“And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6

Eagerness. Anticipation. Wonder.

These are feelings I associate with the season of Advent and Christmas. As we eagerly await the birth of Christ and gather with loved ones this Christmas, may our celebrations be marked with acts of kindness and generosity toward our brothers and sisters close to home and around the world.

From all of us at Valparaiso University, have a most blessed Christmas and a joyful New Year. May God’s love fill your hearts with eagerness, anticipation, and great wonder.



Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D.