Dead Sea Scrolls Presentation Features Lecturer and Curator for the Israel Museum, Dr. Adolfo Roitman

dead_sea_postcardFrontT-e1378922544719On September 24, Vanguard University’s Department of Religion hosted the curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls and head of The Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book, Dr. Adolfo Roitman.

The Dead Sea Scrolls presentation proficiently introduced attendees to a lot of ideas in the Dead Sea Scrolls and to the effects of the scrolls’ discovery. Dr. Roitman’s lecture provided a deeper understanding of the scrolls without overwhelming attendees, the department of religion chair, Dr. Richard Israel, said.

The presentation consisted of two sessions. The first focused on John the Baptist, Jesus, Paul and the Qumran community. The second session focused on the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls for Judaism and Christianity.

Both events had great turnouts, Dr. Israel said. The first session became a standing room only with some attendees sitting on the floor. Israel said he was pleased to see the large number of people from the community outside of Vanguard in attendance along with the Vanguard family. “We tried to reach out to local churches, synagogues, pastors and friends in the area,” he said.

A partnership between Vanguard University’s Department of Religion and the Center for Holy Lands Studies (CHLS) provided the opportunity for Dr. Roitman to speak at Vanguard. CHLS Executive Director Marc Turnage contacted Dr. Israel and offered to invite Dr. Roitman to speak at Vanguard while on his tour. Dr. Israel jumped at the offer. He described Dr. Roitman as “very personable, very warm, humorous and engaging.”

Speaking about Dr. Roitman, Dr. Israel said: “He thought it was notable and important that he as a Jew could give a lecture on the Dead Sea Scrolls in a Chapel at a Christian University. He liked that.” Dr. Israel said hosting Dr. Roitman and having the presentation was a “real privilege.”

Dr. Israel said he hopes that attendees will consider participating in one of the study abroad programs that CHLS offers. They will have a chance to see the scrolls in person while Dr. Roitman gives a personal tour for part of a day. Then they will spend the other half of the day in Qumran at the site where the scrolls were discovered.

CHLS is sponsored by the Assemblies of God. According to the CHLS website, it provides programs that allow individuals to have “an educational and interactive encounter with the biblical worlds in the lands of the Bible.”

To learn more about CHLS, click here.

Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice will Host Two Events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

GCWJ_LOGO_RGBJoin the Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) on Oct. 14 and 28 in Heath 109 for the 2013 Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) events.

As part of DVAM, the GCWJ will partner with Vanguard University students to host two events educating individuals on dating violence and pornography in relation to domestic violence. “We’ll connect the dots between dating violence and sexual exploitation and then sex trafficking,” GCWJ Director Sandie Morgan said.

On Oct. 14, Morgan will inform attendees about what dating violence is and how to engage in the issue to prevent it. “Knowledge is the way you begin to address fighting something,” she said. As an academic institution, the GCWJ focuses on increasing people’s understanding of the issues so they can be “a voice to make a difference,” she added.

At the start of White Ribbon Week, Oct. 27 – Nov. 2, the GCWJ will hold a White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) event featuring Vanguard University President Michael J. Beals as the special speaker. “When we begin to fight pornography, we’re fighting one of the root causes of violence against families, against women, against children and against intimate partner relationships,” Director Morgan said. Attendees will be informed of the mental, physical and spiritual effects of pornography.

During both events, ribbons will be handed out to attendees to wear as little reminders of the issues. Purple is the ribbon color for domestic violence and white is the ribbon color against pornography.

To learn more about the GCWJ, click here.

Big plans for this Year and the Future of Intramural Sports

Softball1Bases are loaded this year with eight different intramural sports to come and big plans for the future of Vanguard University’s intramural program.

Upcoming and current sports include: softball, football, powder-puff football, whiffle ball, indoor soccer, volleyball, dodgeball, basketball and the Student Government Association’s (SGA) broomball.

Softball is the first sport up to bat. On Sunday, September 22, teams of students, faculty, staff and alumni played the first round of softball games. According to Madison and Taylor Spikes, senior intramural interns and sisters, softball participation is at its highest with 13 teams of at least 13 players.  Softball games are Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Teams start in round robin play, then move to bracket play until the championship game on October 27.

Intramurals are “a good outlet for students to be active and lead a healthy lifestyle,” Madison Spikes said. It’s an opportunity to get a great workout while having fun, she added. With a laugh, she said her sore legs were a clear indicator of just how good a workout her first softball game was.

Intramurals also provide a great way to meet new people, Taylor Spikes said. All students, faculty, staff and alumni are welcome and encouraged to participate. In fact, one softball team is made up entirely of faculty members. Individuals interested in playing can email the intramural interns at to be placed on a team. Along with the Spikes sisters, junior Nick Frumkin and senior Tom Sutton are intramural interns.

Looking to the future, the Spikes sisters said the program is hoping to eventually expand beyond the Vanguard University campus. The goal is to work with other schools to setup an opportunity for the champion intramural teams to not only win on their campus, but also to beat intramural teams at other schools too, Madison Spikes said. As part of the push to improve Vanguard’s intramural program, SGA recently hired a coordinator of intramurals, Jon Krapivkin. Whatever the future holds for Vanguard’s intramurals program, it will be “bigger and better every year,” she said.

To view the intramural sports calendar, click here.

Theatre Department Releases Schedule for Upcoming Season

Love Makes The World Go Round 110Vanguard University’s Theatre Department released the list of shows for the 2013-2014 season.

This season will include: Narnia, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Little Match Girl/The Gift of the Magi, Oedipus Rex and The Music Man.

The season kicked off on Friday, September 20, with Narnia’s opening night. Narnia is a musical revue from the magical world of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The book, music and lyrics are by Jules Tasca, Thomas Tierney and Ted Drachman. Vanda Eggington is directing the show. Upcoming shows are September 26-29 and October 4-6.

Following soon after Narnia’s final performance, Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel will run October 25-27, 31, and November 1-3. Chair of the theatre department Susan K. Berkompas is the director. It is a drama that is painted against the backdrop of boyhood memories and dreams.

For the end of the fall semester, Christmas time, Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl and Jon Jory’s adaptation of The Gift of the Magi will be presented together. These two holiday classics reveal the humbling and heartwarming truths of Christmas. Kevin Slay is the director and they will play December 5-8 and 12-15.

Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex starts in the spring semester: February 28, March 1-2, 6-9. It is a classic drama that timelessly spreads great storytelling across the millennia. Berkompas will direct this play as well.

Eggington will direct the final show, The Music Man, a Broadway musical that harkens back to the innocence and romance of Smalltown, USA. The book, music and lyrics are by Meredith Willson.

All shows are presented at Vanguard’s Lyceum Theater.

To learn more about the shows, click here.

The Global Center for Women and Justice Wraps Up 10th Anniversary Celebration; Looks to a New Decade of Initiatives

007  vanguardThe three-day anniversary celebration of the Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) started with a hopeful message from Sandie Morgan during chapel on Thursday morning, September 19.  Addressing a few hundred eager Vanguard students, Morgan told them she was inspired early on by her father’s advice that she can do anything she works hard to do.  Her father would be proud.

The momentum of Morgan’s sentiment expressed at chapel earlier that morning continued into Thursday evening as dozens of people gathered at the Newport Lido Theater in Newport Beach to view Girl Rising.  Directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, the documentary tells the stories of nine girls from nine countries who each face extraordinary circumstances to achieve something many Americans take for granted every day: life, liberty, and justice.Panel

Following the documentary, Morgan explained to the audience that when she first viewed Girl Rising she was disappointed that she did not have the opportunity to discuss her feelings and reactions. In order to prevent anyone from feeling as she did, Morgan setup a panel to allow the audience to share their thoughts and feelings as they processed the sobering content of the film. The panel included Morgan and two experts: Cory Trenda, senior area director for WorldVision and Ruthie Hanchet, GCWJ board member and expert in child protection and children’s rights. Dr. Andy Stenhouse, dean of the Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS), moderated the panel.

A more festive mood came on Friday evening, as Vanguard students, faculty, staff and administrators congregated in the rotunda of the Heath building to celebrate the GCWJ’s inception ten years earlier.  With the help of Assistant Vice President of Development and alum Justin McIntee, four visually rich panels, each displaying messages about the key components in the Center’s evolution, were unveiled. Attendees also enjoyed cake and other treats as if attending a birthday party for a very special friend.

115  vanguardOn Saturday, September 21, the last of the celebratory events took place at the Balboa Bay Club’s Grand Ballroom.   With KOCE-TV/PBS SoCal’s Ed Arnold as emcee, approximately 300 guests attended the More Priceless than Diamonds luncheon.   Community leaders such as Kathleen Eaton of Birth Choice Health Clinics, and politicians such as Congressman Ed Royce, Mayors Keith Curry of Newport Beach and Bruce Whitaker of Fullerton, attended the luncheon.

Set against a beautiful white, luminous backdrop that evoked images of innocence and purity, keynote speaker Ernie Allen, founder and president/CEO of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (IMEC), spoke about the sobering reality that child trafficking for sex has been on the rise locally and globally since the proliferation of the Internet. Allen is a world leader in the fight against child abduction, sexual exploitation, sexual violence and human trafficking.

Allen dispelled five myths about trafficking: the somewhere else myth, somebody else myth, victimless crime myth, street crime myth and women’s issue myth. Trafficking is a pervasive issue that is not limited to any specific region, area or type of people; it’s everywhere. Allen also talked about the need to “attack the demand” for such an “easy, low risk, extremely profitable and re-sellable” commodity.107  vanguard

Overall, the GCWJ’s three-day anniversary celebration was a success in numbers and in impact. In total, the Center raised $75,000 in proceeds from ticket sales, sponsorships and the live auction held during the luncheon. GCWJ Director Morgan encouraged attendees at all the events to get involved. “We are not the same. We all need each other,” she said.

To read the OC Register’s article about the GCWJ’s 10th anniversary celebrations, click here.