2016 Medallion Recipients
Dr. Keith Lorentzen
Associate Professor Emeritus
For more than 60 years, Dr. Keith Lorentzen has been an active and integral member of the Indiana University Northwest family, having made significant teaching, research and philanthropic contributions to our campus.
Dr. Lorentzen joined IU Northwest as an instructor in 1955, and dedicated his life for over 33 years to educating our students in the study of chemistry, physics and astronomy. In 1969, he was promoted to associate professor of chemistry, a role he served until retiring as associate professor emeritus in 1988.
His commitment to IU Northwest did not cease after retirement, returning in 1989 as an adjunct lecturer for several years.
Believing in our students, Dr. Lorentzen wanted to help even more students succeed. In 2002, he established the Keith Lorentzen Scholarship Award, awarded annually to IU Northwest’s most outstanding chemistry student.
Dr. Lorentzen is a member of the 1820 Society, the IU Foundation President’s Circle, and a 25 Consecutive Years Giving Life Member.
He and his wife, Evelyn, reside in Munster.
Strack & Van Til
Strack & Van Til started in the late 1950’s when Ernie Strack and Nick Van Til owned separate grocery stores in Northwest Indiana. Drawn together by a common ambition to create a more exciting shopping experience, they joined forces in 1960 to create Strack & Van Til.
More than 60 years later, Strack & Van Til grocery stores are a cornerstone of communities throughout Northwest Indiana and Illinois. Headquartered in Highland, Strack & Van Til, LLC, operates 37 stores and employs more than 6,000 associates under three different banners: Strack & Van Til, Ultra Foods and Town & Country Markets.
Strack & Van Til takes great pride in supporting and enhancing the communities they serve through community partnerships, volunteering and charitable giving. Annually, Strack & Van Til donates time, money and other resources back to local organizations, with the belief that the best way to do well is to participate.
IU and IU Northwest are grateful for Strack & Van Til’s enduring support. The Strack Family endowed scholarship has been endless in ensuring that our students can earn their IU degree.
Strack & Van Til team members are active volunteer leaders at IU Northwest, including serving on the IU Northwest Board of Advisors, the IU Northwest School of Business and Economics Advisory Board, and through their attendance at the IU Northwest Chancellor’s Commission for Community Engagement.