Tyler Sanft ’16

TYLER SANFT ’16 first visited the Valparaiso University campus when his eighth-grade basketball team competed in the National Lutheran Basketball Tournament of Champions at the Athletics-Recreation Center. From that time in March 2008, he knew hewanted to attend Valpo.

Now, as a recent graduate, Tyler looks back on his time as a Christ College student and considers the relationships he has established as some of the most formative experiences of his undergraduate career. The rigors of the communications program and the internships he served with St. Louis-area public relations firms have prepared him for a professional career in crisis communication, but the personal interactions are what Tyler will carry forever from his Valpo experience.

The most influential faculty relationship has been with Julien Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of humanities and theology. “Professor Smith has been able to draw the best out of me,” Tyler says. Having attended Lutheran schools from K-12, he says Professor Smith presented The Christian Tradition course in a manner that made it engaging and relevant today.

The Valpo experience is not limited to academic pursuit, and as a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Tyler says he established meaningful relationships. The service, the friendships, and the bonds that are created within a fraternity are long lasting.

Each connection that Tyler formed as he pursued his degree, explored his faith, and extended his social circles is part of the Valpo experience — all of which will remain with him forever.