Join Live2Free for a Night of Coffee and Spoken Word on Dec. 2

Screen shot 2013-11-26 at 3.08.28 PMStarting at 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 2, Vanguard University’s Live2Free club will host a night of spoken word and coffee to raise awareness for the injustice of human trafficking.

Held in The Cove, the event will feature performances from Live2Free club members and other Vanguard students. Performances will include multiple art forms focused on human trafficking. Also, the club will provide free Fair Trade coffee and desserts for students to enjoy.

The event’s goal is to raise awareness about the injustice and depravity of human trafficking and to take a stand against it. Hosting the event, Live2Free is a club that works to promote human rights and social justice causes. Live2Free partners with Vanguard’s Global Center for Women and Justice on many events.

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Lindsey Sin Joined the Global Center for Women and Justice for their Annual Women in Leadership Series

LinseySin2Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) hosted Deputy Secretary for Women Veterans Affairs Lindsey Sin on Nov. 18 in the Great Commission Hall.

As part of the GCWJ’s annual Women in Leadership series, Sin spoke about the challenges she faced as a woman in the military and the changes that are needed to help better support military women who return from service. She spoke about the average age for a returning woman veteran compared to a male veteran and how the differences affect the transition back into civilian life, GCWJ Coordinator Alexis Miller said.

As a woman veteran, Sin understands the challenges that women veterans face today. From 1997 to 2005, Sin served in the U.S. Navy as a Cryptologic Technician Interpretive. She deployed in support of Operations Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and achieved the rank of Petty Officer First Class.

In 2011, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Sin as the Deputy Secretary for Women Veterans Affairs at the California Department of Veterans Affairs. “Now that she is in a key leadership position for women veterans in the state of California, her role is to advocated and support women who served,” Miller said.

At the end of the gathering, there was a question and answer time. Along with questions on statistics and the new bill allowing women to serve in more direct combat roles, there was some discussion about ways for students to get involved and support women veterans in the Vanguard community, Miller said. Students can volunteer for Women Veterans Network events, get involved with the veterans club on campus and spend time doing outreach with the Veterans Resource Center, she added.

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Huntington Hall’s Men Wooed the Ladies of Vanguard University at the Annual Woo Fest

WooFestEvery chair in Newport Mesa Church (NMC) was filled on Nov. 21 for the annual Woo Fest. It was a night of girlish squeals, laughter and, most importantly, wooing.

Each year, Woo Fest provides a setting for the men of Vanguard University’s Huntington Hall to woo the ladies with their witty humor, impressive dance skills and chivalrous conduct. For Woo Fest, each floor of Huntington Hall is given a small time slot to perform whatever they think will most impress the ladies. Dances, music videos, a cappella groups, glow sticks and even a wrecking ball appeared in this year’s performances.

With the theme of a classy Gatsby party, created from ideas in the book and movie, Woo Fest hosted many ladies flashing ’20s attire and gentleman sporting slacks and button-ups. Vanguard University President Michael J Beals, Ph. D., joined the fun by playing the role of Mr. Gatsby, the host of the Woo Fest party. At one point, president Beals invited his wife, Faith, playing the role of Ms. Daisy for the evening, up onto the stage. He then strummed a giant cello and serenaded her in front of the packed house.

From the time the women arrived outside NMC’s doors to the after party in the Tower’s lobby, the gentleman of Huntington Hall wooed them. Before the doors opened, the ladies formed a long line outside the beautifully lit NMC courtyard, which had a place for photos and then a red carpet leading into the church. After taking a couple pictures, the ladies were escorted along the red carpet to a seat inside the church. Once inside, the women waited in anticipation for the performances.

Speaking on the event, Huntington Hall Resident Assistant Lucas Brawner said: “The sole purpose of it is to woo, impress, the women of Vanguard.” Brawner and fellow RA Jaime Saravia planned the event. “The men get to show the women what they’re all about,” Saravia said.

As juniors, this was Brawner and Saravia’s third Woo Fest. They said they enjoy the preparation and the performance. “One of the best side affects is the guys getting closer,” Brawner said.

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Vanguard University Ranks No. 4 in the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges for Veterans in the West Region

Screen shot 2013-11-25 at 3.29.43 PMIn the U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 Best Colleges for Veterans, Vanguard University ranked No. 4 for the West Regional Colleges category.

According to the U.S. News and World Report’s site, the schools that receive these rankings are “the top-ranked schools in the Best Colleges rankings that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active service members apply, pay for and complete their degrees.” Vanguard was one of 234 ranked schools.

To view the rankings, click here.

Seniors Gathered for a Waffle Bar and Fellowship at the Senior Friendsgiving Event

IMG_0057A waffle bar and a very cozy Cove greeted seniors at the Senior Friendsgiving event on Nov. 20.

The cove had a warm glow on Wednesday afternoon as Vanguard University seniors came and went. With white lights tapered across the ceiling, lamps faintly glowing and the aroma of waffle batter baking, more than 50 people came to the event, Senior Program Director Tommi Ploneis said. “Its purpose was to bring the seniors together,” she added.

Along with the waffle bar, there were board games, music, a raffle for gift cards and senior sweatshirts. Small, cutout paper leaves were available for seniors to write notes of thankfulness. Students could have a cup of hot cider and just take a break from all the work they have here at the end of the semester, Student Senator Angelique Washington said.

Both seniors, Ploneis and Washington, said their favorite part was the waffle bar. Getting to actually make the waffles themselves from the waffle maker to the toppings was the best part, they said. They also said they enjoyed being able to gather with other seniors.

Another exciting part of the event was the very wide range of seniors that came, Ploneis and Washington said. “The people there were people that we don’t see at events,” said Ploneis. The event was promoted through word of mouth and a few posters, so it was exciting to see the number of seniors that came, she added.

To view Vanguard University’s program board calendar, click here.