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Issue 8
January, 2010

Hi Carol,

In this issue, you'll read:
Nielsen Concert Series: Sunday, January 24
Upcoming alumni events
Cowles photography exhibit
Winter athletic briefs
GV graduate students thrive
Prairie Meadows gives generously to GV
Grand View receives grants to enhance fluency and revise real estate course
Grand View councils and volunteer opportunities
Request a weekly devotion
Get the GV Magazine in interactive electronic format
Point. Click. Give!
What's new with you? We want to hear from you!

Nielsen Concert Series: Sunday, January 24


Red Cedar Chamber Music
Viking Theatre, 3 p.m.

Currently in its twelfth season, Red Cedar Chamber Music continually strives to reach, challenge, and expand audiences. Its musicians inform and entertain audiences, engaging them with lively commentary about the music, composers and instruments. Their program at Grand View, Hallelujah, I'm a Bum: Folk-Inspired Classics, is an excursion into folk-like melodies.




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Upcoming alumni events

Wednesday, February 10th @ 5 p.m.
Grand View Men's & Women's home basketball game!
Game Time - Women's: 5:30 p.m. Men's: 7:30 p.m.
Charles S. Johnson Wellness Center

Come enjoy a night of food, basketball, and fun as the Grand View women and men's basketball teams take on Iowa Wesleyan College. Be sure to stop by the Alumni table to sign up for prizes! Free admission.

RSVP by February 9 to Heather Iburg at

hiburg@grandview.edu or 515-263-2957.

See you there!

Saturday, March 27th
The Harlem Globetrotters "Magical Memories" World Tour
Special meet & greet with the players - 6 p.m.
Game Time - 7 p.m.
Wells Fargo Arena

The Grand View Alumni Relations Office invites alumni and their families to the Harlem Globetrotters eye-popping 2010 "Magical Memories" World Tour in Des Moines. Join us for wholesome family entertainment, known worldwide for thrilling fans young and old and making cherished family memories. Enjoy an exclusive meet and greet, pictures and autographs with the players!

GV alumni have the opportunity to take advantage of this high-flying show by purchasing discounted tickets for $17 through the Alumni Relations Office. To buy your tickets online, just

CLICK HERE. You can pay online, or send/drop off your payment to Heather Iburg in the Alumni Relations office @ 1200 Grandview Ave, Des Moines. For questions, please contact Heather Iburg at hiburg@grandview.edu or 515-263-2957.

*ALL TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED BY 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, March, 23.
**Children under two years of age are free.



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Cowles photography exhibit

"Stretching a Vision," panoramic photography from Des Moines Register photographers Rodney White and Justin Hayworth, will be on display January 4 through February 12 in the Cowles Communication Center gallery. For more information, click HERE.















Winter athletic briefs

All three GV winter teams are nationally rated: Wrestling — 8th; Men's basketball — 15th; Women's basketball — 21st. The women's competitive dance team finished second at the Universal Dance Association (UDA) national competition. Congratulations to all our student athletes! And ... bowling will become both a men's and women's sport at Grand View next year!

For all the Viking athletic news, go to the Viking athletic

web site.


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GV graduate students thrive

The first cohort of students enrolled in Grand View's inaugural graduate degree, the Master of Arts in Innovative Leadership, has completed their initial semester. Observations from the students indicate that their first courses have been an intense and exhilarating experience. The group has come together to the point where they often have potluck dinners together before class starts each Tuesday at 5:30.

The students have varied backgrounds and reasons for pursuing the degree. We thought you might like to meet one of them.

Peter Kiernan, Business
Peter Kiernan decided to pursue a graduate education after a discussion of career path planning at his employer, John Deere. He saw an opportunity to advance his level of education, communication skills and credentials, for both his career and personal growth goals. Peter has a long tradition with Grand View. He graduated with a double major in Accounting and Business Administration in 1994 and is successfully completing his first semester of graduate studies. In addition, he has been appointed to President Henning's Advisory Council and as the student representative on the Graduate Council.

"I looked at Grand View’s program because I wanted to focus on improving my leadership skills and to gain an understanding of the dynamics of leadership. After looking at Grand View's curriculum, a traditional MBA would not meet this objective. I was interested in expanding my knowledge in areas other than business. Since my undergraduate degree from Grand View was in Business and Accounting, this prepared and has provided me a very successful career with John Deere."

Peter has worked for John Deere for the past ten years and is currently a pricing analyst in the Intelligent Vehicle Solutions Division. They develop and manufacture satellite technology to provide combines and tractors field solutions of yield mapping and hands-free steering. Peter was raised on a farm south of Des Moines that has been in his family since 1855. Today he farms southeast of Des Moines, which allows him to stay current with farming practices, technologies, and marketing of
commodities. So he was also looking for a graduate program with plenty of flexibility to match his busy schedule.

"I’ve really been impressed with the caliber of the subject matter and the professors at Grand View. This is a tremendous learning opportunity, and I’m also having a great time. The interdisciplinary nature of the program means classes have a great mix of students, a very diverse group with different perspectives and personal experiences. That matters because leaders will not always be interacting with the same type of people in one area at the same time.

"I encourage those contemplating graduate study to look at their own career and personal goals, their strengths and areas where there is room for improvement. Then look at what Grand View offers to meet these goals. My great grandfather used to say, your life is what you make of it; Grand View has definitely prepared the foundation to allow me to not only set goals but to obtain them."

Interested in the degree?
To find out more, go to the GV Graduate Studies web site or call Michael Norris, Director of Graduate Studies, at 515-263-2830. You can even submit an application online.


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Prairie Meadows gives generously to GV

During the Spotlight on Success campaign, Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino offered ongoing support for the Rasmussen Center for Community Advancement Professions project as part of their Community Betterment Grants program. With its impressive architecture and appeal, the building has become a focal point for the East side of Des Moines, as well as the GV campus. The widening and beautification of E. 14th Street to the east of the building, which was completed concurrent with the Rasmussen Center, further enhanced the E. 14th corridor through campus. The recent receipt of $99,999 from Prairie Meadows brings their contribution to nearly half a million dollars.

The Rasmussen Center houses the academic departments of art, education, psychology and social sciences, and has enhanced the education students receive with its technological advancements and learning spaces. The gallery hosts artistic and cultural exhibits open to the public, as well as several conferences and, most recently, an art camp for Des Moines Public Schools. Because of the Prairie Meadows grant contributions, not only do the students benefit but the community benefits as well, as students become graduates and take what they've learned into the community with intentions of making a difference. We look forward to Prairie Meadows' continuing support.



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Grand View receives grants to enhance fluency and revise real estate course

GV recently received a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to prepare students to use information more effectively in coursework and research projects, and is one of 20 higher education organizations out of 80 applicants accepted for this grant. Grand View also received an $18,700 grant from the Iowa Real Estate Commission. The Real Estate Commission Education Grant will allow Grand View to expand the Principles of Real Estate course. Through a combination of classroom, online, and experiential learning, the new curriculum will integrate the concepts of consumer behaviors on a macro and micro level.


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Grand View councils and volunteer opportunities

Looking for a way to volunteer or serve on a council? The Alumni Relations Office can help find the right committee for you! CLICK HERE to read more about the opportunities.


Request a weekly devotion

Campus Pastors Charlene Cox and Jack Mithelman will be making available a weekly email devotion. If you’re interested in receiving the devotion each week, please contact Heather Iburg by calling 515-263-2957 or emailing hiburg@grandview.edu. She’ll note your interest and send you a sample devotion.


Get the GV Magazine in interactive electronic format

The GV Magazine just keeps getting better. We're now able to provide it to you in an exciting new interactive electronic format, complete with hyperlinks, video, a search capability and other useful features.

You can continue to receive your printed copy and get the electronic version as well … or you can switch to the electronic version alone. Just tell us how you'd like to receive future issues. If we don't hear from you, you'll continue to receive the printed copy only.

Tell us! To tell us your preference, please go to the Grand View web site at

http://www.grandview.edu. Click on Alumni and then select Electronic Magazine Sign-Up on the left navigation. Or just click HERE. You'll go to a form where you can input the information we need to send you access to the electronic version.

We know you'll love the new version! It will help Grand View save on printing and postage costs, as well.



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Point. Click. Give!

Join other Grand View alumni and give online to the Grand View Fund. Gifts to the GV Fund help support student scholarships, technology and equipment upgrades, student life, campus maintenance and improvements, and enhanced academic programs.

Go online to

http://giving.grandview.edu to give now!


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