God’s great artistic and redemptive project

Last summer, my daughter Brianne and I took a 5000 mile road trip: Grand Canyon, Santa Fe, Hannibal, Missouri (for the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain’s passing), Chicago…and back again.

The visit to the Grand Canyon set the stage for the rest of the trip. You’ve probably been there. Bri and I began our visit with a fossil hike led by a geologist called Ranger Mike. There on the limestone ground of the south rim, we found dozens of ocean fossils: coral, sponges, clams…Ranger Mike informed us that 250 million years ago this land was covered by what is now the Pacific Ocean, which left these behind when it receded. When the Colorado River, with the help of the shifting of the tectonic plates, carved out this stunning space, it uncovered these fossils…but not just one layer. Six separate layers of ocean fossils are lodged in the canyon limestone, suggesting six different historical epochs during which the ocean covered this land.

The scale and grandeur of the Canyon put our short lives in perspective. I was struck by the artistry of God: infinite patience, exquisite textures, creativity beyond imagination. And this eternal Artist has invited us, tiny ones that we are, to join him as sub-creators, apprentices in His grand creative project.

Bri and I saw this human sub-creativity in Georgia O’Keefe’s Santa Fe paintings inspired by the open spaces of northern New Mexico. We saw it in Marc Chagall’s stained glass “America Windows” at the Art Institute of Chicago and in that city’s extraordinary architecture (like the gothic flying buttresses on top of the Tribune tower). We saw it in Mark Twain’s stories and in the exhibits at the Field Museum.

In spite of the many ways in which we have botched the job and created ugliness instead of beauty, God’s redemptive work continues in us and through us. Whatever our particular calling, we are sub-creators, junior partners, like children who emulate their parents’ projects and experience their parents’ delight and passion.

This, I think, captures something of our journey as Vanguard University professors who integrate faith, learning, and life…We have been called into God’s great artistic and redemptive project. His project has a billion facets, all centered in Christ, and our discipline has taken us deep into one or more of those facets. We join, in our own small way, in that creative project and, in turn, invite our students to join us, equipping them for their lives as sub-creators. What beauty. What grace.

Going Beyond the Classroom to Teach History

Daily Pilot On Theater: A masterful comedy

By Tom Titus

Vanguard University is offering its playgoers a theatrical history lesson along with its robustly comical production of Carlo Goldoni‘s “The Servant of Two Masters.”

The play dates back to 1743 and features characters popular in the Italian commedia dell’arte style of largely unscripted farce. Sort of what might happen if the Three Stooges met the Marx Brothers 400 years ago in Venice.

Broad, physical comedy abounds in director Susan K. Berkompas’ rollicking production, with its servants and fools wearing masks in the traditional style of 18th century commedia. And one scene — in a restaurant late in the first act — is alone worth the price of admission.

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Planned power outage may affect Vanguard University campus

February 29, 2012 – The California Edison power company has a planned power outage that may affect the Vanguard University campus. The outage will take place anytime between 10:00 pm this evening and 6:00 am in the morning. Vanguard University and Campus Public Safety have taken measures to ensure the safety and comfort of students during this planned power outage.

The University has provided resources and training to all staff and student leaders, including residence life staff to provide for the safety of students on campus. The Forrest Room will be open with power provided by a generator for students to gather. In addition, the fire pits in the Towers Lobby outdoor lobby will remain on to provide light and a gathering place for students during the power outage.

Campus Public Safety will be fully staffed and able to assist students during this scheduled power outage. The University is committed to providing for the safety and care of our community, specifically students in residence. To contact public safety directly, you may call 714-966-6799.

Campus Update February 2012

It is a blessing to have the campus filled with students again as the spring semester is in full swing. Their energy and excitement makes me thankful for Vanguard and what God has planned for this spring.

Please join us Friday, February 24 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm in Newport-Mesa Church, as Dr. Jörg Haustein from the University of Heidelberg, Germany will be speaking at the annual Lewis Wilson Institute Seminar. Dr. Haustein received the John Templeton Award for young international scholars for his dissertation on the Historiography of Ethiopian Pentecostalism. The Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies seeks to encourage and support the study of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements by serving as a conference and research center for scholars, church leaders, students and others interested in probing the historical significance and contemporary global role of Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movements. For more information, please visit vanguard.edu/lwi

If you haven’t had a chance to attend an athletic event at Vanguard, I urge you to go to an upcoming game. Our Vanguard athletes are part of the Champions of Character program and their passion for sports and ethics on and off the court makes me proud of the talented students we have here at Vanguard. For more information on our athletic department, please visit www.vanguardlions.com.

Lastly, I want to encourage you to please save the date for our Global Center for Women and Justice conference, “Ensure Justice: Standing Together to End the Exploitation of Girls” March 2nd and 3rd. Speakers for that event include Jeremy Kohomban of New York’s Children’s Village, Judge William Voy of Las Vegas Juvenile Court, and our own Mary Wickman Director of Nursing. For more information, please visit vanguard.edu/gcwj.

God Bless you and God Bless Vanguard,

Dr. Carol Taylor
President

Campus Update January 2012

Greetings and best wishes this New Year! I hope your Christmas season was filled with many blessings and this New Year is full of promise. We have some great things happening this spring, and I am excited for the year ahead.

It is a blessing to have the campus filled with students again as the spring semester is in full swing. Students arrived back on campus in early January and their energy and excitement makes me thankful for Vanguard and what God has planned for this spring.

Our Undergraduate Admissions office is already diligently working on recruiting our fall 2012 students. We have many events this spring to introduce the Vanguard campus and community to potential students. On January 9, we hosted an onsite acceptance event and on January 20 there will be a campus visit day for potential students to visit the campus, meet current students and enjoy a day of fellowship.

If you haven’t had a chance to attend an athletic event at Vanguard, I urge you to go to an upcoming men or women’s basketball game this spring. Our Vanguard athletes are part of the Champions of Character program and their passion for sports and ethics on and off the court makes me proud of the talented students we have here at Vanguard. I also want to take this opportunity to congratulate our Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Russ Davis, on his 400th career win as the Lions won against Montana Tech at the Biola Holiday Classic.  Coach Davis has coached our women’s basketball program for 15 years, and has led the Lions to numerous championships, including one NAIA National Championship.  For more information on our athletic department, please visit www.vanguardlions.com.

Our Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), a non-profit organization educating people on issues like market economics, entrepreneurship, and business ethics through educational outreach projects, will be hosting their annual event on February 10th.  Each year, Vanguard students actively participate in this event to help bring positive change to the business world.  For more information on our Green Conference, please click here.

Vanguard is also looking forward to our annual Homecoming on February 10th and 11th. Each year it is wonderful to welcome back Vanguard alums, hear their stories, and see the impact Vanguard had on their lives. Our alums live out the mission of Vanguard around the globe in the many ways they provide Christ-centered leadership and service.

Please join us Friday, February 24 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm in Newport-Mesa Church, as Dr. Jörg Haustein from the University of Heidelberg, Germany will be speaking at the annual Lewis Wilson Institute Seminar. Dr. Haustein received the John Templeton Award for young international scholars for his dissertation on the Historiography of Ethiopian Pentecostalism. The Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies seeks to encourage and support the study of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements by serving as a conference and research center for scholars, church leaders, students and others interested in probing the historical significance and contemporary global role of Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movements. For more information, please visit vanguard.edu/lwi

I am delighted to share with you that our English Professor, Dr. Karen Lee appeared on the cover of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, a national publication on diversity in higher education.  Dr. Lee was selected as one of twelve emerging scholars who are making their mark in the academy.  Her story provides a clear and winsome testimony of her faith.  To read her story and find the link to the magazine, please click here.

Lastly, I want to encourage you to please save the date for our Global Center for Women and Justice conference, “Ensure Justice: Standing Together to End the Exploitation of Girls” March 2nd and 3rd. Speakers for that event include Jeremy Kohomban of New York’s Children’s Village, Judge William Voy of Las Vegas Juvenile Court, and our own Mary Wickman Director of Nursing. For more information, please visit vanguard.edu/gcwj.