Vocation Week 2023

November 6-11

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, equip and empower students.


Vocation Story Series | Campus-Wide
Faculty, staff, and student stories of vocation have been collected and will be displayed across campus throughout the week. When you encounter a display, take a few minutes to scan the QR code and read the full story!

Vocation Week Videos | myGVU
Check myGVU for vocation-related content and videos!

Vocation Credential | Blackboard
Faculty & Staff: Complete Grand View’s vocation credential in Blackboard!


Major/Minor Meet & Greet | 10:30am-12:30pm | Jensen Bridge & Photo Gallery
Chat with faculty, alumni, and peers to learn more about majors and minors at Grand View!

Nielsen Concert Series: Konrad Paszkudzki Trio | 7pm | Speed Lyceum
Sharing a love of classic jazz and the great standards, all members of the trio tip the hat to those that have influenced them. The trio has a sound steeped in tradition, but always remains creative and inventive. Tickets: $10 at the door, students $5 with ID (free to GV students, faculty, and staff).


Chapel with Ken Jones | 11-11:20am | Luther Memorial
Listen to Ken Jones preach about vocation and Martin Luther!

REC Polaroid Event | 11am-1pm | Jensen Bridge
Students: stop by the Jensen Bridge, as REC will be snapping Polaroids and having you reflect on your vocation and goals!

Lunch & Learn: Let’s Talk Vocation & Motivation | 12- 1pm | Ibsen’s Valhalla
Bring your lunch to Ibsen’s Valhalla for conversation and exploration around motivation and vocation. Prior to attending, please complete the TruMotivate assessment. Type “TruMotivate” into myGVU to access the free assessment.


Headshot Day | 9am-3pm | Jensen Bridge
Need a new LinkedIn photo? Drop by the Jensen Bridge for a free head-shot! Event hosted by SAC.

Entrepreneur Field Days: Lola’s Fine Hot Sauces | 10am-12pm | Altoona, IA
Join Taufeek Shah ’16, at the Lola’s Fine Hot Sauces Warehouse at JT Logistics to learn how Taufeek started Lola’s Fine Hot Sauces. Pre-registration required, lunch provided at noon, contact hpeeler@grandview.edu for transportation.

Calling of a Coach | 12-1pm | Speed Lyceum
We’re proud to have coaches who are passionate about helping students develop and grow as athletes and as people. Come listen to some of our basketball and soccer coaches talk about why they do this work and how they got to where they are today.

Service Event: Tie Blankets | 1-3pm | CJ’s Place
Join Viking Volunteers in creating tie blankets to donate to Mercy Hospital.


Kathryn Duffy Faculty/Staff Colloquium: Navigating the Adventure of Student Study Tours | 2:30-3:30pm | Prairie Meadows Plaza View Room
Faculty & Staff: A team of experienced study tour leaders will share what they have learned leading study tours and provide tips on best practices, from pre-departure planning to navigating administrative responsibilities after returning.

“Inside My Head,” a solo performance by Zak Sandler | 7pm | Viking Theatre
Zak Sandler, Broadway musician, will perform “Inside My Head,” an autobiographical solo musical about Zak’s journey with bipolar, from the piano. After the performance, Zak will guide a discussion about mental health and answer questions from the audience. Event hosted by Alpha Psi Omega, Social Work Club, Human Services Club, and Psychology Club.


Vox Infinitus Concert | 11:11am-12:30pm | Speed Lyceum
Vox Infinitus, Des Moines barbershop/a capella choir and 2023 Central States District Small Chorus Champion, will share their “Wish” concert on campus at 11:11am on November 11. Free will donation.

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