BVU named to Higher Education Service Honor Roll

Monday, October 24, 2016

Buena Vista University has been named to the 2016 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. BVU earned honor roll with distinction in the General Community Service category, honor roll with distinction in Interfaith Community Service, honor roll for Education Community Service and honor roll for Economic Opportunity Service.

The President’s Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions whose community service efforts achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. This distinction is the highest federal recognition that colleges and universities can receive for community service, service-learning and civic engagement.

“For 125 years, our motto has been ‘Education for Service,’” said Dr. Ashley Farmer-Hanson, assistant dean for student life and director of civic engagement. “It is great to see that no matter what is happening, our campus has been dedicated to making the community of Storm Lake an even better place. It is a privilege to be named to the honor roll, but more importantly, it is an honor to work with the community to make lasting change.”

The 2016 award represents service completed in the 2015-16 academic year. During that time, nearly 900 BVU students, faculty and staff contributed more than 58,000 hours of service, which includes Buenafication Day in April when the BVU community performs service on and off campus. The service hours also include projects by individuals and student organizations, such as the BV Buddies in which BVU students mentor Storm Lake Middle School students and volunteering at The Bridge in Storm Lake, the Glass Slipper Shop, a Day Without Shoes and Fiesta Latina. BVU students participating in the spring break Alternative Week of Off-site Learning (AWOL) program last year also completed service focused on inner-city poverty outreach in Washington D.C., service animal training in Florida and environmental conservation in Puerto Rico.

BVU is one of 13 Iowa Campus Compact member institutions recognized this year. BVU was previously named to the Community Service Honor Roll in 2006, 2008, 2009 (with distinction), 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Awards were not given in 2011 due to a reorganization of the award program. The delayed 2015 awards are expected in spring 2017.