WHO: Valparaiso University presents the annual Advent­–Christmas Vespers service, featuring the Kantorei Choir and the Handbell Choir of the Chapel of the Resurrection.

WHAT: A traditional evening of scriptural readings and inspiring music. This year’s Vespers will feature a newly commissioned choral work, “Our Garden of Life” and a newly commissioned work for handbells, “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Cynthia Dobrinski.

For the 7 p.m. service, the choirs will be joined by the Jubilate Children’s Choir of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Valparaiso, Ind. A reception will be held in the Harre Union Ballroom, adjacent to the Chapel, between services. All are welcome.

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

WHERE: Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso University

CONTACT: There is no charge to attend the service, but advanced-seating tickets are required. Please contact the Chapel of the Resurrection at 219.464.5093 to reserve your seat.

Valparaiso University’s Christmas Concert returns the first weekend in December with two performances in the Chapel of the Resurrection.

Continuing a more than 90-year tradition, the Valparaiso University Christmas Concert: A Carol Festival features more than 200 student performers in the Chorale, men’s and women’s choirs, Chamber Concert Band, and Symphony Orchestra.

This year’s program includes a selection from George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah;” John Gardner’s “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing;” Felix Mendelssohn’s “There Shall Be a Star from Jacob;” settings by Rutter, Barber, and Kodaly; and traditional favorites such as “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Silent Night.”

The concert opens the Christmas season for the University, community, alumni and friends from throughout the Midwest. Performances are in the Chapel Friday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and non-Valpo students, and free for Valpo students, faculty, and staff. Contact the University Box Office at 219.464.5162 for tickets and additional information.

Valparaiso University announces that the Rev. John Arthur Nunes, Ph.D., who serves as the Jochum Professor and Chair, will step down at the end of the 2015–2016 academic year to become the ninth president of Concordia College—New York in Bronxville, N.Y.

“In many ways, Valparaiso University is the quintessential institution of higher education in the Lutheran world. My relatively short but high quality experience here has really prepared me for this next opportunity in my calling to serve,” Nunes said. “I am energized and enthusiastic to teach what will be my final courses at Valpo in the spring, an English course and an independent study in non-profit, philanthropic leadership.”

The Emil and Elfriede Jochum Chair, a University professorship established through a gift from Emil Jochum, supports the study of Christian values in public and professional life.

WHAT: Valparaiso University’s Institute for Leadership and Service presents the Pathways to Purpose Speaker Series, which invites students to hear from alumni and other exemplary practitioners of leadership and service to help expand student imagination about pursuing purposeful work and a meaningful life in response to the deepest challenges of our time.

This lecture will explore the “complex system model” and how students and community members alike can best prepare themselves to be future problem-solvers by learning how think across sectors, disciplines and generations.

The event is free and open to the public.

WHO: Rebecca Riccio will discuss “Untangling the Web of Social Change.” Riccio is founding director of The Social Impact Lab at Northeastern University, an innovation hub that bridges sectors, disciplines and generations to facilitate knowledge building in the social impact arena. The Social Impact Lab houses several programs that Riccio built on a foundation of 20 years’ experience working and teaching at the forefront of the social change arena, including Northeastern Students4Giving (NS4G), an experiential philanthropy education program, and Giving With Purpose, the world’s first massive open online course (MOOC), on effective charitable giving and informed civic engagement.

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Helge Center (adjacent to the Chapel of the Resurrection), Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University is a 2016 Military Friendly® School, as announced by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting military and civilian worlds.

Now in its seventh year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to top colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that employ best practices to embrace military students and dedicate resources ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology plays a significant role in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

WHAT: Valparaiso University’s sixth annual Tree Lighting offers an opportunity for community members to take a picture with Santa or with friends in the photo booth, enjoy caroling and refreshments and watch as the tree is lit and fireworks burst over campus.

The Jingle Jog, a 1-, 2- or 3-mile run/walk, will be held before the tree lighting. Participants are asked to bring a toy or non-perishable food item as their registration fee, and all donations will go to local families.

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 3, 4:30–7 p.m. The Jingle Jog begins at 5 p.m. and the tree will be lit at 6 p.m.

WHAT: Valparaiso University presents the Computing and Humanity Speaker Series, which invites women working at the forefront of both computing research and industry to share their work and reflect on its impact to society.

This lecture intends to explore what it means to be a maker in a world where the time between having an idea and having that idea become reality continually decreases.

WHO: Laura Puckett ’02 will discuss “The Vocation of Making.” Puckett is a leader in business analysis and product management who develops cutting-edge enterprise mobile applications with Lextech. She will explore how far we have come — and how much is possible — within the intersection of technology and life.

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Neils Science Center room 234, Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University has announced Susan Scroggins has been promoted to the role of Vice President for Finance and Administration today.

Scroggins, who had worked as Valpo’s Vice President for Administration, also will serve as the University’s treasurer and chief financial officer while continuing to lecture on occasion in graduate-level classes in Finance and Financial Management.

“I look forward to continuing my work with the talented students, faculty and staff at this wonderful institution,” Scroggins said. “Valpo has remained diligent and innovative to maintain its financial well-being, and I’m committed to working with a talented team to build upon a great foundation.”

Scroggins joined the staff in 1996 as an assistant controller and gradually rose through the ranks of the University’s financial leadership team. Prior to her promotion, Scroggins oversaw Valpo’s Human Resources, Procurement, University Police, Emergency Management and Facilities Management Services departments. She also played key roles in the development of the University’s financial analysis and reporting group, tax-exempt bond issuance and compliance, and Title IX administration.

“Susan has been a valuable member of the staff for more two decades and I’m pleased she’s taking a larger role on our leadership team,” said Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D., president of Valparaiso University. “I’m certain Valpo’s financial health will remain strong under her stewardship.”

Valparaiso University Professor Amanda Zelechoski has received the 2016-2017 Philip and Miriam Kapfer Endowed Research Award to continue work on three related projects. Philip and Miriam Kapfer are parents to alumni Paul Kapfer ’89, J.D., and Dr. Stephanie Kapfer ’91.

The bi-annual award is funded by an endowment created by the Kapfer family and provides one semester of full-time leave with pay or two consecutive semesters with a half-time schedule, plus a $4,000 stipend.

Zelechoski, an assistant professor of psychology, plans to complete a book “Activities for Teaching Psychology and Law Courses: A Guide for Instructors,” which offers experiential learning techniques.

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