BVU Athletics Provide Family Fun

Buford the Beaver
The girls were so excited to see Buford at BVU’s Homecoming festivities!

Athletes + Cheerleaders + Buford the Beaver + Popcorn = Family Fun! If you haven’t checked out a BVU athletic event, you need to put it on your to-do list! Our family has enjoyed cheering on the Beavers over the years. As mentioned in my post about the Estelle Siebens Science Center, BVU holds a special place in our hearts. Bringing our girls back to campus for athletic events is just one way we share our love for the university. Living in Storm Lake makes getting to the games very doable, but if you live in surrounding communities, a road trip to the heart of Storm Lake would be well worth it!

This weekend, our family helped BVU celebrate Homecoming. A whole host of activities were available for current students, alumni, and community members throughout the weekend. Before the football players even hit the field, fun was being had! There was a carnival for kids on the campus lawn including inflatables, tattoos, photo opportunities with Buford the Beaver, lawn games, and the ever popular balloon-animal making clown. Campus tours, a picnic meal and beer garden were also available. Our girls enjoyed the festivities, and we loved showing them around campus a bit more.

Go, Fight, Win!
We had a great time cheering on the Beavers!

After enjoying a picnic lunch, we made our way to the field. The cheerleaders were popular with the crowd. My girls were in awe of their impressive formations. The football game was exciting to watch too, especially the last half. And although the Beavers weren’t able to pull off a win, it was a great day to be a Beaver fan. It was the first time our girls sat through an entire football game, so I was pretty impressed by that too! If watching a football game wasn’t enough, the J. Leslie Rollins Stadium & Peterson Field are in an amazing location. You can watch football and see a beautiful lake at the same time. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Game Day
The girls loved the Beaver tattoos and the popcorn! It was a great day for football!

I overheard someone at the homecoming game talking about how they’d rather go to a BVU game than an Iowa State game. (This was intriguing, so I kept listening.) She continued on by telling her friend that the campus is beautiful, you don’t have to park too far away, you get plenty of space to sit compared to stadium seating, and you get a front row seat practically anywhere you sit. These are all very true points. You don’t have to travel far in Northwest Iowa to enjoy a college game!

Earlier this season an evening football game was played under the lights. We weren’t able to attend but heard the field and lake were just breath-taking. I sure hope that night games become a BVU tradition to enjoy in years to come!

Balloon Animals
The balloon animals were a super fun perk of the per-game festivities. BVU provided many family-friendly activities.

Football isn’t the only game taking place on campus this time of year. Our family has watched tennis, volleyball, and soccer this fall. While we know very few athletes, we still have a great time cheering for all the BVU teams! It has been a great learning experience for our girls. It is fun to watch them start to understand a game. They are able to read the scoreboard now which keeps them interested. Another great perk is that many athletic events at BVU are free to attend. In fact, football and basketball are the only events where fees are collected. You can find a schedule of upcoming athletic events here. Although many fall sports are coming to an end, winter sports will be starting soon. No matter the season, there is always a team to cheer for!

Go Beavers!
BVU athletic events are a great way to spend time with family members and friends!

It doesn’t matter if you graduated from BVU or live in Storm Lake, making a trip to Buena Vista University’s beautiful campus for an athletic event is sure to be a good time. (I really can’t think of any excuses for not going!) So, dig out your blue and gold attire, gather your family and friends, grab some popcorn at the concession stand, and enjoy cheering on the many BVU teams!

Go Beavers!

Elephants, Rhinos, and Giraffes: Discovering the Unexpected at BVU!

BVU Homecoming 2014
Our family enjoying the Estelle Siebens Science Center during Homecoming 2014.

Buena Vista University (BVU) in Storm Lake, Iowa, is home to more than just the Beavers. Many students have called this place ‘home’ over the years, and I am one of those lucky ones! The campus holds many fond memories for my husband and I. We met there over 13 years ago, made lasting friendships with amazing people, and graduated with degrees that prepared us for our careers. Sharing our love for BVU with our girls comes easily. Since they were little, we have been making memories and having adventures on the beautiful campus.

While we enjoy all types of activities at BVU, our girls’ very favorite place on campus is the Estelle Siebens Science Center. This stunning, state-of-the-art building houses an impressive collection of North American and African animals. An enormous elephant skeleton greets you as you walk into the glass-walled rotunda (AKA ‘The Beaker’). The skeleton of a rhino is just around the corner. Although we have seen these animals countless times, they never cease to amaze us.

Elephant at BVU
The girls and my nephew with the elephant skeleton. Our friends and family enjoy making trips to the science building when they come to visit.

The girls know their way around the building by now, so after seeing the elephant and rhino they lead us down the hall to the elevator (or ‘alligator’ as use to call it). There is a beautiful staircase that leads upstairs as well, but the elevator is way more fun for a 5 year old! The second floor is full of things to discover. Every time I am in the building I see something I haven’t noticed on a previous trip!

I can’t even begin to list all of the animals we see, but some of our favorites include the crocodile, giraffes, bears, leopard, and lion. There are numerous birds and animals you’d only find on a safari flanking the hallway. Then, there is the elephant head mounted on the wall above all those who pass by. It is just amazing to be so close to these animals. They are not what you expect to find in Northwest Iowa!

Little Lion
This little one enjoys the animals so much! Here she is pretending to be the lion!

While in the building, we read posters about research projects BVU students have completed. We look at the photos of past science graduates (the girls know right where to find the photo of their uncle Kale). We also make sure to stop in the second floor study lounge to visit the fish aquariums. And if the girls are lucky, their favorite BVU professor will be in his office and will allow the them to have a piece of candy. (Yes, we have been in the building enough to make friends!)

We love BVU’s science building and all the treasures it holds, and even though neither my husband nor I were science majors, we have an appreciation for what goes on within its walls. We try to visit when classes are not in session (weekends or late afternoons); however, we have found that the students and professors enjoy sharing their ‘home’ with the public.

The Fish Aquariums
The fish are fascinating to watch. The kiddos like to find ‘Nemo’ in the aquarium.

Whether you have children or not, the Estelle Siebens Science Center is definitely worth checking out! There is something for everyone to appreciate. If its been awhile since you’ve been to campus, be sure to take advantage of tours scheduled during BVU’s Homecoming celebration October 9-11, 2015. The schedule of events can be found here. The entire campus is full of beautiful buildings and interesting things to discover! We are so proud to have BVU a part of our past, present, and future and hope you love it just as much as we do!