Issue 10
May, 2010

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In this issue, you'll read:
GV Alumni Win ADAI Awards
GV Receives Real Estate Grant
2010 ALT Magazine Unveiled
New GV Bowling Coach Announced
Student Spotlight: Jeff Rost
Alumni Calendar of Events
Alumni Spotlight: Karen ("Skosh") Bason '68
Alumni Benefits
Grand View Councils and Volunteer Opportunities
Point. Click. Give!
What's new with you? We want to hear from you!
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GV Alumni Win ADAI Awards

Three Grand View alumni received recognition awards at the Art Directors Association of Iowa (ADAI) 52nd Annual Professional Design Exhibition on April 17. Tony Schrader '08 was credited in the company literature category with his design for Iowa State Plant Sciences Institute annual report; Trenton Burd '95 was credited in the identity mark category with his design for Michelle Powell Voice; Jeremiah Elbel '03 was credited in the collateral category for his design of the Grand View Art & Design 2010 mailer, credited in the identity mark category with his design for Potboilers Publishing, along with Joshua Ryther '03, and credited in the poster category for his designs for the Cash Tribute Show and the Midwest Beat Show posters.


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GV Receives Real Estate Grant

Grand View was awarded a grant totaling $91,704 by the State of Iowa Real Estate Commission. These funds will allow Grand View to redesign six real estate courses in order to create the only real estate certificate for college credit at a baccalaureate level in Iowa. The certification will blend the strength of face-to-face instruction with the convenience of online delivery – a model called 'hybrid' education. In a hybrid education model, between 30-70% of the course content is delivered online and the rest is in a traditional classroom.

In addition to funding redesign of the courses, the grant will fund a high-tech classroom with the necessary hardware and software to digitize lectures and course materials and deliver them electronically to students. When not in use for Grand View classes, the high-tech classroom will be made available to real estate professionals for communication and continuing education purposes.

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2010 ALT Magazine Unveiled

The 2010 edition of ALT magazine – a publication produced by the Honors Magazine class at Grand View that includes writers, designers and photographers – was unveiled April 1 at the Des Moines Social Club downtown. Zachary Mannheimer, the creator of the social club, is featured in one of the magazine's articles. Additional features include stories on hot yoga, patio gardening, rugby, a fashion designer turned firefighter, and a young professional making millions selling tickets on eBay.

Grand View's student-run magazine is in its fourth year. Last year's edition of ALT received the Pacemaker Award for Magazine Excellence by the Associated College Press. Only five collegiate magazines in the country were similarly recognized. ALT is a free magazine available on campus and in various businesses around Des Moines, and also online at www.altmagonline.com.

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New GV Bowling Coach Announced

GV will add bowling to its growing list of sports this fall, with Gary Gioffredi, a GV alumnus, as head bowling coach.

Gioffredi has an extensive background in bowling. He began bowling in sanctioned leagues at the age of five and earned multiple top-five state awards for singles, doubles and teams before the age of 12. After graduating from Grand View, Gioffredi returned to competitive bowling. During that time, he consistently averaged over 200 and bowled three sanctioned 300 games. He placed at the National Bowling Tournament in Reno, Nev., along with multiple state tournaments.

"[Grand View] professors and coaches have a deep passion for students and understand how to prepare graduates with the tools to compete and excel by placing them a step above the competition. My vision for the bowling program is to continue to expand these values," Gioffredi said.

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Student Spotlight: Jeff Rost

Major: Psychology, Human Services and Liberal Arts (triple major). Honors and Family Studies Minor, and Art Therapy Certificate
Year: 2010
Hometown: Des Moines, IA
Career Goal: Attending Iowa State's MS in Couples and Family Therapy program in the fall of 2010

"What I loved about Grand View were the small class sizes and the real world applications of my classes. The small classes helped me stay focused and ensure my success, and the real world applications will help me in the future. I would have to say that my favorite thing about Grand View is that I wasn't just a number; I wasn't just a face in the crowd. We're a small community here and it's hard to walk to class without running into someone you know. Grand View helped prepare me for my future studies and helped me discern my passion in life. I will be working part time at Optimae Lifeservices and Youth Emergency Services and Shelter as I attend Iowa State in the fall. After that, I plan to pursue my doctorate, and I thank Grand View for the educational and vocational foundation it helped me lay."

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Alumni Calendar of Events

June 19, Iowa Speedway: IndyCar Light Series Event
The Alumni Office is hosting an alumni event Saturday, June 19, at the Iowa Speedway in Newton when the Firestone Indy Lights Series comes to town. Alumni, friends and family can purchase tickets for $30 and enjoy a full day of events at the track. The admission price includes food and drink in the GV hospitality tent, race ticket, pre-race concert, access to the fan walk - which takes you down to pit row and the garage area (an experience not available to just anyone) – a special meet and greet, autograph signing and pictures with an IndyCar driver! You don't want to miss this incredible event as space is limited! For more details contact Heather Iburg at
hiburg@grandview.edu or 515-263-2957.

For more information about the Iowa Speedway, visit www.iowaspeedway.com. To register for this event online, click HERE

July 12-15, Alumni Kids Art Classes
Children of Grand View alumni are invited to campus to construct art projects with instruction from current GV art students and professors! Grades K-5

Cost: $15 per child now until July 1st, $20 July 2nd – July 12th.

If you have questions, please contact Heather Iburg at hiburg@grandview.edu or 515-263-2957.

July 21, Iowa Cubs Game
Principal Park
Picnic @ 5:30 p.m. on the Party Deck, behind right field
Game time @ 7:05 p.m. vs. Oklahoma City RedHawks

For $14 you can join other Grand View alumni for a night of food, drink and baseball. Reunite with college friends, make new acquaintances and discover what's going on at Grand View! Alumni can enter a drawing for a chance to win a ball autographed by Ryne Sandberg!

For more information about the Iowa Cubs, visit www.iowacubs.com. If you have questions, please contact Heather Iburg at hiburg@grandview.edu or 515-263-2957. To register for this event online, click HERE

August 4, Grand View night at Living History Farms
Living History Farms
Food @ 6:30 p.m., behind the Flynn barn
Live music @ 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $12 per person
(Includes food, one drink ticket, entertainment, and a free gift for GV alumni only.)

Behind the Barn concert series featuring Matt Woods and the Thunderbolts
Bring a blanket or lawn chair and gather behind the Flynn barn for an evening of live music. Food and cash bar with pop, beer and wine will be available. Iowa Blues Challenge winners, Matt Woods and the Thunderbolts, revere down home juke house blues. Singer-guitarist Matt Woods, bassist Scott Cochran and drummer Michael Swanger have carved a niche for themselves not only as purveyors of traditional blues, but creators of original songs that capture true-life emotions, humor and candor.

For more information about Living History Farms, visit http://www.livinghistoryfarms.org. If you have questions, please contact Heather Iburg at hiburg@grandview.edu or 515-263-2957. To register for this event online, click HERE

September 24-26 GV Homecoming/Studenterfest
Save the date now to attend Homecoming/Studenterfest. Look for more details to come!

October 15-19 Danish Gymnastics Performance Team
Danish gymnasts will be performing at Grand View on October 17th @ 6:30 p.m. The team, consisting of 35 men and women ages of 18 to 30 and two instructors, were chosen from many skilled young athletes from the southeastern part of Denmark. The performance is a mix of rhythmic gymnastics, tumbling, highly skilled vaulting, acrobatics, dancing and entertainment, with demonstrations of many different expressions, moods and moves.

Host families will be needed during their stay in Des Moines. For more information on the Danish Gymnastics team or questions about hosting, please contact Brian Patterson at 515-263-2829 or bpatterson@grandview.edu.

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Alumni Spotlight: Karen ("Skosh") Bason '68

Her major: Health and Physical Education

Her position: Professor of Health and Physical Education, Department Chair
* Full-time faculty at Grand View for 38 years
* Chair of two academic departments for a total of 29 years
* Created two academic majors – Health Promotion and Human Services; one academic certificate program --Sport Management
* Recipient of GV Athletic Hall of Fame award
* Recipient of GV "Excellence in Teaching" award

Her department: HPED (Health and Physical Education)

Her hobbies: Travel (US, Europe, Scandinavia), music, interacting with family/friends, camping, swimming, biking, gymnastics, Danish folkdancing, Scandinavian heritage/genealogy, reading/research related to health and wellness.

What she likes best about working at Grand View: "Most definitely working with the students! Where else could a person get the chance to work with future generations that will change the world? It is extremely humbling and a great pleasure to accompany students on their journeys and interact with them as they explore their professional careers, increase their knowledge and gain skills/tools that will last a lifetime. In addition, I also treasure the many groups (gymnastics team, folkdancers, volleyball team, cheerleaders, Viking Council,
GV fellowship group, Human Service club, Health Promotion club, etc.) that I have worked with throughout the years and the lifelong friendships and bonds that have been formed with previous students. I now have the privilege of teaching second generation Grand View students from alumni parents that I taught years ago. It is always a joy to hear from former students and find out how they are doing."

Her favorite memory of Grand View: "I have many memories of Grand View both as a student and as a faculty member. My most favorite memory, as a student, was walking into the gymnasium and being asked by Coach Charles 'Jake' Jacobson if I would like to try out for the Danish gymnastic team (which eventually became the Women's Competitive Gymnastics team). I will always be grateful to Coach Jacobson. His coaching and mentoring not only shaped my career path as a teacher, but also influenced my life. Jake gave me the name 'Skosh' as a gymnast, which became a permanent nickname. I remember scoring the first perfect 10 in women's competition for Grand View on the uneven parallel bars in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

My favorite memory as a faculty member was being part of the Dave Sisam, Charles Jacobson, 'trio-team' that anchored the east end of campus. It was a thrill to return and work as a peer among all the faculty members who inspired me and shaped me as a student. Being able to influence the culture of wellness at Grand View University today continues to create new memories."

What brought her back to Grand View: "I remember it well. I had taught in Ames for two years and then got a call asking me if I wanted to return to Grand View to teach. It was music to my ears … it was like coming home. I have now been at Grand View for many years and can't imagine doing anything else. Teaching is my passion! It is a privilege to be part of the fabric and history of Grand View."

What the big changes have been since she graduated from Grand View: "Some of the obvious changes that have occurred are the transition from a two-year institution to a four-year University, implementation of a graduate program, the addition of numerous academic majors, the expansion of athletics and the number of students on campus. The change in physical appearance of Grand View has been the most dramatic. The buildings in my student days consisted of Old Main, East Hall, Education/Nursing building, Science building, the gymnasium (not the Johnson Wellness Center), Nielsen and Knudsen dormitories. The expansion of the campus has been spectacular. It truly presents a corridor to the city of Des Moines.

"The emphasis on overseas travel and study is beginning to create wonderful opportunities for students to become global citizens and impact a world audience. The creation of a wellness culture on campus and the "mind, body, spirit" connection reminds us of the rich tradition of our roots and cultural heritage that was so cherished by the founders of Grand View.

"As things change, some things remain the same: the enthusiasm, energy and pure delight of daily life found within our students ...the pursuit of knowledge ... the formation of lifelong friends ... the creation of dreams and the shaping of lives can all still be experienced at Grand View today, just as in the past. Today's students are continuing the journey that began more than one hundred years ago. They are making their own memories and leaving their own legacy for those who are yet to come."

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Alumni Benefits
As Grand View alumni, you worked hard to earn your degree and for that, you are entitled to several exclusive benefits. For more information on alumni benefits, click HERE!


Grand View Councils and Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for a way to volunteer or serve on a council? The Alumni Relations Office can help find the right committee for you! CLICK HERE to read more about the opportunities. The photo at the right is of our Parent Council.


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Join other Grand View alumni and give online to the Grand View Fund. Gifts to the GV Fund help support student scholarships, technology and equipment upgrades, student life, campus maintenance and improvements, and enhanced academic programs.

Go online to http://giving.grandview.edu to give now!

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