This week! Presidential Inauguration of Michael J. Beals, Ph.D.

This week, February 5-7, 2014, Vanguard University hosts the inauguration of its tenth president, Michael J. Beals, PhD.

President_Beals_Convocation_1The three-day inauguration ceremonies will kick off Wednesday, February 5, 2014 and will feature academic lectures by prominent theologian, Miraslov Volf, PhD. The festivities will conclude Friday, February 7, 2014 with Richard Mouw, PhD, mentor and friend to Dr. Beals, who will speak the inaugural charge to the president.

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Dr. Beals became Vanguard University’s tenth president on August 1, 2013. In keeping with the tradition of many universities, Vanguard chose to give its new president some time to settle in before holding the inauguration ceremonies. Since August, Dr. Beals has focused on building the strategic vision of the university to promote Christian higher education in a way that is meaningful, relevant, and impactful.

“In a climate where higher education is being challenged each day, presidents of private, Christian universities must be innovative, resilient, and forward thinking,” says Dr. Richard Mouw, former president of Fuller Seminary and professor to Dr. Beals. “Dr. Beals has long exhibited these qualities, making him the ideal person to foster Vanguard’s mission. I am delighted to be part of this ceremony and wish the best for Vanguard in this time of renewal.”

Dr. Beals is a two-time graduate of Vanguard University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Christian Education and Psychology and a Master of Arts (MA) in Church Leadership. Dr. Beals earned a second MA at Fuller Theological Seminary in Biblical Studies and Theology. He was awarded a PhD in Christian Ethics from Fuller where he has served as an adjunct faculty member since 1999. Dr. Beals has served 31 years in the local church, most recently as the senior pastor of Mission Hills Community Church in Rancho Santa Margarita. In addition, Dr. Beals has been actively involved in teaching outreach and community development work in Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, China, Israel, Switzerland, France, England, and Scotland.

Presenting the inaugural lectures will be Miroslav Volf, PhD, founder and director of Yale Center for Faith & Culture and the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale University Divinity School. Recognized globally as one of the premier theologians of our time, Dr. Volf will present on Christian Universities and the Crisis of Humanities. Both lectures are open to the public.

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U.S. News & World Report Announces the 2013 Best Colleges: Vanguard University ranked in Top 10

Washington, D.C. – September 12, 2012U.S. News & World Report released today the Best Colleges 2013 edition, which includes the rankings and data of more than 1,500 schools nationwide.
Once again, Vanguard University was named in the Top 10 colleges in the west.

“Since 1983, U.S. News has strived to provide students and their families with the best data and information available to help navigate the college process and make informed decisions,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer. “As the college process becomes more competitive and comprehensive each year, U.S. News continues to improve and expand the array of school data, photos, reviews, tools, and resourceful content on USNews.com.”

Along with the 2013 rankings and data, new to the U.S. News education site this year is the addition of job and internship opportunities for college students and recent graduates. The job listings, powered by AfterCollege, can be found on a school’s profile page and highlight companies and organizations recruiting students and recent graduates from particular schools.

The college ranking categories are based upon the 2010 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifications. The Carnegie classification system has been used by U.S. News since the Best Colleges rankings began because they are the basis for classifying schools by most higher education researchers.

For the first time, the results from the past two years of high school counselor reputation scores, which are only used in the National University and National Liberal Arts Colleges rankings, have been averaged. This was done to account for the fluctuation of ratings year to year, and also to increase the number of ratings each school received. The high school counselor ratings are one of the factors that indicate a school’s academic quality. Other indicators include financial resources, alumni giving, assessment by administrators at peer institutions, faculty resources, student selectivity, and the retention of students. To find more information on the Best Colleges 2013 rankings methodology, go to www.usnews.com/collegemeth.

For more information about Best Colleges, visit www.usnews.com/colleges or find them on Facebook or Twitter. To learn more about the U.S. News College Compass, which provides access to the most complete rankings and data, or to order a copy of the companion Best Colleges 2013 guidebook, visit the online U.S. News Store.

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Delivery Boys and Entourage Comprehensive Review Complete

Dear Vanguard Community

We have recently completed a comprehensive review of the Delivery Boys and Entourage program at Vanguard University.  The review team of 9 members consisted of 3 faculty, 3 student life leaders, a youth pastor, and a current and former student.  Of these, 4 were former Delivery Boys & Entourage members.

The review included two phases – a research phase and then consideration of findings with recommendations for how to revitalize the teams.  The research component included interviews with previous team directors, a number of District Youth Directors and youth pastors, and several camp directors.  The review team conducted a series of focus groups with 28 former team members and with a number of current students.  The research phase also included a review of 24 student talent team programs at other colleges and universities.  The review team’s findings and recommendations have informed how the teams can be revitalized with greater emphasis on ministry and connection to training and leadership development within Student Life.

The review team has presented its report and recommendations to the President’s Cabinet.  I am pleased to now share some of the key outcomes:

  • Delivery Boys and Entourage teams will have a future as part of Outreach Ministries in Student Life.
  • The teams will be part of the Student Leadership Development program and participate in all student leadership events, including the Student Leadership Retreat.
  • This summer an advisory group will be formed to assist with recruitment, selection, training, and care for the teams.
  • Recruitment and selection of new teams will begin during the fall semester once we have finalized staffing and training to support the teams.
  • The teams will be available for camp ministry summer 2013.

We are committed to our mission of equipping students for Spirit-empowered lives of Christ-centered leadership and service and believe that the reorganization of support and training for the teams will better enable us to equip our students for effective ministry.

I want to express my gratitude to the review team for their many hours of careful research and prayerful reflection and recommendations on how best to support effective student ministry teams.

With gratitude,

Dr. Carol Taylor
President

Character or Personality

In her book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking”, Susan Cain opens by describing the cultural shift in American from a Culture of Character to a Culture of Personality.  The Culture of Character is defined as one in which people value honor, integrity, and modesty.  Heroes like Abraham Lincoln are revered not only as a gifted communicator by as someone Ralph Waldo Emerson notes does not “offend by superiority.”  The Culture of Personality, on the other hand, is one in which people are captivated by those who are bold and entertaining.  Movie stars and celebreties become the heroes.

The shift was predicated by urbanization.  In the agricultural society of the the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, people lived and worked together in community.  They lived together and interacted the span of their whole lives.  By the early twentieth century, however, more than one third of the population lived in cities.  Americans found themselves working no longer with neighbors but with strangers.  Susan Cain writes, “‘Citizens’ morphed into ‘employees,’ facing the question of how to make a good impression on people to whom they had no civic or family ties.”

Cain notes the attributes of a Culture of Character: Citizenship, Duty, Work, Golden Deeds, Honor, Reputation, Morals, Manners, Integrity

The attributes A Culture of Personality: Magnetic, Fascinating, Stunning, Attractive, Glowing, Dominant, Forceful, Energetic

What is it that turns a group of people from different backgrounds that come from different places into a real community? At Vanguard, we call it our relational culture. Built into the fabric of our interactions at Vanguard is a culture that causes us to go beyond the normal definition of community, reaching out and connecting with each other. Vanguard is committed to fostering a Culture of Character, in the classroom, on the athletic field, on the stage, and in the living spaces of our students.

Truth, Virtue, and Service are the values of Vanguard University. Proclaimed by founders Harold and Hulda Needham, these values are pursued in all we do at Vanguard University. Professors who serve as mentors seek to form students in the image of Christ, who is Truth.

The Champions of Character program is at the center of athletics at Vanguard University. Student athletes are coached both in athletic skill and character formation, living into the virtures of integrity and honor in all relationships. Vanguard University athletics has received multiple Champions of Character awards for its commitment to the whole formation of student athletes, both on and off the athletic playing field.

In a world of personality and its pressure to manage what strangers think of us, Vanguard University remains a community committed to a relational culture. This is where the next generation of leaders, formed in the likeness of Christ, pursue an education in order to serve and further His Kingdom.

Memorial Service for Cliff Taylor

Dear Vanguard Community,

I want to let you know that my father, Cliff, passed away peacefully Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:30am.  My mother, Betty, and I were with him along with my father’s very dear friend Marlin.  Dad began failing last week and Saturday evening we took him to the emergency room at St. Jude Hospital for assistance with his breathing.  Sunday morning Dad was moved to a hospice room and all afternoon and evening friends came by to say farewell.  While my father was no longer conscious, his room was filled with singing and stories of how he had touched so many lives.  Somehow it seems fitting that his home going is this Holy Week.  My father has been eager for heaven for several months and now is safely home.

My mother and I want to thank you for your many prayers and words of encouragement this year as my father finished his life here. My father was a man of prayer and deep faith, and he prayed every day for Vanguard University.

Dad’s memorial service will be Saturday, April 14th at Eastside Christian Church in Fullerton at 11:00am.  Eastside is located at 2505 Yorba Linda Blvd between State College and the 57 freeway in Fullerton, California.  In lieu of flowers, my parents’ wish is for charitable contributions to either Vanguard University or Eastside Christian Church.

Thank you again for you many prayers and encouragement.

Dr. Carol Taylor
President

UPDATE April 9, 2012
If you were the recipient of an inlaid wooden cross made by Cliff Taylor, the family would like to request that you please bring that cross with you to the memorial service on Saturday.