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  • 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!

    View more photos of the event  »
     
    View the UVF release video  »

    View the press releases  »

  • UVF Welcomes New Department Chair and Director

    September 30, 2014
    Dr. Debra Brown
    Debra Brown
    Debra Brown, D.Min., grew up in a community of altruism. Her family consisted of nurses, teachers and ministers. Brown’s desire to help people led her to a career in social work, where she gained the necessary knowledge, skills and tools to follow God’s calling. That was only the beginning. She has served as a social worker, professor, pastor and counselor. Throughout her various careers, Brown combined social work and ministry, believing the market and mission field are equal. This fall, Brown returned to the  University of Valley Forge (UVF) as the Department of Behavioral Sciences chair, director of the social work program and associate professor.

    Brown holds a B.S.W. and a M.S.W. from St. Louis University and is an ordained Assemblies of God minister. In Kansas City, Mo. she began her career as a social worker and then transitioned to teaching social work. After receiving her doctorate, she joined the pastoral staff at the Sheffield Family Life Center where she was the first female pastor hired in the church’s history. Brown first joined the faculty at UVF in 2008 and stayed for three years as the director of the social work program and associate professor. Most recently, she worked as a human services specialist and vocational rehabilitation counselor from 2012–2013 in Overland Park, Kan.

    In describing her diverse career, Brown says she was always ministering and using her social work skills in the different venues. “I have been blessed to have a variety of roles,” she said, roles that were natural segues to working with different types of people where she addressed many of the same issues inside and outside the church. “God just changes the arena,” she said. “The mission does not change.” For Brown, UVF is a place where her experiences weave together and connect to expand her mission of helping others.

    She looks forward to being with the students, the millennial generation whom she has always felt drawn to, because she understands the transparency and authenticity they crave. “I’m ready to give back and I think this is a generation to pour into, to equip and empower — to see what God has in store.” Brown's roles at UVF include helping students develop in the careers and passions God has given them. “God calls people according to His plan,” she said. “He looks at your heart and is going to ask, ‘Did you do what I called you to do?’”

    Among the students, she said she is known as tough but fair. The social work program is rigorous. It teaches students how to analyze cases, think critically, communicate successfully and write effectively. Brown is wholly committed to pursue accountability and excellence academically and spiritually in the Department of Behavioral Sciences.
     
  • New Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies

    September 30, 2014
    Don Cartledge
    Don Cartledge
    Pastor, teacher and missionary Rev. Donald Cartledge joined the UVF campus this fall. He serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Intercultural Studies and as a missionary-in-residence with his wife, Jacquie. Cartledge has more than 30 years of experience in missions. He hopes to teach students what he learned about cultural differences and how to adapt to a new life in a foreign country as an essential tool for effective world missions impact. 

    Cartledge knew he wanted to be a missionary since childhood. "That's all I ever really wanted to do," he said when explaining his passion for missions. He received a B.A. degree in Biblical Studies from Central Bible College and an M.A. degree in Christian Ministries from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He began his pastoral ministry in Tennessee but knew he and his wife were called to be missionaries in a Spanish-speaking country. Soon after, the Cartledges moved to Chile on their first assignment.   

    In Chile, he taught at the two Centro de Estudios Teológicos schools from 1984–2007. During his time there, he taught many subjects including New Testament, theology and missions and served as the director for 10 years. He also served as the senior pastor for two Christian centers in that area. 

    After Chile, Donald and Jacquie moved to Costa RIca to continue their ministry. In Costa Rica, Cartledge served as the director of the Center for Cultural Research and Language Studies (CINCEL). CINCEL is the missionary training center for Assemblies of God World Missions in Latin America. Every Assemblies of God missionary looking to serve in Latin America completes the program. "The missionaries receive language training, cultural training, missiology — training on anything involved with doing missions work," Cartledge said.    

    Now at UVF, the Cartledges are working in a new missionary training ground: a university campus. With hands-on experience in Latin American missions, Cartledge hopes to prepare future missionaries by providing effective training so that they can confidently go wherever God leads. 

    Cartledge's focus for the coming year is fixed on what he can do for UVF students. "It's not about what comes next, but what you leave behind," he said. He is eager to share his passion and knowledge for missions and Latin American cultures with students. "It's important that we train another generation of young people with a missions vision and passion who know how to handle cross-cultural boundaries," Cartledge said. 
     
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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!

Homecoming 2014
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  • 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!

    View more photos of the event  »
     
    View the UVF release video  »

    View the press releases  »

  • UVF Welcomes New Department Chair and Director

    September 30, 2014
    Dr. Debra Brown
    Debra Brown
    Debra Brown, D.Min., grew up in a community of altruism. Her family consisted of nurses, teachers and ministers. Brown’s desire to help people led her to a career in social work, where she gained the necessary knowledge, skills and tools to follow God’s calling. That was only the beginning. She has served as a social worker, professor, pastor and counselor. Throughout her various careers, Brown combined social work and ministry, believing the market and mission field are equal. This fall, Brown returned to the  University of Valley Forge (UVF) as the Department of Behavioral Sciences chair, director of the social work program and associate professor.

    Brown holds a B.S.W. and a M.S.W. from St. Louis University and is an ordained Assemblies of God minister. In Kansas City, Mo. she began her career as a social worker and then transitioned to teaching social work. After receiving her doctorate, she joined the pastoral staff at the Sheffield Family Life Center where she was the first female pastor hired in the church’s history. Brown first joined the faculty at UVF in 2008 and stayed for three years as the director of the social work program and associate professor. Most recently, she worked as a human services specialist and vocational rehabilitation counselor from 2012–2013 in Overland Park, Kan.

    In describing her diverse career, Brown says she was always ministering and using her social work skills in the different venues. “I have been blessed to have a variety of roles,” she said, roles that were natural segues to working with different types of people where she addressed many of the same issues inside and outside the church. “God just changes the arena,” she said. “The mission does not change.” For Brown, UVF is a place where her experiences weave together and connect to expand her mission of helping others.

    She looks forward to being with the students, the millennial generation whom she has always felt drawn to, because she understands the transparency and authenticity they crave. “I’m ready to give back and I think this is a generation to pour into, to equip and empower — to see what God has in store.” Brown's roles at UVF include helping students develop in the careers and passions God has given them. “God calls people according to His plan,” she said. “He looks at your heart and is going to ask, ‘Did you do what I called you to do?’”

    Among the students, she said she is known as tough but fair. The social work program is rigorous. It teaches students how to analyze cases, think critically, communicate successfully and write effectively. Brown is wholly committed to pursue accountability and excellence academically and spiritually in the Department of Behavioral Sciences.
     
  • New Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies

    September 30, 2014
    Don Cartledge
    Don Cartledge
    Pastor, teacher and missionary Rev. Donald Cartledge joined the UVF campus this fall. He serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Intercultural Studies and as a missionary-in-residence with his wife, Jacquie. Cartledge has more than 30 years of experience in missions. He hopes to teach students what he learned about cultural differences and how to adapt to a new life in a foreign country as an essential tool for effective world missions impact. 

    Cartledge knew he wanted to be a missionary since childhood. "That's all I ever really wanted to do," he said when explaining his passion for missions. He received a B.A. degree in Biblical Studies from Central Bible College and an M.A. degree in Christian Ministries from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He began his pastoral ministry in Tennessee but knew he and his wife were called to be missionaries in a Spanish-speaking country. Soon after, the Cartledges moved to Chile on their first assignment.   

    In Chile, he taught at the two Centro de Estudios Teológicos schools from 1984–2007. During his time there, he taught many subjects including New Testament, theology and missions and served as the director for 10 years. He also served as the senior pastor for two Christian centers in that area. 

    After Chile, Donald and Jacquie moved to Costa RIca to continue their ministry. In Costa Rica, Cartledge served as the director of the Center for Cultural Research and Language Studies (CINCEL). CINCEL is the missionary training center for Assemblies of God World Missions in Latin America. Every Assemblies of God missionary looking to serve in Latin America completes the program. "The missionaries receive language training, cultural training, missiology — training on anything involved with doing missions work," Cartledge said.    

    Now at UVF, the Cartledges are working in a new missionary training ground: a university campus. With hands-on experience in Latin American missions, Cartledge hopes to prepare future missionaries by providing effective training so that they can confidently go wherever God leads. 

    Cartledge's focus for the coming year is fixed on what he can do for UVF students. "It's not about what comes next, but what you leave behind," he said. He is eager to share his passion and knowledge for missions and Latin American cultures with students. "It's important that we train another generation of young people with a missions vision and passion who know how to handle cross-cultural boundaries," Cartledge said. 
     
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God's Not Dead Seminar
September 20 | 9 am to 3 pm

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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!

Homecoming 2014
Homecoming 2014
Homecoming 2014
Homecoming 2014
Homecoming 2014
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  • 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!

    View more photos of the event  »
     
    View the UVF release video  »

    View the press releases  »

  • UVF Welcomes New Department Chair and Director

    September 30, 2014
    Dr. Debra Brown
    Debra Brown
    Debra Brown, D.Min., grew up in a community of altruism. Her family consisted of nurses, teachers and ministers. Brown’s desire to help people led her to a career in social work, where she gained the necessary knowledge, skills and tools to follow God’s calling. That was only the beginning. She has served as a social worker, professor, pastor and counselor. Throughout her various careers, Brown combined social work and ministry, believing the market and mission field are equal. This fall, Brown returned to the  University of Valley Forge (UVF) as the Department of Behavioral Sciences chair, director of the social work program and associate professor.

    Brown holds a B.S.W. and a M.S.W. from St. Louis University and is an ordained Assemblies of God minister. In Kansas City, Mo. she began her career as a social worker and then transitioned to teaching social work. After receiving her doctorate, she joined the pastoral staff at the Sheffield Family Life Center where she was the first female pastor hired in the church’s history. Brown first joined the faculty at UVF in 2008 and stayed for three years as the director of the social work program and associate professor. Most recently, she worked as a human services specialist and vocational rehabilitation counselor from 2012–2013 in Overland Park, Kan.

    In describing her diverse career, Brown says she was always ministering and using her social work skills in the different venues. “I have been blessed to have a variety of roles,” she said, roles that were natural segues to working with different types of people where she addressed many of the same issues inside and outside the church. “God just changes the arena,” she said. “The mission does not change.” For Brown, UVF is a place where her experiences weave together and connect to expand her mission of helping others.

    She looks forward to being with the students, the millennial generation whom she has always felt drawn to, because she understands the transparency and authenticity they crave. “I’m ready to give back and I think this is a generation to pour into, to equip and empower — to see what God has in store.” Brown's roles at UVF include helping students develop in the careers and passions God has given them. “God calls people according to His plan,” she said. “He looks at your heart and is going to ask, ‘Did you do what I called you to do?’”

    Among the students, she said she is known as tough but fair. The social work program is rigorous. It teaches students how to analyze cases, think critically, communicate successfully and write effectively. Brown is wholly committed to pursue accountability and excellence academically and spiritually in the Department of Behavioral Sciences.
     
  • New Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies

    September 30, 2014
    Don Cartledge
    Don Cartledge
    Pastor, teacher and missionary Rev. Donald Cartledge joined the UVF campus this fall. He serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Intercultural Studies and as a missionary-in-residence with his wife, Jacquie. Cartledge has more than 30 years of experience in missions. He hopes to teach students what he learned about cultural differences and how to adapt to a new life in a foreign country as an essential tool for effective world missions impact. 

    Cartledge knew he wanted to be a missionary since childhood. "That's all I ever really wanted to do," he said when explaining his passion for missions. He received a B.A. degree in Biblical Studies from Central Bible College and an M.A. degree in Christian Ministries from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He began his pastoral ministry in Tennessee but knew he and his wife were called to be missionaries in a Spanish-speaking country. Soon after, the Cartledges moved to Chile on their first assignment.   

    In Chile, he taught at the two Centro de Estudios Teológicos schools from 1984–2007. During his time there, he taught many subjects including New Testament, theology and missions and served as the director for 10 years. He also served as the senior pastor for two Christian centers in that area. 

    After Chile, Donald and Jacquie moved to Costa RIca to continue their ministry. In Costa Rica, Cartledge served as the director of the Center for Cultural Research and Language Studies (CINCEL). CINCEL is the missionary training center for Assemblies of God World Missions in Latin America. Every Assemblies of God missionary looking to serve in Latin America completes the program. "The missionaries receive language training, cultural training, missiology — training on anything involved with doing missions work," Cartledge said.    

    Now at UVF, the Cartledges are working in a new missionary training ground: a university campus. With hands-on experience in Latin American missions, Cartledge hopes to prepare future missionaries by providing effective training so that they can confidently go wherever God leads. 

    Cartledge's focus for the coming year is fixed on what he can do for UVF students. "It's not about what comes next, but what you leave behind," he said. He is eager to share his passion and knowledge for missions and Latin American cultures with students. "It's important that we train another generation of young people with a missions vision and passion who know how to handle cross-cultural boundaries," Cartledge said. 
     
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God's Not Dead Seminar
September 20 | 9 am to 3 pm

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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!

Homecoming 2014
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Homecoming 2014
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Homecoming 2014
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  • 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!

    View more photos of the event  »
     
    View the UVF release video  »

    View the press releases  »

  • UVF Welcomes New Department Chair and Director

    September 30, 2014
    Dr. Debra Brown
    Debra Brown
    Debra Brown, D.Min., grew up in a community of altruism. Her family consisted of nurses, teachers and ministers. Brown’s desire to help people led her to a career in social work, where she gained the necessary knowledge, skills and tools to follow God’s calling. That was only the beginning. She has served as a social worker, professor, pastor and counselor. Throughout her various careers, Brown combined social work and ministry, believing the market and mission field are equal. This fall, Brown returned to the  University of Valley Forge (UVF) as the Department of Behavioral Sciences chair, director of the social work program and associate professor.

    Brown holds a B.S.W. and a M.S.W. from St. Louis University and is an ordained Assemblies of God minister. In Kansas City, Mo. she began her career as a social worker and then transitioned to teaching social work. After receiving her doctorate, she joined the pastoral staff at the Sheffield Family Life Center where she was the first female pastor hired in the church’s history. Brown first joined the faculty at UVF in 2008 and stayed for three years as the director of the social work program and associate professor. Most recently, she worked as a human services specialist and vocational rehabilitation counselor from 2012–2013 in Overland Park, Kan.

    In describing her diverse career, Brown says she was always ministering and using her social work skills in the different venues. “I have been blessed to have a variety of roles,” she said, roles that were natural segues to working with different types of people where she addressed many of the same issues inside and outside the church. “God just changes the arena,” she said. “The mission does not change.” For Brown, UVF is a place where her experiences weave together and connect to expand her mission of helping others.

    She looks forward to being with the students, the millennial generation whom she has always felt drawn to, because she understands the transparency and authenticity they crave. “I’m ready to give back and I think this is a generation to pour into, to equip and empower — to see what God has in store.” Brown's roles at UVF include helping students develop in the careers and passions God has given them. “God calls people according to His plan,” she said. “He looks at your heart and is going to ask, ‘Did you do what I called you to do?’”

    Among the students, she said she is known as tough but fair. The social work program is rigorous. It teaches students how to analyze cases, think critically, communicate successfully and write effectively. Brown is wholly committed to pursue accountability and excellence academically and spiritually in the Department of Behavioral Sciences.
     
  • New Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies

    September 30, 2014
    Don Cartledge
    Don Cartledge
    Pastor, teacher and missionary Rev. Donald Cartledge joined the UVF campus this fall. He serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Intercultural Studies and as a missionary-in-residence with his wife, Jacquie. Cartledge has more than 30 years of experience in missions. He hopes to teach students what he learned about cultural differences and how to adapt to a new life in a foreign country as an essential tool for effective world missions impact. 

    Cartledge knew he wanted to be a missionary since childhood. "That's all I ever really wanted to do," he said when explaining his passion for missions. He received a B.A. degree in Biblical Studies from Central Bible College and an M.A. degree in Christian Ministries from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He began his pastoral ministry in Tennessee but knew he and his wife were called to be missionaries in a Spanish-speaking country. Soon after, the Cartledges moved to Chile on their first assignment.   

    In Chile, he taught at the two Centro de Estudios Teológicos schools from 1984–2007. During his time there, he taught many subjects including New Testament, theology and missions and served as the director for 10 years. He also served as the senior pastor for two Christian centers in that area. 

    After Chile, Donald and Jacquie moved to Costa RIca to continue their ministry. In Costa Rica, Cartledge served as the director of the Center for Cultural Research and Language Studies (CINCEL). CINCEL is the missionary training center for Assemblies of God World Missions in Latin America. Every Assemblies of God missionary looking to serve in Latin America completes the program. "The missionaries receive language training, cultural training, missiology — training on anything involved with doing missions work," Cartledge said.    

    Now at UVF, the Cartledges are working in a new missionary training ground: a university campus. With hands-on experience in Latin American missions, Cartledge hopes to prepare future missionaries by providing effective training so that they can confidently go wherever God leads. 

    Cartledge's focus for the coming year is fixed on what he can do for UVF students. "It's not about what comes next, but what you leave behind," he said. He is eager to share his passion and knowledge for missions and Latin American cultures with students. "It's important that we train another generation of young people with a missions vision and passion who know how to handle cross-cultural boundaries," Cartledge said. 
     
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God's Not Dead Seminar
September 20 | 9 am to 3 pm

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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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  • 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!

    View more photos of the event  »
     
    View the UVF release video  »

    View the press releases  »

  • UVF Welcomes New Department Chair and Director

    September 30, 2014
    Dr. Debra Brown
    Debra Brown
    Debra Brown, D.Min., grew up in a community of altruism. Her family consisted of nurses, teachers and ministers. Brown’s desire to help people led her to a career in social work, where she gained the necessary knowledge, skills and tools to follow God’s calling. That was only the beginning. She has served as a social worker, professor, pastor and counselor. Throughout her various careers, Brown combined social work and ministry, believing the market and mission field are equal. This fall, Brown returned to the  University of Valley Forge (UVF) as the Department of Behavioral Sciences chair, director of the social work program and associate professor.

    Brown holds a B.S.W. and a M.S.W. from St. Louis University and is an ordained Assemblies of God minister. In Kansas City, Mo. she began her career as a social worker and then transitioned to teaching social work. After receiving her doctorate, she joined the pastoral staff at the Sheffield Family Life Center where she was the first female pastor hired in the church’s history. Brown first joined the faculty at UVF in 2008 and stayed for three years as the director of the social work program and associate professor. Most recently, she worked as a human services specialist and vocational rehabilitation counselor from 2012–2013 in Overland Park, Kan.

    In describing her diverse career, Brown says she was always ministering and using her social work skills in the different venues. “I have been blessed to have a variety of roles,” she said, roles that were natural segues to working with different types of people where she addressed many of the same issues inside and outside the church. “God just changes the arena,” she said. “The mission does not change.” For Brown, UVF is a place where her experiences weave together and connect to expand her mission of helping others.

    She looks forward to being with the students, the millennial generation whom she has always felt drawn to, because she understands the transparency and authenticity they crave. “I’m ready to give back and I think this is a generation to pour into, to equip and empower — to see what God has in store.” Brown's roles at UVF include helping students develop in the careers and passions God has given them. “God calls people according to His plan,” she said. “He looks at your heart and is going to ask, ‘Did you do what I called you to do?’”

    Among the students, she said she is known as tough but fair. The social work program is rigorous. It teaches students how to analyze cases, think critically, communicate successfully and write effectively. Brown is wholly committed to pursue accountability and excellence academically and spiritually in the Department of Behavioral Sciences.
     
  • New Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies

    September 30, 2014
    Don Cartledge
    Don Cartledge
    Pastor, teacher and missionary Rev. Donald Cartledge joined the UVF campus this fall. He serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Intercultural Studies and as a missionary-in-residence with his wife, Jacquie. Cartledge has more than 30 years of experience in missions. He hopes to teach students what he learned about cultural differences and how to adapt to a new life in a foreign country as an essential tool for effective world missions impact. 

    Cartledge knew he wanted to be a missionary since childhood. "That's all I ever really wanted to do," he said when explaining his passion for missions. He received a B.A. degree in Biblical Studies from Central Bible College and an M.A. degree in Christian Ministries from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He began his pastoral ministry in Tennessee but knew he and his wife were called to be missionaries in a Spanish-speaking country. Soon after, the Cartledges moved to Chile on their first assignment.   

    In Chile, he taught at the two Centro de Estudios Teológicos schools from 1984–2007. During his time there, he taught many subjects including New Testament, theology and missions and served as the director for 10 years. He also served as the senior pastor for two Christian centers in that area. 

    After Chile, Donald and Jacquie moved to Costa RIca to continue their ministry. In Costa Rica, Cartledge served as the director of the Center for Cultural Research and Language Studies (CINCEL). CINCEL is the missionary training center for Assemblies of God World Missions in Latin America. Every Assemblies of God missionary looking to serve in Latin America completes the program. "The missionaries receive language training, cultural training, missiology — training on anything involved with doing missions work," Cartledge said.    

    Now at UVF, the Cartledges are working in a new missionary training ground: a university campus. With hands-on experience in Latin American missions, Cartledge hopes to prepare future missionaries by providing effective training so that they can confidently go wherever God leads. 

    Cartledge's focus for the coming year is fixed on what he can do for UVF students. "It's not about what comes next, but what you leave behind," he said. He is eager to share his passion and knowledge for missions and Latin American cultures with students. "It's important that we train another generation of young people with a missions vision and passion who know how to handle cross-cultural boundaries," Cartledge said. 
     
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God's Not Dead Seminar
September 20 | 9 am to 3 pm

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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!

Homecoming 2014
Homecoming 2014
Homecoming 2014
Homecoming 2014
Homecoming 2014
See All Events