Vocation through Experiential Learning:

Tying Vocational Reflection into Study Abroad, Service Learning and Civic Engagement


A NetVUE Regional Conference

March 9-10, 2012

California Lutheran University

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Tentative Schedule:


Friday, March 9, 2012  

5:30 – 6:00 p.m.          

Registration - Roth Nelson Room
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Welcome and Dinner - Roth Nelson Room
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Bishop Mark Hanson: Vocation and Reflection - Samuelson Chapel (Free and open to the public)
8:30 p.m.                       Reception with Bishop Hanson
Saturday, March 10, 2012
8 - 9 a.m. Optional Campus Tour - Swenson Center/Pamela Jolicoeur Gallery
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Coffee - Swenson Center/Pamela Jolicoeur Gallery
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Plenary Panel: Expressions of Vocation from
Various Theological Traditions - Swenson Center 101
9:45 – 10:30 a.m.   

Plenary Session: Vocation and Experiential Learning - Dr. Ann Lutterman-Aguilar, Mexico Site Director & Instructor, Center for Global Education at Augsburg College - Swenson Center 101

Ann Lutterman-Aguilar will share some of her discoveries regarding cross-cultural and theological differences in different national and ethnic groups’ understandings of vocation, based on her doctoral research on vocation, which culminated in her dissertation entitled “Transformed and Transforming:  U.S. and Mexican Voices on Vocation.”  As a result of her findings, which concluded that cross-cultural encounters can lead to significant vocational transformation, Ann will urge faculty and staff to reflect upon the experiential education programs offered by their own universities and to explore ways of maximizing opportunities for education about vocation within their study abroad programs, service learning, internships, civic engagement, and classroom settings. In conclusion, she will share her findings regarding the pedagogical practices that had the largest impacts on participants’ vocations in hopes that these can both affirm best practices and inspire new ones on NetVUE member campuses.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.   Break - Pamela Jolicoeur Lobby
10:45 – 11:30 a.m.       

Breakout Discussions

  • Pear Group - Swenson Center 102
  • Apple Group - Swenson Center 103
  • Guava Group - Swenson Center 104
  • Pomegranate Group - Swenson Center 105
  • Apricot Group - Swenson Center 119
11:30 – 12:15 p.m.   

Breakout Sessions

  • Possible Pathways to Vocation through Service Learning   Ed Rousculp, Co-Facilitator, Center for Intercultural Learning and Teaching, Heritage University and Mattie Tameo Palmenteer, Junior, majoring in Social Work, Heritage University - Swenson Center 102

One young woman's story tracing her service in her Longhouse community to service through curricular and co-curricular activities. One young institution's multiple paths of service toward intellectual, emotional, cultural, and spiritual sense of vocation.

  • Vocational Formation and Liberal Arts: Models and Best Practices - Brad Berky, Director, Westmont, San Franciso - Swenson Center 103

    This breakout session will consider the variety of ways that faith-based liberal arts institutions are integrating vocational formation and experiential/internship-based learning into their curricular efforts. Focus will be given to the Westmont in San Francisco Urban Program and other higher education initiatives.

  • Orientating New Students to Service and Civic Engagement: How it is done right at CLU - Bill Rosser, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, CLU and Kristin Price, Assistant Director of Student Life, CLU - Swenson Center 104

    This presentation will focus on how CLU introduces new students to community service and civic engagement during their first four days on campus. The presenters will share the successes and challenges of coordinating a one-site service project for 600 participants. Furthermore, presenters will introduce data on student learning and discuss the integration of academic and co-curricular service-learning practices and philosophies that are inherent to this undertaking.

  • "Now what?" The life-changing side effects of study abroad - Frank Serna, Director of Study Abroad, Point Loma Nazarene University and Lisa Loberg, Director of Study Abroad, CLU - Swenson Center 105

    Students often consider study abroad among the most influential of college experiences.  This session will explore the various levels to which vocation is shaped by study abroad and discuss effective ways to support student learning and personal growth upon return to the home campus.

  • Taking Gen Ed out of the Classroom: Employing Ways to Deepen Engagement Between the Curricular and Co-Curricular Experience - Mark Mann, Director, Honors Program, Point Loma Nazarene University - Swenson 119

    "In this session we will discuss the traditional divide between curricular and co-curricular at most Christian universities, and the extent to which this divide inhibits the education of our students, especially around their development of a sense of vocation. We will further explore ways in which this divide might be bridged, especially around general education."

12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch - Roth Nelson room
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. 

Practical Applications of Vocational Reflection and
Experiential Learning - CLU Garden Classroom

Linda Ritterbush, Professor, Environmental Science, California Lutheran University
Sam Thomas, Assistant Professor, Religion, California Lutheran University
Colleen Windham-Hughes, Assistant Professor, Religion, California Lutheran University
Peter Gonia, California Lutheran University student
Aminah Hassoun, California Lutheran University student
Ray Ostrander, California Lutheran University alumnus

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.   Service Activity in the CLU Garden
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.     Post-Service Reflection Activity - CLU Garden Classroom -Ann Lutterman-Aguilar, Mexico Site Director & Instructor, Center for Global Education at Augsburg College
Optional:6:30 p.m.       Dinner and Evening Social Event
Sunday a.m.        Options for Sunday worship will be provided


For more information contact Linda LeBlanc, Assistant Director of Church Relations at leblanc@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3936.

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