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Vanguard University’s Lewis Wilson Institute presents Spring Seminar

On Friday, March 25, from 2-4 pm, Vanguard University’s Lewis Wilson Institute will host a seminar conducted by Dr. David Marley as he talks about his book, Pat Robertson: An American Life, in Heath Academic Center room 109.

Dr. Marley, an associate professor of history at Vanguard, focuses on teaching courses in American religious history with an emphasis on the Christian Right and modern evangelicalism. His book Pat Robertson: An American Life was published in May 2007 and will be the focal point of the seminar.

Pat Robertson is well known both nationally and internationally as a religious broadcaster, philanthropist, educator, religious leader, businessman and author. He is the founder and chairman of The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) Inc. and founder of International Entertainment Inc., Regent University, Operation Blessing International Relief and Development Corporation, American Center for Law and Justice, The Flying Hospital, Inc. and several other organizations and broadcast entities.

“This is a fantastic lecture for VU students because Pat Robertson is such an influential and important person in Christianity today, and it is a great opportunity to understand more about him through the historical work of Dr. Marley,” says Dr. Derrick Rosenior, associate professor of communication and director of the Lewis Wilson Institute.

The Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies seeks to encourage and support the study of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. It does so by serving as a conference and research center for scholars, church leaders, students and others interested in probing the historical significance and the contemporary global role of Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movements. The Lewis Wilson Institute organizes conferences, lectureships, seminars and roundtables that focus on new Pentecostal scholarship and contemporary issues facing Pentecostalism and the Charismatic Renewal.
For more information, visit the Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies. Chapel credit will be given for Vanguard University students.

Vanguard University Alum to Host Show on Oprah’s New Network

Kristina Kuzmic ’01, who studied theater and starred in several stage productions at Vanguard University, won the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Your Own Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star, which aired Friday nights this spring. Kuzmic was chosen by Oprah Winfrey from among ten contestants to host her own cooking show, Kristina’s Fearless Kitchen.

“It’s an unbelievable opportunity,” Kuzmic told Vanguard University. “You feel like you’ve won the lottery. Things like this don’t happen to me.”

Kuzmic was born in Zagreb, Croatia, and came to Vanguard University to study theater.

“I fell in love with Vanguard, the climate and the people in Southern California. I felt like I fit in,” she says. “Being at Vanguard helped me become more confident in myself and confident in being in front of people. I made lifelong friends.”

After graduating and going through a personally painful time, she found herself waiting tables, raising two young children and struggling to pay bills. From that experience was born a desire to teach others how to cook healthy food for less money.

She created a cooking website to display her recipes, and a fan of the site encouraged her to try out for Oprah’s new show. Soon, Kuzmic was interviewing with Mark Burnett Productions, which also produces Survivor and The Apprentice, and was named a top ten finalist.

The competition, judging and weekly eliminations were aired on Friday nights on OWN. Kuzmic and the other top-two finalist were both awarded their own shows in a surprise ending on the finale, which aired February 25.

“Honestly, it still hasn’t hit me,” Kuzmic told People magazine of surviving the elimination process. “It was a journey of learning to believe in myself and knowing that I’m worth my dreams.”

Kuzmic says she was “amazed how sweet and warm and lovely Oprah is in real life. For someone that powerful and famous you would never know it. She treated us like her buddies.”

Now Kristina’s Fearless Kitchen will attempt to redefine what cooking shows look like, and teach people to cook healthy, inexpensive food.

“I’m going to drag everybody out of drive-thrus and kill their excuses,” Kuzmic says. “I want everybody to have the time of their lives in their kitchen.”

Vanguard University is one of the top Christian fine arts universities in the world, with nationally-known theater and music programs and alums who work in the highest levels of the entertainment industry.

Vanguard University Hosting Jazz Festival

On Saturday, March 5, from 9am to 5pm, Vanguard University will host the Vanguard University Jazz Festival, an event providing an opportunity for jazz bands to be adjudicated by world-class, professional musicians and perform at a college venue where they will also be introduced to Vanguard’s renowned Department of Music and the university’s jazz director, Dr. Ken Foerch.

The festival, which is open to students in grades 6-12, will feature a variety of schools, including Arrowhead Christian Academy, Linfield Christian School, Brethren Christian School, West Valley Christian High School and Santa Fe Christian School. While each school will be competing with each other for awards, they will also have the opportunity to learn from professionals during jazz clinics and workshops.

“We are excited to share a little piece of Vanguard with the local junior high and high school communities and hope they will come away from this festival excited and anticipating their future both academically and musically,” says Coordinator of Music Events and Concert Operations, Luke Baumgartner.

As an exciting finale to the festival, the Vanguard University Jazz Ensemble will be performing at Newport Mesa Church at 4pm for an “Evening of Jazz” – a free event that will be open to the public and to the entire Vanguard community.

“The jazz festival is going to be great,” says Baumgartner. “When you get this many quality jazz musicians together there is something cool that happens. The music and love for music really forms a great community and some of the relationships made at this festival will last musicians their entire professional careers.”

For further information on the Department of Music or on the Vanguard University Jazz Festival, please visit www.vanguard.edu/music

Men’s and Women’s Basketball Senior Night

On Friday, February 25, Vanguard’s Men’s and Women’s basketball teams will honor their seniors as they take the court against GSAC rival The Masters College for one last home game.

A total of four seniors from the men’s team will be honored as they play in the “Pit” for the final time. Guard Landon Plumier, guard Drew Bruns, post Josh Sandberg and post Alex Chapman will all be recognized for all the contributions they have brought to the basketball program as they lead the charge for the Lions, who will be fighting for playoff positioning in what will hopefully be a resounding victory.

Plumier, the only four-year member of the squad, has been one of the Lion’s strongest leaders for the past few years. Bruns, a fixture in the program for three years, has established himself a reputation as one of the most dangerous 3-point artists in the GSAC. Sandberg, also in his third year with the Lions, has been known for his incredible heart and intensity no matter the situation. And finally, Chapman has been the Lions’ standout player this year while leading the team in both scoring and rebounding.

Three seniors from the women’s team will be celebrated for all they have done to continue the legacy of greatness one has become accustomed to seeing from the women’s program. Guard Danielle Arriola, post Molly Pfohl and guard Sarah Boyd will lead the way for the Lions as they aim to win their final regular season home game.

Ariolla, in her first year at Vanguard, has brought a lot of leadership and experience to a young team. Pfohl, a four-year player, has developed into one of the top players in the GSAC while leading the team in both scoring and rebounding. Lastly, Boyd, another four-year player, who leads the team in assists and is second in scoring, has brought an incredible amount of leadership, experience and hustle to the Lions in her four years here.

Vanguard University is honored to have had all of these great players and people take part in its athletics programs. Each of these seven student athletes has been an integral part of the VU community and an asset to their respective programs.

The Intercollegiate Athletic Program at Vanguard University is dedicated to the holistic growth and development of all student athletes, teaching them to lead Christ-centered lives on and off the field of competition. The program encourages a high standard of academic and athletic excellence that embraces character building.

For more information on the VU men’s and women’s basketball teams, please visit www.vanguard.edu/athletics.