Political Awareness Club’s First Semester is a Success!

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!

2014 PAC DebatePictured 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

Students Honored at Awards Chapel

Spring 2014 011The History & Political Science Department honored their top two seniors at the Awards Chapel on April 24, 2014.  Jennifer Manning (left) received the Phi Alpha Theta Award as the outstanding student in History, and Audrie Maynard (right) was the recipient of the Pi Sigma Alpha Award for excellence in the Political Science area.  They are pictured here with Dr. John Wilson, Chair of the History & Political Science Department.

Spring Colloquium 2014

Isabel Carpenter Poli SciThe 25th Annual Social Science Spring Colloquium featuring the presentations of exemplary student research papers was held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.  Isabel Carpenter was selected from the History & Political Science Department to present her paper “Can We Feed the Children?  Food Aid in the Democratic Republic of Congo.”

Political Awareness Club Meeting on April 8

Join the Political Awareness Club on Tuesday, April 8, at 8:00 p.m. in Heath 105.  The topic is “Where Do You Stand?”.  Professor Kevin Walker will discuss definitions of a republican, democrat, liberalism, conservatism and what left-wing and right-wing politics are.  Feel free to come with questions!

We will also start taking nominations for club positions for the new school year.  Elections will be Tuesday, April 22, at 8:00 p.m.

Political Awareness Club Meeting

Title: Political Awareness Club Meeting
Location: Heath 105
Description: “Where Do You Stand?” Professor Kevin Walker will discuss definitions of a republican, democrat, liberalism, conservatism and what left-wing and right-wing politics are.
Start Time: 20:00
Date: 2014-04-08

The Results Are In!

The Political Awareness Club and Forensics Team want to thank all those who came out to the debate last Tuesday evening.  Audience members were asked before and after the debate if Christians should support the Affordable Health Care Act.  The majority vote was in opposition of the Affordable Care Act.  The percentages of votes after the debate are as follows:  21% in support of the Act, 79% against, and 5% unsure.  Look for the announcement of our professor debate coming up soon.

Student Debate

Vanguard University’s History & Political Science Department and the Debate Team will be presenting a student debate on the topic “Should Christians Support the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare)?”  It will be held Tuesday, March 25, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Needham Chapel.  Chapel credit will be given.

Students Inducted in Honor Societies

PAT/PSA Induction 2013 On November 12, 2013, the History & Political Science Department inducted nine students into their honor societies.  To qualify for membership, students must have a cumulative and departmental GPA of 3.0 and must have completed at least four history or political science courses prior to induction.

New members of Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honor society, are Brittany Banks, Justin Burtis, Abimael Cadenas, Isabel Carpenter, Lindsey Harter, Kathryn Love, Jennifer Manning, Jared Miller, and Emily Wilson.

Inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, are Brittany Banks, Isabel Carpenter, Kathryn Love, and Jennifer Manning.

Congratulations to these outstanding students!

Political Science Professor Publishes Essay

Kevin WalkerDr. Kevin Walker, Assistant Professor of History & Political Science, recently published an essay “Between Divine Law and Modern Secularism: How the West Might Understand Islam Better for Knowing Itself,” a chapter in Liberty and Security in an Age of Terrorism, United States of America: Commonwealth Security Studies Laboratory.  Please click here to read the essay:

Between Divine Law and Modern Secularism

Students attend AEI Conference

History & Political Science majors Jonathan Dumas and Chris Rivera (pictured here with Dr. Darren Guerra) were invited to participate in a three-day conference in June, 2013 hosted by the American Enterprise Institute which is a leading think tank in Washington D.C.  Led by Josh Good of the Values and Capitalism Project, the conference sought to engage students on a variety of topics involving politics, faith, and economics.  They were joined by 25 faculty and 65 students from other Christian colleges from across the country.  During the conference they heard from public intellectuals such as Arthur Brooks, Charles Murray, Christina Hoff-Summers, Micheal Cromartie, Ramesh Ponnuru and many others.  It is a chance for students from Evangelical Christian colleges to hone their ability to think critically and carefully about the great issues of our day.