Why Kiva

What’s in a Name?

You may be wondering why we’ve named this site the “Kiva” (I know I’d be wondering about that!). Well, the name actually emerged during one of my occasional “power walks” with a good friend of mine, Bob Magnan, who is an alumnus of Michigan State University. 

I was trying to come up with a term that would connote a “gathering place” for career services professionals, so Bob suggested “kiva,” remembering a building of the same name at Michigan State that serves as a gathering place for students and the rest of the campus community. I immediately latched on to the term. I then did some further research and learned that “kiva” is a Native American term (Pueblo, to be exact) for a ceremonial gathering place.

So … that’s the story behind our name, short version. Thanks for reading!

Peter Vogt
“KivaMaster”


“Birds of a feather will gather together.”     ~ Robert Burton