NetVUE Grant Supports Discovery of Vocation
Submitted on June 28, 2018
Georgetown College has been selected to receive a NetVUE Vocation across the Academy Grant. In keeping with the College’s mission of creating a “vibrant Christian community,” the grant activities include academic offerings that enhance programs supporting student discovery of vocation through civic engagement and service-learning, adding opportunities for international and domestic vocation exploration courses, and developing faculty capacity to lead both international and domestic service/mission trips with and for students.
The initial grant of $25,000 will be matched by $25,000 from the Marshall Center for Christian Ministry, making the college eligible for an additional $10,000 from NetVUE upon successful initiation of project activities. The grant time period is from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2021.
Various programs and activities during these two-years will provide for reflection on the meaning of life and faith. The grant includes funds for the Office of Civic Engagement to develop a website application to connect and track students with service learning opportunities in the community. The grant also supports the development of capstone exercises for participants of the College’s Christian Scholars Program, co-curricular events open to all students, and career vocational reflections for students completing the “College to Career” program provided by the school’s Graves Center for Calling and Career.
Beginning in the fall of 2018, members of the freshman class will begin their vocation exploration and inquiry through the reading of a common book, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. The book will be distributed to all students at new student orientation. Students will be encouraged to read the book and discuss it at events during the fall. In February 2019, the Center for Christian Discernment conference “Life Every Voice: Racism and Reconciliation” will bring speakers and events to campus related to the issues of justice and race.
Follow-up conversations and events connected to Stevenson’s book will be planned by Campus Ministry. The grant also provides funds for the director and faculty of Foundations 111 to incorporate vocation as a theme in the course’s readings and assignments. Foundations 111 is a required course for all first-year students to introduce them to intellectual history and academic reading and writing.
Georgetown College was the recipient of a Lilly Foundation Endowment grant for the Theological Exploration of Vocation (TEV) in 2000 and a continuation in 2005 from the Lilly Endowment enabled development of additional vocation experiences for students and faculty. The Christian Scholars Program was developed at that time to include retreats, an academic course on vocation, and travel opportunities for service and mission. Faculty vocation exploration is focused on an annual seminar and on teaching and scholarship with volunteer attendance. The Center for Christian Discernment was established as a result of the TEV grant and continues to coordinate vocation-related activities.
NetVUE Vocation across the Academy Grants are administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and are intended to help colleges and universities develop more effective ways to strengthen the link between the liberal arts and career preparation, and to include faculty members and students in a wide array of fields in the institution’s vocational exploration programs.
All programs and activities are additionally supported by The Marshall Center for Christian Ministry which continues its investment in Georgetown College’s Christian mission.