Prepare Students to Lead & Serve

VALPO’S PROGRAMS OF STRATEGIC SIGNIFICANCE WILL TAKE THEIR PLACE AMONG THE VERY FINEST IN THE WORLD.

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 …

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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Hansen’s 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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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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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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I-Hub Established

Valparaiso University announces the establishment of the Innovation Hub at McMillan Hall, an interdisciplinary center of entrepreneurship learning.

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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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Pastoral and Chapel Programs Funded

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

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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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COUNSELING SERVICES HAS RECEIVED $1.4 MILLION from the estate of an alumnus who wished to remain anonymous. The gift will be used to establish an endowed fund, which will generate a perpetual source of support for Counseling Services programs and operations.

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