Jul. 9, 2014
Sixteen Buena Vista University students and the BVU Student Senate were honored at the 2014 Governor's Volunteer Award ceremonies held in June on the BVU campus.
Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds attended the event, and over 65 individuals and organizations from northwest Iowa received awards at the event in Storm Lake, which was one of six awards programs held across Iowa.
The BVU Student Senate was nominated by the Iowa Department of Transportation, and the BVU students were nominated by Dr. Ashley Farmer-Hanson, director of civic engagement at BVU, who is a member of the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and co-chair of its volunteer engagement committee.
Fifteen of the student recipients have been involved in a variety of volunteer organizations and activities, including BV Buddies in which they serve as mentors to local middle school students. The students from that group who received awards are:
Ashley Lage (above), a recent BVU graduate with a degree in management and marketing from Manning, was also recognized for her work as a Student MOVE (Mobilizing Outreach Volunteer Efforts) volunteer and as an AmeriCorps member.
The Governor’s Volunteer Awards program was created in 1982, with inaugural awards presented in 1983. What began as a small program only available to state government agencies has expanded over the years and now provides all Iowa non-profit, charitable and government organizations with a way to honor their volunteers with a prestigious state-level recognition award.