Forever Valpo Events

Forever Valpo New York

Ginger Zee ’02, chief meteorologist for ABC News and Good Morning America, joined Valpo alumni and friends at the March 31 Forever Valpo event at the New York Athletic Club. During her brief remarks, Ginger shared how her Valpo education impacted her life. She described herself as “shy,” and only upon the encouragement of one of her meteorology professors did she complete an internship that led to a career in front of the camera. Ginger also mentioned that she would not have been able to attend Valpo without the scholarship support she received.

Campaign Executive Committee member Larry Zimmerman served as MC and Dean Peter Kanelos spoke about the impact of Forever Valpo on Christ College. President Mark Heckler wrapped up the evening with an update on the Campaign. New York City was the seventh regional Campaign event since the campus kick-off on Sept. 23, 2017.

Forever Valpo Detroit

March 4, 2017

Valpo alumni and friends attended the Forever Valpo event at the Joe Louis Arena Legends Club during the 2017 Horizon League Tournament. Campaign Executive Committee Co-Chair Bob Hansen ’82 and President Mark Heckler provided updates on the Campaign. While the well-attended event was a success, the results on the court were not as positive. The men’s team, without Alec Peters, were defeated by UW-Milwaukee and the women’s team suffered a second round lost to Green Bay.


Forever Valpo Naples

February 11, 2017

Nearly 100 Valpo alumni and friends enjoyed the wonderful setting of the Naples Botanical Garden to celebrate the Naples, Fla. kick-off of Forever Valpo: The Campaign of Our Future.

Campaign Executive Committee Co-Chair Joyce Hagen ’79 served as MC for event, with presentations by President Mark Heckler and Dean Eric Johnson ’87 Ph.D.


Forever Valpo Milwaukee

February 2, 2017

Campaign Executive Committee Co-Chair Andy Nunemaker ’91 generously hosted the Milwaukee Forever Valpo at his beautiful home. More than 150 Valpo alumni and friends attended the event before heading to the Valpo @ UW-Milwaukee men’s basketball game. Valpo won the game 71-53.

Andy and President Mark Heckler provided brief remarks about Forever Valpo: The Campaign for Our Future.


Forever Valpo Phoenix

January 27, 2017

The Musical Instrument Museum was the location for the Phoenix Forever Valpo event. Campaign Executive Committee member Jim Mueller ’72 ’75 J.D. served as MC, with President Mark Heckler and Dean Jim Brodzinski presenting to the 120 Valpo alumni and friends who attended.


Forever Valpo Las Vegas

November 22, 2016

The Las Vegas Forever Valpo event was held in conjunction with the men’s basketball team’s appearance in the Men Who Speak Up Main Event at the MGM Grand. The Crusaders beat Alabama (68-60) and BYU (92-89) to win the tournament and bring the championship belt back to Valpo.

The team attended the event, held at the MGM Grand Conference Center, and met with alumni and friends before the program. Campaign Executive Committee members Cindy ’75 and Jack ’74 Felton served as the MC’s, with presentations by President Mark Heckler, Dean Jon Kilpinen ‘88, and Coach Matt Lottich.


Forever Valpo Chicago

November 12, 2016

More than 150 Valpo alumni and friends attended the first regional kick-off event at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Ballroom on South Michigan Avenue.

Campaign Executive Committee member Amy Vie ’89 served as the MC, with presentations by Dean Janet Brown, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Professor Terry Kessler, Kreft Endowed Chair for the Advancement of Nursing Science, and President Mark Heckler.

Sarah Katula surprised Dean Brown with the announcement that the members of the College’s National Council have donated funds to establish the Janet Brown Endowed Nursing and Health Professions Scholarship. Dean Brown is retiring in June 2017 after serving on the Valpo faculty for 40 years and last 17 years as dean.


Forever Valpo Campus Kickoff

September 23, 2016

On a night to remember, Valparaiso University launched Forever Valpo: The Campaign for Our Future – a $250 million endowment campaign that will establish permanent support for scholarships, faculty development, and programs.

More than 2,000 members of the Valpo family attended the Sept. 23, 2016, kick-off celebration in the Athletics-Recreation Center (ARC) and heard remarks from President Mark A. Heckler and the four Campaign Co-Chairs – Jay Christopher ’67, ’99H, Joyce Hagen ’79, Bob Hansen ’82, and Andy Nunemaker ’91.

The celebration really ramped up when President Heckler was joined on stage by the co-chairs, a throbbing beat filled the ARC, and 2,000 LED wristbands illuminated the audience. “Let’s celebrate Forever Valpo,” President Heckler declared as the curtain dropped for the Barenaked Ladies concert.

If you were on campus, you felt the excitement generated from the Campaign kick-off, the football team’s win, and the largest Homecoming attendance ever.