News - 3/31/09

Jazz Fest tickets on sale now

Tickets to Valpo Jazz Fest concerts go on sale march 16 at the Union Welcome Desk and online at

Grammy-winning vocalist Patti Austin headlines the 24th annual Valpo Jazz Fest, taking place April 13 to 18.

The Patti Austin Quartet will perform at 8 p.m. April 18. Tickets go on sale March 16 at 8:30 a.m. and are $10 for students, faculty and staff.

The Valpo Jazz Ensemble, Northwest Indiana high school jazz bands and Indiana University South Bend Jazz Band will perform during free concerts April 13 and 14.

Other concerts are:

  • April 15 – The Monty Alexander Trio, $5 for faculty and staff.
  • April 16 – Valpo’s Jazz Ensemble will perform with guest trombonist Curtis Fuller, free for faculty and staff.
  • April 17 – The Faculty Jazz Trio will perform with Fuller; free for faculty and staff.

A Word from the VAN Web Manager

Welcome to the newly redesigned Valparaiso Admission Network website! As you can see, we have been hard at work redesigning the site to make it more user-friendly and useful for you.

One of the biggest changes, as you have undoubtedly noticed, is the “look” of the site. It is now cohesive with the rest of the university’s website, making the transition between pages seamless. The color scheme is also easier on the eyes than the with the older style.

Our favorite new feature of the site, however, is the content that is available on the homepage. We now will be having a “Featured VAN Member” in the center of the homepage, keeping you connected to other VAN members. If you would like to share your Valpo experience and be featured in an article, you can email me at The right side of the page contains news stories about Valpo that are of interest to VAN members. We will be refreshing the content of all of these stories weekly, so come back often!

Most of the content on the rest of the site has remained the same. You will still be able to access all of the resources you have in the past, but we have made them easier to navigate to. The brown bar on top of the page and the navigation on the left of every page provide quick and easy links to the rest of the site.

If you have any questions about the new site, please don’t hesitate to send me an email, and I will be happy to help you out. Have a wonderful day and happy web surfing!

Andrew Jarratt, VU ‘12

Admission Councilors hit the road again

As the snow melts and flowers begin to bloom, Valparaiso is certainly beginning to warm up for spring. The admission counselors are warming up too, as the road trips to college fairs in the spring of 2009 heat up.

The early fall and mid-spring are particularly busy for Valpo’s admission counselors. Each counselor covers fairs in his or her respective area; VAN members often graciously attend fairs when a counselor cannot be present.

Says second year counselor Ryan Turner, “College fairs provide an important venue that allows us to meet with many students in a variety of places”. The personal interaction of admission counselors and VAN members at these fairs provides a connection to Valpo that brochures or literature simply cannot.

Because this personal communication is so important for students that cannot necessarily visit campus, having a Valpo presence is imperative. Below is a list of college fairs that Valpo will be attending in April. If you can help out at these events, please contact Barb Lieske at or 219.464.5011. Any assistance is greatly appreciated!

A list of college fairs will be provided shortly.