Opening Reception is Sept. 5

Valparaiso University’s Brauer Museum of Art continues to grow its permanent collection with major acquisitions from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. These, along with prints, sculptures, paintings and other works from artists from around the world comprise an exciting 2014-2015 season, which kicks off with an opening reception Sept 5.

The fall exhibitions run through Dec. 14, with selections from the permanent collection on display in the Sloan Gallery. In the Wehling and McGill Galleries, “Orange Meditations: Recent Sculpture by Herbert George” features technically exquisite and formally inventive stone sculptures that reflect the artist’s ongoing interest in themes of justice and humanity.

Andrew Nunemaker ’91, an influential entrepreneur and philanthropist who serves on Valpo’s Board of Directors, has assembled a remarkable collection that demonstrates his interest in both the diverse approaches of the contemporary scene and the Modern masters. The West Gallery features selections from this impressive collection.

In the Ferguson Gallery, “From 2/11 to Today: Recent Work by Ted Halkin” showcases new paintings and works on paper by legendary Chicago artist Ted Halkin that explore gesture and surface.

The final fall exhibition, “Uniforms, Outfits, and Accessories: Photographs by Joel DeGrand,” highlights the Northwest Indiana photographer’s insights and masterful handling of his medium in the Education Room and Gallery 1212.

Valparaiso University expects to welcome nearly 1,000 new undergraduate students when classes begin Tuesday for the fall 2014 semester. Valpo anticipates total enrollment will be nearly 4,525 — the largest in 34 years.

“It’s an exciting time of positive momentum at Valpo, and we continue to recruit, enroll and retain remarkable students of outstanding character,” said Michael Joseph, vice president of Enrollment Management.

Valpo anticipates total enrollment growth across disciplines, despite national trends in higher education. The University expects to enroll 500 new students in the College of Arts and Sciences, 125 new students in the College of Business, 125 new students in the College of Engineering, and 215 new students in the College of Nursing and Health Professions.

The academic year begins Tuesday, Aug. 26, with the 86th annual Opening Convocation. During the service, all new students will be invited to sign the student-initiated Honor Code that has guided academic integrity for more than seven decades: I have neither given or received, nor have I tolerated others’ use of unauthorized aid. The pledge signifies the students’ commitment to hold themselves and others to the highest standard.

Valpo’s class of 2018 continues the University’s record of attracting high-quality students. The incoming freshman had an average high school GPA of 3.6, and they averaged 1660 on the SAT and 26 on the ACT — both well above national averages.

In addition to enrollment growth, campus infrastructure and academic programs continue to expand. Beacon Hall, a suite-style residence hall, is now open for sophomore students, featuring 16 community lounges. The College of Business added a bachelor’s degree in business analytics, and the College of Nursing and Health Professions expanded to include additional health science degree options.

Valpo also expects record enrollment for the Graduate School, with 260 new graduate students, representing 36 different countries. The Law School expects to welcome 174 new students.

Washington Monthly has named Valparaiso University the No. 3 master’s university in the country in this prestigious ranking. According to the magazine’s system, colleges are ranked by their contribution to the country, and it recognizes institutions that provide an outstanding education while maintaining affordability.

Criteria include cutting-edge research and scholarship, recruiting and graduating low-income students and commitment to service. The rankings include community service hours relative to school size, and at Valpo students annually perform more than 90,000 hours of community service. The ranking is also based upon the number of alumni who serve in the Peace Corps and ROTC.

Valpo students and alumni are highly regarded for deep commitment to making the world a better place, and the University is regularly recognized for service-learning experiences worldwide. Valpo’s Engineers Without Borders has traveled to Tanzania and Kenya to help the communities abroad. And, Valpo’s nursing students regularly travel to India, Thailand, Costa Rica and Nicaragua on service-learning trips.

Affordability is also a key component of the Washington Monthly ranking. The magazine also considers the number of Pell Grant recipients, graduation rates and financial assistance. Valpo annually awards more than $80 million in financial assistance to all students.

Valpo moved up one spot to No. 3 from last year’s ranking.

Christ College – The Honors College at Valparaiso University announces the Symposium Speakers Series for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Symposium features internationally distinguished guest speakers addressing their distinct perspective surrounding this year’s theme, “What is Beauty?”

Convening monthly in a lecture-style gathering, the Symposium begins in September and concludes in March.

Fall speakers include:

  • Augusta Read Thomas: “The A.R.T. of Composing,” Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m., Duesenberg Recital Hall, Center for the Arts. As a recent composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Thomas wrote a wide variety of musical compositions, including choral and chamber music, orchestral works, ballet and concertos. A fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Roger Scruton: “What is Beauty and Why Does it Matter?” Oct. 1, 2014, 6:30 p.m., University Theatre, Center for the Arts. A philosopher and author of more than 40 books, including works of criticism, political theory and aesthetics, Scruton’s work is well known on both sides of the Atlantic. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a fellow of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the British Academy.
  • Mary Szybist: “Readings from Incarnadine,” Nov. 6, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Chapel of the Resurrection. American poet Szybist’s collection, which explores the intersection of religion and identity using the provocative iconography and tropes of Christianity, won the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry.
  • Gary Taylor: “Beauty and Truth and Shakespeare,” Feb. 4, 2015, 6:30 p.m., University Theatre, Center for the Arts. A Shakespeare scholar, Taylor is author or editor of more than 20 books.
  • Father Maximos Constas: “Beauty and Spiritual Vision in Orthodox Iconography,” March 19, 2015, 6:30 p.m., Duesenberg Recital Hall, Center for the Arts. Constas is monk at Simonopetra Monastery in Greece and a Senior Research Scholar at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Mass.

Christ College Symposium Speaker Series events are free and open to the public.

Valparaiso University will offer “Kinder lernen Deutsch”, a German language and culture program sponsored by the Kade-Duesenberg German House and Cultural Center, to elementary school students during the academic year.

Children will learn German through fun activities, songs, and games taught by Valpo undergraduate students and supervised by Professor Sarah DeMaris. Two classes will be available; one for beginners in first grade and one for children who participated in a previous year.

The class meets Mondays from 4-5 p.m. beginning Sept. 15, 2014, and continues through April 27, 2015. The program cost of $75 is due on the first day of class. Registration will remain open until classes are full.

Contact Sarah DeMaris at or 219.464.5344 to register.

Inaugural sessions explore “What is the Good Life?” through classic literature

The Masterworks Program at Christ College, sponsored by Valparaiso University’s interdisciplinary honors college as well as the Graduate School, offers exciting continuing education opportunities for members of the larger Valparaiso community.

An opportunity to discover and re-visit classic texts, The Masterworks Program offers an intellectual, discussion-based atmosphere rooted in the Christ College tradition of intimate, dynamic seminars.

Valparaiso University has achieved recognition by Forbes 2014 rankings as one of the top 100 colleges in the Midwest and regularly appears in Forbes Magazine’s “America’s Top Colleges” list.

Forbes rankings are calculated by the Center for College Affordability & Productivity and are highlighted in the August 2014 issue of Forbes Magazine. According to Forbes, postgraduate success is the most important measure of its annual ranking. Schools that demonstrate excellent return on investment rank high on the list, and at Valparaiso University graduate placement has exceeded 90 percent for 21 consecutive years.

Valparaiso University’s outstanding graduate placement rate is possible with quality academics that are accessible to students at a reasonable cost. In total, Valpo annually awards more than $80 million to undergraduate students, with 94 percent of undergraduate students receiving financial assistance through scholarships, awards, loans and other sources.

Valparaiso University has also been recognized as ranking second among Midwestern regional universities in 2013, consistently appearing near the top of the U.S. News Best Value list.

Valparaiso University alumnus Jonathan Rudy ’10 achieved the highest honor at the 2014 Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance on June 23 in Boston.

As First Prize winner of one of the nation’s most prestigious organ competitions, Rudy has the opportunity to gain career development assistance through Karen McFarlane Artists Inc., the premier management for concert organists in the United States. He is also the recipient of the $3,000 Lilian Murtagh Memorial Prize, funded by Karen McFarlane Artists Inc.

“I am very pleased and proud of Jonathan,” said Lorraine Brugh, Ph.D., associate professor of music and director of Chapel music. “It is an accomplishment few achieve, and I see this as a real turning point of his career. He is intelligent, and he possesses a very natural sense of musicianship.”

While both rewarding and unforgettable, Rudy admits this was one of his most challenging competitions.

“This competition was incredible, stressful, and the longest that I’ve ever participated in,” Rudy said. “There were several rounds, and it’s been quite a journey. I never had to learn music so quickly.”

Rudy gives credit to his time spent studying music at Valpo with professors Lorraine Brugh and Karel Paukert. In addition to majoring in music and playing the organ during his years at Valpo, he was both an Allen Scholar and Christ College Scholar.

“Having experienced a wonderful organ and music program at Valpo helped me to really appreciate my education,” Rudy said. “I value Valpo’s focus on liberal arts programs and have always appreciated how Valpo helped me become so well-rounded.”

Rudy is currently an organist at Central Presbyterian Church in Terre Haute and a teaching assistant at Indiana University in Bloomington. He is also working toward his doctorate degree in organ and sacred music at the Jacobs School of Music.

In celebration of private institutions for higher education, Valparaiso University is once again participating in Indiana Private College Week, sponsored by Independent Colleges of Indiana.

From Monday, July 21, through Friday, July 25, Valparaiso University and 30 other private, non-profit colleges and universities will share the college selection process with students, parents and any others interested. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore each college through campus tours, converse with current students and staff, and learn the straight story on academics and financial aid.

Those visiting will be able to enter a drawing to win a Microsoft Surface or iPad mini. Entry forms and rules will be available on campus.

Visit for more information about visiting Valpo’s campus.


For computer and electrical engineering department chair and professor, Jeff Will, Ph.D., his dedication to being a mentor and teacher is now being acknowledged on a national level through a 2014 ASEE National Outstanding Teaching Medal.

The American Society of Engineering Education receives countless nominations each year for their regional and national awards, but only three national awards are presented. The National Outstanding Teaching Medal is chosen based upon knowledge of the subject area, accessibility, effectiveness in curriculum development, mentorship of students and other faculty members, as well as many other factors. Nominees must also teach a minimum of two semester classroom or laboratory courses per year and have a published original work that either enhances the education process or benefits literature in the engineering field.

“I was certainly pleased, certainly grateful and honored to receive the award,” said Will, “I couldn’t thrive as a teacher without the supportive colleagues that I have around me and the environment which values education.”

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