Opening Receptions Held April 16, April 23, and April 25

The Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University will premiere its spring exhibitions, which run from April 16 through May 11, with an opening reception on Wednesday, April 16, at 7 p.m.

New exhibitions include “Classical and Popular School Japanese Paintings from the Walter and Dörte Simmons Collection” and “Paintings by Jeanette Pasin Sloan,” as well as select works by Valpo art students and faculty. In addition, works from the Brauer Museum’s permanent collection will be on display in various galleries throughout the Museum, including Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Rust Red Hills,” which returns to the Museum after having been on tour since September 2012.

“We are pleased to present these new exhibitions that offer a variety of styles of art for viewers to enjoy. The Brauer Museum’s permanent collection has been growing in exciting ways, and we are delighted to showcase these lovely new objects as well as favorites that viewers have based on their previous visits,” said Gregg Hertzlieb, director and curator of the Brauer Museum.

WHO: The Department of Music at Valparaiso University welcomes the United States Air Force Concert Band and the Singing Sergeants.

The United States Air Force Concert Band, a symphonic wind ensemble and one of the finest professional concert bands in the world, presents more than 100 concerts annually and performs a wide variety of compositions from light classics, popular favorites, and instrumental features to classical transcriptions and original works. Its members represent the “best-of-the-best” in musical talent and education within the Air Force.

The Singing Sergeants, the official chorus of the United States Air Force, is one of the world’s most versatile and traveled choral organizations. Originally formed in 1945 from the ranks of The United States Army Air Force Band, the chorus has a long heritage of excellence. The Singing Sergeants have appeared before every chief executive of the United States since President Truman, and they regularly perform at events for the White House, State Department, Department of Defense, as well as for many other high-level military and civilian functions. Using music to bridge language, cultural, and other differences, the Singing Sergeants’ performances advance international relationships by inspiring positive and long-lasting impressions of the United States and the United States Air Force.

WHAT: This concert presents a unique opportunity to see world-class musicians perform in the magnificent Chapel of the Resurrection. There is no cost to attend, and tickets are required.

WHEN: Monday, April 7, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso University

CONTACT: For tickets, contact the Center for the Arts Box Office at 219.464.5162.

Valparaiso University will host the 2014 Jazz Fest April 7-12, offering an exciting lineup by local, regional, and international jazz artists capped with a thrilling performance by the Grammy Award-winning vocal group New York Voices.

In addition to guest performances, the University’s faculty and student ensembles, as well as high school jazz ensembles, will participate in the festivities. Performances by local high school bands will kick off the week on Monday, April 7 and Tuesday, April 8. Each performance will be held at 6 p.m. in the Harre Union Ballrooms.

“Our commitment to presenting the highest quality professional musicians in concert as well as extraordinary performance and clinical opportunities for students of all ages continues with the 29th anniversary of the festival,” said Jeff Brown, jazz studies coordinator at Valparaiso University.

WHO/WHAT: Valparaiso University students and faculty will display original artwork in the fourth annual Soup Bowls for the Hungry silent auction. In addition to ceramic bowls, the auction will include digital, painted, and drawn interpretations of bowls.

Admission is free, and soup and cornbread will be served. Guests are invited to try their hands at throwing a pot while they wait. All proceeds from the auction benefit the New Creation Men’s Center in Valparaiso, Ind.

WHEN: Friday, March 28, 4-6 p.m.

WHERE: Art-Psychology Building (west of parking lot 43), Valparaiso University

CONTACT: Michele Corazzo at 219.926.3845 or

Valparaiso University announces Mark L. Biermann, Ph.D., will join the University as incoming Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs effective July 1, 2014.

In his role, Biermann will be responsible for leadership and oversight of the University’s academic programs as well as student affairs, including campus ministries, international programs, and diversity initiatives.

“I’m pleased Mark is joining our executive leadership team at Valparaiso University. His accomplished record of success in higher education, as well as his experiences and interests, make him the ideal selection for Valpo’s next provost,” said Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D., president of Valparaiso University. “Already he has demonstrated a remarkable affinity with and commitment to our mission as a University, and I look forward to working with Mark closely as we continue to ensure an outstanding educational experience for Valpo students.”

Lara Pudwell has been named a 2014 winner of the Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member. Pudwell is an assistant professor of mathematics and computer science and University Research Professor at Valparaiso University.

The award, presented to only two or three professors annually, honors instructors whose teaching has been extraordinarily successful and whose effectiveness in teaching undergraduate mathematics is shown to have influence beyond their own classrooms.

“I am both surprised and humbled to be named an Alder award winner,” said Pudwell. “I feel thankful to have a career I love as much as I do, and I am grateful to be able to share my work with colleagues, students, collaborators, and a whole national mathematics community.”

The Valparaiso University sorority and fraternity community received multiple national awards for overall excellence at the recent Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV) Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. AFLV is an organization that stimulates growth and development of sorority and fraternity communities by promoting educational, leadership, and values-based experiences and resources. The goal of the AFLV is for all sorority and fraternity members to embody and live ethical values daily.

The Valparaiso University Panhellenic Council, the governing body for all sororities at Valpo, was named a Division 2 category winner for the 2014 Sutherland Award for Overall Excellence for Panhellenic Councils.

“Receiving the overall excellence award on behalf of the community was an amazing honor,” said Jeannette Paige, Panhellenic Council president. “This award shows us that the community is moving in a positive direction, and it definitely lit a fire in the 2014 Executive Board officers to continue to improve and implement positive changes.”

Valparaiso University has selected John Palmucci as the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration. Most recently Palmucci served as the Vice President for Finance and Treasurer at Loyola University Maryland. He begins employment at the University on April 14.

In his new role, Palmucci will provide prudent oversight of the University’s strategic financial goals, and he joins University leadership in advancing the work of its Strategic Plan toward a vibrant and sustainable future.

“I am delighted John is joining our leadership team at Valparaiso University. His extensive experience in strategic planning and financial management in higher education and his passion for responsible stewardship will be essential as Valpo continues the work of preparing women and men sought after for their knowledge, character, and wisdom,” said Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D., president of Valparaiso University. “I look forward to working closely with John, and I believe his skills and talents will make a valuable contribution to the Valpo community.”

Series of Events Held March 18-22

Christ College, the Honors College of Valparaiso University, presents the inaugural Shakespeare Week at Valpo, featuring a week-long residency by Actors From The London Stage.

One of the most admired Shakespearean troupes in the world, Actors From The London Stage is composed of classically-trained actors from prestigious companies, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Shakespeare Week at Valpo will showcase a series of events, performances, and workshops, sponsored by Christ College, in collaboration with the Department of English and the Department of Theatre. All performances are in the Valparaiso University Center for the Arts.

Valparaiso University graduate Cheryl Schrader ’84 E.E., Ph.D., has been recognized as an IEEE Fellow for her leadership and contributions in engineering education. Schrader is a past president of the IEEE Control Systems Society and the current chancellor of the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

“It is a great honor to be included in this prestigious group of renowned engineers,” Schrader said. “I joined IEEE while an undergraduate at Valparaiso University, where I not only developed a strong technical and professional foundation complemented by a Christ College education, but also a sense of personal vocation.”

The IEEE, formally known as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, confers the grade of fellow upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. It is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

“This is truly a fitting accomplishment for Cheryl, whose career as an engineer and an educator exemplifies the outstanding nature of Valpo’s College of Engineering alumni,” said Eric Johnson, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering.

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