AWARD-WINNING VANGUARD UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE ARTS ANNOUNCES ANTICIPATED NEW LOCAL THEATRE LINEUP IN 2016-17 SEASON

From Christmas Comedies to Shakespearean Classics, Vanguard University Students and Faculty Prepare For A Year On The Stage

 

COSTA MESA, Calif., August 31, 2016 – The Vanguard University department of theatre arts announces its 2016-17 season. The following five main stage productions will be presented in Vanguard University’s Lyceum Theater in Costa Mesa, California:

  • The music of Hollywood, Blame It On the Movies!
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a Shakespearean classic
  • The heartwarming Christmas comedy, Open All Night
  • A witty tale set in the 1890’s, The Importance of Being Earnest
  • The musical fairytale, Into The Woods

Blame It On the Movies! will kick off the new season in the Lyceum Theater—a musical revue celebrating the greatest music to come from the silver screen. A script filled with over 75 of the most well known songs from the most well known films—including Gone with the Wind, and FootlooseBlame It On the Movies! romps rigorously through cinematic history. Susan Berkompas, MFA, chair of the department of theatre arts at Vanguard, will direct the musical, along with the springtime comedy by Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest.

The enchanting comedy from William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, comes to life this October, directed by Kevin Slay. Taking place in mythical Athens in an enchanted forest, Shakespeare’s most popular comedy centers on the world’s most popular pastime—falling in love.

The 2016 calendar year will come to a close with a comedy containing familiar Christmas music, romance, and colorful characters, in Open All Night. Created and directed by long-time member of the Vanguard theatre department family, Vanda Eggington, the Christmas production tells the story of Grace, a single mother who comes to town with her 10-year-old daughter looking for a job. Together, this mother and daughter brighten the lives of a small-town community, the “Do or Dine Café” and bring back the hope of Christmas to everyone’s hearts. Eggington also directs the final show of the season, the epic musical, Into the Woods, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

Vanguard’s renowned department of theatre arts is one of a handful of colleges in California to be accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. The majority of the students who take the stage for each show of the 2016-17 season are recipients of the university’s prestigious Musical Theatre Talent Scholarship.

 

CALENDAR
Blame It On the Movies!
September 16-18, 22-25, 29-30, October 1-2

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
October 21-23, 27-30

Open All Night
December 1-4, 8-11

The Importance of Being Earnest
February 24-26, March 2-5

Into The Woods
April 6-9, 12-13, 19-23

Season subscriptions and individual tickets may be purchased at www.vanguardtickets.com or by calling the Vanguard University Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145. For more information on Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts, visit www.vanguard.edu/theatre.

 

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 OFFERS NEW SPECIAL EDUCATION EMPHASIS IN ONE OF THE MOST REPUTABLE TEACHING PROGRAMS IN ORANGE COUNTY

Additional Courses Offered in Bachelor of Arts Program Boost Emphasis and Employment in Growing Area of Special Education

COSTA MESA, Calif., August 24, 2016 – A new academic emphasis at Vanguard University will assist in meeting the drastically growing demand for special educators in the school systems in California. This fall 2016 will launch the first year of the special education emphasis in Vanguard’s teaching program—with nearly 70 students enrolled in the specialized bachelor of arts program.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of special education teachers is projected to grow six percent from 2012 to 2022. Employment growth, then, will be driven by continued demand for special education services. Many job opportunities will stem from the need to replace teachers who leave the occupation.

“Most of all, this special education emphasis helps to serve the most vulnerable young children, which is congruent with the goal of Vanguard University’s early childhood education program as a whole,” said Dr. Seon Chun-Burbank, assistant professor and chair of the department of liberal studies at Vanguard. “Our goal is to equip students with the professional and spiritual tools needed to live a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.”

Additional courses to complete the special education emphasis are: (1) Exceptional Children: Teaching Language Arts, Math and Science for Students with Severe Disabilities (2) Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis: Autism, and (3) Functional Assessment and Evaluation for Exceptional Learners.

“Since the number of children with autism has been increasing, it will be highly beneficial for our students to learn how to apply behavioral principles in their classes, deal with challenging behaviors, and build positive relationship with their students and their families,” said Dr. Chun-Burbank.

Two Vanguard faculty members will lead the program in teaching the special education courses, Rosa Moon and Kyanne Albelo. Since 2004, professor Moon has been working with children with autism and special needs students in clinical settings, private schools, and client homes. Professor Albelo was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2006, and has worked closely with students with disabilities in a full Inclusion program for nearly 10 years.

For more information on the Vanguard University’s liberal studies program, visit www.vanguard.edu/liberalstudies.

 

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, VETERANS CENTER, AND WOMEN LEADING THE WAY TO HOST FREE WEBINAR FOR WOMEN VETERANS

Three Orange County Organizations Team Up To Empower Women Veterans And Educate On Social Services

 

COSTA MESA, Calif., July 11, 2016 – The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University in partnership with Women Leading the Way in Orange County and Vanguard’s Veterans Center will host a free webinar for veterans who want to learn more about social services available to military members. The online webinar will be held Tuesday, July 19 at 6 p.m.

The specialized webinar will focus on women veterans and include community services for military members as well as a financial literacy with Vanguard’s partners at Morgan Stanley.

According to the Census Bureau, there are 21.8 million veterans of the U.S. armed forces as of 2014; the veteran unemployment rate has decreased since 2014, with more than half, 10.5 million, neither employed nor seeking employment.

Recently ranked in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report as #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, Vanguard University is one of only a few universities in Southern California that proudly participates as a full Yellow Ribbon school—a GI Education Enhancement Program that provides an agreement between Vanguard and the Veterans Administration (VA). Under this agreement Vanguard works with the VA to fully match tuition rates so that veterans are not required to pay anything to complete their degree.

Vanguard’s Veterans Center also provides its own enrolled veteran students with specialized resources such as the campuses counseling center, disability services, tutoring center, writing center and career center.

To attend the online webinar, login to https://Vanguard.zoom.us/j/4763685649 on Tuesday, July 19 at 6 p.m. For more information please contact Nadia Hernandez, (714) 966-6360 or nadia.hernandez@vanguard.edu

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 LIONS ISAAC AND ROJAS DRAFTED TO LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM

Named NAIA All-Americans Earlier This Week, Local Baseball Players Seen As Senior Standouts

  

COSTA MESA, Calif., June 15, 2016 – The 2016 Major League Baseball Draft began June 9 in Secaucus, New Jersey and ran through June 11. A total of seven locals were taken in the draft, including Vanguard University standouts, Sean Isaac and Jose Rojas.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected Isaac and Rojas in the 35th and 36th rounds. Both players were also named NAIA All-Americans earlier last week after being named Golden State Athletic Conference Pitcher and Player of the Year, respectively, in May.

Isaac, of Redondo Beach, attended Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, California, where Cass Olson coached him. He later attended El Camino College and was coached by Casey Crook. Isaac has been playing baseball for over 15 years, and has been named South Coast Conference Honorable Mention Pitcher, won SCC Championship, and was Team MVP in 2011. Isaac was also an athlete of the year nominee in 2011.

Rojas, of Anaheim, attended Anaheim High School where Dave Torres coached him. He graduated and attended Fullerton Community College, where Nick Fuscardo coached him. A short stop, Rojas has been playing baseball for 17 years.

“Both Sean and Jose are first class people and athletes,” said Rob Pegg, head coach for baseball at Vanguard University. “They have led the team by example for the last two years with their work ethic and commitment to the team and to Vanguard. They are strong examples of the Gold Pride mantra we want our athletes to aspire to.”

Pegg just finished his fourth season as head coach at Vanguard, with a record of 135-88-1 and earned his first career 40 win season in 2016.

The two Vanguard University baseball players are the only players in the school’s history to have ever been selected in the draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Three Vanguard players have reached the major league highlighted by Tim Fortuno, who suited up for the California Angels, Cincinnati Reds, and Chicago White Sox. Pegg, along with 49 past players, have played minor league baseball—most recently Scott Torrey and Clayton Voechting for the Santa Fe Fuego.

The Intercollegiate Athletic Program at Vanguard University is known for its holistic development of all student athletes, encouraging a high standard of academic and athletic excellence that embraces character building. Vanguard University was a charter member of the Golden State Athletic Conference beginning in 1986, and is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), which has more than 300 fully accredited, four-year colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The Angels are currently 5th in the American League West, and have notoriously drawn millions of fans each season.

For more information on the Vanguard University’s athletics program, visit www.vanguardlions.com.

 

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 BEGINS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR ANNUAL DIAMOND AWARDS

Orange County Community Gathers at Annual Luncheon To Honor Those Advancing the Awareness of Human Trafficking 

COSTA MESA, Calif., May 26, 2016 – The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University is now seeking nominations for its annual Diamond Awards that will be presented at the center’s annual Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking fundraiser on September 17, 2016 at 11:30 a.m., at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.

Each year, the Diamond Award recognizes individuals, businesses or organizations, and a youth or youth group, for their tireless commitment to promoting justice for women and children affected by human trafficking. Criteria for the award include support of one or more nonprofit organizations, leadership involvement, and volunteer participation, collaboration and commitment in promoting justice for women and children. A review panel of business and community leaders, philanthropists, and Vanguard University faculty will evaluate the nominee submissions.

Local individuals and organizations (nonprofit and for-profit) are invited to submit nominations by the July 31 deadline.

Last year’s Diamond Award winners included Orange County Transportation Authority’s Human Trafficking Campaign “Be The One,” as well as Kyla Smith, director of The Dream Center’s Project Hope for Victims of Human Trafficking. Human trafficking survivors from New Delhi, India, Pabitra Sunar, Chandrakala Badi, and Devisara Badi were also honored with the Director’s Youth Award for their work in advocacy for marginalized women in India.

This year’s Diamond Award winners will be announced at the annual Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking event chaired by Jasmine Shodja, where 400 attendees are expected.

For 14 years, Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) has provided training and resources to enable leaders to promote justice for victims of human trafficking and modern day slavery. A faith-based organization, the GCWJ carries out their mission through education, research, advocacy and collaboration with students, educators, law enforcement, healthcare and community leaders. With over 21 million people living in slavery today, the GCWJ works diligently in their efforts to end human trafficking and the cyber-exploitation of women and children in Orange County and worldwide.

Submissions for the Diamond Awards may be received by mail or online by July 31, at www.vanguard.edu/diamondaward.

To attend the annual Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking, September 17, 2016 at 11:30 a.m., at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, 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

 

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