VANGUARD UNIVERSITY’S WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HEAD COACH, RUSS DAVIS, TO BE INDUCTED INTO NAIA HALL OF FAME

From High School Athletics To Head Coach At Orange County’s First Four-Year University, Davis Enters New Season With Significant Recognition 

COSTA MESA, Calif., September 15, 2016 – After 35 years of exceptional coaching leadership, women’s basketball head coach, Russ Davis, will be inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame this spring. Davis is a four-time recipient of the NAIA Coach of the Year and nine-time Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Coach of the Year. He led the Vanguard University Lions to the 2008 NAIA National Championship. Davis is also a member of the Vanguard University Athletic Hall of Fame.

“For 21 years, Russ Davis has been the gold standard of what excellence looks like in the NAIA,” said Rhett Soliday, athletic director at Vanguard University. “He is not only a tremendous coach and leader of his program, but close friend and mentor to me. This award is so deserved and our entire campus community is thrilled to celebrate this honor with Russ.”

Davis arrived at Vanguard University in 1996. His teams with the Lions have averaged more than 26 wins and less than seven losses per season, with 18 trips to the NAIA National Tournament—transforming the collegiate team into one of the strongest women’s basketball programs in the NAIA. Coach Davis has 30 wins at the NAIA National Tournament, ranking him the highest of any active coach in the association.

“The NAIA has a strong reputation for character-driven athletics, so this national recognition of Russ Davis is something our university is incredibly proud of,” said Dr. Michael J. Beals, president of Vanguard University. “Coach Davis has always encouraged a high standard of athletic excellence, academic excellence, and character building during his coaching tenure with the Vanguard Lions, deeply changing the lives of our student athletes.”

Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, the NAIA represents 65,000 student-athletes who receive more than $500 million in athletic aid each year. Since 1937, it has been known as the governing body of athletics programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics.

Under the direction of the NAIA Hall of Famer, Vanguard University has had 14 First-Team All-Americans and 59 NAIA Scholar Athlete All-Americans; five of Davis’ own players were voted National Players of the Year, which no other coach in the NAIA has produced. Vanguard women’s basketball now ranks third in the history of the NAIA in overall number one rankings in coaches’ polls. They have won 11 GSAC Championships over the last 20 seasons, an achievement not achieved by any other program in the conference.

Russ Davis began his career as an assistant to the men’s program at Irvine’s Woodbridge High School in 1982. He moved to coaching women’s basketball at Woodbridge High School in 1991, and later moved to Estancia High School in Costa Mesa, where he revitalized the athletic program. After the 1995-96 season, Davis left Estancia High School for a position as assistant coach at Vanguard.

Over the years, Davis has established an outstanding reputation for the Vanguard women’s basketball team in the NAIA ranks, while becoming a popular figure among his coaching peers—including his roles as national rater for the NAIA, president and vice president for the NAIA Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), and member of the NAIA All-American committee.

In addition to his 21st season at Vanguard University, Davis currently coaches the Nike Cal Swish girls’ club team of Orange County, and serves on the Kodak Women’s Basketball All-American committee, and on the board of directors for the WBCA.

Under coach Davis, Vanguard’s women’s basketball kicks off its 2016-17 season playing Bethesda University of California on October 29 at 5:30 p.m., on their home court in Costa Mesa.

For more information on the coaches and team schedules for the Vanguard University Lions, visit www.vanguardlions.com.

 

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About Vanguard Lions
The Intercollegiate Athletic Program at Vanguard University is dedicated to the holistic growth and development of all student athletes, teaching them to lead Christ-centered lives on and off the field of competition. The program encourages a high standard of academic and athletic excellence that embraces character building. Along with the specific-sports instruction, the department seeks significance by providing the student athlete with the knowledge to impact his/her world through a lifetime of service to Christ.

The Vanguard Lions are leaders of character emulating Christ through faithfulness and selflessness, while passionately educating and influencing others to change the culture of sport. Learn more at www.vanguardlions.com

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 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. 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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VANGUARD UNIVERSITY’S FIFTH ANNUAL RUN FOR MERCY 5K TO BENEFIT ALUMNI FAMILY IN NEED

Community Gathers to Support A Young Family Battling Impact Of An Aggressive Form Of Cancer

  

COSTA MESA, Calif., September 8, 2016 – Each year, a crowd of hundreds of runners, walkers, and baby strollers, gather for Vanguard University’s annual Run for Mercy 5K. This year, the 5th annual Run for Mercy 5K will be held on Saturday, October 1, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The race is now tradition at Vanguard, fundraising upwards of $3000 for Healing Huntington’s Foundation at last year’s event.

The family-friendly Run For Mercy 5K was first created by the university’s alumni relations office to raise money for families in need who have graduated from Vanguard and are going through significant health struggles or family loss. The first two 5K events benefited alumni families with incurable conditions. In its third year, the Run for Mercy 5K was dedicated to an alumnus who met his wife at Vanguard, and was widowed less than a decade and two young daughters later. Last year’s recipient, an alumnus and military veteran, was fighting the incurable Huntington’s Disease.

“At the center of the Vanguard experience is a community that serves others,” said Joel Gackle, director of alumni and university relations at Vanguard University. “This year our 5K Fun Run/Walk will benefit an alum who is battling the impacts of cancer—and the brain hemorrhages and surgeries that were brought on as a result.”

The 2016 Run for Mercy 5K will benefit Noel (Taylor `07) Miller, resident of Temecula, who is suffering from an aggressive form of cancer. After developing the condition of having a molar pregnancy, and the large growth in her uterus developed into cancer in the placenta, finally spreading to her brain. After enduring months of chemotherapy and radiation, Miller thought the worst was behind her.

Then, without warning, Miller suffered cerebral hemorrhages, leading to multiple brain surgeries. While doctors still consider Miller in a near vegetative state, the family is hopeful and says the young wife and mother is now cancer-free and slowly recovering. Even so, the medical bills and personal needs have been high.

The 5K will be held during the university’s family weekend this year, and is expected to be one of the best attended yet.

The Run for Mercy 5K is open to the public and appropriate for all ages. The cost is $25 ($10 for students 18 and under). Vanguard is also offering the option of a donation for those who can’t make it, or would like to give additionally to benefit the Miller family.

For more information on the Run for Mercy 5K, visit www.vanguard.edu/5k.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Amanda Irving

(714) 460-3739

Amanda@reveilleinc.com

 

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 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. 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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VANGUARD UNIVERSITY’S GLOBAL CENTER FOR WOMEN AND JUSTICE DIRECTOR, DR. SANDRA MORGAN, PRESENTS ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING WEBINAR

Sponsored By The Salvation Army And Religious Alliance Against Pornography, Dr. Morgan Educates Faith Communities and Organizations On Modern Day Slavery Issue

 

COSTA MESA, Calif., September 7, 2016– Dr. Sandra Morgan, director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice, and noted anti-human trafficking advocate, will be the featured speaker for the webinar, Fantasy or Reality: The Pornography – Sex Trafficking Link. The webinar will be held online on, September 13 at 9am PST, and September 22 at 6pm PST.

The webinar, sponsored by Religious Alliance Against Pornography (RAAP) of which The Salvation Army is a member, will take an in-depth look at what drives purchasers to use online pornography, and what lures victims into sex trafficking. RAAP works to create a broad interfaith effort to alert, educate and mobilize all people to understand and combat pornography. High-level religious leaders hold RAAP membership from across the country, and from various religions including Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, and Muslim.

“The link between pornography and sex trafficking occurs in the person’s mind,” said Dr. Morgan. “When a culture is saturated with pornography, reality is distorted, fantasy becomes the norm, and anything and anyone can be purchased and sold for sex.”

The online webinar will also empower faith communities, churches, and other organizations to integrate strategic action plans in order to educate individuals and protect children and families in their communities.

During the webinar, Dr. Morgan will bring her expertise on human trafficking that is recognized globally. As the director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice, she works to build capacity for research, education and advocacy directly related to the exploitation of women and children. Dr. Morgan served as administrator of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) for nearly three years. As a pediatric nurse, her first encounter with a sex trafficking victim was a 14-year-old boy.

Dr. Morgan has presented on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of children (CSEC) to the Orange County Grand Jury, California Juvenile Justice Commission, at universities, conferences, and law enforcement and healthcare provider trainings. She currently serves on Foreign Affairs Chair Congressman Ed Royce’s Anti-Human Trafficking Advisory Committee as well as on the steering committee for the Faith Alliance against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST).

To register online for the webinar, held September 13 and 22, visit bit.ly/fantasyorreality.

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

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Amanda Irving

(714) 460-3739

Amanda@reveilleinc.com

 

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 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. 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 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 www.vanguard.edu/gcwj

 

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VANGUARD UNIVERSITY’S MUSIC DEPARTMENT TO BE INCLUDED IN CITY OF ANAHEIM’S 9/11 NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE

Honoring Victims Of The 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, Vanguard’s University Concert Choir Will Offer Music and Hope to Orange County Community

 

COSTA MESA, Calif., September 7, 2016 – The Vanguard University department of music has been invited to perform for the City of Anaheim’s 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance 15th anniversary event. The special event is open to the public, all ages, and being held Sunday, September 11 at 2pm at the City National Grove of Anaheim.

The event is hosted by the City of Anaheim, and will also include Anaheim Fire & Rescue Chief Randy Bruegman, Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, and other honored guests including Vanguard’s University concert choir, under the direction of Dr. James L. Melton.

Vanguard University’s department of music has presented choral and orchestral concerts in renowned concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, and throughout Europe, China, and the U.S. The music program most recently received membership into the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

“It’s an honor to be a part of such an important day of remembrance,” said Dr. Susanne Reid, chair of the department of music at Vanguard. “It is our hope that as our group leads the Anaheim community in thought-provoking music, we will honor the victims and be inspired to serve our communities with renewed passion.”

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, where the concert choir will perform, will honor the sacrifice of those who were lost in the terrorist attacks, and those who died responding to the tragedy of September 11th.

For more information on the September 11th event, visit www.visitanaheim.org. For more information on upcoming performances from the department of music ensembles at Vanguard University, visit www.vanguard.edu/music.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Amanda Irving

(714) 460-3739

Amanda@reveilleinc.com

 

 

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 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. 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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VANGUARD UNIVERSITY BRINGS VETERAN STUDENTS AND ALUMS TO WAVES OF VALOR SURF CAMP AND GIVES HEALING TO VETERANS

Team Red, White and Blue Hosts Hundreds at Annual Surf Camp in Huntington Beach

 

COSTA MESA, Calif., September 7, 2016 – Students and graduates of Vanguard University’s Veterans Center will take part in the annual Waves of Valor Surf Camp sponsored by Team Red, White and Blue, a national organization started by Vets for Vets in partnership with the West Los Angeles VA, Loma Linda VA, and the Long Beach VA. The event will take place on Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m. to 12 noon in Huntington Beach.

Team Red, White and Blue (RWB) exists to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to people in their community—specifically through physical and social activity. The headquarters of the organization reside in Tampa, Florida, but the local Orange County chapter holds this annual surf camp event, bringing together men and women in treatment at the VA.  Volunteer professional and amateur surfers and community members attend the annual event, with a desire to give back to veterans.

“Between my numerous deployments in support of the global war on terrorism, I continuously returned to Orange County and I would paddle out and sit out in the ocean with my civilian friends and just enjoy being home,” said Christoper Merkle, chapter captain of Team RWB Orange County, and graduate of Vanguard University’s Class of 2016. “The healing powers on the water made everything right—surfing is the farthest thing from Iraq that I could think of.”

After serving 14 years in the U.S. Marines, Merkle attempted to return to civilian life, when post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) set in. He enrolled at Vanguard University, and graduated with honors in May 2016, speaking at the Vanguard University Veterans Center’s Challenge Coin Ceremony on his experience in the war and on his journey to receive his degree from the Orange County University.

Featured in The Huffington Post, and other notable news sources, the Waves of Valor surf camp in Orange County hosts over 40 veterans and over 200 volunteers, teaching veterans how to surf, stay engaged, and work through the healing process of war trauma. Huntington Beach mayor, police and fire departments all back the efforts of Team RWB—even Olympic medal winners, politicians, movie and television stars have come out in years past to show their support.

Vanguard University’s Veterans Center, where Merkle was once a student, works to send volunteers to participate in Waves of Valor. The center focuses on engaging student veterans in their pursuit of academic and personal success, providing specialized resources such as the campus counseling center, disability services, tutoring center, writing center and career center.  Vanguard University is also part of the Yellow Ribbon Program, a GI Education Enhancement Program that provides an agreement between Vanguard and the Veterans Administration (VA).

To register and attend the Waves of Valor event, visit www.wavesofvalor.com.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Amanda Irving

(714) 460-3739

Amanda@reveilleinc.com

 

 

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 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. 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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