In fall 2016, Valparaiso University’s new student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery-Women (ACM-W) was awarded a $3,000 start-up seed fund by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) to help launch its chapter. Valpo is one of nine schools that received a NCWIT Student Seed Start-up Funding Award.

Founded with the assistance of Karl Schmitt, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, and Nicholas Rosasco, assistant professor of computing and information sciences, the ACM-W executive board has five members: Dylan Snyder ’18, president; Kimberly Orr ’19, vice president; Christi Florence Calina, graduate vice president; Charles Morris ’17, secretary; and Chinedu Emeka ’17, treasurer.

Valparaiso University announces Karen Allen, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, will join its faculty as dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, effective July 3, 2017. Most recently, Allen has served as professor of nursing at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich.

In her role as dean, Allen will be responsible for the strategic leadership, coordination and guidance of the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Allen brings an accomplished record as an expert in substance abuse and addictions treatment.

“All of us at Valpo are so pleased that Dr. Allen will be joining us in her new role as dean of the College of Nursing and Health professions,” said Mark L. Biermann, Ph.D., provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “We are excited by the strengths that she brings with her and her clear commitment to nursing and health professions education.”

Christ College, the Honors College of Valparaiso University, in collaboration with the English and theatre departments, sponsors Valparaiso University’s fourth annual Shakespeare Week, featuring a weeklong residency by Actors From The London Stage.

This longstanding group of classically trained actors will visit Valpo Feb. 14–18 on its 2017 Spring Tour for a series of classroom visits, workshops, text readings, on-stage demonstrations, and Shakespeare-oriented events. The week concludes with three performances of “Romeo and Juliet.”

Valparaiso University’s Institute for Leadership and Service announces its spring 2017 Pathways to Purpose speaker series, featuring speakers and topics focusing on professional development.

The speaker series invites to campus field experts and service-based leaders who respond to the deepest challenges of our time and help to inspire students to pursue purposeful work. All events will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Valpo’s Helge Center, adjacent to the Chapel.

Registration open now

Valparaiso University continues its tradition of honoring the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. with its 27th annual celebration. The 2017 celebration will focus on the theme “Conscious Humanity: What is Justice?” through lectures, presentations, and interactive discussions.

On Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to engage in thoughtful reflection on King’s legacy and how to continue his work. Conference-style focus sessions will be held in the morning, focusing on four individual tracks: What is Justice, Justice and Society, Justice and Faith, and Criminal Justice. Each track will end with a Q&A panel discussion, before breaking for the annual MLK luncheon.

Cornel West, Ph.D., will serve as keynote speaker for the convocation service, held at 2 p.m. in the Chapel. West, an esteemed lecturer and activist, is professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary and professor emeritus at Princeton University. His most recent book, “Black Prophetic Fire,” focuses on 19th- and 20th-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies. He is a frequent guest on the “Bill Maher Show,” CNN, C-Span and “Democracy Now.”

Opening Reception is Jan. 15

Valparaiso University’s Brauer Museum of Art continues to grow its permanent collection with major acquisitions from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. These new pieces, ranging from abstract to representational, contribute to the Brauer Museum’s overview of important development in the history of American art.

The winter exhibitions kick off with an opening reception Jan. 15, 2017, and run through April 2. “Sand & Steel: Visions of Our Indiana Shore,” curated by Gregg Hertzlieb in the Wehling and McGill Galleries, draws primarily from the Brauer Museum’s permanent collections and features representations of the Indiana Dunes as well as the regional steel mills. This exhibition enjoyed a successful run at South Shore Arts in Munster and returns home to the Brauer to further celebrate regional and statewide anniversaries.

Valparaiso University will celebrate Winter Commencement on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2:30 p.m., conferring degrees upon 319 undergraduate, graduate and law students.

The keynote speaker is Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein ’73, ’76 J.D., who was Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California for more than 10 years, prior to being appointed United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Indiana in 2000. During his time in California, Nuechterlein was the trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., in the Criminal and Environment and Natural Resources Divisions.

WHO: Valparaiso University presents the annual Advent-Christmas Vespers service, featuring the Kantorei Choir and the Handbell Choir of the Chapel of the Resurrection.

WHAT: The annual service of lessons and carols is a traditional part of holiday celebrations on campus. This year’s Vespers will feature the artwork of Yeohyun Ahn, a computational graphic artist and design educator at Valpo.

For the 7 p.m. service, the choirs will be joined by the Jubilate Children’s Choir of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Valparaiso, Ind. A reception will be held at the Harre Union Ballroom, adjacent to the Chapel, between services. All are welcome.

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

WHERE: Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso University

CONTACT: Admission to the services is free, but advanced-seating tickets are required. Please contact the Chapel of the Resurrection at 219.464.5093 or to reserve your seat.

WHAT: Valparaiso University continues a tradition that dates back more than 90 years with its annual Christmas Concert: A Carol Festival. The concert returns the first weekend in December, opening the Christmas season for the University, community, alumni, and friends from throughout the Midwest.

WHO: With more than 200 student performers in the Chorale, men’s and women’s choirs, Chamber Concert Band, and Symphony Orchestra, the festive holiday program features delightful melodies and opportunities for the audience to join in with familiar carols.

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso University

CONTACT: Contact the University Box Office at or 219.464.5162 to reserve your seats. Tickets cost $15 for adults; $10 for senior citizens and non-Valpo students; and are free to Valpo students, faculty, and staff.

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