Alumni "Come Home"


Susan Rosborough '78Susan Rosborough '78 speaks at CC Senior Banquet

Susan Rosborough '78, attorney for Allstate Insurance Company, spoke at this spring’s Christ College senior banquet about searching for the “open windows” among the “closed doors” of one’s life. She highlighted the fact that although one’s future may not go according to plan, there will always be opportunities for growth and success. Rosborough brought a personal touch to her talk with stories of perseverance and strength from her own life that moved and inspired the audience.

At Valparaiso, Rosborough earned a BA in home economics and humanities and was a Christ College Scholar. She received her law degree from Duke University, and now is employed in the corporate law division of Allstate Insurance Company in Northbrook, Ill. She specializes in employment and labor law and is a member of both the Illinois Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

As an alumna, Rosborough remains active in the VU community. She has served as president of the VU Alumni Association Board of Directors and received the Alumni Service Award in 1994. She is currently a member of the Christ College National Council, the VU Guild, and the University’s Strategic Planning Committee.


Jacki Lyden

Jacki Lyden '75 speaks at graduation

Christ College graduate Jacki Lyden '75, author and award winning radio host and one of Valparaiso University's 150 Most Influential People, received an honorary degree from Valparaiso University during commencement ceremonies in May 2010.

Lyden is an alternate host for the popular National Public Radio program "All Things Considered" and author of The New York Times bestseller "Daughter of the Queen of Sheba," her award-winning memoir. After assignments as an NPR correspondent in Chicago and London, Lyden covered the first Gulf War where her work was instrumental in NPR's selection for an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and she has since reported from numerous Middle Eastern countries such as Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and Iran.

She was NPR's first reporter on the air from New York on September 11, 2001, when the World Trade Center towers fell. For a week she reported on Ground Zero, an effort that earned her a share of NPR's George Foster Peabody Award for coverage of 9/11. In 2002, she received the Gracie Award from American Women in Radio and Television for best foreign documentary, "Loss and Its Aftermath," a story about death and bereavement among Palestinian and Israeli families.


Andy MakowskiDr. Andy Makowski '99 Presents at Symposium

During a Christ College Symposium in February, 1999 Valparaiso University and Christ College graduate Andrew Makowski discussed bioethics as a framework to approach some of the most challenging decisions in medicine, including end-of-life care, waiver of consent for emergency research, and refusal of life-saving care. Using actual patients as examples, he discussed this bioethical framework - its history, application, and its limitations.

Dr. Makowski earned his MD from Loyola University Chicago's Stritch School of Medicine and completed his residency at Froedert Memorial Lutheran Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

In addition to becoming certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support, Dr. Makowski also participated in physiologic training at NASA, and he served as a research extern in aerospace medicine at the Johnson Space Center.


2009 Homecoming PanelDuring the 2009 Homecoming Symposium a panel of Christ College graduates reflected upon the ways their Valparaiso and Christ College experiences shaped essential aspects of their careers, relationships, and spiritual lives.

Alumni panelists in 2009 included:

Hilda Demuth-Lutze '82, High school English Teacher, Chesterton High School in Chesterton, Indiana

Brian Piazza '86, General Surgeon, Mercy Hospital and Port Huron Hospital in Port Huron, Michigan and St. John River District Hospital, East China Township, Michigan

Peter Hinck '04, Water Resources Engineer, Barr Engineering headquartered in the Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Sarah (Mutch) Hinck '02, Physical Therapist, Courage Center of Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area


Todd VarnessDr. Todd Varness speaks to CC class of '09

The 2009 Senior Banquet honored 65 graduating Christ College Scholars and Associates. Gathering with classmates, faculty, and guests--including VU President Mark Heckler -- the seniors celebrated their academic and co-curricular accomplishments and reminisced about their years in CC.

Christ College alumnus Dr. Todd Varness ’96 addressed the graduates at Strongbow Inn. Varness, a professor in the department of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, reflected on his own “awakening” to the value of critical thinking and writing during his CC education. He highlighted the high value that his early engagement with the humanities and social concern has had for his medical career, and encouraged the graduating seniors to retain the passions for learning and service that they have acquired in Mueller Hall classrooms.


Christ College Alumnus Named Alfred W. Sieving Chair of Engineering at VU

CC Alumni Robert Palumbo

A Valparaiso University engineering professor who is one of the world's leading solar energy researchers has been named the University's Alfred W. Sieving Chair of Engineering.

Dr. Robert Palumbo '80 joined Valpo's faculty in 1987 and for many years has worked with students on research to convert solar energy into alternative fuels that can be stored and distributed throughout the world. This summer, he is leading a team of three Valpo students who are conducting experiments with a solar reactor used for high temperature solar electrolysis at one of the world's leading solar energy research facilities in Switzerland.

The Sieving chair recognizes the outstanding teaching and scholarly activity of a faculty member in the College of Engineering and promotes high standards of classroom instruction.
Dr. Palumbo has won research grants from the National Science Foundation and served as director of the High Temperature Solar Technology Laboratory at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland, where he worked with an international team of scientists to develop the science and technology required to design more efficient solar thermal chemical reactors.

His research has been widely published in scholarly journals and he has been a keynote speaker at professional conferences on solar energy and greenhouse gas control technologies in Europe. In 2007, Dr. Palumbo was appointed associate editor of the Journal of Solar Energy Engineering.

Dr. Palumbo earned his bachelor's degree at Valpo and his master's degree and doctorate at the University of Minnesota. He has been a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar to France and serves as chair of Valpo's Department of Mechanical Engineering. He previously served as the Frederick F. Jenny Professor of Emerging Technology in the College of Engineering.

Work of the Sieving chair is supported by an endowment fund establishing in 1998 by Esther and Frances of St. Louis to honor their late brother, a 1973 Valpo engineering graduate.