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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Vanguard Community Holds Tributes for President Carol Taylor

Carol-Taylor-Tribute-ChapelAs the academic year comes to an end, the Vanguard University community has taken extra measures to express gratitude to President Carol Taylor for the work she has done for the University.

Vanguard University’s president, Dr. Carol Taylor, was voted President-Elect of Evangel University, an institution that is in the final stages of approval for a consolidation with Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) and Central Bible College (CBC). Dr. Taylor will conclude her service as President of Vanguard University following the June 2013 Board of Trustees meeting.

On Wednesday, April 24, the faculty and staff held a tribute for Dr. Taylor in Needham Chapel. The following Wednesday, May 1, students attended a tribute chapel and then a reception at Newport Mesa Church.

“Both were fitting tributes to a leader and a person who is deeply cared for by the community,” Dean of Spiritual Formation Dr. Michael Beals said.  At the faculty and staff chapel, there was a time of worship, Dr. Beals shared some personal remarks and an appreciation video was played.

There was also an open mic session for faculty and staff members to come forward and share personal sentiments of gratitude. “It was very moving,” Dr. Beals said. Describing the session’s comments, he noted: “The themes were really her confidence in the Lord. A person who took personal interest in the faculty and staff members.” He then laughed and mentioned one other common comment that harkened to the great quality and consistency of the coffee in Dr. Taylor’s office.

At the student chapel, Student Government Association (SGA) President Allison Tash represented the student body with some words of gratitude and sincere appreciation for Dr. Taylor and the investment she has made in the lives of Vanguard University students. Then Dr. Beals shared a few words before students were invited outside for a reception.

The chapel was kept a little shorter to allow students a time of fellowship and interaction with Dr. Taylor. The reception gave students an opportunity to personally interact with Dr. Taylor and express their gratitude.

Read the Office of the President’s tribute to Dr. Taylor by clicking here.

Department of Music Faculty and Seniors Enjoy Time of Fellowship at Music Grad Dinner

Music-Grad-Dinner-Va#9469DD.jpgChopsticks, Chinese food and… Commencement? Vanguard University’s Department of Music held their annual Music Grad Dinner at the Golden Dragon on Tuesday, April 30 at 6 p.m.

The Music Grad Dinner is an evening dedicated to honoring the music department’s graduating seniors. The department’s 11 graduating seniors and all the full-time faculty members came to the dinner. Ten of the students will be receiving their Bachelor of Arts in Worship Studies and the one other student will be receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Music.

During this time of food and fellowship, faculty and students expressed their appreciation for one another. Students thanked faculty “for speaking into their lives,” the music department’s administrative secretary, Teresa Dovel, said. Describing the sort of advice the faculty gave to the seniors, Dovel said: “The thread that ran through the faculty was the idea that God has called them to the positions they will be in and He will equip them for those positions.”

As the Music Grad Dinner coordinator, Dovel has participated in several of these celebratory dinners. When asked what her favorite part of the dinner is, Dovel said: “Just the intimacy of it… We’ve walked life with them for four years.”

To find out more about Vanguard University’s Department of Music, click here.

Celebrate Vanguard University’s Musically Gifted Students at the Music Awards Night on May 3

MusicAward1Music majors and anyone who has participated in a Vanguard University music event will be celebrated on Friday, May 3 at the Department of Music’s Music Awards Night. Starting at 7 p.m. in Needham Chapel, this is a night to honor students who have participated in Vanguard University music.

The Chair of the Department of Music, Dr. James L. Melton, will host the event. Dr. Melton will invite faculty to the stage to present awards, recognize their students’ accomplishments, and honor the graduating seniors in the Class of 2013.

Awards that were mentioned at the University Awards Chapel in April will be presented to students at this music event. Various other awards will be presented including the most improved student, the student with the most potential, and more.

Part of the night will consist of students gathering in their groups and ensembles to share their work with attendees and fellow music students. Then seniors will “speak some wisdom through a video slideshow” to the underclassmen, Coordinator of Music Events and Concert Operations, Luke Baumgartner, said. The evening will wrap up with some worship and a time of praying and sending out the seniors.

Reflecting on the good work he saw students do this year, Baumgartner said: “Every year, I really look forward to seeing the ministry that happens.” He described all of the students, faculty and staff who participate in the Department of Music as one big family. Baumgartner said: “This is really a community that builds into each other.”

Learn more about Vanguard University’s big happy music family, by clicking here.

Lions Volleyball Team to Host Benefit Beach Tournament for the Jessie Rees Foundation (NEGU) on May 11

NEGUVballBump, set, spike and support a good cause on Saturday, May 11 at the beach. Vanguard University’s Lions Volleyball is teaming up with California FCA Volleyball and Huntington Beach’s Mariners Church to host a beach volleyball tournament to raise money for the Jessie Rees Foundation (NEGU).

The tournament will take place on Beach Boulevard in Huntington Beach with an onsite signup from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and games starting at 9 a.m. There will be three brackets: College Doubles, which is $25 a person; Co-ed A, $100 for a team of four; and Co-ed B, also $100 for a team of four. The co-ed teams must have at least two girls on the team. Donations are welcome and all proceeds will go to NEGU.

The purpose of the tournament is to support and raise money for the Jessie Rees Foundation (NEGU). 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 player Rachael Barker, a freshman kinesiology/pre-health major, envisioned the event at the end of her team’s fall season. Barker said her coach encouraged the players to find traditions that they could be a part of and pass on to future team members. While praying about this, Barker came up with the idea to host a benefit beach volleyball tournament to support a good cause. Having heard about NEGU from a friend, Barker visited their website, watched their video and knew they were the one.

Preparing for the event, Barker, FCA Volleyball and Mariners Church have held several meetings, worked on promotion, contacted businesses and organizations to participate, and so much more. “The planning has been good… People are more than willing to help out,” Barker said.

Through prayer and diligence, Barker has acquired donations from various businesses including Chic-fil-A, Activate and Innovative Results. Participants will receive free Chic-fil-A sandwiches and Activate water. Bracket winners will receive prizes including free personal training sessions at Costa Mesa’s Innovative Results.

Students, faculty and staff should bring their friends and join in this special event because “it’s an excuse to be on the beach all day while helping out,” Barker said. Counting down for the big day, Barker said: “I’m looking forward to watching people have fun and do two things I love: play volleyball and help people.”

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