Leaders of this year's Buena Vista University community fundraising campaign are Nathan Jensen, owner of Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Homes and Cremation Center, and Gary Lalone, CEO of the Storm Lake Area Development Corporation and the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce.
Jensen, a native of Galva, earned his associate degree at Waldorf College, attended Buena Vista in the fall of 1997 and is a graduate of the John A. Gupton School of Mortuary Science in Nashville, Tenn. He has been the owner of the Storm Lake funeral home since 2001.
Jensen and his wife, Nancy, have two children, Elli and Braxton. He is a member of Hy-Noon Kiwanis, the Parade of Flags board, and Habitat for Humanity.
"I support the Community Campaign because I believe that BVU is a great benefit to Storm Lake and also to the surrounding communities in Northwest Iowa," says Jensen. "The many students who graduate from BVU become leaders in their fields in Storm Lake, Northwest Iowa and across the country."
Lalone, a 1972 graduate of Buena Vista, has five children, Ryan, Sherae, Max, Chloe and Samantha. His wife, Mishelle, is a 1988 Buena Vista graduate.
Lalone has lived in Storm Lake most of his life and has been in his current position for four years. He is also president of the Storm Lake Preservation Association, chair of the Lake Improvement Commission, a member of the Storm Lake School Foundation and an elder at Lakeside Presbyterian Church.
"Buena Vista and its faculty, staff and students have a significant impact on the Storm Lake area economy and quality of life that we all enjoy here." He says. "It would be hard to imagine Storm Lake without BVU."
The campaign, which has a $125,000 goal this year, kicks off with a special "Business After Hours" reception on the BVU campus at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
Buena Vista University is an independent university, with primary income coming from student tuition and fees. Contributions to the Community Campaign help support the University's annual operating expenses, providing resources for scholarships, facilities maintenance and development of innovative academic and internship opportunities.
The BVU Community Campaign kicks off with a Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours reception on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 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.