Students Serve City by Participating in Annual Homeless Count

HomelessnessEarly in the morning on Oct. 17, Vanguard University students spread across Costa Mesa to count the number of homeless individuals for the annual homeless census.

Starting at Costa Mesa City Hall, Vanguard students and other adults from the community split into groups and dispersed into the city. Groups walked up and down the streets in their square mile sections recording the number of homeless individuals they found.

The combined counts from each section amounted to 109 individuals. With a margin of plus or minus five, this year’s count showed a slight decrease from previous years, which have hovered around 120 homeless people.

Since 2009, Vanguard University Sociology Professor Ed Clarke, Ph.D., has organized the annual homeless censuses. “We cover all the city. Every inch, I hope, is observed,” Dr. Clarke said in an Orange County Register article about the count.

To read the Orange County Register’s article about the count, click here.

Honor and Support Veterans at Vanguard’s Veterans Day Celebration

vet_day_invite13_v2Join Vanguard University for live music, hors d’oeuvres, camaraderie and an opportunity to honor veterans at the Veterans Day Celebration on Nov. 8.

Hosted in the Veterans Courtyard of Honor, the event starts at 11:30 a.m. and will end around 1 p.m. “The purpose of the event is to honor veterans from every generation,” Director of Veterans Affairs Brent Theobald said.

The event features keynote speaker Dr. Bill Peters, a Vietnam veteran and author of the book First Force Recon Company: Sunrise at Midnight. Dr. Peters will give “a message of hope to veterans to overcome the challenges they face and become all they were meant to be,” Theobald said.

Through his years of military service, Dr. Peters received many major awards and decorations including: The Silver Star, two Bronze Stars (both with the combat “V” for valor) and the Purple Heart. Dr. Peters served as a Force Recon Platoon Commander in Vietnam where he conducted 23 long-range patrols in enemy controlled territory.

Dr. Peters commitment to success has led to many other great achievements. In addition to his bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University, Dr. Peters has a California Life-time Credential in education, a Masters of Divinity Degree and a Ph.D. in Psychology. He also volunteers as the president of ICAN, the International Children’s Aid Network, which he and his wife co-founded.

The event is open to the community. Individuals interested in attending should RSVP by Oct. 30 to Lindsay Bodwell at lindsay.bodwell@vanguard.edu or by calling 714-966-5458.

To learn more about Vanguard’s Veterans Resource Center, click here.

 

LOCALE Magazine Features Vanguard University Senior Communications Major Kristen Achziger

VU Scholarships-13-030In its Holiday 2013 edition, Orange County’s LOCALE Magazine’s article, Shooting Star, commends Vanguard University for offering a wide selection of arts programs and features senior communications major Kristen Achziger.

In the feature, writer Korrie (Hansen ’05) Lukei says that young artists are eagerly filling up art programs ready to “put their own stamp and flare on the world.” Regarding the need for art programs, she says, “Costa Mesa’s own Vanguard University is doing its part by offering majors in film production, screenwriting, music education, performance, composition and ministry and theatre arts. Vanguard also offers art classes that teach drawing, acrylic painting, and watercolor.”

Focusing on the cinema arts, Achziger uses video and photography to put her stamp on the world. Taking the photojournalism course with Professor Chauncey Bayes especially impacted her, the article says. For the class, students were required to use photographs to tell a person’s story. Through 14 photos, Achziger captured the story of a ministry group that builds relationships with homeless individuals staying in Orange County motels.

Working for the Vanguard Office of Marketing and Communications, Achziger creates and edits videos regularly. With her bachelor’s degree almost completed, Achziger has at least 30 videos completed. These include personal projects, videos for the marketing and communications department and for the Student Government Association (SGA), as well as class assignments.

To read the entire feature, click here and proceed to pg. 159.

 

Black Student Union Club Kicks Off with A Fresh Start and Purpose for this Semester

BSUWith a new name and clearly defined purpose, Vanguard University’s Black Student Union (BSU) started the semester with a clear purpose.

“It’s a support group for African American students on campus. Our motto is heart and soul, affirmation and awareness,” Diversity intern and club coordinator Crystal Todoroff said. At the start of the semester, Todoroff worked with other Diversity leaders to change the name of the year-old club. The previous name, Alpha Phi, is the name for an already established sorority and BSU more clearly represents the club, she said.

BSU seeks to provide a place for members to affirm one another, to grow together and to promote character development while rooting their identity in Christ, Todoroff said. Coming to Orange County can be a shock for any ethnicity, Todoroff said, the club discusses the differences and encourages members to know the culture they are in and know how to be themselves in it.

On Oct. 18, the club hosted an event called “Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself” in the Cove. The event was open to the whole campus and featured two student speakers and a poem from the BSU cabinet. Students often begin college by sharing only the “ideal” portion of who they really are, Todoroff said. This event encouraged students to reveal their whole identity. The event had a great turnout and “the presence of God was there,” she said.

During Vanguard’s family weekend, BSU hosted another event, their first Diversity family reunion, with the other diversity clubs on campus. About 80 people gathered for a BBQ, games and fellowship. Todoroff said they hope to make it an annual event.

When describing BSU’s purpose, Todoroff said: “Our goal is to establish a community. Our major vision is to help people grow in their identity.” To accomplish these goals, the cabinet gathers every Monday evening to brainstorm for new events and prepare for the monthly club meetings.

To learn more about BSU and other diversity clubs, click here.

Director of Vanguard University’s Nursing Program, Dr. Mary Wickman, Published an Article in The Journal for Nurses in Professional Development

VU-Staff-12-156Professor, director, research facilitator and now author, Dr. Mary Wickman impacts the world of nursing in many ways.

In conjunction with other researchers, all holding masters and doctorates, Dr. Wickman, the director of Vanguard’s nursing program, contributed work from her role as a research facilitator at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton for the article. The article is titled: The Hospital Staff Nurse Perceptions of Competency to Care for Patients with Psychiatric or Behavioral Health Concerns.

Published in the September/October issue of the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, the study features work between three sister ministries: St. Joseph, St. Jude and Mission Hospital. According to the article, after performing a survey of 844 nurses across the three locations, the research revealed “a lack of nurse confidence to intervene in situations that require de-escalation techniques and crisis communication.”

To read the entire article, click here.