Vanguard University’s Concert Choir and Orchestra Spread Christmas Cheer at Annual Christmas Fantasia

Courtyard of HonorChristmas carols, cheer and crowds of people filled Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Dec. 3 and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Dec. 6 for Vanguard University’s Christmas Fantasia.

The annual event features Vanguard University’s concert choir and orchestra along with other members of the music department. Students prepare for months in advance to put on the Christmas spectacular for the community to enjoy. Not only is it a special evening for Vanguard University friends and family, it is also a night to celebrate the generosity of sponsors investing in students and the university.

Thankful for the many contributions that sponsors provided, Associate Vice President for Development and Campaign Management, Justin McIntee said: “The proceeds raised from sponsorships support students with scholarships and other educational resources through the Vanguard University Fund.” McIntee said he wanted to thank sponsor Terry Walker, CEO of US Rigging and foundation board member, for giving an even greater amount of money than past years. Courtyard of HonorWalker’s sponsorships totaled $84,250, compared to $53,000 in 2012, providing our students with more resources to develop their talents at Vanguard.

Looking back on the event, McIntee said his highlight for the evening was listening to Presenting Sponsor Barry Meguiar share with over 225 guests at the reception, how excited he is about Vanguard University’s President, Dr. Michael Beals’ vision for the future. These sponsors support the university’s direction and help to provide the funds necessary to move in that direction.

Another concert attendee, Teresa Dovel, the coordinator/administrative assistant of music, said the concert went very well. She added that “as far as the students are concerned and their enjoyment of it, it was a success.” Having been a Christmas Fantasia attendee for many years, Dovel said it was as beautiful as always.

Courtyard of HonorA highlight this year was the performance of “Star of Wonder” by Professors Kenneth Foerch, Greg Glancey and James L. Melton, Dovel said. For the surprise performance, the professors dressed up as famous 80’s and 90’s performers Kenny G., John Stash and Yanni.

To learn more about Vanguard’s music department, click here.

Theatre Student’s Two Plays Selected as Top Finalists for the Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

magi_match_final-01Taking the stage, Elizabeth Hofeld’s After Her and The Little Match Girl are top finalist plays for the Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).

The festival will take place in February 2014 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Hofeld’s plays will be performed as concert readings at the festival. Depending on the performances, the plays could be considered for further competition at the national level.

“It is pretty extraordinary to be selected,” Hofeld said. It was exciting to have the work she poured so much time, effort and heart into be recognized and considered good by professional writers, she said. “These stories have taken a lot of time and effort to write, so it’s just thrilling that they’ll get a chance to breathe in front of an audience and get so much more exposure,” she added.

Looking forward to the festival, Hofeld said she is excited to receive feedback and constructive criticism from some of the top playwriting professionals from around the country. She also looks forward to meeting other student playwrights and experience the learning environment that KCACTF provides, she said. Planning to graduate in December 2014, Hofeld is a double major in Theater and English with an emphasis in Performance and Creative Writing.

Selected as one of the top six 10-minute plays from the KCACTF Region VIII, After Her is a play about an elderly couple’s relationship as they deal with the wife’s decline into the stages of Alzheimer’s. It is based on the real-life story of Hofeld’s grandparents.

As one of the three one-act play finalists to be presented at the festival, Hofeld’s The Little Match Girl tells the story of a little girl selling matches on Christmas eve and the encounters she has with people from around the town. This adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s short story shows how the spirit of Christmas is greater than poverty, Hofeld said.

To learn more about Vanguard’s theatre department, click here.

Lions Pass, Set and Dance with Students at Special Olympics Event

DSC00861Smiles, laughter and pure joy filled Sioux City’s Tyson Events Center on Dec. 2. The day before competition for the 2013 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Volleyball National Championships, Vanguard University’s lady Lions joined with the NAIA and other tournament teams to host a Special Olympics volleyball clinic for students in the area.

Whether it was coaching volleyball skills, having a dance party or doing a conga line around the entire gym, the team tried to make every student feel welcome and enjoy their experience. Players started with teaching how to pass, set and hit. Based on the students’ interest and ability, some players broke into smaller groups and continued to work on the basic skills while others focused on individual students.

With interest waning and some students lacking the physical ability to really participate, the team busted out their powerful mini-speakers and created a dance circle to try to incorporate the students who had been standing or sitting on the side. It was a hit. After impressive dancing from players and students, a conga line was formed that grew as players and students circled the arena.

Looking back on the event, junior defensive specialist Ashli Bellinger said: “It was just awesome to see their faces light up.” The chance to work with the students held special significance for Bellinger because she plans on working with special needs individuals through counseling and therapy in the future, she said.

Unable to make it to the playoffs, the Lions volleyball team reached the end of their long and successful season on Dec. 5. To learn more about the team and their performance at the tournament, click here.

Soccer Player Jordan Davidson Featured in Daily Pilot Article for Success Beyond the Stats

jordan_davidson_186_wsoThe heart and mission of Vanguard University is to equip students to live a “Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.” The core of that mission begins with a life surrendered to Christ. Soccer star Jordan Davidson has made that first step while attending Vanguard University.

A two-year Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Player of the Year and a first-team All-American, Davidson has made her mark on the field. After a successful soccer career, receiving a bachelor’s degree and giving her life to Christ, Davidson will leave Vanguard University equipped for whatever her future holds.

In the Daily Pilot’s article, writer Barry Faulkner captures Davidson’s inspiring story of hard work and commitment that landed her at Vanguard University, which ultimately led her to Christ. “I became a Christian on Sept. 28, 2012 and I was baptized on Easter last year. It’s crazy the changes I have seen in myself and the changes people have seen in me. I realized that soccer was not where my identity was anymore,” Davidson said in her interview with the Daily Pilot.

Davidson transferred to Vanguard University from Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) in Arizona. She scored 28 goals in her two seasons at PVCC and 29 goals in her two seasons at Vanguard. With the women’s soccer team headed to nationals, Davidson may get to add another goal to that number.

The lady Lions will compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national championships on Dec. 2-7 in Orange Beach, Ala. To learn more about the NAIA national championships, click here.

To read the Daily Pilot’s article, click here.

Join Live2Free for a Night of Coffee and Spoken Word on Dec. 2

Screen shot 2013-11-26 at 3.08.28 PMStarting at 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 2, Vanguard University’s Live2Free club will host a night of spoken word and coffee to raise awareness for the injustice of human trafficking.

Held in The Cove, the event will feature performances from Live2Free club members and other Vanguard students. Performances will include multiple art forms focused on human trafficking. Also, the club will provide free Fair Trade coffee and desserts for students to enjoy.

The event’s goal is to raise awareness about the injustice and depravity of human trafficking and to take a stand against it. Hosting the event, Live2Free is a club that works to promote human rights and social justice causes. Live2Free partners with Vanguard’s Global Center for Women and Justice on many events.

To view more Vanguard University clubs, click here.