VALPO - The Magazine of Valparaiso University
Vol. 31 No. 1, Fall 2014
THE MAGAZINE OF VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY VOL. 31 NO. 1, FALL 2014 valpo.edu/valpomag A Thoughtful Reflection, a Bright Future Provost Biermann Sees Light at Valpo Fueling Research Professor Luke Venstrom ’07 Ignites Passion for Research Business Drivers Dean Jim Brodzinski Leads the College’s Global Strategy Catch your Crusaders at your desk, at home, or on the go! No matter where you are in the world, stay connected with Valpo Athletics. Watch dozens of free live video streaming events all year on your television, computer, smartphone, or tablet. Check team schedules at valpoathletics.com. To find and attend a Valpo Club viewing party in your neighborhood, visit alumni.valpo.edu. “You carry the potential to accomplish exceptional things, not only as part of this community but also throughout your lives. You come to us with aspirations, dedication, devotion, hope – a desire to fuel your passions and find your purpose in this world.” President Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D. 2014 Opening Convocation, Valparaiso University Feature Stories 12 In Search of Answers Undergraduate Research Prepares Students for Inquisitive Lives In This A Thoughtful Reflection, a Bright Future 18 Fueling Research Professor Luke Venstrom ’07 Ignites Passion for Research 22 A Thoughtful Reflection, a Bright Future Provost Biermann Sees Light at Valpo 26 Office Hours From “surviving the holidays” to “leading in a globalized world,” Professors Share Insights 34 Business Drivers Dean Jim Brodzinski Leads the College’s Global Strategy 22 Provost Biermann Sees Light at Valpo 38 What’s New From a New Residence Hall to Renovations, Upgrades, and Expansions, the Campus Master Plan Builds Momentum Sections 4 I Only at Valpo 7 I Archives 10 I Features 40 I News 46 I Athletics 48 I ClassNotes 7 Issue 18 Fueling Research Professor Luke Venstrom â€™07 Ignites Passion for Research 34 Business Drivers Dean Jim Brodzinski Leads the Collegeâ€™s Global Strategy 40 46 37 42 VALPO 3 | only at VALPO 4 VALPO | Only at Valpo In 1944, Valparaiso University acquired more than 90 acres that were developed into the new East Campus after World War II. In the middle of this flat expanse was a large, solitary oak tree that became known as Merlin. Today, the tree stands south of the Chapel of the Resurrection and directly east of the Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources, symbolizing the long legacy of knowledge, curiosity, faith, and freedom that connects all Valpo students and alumni. VALPO 5 | only at VALPO VALPO president’s letter VALPO is published two times a year by Valparaiso University Integrated Marketing and Communications. The opinions expressed do not necessarily represent the opinions of the editors or the official policies of Valparaiso University. We welcome your comments. VALPO Staff Scott Hendrickson ’02 Assistant Vice President Editor-at-Large Nicole Niemi ’96 Executive Editor University Contacts General 219.464.5000 valpo.edu Alumni Relations 800.833.6792 Advancement 800.803.7184 Undergraduate Admission 888.GoValpo Law School Admission 888.825.7652 Athletics 219.464.5230 Book Center 219.464.5421 Campus Tours 219.464.5011 Career Center 219.464.5005 Continuing Education 219.464.5313 Valparaiso University Center for the Arts Box Office and Event Information for Art, Music, Theatre 219.464.5162 Brauer Museum of Art 219.464.5365 Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources 219.464.5500 Harre Union and Conference Services 219.464.5415 As I walked through campus recently, I noticed Merlin’s leaves were beginning to change in the transition to a new season. It reminded me that, while a tree may lose its leaves each autumn, the transformation is a necessary step toward the emergence of new life. Each fall, the trees dotting Valpo’s landscape transform into a symphony of burnt orange and dark red, while the campus community pulses with energy as another generation of eager students continue their search for truth. This issue of VALPO magazine is dedicated to the very heart of the academic endeavor – the pursuit of knowledge – and the insatiable curiosity that is both deeply rooted in our history and fueling our future here at Valparaiso University. In this issue, you will read about the long tradition of scholarship and research innovation that predated the students who walk our campus today. From there, you will learn how current students and young alumni contribute to the common good through undergraduate research and from their professors, who cleverly extend their deep knowledge of contemporary challenges to you, our alumni and friends. As you read these powerful accounts, I hope you begin to see yourself in these stories, whether it be as someone who once participated in research as a student, as someone who has taken the knowledge gained at Valpo into the world, or as someone who simply embraces Valpo’s commitment to improving the world through scholarship and the pursuit of truth. After all, these qualities are what connect all of us as members of the Valpo community and are what drive our future. The extraordinary contributions you have made to this community of learning has paved the way for the innovative contributions Valpo students, alumni, faculty, and staff will make in the years, decades, and even centuries to come. Sincerely, Jill Dierberg ’06 Clark Managing Editor Judith Miller ’70 Archives Editor Contributing Acton Design Trent Albert Jon Hendricks ’01 Kristen Knoerzer ’15 Emily Villarreal ’15 Madeline Sheldon Kate Schott For ClassNotes: email@example.com Integrated Marketing and Communications Valparaiso University 1509 Chapel Drive Valparaiso, IN 46383-6493 Online Read VALPO online at valpo.edu/valpomag Phone Email Fax 800.833.6792, ext. 35 firstname.lastname@example.org 219.464.5770 Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D. President Valparaiso University As good stewards of the resources entrusted to us, this publication has been developed collaboratively by students and staff in the Integrated Marketing and Communications office of Valparaiso University. ClassNotes wants your news! Please send news of weddings, births, deaths; new jobs and promotions; academic and professional degrees; church and community service activities; awards and achievements; and changes of address to: ClassNotes Editor, Valparaiso University, Harre Union, 1509 Chapel Drive, Suite LL60, Valparaiso, IN 46383-6493; Email address: email@example.com; Fax: 219.464.5770. Include your email address to make it easy for classmates to contact you. VALPO magazine available online valpo.edu/valpomag Undergraduate Research Through the Years 1909 1911 Reuben L. Kahn, ’09, ’44H enrolled at Valparaiso University as a medical student. He earned a master’s degree in physiological chemistry from Yale University in 1913 and a Doctor of Science degree in bacteriology from New York University in 1916. Valparaiso University awarded Reuben an honorary doctorate in 1944. Reuben is most commonly recognized for his study of serology (the scientific study of blood serum and other bodily fluids) through the development of an improved test for detecting syphilis infection. The Kahn test was the first practical and rapid precipitation test for syphilis and greatly improved upon the standard test of the period. Christine Elizabeth Essenberg, an alumna of the class of 1911, began her career at Valparaiso University before enrolling at the University of California at Berkeley as a graduate student in the department of zoology, where she earned her master’s degree in 1914 and Ph.D. in 1917. Subsequently, Christine worked at the Scripps Institution for Biological Research [Scripps Institution VALPO archives 7 | VALPO archives From the Archives VALPO archives of Oceanography] in La Jolla, Calif., an institution that promoted the study of animal life in the Pacific Ocean. Christine is known for her research in the field of zoology, focusing on organisms of the Pacific Ocean. Some of her research interests include the taxonomy of appendicularia (a type of plankton), as well as descriptions of new species of microorganisms discovered by the institution. 1969 In 1969, the Trustees of the General Electric Foundation selected Valparaiso University as one of 20 institutions to receive a series of grants to support undergraduate education and research for the Department of Engineering. 1929 Valparaiso University received its accreditation on March 13, 1929. 1970 1958 1926 In 1926, Professor Alfred H. Meyer joined the University’s department of geography and later became head of the geology-geography department. His primary field of research was historical geography and analyzing geographic change through time at different stages of settlement, primarily in Northwest Indiana. In 1962, Professor Meyer researched and wrote a paper with former student Diane Heidtman ’61 titled “Manufactural Geography of East Chicago-Whiting,” which was published in “Proceedings of Indiana Academy of Science.” This paper evaluated geographic forces and their effect on the development of manufactural patterns in the area. In the 1950s, the science departments at Valparaiso University saw substantial growth with the dawn of the Department of Engineering and the installment of the sub-critical nuclear reactor, which provided an opportunity for research experience and study not received at other undergraduate universities. In 1958, the Department of Engineering received its accreditation, allowing Valparaiso University the ability to offer an undergraduate degree in the field. In the 1970s, Valparaiso University was one of very few universities with the capability to teach reactor physics at an undergraduate level. The nuclear physics lab at Valpo was designated as “a model for all small universities wishing to provide excellent training in the field of undergraduate physics” by the University Branch of the United States Atomic Energy Commission. The lab contained a 300 kev accelerator, a large high-vacuum particle scattering chamber, and a subcritical reactor. Students were encouraged to use it for individual research projects. And to assist with research, the Industrial Research and Development Program was created in collaboration with industrial companies such as Magnetrol, which supplied the students and advisors with funds and equipment. At the end of the year, students presented their research. 1970s-1980s Walter Rast joined the faculty in 1961 as a professor of biblical studies and Palestinian archaeology. In 1973, 8 VALPO archives | Professor Rast led his first expedition (in what would be a series of excavations), exploring ancient settlements along the Dead Sea in Jordan. During his time at the University, Professor Rast encouraged both graduate and undergraduate students to volunteer during these excavations to gain both valuable practical learning and research experience. 1988 discussion at the undergraduate level for students working on class projects and senior theses. It also provided students an opportunity to share their findings with a larger audience. At the Inaugural Celebration, more than 40 students presented their projects, and 30 gave oral presentations on a variety of subjects such as biology, chemistry, foreign language, history, and English. Throughout the years, participation has grown to more than 150 students presenting their research. 2000 2006 Beginning in 2000, students worked with Robert Palumbo ’80, professor of mechanical engineering, to design and build the solar furnace, located in the James S. Markiewicz Solar Energy Research Facility. Valparaiso University’s Doppler radar was built in late 2006 to foster learning and research for meteorology faculty and students. With this technology, students monitor weather conditions, including precipitation and atmospheric levels. In 1986, the Committee on Creative Work and Research recommended the allocation of funding specifically dedicated to encouraging undergraduate scholarship. In 1988, the Committee on Creative Work and Research announced its first Undergraduate Summer Research Award for sophomores and juniors. 2004 2011 1999 Valparaiso University held its Inaugural Celebration of Undergraduate Research on April 21, 1999. The University’s goal was to encourage research and On April 1, 2004, Valparaiso University honored Professor Emeritus Richard Baepler ’11H and four Valpo graduates, Richard Duesenberg ’51, ’53, ’01H, Dr. Heather Mitchell Johnson ’74, Lillian Peters Mullin ’45, and Andrew Rodovich ’70, ’73 as foundation members for the newly installed Phi Beta Kappa at Valpo. Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society whose members display commitment to the study of liberal arts and science through their scholarship. Niall Slater, president of Phi Beta Kappa, introduced Professor Sarah DeMaris, associate professor of foreign languages and literatures, in the Chapel of the Resurrection, as the first president of the Valpo chapter. Donald V. Fites Engineering Innovation Center, an addition to the Gellersen Engineering and Mathematics Center, allows undergraduate students to study and conduct research in its laboratories. In 2013, the Fites Center achieved LEED Platinum certification. 2013 In 2013, Valparaiso University received a grant from the United States Department of Energy to fund solar research and develop an alternative solution for renewable energy sources. The James S. Markiewicz Solar Energy Research Facility is the only solar furnace at an undergraduate institution in the U.S. and one of only five facilities in the nation. VALPO archives 9 | VALPO archives VALPO feature Free to Explore At Valpo, the pursuit of knowledge and curiosity extends beyond the classroom and into the community. The University has always shared its commitment to lifelong learning with others through public access to the Brauer Museum of Art, theatre performances, concerts, and lectures, many of which are free to the community. Valpo also promotes exploration through the use of the observatory, as individuals and families from across the region attend open houses, hosted by the department of physics and astronomy, to hear engaging lectures and glimpse into the vast universe. 10 VALPO feature | Community members and alumni like Jon Hendricks ’01 and Becca Spivak Hendricks ’13 M.S. enjoy exploring Valpo’s public offerings with their children, Adelaide (5) and Rachel (2). VALPO feature 11 | VALPO feature VALPO feature In Search of Answers Undergraduate Research Prepares Students for Inquisitive Lives At Valpo, students pursue curiosity through undergraduate research, where they learn valuable skills and develop insights that they take into the world. From a study on the architecture of running shoes to the creation of a sensor that detects carbon monoxide in living cells, students dive into the unknown to uncover infinite possibilities. As Valpo prepares students for leadership and service at both the local and global level, many projects embody a commitment to these values. One recent study explored ways that a rural Nicaraguan community could improve health in the area. Another explored the cyclical nature of gun violence among Chicago youth. Yet another study focused on the common characteristics of past genocides in order to prevent them in the future. In the pages that follow, youâ€™ll gain a glimpse into the way Valpo prepares students through research to become tomorrowâ€™s greatest problem solvers. 12 VALPO feature | Amanda Ulin ’14 was inspired to study kinesiology at Valparaiso University after suffering a back injury while playing soccer and running track in high school. And, as a result, she gained the knowledge necessary to become a physical therapist. “I quickly became fascinated with the potential of the human body,” Amanda says. “The body is made up of elaborate systems that work with and rely on one another to make the human function.” Her curiosity didn’t stop there. Valpo and mentors like Kelly Helm, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology, allowed her to pursue research on strengthening hip muscles. While studying nine female soccer players at Valpo, Amanda realized strengthening the muscles that control hip movement can reduce pain in the hips as well as a patient’s knees and back. “I’ve always had a curious personality and sought new knowledge, especially related to health care,” Amanda says. “This research was a significant experience for me, because it exposed me to the academic side of my field of study and to the exciting opportunities that make a difference in people’s lives through kinesiology.” Amanda’s professors and peers both recognized her excitement for the research project, which quickly spread to others. “Amanda was eager to learn and equally eager to apply knowledge,” Professor Helm says. “She was an asset in the classroom — inquisitive, on point.” Indeed, Amanda convinced one of her classmates — Kelsey Draper ’15 — to join her in her research. Kelsey was most impressed with Amanda’s determination and willingness to collaborate with others. “She is one of the hardest working individuals I know, and her drive to be the best she can be in everything that she does will lead her to a successful career as a physical therapist,” Kelsey says. Amanda spends her time these days studying as a doctoral student in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Iowa. She credits Valpo for the knowledge she uses today while participating in clinical rotations. “My undergraduate work in kinesiology provided me with a foundation that I use as I rehab patients and continue to learn about the science of human movement.” “This research was a significant experience for me, because it exposed me to the academic side of my field of study and to the exciting opportunities that make a difference in people’s lives through kinesiology.” VALPO feature 13 | VALPO feature When Injury Leads to Passion VALPO feature 14 VALPO feature | A Study about Unauthorized Aid For Andrew Gilbert ’12, undergraduate research gave new meaning to Valparaiso University’s 71-year-old, student-initiated Honor Code. As a student, he studied, designed, and administered an anonymous online questionnaire about academic integrity to an entire high school of approximately 1,050 students, working closely with mentor, Lissa Yogan ’82, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology and criminology. “My research focused on why students cheat, especially given that most students believe that cheating is morally wrong,” says Andrew. “I wanted to understand how they rationalized their behavior.” Through the process, Andrew learned valuable analytical skills that he will utilize throughout his career. He currently works at EarthWise Inc., a small environmental consulting firm. “The research project has been a huge benefit to Andrew in the workforce,” says Professor Yogan. “Because of the skills that we teach in both Research Methods and Senior Seminar, he is able to do work that other employees in the office cannot do.” As a transfer student, Andrew quickly found his niche at Valpo, where he enrolled in Christ College — The Honors College and took advantage of opportunities to increase his passion for sociological research. His interest led to several unique experiences, including an internship with the FBI in 2011, where he was one of only 100 students from across the United States selected by the bureau to participate in its volunteer internship program. During that time, he worked for the white-collar crime unit in Indianapolis, where he helped investigate a range of federal cases. “My experience with the FBI was phenomenal, and I believe the skills and knowledge I cultivated at Valpo made my internship mutually successful,” says Andrew. Andrew’s research project has continued beyond his undergraduate years with help from Professor Yogan. The two are currently collaborating on several publications that stem from Andrew’s survey on academic integrity that they hope to finish soon. VALPO feature 15 | VALPO feature VALPO feature Uncovering a Gap in Health Care Literacy With a desire to improve health care literacy and the discrepancies between Spanish and English medical information, Jenessa Franco ’14 let her passion for patient care drive her pursuit of truth. During her research project, Jenessa and her team worked with supervisors Constance Lemley, DNP, and Carole Pepa, Ph.D., to compare English and Spanish versions of the directions, warnings, and side effects of two types of medication, amoxicillin and warfarin. “We were hopeful that the two would be nearly identical, but to our surprise, the true English versions were much more detailed than the Spanish versions,” says Jenessa. “For example, the English version listed all medications and foods that one should avoid while on the medication, but the Spanish version only listed a handful of them, leaving the patient unaware of many of the common complications.” Jenessa’s research identified a large gap in the way pharmaceutical information is presented to various audiences, and as a result, she is more attuned to her patients’ needs. “The research on English versus Spanish medical information sheets brought to light some language disparity of which all nurses should be cognizant,” says Professor Lemley. “During the project, Jenessa showed great leadership that will give her an advantage as she goes out into the workforce as a registered nurse.” Jenessa hopes to apply the knowledge she gained in her current role as a registered nurse on the Oncology Unit at the University of Iowa Hospital. 16 VALPO feature | Innovation in Chemistry Education For Jazmin Taylor ’15, the Valpo experience, both in and out of the classroom, is filled with opportunity. With majors in education and chemistry, Jazmin works with Valpo’s Mathematics and Science Education Enrollment and Development (MSEED) program and advisor Del Gillispie, Ph.D., associate professor of education, to pursue her dreams of becoming a science teacher. “Teaching is what I was put on this earth to do, because I believe knowledge gives us the power to do anything in life,” says Jazmin. “I chose to teach chemistry, because it’s a subject that is really challenging, and that moment when you finally understand something, or that ‘aha’ moment, is one I want all students to experience.” Jazmin was immediately drawn to Valpo’s campus and small class sizes. “Valpo is a school where I have an opportunity to find myself and what makes me happy. At Valpo, I am able to express all of me — this includes my love for the sciences, teaching, and athletics.” Jazmin’s contribution to scholarship through undergraduate research is just one of the myriad ways she has taken full advantage of her Valpo experience. During a research project under the direction of Robert Clark, Ph.D., assistant professor “Teaching is what I was put on this earth to do, because I believe knowledge gives us the power to do anything in life.” of chemistry, Jazmin focused on enhancing the general chemistry class at Valpo. Her research specifically explored ways to improve the retention of information and the student learning experience. To enhance the lab component of the course, she created inquiry labs that focused on discovery-based learning rather than information-based learning. To improve the classroom setting, Jazmin researched the textbook materials in order to make them more understandable and worthwhile. “I chose this topic because I felt it would allow me to ensure my future classroom will be the best that I can create.” Jazmin attributes her success to mentors like Professor Gillispie, who continually push her to succeed and take full advantage of her time on campus. “Professor Gillispie has been there every step of the way in my journey here at Valpo. She always makes sure I take advantage of every opportunity available to me on campus.” Along with her devotion to scholarship, Jazmin is an active two-sport athlete, participating in women’s basketball and track and field. “Jazmin is deeply reflective when it comes to everything she does, and she is constantly striving to improve, whether it be on the court or in the classroom. She is an outstanding role model for other African American females aspiring to be successful in all walks of life,” says Professor Gillispie. Like many Valpo students, Jazmin received a scholarship to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher, and she says she is grateful for the funding that allowed her to achieve her goals. “My scholarship made the decision to come to Valpo easier, and without it, I would not have been able to attend.” VALPO feature 17 | VALPO feature Fueling Research Professor Luke Venstrom â€™07 Ignites Passion for Research VALPO feature 18 VALPO feature | VALPO feature 19 | VALPO feature VALPO feature Luke Venstrom ’07 arrived at Valparaiso University in 2003 as an ambitious freshman with a plan for his four years ahead — he would study civil engineering with dreams to some day build massive bridges around the country. But everything changed because of a soda can, a prayer, and the flip of a coin. That year, Luke and his classmates built a steam engine from an aluminum can. The body of the can became the boiler, a rubber band functioned as the transmission, and a small piece of copper directed the steam to the turbine. Something clicked for Luke, and just like that — his life plan changed. He knew mechanical engineering was the right path after the excitement he experienced when the team tested the experiment and witnessed it run. Two years later, Professor Robert Palumbo ’80 – an expert in solar energy research – offered Luke an opportunity to stay on campus for the summer and conduct research using sunlight to make zinc, which is used for galvanizing steel. But, Luke had other internship opportunities, so he had to make a decision. “I said, ‘I’m going to say a prayer, I’m going to flip a coin, and then ‘I’ll go with it, ’ ” he says. “It landed on the research opportunity.” That summer, Professor Palumbo and his student made zinc in a cleaner, greener way that required no fossil fuels. They also studied how to produce electricity from the chemical. But what Luke gained from the research was more than knowledge on solar energy. Luke realized he was working with someone who conducted potentially life-changing research. “Professor Palumbo is incredibly intelligent, and he makes you want to push yourself. I remember thinking that this guy is raising my game — and he’s making me think about things that I never did before.” And Professor Palumbo is thrilled that Luke has returned to Valpo as an assistant professor after earning his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota. “I am very happy that Luke is now my colleague here at Valpo,” Professor Palumbo says. “He is a very gifted, hardworking, caring, engineering scientist and teacher, and our students and I will learn a lot by working with him.” Luke’s time at Valpo has evolved full circle as he continues to work with his mentor and has stepped into the same role with his own students. “I’m not sure I will ever mentor at the caliber at which Bob does,” Luke says. “But to know that I am making a difference is incredibly rewarding.” The avid baseball fan said that he is thrilled to be back in Valparaiso with his wife Laura and young son, Sam. “I had been trying to figure out what to do with my life and this is it,” Luke says. “I believe strongly that the coin landed the way it did, because God had a plan for me.” Current Research on Solar Energy by the College of Engineering To study the process of producing hydrogen from water using solar energy, the National Science Foundation granted the college $300,000. To study a process to produce magnesium from magnesium oxide using sunlight, the Department of Energy’s ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy) gave the college $2.3 million, the largest grant that the College of Engineering has procured. Valparaiso University is the only university in the nation with an ARPA-E cooperative agreement. 20 VALPO feature | “There is no other institution in the world where engineering and concentrated solar energy research are so tightly intertwined,” Professor Venstrom says. “There are many institutions that do one but not the other.” The cornerstone of this work is a solar furnace in the worldclass James S. Markiewicz Solar Energy Research Facility. The rare instrument can reach temperatures of 3,000°F by concentrating sunlight, which enables professors and students to research and use solar energy without releasing carbon dioxide. Professor Venstrom credits Valpo’s tradition of underscoring the freedom to pursue knowledge for inspiring him to explore the subject in depth. “Valpo asks its students to dive deeper than the ‘What?’ part of what you do to think about the ‘Why?’ part of what you do,” Professor Venstrom says. “As an undergraduate researcher of concentrated solar energy, I was motivated by a calling to be a steward to the Earth and to serve others by discovering a pathway to clean energy.” Professor Venstrom sees a curiosity and dedication to seeking knowledge in his students, too. “What sets students apart is that they act on this awareness, driven by this deep sense of vocation developed through conversations with their peers and their professors and mentors,” he says. “I feel honored to participate in this conversation with them.” This year, Professor Venstrom and his team are working with Valpo chemistry student Jordan Otto ’14. She is participating in the research on the process of producing hydrogen from water with the sun. The research is interdisciplinary by nature, Professor Venstrom says. Jordan says she has learned to use a more critical eye and question her own assumptions through her experience working with Professor Venstrom. “Solar research at Valpo is highly driven by individual curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge,” she says. “The students on the research team are extremely motivated to search for answers to their questions and can often be found working at any hour to do so. We are held to high standards, which challenges us to raise our own personal goals and helps us grow as students and researchers.” “We are held to high standards, which challenges us to raise our own personal goals and helps us grow as students and researchers. ” VALPO feature 21 | VALPO feature Professor of mechanical engineering Luke Venstrom, ’07 Ph.D, along with his colleagues and students in the College of Engineering, have an opportunity that no other university in the world can offer. VALPO feature 22 VALPO feature | A Thoughtful Reflection, a Bright Future Provost Biermann Sees Light at Valpo “As an academic administrator, if you don’t have a real love for teaching and scholarship, then your chances of being really effective decrease. You have to love what you’re trying to support. ” VALPO feature 23 | VALPO feature VALPO feature 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 his path led to his tenure as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Valparaiso University, where he serves as the chief administrator for academic programs. In addition, he provides oversight for student affairs, campus ministries, and the Cresset literary magazine. For Provost Biermann, the path to Valpo is rooted in his deep understanding of call and vocation. “I wouldn’t have come to Valpo if I didn’t have a strong sense of calling, which comes from my faith background. Faith is central to who I am,” says Provost Biermann. “Throughout the search process, my sense of calling became stronger and stronger, and I firmly believe this is where I should be at this particular juncture.” Provost Biermann thoughtfully relates his sense of calling and purpose back to Valpo’s commitment to the intersection of faith and learning. His field of study, optics, which researches the behavior and properties of light, is perhaps symbolic considering Valpo’s motto “In Thy Light, We See Light.” But for Provost Biermann, the relationship between science and faith is an important facet of life. “Science is a powerful lens through which we know more about the Creator and the creation God gave us,” he says. “In science, we can see better by using a lens. In the same way, science allows us to better see how God is revealed in nature.” Like many students who come to Valpo, it was Provost Biermann’s early discovery, exposure, and research that led him to study optics. It began during his freshman year of high school, when he wrote a research paper about lasers. From there, Provost Biermann’s curiosity took him to places he never imagined. During his senior year of high school, he applied and was admitted to the University of Rochester’s optics program, where his appreciation for the field of study grew. He then pursued a Ph.D. in order to continue his research and share his wisdom with others through teaching. In recent years, Provost Biermann has devoted his attention to academic administration, while his passion for teaching remains. “I desperately miss teaching. I desperately miss being in the classroom with the students,” he says. “As an academic 24 VALPO feature | administrator, if you don’t have a real love for teaching and scholarship, then your chances of being really effective decrease. You have to love what you’re trying to support.” Since he began his position on July 1, Provost Biermann has acclimated to the University’s culture and worked diligently to apply his expertise to the academic environment. He finds Valpo’s sense of purpose and intentionality especially intriguing. “The University’s position as an independent Lutheran University has allowed it to construct its identity without external pressure from outside organizations,” he says. “This allows Valpo to address the needs of the world in an extremely thoughtful and vibrant way. These qualities make Valpo distinctive, and they permeate through everything we do here.” In his role, Provost Biermann hopes to advance Valpo’s distinctiveness by implementing and strengthening a variety of academic programs and experiential learning opportunities. He says there is an incredible opportunity to develop well-rounded students, because Valpo exists as a liberal arts institution with a strong interdependent system of professional colleges and programs. “I have never seen a dichotomy between professional studies and the liberal arts. From my perspective, I always saw them as fully integrated; that in order to be the most effective engineer, you need an incredibly strong grounding in the liberal arts. And the liberal arts are enhanced when you can see their application into professional areas.” The recent addition of several professional programs, including physician assistant studies and public health, strengthens Valpo’s liberal arts tradition and positions the University to strategically serve the demands of the community and the world. “The combination of these two programs launching at the same time speaks volumes about Valpo’s attentiveness to the needs of our society,” he says. Along with curricular additions, Provost Biermann is also eager to enhance and expand the study abroad experience as well as Valpo’s partnerships with study centers worldwide. The University’s recent partnership with Generation Study Abroad, an initiative aimed to double the number of students who study abroad by 2020, aligns with his interest in experiential learning. “Study Abroad provides a wonderful foundation for students to build a strong inclusive approach to the world, where, no matter what the world throws at them, they can be ready and be prepared.” Although his position keeps him immensely occupied, Provost Biermann tries to take time to enjoy life outside of work. He spends most of his free time with his wife, Lois, and their daughters, Grace, 15, and Hope, 12. Additionally, Provost Biermann’s appreciation for optics extends into his personal life, where he dabbles in photography. “I’ve been taking pictures my whole life, an interest inspired by my dad. When he was in Korea at the end of the Korean War, he bought a Kodak rangefinder and shot several thousand slides,” he says. “I grew up looking at all these pictures, and my brothers and I would beg him to see them over and over again. And so, with my background in optics as well as my dad’s passion for photography, I just became very interested in photography early on.” The ways in which Provost Biermann’s personal interests coalesce with his professional background indicate that he has found his vocation in academia. His enthusiasm for education, self-discovery, and wisdom permeates through everything he does, in both his personal and professional life. And just like the sun rising on a chilly morning, Provost Biermann’s reflection shines bright at Valpo. VALPO feature 25 | VALPO feature VALPO feature office hours from “surviving the holidays” to “leading in a globalized world,” professors share insights 26 VALPO feature | avoid red lights On average, Americans will spend six months of their lives waiting at red lights. Luckily though, the roundabout has replaced many of them at high-traffic intersections throughout the United States. With more roundabouts popping up every day, avoiding red lights will only become easier in time. Roundabouts were not always popular in the United States and in some cases considered foreign. But that’s all changing, as roundabouts are making a comeback. Yes, that’s right, “a comeback.” Although circular junctions are usually associated with the British, their presence in the United States dates back to 1905 when Columbus Circle was built at the southwest corner of Central Park in New York. The first U.S. experiment went tragically wrong as the original traffic circle gave priority to entering vehicles rather than circulating vehicles. Consequently, major car crashes and choked traffic circles ensured that circular junctions would not gain ground in the United States again, that is, until the United Kingdom mandated the yield-at-entry rule in the 1960s. Americans, shaken by their early experience with circular junctions, cautiously observed the rise of the modern roundabout in Europe and Australia for the next two decades before experimenting with it. The first modern roundabout in the United States was built in Nevada in 1990, and the number has steadily risen since then: 38 in 1997, more than 2,000 in 2010, and more than 3,700 and counting at present. While there is still a great deal of public resistance to roundabouts, many people change their opinion once they are constructed, as they present many advantages in safety, traffic operations, and aesthetics. The roundabout is the undisputed king when it comes to safety at intersections. In fact, studies have shown that it is safer for both vehicles and pedestrians. In addition, roundabouts reduce congestion and pollution during peak and off-peak hours by reducing delay, queue length, and the number of stopped and idling vehicles, when contrasted with a comparable signal. Additionally, roundabouts have a lower life-cycle cost compared to traffic signals, and they are more aesthetically pleasing. how to Nezamuddin, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, College of Engineering Nezamuddin is an assistant professor of civil engineering at Valparaiso University. His research interests include transportation network modeling and traffic operations. VALPO feature 27 | VALPO feature VALPO feature tell a story how to When I was growing up in Oklahoma, kids used to say, “She’s tellin’ you a story,” a nice way of saying, “She’s lying to you.” And it’s true that “storytelling” involves a creative approach toward reality. Whenever we tell a story — recounting a dream, setting up a joke, or simply reporting our workday troubles to a friend — we are always selecting, rearranging, distorting, exaggerating, or toying with the truth. Some stories are better than others, not just because the struggling heroes are more gorgeous or the clashes more earth-shattering, but because of the way the tales are told. A storyteller is always carefully doling out information — giving, but also withholding (we call that suspense). First, she hooks us into caring about the story’s characters and their problems (the set-up), then teases us with pauses, surprises, and cliff-hangers (the complication) until we beg for (a resolution): a happy ending ... pleeeease. It helps to have attractive characters, or at least intriguing ones, people we can like, desire, hate, or fear. All of these characters want something they don’t have. A sexy mate. Revenge against a murderer. Money. Respect. Defeat of the alien invaders. If the heroes are likeable, we want them to succeed: to find the lost treasure, win the world cribbage championship, be swept away by the prince on his white steed. If they are evil, we want them to get the beatings, torture, or bloody deaths they richly deserve. We all tell stories all the time. Stories are necessary confections, creations that we need to remember, to make sense of our realities. By telling them well, using vivid details, suspense, surprise — and maybe a little imagination — we can keep our listeners listening, and, almost inconspicuously, pass along our truths and memories to others. And I’m not fibbin’. Peter Lutze, Ph.D. Chair, Department of Communication Peter Lutze is chair of the Department of Communication. He is a passionate cinephile with an expertise in European cinema and documentary production. 28 VALPO feature | how to avoid the flu As winter rolls around, avoiding the flu is on everyone’s mind, but many of us still end up sick one way or another. With the new strains of flu that emerge each year, it is important to remember the basic precautions to avoid viral infection. Get vaccinated. Vaccines are recommended for everyone aged 6 months and up. To provide the best protection, get a flu vaccine as early in the flu season as possible. The good news is that vaccines are inexpensive and easily accessible in the community, at the health department, and at your healthcare provider’s office. Wash your hands. Washing your hands frequently with soap and water can greatly reduce your chance of getting the flu. When hand washing isn’t an option, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can do the trick to decrease the germ count. Don’t touch. Have you ever considered the number of people who have touched, sneezed, or coughed on the shopping cart handle at the grocery store? The same is true for counters, door handles, and elevator buttons. Because it’s impossible to avoid contact with all surfaces that may have germs, it is important to keep your hands away from your face so that germs don’t enter your body through your eyes, nose, and mouth. Avoid sick people. Try to steer clear of crowded areas during flu season as well as anyone who is sick. If you become sick, do your part and stay home until your symptoms are gone and you are fever free for 24 hours. Build a good defense. It is essential to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and get plenty of rest. Decreasing stress and participating in daily exercise are also great ways to strengthen your immune system and build a good resistance to germs. Minimal effort goes a long way when it comes to avoiding the flu. Take charge of your health this winter, be proactive, and stay healthy. Sandra Bleza, MSN Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Health Professions Sandra Bleza is a clinical assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. She teaches medical-surgical nursing in the undergraduate nursing program. VALPO feature 29 | VALPO feature VALPO feature Before we know it the holiday season will be upon us, and with it, family parties and get-togethers. Often, we hear about the trials that these festive gatherings generate and are even beguiled by the entertainment many common holiday family “situations” provide as they are woven into popular stories and movies. While the holidays are often a time for families to joyously reunite, the idea of spending extended time with family can also become a source of high anxiety, and these anxious encounters are far from the popular comedies we have come to know and love. The focus of tension during the holiday season is often on parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and family friends while the sibling relationship is actually the source of a majority of family conflict. The relationships we have with our brothers and sisters are the most important interactions we have in terms of how we develop interpersonally. In fact, our siblings are our closest peers, and studies have shown that when these relationships are positive, so too is our ability to engage in healthy relationships with family and friends throughout life. Not surprisingly, when these interactions are negative, the opposite is also true. So, what do you do when these situations arise? The most important starting point is to raise your awareness. Do not dismiss negative sibling interactions. Avoid using statements like “that’s just how brothers and sisters are,” “boys will be boys,” or “girls will be girls.” Challenge yourself to speak up. Sharing your feelings may provide the mutual relief that is needed. In the end, the holidays provide a wonderful opportunity to cherish those we love and to receive that warmth in return, whether it be biological family, family of choice, or dear friends. So make sure to take the time to lift up those relationships that you are most thankful for throughout the holiday season. survive the holidays 30 VALPO feature how to Mandy Morrill, Ed.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology Mandy Morrill is an assistant professor in the psychology department and serves as the clinical training coordinator for the clinical mental health counseling graduate program. Her research focuses on family abuse and the long term impact of sibling relationships on well-being. | lead in a globalized world how to The global economy has dramatically increased the complexity and ambiguity of organizations. Additionally, leaders in a globalized world have to constantly maintain an awareness of the increasing environmental complexity. This complexity fuels conflicts, both within and external to the organization. Leaders have to be more aware of interpersonal and intercultural behavioral issues. They have to manage multiple viewpoints and perspectives from different countries and cultures. Leaders must be flexible, responsive to true differences in problem-solving among countries, and have the ability to learn from mistakes and to balance shorterand longer-term objectives. The leader in a globalized world must embrace a workforce that no longer has work as a central live interest. While employees demand to be part of the organizational decision-making process and want to be vested in organizational outcomes, they increasingly demand a work structure and environment that complements their personal lifestyles — an employee’s commitment to the organization is often moderated by their commitment to their family or community. Consequently, leaders need to instill a sense of purpose — and then give employees the power and flexibility to accomplish both organizational and personal goals. Leaders must develop strong ethical guidelines for their organizations and establish ways of integrating their organizations into the social fabric of the communities in which they reside. The epidemic of litigation and criminal prosecution in the last several years demonstrates that society has increased moral and social standards to which organizational leaders will be held. The one certainty for today’s leader is uncertainty. Emerging markets, new technologies, political instability, new employee demands — all require leaders to embrace change. Much of a leader’s time is spent communicating with constituencies and assuring employees that change is necessary for continued organizational survival. In addition, it is the leader’s responsibility to create a “culture of change.” Jim Brodzinski, Ph.D. Dean, College of Business Jim Brodzinski is dean of the College of Business. His research interests include organizational development and international business. VALPO feature 31 | VALPO feature VALPO feature embrace conflict In contemporary democratic and pluralistic societies, the goal should not be to solve the conflict but to sustain it. This argument builds on a long history of debates about the place of conflict and consensus in social life. The scholars focused on consensus argue that what we think is a good and just society needs to emerge from rational deliberation, conducted in universal terms acceptable to everyone. The appeal of this point is clear in the American context, where politicians’ individual interests regularly hinder the conversations and solutions about the matters that concern all. But the consensus approach has serious limits because it requires us to bracket off particularities that make us who we are — our gender, national, racial, class, religious, or non-religious identities. The question here is not only whether we can but whether we should set aside these important elements of our identities. Pragmatically speaking, recognizing that we have multiple worldviews is vital if we are to avoid dissatisfaction and violent disruptions of social life. But more importantly, as the conflict thinkers highlight, affirming the plurality of voices in political life is a matter of public justice and robustness of civic life. Yes, fully engaging each other’s differences while deliberating things that touch us deeply will cause conflict and disagreement. But this is also necessary if we want to live in a society in which the ideas of what’s just and good are contested and reappropriated by every new generation, rather than fixed categories determined by the powers of one group. Put simply, what we need to learn as members of democratic, pluralistic societies are not methods to avoid conflict but productive ways to disagree, all the while knowing that we have equal rights and equal responsibilities to shape a society where everyone can flourish. how to Slavica Jakeli´ c, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Christ College – The Honors College Slavica Jakeli´ c is an assistant professor of humanities and social thought at Christ College – The Honors College. Her research interests include conflict resolution, religion, secularism, and public life. 32 VALPO feature | serve how to Becoming aware of a situation of human suffering can be like an alarm going off: “Somebody, do something!” or, “How can I help most effectively?” Here are a few ideas to consider: See: Start by seeing one race — it’s called human. We are all linked together by a common humanity. People are people, irrespective of status or ethnicity. Everywhere I go, humans hope for the same things: a healthy future, good food, clean water, loving relationships, a safe place to live, education for children, and a real reason to smile. Engage specifically: Loving humanity is so much easier as a vague intellectual idea than a concrete, hands-on action. But you can’t make a difference without taking a specific action within a specific community for a specific cause with a specific investment of money or time or skill. Yes, care about big, global issues — but more importantly, get involved with real people, as complicated as we all are. Recognize limits: Every human person comes equipped with raw ability, an innate capacity that’s fortifiable. To maximize this and to avoid “do-gooder burnout,” we honor others and ourselves by humbly walking together and working together, mutually building up one another’s strengths and mutually respecting one another’s limits. Verify: Good intentions feel good, but good planning guides us in doing good. Create a feedback loop, a set of co-designed metrics, benchmarks for determining the difference being made. The best of these are both tangible and mathematical and intangible and spiritual, involving the community. We measure what matters and celebrate even small victories. Exit: Ending partnerships well is as difficult as it is necessary to avoid 1) syndromes of dependency and 2) a paternalistic need to be needed. Leave in such a way that you will always be welcomed back as an unforgettable friend. Rev. John Nunes, Ph.D. Emil and Elfriede Jochum University Chair John Nunes is the Emil and Elfriede Jochum University Chair. His research and teaching focuses on the intersection of Christian values and public life. VALPO feature 33 | VALPO feature VALPO feature 34 VALPO feature | Business Drivers Dean Jim Brodzinski Leads the College’s Global Strategy The hallways and classrooms of Urschel Hall are bustling with students and professors from around the world. A student who hails from Munster, Indiana may have a group project with students from Chicago, Saudi Arabia, Germany, and China for a course taught by a professor from India. And, this is not a coincidence. “Global business permeates our entire curriculum,” says Jim Brodzinski, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business. When Valpo students graduate, they are prepared to collaborate with and lead colleagues in businesses and corporations worldwide. The College prepares students to be ethically and globally engaged leaders as students and professors discern global challenges in the classroom. “Our international students comprise a significant portion of the College’s student body. This helps facilitate discussion about issues that face businesses on a global scale,” Dean Brodzinski says. “It is not simply a theoretical classroom exercise.” Recently, the College hired five additional faculty members with international experience and perspective. (See next page.) While the College of Business has intentionally shifted to be more global in nature, its strategy to amplify its impact in Northwest Indiana is also a key priority, especially as the region continues to flourish. “We are well-positioned here in Northwest Indiana, with close proximity to Chicago as well as a plethora of thriving businesses and exciting start-ups in the region,” says Dean Brodzinski. “These opportunities make it the perfect time to study business at Valpo.” Students in the College of Business have an opportunity to intern at top businesses in the region, and as a result, many choose to stay in the area after graduation to launch their careers. In addition, Valpo students get hands-on experience with state-of-the-art technology like SAP, a world-renowned enterprise software, to fully prepare them as leaders and analysts. New programs launched under Dean Brodzinski’s leadership have continued to expand. Most recently the College added a business analytics major to meet the demands of the everexpanding data analysis field. Students learn to explore and critically analyze past business performance and customer habits to gain valuable insight to predict future behavior. Additionally, a revamped MBA curriculum focuses on projectbased learning, where students work closely with companies in the region to learn valuable and practical skills. MBA students serve as business consultants and lead projects to provide counsel to local organizations and businesses. “We hope to extend the successful MBA’s project-based model into the undergraduate program to continue to enhance the experience for all business students,” he says. “Global business permeates our entire curriculum.” On campus, the College of Business is implementing changes to grow and enhance its programs and reach. “We are looking forward to future partnerships with the College of Engineering to develop an entrepreneurial program designed to strengthen both colleges,” says Dean Brodzinski. This program will strengthen ties with the community and help grow local businesses while providing real-world experiences to students. It is clear that Dean Brodzinski’s vision is to ground the College in the local community, yet widen its focus to be global in nature. The changes underway in both the MBA and undergraduate programs lay the foundation to set the College apart as a driver in business education. VALPO feature 35 | VALPO feature VALPO feature Welcome New Gokhan Karaatli, Ph.D., is assistant professor of marketing. His teaching and research interests include technology consumer behavior, marketing management, and marketing strategy. He received his Ph.D. in management marketing from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Jiangxia (Renee) Liu, Ph.D., is associate professor of accounting. Her teaching and research interests include financial capital markets, CEO compensation, and corporate governance. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas. Joseph Trendowski, Ph.D., is assistant professor of management. His teaching and research interests include financial services industry risks, dynamic capabilities, and international business. He received his Ph.D. from Old Dominion University. 36 VALPO feature | Sanjay Kumar, Ph.D., is associate professor of information and decision science. His teaching and research interests include risk management in supply chains, health care operations, and behavioral operations. Sanjay received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas. Gary Fetter, Ph.D., is assistant professor of information and decision science. His teaching and research interests include business analytics, operations management, and supply chain management. He received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. Amarjeet Malhotra, Ph.D., is visiting professor of accounting. Her teaching and research interests include management control systems, financial analysis, and financial management. She received her Ph.D. from Maharshi Dayanand University in Rohtak, India. VALPO feature 37 | VALPO feature Business Faculty VALPO feature WHAT’S NEW? 1. Beacon Hall: The new suite-style residence hall is designed for sophomore students and includes four-, six-, and eight-person suites. Each student shares a room within that suite with one other individual. The students also have access to a shared foyer and bathroom area with the other members of their suite. The six- and eight-person suites have two bathrooms on each end of the foyer with sinks accessible in each foyer. Beacon Hall was built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards. 3. Warren G. Hoger Track: The track, named in honor of alumnus Warren G. Hoger ’53, featuring a state-ofthe-art Rekortan all-weather surface, is located around Brown Field, which currently hosts football and soccer games. It includes high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault, and steeplechase areas. The facility will give Valpo the capability to host NCAA Division I track meets, including the Horizon League outdoor championships. Other athletics updates include an upgraded weight room and resurfaced tennis courts. 2. 38 VALPO feature | Chapel Addition: The 11,000-square-foot addition to the Chapel is currently under construction on the south side of the building. The addition will feature a community gathering space with a kitchen, dedicated areas for hospitality and small group activities, a place for music rehearsals, staff offices, a meadow walk, and natural outdoor spaces. The space will become the new home for the University pastors and Chapel staff, Church and Community Relations, the Institute for Leadership and Service, and other mission and ministry efforts. A B 4. 1. 3. 4. Former Porter Hospital Property Acquisition:Â Valpo has officially taken possession of the 17-acre former Porter Hospital property. Immediate development for the property includes beautifying the grounds that face Lincolnway and restoring the parking structure for use later this fall, including a reconditioned parking ramp, improved lighting, and newly installed security cameras. A walkway with enhanced lighting will also be constructed to connect the ramp and the Athletics-Recreation Center to provide additional parking for students and for athletic events. C 5. 2. D E 1 2 3 4 5. Sorority Housing: Discussion has begun regarding plans to construct a new sorority facility, which will be located on Union Street just west of the Athletics-Recreation Center. The new facility will contain programming space for the chapters to host educational programs, sisterhood events, and other activities. VALPO feature 39 | VALPO feature 5 From a new residence hall to renovations, upgrades, and expansions, the Campus Master Plan builds momentum. 1 2 3 4 5 VALPO news Valparaiso University Receives Esteemed Awards Valpo earned several rankings in 2014, including awards for academic distinction, postgraduate success, and its contribution to the public good. Greatest Public Good Contribution Washington Monthly recently named Valparaiso University the No. 3 master’s university in the country for its contribution to the public good, an improvement from No. 4 in last year’s ranking. The magazine’s system ranks colleges by their contribution to the country through cutting-edge research and community service, and it recognizes institutions that provide an outstanding education while maintaining affordability. Valpo students and alumni are highly regarded for a deep commitment to making the world a better place, and the University is regularly recognized for service-learning experiences worldwide. Overall, Valpo students catalog more than 90,000 hours of community service each year. The ranking is also based upon the number of alumni who serve in the Peace Corps and ROTC. Additional criteria for the award include recruiting and graduating low-income students, the number of Pell Grant recipients, graduation rates, and financial assistance. America’s Top College Valparaiso University recently achieved recognition as one of the top 100 colleges in the Midwest and regularly appears in Forbes Magazine’s “America’s Top Colleges” list. The Center for College Affordability & Productivity calculated the rankings, which were highlighted in Forbes Magazine in August 2014. The list especially recognizes schools with high postgraduate success and return on investment. Therefore, it is no surprise that Valpo made such a formidable list, as the University’s graduate placement rate has exceeded 90 percent for 21 consecutive years. In addition to this honor, Valparaiso University ranked second among Midwestern regional universities in 2013. Best in the Midwest For the 26th straight year, Valpo has been identified as one of the best universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report magazine. In the 2015 edition, Valpo is the No. 5 Best Regional University, among more than 140 universities in the category and is ranked No. 2 in the Midwest for Best Undergraduate Teaching. “We are honored to once again be recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the exceptional education at Valparaiso University,” says Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D., University president. “This achievement reflects the steadfast focus on exceptional quality as we continue to develop cutting-edge academic programs, expand campus infrastructure, and enroll outstanding students who will carry on the Valpo legacy.” Along with these rankings, Valpo is also tied for first in the Midwest for Up-andComing Regional Universities, is second in the Midwest for Best Value, and was listed as one of the top 30 undergraduate engineering programs in the country. 2014 Alumni Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Grants Noah Finegan ’14 and Ryan Huffman ’13, ’14 M.A., join an accomplished group of Fulbright grant recipients, bringing the total to 30 Valpo grantees in the past 15 years. The two recent graduates began positions teaching and studying abroad in Austria and Taiwan for the 2014-2015 academic year. Noah graduated from Christ College — The Honors College with a major in German. He accepted a United States Teaching Assistantship in Austria managed by the Austrian-American Educational Commission. Noah’s impressive résumé includes a semester at Valpo’s study center in Reutlingen, Germany, followed by a summer internship in a German town hall. Ryan earned his B.A. in Chinese and Japanese Studies in 2013, graduating summa cum laude, and his Master of Arts in Chinese Studies in 2014. He currently serves as an English Teaching Assistant in Taiwan. Previously Ryan studied at Valpo’s study center in Hangzhou, China, as both an undergraduate and graduate student. “Noah and Ryan are excellent students whose teaching in Taiwan and Austria will be very much in line with our mission as an international Lutheran university,” says Elizabeth Burow-Flak, associate professor and chair of the English department and Fulbright Program advisor. In November 2013, Valpo was recognized by the United States Department of State as one of the colleges and universities that graduated the most 2013-2014 Fulbright United States students. The University’s record for awarding highly esteemed grants is a testament to the type of students Valpo nurtures. 40 VALPO news | Special Assistant to the Provost for Inclusion Appointed In his role as special assistant to the provost for inclusion, Phillip Powell, Ed.D., works closely with students, faculty, staff, and community members to explore opportunities and develop a proactive and positive strategy to make the University a more inclusive and welcoming community. As special assistant, Professor Powell has the opportunity to interact with a variety of multicultural student organizations on campus, including Latinos in Valparaiso for Excellence (LIVE) and Alliance, the LGBTQ student organization. In addition, Powell will regularly facilitate seminars on interpersonal communication, race and ethnicity, and organizational leadership to students, faculty, staff, and the community. Professor Powell enters this position with a longstanding concern for multicultural “I’m happy to work with the leadership of the University to help shape a more holistic vision for diversity and inclusion,” Professor Powell says. He holds an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University, an M.A. in Media Communications from Governors State University, and a B.A. in Communication Studies from Northern Illinois University. Valpo Joins Generation Study Abroad; Aims to Double Study Abroad Continuing its commitment to present students with global opportunities, Valparaiso University has joined the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Generation Study Abroad initiative. Valpo is already a member of the IIE network, and the University will bolster its strategic priorities through the work of this new initiative. Generation Study Abroad is a five-year initiative that brings leaders in education, business, and governments together to double the number of United States college students studying abroad. “Our commitment is to increase our total undergraduate and graduate participation from 28 to 50 percent by 2020. We’re already in the top 40 masters-level universities in the country that send a high percentage of undergraduate students abroad, but there’s more that we can do,” says Julie Maddox, director of Study Abroad programs. Each university will have the opportunity to collaborate with peers and share the strategies and practices. The IIE provides participating universities: five to 10 grants per year for study-abroad scholarships to institutions that have made outstanding progress, recognition for members on IIE’s website, annual meetings to share successful strategies, and study-abroad resources and tools for office use as well as for incoming freshmen. Valpo will develop a curriculum integration plan that intentionally incorporates long-term study abroad into learning objectives and graduation plans across the disciplines. Hope, Action, CHANGE The steering committee for Valpo’s annual MLK Day celebration recently announced the theme for the 2015 program: Hope, Action, CHANGE. Next year’s program will commemorate the 50th anniversary of two landmark pieces of legislation: the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. The 2015 program marks the 15th year that Valparaiso University has held its annual MLK celebration, which brings together students, faculty, staff, and community members for a day to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and raise awareness about past and current inequalities based on race, gender, sexuality, or religion. VALPO news 41 | VALPO news inclusion. Since he joined Valpo’s faculty in 1994, he has been actively involved on campus through the Diversity Concerns Committee, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Committee, Faculty Senate, the Campus Community Policy Committee, and the Creative Work and Research Committee. College of Arts and Sciences VALPO news The Brauer Museum of Art Features Collection from Andrew Nunemaker ’91 Valpo’s Brauer Museum continues to grow its permanent collection with major acquisitions from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. These, along with prints, sculptures, paintings, and other works from artists from around the world, comprise an exciting 2014-2015 season, including works from the vast art collection of Andy Nunemaker ’91. Andy, an influential entrepreneur and philanthropist who serves on Valpo’s Board of Directors, has assembled a remarkable collection that demonstrates his interest in both the diverse approaches of the contemporary scene and the Modern masters. The West Gallery features selections from this impressive collection. This special collection, along with other exhibits, runs through Dec. 14. for positive course evaluations, innovative or creative pedagogy with demonstrable learning results, and the development of at least one new course that enriches the department’s curriculum. The dean makes the final selection. Amanda was chosen as the worthy recipient of the award, as she has established herself as a highly effective and engaging teacher in classes large and small at both the undergraduate and graduate level. She is engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and she helped develop a very successful Inside-Out course involving undergraduates and inmates at the Westville Correctional Facility. Entering her fourth year at Valparaiso University, Amanda has taught more than 10 courses in psychology and counseling, ranging from Child and Adolescent Development to Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling. Amanda will be recognized formally at the Arts and Sciences Lumina Awards Ceremony in the fall. Psychology Professor Honored for Excellent Teaching The College of Arts and Sciences recently announced Professor Amanda Zelechoski, J.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, as the inaugural recipient of its Emerging Teacher Award. Established by the College, the award encourages and recognizes excellence in teaching among junior faculty members who are in their third, fourth, or fifth years toward tenure. Eligible faculty members were nominated by their department chairs, who looked College of Nursing and Health Professions New Physician Assistant Program Addresses Society’s Healthcare Needs As Valpo looks to meet today’s healthcare demands, the College of Nursing and Health Professions recently added a Physician Assistant program to its robust offerings. The University added the new five-year B.S./M.S. program in response to the growing demand for physician assistants nationally. In fact, the field is projected to grow 30 percent from 2012 to 2022 according to the United States Department of Labor. “In order to increase enrollment, we have to have additional programs, and health programs in general — across all aspects of health — are ones that are in high demand,” says Janet Brown, Ph.D., dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions. “We are thrilled about this expansion, and we are accepting application for Fall 2015.” During the program, students prepare for a career as well-rounded, compassionate clinicians who promote health, wellness, and disease prevention worldwide. Unique to the Valpo PA program, enrolled students are guaranteed entry into the professional/graduate master’s program, provided all progression and retention criteria are met. 42 VALPO news | College of Engineering Valpo Engineering Professor Receives Prestigious National Award The dedication to students’ learning is best exhibited during the extra time Professor Will sets aside to mentor students, and it is what distinguishes him as an ASEE National Outstanding Teaching Medal recipient. “The most rewarding part of my job is to work one-on-one with students,” says Professor Will. “In recent years I’ve worked closely with a student to help him prepare for graduate school. We’ve done research together in nanotechnology and published the work that he’s done. He’s going to graduate school in nuclear engineering.” Professor Will has also received the Best Paper Award for co-authoring a study, “Problem-based Learning to Promote Student Creativity” and an Outstanding Teacher of the Year award for the Indiana/Illinois section of the ASEE last spring. For Computer and Electrical Engineering Department Chair and Professor Jeff Will, Ph.D., his dedication to being a mentor and teacher was recently acknowledged on a national level through a 2014 ASEE National Outstanding Teaching Medal. The National Outstanding Teaching Medal is chosen based upon knowledge of the subject area, accessibility, effectiveness in curriculum development, and mentorship of students and other faculty members, as well as many other factors. Nominees must also teach a minimum of two semester classroom or laboratory courses per year and have a published original work that either enhances the education process or benefits literature in the engineering field. “I was certainly pleased, certainly grateful and honored to receive the award,” says Professor Will. “I couldn’t thrive as a teacher without the supportive colleagues that I have around me and the environment which values education.” The event’s theme, “Developing the Engineering Leaders of Tomorrow Through Innovation” was a collaboration between Valparaiso University’s College of Engineering and Ivy Tech Community College Northwest’s Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center and Society of Innovators. “We were honored to host the 21st Innovators Café, which offers an invaluable opportunity for our community to explore innovations in the sciences and how they connect to our everyday lives and professions,” says Eric Johnson ’87, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering. The café showcased the James S. Markiewicz Solar Energy Research Facility, which houses one of only five solar furnaces in the country. The facility was designed to use solar energy to create solar fuels and commodities, and the College of Engineering has received two grants to conduct research in this area: a $2.3 million cooperative agreement from the Department of Energy and a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Speakers also discussed how Valpo’s undergraduate education is shifting the paradigm from lecture-based learning to experiential, innovation-based learning. Valpo Promotes Engineering Innovation Mark Maassel, vice president of the Indiana Energy Association and former president of NIPSCO, presented keynote remarks at the 2014 Innovators Café this summer. VALPO around the campanile 43 | VALPO news College of Business VALPO news An Innovative Approach to MBA Education The College of Business has launced a new MBA curriculum with eight concentrations and graduate certificates. “Our MBA program, with the added daytime, one-year accelerated format, meets the market demand for rigorous, flexible, and global management education,” says Jim Brodzinski, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business. The MBA program features a global emphasis including one term with select universities from around the world. Flexible schedules with daytime and evening classes are available, and the program may be completed in one calendar year. Students who take courses during the day will spend four days each week in the classroom and one day in the field, gaining valuable on-the-job experience. The MBA curriculum offers concentrations and/or certificates in general business, business intelligence, engineering management, entrepreneurship, finance, management, marketing, and sustainability. Christ College Valpo Engages Community Members through Masterworks Program The Masterworks Program at Christ College – The Honors College offers exciting continuing education opportunities for members of the larger Valparaiso community. An opportunity to discover and re-visit classic texts, the program offers an intellectual, discussionbased atmosphere rooted in the Christ College tradition of intimate, dynamic seminars. The Masterworks Program consists of a two-semester sequence of courses (Masterworks I and II), both of which reflect on and explore the central question, “What is the good life?” through great literary works. Participants of the program are also invited to attend Christ College’s Symposia and the plenary addresses for Freshman Program. Upon completion of Masterworks I and II, continuing education students will earn a certificate from Christ College and will be invited to take part in topics seminars that focus on particular authors or themes, such as the Russian novel or modern poetry. The program is open to community members, and it meets weekly for one and a half hours. Students may enroll for personal enrichment, continuing education, or graduate credit. The program offers intellectual engagement and lively discussions, building a dynamic community around great books and conversations. Eric Smith, a double major in international relations, and international economics and cultural affairs from Dearborn, Mich., is a violinist in the Valparaiso University Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Valparaiso Mock Trial Team, which develops students’ oral advocacy skills, case preparation and presentation, and understanding of the ethical issues involved in trial advocacy. Sponsored by the James S. Kemper Foundation of Chicago since 1948, the Kemper Scholars Program’s mission is to prepare students for leadership and service, especially in the fields of organizational administration and business. Kemper Scholars receive annual scholarships up to $10,000 based on need during their sophomore, junior, and senior years of college. Kemper Scholars also receive stipends to cover the costs of their work as interns in major nonprofit organizations in Chicago during the summer following their sophomore year. Christ College Students Honored as Kemper Scholars Sophomores Victoria Bruick ’17 and Eric Smith ’17 have been selected from a group of finalists for the incoming class of the prestigious Kemper Scholars Program. Victoria Bruick, an English and music performance major from Bakersfield, Calif., is a member of the Valparaiso University Symphony Orchestra and the Social Action Leadership Team (SALT). She co-led SALT’s 2014 World Relief Campaign to provide workshops, childcare, and educational support to Kibera, Kenya. 44 VALPO news | Law School Law School Pioneers Curriculum Reform In order to meet the needs of today’s law students, the Valparaiso University Law School reformed its curriculum to incorporate experiential learning throughout the program. In this new curriculum, students are exposed to and educated in law practice from day one, which allows them to learn core skills necessary for current practices. In addition, students under the new curriculum participate in collaborative practicums designed to bridge the gap between law school and practice, ensuring that graduates are fully practice ready. The three-year program offers a comprehensive approach to the study and practice of law. The first year focuses on developing core competencies, including problem-solving and client skills. In the first year, students will also be exposed to live-client experiences through the Praxis course. The second year focuses on values and core foundational/bar courses in order to prepare students for the bar examination. And finally, the third year facilitates a smooth transition from law school to career and practice, providing clinical and practicum experiences, which include intensive offerings that integrate courses into specific practice areas. Valparaiso University’s Law School is one of few law programs nationwide to pioneer a new curriculum that focuses on practical hands-on learning from day one. Graduate School of programs and partnerships and has met strategic goals for growth ahead of schedule, most notably through international student recruitment,” says Dean Ziegler. “As dean, I represent and advocate for the interests of the Graduate School, its faculty, staff, and students, as I collaborate with other campus leaders to help the University achieve its overall strategic goals in the changing higher education environment.” In her role, Dean Ziegler is responsible for the strategic leadership, coordination, and guidance of the Graduate School. She also oversees recruitment, admission, and advising of graduate and continuing education students, working in close cooperation with the registrar and the vice president for Enrollment Management. Dean Ziegler has been a member of Valpo’s faculty since 2007, serving as chair of the communication department from 2011-2012. She has extensive experience teaching in a range of models including returning adult, scholarly, career preparation, practical, and skills-based. New Cyber Security Program Promotes Hands-On Learning Valpo’s new Master of Science program offers an applied approach to cyber security with an emphasis on handson learning, which distinguishes it from other programs of its kind. The 36-credit curriculum prepares students with technical skills related to cyber operations and security, and students with backgrounds in computer science, engineering, or information technology are well positioned for this particular degree program. Offering a plethora of experientiallearning components such as internship opportunities, research-based projects at local firms, and the chance to utilize emerging technologies, the Master of Science in Cyber Security helps students gain the knowledge, skills, and perspective necessary to address cyber operations and security issues of private and public business enterprises and governmental organizations. Jennifer Ziegler Appointed Dean to Graduate School Since she began her position as dean of the Graduate School and Continuing Education in June 2014, Jennifer A. Ziegler, Ph.D., has worked to enhance and expand Valpo’s graduate programs as a part of the University’s strategic plan. “The Graduate School has already experienced tremendous expansion VALPO news 45 | VALPO news VALPO athletics Taking Attendance During the 2014-2015 academic year, fans of Valpo Athletics are eligible for prizes including one academic year of free tuition through the Crusader Scholarship Challenge, a promotion announced by Valpo Athletics. The goal of the challenge is to enhance game-day atmosphere for all sports as well as drive attendance. When fans attend Valpo home sporting events, they receive a check-in code that can be redeemed in their ValpoRewards.com profile. Special events like alumni pep rallies and bus trips will be worth double points. In case a game is missed, weekly online contests will be held to provide opportunities to earn points. The Crusader Scholarship Challenge kicked off with the women’s soccer home opener versus Belmont on Aug. 22 and will conclude at the end of April 2015. The first place winner will be rewarded with one academic year of tuition completely free, a $33,680 value. The second place winner will claim one academic year of free housing, worth $6,200. The prize for third place is one academic year of free meals, a $3,980 value. Prize winners can designate their winnings to someone else if they choose not to use it. Current seniors and alumni can even apply their prize to graduate school during the 2015-2016 academic year. The Crusader Scholarship Challenge is open to all fans, students, and alumni. (Benefited employees are ineligible). This challenge enhances the longstanding partnership between scholarship and athletics at Valparaiso University. “We are proud that academics and athletics collaborate here at Valpo. The student body brings great energy to all our events. This is a great opportunity to recognize that contribution while supporting students’ academic pursuits,” says Mark LaBarbera, director of athletics. For more information visit ValpoRewards.com. A Stake in the Future Kate Stake recently joined Valpo’s staff as the next head coach to guide the Crusader softball program to new heights. Coach Stake comes to Valpo with eight seasons of assistant coaching experience at the Division I level, most recently serving as an assistant coach at mid-major power Hofstra. Prior to her time at Hofstra, Coach Stake spent three seasons as an assistant coach at the United States Military Academy. “Kate has the qualities we look for in head coaches,” says Mark LaBarbera, director of Athletics. “She was a successful studentathlete, she has been a part of championship programs, and she has played for and coached with some of the most distinguished coaches in college softball.” A 2005 graduate of Illinois State University, Coach Stake started four years at second base for the Redbirds, ranking among Illinois State’s all-time leaders in games started, hits, home runs, RBIs, and total bases. The Buffalo Grove, Ill., native earned Second Team All-American honors in 2005 and was a four-time AllConference selection. In addition to her time on the field, Coach Stake was also a powerhouse in the classroom, as she earned Academic AllAmerican honors and was the recipient of the Linda Herman Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year at Illinois State, the school’s highest academic award for a student-athlete. Coach Stake is eager to take Valpo’s softball team to the next level and gain recognition for the program both regionally and nationally. “I can’t wait to continue building this program into a consistently well-known, well-respected contender in the Midwest,” she says. “I’ve spent the past decade standing on the shoulders of giants, and I’m ready to bring all that I’ve seen from up there to Valpo.” Men’s Basketball Delivers Hope to Illinois Families Last year’s freshman phenom, Alec Peters, captivated and entertained basketball fans at the ARC with his skills on the court. 46 VALPO athletics | The Warren G. Hoger Track will enable Valparaiso University to host Horizon League Outdoor Championships in addition to other NCAA Division I track meets. Establishing Roots But what Alec and the men’s basketball team did off the court this past summer is even more exceptional. On Nov. 17, 2013, an EF4 tornado blasted through Alec’s hometown of Washington, Ill., leaving a path of destruction that claimed three lives, destroyed more than 600 homes, and caused more than $800 million dollars in damages. In the aftermath of the storm, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball program sought ways to contribute to the community in its recovery efforts. In July, Alec, his teammates, and the Crusader coaching staff made the three-hour trip to Washington, where they joined forces with the Hope Swings initiative. The team spent the day building a swing set that they later delivered to a family. “Ever since the storm, we were looking for some way we could help Alec’s community,” says Valparaiso University men’s basketball coach Bryce Drew ’98. “It was a great day and just a great moment for Alec and for his teammates to be able to do this all together as a team — as a family.” Alec capped his first campaign with the Brown and Gold by capturing Horizon League All-Freshman Team honors. His point and rebound outputs were the highest by a freshman in more than 15 seasons. However, it is what Alec and the rest of the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team did off the court on a sunny day in July that will stick with a healing community for a lifetime. Even in their short tenure with the Valparaiso University football program, Dave Cecchini, his family, and coaching staff consider themselves lifelong members of the Valpo family. Coach Cecchini and his staff were welcomed by an array of facility upgrades including a new weight room and enhanced offices. The program has already experienced strong returns. “Once I came to Valpo, John Kuka, associate director of athletics, and I traveled all across the country to fundraise, and through the kindness and generosity of the football alumni, we’ve seen a significant impact here,” says Coach Cecchini. His wife, Tammy, and their two sons, Evan and Will, made the move from Pennsylvania following the 2013-2014 academic year. Tammy was named assistant women’s tennis coach in August. Their sons are enrolled in Valparaiso middle and elementary schools. Coach Cecchini speaks highly of both the University and the vibrant, energetic city of Valparaiso. “Our family’s transition has been very smooth. Valparaiso is a great town – welcoming community, outstanding schools. The downtown has a wonderful atmosphere with plenty of new restaurants. We appreciate the Midwestern values and lifestyle here. This is a great place to grow roots.” On the Fast Track An eight-lane track and field area was complete in time to welcome students back to campus in August. The Warren G. Hoger Track features a state-of-the-art Rekortan all-weather surface and is located around Brown Field, which currently hosts football and soccer games. It includes high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault, and steeplechase areas. The track was made possible through a generous gift in honor of Warren G. Hoger ’53. Warren was a member of Valpo’s track and field team when he attended Valparaiso University. Subsequently, he enjoyed a long, distinguished career as the track coach at Walther Lutheran High School in Chicago. In 1983, Warren was inducted into the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame. VALPO athletics 47 | VALPO athletics “The installation of the Hoger Track is a significant step forward for the University and the Athletics department,” says director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera. “We will have a first-class facility capable of hosting home track meets and championship events, and it will provide the entire campus community with additional fitness opportunities.” VALPO classnotes 1 2 3 ClassNotes 1953 Allen Dale Olson, along with his daughter, Circe Olson Woessner, cut the ribbon to open a special exhibit in the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque, N.M., on Memorial Day 2014. The exhibit, “Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family,” was curated by Woessner as the founder, along with Allen, of the Museum of the American Military Family. The exhibit, which ran through Aug. 31, enabled visitors to experience the joy, the sorrow, and the sacrifice of America’s unsung heroes: the mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, spouses, and siblings of military members. It chronicled how these military families face the stresses of repeated relocation to new homes and schools, the sorrow and deep sadness that comes with loss, and the overall pride of serving their country. 1959 Robert Nelson ’59 was honored for 25 years of volunteer service with City Park Jazz, a nonprofit volunteer organization in Denver, Colo., that promotes a safe haven for families of all ethnicities to enjoy summer concerts in the city’s largest park. Bob and Grace Burgdorf ’60 moved into Park Hill, a community that borders City Park, in 1970 and have been active in community, church, insurance, and interior design projects while raising two children, Craig and Kieran. 1968 Sue Kammrath ’68 Kittel works part time as an RN for the Centegra Health System of McHenry County and continues with her love of music as a church musician, playing the organ and piano and singing. Her husband, Charles Kittel, has retired after 43 years of ministry in the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod. They have five children and seven grandchildren. 1962 Jean Gelner ’62 Blievernicht presented on “Learning How to Use Excel 2010” at the Southeastern Michigan Computer Organization meeting in December 2013. She has published several articles in the SEMCO newsletter, the Data Bus. After officiating for more than 40 years, including the Michigan High School Athletic Association state finals in volleyball and girl’s lacrosse, Jean is now retired. 1972 3 Kathy Borgman ’72, executive director of the Friends of Arrow Rock, Inc., was recognized for her achievements in the humanities at the 2014 Missouri Humanities Awards on May 17, 2014. Richard “Dick” Tyson ’72 has (mostly) retired as associate professor of economics and chair of the social science department at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wis. 1955 1 Robert Muir ’55 was honored for practicing law for 50 years on Law Day in May 2014. Judge Thomas Keith ’92L presented the plaque to Bob. In addition, Bob was honored by the Illinois Bar Association for his pro bono work. 1964 2 West Coast alumnae who helped found 1974 John Niems ’74 recently launched his redesigned website www.johnniems.com. It includes John’s full biography, his current position as a piano technician and musical artist, as well as his services as a piano technician. 1956 Robert ’56 and Lorli Wiedenkeller ’56 Dolson celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, having married Feb. 27, 1954, in Saint Paul Catholic Church in Valparaiso, Ind. They have been blessed with nine children, 24 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. While no longer operating Sugar Ridge Orchards, they continue to pursue other business interests. The couple commemorated their anniversary with their annual trip to the Upper Peninsula and Northern Ontario, Canada, to enjoy winter with cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing, and Robert watched Lorli ice skate. Kappa Psi Omega (now Kappa Delta) at Angel’s Camp, Calif., on May 6-8, 2014, for their biennial reunion. Standing: Barb Mangels ’62 Zaucha, Candy Jones ’63 Danhausen, Dee Hinshaw ’64 Graumann, Gay Gaebler ’63 Bridges, Joan Alinder ’65 Helzer. Seated: Connie (Kani) Comstock ’63, Carol Mikel ’64 Granat, Barb Rahn ’66 Hansen, Carol Voigt ’65 Anderson. 1976 4 Eleven Valpo friends from all areas of the 1965 Lynn Schroeder ’65 Smith retired from Southern Illinois University Carbondale after 29 years in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and a total of 45 years in teaching. She currently serves on the Valparaiso University Alumni Association (VUAA) Board of Directors. country celebrated their milestone birthdays on a trip to New Mexico. Six days of reminiscing and a seamless reconnection underscored the deep and lasting friendships that began on their freshman dorm corridor (3N Dau-Kreinheder Hall) in fall 1972. Photo with left to right: Barb Donaldson ’76 Cecil, Deb Jensen ’76 Soike, Maria Pojeta ’75, ’79 M.A. Hibbs, Nina Marsoobian ’76 Marifian, 48 VALPO classnotes | 4 Carol Hrodey ’76, Suzanne Davies ’76 Dobosz, Inge Bossert ’76, Janet Eades ’76 Duns, Diane Hansson ’76 Schmidt, Dianne Gebhardt-French ’76, Cathy Brown Gienger ‘76. 5 2004 6 2008 Tom Ritter ’08 earned his Master of Arts from the University of Louisiana at Monroe on May 10, 2014, where he worked as a graduate assistant in the athletics media relations office from 2012-2014. 1988 5 Bruce A. Krugler ’88 J.D. produced a BIRTHS To Dustin ’04 and Jessica Skye Warneke ’04 Marciniak: Alinea Hope Marciniak, born April 27, 2013. To Matthew and Elizabeth Krauss ‘04 Conway: Katherine “Katie” Elizabeth Conway, born Nov. 6, 2013. documentary film, “God’s Courtroom, ” which presents the Gospel from a lawyer’s perspective by taking common principles in a criminal case and comparing them with the trials that will take place after death. 2010 Windy Santa Cruz ’10 published her first paper, “Restoration of Large Damage Volumes in Polymers,” in Science Journal in May. As the chemist for the project, she collaborated with a materials scientist and aerospace engineer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 2005 BIRTHS To Adam ’05 and Kristal Carlile ’05 Dellay: Brooks Foster Dellay, born Dec. 4, 2013. 1992 Thomas A. Keith ’92 J.D. was honored with the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Carl Sandburg College Foundation and Alumni Association on April 15, 2014. 2011 Emily German ’11 currently serves as director of parish music and music teacher at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Alexandria, Va., for junior kindergarten to eighth grade. She accepted the position in June 2013 and started in August 2013. Jamie Johnson ’11 married Michael Watson on May 4, 2013, in Chesterton, Ind. Maria Mausser ’11 and Sarah Cohn Finegan were bridesmaids, and Laura Morningstar ’15 Sutton was the matron-of-honor. Jamie has developed and teaches a faith-based curriculum at a Rescue Mission. The program is designed to give the homeless, ex-convicts and drug or alcohol-addicted people the skills they need to obtain their GED or high school diploma. She is also the office manager in the mission’s accounting office. Jamie and Michael reside in the San Joaquin Valley of California. 2006 BIRTHS To Cory ’06 and Nicole Stone ’06 Wood: Reilly Aurora Wood, born Sept. 22, 2013. 2000 BIRTHS To Rick and Erica Kaufman ’00 West: Eleanor West, born October 2013. 2007 6 Kelsey Latta ’07 Barsness married Tim 2001 Dustin Wunderlich ’01 was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of Luther Heights Bible Camp, a ministry within the Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod of the ELCA, located in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains. He was also elected to a three-year term on the Church Council of Trinity Lutheran Church in Nampa, Idaho. Barsness on May 17, 2014. From left to right: Allison Clark ’07, Britt Schmidt, Bob Schmidt ’06, Kelsey Latta ’07 Barsness, Tim Barsness, Jeff Ewers ’04, Ashley Seale ’06 Grindlay, Katie Ryan ’06 Ewers, Leah Schneider ’06, Cassidy Kuhlmann ’05. BIRTHS To Tyler ’07 and Mary Earl ’08 Glander: Andrew John, born Jan. 17, 2014. 2003 Aaron Reinhard ’03, married Sarah Wittrock ’03 Reinhard, received his doctorate from University of Michigan, and continued at Penn State to conduct research. He was hired as a professor of physics at Otterbein University in 2012. Adam DaSilva ’03 and Tina Janczura ’03 were married on May 16, 2014, in Chicago. Kate Galliett ’03 officiated the wedding. Tina is the vice president and director of external communications at Leo Burnett Worldwide and Adam is an executive account manager at CDW. The couple resides in Chicago. Art and Faith International Tour 2015 Join alumni and friends July 12-23, 2015, on the journey of a lifetime when you experience Art and Faith from Rome to Munich. Led by Valparaiso University Associate Professor of Theology Rev. Matthew Becker, you’ll explore the many wonders of ancient Rome when you visit the magnificent Colosseum, Mamertine Prison, and the Pantheon. Experience the glory of Christian Rome when you visit the Vatican and the Vatican Museum. Venture through the Tuscan countryside to Pisa where you’ll see the 180-foot-tall Leaning Tower of Pisa. Spend three days touring the cities of Florence, Ravenna, Venice, and the Alpine region of Austria and Innsbruck, before arriving in Munich. All-inclusive price of $4,298 from Chicago. (All other cities to be priced separately.) Contact Alumni Relations at 219.464.5142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more information. VALPO classnotes 49 | VALPO classnotes VALPO classnotes In Memoriam 1935 Nelda Maria Thusnelda Hinz, May 2, 2014, Saginaw, Mich. 1936 Floyd L. Cook, July 23, 2013, Homewood, Ill. 1942 Arlene Schaars, Dec. 25, 2013, Louisville, Ky. 1943 Richard Burandt, March 29, 2013, Sarasota, Fla. Daniel Petke, June 1, 2014, Newington, Conn. 1944 Lucile Lea, Dec. 22, 2012, Gainesville, Ga. Norma Jean Coiner, March 25, 2014, Waynesboro, Va. 1945 Roberta Donsbach, May 9, 2014, Denton, Texas. 1946 John W. Amling, Oct. 17, 1995, Washington, D.C. Robert Nieting, April 19, 2014, Wauwatosa, Wis. 1947 Patricia R. Jacobson, Feb. 11, 2014, Madison, Wis. Lowell Hager, April 15, 2014, Champaign, Ill. Elinor Sebold, May 22, 2014, Fort Wayne, Ind. 1948 Milda Bishton, April 16, 2014, Fort Wayne, Ind. Eunice Thanepohn, June 2, 2014, Plainfield, Ill. Louise H. Schnelz, June 3, 2014, Milwaukee, Wis. 1949 John P. Mueller, May 2, 2013, Arlington Heights, Ill. Leland Salberg, Aug. 22, 2013, La Mesa, Calif. Gordon Sauer, Oct. 30, 2013, Temperance, Mich. John Sauerman, Dec. 9, 2013, Glen Ellyn, Ill. Merlin â€œDickâ€? Rengstorf, Jan. 23, 2014, Rochester, Minn. Duncan R. Garrison, Feb. 25, 2014, Fredericksburg, Va. Burdette Lindemann, March 26, 2014, Wausau, Wis. Lois Kroenke, April 16, 2014, Shawano, Wis. Lois George, May 22, 2014, Salem, Ore. Robert Lausman, July 7, 2014, St. Joseph, Mich. 1950 Donald Engelbrecht, Feb. 10, 2007, Phoenix. Arvin C. Blome, June 9, 2009, Mesa, Ariz. Robert A. Neubert, Dec. 1, 2010, Overland Park, Kan. Maurice J. Miller, July 12, 2013, Van Wert, Ohio. Richard Breithaupt, Feb. 16, 2014, Van Nuys, Calif. Irene E. Kuraitis, Feb. 27, 2014, Naugatuck, Conn. Werner C. Schroeder, March 28, 2014, Salisbury, Md. Dolores Kehe, April 14, 2014, Valparaiso, Ind. Florence Weck, April 19, 2014, Algonquin, Ill. Irwin Mellenthin, April 19, 2014, La Porte, Ind. Edward V. Whyte, May 25, 2014, Boise, Idaho. Theodore Mueller, June 3, 2014, Knoxville, Tenn. 1951 Donald N. Ingebrigtson, Nov. 26, 2011, Midland, Mich. Ronald Thompson, Feb. 1, 2013, Ocala, Fla. Constance Pflug, May 31, 2013, Greenville, Mich. Betty Castens Heinecke, Jan. 12, 2014, Fairhope, Ala. Warren Henke, March 17, 2014, Bismarck, N.D. William Morthland, May 7, 2014, Bedford, Ind. Lois Pukall, May 30, 2014, Evansville, Ind. Roger Claudon, June 1, 2014, Frankfort, Ind. 1952 Warren L. Ward, April 14, 2000, Allegan, Mich. Gustave T. Daehnke, July 4, 2011, Wright City, Mo. Howard W. Wegener, July 26, 2013, Apopka, Fla. Catherine A. Shockey, March 4, 2014, Arlington Heights, Ill. Edward Kurt, March 27, 2014, San Gabriel, Calif. Carol A. Chernock, March 29, 2014, Aurora, Ill. 1953 Dale Beasey, Jan. 9, 2007, Las Vegas, Nev. Paul H. Schuerman, Feb. 1, 2014, Bradenton, Fla. Elroy G. Roelke, March 15, 2014, Sherman, Texas. Emery Becker, March 30, 2014, Grass Valley, Calif. Ruth Luecke, April 10, 2014, Medfield, Mass. Dennis Tuomi, May 26, 2014, Redford, Mich. 1954 Earl Bladow, Feb. 2, 2014, Selah, Wash. Donald McClead, May 7, 2014, Gainesville, Fla. 1955 Anne M. Haase Theoharis, June 17, 2012, Collierville, Tenn. George Schenk, Sept. 30, 2013, Wilsonville, Ore. Hertha Fischer, March 4, 2014, Norwood, N.J. Rosemarie Brandt, April 3, 2014, Chico, Calif. 1956 Donald G. Yates, Nov. 24, 2006, Huntington, Ind. Paul Zacharias, Dec. 4, 2013, Grand Prairie, Texas. Carol Bornholt, Feb. 26, 2014, Valparaiso, Ind. Mary Blackney, April 13, 2014, Carrollton, Texas. 1957 Grace Schwarz, Jan. 16, 2014, Thousand Oaks, Calif. 1958 Della F. Kunz, Jan. 31, 2011, Lady Lake, Fla. 50 VALPO classnotes | Martha Holtslander, Feb. 2, 2014, Plainfield, Ill. William W. Winterhoff, Feb. 17, 2014, Lansing, Ill. Robert Moellering, Feb. 24, 2014, Wellesley, Mass. 1959 Karl W. Fink, Feb. 22, 2014, Grand Junction, Colo. 1960 Nancy Hass, Feb. 6, 2014, Orange City, Fla. Judy Schill, March 7, 2014, Milwaukee, Wis. Roy Beilfuss, March 10, 2014, Schererville, Ind. 1961 Faith Peipkorn Hoffmann, Feb. 2, 2012, Ballwin, Mo. Margaret Johnson, Nov. 4, 2013, Sacramento, Calif. Donna Shimer, March 28, 2014, Carmel, Ind. Thomas Strieter, April 17, 2014, Forest Park, Ill. 1962 Clara Y. Neander, May 8, 2012, Valparaiso, Ind. Ronald Hughes, Dec. 10, 2013, Philadelphia, Pa. Carol Gastaldi, March 4, 2014, Hobe Sound, Fla. 1963 Charles W. Krause, April 22, 2009, Channahon, Ill. Dale Hensler, Jan. 22, 2012, Tampa, Fla. David Dahlstrom, March 16, 2014, Grand Haven, Mich. Leon Kowalski, July 3, 2014, South Bend, Ind. 1964 Elizabeth Meyer, March 25, 1999, Chicago. Sharon L. Ihnen, March 25, 1998, Lexington, Ky. Jack Slaboski, Oct. 17, 2006, Highland, Ind. Larry Bluhm, March 19, 2008, Michigan City, Ind. Rosemary Bean, March 14, 2010, La Porte, Ind. Mary L. Shields, June 5, 2011, Westlake Village, Calif. Donald Farrar, Aug. 11, 2011, Fort Pierce, Fla. Lydia Marcelonis, July 2, 2013, Hanover, Mass. 1965 Glyndon J. Hanson, Dec. 23, 2004, Bernalillo, N.M. Marion Cobrin, July 17, 2011, Glencoe, Ill. Howard Bachmann, March 9, 2013, Granite Falls, N.C. Virginia Piasky, March 14, 2014, Pelham, Ala. 1966 Diana Falstrom, July 27, 1997, Mountain View, Calif. Mary Christian, Dec. 9, 2009, Elkhart, Ind. Carol Haller, May 17, 2014, Palatine, Ill. 1967 Alice Roberts, March 22, 2014, Valparaiso, Ind. Kenneth Oestermeyer, March 27, 2014, Burr Ridge, Ill. 1968 Jean S. Heckman, April 16, 1997, San Diego. Sharon Ruggiero, Dec. 21, 2010, Cresco, Pa. Merna Lowey, March 5, 2012, Michigan City, Ind. Russell D. Muelle, Sept. 15, 2013, Bloomingdale, Ill. Clyburn Duder, May 26, 2014, Austin, Texas. 1969 Dale McCoy, June 25, 2009, Chandler, Ariz. Frank Rust, Feb. 22, 2014, Troy, Ohio. 1970 Jeffrey Luekens, June 27, 2014, Florence, Mass. 1971 Robert Goodwin, May 6, 2006, Little Rock, Ark. John Wicoff, March 17, 2014, Indianapolis. 1972 Roger Eck, July, 26, 1996, Skokie, Ill. Melvin T. Stueckler, Jan. 14, 2013, Albuquerque, N.M. Karen S. Wavering, Feb. 4, 2014, Fayetteville, Ark. 1973 Karen Kribs, Aug. 22, 2013, Brighton, Ill. Josephine A. Schweitzer, Feb. 28, 2014, Lowell and Crown Point, Ind. 1975 Diane Miller, June 2, 2014, Valparaiso, Ind. 1976 John Clement, March 23, 2014, New York. 1977 Robert Kelly, Aug. 23, 2012, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Byron Stafford, May 24, 2013, Wheat Ridge, Colo. 1979 Barbara Wahl, Oct. 29, 2013, Bolingbrook, Ill. 1980 Theodore Were, Jan. 3, 2010, New Albany, Ind. Audrey L. Cartwright, Dec. 5, 2013, Cheboygan, Mich. 1984 Charlotte J. Bireline, March 29, 2012, Danville, Ill. Sam Amling, Dec. 19, 2013, Westminster, Md. 1985 Victor Dankis, April 29, 2014, Warren, N.J. 1987 Lois Tidwell, July 17, 1989, Manitou, Ky. 1989 Sandra Tibbetts, June 6, 2010, Golden, Colo. 1990 John R. Dorn, Jan. 22, 2014, Clarksville, Ind. 1991 Lawrence Dujsik, Dec. 4, 2014, South Chicago Heights, Ill. 1992 Eric J. Heinrich, Jan. 13, 2013, Hammond, Ind. 2002 Sarah R. Reinert, Feb. 27, 2014, Hanna, Ind. 2012 Ashley Haws, June 1, 2014, Chicago. VALPO classnotes 51 | VALPO classnotes VALPO classnotes Alumni Ink How to Work with the IRS, Second Edition By Michael A. Gregory ’77 “How to Work with the IRS, Second Edition” equips practicing attorneys, accountants, and appraisers with background and advice as they prepare returns that could be audited. Written from the point of view of Michael Gregory ’77, a veteran insider and manager within the IRS, the second edition adds three new chapters while significantly revising and sharpening the commentary in seven others. It expands from 13 to 29 real-world examples involving tax issues. This edition emphasizes issue resolution during examination, appeals, and litigation, including new chapters on working with expert witnesses and working with IRS employees whose interpersonal or technical deficiencies are problematic. He Plays a Harp By Roberta F. King ’82 Boldly confronting the devastating reality of a child’s death, “He Plays a Harp” tells of the painful last days and moments of a child’s life and how his parents took their child — and themselves — to the other side, fearlessly. No doctor ever told Roberta King ’82 and Mike Miesch that their son was destined for a short life. Born prematurely and with cerebral palsy, Noah lived 17 happy and healthy years until a lung infection ended his life. In this memoir, stories and essays about Noah’s life are intermingled with pieces about his illness, death, and the aftermath of his death on his parents. Raising Supaman By Nathaniel A. Turner ’94 M.A., ’94 J.D. “Raising Supaman” is a journey into adulthood, in which Nathaniel Turner ’94 M.A., ’94 J.D. shares letters to his son that were never intended for publication. These letters provide important lessons, not only for children, but for adults as well. “Raising Supaman” is a reminder about the importance and value in the lost art of writing. The collection prompts parents to put in written words the hopes, dreams, and the deep affection that they have for their children. The author believes there are many gifts parents can give a child but few gifts are more valuable than the gift of a love letter. Why the Cubs Can Never Win the World Series; A Die Hard Cubs Fan’s Celebration of 100 Years of Futility By Ray Rocchi ’99 “Why the Cubs Can Never Win the World Series; A Die Hard Cubs Fan’s Celebration of 100 Years of Futility” is a one-of-a-kind perspective on the longstanding debate about “Why the Cubs can never win the World Series?” Ray Rocchi ’99 creatively takes the reader into the fan mentality while also delving into the Cubs’ infamous place in baseball history, including their world famous World Series drought. Ray shares with the readers’ hysterical anecdotes of Cubs’ games, some of which he has seen firsthand from the famed bleachers, and offers his own reasons for why the Cubs can never win the World Series. Advent Adventures Volume I: An Advent Western By The Rev. Paul Koch ’99 “Advent Adventures Volume I: An Advent Western” is the first volume from Sola’s Advent Adventures series, which takes a novel approach to the season by offering serialized fiction stories to be used by congregations during the Advent season. Written by Pastor Paul Koch ’99, these books are intended as a resource for midweek Advent services, but they could also be used on Sunday mornings, with stories and reflections serving as the sermon for the day. Each chapter in the larger story offers a suggested psalm and scripture lesson along with a sermon reflection for the week, which ties the fictional story to God’s story and proclaims the Gospel to the congregation. 52 VALPO classnotes | “My time at Valpo gave me the tools to tap into my talents and potential. I give through The Kretzmann Society because I could never have had this life-changing experience without generous financial support, made possible by those who came before me. ” — Christine Zrinsky ’86 Kretzmann Society JOIN THE KRETZMANN SOCIETY The Kretzmann Society recognizes individuals who have made estate plans or established lifeincome gifts to benefit Valparaiso University. Membership in The Kretzmann Society has no minimum gift level, as each commitment represents a lifetime commitment to Valpo – a legacy of light for future generations. Your future gift provides you the opportunity to support students in pursuit of a Valparaiso University education. Gift options to consider: • Charitable bequest • Beneficiary designation of a retirement plan or brokerage account • Beneficiary designation of a life insurance policy • Charitable Gift Annuities • Charitable Remainder Trusts Christine models the Valpo life—a life distinguished by leadership, service, faith and generosity. She has thoughtfully remembered the University she loves by naming Valpo as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy. As a member of The Kretzmann Society and contributor to the Valpo Fund, Christine supports today’s students of promise and ensures that future generations of Valpo students will have the same opportunity to thrive thanks to her estate commitment. For more information about The Kretzmann Society visit valpo.giftplans.org or call 219.464.5167.