Mid-January, the campus fills with students after a good break, ready to engage in Vanguard life again!
We also gain new students each spring and our Spring Welcome Weekend, January 10th-13th, is Vanguard’s way of introducing incoming students to Vanguard’s numerous resources and the campus community. Welcome, new students! I pray this weekend will be the start of lifelong friendships and learning for you!
Alumni Weekend is fast approaching, February 1st and 2nd! Vanguard students will perform in our very own VU’s Got Talent. There will be opportunities to reunite with old classmates and learn how Vanguard alumni are changing the world. Alumni awards include: Alumnus of the Year: Ron Bueno ’90, Career Achievement Award: Bill ’67 and Nancie (Pearson) ’66 Carmichael, Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Isaac Canales ’74, Young Alumnus of the Year: Jason Lankow ’03. There will also be a VU versus BIOLA basketball game. Go, Lions! Children of VU alum can participate in sports camps led by VU athletics and there will also be a 5K to raise money for Mercy Doyle, a meaningful event for the whole family. We hope you will be able to join us!
Another alumnus getting attention for changing the world is Olivia Klaus (’99). Olivia directed and produced Sin by Silence, a documentary about the first inmate-led battered women’s group in the US prison system. Sin by Silence has won numerous film festival and advocacy awards, and has been featured in People Magazine and CNN. Recently Olivia Klaus became the recipient of the Mary Byron Project “Celebrating Solutions” awards. This prestigious award honors innovative U.S. programs that demonstrate promise in ending the generational cycle of domestic violence. Read more here.
Vanguard alumni are living endowments of Christ’s presence in a broken world. New students come to Vanguard each semester and through their education and life in community here are equipped for lives of Christ-centered leadership and Spirit-empowered service. It is an honor to be engaged in this great work with you!
Carol Taylor, PhD