Networking Opportunity at Vanguard’s Business Chapel on April 4

Want an opportunity to network, eat dinner and receive chapel credit? Come to Vanguard’s business chapel series on Thursday, April 4, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Needham Courtyard.

Learning how to intertwine faith and a career is a challenge that many Christian university students must face. Thursday’s business chapel provides a unique opportunity for students to hear business professionals and industry experts talk about their successful career journeys and how they maintained their Christian walks.

Created by students for students, the Business Chapel Planning Committee desires students from every degree program to take advantage of this opportunity. Multiple speakers will share their experiences and students will have time for networking during the chapel and at the dinner afterward. This year’s business executives are: Andrea Friedell ’97, Broadcom, Tech Sales; Katie Friedell ’04, Hospitality Industry; Chris Carmichael ’95, Royal Family Kids Camps; and Don Harrell ’93, Merill Lynch, Wealth Manager.

Some past speakers have included Beau Irvine ’01, the Product Marketing Manager at Quicksilver; Allison Harris ’08, works in human resources at Volcom; and Richard Allen, the Director of Sales Western Region for Comstar Media.

To learn more about this unique chapel, click here.

Six of Vanguard’s Women’s Basketball Players Achieve NAIA Scholar-Athlete Status

Six of Vanguard’s Women’s Basketball players were named 2012-13 Daktronics- NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athletes.

On March 18, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced that 124 Division I women’s basketball athletes achieved this scholar-athlete status. In order to be named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete, the student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.

Vanguard’s women’s basketball scholar-athletes are: Chelsea Alfafara, senior guard; Leigha Bednar, junior forward/center; Taylor Belmont, senior guard; Alison Drennan, junior guard; Maree Drenan, senior forward; and Esther Timmermans, senior forward/center.

Commenting on what it takes to be a successful student-athlete, the players said that time management and commitment to their studies were crucial. Alfara, a biology/pre-medical major, with a minor in spanish, said: “Juggling academics and college sports at the same time was, at times, very difficult. Essentially, you have two jobs – one of a full-time student and the other as an athlete.” Bednar, a psychology major, held this high academic standard while competing and taking 23 units.

“I treat school much the same way as I treat athletics. I simply do what I can to the best of my ability,” Maree Drennan said. Another part of having academic success during the season involves putting the social life “on hold,” she added. Timmermans agreed, saying that with good time management juggling sports and academics can be pretty easy.

To see the entire list of Daktronics-NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athletes, visit the NAIA story by clicking here.

Vanguard’s Grad Fest Kicks Off Tuesday April 2

As each day passes Vanguard’s seniors get one step closer to graduation. Make sure you’re ready to make the walk by attending this year’s Grad Fest!

On April 2 and 3, Vanguard will host Grad Fest from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Scott Courtyard. Students are invited to bring family and friends to celebrate their upcoming graduation and get everything they need for the big day.

With Commencement 2013 set for May 10, just a little over a month away, it’s time to finalize those last details. Grad Fest is the one-stop source for everything seniors need to graduate, including caps and gowns, announcements, diploma frames, rings, alumni merchandise and undergraduate wristbands.

The Vanguard bookstore and Herff Jones are sponsoring the event – along with giveaways, prizes and more to look forward to!

For more information on Vanguard University’s Grad Fest 2013, click here.

Vanguard’s Veterans Club will Highlight and Honor VU’s Veterans through Special Evening Chapel

Committed to honoring service men and women, Vanguard’s Veterans Club will host a veterans chapel service on April 4.

Recently retired military member, Anthony Hodge, who has now been accepted into Vanguard University, will speak at this veterans event on Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Years of marine core service and multiple deployments to support Operation Iraqi Freedom have shaped Hodge’s life. He will speak about his childhood, military service and how he became a Christian in the past few years.

Hodge’s message will focus on the “integration of military service and faith,” Rory Self, student chaplain of the Veterans Club, said. Currently, Hodge works for a nonprofit organization called The Mission Continues, which aims to get veterans involved and serving in their communities.

Speaking on the chapel’s purpose, Self said: “It’s to highlight and honor the veterans on campus.” Alongside Self, fellow Vanguard Veterans Club leaders, Christopher Kupitz and Adrian Michaels, have worked to make this chapel a blessing for all who attend, especially the service men and women.

Self also wanted to encourage any military attendees to come dressed in their uniforms. It will be an evening to enjoy refreshments, relish good company and honor service men and women.

Attend this FREE veterans chapel service event at Newport Mesa Church, and get more info on Vanguard’s Veterans Center, here:

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the service will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Vanguard Student Athlete’s Inspiring Story Debuts on PBS Sat, May 11

One Vanguard University student’s inspiring story captured the attention of up-and-coming filmmaker, Michael Zynda, and will now air on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Orange County channel. PBS OC can be found on channel 50.2 (channel number may vary based on location and cable or satellite provider).

On May 11, 2013, In a Race Against Time, a feature length film about runner Daniel Okabe will premiere on PBS Orange County. Studying communications at Vanguard University, Okabe is a senior and expects to graduate in the fall of 2013. His story inspired independent filmmaker Michael Zynda, who directed and produced the film.

The film focuses on a six-month period in 2011 where Okabe trains and races in multiple marathons, while attempting to raise the necessary funds to stay in the U.S. and finish his degree at Vanguard. Based on immigration law, if he was unable to get the funds and stay enrolled, he would have been forced to leave the country in 60 days. But that did not stop Okabe.

Before the film’s making, driven by a mission to save his father’s Christian radio station, Okabe began studying radio broadcasting at Golden West College in 2009. The need to save the radio station, Faith Radio, came after the Uganda Communications Commission set a new requirement for radio stations. The rule mandates that only individuals with degrees in journalism or mass communications can operate radio stations in Uganda.

Once Okabe learned of the new regulation, he knew what he had to do to save the family’s station, and so his journey began. With the help of Trish Fisher, the chair of the department of business and management at Vanguard’s School for Professional Studies, Okabe’s parents, as well as scholarships in music and athletics, Okabe was able to raise the funds necessary to attend Vanguard. Everyday Okabe gets closer to achieving his goal of saving his father’s radio station.

Radio is one of many ministries the Okabe family does for their country and their community. His father, Patrick, leads Impact Ministries Uganda running an orphanage and child care center that houses more than 300 children and feeds another 400 daily.

Now a distance runner on Vanguard’s cross-country team, Okabe is receiving actual training for the first time. Years of training himself, Okabe developed his raw talent and practiced a quality found in great athletes, the ability to self-motivate. These qualities coupled with his coach’s instruction have allowed Okabe to begin fine-tuning his skills since being at Vanguard.

Transitioning from life in Uganda to life in Southern California is a large part of the film. Okabe expressed his hope that the film will bring awareness to his country and inspiration to viewers. Thankful for the opportunity to have his story shared on TV, Okabe said: “I give God the glory. He is the one who made it possible.”

From his home in Uganda to the region of Southern California, Okabe’s purpose-filled journey brings hope and a reminder of the impact individuals can have on the world around them. Before coming to America, Okabe had never run in a marathon. Now, he has participated in marathons in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Orange County, and he is only one semester away from fulfilling his mission.

To read more about In a Race Against Time, click here.

To read the 2011 Fall/Winter Vanguard Magazine article about Okabe, click here.