Valley Forge Military College Dean William Gallagher is pleased to announce and welcome that
Dr. Ayo Maria Casey Gooden will be speak to Valley Forge Military College students, faculty,
and staff during a breakfast on Monday, January 19, 2015. Dr. Gooden’s talk is
“Why Dr. Martin Luther King should be important to everyone – The Truth You Need to Know.”
Dr. Ayo Maria Casey Gooden earned her B.A. in Psychology from Lincoln University, the oldest
four-year Black University in the nation (1854), and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from
the University of Cincinnati, (as of 2008, one of 33 Black women to ever earn a Ph.D. in psychology
from the University of Cincinnati). She is the first person in her family to earn a college degree.
She is in full-time private practice (individual, couples, families, groups for children, teens and
adults) and served as an Adjunct Professor at Lincoln University in PA where she formerly served as
the Director for the Act 101 Program and the Learning Resource Center (Under her former name Dr.
Sanyika). She has served as an Assistant Professor and the University Psychologist at Cheyney
University in Pennsylvania and a Instructor at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Courses
taught include Primary Prevention, Crisis Intervention and Mental Health, Human Growth and
Development, General Psychology, Abnormal, Clinical (Testing and Assessment), Race, Ethnicity and
Health and Freshman Seminar.
Dr. Gooden was the creator and producer of the televised campus game show, The Imhotep Program,
designed to teach wellness from an African perspective and sponsored by a grant she wrote funded by
Morehouse College of Medicine. Dr. Ayo has over 40 years of experience working with children,
adolescents, adults, and the elderly from a range of socioeconomic and ethnic groups with a
preference for specializing in issues relevant to African American populations.
She is the author of two original research projects: Distinguishing Suicide from Parasuicide Among
African Americans and Black Suicide: Prodromal Signs Using the Psychological Autopsy. Dr. Ayo
(Yoruba for joy), also designed an assessment tool for assessing suicide risk and is writing a
manual to train mental health workers how to assess high suicide risk especially among Afrikan
Americans. Some of her interests include: 1) the effect of food (nutrition) on behavior/health,
2) recruitment and retention, 3) male-female relationships, 4) the impact of media on self-esteem
and Melanic images, 5) violence prevention, and 6) cultural competency.
Dr. Gooden has written numerous articles directed at the general public including, Suicide,
Attempted Suicide, and Parasuicide Among Afrikan-Americans, Does Milk Do a Body Good?, and
Developing Positive Self-Concepts She is currently writing a sequel to her book, A Single Bracelet
Does Not Jingle: Empowering Afrikan Men and Women for Success. She is the co-author of a book
chapter African Americans, European Americans, and Pathological Stereotypes: An African-Centered
Perspective in Psychology of Culture. She is currently working on a book addressing cultural
competency for those who work with African Americans.
Valley Forge Military Summer Camp is now accepting applications for its Summer 2015 programs. VF Summer camps offers day camp for girls and boys ages 6-17, overnight camp for boys ages 9-13, and our overnight Forging Fitness camp for boys 13-17. The day camp runs from 6/22 – 8/7 and the overnight camps are available from 6/21 – 7/24, allowing you flexibility to choose weekly or multi-week blocks that work for your family. Registration is now open for each camp.
Valley Forge Summer Camp is located on 100 acres of rolling countryside on the campus of Valley Forge Military Academy &
College in Wayne, Pennsylvania, just 12 miles west of Philadelphia. Campers enjoy both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, gyms, a
paintball course, an indoor riding pavilion, low and high ropes courses, and athletic fields.
Director of Summer Camps, Joe Haughey notes, “Valley Forge Summer Camp promotes team building, lifelong values of character, integrity, and leadership into every activity. We offer a fun, safe environment where 6-17 year olds can build self-confidence and leadership skills while trying new and exciting challenges with counselors and campers from around the block and all over the world.”
To usher in the Thanksgiving season, Valley Forge Military Academy and College (VFMAC), presents a musical extravaganza in Price Gymnasium to be followed by a special donor reception recognizing members of the Society of the Golden Sword at Crossed Sabres, the home of President Dr. Stacey R. Sauchuk.
On Friday, November 21, 2014, VFMAC Bandmaster WO2 Philip Evans, Royal Marines (Ret.), Director of Music Programs and Tattoo Director, presents the 2014 Valley Forge Military Academy & College Military Tattoo, a musical performance showcasing the VFMAC Regimental Band, Field Music, Herald Trumpets, the Regimental Choir, and Drill Team as well as the Washington Memorial Pipe Band. The program begins at 4:30 p.m. in Price Gymnasium and the community is heartily invited to attend.
VFMAC President, Stacey R. Sauchuk, Ph.D. reflects, “Military tattoos originated as military drum performances. The British Army established the practice while serving in the Low Countries during the 17th Century. The 2014 Military Tattoo is Valley Forge’s own contribution to this great military tradition.”
Following Tattoo, members of the Society of the Golden Sword will be received at Crossed Sabres by President Sauchuk and VFMAC Commandant of Cadets COL Richard G. Piscal, USA (Ret.) at 6:30 p.m.
The Society of the Golden Sword was established in 1975 to honor and recognize those whose continuing interest, service, and commitment contributed substantially to the health, growth, and reputation of Valley Forge Military Academy and College. Dr. Sauchuk noted that the educational opportunities provided to the student cadets would not be possible without the generosity of the members of The Society of the Golden Sword. Society members give a minimum of $1,000 to Valley Forge Military Academy and College in support of the institution’s educational mission. Dr. Sauchuk expressed her enthusiasm about both events, “We are honored to receive our most dedicated friends and let them see our talented cadets in action.”
Valley Forge Military Academy and College is an international leadership institution, comprised of a middle school (grades 6-8), high school (grades 9-12), and college. Located in Wayne, PA, 12 miles from Philadelphia, VFMAC offers commuting and boarding options. Students are immersed in a unique college preparatory educational experience centered on academic excellence, personal motivation, and character that helps them reach their academic potential to achieve success in the classroom and beyond. From its cadet ranks, to the rifle club, to its award winning equestrian program, VFMAC teaches students leadership and responsibility in practical ways.
Valley Forge Military College – The Military College of Pennsylvania™ is pleased to announce those students eligible for membership and induction into Phi Theta Kappa (PTK).
Phi Theta Kappa is the international two-year college honor society. Membership in PTK is a singular honor marking them among the top transfer candidates in the United States. According to Dr. Patrick Murray, Faculty Advisor to VFMC’s Delta Epsilon chapter of PTK, “It is a distinction that will follow them the rest of their lives. When asked about any “honors” or “distinctions” they have received they will put down Phi Theta Kappa, even when applying to graduate school.” According to Dr. Murray, subsequent scholarship opportunities are common for PTK members. Dr Murray notes that “It is routine for members of PTK to receive $1,000 scholarships at state universities. Within the past ten years our PTK members have received such awards at Penn State, a $2,000 scholarship at the University of Delaware, and a full-scholarship to Kansas State University.”
The below list of students are eligible for membership in Phi Theta Kappa, Delta Epsilon Chapter. Eligibility is a GPA of 3.3 or higher and a good tactical record.
Congratulations to the following students on this achievement and recognition:
Auman, Matthew J.
Inver, Chad H.
Fink, Daniel J.
Gaines, Keontay L.
Gombe, Ronald G.
Lawreck, John T.
Magana, Jose R.
Quave, Jesse D.
Ragheb, Kareem T.
Salinas, Cynjun C.
Seaton, Naomi V.
Stewart, Nicholas J.
Volyn, David V.
Coach Dominick “Mick” Lorusso has been selected to be inducted into the Montgomery County Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Nov. 25th. The induction ceremony will take place at the Westover Country Club, 401 S Schuylkill Ave, Norristown, PA 19403 – starting at 7:30 pm. Those interested in attending including any of Coach Lorusso’s former baseball players from 1973-2014, and former wrestlers from 1980-2007 interested in attending this induction ceremony/dinner should contact Jim Davis, VFMA ’78 at email@example.com or 610-574-1976 for ticket information.
Valley Forge Military College is just one of five schools in the nation to offer the Army ROTC Early Commissioning Program, an accelerated leadership path that can earn you a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon graduating as a sophomore from VFMC.
Click here to view the video from the summer 2010 training at Fort Knox.