Valparaiso University has received a commitment to establish endowed funds to support the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod Pastoral Ministry and Chapel Programs.

Thanks to the generosity of Shirley and Karl Kreft, Valpo will establish the Karl and Shirley Kreft Endowed Fund for the LCMS Pastoral Ministry and Chapel Programs. The Krefts are longtime supporters of Valparaiso University. In 2007, they established the Kreft Endowed Chair for the Advancement of Nursing Science, currently held by Theresa A. Kessler, Ph.D., RN. From 2000 through 2010, Karl also served as an active member of the University’s Board of Directors.

“This commitment aligns with the deep respect Shirley and I have for Valpo’s tradition of excellence at the intersection of faith and learning,” Karl said. “It is our intent to contribute to a Christian presence, an enduring witness consistent with the mission of the University.”

Valpo Tops U.S. News List for 28 Consecutive Years, Honored as No. 1 Best Value and Best Undergraduate Teaching

For the 28th consecutive year, Valparaiso University has been identified as one of the best universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report magazine. In the 2017 edition, released today, Valpo is the No. 4 Best Regional University, among more than 140 universities in the category, and is ranked No. 1 in the Midwest for both Best Value and Best Undergraduate Teaching.

“It is an honor to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report once again for the outstanding education at Valparaiso University,” said Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D., University president. “This achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all Valpo students, faculty and staff and reflects our unwavering focus on delivering a quality, affordable education to young women and men who make a positive difference in communities across the country and around the world. I am especially proud of our talented and dedicated faculty for the well-deserved distinction for best undergraduate teaching.”

Roderick Moore ’68, ATC, LAT, steps down as the head athletic trainer for the Valparaiso University athletic department on Sept. 1 after nearly 50 years in the role.

“During my career at Valparaiso University, I have had the good fortune of working with thousands of excellent student-athletes, many of whom have become good friends of mine.” said Moore. “Valpo has allowed me to work in a wide variety of athletic training roles in the community and at the state, national and world levels. I have learned what it takes to be successful at the very highest level of competition and feel privileged that I have been able to use that knowledge here in my time at Valpo.”

Moore became the department’s head athletic trainer in 1967 while completing his undergraduate work. He has since served in this role and worked directly with all Crusaders’ athletic programs during his time at Valpo. He worked as the primary athletic trainer for the men’s basketball team throughout his 49-year tenure and worked with the football program for more than four decades — including a 33-year stretch without missing a Crusader football game.

Valparaiso University’s Institute for Leadership and Service announces its fall 2016 Pathways to Purpose speaker series featuring speakers and topics focusing on professional development.

The speaker series primarily features 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 the Helge Center unless otherwise noted.

Valparaiso University is the No. 4 master’s university in the nation, as announced today in Washington Monthly’s annual college rankings. According to the magazine’s system, colleges are ranked by their contribution to the country, and it recognizes institutions that provide an outstanding education while maintaining affordability.

Criteria include cutting-edge research and scholarship, recruiting and graduating low-income students and civic engagement, and the rankings include community service hours relative to school size. Valpo students annually perform more than 220,000 hours of community outreach and service learning, and the University regularly appears in the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.

Valparaiso University has named Thomas Albert (Tal) Howard, Ph.D., as the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Christian Ethics. Professor Howard comes to Valpo from Gordon College, where he served as professor of history, director of the Center for Faith and Inquiry, and director of the Jerusalem & Athens Forum.

“I join the Valpo community in welcoming Tal to the University,” said Mark Biermann, Ph.D., provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “Tal brings an outstanding record of teaching and scholarly work to this position, and his intellectual contributions have earned him international recognition.”

In his role Professor Howard will develop and teach various courses in the field of Christian ethics, deliver an annual public lecture related to current issues from a theological ethics perspective, and provide campus leadership to support the Lutheran Church-related character of the University.

“Tal will be able to use his unique gifts to move the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Christian Ethics forward in powerful new ways,” Provost Biermann said. “He will be able to build on the excellent work of the chair’s previous holder, Gil Meilander, in order to bring another powerful perspective to the important work of the chair.”

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