Celebrate Vanguard University’s Musically Gifted Students at the Music Awards Night on May 3

MusicAward1Music majors and anyone who has participated in a Vanguard University music event will be celebrated on Friday, May 3 at the Department of Music’s Music Awards Night. Starting at 7 p.m. in Needham Chapel, this is a night to honor students who have participated in Vanguard University music.

The Chair of the Department of Music, Dr. James L. Melton, will host the event. Dr. Melton will invite faculty to the stage to present awards, recognize their students’ accomplishments, and honor the graduating seniors in the Class of 2013.

Awards that were mentioned at the University Awards Chapel in April will be presented to students at this music event. Various other awards will be presented including the most improved student, the student with the most potential, and more.

Part of the night will consist of students gathering in their groups and ensembles to share their work with attendees and fellow music students. Then seniors will “speak some wisdom through a video slideshow” to the underclassmen, Coordinator of Music Events and Concert Operations, Luke Baumgartner, said. The evening will wrap up with some worship and a time of praying and sending out the seniors.

Reflecting on the good work he saw students do this year, Baumgartner said: “Every year, I really look forward to seeing the ministry that happens.” He described all of the students, faculty and staff who participate in the Department of Music as one big family. Baumgartner said: “This is really a community that builds into each other.”

Learn more about Vanguard University’s big happy music family, by clicking here.

Lions Volleyball Team to Host Benefit Beach Tournament for the Jessie Rees Foundation (NEGU) on May 11

NEGUVballBump, set, spike and support a good cause on Saturday, May 11 at the beach. Vanguard University’s Lions Volleyball is teaming up with California FCA Volleyball and Huntington Beach’s Mariners Church to host a beach volleyball tournament to raise money for the Jessie Rees Foundation (NEGU).

The tournament will take place on Beach Boulevard in Huntington Beach with an onsite signup from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and games starting at 9 a.m. There will be three brackets: College Doubles, which is $25 a person; Co-ed A, $100 for a team of four; and Co-ed B, also $100 for a team of four. The co-ed teams must have at least two girls on the team. Donations are welcome and all proceeds will go to NEGU.

The purpose of the tournament is to support and raise money for the Jessie Rees Foundation (NEGU). Inspired by a 12-year-old girl, Jessica Joy Rees, who fought two brain tumors for 10 months before losing her fight, NEGU focuses on spreading her message of love and encouragement to other children who are fighting cancer. Rees created the motto “NEGU”, which stands for “Never Ever Give Up.” While spreading this motto, the foundation gives JoyJars to children fighting life-altering medical illnesses. In addition to new toys, games and activities, these jars are filled with hope, joy and love.

Vanguard volleyball player Rachael Barker, a freshman kinesiology/pre-health major, envisioned the event at the end of her team’s fall season. Barker said her coach encouraged the players to find traditions that they could be a part of and pass on to future team members. While praying about this, Barker came up with the idea to host a benefit beach volleyball tournament to support a good cause. Having heard about NEGU from a friend, Barker visited their website, watched their video and knew they were the one.

Preparing for the event, Barker, FCA Volleyball and Mariners Church have held several meetings, worked on promotion, contacted businesses and organizations to participate, and so much more. “The planning has been good… People are more than willing to help out,” Barker said.

Through prayer and diligence, Barker has acquired donations from various businesses including Chic-fil-A, Activate and Innovative Results. Participants will receive free Chic-fil-A sandwiches and Activate water. Bracket winners will receive prizes including free personal training sessions at Costa Mesa’s Innovative Results.

Students, faculty and staff should bring their friends and join in this special event because “it’s an excuse to be on the beach all day while helping out,” Barker said. Counting down for the big day, Barker said: “I’m looking forward to watching people have fun and do two things I love: play volleyball and help people.”

For any questions or to get signed up, email negubeachtournament@gmail.com

Senior Theatre Majors to Present Final Projects Monday Night, April 29

Slider_9TheatreJoin Vanguard University’s Department of Theatre Arts as their graduating seniors present their final projects in the Theatre Senior Showcase on Monday, April 29 from 6 to 9 p.m.

It will be a night to celebrate seniors in their final performances as Vanguard students.  This is a free event that is open to the public. There will be four performances featuring graduating seniors Sheila Jenkins, Taylor Lardas, Caitlin Theobald and Jessica Mogi.  Each performance will be approximately thirty minutes and will be followed by a ten-minute break before the next performance begins.

The first performance is Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, by Terrence McNally, featuring senior Jenkins with Alastair James Murden, and directed by Katelyn Spurgin.

The second play, Outright, was written and co-directed by senior Lardas. McKenzie Riley also co-directed and Lardas’ fellow actors include Preston Butler III, Micah Stratton and Kate Jensen.

Baby, The Musical, written by Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire, will feature senior Theobald with accompanying acting from Nick Lazaris, Mary Tandy-McGlasson, Katelyn Spurgin, Brandijo Kistler, Chelsea Huls and Brandon Arias. This play is directed by Tandy-McGlasson and Arias.

The last play project will feature Jessica Mogi in After Miss Julie by Patrick Marber. This performance is directed by Elizabeth Suzanne. The accompanying actors are Rosalyn Brickman and Vincent Catalina.

Don’t miss this free opportunity to enjoy the talented work of Vanguard University’s graduating theatre majors. To learn more about Vanguard’s theatre department, click here.

The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University Hosts Delegates from Northern Iraq to Reduce Violence against Women in Iraq

Combatting violence against women in Iraq spawns higher education partnership between Vanguard University and University of Duhok

Costa Mesa, CA, April 26, 2013 – Vanguard University announced today that it will host a team of delegates from the University of Duhok in northern Iraq for a two-week visit beginning Sunday, April 28.  The purpose of the visit is to provide the team with training on ways to reduce violence against women in Iraq.

According to World Report 2012: Iraq published by Human Rights Watch, violence against women is a serious problem in Iraq.  The report says that “‘honor’ crimes and domestic abuse is a threat to women and girls, who were also vulnerable to trafficking for sexual exploitation and forced prostitution due to insecurity, displacement, financial hardship, social disintegration, and the dissolution of rule of law and state authority.”

Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women & Justice (GCWJ) has been partnering with the University of Duhok in northern Iraq since 2010 to build capacity for women’s studies at the University of Duhok.  The goal of the higher education partnership between these two universities, which grew to include partnering with the Ministry of the Interior and the three regional Directorates for Combatting Violence Against Women, is to eliminate violence against women in Iraq.

“The success of the recent visit with the Directorate for Combatting Violence Against Women prompted Dr. Major Sami Hussein to bring leaders back here to Southern California where they can see actual programs and visit facilities rather than just learn training theory in a classroom setting,” says Sandra Morgan, director of the Global Center for Women and Justice.  “Together we have an opportunity to impact the regional development of the infrastructure to reduce violence against women in Iraq.  This rare but necessary higher education partnership improves community capacity, promotes reconciliation, and contributes to stability in a region in which Americans have invested so many resources.”

The trip will include training with 12th District Court Judge David O. Carter, OC Juvenile Justice Douglas Hatchimonji, OC Juvenile Services, OC Child Abuse Special Teams (CAST), as well as three days of training with the Westminster Police Department under the direction of Derek Marsh, acting deputy chief of the Westminster Police Department and former chair of the OC Human Trafficking Task Force.

“The Westminster Police Department welcomes the rare opportunity to provide law enforcement and academic professionals from Iraq with a three-day training symposium,” says Derek Marsh, acting deputy chief of the Westminster Police Department.  “These courageous delegates are an instrumental part of a multi-year project initiated by Vanguard University and the University of Duhok, Iraq (KRG).  Our goal is to provide best practices that can be applied to law enforcement investigations and will shape policies to enhance women’s rights and reduce violence against women and children in Iraq.”

The team from Iraq includes the directors of all three KRG Regional VAW Directorates as well as the director of the Ministry of Interior, legal and academic scholars from the University of Duhok, and Victim Service directors.

For more information about the Global Center for Women & Justice, please visit http://www.vanguard.edu/gcwj/.









Student Thanks God for the Instrumental Work of Orangewood Children’s Foundation in Her Life

osiris_avalosFeatured in an article in the OC Register, Vanguard University sophomore Osiris Avalos shares a part of her story and thanks Orangewood Children’s Foundation for the role they’ve had in it.

A liberal studies major at Vanguard University, 20-year-old Avalos is grateful for the support and continued aid that the Orangewood Children’s Foundation provides to former and current foster children. After her mother and stepfather were arrested, Avalos spent close to two weeks at the Orangewood Children’s Home before going home with Joy Greenwood, her third-grade teacher and newly acquired foster mom. The foundation built the home in 1985 as a “temporary refuge for children who had suffered neglect or abuse,” the article said.

In addition to short-term housing, the foundation runs multiple programs and provides various services to assist former and current foster children. Programs include the Peer Mentor Program, the Guardian Scholars Program, the Orangewood Resource Center and the Children’s Trust Fund. With the intention of actively participating in this charitable work, Avalos submitted an application to become a peer mentor a few weeks ago.

Nearly every week, Avalos takes advantage of the services provided by the Orangewood Resource Center, whether it’s a hot meal or just a place to study. Grateful for the foundation and the individuals who make it possible, Avalos is quoted in the article saying: “The people there just show so much care and love… they love it and love helping strangers.” Many of the foundation’s workers come from foster homes, so they are able to relate with the children and give them advice from a place of understanding.

Now one of Vanguard’s many commuters, Avalos says Vanguard has helped her in many ways and she knows her life has really changed. She said: “Going to this school is a great opportunity because it allows me to keep the two most important things in my life together: my relationship with Jesus Christ and my education.”

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