National Initiative Aims to Double Number of Students Studying Abroad by 2020

Continuing its commitment to present students with global opportunities, Valparaiso University has joined the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Generation Study Abroad initiative.

Valpo is already a member of the IIE network, and this initiative aligns closely with key University priorities.

“Generation Study Abroad is a wonderful opportunity for Valpo as we seek to increase the number of students who study abroad,” Julie Maddox, director of Study Abroad programs, said. “What’s really interesting about the initiative is that it’s a commitment by all these different universities to come together to make a difference in the lives of students and in education.”

According to a press release from IIE, Generation Study Abroad is a five-year initiative that brings leaders in education, business, and governments together to double the number of United States college students studying abroad. Each university that commits itself to the program must make a pledge to increase the number of their students who study abroad as well as take actions to develop new and expanded activities that will enable more students to study abroad.

Another primary goal of the initiative is to share what is working among higher education institutions such as Valparaiso University. Each university that joins the initiative will have the opportunity to collaborate with peers and share the strategies and practices that have improved Generation Study Abroad on their own campus.

“Our commitment is to increase our total undergraduate and graduate participation from 28 to 50 percent by 2020. We’re already in the top 40 Masters-level universities in the country that send a high percentage of undergraduate students abroad, but there’s more that we can do,” Maddox said.

By joining the initiative, Valpo doesn’t have to do it alone. The IIE will provide participating universities with the following: five to 10 grants per year for study-abroad scholarships to institutions who have made outstanding progress, recognition for members on IIE’s website, annual meetings to share successful strategies, and study-abroad resources and tools for office use as well as for incoming freshmen.

At Valpo, the University will develop a curriculum integration plan that intentionally incorporates long-term study abroad into learning objectives and graduation plans across the disciplines. It also aims to secure financial resources for students to undertake study abroad with sustainable funding.

“Studying abroad often transforms the student on many levels. It offers an intensive learning experience that helps students acquire the strong cross-cultural skills and global awareness needed to lead and serve in a global society,” Maddox said.

To learn more Valparaiso University’s commitment to Study Abroad, contact Julie Maddox at or 219.464.5333.

WHO: Valpo’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences and Office of Information Technology present a panel discussion on “Current Trends in Internet Security.”

Panelists include:

Jim Caristi: Chair, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (Moderator)
Martin Ignatovski: Instructor of Information Technology
Ryan Freeman-Jones: Instructor of Information Technology
Robert Johnson, CIMCOR Inc.

About the Moderator: Jim Caristi, professor of math and computer science at Valparaiso University, presented a highly successful tutorial on Extreme Programming at SIGCSE 2002. He co-authored a paper, “Extreme Programming and the Software Design Course,” presented at XP Universe 2001, and is co-chair of the educator’s symposium for XP Universe 2001 and XP Agile Universe 2002.

WHAT: Recent high profile news items related to internet security problems, and supposedly secure communication pipelines, have heightened awareness of issues related to computer and internet security. Local experts in the area of internet and cyber security are coming together to offer an information session to any campus or community citizen interested in these topics, and will discuss them with a variety of perspectives, from technical to commercial.

Panelists will address questions such as:

  • What was “Heartbleed” all about?
  • What is OpenSSL and why was it vulnerable?
  • What is a zero day threat?
  • Is there a reason for this sudden cluster of severe security problems?
  • In general, what are our best practices we can take as internet citizens to protect ourselves?

WHEN: Wednesday May 7, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Christopher Center Community Room, Valparaiso University

CONTACT: Ken Luther at 219.464.5181

The College of Business at Valparaiso University introduces a new MBA curriculum with eight concentrations and graduate certificates beginning fall 2014.

“Our new MBA program, with the added daytime, one-year accelerated format, meets the market demand for rigorous, flexible and global management education,” said Jim Brodzinski, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business.

The MBA program features a global emphasis including one term with select universities from around the world. Flexible schedules with daytime and evening classes are available, and the program may be completed in one calendar year. Students who take courses during the day will spend four days each week in the classroom and one day in the field, gaining valuable on-the-job experience.

Valparaiso University has named Jennifer A. Ziegler, Ph.D., as dean of the Graduate School and Continuing Education, effective June 30, 2014. Ziegler currently serves on Valpo’s faculty as graduate program director and associate professor of communication.

In her role as dean, Ziegler will report to the provost and be responsible for the strategic leadership, coordination, and guidance of the Graduate School. She will also oversee recruitment, admission, and advising of graduate and continuing education students, working in close cooperation with the registrar and the vice president for Enrollment Management.

“Professor Ziegler is an outstanding selection as dean of the Graduate School and Continuing Education,” said Mark R. Schwehn ’67, Ph.D., provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “Her commitment to Valparaiso University is evident through her active involvement on campus, dedication to students, and leadership as an educator.”

Valparaiso University Theatre Presents “Arcadia,” Opening April 30

WHO: The Valparaiso University theatre department presents the final main stage production of the 2013-2014 season, “Arcadia” by Tom Stoppard.

WHAT: Many believe that Arcadia is Tom Stoppard’s greatest work. Winner of the 1994 Olivier Award and the 1995 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, it has been described by the New York Times as “a play of intellect, language, and emotion,” by Time Out as “full of complex ideas and pleasures one expects from a master of dramatic composition,” and by the Daily Express as “a dazzling exposition of epigrammatic wit.”

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and non-Valpo students. Admission is free for Valpo students, faculty and staff.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 30 through Friday, May 2, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Studio Theatre, Center for the Arts, Valparaiso University

CONTACT: Call the Box Office at 219.464.5162 or visit the Center for the Arts website for tickets.

Performance Held May 3 in Chapel of the Resurrection

 Valparaiso University presents the 16th annual Sousa Tribute Concert, in honor of the legendary composer John Philip Sousa, in the Chapel of the Resurrection on Saturday, May 3, at 1 p.m.

The concert features guest narrator John Philip Sousa IV, great-grandson and last living namesake of Sousa, who will provide historical commentary during the performance.

“We have focused on John Philip Sousa each year because he was an exemplary musician and educator and because of his ties to Valparaiso,” said Jeffrey Doebler ’87 M.M., conductor and professor of music. “He was a pioneer in musical performance, composition and music education.”

Generous Alumna Pledges to Add $50 to First 600 Gifts

Valparaiso University is celebrating its first-ever day of giving, encouraging alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends to contribute to the University. The day’s theme is “Proud to be Valpo.”

Inspired by a challenge from alumna Barbara Schwarz ’76, “Proud to be Valpo” is an ambitious, University-wide, one-day effort to engage the entire University community across the country and around the world. The event aims to increase alumni participation and raise awareness about Valpo. Schwarz’s challenge gift will add a match of $50 for each of the first 600 donors making a gift of any size for a total of $30,000.

Those who give to Valpo during the day of giving may direct their gifts to the fund of their choice, allowing the event to benefit a variety of initiatives from scholarships and innovative classroom experiences to athletics programs and essential strategic priorities.

On campus, students, faculty and staff are observing “Proud to be Valpo” day by wearing their Valpo gear and posting to social media with the hashtag #valpoday. Throughout the day, the University will share photos and videos from around campus of community members showing their Valpo pride.

Those who want to participate have several options:

  • Visit
  • Call 219.464.6188

More information about the “Proud to be Valpo” day of giving is available at

Valpo Selected as Winner in 35th Annual Telly Awards

The Office of Integrated Marketing and Communications at Valparaiso University is a Silver (the highest honor) and Bronze winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards for their advertisement titled “Where Passion Meets Purpose.” There were nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries.

The Valparaiso University commercial aired in the Chicagoland area through regional cable, broadcast, and online platforms. The video features students following their passion as they move from classroom to service activities. Valpo holds service learning in high regard, and this commercial displayed the passion that students have for helping others.

Valpo collaborated with Cultivate Studios to produce the commercial, which won a silver award in local cable for not-for-profit, a bronze award in local cable for universities, and a bronze award in local cable for branding campaigns. A 30-second commercial and an extended spot were produced for distribution.

“Valparaiso University is a unique community of learning where students are free to explore what it means to lead and serve throughout their lives. The ‘Passion Meets Purpose’ campaign showcases the generous nature and ambitious drive of Valpo students who strive to improve the lives of others both near and far,” said Scott Hendrickson ’02, assistant vice president of integrated marketing and communications. “We’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback from students and alumni, and we are honored by this recognition.”

Valparaiso University Law School’s Law Review will host its annual Symposium on Friday, April 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 656 S. Greenwich St. Valparaiso, Indiana 46383. The subject of the Symposium, “Money in Politics: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” is the limitation imposed by the First Amendment on legislation that attempts to regulate campaign contributions and expenditures, as demonstrated by the Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC earlier this week.

“As the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly expressed, the right to participate in electing our political leaders is one of the most significant rights we have,” said third-year law student Patricia Spiccia. “Accordingly, the law review believes it is import to understand the relationship between the ability to provide campaign donations, whether limited or unlimited, and the potential influence on the democratic process. This has been explored in two different contexts, which the symposium will cover. Most recently, in the McCutcheon v. FEC case that was decided April 2, 2014, the Supreme Court struck down aggregate contribution limits, which was advocated by RNC attorney and symposium participant James Bopp Jr. Concerns about money in politics have also been raised with regard to the IRS treatment of political contributions. The Valparaiso Law Review is thrilled to explore these issues in more depth.”

Jesse Fosheim and Marshall Miller are both recipients of the North-American Interfraternity Council (NIC) Undergraduate Award of Distinction. This is the first time in the award’s history that two recipients are from the same university. Carrie Whittier, assistant dean of students for Greek life, leadership, and volunteer programs, nominated both students for the honor.

Fosheim, a senior from Green Bay, Wis., has served as president of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and Valpo’s Interfraternity Council. He has been involved in a number of projects with the engineering department, including undergraduate research in the James S. Markiewicz Solar Energy Research Facility. Miller, a senior from Lenexa, Kan. has been president of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, serves on his fraternity’s national board, and is involved with club tennis.

Both recipients, along with Carrie Whittier, will attend the NIC Conference on April 6 in Atlanta to receive their awards.

For more information about the NIC or the sorority and fraternity community on Valparaiso University’s campus contact Carrie Whittier at

« Previous PageNext Page »