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VU celebrates life, work of Walt Wangerin

Updated: September 24, 2012 7:42AM



I hope you take the time to visit Valparaiso University the week of Sept. 3 when the life and work of professor Walt Wangerin will be celebrated.

Wangerin has touched the lives of so many people in every age group through more ways than most of us can imagine. He has served as a pastor, professor, mentor and theologian; he is a marvelous storyteller and a noted author.

Throughout the week, there will be an exhibition of this amazing man’s work at the Christopher Center on the campus. At 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Center, author Eugene Peterson will deliver a lecture addressing “What Are Writers Good For?” with specifics on Wangerin’s writings.

If you read Fred Niedner’s columns in the Post-Tribune each Saturday, you might want to worship at the VU chapel on Sept. 9, as he will be the preacher. Blessings and thanksgiving will be included for Wangerin’s contributions to us all, even if we never read his works, or heard him speak.

If you attend the 2 to 3:30 p.m. session at the chapel, you will be treated to excerpts from Wangerin’s writing, as well as some of his texts set to music. All events are free.

Few men have made the contributions to society that Wangerin has in so many different venues. Congratulations to professor Wangerin, and a big thank you to Valparaiso University for sharing the joy of such an outstanding man’s work with all his neighbors in Porter County.

I know I mentioned it before, but since there is still a big need for volunteers for the Opportunity Enterprises Pack-a-thon, this is just a reminder to check your calendar for Sept. 15.

That is the day when 43,000 bags must be packed and readied to send to the Chicago Marathon Committee for distribution to the runners. I promise you will have a fun time while you are “working.”

The packing is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and includes snacks and lunch, and music, music, music. Please tell your friends, club, church group, and then give Cathy Kuchenmeister a call at 464-9621, Ext. 283, to tell her how many volunteers you’ll be bringing.

She’ll even give you a hug over the phone!

Wow! The weather this past week has been so glorious, I’ve heard many people remark that it can stick around for the rest of the year. Every evening, the smell of something delicious being barbecued permeates the air, and I keep thinking it would be a good time to stop by and say “Hi” to the cooks!

Even all the lawns and flowers seem to have perked up as if they are enjoying this reprieve, too.

I’m not nearly as grumpy as I was when it was steaming hot, and I’ve noticed a lot more smiles around town.

The downtown Central Park in Valpo, and I’m sure the parks throughout the county, have been mighty busy with these lovely days. And now the kids will have to wait until school is out each day to romp around — and so will their teachers!

Have a wonderful, super school year to all of you students and staff.

I have known several young ladies (and even one guy) who have let their hair grow, and then had it cut to donate to “Locks of Love” to make wigs for cancer patients who have lost their hair through chemo.

But, until now, I haven’t ever known an “older” woman to do that. I am so proud of my friend, Margaret (70-plus), who has been growing her locks for two years, and now has it long enough to donate.

Her hair is a beautiful white, and she began growing it after she had gone through chemo. Margaret, you are awesome, and my pet person of the week.

Everyone give a hip, hip, hooray for the Margarets in our midst.

Then I hope you have a great day because you deserve it.

Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.



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