• 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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  • The Launch

    November 05, 2014
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    The University of Valley Forge (UVF) is comprised of a diverse student body. Students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities are drawn to UVF for its enriching academic programs and spiritual atmosphere. With a growing spectrum of backgrounds represented, the newly formed Multicultural Development Center (MDC) was created to encourage the UVF community to embrace these differences as a wonderful expression of God's creativity.
     
    “We want our students to be able to celebrate the cultural distinctions that 
    God so beautifully and wonderfully made,” said Tim Latiff, a UVF admissions counselor and coordinator for the MDC. Latiff and Joseph Ocasio, director of the Office of Admissions and director of the MDC are excited to see the program come to reality. According to Latiff, the purpose of the new center is “to let students know they belong, they matter and they fit in.” 

    On Sept. 17, an open mic night event titled The Launch took place at Krempels Theater with the purpose of informing the student body about the MDC. The MDC serves to bring together students from different cultures to worship God in a spirit of love and community. A student-led campus ministry known as FuZion has formed through the establishment of the MDC.

    Over 230 students attended The Launch open mic night. Current junior Peter Reeves hosted the event which featured two student groups ministering in gospel and Latin worship. Freshman Randy Ramos was the on-stage DJ. The Martyrs, a UVF student Christian rap group, performed a number of songs that ministered to the crowd. Also featured at The Launch was gospel singer Justin Cabarrus who has performed onstage with notable artists Israel Houghton, Tye Tribbett and Jonathon Nelson.
     
    After the event, students and performers enjoyed a time of fellowship with Chick-Fil-A meals provided by the MDC. With a number of FuZion events planned for the future, the student body is anticipating the desired connection between cultures and a lasting impact on many more lives. 

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  • Homecoming 2014 Celebration

    October 30, 2014
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    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.

     
     
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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

The University of Valley Forge will be hosting its first ever Tuba Christmas. The Christmas holiday comes to life as regional and community tuba and euphonium players join together to perform classic Christmas carols for all ages! The performance will take place in Krempels Theater on Sunday, December 7 at 4 pm. This event is free to the public.
 
Come enjoy Christmas carols with friends and family for an afternoon everyone will remember.
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