Issue 11
July, 2010

Hi {First_Name},

In this issue, you'll read:
GV assists Dana College students
Danish gymnastic team to visit GV; host families needed
Grand View wins 2009-10 Commissioner's Cup
Grand View alum wins two Emmy Awards
Serbian delegation visits GV campus
Student Profile: Derek Hart
Construction of new student apartments begins
Holy Land Trip: save the date and reserve your spot!
Homecoming/Studenterfest Sept. 24-26
Viking Golf Classic
GV Night at Living History Farms
Point. Click. Give!
Alumni Benefits

GV assists Dana College students

Dana College, Grand View's sister Danish Lutheran school in Blair, NE, has closed. Due to financial pressures, the college had reached an agreement to be purchased by a for-profit entity. Unfortunately, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools denied Dana accreditation under the new arrangement, forcing its immediate closure.

Grand View faculty and staff have been assisting Dana students who may wish to attend Grand View this coming fall, evaluating their transcripts, taking them on visits of the Grand View campus, developing financial aid packages for them. Some of the students are athletes who are meeting with GV coaches. An administrative team from Grand View visited the Dana campus, completing transcript evaluations and some admissions on the spot.

Deb Barger, GV vice president for enrollment management, commented, "These students have had an incredibly difficult surprise. To have to select a different institution on the spur of the moment without warning is a wrenching experience. We're doing everything we can to help these students decide whether Grand View is the right fit, and for those who do, smoothing the way for them to attend in the fall."

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Danish gymnastic team to visit GV; host families needed

Danish gymnasts representing the DGI Southeast and Southwest Jutland Gymnastics Performance Teams will be on campus October 16-19, highlighted by a performance at Sisam Arena in the Johnson Wellness Center October 17 at 6:30 p.m. The team, consisting of 39 men and women ages 8 to 30 and two instructors, was chosen from many skilled young athletes from the southeastern and southwestern parts 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 the team's stay in Des Moines on the nights of October 16, 17 and 18. 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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Grand View wins 2009-10 Commissioner's Cup

The Midwest Collegiate Conference has announced that Grand View University won the Commissioner's Cup trophy for the 2009-10 athletic season. The Commissioner's Cup honors all-around athletic excellence among MCC member schools. Grand View's 2009-10 athletic season was highlighted by five regular season team championships (men's basketball, men's indoor track & field, women's indoor track & field, baseball, men's golf). GV teams also won conference tournament championships in women's soccer, men's basketball and baseball.

Four Grand View teams qualified for NAIA national championships this past year, highlighted by the men's golf team, which finished sixth nationally. In addition to qualifying teams for national championships in women's soccer, men's basketball and baseball, GV finished in the top 20 in both the women's indoor and outdoor track & field championships.

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Grand View alum wins two Emmy Awards

Sara (Doidge '96) Walters won two Emmy awards for her work. One was awarded in the "Evening Newscast Under 35 Minutes" category and is titled: "CBS2 News at 11: The Miracle on the Hudson." This was the 11:00 p.m. newscast the day Captain Sully landed his plane on the Hudson River. The second award was for a breaking news story entitled "Flight 1549 Lands in the Hudson River." This was the live breaking news coverage she did when the plane landed.

She is currently the 11:00 p.m. producer at WCBS-TV in New York. Previously, she worked for WLS-TV in Chicago as producer, KIRO-TV in Seattle as producer, KCCI in Des Moines as producer, and WOI in Des Moines, first as production assistant and then as producer.

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Serbian delegation visits GV campus

Ten delegates of the Community Connections Program from Serbia visited Iowa in May and held a planning session on the Grand View campus. The group came to Iowa to learn about implementing conflict of interest law. During planning sessions, the delegation utilized the skills and knowledge they learned from their visit to develop strategies to improve programs in their country. While here, they also visited the Iowa Attorney General's Office, Freedom of Information Council at Drake, the Iowa Supreme Court, and several places in Chicago.



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Student Profile: Derek Hart

"I came to GV because of the strong design program and the career opportunities Des Moines offers. I graduated this past April with majors in graphic design and graphic journalism, and a marketing minor.

"My GV experience has been great. I've enjoyed working with a variety of professors and classmates in a comfortable, personal environment, which has enriched my growth both academically and personally. I played for three years on the men's basketball team before making the decision to focus more heavily on my studies, in particular my involvement as the editor-in-chief of the Grand Views and art director of ALT magazine. I've also been an art club member all four years.

"Now that I've graduated, I'm going to miss seeing the new faces on campus each fall and getting the opportunity to meet interesting people. GV is a great place to meet people, interact with different crowds, and develop a solid networking system with important people in the Des Moines area. I'm excited to apply what I have learned toward my career and to return down the road, visit with my professors and check out the development of campus.

"The number one skill I've learned at GV that will carry me into the future is leadership. The roles I've performed during my time here polished my leadership skills and helped me learn how to get the most out of my colleagues. My professors have been instrumental in advising me and shaping my leadership abilities, for which I am very grateful."


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Construction of new student apartments begins

Grand View recently broke ground on the construction of the new apartment building set for completion in the fall of 2011. The four-story residence building, located near the corner of Hull and East 14th Street, will house 232 students in approximately 95,000 square feet. It will contain two- and four-bedroom units, complete with full kitchens, community living area and large private bathroom. Seventy-two parking spaces will also be added adjacent to the building.




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Holy Land Trip: save the date and reserve your spot!

Join Pastor Jack Mithelman on a trip to the Holy Land November 1-11, 2011. Go to www.grandview.edu > Visitors for more information and to reserve your spot for this exciting trip!


Homecoming/Studenterfest Sept. 24-26

Please plan to join us for Homecoming/Studenterfest Sept. 24-26! Weekend events include the Viking 5K and Kid Trot, GV baseball scrimmage, leisure garden, picnic, Viking Ride car show and much more! Also, art and design professor Dennis Kaven will have his exhibit, 40 Years in Retrospect, on display in the Rasmussen gallery. Please visit www.grandview.edu > Alumni for details and a schedule of events.


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Viking Golf Classic

Friday, July 30, 9 a.m.
Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny
Contact Michele Lively at 515-263-6050 or mlively@grandview.edu for more information and to register.

Join us for 18-hole best shot with prizes, raffles and on-course activities. A banquet will follow at 2 p.m. featuring special guest GV Hall of Fame Basketball Coach Dave Sisam. Become a sponsor! Tee sponsor: $750; Tee sign sponsor: $200; Banquet sponsor: $1,000.

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GV Night at Living History Farms

Wednesday, August 4
Food, 6:30 pm; Live Music, 6-9 pm
$12/person
(includes food, one drink ticket, entertainment, free gift for alumni)
*RSVP by Friday, July 30. Click here to register online.

Behind the Barn concert series: Bring a blanket or lawn chair and gather behind Flynn Barn for an evening of live music. Food and cash bar with pop, beer and wine will be available. Every GV alumnus receives a special gift!

Live music featuring Matt Woods and the Thunderbolts:
As two-time 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 also as creators of original songs that capture the band's true-life emotions, humor and candor.


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Point. Click. Give!

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!

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!



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