Sociology Department at 2012 PSA Conference

Vanguard’s Sociology Department participated in the 2012 Pacific Sociological Association Conference.

Dr. Ed Clarke, Professor of Sociology, presented two papers:  “Data Driven Decisions and Homeless Services: Related Problems and System Solutions” and “Conceptualizing and Measuring Vulnerability: Assessing Homeless Persons Level of Risk to Inform Housing Placement.”

Two sociology students also presented at the conference.  Mark Gutierrez presented his paper “Coming Out in Light of Christian Faith” and Candice Rusch presented “Understanding the Crisis of Identity: A Service Need Among Homeless Men in Orange County.”

Anthropology Major Receives President’s Award

Natasha Fish 2012 President's Award

Congratulations to Anthropology major, Natasha Fish, who received the 2012 President’s Award for the highest GPA in the Senior Class.

Dr. James Huff Receives Faculty of the Year Award

James Huff 2012 Faculty of the Year

The 2012 Senior Class honored Dr. James Huff, Associate Professor of Anthropology, by presenting him with the Faculty of the Year Award.  Congratulations Dr. Huff!

2012 Anthropology & Sociology Department Awards

Awards for the Outstanding Students in Anthropology and Sociology were presented at Awards Chapel on April 17, 2012.

Anthropology Student of the Year 2012

The award for Outstanding Student in Anthropology was given to Candice Rusch in recognition of exceptional knowledge and problem solving as well as academic excellent and a commitment to service.




Sociology Outstanding Student Award 2012And the award for Outstanding Student in Sociology recognizing student scholarship and social activity was presented to Rebecca Richardson.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

Candice Rusch Presents at Spring Colloquium

The 23rd Annual Spring Colloquium was held on April 16, 2012 featuring the presentations of exemplary student research papers.  Candice Rusch was selected by the Anthropology & Sociology Department to present her paper “Understanding the Crisis of Identify: A Service Need Among Homeless Men in Orange County, California.”  Candice has also produced a documentary based on her senior research project “Waiting to Go Home” about the lives of a few homeless men in Orange County.