The Buena Vista University National Alumni Association recognized four Alumni Award recipients during Homecoming festivities on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Robert and Dorothy Ohrlund received the Wendell Halverson Outstanding Friend Award, a service award intended for people who are not former students of BVU to recognize consistent dedication to the quality for which the University stands. The Ohrlunds have been proud residents and supporters of the Storm Lake community for half a century. This community pride prompted them to take an active interest in the well being of BVU and they have become two of the University's most tireless volunteers.
Beyond their leadership roles in such organizations as the Order of the Arch and the BVU Community Campaign, the Ohrlunds have shown inspiring generosity to the University through the establishment of the John Jacob Ressler Scholarship in 1980 and a permanent endowment for three annual need-based scholarships to students studying instrumental and vocal music and English education. The Ohrlunds have also been wonderful supporters of the Lamberti Recreation Center.
Through the years, the Ohrlunds have also given of their time to be involved in a number of area organizations including the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce, Storm Lake Airport Commission, Storm Lake Kiwanis Club, Storm Lake Masonic Lodge and St. Mark Lutheran Church.
Linda (Sauser) Moroney received the Keith Briscoe Alumni Award, which recognizes recent graduates for their career success and past achievements. Moroney immersed herself in activities for four years at Buena Vista College, while still proving to be a tremendous leader in the classroom. After her graduation in 1991, Moroney attended the University of Iowa College of Law, and she is now an attorney in Milwaukee, Wis.
Steven R. Smith was presented with the John Fisher Alumni Award in recognition of his consistent and persevering dedication to the qualities of service for which BVU stands. Before graduating from Buena Vista College in 1968, Smith received the Single Service Award from Circle K International, a highly sought after annual award. Smith now serves as president and dean of California Western School of Law in San Diego, Calif.
Irene Wagner received the Henry Olson Award, the highest award presented by the BVU Alumni Association. A 1945 graduate, Wagner has demonstrated a spirit of service to others through many years as a Sunday school teacher, a girl scout and a 4-H leader, a member of the Ida County Conservation Foundation, a member of Trees Forever, and as an active volunteer in the Ida County Community Theater. In dedication to BVU, Wagner has faithfully served two terms on the Alumni Association Board and has established the Irene Wagner Scholarship.
The honorees were formally honored at the Alumni Recognition and Cornerstone Guard Luncheon. Also honored at the luncheon were graduates of the classes of 1930, 1940 and 1950, as members of the Cornerstone Guard of alumni who attended 50 or more years ago.
To cap off the day, recipients attended the Homecoming football game as President and Mrs. Moore's guests in the President's Box, and were recognized during halftime.