Valparaiso University has named Scott R. Harrison, J.D., as director of human resource services. Harrison comes to Valpo from the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he served as director of human resources.

In his role as director, Harrison reports to the vice president for administration and will be responsible for the administration of policies and programs governing employment, employee relations, compensation and benefits, and employee development and training, working in close cooperation with the deans, department supervisors, human resources staff, and the special assistant to the provost for inclusion.

“Scott will serve as a valuable addition to the human resources team,” said Susan Scroggins, vice president for administration. “His expertise will help the office continue the good work that it has already accomplished, and he will play an integral role in enhancing the University’s reputation as an exceptional workplace that is sensitive to diversity, inclusivity, and the needs of its employees.”

WHAT: The women and men of the Valparaiso University Air Force and Army ROTC programs, the Military Veterans Law Association, and the Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band are sponsoring a Veterans Day observance ceremony.

The program is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 13, 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Center for the Arts lobby, Valparaiso University

Display tells the story of Lincoln’s struggle to meet the constitutional challenges of the Civil War

“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition premieres at the Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources at Valparaiso University with an opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 13. The collection examines how President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War — the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties.

“We are delighted to have been selected as a site for this exhibition,” said Rachael Muszkiewicz, assistant professor of library services. “As a new president, Abraham Lincoln was faced with enormous challenges. This exhibition shows how Lincoln grappled with difficult issues and helps visitors understand why Lincoln’s struggle with the Constitution still matters today.”

The traveling exhibition is composed of informative panels featuring photographic reproductions of original documents, including a draft of Lincoln’s first inaugural speech, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment.

WHO: Mary, Szybist, the 2013 National Book Award Winner for Poetry for her second book, “Incarnadine.”

Szybist holds degrees from the University of Virginia and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a teaching-writing fellow. “Granted,” her first poetry collection, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the 2004 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. She is also a recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Pushcart Prize in 2012. Her work has appeared in the Iowa Review and Denver Quarterly and was featured in Best American Poetry.

Moody’s Investors Service has assigned an A2 rating to Valparaiso University’s 2014 bond issuance with a stable outlook, which indicates low risk to investors.

The global credit rating, research and risk analysis firm has also affirmed Valpo’s A2 rating on outstanding debt, which, according to the report, reflects the University’s conservative financial management driving positive operations and generating sound debt service coverage.

“This rating is a positive indicator of Valparaiso University’s strength, particularly at a time when higher education faces significant challenges,” said John A. Palmucci Jr., senior vice president for finance and administration. “We’re pleased Moody’s believes investing in Valpo is financially sound decision.”

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

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