The 2017–2018 season at the Brauer Museum of Art kicks off with an opening reception Friday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m., featuring works in a variety of media ranging from abstract to representational.

The fall exhibitions run through Dec. 10 and feature a collection of more than 55 works by legendary Midwest artist Frank V. Dudley, who painted the Indiana Dunes for more than 40 years. One of Dudley’s earliest and most important paintings, included in this exhibition, depicts the Dunes Pageant of 1917, a key event in the history of the preservation of this beloved landscape. The centenary exhibition, curated by Brauer Museum Director Gregg Hertzlieb, will be housed in the Wehling, McGill and West Galleries. A book by Dudley scholar James Dabbert accompanies the exhibition and will be available for purchase during the exhibition.

Valparaiso University’s Institute for Leadership and Service announces its fall 2017 Pathways to Purpose speaker series, featuring speakers and topics focused on professional development.

The speaker series welcomes field experts and service-based leaders who respond to the deepest challenges of our time and help to expand student imagination about pursuing purposeful work. All events will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Helge Center.

Valparaiso University consistently achieves national recognition for excellence by Forbes Magazine. The University has earned recognition by Forbes 2017 rankings as one of the top 75 colleges in the Midwest and appears on Forbes Magazine’s “America’s Top Colleges” list.

The 2017 ranking is the 10th annual Forbes ranking of best colleges and universities. In compiling its Top Colleges list, Forbes favors “output” over “input,” analyzing factors such as alumni salary, graduation rate, and academic success. According to Forbes’ methodology, postgraduate success, student debt, and the student experience are three of the most important variables considered in the compilation of its annual ranking.

Valparaiso University alumni Julie Tiede ’96 Winkler and Jason Winkler ’96 have generously committed $500,000 to fund endowed scholarships for students in the College of Business and College of Engineering. Their gift will be divided between the newly established Julie and Jason Winkler Endowed Scholarship for the College of Business and the existing Duane D. Tiede Engineering Endowed Scholarship, an endowed scholarship they created in 2010 to honor Julie’s father.

“The education that Valparaiso University provided Jason and me served as a critical foundation in our lives and we are pleased to provide financial support for these scholarships,” Julie said. “We both graduated from the College of Business, and the College of Engineering scholarship is one way to recognize my father as a life-long engineer. Through these permanent funds, we hope that our scholarship support will be a catalyst to create more Valpo graduates as leaders in business and engineering.”

The Center for the Sciences: Chemistry and Biochemistry will house classes at Valparaiso University beginning fall 2017, bringing 55,000 square feet of chemistry, biochemistry and biology laboratory space to the University’s 350-acre campus. In addition to innovative research facilities, the building construction prioritized energy efficiency and will be honored by NIPSCO during a presentation Aug. 8, at 4 p.m.

Through NIPSCO’s Business Energy Efficiency Programs, businesses are eligible to receive monetary incentives for making energy-efficient upgrades to their facilities. Valpo participated in the new construction portion of the program for the Center for the Sciences: Chemistry and Biochemistry and will receive a nearly $150,000 energy rebate. In total, the construction project saved 954,533 kilowatt hours and 80,681 therm. Just one therm is the equivalent energy output of burning roughly 100 cubic feet of natural gas. The project included LED lighting and an energy-efficient HVAC system.

Valparaiso University welcomes students, parents, and others to celebrate Indiana Private College Week.

From Monday, July 17, through Friday, July 21, Valpo and 30 other private, nonprofit colleges and universities in Indiana join together in one concentrated week to have visitors walk and experience the campuses through guided tours, informational sessions, and conversation with current students and staff regarding academics and financial aid.

Lowell’s book “Inside the Equal Access to Justice Act: Environmental Litigation and the Crippling Battle over America’s Lands, Endangered Species, and Critical Habitats” has been selected a Grand Prize Winner in over 70 categories from over 2,000 books submitted as well as the Winner in the Science/Nature/Environment category of the 2017 Next Generation INDIE Book Awards. Lowell received his awards on May 31, 2017 during a ceremony at the Harvard Club in New York City. His book has also been chosen as a 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award finalist in the two categories of Ecology/Environment and History, as well as a finalist for the Forest History Society’s Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Book Award.

As a legal and environmental historian and one of America’s preeminent experts on environmental litigation, Lowell chronicles the century-long story of America’s resources management, focusing on litigation, citizen suit provisions, and attorneys’ fees. He provides the first book-length comprehensive examination of the little-known Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) and its role in environmental litigation, focusing on its effect on wildlife and especially endangered species.

Women student-athletes at Valparaiso University will benefit from an endowed scholarship fund established by Carolyn Schlie ’71 Femovich and Bob Femovich. They have committed $600,000 to create the Carolyn Schlie Femovich and Robert M. Femovich Endowed Scholarship Fund.

“Bob and I both participated in intercollegiate athletics and those experiences have had a significant impact on our personal and professional lives,” Carolyn said. “We are blessed to be in a position to establish this endowed scholarship fund and consider it a privilege to help provide financial support for future student-athletes in Valpo women’s sports.”

Former Valparaiso University men’s golfer Matt Ward ’16 has been selected as one of 31 members of the 2017-18 NCAA postgraduate internship class.

The NCAA postgraduate internship program annually provides on-the-job learning experiences at the national office in Indianapolis to college graduates who are passionate in their pursuit of a career in college sports administration. Ward will spend the next 12 months at the NCAA national office working in Division II governance.

Ward was a four-year member of the Crusader men’s golf program, helping the team capture the Horizon League title and earn an NCAA Tournament berth in 2013. He also helped lead the way as Valpo was honored by the Golf Coaches Association of America as the Division I Academic National Champion for the 2015–2016 academic year.

Ward was an active member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) during his time at Valpo, serving as a team representative his first two years before working his way up to vice president and president during his junior and senior year, respectively. As Valpo’s SAAC president, Ward represented the Crusaders on the Horizon League SAAC and Valparaiso’s Council of Intercollegiate Athletics.

In 2015, Ward was selected to represent the Horizon League on the Division I national SAAC. In 2016, he was appointed to the Division I Legislative Committee as the representative for Division I student-athletes while serving his postgraduate year on the national SAAC.

Following his graduation with a bachelor’s degree in sports management in May of 2016, Ward spent the 2016–2017 academic year as an intern at The Summit League office, focusing on compliance and administration.

Valparaiso University alumni Sue Heitmuller ’70 Zimmerman and Larry Zimmerman ’70 have committed $625,000 to fund multiple areas of interest at Valparaiso University. Sue and Larry established endowed funds for student scholarships, Study Abroad, the Institute for Leadership and Service and engineering faculty development. Additional support will be directed to multi-year, annual giving commitments to the Valpo Fund and the College of Engineering Dean’s Fund.

“Larry and I are blessed to be able to support Valpo,” Sue Zimmerman said. “We are both proud graduates, and our support reflects the varied areas of interest we have at the University. It is very gratifying to know that the endowed funds will impact students, faculty and programs in perpetuity.”

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