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  • Recent Alumnus Finds Opportunity at Financial Firm

    January 30, 2015
    Business Person
    Less than a year after graduating from the University of Valley Forge (UVF), Rob Howell ‘14 joined the national financial firm of Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC. Janney is the largest Philadelphia-based full-service financial services firm. It provides financial services to individuals, families, institutions and corporations. In 2014, the firm was ranked on Barron's magazine list of "Top 40 Wealth Managers." Howell works in Janney’s account services department, where he is applying the knowledge he obtained from his bachelor's degree in business management from UVF.

    Howell assists with the management of client accounts. He creates the accounts in the company’s system and transfers accounts that are moving from other financial companies to Janney. He makes sure the client accounts are accurate and updated. Janney has been a good fit for the recent graduate. "Janney wants to put you in a place that you like and where you will succeed," Howell said. He is excited about his position and the opportunities presented within the financial world.  

    Howell's transition from college student to professional in the working world has been eye opening but smooth. "I like the atmosphere of having a job. It is structured and goal oriented," he said. "I like that each day builds off the previous and I get to continue what I began." His professors and courses at UVF helped Howell prepare for his first post-college job. He gained the necessary tools to succeed in a competitive business, skills such as problem-solving, understanding business practices and utilizing ethical values.

    The business program at UVF provides a Christian higher education that not only prepares students for their desired vocation but also teaches moral values. “Valley Forge helps shape you into a person with integrity and honesty,” Howell said. He added that the Christian foundation of the business program teaches "a good work ethic, which other colleges might not necessarily teach. That has helped me prepare for the workforce."

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  • UVF Athletics Announces New Sports Information Director

    January 30, 2015
    Craig Lahr
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    The University of Valley Forge (UVF) is excited to introduce newly hired staff member, Craig Lahr ‘09. Lahr has recently taken on the full-time position of sports information director. In addition to this role, he will also serve as the advisor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
     
    Lahr is no stranger to the athletic department at UVF. He had previously served UVF as the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach during the 2011-2012 season as well as student-assistant for the women’s volleyball team in 2007. During his time attending UVF, Lahr excelled as an athlete, playing on the men’s basketball team in his junior and senior years. While serving as team captain during his senior year, Lahr won the “Best Tangible Athlete” ESPY award. In both seasons, he was titled a NCCAA Scholar-Athlete.
     
    Graduating in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Ministry, Lahr later went on to serve for four years as the Youth Pastor for Trinity EC Church in Boyertown, Pa. Lahr remarked, “I’m excited to use the gifts God has given me to inspire student-athletes in developing leadership skills and discovering their God-given gifts and purposes.” As the sports information director, Lahr will be in charge of communicating sports news through social media, reporting game statistics, writing articles and overseeing the official UVF athletic website.


  • UVF Announces Total Cost Freeze for 2015–2016 Academic Year

    January 30, 2015
    Total Cost Freeze
    The University of Valley Forge (UVF) recently announced that in celebration of its new name, and in an effort to bless students and their families, the annual cost to attend will not rise for the next academic year. President Don Meyer, Ph.D., shared the exciting news during a chapel service in late November. Meyer said, “As another way of celebrating our first year as the University of Valley Forge, but also as part of our ongoing efforts to keep your costs affordable, as our gift to you, we are freezing your bottom line cost for 2015–2016.”   
     
    In a time when university costs typically increase every year nationwide, UVF is working to help students and their families continue to keep a quality Christian higher education affordable. The Board of Trustees is aware of the financial and personal sacrifices made to pay for a postsecondary education.
     
    Dan Mortensen, Ph.D., executive vice president and vice president of development, said, “We know that students and families make tremendous sacrifices to attend UVF. We also know that there are many prospective students who would love to attend the university, but the cost is prohibitive to them. We are hopeful that the cost freeze will enable more students to enjoy the tremendous academic, spiritual and personal benefits of attending UVF.” 
     
    The institution became a university on Sept. 16, 2014. At that time, Meyer used the phrase, “New name, same mission,” to emphasize that while some things are changing, the university’s historic mission to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership was not. During the cost freeze announcement, Meyer shared a slightly altered version: “New name, same mission, same cost ... for next year.” The students responded with cheers and gratitude and rose to their feet for a round of applause. 

    To learn more about available financial aid please visit valleyforge.edu/financial-aid

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