Announcements and notices for the Buena Vista University community.

Home Away from Home Host Families

July 18, 2018

Faculty & Staff, we are looking for families to "adopt" some of our out of state students. Please see the special BVU Announcement that came out last week for the application and more information. Applications are due to Mike Walker by Friday, July 27. Please contact Mike Walker or Mark Shea if you need more information or an application.

Mark Shea |

Missing Cart

July 11, 2018

Somehow we have lost or misplaced our 4-wheel cart.  It is gray and has Admissions on the side.  Please let me know if you borrowed it or have seen it on campus.  We will gladly come pick it up!  Thanks!

Deb Willer |

New Online Fraud Incident Reporting

July 9, 2018

In an effort to promote honesty, efficiency and confidence in BVU and its representatives, BVU has implemented an online fraud incident reporting option in BeaverNet. To access the online form, select the Employee Services tab and then on the left select Finance & Administration. Scroll down to the links section on the left and to the heading Incident Reporting.

The Human Resources Office will investigate the allegations of fraud. These allegations could involve BVU employees, vendors, contractors, etc.

What is Fraud?

Fraud can take many forms and sometimes is hard to spot. It is gaining something of value through willful misrepresentation. The person intended to provide untrue information in order to gain a valuable item. For example, fraud may include:

  • An employee punches in at work and then goes home until it is time to punch out, meaning the employee gets paid while not actually doing their job.
  • A contractor knowingly sends invoices for payment to BVU for services which were not performed.

When making an allegation of fraud, please provide as much information as possible including dates, times, names, the person’s role at BVU, locations, possible witnesses, equipment/vehicles used, or any other information you believe would help an investigation. 

If you are uncomfortable making an allegation of fraud using the online form, you may always call Human Resources at 712-749-2049 or send an email to humanresources@bvu.eduIf the allegation of fraud is against a member of Human Resources, you may call the President's Office at 712-749-2103 or email this office at

Courtney Berg |

Staffing for the Iowa State Fair

July 9, 2018

We are seeking full-timeemployees willing to staff our Iowa State Fair booth August 9-19. Two persons are desired for each day and must be Storm Lake or OSG salaried employees. Shifts are 9AM-9PM and individuals must commit to be present the entire time. Selected individuals are expected to travel to the site the morning of their appointed day. If traveling from Storm Lake, a fleet car will likely be used. Hotel rooms will be secured for those not wishing to travel home after their shift. A per diem of $X will be provided for concessions.

Those working will be expected to take materials to our booth, keep the booth presentable, hand out predetermined items to booth visitors, positively engage with visitors to our booth and transfer requested items and information to those staffing the booth the following day. Other than brief restroom and meal breaks, those working are expected to remain within the confines of the booth for the entirety of the shift. Plan to wear BV apparel that can be provided if you don’t own such.

Please go to this link to request consideration for your desired day(s) of work:

You must be logged into Beavernet to have access to the link above. A schedule will be created as soon as possible. Further information will be provided to those chosen to work. Please contact Mike Frantz with any questions.

Mike Frantz |

BVU Opens Sioux City Location on the Western Iowa Tech Community College Campus

July 2, 2018

Buena Vista University will continue to serve the Siouxland area by opening its newest location in Sioux City with long-time partner Western Iowa Tech (WIT) Community College. To celebrate the occasion, an open house will take place on July 10 from 10 – 11 a.m. in the Robert H. Kiser Building on the WIT campus.

Light refreshments will be served at the open house, with remarks to follow from BVU President Joshua D. Merchant and WIT President Terry A. Murrell. An official ribbon cutting will also take place in conjunction with the Siouxland Chamber of Commerence. 

Rachel Richardson |

Farewell Gathering for Dee Johnson

July 2, 2018

Please join us Friday, July 6th from 2-4 pm in the DE hallway by the Business Office to say farewell to Dee Johnson.

Courtney Berg |

Thank you

July 2, 2018

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. It's heartwarming to know that I have so much support as I face the loss of my Mother. I would like to personally thank Pres. Josh Merchant and Carrie Merchant for the beautiful hanging plant. I would also like to thank everyone that sent plants, flowers, and cards.  It is truely a blessing to be working with such a great group of people. Thank you, Margaret

Margaret Carrington |

Early Arrival Requests for Residence Halls

June 29, 2018

Is your department planning on having students arrive early for training, work, or an orientation of some sort? If so, please contact Crystal Jones, Director of Residence Life & Housing, by Friday, August 3rd with a request. Please include possible date of arrival, reason, and a roster of students who will need to check-in early for your department. Once approved, a specific time-frame will be given for when staff will be available for check-ins. Please understand that meal plans do not begin working until Sunday, August  26th, so meals will need to be provided by your office until then. Thank you!

Crystal Jones |

Common Grounds Menus

June 20, 2018

Coffee Shop Hot Food Items


Monday June 25

Bacon Egg Cheese Croissant $4.50 w/Small Coffee or Tea

Lasagna, Garlic Stick, Vegetable $7.50 w/Med Lemonade or Tea


Tuesday June 26

Sausage Egg Cheese Biscuit $4.50 w/Small Coffee or Tea

BBQ Pork Sandwich, Chips, Mac Salad

 $7.50 w/Med Lemonade or Tea


Wednesday June 27

Biscuit & Sausage Gravy $4.50 w/Small Coffee or Tea

$4.50 w/Small Coffee or Tea

Chicken Alfredo Casserole

$7.50 w/Med Lemonade or Tea


Thursday June 28

Breakfast Burrito $4.50 w/Small Coffee or Tea

Taco Salad w/Tortilla Chips  $7.50 w/Med Lemonade or Tea


Friday June 29

Ham Egg Cheese Muffin $4.50 w/Small Coffee or Tea

Garlic Chicken Stir Fry, Rice Vegetable

$7.50 w/Med Lemonade or Tea


Nathan Blum | blumn@bvu.edyu

New Incoming Freshmen: Did you find a roommate during Orientation?

June 20, 2018

Hello New BVU Students! We hope that you enjoyed orientation this past weekend and received some important information! If you found a roommate who you would like to live with for the Fall 2018 semester, please make sure that you and your potential new roommate email Crystal Jones at by Friday, June 22, 2018. Thank you!

Crystal Jones |

Paid Fall Fellowship Opportunity

June 19, 2018

The Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) is looking for fellows for the upcoming fall semester. The Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP)is a national non-partisan project that helps America's colleges and universities get as many of their 20 million students as possible to register, volunteer in campaigns, educate themselves, and turn out at the polls. We teach administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders to use their institutional resources to engage students.The fellow would be working to register and educate individuals on the importance of voting. They would be working more on the policy side of things to ensure that voting is as accessible as possible for everyone. The person in this role would working to build state and national connections and will be planning, researching and hosting events. This position would be on average 10-15 hours a week and would receive a $1000 stipend. If you are or you know of any students that may be interested, please have them contact Sarah Callihan for the application information. 

Sarah Callihan |

End of Fiscal Year Invoices/June CC Statements

June 18, 2018

The end of the fiscal year is fast approaching.  The cutoff for the last day for invoices to be paid is the end of the day on June 26, 2018.  Please have all your invoices in for this fiscal year by this date.  Also, please have your June credit cards reviewed and turn into the business office by July 5th, 2018.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the business office.

Karen Halder |

DotCMS Content Freeze Advisory

June 18, 2018

From June 18 until (approx) July 13, we’re advising dotCMS content editors to avoid making updates to the website, unless there is a strong need. During this time we’ll be migrating content from DotCMS to Drupal. If you do have a strong need to update content, that’s okay, you’ll simply need to keep track of your changes and then add them again after the “all clear” is given at or around July 13. Please contact me with any questions!

Josh Weitzel |

Coffee Shop Menu 6-11 to 6-15

June 7, 2018

Coffee Shop Hot Food Menu

Monday May 11th

$4.50 Bacon Egg Cheese Croissant w/Small Brew Coffee or Tea

$7.50 Goulash, Garlic Stick, Vegetable  w/Med Lemonade or Tea


Tuesday May 12th

$4.50 Sausage Egg Cheese Biscuit w/Small Brew Coffee or Tea

$7.50 BBQ Pork Sandwich, Chips, Mac Salad w/Med Lemonade or Tea


Wednesday 13th

$4.50 Biscuit & Sausage Gravy  w/Small Brew Coffee or Tea

$7.50 Hot Beef Sandwich Mashed Potato, Vegetable w/Med Lemonade or Tea


Thursday 14th

$4.50Breakfast Burrito w/Small Brew Coffee or Tea

$7.50 Beef Nacho Plate Tortilla Chips with Beef Taco Meat, Refried Beans, Diced Onion, Diced  Tomato, Sour Cream, Nacho Cheese Sauce  w/Med Lemonade or Tea


Friday 15th

$4.50 Ham Egg Cheese Muffin w/Small Brew Coffee or Tea

$7.50 Seared Chicken Sandwich, Potato Salad, Baked Beans w/Med Lemonade or Tea

Nathan Blum |

4th of July Parade of Nations

May 31, 2018

The STAR SPANGLED SPECTACULAR team invites you to participate in Storm Lake's 4th of July Parade of Nations. Show your pride in being part of our beautiful and richly diverse community. Traditional dress, music, dance--show us your heritage!

Contact or Stephanie Wilhelm @ for more information or an entry form!

Stephanie Wilhelm |

Volunteer Opportunities

May 30, 2018

Habitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers to sell 50/50 raffle tickets at the Whitecaps baseball home games for the dates and times below. They are also looking for volunteers starting June 17 at their duplex build. If interested or for more information, contact Sarah Callihan at

Baseball game dates and times

June 9th 7:05 PM

June 10th 4:00 PM

June 17th 4:00 PM

June 22nd 7:05 PM

June 23rd 7:05 PM

June 27th 6:35 PM

June 29th 7:05 PM

July 4th 6:35 PM

July 6th 7:05 PM

July 8th 4:00 PM

July 13th 7:05 PM

July 15th 4:00 PM

July 18th 6:35 PM

July 21st 7:05 PM 

July 25th 7:05 PM 

July 27th 7:05 PM

Sarah Callihan |

Scully Farewell

May 30, 2018

Please join us for a farewell celebration in honor of Dale Scully on June 12 from 2:30-4 in the Art Gallery.

Emily Williams |

Summer Rec House Hours (Starting June 4)

May 29, 2018

Starting Monday, June 4 the Rec House will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4-9 pm and will be open from 12-7 pm Satruday and Sunday. 

Trevor Berneking |

4th of July Parade of Nations

May 29, 2018

The STAR SPANGLED SPECTACULAR team invites you to participate in Storm Lake's 4th of July Parade of Nations. Show your pride in being part of our beautiful and richly diverse community. Traditional dress, music, dance--show us your heritage!

Contact or Stephanie Wilhelm @ for more information or an entry form!

Stephanie Wilhelm |

Walk with BVU in the July 4 Parade

May 29, 2018

BVU invites alumni, students, faculty, staff & their families to take part in Storm Lake's Star Spangled Spectacular Parade on July 4. March in the parade to show your BVU & American pride! If you will join us, please register at All who register before June 20 will receive a BVU "4th of July" t-shirt to wear in the parade!

Amy Jones |

Leading the Way Conversation

May 27, 2018

Leading The Way: A Living Room Conversation on a New Approach to American Immigration.  Bibles, Badges and Business (National Immigration Forum) invites you to a dynamic conversation of local city, faith, business, law enforcement and academic leaders discussing the state of immigration in America.   Kings Pointe, Wednesday, June 6th, 7--9 p.m.

Stephanie Wilhelm |

Congratulations to Faculty and Staff of the Year nominees

May 23, 2018

As the year comes to an end for us students, it is important to recognize those that have made the greatest impact on our lives. Every year, Student Senate and the student body vote for the faculty and staff of the year. Today, we would like to recognize the amazing people who were voted as finalists for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The finalists for staff of the year are: Ms. Donna Musel (Muscle), Director of Academic Excellence, Mr. Dale Scully, Vice President of Student Affairs/ Dean of Students, Mr. Mark Shea, Director of Student Success and Assistant Dean of Students, and Mr. Ryder Weischedel (Why-shy-dull), Director of Athletic Performance.

The finalists for faculty of the year are: Dr. Thomas Bonagura, Associate Professor of Biology, Dr. Bethany Larson, Professor of Theatre, Ms. Miranda Pollock, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, and Dr. Shawn Stone, Professor of Physics/Computer Science and Interim Dean of School of Science.

Please congratulate these wonderful members of our community as you depart for the summer!

Rosie Russell |

Claiborne appointed Interim Dean of Communication and Arts

May 23, 2018

Jamii Claiborne has been appointed Interim Dean of the School of Communication and Arts for the 2018-2019 academic year.  She will also continue to serve as the Director of Assessment.  Congratulations, Jamii, on your new appointment.

Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D. |

Gibbs appointed interim OSG Dean

May 23, 2018

Stacy Gibbs has been appointed Interim OSG Dean.  She will serve in that role until the full time OSG leader position has been hired.  Congratulations, Stacy, on your appointment.

Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D. |

Stone serving as interim School of Science Dean

May 23, 2018

Dr. Shawn Stone has been appointed Interim Dean of the School of Science for the remainder of the 2017-2018 academic year, as well as interim dean for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Congratulations, Shawn, on your appointment.

Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D. |

Don't Forget to forward your mail!

May 23, 2018

Stop in the mailroom to fill out a forwarding mail form so you mail will not be returned to sender over the summer. Any questions please call 749-2360

Daniel Newcomb |

Mailroom new Location

May 23, 2018

The new Location for the Mailroom will be in the SSA building in the digital design room. We will moving over to the new location on Friday, May 25 and up and running on Tuesday, May 29th. Any questions please call 749-2360.

Daniel Newcomb |

Clean out Your Mailbox

May 23, 2018

Please check your mailbox for mail because the mailroom will be cleaning them out on Thrusday, May 24. All mail will be forward if there is a Forwarding order on hand in the mail room. Any questions contact the mailroom at 712-749-2360

Daniel Newcomb |


May 23, 2018

Distribution for cap & gown/tickets is being held on the stage of Anderson Auditorium during the following times:

  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Wednesday May 23, Thursday May 24 and Friday May 25

Distribution for cap & gown/tickets is being held outside of Anderson Auditorium during the following times:

  • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Commencement Day, May 26

Storm Lake Seniors - Please allow 5-10 minutes to complete a Senior Exit Survey when picking up your cap and gown.

Molly Ringgenberg |

2018 Baccalaureate Service

May 22, 2018

Please come and join in a celebration of blessings on Saturday morning, May 26 at 10:30 a.m., in Schaller Memorial Chapel for the 2018 Buena Vista University Baccalaureate Service. There will be 3 music selections by the BVU Concert Choir (directed by Dr. Merrin Guice), blessings shared by President Joshua Merchant and Res. Life Coordinator Portia Gresham, along with a message by Chaplain Ken Meissner. This service is open to the entire BVU Community and to friends and family. No robes are required. The service should end by 11:30 am. Hope to see you there.

Kenneth D Meissner |

Invoices from Staff and Faculty

May 22, 2018

With the end of the fiscal year coming to an end, this is a reminder to please turn in your invoices (coded and signed) to the business office as soon as possible.  The deadline for processing invoices for this current fiscal year will be June 26th, 2018.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the business office.

Karen Halder |