Prepare Students to Lead & Serve


Gifted and passionate faculty, combined with outstanding students and exceptional facilities, are key components in establishing programs with well-deserved national and international reputations of excellence. Throughout the years, many Valpo programs have achieved distinction, noted for their historic strength, their strategic significance, and the new ground they break. Forever Valpo will provide resources to build on this success by both supporting and establishing programs that will take their place among the very finest in the world.

Goal: $20,000,000

Donor support to endowed funds makes these possible …

Reformation Remembrance

Pastoral and Chapel Programs Funded

Valparaiso University has received a significant gift commitment to establish endowed funds to support the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod Pastoral Ministry and Chapel Programs.

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Bauer Field Renovation Off to Strong Start

With the support of two generous gifts, the project to renovate Bauer Field, Valparaiso University’s baseball field, is off to a strong start. The two gifts total $550,000 and will provide the resources to install synthetic turf on the infield and down the foul lines. The total project will be done in two phases and, when completed, will transform Bauer Field into a quality Missouri Valley Conference facility.

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Environmental Engineering Lab Dedicated

During Homecoming Weekend 2019, the Richard E. Beumer, P.E., Environmental Engineering Lab was dedicated in front of a crowd of alumni, students, College of Engineering faculty and staff, and other members of the Valpo community.

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Impacting Lives Through Service

This past spring semester, 10 first-year students participated in a service trip for students to Appalachia. Their trip was supported by the Schloemer Family Spring Service Trip Endowed Fund. Andrea and Jim ’81 Schloemer established the fund for the specific purpose of providing resources for Valpo students’ spring service trips.

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Service Learning

Endowment Supports Disney Partnership

Since 2010, Valpo students have traveled to Disney Resorts in Orlando and Anaheim, California, to participate in workshops, tours, and lectures as part of their classes. Led by Mark Budnik, Ph.D., the Paul H. Brandt Professor in Engineering, this partnership provides students with unique insight and access to the Disney operation.

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Hilltop Gym and Kempf Court

The renovation of Hilltop Gymnasium and dedication of the Dale F. Kempf Court was celebrated on September 28, 2018, during Homecoming Weekend.  The gym was opened in 1939, expanded in 1962 to include more seating, and renovated again in 2005.

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Kempf Court

Lab for Environmental Engineering Program

Environmental engineering students at Valparaiso University will study and learn in a new laboratory when the program begins in fall 2019. The facility is made possible with the support of Richard “Dick” Beumer ’59, a longtime benefactor of Valpo. Beumer’s gift will be used to equip an environmental engineering lab for the new program.

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Hansens Support Study Abroad Programs

Students participating in Study Abroad programs are now receiving scholarship support thanks to the generosity of alumni Bob ’82 and Kathy Christopher ’82 Hansen. The couple established the Robert and Kathleen Hansen Endowed Scholarship for Study Abroad in 2016.

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Study Abroad

Helges Support Student Philanthropy Program

Valparaiso University alumni Rev. Mark ’71 and Kathleen Koepp ’71 Helge have generously committed $2 million to establish the Mark and Kathleen Helge Endowed Program for Students and Philanthropy.

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Zimmermans Support Multiple Areas

Valparaiso University alumni Sue Heitmuller ’70 Zimmerman and Larry Zimmerman ’70 have committed $625,000 to fund multiple areas of interest at Valparaiso University.

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Gellerson Building
Counselling Center

Counseling Services Supported

Valparaiso University has received $1.4 million for Counseling Services from the estate of an alumnus who wished to remain anonymous.

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Writing Center and Engineering Support

Valparaiso University alumni Judith “Judy” Rockett ’60 Beumer and Richard “Dick” Beumer ’59 have committed $1 million to establish endowed funds in support of the University Writing Center and the College of Engineering.

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Writing Center

Major Support for Basketball

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program has received a significant boost to its recruiting efforts from the generosity of Jan Sievers ’59 Schrage and Paul Schrage ’57.

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Raquets Fund endowed Director Chair

Valparaiso University alumni Peter ’65, ’70 M.A. and Bonnie Thalacker ’70 Raquet have generously committed $3 million to establish the Endowed Director’s Chair for the Institute for Leadership and Service.

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KAITLYN SPAUDIE ’15 knows the exact moment she realized her Valpo education had prepared her for a life of leadership and service. Named as one of the inaugural CAPS Fellows by the Institute for Leadership and Service, Kaitlyn served her internship with the National Lutheran Communities and Services and their senior-living facility, The Village at Rockville.

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“So powerful it is stunning” was how one student described his experience with the Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team. Armed with computers, CB radios, and equipment to track surface conditions, the team has been chasing serious weather since the late 1990s.

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Valpo students now have a place to explore and develop their entrepreneurial ideas and projects, with the opening of THE INNOVATION HUB AT MCMILLAN HALL

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