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Christmas at Valley Forge 2014
The University of Valley Forge (UVF) celebrated the Christmas season with an annual concert performed by its Department of Music. And as tradition holds, the campus sidewalks were lined with luminary candles and trees displayed white lights. In addition, Christmas music echoed over the entire campus from the cupola tower that sits above the Harrup Administration building. Family members and guests from the surrounding communities were welcomed into the Flower Chapel to enjoy the festive performances. 
 
The opening began with a creative and pleasing performance from UVF’s Wind Ensemble, conducted by Department of Digital Media chair Leone Bilotta. The ensemble’s special rendition of Jay Dawson’s arrangement, “Holiday Piece,” was accompanied by a light show with the assistance of UVF’s digital media students. The crowd was especially thrilled to watch this performance as it brought to life the familiar Christmas medley and precisely matched the syncopation of sound to light. 
 
As the evening merrily unfolded, guests were enlightened by students’ views about Christmas through a series of original short videos directed by UVF assistant professor Dominick Garcia. The videos were displayed on the chapel screens between each set. Various students from the Department of Music spoke about their special Christmas traditions at home as well as their overall views of what Christmas means to them.
 
The hand bell ensemble, The Patriot Bells, enchanted the audience with two Christmas arrangements conducted by adjunct faculty member Dorothy Brown.  Following their performance with a few feel-good holiday tunes was UVF’s Jazz Ensemble. The audience enjoyed a seasonal mix of jazz Christmas arrangements, and a memorable jingle from the award winning movie, "The Polar Express", titled “Hot Chocolate.” 

Taking the stage next with a graceful portrayal of holiday cheer was UVF’s revered University Choir. Music majors junior Jaron Beadle, junior David Cooper, senior Gavin Harper and senior Nick LaMendola performed an uptempo a capella quartet arrangement of “Silent Night” followed by a stylish performance of Amy Grant’s “Breath of Heaven” by sophomore Limaris Mendoza. Before exiting to the Anvil for a time of fellowship and refreshments during intermission, the audience was led by the University Choir in a few well known Christmas carols.
 
Following intermission, the University Choir continued to move its audience into the Christmas spirit by performing several excerpts from the classic Oratorio, Handel’s “Messiah.” Harper and Beadle joined talented vocalists senior Kayleigh Smith, senior Megan Murphy, senior Elizabeth Harbison and sophomore Zoe Tanner as featured soloists within the recital. Also included in several of the involved ensembles throughout the night were several of UVF’s faculty members and guest musicians: Malcolm Brubaker, Ph.D., Kathy Terragnoli, Bryan Edgett, Ph.D., Steve Giunta, Tony Bilotta, Kevin Beery, Ph.D., Tara Harvey, Kent Smith, Jennifer DeSanto, Ron Lipscomb and Barbara Jaffe. 
 
President Don Meyer, Ph.D., expressed sincere appreciation to the Department of Music chair, William DeSanto, Ph.D., as well as the department's other faculty members — Lee Bilotta, Floyd Richmond, Ph.D., and Kent Smith — who gave so generously of their time and talent. Before wishing all a merry Christmas, he spoke hopefully about this Christmas season by saying, “We live in a world that lacks peace. As we move into the Christmas season, let's pray that the peace of God found in the Prince of Peace would transcend through our lives to bring hope to this world.”
 
All who attended were reminded of the true meaning of Christmas as they treasured the company of family and friends and celebrated the birth of Christ. Congratulations to all who contributed in making this UVF tradition a memorable part of this year's holiday season!

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Christmas at Valley Forge 2014 December 12, 2014
Katie Meyler for Time
Thirty-two-year-old Katie Meyler, a former student of the University of Valley Forge, is among one of Time magazine's Person of the Year honorees for 2014. Among those honored are five categories of Ebola fighters: caregivers, directors, doctors, nurses and scientists. Meyler is a caregiver. She is a volunteer Ebola fighter, using her available resources to help contain and stop the epidemic. The University of Valley Forge had the opportunity to speak to Meyler through a live Skype call on Nov. 17 when she shared the current challenges in Liberia and the need for action in spite of fear, during this time of crisis.

Meyler is from Bernardsville, N.J., and attended the University of Valley Forge as a college freshman during the 2003–2004 academic year. While at the University of Valley Forge, she was involved with the homeless ministry and other outreach ministries. She said her time at the University of Valley Forge encouraged her to mature and see a world that was much larger than her own.

After college, Meyler traveled to Liberia to help run an adult literacy program in a remote village. Once there, Meyler saw the positive effect she could have in the education system in Liberia and decided to stay. In 2009, she founded More Than Me, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improve the education opportunities for girls in West Point, a slum of the Liberian capital Monrovia. In 2013, she opened the More Than Me Academy, which offers free education to school-aged girls. When the Ebola outbreak was confirmed in West Point on Aug. 12, 2014, the mission of More Than Me shifted its focus to keep the girls of West Point protected from the Ebola virus. Meyler began to work directly on the front lines with Ebola victims and the orphaned children left in the wake of the epidemic.  

The More Than Me Academy was converted into a Housing Observation and Pediatric Evaluation (HOPE) building for young girls recently orphaned and left homeless by the virus who are undergoing evaluation for Ebola symptoms. The organization was also able to purchase a community ambulance to transport victims to treatment centers. Meyler has chosen to stay in Liberia and fight this epidemic until it is defeated. 

Time magazine has published a person of the year issue since 1928, highlighting an individual or group of individuals who significantly impacted the global community. The Ebola fighters highlighted in this issue have risked everything to stand up for humanity and bring hope. 

To read more, visit these magazine links:
time.com/time-person-of-the-year-ebola-fighters
time.com/time-person-of-the-year-ebola-caregivers
charismanews.com/culture/46458-meet-the-woman-on-the-front-lines-of-africa

Former Student Named Time Magazine's Person Of The Year December 12, 2014
Tuba Christmas 2014
On Dec. 7, the University of Valley Forge (UVF) welcomed tuba and euphonium players of all ages from the surrounding communities to celebrate the Christmas season with the company of other tuba players as well as those who appreciate tuba music. The ensemble of tuba players, conducted by faculty member Floyd Richmond, Ph.D. led the audience in a variety of celebratory Christmas songs, all composed by supportive tuba advocator, Alec Wilder. Never before had UVF hosted a Tuba Christmas until this 2014 season.
 
In 1974, Harvey Phillips conceived the idea for the first Tuba Christmas as a tribute to his teacher and mentor, William J. Bell. The first Tuba Christmas was held at Rockefeller Center in New York City on Dec. 22, 1974. With over 300 musicians accounted for, the event became a seasonal tradition, and is now a worldwide popular concert, which led to the creation of a non-profit organization committed to supporting and expanding the music arts. The organization especially recognizes those who play unusual instruments that are not often supported, such as the tuba and euphonium. After performing in a number of Tuba Christmases, including one that featured over 500 tuba players, freshman Michael Ebie inspired UVF to host its first ever Tuba Christmas.
 
The event was held in Krempels Theater, with close to 30 musicians registered to perform. Eleven-year-old Dustin Swanson received a prize for being the youngest tuba player to perform and for traveling the furthest distance, 30 miles, to play at Tuba Christmas. Swanson was enthusiastically applauded for his commitment to his craft.
 
UVF is passionate about being involved with its surrounding communities. One of the highlights of Tuba Christmas was the high attendance by the community, as friends and family of the tuba players came to support their loved ones on the stage. Nearly all of the performers came from schools around the Phoenixville area. Participating school districts included Owen J. Roberts, Phoenixville and Radnor. Marple Newtown School District was the most represented school with 13 tuba players performing at the concert. 
 
Each performer’s tuba was adorned with festive embellishments, and some of the performers dressed for the occasion by wearing seasonal sweaters or other holiday accessories. Two individuals in attendance exhibited the Tuba Christmas spirit especially well: UVF President Don Meyer, Ph.D. and his wife, Evie, wore matching Tuba Christmas scarves to show their spirit for the tuba performance.
 
Also contributing to the event were UVF sophomore music major students, sophomore Alex Gehring and sophomore Gabby Miller. The two talented musicians specifically learned how to skillfully play the euphonium for the event and had never studied the instrument beforehand. However, the two brave musicians were not the only players new to the tuba world. President Meyer made his tuba debut by playing the last hollow note of each measure in “Jingle Bells.” He showed off his abilities on the tuba after practicing for just two 10-minute increments. His comedic performance pleased the crowd and made many merry audience members giggle with delight.
 
The first Tuba Christmas at UVF ended on a happy note as the tuba ensemble led the audience in a final Christmas carol by playing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” On behalf of all students and faculty members of UVF, President Meyer wished the community a merry Christmas and prayed that they would be blessed by God in the new year.

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The First Annual UVF Tuba Christmas December 12, 2014
Editors Pick Award - Worship Leader Magazine Best of 2014
Worship Leader magazine selected the Worship Leading undergraduate program and Worship Studies graduate program of the University of Valley Forge (UVF) as part of its Best of the Best 2014 issue. The Best of the Best issue is an annual selection by the editorial team of the top resources and products that influenced services of worship in the past calendar year. UVF was highlighted as one of the top worship leader training academic programs around the country.  
 
Worship Leader magazine is a resource for the Christian community; its goal since 1992 has been to “provide biblical wisdom and best practices” to Christian leaders. According to the magazine’s website, more than 20,000 church leaders depend on Worship Leader for information and details on new song and album releases, worship leader training, conferences and more. In regard to the resources highlighted in the magazine, Managing Editor Jeremy Armstrong said, “The products we present in the Best of the Best are not the end result, but they represent an important aspect of communicating in a modern world.” 
 
Worship Leading majors
This year’s issue highlighted the top leadership training nationwide, worship songs, visual resources, musical instruments and missional resources. Worship Leader said UVF’s undergraduate Worship Leading program combines traditional, theological and practical training: “A dynamic spiritual environment with multiple opportunities to develop your leadership skills provides the ultimate higher education experience for aspiring worship leaders.” It also stated that the Worship Studies graduate program establishes a solid foundation for students and the “skills needed for a lifetime of leadership.”   
 
Department of Music chair and professor, William DeSanto, Ph.D., said, “We are honored that both our worship leading programs have received this national recognition ... It is a tribute to all our team members who have diligently worked over the years to create these relevant and much-needed programs.” 
 
Both UVF programs are designed to offer students a valuable range of knowledge and experience within worship leading. “One of our goals was to create a program that would prepare students to become worship leaders in a variety of environments,” Dr. DeSanto said. “Additionally, we wanted a curriculum with academic integrity.” The Worship Leading undergraduate program is one of the eight programs offered in the Department of Music. The program prepares students to become contemporary worship leaders. Students become proficient in voice, musical instruments, songwriting and the use of current technology for worship. This program also provides students with a solid biblical and theological foundation. The Worship Studies master’s program is designed for worship leaders, pastors, missionaries and laypersons interested in graduate-level worship studies. This graduate program is the first of its kind offered by an Assemblies of God college or university. The courses offer historical and theological concepts as well as practical, applicable knowledge and experience.
 
The University of Valley Forge is grateful for this recognition. For more information on our academic programs, please visit valleyforge.edu/academics. For more information about Worship Leader magazine, please visit worshipleader.com.
 
UVF Worship Leading Program Recognized in National Magazine December 09, 2014