Vocation Week 2021

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion through our Vocations | April 5 - 9

Grand View is a community of educators, staff and students committed to the multiple voices, histories, and faith backgrounds that make us who we are. Our experiences and values come together in a common purpose of providing a transformative education that prepares people to live transforming lives. Thus, vocation at Grand View includes a number of approaches to a life of service in the world. This annual event plays an important role in Grand View's mission to engage students and has been assigned the pertinent theme of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Through Our Vocations for 2021.

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Viking Mentor Appreciation

As a part of Vocation Week, we conduct a Viking Mentor Appreciation nomination process to recognize and thank faculty and staff members who have made a significant difference in the life of a Grand View student. It is in these relationships that the transformational aspect of the Grand View experience comes to life. View the 2021 Viking Mentor Appreciation booklet. 

Website Scavenger Hunt

This year we will be including a new website scavenger hunt as a virtual option to engage in Vocation Week!

nullHow it works:

Starting on Monday, April 5 through Friday, April 9, this symbol will be hidden on the Grand View website. The first 12 people who find this symbol and submit their discovery will receive a small Grand View swag bag! Prizes are available either by mail or in-person pickup on campus. Winners will be notified via email following Vocation Week.

  1. Search the website to find the hidden symbol.
  2. Copy the URL of the webpage you found the symbol on.
  3. Be one of the first 12 to submit a Website Scavenger Hunt Discovery Form.
Submit Form


This year we will be conducting a #myGVadvisor social media challenge during Vocation Week! Meeting with your academic advisor is the key to getting the right courses for on-time graduation, career planning and other support! To find your academic advisor, begin by going to Navigate (found under Common Apps on myView). Once in Navigate, look under "Your Success Team" for the person listed as "academic advisor". From there you can make an appointment or send them a message.

How it works:

Starting on Monday, April 5 through Friday, April 9, we need you to share on social media that you have identified or met with your academic advisor using the hashtag #myGVadvisor. Anything to prove you know who your academic advisor is will work, including: a screenshot of your Navigate screen with your academic advisor listed, a photo of your advisor's office nameplate, a selfie with your advisor in-person or a screenshot of a Zoom meeting with your academic advisor. We will select 13 people at random who have posted using #myGVadvisor to win a small Grand View swag bag! Prizes are available either by mail or in-person pickup on campus. Winners will be notified via email following Vocation Week.

  1. Locate or identify your advisor.
  2. Capture a picture.
  3. Share on social media using #myGVadvisor.

Schedule of Events

We invite you to participate in this year's vocation week events and spend some time thinking about how you might make a difference in our world through your career, service and commitment to our community. Events will continue to be added and updated as Vocation Week approaches.

 Monday, April 5
Handshake & Parker Dewey
Activate your Handshake, or Parker Dewey Accounts, and/or attend any Career Center events to enter your name in raffles. SAC will award one raffle winner $150 gift card toward your professional attire. The Career Center will award multiple gift cards.

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
LinkedIn Headshots | Cowles Center Photo Studio

Stop by to have a professional photo taken which can be used on your LinkedIn profile or other professional purposes. No sign up necessary, walk-in welcomed.

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Biology Mock Interviews (Invitation only)
Interviewers will include members of the Biology department external advisory board, biology faculty, and Susie Stearns, director of the Career Center.

 Tuesday, April 6
10 - 11 a.m.
Ben Schuh Gallery Talk | Zoom Session

Join a virtual session where Ben Schuh, hosted through the art department, will be speaking about his vocation through art and the work he has in the Prairie Meadows Photo Gallery.

11 -11:20 a.m.
Chapel | Luther Memorial Church & Facebook Chapel
Love is the Way: How to reconcile with "those people"

1-4 p.m.
Chemistry Department Vocation Lunch (invitation only)
The Chemistry department’s annual vocation event, where students meet with professionals in the field to ask questions about careers and vocation.

 Wednesday, April 7
Viking Mentor appreciation nominees announced

11 - 11:30 a.m. AND
Noon - 12:30 p.m.
GV ALT Center Goal Setting Workshop | Zoom Session

Setting meaningful goals is a key step to working toward the bright future you envision for yourself. In this 30-minute Zoom workshop, we’ll go beyond SMART goals to inspire you with questions and strategies for imagining your future and creating a plan to get there.

11 - 11:50 am. AND
Noon - 12:50 p.m.
Black Student Union Lunch and Learn Panel | Speed Lyceum
Registration required. Click to REGISTER NOW

Join BSU for a Lunch and Learn, which includes local Black leaders answering your questions about what to do after college. Guests include a former NFL football player, Grand View Alumni, DSM's Firefighter of the Year, as well as professionals from various majors like communications, business administration, education and more! Boxed lunches will be provided, and social distancing will be in place.  

Sponsored by Principal Financial Group and BSU

6 p.m.
Business Department Honors Colloquium | Zoom Session
Analytics and Its Application: Our panel of experts include Nathan Riggle, management consultant, Qral; Jeff Kruger, AVP & Chief Underwriter IDI, Principal Financial Group; Rajesh Chalamalesetti, SVP – Chief Analytics Officer, Waddell and Reed. Student recognition will take place as part of the program.

 Thursday, April 8
10 a.m. - Noon
Health Services Career & Involvement Fair | Zoom Session

Come & Go Format – Join the zoom room and visit as many breakout rooms as your schedule allows. Mini-Info Sessions will repeat every 20 minutes (10:00, 10:20, 10:40, 11:00, 11:20, 11:40) 

Open to all majors, but especially relevant for students in the health sciences (pre-professional) majors, kinesiology, health promotion and nursing. Employers and partners are ready to engage with students interested in the following areas:  graduate and professional school admissions, nursing recruitment, nurse residency, lab services, observation/shadowing hours, rehabilitation therapy, volunteer programs, at home patient care, scribe positions, and social services positions.
ChildServe, Des Moines University, MercyOne, MercyOne Rehabilitation Hospital, Orchard Place, Scribe America, UnityPoint Health, UnityPoint Health At Home

11 a.m. - Noon
Flip the Script Student Panel (faculty & staff only) | watch your email for a link
A panel of GV students will share their experiences surrounding inclusivity and equity on our campus. All GV faculty and staff are invited to join us for an enlightening discussion of what our students see and hear as they navigate their college experience. Alex Piedras will moderate. The login information will be provided to all faculty and staff in an email. 

1 - 3 p.m.
Social Services Internship & Career Fair | Zoom Session
Come & Go Format – Join the zoom room and visit as many breakout rooms as your schedule allows.  Mini-Info Sessions will repeat every 20 minutes (1:00, 1:20, 1:40, 2:00, 2:20, 2:40)  The Career Center is partnering with the Social Work Department to host a Social Services Career and Internship Fair. This event is open to all majors, but especially  relevant for students who are seeking internships and careers related to social services. The participating organizations  are eager to engage with students from all majors who are seeking careers and internships related to social services. 

Employers/Partners: Community Youth Concepts, EMBARC Iowa, Hospice of the Midwest, Orchard Place, Van Meter Community School District


 Friday, April 9
Career Center raffle winners announced

Communication Showcase | Student Center Communication Wing

This year, several Grand View students and recent graduates won awards in the Iowa College Media Association’s student media contest, a competition that recognizes the best student journalism in the state of Iowa. These students completed their work as part of Viewfinder, Grand View’s student media organization. To honor the students’ achievements in the field of journalism and their commitment to answering their calling as public servants, the GV Communication Department has created a display in the Communication wing of the Student Center. You are invited to come see the list of student honorees and to pick up a copy of Viewfinder to see the ongoing efforts of these students and their peers.