• Homecoming 2014 Celebration

    October 30, 2014
    Homecoming 1980s Grads
    Homecoming at the University of Valley Forge (UVF) is always an exciting time. During the week of Oct. 20-25, many alumni were welcomed back to reunite with old friends, peers and professors. The entire campus celebrated their reunion with a series of campus events full of UVF spirit. 
    The week kicked off on Monday, Oct. 20, with a compelling message in chapel from Rev. Joseph Terreri '06. Terreri is currently the senior pastor of Spring Valley Community Church in Pottstown, Pa. During his time at UVF, he studied and received a bachelor's degree in youth ministry.
    The days that followed were filled with various alumni speakers, campus events, and competitions to showcase Patriot pride. Brice Karper ’12 spoke in chapel on Tuesday. The student body and faculty had earnestly prayed for and supported Karper last year after hearing of his tragic car accident. When Karper returned to speak about God’s faithfulness throughout his time of recovery, many were encouraged by the joy of hearing his inspiring testimony and seeing him in good health. Karper thanked the UVF body for their many prayers and letters that were sent to him during his recovery.  
    Every year, three outstanding alumni are honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award. On Thursday, during chapel, President Meyer presented Rev. Tino Cione '86 with one of these awards. Cione is a senior pastor at a multi-cultural ministry in the Washington, D.C., area that is comprised of over 35 nationalities.

    On Friday, talented alumni led worship for the official homecoming chapel service. Lee '01 and Christine (Dondzila) '02 Rogers, the co-presidents of the Alumni Association, presented Distinguished Alumni Awards to James Darlack '99 and Rev. Jeffrey Ferguson '77 during the service. 
    Darlack graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and a Bachelor's degree in Religious Education. Darlack is the Associate Director and Reference Librarian at the Goddard Library of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is also a member of the 2014 Creating the Leaders of Tomorrow Cohort for the American Theological Library Association.   
    Ferguson graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Bible. A few years after graduation, he returned to UVF to serve as Dean of Students in 1986. Ferguson has faithfully served as Lead Pastor at First Assembly of God in Harrisonburg, Va. since 1988.

    After chapel, alumni enjoyed a tour of the campus, having lunch together and reminiscing with past roommates and professors over coffee. The Class of 1964 was especially overjoyed to celebrate its 50th reunion over dinner that night. In the evening, students and staff met at the gym, fondly referred to as "The Pit," to watch the annual men’s basketball Alumni vs. Patriots game. Both teams went toe-to-toe and although the score was close, the Patriots walked off the court as homecoming champions.  
    It has been a well-known tradition at UVF to honor the homecoming court after the Alumni vs. Patriots basketball game. However, this year the Student Government Association (SGA) voted to create a new tradition. Instead of the usual homecoming crowning of the king and queen, the faculty department chairs and staff department directors selected three male and three female seniors who exemplified outstanding leadership and service in their time at UVF. Following the nominations, the student body voted for who they wanted to receive the Ashcroft Award: an award named after Dr. J. Robert Ashcroft, who served as president of UVF from 1982-1985. 

    This year, the nominees for the Ashcroft Award were Josh Keller, Benjamin Miller, Nicholas Seders, Michaela Ball, Kayleigh Smith and Emilee Slingerland. To the crowd’s delight, pastoral ministry major, Benjamin Miller and intercultural studies major, Michaela Ball received the award. 
    SGA hosted a number of festivities for the student body throughout the week including a pep rally featuring various student performances, a movie night, flag football and a volleyball and board game night. Students also participated in themed dress day competitions to showcase their Patriot pride.

    The homecoming celebration at UVF came to a close on Friday night with a festive gathering complete with s’mores, fellowship and warm moments shared around a bonfire. It was truly a special week for alumni, current students and faculty.

  • President Meyer and the Power of Negative Thinking

    October 30, 2014
    President Meyer
    On Sept. 24, 2014, University of Valley Forge (UVF) President Don Meyer wrote an article for Charisma magazine titled "The Positive Power of Negative Thinking." He discussed the power of negative thinking and how saying "no" can be as effective and useful as saying "yes." He wrote on two life scenarios when one should respond negatively. In right vs. wrong situations, it becomes clear when a negative response is necessary. In good/better vs. the best situations, choosing the correct response becomes more challenging. President Meyer discussed how saying "no" to the good possibilities makes room for the great possibilities. In both scenarios, he offered biblical examples, allowing for further insight on how to use the God-given gift of time effectively.

    To read the full article, visit charismamag.com

  • Teaching Teachers in Zambia

    October 30, 2014
    Tarragnoli in Zambia
    Assistant professor Kathleen Terragnoli knew from a very young age that missionary work would be an important part of her life. Over her 35 years at UVF, she focused on supporting and teaching others as they prepared for their own missionary journeys. When the opportunity for her to serve in Africa on a short-term basis first came in 1996, she seized it with tremendous excitement. Since then, Terragnoli has been on 12 missionary journeys to Africa, visiting the country of Zambia on five separate occasions – the last of which took place this summer, from June 19 to July 11.
    The first two weeks of her trip were spent in the city of Kabwe, with a team of one South African and 15 American teachers. Together, they trained over 200 Zambian teachers and encouraged faith and spirituality in one another. After observing government, community and private schools, as well as learning about the local culture (something that she encourages all short-term missionaries to practice), the team held over 60 sessions for teachers from all over the country. These sessions helped them develop their natural abilities and approach education with the most effective contemporary techniques.
    “It’s not that they’re bad teachers, or that they don’t know what they’re doing,” emphasized Terragnoli. Rather, their access to training is limited, giving them less opportunity to reflect and grow with other educators. She also stressed the importance of supporting Africa’s educational infrastructure, which will give young people a means to think critically about issues, come up with creative solutions and prepare them to become productive and contributing members of society.
    The second half of Terragnoli's missionary journey took place 270 miles down the road, in a southern city of Zambia called Choma. There, she served with UVF alumni Dociah ’95 and Kevin ’94 Friedrich, who founded and direct the Children of the Most High (CMH) Orphanage. Over the course of two weeks, Terragnoli participated in weekend services at the organization’s two pioneer churches, offered communication and teaching lessons to CMH leadership and spent time with the 20 children that live in CMH homes.
    Terragnoli has been especially touched by the opportunity to see the children of CMH mature in faith. “I have literally watched some of them grow up during my five trips over the past 14 years,” she said.  With that in mind, she wants to convey the gratefulness of the Friedrichs, who are thankful for the financial and prayerful support that has come from the Valley Forge community; she also asks each of us to continue praying for CMH, as they move toward building the Dream Center – a centralized location for the orphanage, which currently operates out of three homes. “Thank you,” she adds, “for your love, support, and most of all — prayers!”

  • UVF Listed in Best Regional Colleges Rank

    October 29, 2014
    US News & World Report Ranking
    US News & World Report
    The University of Valley Forge (UVF) was ranked in the top 50 on the U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Colleges list for 2015, for the North region. This ranking is a wonderful recognition by one of the largest multi-platform publishers of news and information. Its series of consumer guides include the ranking of high schools, colleges and graduate schools.
    U.S. News & World Report has ranked colleges since 1983. The annual rankings are a way to help students and their families begin their search for the best academic experience to fit their college plan. Regional colleges are divided into four regions: North, South, Midwest and West. The selected colleges ranked “focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts discipline,” as noted on the U.S. News & World Report website.
    Up to 16 different factors of academic distinction are gathered from every college and weighed against the U.S. News measuring standards. The rank examines academics, tuition rate, freshman retention, graduation rates, clubs and sports. Each college is ranked against other colleges in the same region based on the data collected. The positive feedback is encouraging news for the campus and its community. As President Don Meyer, Ph.D., said, “It is a significant recognition of the incredible things taking place here on our campus.” 
    Kevin Beery, D.S.L., vice president of academic affairs, commented on the statistics published on the website. “At the University of Valley Forge, we take enrollment, retention and graduation rates very seriously,” he said. “Our commitment to each of our students is that, as they pursue their degrees, the institution provides the support they need for a timely graduation. We have exceptional students, and this honor is a testimony to their ability and tenacity.” 
    This year has proven to be a year of wonderful achievements and historical importance for UVF. On Sept. 16, the university changed its name from Valley Forge Christian College to the University of Valley Forge. Also this fall, the university added seven new majors including criminal justice and sports management. Digital media and organizational leadership graduate degree programs were also introduced this fall. These developments demonstrate the tremendous growth that UVF has experienced and serve as motivation to continue reaching new distinctions. “We are grateful for God’s faithfulness over the past 75 years, and we now anticipate limitless possibilities as we look toward the future,” President Meyer said. 

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Christmas at Valley Forge

The University of Valley Forge Music Department will present their annual holiday concert, Christmas at Valley Forge, on December 5 & 6 at 7:30 pm in The Flower Chapel.

Guests will be welcomed to the UVF campus with trees covered in lights and luminaries lining the sidewalks.

The first half of the evening will feature the Wind & Jazz Ensembles, The Patriot Bells and College Choir. Part two of the evening will be excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, performed by the College Choir.
Christmas at Valley Forge will be an extraordinary way to start the holiday season and ignite the Christmas spirit in the heart of every audience member. Also, join us for a Tuba Christmas on Sunday, December 7 at 4 pm.

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