Students Speak Up About University Status

by Office of Marketing | Sep 26, 2014
UVF Students Celebrate on Sept. 16
The students of the University of Valley Forge (UVF) have much to say about the institution’s recent success in achieving university status. As the college counted down the days until its official name change, Patriots pride built up within the student body.

Many students expressed their excitement to be here during this pivotal time. “I’m happy to be a part of the history,” says junior Brooke Sheesley, a social work major, “I can look back and say, ‘I was there when the name changed. I was there when all of that happened.’”

The college officially changed its name on Sept. 16.  Students and faculty congregated in the Flower Chapel at 10 am to celebrate this historic event.  “There was truly an overwhelming spirit of joy within the room,” reports junior Alexandria Alagna, a Christian ministries major. The ceremony gave all of the glory to God. Following the chapel service, the joyful atmosphere was carried out to the lawn for a time of fellowship over a picnic lunch complete with a UVF sheet cake. According to Yolanda Alvarez, a sophomore studying deaf ministries, the student body and faculty felt a deep bond that day. There had been much excitement brewing within the student body about the change to university status and the day proved to be a great success.

“It’s a big step for the credibility of our degrees,” says senior music major David Cooper regarding the name “university” and the prestige that comes with it. "As a result, graduates will have greater opportunities made available to them." The name change will also help students fulfill their callings without facing unnecessary obstacles. According to sophomore music performance major, Caleb Gudgeon, “God calls all of us to be missionaries in every place, and now the doors are wide open for us to go.” By becoming a university, UVF is making great strides to fulfill its mission: “to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.” 

Greater expectations come with the title of university. When asked how she felt about the new name, junior English major, Renee Seler responded, “We’ve proven ourselves as a university. We’ve proven not only to have the qualifications of a university but also the character. People leave here loving God with all of their mind.” Seler has been challenged in the classroom by professors who are passionate about the impact they have on students’ lives. She says, “I have been pushed to do what I love and I’ve been shown intellectually how everything goes back to God.” With graduate school in her future, Seler is grateful for UVF’s new title, as it will be more credible to the universities to which she applies. 

Senior theology major Jim Besaw feels that UVF will grow into its new name. He says, “The unique characteristics of Valley Forge gives you the opportunity to invest in ways you couldn’t in other universities.  The resources the professors bring to the table through personal relationships go way beyond what one would get from a typical university.”  
Prayerfully, the students hope this change will thrust UVF forward in growth.  They are proud to be leaving behind their footprints, as they are part of the history unfolding at UVF. Students are hungry to learn in this environment, and believe that it is important to love God with all their hearts, souls, minds and strength.