Welcome Week Schedule Fall 2015

Welcome Week (Orientation)

Orientation is mandatory for ALL new students. Please clear your schedules for August 21-23.

We are excited to greet you on Friday, August 21st.

Orientation programming is still being finalized. This is a sample schedule based on Orientation 2014. Final details will be updated August 1.

Friday, August 21

8:00 AM-12:00 PM Rotating Check-in
Residential Freshmen-Last Name A-L (Group A): 8:00-10:00 AM
Residential Freshmen-Last Name M-Z (Group B): 9:00-11:00 AM
All Freshmen Commuters (Group C): 11:00 AM-Noon
All Transfers (Group C): 11:00 AM-Noon
12:00 PM-2:00 PM
Commuter Orientation and Lunch (all commuters and families)
12:00 PM-3:00 PM Rotating Welcome
Residential Freshmen (Group A): 12:00 -1:00 PM
Residential Freshmen (Group B): 1:00-2:00 PM
Commuters and Transfers (Group C): 2:00-3:00 PM
3:00-4:30 PM Orientation Kick-Off
3:00-5:30 PM Family Orientation
4:30-5:30 PM Orientation Group Time with Staff Mentor
5:30 PM
Incoming Class Picture
5:30-7:30 PM Family BBQ
8:00-9:00 PM Worship and Communion
9:00-9:30 PM Student Commissioning
10:00-11:00 PM Resident Students: Meet your floor
Commuters: Bonfire
11:00 PM-1:00 AM Private Target Party (Target opens for us at 11:30)

Saturday, August 22

10:30 AM-Noon Brunch
Noon-1:00 PM Academic Talks
1:00-2:00 PM Testing
2:00-3:00 PM Student Life Talks
3:00-5:00 PM Group Time
5:00-6:30 PM Dinner and Soccer Game
7:00-8:30 PM Camp Team Performance

Sunday, August 23

8:00-Noon Church (commuters may attend home church)
10:30-Noon Brunch
Noon-2:00 PM Cohort Group Time
2:00-3:00 PM VU Talks
3:00-6:30 PM Welcome to the Neighborhood Expo & Block Party
7:00-9:00 PM Academic Dessert & Closing

Grandparents’ Day 2015 Schedule

Schedule below is tentative and will be updated as events and event times are confirmed. Thank you.

8:00 – 9:00 am: Check-in (In front of Needham Chapel)

Please check in between 8:00-9:00 am and collect information for the day, as well as specialty items. If you are unable to arrive at that time, your student can check in on your behalf. Continental breakfast will be provided.

9:00-9:50 am: Devotions with Justin McIntee (Needham Chapel)

Please join us for a morning devotional as we kick off this special day.

10:00-11:00 am: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind (Needham Chapel)

The Alzheimer Association is back by popular demand. Their standing-room only presentation was praised with rave reviews about the important reminders regarding our health.

11:00-11:30 am: Aging Well Post 50 (Needham Chapel)

Enjoy tips and tricks for aging well offered by Vanguard’s own Kinesiology Department.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Lunch on Own (VU Cafe or Off Campus)

Enjoy our Cafe: Adults- $8, children (5-10)- $5 (Cash Only) or take your student to their favorite location off-campus (students love to be spoiled).

12:30 – 2:00 pm: Dessert with the President (Needham Courtyard)

We will enjoy a dessert together and have a chance to hear from our beloved President Beals.

2:00 pm: Men’s Baseball vs. Concordia (Baseball Field)


2:00 – 4:00 pm: Lewis Wilson Institute (Heath 109)

Our very own Provost Dr. Doretha O’Quinn will be hosting two sessions regarding African American Experience in the Foursquare church. Students will receive chapel credit (1 per session). Session One: 2-3 pm; Refreshment Break: 3-3:15 pm; Session Two: 3:15-4 pm. For more info…

4:00 pm: Giving Thanks to Vanguard Grandparents (TBD)

This is our time to celebrate you! We know that many of our students are able to attend Vanguard due to their grandparents’ support and encouragement and we want a chance to say thanks!

5:00 pm: Dinner on Own (VU Cafe or Off Campus)

Enjoy our Cafe: Adults- $9, children (5-10)- $5 (Cash Only) or take your student to their favorite location off-campus (students love to be spoiled).

8:00 pm: Theatre Department presents Ah, Wilderness! (Lyceum Theatre)

A tender comedy that explores coming of age and young love in Idyllic 1906. Ticket price: $14. Available tickets may be purchase at the door or in advance online. Our theatre department is superb. Don’t miss your chance to see the comedy Ah, Wilderness!

10:30 pm: Ah, Wilderness! Open Forum (Lyceum Theatre)

Consider getting a behind the scenese view of Ah, Wilderness! during this open forum discussion with Director Kevin Slay.

Recipes For One

Now to impress your families this Christmas break, here are a few recipes to try over break! Both recipes involve spinach which is nutrient dense and has TONS of flavonoids (act as an antioxidant). As college students, we tend to not always consume the healthiest foods; adding spinach to your diet is a good way to get a bunch of different vitamins and minerals!

Spinach-Ravioli Lasagna

Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings


  • 1 (6-oz.) package fresh baby spinach, thoroughly washed
  • 1/3 cup refrigerated pesto sauce
  • 1 (15-oz.) jar Alfredo sauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth*
  • 1 (25-oz.) package frozen cheese-filled ravioli (do not thaw)
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Italian six-cheese blend
  • Garnishes: chopped fresh basil, paprika


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 375°. Chop spinach, and toss with pesto in a medium bowl.
  2. 2. Combine Alfredo sauce and vegetable broth. Spoon one-third of alfredo sauce mixture (about 1/2 cup) into a lightly greased 2.2-qt. or 11- x 7-inch baking dish. Top with half of spinach mixture. Arrange half of ravioli in a single layer over spinach mixture. Repeat layers once. Top with remaining Alfredo sauce.
  3. 3. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Bake 5 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Garnish, if desired.
  4. *Chicken broth may be substituted.
  5. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Santa Barbara Original Basil Pesto and Bertolli Alfredo Sauce.

Southern Living

Spinach and Mozzarella Grilled Cheese


  • ½ Tbsp olive oil $0.08
  • 1 clove garlic $0.08
  • ¼ lb. frozen cut spinach $0.38
  • Pinch of salt & pepper $0.05
  • 2 ciabatta rolls $1.33
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese $1.00
  • 1 oz. feta cheese $0.43
  • pinch red pepper flakes (optional) $0.05


  1. Mince the garlic and add it to a skillet with the olive oil. Cook over medium-low heat for 1-2 minutes, or until it begins to soften. Add the frozen spinach, turn the heat up to medium, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until heated through and most of the excess moisture has evaporated away. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  2. Cut the rolls in half. Add about ¼ cup of shredded mozzarella and ½ oz. of feta to the bottom half of each roll. Divide the cooked spinach between the two sandwiches, then top with a pinch of red pepper flakes, plus ¼ more shredded mozzarella on each.
  3. Place the top half of the ciabatta roll on the sandwiches and transfer them to a large non-stick skillet. Fill a large pot with a few inches of water to create weight, then place the pot on top of the sandwiches to press them down like a panini press. Turn the heat on to medium-low and cook until the sandwiches are crispy on the bottom. Carefully flip the sandwiches, place the weighted pot back on top, and cook until crispy on the other side and the cheese is melted. Serve warm.

For the foodie in us all


Hey Seniors! Here are some fun and easy recipes that can be made in a mug! Enjoy!


Not only is this creamy and delicious, but it is SO much healthier than the store bought kind! And, yet it is just as quick and easy to make!

You will need:

A large mug or bowl (I use a big soup mug)

1/3 cup Whole grain elbow macaroni

½ Water

1/3 Cheddar-Jack Shredded Cheese

Splash of milk (2 teaspoons)


In a microwave safe {big} mug or bowl (make sure it is a big one or it will boil over), put 1/3 cup whole grain elbow macaroni and 1/2 cup water (If you have a stronger microwave than mine, you may need more water… just play with it adding a couple extra Tbs at a time). Microwave for 6 minutes, stirring at 4 minutes, 2 minutes, and 1 minute. The pasta should be cooked and there will be a tiny bit of thick pasta water in the bottom. Leave this water. Add a heaping 1/3 cup shredded Cheddar Jack cheese (pictured above). Return to the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds to melt the cheese. Stir well, adding a small splash of milk (maybe 2 teaspoons). Enjoy!

April 7, 2013 by Kristen Whitby http://www.ellaclaireinspired.com/homemade-single-serve-microwave



You will need:

For the cake:

3 tbsp white flour (For gluten free: 1 tbsp rice flour and 2 tbsp almond flour)

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/16 tsp salt

pinch stevia OR 1 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp plus 2 tsp water

2 tsp oil or melted margarine or applesauce

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

For the streusel:

1/8 tsp cinnamon

1 and 1/4 tsp brown sugar

1/4 to 1/2 tsp oil or melted margarine (or applesauce)

tiny, tiny pinch salt

2 pecan halves (or walnut halves)


(If using an oven, preheat to 330 F.) Combine batter dry ingredients and mix well. Add wet and mix until just mixed. In a tiny bowl, combine all streusel ingredients. Fill a greased muffin tin 1/2 way with the batter (or a mug, if using the microwave). Sprinkle on two-thirds of the streusel, then spoon the remaining batter on top. Finally, sprinkle on the rest of the streusel. Cook 12-13 minutes in the oven, or around 1 minute in the microwave. (Microwave times may vary.) http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/05/14/1-minute-coffee-cake-in-a-mug/



When a season of life is on the decline and you know there is an imminent end, you feel as if you can prepare for it. The shock is not so abrupt, but the pain is still there. We have to understand a few things about our season that is ending and how we are in a transitioning period in our life. William Bridges wrote a book entitled “Transitions: Making sense of life’s changes.” This book identifies the transitions we all go through throughout our entire lives and then spends some time diving into what ending a season of life looks like. He says that there are endings, a neutral zone and then a new beginning. We will look at the specifics of “endings” this month!

“Endings are, let’s remember, experiences of dying. They are ordeals, and sometimes they challenge so basically our sense of who we are that we believe they will be the end of us… Even though we are all likely to view an ending as the conclusion of the situation it terminates, it is also-and it is too bad that we don’t have better ways of reminding ourselves of this-the initiation of a process. We have it backwards. Endings are the first, not the last, act of the play”~ Bridges

Let us go through this grieving together, but for a short time because we have so much to look forward to. We are not in the finality of our lives, so let’s not bog ourselves down. Instead, we will appreciate what we have had for the last four years and use it as a building block for success.

Inside VU 9.17.14



Sunday, September 21
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Questions? Contact Joel Gackle at alumni@vanguard.eduor x 5494


Noel Wilson ‘84 and Faculty Emeritus will direct his annual Gospel Song Celebration with a professional orchestra, Men’s quartet, and various soloists. The Alumni Relations office will host a reception for Alumni after the concert. Tickets are $15.

Questions? Contact Kayli Hillebrand at kayli.hillebrand@vanguard.edu or x5265
Were you an MK? The Outreach Office is looking for faculty/staff that would like to be involved in the MK Ministry on campus. We are looking for mentors and/or open homes for our students to gather in throughout the year.

Monday, September 15
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Questions? Contact Katie Heemstra at fantasia@vanguard.edu or x5441


Kick off your holiday season in style! Enjoy favorite carols and breathtaking masterpieces performed by Vanguard’s 200-member choirs and orchestra in two stunning venues: Segerstrom Center for the Arts [Tuesday, December 2] and St. Andrews Presbyterian Church [Friday, December 5]. Faculty/Staff and students — Redeem your exclusive 20% off discount!

Thursday, September 18
Great Commission Hall
Questions? Contact Kevin Walker at kevin.walker@vanguard.edu or x6427


Join us for a Constitution Day Debate: Does the Constitution give rights or expect duties? The VU Forum will be host a debate with Professor Alex Hindman arguing for rights and Professor Kevin Walker arguing for duties.
Chapel credit will be available.

Monday, September 22
Forrest Room
Questions? Contact Cheri Walters at cheri_walters@hotmail.com or x6360
A woman church planter, lead pastor, co-pastor, youth/children/staff pastors, & missionary will share about their ministry journeys in an interactive round-table discussion with students. Students will have opportunities for conversations on ministry subjects – male/female working relationships, family & ministry, vocational ministry, etc.

Coffee, chocolate, prizes, and chapel credit offered.

Tuesday, September 30
Cove Parking Lot
Questions? Contact Megan Mickelson at megan.mickelsen@vanguard.edu or x5254
Vanguard’s semi-annual blood drive is quickly approaching! All students, faculty, and staff are welcome and encouraged to donate. The mobile blood truck will be in the cove parking lot on September 30th from 11am-4pm. Please see Jordan Baker in the Bridge beginning on Sept 22nd to schedule an appointment.

THE BEAT GOES ON – World Premiere
A Musical Revue that journeys through the decades of Rock and Roll
Lyceum Theater Performance Dates: September 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, October 3, 4 at 8:00 pm; September 21, 27, 28, October 4, 5 at 2:00 pm. General: $17; Senior/Child/Group/VU Employees: $14; VU Students: $12.
Purchase tickets at: http://www.vanguardtickets.com Discount tickets for VU students on ALL performances: only $5 cash or check at the door if available

Questions? Contact Bill Hughes at bhughes@vanguard.edu or x6425 http://www.vanguard.edu/theatre/lyceum-theater-season/thebeatgoeson/


The 10 Questions You Are Afraid to Ask

The time has finally arrived and it is no surprise that you are excited. I remember when I was in your shoes walking around campus for the first week of school as a new Vanguard student. Over the next couple years you will have many difficult questions to answer but none more important than the ones that you will encounter over the next few weeks. This is the definitive list for the toughest questions you’ll be asking yourself.

1) Is it possible to make cookies in a microwave?


Microwaves have made life easier but trying to recreate your grandma’s famous recipe just because your friend’s cousin’s blogger mom was able to make it doesn’t mean you can. There is a reason these microwave cookie recipes exist. Keep the smoke detector companies relevant and provide Pinterest with plenty of “nailed it” memes.

2) What posters can I hang up to show i’m artsy and fun?


Trying to show off your taste in movies by taping your most recent swap meet purchase might not convey the message you think it does. The world doesn’t need another Beatles Abbey Road poster. On the other hand, The Kramer will up the revisit value of any dorm room.

3) Is this Craigslist couch safe?


Trying to huddle all your new friends around a laptop movie can be difficult but Craigslist can be your go to place to snag that couch. Two rules for Craiglist couch hunting: 1) not all free couches are created equal.                 2) Febreeze doesn’t fix everything.

*Truck owners beware. You will be making many short term friendships while couch craze lasts. Feel free to ask for some gas money, your friends are getting a couch for free after all.

4) Where can I eat at 2am?! I can’t believe everything is closed. NORMS!

norms restaurant


Let’s be honest, the caf’s dinner hours might as well be breakfast with how late you stay up. I just have four words for your late night cravings. Repeat after me in your best Ryan Gosling, Crazy Stupid Love, voice. Be better than Norms.

5) How much of my roommates food can I eat without them noticing?


This question still haunts me to this day…. In my infinite roommate wisdom I will give you some rules of thumb. 1) Ask first. 2) don’t assume they will say yes, no one likes a mooch. 3) Be ready for some memorable passive aggressive notes if the first two rules aren’t followed. To give you fair warning, using the excuse, “I bought some last week and thought they were mine” won’t last more than a week, for all you know your roommate catalogs and counts all their gold fish.

6) How often do I really need to do laundry?


If you are asking this question you should have washed your sheets/clothes 2 weeks ago. Laundry day and the presidential elections should not have the same re-occurrence pattern. This same idea should extend to general cleaning in your dorm room. One of the universes greatest anomalies is the dirty shower. If you get clean in it how can it get dirty? This is a question that no one can answer but just because it can’t be answered doesn’t mean you shouldn’t clean your shower (I’m talking to you Huntington Hall). We evolved from sitting in our own filth during baths. Let’s not regress and stand in our own filth while we shower.

7) Should I have froyo or cereal for dinner?


This is a question everyone has when they see the golden corner over in the caf. You might have even asked yourself, “Can I get cereal and use ice cream as milk?” This is a fair question but just because you are out on your own, getting to make your own choices, does not mean you should let your inner child control your food decisions. If you let your sweet tooth lead the way question 10 below will become a lasting one.

8) Does coffee = a relationship?


Is coffee delicious? YES! Is it a contractually binding agreement that the two parties enjoying said beverage are in a relationship? no. In order for something to be a date both people need to know it’s a date. Don’t be awkward, let them know you’re asking them out on a date.

9) Does my high school letterman’s jacket make me look cool?


No one wants to be “that guy/girl”. Hopefully high school was a blast for you but take these four short college years to find your identity outside your past. Reinvent yourself. Discover more about who you are. Don’t let your past impact your life but rather allow your present to shape you. What better place to engage with your present than Vanguard and it’s community?

10) Does the freshman 15 really exist?


I have some follow up questions for you. Does your desk drawer look like the one above? Can you stream Netflix? If you answered yes to either of those questions than you could be at risk for the Freshman 15. Unlike Bigfoot and the Bermuda Triangle the Freshman 15 actually exists. There are so many new changes and opportunities in your life that it can be very difficult managing it all. You no longer have one meal option at dinner, you could have a five course meal consisting of french fries, cereal, deli meat, ice cream, and a piece of fruit and no one would care. You can binge watch all seven seasons of The Office and your friends will applaud you. **Disclaimer – A 24/7 Office marathon may sound like a great floor event for the first 3 hours but around hour 32 everyone is a zombie that can’t laugh anymore.** Use this time to learn how to manage yourself and not your Netflix account.

3 Easy Ways to Fight the Freshman 15

  1. Better food choices inside and outside the caf. You don’t need to be a nutritionist to know it’s not good to order the whole dollar menu from Taco Bell at midnight. Make a conscious effort to add some greens to your plate. We could spend hours talking about nutrition but instead i’ll leave you with this a few easy tips to make better choices in the caf. Check out the below image for a quick example on hoe to prepare your plate or visit choosemyplate.gov for more information. harvard
  2. Find a routine to be active. It’s really easy to find yourself sitting all day (netflix, classes, studying, coffee outings, eating, etc.). This is a great time to find what activities excite you. Recreations and activities have many health, behavioral, and social benefits. Don’t let the thought “I can always start after I graduate” keep you from trying new things. Being active improves health, helps manage stress, and also exposes you to people with similar interests. Not sure where to start? Try an intramural sport or take advantage of the next VU Rec outing. Like VU Rec on facebook to stay up to date on upcoming opportunities.
  3. Finally, get enough sleep. The fun train leaves every 15 minutes. Don’t be afraid to get that extra hour of sleep or catch a nap here and there. Adequate sleep is a very important part of our health and well being. Sleep helps us regulate stress, make sure our brain can function, and allows our body to physically rest and repair itself. Get some rest, you need it more than you think.


Thriving through Orientation

Orientation and Thriving

At Vanguard we want you to do more than survive college and get a degree. We want you to THRIVE! This is the main reason we require orientation for all new students (freshmen and transfers).

We have structured our time in orientation to ask big questions that will frame your time at Vanguard and set you up to succeed. We have split our educational portions of the weekend into three sessions: Academic Talks, Student Life Talks, and VU Talks. Each of these sessions will be broken into small talks based on the very successful TED model.

Topics we will cover:

Your Invitation to Your Education

Investing in Your Best Asset (YOU)

The Cost of Dropping Out

What is Identity?

What is Community?

What is Integrity?

Spirituality in College

Living a Life of Service

Lions for Life

We will also cover everything from our community standards to the resources on campus. On Saturday we will have a chance to practice our school spirit when we root on our women’s soccer team as they challenge a local university on the field. On Sunday we will bring the Vanguard and community resources to you with a Welcome to the Neighborhood Expo and Block Party. The block party is your first opportunity to connect with returning students in a casual way prior to school starting. In between we will split up into small groups to have a deeper connection and explore the transition of entering Vanguard.

According to Laurie Schreiner’s work on thriving in college students, a top predictor of thriving is a student’s Psychological Sense of Community (PSC). This is why we assign you to a consistent group and have intentional group times where we share our personal stories, have silly ice breakers to help you connect, and spend a lot of time in social situations during orientation. For freshmen, this group will later become your Cornerstone class peers.

Overall, we ask that you come expecting great things and connect with what we are sharing. Invest in this time to get the most out of it! See you on the 22nd!

See the full schedule here.

Orientation Absence Request

Sometimes things come up. Your sister is getting married or your grandparents bought you a trip to Scotland for graduation and it happens to be during orientation. We understand that these things occur. Of course, our preference is that you do everything in your power to clear your schedule but for things that are out of your control there is the Orientation Absence Request form.