The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Valparaiso University has renewed accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) ( The accreditation is effective for 10 years, extending to Dec. 31, 2025.

“CCNE accreditation ensures Valpo’s College of Nursing and Health Professions maintains its quality and effectiveness through continued self-evaluation,” said Janet M. Brown, Ph.D., RN, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions. “It allows the College to continue to best serve the needs of the community while adhering to a strict set of standards and values.”

WHO: The Valparaiso University art department presents American painter Jeanette Pasin Sloan.

Sloan is internationally recognized for her photo-realistic depictions of reflective objects set against patterned backgrounds. Carefully set in closely cropped manipulations, the still life subject matter of her work is infused with intense, highly abstract tendencies. Her work is celebrated world-wide for its vividness, painstaking detail, and uniqueness.

While currently a resident of Sante Fe, Sloan is a Chicago native who earned her MFA from the University of Chicago. Her work is housed in numerous prestigious museums across the U.S., including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian Institution, and Valpo’s very own Brauer Museum of Art. Valpo’s recent acquisition of Sloan’s complete archive of work will be a valuable resource for Valpo students and the entire Valpo community for generations.

The Bach Institute presents Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St. John Passion,” performed by the Valparaiso University Chorale and Bach Choir, with a special guest appearance by the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra. Performances kick off Feb. 20, on Valpo’s campus, followed by appearances in Chicago, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

“We are delighted to have the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra perform with us in the Chapel of the Resurrection and throughout the Midwest as an extension of this wonderful musical relationship,” said Jeff Hazewinkel, director of the Center for the Arts.

Performances include (all times are local):

  • Feb. 20, 5 p.m., Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso, Ind.
  • Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Chicago.
  • Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., Basilica of Saint Adalbert, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Feb. 28, 4 p.m., Luther Memorial Church, Madison, Wis.
  • March 1, 7:30 p.m., Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis.
  • March 3, 7:30 p.m., St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Chicago.

Valparaiso University secured a $70,000 grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund.

Valpo obtained one of only 45 estimated annual awards for undergraduate institutions. This funding, awarded over a 3-year span, will be used to further the goals of the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund — to support fundamental research in the petroleum field and to develop the next generation of engineers and scientists through support of advanced scientific education. Specifically, it is required that 40 percent of the grant goes toward the support of research students.

“This grant is a valuable opportunity for students to immerse themselves in research critical to the development of novel materials that are important for basic science and for applications,” said Mark L. Biermann, Ph.D., provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “In collaboration with faculty, these students will make meaningful contributions and gain valuable experience that will provide unique preparation for graduate school and their careers.”

Jennifer Holt, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, is the principal investigator for the grant. “The chemistry department believes undergraduate research is key to developing students’ skills so that they can go on to graduate school or industrial positions in chemistry,” Holt said, “and this funding will provide that opportunity for several of our students.”

Valparaiso University’s Institute for Leadership and service announces its Spring 2015 Pathways to Purpose speaker series featuring speakers and topics focusing on professional development.

The speaker series primarily features field experts and service-based leaders. Each event will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Helge Center unless otherwise noted.

Valparaiso University acquired a $200,000 grant from the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission of the Indiana State Department of Health.

With this funding, Valparaiso University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions will continue their prominent role in implementing the objective of the Tobacco Education and Prevention Coalition for Porter County (TEPCPC) — building and maintaining strong community partnerships, promoting smoke free air, assisting smokers in quitting, and preventing youth and young adult initiation.

“This grant is a true reflection of the focus Valparaiso University students have on working to improve the health of the community,” said Mark L. Biermann, Ph.D., provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “With this funding, students are empowered to advance their pursuit of a healthy, tobacco free community.”

Schedule of events begins Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016

Valparaiso University continues its tradition of honoring the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. with its 26th annual celebration. This year’s celebration will span two weeks, Jan. 9–22.

The 2016 event’s theme is “Facing the Challenge of Change.” Through lectures, interactive discussions and presentations, displays and activities, focus will be on answering the question “Where do we go from here?” with emphasis on poverty, race and violence.

Valparaiso University welcomes back Actors From The London Stage for a weeklong residency Jan. 11-16 as part of the third annual Shakespeare Week.

The accomplished group of classically trained actors will stop on its 2016 Spring Tour for a series of classroom visits, workshops, and Shakespeare-oriented events at Valpo. The week culminates with three performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” All events, sponsored by Christ College in collaboration with the English and theatre departments, are in the Valparaiso University Center for the Arts.

Rankings recognize strong academic record and great economic value

Valparaiso University has been honored as one of Kiplinger Personal Finance’s 100 best values in private colleges for 2016. The listing acknowledges colleges that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost.

Valpo is consistently recognized as a best value. Earlier this year, Valpo was honored by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 1 Best Value in the Midwest.

Kiplinger uses measurable standards of academic quality and affordability to assess value. Quality measures include the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker price, financial aid and average debt at graduation. Valpo regularly appears on Kiplinger’s listing, demonstrating its commitment to deliver good value.

The complete rankings are now available online at The rankings will also appear in the Feb. 2016 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands now.

Thanks to the generosity of alumna Marian Schaper ’72 Moon and the Rev. Anthony (Tony) Moon, Ph.D., Valparaiso University has received a $1 million commitment to support its unrestricted endowment fund and $250,000 to establish the Marian J. and Anthony B. Moon Endowed Scholarship Fund.

“Tony and I are blessed to be in a position to give back to the University,” Marian said. “I would not have been able to attend Valpo without the scholarship support I received, and this fund will ensure that future students have that same opportunity. We also wanted to establish a source of funding for the University leadership to use to meet the most immediate needs, and the unrestricted endowment fund will offer that support in perpetuity.”

Unrestricted giving is among the most important support the University can receive, as it provides the ultimate level of flexibility to meet the most pressing needs. University leaders can respond to unforeseen challenges, fund a program or scholarship that may not otherwise receive support, or seize an opportunity that requires immediate funding that is not available in the operating budget.

“Marian and Tony’s philanthropic support of Valparaiso University is deeply valued,” said Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D., president of Valparaiso University. “By designating their commitment to our unrestricted endowment fund and establishing a scholarship that offers the maximum flexibility for us to help students, they demonstrate great faith and trust in Valpo’s future. We are all truly thankful for their confidence and support of the University.”

Marian earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from Valpo. She has been a member of the Valparaiso University Board of Directors since 2010 and served on the College of Business National Council from 2006–2010. Marian held leadership positions with Devon Energy Corporation, Oklahoma City, Okla., joining the company in 1984 as one of the first 50 people hired and retiring as senior vice president of administration in 2008. Tony earned a doctor of philosophy in education from the University of Oklahoma in 1995. He was ordained an Episcopal deacon in 1997 and currently serves as deacon at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City. A life-long learner, Tony is currently in the process of becoming an Episcopal priest.

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