Provost Newsletter | September 1 2016

Thoughts from our University Pastor…

Similar to the legendary date of March 19th when the swallows descend on Capistrano, a new flock of students have recently descended to nest on the Vanguard campus.  Once again, life is abuzz as young adults migrate to be formed intellectually, spiritually and socially.  Now is a good time to be reminded of the calling that you’ve been given to serve at Vanguard.  Perhaps, the vocabulary of “calling” is not what comes to mind when you think of your place here.  That makes perfect sense considering the vocational realities that are accompanied by the tensions and challenges of university life.  However, I invite you to kindle the possibility that you are at Vanguard (whether you attribute it to God’s sovereignty or mere choice) with an opportunity to make a difference in the world that we live in.  Let’s just consider it a “calling” or “station” in life.

Paul’s prayer for the Colossians has often been a sobering check on how I spend my days, years and minutes: “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way” (1:10).  I don’t know about you, but that bar appears to be a bit high considering my propensity to act poorly!

Tell me I lived a good lifeCharles Colson, in his book The Good Life (2005) used a poignant illustration of a scene from “Saving Private Ryan” to drive home this challenge of living life well.  Having been saved from the front lines by a group of soldiers in WWII at the cost of a number of lives, the dying captain (played by Tom Hanks) utters his final words to the private for whom he and his men died, “Earn this… earn it.”  Fast forward to the closing scene where now an aged Private Ryan visits the gravesite of his departed savior from the battle lines.  With children and grandchildren in the distance, he speaks to the ground, “Every day I think about what you said to me that day on the bridge. I tried to live my life the best that I could. I hope that was enough. I hope that, at least in your eyes, I’ve earned what all of you have done for me.”  Then broken and in tears he whispers to this wife, “Tell me I have led a good life.”

Your life has been given to you at a high price.  Your Savior, unlike the captain, is not proposing that you earn back the price of your salvation.  However, too frequently we diminish the magnitude of the cost of the cross.  It is a genuine act of reciprocal love for you to live with purposeful intentionality.  Every day students fill in the classrooms and look toward you for direction in the course that they signed up for.  Yes, you will teach them toward the outcomes that are established in the syllabus, but there is a more profound telos that the Holy Spirit has in mind.  An outcome that you have the high honor to cultivate.  Don’t you want to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant?”  My prayer for you today is that God would fill you with the passion and capacity to make the most of your calling here at Vanguard.

Dean of Spiritual Formation & University Pastor

A Word from the Provost

Welcome Back to the 2016-17 school year:

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you; being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know that his love surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Ephesians 3:16-19 NIV

This is one of the prayers of Paul for the church at Ephesus.  This prayer speaks the sentiments and desire of my heart for each of you.  I pray you are “strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being” (deep rooted strength by supernatural power).  I pray that you are “rooted and established in love” (agape as described in I Corinthians 13). I pray that you “grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (immeasurable and unconditional love that is a reality for you each day).  I pray that you “be filled to the measure of all God’s fullness” (you lack nothing because of our faithful father God).  May God bless our year with great abundance.

We are entering our Accreditation Reaffirmation year.  It began with the submission of our Institutional Report on July 19th.  We will have our Offsite Review via video conferencing on September 27th.  Following this conference, we will begin preparation for the Onsite Visit, February 28-March 2, 2017.  We will keep the community updated throughout the year.  I want to express sincere appreciation to all of you who have made contributions throughout this process and special acknowledgements to Dr. Ludmila Praslova, ALO.  If you desire to read the report it will be located in three locations, office of Dean, Provost and the President.  Please contact each of their assistants for a scheduled appointment.

It is exciting to welcome our new students and faculty to the Vanguard University community.  Each member of our new faculty brings gifts and strengths to the Vanguard learning community and I encourage you to reach out and get to know each new member.

New Fac

  • Julius Agbor, Ph.D.; Associate Professor Finance, Business Department
  • Deanna Brady, Ed.D.; Associate Professor of Education, Graduate Education Department
  • Vanda Eggington, B.A.; Instructor of Theater Arts, Theater Department
  • Jacqueline Gattis, Psy.D.; Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, Graduate Clinical Psychology Department
  • Roli dela Cruz, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of New Testament, Religion Department
  • Mun Kang, M.F.A.; Assistant Professor of Cinema Arts, Communication Department
  • Alex Lin, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies, Liberal Studies Department
  • Pete Menjares, Ph.D.; Sr. Director of the Institute for Faculty Development
  • Bridget O’Callaghan-Hay, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor of Physics, Chemistry Department
  • Robert Reno, D.M.A.; Professor of Music Theory and Composition, Music Department
  • Jennifer Russum, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor of English, English Department
  • Sarah Scott, D.W.S., Assistant Professor of Worship Studies, Music Department

If you are a faculty member with 5 years or more as a faculty member at Vanguard, and available to journey through the first year with a new faculty member, please contact Celina Camarillo in my office via email by Monday, September 5th.  This is an exciting service opportunity to invest in a Junior faculty member.

Professional Development: Please note the dates to apply for fall semester travel (October 1- January 31): Friday, September 16, 2016 (5:00pm). Notification of awards: Monday, September 26, 2016 (5:00pm). Forms can be found online on the Provost Website by clicking here.

DORETHA O’QUINN, Ph.DNotification of awards: Monday, February 6, 2017 (5:00 pm)

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Office of the Provost

Congratulations to Alwin Nocom winner of multiple medals from the 2016 International History Olympiad


Alwin is a national merit scholar who is beginning his sophomore year, Alwin Photomajoring in History/Poli Sci.  Vanguard was proud to support Alwin with  prayers and financial support of $250. Alvin wrote, “It was an honor to represent California in the 2016 International History Olympiad held in University of Hawaii at Manoa in July. I was blessed to win some medals in different competitions. The closing ceremony was held on board the battleship USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.” We congratulate Alwin for the following achievements:

1. World Champion/Gold Medalist – International History Bowl World Championship

2. Gold Medalist – Ancient History

3. Silver Medalist – Cold War History

4. Silver Medalist – Naval History

5. World Championship/Bronze Medalist – International History Bee World Championship

6. Bronze Medalist – Recent History

7. Bronze Medalist – Geography

News from the Registrar:

add drop deadlineStudent Add/Drop Deadlines

•             August 29-September 2 – 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 2 – last day to drop without the course appearing on the student’s transcript.  Following September 2nd students who drop a class will receive a “W”.

Course Schedule Deadline

•             Please have your Spring 2017 course schedule worksheets (TUG and Grad Clinical Psychology, Education, and Religion) completed and returned no later than Thursday, September 15th.  We will enter the data, assign rooms, and then send out proof copies on approximately October 6th.  We truly appreciate your timeliness!

FerpaSecondary Party Access:

•             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.  Last year we 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.

News from the Office of Institutional Research:

The Office of Institutional Research has moved! We are now located on the second floor of the library in room #205.

Also, Summer Course Evaluation Packets are due! If you have not yet turned them in to our office, you may either stop by to do so or contact us by e-mail so that we may pick them up from you. Our email is Feel free to contact us with any further questions regarding this matter.

News from the Library:

Library AppVUSC Library App has had 544 downloads since the rollout in early Spring.   We will be asking all Freshman to download the app for their Cornerstone classes.

New LibGuide:  (Find important and useful information about library services – more user-friendly than Library website)

On September 6th the Library will transition to late hours.

Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

The online renewal of items will be introduced this fall.

The library will begin hosting departments in the Library in order to create a partnership for research.  Our first department will be Religion on September 13.

We are hosting Dr. John Kim, Institutional Research, in two study rooms on the second floor.

Students are enjoying the new computer hex tables and the Circulation/Reserves location at the front door of the library.

As of this date we have 44 classes scheduled for library instruction with a library personnel.

News from Educational Technology:

Bonni Stachowiak and John Sim have now trained 100+ resident and adjunct faculty on how to use Canvas. It has been wonderful getting to know more of the parts of the community that we might otherwise not ever have crossed paths with…

The Canvas training we offered provided the flexibility of taking four hour, in-person workshops; four, 1-hr online/scheduled sessions; or watching the video series. All the training was kept consistent by mirroring self-paced documentation that laid out our topics and skills for us.

Camp Canvas

A highlight for Bonni was getting to welcome faculty into her home for Camp Canvas.

Faculty Ed Tech Training

All the kids who attended got certified on Canvas, which should be good as we look to ramp our collective knowledge up even further than it is, currently.Kids Ed Tech Training

New Institute for Faculty Development (IFD) Website is on the Way

Bonni is working on the initial content for the forthcoming Institute for Faculty Development website. In the meantime, you can access the Canvas resources at our temporary home over on an Evernote note.

We hope for this home to be short-lived and are looking forward to launching the gorgeous IFD site, artfully designed and built by Naomi Kasa.


Thanks to the 2015-2016 faculty development committee for your work on the Faculty Gathering.AndrewStenhouse

  • Sandie Morgan
  • Laurie Hatch
  • Liz Powell
  • Dale Campbell
  • Michael Hanna
  • Bonni Stachowiak

We also appreciate all of this year’s speakers. The work that goes in to putting on a session like you did often goes unnoticed, but we value the behind-the-scenes steps you took to make this year’s event a success.

We’ll be putting something together with all the great photos and videos you took, as a part of the scavenger hunt. For now, here is one of Bonni’s favorite shots.


News from the Global Center for Women and Justice:

Website sliderPriceless Luncheon: Our annual Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking is in a few weeks! This event is crucial to empowering GCWJ to continue the fight against human trafficking in our community and around the world. Tables sponsorships and individual tickets are still available: The Keynote Speaker for this year’s Luncheon Gala is Ernie Allen, a world leader in the fight against child abduction, sexual exploitation, sexual violence and human trafficking. He was founder and Chairman of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in 1984, serving as President and CEO until 2012.

WHEN: September 17, 2016
WHERE: Island Hotel Newport Beach

2Diamond Awards: GCWJ annually bestows the Diamond Awards to recognize individuals, organizations, and youth whose activities and commitment promote justice and dignity for women and children in Orange County. Winners will be announced during the Priceless Luncheon Gala on September 17.

Life Without Parole: Dr. Elizabeth Leonard was the beloved co-founder of the GCWJ. In her honor, Warren Doody, Vanguard University Department Chair of English, transformed Dr. Leonard’s research into the stage play “Life Without Parole,” which takes the audience on a journey through the tragic underworld of domestic violence.

Weekend Showings

October 21 & 22 || 8pm
October 28 & 29 || 8pm
November 4 & 5 || 8pm

Edgemar Center for Arts
2437 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

DSC_0497The Global Center for Women and Justice hosted 4 academic professionals and the Minister of Higher Education from Iraq for two weeks in July. The goal of this project – made possible by Washington, D.C.-based IREX and funded by a $50,000 grant from the U.S. State Department – was to establish a working group of Iraqi female academic leaders in the Ministry of Higher Education. Beginning in January, Vanguard University hosted training webinars for a Ministry of Higher Education working group and in July four women academics and the Deputy Minister of Higher Education from Iraq traveled to Vanguard University to complete in-person seminars and the create of next step strategies for supporting women in higher education.

Daily Pilot Featured Story: Vanguard University aids effort to help women become university leaders in Iraq

The OC Register Featured Story: Iraqi leadership group in Costa Mesa to promote higher education for women

Khot PhotoThe Global Center for Women and Justice will be hosting a Fellow from South Sudan, Khot Daniel Deng. He is part of the Community Solutions Program funded by the United States Department of State and implemented by IREX based from Washington DC. He holds a BA in Sociology from Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya and a MA in Governance from the Pan African University, Cameroon, Yaounde. His expertise is on gender equality, child protection, and community mobilization. During his fellowship, he hopes to learn about the mechanisms to protect children and preserve children’s rights, gender promotion especially among women in fragmented societies. Khot plans to work on increasing awareness on gender equity among different ethnic groups once her returns to South Sudan by implementing gender awareness education seminars and workshops.


Say hello to the new MSOP Cohort! Don’t they look good?



News from the Office of Global Education and Outreach:

This summer, VU students participated in a wide variety of outreach and study abroad opportunities:

Arkansas:  Our students partnered with AG’s COMPACT Family Services that provides safe housing and holistic support to kids in the foster care system.  With several Communications Majors, our students were able to make several short videos needed for promotion throughout this next year, assist with social media scheduling for a year, and host various activities with the youth and house parents.

Thailand:  Our team worked with AGWM Lauren Becker in Lampang, Thailand, focusing on relationships with local college students.  Playing card games, sports, and talking over coffee continued not only their English education, but allowed them to have honest conversations and minister where they are at.

Summer of Service:  We had two students, Daniel Avila and Troy DeLuca, spend two months serving in Thailand with AGWM Lauren Becker.  They were able to assist with the ins and outs of short term teams, build relationships with the local missionaries and nationals, and dive into what life on the field looks like at a practical level.  But, they also were able to ride elephants!

Uganda:  Our students partnered with Children of the Nations, working with kids who have been displaced from their homes due to a variety of reasons.  They were able to spend intentional time with the children, but also assisted the staff with updating their profiles, translating support letters, and beautification projects around campus.

Kenya:  Our Psychology Department, led by Dr. Powell and Dr. Hanna, took 18 students to study abroad in Kitale, Kenya.  While there, VU partnered with Africa Theological Seminary in providing combined classes of VU and ATS students.  Needless to say, worldviews were expanded on both sides.  Students also completed their practicum, being placed in local schools, hospitals and orphanages where they were able to lead group, play therapy and exchange best practices with the nationals.

Romania:  The GCWJ, led by Dr. Morgan, took a group of students to Romania for a study intensive.  While there, VU partnered with AGWM Raegan Glugosh, and were able to train local law enforcement and others with Live2Free material.

Israel:  Our students, in partnership with AGTS, spent five weeks in Israel on the Holy Land Studies Tour.  During their time, their lectures and teaching were in the literal places that they were discussing, allowing the students to see first hand where Jesus walked, lived, and ministered.

2016-17 TRIPS:  The deadline for submitting a proposal for a 2016-17 outreach or study abroad trip is AUGUST 31st.  You can find the proposal here:

SAVE THE DATE:  Mark you calendars!!  October 3rd-7th is GEO Week!



Dr. Praslova Served as Member of the Guidelines Preparation Committee for SIOP

SIOPIn April 2016, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) published the new 2016 edition of Guidelines for Education and Training in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (replacing earlier versions published in 1985 and 1999). Congratulations to Vanguard professor Dr. Ludmila Praslova who served as the member of the guidelines preparation committee.


For more information on the purpose of the guidelines, click here.

For more information on Dr. Praslova, click here.


LABI College Dedicates & Names Study Center in the Gil’s Honor

FullSizeRenderOn May 11th 2016, Drs. Mikki and Vince Gil were honored by LABI College (La Puente, CA) for their leadership on behalf of Hispanic students, and for their life-long work in higher education. LABI College dedicated a Study Center to the Gils, naming it in their honor.

Dr. Mikki Gil’s history with LABI and Hispanic students reaches back to her roots in New York City and her work with Teen Challenge. She was also the creator of Vanguard’s first Diversity Framework, which coalesced eventually into the guiding force for multicultural development, and propelling VU forward in its becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution.

Likewise, Dr. Vince Gil began his career at Vanguard developing a Title III grant for developing institutions which stressed inclusion of Hispanics in VU’s service area, and the development of a bridge to transfer LABI students to VU. He has since served as multicultural affairs liaison to the Dean, chair of the faculty multicultural affairs committee, and worked on behalf of Hispanic students at VU for decades.

Both Gils stress that “were it not for the hand of the Lord” none of their work could have been accomplished.  Vanguard extends its congratulations to Drs. Mikki and Vince Gil, whose collaborative work in higher education now spans sixty years of service.

Hello May

Provost Newsletter | May 1st

A Word from the Provost

The teaching of Christ is more excellent than all the advise of the saints, and he who has Christ’s spirit within will find in it a hidden strength.  Thomas a Kempis

A friend shared a devotional book called “A Pathway to God’s Presence.”  Here is a brief excerpt of one of  the devotionals called “ What Is God Saying to You?  As you reflect on this school year with so many diverse experiences that may have caused sorrow, joys, disappointments, questions, praise, etc. I want to challenge you to take time in solitude and what is God saying to me?  What are the lessons to learn?

Reflection: Hear the word of the Lord…listen to the instruction of our God you people…(Isa. 1:10 NIV)

When strange things happen to us, we sometimes say, “Somewhere in this there must be a lesson for me.”  Indeed, the wise find that life teaches them lessons throughout their lives.  Whether they take notice of this or learn from it is quite a different matter…God’s Son, Jesus Christ, was often referred to as Rabbi or Teacher.  His ministry on earth was teaching people about the Kingdom of God.  Jesus” teachings, many of them in the form of stories and parables, are some of the most unforgettable things we will ever hear or learn.  What is God’s message for you?  You should make it a lifelong task to learn more and more about God.

Ask yourself: What is God doing through me by means of this incident?  What does the Bible say about this?  How is he using these circumstances to show me a better way?  You will discover so many interesting life-changing things that will magnify and deepen your faith and wisdom.  Don’t ever stop learning from the Great Teacher.  Allow the teacher of life to teach you more and more every day.

How has God used this school year for new lessons to learn and experience growth?

I want to express my appreciation to our faculty and staff for your hard work, passion for the work you and willingness to extend grace during the 15-16 school-year.  As my second year at Vanguard comes to a close I want to say that I am grateful to serve with each of you each day.  We will enter our 16-17 year with anticipation of an Accreditation visit from WSCUC in September and on campus in March, 2017.  I ask that our faculty and staff be prayerful for a successful accreditation year.  We are all in this work together.

There are key dates ahead to make note for participation:

  • Nurse Pinning Ceremony- Thursday, May 5th
  • Baccalaureate- Thursday, May 5th
  • Commencement- Friday May 6th
  • End of the Year Faculty Gathering- Thursday, May 12th
  • Staff Picnic- Wednesday, May 18th
  • TUG Strat Op- Monday, May 23rd-Wednesday May 25th
  • Board of Trustees- June 8th & 9th
  • Graduate Strat Op- Monday, June 13th- 15th
  • Professional Studies Strat Op- June 27th- 29th

Commendations are in order for the Graduate Education Program.  On Friday, the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing officially awarded at its commission meeting a full 7 years of accreditation for our Credential and Graduate education program.  We appreciate the work of all our faculty and staff who worked on this process.

We have several TUG and Grad programs with special accreditors and I want to say to all our faculty and staff who work so hard to maintain the accreditation status demonstrating educational effectiveness and excellence based on best practices and high standards.


Dr. Karen Lee joined the faculty of Vanguard University 15 years ago and has worked at Vanguard in every role demonstrating diligence, commitment, thoroughness, Christ-centered focus and conviction in each task.  While we are sad to say farewell but we are grateful that God will use these qualities at Point Loma Nazarene University as their new Vice Provost for Educational Effectiveness.  You will be sincerely missed!  May God bless you abundantly.

Dr. Jerry Tiernes will be stepping down as Director of Graduate Education Programs. We appreciate the leadership and guidance provided during his time in the Graduate program.  He is very instrumental in leading the successful CTC accreditation process.  He will be missed as the Director but will be transitioning to half time in Liberal Studies.

Special Thanks:

I would also like to extend sincere appreciation to Dr. April Westbrook who led us throughout the year in our Wednesday morning early prayer.  Without prayer we can do nothing and I appreciate all who faithfully participated when your schedule allowed.

I am deeply appreciative to Dr. Ludmila Praslova, Dr. Karen Lee, Dr. Mary Wickman, Dr. Diana Avans, Dr. Mike Wilson (core team).  I want to thank Dr. Ed WestbrookJeremy Moser, and Amanda Lebrecht  for special support and all the faculty (so many) and staff who contributed to developing the draft of our Reaffirmation visit report. The final report will be prepared for meeting our July deadline following graduation.  We are also very proud of our faculty who presented at the ARC Conference. ARC Presentation

We welcome Dejon Davis who served as Interim Director and Consultant as the new full time Senior Director of SGPS.  Join me in welcoming Dejon to Vanguard University.

Awards.PresentOn Thursday, April 21st our brightest and best students in each of their respective departments were awarded for their accomplishments. A big Thank You to Cynthia Antonuccio for her excellent organization of the Awards Chapel.

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

Provost Lunch with PSThe offices of Professional Studies, Deans Office and Provost Office enjoyed an afternoon of lunch, fellowship and fun at the Provost home.

Faculty MeetingThanks to all of you who have worked so diligently this year. We are gearing up for program-specific Strat-Op meetings. If you have been extended an invitation, we hope you will make every effort to help shape the academic strategic plans!


We are pleased that The Provost, Dr. Doretha O’Quinn, Professor of Nursing, Dr. Mary Wickman and GCWJ Director, Dr. Sandra Morgan are three of five  nominees for the Women in Business award Luncheon held on May 4thOCBJ_women_nominees16v3

News from the Registrar

due datesHappy end-of-the-year from the Registrar’s Office!  We thank you in advance for getting your grades in no later than Friday, May 13th at noon.  Students will be able to view their grades on myVU at 12am Wednesday, May 18th.  Many people, not the least of which are the students, appreciate your timeliness!



News from Professional Studies

On Thursday April 21st, Professional Studies hosted their annual Graduation Celebration to honor their 2016 graduating students.  The event featured a reception with live music from the VU Jazz Band, a visit from VU’s mascot, and opportunities for students to reflect on their journeys at Vanguard.  Students and their families had the opportunity to hear from esteemed members of Vanguard’s faculty and administration as well as a student speaker from the Nursing Program.   There will be 143 students graduating from Professional Studies this Spring.

PS Celebration

News from the Office of Global Education and Outreach

As we head into the summer, we have several student groups traveling around the world for study and outreach.  We would appreciate your prayers as these teams are

Kenya – Our Psychology Department, led by Dr. Powell and Dr. Hanna will be taking a group of 18 students for a one-month study abroad program in partnership with Africa Theological Seminary.  Students will be taking 9 units while abroad, including their internship.

Israel – We have a handful of students partnering with the Center for Holy Land Studies, where they will be taking a 3 unit course in Jerusalem, literally following the footsteps of Jesus.

Romania – Led by Dr. Morgan in the Global Center for Women and Justice, this class 3 unit course will be a 10-day intensive over the summer, partnering with an AGWM missionary.  Not only will they be studying, but they will be able to minister in several different contexts during their time.

Thailand – Our student team led by Katie Heemstra in the GEO Office will be partnering with an AGWM missionary for this 2-week outreach trip.  While there, our students will be participating in youth ministry, educational efforts, street ministry and park ministry.  In addition, we have two students participating in Summer of Service (SOS) at the same location, spending just over two months as summer interns.

Uganda – This outreach team led by Ellie Kaiser will be partnering with Children of the Nations to provide ongoing support to orphaned children.

Arkansas – Our student team led by Kayli Hillebrand will be spending a week in partnership with AG’s Compact Family Services, where they will be primarily ministering to children and youth in the foster care system.

You can find ongoing updates at our facebook page: or on Instagram at @vugeo

News from the Library

Library AppThe VU Library introduced their new library app created through Boopsie during National Library Week.  We have already seen an increase in downloads even though the semester is almost over.

Starting May 9th the library will be experiencing some refurbishments with circulation moving to the entrance of the library where the Archives has previously been housed.  Additionally, new computer tables have been purchased and will be placed in the area of the current circulation area.  Archives will be moved to space in the back allowing for continued growth.

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

News from the Office of Student Success and Academic Resources

The Tutorial Center

At 9pm, on Thursday, April 21, we held our End of the Year Tutorial party/meeting. It may seem like an odd time for a meeting, but when you’re trying to mesh the schedules of over 40 tutors, you have to take what you can get!

We handed out the framed Tutorial Certificates to the tutors who attended our 8-hour National Tutor Association Training Session back in January.  They are officially NTA-certified tutors for the next two years!

tutorsWe shared the framework of the Tutorial Training PowerPoint that we are in the process of developing for the future tutors of Vanguard University.  It is based on material from the NTA training sessions, input from our current tutors, and research done by our Academic Resource Center staff.  (A special shout-out goes to tutor Marlisse Holbrooke for developing the PowerPoint!) This will be an intensive hour long training session to prepare our tutors with the knowledge they need to be the best tutors they can be for our VU students.  It will include information on how to create and conduct a tutorial session from start to finish, cultural sensitivity awareness, working with students with learning disabilities, and other topics relevant to building a professional and educationally sound tutorial session.  Tutoring is so much more than just helping a student with his or her homework!

We also shared some of the exciting new physical changes that will be taking place in our Tutorial Center.  This summer, the ceiling of the Center will be getting a slight “facelift” – it will be scraped and the lights replaced with recessed lighting.  We are going for a “Modern with Comfort” look to our Center, one that will attract students who want a nice, comfortable place to study and to learn!

We are looking forward to an exciting new semester in the Fall for the Tutorial Center!

 writing centerThe Writing Center

Our face-to-face Writing Center is open during Finals Week from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm on Monday through Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm! Please visit us in Heath 214 or call 1.966.6359 to make an appointment. For Graduate and Professional Studies students, our on-line service is still available via <>. During the summer months, all students are welcome to use the services provided by the Grad-PS on-line Writing Center.

News from the Global Center for Women and Justice

  • Our partnership with local churches is growing as Dr. Morgan was interviewed and featured in video at the Mariners Church Outreach weekend. We are gaining more traction and awareness in the community and will continue to collaborate with Mariners Church and support their human trafficking prevention efforts at their Lighthouse Community Centers in Santa Ana. Watch the video at
  • We have launched our 4 course Anti-Human Trafficking Online Certificate program and have 8 applications for that being processed through the Professional Studies Department. It is exciting to be able to offer Student-at-Large learning opportunity to our community and beyond!
  • Three webinar trainings on Women’s Leadership have been completed for the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE). Dr. Morgan will continue to lead the webinar trainings up until the scheduled visit of the trainees from Iraq to Vanguard University in July.


  • April 20: Dr. Morgan spoke at the Newport Center United Methodist Church for their education night on the biblical framework of ending human trafficking and how the local church is the best solution.
  • April 22: GCWJ partnered with the Lewis Wilson Institute for the guest lecture from Dr. Marcia Clarke. She spoke on the Black British Pentecostal Experience.
  • April 25: GCWJ Coordinator, Nadia Hernandez has returned from her maternity leave and is happy to share that baby Isabelle is doing very well. Isabelle Penelope was born on January 28, 2016.
  • The Live2free, anti-trafficking student mobilization club ended a successful semester of educating over 1,300 young people! We are very proud of these courageous students.
  • On May 5th, Dr. Morgan will be the Keynote Speaker for the Westminster Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast!



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.

Rachel Gil

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.

Library ALL

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


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.

GEO Mexico

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.

IR Freshmen

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:

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.

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.



Celebrating 35 Years of Service: Librarian Pam Crenshaw

Pam Crenshaw

Pam Crenshaw

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.


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.


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 (, as well as on Inside Higher Ed in a post written by Anne Guarnera ( 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!

Saturday dinner Provost

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  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.


“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:

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.


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.