Our Lutheran Heritage

1962
President Kretzmann started on the Inner City Peace Corps program. This program led to the development of the Prince of Peace Volunteer Program under the Board for Young People's Work in the Missouri Synod in 1965. This Program also gave impetus to the development of the Urban Studies Program in Chicago.

1963
Professor Richard W Schlemann was appointed University Preacher. Department of Religion was renamed to the Department of Theology

1964
The Rev. William Buege begins service as Dean of the Chapel.

1966
Christ College becomes the fifth college within the University. President Kretzmann's vision was that Christ College would " establish the relevance of Lutheran theology to the liberal arts in every area." Four key words: guided this unique honors college: honors, experimentation, integration, and involvement. President Kretzmann appointed Professor Richard P. Baepler, chairman of the Department of Theology, as Dean of Christ College.

1968
The Rev. Dr. Norman E Nagel became Dean of the Chapel. The College of Nursing opened in the fall of 1968, with an enrollment of fifty-five freshmen, achieving full accreditation with National League of Nursing in 1974.

1969
Dr. Albert G. Huegli was inaugurated as the fourth Lutheran president on September 10, 1969. The chapel was renamed the "Chapel of the Resurrection" on October 5, 1969.

1978
Dr. Robert V. Schnabel becomes the fifth Valparaiso University President.

1983
The first Light In Thy Light Lutheran youth retreat is held on campus.

1984
The first Lutheran High School Teachers of Religion Symposium is held on campus.

1985
The first Institute on Law and the Pastoral Ministry is held on campus.

1988
Rev. Alan Harre becomes the sixth Lutheran president.

1995
Valparaiso University receives a 4.5 million dollar gift from Oliver and Emma Allen to establish a scholarship program for church work students. Thirty-three "Allen Scholars" are currently on campus.

The Valparaiso University Center for the Arts (VUCA) is dedicated and the music, art and theater programs expand dramatically.

2000
Seventy-fifth anniversary of Valpo's Lutheran founding celebrated with many varied events including a Founders Weekend and an Ethics Conference.

2001
University Guild prints the first University prayer book, "Our Hope for Years to Come".

"Flame of Faith, Lamp of Learning: A History of Valparaiso University" by Dr. Richard Baepler is published.