NetVUE Conference - Geneva College, a Christian College in Pennsylvania (PA)

NetVUE Regional Gathering 
"Educating for Citizenship: Vocational Reflection for the Public Good "

October 4-5, 2019

GENEVA COLLEGE | 3200 College Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA

About The Event

This event is designed to generate conversations around the reclamation of one of the original purposes of American higher education: the making of citizens. Issues of social justice, civility, plurality and unity, and the common good are important for the cultivation of engaged citizens. This gathering will explore how vocational reflection can provide a framework for educating undergraduate students about citizenship. Speakers will be drawn from area nonprofits and community organizations.

Confrence Speakers

Stephanie Summers

Keynote Speaker: Stephanie Summers

Stephanie Summers is the CEO of the Center for Public Justice, a Christian, independent, non-partisan civic education and public policy organization based in Washington, D.C. The Center works to equip citizens, develop leaders and shape policy through a variety of initiatives. She is a co-author with Michael J. Gerson and Katie Thompson of Unleashing Opportunity: Why Escaping Poverty Requires a Shared Vision of Justice (Falls City Press).

Breakout Speakers:

  • Bradshaw Frey, Sociology and Higher Education, Geneva College
  • Heather Brady, Dept. of Liberal Arts, Grandview University

Tentative Breakout Speakers:

  • Jay Neikirk, Political Science, Geneva College
  • John Wallace, Dept. of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh
  • Byron Borger, Owner of Hearts and Minds Books

Registration: $50 (for NetVUE members)

For participants from NetVUE member institutions: the registration fee of $50 per person covers all costs of the gathering, including meals on Friday and Saturday and Friday night accommodations. Participants must make their own hotel reservations at the Microtel (information below), which may include additional nights at a special rate (but additional nights are at their own expense).

Registration: $100 (General Public)

For participants from non-NetVUE member institutions and the general public: the non-member registration fee of $100 covers the all meals on Friday and Saturday, but not lodging. Those from outside the immediate area who need lodging must make their own arrangements. Non-members are welcome to stay at the Microtel (and receive a special rate), but they may also seek out other accommodations; in either case, lodging is at their own expense.

Overnight Accommodations

Participants who need overnight accommodation should reserve a room at the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham. Friday night hotel costs are covered for NetVUE member registrants. Others may obtain the Geneva rate of $83/night. (This rate is also available for the nights preceding and following the gathering, but all participants must pay for extra nights themselves.) A shuttle will be provided to and from the hotel for all participants in the event.

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham
2801 Darlington Rd, Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Phone: (724) 581-5273
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Area Transportation

When making travel arrangements please note that the closest airport is the Pittsburgh International Airport. This airport is approximately 35 minutes from campus. Event participants needing to arrange transportation to & from the airport can contact to make arrangements. A shuttle will be provided to and from Geneva to the Microtel Inn & Suites.

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Directions To Geneva College

Event Schedule

Friday, Oct. 4

3:30 - 4 p.m.

Arrival, Registration

Geneva College, Benedum Room at Alexander Hall

4 - 5:30 p.m.

Welcome & Keynote Presentation

6 p.m.


Benedum Room, Alexander Hall

Saturday, Oct. 5

7 - 8 A.M.

Breakfast on your own

Provided at Microtel

8 - 9 A.M.


Coffee/tea & Pastries Provided

9 - 10 A.M.

Keynote Session

10 - 10:30 A.M.

Book Presentation

10:45 - 11:30 A.M.

Breakout Session I

11:30 A.M. - 12:45 p.m.

Guided Discussion over Lunch

1 - 2 p.m.

Breakout Session II

2:15 - 3 p.m.

Plenary Panel

3:15 - 4 p.m.

Closing Keynote Session

Old Main

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.

Images of Campus

Geneva Arch
Campus Clock View
Old Main at the center of Campus