NetVUE gathering

Finding Ourselves at the Center

Collaborative Spaces for Purpose, Work, Learning and Engagement

Rescheduled for May 31-June 2, 2023

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.

Tentative schedule

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Time Event Location 
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 1, 2023

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
10:45-11 a.m. Break  
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  
5:30-6:45 p.m. Dinner  
6:45 p.m. Free time - several local options provided  

Friday, June 2, 2023

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  
11-11:15 a.m. Break  
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.

Registration fee

  • NetVUE member participants - $50
  • Non-NetVUE member participants - $125

The deadline to register is May 15, 2023. In the registration process, you will also be able to indicate lodging requests. 


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.