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  • 76th Commencement Presents First Graduates of UVF

    May 29, 2015
    76th Commencement
    The University of Valley Forge (UVF) Class of 2015 became the first class to graduate from the university on May 8, 2015, since the name change last September. The 76th annual Baccalaureate and Commencement services honored the 132 undergraduate and graduate students who earned their degrees and marked the beginning of a new journey. 

    The celebrations began that morning with the Baccalaureate service at the Flower Chapel. Rev. Jennifer Gale, vice president of student life, James Aspito '15 and Benjamin Miller '15 spoke on the theme of putting a stake in the ground. The theme reflected back to a chapel series President Don Meyer, Ph.D., shared four years ago during this class' freshman year, as it refers to specific, defining moments when God made a significant mark on their lives. 

    Faculty, staff, family and friends gathered on Green Lane Commons for Commencement in the afternoon. Excitement abounded as the graduates processed onto the lawn in their academic regalia. James T. Bradford, Ph.D., delivered the commencement address. He has been the General Secretary of the Assemblies of God since 2009. He shared a quote, one that influenced his life, by J. Oswald Sanders that reads, "True leaders aim to put more into life than they hope to take out of it." Bradford continued, "Sanders brought me face-to-face with the realization that changing the world is about giving, not taking." 

    Kevin Beery, D.S.L., vice president of academic affairs, read the names of the graduates and Meyer presented them with their degrees and diplomas. Each student, when called, walked onto the stage as a fellow class member and graduate and stepped off as a UVF alumnus. 

    Meyer closed the 76th Commencement with his traditional delivery of a quote by Christopher Logue, as well as a Scripture reading from 1 Corinthians 15:58 which reads, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” He concluded, "May all who come behind you find you faithful."
     


  • A Man Lifted Up by God

    May 28, 2015
    Bill Werkheiser Retires
    “Lord, if you call me to go somewhere I’ll go,” Bill Werkheiser said during a Sunday morning church service at Christian Life Assembly in Strasberg, Pennsylvania. Werkheiser could not have realized the journey on which his short prayer would embark. His commitment and obedience to follow where God led, turned into a 24-year career as head of maintenance and general manager with Sodexo at the University of Valley Forge (UVF). 
     
    On April 30, 2015, the UVF honored and recognized Werkheiser’s 24 years of service during a special chapel service and luncheon. Many special guests who have worked with Werkheiser over the years were in attendance. As head of maintenance, Werkheiser served behind-the-scenes to make sure the university ran smoothly. He has led project upon project to develop and improve the campus and has served UVF with integrity, love, wisdom and honor through every situation.
     
    President Don Meyer, Ph.D., shared a slideshow of images from when Werkheiser first arrived through this fall semester. In 1991, Werkheiser and his family left their dream home to follow God’s direction to UVF. Werkheiser accepted the position as head of maintenance to lead the university’s reconstruction projects. At the time, many buildings on the campus were remnants from the former Valley Forge General Hospital from World War II. 
     
    Under Werkheiser’s leadership over the years, the university completed many reconstruction projects. He led the construction teams for the Jericho Project — when the university and volunteers tore down some of the old hospital buildings — and oversaw the groundbreaking and opening of Cardone Hall and Bongiorno Hall, the remodeling of the Flower Chapel and the restoration of Krempels Theater. Jonathan Capeci, UVF vice president of finance, believes that Werkheiser accomplished all of these projects and goals because he never walked into anything alone, he was always with God, and he always served God first. "Bill Werkheiser is a man lifted up by God," he said. 
     
    “In our 76th year history, no one could have cared for, served more, helped more or saved more because of his multiple abilities and gifts. Thank you, Bill,” Meyer said. The President’s Cabinet presented Werkheiser with a plaque that represents the renaming of one of the streets on campus to "Werkheiser Way."

    Werkheiser’s immediate supervisor, Karen Loveland, expressed her thankfulness on behalf of Sodexo for his leadership and dedication to the university. “If the true wealth of a man is his depth and conviction of faith, the love and devotion to and from his family, and the respect of his community, Bill must be one of the wealthiest men in the world,” she said.  
     
    Werkheiser’s son, Rick Werkheiser, accepted his father’s position and will begin serving as the general manager with Sodexo. He described his father as a man of honor, strength, character and loyalty and said he hopes to follow in his footsteps and serve the university as his father had. “Our name means work. The Werkheiser tradition is to live up to that name,” he said.
     
    Toward the end of the chapel service, Werkheiser addressed his family, friends and the UVF community. “I used to ask God, ‘Why me?’ And I realized that it is not up to us to ask the question. It is up to us to answer. If God calls you, he will equip you.”
     
    Werkheiser looked out into the chapel and continued, “Thank you very much. It has been an honor to serve here. God bless you.” The University of Valley Forge is honored for Werkheiser’s dedication to the university as a man of God, whose wisdom and heart led the Facilities Department at the university for 24 years, all for the glory of God. Werkheiser has influenced the campus and the community in a way that will never be forgotten.

  • 11th Annual ESPY Awards

    May 28, 2015
    2015 ESPYs
    The University of Valley Forge (UVF) Department of Athletics hosted the 11th Annual ESPY Awards Show on Saturday, May 2nd. This was a special time for the coaches and administration to honor UVF student-athletes for their talents, achievements and dedication to their respective sports. 

    The night began with a special recognition for the coaches. They were honored for their year of service and commitment to UVF athletics. Afterwards, all four-year sport athletes were presented with their jersey enclosed in a shadow box, honoring their years of dedication, hard work and commitment to their sport. 

    The biggest award of the night, the Obie L. Harrup Award, is given to one male and one female upperclassman that has demonstrated and excelled in the following areas: skill, teamwork, leadership, Christian-character and servanthood. This year's winners were Kelli Noecker '15 (women's cross country) and junior Matt Godfrey (men's golf). Noecker was a two-time All-American for the women's soccer team before she joined the cross country team her senior season, in which she also excelled. Godfrey is a stand-out golfer who served as a resident assistant and the vice president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He was also a co-leader for the 2015 Community Service Day. Both students represent the high ideals that UVF student-athletes strive to achieve.

    Several athletes received multiple awards throughout the night, recognizing their significant athletic contributions. Sophomore Brian Knorr walked away with four ESPYs. He was recognized as Men's Cross Country's Best-Sport Athlete, Best Individual Sport Athlete and Best Male Newcomer. Knorr broke UVF's 8K record at the National Championship this year when he finished in second place, also earning All-American honors. This accomplishment also earned him the ESPY for Best Individual Performance.

    Senior Kevin Mack received three awards. He was honored as Men's Basketball Best-Sport Athlete, Best Male Defensive Athlete and Best Team Sport Athlete. Sophomore Matthew Buckery earned three ESPYs as well.  He won Baseball's Best-Sport Athlete, Best Gold Glove and Best Male Teammate. 

    On the women's side, tri-sport athlete Amanda McGinness '15 also received three awards. She won Best Sport Athlete for Women's Basketball and Softball and was also named Best Team Sport Athlete. Sophomore Olivia Wireman won Best Sport Athlete for Women's Volleyball and was also named Best Female Newcomer. Sophomore Mikala Brinson also won two awards, Women's Basketball Best Sport Athlete and Best Individual Performance for her 28-point effort against Penn State Mont-Alto. During that game, she hit a half-court shot before halftime and had the game winning basket with 11 seconds remaining. Sophomore Melanie Brletic , a women's soccer player, won two ESPYs as well. She was named Best Female Teammate and Best Female Intangible Athlete.

    At the end of the night, a special award was given to athletic trainer Alyssa Williams. She was presented with the Unsung Hero award for her dedication and commitment to UVF Athletics. It was noted that Alyssa always has a positive attitude and goes above and beyond what is expected of her. 

    Congratulations to all of our nominees and award winners! UVF appreciates the commitment of all our student-athletes and coaches.
     
    For a complete list of award winners, go to the 2015 ESPY Results.

    May 2, 2015

    Posted by UVF - Athletics on Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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June 04, 2015 June 04, 2015 - June 04, 2015

Patriot Classic 2015

The 13th Annual Patriot Classic will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at the Kimberton Golf Club.

The University of Valley Forge is pleased to celebrate the 13th Anniversary of the Patriot Classic Golf Tournament. For the past 13 years, golfers, churches, organizations and businesses have come together to raise over $90,000 in scholarships for deserving UVF students. Because of such generous support, these students were able to successfully complete their degrees and are now serving as leaders all over the world. As the Patriot Classic tradition continues, so does the eternal impact of your gift. Each registration and sponsorship does not just pay for a round of golf or an awards dinner; it is a significant investment into the lives of students who will, in a few short years, make a lasting difference in our communities. Thank you for choosing to be part of this memorable event as you join with us in preparing individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.

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Registration & Lunch
11:45 pm - Line-up
12:00 pm - Shotgun Start
5:30 pm - Awards Dinner at UVF

Individual golfers are welcome. Non-golfers are welcome to attend the Awards Dinner for $25 per person.

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