News - 1/31/13

Valparaiso University hosts Dance Ensemble Feb. 7-10

Valparaiso University Dance Ensemble

Valparaiso University's Dance Ensemble features choreographers and dancers representing nearly every college within the University, and its members all share one common interest - to dance and share their passion for dance with their community. This passion will come to the stage Feb. 7-8 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 9-10 at 2 p.m. in the University Theatre. Tickets for Valpo performances are $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and non-Valpo students. Admission is free for Valpo students, faculty, and staff with ID card.

Visit or call 464.5162 for more information and to purchase tickets. 

 The Dance Ensemble provides an opportunity for student choreographers and dancers to challenge themselves artistically and physically as they pursue their various academic paths. This year's concert features an eclectic mix of dance styles ranging from classical ballet to tribal inspired movement. It contains original pieces conceived and choreographed by Valpo students and faculty.

"What started as a very small student run organization more than 16 years ago has grown and evolved into the group of dedicated young men and women you will see performing this year," said Ann Kessler, director of the Dance Ensemble. "It is their energy, creativity, and willingness to strive for something more than themselves that inspires the next generation of Valpo Dance Ensemble members and me."

Valparaiso University to host Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Indiana

WHAT: Special Olympic Indiana’s signature fundraising event. For the last decade, brave souls and warm hearts have jumped into bodies of water in February to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Indiana.

In order to plunge, participants must raise a “bear” minimum of $75. The event includes prizes for best costume, most money raised by a team and most money raised by an individual. All proceeds from the event benefit Special Olympics Indiana athletes, giving them the means to train locally and to compete at the state level in a number of Olympic-type events. Last year, the Polar Plunge raised more than $390,000 for Special Olympics Indiana.

WHO: Valparaiso University students, faculty and staff will join Valparaiso community members to be “freezin’ for a reason” and “take the plunge” for adults and children with intellectual disabilities. Valparaiso University is one of six Polar Plunges to be held on a college campus and one of 12 sites throughout the state during the month of February.

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 9, 1:15 p.m. On-site registration will run from noon to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Athletics-Recreation Center, Valparaiso University

CONTACT: Chuck Garber, assistant chief, Valparaiso University Police Department, at or 219.464.5430.

Future Fest and International Expo engages students in miracle of conversation

On Thursday, Feb. 21, the Future Fest and International Expo invites students to come and learn more about the variety of majors and academic programs offered at Valparaiso University. Faculty and staff are encouraged to share the importance of the event with students who want to learn more about the variety of opportunities that are open to all Valpo students. Pizza will be served and students do not want to miss out!

At the fest, students will have the chance to experience the miracle of conversation and interaction as they mingle with representatives from departments within the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as representatives from the College of Business, the College of Nursing, the College of Engineering, the Career Center, and study-abroad programs. Students will learn how they can apply their skills through different academic programs and gain valuable internship and study-abroad experience to prepare them for a successful, rewarding career. The program is designed for students who may not have declared a major or are considering changing or adding a major; however, any students who want to learn more about the opportunities that are available to them are encouraged to attend.

Future Fest and International Expo is 5th hour Core approved and will be held 6-7 p.m., Feb. 21, in the Harre Union Ballroom.