News - 10/1/10

Thanks for visiting with us at Homecoming 2010!

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the VAN Homecoming Reception at Maria Elena's! We had a wonderful time visiting and catching up with each other, and of course, remembering our college days at Valpo. Below are a few photos from the event; if you would like to see more, please visit the Valpo Admission Network group on Facebook.

JP, Boyd, and Barb
Ernest, Ellen, and Fred
Mrs. Heckler, President Heckler, Lindsie, and Amy

Students to help pack 80,000 meals for hungry children

Members of the campus community will help feed hungry children in Northwest Indiana by participating in an effort to pack more than 80,000 meals this Saturday, Oct. 2.

Valpo students, faculty and staff will join community members in packing meals for the hunger relief organization Kids Against Hunger, which will be distributed to area pantries by the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Athletics-Recreation Center on campus.

Angela Zemke, assistant director of student activities and volunteer programs, said the event is one of many opportunities for Valpo students to use their time, talents and energy to serve others and learn how they can make a positive impact in the community.

"We had more than 500 students, faculty and staff give back to their community during the fourth annual Valparaiso University Day of Caring on Sept. 18," Zemke said. "We're looking to keep that volunteer momentum going so we can reach Valpo's goal of reaching 100,000 hours of volunteer service this academic year."

Zemke noted that last year, more than 420 students, faculty, staff and community volunteers packaged 107,352 meals for starving children in Northwest Indiana, Haiti and Kenya.

Each Kids Against Hunger meal contains the recommended daily amount of 21 vitamins and minerals essential for children's development. Volunteers will pack bags of dehydrated food that each contain six servings of food and have a shelf life of at least three years.

Georgia Falkenberg, an office manager for the South Shore Group of Thrivent Financial, which is sponsoring the event, said Valpo students are enthusiastic volunteers.

"We recognized that the students at Valpo have a strong service ethic and are looking for opportunities to serve others," Falkenberg said. "Packing these meals is a service opportunity in which students will make a big difference for children who are in great need in our community."

See highlights of the 2010 Valparaiso University Day of Caring, including students who talk about their service experiences, on Valpo's YouTube channel at