• Cop Talk Series Led by UVF Professor

    November 28, 2014
    Ken Lang
    Beginning Jan. 13, 2015, assistant professor Ken Lang will host a monthly evening series titled Cop Talk. The crime investigation talk series is open to the public and free to anyone interested in crime investigation. Cop Talk will include topics such as identity theft, forensic arts and restorative justice. Lang, along with guest speakers, will offer this series at The Conference Center at Valley Forge. 

    Lang joined the faculty at the University of Valley Forge (UVF) this fall. He is the program director for the new criminal justice program in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at UVF. The program is designed to prepare students for the challenges faced in the criminal justice profession. The program presents students with criminal justice theories, practices and applications. UVF is excited to have a faculty member with such extensive experience leading the criminal justice program.

    Lang served as a law enforcement officer in Maryland for 25 years; 15 of which he spent investigating violent crimes including rapes, robberies and murders. One of his homicides investigations was featured on the Forensic Files show on the HLN cable network. He received many awards for his outstanding service and was recognized by civilians and respected government officials. Due to his work and commitment, Lang was invited to join the Consulting Committee of the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases (AISOCC). The AISOCC is a non-profit professional organization that investigates cold cases. He also completed his master's degree in Criminal Justice Administration in 2013.

    Related to his experience in police work, Lang is an accomplished author. In March 2011, Lang published his first true crime novel, “Walking Among the Dead”. Since then, Lang has published two other books resulting in a homicide series trilogy. Now, Lang is sharing his professional experience as a homicide detective in the classrooms at UVF and through the Cop Talk lecture series. 

    Cop Talk will meet the second Tuesday of each month from Jan. 13, 2014 to May 12, 2015. Anyone interested in crime investigation is welcome, no matter their level of experience with fictional or real-life crime. 

    For more information on the series schedule and to RSVP for the event, please visit valleyforge.edu/coptalk.

     
  • UVF Alum Fights Ebola in Liberia

    November 25, 2014
    Katie Meyler
    Thirty-two-year-old Katie Meyler walks through the slums of West Point in Monrovia, Liberia, seeing the evidence of the Ebola virus among the corpses on the ground and on the faces of terrified orphaned children and overwhelmed doctors, nurses and volunteers. Ebola was confirmed in Liberia this past August, and the community of West Point was quarantined by the Liberian government in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus. Because Ebola continues to be a threat, Meyler and her staff joined others to combat the disease and help the impacted communities. 

    UVF had the opportunity to speak to Meyler through a live Skype call during chapel on Nov. 17. President Meyer asked her about her work in Liberia and the Ebola outbreak. She shared that although she is there in a time of crisis and she is afraid, she believes that "Courage is not the absence of fear, it is the ability to act in spite of it." 

    Meyler, an American from Bernardsville, N.J., attended the University of Valley Forge (UVF) her freshman year of college during the 2003–2004 school year. When asked about her experience here, Meyler said that attending UVF helped her mature because it was her first time living away from home. She was involved with the homeless ministry and other outreach ministries, which helped her see a world that was much bigger than she was. 

    After college, Meyler traveled to Liberia for the first time to run an adult literacy program in a remote village for a few months. Once there, Meyler learned that as a result of a major 14-year civil war in Liberia that ended in 2003, the country went from having 2,400 schools to 480. Most children in Liberia had not received an education. Meyler went to West Point, one of the poorest neighborhoods in the capital city of Monrovia. Once there, she was deeply touched by the children living in impoverished conditions and felt that she had to help. She never looked back.

    A couple of years later, in 2009, she founded More Than Me (MTM), a nonprofit organization whose message is about living for something greater than yourself. MTM means, in her words, "letting God live in me and through me every day." Specifically, MTM’s mission is to make sure “education and opportunity, not exploitation and poverty, define the lives of the most vulnerable girls in the West Point slum of Liberia.” 

    Meyler opened the MTM Academy in West Point in September 2013. The Academy is the first tuition-free, all-girls school in Liberia. The staff also provides the girls with two meals a day, access to healthcare, a computer lab and a library. There is also an after-school program to ensure the girls are off the streets. In its first year, the Academy welcomed 100 young girls. The official language is English, and only a few people are literate. At the school, two teachers instruct the girls in how to read and write in English. The girls are enthusiastic and energized in the classroom, always eager to learn.

    Since the Ebola outbreak, the Liberian government closed all of the schools, leaving Meyler with a building but no children. Meyler and her staff decided to join with other organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and the World Health Organization to combat Ebola on the ground. MTM’s mission has evolved to: "ending this epidemic that terrorizes our children and the communities in which they live.” 

    More Than Me and Meyler have received national exposure in the news in the last few weeks. NBC, CBS, TIME, The Washington Post and other national networks and publications have published articles about the Ebola virus' impact in Liberia and the organization's involvement in the community. They have also published interviews with Meyler about the status of the orphaned children and how she has been able to help them.

    In the interviews, she shared a few stories about the girls she has met, including Esther. Meyler met Esther at an Ebola health clinic. Esther had recently become orphaned because Ebola killed her family. Esther had nowhere to go — she was outcast by her community in fear that she could be a carrier of the deadly disease. Meyler’s heart broke for Esther; she asked the social worker in charge of Esther if she could house her until her relatives were located. The social worker agreed, and Meyler took Esther to the MTM Academy building. She transformed the school guest house into a quarantine area for children undergoing testing for Ebola. 

    Meyler’s next goal is to house and educate as many as possible of the orphans at the MTM Academy whose lives were forever changed because by Ebola. She is raising funds for this purpose while identifying orphans who need housing in West Point.

    For more information on the organization, how it is combating Ebola in Liberia and how you can be involved, please visit morethanme.org or visit its Facebook page at facebook.com/morethanme.

     
  • Pillars of Fire Musical at UVF

    November 18, 2014
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    The University of Valley Forge (UVF) welcomed the musical stage production of "Pillars of Fire" to its campus this week. The musical, from Lights Up Productions, takes audiences to the ancient world of the Roman Empire, back to when the Apostle Paul proclaimed Jesus as Lord in the city streets. UVF students had the opportunity to serve with the "Pillars of Fire" cast as volunteer performers. The campus hosted two free performances; the first one on Sunday, Nov. 2, which was open to the public, and Monday, Nov. 3, for the campus community. Music and lyrics were written by Brent Grosvenor, founder of Lights Up Productions. 

    The musical spanned from the time of Paul's persecution of Christians (as Saul) through his conversion and ministry sharing the gospel, to his execution. The stage backdrop resembled ancient Roman streets where the stories would have taken place. The production also used a projector screen to show videos that accompanied the storyline. At times, the actors on stage spoke to the recorded videos on the screen, creating the illusion that the character on the screen was present on stage. The videos were also used during monologues to help the audience understand the biblical accounts by demonstrating non-dialogue scenes from Jesus' and Paul's ministries. The screen also projected metaphors of Paul's dialogue. 

    Twelve UVF students had the opportunity to serve in the musical using their skills and talents. When Lights Up Productions contacted UVF this past summer to ask if the university would be interested in hosting the musical, Grosvenor suggested that some of UVF’s music majors participate in the performance. He arrived on campus a few days before the first performance to rehearse with the students. Twelve students comprised the chorus and four of them also played minor acting roles. Senior Gavin Harper was Silas, senior Joshua Keller was Gaius, sophomore Caleb Gudgeon was Luke and junior Jaron Beadle was Timothy. 

    Grosvenor also directed the musical, which gave the students first-hand experience from a professional writer and director. "Brent's passion and love for portraying the life of Paul was very evident in our practices and our shows," Beadle said. "We as students were able to grasp what had happened to Paul and realize the impact that he left before he was executed." 

    "Pillars of Fire" portrayed Paul's testimony, ministry, hardships and determination to preach the gospel and love people everywhere. The musical encouraged the campus to go and be pillars of fire for God, the examples of love and faith that help guide the way through a darkened world.

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  • Prime Time in The Pit

    November 05, 2014
    Prime Time in The Pit
    On Oct. 17, a lively group of students, faculty and staff gathered in the University of Valley Forge (UVF) gymnasium, dubbed "The Pit," to cheer on the annual basketball game between the faculty and staff. An atmosphere of high excitement filled the gymnasium at the start of the game, and continued to grow throughout the contest. The staff team jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. When the final buzzer blared, the staff team took home the trophy. 
     
    During the course of the night there were various games and activities in which the students participated. At halftime, students from different residence halls were called to the gym floor to compete with one another in a relay race and shooting baskets from the free throw line. The crowd cheered for their classmates and friends, responding to the games with shouts of enjoyment and encouragement.

    After a fun evening of competition and excitement, the crowds eventually dispersed. Though there was a friendly sense of competition between the two teams, there was also a clear sense of unity between players and fans. Certainly, there were cheers for each team; however, the loudest cheers were for the strong sense of community that exists at the University of Valley Forge.

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December 06, 2014 December 05, 2014 - December 06, 2014

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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December 07, 2014 December 07, 2014 - December 07, 2014
Tuba Christmas

Join us for a special
Tuba Christmas at Valley Forge
Sunday, December 7 at 4 pm
Free to the Public

Join us for the University of Valley Forge (UVF) Tuba Christmas on December 7, 2014! The concert will be held in Krempels Theater at 4 pm. 

Tuba Christmas is a holiday tradition that began in 1974 in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink. The first concert showcased hundreds of tuba players filling the city with an array of Christmas compositions arranged by well-known American composer, Alec Wilder. 

This year, the 41st anniversary of Tuba Christmas, will feature those who play, teach and compose music for instruments in the tuba (brass) family. UVF is hosting its own Tuba Christmas concert and is inviting those in the Philadelphia area with a passion for tuba music to contribute their musical gift this Christmas season.

Community members are invited to share in the holiday tradition, celebrating Christmas and hearing loved hymns and songs of the season. The event is free and open to the community.

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