Vanguard University commencement speaker, John Bueno, to deliver more than just speech to graduates

Vanguard University welcomes commencement speaker John Bueno whose sons are Vanguard alumniCommencement is one of the most memorable events in a person’s life.  Eager graduates donning caps, gowns and ear-to-ear smiles, ambling proudly up to the podium to receive their well-earned diplomas, symbolic of the end of a long but worthwhile journey that creates great anticipation for what the next significant phase of their lives holds for them.  Add in the powerful ingredient of a moving keynote speaker, whose message resonates inspiration and hope, and chances are you’re attending a Vanguard University commencement.

This year, Vanguard University graduates will have the opportunity to hear first-hand the testimony of a man who has led a  Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered service and leadership, which happens to be Vanguard’s mission.  Reverend John Bueno is a veteran missionary who has dedicated his life to supporting the ministry of education to needy children in El Salvador through El Salvador Schools and Latin America Child Care (LACC).  Bueno and his wife Lois, served as a pastor for 28 years in El Salvador and created a school for the needy children in San Salvador that grew to 22, 000 students in 37 campuses.  His ministry provides schooling, clothing, meals, and medical care for thousands of needy children in Latin America.  And these are just a few of the many successful programs and  initiatives in the area of service and ministry that Pastor Bueno has spearheaded.

As the father of four Vanguard alumni – Robert Bueno ’84, MA ’94, Steven Bueno ’87, Ronald Bueno ’90, and David Bueno ’93 -  Bueno regards Vanguard University as a leader in Christian education in a more meaningful way than your average commencement speaker might.  “My four sons all graduated from Vanguard.  Since Vanguard had a great part in the formation of my sons, it is very gratifying to return to the school and express our appreciation.”

In fact, two of Bueno’s sons are still connected to the Vanguard community as glowing examples of the same faith and dedication their father possesses.  Through  Enlace,  an El Salvador-based organization his sons founded that equips church leaders with the ability to develop sustainable solutions to poverty, they have taken what they learned from Vanguard to impact lasting sociocultural change.  Anthropology Professor Jamie Huff ’95 is still involved in this organization and continues to take students on missions trips to assist with battling poverty in this region.

The greatest lesson his children learned from Vanguard?  “A sense of community,” says Pastor Bueno.  “Relationships that were formed at  Vanguard lasted throughout their ministry.”

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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.