Guild Members Receive Alumni Awards

Join us in congratulating two Guild members who will be receiving a 2017 Valpo Alumni Service Award for their outstanding service to the University. Dot Allwardt ’60 Nuechterlein and Victoria Flood ’92 will be honored at the Alumni Awards Dinner. Registration is required for the dinner; to register your attendance, visit

Victoria Flood ’92
received her bachelor of arts in political science from Valparaiso University and was an honors student in Christ College. Her senior year, she received an Alumni Distinguished Student Award. After Valpo, she then earned a master of arts in public administration/public policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, La Follette School of Public Affairs in 1994. Victoria started her career in 1994 as a legislative analyst for the State of Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau. She then became an Associate Director for Evaluation for the Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she conducted and oversaw evaluation work related to a wide array of national and international programs implemented by the ELCA. Victoria then served as the Program Director for Evaluation for the ELCA until 2016. She is currently the Director for Mission Support for the ELCA in Chicago. Victoria has volunteered with PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) in Des Plaines, Ill., and is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Des Plaines, Ill. She has stayed very active with Valpo by serving as a member of the Christ College Alumni Advisory Board. Victoria has been a Guild member since 2000 and served in leadership roles as the Guild vice-chair and chair, and she served on the LUA Board from 2015 to 2016. She was instrumental in the Celebration of the 85th Birthday of the Guild and helped challenge the Guild to raise money for the Guild Scholarship Endowment Fund. She has also been instrumental in forging a relationship between the Institute of Leadership and Service and the University Guild and has become a mentor to the CAPS Fellows (Calling and Purpose in Society). Victoria believes that a Valparaiso University education prepares one to think critically about oneself, the world, and one’s role in it. Her education has prepared her not only to excel at work but to be an informed and engaged citizen in society. Victoria and her husband, Rodney Boriack, currently live in Des Plaines, Ill.

Dot Allwardt ’60 Nuechterlein
earned a bachelor of arts with honors in religion at Valparaiso University, and in 1978 she received a master of arts in sociology at Queen’s University, Canada. From 1960 to 1974, Dot worked as Director of Youth, Education, and Parish Work for churches in Ann Arbor, Mich., and New Haven, Conn., and was a Probation/Parole Officer and Coordinator of Volunteer Probation Services in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. From 1981 to December 2012, she was employed at Valparaiso University in a variety of positions, both as faculty (sociology department) and as staff. Dot retired in 2002 from her position as Coordinator of Graduate and Continuing Education in the Graduate Division, but continued teaching and accepted other assignments. She served as the executive director of the Valparaiso University Guild from 1983 to 1989. Other Valpo positions she held were tour manager in the music department; Chapel counseling staff; research assistant for Richard Baepler’s history of the University; chair of ReVU, the university retirees organization; and public information and development director for the Lutheran Deaconess Association. Dot has also taught courses at Notre Dame, Concordia University-Bronxville, Ivy Tech, Davenport University, and Elderhostel. From 1960 to 2010, Dot was a workshop leader/lecturer at Camp Arcadia, Mich.; Holden Village, Chelan, Wash.; Lutheran Church Area Convocation in Berkeley, Calif.; and women’s and youth retreats and conferences nationwide. She has written for the Cresset and other publications, been a Valparaiso city councilwoman, volunteered with the LCMS, served on the Wheat Ridge Ministries board and Mayor’s Committee on the Millennium, and served her church as president, choir member, and Bible class teacher. In 1992, she received membership in Indiana’s Richard G. Lugar “Excellence in Public Service” Series. Dot was one of the first female official scorekeepers in Division I men’s basketball, and many people know her as the Valpo men’s basketball volunteer scorekeeper for nearly 30 years. Dot is very appreciative of this award and knows that Valpo gave her incredible opportunities to develop as a person and a leader. As a college student in the 1950s, she believed that Valpo treated female students equally to their male counterparts. Dot and her husband, Jim Nuechterlein ’60, currently live in Valparaiso. Their children are Laura ’89 of Seattle, John of Chicago, and Jeanne of York, England.