Two Storm Lake business leaders have been selected as co-chairs of the Buena Vista University 2003-04 Community Campaign.
Nancy Fratzke, employed by the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Homes, and Todd Nicholson, co-owner and physical therapist at Sports Rehab and Professional Therapy Associates, will serve as co-chairs of the annual fund drive. The campaign, which has a $100,000 goal, kicks off September 30.
Fratzke, a Storm Lake resident for 13 years, attended Central State College in Edmund, OK. She has three stepsons, Darin, Dan and David, with her husband, Craig, and three grandchildren, Emma Jo, Nathan and Jacob. Fratzke is a member of the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, a member of the P.E.O. Chapter EP, a member of the women's board at Lake Creek Country Club and a member of Lakeside Presbyterian Church and the Chancel Choir.
"BVU is one of our most valuable assets," says Fratzke. "Storm Lake benefits from the revenue generated by staff and students purchasing power in the community."
Nicholson, a Storm Lake native, moved back to the area in 1994. He attended Wartburg College and the University of Iowa Physical Therapy School. He and his wife, Rachel, have three children at home, Mikayla, Marlee and Luke, Nicholson is a member of the Parish Education Board at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Crosswind Christian praise band, the Storm Lake softball board and is a softball coach.
"Growing up in Storm Lake, I have been privileged to watch BVU develop over the years and want to see that development continue," says Nicholson. "BVU is a great addition to the Storm Lake community."
Buena Vista University is an independent university, with primary income coming from student tuition and fees. Contributions to the Community Campaign support the University's annual operating expenses, providing resources for scholarships, maintaining facilities and developing innovative academic and internship opportunities.
The Buena Vista University Community Campaign kicks off with a Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours reception on Tuesday, September 30, at 5 p.m. in the Dows Conference Room of the Harold Walter Siebens Forum on the BVU campus. The event is open to the public, free of charge.
For additional information about Buena Vista University's 2003-04 Community Campaign, contact Robin Wissink, assistant director of annual campaigns at (712) 749-2101.