Vocation Week 2023

February 6-10

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.

Vocation Week Events

Vocation Story Series
All Week | 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 Daily Videos
All Week | myGVU
What does “vocation” mean, anyway? Check myGVU for short daily videos from Kate Faas, Director of the Nexus Institute, exploring the topic of vocation.

Staff & Faculty Celebration of Vocation Display
All Week | Grand View Library
Throughout the week, the library will be showcasing purpose-centered creative and artistic output from faculty and staff.

Staff & Faculty Celebration of Vocation Reception
Monday, February 6 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Grand View Library 
By popular request, we’re bringing back this favorite event! Throughout the week, the library will be showcasing purpose-centered creative and artistic output from faculty and staff. Come to this reception to meet the creators and listen to a short faculty presentation.

Des Moines Gay Men's Chorus Performance
Monday, February 6 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Viking Theatre
Come listen to the Des Moines Gay Men's Chorus perform and share about their vocation of equity and inclusion education, working toward a "world where unconditional acceptance is woven into our common humanity." 

Vocation Week Chapel
Tuesday, February 7 from 11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. | Luther Memorial Church
Join us for a vocation-based chapel service!

Grand Views: Vocation Edition
Tuesday, February 7 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. | Speed Lyceum
Faculty, staff, and alumni will individually share stories of vocation through short, engaging presentations. This popular event has a similar feel to TED Talks and has been a favorite of Vocation Week attendees in the past. Seating is limited in the Speed Lyceum, but a Zoom attendance option will also be available.

Nielsen Concert Series: Seraph Brass
Tuesday, February 7 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Speed Lyceum
With a mission of elevating and showcasing the excellence of female brass players and highlighting musicians from marginalized groups, Seraph Brass is in its ninth touring season, primarily performing as a quintet of female brass players. Tickets: $10 at the door, students $5 with ID (free to GV students, faculty, and staff).

Headshot Day
Wednesday, February 8 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Jensen Bridge
Need a new LinkedIn photo? Drop by the Jensen Bridge for a free headshot. The Career Center will also be available for drop-in resume reviews in the Jensen Bridge, so you’re encouraged to bring a copy of your resume, too.

Service Project: T-Shirt Bags
Wednesday, February 8 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Principal Conference Rooms A & B
Join Viking Volunteers in creating t-shirt bags for Central Iowa Shelter & Services! These bags will be used at food pantries to carry food for the homeless community.

Nursing Career Fair
Thursday, February 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Johnson Wellness Center
With 20 nursing employers coming to campus, this is a great opportunity for nursing and pre-nursing students to network with employers and secure part-time and full-time jobs. Employers also enjoy connecting with faculty, staff, and a variety of students, so the entire Grand View community is invited to attend.

Students: RSVP and view attending employers in advance through Handshake. Please bring printed copies of your resume to this event. If you’d like your resume reviewed prior to the event, schedule an appointment with the Career Center through Navigate.