A Message From President Mark A. Heckler

It has been a great pleasure to see and meet with so many members of the Valparaiso University community during the current Strategic Plan tour of the Midwest.
On March 17, we traveled to Milwaukee to share the University's vision through the Strategic Plan, "Our Common Pursuit: Valpo's Call to Lead and Serve for the Next Generation." After several individual meetings with donors and friends, we packed up and headed to Minneapolis to share the presentation with University alumni, friends, and parents the next night, March 18.

Next, we hosted alumni, members of the Valpo national councils, and community members on March 25 at the Harre Union here on the University campus.
I enjoyed receiving feedback from so many folks who engaged in lively question-and-answer sessions at the events and from those who have contacted me since. Your responses confirm what I have already experienced time and time again, that you care greatly for Valparaiso University and have taken a keen interest in the future of this extraordinary institution.

As you may know, the Strategic Plan for Valparaiso University charts our course for the next two decades. We hope to share the plan with as many members of the Valpo community as possible. In an effort to do so, we have four more presentations planned for the Midwest tour, beginning with a pair of events in the Chicago area on April 14. The first is a luncheon in downtown Chicago and the second an evening reception in Hinsdale, Ill.

Next, we will travel to St. Louis for a presentation on the evening of April 15, followed by another presentation on the evening of April 16 in the Detroit area. In between these events we will continue individual sessions with alumni, parents, and friends.

If you have not seen the presentation, I hope to see you at one of these events. If you are not from the Midwest, I can promise you that an additional round of presentations around the country will be scheduled for the Fall. Please keep posted for further information on dates and locations for these additional presentations. And if you know of someone who might be interested in attending, please send along this information.

As I shared with you last month, Valparaiso University values and needs your partnership as we move forward into new areas and initiatives, even while remaining true to our identity and mission. You are a critical part of Valpo's future success.

To learn more about the upcoming Strategic Plan events and to register, click here. I look forward to inviting you to become a part of Our Common Pursuit!



Mark Heckler Signature
Mark A. Heckler,