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On Friday, Aug. 21 Valpo alumnus and retired faculty member, Rin Seibert lost her two-year battle with cancer. 

Seibert retired in Feb. 2020 after leading Valpo recreational sports for many decades. She began her career at Valpo in Aug. of 2019 when she was hired as the assistant director of athletics.

In Aug. 2017 Seibert was elevated to associate director of athletics. She was also a Valpo faculty member as she instructed undergraduate classes in the department of kinesiology. 

According to Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera in a statement he gave regarding Seibert’s passing, Seibert excelled in her position through student connections. 

“Rin exemplified the Valpo experience. Her heart for students, their personal and spiritual growth and their enjoyment of life through athletic activity was unmatched. She was an amazing colleague and a true servant leader and is already greatly missed,” LaBarbera said. 

Seibert had graduated from Valpo in 1976 with a degree in physical education. After graduation she spent two years at the Valparaiso Family YMCA as an assistant director. 

During her time at the YMCA, Seibert helped to build the competitive gymnastics program. 

Seibert returned to school and earned her masters in recreation at Indiana University Bloomington in 1979. 

Prior to returning to Valpo to lead our recreational sports, Seibert spent one year working in recreational sports at Marquette University. 

She also served the Valpo community by being a faculty advisor to Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority during her time at Valpo. 

Seibert also served the broaden Valparaiso community as she served as a judge for high school gymnastics meets through the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSSA) for nearly four decades, including the judging of several sectional, regional and state championships. 

In 2017 she earned the Interscholastic Athletic Award for excellence in the sport of gymnastics. She was also the recipient of the NIRSA Regional Award of Merit for Outstanding Contributions to Region III in 2016, the Panhellenic Council Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015, and the Valparaiso University Outstanding Service Award for 30 years of service in 2010. 

Seibert’s legacy will live on at Valpo through the Rin Seibert Scholarship. This scholarship was spearheaded by the 2019 Valpo volleyball program and head coach Carin Avery. 

According to a statement sent by Valpo Athletics honoring Seibert, “They program set out to recognize Rin’s courage and faith through her battles with cancer and to thank her for her long time support of Valpo volleyball, Valpo Athletics and the Department of Kinesiology by raising funds for a scholarship in her name.” 

The monetary goal of this scholarship has been raised to $50,000 to endow a permanent scholarship in her name. 

Friends and fans can still contribute to the scholarship at crowdfunding.valpo.edu    

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