Vocation course planned for spring semester

Posted on November 29, 2016

towers-fallErskine College students are invited to sign up for a non-credit course on vocation and calling, VO 101, consisting of a series of evening meetings and incorporating “perspectives from faculty with an amazing variety of backgrounds,” according to Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Al Mina.

Mina recently sent a message to students asking whether they had ever wondered about the marketability of their desired major, the management of work, family, and calling, the identification of their own talents of skills, and several other questions.

“We will be conducting a series of discussions that will allow students the opportunity to learn how to identify their talents, choose a path that truly suits them, the nature of vocation, how to balance work and home life, and other topics,” Mina said. “We hope to develop this into a one-hour credit course for the fall of 2017.”

The spring class will meet on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. for nine weeks. Mina assures students who may be interested that the course “will not count for credit, but there will be dessert!”

Other initiatives related to vocation and calling continue at Erskine. The college recently received a $10,000 Vocation Exploration Grant from the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE). A student retreat focusing on first-year students and introducing “the idea of vocation and the call to live life to the glory of God and in Christian service to the church and the world” is planned for the spring, Grady Patterson Professor of Politics Dr. Ashley Woodiwiss said.