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Creating a Legacy: Montel Hall ’18 blazes own trail academically and athletically

Creating a Legacy: Montel Hall ’18 blazes own trail academically and athletically

Montel Hall is not one to let the unknown stop him. Whether that entails being a first-generation college student and NCAA Division I athlete, starting a fraternity, or now living and working in the country’s largest city, he is more than willing — and able — to blaze his own trail. At the center of many of these firsts for Montel was Valparaiso University, and he would have it no other way. Montel says that, when it came time to make his college decision, he didn’t know a lot about the process. A couple of high school friends had gone to Valpo; the college was about a two-hour drive from his hometown and, just as important, had a fully accredited business school. And he had a dream of being a Division I athlete. Time to soar Having played basketball all four years of high school, Montel says he had a…

Hannah Purkey ’18 is Primed for Success in Global Environment

Hannah Purkey ’18 is Primed for Success in Global Environment

From Evergreen, Colorado, Hannah Purkey came to Valpo because she saw it as a place of possibility, where she could connect her passions for international service, business, and faith. Valpo has come to mean “everything” to Hannah — home, community, endless opportunity, and inclusivity, being a few of Hannah’s chosen words. At Valpo, she has been challenged through rigorous academics, developed an expanded worldview, and become empowered by the community, inspiring her with confidence in her future success. “Hannah has an enormous heart and uplifting spirit,” says Toni Spaliaras, MBA, assistant dean, College of Business. “Spend just a few minutes with her, and you can’t help but be inspired.” Hannah is an international business major with minors in Spanish and theology as well as a Christ College scholar who has been actively involved on campus since her arrival. She serves as the chair for the Social Action Leadership Team, the…

Business Analytics Program Launches Careers in Areas of Passion

Business Analytics Program Launches Careers in Areas of Passion

In 2015, Valpo’s College of Business introduced a major and minor in business analytics in response to growing marketplace need. “It is vitally important for every College of Business student to have analytics skills as they won’t be able to escape data in their careers. The employer expectation is there, so analytical knowledge will only serve to increase one’s marketability,” says Sanjeev Jha, Ph.D. associate professor of information and decision sciences. Businesses across all industries are increasingly relying on analytical expertise and data-driven decision making to remain competitive, enabling graduates to pursue careers in an area they love, including consulting, supply chain, finance, marketing, retail, and health care. “The wide applicability of business analytics makes it a nice complement to any major,” Professor Jha says. Incorporating a vital element of a Valpo education, the business analytics major places strong emphasis on experiential learning. Project-based learning is embedded throughout the curriculum…

Valpo’s One-Year Wonder: MBA Program, Baseball Team Attract Zack Leone ’18 MBA to Valpo for Last Hurrah

Valpo’s One-Year Wonder: MBA Program, Baseball Team Attract Zack Leone ’18 MBA to Valpo for Last Hurrah

A standout season on the Valparaiso University baseball team may have never happened for Zack Leone ’18 MBA if it weren’t for a variety circumstances that came together perfectly, uniting the fifth-year senior first baseman with the Missouri Valley Conference program. Entering the 2017 summer, Zack wasn’t sure where he’d spend his final season of collegiate baseball. He started his career by medically redshirting at Division I Massachusetts Amherst in 2014, then spent the next three seasons at Division III Susquehanna University, where he was named an All-American by D3baseball.com and the American Baseball Coaches Association. With his undergraduate degree in finance already complete, Zack knew he had the option to graduate transfer and play at a higher level for his final season. That’s when Zack met Valpo junior infielder/outfielder Patrick Donohue ’19, who happened to be his summer ball teammate on the Grand River Loggers in the Great Lakes…

From Tasty Bakery to Peanut Butter: David Aronson ’03, MBA, Finds Recipe for Success

From Tasty Bakery to Peanut Butter: David Aronson ’03, MBA, Finds Recipe for Success

More than 20 years ago, David’s career began at the Aronson family business, Tasty Bakery in Naperville, Illinois. The bakery became a foundational piece of his adolescence, influencing him at Valpo and into his early career. But perhaps this experience did not provide as natural a transition into his current role as CEO and founder of Peanut Butter as the name might suggest. “Even as a student, what made David really distinctive was his entrepreneurial nature,” says Frederick Langrehr, Ph.D., Paul H. Brandt professor emeritus of marketing. “He was the one student who came in to talk through his business ideas. We’d spend quite a bit of time and go into great depth talking through his ideas, which were really thought through and full of specifics.” Throughout his career, David has continued to generate new, innovative ideas. Equipped with a bachelor of science in business and administration from Valpo and…

Accounting, Anyone? Tennis Player Paige Heuer ’17 Continues to Compete

Accounting, Anyone? Tennis Player Paige Heuer ’17 Continues to Compete

Third in the state in high school doubles says a couple of things. It says you have a real shot at being able to play Division I tennis, while you will likely do something else professionally. Paige Heuer ’17 understood this from the start. Her drive to not just storm the net but her studies has her at the top of her game in another arena few can master. Joining one of the prestigious Big Four accounting firms not long after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, the company Ernst & Young (EY) is taking a gamble on Paige, just as Valparaiso University did four years ago. Paige credits the University’s encouragement of balancing athletics and studies as playing a critical role as she is set to start her career. “Valpo has great academics, including our College of Business being AACSB accredited, and I was able to play Division…

Valparaiso University Students Named Kemper Scholars

Valparaiso University Students Named Kemper Scholars

Alina Virnelson ’20 and Mark Young ’20 have been selected from a group of national finalists to become two of the 16 students in this year’s incoming class of the prestigious Kemper Scholars Program. The James S. Kemper Foundation of Chicago has been supporting Kemper Scholars since the program’s inception in 1948. Alina Virnelson, a Christ College — The Honors College student and business and marketing major, is the daughter of Michelle and Wesley Virnelson from Parma, Ohio. Alina is a news broadcaster on WVUR, a library services assistant and member of Gamma Phi Beta. Mark Young, a Christ College — The Honors College student and management major with a minor in computer science, is the son of Diane and Joel Young from St. Louis, Missouri. Mark is a member of the Student Senate and a photographer and videographer with the integrated marketing and communications department at Valparaiso University. The…

Accomplished Faculty: College of Business Professor Sparks Interest in Crucial Field

Accomplished Faculty: College of Business Professor Sparks Interest in Crucial Field

A devoted teacher and cutting-edge researcher, Sanjay Kumar, Ph.D., associate professor of information and decision science, joined the College of Business faculty in 2014 along with his wife Jiangzia Liu, Ph.D., associate professor of accounting. He has since made a second home at Valpo — he embraces the Valpo ethos, shares his love for teaching, impacts students through his innovative teaching style, and prepares the College of Business for the future. “His teaching ability and his passion are unparalleled,” says Michael Kinsella ’17, a finance major who has taken several courses Professor Kumar teaches. “He cares deeply about his students, connecting with them on an impressive intellectual level and forcing them to think critically.” After five years at a large public university, Professor Kumar joined the Valpo faculty in a comparable role, teaching complementary courses and continuing similar research in supply chain management. However, it became immediately apparent to him…


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Creating a Legacy: Montel Hall ’18 blazes own trail academically and athletically

Montel Hall is not one to let the unknown stop him. Whether that entails being a first-generation college student and…

Valparaiso University Alumnus Supports Business Scholarship

A $1 million gift from the estate of Valparaiso University alumnus William “Bill” Schlender ’41 has significantly boosted a scholarship…

Finance Department Welcomes New Faculty

This fall Jiun-Lin (“Alex”) Chen, Ph.D., joined the College of Business as assistant professor of finance. “Dr. Chen brings considerable…

Conexus Indiana Endorses Valpo’s Supply Chain and Logistics Program

Earlier this year, Valparaiso University announced that it had developed both a major and minor in the growing field of…

Hannah Purkey ’18 is Primed for Success in Global Environment

From Evergreen, Colorado, Hannah Purkey came to Valpo because she saw it as a place of possibility, where she could…

Business Analytics Program Launches Careers in Areas of Passion

In 2015, Valpo’s College of Business introduced a major and minor in business analytics in response to growing marketplace need.…

Valpo College of Business Dean Named to Accrediting Body’s Review Committee

James D. Brodzinski, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business at Valparaiso University, has been selected for a three-year term…

Valparaiso University Named No. 5 in Midwest by U.S. News & World Report

Valpo tops U.S. News regional list for 30 consecutive years, honored for teaching and value For three decades, U.S. News…

Valpo’s One-Year Wonder: MBA Program, Baseball Team Attract Zack Leone ’18 MBA to Valpo for Last Hurrah

A standout season on the Valparaiso University baseball team may have never happened for Zack Leone ’18 MBA if it…

Valparaiso University Introduces Degree in Supply Chain and Logistics Management

The College of Business at Valparaiso University has developed both a major and a minor in the growing field of…

Valparaiso University Sophomore Honored as Outstanding First-Generation College Student

Jessica Aguayo-Huizar ’20 is the 2017 recipient of the “Realizing the Dream” scholarship at Valparaiso University. Recognizing outstanding academic success…

From Tasty Bakery to Peanut Butter: David Aronson ’03, MBA, Finds Recipe for Success

More than 20 years ago, David’s career began at the Aronson family business, Tasty Bakery in Naperville, Illinois. The bakery…

Valparaiso University Alumni Fund Endowed Scholarships

Valparaiso University alumni Julie Tiede ’96 Winkler and Jason Winkler ’96 have generously committed $500,000 to fund endowed scholarships for…

Accounting, Anyone? Tennis Player Paige Heuer ’17 Continues to Compete

Third in the state in high school doubles says a couple of things. It says you have a real shot…

Valparaiso University Students Named Kemper Scholars

Alina Virnelson ’20 and Mark Young ’20 have been selected from a group of national finalists to become two of…