Buena Vista University is a private 4-year college located in Storm Lake, Iowa. Founded in 1891 as Buena Vista College, it is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. The university's 60-acre campus is situated on the shores of Storm Lake, a 3,200-acre natural lake. BVU's academic programs feature a balance between traditional liberal arts courses and hands-on learning opportunities, such as travel and internships. The university awards its faculty with the $30,000 George Wythe Award for Teaching Excellence, one of the largest faculty awards in the nation. The average student-to-professor ratio is 13:1.At its inception, the college was housed in the Storm Lake Opera House, where it remained for only a year. Old Main, the college's first building, opened in 1892, and was occupied by faculty and students until it burned down in 1956. Major construction projects in the 1950s and 1960s extended the college, which soon included three dormitories, a library, and a number of classroom buildings.The college gained accreditation in 1952, and began to grant degrees under the authority of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The first graduate degrees were offered in 1995, at which time the college became Buena Vista University.The main campus of Buena Vista University offers a 4-year residential collegiate experience and currently offers classes in 42 majors. Seventeen additional locations throughout Iowa and online serve working adult and graduate students as part of the Graduate & Professional Studies program. The university is ranked in the top 20 Midwestern Comprehensive Colleges, as reported by U.S.News and World Report's college rankings. In 2012, BVU was ranked 9th for academic quality in the Midwestern Baccalaureate category. Wikipedia.
News Article | May 16, 2017
DES MOINES, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Principal Financial Group® today announced the Board of Directors, as part of a planned succession, has elected Amy C. Friedrich president of United States Insurance Solutions effective immediately. She succeeds Deanna Strable-Soethout who became chief financial officer in February of this year. “Amy brings more than 20 years of business experience, and more recently, 13 years of increasing responsibility within our Specialty Benefit Division,” said Daniel J. Houston, chairman, president and chief executive officer at Principal®. “Her strong leadership skills, background in strategy development, and drive for innovation will help her be successful in this expanded role.” Additionally, the Principal Board of Directors, has named Gary P. Scholten chief digital officer effective immediately. The new role for the enterprise focuses on driving and accelerating digital technologies across the enterprise. He remains executive vice president and chief information officer. “Digital technologies are critical when it comes to producing results and delivering an experience that meets the changing needs of our customers,” says Houston. “They’re changing interactions and expectations everywhere and this signals our commitment to having them change Principal, too. Gary will do an outstanding job moving our digital strategy forward.” Friedrich background Friedrich, 46, joined the company in 2000 in a performance improvement role for Corporate Strategic Development. Friedrich was promoted to corporate strategic development director in 2003. In 2004, Friedrich moved to the Specialty Benefits business unit. She was promoted to second vice president of Specialty Benefits in 2006 and named vice president of Specialty Benefits in 2008 before assuming her current most recent position of SVP of Specialty Benefits Division in 2015. Prior to joining the company, she was a change management manager with Accenture. Friedrich earned her bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa and her master’s from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Scholten background Scholten, 59, joined the company in 1980 as an assistant planning analyst. He held multiple IT positions, was promoted to senior vice present and chief information officer in 2002, and to his present position, executive vice president and chief information officer in 2014. Scholten is a fellow of the Life Office Management Institute and is past chair of the LOMA Individual Product Systems Committee. He chairs Principal Global Services, Private Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Principal Financial Group located in Pune, India. Scholten currently serves on two Principal International Chilean Boards: Principal International de Chile S.A, and Principal Asset Management Chile S.A. Scholten has served as the chairman of the board for the Technology Association of Iowa. In 2011, he was appointed to serve on the Iowa Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Council, and joined the group’s executive committee in 2013. Scholten received his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. About Principal® Principal helps people and companies around the world build, protect and advance their financial well-being through retirement, insurance and asset management solutions that fit their lives. Our employees are passionate about helping clients of all income and portfolio sizes achieve their goals – offering innovative ideas, investment expertise and real-life solutions to make financial progress possible. To find out more, visit us at principal.com. Principal, Principal and symbol design and Principal Financial Group are trademarks and service marks of Principal Financial Services, Inc., a member of the Principal Financial Group.
News Article | April 27, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has announced its list of the most affordable colleges and universities in the U.S. for 2017. 50 four-year schools were recognized, with Buena Vista University, Judson College, Florida Institute of Technology, Concordia University—Wisconsin and Southwestern College taking the top five spots. Of the 50 two-year schools that were also honored, East Mississippi Community College, Frank Philips College, Western Wyoming Community College, Laramie County Community College and Western Oklahoma State College were the top five. A list of all 100 schools is included below. “For students who want the flexibility of an online education at an affordable price point, the colleges and universities on our list are the best in the U.S,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “These schools provide the maximum value when it comes to cost, quality and career resources for students.” To be included on the LearnHowToBecome.org “Most Affordable” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also evaluated on additional data points such as the number and variety of degree programs offered, employment services, post-college earnings of alumni, academic resources, financial aid availability and more. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Most Affordable Online Colleges” list, visit: The Most Affordable Online Four-Year Colleges in the U.S. for 2017 include: Amridge University Baker University Bay Path University Belhaven University Brenau University Briar Cliff University Buena Vista University Canisius College Chaminade University of Honolulu Colorado Christian University Concordia University-Nebraska Concordia University-Wisconsin Davenport University DeSales University Dickinson State University Drexel University Duquesne University Florida Institute of Technology Franklin Pierce University Gardner-Webb University Graceland University-Lamoni Gwynedd Mercy University Hampton University Harvard University Illinois Institute of Technology Judson College LeTourneau University Malone University McKendree University Murray State University Newman University North Carolina Central University Norwich University Oklahoma State University-Main Campus Prescott College Quincy University Saint Joseph's College of Maine Saint Joseph's University Saint Leo University Siena Heights University Southwestern College Spring Arbor University University of Idaho University of Southern Mississippi University of St Francis University of the Cumberlands University of the Incarnate Word Valley City State University Viterbo University Webster University The Most Affordable Online Two-Year Colleges in the U.S. for 2017 include: Allen County Community College Arizona Western College Barton County Community College Casper College Central Wyoming College Cochise College Colorado Northwestern Community College Cowley County Community College Crowder College Dakota College at Bottineau East Mississippi Community College Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus Eastern Wyoming College Frank Phillips College GateWay Community College Grayson College Holmes Community College Hutchinson Community College Kansas City Kansas Community College Laramie County Community College Madisonville Community College Maysville Community and Technical College Mesa Community College Metropolitan Community College Mount Wachusett Community College Navarro College New Mexico Junior College North Arkansas College Northeast Community College Northwest Mississippi Community College Odessa College Ozarka College Panola College Pitt Community College Seward County Community College and Area Technical School Sheridan College Sinclair College Southwestern Community College Southwestern Oregon Community College State Fair Community College Trinity Valley Community College Truckee Meadows Community College Tulsa Community College Tyler Junior College Western Nebraska Community College Western Oklahoma State College Western Texas College Western Wyoming Community College Williston State College Yavapai College ### About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.
News Article | May 1, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has announced its list of the best online Christian colleges in the nation for 2017. The top 50 schools were acknowledged, with Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Buena Vista University, Judson College, Amridge University and Chaminade University of Honolulu taking the top five spots. A full list of the winning schools is included below. “As demand for quality online education grows, religious-based schools are offering more flexible online programs than ever before,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “These schools go above and beyond with their online curriculum, offering the best combination of value and quality that translates into student success.” To be included on the “Best Online Christian Colleges” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit and have an active Christian affiliation. Each college is also measured on such data points as the diversity of degree programs offered, academic and career counseling services, variety of student resources and post-college alumni earnings. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Online Christian Colleges” list, visit: The Best Online Christian Colleges in the U.S. for 2017 include: Amridge University Baker University Belhaven University Bethel University Bethesda University Briar Cliff University Buena Vista University Canisius College Carlow University Chaminade University of Honolulu Clarks Summit University Concordia University-Nebraska Concordia University-Wisconsin DeSales University Duquesne University Graceland University-Lamoni Gwynedd Mercy University Iowa Wesleyan College Judson College King University LeTourneau University Malone University Marian University McKendree University Messenger College Mississippi College Newman University Niagara University North Greenville University Ohio Christian University Oral Roberts University Ottawa University-Ottawa Presentation College Quincy University Saint Joseph's College of Maine Saint Leo University Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Siena Heights University Southwestern Adventist University Southwestern College Spring Arbor University University of Detroit Mercy University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne University of Saint Mary University of St. Francis University of the Cumberlands University of the Incarnate Word Viterbo University Wayland Baptist University William Woods University ### About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.