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.

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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Pancakes, Succulents and Students Made for the Perfect Faculty and Staff Appreciation Breakfast on April 22

PancakeBreakfast2photoPancakes were flipping on Monday, April 22, as Vanguard University’s Student Government Association (SGA) hosted a faculty and staff appreciation breakfast.

On Monday morning, Vanguard’s Needham Courtyard filled with faculty, staff and students for a time to celebrate and thank faculty and staff for the investments they’ve made and continue to make in the lives of students and Vanguard University.

In the past, the appreciation breakfast has been a more formal event. This year, SGA, with the leadership of Senior Class Activities Director Anjolie Phillips, decided to take a more informal route in hopes of creating a very comfortable atmosphere, Senior Class President Jori Smith said. “We wanted to do something memorable and personal,” she added.

Making the pancakes was “something that we could do, not just what we could buy,” Smith said. Student senior volunteers came early, cooked the pancakes and then sat down at tables with faculty and staff to enjoy the time of fellowship.

After student’s served their “homemade” pancakes, Smith opened the breakfast with a word of thanks to the faculty and staff. They have “radically impacted my experience,” Smith said. After some opening words, student speaker Jonathon Murillo shared a message of gratitude and personal experience with the faculty and staff. The event continued with time to simply eat and enjoy each other’s company.

In addition to homemade pancakes, faculty and staff were given succulent plants as gifts. SGA chose to give succulents because they “symbolized the nurturing relationship between faculty and students,” Smith said. The faculty and staff provide the love and care for students like a gardener loves and cares for his garden, she added. “There’s a special bond between a gardener and their garden.”

Along with these gifts, students went the extra mile to show their appreciation by creating personalized video invitations that featured students expressing their gratitude. To view the faculty invitation, click here. For the staff invitation, click here.