Vanguard University’s Women’s Basketball Team Wins GSAC Championship

A mighty roar shook the court on Tuesday, March 5, as the Vanguard University Lions claimed the Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Championship.

With a final score of 63-57, the Vanguard women’s basketball team defeated the Westmont Warriors. Having lost to this team twice before, the Lions had a score to settle. A great battle ensued from the 5:00 p.m. starting time at Concordia University’s gym.

Gold pride filled the stands as students and other VU supporters created a sea of blue and gold. Riding the rollercoaster of an intense game, fans yelled, sighed, waved their VU Lions towels and shouted for justice at referees. With Fox College Sports covering the event, there was no lack of enthusiasm in the student section.

Hungry for victory, the Lions fought from behind, persevered through a neck-and-neck battle and pushed to lead. Ranked No. 8 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the team will travel to Frankfurt, Ky., for the 2012-13 NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship, which begins Wednesday, March 13.

For a detailed account of the game, click here.

Vanguard Women’s Hoops in GSAC Championship March 5 on Fox College Sports!

Vanguard team plays in GSAC Championship on Fox College Sports

Calling all Vanguard students, faculty, staff, and alumni!  The Women’s basketball team will be playing in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Championship at Concordia University on Tuesday, March 5 at 5pm.  The game will be televised on Fox College Sports. The first 100 VU students to arrive will receive free tickets to the game.  Students with valid ID can buy tickets at the door for $5; non-students pay $10.

Can’t make the game and will be watching it on TV?  Be sure to keep your eye out for a 30-second commercial spot featuring Vanguard University.

Vanguard Women's basketball team goes to GSAC championship and will be televised on Fox College Sports

Bring your Gold Pride and be ready to cheer them on to another victory.

Go Lions!

To read more about highlights from Friday night’s winning game between Biola and Vanguard, click here.

A Vanguard Alumna Makes Her Mark in the Classroom Using A New “Flipped” Method

Would you rather do homework at home or at school?

A new method of teaching allows students to watch lectures at home and do the traditional homework in the classroom. One Vanguard alumna represented this “Flipped Learning” Method on Southern California Public Radio’s AirTalk on February 20.

A graduate of Vanguard University’s Education programs for her undergraduate and graduate work, Crystal Kirch ’06 MA ’10 started teaching mathematics at Segerstrom Fundamental High School in Santa Ana.  For the past two years, she has used the “Flipped Learning” method to run her classrooms.

Describing the positive attributes of the method, Kirch said: “Because I am not up front talking the whole period, we’re really able to learn at a deeper level, and I’m definitely able to differentiate more in the classroom.” The flexibility of the method allows Kirch to differentiate between each student’s learning curve, which enables her to provide more for their individual needs, she said.

Because of her experience, AirTalk invited Kirch as a guest for the show to share her classroom’s interactions with the method. Kirch’s interview followed two other gentlemen who shared their opposing views. One was Aaron Sams, who co-authored the book “Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day” and is the chair of the Flipped Learning Network. The other was Gary S. Stager, Ph.D., who writes an education column for the Huffington Post.

As a leading supporter of the method, Sams said he wants students to get away from just content and start being able to apply what they learn. Following Sams’ starting statements, Stager detailed his three main concerns with the method and stated that in the long run it will create a “less personal, more standardized” learning environment in schools.

Being an active participant in the method, Kirch spoke to its ability to open doors for more personal interactions and individualized learning. Working with the “Flipped Learning” method, this Vanguard alum makes a difference everyday.

To listen to the AirTalk show, visit the webpage by clicking here.

Serving at Sea, One Vanguard Alumna’s Family Offers Hope and Healing Along the Coast of West Africa

60 minutes reports on Vanguard alumna for Mercy shipFirst imagine life on a ship. Then imagine life in a hospital. Now combine the two and you have the life of one Vanguard University Alumna’s family.

Featured on CBS News 60 Minutes Overtime, Vanguard Alumna Susan Parker ’82, her husband Gary, and their two children, Carys and Wesley, live aboard the Africa Mercy ship, a vessel of medical hope. Mercy Ships is an organization that provides free medical services, such as surgeries, dental treatment and consultations, to the poorest of the poor around the world.

For the past 27 years, Gary Parker has worked as a maxillofacial surgeon on this floating hospital, which sails around the coast of West Africa providing medical assistance to a very grateful people. Gary and Susan met, married and started a family while working on the ship. Their children have lived their entire lives at sea.

Being a family that places the needs of others before their own, the Parkers thrive aboard this ship. The Parker children are praised for their loving hearts that have embraced this journey and play a vital role in the rehabilitation of patients that come on the ship for medical attention. They, alongside their parents, bring healing to the broken people onboard through physical, mental and spiritual repair.

Commenting on the struggles and uncertainty she has experienced raising a family at sea, Susan said there was a point in which she resolved: “This is my destiny.” Each member of this family contains a heart of service that propels them to continue giving and trusting that they are walking in their calling.

To watch some of the clips from the 60 Minutes Overtime show, click here.

A Vanguard English Professor’s Original Work Will Plumb the Depths of Human Minds and Hearts on the Lyceum Stage Starting Friday, March 1

Vanguard University's Theatre Department host Development dramaVanguard University’s highly acclaimed and award-winning Department of Theatre Arts presents Development. Written by Warren Doody, a Vanguard University English professor who teaches courses in playwriting, screenwriting, and Shakespeare, this original work will be presented on March 1 through March 10, 2013 in the Vanguard Lyceum Theater.

The story of Development draws audiences into an isolated medical clinic in the Mojave Desert, where a dying man is visited by the two sons he abandoned, twenty years earlier. This reunion proves more Pandora’s Box than reconciliation, releasing a lineage of madness and mayhem, with only the slimmest chance at redemption. Through the lens of theatre, Development reveals the nature and tragedy of schizophrenia, its secrets and symptoms, and the potentially healing powers of family.

“In my preliminary discussions with Susan Berkompas, Chair of the Theater Arts Department who had asked me to write a play about mental illness in 2009, she suggested that the script be focused on a family, rightly contending that a ‘disease of the mind’ carries consequences for every one of its members,” says Doody, in describing the genesis of this project. “However, given the stigmas attached, it’s an issue that is often swept under the proverbial rug and hidden from public view. Development is the result of those early talks: a contemporary drama, steeped in the tenets of Greek tragedy, designed to enlighten and educate and hold a mirror up to the shadowy world of mental illness.”

Performance dates and times are March 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 at 8:00 pm; and March 2, 9 and 10 at 2:00 pm.

All shows are presented on the campus of Vanguard University, in the Lyceum Theater. Ticket prices are $14 for general admission and $12 for seniors, children, groups and college students. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling the Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145.

For additional information about the Theatre Department visit