Professor of History, Dr. John Wilson in the History/Political Science Department self-published a “not available in stores” 4-volume autobiography over the years 2010-2015. “Straight Arrow” was distributed to Professor Wilson’s two daughters and five grandchildren and serves as a useful reminder to me of things I might forget as the years go by.
This two-hour training for county clinicians, supervisors, and community partners included a discussion around the importance of assessing and incorporating spirituality into psychological treatment. The training covered the differences between religion and spirituality, assessing spirituality at intake and recent research on ethical integration strategies. Ways for the clinician to consult, gather data and support the client in spiritual areas were explored. Clinicians were exposed to the realities and challenges in the integration of religion and spirituality so that treatment can move forward in a way that is useful for clients and authentic for clinicians
- Identify ways that spirituality is connected to identity and presenting concerns of a client
- Assess the importance of spirituality to a client
- Identify ways to ethically integrate spiritual concerns into the therapeutic and treatment process
This 2 hour seminar was an introduction providing continuing education credit approved for Psychologists, LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs & RNs.
For more on Dr. Elizabeth Powell, click here.
On January 29, 2016 Religion Professor, Dr. Gary Tyra served as a plenary speaker at the Partners in (the) Spirit conference conducted at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The theme of the conference was “Pentecostal Preaching and Ministry in Multicultural Post-Christian Canada.” Dr. Tyra’s two plenary presentations were titled: “Even Pentecostals Need More of the Spirit: The Spirit and the Three-Fold Faithfulness Required to Reach this Generation for Christ” and “Missional Pentecostalism: What It Is: Why It’s Needed, How to Unleash It in Your Church.”
Both presentations were very well received, and the papers they were based on are slated to be published as chapters in a collective work deriving from the conference (Wipf and Stock Publishers).
We are grateful that Dr. Tyra represented Vanguard University was well at this important academic/ministry conference. Well done.
The English Department is delighted to announce the publication of Dr. Laurie Camp Hatch’s scholarly article, “Gerard Manley Hopkins and Victorian Approaches to the Problems of Perception: Affirming the Metaphysical in the Physical,” which will appear in the March 2016 issue of Christianity and Literature (65.2).
Laurie Hatch is the Assistant Professor of English in the English Department. For more more on Professor Hatch, please click here.
Professor of Medical Anthropology, Dr. Vince Gil in the Anthropology-Sociology department has been selected to chair a Session at the 41st Annual Society for Applied Anthropology and Joint Meeting with the Society for Medical Anthropology in Vancouver, BC, Canada March 28-April 1, 2016.
The joint meetings bring together academic and applied professionals in applied anthropology, social medicine, medical anthropology. The session, titled “Global HIV/AIDS Narratives and Intersections” (SMA sponsored), will look at those lingering issues with HIV/AIDS globally and how these intersect with social medicine and the social sciences.
Dr. Gils paper, “Whats Culture Got To Do With It? Contested Cultural Rationales Inhibiting Care Delivery in a Multi-specialty Hospital in China Serving HIV/AIDS Patients” reports on the work he has done to facilitate a hospital’s development of an HIV clinic, and overcoming the stigma of HIV among care specialists.
Dr. Gil will be accompanied by student senior Levi Moellering, from Biology (Minor in Anthropology), whom Dr. Gil has mentored and will be present a Poster Session Paper on his work in Uganda: “Water Pollution and Hygiene Deficiencies that Intersect with Disease Propagation.” Levi has recently been accepted by University of South Florida and Emory University to continue his work in medical anthropology and public health epidemiology.
Dr. Ed Clarke, Sociology Professor, has been actively enumerating homeless populations in cities of Southern California since 2009 (including Costa Mesa, Lakewood, the city of Orange, and Dana Point).
The purpose is to provide city leaders with accurate information and descriptions of homeless populations residing within the cities that allows for strategic interventions. The research methodology developed by Dr. Clarke allows for a comprehensive geographic survey of cities that is conducted in the span of 1 hour.
The Dana Point census was conducted during the summer of 2015 and the report of homelessness was submitted to the city in November of 2015.
Resident Religion Professor of World Mission and Intercultural Studies, Doug Petersen has recently published a chapter, “Pentecostalism in Nicaragua and Costa Rica: Historical and Theological Developments,” In Latin American Pentecostalism, edited by Vinson Synan, Amos Yong and Miguel Alvarez (Eugene: WIPF and Stock Publishers, 2016).
The book synopsis: The growth of Spirit-empowered Christianity has been nothing short of phenomenal. From a handful of believers in the early twentieth century to over six million people in almost every culture and denomination today, those who embrace the Holy Spirit and His gifts are not the fastest-growing religious group in the world. But if any generation ceases to emphasize the Holy Spirit’s power, the movement likely will lose its distinction. This second of four volumes is an authoritative collection from nearly two dozen leaders and scholars of the Spirit-empowered movement in Latin America. Focusing on the history and future of the movement, these world-renowned scholars address the theological and cultural challenges facing Pentecostals throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and share emerging insights on how to meet them.
We are so proud that Professor of World Mission and Intercultural Studies, Dr. Doug Peterson with the Religion Department, Board of Trustees Member, Dr. Byron Klaus and former President Dr. Murray Dempster, will be recognized by the Society for Pentecostal Studies on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Sheraton Fairplex. These three awardees are long-time friends and colleagues. SPS is grateful for the remarkable contributions they have made not only to SPS for many years but also to Pentecostal scholarship and praxis in general through their two co-edited works: Called and Empowered: Global Mission in Pentecostal Perspective (1991) and Globalization of Pentecostalism: A Religion Made to Travel (1999).
Dr. Doug Petersen is the Margaret S. Smith Distinguished Professor of Intercultural Studies at Vanguard University. He holds a M.A. in New Testament from Pepperdine University and a Ph.D. in Social Theology from the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies in Oxford, England.With more than thirty-five years of leadership responsibilities in non-profit and higher education organizations in Latin America and the United States, Professor Petersen is an experienced practitioner and research scholar in the development and operation of faith-based community programs, especially those focusing on children at-risk. In 1977 Petersen co-founded Latin America ChildCare (LACC), a faith-based network of elementary and secondary schools, and served as its International Coordinator and President for twenty-three years. During his tenure, LACC expanded to twenty-two countries in Latin American and the Caribbean providing education, food, and medical assistance for 100,000 impoverished children in 300 schools.
Petersen has published extensively on the social practices of grassroots religious groups in Central America. His book, Not by Might, Nor by Power: A Pentecostal Theology of Social Concern in Latin America, was selected among the Outstanding Books of the Decade 1990-2000 by the International Bulletin of Mission Research. In addition to his books, Petersen has published numerous scholarly journal articles and authored book chapters and popular pieces on ethics, politics, and Pentecostalism. Professor Petersen is a member of the editorial boards of two journals: Pneuma and the Evangelical Review of Society and Politics.
Dr. Byron D. Klaus recently retired from his role as president of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri, where he had served since July 1999. Dr. Klaus’ previous ministry includes twenty years on the faculty and administration of Vanguard University of Southern California. He also has served in pastoral leadership with congregations in California, Texas, and Illinois.
Dr. Klaus received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. His scholarly work includes publications in numerous journals and denominational magazines. His articles and books have been published by Moody Press, Logion Press, Regal Books, Hendrickson Publishers, Regnum Books International, Routledge Publishers, and Crossway Books. His regular commentary on faith and culture distributed as the Prez Release and his radio spots and op-ed articles have been released in a two-volume series called That’s The Way I See It (available on Amazon).
Dr. Klaus’ next season of ministry includes a return to a role he had held previous to his service as president of AGTS, as Vice President of Latin America ChildCare, a child development ministry serving over 100,000 children in the most desperate regions of twenty-one nations in Latin America and the Caribbean (see www.lacc4hope.org). In addition, he will be giving considerable time to serving as an advisor to university and seminary presidents and in leadership development globally. He will expand his ministry for the development of the critical leadership necessary for growing churches in the majority world where Christianity is flourishing despite vigorous resistance to the gospel.
Dr. Klaus and his wife, Lois, live near Table Rock Lake in beautiful southwest Missouri. They have two grown daughters, Mrs. Victoria Klaus Goodwin and Mrs. Olivia Klaus Moro and two teenage grandchildren, Dara and Nolan Goodwin.
Dr. Murray Dempster is the Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics and Co-director of the Center for the Study of Global Pentecostalism at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. He graduated with a Ministerial Diploma from Canadian Northwest Bible Institute in Edmonton, Canada, and a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Southern California College in Costa Mesa, California. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion-Social Ethics from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Before joining the Southeastern Faculty in the Spring of 2010, Dempster served for forty years at Southern California College/Vanguard University as Professor of Social Ethics, as well as in a variety of administrative roles including Provost and Chief Academic Officer for five years, President for eight years, and Chancellor for one year. He also served as an Adjunct and Visiting Professor in Christian Social Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA from 1980 through 1994 on the main campus and on five extension centers.
Dempster is co-author with Dr. Augustus Cerillo, Jr., of Salt and Light: Evangelical Political Thought in Modern America, and is co-editor with Dr. Byron D. Klaus and Dr. Douglas Petersen, of two books, Called and Empowered: Global Mission in Pentecostal Perspective; and, The Globalization of Pentecostalism: A Religion Made to Travel. The latter volume was selected by the editors of the International Bulletin of Mission Research (IBMR) as one of the most significant books in the field of mission studies in 1999. Dempster has also published a significant number of scholarly journal articles and book chapters, especially focused on Pentecostal pacifism, social concern, and theology & ethics.
He has presented lectures at various colleges in the United States and Canada and numerous papers at conferences and workshops in the U.S., Europe, and Central America. He has served as the North American editor of Transformation: An International Evangelical Dialogue on Mission and Ethics, and edited two full issues that focused on Pentecostal social concern in a global context. Dempster served as the President of the Society for Pentecostal Studies in 1991 and as the editor of PNEUMA: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies from 1993-2000.
Well done! We are so proud of you all!
Thoughts from Professor Hummel
It is February, so I felt somewhat obligated to write about love. In fact, in preparation for this newsletter I did write a piece about love back in December, but what I hoped would sound profound just fell flat. So, I waited to see “what message wanted to be presented,” as I have been encouraged to do in my spiritual direction program. Ironically, as I waited, I came to realize that I would like to offer a few thoughts on a stance that is not popular in our culture: waiting.
I do not like waiting. Waiting is a “bad” thing, despised even, in a society that craves “quick” and “instant.” But what are we losing by eliminating the wait? Calm? Connection? Contemplation? Breath?
God, in His wisdom, asks His people to wait repeatedly. I am amazed that the Israelites waited for forty years in the desert; I feel taxed when I have to wait five minutes in a checkout line. Abraham and Sarah got impatient while waiting for their promised child (and when they stopped waiting and enacted their own plan, that didn’t turn out so well).
Waiting is a holy posture. If done with hope, it is a posture of trust. It is a refusal to be sucked into the panic that leads to actions taken in an effort to gain control, a kind of control that often may not be in our own best interest. I have been experimenting with this waiting thing, and I keep finding that as I wait, solutions arise and are presented like gifts — solutions that would not have occurred if I had given in to the rush to “fix.” There is a time to act. When a crisis arises, control must be taken before destruction ensues. However, we often perceive events as crises that needn’t be perceived as such, and we charge to action with half-cast strategies.
My encouragement to you this month is to take a deep breath, look at your circumstances, look to God, and wait. Wait with peace and gratitude and trust. Embrace the wait for what it might have to offer. You may be astounded by unexpected blessings.
Oh right, February…Happy Valentine’s Day!
Professor of Psychology
Chair for Traditional Undergraduate and Professional Studies Psychology
A Word from the Provost
And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest gift of these is love.
I Corinthians 13:13
February is that time of year that we remember those who make our lives so special because of their love for us. My prayer is that you will take the time to share unconditional love to those who make our community special, our students, staff, faculty, administration and the board of trustees. This month we welcome our Board of Trustees to campus on the 24th & 25th for our February meeting.
February is also the month we celebrate the history of African Americans in the United States. Celebrations of the great contributions of Blacks in America will be remembered throughout the country at local museums, parades, theaters, books, etc. I want to encourage every faculty throughout this month to present an African American perspective and contribution to your academic discipline engaging all students in American History. We celebrate the legacy of our African American student community.
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God, He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27
Saturday Dinner with the Provost
Here are some highlights from the last month’s dinner with the Provost. This month the departments of English, Graduate Education, Liberal Studies and ECE are invited!
Follett Bookstore will now take care of all your regalia rental needs. Please click here for Faculty Rental Pricing and visit Stephanie Bunt in the bookstore to place your order. All orders must be placed prior to spring break.
We warmly welcome new resident faculty:
We also congratulate our new Head Librarian,
Consultant, Dejon Davis has joined our Professional Studies team to provide leadership and direction through the spring semester.
We are looking forward to the rich contributions these individuals bring to the fulfillment of our Christ-centered educational mission.
Congratulations Nursing… you did it!
Vanguard and Concordia University have been partnering for the past three years in the journey to achieving Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Chapter status. We recently received notice of designated STTI Chapter status after a rigorous process of demonstrating our ability to grow and sustain chapter leadership, membership, and finances. Notably, Sigma Theta Tau is the international honor society for nursing.
Belonging to an international nursing organization that represents the heart, soul, and mind of nursing is a significant and meaningful accomplishment for students, alumni, and faculty. Membership is by invitation only to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to community leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. We began the journey with the name of the Orange County Christian Nurses Honor Society in 2012 and will be transitioning to a Greek Chapter name at our formal induction ceremony in December 2016.
News from the Office of Student Success & Academic Resources
Office of Disability Services
Kerry Kimble provided a handout at the last Full Faculty Meeting. For your copy, please click here. For more information, please contact Kerry Kimble, Assistant Director of Disability Services via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our face-to-face Writing Center is open from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm on Mondays through Thursdays! 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 email@example.com.
The Tutorial and Math Learning Center
The Tutorial and Math Learning Centers are growing in leaps and bounds! In the first two weeks of the Spring 2016 semester, we have had over 100 requests for tutors: 49 requests in the math-related courses and 54 requests in the non-math-related courses. This is almost 70% of the total requests we received in the Fall semester, just in the first two weeks. Our extended hours this semester (Mon-Thu, 8am – 8pm, & Fri, 8am – 4pm) are giving our VU students even more of an opportunity to thrive and excel in their studies. We invite you to encourage the students in your courses to take advantage of this resource; and for those who have excelled in your courses, please feel free to encourage them to apply as tutors. On January 9th, 20 of our tutors went through an 8-hour training course provided by the National Tutoring Association and they are now officially nationally certified tutors. We are currently developing a tutorial training course, based on the ideals of the NTA and tapered to fit the needs of our Centers, with which we will use to train our future tutors.
News from the Registrar
Congratulations on navigating the first few weeks of the semester, and thank you for utilizing the Waitlists so well! These first weeks were especially hectic for the Registrar’s Office in part to the loss of Kareese Rybarczyk in our front office. Kareese did a wonderful job and we already miss her! The Cal State Long Beach Enrollment Services department will quickly learn to appreciate her gifts!
Beginning the first week of February, we will welcome Marissa Robinson Tilton to the Registrar’s Office. Marissa is a 2014 Vanguard graduate from the Psychology department. She originally came to Vanguard as a transfer student which is a helpful background for her new position as she will work with transfer students and their previous coursework. After a long line of staff members in this position whose names start with the letter “K” (Kristie, Krystal, Kayla, Kareese), we are excited to have Marissa! Please welcome Marissa back to Vanguard!
Please have your Fall 2015 course schedule worksheets (TUG and Grad Clinical Psychology, Education, and Religion) to the appropriate Dean’s offices no later than Thursday, February 4th. We will enter the data, assign rooms, and then send out proof copies on approximately March 7th. Your summer course schedules are due February 19th. The Dean’s and Registrar’s offices appreciate your timeliness!
Thoughts from Professor Dogterom
Happy New Now Year!!
It is not too far into January in one memorable Peanut’s cartoon strip that Lucy complains, “I think we have gotten stuck with a used year!”
You can’t teach for too long without the semesters fading seamlessly one into another until it is hard to distinguish them. Students can appear to morph right before our eyes until we have no real sense of who graduated when and how we connected with them – or if we did. It is not too far down the commencement road that we will look at an old role sheet and wonder who those people – who apparently showed up close to twice a week for fifteen weeks – are!
Which is why it is an exercise in futility to expect any external clock to give us any sense of “new”. We quickly discover the calendar is just a mega-wristwatch – marking months and years instead of minutes and hours. The mile marker is not the destination – anchoring hope in the “new,” with its false advertising of “better,” is an exercise in futility and breeds hopelessness.
The only way into the new is through the doorway of “now”. Being where we actually are, doing what the present moment requires of us, living it as fully as we are capable – that is the only way into the new. And this is the wonder of Incarnation – Word made flesh, dwelling among us in the dark now of our despair. This is the wonder in his name, “I am,” – with its promise of Presence in every “now.” Such a good thing – especially considering that “now” is all we ever get!
As it turns out, He is the only one, standing on the platform of now, who can – who is – making all things new.
W. H. Dogterom
Professor of Pastoral Ministries and Spiritual Formation
Chair (Religion) – School for Professional Studies
A Word from the Provost
I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Our God is faithful to bless each one of us with his grace and mercy to enter 2016 a year we have never experienced before. Yet, we have the blessed hope and assurance of God’s presence, power and purpose for our lives throughout the year. I am grateful for each of you faculty and staff for your continued commitment to fulfill your purpose at Vanguard University.
We honor and celebrate the outstanding work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.
Monday, January 18th
#10. EXTREMISM FOR LOVE
“Was not Jesus an extremist in love? Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that spitefully use you. Was not Amos an extremist for justice — Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. Was not Paul an extremist for the gospel of Jesus Christ — I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Was not Martin Luther an extremist — Here I stand; I can do none other so help me God. Was not John Bunyan an extremist — I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience. Was not Abraham Lincoln an extremist — This nation cannot survive half slave and half free. Was not Thomas Jefferson an extremist — We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. So the question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind of extremist will we be. Will we be extremists for hate or will we be extremists for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice — or will we be extremists for the cause of justice?”
Taken from his letter from a Birmingham Jail Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. outlines twelve of his most important concepts – share your reflective thoughts on #10
Welcome, Spring, 2015-16, new faculty members Justin Moser, Faculty, Business Department and Dr. Jacqueline Parke, Faculty Undergraduate Psychology to Vanguard University! Justin Moser is not a relative of Jeremy so make sure as you send emails confirm if it is meant for Justin or Jeremy.
The Registrar’s Office is working diligently in preparation for our 2016-17 catalog. All course plans and program changes are being finalized. Contact the registrar if you have questions. Remember, our catalog is very important in faculty and student planning.
Our Accreditation Core Team is working diligently on our Reaffirmation Report for our July submission. We are also moving toward our substantive change report for Professional Studies and Graduate Religion Online. The faculty and staff are working rigorously to complete our deadline, January 16th. We thank Ludmila Praslova, ALO, John Sim, Instructional Design Coordinator and the Religion faculty for their perseverance.
Our next luncheon at the home of the Provost will be held Saturday, January 23 and we look forward to host the Communications, Theater, and Religion departments. Please gather with us for good food, fellowship and fun.
Why is Vanguard a special place to you? What makes Vanguard distinctive to you? Share your thoughts with the Provost in an email by January 11th.
- Department Chairs, remember to continue the vision discussion at your first department meeting we began in our December faculty meeting. Dalila in the Provost Office has copies of the discussion questions if you need them. We will share each department feedback at the February meeting.
- Now is the time to review assessment outcomes with your department and the result of the first semester implementations. If you need assistance please contact Dr. Karen Lee. We want to share with the Academic Committee of the Board an overall report of our student’s successful learning experiences.
- Assessment – Assessment – Assessment – evidence that measures if your students know and can do what your learning outcomes say they can do. All departments who have not completed your assessment reports should have them in to Dr. Karen Lee, as soon as possible. We would like to receive your report by the end of the month to be included in our report
News from the Library
Hours for the library for January, 2016
January 11-15 7:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
CLOSED January 16-18 for Martin Luther King Holiday
January 19-21 7:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
January 22 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
January 23 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
January 24 2 – 8 p.m.
January 25-28 7:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.
January 29 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
January 30 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
January 31 2 – 8 p.m.
News from the Registrar
Course Add/Drop Deadlines
• January 18 – last day for students to add/drop courses on myVU.
• January 19-22 – 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.
• January 22 – last day to drop without the course appearing on the student’s transcript.
Course Schedule Deadlines
Fall course schedule worksheets are due Thursday, February 4th. Summer course schedule worksheets are due Friday, February 19th.
News from the Office of Global Education and Outreach
VU in the EU:
The Business Department had a successful study intensive over Christmas Break focused on the European Union. We had 23 students under the direction of Professor Woodrow travel to London, Brussels, Frankfurt, Luxembourg and Paris over the course of two weeks to further their education about international business.
The baseball team spent a week on an outreach trip in the Dominican Republic working with SCORE International to use their gifts in their sport on and off the field. The 40 students and 3 staff coaches were used and impacted in some really amazing ways.
The GEO office is currently working on over a dozen trips that will be sent out over the remainder of this academic year. If you are interested in coordinating or leading a trip for the 2015-16 year, please contact Kayli Hillebrand at Kayli.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and training dates during the Spring semester.
News from the Office of Student Success & Academic Resources
We are so excited about all the new changes and growth that has taken place this year, including a usage increase of 23% by students of color from Fall 2014 to Fall 2015!
On Saturday, January 9th, Karen E. Stewart, Certified Tutor Trainer from the National Tutor Association and the Coordinator of Tutoring Services at The Learning Curve and University College, came and spent the day with twenty of our tutors, training and certifying them! That’s right – our tutors are now officially CERTIFIED TUTORS! We will be continuing this certification process with all of our tutors for the first two weeks of this semester, and each semester hereafter, until all of our tutors have completed the certification process.
We have extended the hours of the Tutorial and Math Learning Centers. It will be open for Study Hall in the mornings from 8 AM through the Activity and Chapel hours, then again from 11 AM until 8 PM, Monday through Thursday, and from 11 AM through 5 PM on Fridays.