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.

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