Issue 7
November, 2009

Hi Carol,

In this issue, you'll read:
Viking football team #19 in latest poll
Another record enrollment
Former GV president Karl Langrock passes away
Get the GV Magazine in interactive electronic format
Grand View Family Day: Saturday, November 7
Grand View Homecoming/Studenterfest recap
Grand View alumni December event: Adopt-a-family tree
Silent auction: Bid on Christmas carols by the GV Kantorei
School of Ministry event November 9
Point. Click. Give!
New Alumni benefit
Request a weekly devotion
What's new with you? We want to hear from you!
GV Bookstore online

Viking football team #19 in latest poll

In less than two seasons, the Grand View football team, under head coach Mike Woodley, has developed into one of the NAIA's top football programs. The team broke into the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll for the first time in the program's short history, voted the No. 25 team in the nation on October 20. Recently, the Vikings received their third consecutive weekly national ranking, moving up to the No. 19 spot on November 2.

Grand View is competing in the Mid-States Football Association's (MSFA) Midwest League for the first year. The Vikings are second in the league with a perfect 5-0 record, just behind No. 11 McKendree University, who is 6-0. The teams will meet head-to-head for the first time November 14. Overall, Grand View is 7-2, with losses to NCAA Division I Drake University and MSFA Mideast League's Marian College.

Senior defensive back Titus Bland (Baytown, Texas) has proven to be one of the top players in the NAIA. Bland ranks among national leaders in several categories, including second in the NAIA for interceptions (6) and second in kick-off return yards per attempt (31.5).

At press time, the Vikings have two games left in the regular season. In addition to McKendree, Grand View will host St. Ambrose, last year's MSFA Midwest League champion, on November 7. The team is focused on its first postseason berth in the playoffs beginning November 21.

Follow Viking football and other GV athletics at www.grandview.edu>Athletics

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Another record enrollment

Grand View is pleased to announce a 4% increase in full-time enrollment this year – 1,600 students, up from 1,536 last fall. The total number of students is now over 2,000, a 3% overall increase. This is another record year for the university in both full-time and total enrollment. Since the fall of 2003, Grand View's total enrollment has increased by 23%.

According to Deb Barger, Vice President for Enrollment Management, there are several reasons for the increase. "We attribute our growth to new academic programs, new athletic programs – including football and wrestling – as well as new facilities and a general positive interest and increased awareness. There's a lot happening right now at Grand View."

Also responsible for record enrollment is Grand View's first graduate program, the Master of Science in Innovative Leadership. This interdisciplinary degree, which focuses on leading for change and innovative strategic thinking, is composed of a common core of courses and three "tracks" – business, education and nursing. The initial cohort of students enrolled this fall.

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Former GV president Karl Langrock passes away

Rev. Dr. Karl F. Langrock, 82, president of Grand View from 1972 to 1988, died at his home October 14.

During his time at Grand View, Langrock led the school in its transformation from a junior college to a four-year baccalaureate degree-granting institution accredited by the North Central Association, with the first four-year degree program in nursing in 1975. Twenty-two BA degree programs soon followed. He oversaw the construction of the Student Center and the Cowles Communication Center. He was a member of the Iowa College Aid Commission in Des Moines from 1980 to 1984, and president of the Council of Lutheran Church in America Colleges in 1978. He was also a member of the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, serving on the board of directors from 1972 to 1987, and as chairman of the board from 1986 to 1987. In 1989 he was conferred an honorary Doctorate of Letters degree by Grand View in recognition of outstanding achievement in literature as an author, critic, interpreter and educator.

Born in Toeterville, Iowa, January 26, 1927, Langrock served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1945 to 1946 following his graduation from high school. In 1949, he received a BA degree in mathematics from the University of Northern Iowa. While attending UNI, he met Rose Marie Meyer, and they were married June 4, 1950. In 1951, he received an MA degree in economics from the University of Iowa. Upon graduation, he was employed by Bankers Life in Des Moines from 1951 to 1952. After that brief time in the corporate insurance world, he decided to enter the field of theology, receiving a Bachelor of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology in Maywood, Ill., in 1955. He was ordained into the ministry of the United Lutheran Church of America. Prior to his service at Grand View, Langrock served in a pastoral capacity for several congregations. In 1969, he was named Associate Director of Development as an assistant to the President of Berea College in Berea, Ky.

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Get the GV Magazine in interactive electronic format

The GV Magazine just keeps getting better. We're now able to provide it to you in an exciting new interactive electronic format, complete with hyperlinks, video, a search capability and other useful features.

You can continue to receive your printed copy and get the electronic version as well … or you can switch to the electronic version alone. Just tell us how you'd like to receive future issues. If we don't hear from you, you'll continue to receive the printed copy only.

Tell us! To tell us your preference, please go to the Grand View web site at http://www.grandview.edu. Click on Alumni and then select Electronic Magazine on the left navigation. Or just click HERE. You'll go to a form where you can input the information we need to send you access to the electronic version.

We know you'll love the new version! It will help Grand View save on printing and postage costs, as well.

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Grand View Family Day: Saturday, November 7

Don't forget Saturday is Grand View Family Day! A full day of events is planned for the families of current students. Events include a student panel discussion, campus tours, and tailgate picnic with faculty before the Viking football game. For more information, go to www.grandview.edu > Families


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Grand View Homecoming/Studenterfest recap

Grand View alumni were invited back to campus Friday, October 2, for a continental breakfast before the Alumni College series. The Class of 1959 Social Open House was hosted in the Rodholm Room located in the Humphrey Center.

The Seventh Annual President's Club Dinner for honored Grand View donors was held the evening of Friday, October 2. The Class of 1959 celebrated its 50-year reunion, and alumni awards were presented to the following alumni: Nicholas Wylie '04, the Young Alumni Award; Steve Bobenhouse '69 and Nancy Lavender Bobenhouse '78, the Sally Cartwright Volunteer Service Award; and James Ross '85, the Distinguished Alumni Award. Les Nelson '86 and Shelly (Delger) Bougher '97 received the Athletic Hall of Fame award.

Saturday, October 5, students, alumni and the community started the morning with the Viking 5K, followed by the Viking Kid Trot. Additional Homecoming/Studenterfest events continued on the east side of campus, including the Leisure Garden where guests enjoyed the beer tent, live music by Katch 22, the Kid Zone with bounce houses and face painting, and the Aebleskive experience. New this year was the Viking Ride car show, where classic cars paraded down to Williams Stadium for the one o'clock Grand View Viking football game against William Penn University. After the game, alumni and friends attended a networking reception at All-Play, located in downtown Des Moines. The Communication Department hosted an open house for communication alumni, and the Homecoming dance was later that evening at the Val-Air Ballroom.

Sunday morning worship at Luther Memorial Church was followed by an installment brunch for Rev. Charlene Cox. To see photos and a short video of this year's Homecoming/Studenterfest events, go to www.grandview.edu > Alumni > Alumni Events

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Grand View alumni December event: Adopt-a-family tree

Help make a difference this holiday season and join the Alumni Relations Office in adopting a family. The Alumni Relations Office will team up with the Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa to identify Club members (and their families) in need this holiday season. The Boys & Girls Club will gather information about the needs of members and their families, including food, clothing, and one or two gift ideas.

A tree, located in the Alumni office, will be decorated with paper stars indicating an item for the family tree. Alumni, faculty and staff can choose a star and then purchase the corresponding item. If you can't make it into the office, we'll choose a star for you! Please call or email Heather Iburg (515-263-2957 or hiburg@grandview.edu) and she will provide you with the information you need, as well as choose an item(s) for you to contribute to the tree. All items must be dropped off in the Alumni office by Wednesday, December 9. Please contact Heather with questions or comments.

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Silent auction: Bid on Christmas carols by the GV Kantorei

The Grand View Choir is trying something new this year! We are hosting a silent auction via email to have Grand View's Kantorei sing Christmas carols at a few houses of your choice, before semester break. The auction will end Friday, November 13th at 10:00 pm. The top three bidders will enjoy having the Grand View Kantorei spread some cheer during the holidays. We do have to limit this to the Des Moines area to respect the time of Kantorei. The time and date of the caroling will be determined after the winners have been contacted.

If you are interested, email your bid to me! I will email everyone bid updates, without names of course, on both Mondays and on Thursday the 12th to make sure everyone can see where they stand. If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask. I'll get back to you as soon as I can!

Thanks!

Nick Adolf
GV Choir student
nick.adolf@grandview.edu


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School of Ministry event November 9

The Center for Renewal and Grand View University are hosting a School of Ministry on Monday, November 9. It will be held at the Rasmussen Center for Community Advancement Professions, Classroom 120 from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost for the event is $10.00 and can be paid at the door. The Rev. Dr. H. George Anderson, a church historian and former presiding bishop of the ELCA, will answer many of the questions about Jesus that arose after the resurrection: Who was right? Who made the decisions? When Christianity Didn't Have a Bible will shed light on current discussion about authority and the limits of theological differences in the church. You can reserve a seat by emailing jwhite@grandview.edu, calling 515-263-6008, or by going online to www.renewingchurch.org, selecting the “Workshops and Events” tab and scrolling down to the School of Ministry section.


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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!

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New Alumni benefit

As Grand View alumni, you worked hard to earn your degree and for that, you are entitled to several exclusive benefits. Check out the NEW added benefit! Click HERE!


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Request a weekly devotion

Campus Pastors Charlene Cox and Jack Mithleman will be making available a weekly email devotion. If you’re interested in receiving the devotion each week, please contact Heather Iburg by calling 515-263-2957 or emailing hiburg@grandview.edu. She’ll note your interest and send you a sample devotion.


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What's new with you? We want to hear from you!

Click HERE to update your information!


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GV Bookstore online

The Grand View Bookstore is online, with e-commerce capability. You can order GV apparel, books, and just about anything else in stock.

Go to www.grandview.edu and click on Bookstore, on the lower right.



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