Lions’ Soccer Teams Win First Senior Games on New Field

IMG_4075On Oct. 30, Vanguard University’s men’s and women’s soccer teams beat the San Diego Christian Hawks for the first senior games on the new home field.

The green turf glistened in the sunshine as players hustled up and down the new field. A recent partnership between Vanguard University and a local soccer club resulted in the brand new field. Completed in October, the field hosted its first home games a couple of weeks before the senior games.

Defeating the Hawks with final scores of 2-1 for the men and 2-0 for the women, the Lions claimed their new turf. Winning on the new field was a great way for the seniors to finish their Vanguard soccer careers and for the other players to start this new chapter for Vanguard soccer.

Before each game, teams presented and honored their seniors. The men’s team’s four seniors are Andrew Sullivan, Bryan Ponce, Brandon Antonissen and Josh Banta. The women’s five seniors are Sarah Warner, Megan Hill, Paige Sikes, Jordan Davidson and Kayla Arenas.

To read more about the men’s game, click here, and for the women’s game, here.

 

Lady Lions Basketball Ranked No. 1 in the Country for NAIA Div. 1

doucetteuclaStarting the season on top, Vanguard University’s women’s basketball team is ranked No. 1 in the NAIA Div. 1 poll.

On Thursday, the Lions began pre-season with an exhibition game verses UCLA, an NCAA D1 school. The Lions battled the D1 team finishing the game with 57 points to the Bruins’ 66 points.

Continuing the pre-season games, the Lions will play Cal, Stanford and UC Santa Barbara. Cal and Stanford are in the top-10 of the country’s highest collegiate level.

To view the women’s basketball schedule, click here.

To read the write-up from Thursday’s game, click here.

Students Serve City by Participating in Annual Homeless Count

HomelessnessEarly in the morning on Oct. 17, Vanguard University students spread across Costa Mesa to count the number of homeless individuals for the annual homeless census.

Starting at Costa Mesa City Hall, Vanguard students and other adults from the community split into groups and dispersed into the city. Groups walked up and down the streets in their square mile sections recording the number of homeless individuals they found.

The combined counts from each section amounted to 109 individuals. With a margin of plus or minus five, this year’s count showed a slight decrease from previous years, which have hovered around 120 homeless people.

Since 2009, Vanguard University Sociology Professor Ed Clarke, Ph.D., has organized the annual homeless censuses. “We cover all the city. Every inch, I hope, is observed,” Dr. Clarke said in an Orange County Register article about the count.

To read the Orange County Register’s article about the count, click here.

Honor and Support Veterans at Vanguard’s Veterans Day Celebration

vet_day_invite13_v2Join Vanguard University for live music, hors d’oeuvres, camaraderie and an opportunity to honor veterans at the Veterans Day Celebration on Nov. 8.

Hosted in the Veterans Courtyard of Honor, the event starts at 11:30 a.m. and will end around 1 p.m. “The purpose of the event is to honor veterans from every generation,” Director of Veterans Affairs Brent Theobald said.

The event features keynote speaker Dr. Bill Peters, a Vietnam veteran and author of the book First Force Recon Company: Sunrise at Midnight. Dr. Peters will give “a message of hope to veterans to overcome the challenges they face and become all they were meant to be,” Theobald said.

Through his years of military service, Dr. Peters received many major awards and decorations including: The Silver Star, two Bronze Stars (both with the combat “V” for valor) and the Purple Heart. Dr. Peters served as a Force Recon Platoon Commander in Vietnam where he conducted 23 long-range patrols in enemy controlled territory.

Dr. Peters commitment to success has led to many other great achievements. In addition to his bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University, Dr. Peters has a California Life-time Credential in education, a Masters of Divinity Degree and a Ph.D. in Psychology. He also volunteers as the president of ICAN, the International Children’s Aid Network, which he and his wife co-founded.

The event is open to the community. Individuals interested in attending should RSVP by Oct. 30 to Lindsay Bodwell at lindsay.bodwell@vanguard.edu or by calling 714-966-5458.

To learn more about Vanguard’s Veterans Resource Center, click here.

 

LOCALE Magazine Features Vanguard University Senior Communications Major Kristen Achziger

VU Scholarships-13-030In its Holiday 2013 edition, Orange County’s LOCALE Magazine’s article, Shooting Star, commends Vanguard University for offering a wide selection of arts programs and features senior communications major Kristen Achziger.

In the feature, writer Korrie (Hansen ’05) Lukei says that young artists are eagerly filling up art programs ready to “put their own stamp and flare on the world.” Regarding the need for art programs, she says, “Costa Mesa’s own Vanguard University is doing its part by offering majors in film production, screenwriting, music education, performance, composition and ministry and theatre arts. Vanguard also offers art classes that teach drawing, acrylic painting, and watercolor.”

Focusing on the cinema arts, Achziger uses video and photography to put her stamp on the world. Taking the photojournalism course with Professor Chauncey Bayes especially impacted her, the article says. For the class, students were required to use photographs to tell a person’s story. Through 14 photos, Achziger captured the story of a ministry group that builds relationships with homeless individuals staying in Orange County motels.

Working for the Vanguard Office of Marketing and Communications, Achziger creates and edits videos regularly. With her bachelor’s degree almost completed, Achziger has at least 30 videos completed. These include personal projects, videos for the marketing and communications department and for the Student Government Association (SGA), as well as class assignments.

To read the entire feature, click here and proceed to pg. 159.