Nigerian Women Against Violence International Conference to be Hosted by the Global Center for Women and Justice on May 22-24, 2013

NigerianWomenAgainstViolenceJoin Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) as they host the Nigerian Women Against Violence International Conference on May 22-24, 2013.

The conference will bring together women from Nigeria, Kenya and the United States with the mission of working together through brainstorming and collaboration to come up with strategies to decrease domestic violence, human trafficking and violence against women.

With the goal of equipping the women to combat these issues in their own country, speakers will share best practices and long-term solutions for moving the nation of Africa to peace. This conference will be a great “cross-cultural opportunity to learn,” the coordinator for the GCWJ, Alexis Miller, said. It will be a time to interact with women from different cultures with the purpose of joining hands to play an active role in peace making, peace keeping and peace building.

Conference speakers will include the director of the GCWJ, Sandra Morgan; the director and professor of nursing, Dr. Mary Wickman; and an astute health management and health research consultant, Dr. Kaka Ahmed El-Yakub. Dr. Yakub is also a respected nurse/midwife tutor and health administrator.

The event will be held at Vanguard University. Registration for this special event is $50, which does not include meals.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn more about the issues facing African women today, register here. To read more about the speakers and the conference, click here.

Department of Theatre’s Hairspray Production Blasts Stereotypes and Box Office

hairspray-01-260x300Seeing record turnouts, Vanguard University’s Department of Theatre witnessed its production of the classic musical comedy Hairspray bring a crowd that filled the Lyceum Theater.

Out of 13 performances, 10 were sold out. Theatre Manager Bill Hughes said: “The three that were not sold out were in the first weekend, so once the word got out, we were packed.” The cast also performed three well-attended matinees at local high schools, he said. Having worked at Vanguard University for the past eight years, Hughes said Hairspray was the most well attended show since he began working at Vanguard.

Stage Manager Katie Thornberg said Hairspray was so popular that some students and other last-minutes arrivals had to be turned away at the door because there were no more seats available. Thornberg said she hopes that the student body and community will “be excited for our upcoming productions as a result of Hairspray.”

To check out Vanguard University’s theatre department and upcoming shows, visit the department’s website at

Nursing Pinning Ceremony Honors and Sends Out Nursing Program Graduates on May 9

Nursing-invite2Vanguard University’s Nursing Program held the Nursing Pinning Ceremony on Thursday, May 9 at 10 a.m., in preparation for the commencement of the program’s 44 graduating students.

The pin each graduate received features two symbols that reflect core values for the nursing graduates to carry with them as they leave Vanguard University. The symbols overlap at the center of the pin with the words “Vanguard University” and “Baccalaureate Nursing” surrounding.

The first symbol on the pin is the “Florence Nightingale Lamp”, which holds historical and symbolic significance. The lamp points back to the founder of the nursing profession, Florence Nightingale, who took a group of women to care for sick and wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War, which had never been done before. It symbolizes Nightingale’s care and devotion that is carried on by the nursing graduates of Vanguard University.

The second symbol is the traditional Christian cross. The cross reminds graduates of the sacrificial love of Christ, which serves as the foundation and motivation for the kind of service and care they will provide. In addition, the cross symbolizes the core Christian commitment of Vanguard University and its mission to deepen students’ faith, equip them to serve the Lord and prepare them for their vocational callings.

Read more about the history and symbolism of the pin by clicking here.

Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice Hosts University of Duhok Delegates for Two-Weeks of Training to Reduce Violence Against Women; Story Featured in Daily Pilot

VU CWJ conference-13-057A two-week training visit organized by Vanguard’s Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) was designed to inform Northern Iraqi officials of ways to reduce violence against women in Iraq.

The Daily Pilot met with the delegation during one of the training sessions on gender-based crimes held at the Westminster Police Department. The article that was published Thursday, May 3, 2013 details the relationship between the two universities, the events leading to this successful trip and the reactions of the government officials in attendance. The article quoted the group’s ranking official, Tariq Rasheed, through a translator saying that he desires for his regional government to take steps toward taking “care of human cases, domestic violence and violence against women…”

The article also quotes Vanguard University’s director of the GCWJ, Sandra Morgan, saying: “This team is stepping out in front to combat centuries of tradition that have not recognized the harm to women in their community.”

To read the full article featured in The Daily Pilot, click here. Also, you can learn more about the GCWJ by visiting their website at

Graduating Seniors to Be Celebrated at Baccalaureate Service on May 9

Grad 11On the eve of Commencement, the celebrations begin as Vanguard University honors the graduating seniors through a traditional Baccalaureate Service. Held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, the service will begin at 7:30 p.m. on May 9 and doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Each year, Vanguard University holds the Baccalaureate Service to praise God for His faithfulness and to honor graduating seniors. There will be music, Scripture readings, a message, Communion and the investiture of the graduating class. Also, seniors will participate in a processional wearing their cap and gown.

This year’s faculty speaker will be Dr. Carl Renold, Professor of Psychology. “I am really looking forward to hearing him. He really is a gifted speaker,” Dean of Spiritual Formation Dr. Michael Beals said. As a regular participant in the Baccalaureate service, Dr. Beals said: “It’s a marvelous service that I would encourage every graduate to attend.”

Commenting on the significance, tradition and origin of the service, Dr. Beals said the service’s title, Baccalaureate, “was actually the name of the farewell sermon at medieval universities.” It was a time for “recognition of the faith tradition,” he added.

Looking forward to helping lead the celebration of Communion, Dr. Beals said taking the sacraments is an instrumental part of the service. It allows an opportunity for graduates to reflect and “enter into wholeness” as they move toward the next chapter of life. “It’s at moments of life change that we’re very open to what God is going to do,” he said.

Learn more about the service by clicking here. Also, graduates can find information concerning proper dress attire for the event, by clicking here.

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