KANSAS CITY — The Council of Independent Colleges recently announced that Avila University was selected to receive a $50,000 NetVUE program development grant to be used over a two-year period beginning Jan. 1, 2013. Avila joins 32 NetVUE institutions selected in the first round of recipients of this award, meant to deepen the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation in undergraduate students.
NetVUE is a network of colleges and universities committed to fostering the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation in their campus communities. Campus communities strive to deepen their understanding of the intellectual and theological substance of vocational exploration; examine the role of intellectual and theological reflection and vocational exploration in a variety of institutional contexts; share knowledge, best practices, and reflection on experiences across participating campuses; develop a network for sustaining an extended program in the exploration of vocation; and facilitate the incorporation of additional colleges and universities into this enterprise.
Colleges and universities rooted in the liberal arts are well suited to undertake the task of educating future leaders who are theologically literate, whose attitudes and behaviors are shaped by their values and commitments, and who are eager to sustain a life of service that is guided by a sense of calling.
Dave Armstrong, director of Avila’s Campus Ministries and Mission Effectiveness, said, “This grant will help students explore vocation … the meaning and purpose in their lives. It will help us track the development and understanding of each person’s calling … what God is calling them to do.”
The initiative is being administered by the Council of Independent Colleges with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc. Avila plans to use the grant funds in three ways: establish a program for students interested in becoming associates with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet; help send students to retreats at Jerusalem Farm, the volunteer community service retreat center, sponsored by the university, and finally to fund scholarships for low income students to participate in travel courses at Avila.