The Princeton Review Chooses Vanguard University as a 2014 Best Regional College

Princeton ReviewCongratulations to Vanguard University for being chosen by The Princeton Review for the “Best in the West Colleges: Region by Region” listing.  The listing identifies schools that The Princeton Review recommends as “regional bests” across four locales: the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and West.

The Princeton Review, an education services company, has selected only 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges for this designation.  Scores are based on institutional data  obtained from the colleges in 2012-13 and/or student survey data. The rating score categories include: Academics, Admissions Selectivity, Financial Aid, Fire Safety, Quality of Life, and Green.

For more information on the criteria for each rating score,click here.

Vanguard University’s Department of Theatre Arts Hosts Youth Theatre Camp

Vanguard University's Department of Theatre Arts Hosts Youth Theatre CampFor some kids, summer vacation is all about play. For others, summer vacation is the perfect time to act in a play.

On Monday, July 8, a group of artistically-inclined 4th through 8th graders made their way to the Lyceum Theater to start an intensive, week-long youth theatre camp hosted by Vanguard University’s Department of Theatre Arts.

During the week, the young students trained with Vanguard University interns at American Coast Theatre Company (ACTC) to learn the art of acting, improvisation, dance, singing, and stage combat.

“The most rewarding part of the week for me was when the girls would come in every day and immediately want to perform their dances and show us how they had practiced at home,” says Bretlyn Schmitt, assistant director and choreographer.  “It was a joy to get to see the pride and excitement they had for everything they had learned.  It was [also]so wonderful working with my peers on this workshop, it allowed us to become a unit and gave us a chance to really use each of our creative talents to pour into the kids.

The camp took place each day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and the curtains closed on Saturday, July 13. Students had plenty of time to practice their new skills just in time for two final performances at the end of the week.

“We hope that this will be the beginning of a whole new Christian generation of theatre artists we hope to inspire every summer,” says Sue Berkompas, Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts. “We couldn’t have asked for a better first summer camp.”

ACTC expects the camp to triple in size in the coming year.  For more information on the Vanguard University Department of Theatre Arts, visit vanguard.edu/theatre.

Vanguard University’s Department of Theatre Arts Hosts Youth Theatre Camp

Vanguard University Ranked as one of the Best Lifetime ROI Colleges

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AffordableCollegesOnline.org has identified Vanguard University as one of the California Colleges with Best Lifetime Return on Investment. Vanguard is ranked #37 on the list.

ACO’s rankings are based on several criteria including net tuition prices (provided by IPEDS/NCES), graduate’s average starting salaries and ROI calculation (provided by Payscale), and fully accredited, 4-year not-for-profit institutions (provided by the Carnegie Foundation).

ACO founder Dan Schessler says that analysts sift through “comprehensive data sources to find colleges and universities in California that offer a high quality education with consistent, long-term payoffs in the workplace.”

To read the full list, click here: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/california/

Women’s Basketball Team Ranked #1 in WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Rolls for the 2012-13 Season

Vanguard Women's BasketballVanguard University’s  Women’s Basketball Team is a top honoree in the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Rolls for the 2012-13 season. Vanguard’s team has been ranked #1 in the NAIA division.

The WBCA (Women’s Basketball Coaches Association) recognizes women’s basketball teams across the nation in several divisions, including DCAA Divisions I, I, and II; the NAIA; and junior/community colleges. 25 teams make the top list in each division. These teams carry the highest combined grade point averages inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. A team must have a 3.000 or better GPA to be nominated.

Click here to read the full article.

Vanguard Athletics Youth Sports Camps: Using Basketball to Build Character

During the months of June and July, the Vanguard University Men’s Basketball team offers three weeks of youth basketball camps to boys and girls ages 5-15.

This summer, Vanguard University’s Men’s Basketball team has been busy on the court… and off. During the months of June and July, the team offers three weeks of youth basketball camps to boys and girls ages 5-15.

At these camps, Vanguard University Head Coach Rhett Soliday, Assistant Coaches Brian “Boomer” Roberts and Levi Seekins, and several current Vanguard basketball players will teach young students the fundamentals of basketball and encourage students to have a great time while competing.

This isn’t just your ordinary youth basketball camp dedicated to training students athletically; the coaches also desire to foster and encourage personal growth among the campers.

To accomplish this, coaches begin each morning with a daily devotional, give character presentations, assign character “homework,” and emphasize what it means to compete with character. “We want the campers to improve as basketball players, but also as young people,” says Coach Boomer. “We love to see kids leave camp with a better grasp of the game of basketball as well as with more love, respect, integrity, and servant leadership.”

Kids and parents alike love this program, and camp attendance has doubled in size each year for the past four years.

The first two weeks of camp have ended, but there are still a few spots available for Week 3, which will take place from July 22-26. If this camp sounds like a perfect match for your family, click here to register and download an application.

VU Sports Camp runs from 9:00am to 4:00pm on Monday through Thursday, and through 12:00pm on Friday. The camp costs $220 to attend and includes lunch in the cafeteria Monday through Thursday, a t-shirt, a basketball, and a season pass to all VU Men’s Basketball home games.

In addition to the youth basketball camps, Athletics will also offer a Parent/Child Camp on July 20-21 and a Varsity Prep Camp from July 28-August 2 for high school boys aged 14-18. Parent/Child Camp will run from 9:00am to noon on Saturday and Sunday. The camp will cost $95 and the parent and child will learn the fundamentals of the game and compete in a team setting.

For more information about the parent/child camp click here. To learn more about the varsity prep camp, click here.