2007 - 2008 Academic Year News Release Archive

Professor works on explosives robot

June 16th, 2008 — Engineering professor Dr. Jeff Will spent the past year developing and testing a more effective control system for a robot used to find explosives.
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Students honored for civic engagement

June 2nd, 2008 — Valpo's second annual Civic Engagement Awards recently honored several students and organizations for their efforts to make a positive impact in the community.
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Research grants awarded to students, faculty

May 23rd, 2008 — Valpo's Committee on Creative Work and Research has awarded four grants to undergraduate students and faculty to support research and teaching.
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Students prepare for humanitarian trip to Costa Rica

May 13th, 2008 — Eight Valpo students will travel to Costa Rica this month to begin implementing a transportation and wastewater system for an immigrant community.
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Students help African village deal with climate change

May 12th, 2008 — A team of 14 Valpo students will return this month to a Kenyan village where it has made three previous trips to develop water production and irrigation systems.
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Alumnus wins NSF fellowship

May 8th, 2008 — A graduate of Valpo's College of Engineering has won a National Science Foundation fellowship to support his studies and research in the area of computer graphics architecture.
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Green design explored in talk

April 25th, 2008 — Valpo alumnus John Abrecht, a leading expert in green building design, will be one of two speakers discussing "Sustainable Design Engineering" during an April 30 talk on campus.
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Engineering students to demonstrate projects

April 23rd, 2008 — A device that could help calm autistic children, a robotic 'pack mule' and a recliner equipped with a beverage delivery system are among the projects to be displayed May 3 at Valpo's Design Expo
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Student wins national defense fellowship

April 17th, 2008 — Josh Wood has won a highly competitive National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship that will support his research in nanotechnology over the next three years.
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Prof honored for work in engineering education

April 11th, 2008 — Dr. Doug Tougaw recently won the Outstanding Service Award from the American Society of Engineering Education's Illinois/Indiana Section.
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Event to showcase student scholarship

April 8th, 2008 — Valpo's Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship on April 16 will feature more than 70 student projects on topics ranging from strategies to boost recycling to Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe."
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Graduates continue success in job market

April 7th, 2008 — For the fourth consecutive year, the placement rate of Valpo's newest graduates topped 95 percent.
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Free enterprise team advances to national competition

April 3rd, 2008 — Valpo's Students in Free Enterprise team will participate in the organization's national competition in May after winning a regional contest involving teams from eight states.
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Students to report on spring break mission trips

March 21st, 2008 — Four groups of Valpo students who traveled to Central America over spring break will discuss their service learning projects during a March 25 presentation on campus.
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Event to encourage engineering, science interest

February 28th, 2008 — Valpo's second annual Engineering and Technology Student Conference will draw approximately 160 high school students from Northwest Indiana.
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Engineering team brings light to village

February 22nd, 2008 — Five Valpo engineering students and professor Dr. Pete Johnson will install a windmill generator to provide electricity to a school in a remote Nicaraguan village during spring break.
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Faculty receive grants to enhance teaching

February 7th, 2008 — Valpo's Committee to Enhance Learning and Teaching has awarded grants to 17 professors for tools and activities that will support student learning.
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Explore virtual reality during spring semester

January 10th, 2008 — Open houses at Valpo's Scientific Visualization Laboratory will give the public a chance to see how virtual reality is changing the world.
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Engineering students hone business skills

January 4th, 2008 — Students in Valpo's College of Engineering are combining technical knowledge with networking and other business skills through the renowned Dale Carnegie Training program.
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Grants support travel for service

December 21st, 2007 — Valpo's Project on Theological Exploration of Vocation has awarded nearly $24,000 to activities enabling students to deepen their faith and serve others.
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Faculty research grants awarded

December 17th, 2007 — Grants totaling more than $20,000 have been awarded to support several faculty research projects during the coming year.
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Students win grants to conduct, present research

December 13th, 2007 — Valpo's Committee on Creative Work and Research has awarded grants to a dozen undergraduates.
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Kenya project copes with climate change threat

December 4th, 2007 — Valpo's Engineers Without Borders chapter is preparing for a return trip to Kenya in May, where it will continue work on a water production system for a drought-stricken village.
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Engineering honor society wins chapter award

November 20th, 2007 — Valpo's chapter of Tau Beta Pi has been recognized for its sustained excellence in planning and carrying out projects.
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Faculty research supported by grants

November 20th, 2007 — Dr. Ronald Rittgers, one of six faculty members to receive a grant from Valpo's Committee on Creative Work and Research, is pursing research on the Reformation and conceptions of suffering.
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Professors receive grants for teaching

November 8th, 2007 — Eight Valpo faculty members have received grants that will benefit student learning by funding travel, equipment and other projects.
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Entrepreneurship initiative receives second grant

November 7th, 2007 — The University has received a $50,000 grant from the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network to support programming that will help students become innovation leaders.
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Student to present engineering research

November 2nd, 2007 — Senior computer engineering student Josh Wood will present research into nanotechnology and microprocessors at two professional conferences this winter.
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Alumni awards presented at Homecoming

September 24th, 2007 — Ten Valpo alumni and volunteers will be recognized by the Valpo Alumni Association during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend.
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Explore virtual reality this fall

September 3rd, 2007 — Tours of Valpo's Scientific Visualization Laboratory will be held the first Thursday of each month during the fall semester, beginning Sept. 6.
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Gift encourages extended studies in Germany

August 28th, 2007 — A $1 million gift has established an endowment that will help Valpo students spend an entire academic year studying in Germany.
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University cited in U.S. News rankings

August 17th, 2007 — Valpo's academic quality has again ranked among the leading Midwest, master's-level colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings.
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Student featured in BusinessWeek story

August 15th, 2007 — Matt Cavin, an international business and economics major from Roanoke, Va., is featured in a story about global competition that appears in the Aug. 20 issue of BusinessWeek.
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Nursing, engineering among disciplines with new faculty

August 15th, 2007 — Faculty coming to Valpo this fall include an attorney who has done scholarship on the intersection of law and religion in America and a former public health analyst.
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New equipment a boost to engineering students

August 10th, 2007 — A new computer numerical controlled vertical machining center and lathe being installed this August will enable engineering students to create more complicated parts more quickly.
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Professors' paper selected as nation's best

August 7th, 2007 — Two Valpo professors have been honored by the American Society for Engineering Education for writing a paper that explores ethics and emerging technology.
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Solar research looks for solutions

July 25th, 2007 — Research by Valpo engineering faculty and students aims to make large-scale storage and transportation of solar energy a practical means of reducing reliance on fossil fuels.
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Traffic researcher, human rights scholar join faculty

July 16th, 2007 — This fall, Valpo will welcome a traffic operations and safety engineer and a legal scholar who helped shape South Africa's post-apartheid constitution to its faculty.
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Army ROTC option now available to students

July 10th, 2007 — An Army ROTC program has been approved at Valpo, and will complement the University's Air Force ROTC unit.
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Lab shows possibilities of virtual reality

July 5th, 2007 — Valpo's Scientific Visualization Laboratory has been cited as a model for how virtual reality can be used in a variety of courses and research projects at a relatively low cost.
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