OLLU to host NetVUE gathering on vocation and higher ed

Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2015

Our Lady of the Lake University will host a panel discussion on vocation and higher education as part of a NetVUE (Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education) conference being held in San Antonio on Feb. 11-13, 2016. The discussion will be facilitated by OLLU Vice President for Mission and Ministry Gloria Urrabazo and will include OLLU students involved in vocational formation initiatives.

The full NetVUE conference, titled “At This Time and In This Place: Engaging Vocational Scholarship,” will take place at Oblate School of Theology.

Conference details:

“At This Time and In This Place: Engaging Vocational Scholarship”
A NetVUE Gathering with Our Lady of the Lake University
Febr. 11-13, 2016
San Antonio, Texas

The Invitation

NetVUE campus leaders are invited to read and discuss the first NetVUE Scholars book, At This Time and In This Place: Vocation and Higher Education and consider its implications for their work as campus-based leaders of vocation efforts. Faculty members, staff professionals, mission officers, chaplains, directors of vocational centers, and other leaders are welcome to register.

Event Dates: Feb. 11-13, 2016

Location: Oblate Retreat Center, San Antonio, Texas

Event Leaders:

David Cunningham is director of the NetVUE Scholarly Resources Project for CIC and is editor of the three books planned in this project, the first of which is At This Time and In This Place: Vocation and Higher Education. Previously he organized the 2009 Vocation in Undergraduate Education Conference that gave birth to NetVUE. In addition, he is professor of religion and director of the CrossRoads Project at Hope College in Michigan, where he also directs the Klooster Center for Excellence in Writing. He is the author of a number of books including Christian Ethics: The End of the Law (2008) and Reading Is Believing: The Christian Faith through Literature and Film (2002).

Douglas Henry is associate professor of philosophy at Baylor University where he also serves as associate dean of the Honors College. Formerly he was director of Baylor’s Institute for Faith and Learning. His interest in church-related higher education has given rise to three co-edited books: Faithful Learning and the Christian Scholarly Vocation (2003), Christianity and the Soul of the University: Faith as a Foundation for Intellectual Community (2005), and The Schooled Heart: Moral Formation in American Higher Education (2007). Henry is a NetVUE Scholar.

Lisa Jasinski serves as special projects coordinator in the division of academic affairs at Trinity University in Texas where she oversees the university’s comprehensive strategic planning as well as curricular revision. She also directs the Reflections project and is a Teagle Assessment Scholar. Previously she was an assessment and communications specialist at Trinity. Earlier she was development associate for the Apollo Theatre Foundation in New York and held internships at the Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.

Caryn Riswold is professor of religion and chair of gender and women’s studies at Illinois College where she has worked for over a dozen years. She also has served as director of faculty mentoring and advisor to student organizations dedicated to service, leadership, and gender justice. She is a member of the National Network Board for the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, writes regularly at, and is the author of three books, the most recent of which is Feminism and Christianity: Questions and Answers in the Third Wave (2009). Riswold is a NetVUE Scholar.

Ezequiel Pena is an Associate Professor of Psychology, Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies and Research, and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs-Global and Strategic Initiatives at Our Lady of the Lake University. Previously he was an assistant professor of psychology at Duquesne University. He is also a member of the National Latina/o Psychological Association.

Gloria Urrabazo is the Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Our Lady of the Lake University and previously directed the university’s Program for the Theological Exploration of
Vocation. Gloria became more fully aware of the depth of poverty among some Mexican Americans in South Texas as a member of the Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence as she worked in a Brownsville, Texas barrio. This lead to dedicated efforts as a social worker in the Rio Grande Valley, often providing support services for Chicano activists. Later she turned to a ministry of spiritual direction on university campuses.

Gathering Plan: All participants will receive a gratis copy of At This Time and In This Place: Vocation and Higher Education in advance of the gathering so the book can be perused before the gathering. In plenary conversations each of the book’s four sections as well as its implications and use in college and university contexts will be discussed. Following these exchanges between discussion leaders and NetVUE Scholars participants will engage in a small group discussion about the themes in each book section. These discussion sessions will be punctuated by a panel at Our Lady of the Lake University and other off-site visits that connect vocational ideas and practices. The goal is to create a reflective professional learning community of NetVUE campus leaders at this time and in this place.

NetVUE Gathering Schedule-at-a-Glance

Thursday, Feb. 11

Arrivals can occur in the afternoon or evening. Dinner is available upon registered request. A small informal post-dinner social hour with light snacks also will be available.

Friday, Feb. 12

8 a.m. -- Breakfast at the Retreat Center for all gathering participants.

8:30-10:15 a.m. --An introduction to At This Time and In this Place: Vocation in Higher Education, David Cunningham, NetVUE Scholarly Resources Project director

Plenary book discussion-section I: Vocation in the Current Cultural Context

Small group discussion: introductions to each other and discussion of section I.

10:15-10:30 a.m. -- Break

10:30 a.m.-Noon -- Plenary book discussion-section II: The Contours of Vocation

Small group discussion of section II

Noon-1 p.m. --  Lunch (During this hour there are additional options including mass at noon in the
Grotto, mass at 12:10 p.m. in the Retreat Center, and a prayer labyrinth)

1:15-2:30 p.m. -- Plenary book discussion-section III: Vocation and Virtue

Small group discussion of section III

2:45 p.m. -- Depart for Our Lady of the Lake University campus

3:30 p.m. -- Panel discussion on vocation and higher education in this time and place. Our Lady of the Lake University leaders will introduce participants to their mission and multicultural educational efforts to shape vocation. Gloria Urrabazo, Vice President for Mission and Ministry, will facilitate a panel discussion with the Director of University Ministry and Our Lady of the Lake University students who lead three of their vocational formation initiatives.

5-5:30 p.m. -- University reception with light appetizers.

5:45 p.m. -- Depart for the San Antonio River Walk.

6 p.m. -- River Walk evening with self-funded dinner (transportation provided).

8:30 p.m. -- Return to Oblate Retreat House (transportation provided).

Saturday, Feb. 13

8:00 a.m. -- Breakfast at the Retreat Center for all gathering participants.

8:30 a.m. -- San Antonio Sunken Japanese Tea Garden-A quiet, contemplative place to reflect on vocation. For those choosing to remain at the Retreat Center, mass is available at 7:00 a.m. and the prayer labyrinth is available.

10:15 a.m.-Noon -- Plenary book discussion-section IV: Vocational Discernment Beyond the

Small group discussion of section IV

Wrap-up plenary discussion

Noon -- Lunch available as requested

Event Registration Processes and Fees:

• Registration for this NetVUE gathering on Febr. 11-13 is available at:; A $50 NetVUE-member registration fee covers all meals, the cost of At This Time and In This Place, and Feb. 11 and 12 modest lodging accommodations. Non-NetVUE participants may register for $60 and provide for their own lodging expenses.

Lodging Accommodations

Lodging accommodations are supported for the nights of Feb. 11 and 12 as part of the registration fee for all NetVUE institution members but are already secured for all conference participants. Lodging rooms will be designated by the NetVUE office at the Oblate Retreat Center or, if needed, at a near-by overflow hotel. To request lodging please provide the information sought on the NetVUE registration form. Please do not call the conference center directly.

San Antonio Transportation

The retreat center is 10-15 minutes from the San Antonio airport by cab. Upon your arrival transportation needed within the gathering schedule will be provided by NetVUE.