Sophomores Board the Tiki Boat for Luau

092On March 1, more than 60 sophomores cruised on the Newport Beach Tiki Boat for the Sophomore Luau.

To combat the “sophomore slump”, Student Life’s Office of Transitions booked Newport’s Tiki Boat for a Hawaiian themed night of games, contests and snacks for sophomores. The night offered an opportunity for sophomores to recoup and relax with their fellow classmates.

Along with flowered shirts, a DJ, a soda bar and a limbo contest, there was a table on the upper deck for students to read about the various stages of sophomore year and then reflect on which stage they found themselves. Once they discovered the stage that best described them, students wrote the stage down on a piece of paper.

Describing the event’s main goal, the sophomore and junior director for the Office of Transitions, Amber Garman, said it was to provide a space for students to “reflect on their sophomore year while having fun and being together as a class.” As the event planner, Garman said she was pleased with the turnout and the feedback.

To find out more about the Office of Transitions, click here.


Future Leaders Sent to SCORR Conference

ShalomBanner_fullOn February 21-22, Vanguard University’s Student Life sent 200 students to the 18th annual Student Congress on Racial Reconciliation (SCORR) Conference at Biola University.

For the past few years, Vanguard’s Student Life has purposed to expose potential student leaders to the ongoing conversation of racial reconciliation. “It’s something we feel strongly about in our leadership culture,” Student Life administrative assistant Jordan Baker said.

Hosted by Biola’s Student Life, SCORR conference is a national conference where “students, staff, and faculty from various Christian colleges and universities join together to celebrate and learn of the diversity within the body of Christ,” their website states. This year’s conference theme was “Shalom”, which is the Hebrew word for peace. The keynote speaker was Judy Peterson.

Currently, Vanguard’s Student Life is in the hiring process for next year’s campus leaders. Every student that applied for a position was provided a ticket to attend SCORR. The purpose of sending these potential student leaders to the conference was to provide exposure, awareness and engagement in the issues of racial reconciliation, Baker said.

For the two-day conference, Student Life separated the 200 students into four waves that attended either the morning or afternoon sessions each day.  Diversity programming leaders attended the entire conference. Students were given papers with a few reflection-oriented questions to turn in at the end of their session. Also, in between sessions, students gathered in smaller groups with Student Life administrators to discuss what they learned and experienced during their time at the conference.

Based on the papers, Baker said there was a lot of good student feedback. Also, she said the conference accomplished exposing students and making them aware of the reality of the racial dialogue that is going on and how they, as Christians, can have a positive role in it.

To learn more about Vanguard’s Student Life, click here.

High School Students Flood Vanguard Campus for Jazz and Guitar Festivals

Jazz-Combo-All-1024x661Lots of rain and lots of high school students were projected for March 1 at Vanguard University. The 2014 Jazz and Guitar Festivals hosted more than 200 high school students for workshops, performances and jam sessions.

Each year, Vanguard’s music department invites high school students to participate in the annual Jazz Festival. This year, alongside the Jazz Festival, the music department offered a guitar festival as a separate option for high school students. Both festivals featured world-class musicians that led workshops, acted as judges and gave performances.

For the Jazz Festival, the day included a brass workshop with Josh Welchez, a rhythm workshop with Mark Converse, and a sax and woodwinds workshop with Vince Hizon. At the end of the day, students gathered at Newport Mesa Church for a closing concert that featured Vanguard’s Jazz Ensemble and an awards presentation. After the concert, there was an optional session for students interested in learning more about attending Vanguard University, along with open auditions for Vanguard’s music program.

For the Guitar Festival, the day included group and individual rehearsals along with various breakout sessions and a final concert. Renowned musicians such as Vladamir Gorbach, Joel Valiente and David Grimes, who was also the guest conductor leading the joint rehearsals, led the masterclass sessions. Meanwhile, renowned musicians Greg Glancey and David Isaacs led lectures during the breakout sessions. The Guitar Festival ended with a closing concert held in Needham Chapel, which brought together all 160 participants for a final joint performance after the group recitals. It was “less about competition and more about joining together,” Tiffany Rogan, the coordinator of music events and concert operations, said.

To learn more about Vanguard University’s Department of Music, click here.

Ensure Justice Conference Offers Students College Credit and More

gcwj_register_now_14_FINAL2In their mission to equip students to make a difference in ending human trafficking, Vanguard University, partnered with the Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ), offers college credit for students who attend the Ensure Justice Conference. Along with college credit, the conference provides students with the opportunity to receive valuable information and connections.

On March 7-8, the GCWJ will host their annual Ensure Justice Conference. This year’s conference theme is: Why is SHE a Slave? Global Child Trafficking: Prevention and Intervention. Conference registration and ad-slips for class credit are still open. GCWJ Director Sandie Morgan advises that students sign up this week. Student registration is $45, nearly $100 less than the general registration.

At this point, “we’re done with awareness, we need to take action,” Morgan said. In order to do that, it is crucial to understand the issue of child trafficking fully and to know the best practices in stopping it; this conference focuses on providing that information, she said. The conference, coupled with some outside reading and a paper for the class, will provide students the opportunity to better understand the issue and learn these practices. Currently, there are about 30 students signed up for the class credit.

Another conference benefit for students is the chance “to connect and develop relationships that lead to substantial internships,” Morgan said. Various officials from Homeland Security Investigations, Assemblies of God World Missions, the Salvation Army and others will be in attendance and have tables.

One major benefit of attending the conference is hearing the stories, testimonies, research and advice from the keynote speakers. “We have an amazing program,” Morgan said. The speakers are Stephan Bauman, President and CEO of World Relief; Joann Butrin, the Director of International Ministries for the Assemblies of God; Shyima Hall, a survivor advocate; the Reverend David Myers, the White House Senior Advisor for the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships; and GCWJ Director Morgan.

Overall, the Ensure Justice Conference offers much more than college credit for students, it offers a chance to be equipped, informed and inspired.

To learn more about the GCWJ, click here.

Vanguard Alumnus Listed Among Orange County Business Journal’s 13th annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award Nominees

Screen shot 2014-02-21 at 11.25.19 AMIn the Orange County Business Journal’s latest publication, they announced the 2014 nominees for the 13th annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards, and Vanguard University alumnus Jeff Motske ’88 made the list.

As the president and founder of Trilogy Financial Services in Huntington Beach, Motske aids his clients in achieving financial independence. According to the article, in 1999, Motske left his financially stable six-figure job to fill a void that he saw in the market. With his “family values, strong work ethic and commitment to serving others,” Motske formed a successful business that provides financial, estate and tax planning all in one place, the article says.

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