• An Extraordinary Encounter with God During Chapel

    October 17, 2014
    September 18 Chapel
    The students and faculty of the University of Valley Forge (UVF) congregated in Flower Chapel on Sept. 18 for their daily chapel service. Rev. Sam Rijfkogel, the guest speaker for three missions chapels that week, gave a special word concerning what it means to live and abide in the Spirit. He used a unique illustration to convey the necessity of continually being filled with the Spirit.  
     
    Pulling out a coin from his pocket, Rijfkogel turned to the congregation and asked them, “What is this?” Without hesitation, the crowd assumed the coin to be a quarter. They were wrong. It was not what it had appeared to be. Rather, the coin in Rijfkogel's hand was a Susan B. Anthony dollar. The Susan B. Anthony dollar was discontinued because it too closely resembled a quarter. 
     
    He used this illustration to express what Christians look like to unbelievers when they are not allowing God to transform them through spending time in His presence. “Here is the reason why we have a difficult time engaging the millennial generation,” Rijfkogel continued, “It’s because what we have behaves just like them, and they don’t want it.” In other words, Christians who continue to hold onto their worldly identities, look like hypocrites to those outside of church walls. Instead, Christians should enter God's presence daily with the expectancy that He will search their hearts for anything that is offensive to His Spirit. If they are not actively being transformed by His Spirit, Christians appear to behave like those who are far from God. 
     
    After the powerful message, many students left their seats to find a place at the altar. President Don Meyer, Ph.D., felt prompted to cancel 11:30 classes in order to allow time for students and faculty to linger in the presence of God. He stated, “It doesn’t matter about the name of the sign out front if the anointing of the Spirit isn’t upon us as we have heard this morning.” Chapel lasted ninety minutes longer than originally intended. Students sought God’s face during this precious time, and a number were joyously baptized in the Holy Spirit.
     
    Mykel Klix, a senior studying intercultural studies testified saying, “Today truly marks a historic day where God visited UVF in a deeper way. To keep moving forward, I believe God wants us to spread that presence in the classrooms, the dorms, and through meaningful talks about Abba.” After viewing video footage from the service, alumni Shay Peters, responded in reference to the recent name change to university, “And they said that only the name changed ... the students' hearts are being changed as well.”
     
    Although the extended portion of the chapel service is not available for viewing online in its entirety, the first hour of Rijfkogel's powerful message is available. It is the hope of the students at UVF that God will continue to take them deeper into His presence as they seek His face in future chapel services.

    To see the Sept. 18 chapel service, visit the chapel webcast page.

  • Fifth Annual Photo Contest

    October 01, 2014
    5th Annual Photo Contest

    The University of Valley Forge is holding its fifth annual photo contest. UVF students may now submit images in five new categories. The photograph submissions will be composed and judged on architectural design, angles, color, metaphors, symbolism and literal or abstract design. Entries will also be evaluated on composition, depth of field, exposure and the ability to evoke feeling and emotion to tell a story.

    Contest starts October 1, 2014 and ends November 7, 2014

    GRAND PRIZE WINNER $250

    FIRST PLACE WINNER IN EACH CATEGORY $100

    New Categories:

    • Category 1: The Natural World: Landscapes, nature images, outdoor scenics, sunsets, cityscapes, geological or climatological features and outdoor beauty.
    • Category 2: People: Individuals from all walks of life such as parenting and family, children, couples and relationships, fashion and fun outdoor activities.
    • Category 3: Altered Images: Photographs manipulated for artistic purposes by applying digital and/or traditional special effects (i.e. colorizing, toning, collage, photo composites, HDR, etc.).
    • Category 4: Elements of Design: Artistic images (not altered) that showcase line, shape, pattern, form, texture, perspective, bokeh, motion blur and repetition.
    • Category 5: Mobile Phone: Photos taken only with a cell phone, Smartphone or tablet. Filters and image/color enhancements are acceptable (but no borders or edges.)
    Note: Cropped photos are eligible in all categories. We do not accept digitally or otherwise enhanced or altered photos, except for those entered in the Altered Images and Mobile Phone categories. Minor adjustments, including spotting, dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast and slight color adjustment or the digital equivalents, are acceptable for all five categories. If the judges determine that a photographer has altered his or her photo, they reserve the right to move the photo to Altered Images or to disqualify it.

    A panel of five judges will base their judging on originality, technical excellence, creative and artistic merit, and adherence to the categories. Read the contest rules

    Click here to submit your photos
    See winning entries from the fourth annual photo contest

     

     

  • University of Valley Forge New Name Celebration

    September 30, 2014
    UVF Photo Booth
    Valley Forge Christian College officially changed its name to the University of Valley Forge (UVF) on Sept. 16, 2014. The Pennsylvania Department of Education approved the name change on Aug. 27, but state processes appointed the formal date as Tuesday Sept. 16. 

    The start of the celebration began at 10 am when students, faculty, staff and guests filled the chapel in eager anticipation of the official acknowledgement of the name change. The excitement in the air was palpable, described later by many who participated as "electric." The energy seemed to course in waves through the audience, as people cheered for the accomplishment of the university name and the blessings God has given the institution. All faculty and staff wore white polo shirts with the new university logo displayed prominently on the left chest plate. 

    President Don Meyer, Ph.D., spoke about the name change. He reassured the campus community that the institution's core values and philosophy will remain unchanged while stating fervently, "New name, same mission!" 

    Special guest Barbara Cohen, vice chair of the Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors, shared an official resolution from the township and gave recognition to President Meyer and the campus community, wishing success for future endeavors. 

    Chapel continued with a congratulatory video message from Dr. George O. Wood, superintendent of the Assemblies of God. A second video directed, edited and written by senior Caleb Weidman displayed the new UVF logo and the brand behind the name — a brand that is the identity of the university, a university of Christ’s people preparing future servant leaders. The drum line and pep band played as students chanted “UVF!” and Vice President of Student Life Rev. Jennifer Gale led the chant, “We are University of Valley Forge!”

    A video for the UVF Patriots was featured, highlighting the university's sports teams. It shared the motivation of athletes to always do their best in the name of God. Gale also announced the launch of the new university website, online radio station and new student ID cards. 

    President Meyer and the cabinet presented three alumni with the first UVF diplomas. The three recipients were Bill and Hilda Bradney (Bill graduated from EBI, the name of the university in 1939) and associate professor and alumnus Richard Gruber who was the first graduate of a masters program. All alumni may now order a University of Valley Forge diploma using the online order form. 

    To close chapel, Vice President of Academic Affairs Kevin Beery, D.S.L., Department of Music Professor and Chair William DeSanto, Ph.D., freshman Travis Collins and senior Daniel Marcelin performed a jazz composition of the popular hymn "Great Is Thy Faithfulness." The traditional hymn, sung or performed at every dedication or celebration at the university, was interpreted with a jazz sound with Beery on saxophone, DeSanto on piano, Collins on drums and Marcelin on acoustic guitar. 

    The celebration continued with a outdoor campus-wide lunch and a photo booth for students. While a temporary sign for the University of Valley Forge was placed at the main entrance to the campus, the former Valley Forge Christian College emblem was removed from the Harrup Administration building and replaced with the new university seal.

    Sept. 16 was one of the most lively and energetic days the university has seen over its 75 years. The university is thankful for every person who participated in this momentous day. We are University of Valley Forge!

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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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Open House: Campus Visit
October 25th

 
Breakaway: Campus Visit
November  13 -14

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