Colleges in California Ranks Vanguard University in Top 10

Vanguard_University_of_Southern_California_221174For 2014, Vanguard University ranks among Colleges in California’s 10 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in California.

Based on specific criteria, Colleges in California selected Vanguard University as one of the 10 best schools to represent the state of California for excellence in Christian academia. Ranking criteria included academic reputation, campus intimacy, selectivity based on admissions rates and student satisfaction. After creating a list of California schools with a Christian-centered educational mission, Colleges in California used these criteria to narrow down the list to the 10 best.

Coming in at No. 9, Vanguard University is noted as an “exemplary Christian university” with a “Christ-centered community that encourages God’s Spirit in all aspects of life.” Colleges in California also notes the significant number of alumni who have gone on from Vanguard to pursue graduate degrees at top universities or become influential Christian leaders. They mentioned leaders like psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen ’78 and evangelist Heidi Baker ’80 MA ’85. Lastly, the summary notes Vanguard’s ranking in the US News & World Report’s top 10 colleges in the West and the Colleges of Distinction’s feature on Vanguard for its “top notch academics.”

To view the full rankings, visit Colleges in California’s website by clicking here.

Literary Celebration and Conference Hosts Friends and Family

synecodoche-11-0019Friends and family gathered around to celebrate achievements and explore readings at Vanguard University’s Department of English annual Global Literatures and Christianity Conference on April 10-11.

Each year, students collaborate on a conference theme, choose panel topics and put on a party to celebrate students’ many literary achievements and enjoy a time of exploration into diverse texts. For this campus-wide, undergraduate conference, the English department invites all students to attend and contribute their own work.

On Thursday, the department hosted the Synecdoche Literary Celebration where original creative works were performed and the new Synecdoche released. For the release, the celebration featured live music, snacks, numerous literary readings and the induction ceremony for the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta.

Sophomore English major and co-president of Sigma Tau Delta, Elaina Ahmed said the celebration was enjoyable for all attendees. During the celebration, the new Synecdoche released for purchase and multiple pieces from the literary journal were read aloud. Reflecting on the creative excellence of senior Meredith Howard’s short story, Ahmed said: “I was listening to her read it and you could have been there.”

On Friday, Vanguard hosted academic panel sessions and presentations from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the nursing building. Undergraduate English majors presented academic papers, followed by two roundtable discussions on the topics: “The Power of Storytelling through Diverse Voices” and “From Paper to Digital: The Evolution of Book Culture.” Speaking on the discussions, the chair of the English Department, Dr. Karen Lee, said: “The students tackled a range of sophisticated topics, and they rose to the occasion with zeal.” According to Dr. Lee, this year’s conference was a “grand success.”

To learn more about Vanguard’s Synecdoche, click here.

San Francisco Spring Break Missions Bring Love to Tenderloin

IMG_3949Vanguard University’s San Francisco Outreach worked with City Impact to bring the love of Christ to the Tenderloin during this year’s Spring Break mission trip.

The Tenderloin is the “skid row of San Francisco,” senior psychology major Katie Friesen said when describing her experience on the San Francisco Outreach (SFO). It’s a place that is “super dark spiritually” and overwhelmed by drugs, alcohol, sex and abuse, she said. However, there is a light among that darkness: City Impact. City Impact provides for the basic and spiritual needs of people living in the inner city of San Francisco. On March 16-22, Vanguard’s SFO team served alongside City Impact to bring the love of Christ to people in need.

According to their website, City Impact offers three types of work: “relief for those in urgent need, rehabilitation for those wanting a way out, and development to ensure the cycles of poverty and despair are not repeated.” They provide free meals, a very affordable thrift shop and a k-8 school, which is the first school in the Tenderloin area. Coming alongside City Impact, the SFO team helped prepare meals, minister to the homeless, pray for people in the Tenderloin and show the love of Christ.

When describing her experience staying with City Impact and working with them, Friesen said their love and commitment to spreading the Gospel inspired her. One of their goals is to get every apartment complex in the Tenderloin to hear the Gospel, so they go door to door knocking. The SFO team joined in their mission during the week they were there. When tenants would open the door, the team would offer prayer and encouragement, and when there was no response, the team would pray over the door.

Also, the team joined with City Impact in handing out chips at night to the homeless. It was a great way to strike up conversations, share Christ’s love and show them that someone does care about them, Friesen said. “We had the raddest conversations with these people,” she said. “It was so cool to see the Holy Spirit work,” she added.

Looking back on the trip, Friesen said she was inspired. When the trip was nearing its end, Friesen said she began thinking about the intentional love that she had been sharing with the people of the Tenderloin during outreach and how she could continue sharing that love beyond the trip’s last days. She said she thought to herself: “This is how it’s done here, now how does it look at home?” Since returning to school, Friesen said she has begun to look for ways to love people like she loved them in San Francisco, whenever and wherever opportunities arise.

For more information about Vanguard’s missions teams, click here.

Author and Founder of The A21 Campaign, Christine Caine, Announced as 2014 Commencement Speaker

Costa Mesa, CA, April 21, 2014 – The Office of the President at Vanguard University is proud to announce Christine Caine as the 2014 Commencement speaker at the graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 10am and 4pm. Both Commencement events will be held at Mariners Church in Irvine, California.

Known for her ability to communicate profound messages of hope and inspiration, Christine Caine has a heart for reaching the lost, strengthening leadership, championing the cause of justice, and building the local church globally. She is a member of the leadership team at Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia, and also directs Equip & Empower Ministries.

In 2008, Christine and her husband, Nick, founded The A21 Campaign, an organization dedicated to addressing the injustice of human trafficking. The A21 Campaign’s comprehensive approach includes raising awareness, preventing future trafficking, taking legal action, and offering support services to survivors. Christine Caine is an avid believer in the hope-giving power of the local church, she is the author of UNDAUNTED, A Life Unleashed, The Core Issue; Run To Win, and Can I Have (and do) It All, Please?

“I hope to inspire the graduates to believe that God is bigger than they think, can do more than they imagine & wants to use them in a mighty way for His glory! This is their time such as this!” says Caine.

In addition to the traditional Commencement ceremonies, Vanguard University will host their annual Challenge Coin ceremony for student veteran graduates on Thursday, May 1 at 4pm, and the Nursing Pinning Ceremony will be held Thursday, May 8 at 10am. A Baccalaureate service will be end on the eve of Commencement at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, on Thursday, May 8 at 7:30pm.

The Commencement ceremonies will be available on live webcast at www.vanguard.edu/live. Join the conversation by tweeting LIVE from the event using #VUGrad, and mention @VanguardU.

To learn more about Vanguard University’s Commencement ceremonies, visit http://www.vanguard.edu/commencement

To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

 

Future Student Leaders Attend Christian College Leadership Conference

CCLCgraphicOn April 5, future Vanguard University student leaders attended the Christian College Leadership Conference (CCLC) at California Baptist University.

Each year, Vanguard University provides the opportunity for all of the new student leader hires to attend CCLC. The conference allows students from multiple Christian universities to gather for worship, teaching and lots of good fellowship. The day includes main sessions for all attendees, breakout sessions, and lots of time for student leaders to bond together through discussions and various games.

For this year’s conference, keynote speaker Josh Riebock spoke for the two main sessions and the band All Sons and Daughters led worship. Riebock, a bestselling author, shared his message using his favorite medium: stories. Throughout the message, Riebock would make points and then use narratives to better illustrate his ideas. Jaime Saravia, a current Huntington Hall Resident Assistant (RA) and a future Vanguard Centre RA, said the storytelling was very effective in catching his attention and speaking to him.

Looking back on the conference, Saravia said: “It helps leaders to begin to prepare.” Being his third time attending the conference, Saravia knows its value. Through past conferences, this year’s conference and personal experience as an RA, Saravia said he has learned that “although the chaos is there, God’s there too.”

To learn more about Vanguard’s student leadership positions, click here.