Issue 9
March, 2010

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In this issue, you'll read:
Campus News
Athletic Updates
GV Students Study Abroad
Student Spotlight: Maribeth Kirby '10
Alumni Spotlight: Luanne Knudsen '86
Alumni Calendar of Events
We're looking for your creativity!
Grand View Councils and Volunteer Opportunities
Request a Weekly Devotion
Point. Click. Give!
What's new with you? We want to hear from you!
Grand View Alumni Facebook Page

Campus News

Class of 2009 Achieves 98% Job Placement
For the 17th successive year, the most recent Grand View graduating class secured 98% job placement within six months of graduation. A recent survey shows that members of the Class of 2009 are succeeding in a difficult economy by turning their college educations into careers or continuing their educations in graduate schools. Most of the class of 2008-09 remained in Iowa, particularly within the Des Moines metropolitan area. Nearly all graduates who moved out of state did so in order to further their educations, most with the intention of returning.

Grand View Choir Tour
The Grand View Choir will perform a home concert as the finale to its spring 2010 tour at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 28, at Luther Memorial Church. This year's tour takes them through Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas and Kansas. The home concert is free and all are welcome! For more information, contact the Grand View Music Department, 515-263-2991.

Click HERE for a full Choir Tour itinerary.

Fine Arts Events
Arcadia, by Tom Stoppard
Viking Theatre
April 8-11, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2:00 p.m.

Senior Art Exhibit
Features Trevor Adams, Austin Frederiksen, Sammy Leung, Benton Schoenrock, Clayton Turner
Rasmussen Gallery
March 22- April 7


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Athletic Updates

Rhees National Champion; Vikings ninth at wrestling championships
Grand View junior Glenn Rhees used a single-leg takedown on the edge of the mat to take a 3-1 decision in sudden victory over California Baptist's Enock Francois for the national championship at 174 pounds. Rhees became Grand View's second national wrestling champion in the program's two-year history.

Read more about Glenn Rhees in the next issue of GV Magazine, coming soon!

Junior Brad Lower placed fifth at 165 lbs. Jordaryl Logan was eighth at 184 lbs. to earn All-American status along with Rhees. Grand View finished tied in ninth place with Dana College (Neb.) in the team standings with 61.5 points.




Birru second in 5,000m run; women's team finishes 14th at Nationals
The final day of the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships wrapped up March 6 in Johnson City, Tenn. Sophomore standout Obsie Birru took second place and became an All-American in the women's 5,000m run with a time of 17:27.52. The GV women's team finished with 13 points for 14th place in the team standings.

NAIA National Basketball Championships
Viking Women Advance. Grand View notched a 63-53 win over Minot State (N.D.) in first-round action Wednesday at the 19th Annual State Farm-NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship at the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena. With the win, Grand View improves to 26-8 on the season. The Vikings will face Hastings (Neb.) in second-round action on Friday at 12 p.m.

Viking Men End Season at 25-8. The University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) used a late 8-0 rally to force overtime and then went on to defeat #16 Grand View (Iowa) 69-65 in the first game of the 2010 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship. The Vikings, who won both the Midwest Collegiate Conference regular season and postseason championships, end the season with a 25-8 record.

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GV Students Study Abroad

A Grand View education involves traditional classroom work, service projects, and some great internship experiences in and around Des Moines. And for many students, there's also the adventure of international study, with trips to exciting locations such as Brazil, Denmark, France, and Italy. These trips give them the kind of education that's hard to find in a classroom. They're immersed in another culture, learning to appreciate the diversity in the world, and meeting people who are very different from them – or maybe not as different as one might expect.

Students can choose from several different study trips, each with a little different emphasis. Previous trips included Brazil and Venezuela; France, Italy, and Spain; Germany; Israel; Mexico; Russia. For example, art majors might sign up for the 12-day course that explores the history and development of the arts and sciences in Italy, with stops in Rome, Florence, Pompei, and Venice.

Then there's the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS). Through a partnership with the DIS, Grand View students have the opportunity to study in Denmark for a summer term, a semester or a full year. Depending on the program they choose, they can study in Copenhagen, taking a variety of courses in English, and participate in study tours of Denmark, Scandinavia and Europe. They'll experience the Danish academic tradition of a critical, independent, inquisitive, free approach to studying human and cultural phenomena, building on the foundation laid at Grand View. During study tours or field studies, students might visit museums, institutions and cultural-historical sites across the country they're visiting, or they might attend a sporting event, visit a coffee shop to order in Danish, and take a city tour to make observations.

Students who've studied abroad are aware of the impact the experience can have on their careers. In addition to earning credit for the trip and gaining new perspectives on the world, they add an impressive experience to their resumes. Prospective employers look for students who are open to new challenges, motivated, and eager to learn – all characteristics of students who participate in study abroad.

But personal growth is the most significant outcome. Most students see the experience as life-changing. That's a pretty dramatic statement – and it's a fact. They've spent time in new settings and with direct personal contact; they've developed a better understanding of people in another culture as well as of themselves. For many of our students, their study trip is the first time they've traveled outside the U.S. Such intense involvement alters attitudes and perspectives forever.

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Student Spotlight: Maribeth Kirby '10

Major: Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing and Finance

Year: Senior

Maribeth Kirby is preparing to graduate in April, and while she's looking forward to establishing new goals and a career, she'll miss the relationships she created at GV. The mentors and friends she found here will be hard to leave, but she's eager to begin a new chapter in her life and put her GV skills to use.

"I've learned so much during the last four years," Kirby said, "but I believe the soft skills I acquired will be most valuable. I learned a great deal about public speaking and interacting with others; these are skills that I'll use the rest of my life."

Kirby said her experience at GV shaped her into the person she is today. The late nights spent studying and writing countless papers developed her endurance and drive, leaving her with the belief she can accomplish anything through hard work.

She has been a student leader, an Admissions Ambassador, and, after enrolling in the Logos Honors program, a member of the Logos Club. Kirby received an academic scholarship and was also inducted into the Alpha Chi Honor Society. After graduation, she has aspirations of a career in insurance.

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Alumni Spotlight: Luanne Knudsen '86

Major: English

Position: Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions

Department: Admissions

Family: Brother, Dean Knudsen '75); sister, Sandy Knudsen '78

Hobbies: Traveling, entertaining, working on my house, movies, cooking, reading, camping, being outdoors

Best thing about working at Grand View: So many reasons! I love working with prospective students and families. I also love working with some of my best friends!

Favorite Grand View memory: Painting the rock for my dad's 65th birthday! He was thrilled!

What brought you back to Grand View: The opportunity to finish my degree. I also felt a true calling to work here.

What big changes have you seen since graduating from Grand View: Many physical changes, of course! However, the students, their families, and my co-workers all still have the same passion for education.


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Alumni Calendar of Events

March 27 - Harlem Globetrotters
The Grand View Alumni Relations Office invites alumni and their families to the Harlem Globetrotters eye-popping 2010 "Magical Memories" World Tour at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Enjoy an exclusive meet and greet, pictures and autographs with the players at 6:00 p.m.; game time is 7:00 p.m.

Purchase discounted tickets for $17* through the Alumni Relations Office. Order and pay online HERE. Or send in or drop off your payment to Heather Iburg in the Alumni Relations Office, third floor in the Humphrey Center.

For questions, contact Heather at hiburg@grandview.edu or 515-263-2957.
*All tickets must be purchased by 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, March, 23. Children two and younger are free.

May 12 - Facebook 101
Alumni are invited to get up to speed on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to become savvy techies! Join us for an evening of social media and refreshments Wednesday, May 12, 6 - 8 p.m. in the Grand View Library. Learn the basics and get assistance in developing or enhancing your social networking know-how. To register for this event, contact Heather Iburg at
hiburg@grandview.edu or 515-263-2957.

June 19 - Day at the races!
The Alumni Relations 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 to enjoy a 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 Indy car driver. You don't want to miss out on this incredible event because space is limited. Look for more details, including registration, to come.


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We're looking for your creativity!

Are you a GV alumnus who has art, writing or photography you would like to share? Submit your work for publication!

Alumni may submit original works, including artwork, photography and writing, for possible publication in GV Magazine. Submit your work to editor Lacie Sibley at lsibley@grandview.edu or 515.263.2832. Click HERE to view the latest issue of GV Magazine online.

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.


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Request a Weekly Devotion

Campus Pastors Charlene Cox and Jack Mithelman 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.


Point. Click. Give!

Giving to Grand View made simple.

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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