Valparaiso University has honored Amanda Zelechoski, Ph.D., as the inaugural recipient of its Arts and Sciences Emerging Teacher Award, which encourages and recognizes excellence in teaching among junior faculty members.

“It is an incredible honor to receive the inaugural A&S Emerging Teacher Award. As I am surrounded by some of the best teachers I have encountered in my career, to be recognized in this way is truly humbling,” Professor Zelechoski said.

Professor Zelechoski joined Valpo’s psychology department in fall 2011. Her scholarship focuses primarily on investigating psychological issues faced by underserved children and adolescents in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Professor Zelechoski strives to improve the systemic experiences of at-risk youth through research to reduce their future risk of engaging in violent behavior.

“Amanda has established herself as a highly effective and engaging teacher,” Jon Kilpinen, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said. “It is clear that both students and peers recognize her as a superb teacher.”

Valparaiso University has earned recognition as a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting military and civilian worlds.

Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of 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.

Opening Reception is Oct. 22

Valparaiso University’s Brauer Museum of Art welcomes “Borders,” an installation by renowned Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir. An opening reception and artist talk will be held Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. in the Center for the Arts.

After popular displays in New York City, Seattle, Dallas, and Chicago, “Borders” comes to Valparaiso University to intrigue campus and community viewers with its life-sized figures and themes of sameness and difference.

“After its successful time in downtown Chicago by the Art Institute, with the duration of the display extended twice due to popular demand, Borders comes to a peaceful campus setting where I think all who see the sculptures will be impressed and inspired,” Gregg Hertzlieb, director and curator of the Brauer Museum, said.

WHO: The Brauer Museum of Art presents color photographs by Pete Doherty and Joanne Markiewicz.

Doherty is a former bank marketing executive who launched Doherty Images in 2005. A freelance photographer, he specializes in photographing the Indiana Dunes and the Chicago lakefront. He also provides commercial photography to business clients throughout Northwest Indiana and Chicago. Doherty’s work has been exhibited in galleries throughout Northwest Indiana, and it has been published in a variety of publications including Chicago Life Magazine, USA Today, Forbes Magazine, Golf Now Chicago, Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly Magazine, and “Dreams of Duneland,” a pictorial book by local author Ken Schoon.

Markiewicz worked in the medical field for more than 25 years. She has always been intrigued by flowers’ beauty and life cycles. Through macro photographs, she aims to portray the flower’s soul. A self-taught photographer, Markiewicz has worked with professionals in the field including National Geographic photographers, and she counts Doherty as one of her main influences. Her work has been on display throughout Northwest Indiana, with 100 percent of proceeds benefitting the Hospice of the Calumet Area.

WHAT: Valpo’s theatre department presents “Eurydice,” directed by Lee F. Orchard, theatre professor and chair.

Writer Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.

WHEN: Oct. 9-10 and 16-17 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 11-12 and 18-19 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Studio Theatre, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts

WHO: The Northwest Indiana Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society presents award-winning non-fiction writer Lee Sandlin as guest speaker for their October meeting. The event is free and open to the public.

Sandlin’s work includes journalism, historical studies, music reviews for the Chicago Reader, and recently, contributions to the Wall Street Journal. His 1997 essay, “Losing the War,” has been part of university-level reading curriculum and adapted for broadcast on the weekly public radio show “This American Life.” Sandlin resides in Chicago.

WHEN: Saturday, October 4, 11 a.m.

WHERE: Harre Union Ballroom C, Valparaiso University.

WHO: Andrew Nunemaker ’91, a Valpo alum and current member of the University’s Board of Directors, has assembled a remarkable collection of fine works demonstrating his interest in the diverse approaches of the contemporary scene as well as his interest in Modern masters.

Andrew, an influential entrepreneur and philanthropist, is CEO of Dynamis Software Corporation, a firm specializing in software solutions for health insurance brokers nationwide. He serves on numerous non-profit boards, including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Art Museum, Young Presidents Organization, and Marcus Center for Performing Arts. He holds a bachelor of science in electric engineering from Valpo, a master of electrical engineering from Georgia Tech, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was student body president.

WHAT: The coffee hour provides an opportunity for community members to learn more about Andrew’s outstanding collection of works by recognized masters and to gain a sense of how the artists assessed and identified key aspects of their environments and times.

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Brauer Museum of Art

WHAT: The Walter Wangerin Jr. Celebration of Excellence in Preaching Series, in its third year, brings notable clergy to the Chapel of the Resurrection. The series is sponsored by the Chapel, the Center for Church Relations, and the Institute for Liturgical Studies.
WHO: The Rev. Wesley Avram, senior pastor at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in North Scottsdale, Ariz., will be the first of four preachers in this year’s series. Avram has served Presbyterian congregations in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and Wilmette, Ill., as college chaplain and member of the faculty at Bates College, as the Clement–Muehl assistant professor of communication at Yale Divinity School and as assistant professor in Yale’s Institute for Sacred Music. He holds a bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from Northwestern University and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has also studied at the University of Sussex, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, The Tantur Ecumenical Institute and the University of Chicago. While in seminary, he was awarded the Roberts Preaching Prize and the Graduate Fellowship for Pulpit Ministry.

He is the author of “Where the Light Shines Through” and “Anxious About Empire.”

The Valparaiso University Department of Theatre presents the 2014-2015 production season.

Major performances include:

  • Eurydice, Oct. 9-10 and 16-17 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 11-12 and 18-19 at 2 p.m., Studio Theatre. “Eurydice” by Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists and breathtaking visual effect, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.
  • Dido and Aeneas, Nov. 12-14 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 15-16 at 2 p.m., University Theatre. A special five-day performance includes music by Henry Purcell and libretto by Nahum Tate. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and non-Valpo students. Admission is free for Valpo students, faculty and staff.
  • The Directing Showcase, Dec. 8-10 at 8 p.m., Studio Theatre. Titles are still to be determined and will consist of 12 one-acts directed by senior theatre majors. Admission is free with reserved ticket.

Valparaiso University welcomes Thomas Cedel, Ph.D., as the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership. In this role, Cedel will be affiliated with various departments and colleges throughout the University, and work closely with Mark L. Biermann, Ph.D., provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, as well as key faculty members and stafffrom Student Affairs and Campus Ministries.

Beginning in the spring semester 2015, Cedel will also teach courses at Valpo and partake in pedagogical work that will enhance the student experience. This may include lectures, activities in support of the CORE program and facilitation of campus discussions related to the pedagogy of leadership. Additionally, Cedel will work closely with faculty and staff to support and guide the development, implementation and assessment of student learning outcomes related to leadership.

“While Tom’s work will focus primarily on curricular activities related to leadership, he will also work with students, faculty and staff to develop, implement and coordinate a broader range of leadership programs in co-curricular and extracurricular areas,” Biermann said. “We are confident that Tom’s experience, background and expertise will complement Valpo’s already strong people and programs in leadership and related fields.”

Additionally, Cedel will work with civic, business and community organizations throughout Northwest Indiana and the Chicago area.

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