Buena Vista University

Former Beaver named athletic director at Ball State

1980 graduate Bothof remembers teachings of coach Jay Beekmann

Buena Vista University alum Ken Bothof ended a brief retirement stint by returning to work as interim director of athletics for Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. Bothof had retired on June 30 from his post as director of athletics for the University of Northern Kentucky, where he had served for nine years. He was hired 10 weeks later by […]

BVU and SLHS host Unifying Diversity Through Dance

In partnership with Storm Lake High School’s International Club, Buena Vista University’s Center for Diversity & Inclusion will host Unifying Diversity Through Dance, a performance featuring dance styles of Africa, Latinx, Asia and more. The event, held Saturday, Nov. 12 from 5-7 p.m. in Anderson Auditorium at BVU, is free and open to the public. The performance is part of […]

BVU fundraiser for TLC on Saturday

Buena Vista University students in the Group and Team class are holding an event to raise donations and awareness for the dogs of TLC Canine Center of Newell. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 on the South Forum, TLC dogs will be present for the public to meet. Please feel free to bring your own social dogs to this […]

Aquila Theatre to present ‘Julius Caesar’ Nov. 3

Production is free and open to the public by generous BVU benefactor

Buena Vista University will host Aquila Theatre for their production of “Julius Caesar” on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Anderson Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, made possible by a generous benefactor of BVU. Aquila is one of the foremost producers of classical theater in the United States, visiting upwards of 60 American cities […]

A splash of red

Fall colors enliven the landscape south of the Siebens Forum at Buena Vista University. Photo by Brian Lenzmeier

BVU professor records documentary on psychology of cults in Washington, D.C.

Goodfriend’s prolific research, writing, teaching on cults leads to recording proje

Buena Vista University Professor of Experimental Psychology Dr. Wind Goodfriend spent time in Washington, D.C., this summer working to record a documentary delving into the psychology of cults. Goodfriend was contracted for the project by Wondrium, which produces audio books written and performed by scholars. The 1998 BVU graduate is a prolific writer, having researched and written or co-authored eight […]

Buena Vista University welcomes Heidi Manning


The new BVU provost and vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Heidi Manning, and her husband, David, are enjoying their new home of Storm Lake. David is assistant comptroller at Trinity Hospital in Fort Dodge, working with UnityPoint clinics in various communities. “I’m really enjoying BVU,” Heidi mentioned. “There are great students, faculty and staff at the university. BVU provides […]

Photojournalist captures life from Ireland to New York farms

Schaller native went from BVU to grad school at Syracuse University

A 4-H experience as a child planted the seeds for a career that’s taken root for Buena Vista University graduate Emily Kenny. Kenny, a 2019 graduate of BVU earned her master’s degree at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 2021, studying multimedia photography and design. She spent the following year working for a pair of […]

Undersized post earns BVU Hall of Fame honor

Early knee injury introduced Rohwer to ‘Doc’ Egland and changed his academic, professional path

As a high school student-athlete at Sutherland High School in the mid-1980s, Brad Rohwer heard one message several times from college basketball coaches: “You’re too small.” An undersized post player, Rohwer beat the odds in earning all-Iowa Conference accolades as a sophomore, junior and senior at Buena Vista University. A Dean’s List student every semester, the 1991 BVU graduate finished […]

BVU grad celebrates fourth state baseball championship

Barta’s Johnston team rolls through Class 4A field for program’s sixth crown overall

Michael Barta, a 2008 Buena Vista University graduate, recently led the Johnston Dragons to their sixth state baseball championship, four of which have been won during Barta’s tenure as head coach. The Dragons defeated West Des Moines Dowling in the championship contest, 11-1. “Our team played its best baseball at the end of the season, which is something we strive […]