Orange County Business Journal Announces Innovator of the Year Nominees, Including Vanguard University Alumnus, Jeff Motske

Costa Mesa, CA, August 31, 2015 – The Orange County Business Journal announced its nominees for the 2015 Innovator of the Year Awards on Monday. Vanguard University alumnus, Jeff Motske, has been included in the full list of nominees found on the Orange County Business Journal website.

This is the inaugural year for the Innovator of the Year Awards, hosted by the Orange County Business Journal (OCBJ). The program is designed to recognize and celebrate Orange County innovators who are creating game-changing ideas, processes, products, services and business models. One award will be presented to an individual in the categories of technology, science/medical, consumer products, engineering/design, and a “no boundaries” category, determined by the judging committee.

Jeff Motske, one of 65 inaugural nominees, graduated from Vanguard University in 1988 with a bachelor of science in business administration and management. Motske is the president, CEO and founder of Trilogy Financial Services in Huntington Beach, California. In addition to his more than 20-year experience as a certified financial planner, Motske authored a nationally acclaimed book, The Couple’s Guide to Financial Compatibility. The book received praise from articles in Parade magazine, USA Today, and Money Magazine.

The OCBJ will be present the awards to the five winners at a special luncheon and ceremony on September 24, 2015 at the Hotel Irvine.

For more information on Vanguard University and the alumni network, visit www.vanguard.edu.

 

ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY
Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 12 regional college in the west and a top veteran-friendly college for 2015, and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

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Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

Orange County Gathers to Raise Human Trafficking Awareness, hosted by Global Center for Women and Justice

Costa Mesa, CA, August 24, 2015 – The Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) at Vanguard University will host the annual Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking on Saturday September 19, 2015 at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. The luncheon will raise money to fund human trafficking initiatives in Orange County and beyond. Lead event sponsors include Jasmine Shodja and Karen and Barry Meguiar.

The annual luncheon, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Sandra Morgan, brings research, education and advocacy to the issues of human trafficking. This year, Dr. Morgan, who is the director for the GCWJ and a former administrator for the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force, will illustrate how vital education is in preventing trafficking crimes.

Over 300 guests are expected to attend the Newport Beach event.

“We are passionate about educating and empowering others to overcome great obstacles,” said Jasmine Shodja, Priceless Luncheon chair and vice president of Wells Fargo, The Private Bank. “By watching the ripple effects of the work done to combat human trafficking here and around the world, and being a small part of the force behind, it is an inspiration and a reason to face every day with strength and hope.”

The annual Diamond Award winners will also be announced at the event. The Diamond Award honors individuals and organizations whose commitment and efforts promote justice for women and children affected by human trafficking in Orange County. The Honorable Ed Royce, United States House of Representatives, will be presenting the awards along with his wife, Marie.

Tickets to attend the luncheon are $150 each and sponsorships are available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit vanguard.edu/gcwj/pricelessluncheon.

To learn more about The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University, visit www.vanguard.edu/gcwj.

To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications
714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

ABOUT THE GLOBAL CENTER FOR WOMEN AND JUSTICE

The Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University is a faith-based organization that exists to advance the global status of women through research, education, advocacy, collaboration and hope. The Global Center for Women & Justice promotes gender reconciliation and the inherent dignity of all persons. For more, visit vanguard.edu/gcwj.

ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY
Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 12 regional college in the west and a top veteran-friendly college for 2015, and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

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U.S. Veterans Magazine Announces Vanguard University in its Summer 2015 Best of the Best List

Costa Mesa, CA, August 19, 2015 – U.S. Veterans Magazine has named Vanguard University in its summer 2015 results for Best of the Best. The magazine links companies and government entities to qualified career and business candidates from the ranks of the nation’s veterans. The magazine also provides important veteran news, covering virtually every industry, business and profession.

U.S. Veterans Magazine (USVM) polled hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies for the 2015 Best of the Best evaluations. The annual review is an assessment of the nation’s employers, initiatives, government agencies and educational institutions. These nonbiased studies are valuable resources for jobseekers, business owners, students, consumers, senior management, business associations, employment agencies and consumer groups.

The list named Top Veteran-Friendly Companies, Top Supplier Diversity Programs, Top VBOs and SDVBOs, Top Government & Law Enforcement Agencies, Top Veteran-Friendly Franchises and Top Veteran-Friendly Schools. Vanguard University was one of the only private, Christian universities on the West Coast that was named in this nationwide ranking by USVM.

“The Vanguard University veterans center is intentional in our services, relationships, and our holistic approach of education of our veterans,” said Brian Burlingame, veterans center coordinator. “Here, every veteran matters, and it far exceeds academic success. It’s a genuine compassion about who our students are as individuals, and making sure they succeed in life.“

Vanguard University’s program for veterans is specialized for individuals coming out of military service, with the goal of achieving a bachelor’s degree. Incoming veteran students may qualify for several GI Bill chapters, including The Post 9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program, The Montgomery GI Bill, the Survivors & Dependents Assistance Program, and other programs. With a staff that is skilled in serving veterans, resources such as the school’s counseling center, disability services, learning and tutoring center, writing center, and career center are offered to students, free of charge.

For more information on Vanguard University’s veterans center, visit www.vanguard.edu/veterans.

 

ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY
Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 12 regional college in the west and a top veteran-friendly college for 2015, and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

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To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

Vanguard University Ranked Among The 50 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the U.S. for 2015

Costa Mesa, CA, August 10, 2015 – Vanguard University has been named in The 50 Best Christian Colleges and Universities list for 2015 according to Christian Universities Online. The independent online resource researches Christian higher education and posted a full web feature on August 8, 2015. The full list of top colleges and universities is available online.

In the school profile on Christian Universities Online, the trusted online guide acknowledges Vanguard University’s mission to equip each student “for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.” The guide also recognizes Vanguard for “its vibrant community, scenic and central location.”

The ranking was based upon publicly available data in the categories of faculty-to-student ratio, percent of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid, selectivity, overall retention rate and overall graduation rate.  Vanguard University was ranked #46 overall.

Christian Universities Online publishes rankings and reviews of the best Christian colleges and universities, information about Christian scholarships and financial aid, and many other resources for finding, getting into, and paying for a quality Christian education.  Christian Universities Online is committed to helping students and families pursuing a distinctly Christian education make the best use of their finances and gifts.

For more information on Vanguard University, visit www.vanguard.edu.

ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY
Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 12 regional college in the west and a top veteran-friendly college for 2015, and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

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To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

Vanguard University Named “A Best in the West” College by The Princeton Review on its Website Feature: “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region”

Costa Mesa, CA, August 7, 2015 – Vanguard University is one of the best colleges in the West according to The Princeton Review. The well-known education services company lists the college among its “Best in the West” recommended schools in its “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website feature that posted on August 3, 2015.  The feature is accessible online—only 125 colleges in fifteen Western states made The Princeton Review’s “Best in the West” list for 2016.

In its website profile on Vanguard University, The Princeton Review describes the college as  “a liberal arts school, characterized by its Christian atmosphere,” and commends it for  “focusing on students’ personal development and sense of community on campus.”  “We chose Vanguard University and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Senior VP-Publisher. The Princeton Review editors made their selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, as well as its staff visits to schools over the years, and the perspectives of college counselors and advisors whose opinions the company solicits.

“We also gave careful consideration to what students enrolled at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our student survey for this project,” Franek added.  “We designed our 80-question survey to include questions that prospective applicants might ask on a campus visit. Only schools that permit us independently to survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists, and only schools at which we see a strong level of satisfaction among their enrolled students – whom we consider their customers – make it to our final slate of regional ‘best’ college selections.”

“I am thrilled that Vanguard University is being recognized by The Princeton Review as an all-around outstanding academic institution,” said Vanguard University President Michael Beals. “Acknowledging Vanguard’s unique focus on professor-mentors, academic rigor, and Christ-centered learning, this esteemed recognition affirms that Vanguard is one of the finest Christian universities in the state.”

The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their colleges on several issues –from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of their science lab facilities – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.  Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site. Some student comments in the profile on Vanguard University are that “professors try their best to make themselves available outside the classroom, and actually care about your academic and career achievements.”

Collectively, the 649 colleges on The Princeton Review’s  “regional best” lists constitute about 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges. The Princeton Review does not rank the 649 colleges, either overall, by region, or in various categories. However, some schools on the “regional best” lists that also appear in The Princeton Review’s book, The Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition, appear on some of the company’s 62 ranking lists of “top 20 colleges” that are published in that book. All of those ranking lists are based entirely on the company’s surveys of students at the 380 schools in the book.

The 125 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the West” 2016 list are located in fifteen states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The Princeton Review also designated 225 colleges in the Northeast, 159 in the Midwest, and 140 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists.

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its tutoring, test-prep courses, books, and other student resources. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University.

For more information on Vanguard University, visit www.vanguard.edu.

 

ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY
Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 12 regional college in the west and a top veteran-friendly college for 2015, and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

ABOUT THE PRINCETON REVIEW

The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors, online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. The Princeton Review is headquartered in Natick, MA and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).  For more information, visitwww.princetonreview.com. Follow the company on Twitter @theprincetonrev.

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Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications
714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

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