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Live Healthy Iowa (LHI) 10 Week Wellness Challenge

General Announcements

Posted Jan. 26, 2015

What is the 10 Week Challenge? Over the course of 10 weeks, January 26th – April 3rd teams (2-10 people) track activity minutes and/or weight loss through the LHI website. This simple, affordable, web-based challenge provides Iowans an opportunity to improve their health while engaging in a fun, friendly competition. For just $20 participants receive: challenge t-shirt, one-year magazine subscription, chances to win amazing prizes such as bicycles, shoes, gift cards and a tropical cruise for two, weekly motivational e-mails, unlimited access to online recipes, workouts and health information, discount registration for statewide finale 5K events, LHI Access Card for health & wellness discounts across Iowa, and free registration for Winter and Summer Iowa Games Fitness Walks & ZUMBA. The competition starts today Monday January 26th, but registrations are accepted through February 15, 2015. If interested in participating on the BVU Team please contact Health Services & Wellness at 712-749-1238 or healthservices@bvu.edu as we are already registered. Brochures are available or go to the website www.livehealthyiowa.org that explains everything!
- Health Services & Wellness


Phonathon seeks callers for spring

General Announcements

Posted Jan. 24, 2015

Phonathon is looking for friendly, dependable, detail-oriented students to be callers for its spring campaign, February 15-March 19. Work study is not required. Stop by Open House on Feb. 3 from 7- 8:30 pm in Room 121 on the library third floor. Visit the phone room, meet a caller, have a snack, and enter to win a door prize. Interested students and returning callers are welcome. To apply for Phonathon or for more information, contact Barbara Aiona (aionab@bvu.edu) in the Alumni & Development Office.
- Barb Aiona


Student Awards Available

General Announcements

Posted Jan. 23, 2015

There are many opportunities for awards and stipends available. http://www.bvu.edu/bv/academic-resources/bvu-awards-stipends.dot Use this link to see what awards you may want to apply for. Don't miss these great opportunities.
- Michelle Kenkel


Volunteers Needed

General Announcements

Posted Jan. 23, 2015

St. Mary’s Destination Imagination (DI) team is in need of volunteers to serve as appraisers (basically judges) for the Destination Imagination competition. You do not need any prior experience! Just a willingness to help out! Without two appraisers the St. Mary’s team cannot participate in the state competition. This is a fun opportunity to be involved with a very creative and worthwhile middle school activity. The commitment is three Saturdays. Training is one Saturday (either Feb. 7 in Villisca, IA or Feb. 14 in Ames, Iowa.) The sub-state competition is on Saturday, February 28, in Ames and the state competition is on Saturday, March 28, also in Ames. The team will pay for your gas and lunches and be very, very appreciative! For more information contact either Kathleen McDaniel (mcdanielk@bvu.edu) or Kathi Benz (kbenz@stormlakecatholic.com) at St. Mary’s school.
- Kathleen McDaniel


HiPSO Iron Beaver Challenge

General Announcements

Posted Jan. 23, 2015

The fourth annual HiPSO Iron Beaver Challenge will take place in February this year as a lead up to the fourth annual Triathlon competition in March. Complete the distances of an Iron Man (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run) in the entire month of February and get entered in a drawing for quality prizes. Prizes last year included Oakley sunglasses, gift cards, dry-fit socks, etc. Sign up by emailing Katie Turnquist at turnkat2@bvu.edu. Any questions contact Matt Hanson at hansonm@bvu.edu or Katie Turnquist. There will be a binder by the printer at the front desk in the Fieldhouse to record your distances when it starts February 1st!
- Katie Turnquist


Willard Stief Memorial Award

General Announcements

Posted Jan. 22, 2015

Nomination forms for the Willard Stief Memorial Award are now available online. This award recognizes two students who have positively contributed to the community life in the residence halls and is based on leadership, commitment to residence hall life at BVU and scholarship. These outstanding leaders will be honored at the Student Recognition Dinner April 25, 2015. Nominations can be submitted from faculty, staff, peers, student organizations or self-nominated. Applications are located here: http://www.bvu.edu/bv/residence-life/stief-award.dot and are due by noon on Friday, February 20, 2015.
- Dr. Dijon DeLaPorte


Resident Assistant applications are now available

General Announcements

Posted Jan. 22, 2015

Do you want to be a leader? Do you want a rewarding experience? Do you want to make a difference? Then we want you! The Office of Residence Life is currently looking for student leaders who are interested in becoming an Resident Assistant for next year. Applications are available online at http://www.bvu.edu/reslife from now through the February 6th. If you have any questions please contact Luke Becker at beckerl@bvu.edu.
- Dr. Dijon DeLaPorte


We’ll complete and e-file tax returns for FREE!

General Announcements

Posted Jan. 22, 2015

BVU’s School of Business will be hosting the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program on campus again this year. This service includes free preparation and e-filing of 2014 federal and state income tax returns for people with household income of $59,000 or less. The clinic is open to qualifying faculty, staff and students as well as others in Storm Lake or neighboring communities. Clinics will be held in the School of Business on Wednesdays from 2 – 6 p.m. from Jan. 28 through Apr. 8 (closed Mar. 25) and Saturdays 10 am – 2 p.m. on Feb. 7 and Mar. 7. The site offers convenient drop-off service. At your appointment, you will complete an intake form, drop off your tax documents and speak with a tax preparer. Then at an agreed upon later date, you may stop back to review and pick up your completed return. Appointments are required. Please call Cindy in the School of Business at 749-2410 to schedule an appointment.
- Beth Blankers


Farewell Reception for Bridget Kurkowski

General Announcements

Posted Jan. 22, 2015

Please mark your calendars for a Farewell Reception honoring Bridget Kurkowski, Director of Admissions, Wednesday, January 28th in Forum Room 5 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Please stop by to wish her well and thank her for her years of service.
- Deb Willer


Flu Kits!

General Announcements

Posted Jan. 21, 2015

The BVU community has been fortunate and has not seen a large amount of influenza on our campus, but Buena Vista County is experiencing widespread illness. Tips to reduce your risk of getting influenza: Get a flu shot annually, avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay home or in your room when you are sick, wash hands often to protect yourself from getting germs, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth which can be contaminated with germs. For general good health it is always recommended to eat right, sleep at least 8 hours each night, drink plenty of water, and keep stress to a minimum (remember the massage chair available for use in our office). If you become sick, Health Services has Flu Kits available for you in their office. You may contact them by phone, e-mail or stopping by their office located in the lower-level of the Fieldhouse L-25.
- Health Services & Wellness


Resident Assistant applications are now available

General Announcements

Posted Jan. 21, 2015

Resident Assistant applications are now available. Do you want to be a leader? Do you want a rewarding experience? Do you want to make a difference? Then we want you! The Office of Residence Life is currently looking for student leaders who are interested in becoming an Resident Assistant for next year. Applications are available online at http://www.bvu.edu/reslife from now through the February 6th. If you have any questions please contact Luke Becker at beckerl@bvu.edu.
- Dr. Dijon DeLaPorte


Rec House Closed January 24-25

General Announcements

Posted Jan. 21, 2015

The Recreation House will be closed Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25. The house will re-open on Monday, January 26 at 1 pm!
- Trevor Berneking


Phonathon seeks callers for spring campaign

General Announcements

Posted Jan. 21, 2015

Phonathon is looking for friendly, dependable, detail-oriented students to be callers for its spring campaign, February 15-March 19. Work study is not required. Stop by the Come-and-Go Open House on Feb. 3 from 7-8:30 pm in Room 121 on the library third floor. Visit the phone room, meet a caller, have a snack, and enter to win a door prize. Interested students and returning callers are welcome. To apply for Phonathon or for more information, contact Barbara Aiona (aionab@bvu.edu) in the Alumni & Development Office.
- Barb Aiona


Live Health Iowa (LHI) 10 Week Wellness Challenge

General Announcements

Posted Jan. 21, 2015

What is the 10 Week Challenge? Over the course of 10 weeks, January 26th – April 3rd teams (2-10 people) track activity minutes and/or weight loss through the LHI website. This simple, affordable, web-based challenge provides Iowans an opportunity to improve their health while engaging in a fun, friendly competition. For just $20 participants receive: challenge t-shirt, one-year magazine subscription, chances to win amazing prizes such as bicycles, shoes, gift cards and a tropical cruise for two, weekly motivational e-mails, unlimited access to online recipes, workouts and health information, discount registration for statewide finale 5K events, LHI Access Card for health & wellness discounts across Iowa, and free registration for Winter and Summer Iowa Games Fitness Walks & ZUMBA. If interested in participating on the BVU Team please contact Health Services & Wellness at 712-749-1238 or healthservices@bvu.edu as we are already registered. Brochures are available or go to the website www.livehealthyiowa.org that explain everything! But HURRY… the competition starts this coming Monday January 26th.
- Health Services & Wellness


Online Programs Faculty: Migration from ANGEL to Canvas

General Announcements

Posted Jan. 21, 2015

Buena Vista University has gone through an extensive evaluation process and will migrate from our current learning management system, ANGEL, to Canvas. All GPS courses will begin using Canvas full time Term 5 of 2015 (May). ANGEL will not be available for use after July of 2015. Canvas has so far seen positive feedback from both the instructor and student perspective, showcasing increased functionality and usability. Online Programs courses will be populated with students and course material, as they have been in the past. Online Programs Instructors will not be responsible for transferring course data from ANGEL to Canvas. Be on the lookout for orientation and training material in the very near future. In the meantime you can access Canvas by going to canvas.bvu.edu and logging in with your BVU username and password. If you have any questions, please contact the TLTC at 712.749.2359. Thank you! -TLTC
- TLTC


GPS Faculty: Migration from ANGEL to Canvas

General Announcements

Posted Jan. 21, 2015

Buena Vista University has gone through an extensive evaluation process and will migrate from our current learning management system, ANGEL, to Canvas. All GPS courses will begin using Canvas full time Term 5 of 2015 (May). ANGEL will not be available for use after July of 2015. Canvas has so far seen positive feedback from both the instructor and student perspective, showcasing increased functionality and usability. As you prepare for the Term 5 and beyond please contact the TLTC and let us know what Term 5 courses you wish to have created for you in Canvas. The TLTC will create your spring courses and load them with the appropriate rosters. However, individual instructors will be responsible for moving their intellectual property/material from ANGEL to Canvas. T Be on the lookout for orientation material from your location in the near future. In the meantime you can access Canvas by going to canvas.bvu.edu and logging with your BVU username and password. If you have any questions, please contact the TLTC at 712.749.2359. Thank you! -TLTC
- TLTC


Main Campus Faculty: Migration from ANGEL to Canvas

General Announcements

Posted Jan. 21, 2015

Buena Vista University has gone through an extensive evaluation process and will migrate from our current learning management system, ANGEL, to Canvas. All main campus courses will be offered in Canvas after July 2015, at which time ANGEL will no longer be available. All GPS courses will begin using Canvas during Term 5 of 2015 (May). As with any change in major software, there will be a transition period, however Canvas has so far seen positive feedback from both the instructor and student perspective, showcasing increased functionality and usability. As you prepare for the spring semester and beyond please contact the TLTC and let us know what spring courses you wish to have created for you in Canvas. Eventually all courses will be populated into Canvas automatically, but for Spring Semester, only requested courses will be created in Canvas. The TLTC will also load your courses with the appropriate rosters. However individual instructors will be responsible for moving their intellectual property/material from ANGEL to Canvas. If you have any questions or wish for any training, please contact the TLTC at 712.749.2359. Thank you! -TLTC
- TLTC


Broomball/Hockey Leagues

General Announcements

Posted Jan. 20, 2015

Do you enjoy being on the Lake!!! Well here is your opportunity to get out there and be active. During the month of February we will have Broomball and Hockey leagues available. The Broomball league will be played on Wednesday's (4, 11, 18, 25) and the Hockey league will be played on Thursday's (5, 12, 19, 26)! Games will be played from 7-10 pm on the lake. There are CoEd, Men's and Women's leagues available! Registration starts on Tuesday, January 20 and ends on February 3 for Broomball and February 4 for Hockey. Go to IMLeagues.com to sign your team up.
- Trevor Berneking


HiPSO Iron Beaver Challenge

General Announcements

Posted Jan. 18, 2015

The fourth annual HiPSO Iron Beaver Challenge will take place in February this year as a lead up to the fourth annual Triathlon competition in March. Complete the distances of an Iron Man (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run) in the entire month of February and get entered in a drawing for quality prizes. Prizes last year included Oakley sunglasses, gift cards, dry-fit socks, etc. Sign up by emailing Katie Turnquist at turnkat2@bvu.edu. Any questions contact Matt Hanson at hansonm@bvu.edu or Katie Turnquist. There will be a binder by the printer at the front desk in the Fieldhouse to record your distances when it starts February 1st!
- Katie Turnquist


Rec House Closed for MLK Day

General Announcements

Posted Jan. 15, 2015

In honor of MLK Day on Monday, January 19 the Rec House will be closed. The house will re-open on Tuesday, January 20 at 1 pm. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Trevor Berneking at bernekingt@bvu.edu.
- Trevor Berneking


Willard Stief Memorial Award

General Announcements

Posted Jan. 15, 2015

Nomination forms for the Willard Stief Memorial Award are now available online. This award recognizes two students who have positively contributed to the community life in the residence halls and is based on leadership, commitment to residence hall life at BVU and scholarship. These outstanding leaders will be honored at the Student Recognition Dinner April 25, 2015. Nominations can be submitted from faculty, staff, peers, student organizations or self-nominated. Applications are located here: http://www.bvu.edu/bv/residence-life/stief-award.dot and are due by noon on Friday, February 20, 2015.
- Dr. Dijon DeLaPorte


Employee Update

Human Resources

Posted Jan. 15, 2015

Jennifer Morad will begin on January 26th as Coordinator at our Ottumwa Site. Please join us in welcoming Jennifer to BVU!
- Human Resources


Employee Update

Human Resources

Posted Jan. 15, 2015

Patti Demers started as the Assistant Director of Financial Assistance on January 1, 2015. Patti previously served as the GPS Coordinator. Join us in congratulating Patti on her new position.
- Human Resources


University Holiday

Human Resources

Posted Jan. 15, 2015

The University will be closed on January 19th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
- Human Resources


Student Payroll Cutoff

Human Resources

Posted Jan. 15, 2015

Tuesday, January 20th is student payroll cut-off at 5 pm. Please review your timecard and make sure there are no missing punches. Paper timesheets need to be turned in by 5pm. If you have any questions, please contact Emily at ext. 2061.
- Emily Sauter