Vanguard Alum to be installed as First Asian American President of a P.C.(U.S.A.) Seminary

Vanguard University alumnus Rev. Dr. Frank Masao Yamada ’90 will be installed as the first Asian American President of a P.C.(U.S.A.) Seminary in Chicago, IL. McCormick Theological Seminary recently announced the upcoming inauguration of its 10th president, the Rev. Dr. Frank Masao Yamada. The inauguration will take place on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 10am at the Apostolic Church of God in Chicago. The inauguration will be preceded by activities centered on the inaugural theme, The View from 2040: The Futures of Theological Education, including an education and service partnership event addressing immigration reform and refugee rights and a panel discussion featuring diverse and distinguished leaders in the academy and church.

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Department of English Chair, Dr. Karen An-Hwei Lee, named among “Emerging Scholars” for 2012

Diverse: Issues In Higher Education Magazine Profiles Top “Under 40” Scholars in Annual Special Report

FAIRFAX, Va. — Diverse kicks off 2012 with its annual edition recognizing rising stars in the academy. In its Jan. 5th edition, Diverse profiles 12 “under 40” scholars from around the country who are making their mark in the academy through teaching, research and service. These outstanding scholars serve as an inspiration to both students and colleagues.

Diverse, then Black Issues In Higher Education, first published its “Emerging Scholars” edition in 2002. It has remained one of the magazine’s most popular editions since its inception. Diverse editors select honorees from a pool of candidates recommended by various scholars, department chairs, university public information officers, and others.

Each scholar is selected based on research, educational background, publishing record, teaching record, competitiveness of field of study, and uniqueness of field of study.

The “Emerging Scholars” for 2012 are:

  • Dr. Magdalena Bezanilla, Associate professor of  biology,  University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Dr. Majel Boxer, Assistant professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies, Fort Lewis College
  • Dr. Kristian Brown, Adjunct assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering,  Wayne State University
  • Dr. Alexes Harris, Associate professor of sociology, University of Washington
  • Dr. Jenny Lee, Associate professor, Center for the Study of Higher Education, University of Arizona
  • Dr. Karen An-Hwei Lee, Professor and Chair, Dept. of English, Vanguard University
  • Dr. Geanncarlo Lugo-Villarino, Postdoctoral fellow, Institut de Pharmacologie et de Biologie Structurale, Toulouse, France
  • Dr. Osagie K. Obasogie , Associate professor of law, University of California, Hastings
  • Dr. Mariel Vazquez,  Associate professor of mathematics, San Francisco State University
  • Dr. Franklin West, Assistant professor of animal and dairy Science, University of Georgia
  • Dr. Byron Williams, Assistant professor of computer Science and engineering, Mississippi State University
  • Dr. Frances Williams, Associate professor of engineering, Norfolk State University

For over two decades Diverse: Issues In Higher Education has been America’s premier source of timely news, provocative commentary, insightful interviews and in-depth special reports on diversity in higher education. Savvy individuals who appreciate the crucial and ever-changing role that higher education plays in the lives of students, professionals, their families, and their communities make reading Diverse a regular reading habit.

On Theater: Eggington, Milgrim set pace in 2011

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On Theater: Eggington, Milgrim set pace in 2011
by Tom Titus
December 29, 2011

The late playwright Horton Foote influenced the choices of both individual artists who stood above the crowd in local theater in 2011.

Foote wrote the play “A Trip to Bountiful,” the movie version of which won its star, Geraldine Page, an Oscar in 1985. He also penned the screenplay for Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which guided Gregory Peck to Hollywood gold in 1962.

Today, two performers who recently assumed these familiar roles on local stages, stand to be applauded once again. They are Paul Eggington and Lynn Milgrim, the Daily Pilot’s Man and Woman of the Year in Theater for 2011.

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Davis collects No.400

The Daily Pilot

Davis collects No.400
by Barry Faulkner
December 28, 2011

FULLERTON — After watching his team roll the metaphorical boulder up the hill against scrappy Montana Tech on Wednesday, Vanguard University women’s basketball coach Russ Davis ultimately was able to celebrate a milestone.

The Lions, ranked No. 10 in the NAIA, played with all the rust that its 25-day holiday layoff had produced. Their wire-to-wire lead became tenuous in the closing seconds, but they held on for a 62-58 triumph in the opening round of pool play at the Biola Holiday Classic at Hope International University.

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Theatre Professor Interviewed On Caring For Students

Faculty member David Pecoraro was recently interviewed by in an article entitled, “Professors and Institutions Need to Care More About Their Students.” Pecoraro discusses his latest project, The Student Caring Project – revolutionizing the way higher education thinks about educating its youth. Read the full article here.

David C. Pecoraro, M.F.A., is the Associate Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts, as well as Production Manager, Resident Lighting Designer, and Associate Professor of Theatre at Vanguard University. Read more about Vanguard University’s Department of Theatre Arts at