Renewing the Theological Exploration of Vocation

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About the Conference

​​​​​​The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is pleased to invite teams of campus leaders to the fourth national conference of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), which will be held March 23−25, 2017, at the Sheraton Charlotte and Le Méridien Hotels in Charlotte, North Carolina. NetVUE is a nationwide campus-supported network that fosters the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among college and university students.

Building on the momentum of the first three national conferences, the 2017 NetVUE Conference will address the theme, “Renewing the Theological Exploration of Vocation.” The conference will feature effective strategies to lead and sustain vocational exploration efforts. An array of distinguished speakers and other experts will address such topics as the theological exploration of meaning and purpose, undergraduate student development and students’ worldviews, and successful campus programs. The conference also will draw practical lessons from the work of scholars and the experiences of campus leaders, and it will provide opportunities to network with colleagues in similar roles at other institutions.

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About NetVUE

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NetVUE has its roots in Lilly Endowment’s Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation (PTEV), which supported major initiatives on 88 college and university campuses between 1999 and 2009. As Lilly’s direct support of PTEV concluded, the Council of Independent Colleges, with support from Lilly, convened a national conference in March 2009—Vocation in Undergraduate Education: Extending the Theological Exploration of Vocation—that drew teams from 100 colleges and universities, of which half had not been participants in Lilly’s PTEV initiative but shared similar values and objectives to the PTEV campuses. National conferences of NetVUE were held in March of 2011, 2013, and 2015, the most recent bringing together nearly 500 campus leaders from 150 colleges and universities to explore vocational frameworks and practices. Since CIC’s launch of NetVUE in 2009, membership has increased to more than 200 colleges and universities. These campuses, most of which are rooted in the liberal arts, represent a wide range of religiously-affiliated institutions as well as other independent colleges and universities. All have a desire to address the theological and intellectual exploration of vocation, both in the classroom and in student life.

 
NetVUE has five main goals:
  1. Deepen the intellectual and theological dimensions of vocational exploration;
  2. Examine the role of vocational exploration in a variety of institutional contexts;
  3. Share knowledge, best practices, and reflection on experiences across participating campuses;
  4. Facilitate the incorporation of additional colleges and universities into this enterprise; and
  5. Sustain an extended program for the exploration of vocation.
 

NetVUE Activities

In addition to the large national conference held every other year, NetVUE offers a number of programs and services:
  • Regional gatherings and multi-campus collaborations on specific topics conducted in non-conference years (six gatherings were held during the 2015–2016 academic year);
  • Modest grants to member institutions to support the further development of existing vocational exploration programs and the professional development of faculty and staff members;
  • Consulting and campus visit services to strengthen or develop programs at member colleges;
  • Development of new scholarly materials for vocational exploration, including At This Time and In This Place: Vocation and Higher Education (2015) and Vocation across the Academy: A New Vocabulary for Higher Education (2017);
  • An online community for the exchange of resources and ideas among member institutions;
  • Resources to strengthen the college and university chaplaincy; and
  • A small NetVUE staff, housed at Calvin College, to support the network.
NetVUE is administered by CIC with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc. and membership dues. An Advisory Council composed of representatives from member institutions guides CIC in the administration of NetVUE. Additional information about NetVUE, including resources from prior conferences, is available at www.cic.edu/NetVUE.


Not Yet a Member of NetVUE?

CIC welcomes the participation of additional independent colleges and universities in NetVUE. Members of the network will have access to the array of resources, programs, and services intended to support the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among undergraduate students. For additional information about NetVUE membership, including an application to join, visit www.cic.edu/NetVUE. Please complete the membership application prior to submitting conference registration. For questions about NetVUE, please contact Shirley J. Roels, CIC senior advisor and director of NetVUE, at sroels@cic.nche.edu or (616) 526-7819.

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Deadline for Proposal Submission: November 11, 2016

Participating institutions are invited to develop one of two options for sharing results from their vocational exploration initiatives: a) a concurrent session presentation regarding the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation; or b) a poster that showcases an effective institutional practice for strengthening vocational exploration. In particular, ideas emerging from experience with a NetVUE Program Development Grant, Chaplaincy Implementation Grant, Professional Development Award, Vocation Exploration Renewal Grant, or NetVUE Regional Gathering are encouraged.


Concurrent Session Presentation Proposals

Proposals for concurrent session presentations may share effective practices, emerging opportunities, or reflections on what has worked well and what could be improved for campus vocational exploration programs. Proposals may address the following questions:
  • How do the characteristics of emerging adults who are students at NetVUE colleges and universities affect vocational exploration programs?
  • How can undergraduates be engaged in both curricular and co-curricular experiences to deepen their understanding of meaning and purpose?
  • What vocational exploration efforts encourage students to deepen their religious and spiritual commitments and cultivate meaning, purpose, and direction?
  • Which pedagogical and curricular efforts prepare students to graduate with a rich sense of purpose and calling?
  • Which faculty and staff development approaches equip and sustain those who lead undergraduate vocational exploration efforts?
  • How can institutions assess the effectiveness of their vocational exploration efforts and gauge student outcomes?
  • Which strategies attract financial support for vocational exploration programs?
 

Guidelines for Submitting a Concurrent Session Proposal

Presentation proposals should include a plan for 15–20 minutes of presentation complemented by a time for questions and discussion with session participants. Some sessions allow 45 minutes for a presentation by a single institution, and others are 60 minutes for two or more institutions to present on a common theme. To propose a concurrent session presentation, please submit the following (not to exceed one page):
  1. Title that describes the presentation topic or theme;
  2. Description of the proposed content;
  3. Two or three discussion questions in which session participants will be actively engaged; and
  4. Names and titles of those who will make the presentation.

Guidelines for Submitting a Poster Display Proposal

Proposals for campus posters may address effective campus strategies and program initiatives based on the experience of the campus vocation team or learning from a NetVUE-supported grant. The poster space will be 48" by 48". Specific instructions will be provided to those with accepted poster proposals.

Campus vocation posters will remain in place for the duration of the conference. Each campus team for whom a poster is approved will be asked to station at least one team member as a host of poster discussions during the 45-minute refreshment break on Friday morning, March 24.

To propose a campus poster please submit the following:
  1. Title that will be used for the poster;
  2. One-paragraph description of the proposed campus strategy and related vocational initiative; and
  3. Name and title of the poster host on the morning of March 24.
Concurrent session and poster proposals should be submitted to Shirley J. Roels, CIC senior advisor and director of NetVUE, at sroels@cic.nche.edu. To be given full consideration, proposals must be submitted before November 11, 2016.

An On-Going Conversation

​As a learning community, NetVUE seeks to renew the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation. Learning communities are more beneficial when members share common readings and reflections and compare their perspectives. At the 2017 NetVUE Conference, the initiatives described below will enhance efforts to build a NetVUE community of reflection and discernment.

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Pre-Conference Readings

Prior to the conference, all participants will be asked to read a small selection of materials to help focus discussions throughout the conference. Participants will be notified in advance of the conference how to obtain access to these readings.
 

Guided Reflections on Vocation

Conference participants can consider their own vocations during opportunities for individual reflection and communal liturgy. Participants will receive guidance about these opportunities upon arrival in Charlotte.


Small Discussion Groups

On Thursday afternoon and during the Friday lunch, participants will meet in small groups with campus leaders who work in similar roles on NetVUE campuses. During the Friday and Saturday morning breakfasts there also will be opportunities for discussions about specific vocational topics. The primary purpose of these conversations is to compare and contrast approaches to intellectual and theological understandings of vocation and to consider ways to sustain vocational initiatives over time.

Hotel and Travel

 Location

​Sheraton Charlotte and Le Méridien Charlotte

555 South McDowell Street
Charlotte, NC 28204
Sheraton Charlotte Hotel: (704) 372-4100
Le Méridien Charlotte Hotel: (704) 372-9610

 Hotel Information

Overflow Hotels

Please note: Due to the high level of participation at the 2017 NetVUE Conference only a limited number of rooms remain available at the CIC rate at the Sheraton Charlotte and Le Méridien Charlotte Hotels, the main conference hotels. In the event that participants are unable to secure a reservation at either the Sheraton Charlotte or Le Méridien Charlotte Hotels, participants should contact either the Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Uptown or the Hampton Inn Charlotte Uptown directly to make lodging arrangements.  Both properties are just a seven-minute walk from the Sheraton Charlotte and Le Méridien Charlotte Hotels.


Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Uptown
508 East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
Phone: (844) 277-6860; (704) 347-5972

Room Rate: $159 single/double
Hotel Reservation Deadline: February 17, 2017

CIC has reserved additional rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Uptown and will cover the room expense of up to three team members’ guest rooms for the conference dates, March 24 and 25. Participants must make their own hotel reservations. Please reserve your room online or call the hotel directly at (844) 277-6860 or (704) 347-5972 and indicate that you are with the “CIC – NetVUE Conference” to reserve your guest room at the conference rate.

The hotel is centrally located in the heart of Uptown Charlotte and within walking distance to major companies, entertainment venues, and restaurants, and Bank of America Stadium. The hotel is located across the street from the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the Charlotte Convention Center.

The Hilton Garden Inn is about a seven-minute walk from the Sheraton Charlotte and Le Méridien Charlotte Hotels.
Amenities include complimentary wireless internet; a 24-hour business center, and complimentary use of the fitness center. Hotel check-in is 3:00 pm and check-out time is Noon.


Hampton Inn Charlotte Uptown
530 East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
Phone: (855) 213-0582; (744) 373-0917

Room Rate: $159 single/double
Hotel Reservation Deadline: February 17, 2017

CIC has reserved additional rooms at the Hampton Inn Charlotte Uptown and will cover the room expense of up to three team members’ guest rooms for the conference dates, March 24 and 25. Participants must make their own hotel reservations. Please reserve your room online or call the hotel directly at (855) 213-0582 or (744) 373-0917 and indicate that you are with the “CIC – NetVUE Conference” to reserve your guest room at the conference rate.

The Hampton Inn Charlotte Uptown is located in the heart of Uptown Charlotte and within walking distance from NASCAR Hall of Fame and Actor's Theatre of Charlotte. This hotel is within close proximity of Marshall Park and Charlotte Convention Center.

The Hampton Inn Charlotte Uptown is about a seven-minute walk from the Sheraton Charlotte and Le Méridien Charlotte Hotels. Amenities include complimentary wireless internet access; a 24-hour business center, and complimentary use of nearby fitness center. Hotel check-in is 3:00 pm and check-out time is Noon.


Views of Sheraton Charlotte Hotel from front and from lobbySheraton Charlotte Hotel
555 South McDowell Street, South Tower
Charlotte, NC 28204
Phone: (866) 716-8134 or (704) 372-4100

To reserve a room at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel, please visit www.starwoodmeeting.com/book/CIC2017Sheraton or call the hotel directly at (866) 716-8134 or (704) 372-4100 and indicate that you are with the “Council of Independent Colleges-NetVUE Conference.”


Views of Le Méridien Charlotte Hotel from entrance and from lobbyLe Méridien Charlotte Hotel
555 South McDowell Street, North Tower
Charlotte, NC 28204
Phone: (877) 782-0116 or (704) 372-9610

To reserve a room at the Le Méridien Charlotte Hotel, please visit www.starwoodmeeting.com/book/CIC2017LeMeridien or call the hotel directly at (877) 782-0116 or (704) 372-9610 and indicate that you are with the “Council of Independent Colleges-NetVUE Conference.”

Rate at Either Hotel: $159 Single/Double
Hotel Reservation Deadline: February 17, 2017

Participants need to make their own hotel reservations at one of the two NetVUE Conference hotels. The hotels share a joint conference complex where all conference sessions will be held. CIC will cover the expense of up to three team members’ guest rooms for the conference dates. Should rooms become filled at one hotel, reservation requests will be forwarded to the other property.

Participants who wish to extend their stay beyond the conference dates may do so at their own expense. Please note that hotel reservations made after February 17, 2017, cannot be guaranteed at the CIC rate and will be accommodated on a space-available basis only.

The Sheraton Charlotte and the Le Méridien Charlotte hotels are located in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, steps away from the Metropolitan at Midtown and EpiCentre malls, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, several museums, and the Charlotte Convention Center. The hotels also are close to many dining and shopping options and are approximately 8 miles, or 13 minutes, from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT).

 Travel

Travel Costs

Please note that NetVUE institutions are expected to cover the travel expenses of all team members. A limited number of travel grants are available to NetVUE member institutions with limited resources or with unusually high travel expenses.

To inquire about a travel grant, please contact Shirley J. Roels, CIC senior advisor and director of NetVUE, at sroels@cic.nche.edu or (616) 526-7819.
 

Hotel Parking

Valet parking is $20 per night, and self-parking is $15 per night for conference participants.
 

Taxi Information

Taxi service to the hotel is available curbside, on the baggage-claim level of the airport for about $25 (one way). Uber and Lyft services also are available in Charlotte. The Charlotte Area Transit System provides efficient bus service from the airport to uptown Charlotte.
 

Train

The Amtrak Railway Station is located 1.5 miles from the Sheraton Charlotte and the Le Méridien Charlotte Hotels. Taxi fare from the Amtrak station is approximately $12 (one way).
 

Bus

The Greyhound Bus Station is located 1.5 miles from the Sheraton Charlotte and the Le Méridien Charlotte Hotels. Taxi fare from the Greyhound Station is approximately $12 (one way).