Montreat College has been awarded $50,000 by the Lilly Foundation and The Council of Independent Colleges through NetVUE, the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education. The grant will fund campus-wide enrichment and training on the topic of vocation in order to further the college’s mission to be Christ-centered, student-focused, service-driven and equip agents of transformation, renewal and reconciliation.

The Council for Independent Colleges is a nationally known service organization that works with small and mid-sized liberal arts colleges and universities in the United States. It “focuses on providing services to campus leaders through seminars, workshops, and programs that assist institutions in improving educational offerings, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility.”

Montreat College is pleased to announce that on September 23, Barbara Jacoby, service-learning expert and faculty associate for Leadership and Community Service-Learning at the University of Maryland College Park, will visit with Montreat’s service-learning advisory team, service director and Dr. Marshall Flowers, senior vice president and provost. In addition, Dr. Jacoby will present “Designing and Teaching a Service-Learning Course: Five Ways to Succeed” to members of Montreat’s faculty. 

As a result of the grant, Montreat faculty members have already benefitted from a visit from Dr. Tim Clydesdale, chair of the sociology and anthropology department at The College of New Jersey.  Dr. Clydesdale is known for his data-driven research on post-high school transitions which led to the publication of his book “The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens after High School” and his latest book to be released in 2014 “Changing on Purpose: When Students and Professors Find Their Calling.”

The grant provided by the Council for Independent Colleges and Lilly Foundation will continue to provide training and resources for Montreat faculty and staff and lead to the implementation of vocational exploration in the classroom through service-learning courses and work-study programs. The Office of Calling and Career also plans to hold a sophomore junior vocational retreat for Montreat students and host a multi-day campus-wide symposium on vocation from a Christ-centered perspective.