Renewing the Theological Exploration of Vocation

2017 NetVUE Conference 3/23/2017 3/23/2017 3/23/20173/25/20173/25/20173/25/2017 Sheraton Charlotte and Le Méridien Charlotte Hotels Charlotte, NC

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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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

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 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 or (616) 526-7819.




  • Miroslav Volf
    Miroslav Volf
    Yale Center for Faith and Culture; Yale University Divinity School
  • Matthew J. Mayhew
    Matthew J. Mayhew
    Ohio State University
  • Alyssa N. Rockenbach
    Alyssa N. Rockenbach
    North Carolina State University
  • Kathleen A. Cahalan
    Kathleen A. Cahalan
    Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary
  • Elizabeth J. Dias
    Elizabeth J. Dias
  • Robert M. Franklin, Jr.
    Robert M. Franklin, Jr.
    Emory University; Chautauqua Institution
  • Barbara Brown Taylor
    Barbara Brown Taylor
    Piedmont College




Book SigningBook Signing4<p>​Author: <strong>Miroslav Volf</strong></p>
Small-Group Discussions by Campus RoleSmall-Group Discussions by Campus Role3<p>​Participants with prior NetVUE conference experience will meet in small groups of campus leaders who serve in similar roles. The groups will discuss the effectiveness of different approaches to renewing programs for intellectual and theological understandings of vocation based on institutional missions and participant experiences. Each group also will consider ways to sustain vocational exploration efforts on their campus.<br><br><em>Note: Conference participants are assigned to specific groups. Please consult conference materials for details.</em><br></p>
Breakfast with Topical DiscussionsBreakfast with Topical Discussions5<p>Several tables will be designated for participants who wish to join colleagues to discuss specific topics. Please consult conference materials or Guidebook for details.<br></p>
Orientation Session for First-Time NetVUE Conference ParticipantsOrientation Session for First-Time NetVUE Conference Participants3<p>​First-time participants in the NetVUE Conference are invited to gather for an orientation to NetVUE, its history, understandings of vocation, and programs and services. This session will provide guidance about how to benefit from the NetVUE Conference and will allow newcomers to get to know each other.</p><p>Conveners:<br><strong><em>David S. Cunningham</em></strong>, Director, NetVUE Scholarly Resources Project, CIC, and Professor of Religion and Director, The CrossRoads Project, Hope College<br><strong><em>Harold V. Hartley III</em></strong>, Senior Vice President, CIC<br><strong><em>Shirley J. Roels</em></strong>, Senior Advisor and Director of NetVUE, CIC<br></p>
Welcoming ReceptionWelcoming Reception4<p>​The reception provides an inviting setting to greet old friends and meet new ones.<br></p>
Opportunities for Vocational ReflectionOpportunities for Vocational Reflection1Concurrent Session<h3>​Interfaith Readings and Reflection on Purpose and the Common Good</h3><p><br></p><h3>Prayer Labyrinth<br></h3>
Concurrent Workshops: Vocational Resources to Enrich Campus InitiativesConcurrent Workshops: Vocational Resources to Enrich Campus Initiatives8Concurrent Session<h3>Campus Strategies for Interfaith Learning </h3><div>How can NetVUE leaders engage in vocational exploration with students of diverse religious and philosophical commitments? Which institutional strategies and programmatic efforts encourage interfaith understanding and collaboration? Two campus leaders who are participants in the NetVUE Scholarly Resources Project will identify curricular and co-curricular initiatives that aid interfaith understanding and encourage vocational exploration from a variety of religious traditions.</div><blockquote><div><strong><em>Rahuldeep S. Gill</em></strong>, Campus Interfaith Strategist and Associate Professor of Global Religions, California Lutheran University</div><div><strong><em>Tracy W. Sadd</em></strong>, Chaplain and Executive Director, Purposeful Life Work and Ethical Leadership, Elizabethtown College<br>Chair: <strong><em>Daniel G. Meyers</em></strong>, Director, Center for Faith and Vocation, Butler University<br></div></blockquote><div> </div><h3>NetVUE Scholarly Resources: Vocation across the Academy</h3><div>Scholarship about vocation can deepen and sustain campus initiatives across multiple fields of academic study. This session will address how vocation can serve as a bridge across arts, humanities, sciences, and applied fields. Contributors to the second of three volumes in the NetVUE Scholarly Resources Project, <em>Vocation across the Academy: A New Vocabulary for Higher Education</em>, will discuss the ideas in the book and provide examples of how to use them in the classroom and for the professional development of faculty and staff members.</div><blockquote><div><strong><em>Jeff Brown</em></strong>, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University</div><div><strong><em>Christine M. Fletcher</em></strong>, Associate Professor of Theology and Director of General Education, Benedictine University (IL)<br></div><div><strong><em>Margaret E. Mohrmann</em></strong>, Professor Emerita of Pediatrics, Medical Education, and Religious Studies, University of Virginia<br>Moderator: <strong><em>David S. Cunningham</em></strong>, Director, NetVUE Scholarly Resources Project, CIC, and Professor of Religion and Director, The CrossRoads Project, Hope College<br></div></blockquote><div> </div><h3>Presidents Forum</h3><div><em>(Open only to currently-serving college and university presidents)</em></div><div>Presidents are invited to take part in candid conversation regarding changing institutional contexts and approaches to sustain vocational exploration initiatives. Two presidents who are members of the NetVUE Advisory Council will facilitate a discussion about ways to strengthen campus vocational initiatives in relationship to institutional mission and resources.</div><blockquote><div><strong><em>Darrel D. Colson</em></strong>, President, Wartburg College<br><strong><em>Beverly W. Hogan</em></strong>, President, Tougaloo College</div></blockquote><div> </div><h3>Purpose and Direction in the Post-College Transition to Work</h3><div>In pondering future employment, what are the vocational considerations among undergraduates of diverse backgrounds? What prompts students to think deeply about work as a matter of calling? Presenters from two NetVUE member institutions will describe insights gained from their experiences. They will discuss the challenges and opportunities for creating meaningful journeys from college to career given student academic, experiential, personal, and theological development. The session also will address outcomes assessment and metrics for vocational exploration initiatives.</div><blockquote><div><strong><em>Dale F. Austin</em></strong>, Director, Career Development Center, Hope College</div><div><strong><em>Andrew R. Chan</em></strong>, Vice President for Personal and Career Development, Wake Forest University<br>Chair: <strong><em>Raynisha Robinson</em></strong>, Director of Career Development, John Brown University<br></div></blockquote><div> </div><h3>Theological Imagination and Pedagogical Practice</h3><div>How can a more theologically-based sense of imagination about the goals and processes of education reanimate teaching and learning? What might be gained by using traditional ways of imagining that see learning in terms of pilgrimages, gardens of delight, and acts of hospitality? How do courses framed in this way shape students’ sense of calling? Presenters will discuss metaphors, models, and pedagogical practices that connect imagination, vocation, and undergraduate learning.</div><blockquote><div><strong><em>David I. Smith</em></strong>, Director, Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning, and Director, Graduate Studies in Education, Calvin College, and coauthor, <em>Teaching and Christian Imagination</em> (2016)</div><div><strong><em>Jacob H. Stratman</em></strong>, Department Chair and Assistant Professor of English, John Brown University<br>Chair: <strong><em>Beatriz Gonzalez</em></strong>, Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer, University of La Verne<br></div></blockquote><div> </div><h3>The Quest for Purpose through Liberal Arts Education</h3><div>When vocational exploration is well paired with general education the results are both deeper student engagement and effective preparation for adult life. Such initiatives are reconfiguring undergraduate education as a journey toward life purpose through expanded opportunities in academic learning. Through commentary and case examples the presenters will discuss research findings about effective educational strategies and outcomes from Lilly Endowment’s now-concluded Programs for Theological Exploration of Vocation. They will explore the liberal arts context as a quest for meaning and its implications for the rapidly expanding NetVUE membership. Participants will be invited to share their own examples that illustrate these educational efforts.</div><blockquote><div><strong><em>Jacqueline R. deVries</em></strong>, Professor of History and Director of General Education, Augsburg College<br><strong><em>William M. Sullivan</em></strong>, Senior Scholar, New American Colleges and Universities <br><strong><em>Gloria Urrabazo</em></strong>, Vice President for Mission and Ministry, Our Lady of the Lake University (TX)<br>Chair: <strong><em>Ivory L. Lyons, Jr.</em></strong>, Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Mount Union<br></div></blockquote>
Lunch by Campus RoleLunch by Campus Role9<p>​Conference participants are invited to sit at tables designated by campus role.</p>
Concurrent Campus PresentationsConcurrent Campus Presentations10Concurrent Session<h3>At the Beginning: Orienting Students and Faculty Members to Vocation and Mission in the First-Year Seminar</h3><div>The University of Scranton has held faculty discussions to consider how mission, vocation, and service could inform a revised and required first-year seminar. The process for agreement on seminar goals improved faculty relations across departments and strengthened a common sense of purpose. Presenters will describe the ongoing process of forging faculty agreement and reflect on how an academically focused first-year seminar might enliven university mission.</div><blockquote><div></div><div> <span> <div></div></span> <strong> <em>Charles R. Pinches</em></strong>, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Scranton<br><strong><em>Ryan Sheehan</em></strong>, Associate Director, The Jesuit Center, University of Scranton<br><strong><em>John C. Sivalon</em></strong>, Director, International Learning Programs and Senior Advisor for Study Abroad, University of Scranton<br></div></blockquote><div> </div><h3>Calling and Search for Meaningful Work in Students through Christian Higher Education</h3><div>Undergraduate students may have a strong presence of calling in their lives but have difficulty identifying meaningful work. How can the intellectual and theological exploration of calling and vocation offered through discipline-specific courses help “emerging” and older adult students in their search for purposeful work?</div><blockquote><div> <strong> <em></em></strong></div><div> <span> <span> <span> <div></div></span> <strong> <em>Stacey L. Lewis</em></strong>, Assistant Professor of Accounting, Northwest Christian University<br><strong><em>C. Nani Skaggs</em></strong>, Associate Professor of Psychology, Northwest Christian University</span></span><br></div></blockquote><div> </div><h3>Forming Compassionate Graduates through Connected Communities</h3><div> <em></em>Presenters will describe key aspects of on- and off-campus initiatives that help undergraduates develop values and visions about the range of human communities that need them. Examples will include programs and experiences that encourage undergraduates to become compassionate servant leaders including: living/learning communities, service learning programs with the poor or disabled, internships, international initiatives, and community research. Presenters also will discuss how to develop supporting faculty and staff members, assess the effectiveness of such experiences, and create structures that sustain efforts over time.</div><blockquote><div> <strong> <em></em></strong> <span> <div></div> <strong> <em>Cynthia A. Curtis</em></strong>, Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Ministry, Belmont University (TN)<br><strong><em>Heather Gerbsch Daugherty</em></strong>, University Minister, Belmont University (TN)<br><strong><em>Brian W. Matzke</em></strong>, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Aquinas College (MI)<br><strong><em>Tracey T. Meilander</em></strong>, Professor of Biology and Co-Director of the Office of Community-Based Learning, Notre Dame College (OH)<br><strong><em>Anita H. Yoder</em></strong>, Campus Ministry Coordinator, Notre Dame College (OH)<br>Chair: <strong> <em>Amir St. Clair</em></strong>, Director of Servant Leadership, Aurora University<br></span></div></blockquote><div> </div><h3>Fostering and Sustaining Vocational Exploration among Faculty and Staff Members</h3><div>Presenters will facilitate a dialogue about how to engage and sustain faculty and staff member participation in vocational exploration programs. They will describe a holistic framework for faculty development that includes leveraging existing structures to advance vocational discernment programs for students. The discussion also will consider how to support faculty and staff members in their own vocational discernment through creative programming.</div><blockquote><div> <strong> <em></em></strong></div><div> <span> <span> <span> <div></div></span> <strong> <em>Lisa Jasinski</em></strong>, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Trinity University (TX)<br><strong><em>Lori West Peterson</em></strong>, Associate Vice President for Faculty Development and Academic Programs and Associate Professor of Communication, St. Edward’s University<br><strong><em>Susan E. Young</em></strong>, Director for Religious and Spiritual Life, Occidental College<br>Chair: <strong> <em>Chadwick L. Eggleston</em></strong>, Provost and Dean of the College, Huntingdon College (AL)</span></span><br></div></blockquote><div> </div><h3></h3><div> <span> <span> <h3>Inspiring Vocation: Strategies for Innovation and Flexibility in Career-Focused Undergraduate Academic Programs</h3> <div>Presenters will describe the academic innovations in the global studies, social work, and interdisciplinary studies programs at Bennett College that help students appreciate the spiritual and humanitarian foundations of a variety of meaningful career opportunities and options. The session will address ways to motivate students to seek careers that grow out of their own spiritual and humanitarian foci, how to help students reach out to others across international and faith-based differences, and strategies to assist students in acquiring funds for mission-based service opportunities both at home and abroad.</div> <blockquote><div> <strong> <em></em></strong></div><div> <span> <strong> <em>Gwendolyn M. Bookman</em></strong>, Associate Professor of Political Science, Bennett College<br><strong><em>Yamuranai I. Kurewa</em></strong>, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Bennett College<br><strong><em>Ruth M. Lucier</em></strong>, Director of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor of Philosophy, Bennett College</span><br></div></blockquote> <div> </div> <h3></h3> <div><h3>Religious and Cultural Diversity and Vocational Discernment in First-Year Experience Programs</h3><div>How can independent colleges use vocational discernment to help first-year students understand religious and cultural diversity? Presenters will share results from an inquiry of the leaders of the first-year experience program at Augsburg College that provided strategies, best practices, and assessment tools for vocational discernment in a religiously-diverse setting.</div><blockquote><div> <strong> <em>Sonja M. Hagander</em></strong>, College Pastor and Director of Ministries, and Associate Director, Christensen Center for Vocation, Augsburg College<br><strong><em>Fardosa Hassan</em></strong>, Muslim Student Program Associate, Office of Campus Ministries, Augsburg College<br></div></blockquote></div></span></span></div><div> </div><h3></h3><div><h3>What Students Want to Know about Vocation: Equipping Faculty Members to Engage Their Questions</h3><div>Four key theological questions were identified from surveys of more than 65 faculty members and 200 students at Calvin College regarding students’ most pressing vocation questions. These questions were addressed by a multidisciplinary team via general and discipline-specific bibliographies, reading and discussion groups, and essays linking faith and vocation to a variety of disciplines. Presenters will discusses disciplinary differences and commonalities for vocation and recommend resources for faculty development.</div><blockquote><div> <strong> </strong><strong><em>Rachael A. Baker</em></strong>, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Calvin College<br><strong><em>Jennifer J. VanAntwerp</em></strong>, Professor of Engineering, Calvin College<br><strong><em>Julie E. Yonker</em></strong>, Associate Professor of Psychology, Calvin College<br></div></blockquote></div>
Business Meeting of NetVUE MembersBusiness Meeting of NetVUE Members11<p>​The biennial meeting of NetVUE members will include a review of NetVUE’s goals, membership, programs and activities, and finances. Members also will consider future plans and directions. NetVUE members will have an opportunity to ask questions and offer suggestions regarding NetVUE’s continuing development. Each member institution should be represented by at least one senior member of the campus team.</p><p>Presiding: <strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong>, President, CIC<br></p>
ReceptionReception12<p>​The reception provides an opportunity for all NetVUE Conference participants to connect informally with colleagues.</p>
Dinner on Your OwnDinner on Your Own13<p>This evening provides an opportunity for conference participants to join colleagues old and new for dinner. Participants make their own arrangements. Please consult conference materials or Guidebook for restaurant recommendations.​</p>
Breakfast with Topical Discussions and Hotel CheckoutBreakfast with Topical Discussions and Hotel Checkout14<p>​Several tables will be designated for participants who wish to join colleagues to discuss specific topics. Please consult conference materials or Guidebook for details.</p>
Opportunities for Vocational ReflectionOpportunities for Vocational Reflection15Concurrent Session<span><span><h3>​Interfaith Readings and Reflection on Purpose and the Common Good</h3><p><br></p><h3>Prayer Labyrinth<br></h3></span></span>
Concurrent Campus PresentationsConcurrent Campus Presentations16Concurrent Session<h3>Authentic Engagement of Vocation: Envisioning Our Future</h3><div>How do we help students engage one another authentically? “Envision” is a dialogue event at Nebraska Wesleyan University focused on vocational exploration developed with this goal. Presenters will discuss how dialogue is used to encourage deep exploration, how students are involved in planning and coordination, and what makes Envision sustainable. Participants will consider how to create opportunities for students to engage more authentically at their institutions.</div><blockquote><div> <strong> <em>Janelle S. Andreini</em></strong>, Assistant Dean for Student Success and Campus Community, Nebraska Wesleyan University<br><strong><em>Patty A. Hawk</em></strong>, Chair, Communication Studies Department and Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Nebraska Wesleyan University<br></div></blockquote><div> </div><h3> <em>En lo Cotidiano</em>: Theological Exploration of Vocation <em>Latinamente</em></h3><div>Ministry <em>en lo Cotidiano</em> (Ministry in the Everyday), a faith-based internship started two years ago at Dominican University in Chicago, engages Latino/a students in service to the Hispanic community for the development of leadership skills and the exploration of vocation. Presenters will describe the ways in which culture, faith, and community shape discernment and vocation—both the individual call of each student and the institutional call to prepare students equitably, inclusively, particularly, and well.</div><blockquote><div> <strong><em>John DeCostanza, Jr.</em></strong>, Director of University Ministry, Dominican University (IL)<br><strong><em>Claire M. Noonan</em></strong>, Vice President for Mission and Ministry, Dominican University (IL)<br></div></blockquote><div> </div><h3>Foundational Outcomes: Embedding Vocation in Campus Culture</h3><div> <em></em>Presenters will address how and why vocation has become a central theme in student life and core curriculum outcomes at Trinity Christian College. They will describe how new learning outcomes are framing curricular and programmatic changes for vocational exploration across the student experience.</div><blockquote><div> <span><strong><em>Aaron J. Kuecker</em></strong>, Provost, Trinity Christian College (IL)<br><strong><em>Rebekah L. Starkenburg</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Life, Trinity Christian College (IL)<br><strong><em>Jeff J. Timmer</em></strong>, Director of Vocation and Career Development, Trinity Christian College (IL)<br></span></div></blockquote><div> </div><h3>The Big Surprise: Teaching Vocation in a Digital Environment</h3><div>Can vocation be taught online? Faculty members at Grand View University have found that the interactivity of digital pedagogy can be an effective tool for engaging students in vocational reflection. Presenters will describe how helping students successfully navigate the digital world creates opportunities for vocational exploration.</div><blockquote><div> <strong><em></em></strong></div><div> <strong><em>Heather R. Brady</em></strong>, Associate Professor of Liberal Arts, Grand View University<br><strong><em>John C. Lyden</em></strong>, Liberal Arts Core Director and Professor of Liberal Arts, Grand View University<br></div></blockquote><div> </div><div> <span> <span> <h3>Vocation and Benedictine Hospitality</h3> <div>How can a common language for vocation across faith traditions be developed? Benedictine University established a vocabulary for vocation as service for the common good. Presenters will describe two approaches for engaging in theological discussions about vocation across faith traditions. They also will present ways to integrate transfer students from a variety of institutional backgrounds into the vocational exploration discussions.</div> <blockquote><div> <strong><em>Christine M. Fletcher</em></strong>, Associate Professor of Theology and Director of General Education, Benedictine University (IL)<br><strong><em>Carrie M. Roberts</em></strong>, Director of Campus Ministry, Benedictine University (IL)<br></div></blockquote> <div> </div> <div> <span> <span> <h3>Vocation, Curriculum, and Living Our Learning</h3> <div>How is vocation present in the curriculum? How can vocation leaders equip colleagues to engage themes of vocation in and beyond the classroom? Wartburg College introduces students to vocation in the first-year seminar. Presenters will describe how they encouraged faculty and staff reflection and discussion of their own vocations as resources for working with students.</div> <blockquote><div> <span><strong><em>Kathryn A. Kleinhans</em></strong>, Mike and Marge McCoy Family Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage and Mission and Professor of Religion, Wartburg College<br><strong><em>Torrence J. Warren</em></strong>, Pathways Associate for Vocation and Mentoring, Wartburg College<br></span> <br></div></blockquote> <div></div></span></span></div></span></span></div><h3>Vocational Retreat Weekends for Mentoring</h3><div>How can vocational retreats improve undergraduate mentoring? Presenters will describe how Pfeiffer University uses vocational retreat weekends to help groups of faculty members reflect on the following topics: Where We Serve; Who We Are; Who We Are Called to Be; Who Our Students Are; and Vocation in a Mentoring Culture. Participants will discuss how other campuses are intentionally developing faculty and staff members as mentors in the vocational process.</div><blockquote><div> <strong><em></em></strong><strong><em>Deborah B. Burris</em></strong>, Assistant Professor of Communications and Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Pfeiffer University <br><strong><em>Douglas A. Hume</em></strong>, Associate Professor of Religion and Chair, Department of Religion, Pfeiffer University<br></div></blockquote>
Refreshment BreakRefreshment Break17
Welcome and Bobby Fong Memorial Keynote AddressWelcome and Bobby Fong Memorial Keynote Address2Miroslav VolfPlenary Session<h3>Welcome and Conference Overview</h3><strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong>, President, CIC<br><strong><em>Shirley J. Roels</em></strong>, Senior Advisor and Director of NetVUE, CIC<br><br><br><h3>Bobby Fong Memorial Keynote Address</h3><em>This keynote address is offered in memory of Bobby Fong (1950–2014), who served as president of Ursinus College and Butler University and played a key role in the founding of NetVUE.</em><br><br> <h4>Transcendence and Calling</h4> <span style="color:#282828;"> <div><span style="color:#282828;">Our foundational calling as human beings is to align our lives with transcendent sources and goals for living. This applies to our exploration and understanding of vocation as well. A basic challenge is to negotiate the tension between that foundational calling and the conditions under which it is exercised. What are the transcendent sources of calling? How does calling influence life goals? How can we align our lives with these callings and goals? A renowned theologian and author will discuss these questions.<br><br>Chair: <strong><em>Edwin F. Estevez</em></strong>, Provost and Chief Operating Officer, Greenville College</span><br></div></span>
Closing Plenary SessionClosing Plenary Session18Kathleen A. Cahalan; Robert M. Franklin, Jr.; Barbara Brown Taylor; Elizabeth J. DiasPlenary Session<div><div><h3>Renewing the Theology of Vocation</h3></div></div><div><br></div> <span style="color:#282828;"><div>Which theological ideas are foundational to an understanding of vocation? What theological questions are compelling to college students? How might colleges and universities renew the inclusion of theological perspectives within the curriculum for an increasingly diverse student population? Three distinguished theologians in conversation with a national news correspondent will explore pathways for colleges and universities to renew theological understandings of vocation and calling for the students they serve.<br><br><span style="color:#282828;"><span><span><span style="color:#282828;"><span>Chair: <strong><em>Harold V. Hartley III</em></strong>, Senior Vice President, CIC</span></span></span></span></span> <br></div></span>
Boxed Lunches and DeparturesBoxed Lunches and Departures19
Meeting of the Council for Christian Colleges & UniversitiesMeeting of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities20<h3>​“The Christian University and Vocation: Purposes and Strategies”</h3><p><br>Convener: <strong><em>Richard Ostrander</em></strong>, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professional Programs, CCCU</p><p><br><em>Note: Separate registration is required for this meeting.</em><br></p>
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Dinner with RemarksDinner with Remarks22<p>​Chair: <strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong>, President, CIC</p><p>Invocation: <strong><em>Joel L. Cunningham</em></strong>, Vice Chancellor Emeritus and Professor of Mathematics, Sewanee: The University of the South<br></p><p>Remarks: <strong><em>Christopher L. Coble</em></strong>, Vice President for Religion, Lilly Endowment Inc.</p>
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Opportunities for Vocational ReflectionOpportunities for Vocational Reflection24Concurrent Session<h3>​Interfaith Readings and Reflection on Purpose and the Common Good</h3><p> <br> </p><h3>Prayer Labyrinth<br></h3>
Morning Prayer in the Christian TraditionMorning Prayer in the Christian Tradition25<p>​Worship Leader: <strong><em>Kristen Glass Perez</em></strong>, Chaplain and Director for Vocational Exploration, Augustana College (IL)</p>
Concurrent Campus PresentationsConcurrent Campus Presentations26Concurrent Session<span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><h3>Classes and “Table Talks” That Address the Struggles of Local Communities</h3><div>Because a large number of students come from surrounding communities, Barton College encourages students to explore vocation in light of the particular struggles of the region. Presenters will describe a twofold approach to help students reflect on vocation that incorporates a series of one-hour classes and monthly “Table Talks.” The discussion will include what has been learned from this approach.</div><blockquote><div> <strong><em></em></strong></div><div><strong><em></em></strong><span><span><span><strong><em>Susan M. Bane</em></strong>, Associate Professor of Physical Education and Sport Studies and Women’s Health Physician, Barton College<br><strong><em>J. Gary Daynes</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Barton College<br><strong><em>Rodney A. Werline</em></strong>, Professor and Marie and Leman Barnhill Endowed Chair in Religious Studies, Barton College</span></span></span><br></div></blockquote><div> </div><div><span><span><h3>Integrating Exploration of Purpose across the Student Experience</h3><div>Through the recently developed Explore Your Purpose initiative, DePaul University is seeking to make vocational exploration an integral part of the student experience and connect it to DePaul’s Vincentian mission. The initiative uses curricular and co-curricular strategies for engaging first-year students. A creative tool—the “Wheel of Purpose”—is proving to be effective in the effort to bring visibility to the exploration of purpose on campus. During the session, participants will have the opportunity to engage with one another using the tool.</div><blockquote><div> <strong><em></em></strong></div><div><span><span><span></span><strong><em></em></strong><span><span><span><span><span><strong><em>Mark J. Laboe</em></strong>, Associate Vice President for University Ministry, DePaul University</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br></div></blockquote><div> </div><div><span><span><h3>Linking the Curriculum and the Co-Curriculum in the Service of Vocation</h3><div>Wheaton College recently instituted new “border-crossing” initiatives that bridge curriculum, pedagogy, career services, chapel, and other parts of the college. Already these efforts have broken down departmental silos and enhanced vocational understanding across the institution. Session participants will consider their own institutions’ “borders” and how to cross them in order to serve students vocationally.</div><blockquote><div> <strong><em></em></strong></div><div><span><span><span></span><strong><em></em></strong><span><span><span><span><span><strong><em>Chris R. Armstrong</em></strong>, Director, Opus: The Art of Work, Wheaton College (IL)<br><strong><em>Margaret A. Diddams</em></strong>, Provost, Wheaton College (IL)<br><strong><em>Deborah D. Pierce</em></strong>, Director, Center for Vocation and Career, Wheaton College (IL)</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br></div></blockquote><div> </div><div><span><span><h3>Navigate: The Evolution of a Yearlong Vocational Exploration Program for Students</h3><div>Now in its fourth year and having involved over 120 students, St. Norbert College’s Navigate program provides opportunities to engage questions of meaning and purpose within the context of a yearlong, facilitated small group discussion experience supported by a scholarship. Participants will learn more about the program and consider how something similar might thrive on their own campuses.</div><blockquote><div> <strong><em></em></strong></div><div><span><span><span></span><strong><em></em></strong><span><span><span><span><span><strong><em>Rebecca J. Lahti</em></strong>, Assistant Director, Emmaus Center for Spiritual Life and Vocation, St. Norbert College<br><strong><em>Julie D. Massey</em></strong>, Associate Vice President for Mission and Student Affairs, St. Norbert College, and NetVUE Consultant</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br></div></blockquote><div> </div><div><span><span><h3>Refocusing University Culture: Integrating Calling into the General Education Curriculum</h3><div>St. Andrews University, a small Presbyterian liberal arts institution, is refocusing the university culture by integrating the theme of vocation into the St. Andrews General Education (SAGE) curriculum. Presenters will describe the first-year experience course and a senior seminar—Self, Community, and World—as ways to introduce students to vocation and re-articulate the university’s core educational mission.</div><blockquote><div> <strong><em></em></strong></div><div><span><span><span></span><strong><em></em></strong><span><span><span><span><span><strong><em>F. Tanner Capps</em></strong>, Director, Honors Program and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, St. Andrews University<br><strong><em>Timothy A. Verhey</em></strong>, Dean of Students and Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy, St. Andrews University</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br></div></blockquote><div> </div><div><span><span><h3>Renewal Strategies for Vocational Exploration Programs: Faculty and Staff Development for the Common Good</h3><div>How do colleges and universities renew vocational efforts over time? Leaders from two NetVUE institutions will present strategies developed on their respective campuses. Presenters will offer overviews of their programs, describe how they contribute to the common good, and identify lessons learned and future plans.</div><blockquote><div> <strong><em></em></strong></div><div><span><span><span></span><strong><em></em></strong><span><span><span><span><span><strong><em>Shari L. Ayers</em></strong>, Director, Center for Career and Vocation, Bluffton University<br><strong><em>Deanna L. Barthlow-Potkanowicz</em></strong>, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Bluffton University<br><strong><em>Tonya M. Nations</em></strong>, Senior Director, Center for Career Education and Director of Major Experience, Millsaps College<br><strong><em>Shelli M. Poe</em></strong>, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Vocation, Ethics, and Society, Millsaps College<br><strong><em>Kenneth L. Townsend</em></strong>, Special Assistant to the President, Assistant Professor of Political Science, and Executive Director, Institute for Civic and Professional Engagement, Millsaps College<br>Chair: <strong><em>Kang-Yup Na</em></strong>, Associate Professor of Religion, Westminster College (PA)</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br></div></blockquote><div> </div><div><span><span><h3>The Sophomore Initiative: Renewing the Exploration of Vocation</h3><div>Luther College leaders identified the sophomore year as a critical point for meaningful and structured reflection on vocation. Drawing from ongoing experiences of five faculty and staff collaborative learning communities, presenters will describe lessons learned in the development of sophomore experiences and points of reflections organized around the theme of vocation.</div><blockquote><div> <strong><em></em></strong></div><div><span><span><span></span><strong><em></em></strong><span><span><span><span><span><strong><em>Rachel F. Brummel</em></strong>, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Luther College<br><strong><em>Anne C. Edison-Albright</em></strong>, College Pastor, Luther College<br><strong><em>Ruth R. Kath</em></strong>, Professor of German, Luther College</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></div></blockquote><div><span><span></span></span></div></span></span></div></span></span></div></span></span></div></span></span></div></span></span></div></span></span></div></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>
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Concurrent Campus PresentationsConcurrent Campus Presentations29Concurrent Session<span><span><h3>Cultivating Virtue and Vocation</h3><div>A Christian perspective on vocation views one’s calling as a gift from God. In order to effectively receive and use that gift to serve others, one must be guided by moral character and practiced virtues. Presenters will share early findings from Cornerstone University’s LifePath experience, which aids students in their character development and vocational formation.</div><blockquote><div> <strong> </strong><strong><em>J. Matthew Bonzo</em></strong>, Professor of Philosophy, Cornerstone University<br><strong><em>Jason W. Clayton</em></strong>, Dean of Career and Life Calling, Cornerstone University<br></div></blockquote><div> </div><h3> <em></em>DISCOVER Initiative: Renewing a Campus Culture of Vocational Exploration </h3><div>DISCOVER is an effort to facilitate the exploration of vocation and calling in the undergraduate student experience at Lewis University. The program addresses four areas: curriculum and faculty development; campus ministry; academic and career counseling; and university-wide resources. Participants will learn more about DISCOVER, including the challenges encountered and the keys to success.</div><blockquote><div> <strong><em></em></strong><span><span><span><span><strong><em>Kurt A. Schackmuth</em></strong>, Vice President for Mission and Academic Services, Lewis University</span></span></span></span><br></div></blockquote><div> </div><h3>Exploring Vocation with First- and Second-Year Students</h3><div> <em></em>Roberts Wesleyan College is implementing a “Discovery Program” to encourage first- and second-year students to explore their sense of God’s calling in their lives. Discovery desserts, dinners, and a retreat experience are designed to deepen student reflection, understanding, and commitment to personal discovery. Presenters will share details about the program, findings gained through assessment, and plans for the future.</div><blockquote><div> <span><strong><em></em></strong><span><span><span><span></span></span></span></span><strong><em>Elvera B. Berry</em></strong>, Professor of Communication, Roberts Wesleyan College <br><strong><em>Jonathan C. Bratt</em></strong>, College Chaplain and Adjunct Professor of Religion and Ministry, Roberts Wesleyan College<br></span></div></blockquote><div> </div><h3>Institutional Mission and Perceptions of Possibility</h3><div>Presenters will discuss the ways in which a sense of mission has influenced perceptions of institutional and individual successes and challenges at Mount Mary University. In this interactive session, participants will be asked to reflect on their own institutional missions, their student populations, and the ways in which these might facilitate the exploration of vocation on their campuses.</div><blockquote><div> <strong><em></em></strong></div><div> <strong><em></em></strong><span><span><span><span><strong><em>Kathleen P. Dougherty</em></strong>, Dean of the School of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education, Mount Mary University<br><strong><em>Wendy A. Weaver</em></strong>, Dean of Academic Affairs, Mount Mary University</span></span></span></span><br></div></blockquote><div> </div><div> <span> <span> <h3>The How of Vocational Exploration</h3> <div>Assessment results at Pacific Lutheran University suggest that while undergraduate students understand what vocation is and why they would benefit from knowing and claiming their purpose, they often struggle to understand how to compose their vocational paths. Presenters will describe a set of activities to help students identify useful tools that aid in the exploration of their callings.</div> <blockquote><div> <strong><em></em></strong><span><span><span><span><strong><em>Lynn Hunnicutt</em></strong>, Professor of Economics, Pacific Lutheran University, and NetVUE Consultant<br><strong><em>Joanna C. Royce-Davis</em></strong>, Vice President for Student Life, Pacific Lutheran University<br><strong><em>Z. Laree Winer</em></strong>, Associate Director for Student Success, Pacific Lutheran University</span></span></span></span><br></div></blockquote> <div> </div> <div> <span> <span> <h3>Using Clearness Committees in a Pluralistic Setting</h3> <div>The clearness committee is a practice at Warren Wilson College that provides individuals wrestling with an issue with a process for intentional discernment in community with others. Although initially used by Quakers, the practice has been incorporated into the work of diverse groups and organizations. Participants will be introduced to a mini-clearness committee experience while exploring possibilities for using clearness committees at their campus.</div> <blockquote><div> <span><strong><em></em></strong><span><span><span><span></span></span></span></span><strong><em>Brian D. Ammons</em></strong>, Director of Spiritual Life and Chaplain, Warren Wilson College<br><strong><em>Courtney J. Gauthier</em></strong>, Director of Career Advising, Warren Wilson College<br><strong><em>Wendy L. Seligmann</em></strong>, Associate Dean of Advising and Career Development, Warren Wilson College<br></span> <br></div></blockquote> </span></span></div></span></span></div><h3>Vocation and Theology: In Students’ Own Voices</h3><div>What practices can be used by mentors and peers to support students’ articulation of vocational and theological discoveries and questions? Presenters will describe two practices used at Augustana University—student preaching and a weekly writing group. In particular, the writing group’s use of biblical stories in a contemporary idiom will be discussed.</div><blockquote><div> <strong><em></em></strong><strong><em></em></strong><span><span><span><span><strong><em>Julia Price</em></strong>, Assistant Director of Campus Life, Augustana University (SD)<br><strong><em>Paul H.W. Rohde</em></strong>, Campus Pastor, Augustana University (SD)<br><strong><em>Ann E. Rosendale</em></strong>, Campus Pastor, Augustana University (SD)</span></span></span></span><br></div></blockquote></span></span>
Book SigningBook Signing30<p>​Authors: <strong>Kathleen A. Cahalan</strong>, <strong>Robert M. Franklin, Jr.</strong>, <strong>Barbara Brown Taylor</strong>, and <strong>Elizabeth J. Dias</strong></p>
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Plenary SessionPlenary Session6Matthew J. Mayhew; Alyssa N. RockenbachPlenary Session<h3>A Call to Cooperation: How College Shapes Students’ Diversity Attitudes, Values, and Commitments</h3><div><br>To foster understanding and goodwill among students of different perspectives and backgrounds is more pressing than ever as cultural, ideological, and religious conflicts divide and erode local and global communities. Encounters in the curriculum and co-curriculum with others of diverse backgrounds and worldviews can have a transformative influence on students’ attitudes, values, and commitments. This session will explore the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS), a national study of students’ encounters with religious, spiritual, and worldview diversity. Based on responses from more than 20,000 first-year students, the presenters will address how students’ identities and college experiences affect their interfaith understanding and the implications for vocational exploration.<br><br><span style="color:#282828;"><span><span>Mayhew and Rockenbach are co-principal investigators for “Cooperation in a Pluralistic World: A National Study of College Students’ Engagement with Religious Diversity” in partnership with Interfaith Youth Core. In addition, they are coauthors of the newly published <em>How College Affects Students: 21st Century Evidence That Higher Education Works</em> (2016).<br><br>Chair: <strong><em>Charlie T. McCormick</em></strong>, President, Schreiner University</span></span></span><br></div>
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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 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.

ELA participants in session  

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


​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 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 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 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 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.


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).


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).