Thoughts from the Dean:
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”
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 15th. How 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!!!
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
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.
ANNUAL LECTURESHIP FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2015, 2:00 – 5:00 PM
HEATH LECTURE HALL 100, VANGUARD UNIVERSITY
“Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts”
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.
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.
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:
- to validate your education, experience, and skills
- 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 email@example.com. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
Tutorial and Math Learning Center:
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. The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 714-619-6550