Valparaiso University, known colloquially as Valpo, is a regionally accredited private university located in Valparaiso, Indiana, United States.
In 1859, citizens of Valparaiso were so supportive of the placement of the college that they raised $11,000 to encourage the Methodist Church to locate there. Students paid tuition of $8 a term (three terms per year), plus nearby room and board around $2 a week. Instruction at the college actually began with young children, and most of the students were in elementary and grade levels. Courses at the collegiate level included math, literature, history, the sciences, and philosophy. Courses stressing the Christian faith included ï¿½moral philosophyï¿½ and ï¿½moral science.ï¿½ Due to the fallout of the Civil War, the school closed in 1871. At this time, most men (both students and administrative members) enrolled in the army. In 1867, the state passed a bill that provided state support for public education and the Methodistsï¿½ broad Indiana-wide efforts toward higher education meant that none of the schools were self-sustaining. The combination proved too much to overcome for the Male and Female College. Valparaiso Male and Female College, circa 1870 The school, reopened by Henry Baker Brown in 1873, was named the Northern Indiana Normal School and Business Institute. In 1900, the school was renamed Valparaiso College and gained its current university status after being rechartered in 1906. In 1905 the university formed an affiliation with Chicago College of Dental Surgery to provide dental education for its students. For the next two decades, Valpo gained a national reputation as an economical instuition of higher learning, earning its positive nickname The Poor Manï¿½s Harvard. At the height of enrollment, it was the second largest school in the nation, behind only Harvard University. However, the aftermath of another conflict, World War I took its toll, and the school was forced into bankruptcy
Valparaiso UniversityThe College of Arts and Sciences, led by a faculty of proficient teacher-scholars, offers a strong liberal Arts education grounded in the Christian tradition; provides a broad and stimulating general education to all undergraduates at the university; and provides leadership in the university-wide discussion about the intersection of faith and reason.
R.J.Q. Adams, M.A. 1969, historian Roy E. Ayers, member of the United States House of Representatives and as the 11th Governor of Montana Chris Bauman, CEO of FanFound and well known activist for independent music Frederick M. Bernthal, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs from 1988 to 1990 Anthony Bimba (1894-1982), Lithuanian-American Communist historian and newspaper editor Beulah Bondi, actress Mikhail Borodin, Soviet and Comintern representative to China John E. Cashman, Wisconsin State Senator JoBe Cerny, owner, Cerny/American Creative, well-known character actor, voice of the Pillsbury Doughboy Paul Chambers, CNN anchor/film critic Patrick Roger Cleary, founder of Cleary University Jay Christopher, cofounder of The Pampered Chef Thurman C. Crook, a United States Representative from Indiana Andre "Add-2" Daniels, rapper Bryce Drew, former NBA player Paul Eggers, Texas Republican gubernatorial nominee, 1968 and 1970; Distinguished Alumnus, 1978 Michael Essany, television talk show host Don Fites, chairman and CEO (ret.), Caterpillar Inc. Ginger Zee, meteorologist, Good Morning America Weekend Edition Edward Grassman, Wisconsin State Assemblyman Erik Hromadka, chairman and CEO, GWTR,; 2014 VUAA Alumni Achievement Award Walter Hunt, Wisconsin State Senator Samuel B. Huston, former attorney and state legislator in Oregon Barbara Ann Kipfer, prolific linguist and lexicographer Keith Kizer, former executive director, Nevada State Athletic Commission, and Nevada Chief Deputy Attorney General Edgar E. Lien, Wisconsin State Assemblyman John Lutz, actor, "30 Rock;" writer, "Saturday Night Live" Jacki Lyden, a senior correspondent at NPR and author of Daughter of the Queen of Sheba William March, novelist, Company K, The Bad Seed Lloyd McClendon, former MLB player and manager, current hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers George William Norris, United States Senator from Nebraska and father of the Tennessee Valley Authority Eugene E. Parker, sports attorney Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, United States federal judge Caleb Powers, United States Representative from Kentucky and the first Secretary of State of Kentucky convicted as an accessory to murder David Ruprecht, host, Supermarket Sweep, Real People James Monroe Smith, president of Louisiana State University, 1930ï¿½1939 Ray Scherer,former Vice-President of RCA, former NBC News White-House correspondent who covered six presidents; 1976 inductee to the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame Len Small, 26th Governor of Illinois Rene Steinke, novelist, The Fires, Holy Skirts Donald Edgar Tewes, United States Representative from Wisconsin Lowell Thomas, author of over 50 books, a war correspondent during WWI who made T.E. Lawrence Lawrence of Arabia internationally famous in print and by filming him; pioneer broadcast journalist; world traveler; 1976 Presidential Medal of Freedom Jill Long Thompson, United States Representative from Indiana 1989-1995, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development 1995-2001, 2010 Presidential appointee to board overseeing the federal Farm Credit Administration. Frederick "Fuzzy" Thurston, All-pro guard for the Green Bay Packers, 1959ï¿½67 Jim Wacker, former football coach at the University of Minnesota Otis Wingo, U.S. representative from Arkansas's 4th congressional district, 1913ï¿½1930 Lowell Yerex, aviation entrepreneur
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