Vanguard University Students to Be Recognized at University Awards Chapel on April 25

For a morning of celebrating students, faculty and staff, come to the Vanguard University Awards Chapel on April 25.

Starting at 9:30 a.m. in Newport Mesa Church, this regular chapel hour is set aside to give proper recognition to students receiving academic awards. Most academic awards will be presented to students at separate department ceremonies, so the purpose of this chapel is to announce the recipients to the rest of the campus. Dr. Jeff Hittenberger, the Provost/ Vice President for Academic Affairs, will officiate the chapel.

Along with announcing the student academic awards, a few other important campus announcements will be made. The Delta Kappa Inductees, the yearbook dedication, and the faculty and staff of the year awards will be revealed.

To find the full chapel schedule, click here.

Vanguard University Professor Writes Article for RELEVANT Magazine

Birds of a feather flock together… but we’re not really birds. One Vanguard University professor shares valuable advice on diversifying friendships in her article featured in RELEVANT Magazine.

Adjunct professor of psychology Kristen Howerton wrote the article: 5 Types of Friends Everyone Should Have. She invites readers to take a look at their “inner circle” of friends and ask themselves if everyone looks, talks and thinks like they do. If so, it might be time to pursue some other kinds of friendships, Howerton says.

The article goes on to present the benefits of five types of friendships that can widen readers’ inner circles. The five types are: someone older and wiser, someone younger, someone with a different home culture, someone with a different worldview and someone next door.

Alongside teaching for Vanguard University’s graduate clinical psychology department, Howerton authors the blog Rage Against the Minivan and raises four children.

To read the full article, click here.

Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice to Host Anti-Child Labor Activist Anuradha Bhosale

Carrying a message birthed from experience, Anuradha Bhosale, Vice Chairman of The AVANI Organization, will share her mission and work in assisting mothers of child-slaves in India on Monday, April 15.

The event will start at 7:30 p.m. in Heath Room 100. Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) is hosting the gathering.

A former child-slave, Bhosale, actively fights child labor in the Kolhapur district of Maharashtra, India.  Now working with the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute (GWEI), Bhosale’s program focuses on well-rounded care for children to meet their physical and educational needs.

Fighting child slavery begins with strengthening families, bringing food and necessary resources to children in the slums and creating equality in education, which are all core parts of Bhosale’s work, according to GWEI’s YouTube video.

To learn more about GWEI and Bhosale’s vision, click here.

For more information on the event, click here.

Vanguard’s Theatre Department to Hold Auditions on April 17 for Fall Show

Ready to take the stage? Come to the Vanguard University Department of Theatre Arts‘ auditions for the first show of the fall season: Narnia.

Auditions will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on April 17 in the Lyceum Theater. Students can sign up for a tryout at the front counter in the Fine Arts offices. Callbacks will be posted on the Lyceum door and will begin about a half-hour after the last audition.

Students should prepare a one-minute song that best features their singing and acting abilities. Something with an upbeat tempo or comedic style is preferred, theatre manager Bill Hughes said.

Also, if you plan to tryout for the other upcoming shows of the 2013-2014 season, mark your calendar for August 29, 2013. Auditions for Dancing at Lughnasa, directed by Susan K. Berkompas, and The Little Match Girl and The Gift of the Magi, directed by Kevin Slay, will take place then.

To see the list of shows for the theatre’s 2013-2014 season, click here.

Vanguard’s Department of Theatre Arts Presents the Musical Comedy Hairspray Starting April 12

Vanguard’s Department of Theatre Arts will present a toe-tappin’ musical classic that’s all about taking hair and equality to new heights.

Opening Friday, April 12, at 8:00 p.m., the Department of Theatre Arts’ rendition of the musical comedy, Hairspray, will capture audience’s attention with humor, a good time and a message that blasts stereotypes and racial discrimination into thin air. The play runs until Sunday, April 28, in the Lyceum Theater located on Vanguard’s campus.

Written by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, Hairspray is set in 1960s Baltimore when the loveable plus-size heroine, Tracy Turnblad, follows her passion for dancing and wins a spot on a local TV dance program. The music is by March Shaiman and the lyrics are by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The show’s director, VU musical theatre professor Vanda Eggington, has this to say about the show:

The first time I watched Hairspray and saw the first few numbers, I got what I call my “musical theater high”. Admittedly, the show was a little cartoonish. But oh my, the craft that went into it! The stunning choreography, the brilliant imitations of rock tunes from the 60’s, even the musical arrangements, with their hair-raising modulations and complex back-up singing – clearly, this show was put together by professionals working at the very top of their game. Hairspray has a kind of old world craftsmanship that you don’t see much these days, and I settled back in my seat expecting a riotous good time.

But then, about 10 minutes in, the cast sang a line that surprised me so much that I literally let out a yelp in the crowded theater. I won’t give away the moment here, but I was stunned to find this silly musical suddenly grappling with a serious issue. I know I might not look it (!), but I grew up during the period of this musical, and to have these old political and musical conflicts resurface, in a silly musical no less, was equally shocking and satisfying.

So, Hairspray turns out to be meaningful. To place the grand old musical comedy at the service of something other than a love story, to sing and dance our way through our checkered past – well, that’s just a little bit revolutionary, which matches up perfectly with the cultural and musical revolutions at the heart of Hairspray.

So, join us in the world of big songs, big hair and big dreams as we journey back to 1962 Baltimore where trend-setting Tracy Turnblad needs the help of her best friend, Penny, her big-hearted mother and the sassy Motormouth Maybelle to present a world in which, all it takes to make a dream come true is a toe-tappin’ beat and a lot of hairspray! Enjoy!

Ticket prices are $17 for general admission and $14 for seniors and children. To purchase tickets, click here or call the VU Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145.

To learn more about the play, click here.