A NetVUE Regional Gathering

Where the Campus Meets the World: Vocation and Post-College Transition

February 21-22, 2020 | Huntingdon College | Montgomery, AL


This gathering will explore strategies for faculty and staff members who seek to help students put into practice beyond the classroom and the campus what they learn about vocation in the undergraduate setting. It will include discussions of obstacles that can arise as students pursue their callings after college—including structural and socio-economic factors, disabilities, cross-cultural challenges, and the tendency of some forms of “service” to do more harm than good. The gathering will include a visit to the renowned Legacy Museum and the Memorial for Peace and Justice.

Keynote Speaker

Sondra Wheeler, Martha Ashby Carr Professor of Christian Ethics, Wesley Theological Seminary



Costs for the Gathering

For participants from NetVUE member institutions: the registration fee of $50 per person covers all conference costs, including a visit to the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and Memorial for Peace and Justice; all meals on Friday; Saturday breakfast; and Friday night accommodations. Participants must make their own hotel reservations at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Montgomery. Participants may also stay the night of Thursday 2/20 at the special conference rate, but at their own expense.

For non-NetVUE members: the registration fee is $100 and does not include lodging. Non-members may still use the conference hotel but must pay their own lodging costs.

Event registration deadline – January 24, 2020

Hotel Reservations

The Doubletree Hotel, downtown Montgomery
120 Madison Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104
Hotel website or call 334-245-2320 with the special rate code “HUC”

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Doubletree Hotel in Montgomery. NetVUE will cover accommodations for Friday night for NetVUE members. Each guest will be required to have a credit card on file for incidentals. For members reserving a room for Thursday, February 20, the NetVUE rate of $139 per night will apply.
Hotel reservations must be received by 1/24/2020 in order to receive the special conference rate.

Hotel registration deadline – January 24, 2020

Air Transportation and Directions

Information for traveling to Huntingdon College
Huntingdon College campus map


Thursday, February 20, 2020

5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.: Arrival, Registration, Dinner on your own
8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.: Opening Reception

Friday, February 21,  2020

7:15 .am.–9:15 a.m.: Breakfast at hotel
9:15 a.m.–10:00 a.m.: Transport to Huntingdon
10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.: Plenary address, J. Cameron West, President, Huntingdon College
10:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.: Break
10:45 a.m.–11:45 a.m.: Panel session I: Structural Barriers to Vocation

Christine Jeske, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Wheaton College
Gabrielle Daniels, Project Manager, Equal Justice Initiative
Tom Perrin, Associate Provost and Associate Professor of English, Huntingdon College

11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.: Lunch – discussion at tables
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.: Panel session II: Disability and Vocation

Lisa Olenik-Dorman, Professor of Sport Science; Director of Academic Disability Services; Director of the Huntingdon Ability Sport Network; Section 504 Coordinator, Huntingdon College
Diana Abernethy, Assistant Professor of Religion, Huntingdon College
Sarah Sours, Assistant Professor of Religion; Co-Director of the Joyce and Truman Hobbs Honors Program, Huntingdon College

2:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m.: Break
2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.: Small-group discussion
3:15 p.m.–3:30 p.m.: Break
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.: Keynote speaker

Sondra Wheeler, Martha Ashby Carr Professor of Christian Ethics, Wesley Theological Seminary

4:30 p.m.–4:45 p.m.: Break
4:45 p.m.–5:45 p.m.: Small-group discussion
5:45 p.m.–7:45 p.m.: Dinner at Huntingdon and transport to hotel

Saturday, February 22, 2020

7:15 a.m.–8:15 a.m.: Breakfast at hotel
8:15 a.m.–9:00 a.m.: Transport to Huntingdon
9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.: Panel session III: Non-toxic Service

Celeste Eubanks, Director of Leadership Strategies, Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church
Jeff Brown, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Heather Brady, Associate Professor of Liberal Arts, Grand View University

10:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m.: Discussion
11:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.: Transport to Legacy Museum
11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.: Visits to the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and Memorial for Peace and Justice; lunch on your own at the museum or in the area


Tom Perrin, Associate Provost and Associate Professor of English
Phone: (334) 833-4027
Email: tperrin@hawks.huntingdon.edu

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.

See the Council of Independent Colleges’ webpage of our event for more details.

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