Wiebers named senior of the year

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
2018 Senior of the Year finalists with President Josh Merchant. / BVU

The Buena Vista University National Alumni Association presented Kyle Wiebers with “Senior of the Year” honors at the Student Recognition Dinner recently.

“I felt numb when learning I had been chosen for the award because all of the finalists were very deserving,” said Wiebers, a psychology major from Holstein. “We’re all very close and each one of us has done a lot at BVU over the past four years. I am deeply honored to be recognized as Senior of the Year.”

Each year, the BVU National Alumni Association honors an outstanding senior who demonstrates academic achievement, leadership characteristics, and the ability to set personal and career goals.

“BVU has opened a lot of doors for me,” said Wiebers. “I’ve tackled things that I never dreamed of accomplishing, including some really great research. My experiences have taught me to continually step outside of my comfort zone, push myself, seek out challenges, and to never become complacent – academically or in life in general.”

Throughout the past four years at BVU, Wiebers has been involved in several campus organizations, including KBVU, BVU’s campus radio station, where Wiebers acts as station manager and host of a radio show called, “The BV Breakfast Club with Kyle.” Wiebers is also president of the Psychology Club and Psi Chi (National Honor Society for psychology); co-president of Capture It, BVU’s photography student organization; and a student tour guide for Esprit de Corps. In addition, Wiebers is a sports producer at BVTV and the host of BVU’s new late night talk show, “BVTV Tonight!”

Wiebers attributes a great deal of his success to his professors and to BVU’s Education for Service motto. “Countless professors guided me and pushed me throughout my time at BVU,” said Wiebers. “In particular, the entire psychology department helped me determine what I wanted to do for a career in order to give back and help people in the most effective way.”

After being accepted into several high-quality graduate programs across the country, Wiebers will attend the University of Northern Iowa in the fall to earn an educational specialist degree in school psychology.

“When I was researching graduate programs, I intentionally looked for schools that were similar to BVU, schools that provided a caring, supportive environment,” added Wiebers, who plans to become a licensed school psychologist. “BVU will always be home. Although I’m leaving soon, I know I’ll always be welcomed back with open arms from those who’ve helped me every step of the way.”

Other finalists for this award included Sarah Mackey, a mathematics and computer science double major from Center Point; Alyssa Kragelund, a business and accounting double major from Anita; Tanner Cook, an environmental science and biology double major from Fairfield; and Rosalind Russell, a distributive sustainable development major from Rochester, Minn.