As 2023 nears its end, I want to thank the Valpo community — students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends — for their continued commitment to our great University. Each year brings renewed excitement, and the start of the 2023-2024 academic year has been no exception. I am continually impressed and humbled by the important work being done around the world by our community and am thrilled to be able to share some of those stories with you in this issue of Valpo Magazine.
We continue to look forward as an institution — finding new and better ways to deliver a top-notch education and experience to our students. We, as a university and as individuals, are building upon relationships in our communities to be force multipliers because as Beacons, it is our responsibility to illuminate the dark and spread our hope and knowledge with others. We are continuously striving to improve, never stopping or slowing down in the face of doubt. And it is because of this drive and determination that our programs and students are recognized year after year for their success and academic excellence.
Starting with this issue, Valpo Magazine will be offered in a digital format. This change is in line with our sustainability efforts and offers a number of new features including search functions, regularly updated alumni notes and announcements, and the opportunity for users to interact by contributing to questions.
So, without further ado, please enjoy this issue of Valpo Magazine and join me in celebrating the great things happening at this small yet mighty University.
Thank you for everything you do for Valparaiso University.
José Padilla, J.D.