Two Storm Lake business leaders have been selected as co-chairs of the Buena Vista University 2005-06 Community Campaign.
Craig Crouch, an optometrist at Vision Care Associates, and Ben Dvergsten, a trust officer at Security Trust and Savings Bank, will serve as co-chairs of the annual fund drive. The campaign, which has a $115,000 goal this year, kicks off with a special "Business After Hours" reception on the BVU campus at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
Crouch, who moved back to Storm Lake 14 years ago to join his father's optometry practice, is a Buena Vista College alum who went on to study at the Illinois College of Optometry. His wife, Cheri, is an assistant professor of management at BVU, and they have two sons, Trey, 8; and Dayne, 5.
Crouch says he volunteered as a campaign co-chair because "I want to give back to an institution which has given so much to my family as well as our community. Storm Lake would not be where it is today without the university and the lake. I can't think of a better product being produced in Storm Lake than a quality education."
Dvergsten, a Storm Lake native, moved back to the area last year with his wife, Sarah, and their sons Tyler, 3; and Sam, 1. He attended the University of Northern Iowa and earned a law degree at Drake University. Dvergsten is also involved with the Hy-noon Kiwanis and is on the board of the Buena Vista County Foundation.
"Promoting and maintaining the link between the community and Buena Vista University is vital," Dvergsten says. "Storm Lake benefits from the University's participation in community activities and from the University's dedication to providing top-notch facilities and first-rate educational opportunities that enhance both BVU's and Storm Lake's reputation locally and regionally."
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 Wednesday, Sept. 28, 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 2005-06 Community Campaign, contact Amy Jones, director of annual fund and alumni relations, at (712) 749-2101.