The Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2016 will be officially inducted in a ceremony on the Valpo campus Saturday, Feb. 13. The 19 class in Hall of Fame history — Steve Bartholomew, Bert Bleke, Liz Mikos and Scott Petcu — will also be honored at halftime of the men’s basketball game versus Wright State Saturday night.
Valparaiso University acquired a $210,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and a $129,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for nuclear physics research.
“This funding provides several Valpo students with extraordinary research opportunities,” said Shirvel Stanislaus, Ph.D., professor of physics and principal investigator for the grants. “These students become fully engaged with leading scientists in challenging, high profile experiments, developing skills critical for entry into graduate school. These are opportunities that most students do not find in predominantly undergraduate schools like ours.”
WHO: Valparaiso University and the Special Olympics of Indiana come together for the 2016 Polar Plunge, an event raising awareness and funds to sponsor the Special Olympics throughout the state. This is the sixth year the University will host the event.
WHAT: The Polar Plunge invites participants who have raised $75 or more to jump into a pool of freezing water. Participants are encouraged to dress up in costumes, and prizes will be given to those who have the best costume, the largest team, and who raised the most money for Special Olympics Indiana. The event is open to the public and free to watch.
The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra to Headline Concert on April 2
Valparaiso University will host the 2016 Jazz Fest March 28 – April 2, featuring diverse workshops and performances including the Benny Green Trio and the legendary Count Basie Orchestra.
A number of the University’s faculty and student ensembles and middle school and high school bands will participate in the festivities. Local middle school and high school bands perform Monday, March 28 at 6 p.m. and Tuesday, March 29 at 6 p.m., with special guest the Valparaiso University Jazz Ensemble, in the Harre Union Ballroom. Both performances are free and open to the public.
WHO: The physics and astronomy department at Valparaiso University continues its series of public astronomy programs for spring 2016.
WHAT: Each evening will include either a telescope viewing on clear nights, carried out with the Valparaiso University computer-controlled telescope, or a constellation program on cloudy nights.
The public is also invited to attend a SARA telescope observing, featuring a remote viewing from Chile or Arizona, and a special public lecture by Timothy Beers of Notre Dame University titled “Galactic Archaeology — The Assembly of the Milky Way based on the First Age of the Galactic Halo.”
WHO: Valpo’s Black Student Organization will host the 16th annual Black History Month Dinner to celebrate the achievements of African-Americans in observance of Black History Month.
WHAT: The theme of this year’s celebration is “Advocating for Liberation” and will feature poets, singers and dancers each performing a piece revolving around this theme.
WHO: Valparaiso University’s Dance Ensemble features faculty and student choreographers and dancers from nearly every college within the University.
The production is directed by Department Chair and Professor of Theatre Ann Kessler.
WHAT: The production contains original pieces with creative and original costume design, lighting and music conceived and choreographed by Valpo students and faculty. This year’s performance features a variety of dance styles ranging from classical ballet and lyrical to theatrical jazz and hip hop.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program has received a significant boost to its recruiting efforts from the generosity of Jan Sievers ’59 Schrage and Paul Schrage ’57. The couple has committed $2 million to establish the Paul D. and Janet C. Schrage Endowed Recruitment Fund for Men’s Basketball. When fully funded, the endowment will provide a permanent source of support for the program’s recruiting activities.
“We are extremely blessed to have Mr. and Mrs. Schrage as supporters and friends of Valpo basketball,” said men’s basketball head coach Bryce Drew. “My family and I have been close to them for many years, and their long-term support of the program has been a key to our success. We are grateful for their continued support with this most recent gift, which will allow us to be competitive at a higher level with our recruiting activities as we strive to maintain a standard of excellence moving forward.”
The Schrages are long-time benefactors to the University and strong supporters of Valpo basketball. They funded the Schrage Basketball Wing addition to the Athletics–Recreation Center, which houses the men’s and women’s basketball offices. They also established the Paul and Janet Schrage Endowment to provide ongoing support for the facility.
TEDxValparaisoUniversity’s inaugural community-inspired event comes to Valparaiso University on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 4–9 p.m. at the Center for the Arts. The locally organized event is themed “The power of &.”
The first TEDxValparaisoUniversity event is a student-driven initiative designed to explore the power of & and its capacity to bring together a diversity of people, cultures and concepts to create real-world change. Presentations will explore how through the power of & we are able to bridge, extend, develop and enhance our community, both locally and globally.
TEDxValparaisoUniversity will feature 10 diverse speakers, including a Valpo student, as well as faculty and community members, each bringing their unique perspective to the theme — the power of &.
WHO: Valparaiso University’s Professional Educators Partnership (PEP) will host the 12th annual Middle School Conference.
The PEP Partnership is a grassroots project that works in collaboration between Valparaiso University’s teacher education faculty and educators in the K-12 community.
WHAT: The Middle School Conference will focus on educating teachers to successfully identify with their students through sponsored workshops featuring experts in the field. The conference will provide specific strategies on how to help children become independent, successful learners. The theme for this year’s Middle School Conference is Keeping Kids Motivated.