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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 Ostrem at 515-263-2957 or kostrem@grandview.edu for more event information and/or questions.

The GV Alumni Relations office is happy to announce official GV Bike Jerseys are now available!

The jerseys, made by V-Gear, are raglan ¾ zip short-sleeve MEN’s club cut (click HERE for a size chart). Each jersey is $50. All orders must be submitted by Wednesday, April 30. Extra jerseys will be ordered and available upon request.

Order your jersey ONLINE.

Questions can be sent to me at kostrem@grandview.edu or 515-263-2957.
Once all orders have been submitted, it will take 4-5 weeks for production and shipping. Get yours today!

GV Alumni Bike Ride May 22nd!
Departure Time: 5:30 p.m.
Departure Location: Orlando’s Bar and Grill (4337 Park Avenue, Des Moines)

Sign up for this FREE bike ride! The GV Alumni and Friends Group will ride 8.26 miles via the Great Western Trail to the Cumming Tap (117 N. 44th Street, Cumming) where guests are welcome to stop for a break. The GV Alumni Relations office will have bottled water available for all riders. For those that are willing to continue, the ride will resume following your break as the group heads back to Orlando’s via the same trail, making the ride a round trip of 16.52 miles.

Upon your arrival (approximately 7 – 8:30 p.m.) at Orlando’s, enjoy pizza provided by the GV Alumni Relations office.

Things to know:
-    Bike ride is 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

Do you own a GV bike jersey? If so, wear it on the ride to earn a FREE DRINK ticket at Orlando’s following the ride.

Don’t own a GV bike jersey, but are interested in one? A limited number of jerseys will be available for sale at Orlando’s before and after the ride.

Register online or by contacting Katie at kostrem@grandview.edu or 515-263-2957.

Take me out to the ball game...that's right, join other GV alumni, friends and families for a night of fun at Principal Park where we will cheer on our very own Iowa Cubs. Reunite with college friends, make new acquaintances and see what's going on at Grand View all while enjoying an all-you-can-eat picnic buffet before the game and a reserved grandstand seat (in section 7) during the game. We'll see you at the ballpark!

Thursday, June 19th
Picnic time: 5:45pm - 7:05pm
Game time: 7:05pm
Picnic will be on the mezzanine (located under the press box and suites, above the reserved grandstand seating), click HERE to see the seating chart.

$20 for the picnic and game. Click HERE to register.
$6 for just the grandstand tickets. Click HERE to register.

NOTE: If you want to order tickets to the picnic & game AND separate grandstand-only tickets, you will need to order them separately. After you have placed the first order, you must close down your browser completely (all tabs) and then re-open it to go to the other form.

Contact Katie with questions at 515-263-2957 or kostrem@grandview.edu

Each year the Grand View Alumni Relations Office invites your children to attend Grand View’s summer art workshops. Children have the opportunity to create a variety of art projects and display them in the art gallery. Workshops are led by Grand View art students and Aaron Tinder, associate professor of art and design.

Parents and family members are invited to view the children’s artwork on display the last day of the camp. Refreshments are provided.

July 14-17 • Rasmussen Center
Early Bird Rate: $45/ student (through April 30)
Regular Rate: $55/ student (after April 30)

Sign up today for GV’s fun and educational Imagination Exploration Children’s Summer Art Workshops. The workshops are overseen by GV art and design professor, Aaron Tinder, and taught by GV art education alumni.

Students entering 1st-3rd grade, 9-11 a.m. • Art Reception, July 17, 11 a.m.
Students entering 4th-6th grade, 1-3 p.m. • Art Reception July 17, 3 p.m.

Register HERE or contact Katie Ostrem at kostrem@grandview.edu or 515-263-2957.

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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 ***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 Katie Ostrem at 515-263-2957, you are providing your consent for University use of the photos and videos.***