• Students Speak Up About University Status

    September 26, 2014
    UVF Students Celebrate on Sept. 16
    The students of the University of Valley Forge (UVF) have much to say about the institution’s recent success in achieving university status. As the college counted down the days until its official name change, Patriots pride built up within the student body.

    Many students expressed their excitement to be here during this pivotal time. “I’m happy to be a part of the history,” says junior Brooke Sheesley, a social work major, “I can look back and say, ‘I was there when the name changed. I was there when all of that happened.’”

    The college officially changed its name on Sept. 16.  Students and faculty congregated in the Flower Chapel at 10 am to celebrate this historic event.  “There was truly an overwhelming spirit of joy within the room,” reports junior Alexandria Alagna, a Christian ministries major. The ceremony gave all of the glory to God. Following the chapel service, the joyful atmosphere was carried out to the lawn for a time of fellowship over a picnic lunch complete with a UVF sheet cake. According to Yolanda Alvarez, a sophomore studying deaf ministries, the student body and faculty felt a deep bond that day. There had been much excitement brewing within the student body about the change to university status and the day proved to be a great success.

    “It’s a big step for the credibility of our degrees,” says senior music major David Cooper regarding the name “university” and the prestige that comes with it. "As a result, graduates will have greater opportunities made available to them." The name change will also help students fulfill their callings without facing unnecessary obstacles. According to sophomore music performance major, Caleb Gudgeon, “God calls all of us to be missionaries in every place, and now the doors are wide open for us to go.” By becoming a university, UVF is making great strides to fulfill its mission: “to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.” 

    Greater expectations come with the title of university. When asked how he felt about the new name, junior English major, Renee Seler responded, “We’ve proven ourselves as a university. We’ve proven not only to have the qualifications of a university but also the character. People leave here loving God with all of their mind.” Seler has been challenged in the classroom by professors who are passionate about the impact they have on students’ lives.  She says, “I have been pushed to do what I love, and I’ve been shown intellectually how everything goes back to God.” With graduate school in her future, Seler is grateful for UVF’s new title, as it will be more credible to the universities to which she applies. 

    Senior theology major, Jim Besaw feels that UVF will grow into its new name. He says, “The unique characteristics of Valley Forge gives you the opportunity to invest in ways you couldn’t in other universities.  The resources the professors bring to the table through personal relationships go way beyond what one would get from a typical university.”  
     
    Prayerfully, the students hope this change will thrust UVF forward in growth.  They are proud to be leaving behind their footprints, as they are part of the history unfolding at UVF. Students are hungry to learn in this environment, and believe that it is important to love God with all their hearts, souls, minds and strength.

  • Gayle Brostowski Remembered

    September 19, 2014
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    Reverend Gayle A. Brostowski ‘85 was a mentor, encourager, supporter and a University of Valley Forge (UVF) Patriot. After a three-year battle with cancer, Brostowski went to her heavenly home on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. 

    Brostowski graduated from UVF with a pastoral degree and played softball and basketball during her time here. She served as a traveling evangelist for 20 years for Green Ridge Assembly of God in Scranton, Pa. In her travels and leadership positions, Brostowski advocated the university by sharing her experience at UVF with prospective students. She continually supported the Alumni Association and mentored students she met through her church or through her connections as a UVF Patriot alumni. During homecoming week last year she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Service Award. 

    In 2011, Brostowski was diagnosed with breast cancer and fought her illness until her passing last week. Through her illness and treatments, she continued her evangelist ministry and her friendships with UVF students, staff and faculty. She served as an example of faith, perseverance and strength to those around her.   

    Brostowski was featured this year in UVF's 2014 Annual Magazine. The university wanted to share her story and dedication to her alma mater. In a phone interview, Brostowski said she remembered her time at UVF fondly and was thankful for the faculty and staff who poured into her life and the friendships she continued after her years at college. 

    In gratitude for her experience at UVF and her passion for the next generation, Brostowski created an endowed scholarship for future female ministry majors at UVF. Brostowski was a friend to many students, faculty and staff. She will be missed at our campus and sporting events. Still, we know her legacy will continue on at the University of Valley Forge.
  • Valley Forge Christian College is Now the University of Valley Forge

    September 16, 2014
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    VALLEY FORGE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE IS NOW THE UNIVERSITY OF VALLEY FORGE

    New Name, Same Mission


    PHOENIXVILLE, Pa., Sept. 16, 2014 – Effective today, Valley Forge Christian College has officially changed its name to the University of Valley Forge (UVF). The Pennsylvania Department of Education (DOE) approved the name change on Aug. 27 but state processes appointed the formal recognition date as today.

    President Don Meyer, Ph.D., shared his thoughts on the name change and the future of the university. "As we walk through this transformational doorway, we acknowledge a new name, but same mission." he said, "A mission to, 'prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.'"


    The University of Valley Forge celebrated the change during chapel at 10 am today. Students, faculty and staff wore new university logo apparel in support of the name change. The service shared the launch of the new university logo, website and online radio station. The first university diplomas were presented to three alumni faculty members: the first graduate of a masters program and two graduates from Eastern Bible Institute (the original name of the university in 1939). The celebration continued on the campus grounds with lunch and a student photo booth. In addition, a temporary University of Valley Forge sign was unveiled at the main entrance where a permanent sign will later be erected.

    The university will continue to be regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In addition, the Social Work Program of UVF is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the Education Program of UVF is aligned to meet the requirements of the DOE. The university is endorsed by the Alliance for the Assemblies of God Higher Education, a group of 16 institutions serving approximately 3 million Assemblies of God adherents in the United States.

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    About the University of Valley Forge

    The University of Valley Forge is part of an international network of Assemblies of God colleges and universities. As a private university of the arts, sciences and professions, it provides undergraduate, graduate and lifelong learning programs. Its mission is to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world. The University of Valley Forge’s 150-acre main campus is located in Phoenixville, Pa. The university offers 67 undergraduate majors, seven graduate programs and nine associate programs, and has a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio serving over 1,000 students.

    The history of the University of Valley Forge dates back to 1939, when several small bible institutes consolidated and formed Eastern Bible Institute (EBI), in Green Lane, Pa. The institute charter was granted to train evangelists, pastors, missionaries, Christian educators and lay workers. EBI expanded in numbers and property space becoming Northeast Bible Institute (NBI) and, after a fourth year of study was added, became Northeast Bible College (NBC). In 1976–1977, NBC moved to its current location in Phoenixville, Pa., on the site of the former Valley Forge General Hospital, and was renamed Valley Forge Christian College (1976–2014).


    Accreditations

    The University of Valley Forge is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. (Website: www.msche.org. Phone: 267.284.5000). The Social Work Program of UVF is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. (Website: www.cswe.org. Phone: 703.683.8080).


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    VALLEY FORGE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE TO BECOME THE UNIVERSITY OF VALLEY FORGE

    Name Change Reflects the Quality and Breadth of the Institution’s Programs


    PHOENIXVILLE, Pa., August 28, 2014 – On the heels of its 75th anniversary, Valley Forge Christian College proudly announces that it will become the University of Valley Forge (UVF) on September 16, 2014. Overwhelming support and endorsement for the change came from faculty, students, college trustees, alumni and church leaders.

    Prompting today’s announcement was notification by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (DOE), the entity charged with the responsibility to approve university designations in the state, that the college’s application has been approved. A ceremony is planned to officially recognize the change and to unveil a temporary sign that will grace the front of the campus until a permanent sign is erected.

    President Don Meyer, Ph.D., shared that, “The mission of the University of Valley Forge will not change. Though our name will change, the spirit of the institution, the dedication of our faculty and staff, the world-wide impact of our alumni and the abiding commitment to our God-given mission, will continue to be the hallmarks of the university.”

    In preparation for the official name change, the school has created new branding that includes a UVF seal and logo, as well as a new athletic logo and patriot icon. Signage, marketing materials and other items will be rolled out in the coming months.

    The name change to the University of Valley Forge ushers in a new era in the life of the institution, signaling exciting new curricula, enrollment growth, campus development, and an ongoing commitment to increase the quality of academic programs. The new name will help students obtain entrance into graduate schools and make it easier for alumni to enter foreign countries where religious freedoms are restricted. For a nominal fee, alumni can request a new diploma with the University of Valley Forge inscription by contacting the Registrar’s Office.

    The name change also recognizes the maturation that has occurred over the past 75 years, which has resulted in the quality institution that exists today. Campus development has transformed the former Valley Forge General Hospital site into a beautiful and well respected campus. In addition, academic programs have grown in number and quality, with 67 undergraduate majors and 7 graduate programs.

    All of the activities that contribute to the vibrant and authentic spiritual environment that exists now will continue, including a daily chapel service, the hiring of highly qualified, spiritually dynamic faculty members and a solid Bible core in all majors.

    In addition to the main campus in Phoenixville, Pa., the university offers courses at its additional location in Virginia and at extension sites in South Carolina and Illinois. UVF is actively engaged in a process to rapidly expand its online offerings. As members of the NCCAA Division III and provisional members of the NCAA Division III, the university competes in 10 intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports.

    Executive Vice President, Dan Mortensen, Ph.D., stated, “We now become alumni and friends of an institution with a new name and many exciting new developments. However, UVF will maintain the tradition of providing a caring faculty, committed to quality education in a distinctly Christian environment. Spiritual development will endure as a primary institutional objective. While things all around us change, at UVF, ‘preparing individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world, will remain our mission.”

    As the change has been contemplated over the past few years, President Meyer has reflected on the amazing contributions of thousands of alumni, employees, board members and denominational leaders who have contributed to create the amazing environment that exists at the university. “We hold a deep appreciation for those who have gone before, who have sacrificed to build the foundation from which we launch the University of Valley Forge.” Meyer continued, “I am reminded of the anonymous quote that says, ‘From the altars of the past, take the flame and leave the ash.’ As we make this momentous change, we have the privilege to take the best of what has gone before and create a life-changing environment that will transform students to accomplish all that God has for them.”

    The university will continue to be regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In addition, the Social Work Program of UVF is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the Education Program of UVF is aligned to meet the requirements of the DOE. The university is endorsed by the Alliance for Assemblies of Higher Education, a group of 16 institutions serving approximately 3 million Assemblies of God adherents in the United States.
     
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    About the University of Valley Forge

    The University of Valley Forge is part of an international network of Assemblies of God colleges and universities. As a private university of the arts, sciences and professions, it provides undergraduate, graduate and lifelong learning programs, whose mission is to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world. The University of Valley Forge’s 150-acre main campus is located in Phoenixville, Pa. The university offers 67 undergraduate majors, seven graduate programs and nine associate programs, and has a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio serving over 1,000 students.

    The history of University of Valley Forge dates back to 1939, when several small bible institutes consolidated and formed Eastern Bible Institute (EBI), in Green Lane, Pa. The institute charter was granted to train evangelists, pastors, missionaries, Christian educators and lay workers. EBI expanded in numbers and property space becoming Northeast Bible Institute (NBI) and, after a fourth year of study was added, became Northeast Bible College (NBC). In 1976–1977, NBC moved to its current location in Phoenixville, Pa., on the site of the former Valley Forge General Hospital, and was renamed Valley Forge Christian College (1976–2014).


    Accreditations

    The University of Valley Forge is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. (Website: www.msche.org. Phone: 267.284.5000). The Social Work Program of UVF is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. (Website: www.cswe.org. Phone: 703.683.8080).


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    Dr. Dan Mortensen
    610.917.1412
    dwmortensen@valleyforge.edu


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October 20, 2014 October 20, 2014 - October 25, 2014
Homecoming 2014 - Save the Date

You are invited to Homecoming 2014!

The first homecoming as the University of Valley Forge (UVF) is just around the corner! Mark your calendars for October 20–24; the main events will be held on Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25, 2014. Join other alumni who will return to campus to reconnect, celebrate and reminisce.

During homecoming week, chapel services will feature guest alumni speakers, musicians and the alumni worship team. All chapel services will be available for live viewing every morning at 10 am eastern time on the UVF website. 

On Friday there will be multiple opportunities to connect with alumni and faculty, and the 50th reunion dinner for the Class of 1964 will be held that evening. The annual Patriots vs.
 Alumni basketball game, followed by the presentation of the Homecoming Court, will also be held on Friday evening. For the second year, the 5K Run/Walk for Scholarships will be held on Saturday so be sure to bring your running shoes! Register for the events you wish to attend and you will receive a special gift on Friday at check-in. 
 
If you will be traveling from a distance, hotel options with possible discounted UVF rates are available. Hotel accommodations in the area are listed here.

Be sure to spread the word to all of your classmates and friends, encouraging them to attend as well. We look forward to seeing you in October!

For a complete schedule of events, view the downloadable PDF.

Register now for some or all of the Homecoming events.

We look forward to seeing you in October!

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