HPS faculty and students attend 2016 PAT Conference

PAT Group 2016 1History professors Dr. John Wilson and Dr. Kristen Lashua along with two history majors, Vanessa Lopez and Isaac Swanson, attended the 2016 Phi Alpha Theta Regional History Conference at California Lutheran University on April 9, 2016.  Vanessa and Isaac both presented papers.  Vanessa’s paper was titled “Mexico–Authoritarianism Under Democratic Rule” and Isaac’s was “Taking the Soul Out of War: The Process of Dehumanization.”  In addition, Dr. Wilson and Dr. Lashua each moderated a panel discussion.

WWII Veterans Speak in U.S. History Classes


On April 8, 2016, Dr. Kristen Lashua’s U.S. History classes had the opportunity to hear veterans talk about their experiences serving in World War II.

Bob Davis (pictured above), was a gunner and radioman on a B-24, and served in the European Theatre.  Mr. Davis’s plane was shot down over enemy territory and he survived a grueling ordeal as a POW in Nazi Germany. He is the author of the book Before I Forget.

Dave Hayward (not pictured), pilot of B-25s, flew 53 combat missions in the Pacific Theatre. He is the author of the book A Young Man in the Wild Blue Yonder

Both men had incredible stories to tell. It’s oral history at its best!


Write for Rights

Write for Rights Event 2This 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.”

VU Forum Discussion Night

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 VU Forum Thanks You for Your Support!

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.

VU Forum Cabinet

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

Top Students Receive Awards

IMG_1036IMG_1045The History & Political Science Department proudly presented awards to two seniors at the University Awards Chapel on April 23, 2015.

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.


Spring Colloquium 2015

Justin 2 Cassidee 2Two students were selected from the History & Political Science Department to present their outstanding papers at the 26th Annual Spring Colloquium on April 22, 2015.

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.”




VU Forum Movie Night

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.

History & Political Science Induction Ceremony

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe History & Political Science Department recognized some of their top students at the honor society induction ceremony on November 18, 2014.

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.

9/11 Remembrance

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.