Distinguished Speaker Series Hosts Russell Howell, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics, Westmont College on Tuesday, Feb 26

Vanguard University speaker series welcomes Howell Russell

Professor Howell Russell

Take a “leap of faith” and come to the Vanguard Distinguished Speaker Series on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 4-6 pm.  Russell Howell, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics at Westmont College will be discussing another approach to faith-based education.

The lecture is titled: Consistency, Completeness, and “Pranalogical” Approaches to Faith-Learning. Dr. Howell will introduce attendees to an avenue of faith learning that he describes with the word: “pranalogical.” Finding out this created word’s meaning is one of many reasons to mark this event on the calendar.

Discussing the four faith-learning approaches from Arthur Holmes’ well-known book, The Idea of a Christian College, Dr. Howell will introduce and intertwine his “pranalogical” approach.  Holmes’ faith-learning approaches include: the attitudinal, ethical, foundational and worldview.  Dr. Howell’s lecture will explore and define his recommended approach through examples while presenting an attitudinal posture for all Christian faculty members.

With his specialized background in complex analysis, Dr. Howell has authored more than 25 publications, including Mathematics Through the Eyes of Faith, which is a Harper Collins publication, co-sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Also, Dr. Howell has written numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals in mathematics and other notable journals, such as Christian Scholars Review.

Being an active professor, Dr. Howell has taught many courses in math, statistics and computer science, and a course named Mathematics and Philosophy in Western Culture. He has received the Westmont’s “Teacher of the Year” award twice. Along with his focus in complex analysis, he researches theological and philosophical issues relating to mathematics.

The lecture will take place in the Great Commission Hall, which is located on the second floor of the Heath Academic Center.  The event begins at 4:00 pm and concludes at 6:00 pm.  Light appetizers & refreshments will be served from 4:00-4:30 pm.

To read more on Dr. Howell, click here.

Exclusive Radio Interview with President Carol Taylor and Vanguard Students on Program She Listened to as a Youth

Vanguard University President Carol Taylor Interviewing no Haven Today

It began as The Haven of Rest, a radio program that emerged from the redemptive story of a well-known Los Angeles radio personality in the early 1930’s.  After destroying a successful career in radio, hitting rock bottom, and accepting Christ as his Savior, Paul Myers created The Haven of Rest which brought thousands to faith in Christ.

A few thousand miles across the country and a few decades later, a young girl named Carol and her family listened to The Haven of Rest on WMBI in Chicago.  Young Carol had no idea where it was recorded; but that didn’t matter.  She eagerly anticipated each broadcast with its endearing messages of love, redemption, and hope.

Charles Morris of Haven Today meets Vanguard President Carol Taylor

President Taylor meets Charles Morris

Fast forward a few decades.   Dr. Carol Taylor, President of Vanguard University is listening to HAVEN Today on her iPod, as she often does in the morning as she gets ready for work.  One day, she meets a man named Charles Morris, Speaker and President of Haven Ministries.  When he finds out she is President Taylor of Vanguard University, he asks her if she might be interested in broadcasting from Vanguard University.  You see, there is another connection between Haven and Vanguard.  Three of the original members of the quartet are Vanguard (then Southern California Bible School) alumni!

Vanguard students discuss how to balance college life as Christians

SGA President Allison Tash answers questions about being a college student of faith

Be sure to listen to HAVEN Today on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, for this exclusive interview with President Carol Taylor, and on Feb 20, 2013 to hear Vanguard students – SGA President Allison Tash, Jonathan Murillo, Marina Plott, Sara Gonzales, and Thomas Sutton – address the challenges of being a college student and a Christian in today’s world, the value of a Christian education, and what God means to them.

Vanguard students interview about Christian life as a student

Sara Gonzales thoughtfully respond to Charles Morris on the value of a Christian education

Click here for a listing of California stations that broadcast Haven Today:

Santa Ana/San Clemente station:

Santa Ana/San Clemente – KWVE-FM  107.9FM  M-F 2pm

Student-run, Fifth Annual Environmental Sustainability Conference at Vanguard University Deemed a Success!

Vanguard University Enactus conference keynote speaker is Martin Diedrich of Kean coffee

Martin Diedrich speaks at Enactus conference

It was a rainy day here in Southern California last Friday, but the mood at the Environmental Sustainability Conference held at Newport Mesa Church on the Vanguard University campus was bright and hopeful.  About what?  That businesses will start embracing an environmental-friendly philosophy.

Enactus, a student environmental advocacy group, welcomed business leaders, community residents, and students who gathered to listen to experts address the increasing global concerns over the harmful impact businesses have had on the planet.  Keynote speaker Martin Diedrich, of Kéan Coffee, and other guest speakers discussed ways to implement sustainable business practices while not adversely impacting their bottom line.

Over 120 people attended the event which included students not only from  Vanguard but also from other colleges such as UC Irvine, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College.

Student advocacy group,  Enactus, holds Environmental Sustainability Conference at Vanguard University

Enactus student leaders

Vanguard  junior Elizabeth Vasquez, who served as coordinator for the conference said, “I feel the event overall was a success and that everyone wanted to be there and they walked away with a greater knowledge about sustainability.”

Guest speaker and sponsor Becky Rosaler, with Plant with Purpose, said “Last year I attended and it inspired me to get a degree in sustainability.  Now I am back as a speaker for Plant with Purpose.

Feedback from students and attendees were also extremely positive.  One attendee said, “I was not going to stay for the entire conference, but it was so good I stayed till the end!”

“I learned a lot of new information such as composting and food waste, that we can actually do ourselves!” said another attendee.

Vasquez added, ” All of our speakers had a fully engaged audience, and so did our exhibitors. It was obvious to our guest that our speakers and exhibitors were doing something they loved.  The speakers were thrilled to speak about what they are doing to help the environment and to educate about current environmental issues. The success of this conference is motivating me to be the project coordinator for next year’s conference and make it even better!”

When asked what he found particularly memorable about the event, Michael Newton, co-founder of one of the sponsors, Guayaki, said, “the invaluable perspective offered up from Martin Diedrich, revealing the passion he has for his coffee, along with the respect he has for his growers, and the struggles he encountered when bringing the family business public.  He confirmed for me the simple rewards in having a more locally-focussed business with Kéan Coffee and maintaining a close watch on their offerings and impact on the planet.  Additionally, I quite enjoyed the variety of positive organizations that tabled at the event which brought a range of great programs, products, and initiatives to create a more harmonious society.”

Guayaki Yerba Mate at Vanguard University conference

Guayaki Yerba Mate

    Sponsors included:

  • Kéan Coffee, a purveyor of fresh-roasted artisan coffee the way it is meant to be, in a beautiful, eclectic coffeehouse environment.
  • Fit for Green, which partners with companies that retrofit gym equipment so that energy created by users can be captured
  • Costa Mesa Sanitary District, which  provides curbside trash collection and sewer services to residents in the city of Costa Mesa, portions of Newport Beach and unincorporated sections of Orange County
  • Pasadena Heritage, which strives to identify, preserve and protect the historic, architectural, and cultural resources of the City of Pasadena through advocacy, education, and oral histories
  • Gray Designs, a company environmentalist Patricia Gray founded to showcase her art which includes: Mixed Media, Oil, Watercolor, Ceramic Tile and Upcycle Art including glass slumping
  • Plant with Purpose, a Christian, environmental non-profit organization that transforms lives in rural areas worldwide where poverty is caused by deforestation
  • OC Green Drinks, which organizes a casual, monthly get together for anyone and everyone interested in chatting about and advocating all things “green”.
  • Center for Living Peace, a non-profit peace education center dedicated to empowering people to make Good Happen and be part of the solution in their local community
  • Guayake Yerba Mate, a stimulant from the South American Atlantic Rainforest that encompasses the strong energizing effects of coffee, more antioxidants than green tea and the euphoric qualities of dark chocolateAttendees and Vanguard students line up for Enactus conference

Featured Speakers included:

  • Jesse Baker, founder, Ecofficiency
  • Becky Rosaler, marketing and events coordinator, Plant With Purpose
  • John Spirko, founder and chief executive officer, Fit For Green
  • Dr. Francene Caplin, professor and certified master composter
  • Claire Cummings, west coast fellow, Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation

Ensure Justice “Cyber Exploitation” Conference at Vanguard University Addresses Growing Problem of Human Sex Trafficking

Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women & Justice aims to protect children by educating adults on ways to prevent human sex trafficking – a modern-day form of slavery.

In commemoration of National Freedom Day, February 1st, Vanguard University announced it will host its annual Ensure Justice Conference on March 8-9, 2013.  This year’s conference, called Cyber Exploitation, will address the use of Internet and social media as a means to exploiting elementary, middle and high school students who are at-risk for being recruited into commercial sexual exploitation (also known as human sex trafficking.)

Sgt. Craig Friesen of the Anaheim Police Department, who works in conjunction with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF), told Vanguard students enrolled in a Human Trafficking class last week that he and his team have served more than 300 victims of human trafficking this past year, 40% of whom are under the age of 18.  According to the OCHTTF, key indicators of human trafficking may include but are not limited to:

  • General Indicators – Victims are not free to leave, and are being forced to perform labor/services
  • Physical Indicators -Victims may have tattoos indicating someone else’s ownership or injuries/scars from abuse or assault
  • Sex Industry/Brothels – This could be a massage parlor, other place of business, or a residence. There may be large amounts of cash and condoms on location; men come and go frequently and/or late at night.

“Laws such as California Proposition 35, the “California Against Sexual Exploitation Initiative” which passed on November 6, 2012 are not enough to adequately combat the increasing problem of human sex trafficking,” says Sandra Morgan, director of the Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University.  “Today marks exactly 148 years since Abraham Lincoln signed the resolution that would eventually abolish slavery, and yet there are still children and youth who live in slavery or involuntary servitude.  As parents, teachers, children’s workers and pastors, it is our responsibility to educate ourselves on the techniques and strategies traffickers use to lure, trap and enslave children.”

Attendees will learn about the warning signs in identifying exploited children and the action steps necessary to reduce the risk of children vulnerable to predators.  Experts in human trafficking will equip attendees with new, strategic perspective on online tactics used to manipulate and deceive children at home, in schools, and in churches.

Speakers include Ernie Allen, president and CEO of International Centre for missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), Dr. Laura Lederer, president of Global Centurion and former senior advisor on human trafficking at the U.S. State Department, and Lisa Thompson, director, Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking for the Salvation Army.  Last year’s Ensure Justice conference drew in over 350 attendees, including teachers, physicians, attorneys, stay-at-home mothers, and other business professionals.

Coast Magazine is one of the main media sponsors for this event.

For more information on how to register, please visit vanguard.edu/ensurejustice.

The Heart and Soul of Vanguard Shines through at 2013 Homecoming

Following a ‘VU’s Got Talent’ show on Thursday night and an alumni concert featuring Nate Westerfield ’10 on Friday night, hundreds of students, alumni, and members of the community gathered at Vanguard University on Saturday morning in anticipation of a day filled with spirit, pride, nostalgia, support, and love for an institution that has brought people together in life-altering ways.

Vanguard University 5k raceThe celebration kicked off with almost 300 runners/walkers participating in a 5k fun walk/run to support alumni Kevin ’99 and Cami (Grasser) Doyle’s ’99 beautiful 7-year old daughter, Mercy Doyle, who suffers from a neurological disease physicians are actively trying to diagnose.  An outpouring of love, support, and prayers for Mercy and her family was in abundance, in addition to all proceeds from the race totaling just over $3,000 for the Doyle family’s mounting medical expenses.

Kevin, Camie, Mercy Doyle at Vanguard UniversityMercy’s joyful spirit was readily seen through her artwork, which brought smiles to the crowd that cheered for the runners.   Vanguard freshman and 5k first-place winner, Levi Moellering, proudly held up one of Mercy’s pictures after crossing the finish line.

Winner of Vanguard University Homecoming 5k

The 5k was followed by a luncheon featuring Alumnus of the Year, Ron Bueno ’90, Career Achievement Award recipients Bill ’67 and Nancy (Pearson) ’66 Carmichael, Distinguished Service Award recipient Dr. Isaac Canales ’74, and Young Alumnus Award recipient Jason Lankow ’03.

Dozens of children played to their heart’s content in basketball and soccer camps led by the Vanguard women and men’s basketball and soccer teams.  Bundle reunions ranging from 1950’s to the 2000’s were held at various locations around campus,  followed by a Delta Kappa Reunion at the Lobby’s Towers.  And if that wasn’t enough excitement and Pit “pride”, the energy continued with the women and men’s basketball playing – and beating – Biola University.  Go Lions!

To learn more about the Vanguard University Office of Alumni Relations, visit vanguard.edu/alumni