Department of English Chair, Dr. Karen An-Hwei Lee, named among “Emerging Scholars” for 2012

Diverse: Issues In Higher Education Magazine Profiles Top “Under 40” Scholars in Annual Special Report

FAIRFAX, Va. — Diverse kicks off 2012 with its annual edition recognizing rising stars in the academy. In its Jan. 5th edition, Diverse profiles 12 “under 40” scholars from around the country who are making their mark in the academy through teaching, research and service. These outstanding scholars serve as an inspiration to both students and colleagues.

Diverse, then Black Issues In Higher Education, first published its “Emerging Scholars” edition in 2002. It has remained one of the magazine’s most popular editions since its inception. Diverse editors select honorees from a pool of candidates recommended by various scholars, department chairs, university public information officers, and others.

Each scholar is selected based on research, educational background, publishing record, teaching record, competitiveness of field of study, and uniqueness of field of study.

The “Emerging Scholars” for 2012 are:

  • Dr. Magdalena Bezanilla, Associate professor of  biology,  University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Dr. Majel Boxer, Assistant professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies, Fort Lewis College
  • Dr. Kristian Brown, Adjunct assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering,  Wayne State University
  • Dr. Alexes Harris, Associate professor of sociology, University of Washington
  • Dr. Jenny Lee, Associate professor, Center for the Study of Higher Education, University of Arizona
  • Dr. Karen An-Hwei Lee, Professor and Chair, Dept. of English, Vanguard University
  • Dr. Geanncarlo Lugo-Villarino, Postdoctoral fellow, Institut de Pharmacologie et de Biologie Structurale, Toulouse, France
  • Dr. Osagie K. Obasogie , Associate professor of law, University of California, Hastings
  • Dr. Mariel Vazquez,  Associate professor of mathematics, San Francisco State University
  • Dr. Franklin West, Assistant professor of animal and dairy Science, University of Georgia
  • Dr. Byron Williams, Assistant professor of computer Science and engineering, Mississippi State University
  • Dr. Frances Williams, Associate professor of engineering, Norfolk State University

For over two decades Diverse: Issues In Higher Education has been America’s premier source of timely news, provocative commentary, insightful interviews and in-depth special reports on diversity in higher education. Savvy individuals who appreciate the crucial and ever-changing role that higher education plays in the lives of students, professionals, their families, and their communities make reading Diverse a regular reading habit.

On Theater: Eggington, Milgrim set pace in 2011

The Daily Pilot

On Theater: Eggington, Milgrim set pace in 2011
by Tom Titus
December 29, 2011

The late playwright Horton Foote influenced the choices of both individual artists who stood above the crowd in local theater in 2011.

Foote wrote the play “A Trip to Bountiful,” the movie version of which won its star, Geraldine Page, an Oscar in 1985. He also penned the screenplay for Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which guided Gregory Peck to Hollywood gold in 1962.

Today, two performers who recently assumed these familiar roles on local stages, stand to be applauded once again. They are Paul Eggington and Lynn Milgrim, the Daily Pilot’s Man and Woman of the Year in Theater for 2011.

Full Article from the Daily Pilot

Davis collects No.400

The Daily Pilot

Davis collects No.400
by Barry Faulkner
December 28, 2011

FULLERTON — After watching his team roll the metaphorical boulder up the hill against scrappy Montana Tech on Wednesday, Vanguard University women’s basketball coach Russ Davis ultimately was able to celebrate a milestone.

The Lions, ranked No. 10 in the NAIA, played with all the rust that its 25-day holiday layoff had produced. Their wire-to-wire lead became tenuous in the closing seconds, but they held on for a 62-58 triumph in the opening round of pool play at the Biola Holiday Classic at Hope International University.

Full Article from the Daily Pilot

Theatre Professor Interviewed On Caring For Students

Faculty member David Pecoraro was recently interviewed by Education-Portal.com in an article entitled, “Professors and Institutions Need to Care More About Their Students.” Pecoraro discusses his latest project, The Student Caring Project – revolutionizing the way higher education thinks about educating its youth. Read the full article here.

David C. Pecoraro, M.F.A., is the Associate Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts, as well as Production Manager, Resident Lighting Designer, and Associate Professor of Theatre at Vanguard University. Read more about Vanguard University’s Department of Theatre Arts at vanguard.edu/theatre

Campus Update December 2011

This is undoubtedly my favorite time of year. The air is crisp; the campus is filled with a blend of excitement and race to the finish as the fall semester comes to an end and we all get to celebrate the Christmas season with friends and family.

To kick off the Christmas season, I want to personally invite you to Vanguard’s 15th annual Christmas Fantasia concert. We offer two performances, one at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on December 1 and another at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on December 2. Your spirit will soar as you watch Vanguard’s talented music department sing Christmas carols and get you in the Christmas spirit. For more information please click here.

Our Global Center for Women and Justice department has also been active this semester creating a number of community events that bring awareness and reflection on suffering and abuse and our call to serve compassionately. The GCWJ hosted a Solidarity Sleep Out where Vanguard students and community members spent the night away from the comfort of their homes to raise awareness about homelessness. To learn more about the Solidarity Sleep Out please visit www.solidaritysleepout.org

I continue to be thankful for the compassionate students we have here at Vanguard. Many of our students will be participating in missions trips this December.  One example of how Vanguard students will be serving is at a Children’s Christmas Party, which provides food and gifts to over 300 children in need. For more information, please click here.

This semester we also celebrated the opening of our renovated Towers Lobby with its new outdoor patio space.  We dedicated the new space with our Board of Trustees and then celebrated with our students. This is part of a larger project to renovate Huntington Hall, one of our oldest dorms on campus. This summer we completed renovation of the second floor and are continuing to seek funds to complete all floors of the dorm. For a video clip and photos of the new lobby space, please click here.

As all of us prepare to honor the birth of Jesus this Christmas season, it reminds me of all that I have to be thankful for this past year. Vanguard has been blessed so much that it is a true testament to God’s hand on Vanguard and the great plans He has in store for the University. I want to wish all of you a wonderful Christmas during this joyous time of year.

God Bless you and God Bless Vanguard,

Dr. Carol Taylor
President