Student organizations have a lot to offer. Whether you join as a member or choose to lead one, simply taking part in an extracurricular group will enhance your school experience- at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Gaining skills, making connections, and broadening your knowledge through a student organization will help you become a more well-rounded individual — one that’s ready to take on their future career! Being an involved student is a sacrifice, as all Valpo students have a rigorous academic schedule, and many have full- or part-time work and personal lives to balance. Students continue to get involved on campus because they see that the sacrifice of their time is worth the benefits they receive — the friendships, level of involvement across campus, expansion of their professional network, and the amount of fun they can have as a team. The communication department enjoys a close working relationship with the award-winning student media organizations on campus. These organizations provide students with concrete ways to expand and apply their skill sets — including paid opportunities.
Student Media Outlets
WVUR-FM, The Source 95, is Valparaiso University’s professional radio station. Students can develop their own radio shows, broadcast Valparaiso University sports, DJ, and more. WVUR looks for staff who can contribute creative ideas and keep radio relevant on Valpo’s diverse campus. Opportunities are open to students of all majors who learn as they participate.
The VUTV teleproduction studio operates like a professional television station, including opportunities for cameramen, station managers, and news anchors and other reporters. Students from any discipline and every class can become involved. Every TV on campus can access this student-run station on cable channel 15.
The Torch weekly student newspaper covers events on and off campus. The publication offers paid writing, editing, and photography and editing opportunities for students as well as editorial staff positions for experienced participants interested in a leadership role.
The Beacon, Valpo’s annual yearbook, offers paid writing, photography, and design opportunities. The organization maintains a Facebook page for more information and can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lighter, connected to the English department, is a student magazine for literature and art that captures the most beautiful, lyrical, and imaginative works that Valparaiso University students have to offer. The Lighter is released twice a year, once each semester, and students must submit their work for review by a selection committee. The Lighter is one of the best ways for students from all departments to come together and create a piece of their own Valpo experience.
Newspaper — Named the Indiana College Press Association Division II Newspaper of the Year Award five times since 2007.
Radio — Twice designated the School Radio of the Year, as awarded by the Indiana Association of State Broadcasters.
Television — Earned the Broadcast Education Association's 2015 Signature Station Award, given to the campus station or channel with the best overall television management and operation in the country.
Valpo students have also won dozens of individual awards for their excellence.