Legally Blonde Musical Packed with People and Laughs

legally_blonde_artA whirlwind of pink blew across the Lyceum Theater stage on April 11-26 for Vanguard University’s Department of Theatre Arts production of Legally Blonde the Musical.

With a packed house almost every night and the chance to make new friends, the musical was a huge success, actor and dancer Kara Kenney said. The musical lined up well with the movie and was a “blast” to make, she added.

Having no prior experience performing in a show, Kenney said she was very hesitant about auditioning, but after continual encouragement from a friend, she gave in and went to tryouts. With her high school dance experience and natural talent, Kenney received not only a dancing role and the position of assistant choreographer, but also the role of Chutney Windham, the lead witness in the court case.

Looking back on her experience, Kenney said: “Performing is such a major passion of mine. I’m glad I did it.” Kenney said she was proud of herself for taking the chance and putting in the many hours of hard work for the show. With rehearsals Monday through Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., the musical required a lot of time and effort, but Kenney said the performances made it all worth it. Her favorite part was “being together and working together toward putting together a great show,” she said.

Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture, Heather Hatch’s Legally Blonde the Musical is peppy, playful and stays true to the movie. Set for success, the musical featured music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, and Vanguard’s Vanda Eggington directed it. The musical playfully portrayed the story of the blonde, decked in pink and ready to rock the world of Harvard Law main character, Elle Woods. Audiences watched Elle’s journey from trying to win back her boyfriend at law school to winning a court case instead.

Passionate about the redeeming qualities of the story that are often missed, Eggington said: “It is a triumphant story about anyone who has ever let others dictate his or her own worth.” The musical shows Elle’s journey to find that “her true worth is much more than skin deep and greater than she could have ever imagined,” Eggington said.

To learn more about the play, click here.

Juniors Invited to Float through Finals at Transitions Event

Don't Sink...Float“Don’t Sink… Float!” Vanguard University’s Office of Transitions team invited juniors to come by Heath Lawn on April 30 for soda floats (Coke and Root Beer) and a break from drowning in finals prep.

With Coke and Root Beer floats, a best-guess gumball contest, chill music and a chance to sign the senior royalty sign, the “Don’t Sink…Float” transitions event put smiles on many faces. Despite the crazy winds, multiple juniors stopped by to sign the poster, put in their gumball guesstimate and get a float. On the first day of school in the fall, the senior royalty poster will be carried down the red carpet of Heath Lawn for the new seniors to follow as they begin their final year at Vanguard.

Speaking about the event, junior transitions program director Amber Garman said it was to celebrate juniors becoming seniors and to encourage them to “not sink” in the stress of finals, but “float.” Along with soda floats, juniors walked away with their class picture that was taken during their freshman orientation.

To learn more about the Office of Transitions, click here.

Vanguard University Receives 2014 Best of Costa Mesa Award

Costa Mesa, CA, May 1, 2014 – Vanguard University has been selected for the 2014 Best of Costa Mesa Award in the College category by the Costa Mesa Award Program.

Each year, the Costa Mesa Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Costa Mesa area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Costa Mesa Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Costa Mesa Award Program and data provided by third parties.

Since 1920, Vanguard University has been providing a quality educational experience for students, promoting academic excellence that integrates faith and life; and providing professor-mentors in a dynamic community environment. With a renowned undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion programs, Vanguard University equips students to go beyond academics, and live a story that matters.

SOURCE: Costa Mesa Award Program

Bump, Set and Spike at Lions Volleyball Benefit Beach Tournament

Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 11.15.48 AMCome in red, white and blue and carrying your “‘Murica” face for Vanguard University Volleyball’s second NEGU Benefit Beach Volleyball Tournament on May 3 at Newland, Huntington Beach.

The theme for this year’s tournament is “‘Murica”, which is a slang term for America used to express extreme patriotism. Starting last year, the tournament combines the efforts of Vanguard’s Lions volleyball team with California FCA Volleyball and Mariners Church Huntington Beach to benefit the Jessie Rees Foundation (NEGU). Last year’s event hosted 50 players and raised more than $1,100 for the NEGU Foundation and the goal is to increase both those numbers this year.

Inspired by a 12-year-old girl, Jessica Joy Rees, who fought two brain tumors for 10 months before losing her fight, NEGU focuses on spreading her message of love and encouragement to other children who are fighting cancer. Rees created the motto “NEGU”, which stands for “Never Ever Give Up.” While spreading this motto, the foundation gives JoyJars to children fighting life-altering medical illnesses. In addition to new toys, games and activities, these jars are filled with hope, joy and love.

Vanguard volleyball invites beginners and seasoned players, high-school age and up, to join in the fun and the NEGU mission. The tournament will feature four-person teams and bracket play split based on skill level (beginner or advanced). People can sign up as individuals or as a team: $25 for individuals, $100 for teams. To sign up, visit the benefit’s Facebook page and post your name(s) and skill level.

Watch their promo video and find out more about the event, by clicking here.

Lewis Wilson Institute Special Speaker Explores History of AG in Forming National Fellowship

RobeckHeath 109 filled on April 25 for the Lewis Wilson Institute’s (LWI) last gathering for the semester. With 2014 marking the 100th anniversary of the Assemblies of God (AG), LWI hosted its final speaker to explore another piece of the AG’s rich history.

Young and old filled the lecture hall on Friday to hear one of the world’s leading Pentecostal historians, Dr. Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., speak on “The Formation of the Assemblies of God as a National Fellowship.” Several students and community members attended along with many of LWI’s regular event attendees. LWI Director Derrick Rosenior, Ph.D., introduced Dr. Robeck as a friend and as “one of the most preeminent Pentecostal scholars in the world.”

For the Seminar, Dr. Robeck focused on the crucial role of publications in recording the history of the AG. Digging through the thousands of pages of recorded history in the periodicals and other AG publications turns out to be “an incredibly complex thing,” he said. However, from hours of research and perseverance, Pentecostal historians continue to piece the account together.

When talking about the important role of publications in the growth and development of the AG, Dr. Robeck said they gave readers “the opportunity to watch the movement grow.” AG publications also helped to create a desire among AG churches across the nation “to move beyond independence to interdependence,” he added. In his lecture, Dr. Robeck also mentioned the history that led to the formation of the Pentecostal Evangel, which is the main AG publication today.

After a short break following the end of the lecture, attendees gathered back in the room for a Q&A session. Questions arose about women in the AG, what the AG looks like throughout the globe and the work of God in AG churches outside the U.S. in comparison to in the U.S. When addressing the issues about the AG on a global level, Dr. Robeck said: “I think we’re really interlocked with each other.” And when describing the similarities and differences between the AG churches globally, he said that he is blessed to be able to travel often outside the U.S. and see the life of God and the Spirit’s movement around the world.

Dr. Robeck is the director of the David J. DuPlessis Center for Christian Spirituality and a professor of church history at Fuller Theological Seminary. Also, he is a best-selling author and an ordained AG minister who has received several awards and has numerous academic publications. Read more about him in his Fuller professor profile, by clicking here.