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$2 Million Gift to Valpo Increases Scholarship Funds

rot1A gift of $2 million to Valparaiso University from the estate of Henry and June Giebel will significantly impact the long-standing Study Abroad relationship between Valpo and Germany. The gift will double the funding of two previously established endowed scholarship funds that, to date, have been awarded to more than 80 students.

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BP America Joins East Chicago Katherine House Boys & Girls Club’s 100 Year Celebration With a Gift for a Great Future

BP-America-Boys-and-Girls-Club-Donations-2018As excitement is building for the 100 Year Celebration of the Katherine House, and the renovation of the East Chicago Katherine House Boys & Girls Club, BP America pledged their commitment in helping Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana build GREAT Futures of East Chicago youth through a $20,000 gift.

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Multi Agency Academic Cooperative (MAAC) Foundation Awarded $20,000 Grant

NIPSCO-MAAC-Foundation-20000-Grant-Donation-2018The Multi Agency Academic Cooperative (MAAC) Foundation was recently awarded a $20,000 grant through the NiSource Foundation – the philanthropic arm of NIPSCO’s parent company – in support of expanding the education and training of first responders. In addition to the monetary grant, NIPSCO donated various meters and utility poles to develop a real life emergency training area on the 4.5-acre Emergency Service Training campus.

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Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana and International Subaru of Merrillville Share the Love at Fill the Trunk Event


With Christmas just around the corner and winter settling in, the International Subaru of Merrillville partnered with Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana to collect donations of warm blankets, hats, gloves, and scarves that will be delivered to Meals on Wheels recipients.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana Give 500 Area Children a Christmas to Remember


To most kids, Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year. All of the smiling faces kids have while opening presents and spending time with their families are moments that are to be cherished and remembered throughout the years. Although Christmas is a magical season, not all families have the privilege of enjoying the holiday with presents and material joy. On Thursday evening, 500 children a part of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana experienced a Christmas they will always remember.

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Overhead Door Company of Northwest Indiana Spreads Joy of the Season to Fieler Elementary School

For 6 years now, Overhead Door Company of Northwest Indiana has donated toys to Fieler Elementary School in Merrillville so that children in need can wake up to a joyful Christmas morning complete with presents under the tree. Collecting toys gifted by their fellow employees, customers, and company president, Nathan Carrasquillo and Jay Abeyta delivered their donation to Fieler on Friday morning.

OverheadToyDrive3 Both Carrasquillo and Abeyta said that the toy drive is something they look forward to every year.

“We’re always looking for ways to give back to the community, and we’re fortunate enough as a company to be able to give back,” Carrasquillo said.

Annette Brown-Gilliam, Fieler...

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Candace's Rotary Round-Up: Merrillville

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Candace’s Rotary Round-Up: Merrillville

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem solvers who join together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. Over the years, Rotarians have taken on global causes ranging from literacy and peace to water and health.

Many local initiatives are happening right around us! Scholarships for high school students, cleaning up of local parks and gifts of time, talent and treasure to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations are all the foundation of the Club’s motto: “Service Above Self”

I joined the efforts of the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club as a way to give back to the community I grew up in. Today, I bring you the Region’s...

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Valpo Alumni Establish Endowed Chair in French

rot1Valparaiso University alumni Phyllis Buehner ’54 Duesenberg ’04H and Richard Duesenberg ’51, ’53 J.D., ’01H have generously committed to establish the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Endowed Chair in French Language and Culture. The endowment will provide permanent resources to ensure the teaching and learning of French language and culture at Valpo continues in perpetuity.

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Valpo Parks Continues Glowing Tradition with Luminary Walk


On Thursday evening, the Valparaiso Parks Department invited the city of Valparaiso to their 3rd Annual Luminary Walk, held at the Award-winning Vale Park West Pathway. Crowds flocked to grab hot cocoa and warm cookies provided by Valpo Athletics and Valpo Parks as they prepared for the magical three-quarter mile walk, a tradition that the citizens of Valparaiso hold dear to their heart.

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Shedd, Northwestern Team Up to Protect Animals Through Expanded Partnership

Shedd-Northwestern-Team-Up-to-Protect-Animals-Through-Expanded-PartnershipFor more than a decade, Shedd Aquarium’s Animal Health team has turned to Northwestern Engineering to develop innovative solutions that further enhance Shedd’s animal welfare practices. But, for the first time this year, the aquarium’s conservation scientists have been proposing projects to the students that advance their ability to conduct research to protect populations of animals in the wild. This expansion to the partnership aides Shedd’s field research in the Great Lakes basin and in the Caribbean region while offering engineering students an opportunity to get their hands wet creating prototype technology for real-life challenges that come while studying animals in nature.

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Valparaiso University Senior Honored with Indiana Outstanding College Student Award

rot1Damia Garcia ’19 is the 2018 recipient of the Indiana Outstanding College Student Award by the Indiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) at Valparaiso University.

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