Alumni Events

Throughout the year, the Grand View Alumni Relations office sponsors a variety of events specifically for or of interest to alumni.  Upcoming events will be posted in this section on an ongoing basis.

Please contact Brian Patterson at or 515-263-2829 for more event information and/or questions.



Alumni Bike Ride
Thursday, May 28, Depart at 5:30 p.m.

GV alumni and friends will ride 6.3 miles via the Walnut Creek Trail from the 515 Brewing Company to Orlando's Bar and Grill (4337 Park Avenue, DSM), where everyone is welcome to stop for a break and enjoy bottled water provided by the GV Alumni Relations office. For those who wish to continue, the group will then head back to the 515 Brewing Company via the same trail, making the round-trip ride of 12.6 miles.

Upon your arrival (approximately 7-8 p.m.) at 515, enjoy a complimentary drink and pizza provided by the GV Alumni Relations office.

Things to know:
• The event and bike ride are family friendly
• All paces are welcome
• Helmets, lights, and reflectors are STRONGLY recommended
• Bring bottled water for your ride
• Bring cash for refreshments of your choice

RSVP here or by contacting Brian at or 515-263-2829.


Summer Art Workshops for Kids
Monday, June 15 - Thursday, June 18

Sign up today for GV's fun and educational Imagination Exploration Children's Summer Art Workshops. The workshops are overseen by art education alumna Lisa Hartz and taught by GV art education students. Families are invited to view artwork on the last day of camp.

Students entering first through third grade: 9-11 a.m., $35
Students entering fourth through sixth grade: 1-3 p.m., $35

Classes are limited to 35 students and will fill up quickly so click HERE to register today. Questions? Contact Brian at or 515-263-2829.

Movie on the Lawn (FREE)
Friday, June 19, 8:30 p.m.

“Big Hero 6” is coming to Grand View! Bring your family and friends and enjoy a FREE movie on the lawn of Grand View’s campus beginning at 8:30 p.m. The movie will be played on the grassy area just west of the Rasmussen Center, along the Grand Central Plaza. Bring your chairs, blankets, and snacks and enjoy “Big Hero 6” with other GV alumni and their families. Popcorn will be provided! In case of bad weather, the movie will be shown in the Viking Theatre, Student Center.



Chicago Cubs Weekend Getaway
Friday, July 24 - Sunday, July 26

Tickets are now available for the trip to Wrigley Field this July 24-26 sponsored by the GV Alumni Relations office. Join other GV alumni for a two-night weekend getaway to Chicago. The trip begins Friday, July 24, with an 11:30 a.m. departure from Grand View University. Then get ready to cheer on your Cubs on Saturday at 3:05 p.m. as they face the Philadelphia Phillies.

Your registration price includes round-trip bus fare, a ticket to the game, two nights at the Red Roof Inn - Downtown Magnificent Mile, and lots of fun in the Windy City!

Registration Prices*:
Single guest: $450
Two guests sharing a hotel room: $575
Three guests sharing a hotel room: $700
Four guests sharing a hotel room: $825

Tickets are limited, so reserve your spot today by contacting Brian at or 515-263-2829. You can also register online here.

*Attention alumni from the class of 2010 or later: Receive $25 off your total price when you sign up for the getaway!

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The Prairie Meadows Gallery at Elings-Wood Center for Art & Design
Rasmussen Center for Community Advancement Professions
2800 E. 14th Street


Gallery Hours
Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

For more information about art exhibits, call 515-263-2931.

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For more information about music performances, call 515-263-2991.



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Cowles Communication Center Gallery
1300 Morton Avenue

For more information about photo exhibits, call 515-263-2931.

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Student Center Viking Theatre
2811 E. 14th Street

For more information about theatre events and to order tickets, call 515-263-2991.

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Join GV on a trip to Russia!
You are invited to join Grand View University faculty, alumni, and staff on an exciting trip to St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia tentatively scheduled for July 28 - August 12, 2015.  

See the palaces and churches of the Tsars (such as Peterhoff Palace and St. Isaac’s Cathedral), world-class art museums (such as the Hermitage), historic Red Square in the Kremlin, the Yusupov Palace (where Grigory Rasputin was assassinated), and dozens of other places you’ve read about in history and heard about in the news.  Additionally, you will have the opportunity to visit places not frequented by tourists such as a hospital, a school, and the St. Petersburg State University.  You will learn about Russia in ways most Americans never do.   Tour hosts include Professor Dmitry Yarushkin who was raised in St. Petersburg.  You can be confident that you will have an expert navigating you through Russia.  Your official tour guide, Sergey Fedorov, is an expert on Russian history, culture, and trip logistics, as well as an effective communicator with Americans.  

Total cost for the trip is approximately $4,000 per participant (based on 20 participants), which includes not only airfare to Russia and train fare within Russia, but also double occupancy hotel rooms, three full meals a day, visas, the tour guide,  and tickets to all the museums, performances, and local transportation.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity.  Become acquainted with Russia, and its magic and charm, for an unforgettable, life-changing experience.

Any questions?  Don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Mark Mattes, Grand View University, at or Prof. Dmitry Yarushkin at  Hearing from you before March 15 will help us determine the total number of participants. 

Join GV on a trip to Paris and Munich!
You are invited to join Grand View University faculty, alumni, and staff on an exciting trip to Paris and Munich scheduled for June 7 - 18, 2015.  Approximate cost is $3,500 (airfare additional, group rate available).

Wouldn't it be wonderful to experience Paris and Munich with day trips to Versailles, Giverny, Castle Neuschwanstein, and Oberammergau?

Contact Kathy Tumpek for more details:, 515-263-6181.


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 ***Photos and videos may be taken at events and used in future Grand View University publications, shared via the Grand View University website and published to the Grand View University Facebook page. By registering for an event, without prior concern expressed to Brian Patterson at 515-263-2829, you are providing your consent for University use of the photos and videos.***