Hello April

Provost Newsletter | April 1st

Thoughts from Professor Heuser

In four years we will be celebrating Vanguard University’s first 100 years! Some of America’s most prestigious universities share a similar historical identity with Vanguard in its original, single mission of training ministers, missionaries, and lay leadership for Christian ministry. Broadening our mission to embrace the liberal arts several decades ago is now challenged by those in society who question the value of a liberal arts education if it doesn’t translate into a vocation with an adequate salary to pay off student loans, and to provide the means to make a decent living.

The continuing challenge for us as a Vanguard community is to persistently and thoughtfully deepen our commitment to Christian identity and academic excellence without compromising either.

Christian universities – especially those that are evangelical – will likely continue to take a hit in the media and perhaps from specific policies outside of our control. I’ve been thinking about Vanguard’s mission statement, “to pursue knowledge, cultivate character, deepen faith, and equip each student for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.”

spirit picIn a culture that continues to stereotype Evangelical/Pentecostal labels, it seems important for us as a community to be proactive in clarifying how the interplay of knowledge, character, and faith connects with a liberal arts and professional studies mission of higher education, and why a “Spirit-empowered life” and “Christ-centered leadership” can help to distinguish Vanguard from other Christian university choices. I asked an upper division class how they would unpack “Christ-centered” and “Spirit-empowered” and the discussion was pretty sparse. What follows, perhaps to get a discussion going, are a few of my thoughts.

The inaugural mission of Jesus’s leadership announced good news to humanity’s poor – claiming release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, freedom of those who are oppressed, and proclamation of the Lord’s favor (Luke 4:18-19). The radical nature of what Jesus claimed as kingdom values – loving our neighbors as ourselves (Jesus had a specific parable to define neighbor), forgiving when it seems humanly impossible, loving enemies, redefining personal growth and religious piety – need not take away from our convictions of strengthening the academic quality of our programs. On the contrary, these values demonstrate the full meaning of what it means to be truly human in a world that is often dehumanizing and stuck in patterns of recycling blame, judgments, name-calling, and irresponsibility.

The fresh wind of Spirit’s empowerment inaugurated at the Pentecost event in Acts 2 breaks into our creative capacities to speak forth about God’s many deeds of power, and shakes loose the natural bent toward status quo divisions and hierarchies of gender, race, ethnicity, and age. Instead, we walk in the Spirit’s indwelling presence with “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control” (Gal 5:22-23).

Beyond the academy and one’s vocation is a life lived to its fullest – one that a Christian liberal arts foundation offers to those who will partner with God’s reconciling purpose for the world God loves so much.

Roger Heuser, Ph.D.
Professor of Leadership Studies
Department of Religion

A Word from the Provost

We extend congratulations to Vince and Mikki Gil for the outstanding accomplishment of their daughter. Rachel Gil (class of ’03) of Villa Fundamental Intermediate School was selected SAUSD Educator of the Year for the Intermediate division. Rachel learned that she had been selected through a surprise visit from Superintendent Rick Miller, and members of his Cabinet during one of her English classes on Friday, March 25th.  She will represent SAUSD in the Orange County Teacher of the Year program (SAUSD is the largest school district in OC). She will be recognized with all of the Educators of the Year from each school during a recognition reception and ceremony on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at Santa Ana High School.

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Congratulations to Dr. Kristen Lashua’s History of Human Rights class (Fall, 2015)!  At its upcoming national conference, Amnesty International will be presenting a Write for Rights Letter Writing Award to the students in Kristen’s class for their participation in a campaign designed to generate attention to the case of Teodora del Carmen Vasquez, who is currently serving a 30-year prison sentence in El Salvador for aggravated homicide, after she suffered a still-birth.  Teodora, who could not afford adequate legal representation, was presumed guilty of having an abortion.IMG_1797

 

We extend congratulations to Julia Wilson for the outstanding accomplishment of her daughter. Lynnea Wilson Morm (class of ’10) has one more week of med school rotations, then she is finished with med school.  She officially graduates May 20th from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pomona.  Lynnea recently found out that she was matched into residency at Harbor UCLA in family medicine.  In addition, she was one of only 100 med students nationwide to be granted a $120,000 scholarship through the National Health Service Corp that will be applied towards her tuition.  After residency, she will work for 3 years in a federally funded clinic that cares for the under-served population.  We are very thrilled for her success and grateful to Vanguard for the wonderful education she received!

Baccalaureate and Commencement are right around the corner! Please visit the website for upcoming Commencement and Baccalaureate information (times, location, etc.) and instructions.

The team who worked with the Substantive Change for Online Religion programs met with WSCUC Substantive Change committee on Monday, March 28th.  The team has worked hard developing the changes and preparing curriculum.  Thank you all for your hard work.

The Reaffirmation Report for our WSCUC offsite and on campus visit is in progress.  Thank you to Dr. Ludmila Praslova, ALO who led the religion team through the substantive change process along with the working teams for the Reaffirmation Report. We have multiple upcoming presentations by Vanguard faculty at WSCUC ARC academic resources conference.

Here are the links:

Topic: Diversity, Culture, and Student Success

Topic: Approaches to MQID

Topic: Learning & Assessment in Graduate Programs

Effects of Student Debt and Alternative Models of Financing Education

Special Prayer:

  • AB1888 failure to pass in California
  • Sheri Benvenuti and Roger Heuser healing
  • Children of Faculty, Staff and Administration
  • Students experiencing major challenges

News from the Library

Pam Crenshaw, Michelle Schonken and Steve Valdez will be attending the CARL (College and Research Libraries) conference on Friday, April 2, 2016 at the Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa.

Dr. Adam Ayers participated in Urban Storytellers in February.

Selah Cosentino, ’14 also presented in February for Coffee, Tea and conversation.  She asked a panel of guests to come and help with her presentation of Transitioning from college to career.

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The library will be open extended hours for pre-finals and finals week.

  • April 25-28, Monday – Thursday, 7:30-3 a.m.
  • April 29, Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • April 30, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • May 1- May 4, Sunday – Wednesday 7:30-3 a.m.
  • May 5, Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • May 6-8, Friday – Sunday, CLOSED

The library is introducing its new LIBRARY APP available through the Apple store and Google Play for download.   The official unveiling will be during National Library Week, April 11-15.  The application allows patrons to access the catalog and popular databases on their smart phones.

Research help is being offered April 12, 3-3:45 p.m. in the library computer lab.  If you have students who need help this is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed.

News from Global Center for Education and Outreach

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Students spent another spring break serving in Ensenada, Mexico and San Francisco.  Both teams had an incredible time and were deeply impacted by what they were able to experience.

Both Women’s Chorus and Orchestra toured over spring break, visiting several churches in states throughout the Western US.

In addition, our Science Department had another successful spring break course through Joshua Tree, Anza Borrego and Death Valley.

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News from the Office of Institutional Research

The Office of Institutional Research has collected and analyzed data from Vanguard’s fall 2015 entering class. Being a Christian-based university, the results Vanguard University received vary compared to this year’s national freshman entering class. Here are the results:

Vanguard’s fall 2015 entering freshman class showed similar level of commitment to political engagement and community issues as their national counterpart.

However, Vanguard Freshman have significantly different opinions on the key social policy issues such as endorsement of the marriage of same-sex couples and legal status of abortion, as expected. 81% of 2015 freshmen in the nation endorse the right of same-sex couples to marry while 38% of Vanguard freshmen do. 64% of 2015 freshmen in the nation support the legal status of abortion while 38% of Vanguard freshmen do.

Also, it appears that the higher proportion of Vanguard students use a variety of sources to fund their first year of college than the national freshmen. 27% of national freshmen rely on Pell grants while 46% of Vanguard freshmen do. 52% of national freshmen utilize merit-based grants or scholarships while 83% of Vanguard freshmen do. 65% of national freshmen express concerns about financing their education while 82% of Vanguard freshmen do. Click here for more information.

Also, course evaluations results of 2015 fall will be sent out in the first week of April or sooner.

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News from Global Center for Women and Justice

The Frontline Summit included participants from Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare, Victim Advocates and Educators from Orange County, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego, and Las Vegas, NV returned to consider emerging protocols for county services to Commercially Sexually Exploited children (CSEC) which is mandated by new California laws.  A highlight of the Summit was a Technology and Decision Making presentation by a local App Developer.  As a result of his engagement and information gathering, his company is developing a communication app that will link county service providers immediately. Here’s a first look at this.

Walk for JusticeWe had organized our first ever 5K Walk for Justice to kick off the beginning of Ensure Justice Conference. Participants came to Crowne Plaza for the start and walked to Vanguard where Chick-Fil-A was provided. It was a fun way to get the community together to bridge the gap between the government officials that participated at the Frontline Summit, and the students and community attendees of Ensure Justice. Judge Maria Hernandez led the pack, representing the OC Court System.

The Ensure Justice Conference theme was A Marathon to End Human Trafficking with the idea of Train, Sustain, and Focus. We had many expert speakers join us to lead the plenaries and participate on panels, answering the questions from the audience. Some of our plenary speakers this year were Deborah Augustine from DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), Frank Massolini, Jason Pope, and Priscilla Santos all from The Salvation Army, David and Beth Grant from Project Rescue and many others including local and global organization representation. Here is the link of the plenary sessions: http://www.vanguard.edu/gcwj/ensurejustice/videos/

Compassion NightThe second annual Compassion Night was held the first night of the Conference and it was a very impactful in which many Vanguard Students came out to participate in. Chris McCall from Grace Fellowship Church led worship with his team including 3 junior high students. President Beals hosted and Dr. Beth Grant led this powerful evening in which the call was to be filled with Courageous Compassion following the example of Jesus.

Kenosha TripThe Live2free team went to Kenosha, Wisconsin to participate in the Annual Hope Run Forum at Journey Church.  While Dr. Morgan presented to two sessions of healthcare providers at Aurora Medical Center (total of 100 physicians and nurses), Live2free presented at one TOT (15 leaders) and 3 school assemblies. On Friday it was all hands on deck for a one day Community Forum with over 250 participants with law enforcement, victim services, community engagement and awareness leaders. Dr. Morgan facilitated the panels and offered a session on a Public Health Model to the exploitation of vulnerable women and children.

Brittany SkilesBrittany Skiles, recent alum of Vanguard has been added to the GCWJ staff as Administrative Assistant for the Center. She has already been working as a temporary Coordinator while Nadia Hernandez has been on maternity leave and taking care of baby Isabelle. Nadia will return in April.

Approval of Human Trafficking Certificate is in the final step in the approval process, the WMST 12 unit Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate was approved by the Faculty Senate, February 26, 2016. http://www.vanguard.edu/gcwj/htcertificate/

News from the Registrar

    Traditional undergraduate priority academic registration is April 11-15, and graduate student priority registration is April 18-22.  Remember that if your class closes during registration and students add themselves to the waitlist you can give priority to individual students by contacting your administrative assistant. They know how to make that happen.  Please do not sign an add/drop form to allow them entry to the class as this procedure is now handled by each department through the waitlist process. More detailed information will be sent via e-mail closer to Registration.
    FERPA reminder:  If a parent wants to speak with you about their student’s grades and/or attendance, please check with your department administrative assistant to see if the student has given permission for you to do so.  We recently changed from tracking this information on an excel spreadsheet to entering it into the school’s database (Colleague) so your administrative assistant will need to access this information for you.

You are invited to the: National Faith Leaders Conference

Click here for more information.

Click here for the agenda.

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Celebrating 35 Years of Service: Librarian Pam Crenshaw

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Pam Crenshaw has served at Vanguard two times, from 1975-1979 as the Assistant to the Business Manager and then returned in 1986 to assist the Academic Dean 1986-1992, President 1990-1992, 1999, Development Associate Director 1992-2000 and Institutional Data Coordinator 2000-2001.  She transferred to the Library in 2001 and earned her Master’s in Library Science in 2005.  Pam joined the faculty in 2006 and has served as both Librarian and Archivist. Pam also has been certified as a Certified Archivist and is one of only 1200 Certified Archivists in the US.   Pam loves to relate SCBS/SCBC/SCC/VUSC history as well as interviewing through oral history those who have been influential in making Vanguard University what is today.   She teaches bibliographic instruction within the Library, and has taught Cornerstone and Oral History within the History Department.

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Celebrating 40 Years of Service: Professor Vince Gil

vince_gil_06161_1Dr. Vincent Gil earned his Ph.D. in Psychological and Medical Anthropology from UCLA.  He has served the university community for over 40 years.  Upon his arrival in 1975 he established the Department of Anthropology and for over 20 years he was the only Anthropologist for the program.    In addition to his teaching and mentoring activities Dr. Gil has undertaken research and teaching projects in clinical settings in the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, and China, specializing in cross-cultural medical education on HIV/AIDS and STI’s.  He is loved and respected by students as evidenced by students selecting Dr. Gil as Professor of the year on 4 separate occasions.  Throughout his tenure he has dedicated his attention and energy to the development of students and the Department of Anthropology and Sociology.  Thank you Vince, for the way you care and for the way you show it.

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Professor Stachowiak’s Podcast: Teaching in Higher Ed

Teaching in Higher EdAssociate Professor of Business and Management, Bonni Stachowiak is founder of the The Teaching in Higher Ed podcast which provides a space to explore the art and science of being more effective at facilitating learning. It also shares ways to increase faculty members’ personal productivity approaches, so we can have “more peace in our lives and be even more present for our students.”

The podcast has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education in an article written by James Lang (http://chronicle.com/article/Improving-My-Teaching-via/232925/), as well as on Inside Higher Ed in a post written by Anne Guarnera (https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/podcasts-inspire-your-classroom-practice). Also featured in the same article is David Pecoraro’s podcast: Student Caring.

Each week, Bonni has a dialog about how to become more effective in our teaching, or how to increase our personal productivity. Well known authors have been on the show, such as Ken Bain, Stephen Brookfield, Audrey Waters, and James Lang, as well as lesser-known experts who have much to contribute to the field.

Episodes last around 30 minutes and are accompanied by show notes that help listeners follow up on what was discussed on the episode.

For more on Professor Stachowiak click here.

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Provost Newsletter | March 1st

Thoughts from Professor Gil

Remembering to Ask

James 1:5 ::  If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him. ask

The lives of academics at Vanguard are often intersected by students seeking answers to questions. As such, we are often placed in positions where the student expects us to advise, counsel, sometimes help them make decisions. Sometimes these are critical ones!

I often find myself helping students return to that fundamental core which, for Christians, is the centrality of Jesus in our decision-making.  For a generation that has difficulty making decisions, particularly those that are consequential or pivotal, it’s imperative that we help them start with Jesus at the center–if for no other reason than to give them the assurance that He cares and can answer.  And thus, the quoted verse.

His ear is never far and his voice is available!  Both Mikki and I have found that our best directions in life happen when Jesus becomes the center of our decision-making: When He is invited into that middle, that central place of honor. His voice then rings–loud or softly–but it is heard:  through events, circumstances, and occurrences that we then understand to be His will.  I encourage you to be mindful of helping students focus their decision-making by inviting in Jesus’ voice, and waiting to hear it!

Vince Gil
Professor of Anthropology

 

A Word from the Provost

…Because he lives, we can face tomorrow, because he lives all fear is gone, because I know who holds the future, life is worth the living just because he lives…song by Bill Gaither…Christ is risen, He is risen indeed!

EasterOur lives continue to experience the power of the risen Savior through healing, deliverance, comfort, wisdom, and the list goes on.  We celebrate his resurrection throughout the year as he makes his presence real to us.  My prayer for this Easter break for each of you is rest, renewal and revival.

I want to acknowledge and celebrate with our 2016-17 sabbatical recipients.  Congratulations to Associate Professor of Cinema Arts, Jonathan Moore and Professor of Systematic Theology, Dr. Frank Macchia.

The Academic Committee of the Board meeting met with the candidates for promotion and tenure.  Each candidate was recommended by the P&T committee, Provost and President to the Academic Committee for ratification of the total Board.  The candidates were: Dr. Laurie Hatch (Promotion), Dr. Stephanie D’Auria (Promotion and Tenure) and Dr. Sheri Benvenuti (Reinstatement of Tenure).

It my pleasure to acknowledge that the resolution for the recommendation from the Religion Department and full faculty for Faculty Emeritus status for Dr. Jerry Camery-Hoggatt was a unanimous decision of the Board.  The Provost office will acknowledge the decision to Dr. Camery-Hoggatt.

I want to encourage all Faculty Senators representing academic departments to make your departments aware of the outcome of decisions from the Senate meetings.  This is very important as we seek to communicate outcomes of decisions.  Chairs please place on your monthly department agenda the opportunity for Senate reports.CTC

Our Education Department will have their accreditation site visit by the Commission for Teacher Credential the second week of March.  We ask that you be in prayer for the Education faculty and the members who will be on campus to review our credential programs for recertification and affirmation.  Thank you to the Education Faculty under the leadership of Dr. Jerry Ternes for you continued hard work in preparing for this visit.

We have many faculty and students who have experienced challenges with the flu and it’s a different type of virus and we ask that our faculty be in prayer for our community.

Saturday, was the last fellowship at the home of the O’Quinn’s.  My family wants to thank each of you who were able to attend and just hang out with us for a couple of hours.  It was a pleasure meeting spouses, fiancés, and friends of those of you who serve so faithfully at Vanguard.  We have the laughter of balloon popping, skittle separation, demonstrating the ability to be silly, sinking ship, taboo, and a few other games.  The goal and motivation was simply fellowship, laughter and good food.  Meals are important to making ourselves acquainted in the lives of others.  Our family would like to express our sincere gratitude to you all and those who shared gifts, notes and words of encouragement.  As Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, I want to say as the author in Hebrews 6:10 “For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward his name in that you have ministered to the saints and do minister.” Thank you!

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WSCUC Reaffirmation review:WASC

Dates are established:

- Report and appendices due: July 19

- Offsite Review video conference: September 27, 2016

- Accreditation Visit: February 28-March 2, 2017

Off-site review team is named:

Team Chair: Dr. Helen J.D. Whippy, Provost Chaminade University of Honolulu

Team Assistant Chair: Dr. Carole L. Huston, Associate Provost, University of San Diego

Team Members:

Mr. Michael C. Allen. Assistant Provost for Records and Research, Fresno Pacific University

Dr. Shirley McGuire. Vice Provost, University of San Francisco

Mr. Peter A. Michell, Vice President for Finance, Saint Mary’s College of California

Report progress update: Institutional Report is mostly written, some need minor editing, some need additional portions as the work continues this year.

Please contact Ludmila Praslova, ALO, if have any questions or desire to assist in the process where needed.

News from the RegistrarRegistration

Some confusion has been expressed as to when academic registration will take place this semester.  Traditional undergraduates will register April 11-15, and graduate students will begin registration April 18th.

Proof copies of the Summer and Fall 2016 course schedules will be emailed to department chairs on approximately March 8th.  The finalized course schedules will be available online by March 21st.

The last day for traditional semester students to drop a class and receive a “W” is Friday, March 4th.  Please take a few minutes and compare the names in your grade book/spreadsheet to the names on the roster in myVU.   If anyone has stopped attending, but has not yet withdrawn, please e-mail Marissa at Marissa.Tilton@vanguard.edu  and she will in turn contact the student.

News from the Library

Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, partnered with the library to present Urban Storytellers 2 on February 24, 7-9 p.m.

Michelle Schonken and Steve Valdez will be representing Vanguard University at the SCELC (Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium) annual meeting at Loyola Marymount University on March 3, 2016.  SCELC is our database consortium.Coffee and Convo

The library continues the series Conversation Coffee and Tea on March 3 at 6 p.m. Our next guest is Selah Cosentino., who graduated in 2014 as a first-generation college graduate with a Business degree.  While at VU she served as a Frontline leader, RA and CA.  Additionally, she worked in the library and Institutional Research.  She is now working at Ambassador Advertising Agency in Irvine.  She will be talking about transitioning from college into real life.

The library staff met with Admissions Counselors on Wednesday, February 10, for a meet and greet.  Admissions Counselors are in the library consistently on tours and the library staff wanted them to know who we are.

The Black History Club was asked to create a display in the library for Black History month.  It is located at the entrance of the library.  Additionally, a display of single Pentecostal  missionary women is also at the entrance to coordinate with Women’s History month in March and the Wilson Institute of Pentecostal Studies lecture.

Christine Cho has been working with ECE to update videos for the library Moodle page.

Elena Nipper and Mel Covetta are currently working on weeding the collection and updating the catalog. Jack Morgan has also been involved with identifying over 200 cassettes to weed, specifically the George Wood cassettes, which have been donated to the Flower Pentecostal Center.  Much of  Dr. Wood’s sermons are all currently available online.  In addition, Jack identified 150 books published before 1900′s, to be moved from our main collection to our rare collection.

Instruction for the following courses took place in the library computer lab:  NURS 305, NURS 315, NURS 516, PSYC 220 (multiple sections), COMM 201 (multiple sections), EDU 100, ENGL 120 (multiple sections), ENGL 220 (multiple sections), CORE 100, BUOM 377 and EDU 605.

Jack Morgan worked with interested members of Sigma Tau Delta on book repair and preservation.  Jack is also our representative on the campus safety committee and reviews safety within the library.

Research workshops have been offered once a month to the community by both Elena Nipper and Pam Crenshaw.  Students are able to come in and get help with any research projects.

Course ReservesPam Crenshaw and Steve Valdez processed 708 course reserves for 135 courses in the spring semester.  Of the courses offered in Spring, 19% of the total course offerings were using reserves.

The circulation desk is manned by 14 student assistants within the 85+ hours a week that the library is open.  The late shift (11 p.m. to 1 a.m., Monday through Thursday) is run by two student assistants who have received additional training and are responsible for the library during these late hours.  The library student assistants are very critical to the operation of the library.

News from the Global Center for Women and Justice

The Global Center for Women and Justice is pleased to partner with the Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies to feature leader women scholars in our movement. This semester’s theme is “Your Daughters Shall Prophecy: Women of the Spirit.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2016, |  2:00– 4:00 PM HEATH LECTURE HALL 109, VANGUARD UNIVERSITY

“Empowered To Do What Is Right: Lessons in the Ethical Use of Power from Women in the Book of Samuel”

Westbrook-April-10-0005April Westbrook earned her doctorate degree from Claremont Graduate University.  She teaches several foundational courses in the Religion core curriculum and  biblical Hebrew.  She also regularly teaches courses in Old Testament historical books, the Pentateuch, and the book o f Proverbs.  As an ordained minister for over twenty-five years, Professor Westbrook also has great interest in issues concerning women in leadership and ministry roles.  She regularly teaches related courses, as well as speaking at conferences, retreats and chapel services.

Ensure Justice 2016 will feature a 5K Walk for Justice – free for all participants on Friday, March 3 @11:00 a.m. from the Costa Mesa Crown Plaza Hotel to Vanguard University where Ensure Justice will kick off at 2:00 p.m. featuring our Keynote, Deborah Augustine, National Director of Child Victim Services for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).  Last minute registration is available here: https://connect.vanguard.edu/event/ensurejusticepromo

EJ16_Social Media_Compassion_NightThe  2nd Annual Compassion Night (A part of Ensure Justice 2016) will feature Dr. Beth Grant, Assemblies of God Executive Presbyter and Co-Founder of Project Rescue. Friday, March 4, 2016 6:30pm  This is a FREE EVENT that is open to the Community and Chapel Credit is available to Vanguard Students.

logoGCWJ Director, Dr. Sandra Morgan’s article, Closing the Leadership Gap, was published in the Assemblies of God Feb/Mar  Influence Magazine Issue This article considers our responsibility as Christian leaders to transfer knowledge. “As a Fellowship, the Assemblies of God must ask: How are we managing the transfer of our century-plus knowledge base? It is much more than theological and polity writings. It is the understood, and often unstated, knowledge of our roots — tacit knowledge that goes beyond the information in organizational handbooks.

News from the Office of Student Success and Academic Resources

face picProfessor and Tutorial & Math Learning Centers Coordinator, Tom Shirey, will present a report on the innovative pedagogical techniques implemented in STEM courses and in the Tutoring Center since being awarded a Title V Grant from the Department of Education at the National Tutor Association (NTA) Conference in Tampa, Florida on April 1-6, 2016.Professor Tom Shirey (’83) is currently pursuing his MA under the guidance of Dr. Mikki Gil. This project represents an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Office of Student Support and Academic Resources (OSSAR) directed by Amanda Lebrecht, Dr. Anja Rosengarth in the Department of Chemistry, and with the Title V grant implementation team headed by Drs. April Harris, Sylvia Kane and Tara Sirvent. Grant funds have focused on promoting a positive tutorial culture, increasing tutor availability, and providing systematic tutor training through NTA certification. Since these approaches have been undertaken, during 2014-2015, there has been a 7% increase of use of tutorial services by both African Americans and Hispanic students, and a total increase of 23% by all students of color. Additionally, results from last semester show that average grade improvement for students utilizing these expanded resources in Dr. Rosengarth’s Introductory Chemistry course (Chem 112C) was an average of 1.5 letter grades higher than for students who did not take advantage of these services.

Professor Shirey will present these results in a presentation entitled “Responding to the Changing Demographic of a newly designated HSI serving institution through the auspices of the Tutorial Center” in April. The discussions based on this study are intended to inform those involved in administrative decisions within each department about the impact on student success in their respective courses.

For more information, the following is the abstract of the report that has been accepted for presentation by the NTA:

Title: Responding to the Changing Demographic of a newly designated HSI serving institution through the auspices of the Tutorial Center

By: Magali Gil, PhD, Tom Shirey, Marlisse Holbrook, Amanda Lebrecht, Sylvia Kane, Ed.D., Tara Sirvent, PhD

Vanguard University of Southern California is situated in the coastal city of Costa Mesa in affluent Orange County, where the median home price is $711,030 (Nov. 2015). Reflecting the county’s historically consistent white majority population, Vanguard University was a predominantly white student population.  However, over the last three years, Vanguard University has seen a dramatic change in the demographics of its student body, prompting a major shift in university support structures to promote student success and equity. In 2012-2013, Hispanic students comprised 27% of the total undergraduate student population. By 2013-2014, Vanguard’s total new incoming undergraduate student population was 43% Hispanic, representing a 9% increase in one year. This rapid shift transformed both the academic and social needs of the student population, and has reshaped the culture of the institution. Most specifically, the increase in Hispanic enrollment has surfaced conversations about “best practice” to support minority students that often begin the college experience as “first generation college students” with noticeable achievement gaps in core competencies, and challenges attributed to “second language learners.” To this end, Vanguard University, a recently designated HSI, has responded by restructuring the Tutorial and Math Learning Centers, focusing on promoting a positive tutorial culture, increasing tutor availability, and providing systematic tutor training through NTA certification.

Since these approaches have been undertaken, during 2014-2015, there has been a 7% increase of use of tutorial services by both African Americans and Hispanic students, and a total increase of 23% by all students of color.

News from the Office of Institutional Research

Your Story MattersThe Institutional Research has worked diligently to prepare a survey for all students: Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) for YSM Twotraditional undergraduate and Adult Student Priorities Survey (ASPS) for professional and graduate students. This survey aims to measure student success and achievement in order to provide better services for the students.  Along with the survey, students will have a chance to win gift cards from Target, Amazon, Starbucks, or a Visa Card. We encourage all students to fill this survey, for it will not only support and guide our school decision making, but it will also help their experience here at Vanguard. The survey begins March 1st and closes April 11th!

We have also successfully delivered the first Course Evaluation packets for 2016 spring. We are working on sending the course evaluation result of 2015 fall and more throughout March, so be on the lookout for them.

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Assistant Professor, Mildred Yi Presents at the California All-State Music Education Conference in San Jose, CA.

We are so proud of Mildred Yi, Assistant Professor of Music had the opportunity to present at CASMEC: California All-State Music Education Conference in San Jose on February 11-14 2016.

Mildred Yi presented on Friday, February 12 on “Gender Issues in Hiring Practice of Music Educators” Research Poster Session.  The purpose of this research was to examine the prevalence of gender bias in hiring practice of music teachers, specifically for High School Orchestra Director and Elementary String Specialist positions. The discussions based on the study are intended inform those involved in hiring decisions including music educators and administrators -the impact of gender stereotypes and prescriptions for specific types of music teaching positions.

On Saturday, February 13th she also presented on “Instrumental Conducting for Music Education Students” Collegiate Clinic. Understanding that conducting is an important component in music teacher education among many other competencies to be acquired–this workshop was designed for students in university music teacher education programs to explore conducting skills for directing school instrumental ensembles. Principles and techniques learned in college conducting courses were applied specifically to score study and direct a repertoire for elementary, middle, and high school band and orchestras. Participating collegiate members formed a lab ensemble where students had the opportunity to conduct and receive coaching and feedback.
For more about Mildred Yi, please click here.

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Professor John Wilson Writes 4-Volume Autobiography

Professor of History, Dr. John Wilson in the History/Political Science Department self-published a “not available in stores” 4-volume autobiography over the years 2010-2015. “Straight Arrow” was distributed to Professor Wilson’s two daughters and five grandchildren and serves as a useful reminder to me of things I might forget as the years go by.

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Dr. Elizabeth Powell Presented on Integration of Spirituality into Therapy

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Dr. Elizabeth Powell presented on Integration of Spirituality into Therapy for Orange County mental health professionals.oc_health_care_agency_flyer

This two-hour training for county clinicians, supervisors, and community partners included a discussion around the importance of assessing and incorporating spirituality into psychological treatment. The training covered the differences between religion and spirituality, assessing spirituality at intake and recent research on ethical integration strategies. Ways for the clinician to consult, gather data and support the client in spiritual areas were explored. Clinicians were exposed to the realities and challenges in the integration of religion and spirituality so that treatment can move forward in a way that is useful for clients and authentic for clinicians

Objectives:

  • Identify ways that spirituality is connected to identity and presenting concerns of a client
  • Assess the importance of spirituality to a client
  • Identify ways to ethically integrate spiritual concerns into the therapeutic and treatment process

 

This 2 hour seminar was an introduction providing continuing education credit approved for Psychologists, LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs & RNs.

For more on Dr. Elizabeth Powell, click here.

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Dr. Gary Tyra Featured as Plenary Speaker at the Spirit Conference

On January 29, 2016 Religion Professor, Dr. Gary Tyra served as a plenary speaker at the Partners in (the) Spirit conference conducted at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The theme of the conference was “Pentecostal Preaching and Ministry in Multicultural Post-Christian Canada.” Dr. Tyra’s two plenary presentations were titled: “Even Pentecostals Need More of the Spirit: The Spirit and the Three-Fold Faithfulness Required to Reach this Generation for Christ” and “Missional Pentecostalism: What It Is: Why It’s Needed, How to Unleash It in Your Church.”

Both presentations were very well received, and the papers they were based on are slated to be published as chapters in a collective work deriving from the conference (Wipf and Stock Publishers).

We are grateful that Dr. Tyra represented  Vanguard University was well at this important academic/ministry conference. Well done.

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Professor Hatch Publishes Article in Issue of Christianity and Literature

christianity__litThe English Department is delighted to announce the publication of Dr. Laurie Camp Hatch’s scholarly article, “Gerard Manley Hopkins and Victorian Approaches to the Problems of Perception: Affirming the Metaphysical in the Physical,” which will appear in the March 2016 issue of Christianity and Literature (65.2).

Laurie Hatch is the Assistant Professor of English in the English Department. For more more on Professor Hatch, please click here.