Did You Know? Facts about VFCC

Valley Forge Christian College recently concluded its 75th Anniversary year (1939-2014). As part of the celebration, a number of interesting and fun facts were published about our beloved college.

We hope you enjoy learning more about the college as you view these Fun Facts!



Fact #44

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Cardone Hall, a VFCC academic building, was built out of 21 concrete panels. Each panel is 33 ft high,10 ft long and weighs 15-17 tons.

 

 

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The original farmhouse on campus, was once the primary residence of the General of the former VFGH and is now the residence of the president of VFCC.

 

 

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In the fall of 2005, VFCC opened a new campus at Christ Church in Woodbridge, Virginia.

 

 

Fact #47

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Introduced by alumnus Rachel DiTrolio '10 in January 28, 2014, The Democratic Republic of Congo becomes the 53rd flag raised in the VFCC Flower Chapel.

 

 

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A campus-wide initiative known as the Jericho Project began in an effort to demolish 27 old buildings on campus in 1999—making way for the construction of new buildings.

 

 

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In 1982, VFCC became the uncontested recipient of the largest government grant ever given to a religious organization.

 

 

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Valley Forge Christian College purchased the Valley Forge General Hospital property from the federal government in 1976 for $1.

 

 

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The 1951 Academy Award nominated movie, Bright Victory, a love story of that generation, was filmed at Valley Forge General Hospital and surrounding areas of Phoenixville. The film also screened at the Cannes Film Festival that year.

 

 

Fact #52

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VFCC launched its first website in 1996 with an average of forty unique visitors a month. Eighteen years later, its website attracts over ten thousand unique visitors a month.

 

 

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In 2002, the College began construction of The Forge Nature Trail, connecting it to an existing path in the adjacent 42-acre Charlestown Park.

 

 

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Main Chapel was renamed J. Roswell and Alice Reynolds Flower Chapel on October 23, 2009 in honor of the founders of Maranatha Bible School.

 

 

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Breakaway, a 24-hour campus visit experience, started over 20 years ago. There have been over 12,000 participants.

 

 

Fun Fact #56

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On September 27, 2005, the existing Post Chapel, originally built in the 1950s was dedicated and renamed the Jack A. Mason Chapel.

 

 

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The Post Chapel, now Jack A. Mason Chapel, was built in the 1950s on the grounds of VFGH. It replaced the original Chapel, which had burned to the ground in 1952.

 

 

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Groundbreaking for the new library and media center, later named the Storms Research Center, occurred on October 30, 1998.

 

 

Fact #59

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The first graduating class of Eastern Bible Institute had five members in 1940.

 

 

Fact #60

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In 1938, there were 35 students enrolled at Eastern Bible Institute during its first year. The campus had one building with two classrooms, a kitchen and a dining room that also served as a chapel.

 

 

Fact #61

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Dr. Don Meyer became the ninth president of VFCC on January 1, 1997 and has presided over the most rapid growth in the history of the College.

 

 

Fact #62

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Rev. Obie L. Harrup, Sr. was the last president of Northeast Bible Institute, the only president of Northeast Bible College, and the first president of VFCC.

 

 

Fact #63

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Northeast Bible College officially changed its name to Valley Forge Christian College on January 1, 1977.

 

 

Fact #64

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A Use Study Committee from the Federal Government unanimously voted to recommend that the Valley Forge General Hospital property be donated to Northeast Bible College in June of 1976.

 

 

Fact #65

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Main Chapel was renamed J. Roswell and Alice Reynolds Flower Chapel on October 23, 2009 in honor of the founders of Maranatha Bible School, the original beginnings of VFCC.

 

 

Fact #66

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Amanda Compton, women’s Patriot basketball player, is the first Female VFCC player to record 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds during a college career.

 

 

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It takes an estimated 725 luminaries to line the streets and sidewalks of the VFCC campus for the Christmas at Valley Forge concert.

 

 

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Amanda Reich, who graduated VFCC in 2013, became the women's Patriot basketball all-time leading scorer in 2012 when she broke the previous record, held by Sandy Paradis Frey ’84, with 1,576 points.

 

 

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Bongiorno Hall was dedicated on October 24, 2003 and opened that fall; it can accommodate up to 152 students and was the first hall to have all private baths and internet access.

 

 

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VFCC professor of Digital Media Communications, Dan Desrosiers ’05, was once on Wheel of Fortune and won $40,500.

 

 

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The Mobile Media Command Center houses digital recording facilities with two sound isolated rooms that independently operate for multiple simultaneous performances. Powered by Digidesign and Presonus, the technology inside the mobile Media Command Center is some of the most advanced in the industry.

Click here to read more about the mMCC.

 

 

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Community Service Day has become a staple at VFCC. Students and staff go out into the community and serve the neighborhoods of Phoenixville by raking leaves, mulching and other outdoor tasks.

Click here to view photos from last years Community Service Day.

 

 

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Valley Forge Christian College's men’s basketball head coach, Jon Mack, began his head coaching career during the 2000-2001 season, less than one year removed from having completed his own collegiate basketball career (1999-2000).

A lot has changed within the basketball program during the past 13 years. During his first five years on the bench, none of Coach Mack’s teams were able to obtain winning seasons. During the 2006-2007 season, his Patriots went 18-18 and competed in the program’s first NCCAA II National Tournament since 1988. Since that breakthrough season, the Patriots have participated in each of the last seven national tournaments. The Patriots have posted 20 wins in five of the six past seasons and have won five NCCAA II East Region championships. He’s been named the East Region Coach of the Year seven times and was named the NCCAA II National Coach of the Year three times. In 2009, 2011, and 2012, his men’s basketball team finished the season as national runner-ups.

 

 

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The Forge Report is VFCC's monthly electronic newsletter. If you would like to view the archives click here.

If you would like to receive a monthly copy click here to subscribe.

 

 

Fact #75

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Valley Forge Christian College and the Historical Society of Phoenixville Area (HSPA) partnered together to create a Historical Marker Celebration Day. A state issued roadside marker recognizing the former Valley Forge General Hospital was unveiled to more than 200 people during a program highlighting the significance of this site which operated from 1943 to 1974 and served war casualties during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The day included the showcase of vintage military vehicles, military re-enactors, artifact displays, a photo booth, oral histories, walking tours of campus that showcased pictures of what each building looked like during that era, film screening, the return of numerous veterans, and of course the debut of the commemorative landmark.

Click here to view photos of this event

 

 

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