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  • 13th Annual Patriot Classic

    Jun 29, 2015
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    On June 4, 2015, the University of Valley Forge (UVF) hosted the 13th annual Patriot Classic Golf Tournament. For years, the tournament has been held at the Kimberton Golf Club in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. UVF alumni and friends arrived at the course on a beautiful late spring day for a friendly round of golf. 
     
    The golf tournament raises scholarship funds and provides an opportunity for friends who are near and far to reconnect and share a day of golf. For evangelist and UVF alum Greg Hubbard ‘81, the Patriot Classic is about bonding with old friends and meeting new ones. “The golf is part of it but it’s about relationships and seeing people,” he said.  
     
    The Patriot Classic concluded with a dinner and fellowship at the campus. The 2015 Patriot Classic winning foursome were Craig Smith, Rev. Jon Wegner, Rich Tascheck and Mike Van Horn from Marlton Assembly of God in Marlton, New Jersey. Tom Hassel, Greg Webb, Jerry Friedhoff and Guy Tirondala from Life Chapel were the runner-ups. The longest drive winners were Tom Hassel and Denise Dryburgh from C. Raymond Davis & Sons. Rev. Jon Wegner won straightest drive and Justin Bechtel from Calvary Assembly of God won closest to the pin.  
     
    More than 90 alumni, staff and friends of the university participated in the tournament and helped raise over $14,000 in scholarship funds for UVF students. In the 13 years of the Patriot Classic's history, over $100,000 in scholarship funds have now been raised. UVF thanks its supporters, comprised of alumni, friends and sponsors, for their continued support of the Patriot Classic.
     
    Mark your calendar for next year's Patriot Classic Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 2, 2016!  

  • Investing in Future Leaders Today

    Jun 29, 2015
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    Megan Knorr
    Fall 2015 University of Valley Forge (UVF) freshman Megan Knorr received the Riggs Scholarship from the Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education of the General Council of the Assemblies of God. She will begin her studies in the UVF Education Program and become equipped to change the world for Christ.

    From Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, Knorr was one of eight high school senior applicants in the country awarded the Riggs Scholarship due to their academic standing and leadership potential. She was delivered news of the scholarship one week after finalizing her decision to attend UVF. “The scholarship was a solidification that I made the right choice,” Knorr said.

    For the Knorrs, UVF is a family affair. Knorr’s father, Brian Knorr ’90, graduated from the Pastoral Ministry program at UVF. For years, Knorr recalls that her father spoke highly of the academics and professors at UVF and had fond memories of his life as a student. Knorr’s older sister, junior Carrie Knorr, and older brother, sophomore Brian Knorr, are also enrolled at UVF. “I was not planning on coming here,” Knorr admitted. “But my whole plan changed, and I decided I wanted to do something with teaching or preaching.”

    She continued, “I just wanted to be a part of God’s plan.” When she contacted the university, she shared her financial, academic and spiritual needs with the Office of Admissions. Knorr was encouraged by Carrie Maurio, a UVF admissions counselor, to attend UVF and said of Maurio, “She jumped over fences for me." Maurio showed Knorr that the University of Valley Forge invested in her from the beginning and believed her potential and heart for God would thrive within the UVF community. “That’s when I knew this is the place I needed to be because it already felt like people were working really hard for me to come here,” Knorr said.  

    Knorr graduated from Crestwood High School in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, on June 12, 2015, with honors. She was a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. She was a Young Scholar, a Crestwood High School newspaper editor and an accomplished athlete, lettering in girl’s track and field and cross country. She also founded and led the Crestwood Bible Club and volunteered for the Red Cross. Knorr was also heavily involved with her family’s home church, Mountain Top Family Church. 

    The Riggs Scholarship was named after Ralph Riggs, former Assemblies of God general superintendent (1953–1959) and higher education advocate. The Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education supports Assemblies of God colleges and universities. It provides educational, theological and spiritual standards as well as educational and financial resources.

       
  • Students Recognized for Writing

    Jun 29, 2015
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    Corinne Twigg
    The University of Valley Forge (UVF) celebrates the achievements of two students who represented UVF in The Edith Garlow Memorial Poetry Contest for college students this past spring. Senior Corinne Twigg and recent graduate Garrin Teed '15 entered the competition for the second consecutive year and placed first and third, respectively. The Edith Garlow Memorial Poetry Contest is an annual event hosted by Delaware County Community College to honor gifted young poets who attend colleges and universities in the Delaware and Chester counties. A panel of judges selected the winning poetry submissions. 
     
    Twigg entered the contest as a junior and won first place for her poem titled, “Wrinkly.” Twigg said, “This poem embodies one’s awe upon encountering the grace of an almighty God.” In addition to receiving an $800 cash prize, she was invited to a ceremony where she gave a live reading of her poem. Last year, she took second place in the contest for her poem titled, "Death's Death."
     
    Garrin Teed
    Teed took third place for his poem titled, "The Waterfall." He was awarded a $250 cash prize and also gave a live reading of his poem. Reflecting on this accomplishment, Teed said, “I write with the hope of helping people, people who have been down the same road as me.” Indeed, his poetry speaks volumes about his life’s journey. Last year, he took third place for his poem, "Slow Burn."  
     
    Gina Gennari, an English professor at Delaware County Community College and overseer of the Edith Garlow Memorial Poetry Contest, commented on Teed's and Twigg’s accomplishments saying, “The selections are given to the judges anonymously. To be selected again must certainly mean you’re doing something right!” She encouraged the students to continue to write and expressed high hopes of seeing more UVF student submissions for the contest next year.

    The poems by Twigg and Teed are below:  

    Wrinkly by Corinne Twigg

    We sat with our elbows touching and our hearts pounding
    Like the leaves on trees
    Weak at the knees
    Our spines like trunks grew exhausted from all the falling

    We were a whole sea of wrinkles
    Wandering and washing up on shore
    Shaking and shifting, shallow and sore
    And tongue tied as tides tried to smooth out our crinkles

    In a sense our innocence sighed as it slept soundly
    And slipped effortlessly away
    Without a word to sing or say
    Sifted like a sand through our little fingers finally

    But winter could not kill everything you ever loved about me
    And no matter how much she stretched and accused
    The moon dared not pull hard enough on these riptides to defuse
    The storm and all that is you flowing through my pores like a sea salt symphony

    Of handpicked rain drops
    Pouring profusely
    Painting a watercolor masterpiece all over this weathered sea
    And it never stops


    The Waterfall by Garrin Teed

    Frothing and writhing through the earth,
    an untamed fury is released.
    Like a humbled soul in rebirth,
    the water's confinement decreased.
    Churning inside the depth's embrace,
    collectively pooling in sync.
    As scattered lives are set in place,
    lost streams are gathered from the brink. 
    Lush flora encircles the gorge,
    livened by the decompression.
    Like dross is removed at the forge,
    greeneries replace depression.
    Extending forward from the source,
    rejuvenation is its course. 

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August 21, 2015 August 21, 2015 - August 24, 2015

Welcome to the University of Valley Forge

Orientation


We are excited to meet you and to see how God will use the University community to prepare you for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.

Every aspect of New Student Orientation has been carefully planned to assist you in your transition. For this reason, your participation in orientation activities is mandatory.

  • Download the New Student Check-in and Orientation brochure for Fall 2015, click here.
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FRIDAY AUGUST 21

SPECIAL INVITATION TO FAMILY MEMBERS:
Family members are encouraged to join us for this special day. University offices will beopen from 8 am – 5 pm to facilitate your needs. Although travel plans may prohibit you from staying for the entire day, you are welcome to remain on campus until 8 pm.
Student Moving In
 
NEW STUDENTS ARRIVE
8 – 11:30 AM ANVIL/CARDONE HALL
The big day is finally here! Arriving during this time will allow you to check in and then move into your room before our first activity - Residence Life Luncheon (12 pm). Please schedule your arrival time based on the first initial of your last name: A-L = 8 am; M-Z = 10 am. Commuter students should plan to arrive at 10:30 am. When you arrive on campus you will be greeted by friendly staff and enthusiastic students eager to help you move into your room.

When you check in you will receive a Name Badge. Please wear your Name Badge as it will serve as your meal ticket during Orientation until you have received your ID card. We’ll also be taking your picture for your student ID card.

Two parents (or guests) are invited to a ticketed lunch with the President and Cabinet from 12 – 1:30 pm with an RSVP. Register online at valleyforge.edu/parentluncheon by August 7. Other meals are available in the Dining Commons for $10 per person.

Please note that important paperwork (like your Health Form) and documentation (such as your Financial Plan) must be complete before you can move into your room or receive your new laptop computer. If you have questions about what forms are still needed, call the Admissions Office and Business Office.

Be sure to make all schedule adjustments on this day as a $10 fee for each class you drop/add begins Tuesday (September 1).

STUDENTS: RESIDENCE LIFE LUNCHEON AND COMMUTER CONNECTION
12 – 1:30 PM DINING COMMONS
This is a mandatory meeting for all new students living in the residence halls. Be prepared for an informative time over lunch. Commuters will have a special section in the Dining Commons reserved just for them.

PARENTS: PARENT ORIENTATION LUNCHEON WITH THE PRESIDENT AND CABINET MEMBERS
12 - 1:30 PM FLOWER CHAPEL
While students are enjoying their lunch, parents are invited to dine with the President and his Cabinet for a special orientation and opportunity for parents to ask questions about the University. This event requires tickets and a registration. You can register online at valleyforge.edu/parentluncheon.

FINANCIAL REGISTRATION
1:30 – 5 PM
You will be able to visit the Business Office and Financial Aid Office for appointments.

Students who have not completed their financial registration will be scheduled to meet with a University staff person during this time. You will receive your appointment time when you arrive on campus.

DINNER
5 – 6 PM DINING COMMONS
A delicious dinner is available free of charge to new students. Guests or family members can join their student for $12.50 per person.

WELCOME CONVOCATION
6:30 – 8 PM FLOWER CHAPEL
From the very beginning, we want you to experience the dynamic spiritual climate that is a hallmark of UVF. President Don Meyer will share an inspiring message for new students and family members.

SAY GOODBYE TO FAMILY MEMBERS
8 – 8:30 PM
The time has come to say goodbye to family members. Parents are invited to join us at Homecoming weekend on October 23-24, 2015!

NEW STUDENT FLOOR MEETINGS
8:30 – 9 PM RESIDENCE HALLS
Resident students return to their residence halls for a fun and informative time with their Resident Assistant and floormates.

FLOOR ICE CREAM SOCIAL
9 PM RESIDENCE HALLS
This late night activity is a great opportunity for you to continue to build relationships with other new students on your floor and in your building.


SATURDAY AUGUST 22

BREAKFAST
7 – 8:30 AM DINING COMMONS

ORIENTATION KICKOFF
9 – 10:15 AM FLOWER CHAPEL
Students are welcomed to their START Teams.

START stands for “Striving Toward A Real Togetherness.” START Teams are small groups of new students led by energetic returning students. Team members will quickly become your friends as you interact with them in a safe and caring environment.

START Teams are important because you will build relationships with other new students and participate in other activities depending on the team you are assigned. Your START Team number is printed on your name badge.

START TEAM ACTIVITY
10:15 AM – 12 PM GREEN LANE COMMONS
Start Team Group Photo

During this time you will have opportunity to begin to experience life here at Valley Forge and connect with other new students.


LUNCH
12 – 1 PM DINING COMMONS

SERVICE PROJECT
1 – 4 PM OFF CAMPUS
We are very excited to offer the opportunity for our new students to serve the community through a service project. This will be a great time to become familiar with the community and provide a team-building experience with your START Team.

DINNER
5 – 6 PM DINING COMMONS

START ACTIVITY
6 – 8 PM GREEN LANE COMMONS
We will conclude our day with some fun team-building activities. You don’t want to miss this exciting ending to your day.


SUNDAY AUGUST 23

WORSHIP SERVICE
9 – 10:30 AM FLOWER CHAPEL
One of our wonderful faculty members will be our speaker for the worship service.

BRUNCH
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM DINING COMMONS

EXPLORE BRIDGE STREET IN PHOENIXVILLE
11:30 AM – 4 PM GREEN LANE COMMONS
Join your START Team to explore downtown Phoenixville.

DINNER
5 – 6:30 PM DINING COMMONS

FACULTY/STAFF DESSERTS
7 – 8:30 PM
Your START Team will enjoy a delicious dessert in the home of a faculty or staff member. This is a highlight of the orientation! See your START Team Leaders for details.


MONDAY AUGUST 24

BREAKFAST
7:30 – 9:00 AM DINING COMMONS

CONNECT2 EVENT
9 AM – 5 PM STORMS RESEARCH CENTER
All new students who are receiving a laptop should attend this event. It is here that you will pick up your laptop and accessories. You will also be guided through a personal step by step setup for your computer.

PLACEMENT EXAMS ENGLISH/MATH TESTING
10:30 – 11:15 AM CLASSROOM 231
You will be notified if you are scheduled to take the English and Math exam.

MUSIC PLACEMENT EXAM & ADVISING
10:30 AM – 2 PM CLASSROOM 131
This exam is required for music majors, music minors, all music scholarship recipients and non-music majors who would like to enroll in a music class or an ensemble and have not already taken the exam. Results of this exam will determine proper course placement.

LUNCH
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM DINING COMMONS

START ACTIVITY
5 – 6:30 PM DINING COMMONS
This will be the conclusion of START Teams. Dinner will be included.

NIGHT CLASSES BEGIN

FYE OPENING EVENT
6:30 – 9 PM GYM FIELD
Mandatory for all students enrolled in First Year Experience Course. Meet your FYE professors and mentors.


TUESDAY AUGUST 25

DAY CLASSES BEGIN!
Classes begin at various times. Check your registration schedule
for your first class of the day.

OPENING CONVOCATION
10 – 11 AM FLOWER CHAPEL
Chapel is scheduled each day from 10 – 11 am. The first Chapel features the faculty and administration in their academic regalia. President Don Meyer will be sharing a special opening message as we begin the college year.

WORLD TOUR
9 – 10 PM FLOWER CHAPEL
Come share an inspirational time with students returning from ministry around the world.


WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26

HONORS PROGRAM FELLOWSHIP
6:30 - 8:30 PM DR. DESANTO’S HOME
Dessert night for all Honors students. Meet and make friends with our professors and other students in the Honors program. This is your opportunity to find out what the Honors program is all about!


THURSDAY AUGUST 27

JOB FAIR
11 AM – 2 PM HERITAGE HALLWAY
Looking for a job? UVF makes finding one easy! Drop by the Job Fair to talk with local employers about working for their business.

RESIDENCE LIFE MEETINGS
7 – 9 PM FLOWER CHAPEL
Come and find out the latest news from the Residence Life team. This meeting is required of all resident students.

• 6:30 - 8 pm - Men
• 8 - 9:30 pm - Women


FRIDAY AUGUST 28

END OF SUMMER PARTY
7 – 9 PM SOLOMON’S PORCH
Join us for an exciting event to end the summer and kick off the school year!


OTHER INFORMATION

Directions
Directions can be found by clicking here.

Lodging
The University welcomes you to spend the night at our new conference center. The Conference Center at Valley Forge is only four miles from campus. Come and experience this warm, hospitable environment. For reservations and information please visit us at valleyforge.edu/conferencecenter. You may also call 610.935.9100 x117.


QUESTIONS?

CONTACT THE STUDENT LIFE OFFICE:

Phone: 800.432.8322
Email: studentlife@valleyforge.edu

August 23, 2015 August 23, 2015 - August 24, 2015
WELCOME BACK!

We look forward to hearing what God did in and through you over the summer months! New Student Orientation begins on Friday, August 21 and we will welcome hundreds of new students to UVF. Please do all you can to make the newest
members of our community feel welcome!


SUNDAY AUGUST 23

CHECK-IN FOR RETURNING STUDENTS
1 - 4 PM THE ANVIL

You are welcome to check-in beginning at 1 PM. It is very important that you arrive on campus between 1 – 4 PM as you will not be able to move into your room before this time. Exception: student leaders who are participating in leadership training or new student orientation have been notified of their arrival date and time. When you arrive on campus please proceed to The Anvil. Students arriving early without permission will be assessed a fine along with room charges.

Your financial plan should already be in place (call Caleb Anderson to verify this before you come). If you do not have an approved financial plan in place by August 1, you must meet with Financial Aid and Student Accounts staff to establish a financial plan BEFORE you will receive access to the network and MyValleyForge.

When you check in we will confirm your room assignment, issue you a key, and take your ID picture to update the Student Directory. Although we limit room changes as much as possible, your room assignment may have changed during the summer so it is important that you not move any belongings into your room until after you have checked in. This is the first meal of the Fall board plan.


MONDAY AUGUST 24

BREAKFAST
7:30 – 9:30 AM DINING COMMONS

CONTINUED CHECK-IN FOR RETURNING STUDENTS
8:30 – 11:30 AM CARDONE HALL

Check-in on Monday is available for Commuter Students or those unable to arrive on Sunday. Your financial plan should already be in place (call Caleb Anderson to verify this before you come). If you do not have an approved financial plan in place by August 1, you must meet with Financial Aid and Student Accounts staff to establish a financial plan BEFORE you will receive access to the network and MyValleyForge.

LUNCH
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM DINING COMMONS

LATE REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL PLAN APPOINTMENTS
1 – 4:30 PM HARRUP ADMINISTRATION BUILDING

Students registering at this time will be charged a late registration fee of $50.

DINNER
5 – 6:30 PM DINING COMMONS

EVENING CLASSES BEGIN
6 PM


TUESDAY AUGUST 25

DAY CLASSES BEGIN!

OPENING CONVOCATION
10 - 11 AM FLOWER CHAPEL


THURSDAY AUGUST 27

JOB FAIR
11 AM – 2 PM HERITAGE HALLWAY

Looking for a job? UVF makes finding one easy! Drop by the Job Fair to talk with local employers about working for their business.

RESIDENCE LIFE MEETINGS
6:30 – 9:30 PM FLOWER CHAPEL

Come and find out the latest news from the Residence Life team.
Men: 6:30 - 8 PM
Women: 8 - 9:30 PM



FRIDAY AUGUST 28

END OF SUMMER PARTY
7 – 9 PM SOLOMON’S PORCH

Join us for an exciting event to end the summer and kick off the school year!


QUESTIONS?

CONTACT THE STUDENT LIFE OFFICE:
800.432.8322
studentlife@valleyforge.edu

OTHER INFORMATION

Directions to UVF and local hotel information can be found by ​clicking here.

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