Finding Ourselves at the Center
Collaborative Spaces for Purpose, Work, Learning and Engagement
Rescheduled for June 2-4 2021
Many institutions have established “centers” as integrated spaces that combine areas once considered distinct: career development, academic advising, community engagement, vocational discernment, diversity initiatives, internships and more.
This gathering will examine both the impetus for and the outcomes of such creative realignments. What can we do together—at the “center”—that we cannot do from our individually defined locations at the periphery? Can centers create a space where career and vocational inquiry is less instrumental and more focused on larger existential questions? Can centers help to integrate the academic program with other parts of the college?
We will also explore models and best practices for involving various constituencies in this enterprise, including faculty, administrators, program directors and the local community.
This event is made possible by the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE). NetVUE is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc.
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
|3:30 p.m.||Arrival and check in begins||TBD|
|Dinner on your own. Bluffton is a wonderfully walkable small town. Pizza, pub food, Mexican and an indie coffee shop with sandwiches and salads are all easily accessible. For those who would prefer to drive, there are fast food opportunities within a 3-minute drive and a full range of popular dining options within a 25-30 minutes radius. A list and map will be available at check-in.|
|7-8 p.m.||Opening reception||Bob's Place, Marbeck Center|
|8-9 p.m.||Optional evening campus/community activities|
Thursday, June 3, 2021
|7-8 a.m.||Breakfast||The Commons, Marbeck Center|
|8-9 a.m.||Break/Check in for commuters|
|8:30-9 a.m.||Presidential welcome, hospitality announcements, brief opening worship||Kreider Room, Marbeck Center|
|9-10 a.m.||Speaker||Kreider Room, Marbeck Center|
|10-10:45 a.m.||Table conversation||Kreider Room, Marbeck Center|
|11 a.m.-noon||Small group sessions, designated by functional area|
|12:15-1:15 p.m.||Lunch||The Commons, Marbeck Center|
|1:30-2:15 p.m.||Afternoon speaker|
|2:30-3:15 p.m.||Table conversations|
|3:15-3:45 p.m.||Refreshment break|
|3:45-4:45 p.m.||Panel discussion, Learning in Community|
|6:45 p.m.||Free time - several local options provided|
Friday, June 4, 2021
|7:30-8 a.m.||Optional morning prayer|
|8-9 a.m.||Breakfast||The Commons, Marbeck Center|
|9:15-10:15 a.m.||Friday Morning Speaker|
|10:15-11 a.m.||Table conversation|
|11:15-noon||Final thoughts/evaluations/wrap up||Kreider Room, Marbeck Center|
|Noon||Boxed lunches and check out of rooms|
Meals and accommodations
Full registration includes:
- Two nights of accommodation (Wednesday and Thursday night) on campus in one of two air conditioned residence halls. All rooms are "doubles" that have been converted to single rooms for this event. Linens are included. Shower and restroom facilities are shared between multiple rooms. * Opening reception (Wednesday night), Breakfast (Thursday and Friday), Lunch (Thursday), Dinner (Thursday), and Boxed Lunch (Friday). Please note that dinner on Wednesday evening is not included.
- NetVUE member participants - $50
- Non-NetVUE member participants - $125
The deadline to register is May 31, 2021. In the registration process, you will also be able to indicate lodging requests. Register here.
All attendees are responsible for their own travel to the event venue. Popular airports within a two-hour radius include: Detroit, Columbus and Dayton. Once on campus, all other locations are within walking distance. There is ample on-campus parking.
For additional information, please contact LaShonda Gurley, director of the center for career and vocation