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History of the Center for Vocational Reflection

In December 2002, Augustana College received a $2 million grant as part of the third and final round of the Program for Theological Exploration of Vocation, funded by the Lilly Endowment. With this grant, Augustana joined the ranks of 88 schools across the country that integrate vocational reflection into the life of their college, thanks to Lilly funding.

The initial grant set out to fund the creation and operation of the Center for Vocational Reflection over the course of five years. The Augustana College Center for Vocational Reflection opened July 1, 2003, on the second floor of the Thomas Tredway Library. In 2006, Augustana received a sustaining grant of $500,000 from the Lilly Endowment to support continued operations of the center for the years 2006-2010.

The CVR engaged in many programs throughout 2002-2010 that have since become a key part of the Augustana community. The CVR has brought renowned speakers to campus (such as Po Bronson), worked extensively with faculty on the integration of vocational reflection into the curriculum, helped create the distinctive Augie Choice program, funded countless exploratory student internships, and met with hundreds of students to help them recognize who they are called to be. We are pleased to report that Augustana College believes that helping students integrate their gifts and passions with the needs of the world is central to the mission of Augustana, and that the college will continue to support the CVR programming following the completion of the Lilly Endowment funds in 2012.