Gold Rush: Supply Drive

All Week Service Drive: Monday, September 23 – Friday, September 27 @ Noon

This will be a week-long supply drive. Each item that is donated will be worth a different amount of points. All items donated will be delivered to Hilltop Neighborhood House at the end of the week. All donations can be dropped off in the student organization suite. Please bring all donations in a box or bag that is labeled with your team/organization name by noon on Friday, September 27! 

 

Spirit Section: Mural Painting

Sunday, September 22, 12:00PM 

You can begin picking-up paint markers from the Union Welcome Desk at noon on Sunday. All murals must be done by noon on Wednesday, September 25. Your window location will be given to you on Sunday, September 22.

**Any inappropriate or distasteful paintings, or violations, will be removed and disqualify a team immediately. You may not advertise for a Homecoming Court nominee.

 

Mascot Rally: Gnome Hunt

Monday, September 23-Friday, September 27, All around campus

All-day, all around, all team members are encouraged to participate. Each team will be given a plain garden gnome to decorate. Teams are encouraged to decorate the gnome to represent their team. Gnomes will be placed all around campus. Throughout the day participants must find gnomes and turn them into the Student Organization Suite where they will be entered for a prize. Each gnome is worth 10 points, additional points will be awarded to the top 3 best-dressed mascots. 

 

Heart of Gold: Blood Drive

Tuesday, September 24, 12:00PM – 6:00PM, Union Ballrooms

Thank you for having a heart of gold! Partnering with the American Red Cross we are happy to sponsor this Blood Drive to help save lives! See here for information on how to sign up to donate & volunteer.

 

Going for the Gold: Tricycle Race

Wednesday, September 25, 7:00PM, East Quad

Ever heard of the Indy 500? The “Going for the Gold” race will blow you away! Come support your team in the tricycle race around the quad! Your team will need 5 people to participate in the race. Additional points for attendees will be awarded.

 

Good as Gold: Campus Cook-Off

Thursday, September 26, 6:00PM, Cafe Patio

Join us for the annual campus cook-off and see which team can make the best savory or sweet treat! You can win crowd favorite or aim to impress our celebrity judges! (look inside the packet for secret ingredient)

 

Crusader Kickoff

Friday, September 27, 6:00PM – 8:00PM, West Lawn

Come out for a night of food, live music, and school spirit. There will be food trucks with dinner for purchase & the Homecoming Court will be announced & winning Homecoming Teams declared! 

 

All that Glitters is Gold Homecoming Fireworks

Friday, September 27, 8:30pm, South Chapel Lawn

 

 

Homecoming Street Fair

Saturday, September 28, 11:00AM – 1:00PM, Brown Field

Tailgate before the Homecoming Game. Many different groups will be represented with tents, food, and activities!

 

Football Game and Crowning the Homecoming Royalty

Saturday, September 28, 1:00PM, Brown Field

For detailed information on the week-long competition and events please visit the Homecoming Packet.

 

Candidate and voting information will be made available on Tuesday, September 24..

Be sure to vote for Homecoming Court by noon on Friday, September 27. Only current undergraduate students can vote, and you must be logged into your student Valpo account. Any votes from non-current students or from non-student email accounts will be discarded.

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 Name: Annika Brown

Team: Kappa Kappa Gamma

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Major: International Relations and French

Graduating: May 2020

How have you completed 20 hours of community service in the last 6 months? I volunteered as an International Orientation Assistant at the beginning of the semester where I got to meet new international students and help welcome them to Valpo. I also volunteer at the Hilltop food pantry where I help package bags of food for community members.

What does school spirit mean to you? How do you promote it around campus? School spirit to me means being actively engaged in and supportive of our VU community. I feel I have been able to promote this during my time at Valpo by being involved in activities across campus where I have been able to meet so many other students that I wouldn’t get to meet from classes alone. Being a member of Student Senate, I have taken an active role on our campus, and as the Student Body President, I want to foster an environment where students feel empowered to share their concerns and work together in shaping our VU community.

What is one goal you would like to accomplish in your lifetime and why? In my lifetime, I would like to travel to every continent.

Why should your classmates vote for you? Why should you represent Valparaiso University as this years Homecoming King/Queen? I love this community and the wonderful people and experiences it has brought into my college experience. There’s something special about our community here, and I would be honored to continue representing my fellow classmates and our Valpo pride as Homecoming Queen.

 

Name: Dana Rafferty

Team: Chi Omega

Hometown: Michigan City, IN

Major: Business Management

Graduating: May 2020

How have you completed 20 hours of community service in the last 6 months? I have volunteered in several different ways throughout the last six months. I volunteer for a program called “Lunch Buddies” where I am paired with an elementary student in the Valpo area have lunch with them every week. The student is someone who oftentimes is struggling in school and does not have support at home. By being a steady figure in their life, I am able to inspire them, give them advice, and serve as a role model. This summer, I volunteered as a digital marketing assistant to create marketing campaigns and promotions for a local advertising company.

What does school spirit mean to you? How do you promote it around campus? School spirit means being in attendance at events, being proud of your school on and off campus, and supporting those who contribute to Valpo’s culture. I promote school spirit around campus by using my executive position in Chi Omega, my fitness center job, and other on-campus activities to learn more about the Valpo community and advertise just how wonderful our university is. I studied abroad last year and was able to gain great experiences from it, but I was happy to be back home if that says anything about how special it is to me.

What is one goal you would like to accomplish in your lifetime and why? Through my opportunity to study abroad, I was able to expose myself to many different countries and cultures. The life that I have created within an hour radius of Valpo quickly became incredibly small, which made me realize how much of the world there is to see. I became infatuated with learning about cultural differences and researching opportunities to see them first-hand. With that said, my one goal that I would like to accomplish in my life would be to live in a different part of the world to continue to educate myself, and experience our world.

Why should your classmates vote for you? Why should you represent Valparaiso University as this years Homecoming King/Queen? I have always loved VU since I was young because my mom, aunt, and uncle went here for college. From the time that I was 9, I told people that VU was my dream school. Ever since then, my love for Valpo has grown immensely with every opportunity and experience that I have been given through this university. I should represent VU as Homecoming Queen because I am constantly promoting VU for its academics, opportunities, and people, and will continue to do so for years to come.

 

Name: Julia Nigohosian

Team: Pi Beta Phi

Hometown: Darien IL

Major: Civil Engineering

Graduating: May 2020

How have you completed 20 hours of community service in the last 6 months? The organization I volunteer for the most is SOAR. The Society of Orphan Armenia Relief is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing humanitarian relief to orphaned Armenian children.This organization hosts fundraisers and other auctions to raise awareness for those children who are less fortunate than myself. I have a particular interest in this organization because I am Armenian. I have a passion for the culture and want to give back.

What does school spirit mean to you? How do you promote it around campus? School spirit is more than showing up to football or basketball games. It goes beyond hanging out with your friends on the west lawn, union, or library. To me, school spirit does involve all those things, but school spirit is also being there for fellow classmates when they need help in school. It is wearing your letters around campus to support the entire Fraternity and Sorority community. School spirit is getting involved, giving your best effort always , and being passionate about the school you love and chose to start your adult lives at.

What is one goal you would like to accomplish in your lifetime and why? One goal I would like to accomplish in my lifetime is to become a project manager at an engineering firm. My major is civil engineering. The academic path that followed after I made the decision to study engineering was not an easy one. It can sometimes be difficult to balance social life, academics, and extra curricular involvement. After college, I plan to work for an engineering firm. It will take years of experience in addition to hard work to excel in a male dominant field to make this goal a reality. If I could accomplish this, it would make all of the tough times in school worth it.

Why should your classmates vote for you? Why should you represent Valparaiso University as this years Homecoming King/Queen? I believe I would be a great representative for Valpo’s Homecoming Queen. I have absolutely loved my past 3 years here. I can attribute this mostly to the unique and wholesome community at Valpo. I have given my all to the organizations I have been a part of. I fight for what I believe in, just like a true crusader.

 

Name: Kristina Crespo

Team: Kappa Delta

Hometown: Lake Villa, IL

Major: Health Science (PA program)

Graduating: May 2020

How have you completed 20 hours of community service in the last 6 months? I volunteer at a local nursing home where many residents do not have visitors. I mainly spend my time assisting and visiting residents who primarily speak Spanish, because the staff there predominantly speaks English. I believe everyone deserves to feel the love of a friend or family member, and I really enjoy filling that role for a few hours. In addition to this, I volunteer with my fellow Kappa Delta sisters with local Girl Scout troops in order to help instill confidence in young girls.

What does school spirit mean to you? How do you promote it around campus? School spirit means loving your community and promoting growth in order to create an atmosphere that encompasses empathy, inclusion, and success. I am proud to be a Valpo student because I see the great things we have accomplished as a community and how far our potential can take us. I promote this by instilling confidence in my classmates so they can proudly use their Valpo experiences to connect with others in the community.

What is one goal you would like to accomplish in your lifetime and why? One goal I want to accomplish in my lifetime is to provide healthcare to underrepresented populations in order to improve health overall. I am passionate about this goal because I have seen how this has impacted my own community when people do not have the resources or access to care. As a Physician Assistant, I hope to bridge that gap for those in need.

Why should your classmates vote for you? Why should you represent Valparaiso University as this years Homecoming King/Queen?  Valpo is a strong community because of the people in our student body who make this place feel like home. I believe I could represent Valpo as this year’s Homecoming Queen because I admire and do my best to embody my classmates’ values every day. Valpo would not be the same without every single student on campus and I would strive to represent everyone as the Homecoming Queen. During my time at Valpo I have become a confident leader, a dedicated student, and an overall better person as a result of the amazing interactions I have had on this campus.

 

Name: Megan Williams

Team: Black Student Organization

Hometown: Oak Park, IL

Major: Health Care Leadership

Graduating: May 2020

How have you completed 20 hours of community service in the last 6 months? I volunteered at the Center for Rehabilitation and Education over this past spring break. I worked with Latisha Houston, she is the Program Director. I helped people who are blind, deaf blind, or visually impaired. I helped them go to their classes until they learned to do that independently. I also helped read materials that were in print. I even went out as a sighted guide when walking around the community. I really enjoyed working with that school because sometimes becoming newly blind, you can be depressed. Some said I brightened their day by being there.

What does school spirit mean to you? How do you promote it around campus? School spirit to me means that you are proud to be apart of Valpo. I promote this through my organization (BSO) that there is a place for you on this campus no matter who you are and where you come from.

What is one goal you would like to accomplish in your lifetime and why? One goal that I would like to accomplish in my lifetime is to honestly graduate college and inspire those who look like me to get an education. That is very important to me.

Why should your classmates vote for you? Why should you represent Valparaiso University as this years Homecoming King/Queen? My classmates should vote for me because I can inspire people that look like me to step out of their comfort zone and get involved on campus. I should represent Valparaiso University because I have given a lot to this campus as far as my involvement, but I have also learned a lot from being here. Here at Valpo, I have learned a lot about myself, the type of person I would like to become. I will forever be grateful for this opportunity and it would truly be an honor.

 

Name: Noelle McCord

Team: Ballroom

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Major: Nursing

Graduating: May 2020

How have you completed 20 hours of community service in the last 6 months? Yes. I’ve done a couple of different things. This summer my mom and I started helping Care Connections at my home church by hosting educational programs about healthy eating and simple tips for shopping and reading food labels. It brings a positive change in the health of our church community. We want to do more with the program and incorporate more whole food plant-based education into it soon. I also help Valpo Ballroom by teaching social lessons during the semester. Teaching these lessons brings the Valpo community together in a fun interactive way that is different and fun!

What does school spirit mean to you? How do you promote it around campus? School spirit means being proud to call Valpo my school. It means promoting the core mission and values of Valpo in my daily life which is “the freedom to pursue truth wherever it leads” I want to promote that pursuit of truth within my friends and those I interact with around campus. I do the typical school spirit stuff too by wearing my Valpo gear especially my Valpo Ballroom jacket!

What is one goal you would like to accomplish in your lifetime and why? 

“I’m going to give two, because you always have to have at least one short term goal and one long term goal!

Short term: I want to get a job at a major pediatric hospital in Nashville, TN.
Long term: I want to work with the trailblazers in plant based medicine to promote healing of chronic diseases through food instead of medicine. In doing so, I hope to empower people with knowledge and strength to live their happiest and healthiest lives.

I believe taking care of people is important for the greater good of the community. I also believe that education and knowledge is liberating. If I can take care of people by empowering them to take care of themselves, I couldn’t ask for much more than that. ”

Why should your classmates vote for you? Why should you represent Valparaiso University as this years Homecoming King/Queen? My classmates should vote for me because I want to take the Valpo legacy and mission with me after I graduate. I’ve never had an opportunity like this, and I’d be honored as homecoming queen to represent our school.

 

Name: Olivia Janke

Team: Gamma Phi Beta

Hometown: Canton, MI

Major: Pre-med Biology & Chemistry

Graduating: May 2020

How have you completed 20 hours of community service in the last 6 months? I volunteer for 4 hours a week at the VNA Hospice Center in Valpo. As a volunteer there I run the front desk, greet visitors, answer phone calls, answer patient call lights, feed patients, and attend to family members. It is my job to make sure the living area has fresh coffee and snacks and I attend to anything the nurses don’t have time for.

What does school spirit mean to you? How do you promote it around campus? To me school spirit means being proud of the University that you attend and not being afraid to show your loyalty and pride in the institution. Being on the soccer team provides me an easy avenue to promote school spirit by wear the gear that we have received from our program. In addition, I believe that a person can show school spirit by the way that they treat the other students of the institution. I promote this by greeting my peers with a smile and bringing positivity to any conversation I am in on campus.

What is one goal you would like to accomplish in your lifetime and why? One goal that I would like to accomplish in my lifetime is after I have established myself as a practicing physician, get involved and make a change within the field of public health. It is crucial that we make changes elsewhere besides the doctor’s office and in hospitals and in places where there are people who may not be able to get to healthcare facilities.

Why should your classmates vote for you? Why should you represent Valparaiso University as this years Homecoming King/Queen? My classmates should vote for me because I’ve worked extremely hard to get the most out of my Valpo experience and immerse myself in everything that Valpo has to offer. I should represent Valparaiso University as this year’s Homecoming Queen because I believe I represent and have experienced the positive impacts that Valpo has to offer. Because I hold leadership positions within athletics, chapel life, academics, and additional executive boards, I am an extremely well-rounded student and individual who would represent Valparaiso University extremely well.

 

Name: Olivia Norris

Team: Alpha Gamma Delta

Hometown: Franklin, IN

Major: Civil Engineering and Japanese

Graduating: May 2020

How have you completed 20 hours of community service in the last 6 months? I volunteered my harp as entertainment at my local farmer’s market this past summer. I would play for about 2 hours each Saturday. I also volunteered for the whole day at the Ethos Art Show in my town where I held a rock painting booth and played harp for visitors.

What does school spirit mean to you? How do you promote it around campus?Instead of cheering on your favorite school sports team or attending campus wide events, I see school spirit as treating fellow students with kindness and friendliness. I personally promote this around campus by always saying hello to everyone and keeping a sunny attitude towards no matter who I meet.

What is one goal you would like to accomplish in your lifetime and why?My goal is to move to Japan and become fluent in Japanese. Ever since I visited Japan in 2018, I have done everything in my power to secure a future there. I fell in love with the culture and the people and I really hope it will work out well for me in due time.

Why should your classmates vote for you? Why should you represent Valparaiso University as this years Homecoming King/Queen? It’s not so much voting for me as Homecoming Queen, but rather for who I represent. My group, Alpha Gamma Delta, is the newest sorority on campus and it is my goal to get us heavily involved on campus and for people to know our name. Therefore, I would like us to win so everyone can know who we are!

Name: Bryce Otterbach

Team: Sigma Phi Epsilon

Hometown:  Mendota, IL

Major: Civil Engineering

Graduating: May 2020

How have you completed 20 hours of community service in the last 6 months? I completed my community service by participating in highway cleanup at Valpo, coaching young athletes in my hometown and donating my time at my local festival this past summer. The community was impacted by seeing cleaner highways in front of Valparaiso University, seeing young athletes advance in their careers throughout high school, and seeing younger adults taking steps in growing their community.

What does school spirit mean to you? How do you promote it around campus? “School spirit means that you always represent the brown and gold wherever you go. Always thinking before acting in situations that could negatively impact what people think of you. Just trying to show people that a small school like Valpo is important too and everyone doesn’t have to go to a big school to have a good time.
I promote school spirit around campus by always being positive and trying to enlighten someone’s day. Representing what Valpo stands for and giving the athletic department a positive image on campus by wearing my team’s logo on my chest. ”

What is one goal you would like to accomplish in your lifetime and why? One goal that I want in my life time is to have a family that is similar to the one I grew up with. I want my family to live in a small town and my kids to experience life on a farm. My father taught me from a young age that you need to work hard for things in life that you want. My biggest goal to have a family that gets along with everyone and has a good reputation. I want to say that I love my family with my whole heart and show this every day.

Why should your classmates vote for you? Why should you represent Valparaiso University as this years Homecoming King/Queen? My classmates should vote for me because of my daily positive attitude. When attending a small school you have to have a positive image with you classmates to succeed in life. I’m a very likeable guy and very easy to get along with. I should represent Valparaiso University as Homecoming King because of my positive image on campus and with everyone around me. My classmates see me walking to class everyday with a smile on my face in the rain or shine. I represent the values of Valpo everyday and would love to represent Valpo as Homecoming King!

 

Name: Caleb Alles

Team: Phi Kappa Psi

Hometown: Pewaukee, WI

Major: Marketing

Graduating: May 2020

How have you completed 20 hours of community service in the last 6 months? I volunteered as a baseball coach at my church, Brookfield Lutheran, where we started an Upward Baseball League. It was fantastic opportunity to teach kids from our local community the fundamentals of baseball, as well as important values like teamwork. It was amazing to see how much fun the kids had while improving their skills. All it took was a little bit or work and encouragement.

What does school spirit mean to you? How do you promote it around campus? To me, school spirit means engaging in the Valparaiso community- cheering on the brown and gold at sporting events, participating in campus life, and using your talents for the betterment of others. Personally, I promote Valpo’s school spirit by actively engaging in fraternity and sorority life and being a visible face on campus. I also connect prospective students to campus through my work at Valpo’s Office of Admissions as the Host Coordinator for our Overnight Visitation program.

What is one goal you would like to accomplish in your lifetime and why? I would like to visit every continent (except Antartica) by the time I’m 30. After studying abroad in Germany last spring, I caught the travel bug. I love experiencing other people’s cultures, tasting new foods, and seeing beautiful, new things.

Why should your classmates vote for you? Why should you represent Valparaiso University as this years Homecoming King/Queen? I love the Valpo community. I care deeply for the fraternity and sorority life that Valpo offers. I’ve formed lifelong friendships and want to represent the people that have done so much for me. It would be an honor and privilege to be Valpo’s Homecoming King.

 

Name: Christopher Rekitzke

Team: Sigma Chi

Hometown: Crown Point, IN

Major: Communication

Graduating: May 2020

How have you completed 20 hours of community service in the last 6 months? The majority of my service hours came from this past year’s Dance Marathon in addition to smaller acts of service on & around campus. The 12+ hours I spent at Dance Marathon volunteering my time was an opportunity for me to impact my peers, share Valpo DM’s story with the world, and change the life of kids at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

What does school spirit mean to you? How do you promote it around campus? Campus spirit to me means acting with integrity and being a values based leader that attempts to impact their peers and the campus community at large; always working to make a difference. I do this by serving on several exec boards for organizations around campus, giving a friendly face to visiting families through the admission office, and supporting others attempt to do the same.

What is one goal you would like to accomplish in your lifetime and why? I think the one thing that I would like to do more than anything else is to just be a good parent at the end of the day and to be able to say that. No matter how many leadership courses I take, conversations about parents and parenting always come up. Our parents are often the first leaders people have exposure to and the first that come to mind. For as cool as being President of Sigma Chi has been, I think the ultimate and most rewarding leadership experience would be being a good father.

Why should your classmates vote for you? Why should you represent Valparaiso University as this years Homecoming King/Queen? I’ve gained a lot out of my Valpo experience. Looking back on it, there isn’t anything that I would change. I’m grateful for it all and who I have been able to grow into in these four years. I like to think that I work hard, give everything my all, and attempt to be a helping hand and guiding voice for whomever I come into contact with on campus. As opportunities come in, I say yes. I always answer a call for help in whatever ways that I can. I think that I’m a face people have grown to associate me with various happenings on campus and regardless of my achieving this honor, I will continue to be that person and be an active community member. At Valpo, it’s all about giving back and carving a path for others to follow, make better, and succeed even more than you could in.

 

Name: Jake Wislek

Team: Phi Sigma Kappa

Hometown: Addison, IL

Major: Statistics and Political Science

Graduating: May 2020

How have you completed 20 hours of community service in the last 6 months? I have completed more than 20 service hours in the past six months, mostly at Lakeshore PAWs. Lakeshore PAWs is a no-kill dog rescue shelter, and they simply need people to give attention to the dogs. Whenever we go, we take the dogs out, let them go to the bathroom, and play with them. Other times we clean cages and help organize the office.

What does school spirit mean to you? How do you promote it around campus? Having school spirit simply means being proud to go to Valpo. When someone asks about your education, you get excited to tell them about he amazing opportunities here. The best way to promote school spirit is to create an environment people are proud to be from. Meaning, simply being a nice person, and establishing respect with people in campus, is the best way to promote school spirit.

What is one goal you would like to accomplish in your lifetime and why? One goal I would like to achieve is being elected into federal office. Politics is my passion, and the best way to influence the country in a positive way to be right there where it happens. Bring in government means helping people, and that’s all I want to do.

Why should your classmates vote for you? Why should you represent Valparaiso University as this years Homecoming King/Queen? Originally, I did not want to come to Valpo. In fact, it was at the bottom of the list. However, due to financial reasons, I had to come here. The moment I met everyone at focus changed everything. I feel in love with a place where I never really saw myself fitting in. This school, and my experience here, means the world to me. I’m going to cherish the memories and friendships I made here for the rest of my life. There’s just something special about Valpo.

 

Name: Joshua Williams

Team: Lambda Chi Alpha

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Major: Chinese and Japanese/ Communication

Graduating: May 2020

How have you completed 20 hours of community service in the last 6 months? I have completed over 20 hours of service learning/community hours. Some of the community service that I have worked with;
1.Habitat for Humanity (working with individuals dedicated to providing clothes and shelter to those that may need the assistance),
2. Harvest Farms (Developing and understanding those battling with drug and alcohol addition. Talking and walking in their shoes)
3. Homeward Alliance (Collecting donations and organizing clothes for those with the necessary items)
4. Welcome Week Service Project- Freshman Work Project Removing Invasive Species

What does school spirit mean to you? How do you promote it around campus? School Spirit means a lot to me. As many may know, I was once a cheerleader and I dedicated my time to supporting sports on campus. I try not to limit myself to just sports because here at Valpo, we are known for so much more. These things being the Confucius Institute Chinese Language Competitions, the Fraternity and Sorority Greek Week Activities, The Valparaiso University Center for the Arts productions, Robotics Football, and so much more. I try to be there supporting who we are as a university and leaving a stamp for all to know. I promote Valparaiso University by providing people with the brand of #OneValpo. I help add to the idea that we here to aim for an inclusive and welcoming environment.

What is one goal you would like to accomplish in your lifetime and why? My one goal is to be able to give back to all of those that have given to me. The reason for this is that my parents would always say, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I know that I am not a product of just my parents but of all of those that have made an impact or have entered my life. So to say, giving what I can to assist, to guide, and to be a resource to others is and will always be my goal.

Why should your classmates vote for you? Why should you represent Valparaiso University as this years Homecoming King/Queen? The reason why I am running for Homecoming King is due to the fact that I try. I try to engage and to develop an inclusive community. I try to take time out of my schedule to understand what is going on with each individual person. In addition, I try to be present in the moment with supporting our organizations, with conversations, and with providing services when need. I believe that I would be a great Homecoming King because of the love and joy that I have for Valparaiso University and the people within it.

 

Name: Seth Tacke

Team: Phi Delta Theta

Hometown: Campbellsport, WI

Major: Meteorology

Graduating: May 2020

How have you completed 20 hours of community service in the last 6 months? Philanthropy and giving back is a huge part of my life since I enjoy giving back to those who gave so much to me. In the past 6 months, I’ve gone to Lakeshore Paws to help with their mission (for real adopt a dog, they are so cute). I’ve helped with many roadside cleanups, to help clean up to the community. And I’ve volunteered in my true passion of Meteorology to help educate elementary students on the impotence of weather safety to them.

What does school spirit mean to you? How do you promote it around campus? School spirit means getting pumped for everything Valpo all the time. Even on those dreary November days when our attitudes and feeling a little more brown than gold. You can see losing my voice at Valpo basketball games or showing off all the great things about Valpo as a tour guide.

What is one goal you would like to accomplish in your lifetime and why? I would love to accomplish the burden of mental health. I/We all know too many people whose lives get turned around because of some dark times. It’s an issue we all face and an issue we would all rather internalize. I love to empower people to get over what’s holding them back so that we can all be better people for it. We all have purpose. We all are loved. We are all good enough. The torment in ones mind should never take over one’s life and that’s why I care about this issue

Why should your classmates vote for you? Why should you represent Valparaiso University as this years Homecoming King/Queen? There are so many awesome students on this campus who exemplify the principles of scholarship, service, and spirit. You all are the ones that make this campus survive and thrive. It is my honor to represent this campus because whether it’s a door held open at an uncomfortable distance away or an “Ope lemme sneak right past ya” I always feel at home on this patch of Northern Indiana we call Valparaiso University.

 

Name: Tyler Tanzymore

Team: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

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How have you completed 20 hours of community service in the last 6 months? I’ve completed my community service with the Beginner’s League program at Imagination Glen Bmx as a coach. I work with entry level riders ranging from ages 4-15+. Coaching consists of fundamental skills & training to help the kids progress through the sport of bmx racing. I started racing when I was 10 years old & I cherished having the older riders assist me when I began. So now that I’m that “older rider” I am more than happy to give back to the community & have so for years now. Overall, we are giving kids an alternative to the typical sports.

What does school spirit mean to you? How do you promote it around campus? School spirit is taking time to support your school’s integrity and believing that its good name is a direct reflection upon yourself. School spirit is what drives people to put their school name up in lights and advertise their school as though they are bragging. I promote this kind of school spirit by attending the games, inviting friends to events, as well as getting involved to broaden the opportunities within the community. I also promote school spirit by wearing only Valpo gear instead of other schools.

What is one goal you would like to accomplish in your lifetime and why? One goal I would like to accomplish in my lifetime is to start my own business. What most attracts me in owning my own business is the freedom. The freedom of being my own boss doing something I’m passionate about and the possibility of working when and where I desire, whether that is my desk or bed. I know from my parents experience that owning your own business isn’t all roses but I’m willing to give it a try since I believe I don’t fit in the corporate world, stuck in an office all day.

Why should your classmates vote for you? Why should you represent Valparaiso University as this years Homecoming King/Queen? Before my classmates vote for me, they should know that I am absolutely honored to be elected to represent Valparaiso University for Homecoming King. I believe I am a good candidate because I’m highly involved, outgoing, versatile, smart & I try to be friends with a majority of people. I enjoy surrounding myself with genuine people and I feel it is important to treat everyone with kindness, honesty, and respect. As far as involvement, I am the current Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi, Member of BSO, Member of the ESPN Crew, and I previously was an Overnight Ambassador. Thanks again to anyone who votes for me!

 

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