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Promoting Equality: Valpo Faculty Receive Martin Luther King Jr. Award
Since 1995, Valparaiso University has presented its Martin Luther King Jr. Award to individuals and groups within the Valpo community who have made...
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Boundless: Katie Willenbrink ’18 Studies The Course And The Stars
Whether it’s in the classroom, at the observatory, or on the golf course, anyone who encounters Katie Willenbrink ’18 is bound to take note of...
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Bon Appétit: French Majors Cook Up Final Project In The Kitchen
The recipe for success for two French language majors at Valparaiso University literally was a recipe. Jennifer LeCaptain ’16 and Andrea Sanchez...
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A Journey Home: Professor Reva Johnson ’09 Spurs Student Research In Bioengineering Field
In fall 2017, Reva Johnson ’09, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical engineering and bioengineering, began her third year with the College of...
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‘Tis The Season
Each year, Valpo students, faculty, and staff host a variety of holiday events to unite the campus with the greater Valparaiso community, as together...
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On Course: Jeremy Wu ’20 Drives For Success In Golf And In The Classroom
The skill and dominance Jeremy Wu ’20 brings to golf is apparent on the score card. He says he didn’t fully understand his mastery of golf until...
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A Solid Foundation: Valpo Alumna Primed To Build A World Of Difference
Travel the world one day and build it the next. The architecture across Europe inspired Rebecca Otte ’95 to work to preserve historic structures in...
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500th Remembrance Of Reformation Includes Valpo Choir, Special Music Composition
“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” — Martin Luther What started as a call to reform the...
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Valpo Forecast: Sunny And Successful
In the Midwest, many people say that if someone doesn’t like the weather, stick around a minute, it will change. But meteorology students at...
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Valparaiso University And Partners Receive $1.58M Grant To Advance STEM Education In Indiana
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education awarded $1,582,584 to Valparaiso University, Ball State University, Indiana University–Purdue...
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Valparaiso University Named No. 1 Best Undergraduate Teaching And No. 1 Best Value By U.S. News & World Report
Valpo Honored as No. 4 in Midwest, Topping U.S. News List for 29 Consecutive Years For the 29th consecutive year, Valparaiso University has been...
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From Tasty Bakery To Peanut Butter: David Aronson ’03, MBA, Finds Recipe For Success
More than 20 years ago, David’s career began at the Aronson family business, Tasty Bakery in Naperville, Illinois. The bakery became a foundational...
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Dedicated To Success: Tristan De La Rosa ’18 Balances Nursing Major With Division I Athletics
From early-morning clinicals to afternoon practices to late-night study sessions, the grind truly never stops for Tristan De La Rosa ’18. He...
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Endless Opportunity: Valpo STEM Students Pursue Multiple Passions
Thanks to the tenacity of Alison Norris ’17, Valpo is home to a chamber music ensemble nicknamed the “STEM-quintet,” enabling a group of five...
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A Path Of Discovery: Moved To Serve, Lead, And Explore
Being too far from home, becoming lost in the crowd, or standing out for not belonging. These are just a few of the many concerns Arielle Thomas...
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Breaking The Mold: Taylor Williams ’17 M.A. Brings Teaching Prowess To Korea
Late-night study sessions at the library. Afternoons spent mentoring classmates at the writing center. Classroom observation with international...
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Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Distinguished Faculty Spur Innovation
At Valpo, academic disciplines are blended together across campus, facilitating new pursuits and discoveries. Elizabeth Wuerffel ’00, MFA,...
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A “Gregarious” Grad: Stefon David ’17 Shines As A Student Leader
A high school track star from Westampton, N.J., Stefon David ’17 came to Valpo with high hopes and big dreams four years ago, with little...
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Accounting, Anyone? Tennis Player Paige Heuer ’17 Continues To Compete
Third in the state in high school doubles says a couple of things. It says you have a real shot at being able to play Division I tennis, while you...
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Transcending The Competition: Kyle Dunn Drills His Way To The Top On The Court And In The Classroom
Tennis balls fly back and forth across the net as young men run in zig-zag patterns to thwart their opponents hard driving serves. Tennis at Division...
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Valparaiso University Establishes Innovation Hub
Valparaiso University announces the establishment of the Innovation Hub at McMillan Hall, an interdisciplinary center of entrepreneurship learning....
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Man Of Influence: Using Music To Transform Community
Growing up in West Englewood, on Chicago’s South Side, Andre Daniels ’08 was surrounded by violence, poverty, and drug abuse, with nearly every...
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Opportunity Abounds In Civil Engineering
Since her arrival on campus, Rebecca Valliere ’18 has fully immersed herself in the College of Engineering. She has thrived in the small,...
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Accomplished Faculty: College Of Business Professor Sparks Interest In Crucial Field
A devoted teacher and cutting-edge researcher, Sanjay Kumar, Ph.D., associate professor of information and decision science, joined the College of...
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Lead And Serve: Valpo Students Thrive In Support Of Global Community
Drink. Bathe. Clean. Cook. These may be things you do daily, but for nearly one billion people across the world who lack access to clean water, these...
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Valpo Honors Faculty With Martin Luther King Jr. Award
Since 1995, Valparaiso University has presented its Martin Luther King Jr. Award to individuals and groups within the Valpo community who have made...
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A Shared Mission: Valpo Faculty And Alumni Invest In Student Success
With a love for chemistry, the first time Brian Weaver ’17 stepped foot on campus was to attend a scholarship day hosted by the chemistry...
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‘Tis The Season
Each year, Valpo students, faculty, and staff host a variety of holiday events to unite the campus with the greater Valparaiso community, as together...
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Inspirational Journey: Valpo Men’s Soccer Captain Embraces New Opportunity
Less than four years ago, Omar Lawrence ’16 accepted a full athletic scholarship from Valparaiso University to play soccer. He had never been...
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Former Olympian: Coach Tom Pukstys ’16 M.S. Motivates New Generation Of Athletes
Two-time Olympian and six-time U.S. javelin champion Tom Pukstys brought his talent and knowledge to Valparaiso University. Shortly after he...
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Discovering Purpose Through Leadership, Musicianship, And Scholarship
At Valpo, Emily Robinson ’17 has blossomed in countless ways — as a leader, collaborator, scholar, educator, musician, and motivator. Even though...
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Driven To Succeed: Ashita Bhatnagar ’18 Finds Inspiration At Valpo
Traveling more than 8,000 miles, Ashita Bhatnagar ’18 arrived at Valparaiso University two years ago sight unseen to embark on what has proven to...
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Transforming Lives: Valpo Alumna Pursues Unique Calling
Dawn Trautman ’94 is a woman of impact among her friends, within her community of faith, and throughout her professional world. Equipped with a...
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Leadership, Community, And Faith
Service. Leadership. Vocation. For Caleb Rollins ’15, these words defined his experience at Valpo and created his path to philanthropic work as...
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Embracing Opportunities: Katie Merkling ’16 Finds Community In Valpo’s Math And Science Education Program.
Water boils over the stove at an old off-campus home awaiting uncooked noodles. A kitchen timer beeps, and giggles erupt from the kitchen table where...
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Making Miracles: Fourth Annual Dance Marathon Strives To Change Lives
Their mission is simple: to dance for those who can’t. For the fourth year in a row, Valpo Dance Marathon continues to evolve and become a fixture...
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Valpo Students Discover New Places, Build Friendships, And Give Back To Local And Global Communities During Spring Break
For many years, a passion for service has poured out of the Valparaiso University community as groups of Valpo students step away from their...
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Run At The Top: The Crusaders’ Success Under Bryce Drew
May 17, 2011. That was the day Homer Drew announced that his 22nd season as head coach of the Valparaiso men’s basketball program had been his...
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Defining Experiences: Leandro Jaime ’16 Uncovers “The Power Of &” At Valpo
First-generation student and fearless leader; a head for business and a heart for community; fraternity brother and focused communicator; mentee and...
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Man On A Mission: Bryan Manalo ’11 Uses Valpo Education To Improve Health Of Children Around The World.
Garbage and rubble still line the streets, remnants of a catastrophic earthquake that occurred more than five years ago, signs there is still much...
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Friendship: One Of Valpo’s Great Traditions.
On a sunny day in September 1964, two freshmen were studying in the cafeteria in Wehrenberg Hall. They casually struck up a conversation, and the...
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The Will To Succeed: Vanesa Abad ’17 Able To Juggle It All At Valpo
The bright lights illuminate the flawlessly manicured field at Alumni Stadium. A piercing wind amplifies the effects of an already bitter November...
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Storm Intercept Team Puts Meteorology Students Close To Storm Center
Photos provided by Adam Stepanek, VUSIT Convective Field Studies Valpo’s renowned meteorology program annually graduates budding weather experts,...
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Altruism Through Umpiring: Reid Lester ’02 Combines Passion For Sports With Sense Of Service To Improve The Lives Of United States Veterans.
Sitting at his desk inside the office of a major financial institution, Reid Lester ’02 shifts his gaze toward the television. His beloved team –...
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A Dream Job: Daniel Blood ’10 Expands Valpo’s Mission Through Engineers Without Borders
By the time he reached his teens, Daniel Blood ’10, Ph.D., had an intimate understanding of the value of American goodwill in the poorest parts of...
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Intersecting Passions: Kelsey Larson ’15 Explores Classroom And Community, Science And Art.
As she sits alone in Valpo’s art studio, Kelsey Larson ’15 focuses intently on the project at hand, blocking out any other distractions or...
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Global Ambition: Professor Liu Brings Professional Experience And International Perspective To College Of Business.
As a high school student in south central China, Jiangxia (Renee) Liu, Ph.D., anticipated the opportunity to continue her education in the United...
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Margaret Lippert ’15 Receives Fulbright Award To Study, Teach In Taiwan
Margaret Lippert ’15, who earns her bachelor’s from Valparaiso University during its undergraduate Commencement ceremony on May 17, will spend...
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Calling And Purpose: Grace Leuck ’15 Leads Through Service
During her time at Valpo, Grace Leuck ’15 has capitalized on every opportunity to hone her leadership skills while contributing to the greater...
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A Global Influence: Entrepreneur Jumah Al-Mazrooie ’02 Answers Dubai’s Engineering Challenges
As director of project delivery in Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects, Jumah Al-Mazrooie ’02 solves some of the most complex engineering puzzles...
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A Passion For Health: Valpo Students, Professors Identify New Ways To Promote Health And Prevent Disease.
Professor Amy Cory has a passion for improving the health conditions of others. And with Valpo’s bachelor of science in public health, her students...
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Unexpected Discoveries: Nursing Student Gains Cultural Awareness While Pursuing Passion For Global Health Care
When Kelsey Fader ’16 first stepped foot on Valpo’s campus, she had no idea just how her passions would collide. But that is exactly what...
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Defining Moments: Fulbright Recipient Sterling Summerville ’13 Embraces Opportunities For Cultural Exchange
Sterling Summerville ’13 is a busy man. Take his time at Valparaiso University: He studied international service and gender studies, played running...
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Breaking Down Barriers: Valpo Students Attend Class Inside Prison To Explore Real-world Issues
Fifteen minutes. That’s 900 heartbeats and 180 breaths. It’s also the amount of time it takes students to board a bus at Valparaiso University...
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A Global Perspective: Experiential Learning Takes Valpo Filmmakers Around The World
For centuries, humans have used stories to connect with each other, and often, these stories have the power to spark emotions, create understanding,...
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The Power Of Education: Valpo Prepares Kenyan Student To Create Positive Change In The World.
Nearly 8,000 miles separated Mercy Ngetich ’15, who grew up in remote village in Nakuru, Kenya, and Valparaiso University. On the surface,...
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#oneVALPO: Campus Community Unites Through Grassroots Initiative
A quick glance at the headlines on recent sports pages can give even the most star-struck athletics fan a healthy dose of cynicism. However, sports...
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A Thoughtful Reflection, A Bright Future: Provost Biermann Sees Light At Valpo
On a bright but chilly morning, just one of many this fall, Provost Mark L. Biermann, Ph.D., strolls through the Christopher Center reflecting on how...
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From Iceland To Valpo
Acclaimed sculpture installation “Borders” comes to Valpo, the first college campus to host the exhibition after prominent displays at the United...
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A Crusader Family: Laura Becker ’15 Continues Her Family’s Valpo Legacy
Laura Becker ’15, a communication major with a sociology minor, always knew she would one day call Valpo her home. Coming from a long legacy of...
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Inspired To Respond
Amanda Werling ’14 was a sophomore in Valpo’s College of Nursing and Health Professions when she spent six weeks working in the emergency room of...
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Good As Gold
The late 90s represented the pinnacle of basketball fever at Valparaiso University. The Drew family cemented their legacy by coupling Valpo...
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White House Correspondence
Thousands have had their photo taken in front of the White House, countless visitors have toured the White House, but few can say they have spent...
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Whirlwind Ascent
Ginger Zuidgeest ’02 wakes up at 4 a.m. each weekday with resolve. “Since Valpo, I’ve been on this constant mission,” she said. “One of my...
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Students Learn About International Humanitarian Law With New Red Cross Club
The earth shakes as another bomb hits the city. The explosion sends shards of glass and brick flying into the streets. Civilians run for cover. In...
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Valparaiso University Placement Rate Exceeds 90 Percent For 21 Consecutive Years
Valparaiso University celebrates the 21st consecutive year of placement rates higher than 90 percent, with 92.5 percent of 2012-2013 graduates...
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Born To Run: One Year After The Boston Marathon
It’s 6 a.m. and Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach Katie Loosvelt’s phone belts out Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run.” The snow may be...
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A Lasting Legacy
Standing on the lush green lawn of the Taj Mahal, Health Care Leadership major Antwon Gates ’15 was overcome with gratitude. The trip to India,...
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Cultural Ambassador
With 200 trees planted, $5,000 raised, and three cleanup activities executed, Taiz, Yemen, is flourishing with a greener landscape, increased funds...
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Champions In The Classroom: Students Receive Academic All-League Honors
Valparaiso University student-athletes continue their history of excellence in competition and in the classroom, with eight Valpo students across...
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Studying Shanghai: Grant To Study In China Benefits Students And Faculty
Professor of History Kevin Ostoyich was preparing to spend a year as Valparaiso University’s Study Abroad director in Hangzhou, China, when he made...
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Shakespeare Week At Valpo: Actors From The London Stage Perform “As You Like It”
Valparaiso University’s inaugural Shakespeare Week, March 17-22, was a campus-wide celebration of the work of William Shakespeare. Featuring Actors...
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Transforming Lives: Second Annual Dance Marathon Raises $24,000
For most high school and college students, spring break is a time to have fun, relax, and maybe do some traveling. For Valpo freshman Marko Labovic,...
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A Symphony Across Cultures: Valpo Student Finds Calling Through Confucius Institute
Avery Davis was still in high school when he was first introduced to the sheng — a traditional Chinese instrument made of bamboo pipes that looks a...
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A Healthy Outlook: College Of Nursing And Health Professions Expands Degree Programs
Junior Kaitlyn Spaudie’s face lights up when she talks about the project she’s working on in her Communications in Health Care class. “We’re...
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An Honor Of A Performance
E.J. Ramos ’04 still gets emotional when he thinks about the moment he realized how important music is to him. He was studying with Valparaiso...
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Beauty In Numbers: International Student Discovers The Music In Math
At Valparaiso University, Ruyue Yuan has found a connection between math and music that might surprise most people. “They’re both beautiful,”...
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Engaged Mentors: Faculty Guidance Pushes Student To Succeed
Lauren Stutler dreams of traveling the world as a business management consultant. And although her plans have changed during her time at Valpo, she...
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The Search For Truth: Student Discovers Calling Through Alumni Connection
The Rev. Joshua Burkholder ’02 and David Rojas Martinez’s paths first crossed because of a stained glass window, but it was a shared adoration of...
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An Education Without Borders: Engineering With A Global Perspective
Andrew Schrader was in seventh grade when he decided to pursue a career in humanitarian engineering. “I went on a mission trip to Mexico to help...
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Calm Under Pressure: Nursing Student Acts With Grace And Compassion
Lily Salinas dreamt of becoming a nurse since she first stepped foot on Valparaiso University’s campus as a freshman, but she never imagined how...
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Reflect The Crusader Light
Valparaiso University’s Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2013 was filled with exciting celebrations, inspiring speeches, a thrilling football game,...
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Dancing With A Purpose: Fraternities And Sororities Join In Service
As Aaron Willis danced with his fraternity brothers late into the night at Valparaiso University’s first annual Dance Marathon, he did so knowing...
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Valparaiso University Receives $2.3 Million From Department Of Energy
Cooperative Agreement to Fund Solar Research at Valpo’s Solar Energy Research Facility The United States Department of Energy announced today it...
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Veronica Fall ’13 Awarded Prestigious International Fellowship
Valparaiso University alumna Veronica Fall, class of 2013, has been selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young...
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Graduate Student Interns At United Nations
Valparaiso University graduate student Wissam Shahin, a Fulbright Scholar from Syria, is working as a summer intern with the Regional Bureau for Arab...
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Lutheran Deaconess Association Celebrates 70-year Partnership With Valpo
Louise Williams ’67 shakes her head and laughs now when she thinks about it. She wasn’t even 30 years old but had been given the reins of a...
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Grads Document History Of Downtown Valpo Neighborhood
Nestled among overgrown evergreens and deciduous trees on the south side of campus sits Mueller Hall — home to Christ College, one of the...
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Valpo Alumni Report On Historic Oklahoma Tornado
Michael Seger initially marveled as the storm developed in what the 2005 Valparaiso University graduate referred to as “textbook” fashion. Later,...
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Professor, Biology Club Restore Region’s Rivers
Allison Meyer found a muddy shoe. Another student found a garden trowel. Valparaiso University’s biology club members made several unlikely...
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Valpo Experience Begins Journey For Artist
When Caleb Kortokrax ’11 transferred to Valparaiso University during his junior year, he had anticipated majoring in art history. But a...
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Rebuilding Lives In Haiti: Valpo Alumnus Helps In Earthquake Recovery
Micah Shields ’11 came to Valparaiso University with a desire to help others, inspiring his decision to study psychology as an undergraduate...
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Commemorating Civil Rights: Students Reflect On Social Justice
Nearly 30 Valparaiso University students, faculty, and staff seized the opportunity to travel to Selma, Ala., during spring break to learn more about...
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Students To Travel The World To Help Others In Need
Many Valparaiso University students could easily spend their entire two-week spring break on a sunny Florida beach, skiing in the Rockies, or...
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Rachel Rockey: Scholar, Leader, And Christ College Student
Rachel Rockey has a clear vision of what she wants to do with her life: to teach mathematics to high school students and to be a motivational leader...
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A Common Calling: Valpo Grads Working As Doctors To Provide Care To Same Underserved Area
Bonded by their passion for service, Chris Weber ’04, Ellie (Goetsch ’05) Eichman, and Lisa (Holmes ’04) Zittergruen are currently working for...
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Peace And Social Justice Symposium
The Peace and Social Justice Symposium will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, and Thursday, Feb. 28. The purpose of the Peace & Social Justice...
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Christ College Symposium
The Christ College Symposium is a premier co-curricular program of presentations and talks sponsored by the honors college for the benefit of...
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Meet Kyle
Valparaiso University offers programs and facilities often only found at much larger institutions. With all of that come opportunities that are hard...
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Singh’s Valpo Experience An Agent For Open Dialogue
2013 MLK Award Holly SinghWhen Moninder “Holly” Singh speaks to an international student about life in the United States or life on the...
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Wuerffel, Schuette Foster Conversation With Welcome Project
Ask Liz Wuerffel and Allison Schuette to summarize the Welcome Project  in a brief statement, and they’ll do it in one sentence: How do we live...
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Study Abroad At Valpo Celebrates 45 Years
Celebrating 45 years of tradition, the Cambridge and Reutlingen study abroad programs have reached an important milestone. Established in 1968, these...
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Valpo Greek Life To Support Riley Children’s Hospital With Dance Marathon
Members of Valparaiso University’s Greek life are excited to join the large number of other schools in hosting the philanthropic Dance Marathon. On...
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Valpo Students Organize Flash Mob In Library
One day, one completely normal day at Valparaiso University, students in the library were instantly entertained by sudden dancing in the lobby of the...
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Valpo Picked To Win Horizon; Season Tickets On Sale
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team has been picked to win the Horizon League Championship in 2012-2013, according to preseason polling of the...
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Hunt Sculpture To Be Unveiled Outside Brauer
When internationally renowned artist Richard Hunt learned that his friend Josephine Ferguson had purchased a 7-foot stainless steel sculpture of his...
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