Semester Begins With New Name but Same Mission

by Office of Marketing | Sep 02, 2014
new-semesterThe start of the fall semester kicked off on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 when new students arrived on campus eager to check in to their new home for the next four years. Students and their families arrived at 8 am and were welcomed by the Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) admissions team, resident assistants and student leaders from START (Striving Toward Real Togetherness) and SGA (Student Government Association).

Staff and volunteers helped the students move into their residence halls and personally welcomed them and their families to the VFCC community. While the new students participated in team building and bonding activities with the START teams, the college hosted a luncheon for parents to socialize and ask questions about their student's transition to college.   

Returning students arrived on campus Sunday, Aug. 24 and Monday, Aug. 25. After a quiet summer, the college was excited to welcome the bustle of students who were moving in, reuniting with old friends and meeting new ones to begin another academic year. 

The fall semester officially began on Tuesday, Aug. 26, with a chapel service at 10 am. President Don Meyer, Ph.D., welcomed new and returning students and expressed his excitement as he prayed over the college year. Vice President of Academic Affairs Kevin Beery, D.S.L., introduced six new faculty members who have joined the Departments of Behavioral Sciences, Digital Media and Church Ministries. The chapel service also signified the closing of summer renovations and improvements by a group of retired missionaries led by Dave and Linda Maracle. The Maracles shared photographs of the work the MAPS RV missionaries completed this summer and thanked everyone who had a hand in helping the RVers complete their work. 

Prior to the conclusion of the first week of classes, an exciting announcement about the future of the institution was made in chapel on Aug. 28. Meyer announced that VFCC received approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to become the University of Valley Forge, effective Sept. 16, 2014. The exciting name change is the beginning of a historic year as the institution readies for the internal and external developments to follow. Still, Meyer assures the heart and mission of the institution will remain the same. 

Read the press release about the announcement of the official name change.