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Alumni Events

Throughout the year Grand View sponsors a variety of events that are specifically for or of interest to alumni. Two of the most popular are the Viking 5k Run, and Homecoming/Studenterfest.  Upcoming events will be posted in this section on an ongoing basis.

Please contact Katie Royer at 515-263-2957 or kroyer@grandview.edu for more event information and/or questions.

On Tuesday, August 26 at 7:30 p.m. Grand View’s Viking Edge Lecture Series will welcome Allie LaForce. Allie is a 2011 Emmy award winning sports reporter. She has is often seen on the sidelines for college football and basketball games as well as NFL and NBA games. Allie, who played basketball for Ohio University and was named Miss Teen USA in 2005, will be speaking to current Grand View students, alumni and guests in Sisam Arena in the Johnson Wellness Center.

The 2014 Viking 5K is scheduled for Saturday, October 4th, 9:00 a.m., with the Viking Kid Trot immediately after the 5K. The awards ceremony follows. For details click HERE.

Registration will be available the morning of the event. For online registration click HERE.  

Visit Fitness Sports to see race results.

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 mmattes@grandview.edu or Prof. Dmitry Yarushkin at dyarushkin@grandview.edu.  Hearing from you before March 15 will help us determine the total number of participants.  

Join GV on spring and summer study tours around the world!

GV faculty and the International Studies office is happy to offer study tours this spring and summer to current students and alumni for the first time.  A trip, May 12-23, is being organized to Cuba.  Travelers will visit Havana, Santi Spiritus, Pinar del Rio and Trinidad, and will experience one of the world’s safest travel destinations. A current estimated cost is $3,500. For more information, contact Sarah at 515-263-2915 or Coralie at 515-263-2916.    Perhaps Gambia and Senegal are on your list of places to visit. From May 11-22 a GV group will visit the University of Gambia, study the Gambian police, judicial systems and social issues, and much more. For more information, contact Ahamdu at ababa-singhri@grandview.edu or Cathy at cbeck-cross@grandview.edu.    Professor Felicitas Avendano will take a group to Costa Rica June 9-19.  Travelers will have the opportunity for a once in a lifetime experience. For more information, contact her at favendano@grandview.edu or call 515-263-2920.  

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