Vanguard’s campus is alive again with a record number of new and returning students. We will kick off the new academic year with a wonderful VU welcome led by Frontline – 50 student leaders that provide a unique welcome and orientation for our new students as part of our official Welcome Week. Welcome Week is an important way in which we connect students in community to the people that will sustain them over their tenure here and give them the resources they will need to thrive. For further information about our Welcome Week activities, please visit http://www.vanguard.edu/studentlife/welcome-week/.
There have been a number of changes to the campus this summer and fall. We have completely renovated the 2nd floor of Huntington Hall Men’s dormitory (with plans to continue until renovating until completed). We repaired a number of walkways and lawns, trimmed our trees and landscaping, repaired roofs, replaced the roof and ventilation in our science building, painted a number of offices and repaired flooring. Our biggest summer project is a major renovation to the Towers lobby that includes a new outdoor pavilion. All funds were raised during the past year, and the project is due for completion in October. For more information on the “Love The Lobby” project, please visit http://www.vanguard.edu/lovethelobby/.
As we enter the new academic year, I am pleased to share with you that Vanguard completed the 2011 fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, and the summer months without drawing on a line of credit. We continue to make progress on moving to financial health. Our faculty continue to invest deeply in the lives of our students. Our Spiritual Formation and Outreach programs continue to provide a vibrant community for deep spiritual growth. Students lives are being transformed. We have again been recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the 121 institutions in the “Best in the West” section of its website feature, “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” For additional information on The Princeton Review Ranking, please visit www.vanguard.edu
In June, the Board of Trustees made a small but very important addition to our mission statement, which was then ratified by the Membership at their meeting the next week following the Board meeting. The final phrase of our mission statement now reads – equipping each student for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. While Vanguard from its foundation has been intentionally focused on the Spirit-empowered and Christ-centered life and education, we believed it important to explicitly reflect that in our mission statement as we move forward. For more information on the University’s Mission and Identity Statement, please refer to the 2011-2012 Academic Catalog, page 8.
We committed ourselves to a new year of Christ-centered living and learning at our opening Convocation service. Our theme verse this year is taken from Paul’s prayer to the Ephesians. It is my prayer for Vanguard this year.
God bless you and God bless Vanguard,
Dr. Carol Taylor