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IU Northwest Chancellor to visit Porter Hospital - Valparaiso Campus Nov. 29

Bergland to seek input from Porter County alumni, supporters at reception in Valparaiso

Indiana University Northwest Chancellor Bruce W. Bergland will meet with IU alumni, Porter Hospital employees and other Porter County citizens during a visit to the hospitalís Valparaiso campus on Nov. 29.

All IU Northwest graduates, students, parents of students, and anyone who is interested in the University are invited to meet Chancellor Bergland from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. in the Patio dining rooms located on the ground floor near the cafeteria. The Chancellor looks forward to discussing IU Northwestís present successes, ongoing initiatives and future ambitions with the Universityís many supporters in Porter County.

As a leader in health education in Northwest Indiana, IU Northwest takes great pride in the many qualified healthcare professionals who graduate from IUís Gary campus each year. This region has a continuing need for qualified nurses, medical technicians and other health professionals, and IU Northwest is committed to providing area healthcare providers with caring, compassionate and highly trained employees.

The Porter-Valparaiso Hospital Campus employs 75 IU Northwest graduates, and hundreds more of our past and current students work elsewhere throughout Porter County. There are 1,058 Porter County residents currently enrolled as students at IU Northwest.

This is an exciting time for IU Northwest, as the University pursues its mission of excellence in health and human services. The University, for example, continues to investigate the possibility of creating a College of Health and Human Services. This would represent an ambitious reorganization of related HHS programs into a cohesive academic unit that would provide exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary learning in these fields.

IU Northwest is also looking forward to opening our Dental Health and Student Health clinics, programs that will provide much-needed services for members of our campus and the surrounding community while giving our students beneficial practical experience. Also, discussions are underway about the possibility of expanding the IU School of Medicine Ė Northwest into a four-year program. IUSM-Northwest is a valued partner in our health-education programs at IU Northwest, and such an expansion would make it the only four-year medical school in Northwest Indiana.

On Nov. 29, Chancellor Bergland will bring news of these and other initiatives to our Porter County students, alumni and supporters. The Chancellor is also very interested in seeking input from our Porter County constituents on how they believe IU Northwest can continue serving the educational needs of their students and their community.

The Nov. 29 reception will include a continental breakfast, door prizes and more information about whatís happening at IU Northwest. Chancellor Bergland and the Office of Alumni Relations cordially invite our Porter County IU Northwest alumni, students and supporters to take part in this event and provide welcome feedback on the current and future direction of their University.

For more information on Chancellor Berglandís visit to the Porter-Valparaiso Hospital Campus, contact Alumni Relations Director Paulette LaFata-Johnson at plafatj@iun.edu or (219) 980-6769.

  
Published:

11-17-2006

Media Contact:

Christopher Sheid
OMC
219-980-6802
ccsheid@iun.edu

Michelle Searer
OMC
219-980-6686
msearer@iun.edu

Paulette Lafata-Johnson
Alumni Relations
219-980-6769
plafataj@iun.edu
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