Kristen Howerton is one multi-faceted professor—not only is she adjunct faculty in the Graduate Psychology program at Vanguard University, but was also recently featured on a segment for the Today Show on NBC. The segment focused on the resurgence of the minivan as the “it” car for families to buy, and consisted of minivan-loving moms across the country, including Howerton, giving their opinions on this new trend, which they once swore they’d never submit to.
Vanguard University is a leader in higher education, and for over nine decades has been preparing hearts and minds to lead the next generation. February 7, 2011, kicks off 90 Days of Vanguard, a 90-day celebration on campus featuring an array of fine arts, athletic activities and special guest speakers highlighting Vanguard’s rich heritage, theatrical and musical brilliance.
The celebration will include theater performances by Vanguard’s nationally renowned theater program, a concert by choirs who regularly perform in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, a jazz festival directed by Ken Foerch, top industry saxophonist and former member of the White House Marine Band, plus a comedy night, lecture series, homecoming festivities and more.
“The 90 Days of Vanguard celebration marks a milestone in our history,” says Vanguard president Dr. Carol Taylor. “We will highlight all that makes Vanguard a great university in Orange County. The celebration calendar includes events that showcase the exceptional talent of our students, faculty and staff across a variety of disciplines. We welcome everyone in the surrounding community to join us.”
Vanguard has been a strong community partner in Orange County since moving to Costa Mesa from Pasadena in 1950. Vanguard took over a portion of the former Santa Ana Army Air Base and became the first four-year college in Orange County. The original officer’s club building, which once hosted performances by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, now draws Lions fans to cheer their teams in their home gymnasium.
“The 90 Days of Vanguard is an opportunity for people to discover what makes Vanguard such a vibrant asset to the community,” says Kelly Kannwischer, interim vice president for advancement. “We are excited to be offering these first-rate events.”
Today, Vanguard offers well-respected programs in music, education, theater, nursing, business and dozens of other majors and concentrations for undergraduates and graduates. Vanguard theater, music and communication alums work at the highest levels of media and entertainment including upper management at Disney, production at Fox News, hosting on NPR, singing on shows like Glee and playing in top-selling rock bands.
At 90 Days of Vanguard activities, the local community will discover and enjoy Vanguard’s diversity of strengths.
To see a full schedule of events visit www.vanguard.edu/90 and plan to attend.
On Friday, February 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Vanguard University’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) chapter will host its 3rd annual Environmental Sustainability Conference on the Vanguard University campus. Geared towards both business professionals and students, the conference is being held to educate Orange County residents, the business community and an emerging generation of leaders about the effects of their choices as they relate to the environment. This event is great for those who feel called to do more than just make a profit.
Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice and student group Live2Free invite you to join them as they hold a candlelight vigil on Tuesday, February 1, at 6:00 p.m. in the Needham Courtyard on the Vanguard campus. The vigil will be a time for prayer and reflection for victims of modern day slavery and human trafficking.
Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed and award-winning department of theatre arts presents the clever Broadway musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood in the Lyceum Theatre on the Vanguard campus from February 25 through March 6. Rupert Holmes wrote and composed this audience engaging musical based upon the unfinished final work of Charles Dickens.