Living Out Our Calling

College of Arts & Sciences receives grant to fund a deeper exploration of vocation.

By Michelle Westlund ’83, senior content specialist

December 19, 2018 | 3 p.m.

Living Out Our Calling

Bethel University’s College of Arts & Sciences was recently awarded a program development grant of $48,059 by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Lilly Endowment Inc. The grant, part of the CIC’s Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), will be used to deepen the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among undergraduate students.

The grant will fund activities for faculty, staff, and students. In summer 2019, a two-day Summer Institute will be offered to faculty and staff, with a particular emphasis on arts and humanities faculty as well as staff who interact with students regularly. The institute will feature presentations about vocation and will equip attendees to help students discover and pursue their own vocations. The program will be repeated in summer 2020 with a focus on reinforcing the learning from the first summer and evaluating activities from the previous academic year. 

For students, the grant will be used to fund a series of workshops—led by outside speakers and professors—aimed at motivating students to reflect on their future vocation and how their Bethel education can prepare them for it. The workshops will be offered during Interim, and will include presentations highlighting the career paths of Bethel arts and humanities graduates.

The CIC NetVUE grant provides an opportunity to “deepen our understanding of vocation,” says President Jay Barnes, “and develop ways our students can learn more about vocation and careers through which they can live out their calling. It is in line with our strategic goal of creating a university-to-career culture, and it aligns with our philosophy of developing whole and holy persons.”

Interested in getting involved?

Learn more about CIC NetVUE and watch for more information about Bethel’s grant project this spring.


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