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.
Chad Buckendahl is one of the first ever Internet marketers to build an e-commerce business over $1 million. Since then, he has built over 7 multi-million dollar online businesses. His career has allowed him to actively lead online initiatives spanning from California to the United Kingdom, Germany and now back to Denver, Colorado. For the last 20 years, Mr. Buckendahl has been at the forefront of reaching consumers through the Internet.
Chad’s unique story is much broader than a successful Buena Vista University graduate. At a young age, Chad suffered four debilitating strokes while in a wrestling match and has defied the odds at every turn. His story is one that is not just appropriate for business-minded students but one that will resonate with anyone that has ever been told that they can’t do something in life.
The Vienna Boys' Choir is a private, not-for-profit organization. 110 former choristers form the General Assembly; they elect the Board of Trustees. The Board oversees the day-to-day running of the Choir. The Choir consists of current and former choristers, choir staff, teachers and, in a broader sense, also the choristers' parents, without whom the Choir would not exist. For those of you who haven't heard this before, the Vienna Boys' Choir is divided into four sub-groups or touring choirs. The choirs are of equal standing; the tours, appearances in Vienna and recording projects are shared among them. Each choir has a choirmaster, and two tutors or prefects who travel with the boys. The choirs are named after famous Austrian composers associated with the choir's history, Bruckner, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. The choir still performs much of their music. The Vienna Boys' Choir strives to create an environment in which boys can fully develop and realize their personal and musical potential. Choristers learn to express themselves on a professional level in many different styles of music, and they are provided with the tools to set them on the road to - should they wish it - a professional career in music.
Picnic takes place Labor Day weekend in a small Kansas town. A cocky vagrant comes into the lives of two families sharing a common backyard and changes the lives of the families. He breaks the heart of a young girl, encourages a spinster to marry, and encourages a young woman to give up her rich boyfriend and run away with him. The play is a realistic examination of unfilled dreams and the conditions faced by many women in the 1950s.
Ryan Cairns, Iowa's Peace Corps representative, will tell about his Peace Corps experience and the work of the organization in today's world.
Marie-Joelle Estrada speaks about how the televised media portrays unrealistic norms for both how relationships progress and how sex will take place. We will discuss how romanticized media is marketed to women, including Disney movies and the “chick flick.” We’ll identify the 9 romantic myths found in this type of media and discuss why its consumption can ultimately lead to unrealistic expectations that can’t be met in reality. Other topics will include gender roles in romance and limitations to women’s sexuality.
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Buena Vista University
610 W Fourth St. Box 2011
Storm Lake, IA 50588