Lavell Harris earns ICMA award


STORM LAKE, Iowa – Buena Vista University students collectively earned 33 awards, including two major honors, at the Iowa College Media Association’s annual awards presentation in Des Moines.

Lavell Harris of Murrieta earned third place in Best Podcast for Football UNFocused E5 Highlights.

The ICMA is an organization of colleges and universities in Iowa committed to the development of excellence in media education. It is open to all students, faculty, staff, and advisers involved in higher education. Buena Vista University students submitted pieces they created through digital media programs including BVTV, The Tack online student news website and KBVU-FM.

In addition to the individual awards, KBVU-FM was named the Iowa College Radio Station of the Year for the second year in a row. Thanks to Olivia Wieseler, Buena Vista University earned the First Amendment Award for the third consecutive year. Iowa College Media Association also recognized Andrea Frantz, Ph.D., professor of digital media, with its most prestigious honor, the Eighmey Award. The Eighmey Award recognizes outstanding service to the field in the advancement of student media and journalism education in the state of Iowa. Frantz joins the ranks of another Buena Vista University digital media faculty, professor Jerry Johnson, who took the honor in 2015.

Since 1891, Buena Vista University has prepared students for lifelong success and blends liberal arts with real-world applications. The traditional campus on the shores of Storm Lake, Iowa, hosts students in a variety of majors and pre-professional programs, including elementary, secondary and special education; business and accounting, and biological and chemical sciences. Their 16 degree-completion locations, online, and graduate programs expand student potential with a pace and academic rigor designed for working adults and a variety of class formats that make scheduling even more convenient. With an average scholarship of more than 50% off tuition, Buena Vista University is an affordable option for all students. For more information, visit

Submitted by Buena Vista University.