Vanguard University Named in SuperScholar List of 50 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Early Childhood Education

Costa Mesa, CA, July 22, 2015 – On Tuesday, SuperScholar, an independent college search and rankings website, published a Smart Choice ranking of the 50 Best Online Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education Programs, which included top-ranked Vanguard University.

The list evaluated and ranked schools based on publicly available information on accreditation, market reputation, awards and recognition, flexibility accessibility, and affordability. Vanguard University was ranked #27.

According to Coby Cagle, SuperScholar Editor, the field of Early Childhood Education has grown and will continue to grow considerably: “Employment of preschool teachers, for instance, is expected to grow by 17 percent from 2012 to 2022.” Cagle notes that an online degree program provides the training and the flexibility that busy professionals need to stay competitive in this growing field.

Vanguard University offers accredited online degrees in Early Childhood Education (ECE) at the associate and bachelor’s level. The programs are taught in an accelerated 8-week format maximizing flexibility and accessibility. Vanguard also offers an online 30-credit certificate in ECE, which can prepare students to have a firm foundation of knowledge in the early education field. Students can use the certificate as a launching pad into the A.A. or the B.A. program. The degrees and courses are aligned to meet the formal training requirements for Head Start, State Preschools, Association of Christian Schools International’s (ACSI), CDA Credential and for those who work in private centers and as family child care providers.

For more information on Vanguard University’s Early Childhood Education program, visit http://www.vanguard.edu/earlychildhoodeducation/

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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Wilson Announces Retirement as Vanguard University Athletic Director

Costa Mesa, CA, July 17, 2015 – After 20 years of exceptional leadership as the Vanguard University athletic director, Bob Wilson announced his intention to retire as athletic director, effective next year.  During his tenure he has steered Vanguard University to championships and awards, in becoming one of the leading institutions in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC). Under Wilson’s direction, the Lions have won 2 National Championships and 26 conference (GSAC) titles in 7 different sports.

“I love Vanguard University, because I love the opportunity to be involved with people,” said Wilson. “Vanguard has provided me the opportunity to implement what an athletic program can look like at a faith-based institution, with the emphasis on the development of the whole person, as well as having success in the athletic arena.”

Since Wilson arrived at Vanguard University in the fall of 1995, he has been deeply committed to making an impact on students and athletes at Vanguard University. Wilson coached basketball at the collegiate level for more than 24 years, retiring from coaching after the 2005-06 season with the Lions men’s basketball team. At coaching retirement, Wilson’s overall record was an outstanding 385-357. Under his direction, the Lions have pursued excellence not only in athletics, but academics and character building.

“Bob Wilson is a champion of character,” said Dr. Michael J. Beals, president of Vanguard University. “His enduring legacy has been forged in the hearts and lives of student athletes who pursued integrity and competitive excellence and achieved both.”

Wilson has served the NAIA in significant ways over the years, including chair of NAIA Region II, chair of the National Administration Council, president of the Basketball Coaches Association, men’s basketball rater, and chairman of the NAIA Basketball Tournament.  In addition, Wilson has served as vice president of the GSAC, and is currently a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

In 2002 and 2012, Bob Wilson was named NAIA Athletic Director of the Year for the west coast.

In 2004, Wilson was certified by the NAIA as Champions of Character Instructor, and since then has regularly engaged the Vanguard University community, speaking and teaching classes on changing the culture of sport. Vanguard University’s Gold Pride program, created by Wilson, has conceptualized the Champions of Character initiative on the Vanguard campus.

In March 2007, Wilson was inducted into the NAIA Men’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Born in Denver, Colorado, Wilson was the son of an athletics coach. He played football, basketball, and baseball in high school, and later, collegiate basketball. An Academic All-America athlete, Wilson was starting point guard while at University of Wyoming and helped lead his basketball team to the NCAA National Tournament. He graduated from University of Wyoming in 1969, with a degree in biological sciences, minor in kinesiology. He later went on to receive his masters in physical education at University of Nebraska, Omaha. Prior to his time at Vanguard, Wilson served as athletic director and basketball coach at Phillips University for 11 years and basketball coach at University of Hawaii-Hilo for 10 years; with one year as the interim athletic director.

Wilson and his wife, Tammy, have two daughters—Saundi and Nikki—and five grandchildren.

VANGUARD UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS UNDER WILSON (1995-present)

National Championships: 2
Women’s Basketball: 2008
Men’s Basketball: 2014

GSAC Championships: 28

Women’s Basketball: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2014
Men’s Basketball: 2014
Men’s Soccer: 2004, 2010
Women’s Soccer: 2012
Softball: 1998, 1999
Men’s Tennis: 1996, 1999, 2000, 2013, 2014, 2015
Women’s Tennis: 2004, 2005, 2014

For more information on the Vanguard University Lions, visit www.vanguardlions.com

To request an interview, contact:
Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

 

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 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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Global Center for Women and Justice Leads Conversation on Human Trafficking Education for Health Care Workers

Costa Mesa, CA, July 14, 2015 – The Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) and Global Centurion are pleased to host an event discussing the health effects of human trafficking. The event, which is by invitation only, will take place on Monday, July 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Great Commission Hall at Vanguard University.

In a recent survey, over 150 survivors indicated that they experienced serious physical and mental health problems while being trafficked. These issues included illness, serious communicable and other diseases, injuries resulting from violence, substance abuse, and a wide range of reproductive health issues.

“Providers have unique opportunities to intervene on behalf of victims, and by doing so the medical community can play a vital role in eradicating modern day slavery,” said Dr. Laura Lederer, president of Global Centurion Foundation. Lederer and Dr. Sandra Morgan, director of the GCWJ, will both be facilitating the roundtable discussion.

Most health care providers lack training in human trafficking and are ill equipped to identify, assess and treat potential victims. A majority of survivors (87.8%) indicated that they sought healthcare at some point during the time they were trafficked. Victims sought care at hospital emergency wards, urgent care clinics, neighborhood clinics, women’s clinics, Planned Parenthood clinics, and primary care practitioners. Many providers were unaware of the fact that they were treating a trafficking victim.

This roundtable discussion will launch an ongoing conversation about healthcare issues and provide a space to have candid discussion about how to help the healthcare sector identify human trafficking victims. Attendees to the event include lead physicians, deputy coroner, health and wellness coordinators, nursing and clinical professors, and emergency care workers, to name a few.

For more information on the event, email nadia.hernandez@vanguard.edu or call 714-966-6360.

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 http://gcwj.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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American Coast Theater Company Presents the Southern California Debut of Always a Bridesmaid

Costa Mesa, CA, June 24, 2015 – Vanguard University’s professional theatre company in residence, the American Coast Theater Company, presents Always a Bridesmaid. The production is presented in the Lyceum Theater on the Vanguard University campus, beginning July 10, 2015 and running three weekendsthrough July 26, 2015.

The show’s director, Kevin Slay, is excited about presenting Always a Bridesmaid for the first time in the Southern California area. He adds, “Always a Bridesmaid is a fun, laugh-out-loud play. It’s a terrific story about the strength and bonds of friendship through the years, and what we are willing to do in support of our friends during the special occasions that come with life! If you enjoyed television comedies like Golden Girls or Designing Women, then you won’t want to miss these ladies and this play!”

Always a Bridesmaid was co-written by one of the writers and producers of the hit television show, The Golden Girls, and features the acting talents of Susan Berkompas, Maria Cominis, Vanda Eggington, Deborah Marley, Ashley Olson, Heaven Peabody and Amanda Zarr.

Always a Bridesmaid is the rollicking tale of four loyal and determined women who definitively answer the question, “Just how far are you willing to go to keep a promise to a friend?” If you have ever elbowed a stranger out of the way to catch a bride’s bouquet, or seriously questioned the mental stability of the duo saying “I do,” or been forced to wear the world’s ugliest bridesmaid dress, then this deliriously funny comedy is definitely for you… and your dearly beloved!

This production is suitable for teens and older. All performances are presented on the campus of Vanguard University, in the Lyceum Theater. Ticket prices are $14 for general admission and $12 for seniors, college students and groups. Tickets may be purchased at www.actctickets.com or by calling the Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145.

Performance dates and times are July 10, 11 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 8:00 pm; July 12, 19 and 26 at 2:00 pm.

For more information about Vanguard University, visit www.vanguard.edu; for additional information about the Theatre Department visit www.vanguard.edu/theatre.

 

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-focused 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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Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University Accepting Nominations for Annual Diamond Award, Advancing Human Trafficking Awareness

Costa Mesa, CA, June 22, 2015 – The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University is seeking nominations for its annual Diamond Award that will be presented at the center’s Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking fundraiser on September 19, 2015 at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach. The award will honor individuals and organizations whose commitment and efforts promote justice for women and children affected by human trafficking in Orange County, California.

Local individuals and organizations (nonprofit and for-profit) are invited to submit nominations for businesses, individuals or corporations, by the June 30 deadline. Criteria for the award can be found online, and includes support of one or more nonprofit organizations, leadership involvement, and volunteer participation, collaboration and commitment. Selection will take place in July, led by honorary chair congressman Ed Royce and a review panel of business and community leaders, philanthropists, law enforcement, and Vanguard University faculty.

The Diamond Award winners will be announced at the annual Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking event chaired by Jasmine Shodja where 300-400 are expected to attend. The luncheon, to be held September 19, will bring awareness and education to the community about human trafficking with an emphasis on ways to prevent the crime through education.

Submissions for the Diamond Award may be received by mail or online by June 30, at www.vanguard.edu/diamondaward

To learn more about the Diamond Award and 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 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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