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  • Murder Mystery Play Opens at UVF

    March 31, 2015
    And Then There Were None
    The University of Valley Forge (UVF) student drama organization, Curtain Call, presents a performance of suspense, mystery and murder in its spring production of Agatha Christie's “And Then There Were None,” opening on April 10, 2015 at 7 pm.

     “And Then There Were None” is an adaptation from the mystery novel written by British crime novelist Agatha Christie (1890–1976) which was first published in 1939. Christie, deemed The Queen of Mystery, remains one of the best-selling novelists in the world with an estimated sale of more than 2 billion copies of her works. The play takes place in the 1940s and tells the story of ten strangers who arrive at a house for dinner, each under their own pretenses, but all revolving around an unrevealed person known as U.N. Owen. Throughout the play, the characters discover that something is terribly amiss as the guests begin to die one by one.

    The play is directed by UVF graduate Randy Stegner '14, along with senior Theresa Sanchez, the assistant director. The main cast includes junior Paul Cooper as William Blore, senior Loren Matello as Vera Claythorne, senior Christopher McNaney as Philip Lombard and sophomore Danielle Debley as Judge Wargrave. 

    Evening performances of “And Then There Were None” will be presented April 10, 11 and 18 at 7 pm, with a matinee performance on April 19 at 2:30 pm. The performances will be held at The Krempels Theater on the UVF campus in Phoenixville. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the theater doors. 

  • Phi Alpha Comes to UVF

    March 31, 2015
    Behavioral Sciences Phi Alpha
    The University of Valley Forge (UVF) is pleased to announce the addition of the Phi Beta campus chapter of Phi Alpha, the National Honor Society (NHS) of Social Work. Through an initiative led by UVF professor Karin McCadam, Director of Field Placement for the Social Work Program, students are recognized for their excellence in scholarship, which also  highlights the academic rigor of UVF’s nationally accredited social work program (Council on Social Work Education).  

     During an academic chapel service on March 2, 2015, nine students were formally accepted into the distinguished Phi Alpha Honor Society in Social Work. To be considered for induction into the NHS, a student must have an overall  3.0 grade point average (GPA) and  a minimum 3.25 GPA in social work courses. The first UVF Phi Alpha honor students are Jordan Westerman, Chelsea Dudley, Karl Deans Jr., Shannon Wittlinger, Sarah Brugere, Rachel Stormes, Kristina Padilla, Tierney Malone and Sorina Corkey. It should be noted that when a Phi Alpha honor student graduates with a Bachelor of Social Work from UVF, he or she may obtain a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) in one year instead of the standard two years normally required.
    According to senior Shannon Wittlinger, “Professor McCadam has a strong devotion to the Social Work program. She is committed to the integrity of our program, but also orchestrated the finances and organization for our chapter of Phi Alpha. She encouraged us to form a committee to begin exploring the professional experience component of the chapter.” Wittlinger notes McCadam’s undeniable commitment to her students. “As a senior, it is a joy to be a part of Phi Alpha,” says Wittlinger. “We could not have done it without the support of our staff, professor Remer, Dr. Brown and, of course, professor McCadam.”
    There are a number of benefits associated with the establishment of a Phi Alpha chapter at UVF. The social work program is now part of an internationally recognized honor society. Membership also promotes a bond among students, connections with social work scholars and provides volunteer, leadership and mentoring opportunities. It also presents a greater value to UVF students’ resumes, their applications for graduate schools, as well as applications for future employment. Additionally, Phi Alpha membership entitles students to apply for additional scholarships and be recognized for various awards. Also, it entitles the chapter to apply for funds that will support various events.

    McCadam commented, “We have the best students! They respond positively to working with professors who have had exemplary careers in social work. It is our joy to make social work come alive in the classroom by sharing our experiences and facilitating vibrant discussions. Our students are passionate about becoming the best prepared to begin their professional careers, whether they do so upon graduation or enter graduate school. Induction into the NHS is a well-deserved honor. We are proud of all our students and especially of these who were inducted.”
    UVF’s social work program is designed to help students reach their full potential by providing opportunities for students to be challenged inside and outside of the classroom. Junior Jordan Westerman explained how membership has enriched her experience as a student. “School has always been a real challenge for me, but being part of the social work program has made me realize my passion. NHS helps students work hard to achieve a great honor that can help them with future goals. I am blessed and honored to be a part of a great team of professors who work hard to make these programs available to us.” 
    Senior Tierney Malone also expressed her appreciation of the social work professors who have devoted themselves to the advancement of this program and said, “We are a Christian university, which is known for its ministry opportunities and education, but now our institution can also be recognized for its success in producing well-educated social work students who are recognized on an international level.”
    Debra Brown, D.Min., chair of the Behavioral Sciences Department, speaks highly of those enrolled in the program saying, “Jesus was the best social worker. I am excited to see our students answer that call — to commit to not just service, but excellence of service in order that they might serve a hurting world.”  

  • President Meyer Honored as Outstanding Citizen of the Year

    March 24, 2015
    Dr. Meyer Receives Award
    University of Valley Forge President, Don Meyer, Ph.D., was named the 2015 Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Phoenixville Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Annual Awards Dinner was held on March 18, 2015, at the Phoenixville Country Club. The well-attended event is held to recognize long-standing and emerging business leaders and businesses for their accomplishments. 
    The Outstanding Citizen of the Year award is given to an individual who “has contributed an extraordinary amount of time, service and leadership to promoting the quality of life and welfare of the regional community.” As the 2015 award recipient, Meyer has served as president of the University of Valley Forge since 1997 and has seen the university thrive and celebrate its many achievements including the university's 75th anniversary and the recent name change from Valley Forge Christian College in September 2014.  
    Meyer and his wife Evie have been enthusiastic and loyal members of the community since their arrival, encouraging the University of Valley Forge to reach out and give back to Phoenixville. Meyer inspires the students, faculty and staff to dedicate one day of service to Phoenixville annually — what the university has designated as Community Service Day. On this day, the University of Valley Forge gives back by cleaning up debris in yards, parking lots, streets and parks, as well as painting and helping neighbors with assorted jobs that they cannot do themselves.

    With Meyer's support, The University of Valley Forge also hosts annual events that benefit specific organizations in the community. The Phoenixville American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a 24-hour continuous walk on the campus grounds that raises funds for various American Cancer Society programs.  The university's Homeless Ministry and community volunteers gather on the campus to assemble care packages for the homeless and raise funds for the Good Samaritan Shelter in Phoenixville while hosting an all-night vigil. 

    More personally, Meyer contributes a weekly column to The Phoenix Reporter & Item titled Think About It, where he shares humorous vignettes and thought-provoking ideas on a variety of topics. 
    Crysta C. Peers, the chair of the Phoenixville Regional Chamber of Commerce Board, introduced Meyer at the event and presented his award. She commemorated his accomplishments involving the University of Valley Forge’s growth and his leadership, notably leading the school from a college to a university last fall. Peers expressed the positive impact the university, under Meyer’s vision, has had over the years. She shared, “His extraordinary leadership, vision and exceptional decision-making skills enable him to bravely navigate through each task. He is a noble leader both locally and within the higher education community. One who provides inspiration to all he serves.”  
    Meyer humbly thanked the Chamber and the town of Phoenixville for the award. He said, “When Evie and I came to Phoenixville for the first time, about 19 years ago, we arrived in town and knew no one. What we discovered here in the Valley Forge community, was a community of people committed to a mission that mattered. We discovered a family that grew around our hearts and our hearts grew around theirs.”
    He continued, “There was something else right in our community that we also discovered: a group of people who were amazing. All who have poured their lives into this place and this community." He looked to the crowd and said, "Your Phoenixville became our Phoenixville.”

    Meyer ended his speech by sharing a "Think About It" story. He quoted an African proverb that says, "Hold a true friend with both hands." He then added, "So this beautiful plaque, I will hold with both hands. However, I will hold it more profoundly in my heart."

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May 08, 2015 May 08, 2015 - May 08, 2015
76th Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Ceremony
Commencement is a time of celebration for Valley Forge graduates. We want to be the first to congratulate you on your soon-to-be-earned University of Valley Forge degree and accomplishing this important milestone in your life and education. Commencement is also the culmination of your academic life at the University of Valley Forge. Enjoy every moment.

Many hours of writing, reading, late night studying, prayer and reflection have culminated in this moment. You have overcome many challenges and doubts, and by God's grace, you have persevered. What a joy it has been for University of Valley Forge to be a part of your life. Your fervent heart for God and your eagerness to learn have been a constant inspiration. May God keep on changing you in His likeness and may He keep on using you for His glory.


Graduates Chapel - Closing Convocation – Friday, May 1, 2015, 10:00 am – Flower Chapel
Our desire is to honor you before your fellow classmates. Graduates will wear their academic regalia and will be seated in the front of the Chapel. Please make arrangements to attend.

     Commencement Speaker

Commencement RehearsalThursday, May 7, 2015, 3:00 pm - Flower Chapel
Attendance is required. Tickets for Commencement will be distributed at rehearsal.

Graduates Family & Friend BrunchFriday, May 8, 2015, 8:00-9:30 am - The Anvil. Free

Baccalaureate ServiceFriday, May 8, 2015, 10:00 am – Flower Chapel
The Baccalaureate Service is a formal academic event with proper regalia, decorum and spiritual tone.

Commencement Buffet LunchFriday, May 8, 2015, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm - Dining Commons
One complimentary lunch ticket will be included for the graduate. Guest tickets may be purchased for $9.00 each. Please complete and submit the form to the Office of Academic Affairs by April 24, 2015. The lunch will cost $10.00 at the door. Credit cards are accepted.

CommencementFriday, May 8, 2015, 3:00 pm - The Green Lane Commons (Flower Chapel – Inclement weather)
Commencement is the culmination of your academic life at the University of Valley Forge.

Six (6) Chapel and four (4) overflow (Cardone Hall, Classrooms) tickets for the Commencement service will be distributed to each graduate during Commencement Rehearsal on May 7, 2015 if needed due to inclement weather. If you need additional tickets, complete and submit the Additional Ticket Request Form to the Office of Academic Affairs by April 24, 2015. NO tickets are needed if the service is outdoors.

Special seating is available for guests who have medical conditions. This seating is not closer to the commencement platform than general seating. Due to limited space, we will only be able to accommodate two guests per party with tickets if in the Flower Chapel due to inclement weather in the special needs seating area. Others in the party will sit in the general audience. Guests may also watch the ceremony broadcast live in the air-conditioned classroom.

A drop-off area is available for those with conditions that prevent them from walking distances.

In the event of inclement weather, the location of the Commencement ceremony will change from The Green Lane Commons to the Flower Chapel. Since seating is limited, guest admission to the Flower Chapel is by ticket only.

It is possible that the weather will be unseasonably warm. Students and guests are advised to dress appropriately if this is the case. Bottled water and snacks will be available to purchase from the Alumni table.

Rain or shine, the Commencement ceremony will be broadcast live through closed-circuit coverage in air-conditioned classrooms in Cardone Hall.

The University of Valley Forge will webcast the entire Baccalaureate service and Commencement ceremony live on the Internet. Family and friends who cannot attend in person should log-on early to ensure a good connection.

For directions to the University of Valley Forge, please click here.

Designated parking instructions will be given on-site when you arrive.

For accommodations, please click here.

The University of Valley Forge will take an individual color photograph of each graduate receiving a diploma on-stage and a posed photograph with their diploma off-stage. You will be able to purchase these photos of your favorite moments soon. A link will appear here after the event with purchasing instructions. Graduates do not have to make prior arrangements for this service. There is no obligation to purchase the print. A link to purchase the photos will appear on this page once the photos are processed and ready for purchasing. 

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