Vanguard University’s Lewis Wilson Institute Celebrates AG 100th Anniversary at 5th Annual Pentecostal Leaders Series

DSC00694In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Assemblies of God (AG), Vanguard University’s Lewis Wilson Institute (LWI) hosted general superintendent, Dr. George O. Wood for the 5th annual Pentecostal Leaders Series on March 12.

Each year, LWI hosts Pentecostal leaders from nearby churches and from around the nation to provide the “means by which we can spotlight Vanguard’s Pentecostal heritage and identity,” LWI Director Derrick R. Rosenior, Ph.D., said. This year, LWI had the unique opportunity to host Dr. Wood, who is not only the general superintendent of the U.S. Assemblies of God, but also the chairman of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship.

For the day, Dr. Wood spoke at Vanguard’s chapel, participated in a Q&A session for students and a pastor’s luncheon with more than 100 pastors in attendance and then spoke at the main evening event. “It was quite an honor to have him here on our campus,” Dr. Rosenior said while describing Dr. Wood’s prestigious leadership position. However, “he’s no stranger to us,” Dr. Rosenior added detailing Dr. Wood’s time as the pastor of Newport Mesa Church.

At the evening gathering, Dr. Wood spoke about the lives of eight influential AG leaders and missionaries who took the Pentecostal movement and the Gospel around the world. These individuals made numerous sacrifices for the sake of the Gospel, and for some, this included their very lives. His topic, “We Will Remember”, focused on sharing the stories of these leaders, the development and spread of the Pentecostal movement during the last 100 years, and a message about the future of the Assemblies of God.

Students Reflect and Give Thanks for Vanguard University and its Supporters

gratitude_week_slider-1024x383The last week of March 2014 is Gratitude Week at Vanguard University: a time to reflect and give thanks to the people who make this Christ-centered education and experience possible.

With Instagram contests, chapel videos and thank-you notes, students are reflecting on what Vanguard has meant to them and thanking the people who support the university. Students, faculty and staff are taking time to thank Vanguard’s supporters and alumni who continue to be an integral part of this community and who help to make the Vanguard experience possible.

For the “#vuThankYou” Instagram Contest, daily thanks challenges featured various aspects of the gratitude focus. To participate, students follow Vanguard’s Instagram page (@vanguardu) and tag their daily-challenge photo with the contest name. Each day, one photo is chosen to win a prize and be featured in the office of advancement for the rest of the year.

On Monday, the challenge was to take a photo with a favorite faculty or staff member. Tuesday’s challenge was to take a personal photo writing a thank-you note or sharing some words of gratitude. Wednesday’s photos were of individuals signing the thank-you banner, and for today’s challenge, students have been taking smiling selfies. For Friday, the challenge is to post a photo of a favorite place on Vanguard’s campus.

Along with the contest, students have been encouraged to think about what they’re thankful for, sign a thank-you banner and write thank-you notes that will be sent to Vanguard’s supporters. At Wednesday’s chapel, the new Student Government Association (SGA) president, Spencer Green, encouraged students to participate in the week of gratitude and shared a little of his story. As a first generation college student, Green thanked Vanguard for providing the financial aid necessary to make his college education possible. He also expressed his gratitude for the friendships and community he’s found at Vanguard University.

Learn more about Gratitude Week and how you can become a supporter of Vanguard University, by clicking here. Also, view the winning photos by following @vanguardu on Instagram and check out all of the contest entries at #vuThankYou.

Vanguard Forensics Team Celebrates Multiple Victories and Broken Records at Invitational Tournament

forensics-team-picOn March 8-10, Vanguard University’s forensics team competed at the National Christian Colleges Forensics Association (NCCFA) Invitational Tournament winning multiple awards and making tournament and Vanguard history.

Hosted by California Baptist University, the NCCFA tournament brings together the “best and brightest Christian competitors in the nation,” forensics coach and communications professor Karen Nishie said. Vanguard’s team took home first place in the Division II Sweepstakes for debate and third place in the Individual Events Sweepstakes.

Along with several other team members, student Josh Popke took home an Individual Events award. Looking back on the event, Popke said that it made him “feel great about being a part of debate.” Also, he said that he hopes the team’s victories will bring recognition for Vanguard, make students aware of the team and maybe even be an encouragement for more students to be a part of the forensics team in the future.

In an email to staff and faculty praising the students’ great success, Nishie said: “it’s been an amazingly satisfying experience coaching this group of students.” Even though it was a rebuilding year with six students who had never done collegiate debate before August, the team did wonderfully, she said.

To learn more about the forensics team, click here.

Lions Basketball to Battle for Tournament Title on March 11 in Televised Championship Game

MBKB14 Champ LogoCome cheer, roar and support your Vanguard University men’s basketball team as they battle in “The Pit” for the 2014 Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Championship tonight at 8 p.m. Fox Sports Prime Ticket will be televising the event.

Attendees are invited to dress in gold and come early to put on face paint. Ticket prices include $15 for reserved seating and $10 for general admission. Also, Vanguard Athletics is giving away free tickets to the first 160 students who come to the game and present their Vanguard ID.

Ranked No. 9 in the country, the Lions will face the No. 23 Hope International University Royals for the GSAC Conference Tournament Championship. Come see the men’s basketball team make Vanguard history in the program’s first-ever appearance in a GSAC Tournament Championship game.

To learn more about the event, click here.

Vanguard University’s February Featured Multiple Events for Black History Month

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 11.10.53 AMLed by Vanguard University’s Black Student Union (BSU), Vanguard University offered multiple events to celebrate Black History Month (BHM).

Every week in February featured a BSU event to provide students with an opportunity to be part of the celebration and to learn more about black history. Events included the downtown Anaheim Black History Parade, a display of Afro-Latin cultures, Vanguard’s 2nd annual BHM Dinner, various BSU-coordinated chapels, a hip-hop dance night, a movie screening and an outreach event.

As the director of BSU, Crystal Todoroff led the creation and coordination for the events. Overall, Todoroff said she was very pleased and surprised by the good turnouts for so many of the events. This year’s BHM Dinner hosted more than 65 people. Because of the great turnout, which exceeded expectations by about 15 people, Director of Diversity Programming Coba Canales had to run buy more food for the last people in line.

Having the help of multiple BSU members and others was crucial for the success of these events, Todoroff said. Looking back at her full calendar for the month of February, Todoroff smiled and said that that she was happy with success of all the events and the continually diversifying culture of Vanguard University.

To learn more about Vanguard’s Diversity Programming, click here.