Top Orange County University Announces Release of Christian Worship Album; Breaks into Top 25 on iTunes Christian/Gospel Charts

Costa Mesa, CA, June 4, 2015 – Vanguard University’s student worship team debuted their first original worship album, Made New, breaking into the top 25 on iTunes Christian/Gospel charts in its first weekend of release. The entire album contains music and lyrics by Vanguard’s worship team students, From the Vine Music, marking a special season at the Southern California University.

The project began in the summer of 2014, with associate director of chapel and discipleship, Bryan Rouanzoin `07, “I believe that it is at the core of all worship teams to create songs for people and reflect the journey of their own communities.” Rouanzoin led the album project, and leads vocals on the final song “Kingdom Come.”

Songwriting sessions for the worship team began in fall 2014, when classes began at Vanguard, and within the first hour, the team felt synergy. “’God with us’ is our experience of that songwriting time together and this growing awareness that God is always speaking if only we slow down and quiet ourselves long enough to hear,” Rouanzoin said.

Many of the songs on the album were inspired by conversations, experiences and events that occurred on the Orange County campus, a reflection of the student community at Vanguard.

Made New was produced and arranged by Jerad Atherton ’04, a Vanguard University alumnus and current worship pastor at Newport Mesa Church in Costa Mesa, California. Josh Auer produced vocals and mixed the album; Vanguard students May Angeles `15, Brady Backstrom `16, Debrianna Cabitac `17, Aly Cavness `17, Tyler Cockrum `17, Kaciny Emile `16, Natalie Garcia `15, Christian Lucas `15, and Alora Slakey `15 were the singers and songwriters for Made New.

The album’s solid 5-star reviews on iTunes are holding strong amongst listeners and fans.

To preview or purchase Made New on iTunes, visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/made-new/id993275143

For chord charts, tour dates, booking information, visit http://www.vanguard.edu/studentlife/fromthevine/
Follow @From_the_Vine on Instagram and Twitter

To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

714.966.5452
erin.hales@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 2014 “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 Professor Receives Honorary Doctorate from Pentecostal Theological Seminary

Costa Mesa, CA, June 3, 2015 – Vanguard University is proud to announce Dr. Frank D. Macchia as the recipient of an honorary doctorate (Doctor of Divinity) from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tennessee. Dr. Macchia is professor of theology at Vanguard University, where he has been a faculty member since 1999.

Dr. Macchia was presented the award on Saturday, May 30 at the main seminary of the Church of God, and granted with unanimous vote of the seminary’s faculty. The honorary doctorate of divinity degree tributes the contribution made to the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement and to the broader Christian church. The award will be granted to an individual every four years; Dr. Macchia is the first to receive it.

The Pentecostal Theological Seminary prepares men and women for Christian ministry, helping students integrate life and learning for professional competency. As a denominationally sponsored institution, the Pentecostal Theological Seminary is committed to the spiritual, doctrinal, and ministerial emphases of the Church of God.

“I am pleased that the award is coming from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, which exists on the cutting edge of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christian scholarship worldwide,” said Dr. Macchia. “This Seminary also belongs to a denomination other than my own. That the faculty and Board of this Seminary would reach outside of their own fold to honor me in this way is especially meaningful for me.”

In March, Dr. Macchia was also presented with the Society for Pentecostal Studies Lifetime Achievement Award.

In addition to Dr. Macchia’s groundbreaking written work and ongoing contributions as a professor at Vanguard University, he has served as the Assistant Pastor of Grace Bible Church, a Taiwanese congregation in Irvine, California, for the past 14 years.

 

To attend or request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

714.966.5452
erin.hales@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 2014 “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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City Appoints Vanguard University Alumnus, Costa Mesa Captain Robert Sharpnack, as Police Chief

[Article taken from City of Costa Mesa website]

Costa Mesa, CA, May 28, 2015 – Robert Sharpnack, a 22-year veteran of the Costa Mesa Police Department has been hired as Costa Mesa’s new Police Chief.

Sharpnack started his career in Costa Mesa as a Custody Officer in 1993 and was appointed as a Police Officer for the Department in 1994. He was promoted to Corporal in 2002 and Sergeant in 2003. Subsequently, he was promoted to Lieutenant in 2010 and Captain in 2013. He has extensive field experience including patrol, field training officer, crimes against persons detective, motorcycle Sergeant, special events detail, and managing all areas of police services. In addition, he was a supervisor of the Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) for three years and a member of the S.W.A.T. team for six years.

Sharpnack has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Vanguard University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Regarding Sharpnack’s appointment, City CEO Tom Hatch said, “Rob has been a valuable member of the Police Department and the City organization for many years. His commitment to providing outstanding police services in an efficient and effective manner is exemplary. He is a man of integrity who will do an outstanding job leading this department. I am looking forward to working with him in his new role and the leadership he will provide not only to the Police Department but to the entire organization, as well as the City Council and Community.”

His official start date in this new position is June 28th. Sharpnack’s annual salary will be $196,860.

Sharpnack is married to his wife Stephanie for 8 years and they have two children Colin and Elyse.

Sharpnack will take the place of Interim Chief Ron Lowenberg who has been directing and guiding the Department since the beginning of this year.

To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

714.966.5452
erin.hales@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 2014 “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 Alumni Association President, Nicole Suydam, Wins Scholarship to Harvard University

Costa Mesa, CA, May 28, 2015 – The Harvard Business School Association of Orange County (HBSAOC) announced May 12 that Vanguard alumna and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank Orange County, Nicole Suydam, won the HBSAOC’s First Annual Scholarship in Nonprofit Management.

The scholarship, officially titled the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management Scholarship (SPNM), sponsors the CEO or Executive Director of a local nonprofit to attend the SPNM program in July at the Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts. The scholarship includes SPNM program tuition, books, case materials, accommodations, most meals, and travel. The HBSAOC combined with local sponsors Knobbe Martens, Jackson DeMarco, Tidus & Peckenpaugh, Merchant Service Group LLC, and Pacific Life contributed the backing for the scholarship.

About 20 local nonprofit executives applied for the scholarship, and the winner was slated to be announced at the May 12, 2015 at The “Business of Non-Profits” Event, a Harvard Leadership Series Event in Irvine. The event featured a world-class panel of nonprofit experts including former CEO of PIMCO Bill Thompson, CEO of Edwards Lifesciences Mike Mussallem, and THINK Together CEO Randy Barth.

After reviewing the applications of nearly 20 nonprofit executive candidates, the HBSAOC selection committee determined Suydam best met all the scholarship criteria (see criteria here: http://www.hbsaoc.org/article.html?aid=468) for her commendable efforts at the Second Harvest Food Bank. Second Harvest Food Bank’s mission is to find innovative, sustainable ways to end hunger in Orange County by reaching out to the community for donations, grants, fundraising, food drives, food rescue, harvesting and volunteers to help provide food, education and advocacy for the hungry.

Suydam, an Aliso Viejo resident, originally served the Food Bank as the Development Manager from 1997 to 2001. During that time, she directed the organization’s fundraising and communications programs, doubling financial support from individuals, corporations and foundations from $900,000 to $1.8 million.  In addition, she managed the organization’s name change, re-branding and public relations campaigns in the late 90’s, which generated a record amount of funds, food and volunteers to support the Food Bank’s mission. After working as the VP of Development for the Goodwill of Orange County, from 2003-2012, Suydam returned to the Food Bank as the CEO.

In 2005, Suydam was recognized by the Nonprofit Times as one of the nation’s “Top 10 Nonprofit Fundraisers under the Age of 40,” and she was named by the OC METRO as one of the “40 Under 40” top professionals in Orange County in 2011. Suydam is currently the chair of the alumni board at Vanguard University, her alma mater.

 

To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

714.966.5452
erin.hales@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 2014 “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 Commencement Student Speakers Include Renowned Doctor of Medicine, Small Business Owner, and Executive Vice President of the Student Body

Costa Mesa, CA, May 1, 2015 – The Office of the President at Vanguard University is proud to announce Dr. Mariana Mogos, Sean Jackson, and Lucas Brawner as the student speakers for the 2015 Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Both Commencement events will be held at Mariners Church in Irvine, California.

Vanguard University’s undergraduate commencement ceremony will include student speaker, Lucas Brawner. Brawner will earn a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, and plans on pursuing his teaching credential and a masters in education at Vanguard. Brawner has integrated himself into the Vanguard community by serving his fellow students as freshman residence assistant and the executive vice president of the student body. He is honored to address the student body on this monumental day.

Two student speakers from school for graduate and professional studies have been selected to address the class of 2015. Sean Jackson, who will receive his bachelor of arts degree in religion from the school for professional studies, started his own business with his wife, Shirley, in 2000. Their company, Shine, has grown into one of the most recognized special event production companies in southern California, producing almost 250 events a year since the company’s inception. Jackson resides in Yorba Linda with his wife and two children, where they are active leaders at a new church in downtown Orange, called Refuge OC.

Dr. Mariana Mogos, who will graduate with a master of science in clinical psychology, came to Vanguard University as a professor herself, who realized the need to know more about her patient’s internal world. Dr. Mariana Mogos earned her doctor of medicine in 1994, later doing her residency, fellowships and internships at USC, from 1996-2000. She most recently held the spot of assistant professor of clinical anesthesiology at USC, and practices at Keck Hospital, as well as USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital, in Los Angeles.

“We are looking forward to celebrating Vanguard University’s graduating class of 2015, and all of the associates, bachelor’s, master’s, challenge coin, and RN to BSN recipients,” said Dr. Doretha O’Quinn, Vanguard’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Students work hard to get to this day, and the faculty stand proud beside them to witness it.”

In addition to the traditional Commencement ceremonies, Vanguard University will host their Baccalaureate service on the eve of Commencement, with Dr. Jerry Camery-Hoggatt as the faculty speaker. Dr. Camery-Hoggatt is professor of narrative theology and New Testament in the department of religion at Vanguard, specializing in early Christian origins, narrative theology, and New Testament studies, with particular interest in method and content in the study of the Gospels. Baccalaureate will take place at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, on Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. A Nursing Pinning Ceremony will also be held on Thursday, May 7 at 10 a.m. at Newport Mesa Church in Costa Mesa.

There will be a live video stream of both ceremonies online at Vanguard’s website: www.vanguard.edu/live. Closed Captioning will be available for the 4 p.m. ceremony. Join the social conversation by tweeting LIVE from the event using #VUGrad, and mention @VanguardU.

For more information, visit www.vanguard.edu/commencement.

To request an interview, please contactErin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications, at 714.966.5452 or erin.hales@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 2014 “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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