbiosis of storytelling, music (live and recorded) photography, and video.
Jeff Salz's tales of growing up in 1950s New Jersey and the glaciers of South America's Patagonian Ice Cap, are interwoven with Alepho Deng's memories of life in an idyllic Africa, unchanged for centuries, before being suddenly swallowed up by gunfire, bombs and starvation. His remarkable story is one of loss, endurance, a thousand mile trek across war-torn Africa and a journey to a place called America..., which might as well have been Mars.
Across Sudan, between 1987 and 1989, tens of thousands of young boys took flight from the massacres of Sudan's civil war. They became known as the Lost Boys. Alephonsion Deng one of the authors and lost boys will be on campus to talk about his experience and his book.
Jess Brown's presentation will cover fundamentals, history, and applications of biological drinking water treatment. This includes surface water (TOC, DBP precursors, T&O, Mn, etc.) and groundwater (nitrate, perchlorate, VOCs, hexavalent chromium) treatment.
For speaker or performance suggestions, booking inquiries or general information, contact:
Buena Vista University
610 W Fourth St. Box 2011
Storm Lake, IA 50588