Lions Volleyball Receives Bye for NAIA National Championship Tournament

heenan516Currently sitting at 9th in the country for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Vanguard University’s volleyball team received an automatic bid to the national tournament.

Finishing 3rd in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) and receiving an NAIA At-Large qualification of No. 3 for nationals, Lions volleyball received an Opening Round bye. Receiving the automatic bid lifts the burden of an Opening Round match and allows the Lions to spend the next couple of weeks preparing for nationals. The NAIA national tournament will be held in Sioux City, Iowa from Dec. 3-7.

The Lions finished regular season play with a 22-6 record. A major highlight of the season came when the Lions beat the No. 2-ranked Concordia Eagles, giving the Eagles their first GSAC loss since 2008. “I think our team has done an incredible job pushing through and competing through this long and tough GSAC season,” Lions volleyball coach Eryn Leja said.

Speaking of her team and the road ahead, Leja said: “It will definitely be a grind for them to get through the next week and a half, preparing to compete for a national title, but the heartbeat of this team has grown stronger with each match, and I feel we will have a successful post-season.”

To read more about the national championship qualifiers, click here.

Students Participate in Solidarity Sleep Out as Part of Movement to End Youth Homelessness

DSC_0387Fog and cold settled across Heath Lawn on Nov. 9-10 as students attempted to sleep during the Solidarity Sleep Out. The goal of the sleep out is to bring awareness to the issue of youth homelessness.

The evening began in Needham Chapel with a time of worship and a message about youth homelessness. Tanya Riches, a former Hillsong Band member, led worship and Sandie Morgan, the Global Center for Women and Justice director and a professor at Vanguard University, shared a message and spent the night as well.

“She helped us see different sides of homelessness,” Live2Free President Barbara Isaac said about Morgan’s message. People often picture older, scruffy, dirty individuals as homeless, but do not take into consideration the many young people who do not have homes and are still going to school, Isaac said. She described an example Morgan gave of a young person sitting outside at night under a streetlight to finish homework so the other individuals living in his or her rented room could sleep.

After the chapel, students participating in the Sleep Out went to Scott Courtyard to get some snacks and gather for a bit before setting up camp on Heath Lawn. All snacks were donated to Morgan’s family and violence class from businesses in the area. Her students were required to ask for donations in order to experience another aspect of being homeless.

Once students finished snacking, they began to spread out across the lawn to find where they would make their bed for the night. Some students had tents, some used sleeping bags and some had nothing. Most gathered in small groups to chat and pass the time in the cold and eventually ended up as clumps snuggled together as they tried to sleep.

Describing the physical experience of her night, Isaac said: “It was really cold and uncomfortable. My back hurt in the morning.” As a sophomore, this was Isaac’s second solidarity sleep out. The experience allowed her and the other students to place themselves in the shoes of homeless youth, she said. “I just can’t imagine not being able to come home to a bed, pillow, blanket, hot water,” she added.

The next morning, students woke up with the sun, packed up their belongings, ate leftover coffee and bread and headed to their homes. Many climbed right into their beds to sleep, Isaac said, adding that she did the same her first year. Looking to the future, Isaac said she would like to see students wake up in the morning after the sleep out and stay awake the whole next day in order to really solidify the statement they made by sleeping out. Helping out at a soup kitchen the next morning might be a good addition to the sleep out, she said. If students stay awake the next day, they really “experience the fatigue and exhaustion like a homeless person,” she said.

Overall, Isaac said the Solidarity Sleep Out had a good turnout, helped students understand some of the struggles that homeless youth experience and, at least in her case, inspired a desire to act.

To learn more about Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice, click here.

El Puente to Host Night of Latin Music and Dance

BiggerCafeFlyerSalsa and hot chocolate, a mix that is only good when one is a dance and the other a drink. Come to El Puente’s Café con Leche for a night of Latin music and dance, pan dulce and hot chocolate.

On Nov. 22, starting at 8:30 p.m., The Cove will transform into a warm café with hot beverages, lamps and a stage. There will be live performances of authentic Latin music and dance followed by a video. El Puente’s club president, Heidi Lepe said the event will have a “very intimate setting” that will “welcome people to see the culture in a different way.”

As the leader of El Puente, one of Vanguard University’s diversity clubs, Lepe said her goal is to make all students feel welcome and “at home in the culture.” The club helps students to connect and explore the rich cultural heritage of Latin America. With the help of her seven cabinet members, Lepe plans and prepares for all of El Puente’s events. Café con Leche will be their last event for the fall semester.

To learn more about Vanguard’s diversity clubs and their events, click here.

Business Professionals Teach Students How to Live out their Faith in the Business World

BusinessChapelOn Nov. 7 at 5 p.m. in the Great Commission Hall, about 20 students gathered to connect with and receive advice from four Christian business professionals on  how to integrate their faith in a secular career.

The four business professionals were Jeanette Cheng, a strategist; Paul Holt, the CFO for Quality Systems Inc.; Monica Lukoschek, an attorney for U.S Immigration Group; and Erik Paulson, the owner of Systems Waterproofing.

Alexa Barajas, chief of the committee for business chapels, coordinated the event. Students were shown a very Christ centered business model, Barajas said. The most significant point that she recalled came while listening to her mother, Lukoschek, speak at one of the tables. Lukoschek’s point was that in the business world there will always be corners to cut, so for students to truly integrate their Christian faith in that world, they must have integrity and not cut corners, Barajas said.

To learn more about Vanguard’s business department, click here.

Janette…ikz and Ezekiel to Perform Spoken Word Event on Nov. 13

diversity-pic2After an impactful event in the spring semester, poets Janette…ikz and Ezekiel are returning to the Vanguard University campus for another night of spoken word on Nov. 13 from 8 to 9 p.m.

Poets Janette…ikz and Ezekiel captivate and inspire audiences while sharing important Biblical truths through spoken word. Diversity Events Coordinator Shannon Price, who is planning the event, said they reach a different audience by “integrating faith into hip hop culture.” Spoken word allows people to “express faith in a variety of different ways… It is very deep and raw,” Price added.

Looking forward to the event, Price said that people should come because, for many, it will be something they have never experienced before. The spring semester event was her first time at a spoken word event. She had high expectations for the event and it did not disappoint. “To see vulnerability up on stage is very new and refreshing,” she said.

This local event is open to the public. Some refreshments will be provided.

To learn more about diversity programming, click here.