Valparaiso University is celebrating its second annual day of giving, encouraging alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends to contribute to the University. The day’s theme is “Proud to be Valpo.”

“Proud to be Valpo” is an ambitious, University-wide, one-day effort to engage the entire University community across the country and around the world. The event emphasizes Valpo’s mission to prepare women and men for lives of leadership and service while it increases alumni participation and raises awareness about Valpo.

On campus, students will participate in a Construction competition at 4 p.m. on the Harre Union lawn. The event challenges 10 teams of students to construct immense, Valpo-related structures entirely made up of canned goods, which will be donated to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.

Alumni Ed ’68 and Janice ’68 Wesemann, from Savannah, Ga., have pledged to match the first 2,000 donors who make a gift of any amount, to any area of the University. They will provide an additional $25 for each donor, up to $50,000, to support College of Business student scholarships.

The Athletics Alumni Challenge allows athletics alumni to provide additional support to individual teams when they make a gift to any area of campus. The challenges include:

  • $5,000 will be awarded to the team that has the greatest number of their alumni make a gift to Valparaiso University.
  • $5,000 will be awarded to the team that has the highest percentage of their alumni make a gift to Valparaiso University. This challenge grant is made possible by a generous gift from Ann Bowman ’77L of Valparaiso, Ind.
  • $5,000 will be awarded to the team that has the greatest number of new donor alumni make a gift to Valparaiso University. New donors are defined as those team alumni who have never before made any gift to Valparaiso University. This challenge grant is made possible by a generous gift from Leroy Schramm ’66 of Helena, Mont.

The Guild Board of Directors is also sponsoring a challenge to increase membership and support of the Guild Scholarship Fund. Thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous member of the Guild, all gifts to the Guild on the Day of Giving — both memberships and gifts to the Guild Endowed Scholarship fund — will be matched dollar for dollar up to $20,000.

Throughout the day, students, alumni, faculty and staff are observing “Proud to be Valpo” day by wearing their Valpo gear and posting to social media with the #valpoday.

Those who give to Valpo during the day of giving may direct their gifts to the fund of their choice, allowing the event to benefit a variety of initiatives from scholarships and innovative classroom experiences to athletics programs and essential strategic priorities.

Visit valpo.edu/proudtobevalpo to learn more and get involved.