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New Student Days

New student days are a great opportunity for you to meet, mingle, and get to know the Grand View community before classes begin. You'll get together with students in your core seminar and with faculty. And as you attend events, you'll be eligible for lots of fun prizes!  New Student Days happens in August, the weekend before classes start. 

Check out the View Crew below, a group of student leaders here to help you in your college process.

For more information:
Heidi Pries
Director of Student Involvement and New Student Programs
515-263-2843 or
800-444-6083 ext. 2843

View Crew

The View Crew creates belonging for new students during their transition to Grand View. Their goal is to keep new students excited about attending Grand View. They provide campus tours and are available to answer any questions or concerns. The View Crew wants new students to see Grand View as a home away from home.



Haleigh Biancalana
Hello!  My name is Haleigh, and I am a senior health promotion major born and raised here in Des Moines.  I’m one of the coordinators for the View Crew and a member of the Student Activities Council (SAC).  One big interest of mine is sports!  I watch just about every sport on TV and go to as many games as possible.  I play for the women’s basketball team and love every second of it.  Although watching and playing sports is definitely my favorite pastime, I also enjoy watching movies, hanging out with friends, hitting the mall, and spending time outside.  I am a very easygoing so make sure to find me if you have any questions.  Can’t wait to meet you!

Nate Botts
Hello, my name is Nate Botts.  I’m from Pleasant Hill, Iowa, and I’m a business management major.  I plan to one day own a Mexican restaurant.  I’m involved with Team GV and View Crew.  A random fact about myself…I once ran into my friend’s boat while on a jet ski…that made for a hectic ride!  Hope you enjoy your time at Grand View! 

Paige Curtis
Hey, I’m Paige!  I’m a senior majoring in graphic journalism.  I am from Norwalk, which is just south of Des Moines.  Along with View Crew, I’m also a member of Team GV and the varsity dance team.  Outside GV, I’m a baton twirler and baton coach for young kids.  I hope you all love GV as much as I do!  If you ever need anything, or have any questions, just let me know – I’m always around! 

Hayley Ellis
Hey everyone!  I’m Hayley, a freshman from Shenandoah, Iowa.  I’m majoring in secondary education with emphasis in social studies and I want to teach high school government.  I’m involved with View Crew, Student Leadership Team and I’m the secretary of the Education Club.  I’m also involved with the LOGOS honors program and Presidential Ambassadors.  During my free time I love to hang out with my friends and watch the Big Bang Theory.  A random fact about me…I absolutely LOVE to travel – although I haven’t been outside the United States!  If you have any questions about GV feel free to come find me!

Trisha Griffin
Hey there!  My name is Trisha, and I am from the small town of Laurens, located in northwest Iowa.  I am studying biology and I participate in leadership groups like View Crew and GV United.  After GV, I hope to attend Des Moines University and earn my master’s in physical therapy.  One random thing about me…I am obsessed with Disney movies, and my favorite one is The Fox and the Hound!  I’m always available to answer any questions that you may have! 

Jessica Haggerty
Hey guys!  My name is Jessica Haggerty and I was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa.  I chose Grand View to earn a psychology degree and become an occupational therapist.  This year I am involved with View Crew but hope to participate in many other activities as well.  I’m a sophomore and a commuter.  A random fact about me…when I was in kindergarten I came home and taught myself the alphabet in sign language using an encyclopedia.  Let me know if you have any concerns!  

Dani Hubbard
Hi, my name is Dani Hubbard!  I’m a sophomore from Van Meter, Iowa.  I play on the softball team and I’m majoring in public relations.  I like to hang out with my friends, play sports and watch classic Disney movies.  Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you!

Jess Hunold
Hey everyone!  My name is Jessica, but everyone just calls me Jess.  I am originally from small town Donnellson, Iowa… my high school was literally surrounded by a cornfield.  I’m a senior earning my nursing degree.  I want to attend graduate school and become a nurse practitioner, but until then, I want to work in oncology.  I’m involved with many things including Student Leadership Team and Team GV.  My favorite animals in the whole world are sea turtles and my favorite color is sparkle!  I’m a really social person and I love to laugh, so if you have any jokes or funny stories, be sure to tell me!  Let me know if you have any questions! 

Sam Krones
Hello!  My name is Sam Krones – I’m 20 years old and from Osage, Iowa.  My major is biology with a Spanish minor.  I plan to attend either medical school or vet school and specialize in marine veterinary.  I am involved with View Crew and the Biology Club.  A random thing about me…I am absolutely terrified of sharks and escalators.  If you ever have questions, let me know! 


Kylie Lamb
My name is Kylie Lamb and I’m a freshman from Newton, Iowa, majoring in special education.  I hope to teach in an elementary school.  I was involved in many high school activities and I hope to do the same here!  A fun fact about me…I fed a baby tiger once when I was younger!  Please let me know if you have any concerns! 

Lauren Lightner
Hey my name is Lauren and I’m a junior biology/pre-med major from Urbandale, Iowa.  Along with View Crew, I’m also a member of Team GV, Student Leadership Team and Biology Club.  I’m also captain of the girls’ tennis team.  Being active around campus is something I am very passionate about.  Come find me if you have any questions or concerns, I would love to help you out in any way that I can!  Welcome to Grand View!

Theresa Macdonald
Hi, my name is Theresa Macdonald and I was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa.  I graduated from Dowling Catholic in 2011 and I’m majoring in graphic journalism, mass communication, and photography.  I am a member of the bowling team, the newspaper, Team GV, and a tutor for the writing center.  In my free time I like to hang out with friends and read.  I used to take horseback riding lessons and won first place in a show jumping competition when I was ten.  Please let me know if you have any questions! 

Tyler Reicks
Hey guys!  My name is Tyler Reicks and I’m from Van Meter, Iowa.  I’m studying criminal justice and I hope to work for the Google Corporation in San Francisco, Calif., when I graduate.  I am involved with View Crew, and I’m on the football team.  I love to go to free movie nights and chill with my bros!  I have a dog named Baxter, based off of the movie Anchorman.  Let me know if you ever need anything! 

Jess Short
Hey guys!  My name is Jess Short.  I’m from Altoona, Iowa, and I am a sophomore, majoring in elementary education with a theatre arts minor.  I’m involved in choir, Alpha Psi Omega, Team GV and View Crew.  Something interesting about me is that Doctor Who is my all-time favorite show, next to The New Girl!  Please let me know if you have any questions, I’m always here to help!
Tyler Solum
Hey everyone!  My name is Tyler Solum and I’m from Pleasant Hill, Iowa.  I’m a criminal justice major with a minor in psychology.  I plan to become a police officer, or a prison guard.  I’m on the soccer and bowling teams, and also involved with View Crew and Team GV.  I love to play X-Box and chill with my friends…I also love to eat!  I hope you enjoy GV as much as I do – I’m always here to answer your questions! 
Jacob Stacy
Hi, my name is Jacob Stacy.  I’m a sophomore and have not declared a major yet!  I am from West Des Moines and attended Dowling Catholic High School.  I play football and also run track.  I’m a member of Pi Eta Sigma.  One random fact about me…I can solve a Rubik’s Cube!  If you have any questions or concerns, I’m always here to help.  See you soon! 
Ariel Steinkamp
Hey, I’m Ariel!  I grew up in the Des Moines area and I’m a junior this fall majoring in nursing.  With my degree I intend to get my BSN and work in a hospital.  I am involved with View Crew and Team GV.  A fun fact about me is that I’m a bit of a neat freak – organization is my thing!  I’m here to answer your questions, so please let me know if you have any!
Patrek Tufts
Hey there!  My name is Patrek Tufts and I’m a junior from Bondurant, Iowa.  I’m a player on the football team and majoring in secondary education.  I love country music and in my free time I enjoy shooting hoops, watching ESPN and going fishing!  If there is anything I can do to make your transition easier, please find me! 
Alexander Wertheim
Hi!  My name is Alexander Wertheim, and I’m from Ottumwa, Iowa.  I’m majoring in business management and I’m going into my senior year.  With my degree I plan to own a business and do some coaching.  I play on the soccer team and I’m also on View Crew and Team GV.  A random fact about me…I have switched my major seven times since coming to Grand View!  I’m always around to answer your questions! 
Trevor Wilson
Hey guys!  My name is Trevor Wilson and I’m a senior!  I’m studying biology with minors in chemistry and psychology.  After GV, I plan to attend medical school and become a pediatrician or neurologist.  I volunteer with many organizations around Des Moines, and I’m involved with View Crew and Team GV.  I love watching/playing sports, hanging out with friends, spending time outside and going up to Lambeau Field to watch the Packers play!  I’m a pretty easygoing dude, so don’t be afraid to ask me any questions!  I look forward to getting to know you! 


New Students Days Schedule
Please click HERE for a downloadable pdf schedule.
Friday, August 23
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Residence Hall Move-In
Check in at the Wellness Center Lobby.

What to do after you have moved into your room:
10:00 a.m. – Noon
Bookstore: Purchase your books. Student Center
Last Minute Business: Check with the Career Center about work study; visit Financial Aid, the Business Office and Academic Advising regarding questions you may have.
Student Center and Humphrey Center

10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Meet and Greet: Grand View Music Department
Wellness Center Lobby

11:00 a.m. – Noon Check-In for Commuter Students
Wellness Center Lobby

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
Wellness Center Fieldhouse. Bring your student ID, family and friends eat free!

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. * All New Students Meet to Line Up for New Student Convocation
Wellness Center Second Floor

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. * New Student Convocation
(All Students & Families) Wellness Center Sisam Arena

1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Ice Cream Break and Family Farewell
(All Students & Families) Wellness Center Lobby

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. * Meet the Student Life Staff
(All Students) Wellness Center Sisam Arena

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. * Campus Security
(All Students) Wellness Center Sisam Arena

3:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Residential Life and Commuter Life Sessions
(All Students)Wellness Center

3:20 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. * Break with your View Crew Buddy
(All Students)

3:40 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. * Traditions: Past, Present, Future
(All Students) Student Center Viking Theatre

4:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. * Meet the View Crew
(All Students) Student Center Viking Theatre

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Choir Auditions (All Students)

5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Dinner
(All Students) Knudsen Dining Hall

7:05 p.m. I-Cubs Game and Fireworks
(All Students)

Saturday, August 24

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
(Residential Students) Knudsen Hall

9:00 a.m – 9:30 a.m. Meet with your View Crew Buddy
(All Students) Student Center

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. * College Choices
(All Students) Viking Theatre, Student Center

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. * Information Sessions (All Students)
Get to Know Your New Community, Multipurpose Room, Student Center, 10:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
What it Means to be a Viking, Viking Theatre, Student Center, 10:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
(All Students) Knudsen Dining Hall

1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Meet with View Crew Buddy (All Students)

1:15 – 2:00 p.m. Risqué Business (All Students)

2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Free Time

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Choir Auditions (All Students)

6:00 p.m. Block Party (All Students)
Green Space between Residence Halls

Sunday, August 25

9:00 a.m. Brunch
(All Students) Luther Memorial Church

10:00 a.m. Campus Worship Service
(All Students) Luther Memorial Church

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
(All Students) Knudsen Hall

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. * Meet with View Crew Buddy
(All Students) Meet in assigned location.

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Viking Voyage
(All Students) Green Space between residence halls

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Choir Auditions (All Students)

3:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Free Time

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Dinner
(Residential Students) Knudsen Dining Hall

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Outdoor Movie (All Students)
Fall 2014 Move In Dates

Fall 2014 Move In Dates
August 4th: New football players, women's volleyball, M/W soccer
Check-in at the Wellness Center: 9:00am - Noon
1:00 - 4:00pm: Orientation

August 7th: Returning football players
Field House Lobby: 2:00 - 4:00pm

August 14th: Student leaders
Sisam Arena Lobby: 1:00 - 4:00pm

August 18th: M/W cross-country, dance, cheer, M/W golf, M/W tennis
Sisam Arena Lobby: 10:00am - Noon

August 22nd: New students
Wellness Center: 8:00 - 11:00am

August 23rd: Returning students
Sisam Arena Lobby: 10:00am - 1:00pm

August 24th: Returning students
Sisam Arena Lobby: 12:00 - 1:00pm