This past December, the seventeen students of Dr. Lashua’s History of Human Rights class put on a special Write for Rights chapel. Instead of taking a final exam, students got to use their knowledge of the history of human rights activism gained through the class to become human rights activists today. The chapel was completely organized by students: they planned the evening, advertised for the event, spoke during the chapel, and helped members of the Vanguard community write letters in support of Teodora del Carmen Vásquez, a woman wrongfully imprisoned in El Salvador. By holding this chapel, students in the class multiplied their impact by more than fivefold, as they ended up with very nearly one hundred letters in support of Teodora. A spokesperson for Amnesty International, which organizes Write for Rights events across the globe, wrote Dr. Lashua to recognize the “great letters written for Teodora by students at Vanguard University,” which will advance the cause of human rights “in such a powerful way.” Through holding this chapel, students in the History of Human Rights class followed the charge in Isaiah 1:17 to “seek justice [and] defend the oppressed.”
The VU Forum (Political Awareness Club) will host a discussion night on the topic “Law Enforcement and Personal Freedom” on Tuesday, September 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the Great Commission Hall. All students are welcome to attend.
The Vanguard University Forum (Political Awareness Club) in partnership with the Department of History and Political Science and the Office of Social Sciences would like to thank the VU Community for its continued support of our student organization in its second year running. The Club’s goal is to present various perspectives through different outlets and help our peers understand and articulate their views on relevant issues and values that affect our everyday lives. In this past school year alone, we have hosted eight political discussion nights, four movie nights, two student debates, two professor debates, and a voter registration month. Blessings everyone, and have an awesome summer vacation.
Picture L-R: Vanessa Lopez (Chairwoman), Jared Agtunong (Vice-Chairman), Joshua Hummel (Discussion Nights Coordinator), Dr. Kevin Walker (Faculty Advisor), Hannah Scheenstra (Events Coordinator), Mikayla Jacobson (Historian), Consuelo Yazmin Guzman (Treasurer) *2014-2015 Cabinet Members
The Phi Alpha Theta Award went to Justin Burtis as the Outstanding History Student.
The Outstanding Political Science Student, Isabel Carpenter, received the Pi Sigma Alpha Award.
Justin Burtis presented a paper titled “American Empire: How the United States Avoided the Imperialism Rush.”
Cassidee Platner’s paper was titled “Feminine Thymos: Studying the Essence of the Greeks.”
The VU Forum will be hosting its first movie night of the semester on Friday, February 20, from 8:00-10:00 p.m. in Heath 100. The featured film will be the Lone Survivor, a story of the U.S. Navy SEALs mission Operation Redwings. All are welcome to attend.
Inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honor society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians, were Alexcis Albert, Morgan Burt, Summer Kirk-Johnson, Cassidee Platner, Rachel Stalford, and Isaac Swanson.
Inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society founded to encourage and recognize superior achievement in the study of government and politics at the undergraduate and graduate level, were Alexcis Albert, Morgan Burt, Justin Burtis, Stephanie Diaz, Lindsey Harter, Summer Kirk-Johnson, Cassidee Platner, and Wesley Sanderson.
The VU Forum (formerly The Political Awareness Club of Vanguard University) will be holding its first club meeting in remembrance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Thursday, September 11, at 8:00 p.m. in the Great Commission Hall (2nd Floor of Heath). Seating is limited to the first 50 students.
The Vanguard University Forum (Political Awareness Club) chartered with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and in partnership with the VU Department of History and Political Science would like to thank the VU Community for its support in a successful first semester in our existence of a club. The Club’s goal is to present various perspectives through different outlets and help our peers understand and articulate their views on relevant issues and values that affect our everyday lives. This past spring our club hosted a student debate on the Affordable Care Act, a Professor Debate on Church and State, a movie night, and three Political Discussion Nights. We look forward to another successful school year!
Pictured L-R Vanessa Lopez (Club Leader), Dr. Karen Nishie (Communications – Affirmative), Dr. Kevin Walker (Club Advisor – Moderator), Dr. Adam Ayers (Cultural Anthropology – Opposition), Jared Sam Agtunong (Club Leader) at the Club’s Professor Debate regarding the relationship between Church and State