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Provost Newsletter |October 1st

Thoughts from the Dean:

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”

Sabbath RestI love that moment right before, when I’m setting up for class–the chatter from students about what happened in a class just before mine; minds engaged, working.

I’m so grateful to you, my colleagues, for all you do, but especially that: the pouring of your lives into the men and women who God has called to Vanguard for some purpose that is beyond us.  And I say that not just as a fellow faculty member/administrator, but also as an alumnus and, most intimately, as a parent of VU students. Thank you for your central role in making real the claim that Vanguard transforms lives.

And yet.  How can we give so much without wearing ourselves out?  The demands never cease, and in fact lately seem to be increasing.  On top of student needs, we have department meetings, Senate business, faculty committees, administrative committees, accreditation reaffirmation task groups, academic Strat-Op groups, and then there’s the conferences that we need to keep us attuned to developments in our professional fields.

In Sacred Rhythms, Ruth Haley Barton calls out the need for Sabbath.  Our bodies need rest, our spirits need replenishment, and our souls need to delight in God.  We know this, but (if you’re like me) we live as though we don’t know this.  Or we know it, but really just can’t afford to stop and remember the Sabbath–not this weekend!

Barton helped me see that this is foolishness:”If we dig down…we may see that our unwillingness to practice sabbath is really an unwillingness to live within the limits of our humanity, to honor our finiteness.  We cling to some sense that we are indispensable and that the world cannot go on without us even for a day.  Or we feel that certain tasks and activities are more significant than the delights that God is wanting to share with us.  This is a grandiosity that we indulge to our own peril.” Thank you, colleagues, for all you do!  To enable us to continue to do all that God has called us to do, please, let’s take care of ourselves the way God has prescribed–by remembering the Sabbath Day.

Mike Wilson, Associate Provost and Dean

A Word from the Provost:

We celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month – September 15th – October 15thHispanic Heritage MonthHow bless we are at Vanguard University to honor the rich heritage of Hispanic faculty and students of Vanguard University.  The legacy of Hispanic Alums who have made significant contributions throughout the world is celebrated. Hispanics are making major contributions throughout the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and around the world.  We celebrate our Hispanic community and those impacting our lives with excellence here at Vanguard.  Thank you!

HSI Grant Award

Vanguard University celebrates the second CCCU on the West Coast to be a recipient of the Hispanic Serving Institute Grant awarded $2.57M over 5 years.  I want to acknowledge and honor Dr. April Harris, our Director of Diversity and Inclusion who served to coordinate each team’s contribution that resulted in a completed grant application.  I also want to acknowledge from the Academic House, Dr. Tara Sirvant, Dr. Sylvia Kane (Academic Team Lead) and Amanda Lebrecht (now academics) and others who contributed to the section for Professional Development for faculty as we strive to be culturally competent educators who are blessed to educate our diverse student community.  Dr. Tim Young and staff members of student life are also to be commended.  The synergy and collaboration between the Academic and Student Affairs units can make a significant difference in the life of Vanguard University.

I want to acknowledge and express appreciation to Dr. Mikki Gil who was one of the early pioneers of Vanguard University for the status of being identified as a Hispanic Serving Institution several years ago.  Dr. Gil has been very instrumental in leadership in this area.  We acknowledge and celebrate your hard work, love and prayers for the support of our Hispanic students over the years.  God bless you Dr. Mikki Gil, you are a pioneer!!!

Reaffirmation Visit

Accreditation Teams are engaged in review of our historical documents as we prepare for our Off-Site Report.  We have many faculty who have made contributions over the years and are participating in this process.  Dr. Ludmila Praslova, Dr. Karen Lee, Dr. Michael Wilson and Dr. Diana Avans are the Provost team members leading the process but it takes total community involvement.  Thank you to all component and standard team leaders.


The Provost Cabinet and Executive Council are working together to prepare the comprehensive outcomes of the intensive Academic Strat-Op plan.  The working teams consisted of representation from Chairs, Faculty representative and Academic Staff.  Planning is in process to present in October to the Faculty Senate and at the October faculty meeting.

Professional Studies External Review

We welcomed to Dr. Irma Hill, External Reviewer of our Business model for the Professional Studies programs. Dr. Hill was on Campus September 28th and 29th meeting with Administrators, PS faculty, staff and other supporting staff to PS programs.

Scott Grand Opening Celebration

PRAISE THE LORD, for the completion of the Scott Academic Center.  Faculty and students are expressing their appreciation for the new classrooms, Samson, and the courtyard for sharing a meal, conversation and personal prayer together.  You are invited on Saturday, October 3rd to the Grand Opening Celebration (Scott Courtyard). Please join us for breakfast with President Beals as we celebrate the generosity of the Vanguard community and the re-opening of our beloved Scott Academic Center. Click here to register.

Board of Trustees and Academic Committee

We will welcome our Board of Trustees for the first meeting of the 2015-16 school year on October 21st -22nd. Pray that God will provide wisdom, knowledge and provision throughout the meeting dates.Mac and Cheese

Saturday Night Dinner with the Provost

The O’Quinn’s welcomed members of the Anthropology, Sociology, History and Political Science to their home in September.  Word on the street is the “Mac and Cheese” was a hit and the fellowship was fun.  You don’t want to miss your department’s opportunity to fellowship together and get to know the O’Quinn village.  Biology, Kinesiology, Nursing, Chemistry and Math are invited on Saturday October 24th.

Doretha O’Quinn,  Provost

The Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies:

Seeks to encourage and support the study of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. It does so by serving as a conference and research center for scholars, church leaders, students and others interested in probing the historical significance and contemporary global role of Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movements.



“Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts”

Wilson PhotoDR. CRAIG KEENER, PH.D. F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY

Prior to his current position at Asbury Theological Seminary, Dr. Keener was professor of New Testament at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University, in Pennsylvania where he taught for 15 years; before that time he was professor at Hood Theological Seminary in North Carolina. While at Palmer, he was also one of the associate pastors at an African-American megachurch in Philadelphia and was ordained in an African-American denomination in 1991.  Dr. Keener has authored 17 books, four of which have won awards in Christianity Today. His IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament (1993), now in its second revised edition (2014), has sold over a million copies (including editions in several languages, including more than 50,000 copies in Korean).  He has written for various journals, both academic and popular. He has published more than 70 academic articles and more than 170 popular ones.  Dr. Keener is the current editor of the Bulletin for Biblical Research.  His wife Médine Moussounga Keenerholds a Ph.D. from University of Paris 7. She was a refugee for 18 months in her home country in Africa (Congo-Brazzaville) and together they work for ethnic reconciliation in the U.S. and Africa.

News from the Global Center for Women and Justice:GCWJ Photo

The Global Center for Women and Justice has a new State Department Fellow, Iris Aliaj, who is an attorney from Albania. She will be with the GCWJ until December working on a project on domestic violence.

Dr. Sandra Morgan and Adjunct Professor Derek Marsh traveled with six WMST Minor students to Argentina where they were part of the first Asegurar Justicia Confrence.

Fifteen Vanguard University students, staff, and GCWJ board members attended the Christians for Biblical Equality conference this past July.

Sandra Morgan also presented in one of the conference workshops on family violence.

Two new students have added the Women’s Studies minor and both are male students.

GCWJ 2 The GCWJ has produced 108 Ending Human Trafficking podcast episodes

The Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking was held on Sept.19th. It was a successful event and surpassed our fundraising goal!  We had several dignitaries in attendance including Gary Taylor, the Division Director of Children and Family Services, Assemblyman Matthew Harper, 74th District, Council Member Keith Curry, Newport Beach City Council, Senator Marian Bergeson (Ret.) and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva. 65th District (2012 – 2014). At the Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking, several awards were given out for the Diamond Award, including:

  • Outstanding Individual to Kyla Smith, Director of the Human Sex Trafficking Program at The Dream Center
  • Outstanding Business to Orange County Transportation Authority for their Human Trafficking
  • New Director’s Youth Award to three Nepali girls, Pabitra Sunar, Chandrakala Badi, and Devisara Badi, survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award to Betsy Tarbell

The GCWJ and Live2Free hosted a sold out film viewing of “Untouchables: Children of God.” After the film, participants had the opportunity to listen and meet some the brave survivors featured in the film.

News from the Office of Global Education and Outreach:

Unpacked Party – Join us on October 2nd from 3-4pm to hear from faculty, staff, and students that have participated in outreach and study abroad opportunities over this last year.  The event will be held in Needham Chapel and there will be refreshments to follow.

GEO Week – Mark your calendars for the first GEO Week, focusing on the outreach trips and study abroad programs that students can participate in this coming year.  Check out our website for further details.

Service Learning – Have a class that requires community service hours?  Check out our Get Connected program which is a simple way for students to register, track and report their hours out.  For more information, visit our website or contact Kayli.

A Note from the Library:

Pam Crenshaw was recertified as a Certified Archivist for another five year period (2015-2020).  The Academy of Certified Archivists was established to certify archivists by meeting education and experience requirements.  This certification demonstrates mastery of a defined body of knowledge and skills for successful archival practice.  As one of approximately 1300 certified archivists in the United States with this achievement, it assures that the Vanguard Archives are professionally managed and maintained. Why become a Certified Archivist? There are many different reasons:Archivist

  • to validate your education, experience, and skills
  • self-evaluation
  • to better compete in the job market
  • to demonstrate self-confidence, professional commitment, and personal initiative
  • to compare your knowledge and skills to a consensus national standard
  • to demonstrate the importance of professional involvement, maintaining an interest in profession-wide concerns, and contributing to the development of the profession as a whole
  • to show support for graduate archival education and professional archival standards.


News from the Office of Student Success and Academic Resources:

The Writing Center
Dr. Karen Lee, M.F.A., Ph.D

In the early weeks of Fall 2015, the Writing Center was delighted to welcome over one hundred requests for face-to-face consultations in Heath 214.  TUG, Graduate, and PS students reserve face-to-face appointments by calling x6359 or visiting Heath 214.  Additionally, the Writing Center continues to offer the year-round availability of on-line Grad-PS Writing Consultants. Please invite your Grad-PS students to e-mail writing projects to gpswritingcenter@vanguard.edu. We aim for a 72-hour turnaround or sooner. Note: This on-line service is for Graduate and Professional Students only. Traditional UG students will continue to make face-to-face and e-appointments via Heath 214.

Student Success Seminars
Heath 109 (unless otherwise noted) Fridays at 10:00 a.m. Phone: (714) 619-6623
Student Success Seminars e-mail: studentsuccessseminars@vanguard.edu  Student Success Student Success Seminars provide exposure to services and resources available on campus, information to aid in your academic or spiritual experience at Vanguard and skills or techniques that can improve academic performance.Seminars which are open to all students are held most Fridays at 10:00 a.m., are presented by staff or faculty members and cover a wide variety of topics.   For more information, e-mail studentsuccessseminars@vanguard.edu

Study Hall:  Scott Academic Center, Room 295 Monday, Wednesday Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Phone: (714) 619-6623 Study Hall e-mail: studyhall@vanguard.edu   Study Hall is an academic learning environment designed for individual, not group work. Study hall is open to all students.   For more information, e-mail studyhall@vanguard.edu

Tutorial and Math Learning Center:Tutoring
This year, the Tutorial and Math Learning Centers are experiencing an exciting season of growth and expansion.  In fact, we have received more tutorial requests in the past month (over 160) than we received in the entire fall semester of last year.  With that, we are committed to enhancing the learning goals of your students and look forward to partnering with you to achieve those goals.

We would like to THANK YOU for your recommendations of students that we have hired as tutors so far this semester.  As a resource for you and the students who are enrolled in your courses, the following list of the subject areas that are available for Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction this semester is provided below.

This list reflects our current availability of tutors:  

Bible and Theology: Foundations of Christian Life NT Survey OT Survey    

Business: Acct for Decision Making Business Courses (Stochowiak) Business Math Business Stats Corporate Finance Macro Economics Managerial Acct

Communications: Various Communications Courses Visual Technology  

English: Lower Division English Courses Speech Comp

Govt./History: US Government US History Wars of America World Civ. I & II

Mathematics Business Math Calculus I & II College Algebra Data Analysis Math for Elementary Teachers Pre-Calculus Music Aural Theory I – IV Basic Musicianship Music Theory I – IV

Psychology / Social Sciences Abnormal Psychology Behavior Modification Behavioral Statistics Cultural Anthropology General Psychology  

Sciences Anatomy Bio Chemistry Bio Statistics Cell Biology Fund/Gen, Org & Biochem I General Chem I Principles of Biology

Sociology Cultural Anthropology Intro to Sociology

Theatre Acting I Costume Design Makeup Design Playing Shakespeare


One of the ways we would like to partner with you is by asking for your recommendation of exceptional students who have excelled in the courses listed below. We are continuing to accept additional tutor applications for the following subjects:

  • Chemistry Courses (Chem 112, Chem 120, Bio Chemistry, Organic Chemistry)
  • Biology (Principles of Biology, Cell Biology, Human Anatomy, Physiology)
  • Physics (General Physics and Mechanics and Heat)
  • Psychology Courses
  • Sociology Courses

Office of Disability Services:
Kerry Kimble, MA.Ed. Disability ServicesThe Office of Disability Services seek to cultivate an inclusive and accessible university campus through the removal of environmental barriers. Students with a temporary or permanent disability (which may include, but is not limited to attention-related, learning, mental health, vision, hearing, physical, or other health impairments) who are in need of accommodations are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services. We are located in Scott 292, with office hours from M-F 9am-4pm. Phone appointments and extended hours are available for GPS students. Please contact us at disabilityservices@vanguard.edu or 714-619-6550


Provost Newsletter | September 1st

Welcome All Faculty to the 2015-16 school year!

May the Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers, May He not leave us nor forsake us, that He may incline our hearts to Himself, to walk in all His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, which He commanded our fathers…that all the peoples of the earth may know the Lord is God; there is no other. I Kings 9:57-58, 60

The passage above is the blessing Solomon prayed for the children of Israel and is my prayer for each of you.  May this year be filled with the recognition of his “Faithful Presence” with us, our students and with one another.   After completing the first week of classes it is my hope that each student was a reminder that you are raising the next generation of leaders who will influence the world.  Thank you all for the great work that occurs in your classrooms and around campus.

The O’Quinn family welcomes the opportunity to be a blessing to faculty departments in our home the third Saturday of each month.  Spouses are welcomed. We are not able to provide babysitting.  Bring your competitive hats and a big appetite as we experience fun, games and fellowship together.  Each month you will get a personal invitation.

The vision for this year is to complete our Reaffirmation visit report (May 2016) successfully in preparation for our Off-Site Review (July 2016) and Accreditation Visit (March, 2017). You have received information about our plans and your contribution will contribute to this success.

Blessings to you as you start this year strong and present!

Dr. Doretha O’Quinn, Vice President for Academic Affairs


Vision of the Academic House:

The vision of Academic Affairs will be consistent with and support the university vision as we pursue knowledge, cultivate character, deepen faith and equip each student for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service through academic preparedness and:

  • Spiritually vibrant student centered classrooms that engages the whole person in the learning experience with highly trained and qualified faculty who love their discipline, students and God
  • Advance, promote and maintain Accreditation, Scholarship, Research and Publication and to complete our reaffirmation visit successfully
  • Promote a Comprehensive Strategic Plan for Educational Technology/Online learning
  • Advance and strengthen the financial base and other revenue streams to sustain other goals for each Academic Unit
  • Expand Outreach both Local and Global Community Engagement and Partnerships through our Office of Global Education and Outreach
  • Expand Hiring of Diverse Faculty
  • Continue to build a Campus Climate of Trust through  a transparent Academic Budgeting Process to foster institutional financial health and inclusive academic planning
  • Academic excellence in each major and throughout the Core Curriculum
  • Academic leadership in research into Pentecostal history and theology and advancing Social Justice and Reconciliation
  • Love, care and commitment for educating each student
  • Increased academic support for Science learning experiences for under-prepared populations
  • Development of a Faculty Development Institute that engages faculty in  on-going growth and development in current research and pedagogy in their discipline
  • Undergraduate Research Center that enhances faculty-student collaborative research in all disciplines
  • Expand Faculty representation in Women and Ethnic communities to contribute to a holistic learning experience as well as role models for underrepresented student population
  • Provide Professional Studies programs that are the first choice for adults in Orange County
  • Promote our Graduate Studies that provide an advanced academic learning experience in a Spirit empowered and Christ-centered learning environment of specialized programs.


Time and Space for Prayer

PrayerWe are pleased to announce that Needham Chapel has been reserved on Wednesday mornings, 7:30-8:15, for faculty to have a quiet time and space to come and pray when desired.

There will not be a formal program of any kind.  This is just a place that is available for your use, either for a regular time of intercession, or just when you have a particular need, such as praying for your students or having a special burden to pray for the community, or even just needing to sit quietly in the Lord’s presence for refreshing.  Any Wednesday morning, for whatever reason, feel free to come in and find a place to pray.

This opportunity will continue to be available throughout the academic year.



News from the Center for Success  (Study Hall and Tutorial and Math Learning Centers)

Located in Scott 295, our center provides an environment where learning is fun and study needs are met. Study Hall is available Monday – Friday from 7 am – Chapel and the Tutorial and Math Learning Center is open M-TH from 11 am – 6 pm and Friday from 11 am – 4 pm. Both are available to all undergraduate students free of charge. Visit our academic success center to find out how your students can benefit from seeking academic support services. Questions? Please contact Amanda Lebrecht at studentsuccess@vanguard.edu or x6486  Website: http://www.vanguard.edu/services/tutorial-math-learning-centers/


News from the Registrar

Personnel Changes:

As many of you know, in the last few weeks there have been personnel changes in the Registrar’s Office.  John Sim has stayed in the academic house, but has become an Instructional Design Coordinator.  He is working with the Religion Department faculty to develop both undergrad and graduate level online degree programs.  His office is now located on the second floor of the Heath building.  With the loss of John to another department we have done a little restructuring.  Stephen Moore will be performing many of the work assignments that John formerly did, and we have hired an Assistant Registrar to perform many of the duties that Stephen formerly did.  Chriss Erickson comes to us most recently from California Connections Academy where part of her job was handling academic records.  She has BA in Political Science from San Francisco State University, and is adjusting well to life in the Registrar’s Office at Vanguard.  We are pleased to have Chriss join our team!

Course Add/Drop Deadlines:

  • August 31-September 4 – add/drops must be done in the Registrar’s Office with adds requiring the signature of the professor. Freshmen also need their academic advisor’s signature to add or drop.
  • September 4 – last day to drop without the course appearing on the student’s transcript.

Spring course schedule worksheets:

  • Please have your Spring 2016 course schedule worksheets (TUG and Grad Clinical Psychology, Education, and Religion) completed and returned no later than Thursday, September 17th.  We will enter the data, assign rooms, and then send out proof copies on approximately October 2nd.  We appreciate your timeliness!


News from the Global Center for Women and Justice

  • We have a State Department Fellow, Iris Aliaj, who is an attorney from Albania. She will be with the GCWJ until December working on a project on domestic violence.

Event: Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking

September 19th

Location: Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach


For twelve years, the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University has provided training and resources to enable leaders to promote justice for women and girls.

The Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) at Vanguard University, a faith based organization, seeks to create a just world where women and children are safe, respected and valued. The GCWJ carries out this mission through education, research, advocacy and collaboration, working with students, educators, law enforcement, and community leaders, to end human trafficking and the cyber-exploitation of women and children in Orange County and world-wide. Join the Priceless Committee at the annual gala luncheon in support of the Global Center

Event: Film Screening “Untouchable: Children of God”

Join the Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University and Live2Free for a special viewing of the documentary film, Untouchable: Children of God.

Meet the brave survivors and heroes after the film! Untouchable: Children of God, explores the stories of some of the people most vulnerable to human trafficking, the “Untouchables” of society, specifically the Badi people of Nepal and the Dalits of India.

Date: Tuesday, September 22 7:30PM – 9:05PM

Location: Edwards Big Newport 6

Address: 300 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA, US, 92808

Tickets: $12.00 General

Link: https://www.tugg.com/events/40353


News from the Office of Global Education and Outreach

Thank you for your prayers and support of our summer missions and study abroad trips.  All of the trips went very well and for those of you who led either the mission or study abroad teams, thank you!  Here’s a few pictures from the groups.

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Last Call for Proposals!  If your department is planning a trip with student involvement that will be overnight, please send the information to Kayli.hillebrand@vanguard.edu as soon as possible.  All proposals will go before the Travel Risk Advisory Committee September 15th.

Have you recently had a book or article published? Are you presenting a paper? Will you be a guest speaker or panelist at an event?

Let us know! Complete our Professional Activities form so that we can share it on the Provost website and Vanguard University Social Media

Celina Camarillo & Dalila Toledo
Office of the Provost
(714) 966-5426 | officeoftheprovost@vanguard.edu


Dr. April Westbrook published “And He Will Take Your Daughters…” Woman Story and the Ethical Evaluation of Monarchy in the David Narrative

Professor of Old Testament, Dr. April Westbrook recently published the book: ‘And He Will Take Your Daughters. . .’ Woman Story and the Ethical Evaluation of Monarchy in the David Narrative (Bloomsbury T&T Clark 2015), as part of the Library of Hebrew Bible / Old Testament Studies series.

and_he_will_take_your_daughtersThe book synopsis: Stories displaying significant female presence are intentionally included within the David narrative in the books of Samuel. These woman stories are made prominent by the surprisingly high number of their occurrences within a narrative devoted to the origins of a patrilineal monarchy, as well as the sequentially progressive literary pattern in which they occur in the larger narrative. These dramatic and detailed accounts repeatedly challenge the reader to consider the experiences of women and their contribution to the purpose of the larger narrative by stirring the reader’s responses in ways which systematically call into question the nature of the monarchy itself as a power system—both its impact upon the nation and upon the kings who rule.

Although King David is often held up as a paragon of virtue, the experiences of the women in his life frequently reveal a different side of his character, and the reader must wrestle with the resultant ambiguities and ethical dilemmas. In the process, the reader must also think deeply about the inevitably negative aspects of hierarchical social structures and why this biblical text is apparently designed to press the reader toward unavoidable and uncomfortable personal confrontation with these realities concerning the use of power within community life.

More on Dr. April Westbrook click here. To purchase the book, click here.


Dr. Gary Tyra Authored “Pursuing Moral Faithfulness: Ethics and Christian Discipleship”

Professor of Biblical and Practical Theology, Gary Tyra has recently presented the paper, “Pneumatologiccal Realism: The Importance of Phenomenal/Responsive Relationship with Christ’s Spirit to a Spiritual, Moral and Missional Faithfulness” with the Tyndale Fellowship: Christian Doctrine Study Group (Cambridge, UK).

51s377TsaTL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_He also published a book called, “Pursuing Moral Faithfulness: Ethics and Christian Discipleship” (IVP Academic, 2015). The book synopsis: Christianity is in a state of moral crisis. Even though people make moral decisions every day, many Christians lack both the ability to evaluate these decisions and a community of discipleship to help inspire a morally faithful life. Compared to the people around them, there is often no discernible difference in how Christians go about making moral choices. As a biblical and practical theologian with three decades of pastoral experience, who has also spent years teaching ethics to undergraduates, Gary Tyra approaches the topic with the practical goal of facilitating moral formation and encouraging an “everyday” moral faithfulness. Tyra argues that Christians can have confidence in their Christ-centered, Spirit-enabled ability to discern and do the will of God in any moral situation. Moral faithfulness follows from a life of Christian discipleship. In an age of moral apathy and theological confusion, Pursuing Moral Faithfulness is a breath of fresh air and a sign of hope for the future.
Click here to purchase. More read more about Dr. Gary Tyra, click here.


The Essential Classical Guitar Scale Book

Assistant Professor of Music and classical guitarist, Michael Nigro, has recently co-authored and published a book called “The Essential Classical Guitar Scale Book”. “The Essential Classical Guitar Scale Book” can be used by all guitarists no matter where they are on their path to mastering the instrument. For the teacher and student, this book is essential because it is a complete and codified scale system that can be used to learn proper finger placement, coordination, music theory, and a general knowledge of the guitar fretboard.”



Dr. Stenhouse: Featured Speaker for Newport and Costa Mesa Chambers of Commerce

On Wednesday, January 21st, 2015, Dr. Andrew Stenhouse will be presenting on Employee Engagement: 7 Steps Towards Total Performance, at the Newport and Costa Mesa Chambers of Commerce Networking Luncheon. Dr. Stenhouse has over 30 years of experience in developing leaders for profit and non-profit organizations, making him an excellent resource for any organization. To find out more details about this event, please click here.


Macchia Nominated for Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Frank Macchia, Professor of Theology, has been selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming Society for Pentecostal Studies meeting in March at Southeastern University.  The Society for Pentecostal Studies is is an organization of scholars dedicated to providing a forum of discussion for all academic disciplines as a spiritual service to the kingdom of God (SPS Website).

Dr. Macchia has had several notable scholarly achievements in the past year, which are reflective of his nomination for the lifetime achievement award.  He presented a paper on the Anchor Bible Commentary on Revelation at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) in San Diego this past November.

Dr. Macchia has also recently contributed to chapters in two books:

  • “Baptized in the Spirit: A Pentecostal Reflection on the Filioque,” in Myk Habets, ed. Ecumenical Perspectives on the Filioque for the 21st Century (T & T Clark, 2014).
  • “God Says What the Text Says: Another Look at Karl Barth’s View of Scripture,” in Christian T. Collins Winn and John L. Drury, eds. Karl Barth and the Future of Evangelical Theology (Cascade Books, 2014).

Dr. Macchia also had this article published:

  • “Koinonia in the Spirit: A Pentecostal Engagement with ‘The Church: Towards a Common Vision,’” Ecumenical Trends 43:10 (Nov. 2014).


For more information on Dr. Macchia and the Vanguard University Religion programs, please visit the department website here.


Religion Professor Presents in Ecuador

Dr. Doug Petersen presented on the topic “Pentecostalism in Costa Rica and Nicaragua: Historical and Theological Perspectives” at the Empowered 21 Global Scholars Consultation on November 3-6th at SemiSud College of the Church of God in Quito, Ecuador. This presentation will be published as a chapter in the volume, Latin American Pentecostalism, a publication forthcoming in 2015 from Wipf and Stock Publishers in Eugene, OR.

For more information on Dr. Petersen and the Vanguard University Religion programs, please visit the department website here.