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

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.”

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