The College of Business at Valparaiso University has developed a new major in business analytics, joining an emerging trend in higher education seeking to address a growing marketplace need. The program will build on the College’s history of developing ethical professionals who are leaders in their fields.

“There is a shortage of employees who have the knowledge and skills to take advantage of ‘big data’,” said James Brodzinski, dean of the College of Business. “Business schools — including Valparaiso University’s College of Business — have a responsibility to educate data-savvy managers who have the conceptual knowledge and quantitative skills to be able to frame and interpret analyses in an effective manner.”

A report from the McKinsey Global Institute states that by 2018 there will be a shortage of up to 190,000 analytical professionals, in addition to a deficit of 1.5 million data-savvy managers with effective decision-making skills — in the United States alone. With 90 percent of the world’s data created in the past two years, according to IBM, companies are looking for employees who can harness this data, analyze it, and provide executives with the information needed to excel.

Students in Valpo’s business analytics program will be equipped to meet this need through a rigorous curriculum that focuses on spreadsheet modeling, database management, statistics for decision making, visual effects, and data mining.

The Valparaiso University College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, placing it among the top 5 percent of business schools internationally. The College’s new business analytics program is part of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, which also offers majors in accounting, finance, international business, management, and marketing.

WHO: Valparaiso University alumnus and award-winning novelist and essayist Fredrick Barton ’70 will speak as part of Valpo’s Christ College Symposium series.

Fredrick Barton is an award-winning fiction writer and critic. He holds a B.A. and Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Valparaiso University and did graduate work under a Danforth Fellowship, earning degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles and the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. He is the author of seven books, including the volume of essays “Rowing to Sweden” and the novels “The El Cholo Feeling Passes,” “Courting Pandemonium,” “Black and White on the Rocks,” and “A House Divided,” which won the William Faulkner Prize. Other awards include the Award of Excellence from the Association of Religious Journals for his feature essay “Breaches of Faith” about recovery efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. His fifth novel, “In the Wake of the Flagship,” will be published in 2014.

WHAT: In a lecture titled “A Writer and His Work,” Barton will read excerpts from two of his novels and discuss his life and work as a writer. There is no cost to attend.

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Mueller Hall Refectory, Valparaiso University

WHAT: Valparaiso University’s annual Chinese New Year Celebration, featuring a meal, performances, music, and dance. Dinner includes spicy beef, Gongbao chicken, fried rice, vegetable delights, and more. The event is co-sponsored by the Valparaiso University Chinese Student Association, the Confucius Institute at Valparaiso University, and the Chinese and Japanese Studies Program.

Ticket prices are $5 for Valpo students, faculty, and staff and $10 for the general public. Call 219.464.5007 or visit the Union Box Office website for tickets.

WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 2, at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Harre Union Ballrooms, Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University will host the 61st annual Northwestern Indiana Science and Engineering Fair Feb. 22, bringing together students from schools in Porter, LaPorte, Starke, Jasper, Newton, and Pulaski counties. The event highlights the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through exciting events for middle school and high school students.

Volunteers are sought from the community to judge the competition in various categories. Professional expertise and experience qualifies community members to be judges.

The illustrious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program has honored five undergraduate students at Valparaiso University with awards to study abroad in spring 2014. Since 2009, 13 Valpo students have received this award.

“It’s a remarkable achievement for our students to be nationally recognized by the Benjamin A. Gilman International Program, which invested significant funding toward their education abroad,” said Julie Maddox, director of Study Abroad programs. “Five recipients is a high number in one application cycle and says a lot about the drive and ambition of our students.

“I’m thrilled for them, because I know this funding helps make possible a life-changing experience for their personal development, their academic pursuits, and their future careers.”

The five 2014 Gilman Scholarship recipients are Jon Bicanic, Tyler Clark, Alexander Grask, Carly Tolle, and Daniella Tripodis.

Week of Events Begins Thursday, Jan. 16

For more than 20 years, Valparaiso University has celebrated the life and teachings of Martin Luther King Jr., and this tradition continues with a weeklong celebration Jan. 16-23.

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Valpo will honor “The Beloved Community” through speakers, presenters, and activities that promote the respect and value of racial diversity on campus, as well as within the broader community, through dialogue and discourse, art and music, and food and faith.

WHO: Valparaiso University’s student-run Science Olympiad team welcomes Michelle Ham, director of the International Space School Education Trust and former NASA astronaut instructor and flight controller.

Ham spent 10 years working at NASA for a contractor primarily in International Space Station (ISS) Flight Control as an operations planner and astronaut instructor. During this time, Ham trained nearly every astronaut in the corps for their expeditionary flight to ISS or their space shuttle flight to ISS. She was also responsible for the majority of technical and basic instructional training for flight controllers and instructors internationally, and she was a core team member and operations planner for the unique NASA Extreme Environment Missions Operations project.

In 2010, Ham became an independent consultant and has since done extensive work with the International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET) to inspire students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields through the use of space. Ham has been instrumental in the creation of Mission Discovery and various leadership programs offered by ISSET.

WHAT: Ham will present at Valparaiso University’s second annual Science Olympiad, an academic competition that consists of 23 STEM-related events in which teams of middle or high school students participate.

Ham’s presentation will focus on her work with NASA and the Mission Discovery camp, which comes to Valpo July 21-25. At the camp, students in high school and college have the opportunity to work with astronauts, rocket scientists, and NASA leaders as they compete to have an experiment launched and conducted on the International Space Station.

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2:05 p.m.

WHERE: Neils Science Center Room 234, Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University and head men’s basketball coach Bryce Drew, a 1998 Valpo graduate, have reached an agreement on a new, 10-year contract.

Valparaiso University Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Bryce Drew will continue with the Crusaders, where he started his career as both a player and a coach.

“We are thrilled to have a coach of such high caliber for our men’s basketball team,” said Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D., president. “Bryce Drew demonstrates extraordinary leadership, integrity and character, and I am confident he will continue to develop Valpo student-athletes who exhibit these same characteristics.”

Drew was named head coach in May 2011 and guided the Crusaders to consecutive Horizon League regular season titles in his first two seasons. As a rookie head coach, Drew was named the Horizon League Coach of the Year, and his second season culminated with the program’s first Horizon League Championship crown and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Valparaiso University sophomore Jonathan Cisneros is the 2013 recipient of a “Realizing the Dream” scholarship from the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI).

Funded by the Lilly Endowment since 1989, this annual award honors sophomore, first-generation college students for outstanding academic achievement in the freshman year. The scholarship provides $2,000 toward the tuition and expenses of one student at each of the 31 member institutions of ICI, a non-profit association that works for excellence and choice in higher education for all students.

“It was definitely an honor for me,” said Cisneros. “I know there’s a campus full of students who deserved it as much as I did.”

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