Prepare Students to Lead & Serve

VALPO’S PROGRAMS OF STRATEGIC SIGNIFICANCE WILL TAKE THEIR PLACE AMONG THE VERY FINEST IN THE WORLD.

Gifted and passionate faculty, combined with outstanding students and exceptional facilities, are key components in establishing programs with well-deserved national and international reputations of excellence. Throughout the years, many Valpo programs have achieved distinction, noted for their historic strength, their strategic significance, and the new ground they break. Forever Valpo will provide resources to build on this success by both supporting and establishing programs that will take their place among the very finest in the world.

Goal: $20,000,000

Valpo’s Programs of Strategic Significance

INSTITUTE FOR LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE

The Institute works across the University community to help students integrate their academic study, service experience, and career goals into a deeper sense of calling and purpose. Through the Calling and Purpose in Society (CAPS) Fellows Program, Pathways to Purpose Speakers Series, and Center for Civic Reflection, students are engaged in discussion, experiential learning, and leadership development opportunities. The CAPS Fellows serve summer internships with regional and national service organizations in Northwest Indiana, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and other metro areas.

EXPERIENTIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Valpo students gain knowledge and spiritual growth from a wide range of experiences, both inside and outside the classroom. Internships, research opportunities, clinical experiences, Study Abroad, and service-learning trips all provide students with valuable hands-on experience in real-world situations. Endowed funding will support experiential opportunities for students to sharpen their entrepreneurial, health care, legal, and leadership skills and prepare them with a deeper understanding of the world in which they will lead and serve.

UNIVERSITY WRITING PROGRAM

A Valpo education prepares students for success in a global environment. Critical to this success is their ability to communicate effectively in relevant media and across cultures with strong writing skills, regardless of major. New funding will provide resources for the continued design, development, and implementation of a coherent and comprehensive writing program for all undergraduate and Law School students, as well as expanded faculty development programming in writing instruction.

CORE, CHRIST COLLEGE, AND CAPSTONE EXPERIENCES

From the day they step on campus through their final course, Valpo students are presented with a learning environment that is focused on their intellectual, spiritual, and creative formation.

Endowed funding will enrich Valpo’s interdisciplinary experiences to prepare undergraduate students for their intellectual, spiritual, and creative formation well beyond graduation.

KAITLYN SPAUDIE ’15 knows the exact moment she realized her Valpo education had prepared her for a life of leadership and service. Named as one of the inaugural CAPS Fellows by the Institute for Leadership and Service, Kaitlyn served her internship with the National Lutheran Communities and Services and their senior-living facility, The Village at Rockville.

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“So powerful it is stunning” was how one student described his experience with the Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team. Armed with computers, CB radios, and equipment to track surface conditions, the team has been chasing serious weather since the late 1990s.

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