Homecoming 2012 Recap

by Office of Marketing | Sep 28, 2012
From October 23 to October 27, VFCC welcomed back a number of alumni for the annual homecoming week. In total, nearly 100 graduates returned to the VFCC campus, including 18 people from the class of 1962, who celebrated their 50-year reunion!

Throughout the week, alumni joined in on the Homecoming fun. Returning graduates assembled worship teams to lead chapel and spoke in various services and ceremonies. 21 former athletes formed teams to challenge the current varsity sports teams in some friendly pick-up games. Furthermore, an a capella quartet known as The Couriers returned to campus for an enthusiastic concert, and Pompton Lakes (a band comprised of VFCC alumni) held a CD release show in Krempels Theatre, as well as led a worship service for students. Clearly, graduates of years past were more than excited to celebrate homecoming at Valley Forge Christian College this year.

Of the many alumni that returned to our campus, three received special awards. The Distinguished Alumni Service Award was presented to Roland Coon ('72) and Timothy Schmidt ('82.) Additionally, Christine Rogers ('02) was honored with the Young Alumni Service Award for her exceptional work in the field of education – as she has pioneered the use of technology in the classroom. All three honorees spoke in chapel services throughout the week, leaving students inspired and motivated by their reflections on years spent at VFCC.

In addition to alumni events, students also had the chance to participate in the fun. Included in the schedule of events was a movie night, sports day, hat day, dress-up [formal attire] day, pep rally, battle of the colors [in which each class proudly wore a different color for the entirety of a day], photo scavenger hunt, ping-pong tournament, bonfire, capture the flag, and VFCC apparel day – which were all intended for the enjoyment and benefit of the student body.

Teddy Sibblies, Activities Coordinator of the Student Government Association, pointed out the importance behind Homecoming, “It’s about creating memories for current students, while remembering old memories with alumni.” Teddy went on to explain that the underlying motivation behind each student activity was the desire to build a sense of community and pride for the VFCC body. Most of the homecoming student activities were meant to showcase the talents of the student body. As an example a photo scavenger hunt was included in the schedule of activities due to the widespread love for photography on campus.

To cap off the week, VFCC 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 Conflict 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 of the movie “Bright Victory” that was filmed at VFGH campus and “You’d Have to be Blind Not to See It,” the return of numerous veterans, and of course the debut of the commemorative landmark.

Just as Sibblies hoped, this year’s Homecoming events inspired camaraderie and established a powerful sense of community among the students and alumni. From beginning to end, homecoming week at VFCC was a great success; it is safe to say that new memories were created, while old ones were celebrated!

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