Vanguard University Names Doretha O’Quinn New Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Costa Mesa, CA, May 15, 2014 – After an extensive nationwide search since September of 2013, Vanguard University President Michael J. Beals announced on May 15 the appointment of Doretha O’Quinn to the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs, effective July 2014.

“Doretha O’Quinn carries esteemed credentials in higher education, a strong academic commitment to diversity, and intellectual passions which make her a great cultural fit for Vanguard University,” said Beals. “Dr. O’Quinn’s engaging personal style and demonstration of mentor relationships will make a transforming impact on our students, our faculty, and the mission of Vanguard.”

O’Quinn succeeds acting provost/vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Mike Wilson. Wilson served in the position since August of 2013.

O’Quinn currently serves as vice provost of multi-ethnic and cross cultural engagement at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif., where she has served since 2011. She also received her Ph.D. and M.A. from Biola University and a B.A. from Life Pacific College of San Dimas, Calif. Prior to this recent appointment, O’Quinn served as Associate Dean of the School of Education of Point Loma Nazarene University.

Dr. O’Quinn has spent over 34 years working as an administrator, principal and teacher in public and Christian K-12 schools and universities in southern California. She brings a passion for advancing the mission of Vanguard University in diverse communities. Honored as the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa’s “Outstanding African-American Educator of the Year,” O’Quinn was also invited as a fellow of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities’ Advanced Women in Leadership Development Institute.

An award-winning teacher, speaker, administrator and published author, O’Quinn is up to the task of leading the academic house at a nationally ranked Christian university.

“Vanguard University has an established commitment to equipping students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service,” said Wilson. “Dr. O’Quinn joins a strong academic faculty where her leadership will further this mission, and undoubtedly serve the institution well.”

O’Quinn will work closely with President Beals in the leadership of all academic programs, and work to promote Vanguard University’s academic excellence that integrates faith and life. She will work with administration and faculty on a daily basis concerning Vanguard’s renowned undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion programs.

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Vanguard University Receives 2014 Best of Costa Mesa Award

Costa Mesa, CA, May 1, 2014 – Vanguard University has been selected for the 2014 Best of Costa Mesa Award in the College category by the Costa Mesa Award Program.

Each year, the Costa Mesa Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Costa Mesa area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Costa Mesa Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Costa Mesa Award Program and data provided by third parties.

Since 1920, Vanguard University has been providing a quality educational experience for students, promoting academic excellence that integrates faith and life; and providing professor-mentors in a dynamic community environment. With a renowned undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion programs, Vanguard University equips students to go beyond academics, and live a story that matters.

SOURCE: Costa Mesa Award Program

Author and Founder of The A21 Campaign, Christine Caine, Announced as 2014 Commencement Speaker

Costa Mesa, CA, April 21, 2014 – The Office of the President at Vanguard University is proud to announce Christine Caine as the 2014 Commencement speaker at the graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 10am and 4pm. Both Commencement events will be held at Mariners Church in Irvine, California.

Known for her ability to communicate profound messages of hope and inspiration, Christine Caine has a heart for reaching the lost, strengthening leadership, championing the cause of justice, and building the local church globally. She is a member of the leadership team at Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia, and also directs Equip & Empower Ministries.

In 2008, Christine and her husband, Nick, founded The A21 Campaign, an organization dedicated to addressing the injustice of human trafficking. The A21 Campaign’s comprehensive approach includes raising awareness, preventing future trafficking, taking legal action, and offering support services to survivors. Christine Caine is an avid believer in the hope-giving power of the local church, she is the author of UNDAUNTED, A Life Unleashed, The Core Issue; Run To Win, and Can I Have (and do) It All, Please?

“I hope to inspire the graduates to believe that God is bigger than they think, can do more than they imagine & wants to use them in a mighty way for His glory! This is their time such as this!” says Caine.

In addition to the traditional Commencement ceremonies, Vanguard University will host their annual Challenge Coin ceremony for student veteran graduates on Thursday, May 1 at 4pm, and the Nursing Pinning Ceremony will be held Thursday, May 8 at 10am. A Baccalaureate service will be end on the eve of Commencement at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, on Thursday, May 8 at 7:30pm.

The Commencement ceremonies will be available on live webcast at www.vanguard.edu/live. Join the conversation by tweeting LIVE from the event using #VUGrad, and mention @VanguardU.

To learn more about Vanguard University’s Commencement ceremonies, visit http://www.vanguard.edu/commencement

To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

 

Nominations Being Accepted for the Inaugural Diamond Award, to Promote Justice for Women and Children in Orange County

Costa Mesa, CA, April 10, 2014 – Vanguard University’s acclaimed Global Center for Women and Justice is now taking nominations for its first-ever Diamond Award. The award will honor individuals or organizations whose activities and commitment promote justice and dignity for women and children in Orange County.

The inaugural Diamond Award will be presented by The Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University, a faith-based organization that exists to advance the global status of women through research, education, advocacy, collaboration and hope. Individuals and organizations (nonprofit and for-profit) are invited to submit entries for individuals, businesses or groups for their efforts to advance justice for women and children through research, education, advocacy, collaboration and hope. Nominations are encouraged in 3 categories: outstanding corporation or business, outstanding individual, and outstanding youth or youth group.

“Justice issues around human trafficking, violence against women, and child exploitation are complex and require innovative approaches to make a lasting difference in the lives of the most vulnerable,” explains Sandra Morgan, RN, PhD (c), director of the Global Center for Women and Justice. Morgan says, “We chose a diamond for this award because it is the perfect image to represent the many-faceted efforts required to make a difference!”

The selection process will take place in June and July, as a judge’s panel comprised of business and community leaders, philanthropists, law enforcement, and Vanguard University faculty will evaluate the top nominees. The Global Center for Women and Justice will announce the Diamond Award winner at the annual More Priceless Than Diamonds luncheon at the Balboa Bay Club on September 13, 2014.

Submissions may be received by mail or online at: http://www.vanguard.edu/gcwj/diamondaward

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

To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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-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 10 regional college in the west for 2014 and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 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 http://www.vanguard.edu/gcwj

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Vanguard University Lions Hold 2014 NAIA National Championship Rally

Costa Mesa, CA, March 31, 2014 – Vanguard University will hold the 2014 NAIA Basketball National Championship Rally on Wednesday, April 2 at 10:00am in Vanguard University Gym. The rally will celebrate Vanguard’s first-ever NAIA men’s basketball crown, the women’s basketball team who advanced to the NAIA second round, six NAIA Scholar-Athletes, five NAIA All-Americans, the NAIA Women’s Player of the Year and the NAIA Men’s Coach of the Year.

The men’s hoops victory in the final contest of the 2014 Buffalo Funds-NAIA National Championship game over No. 8-seeded Emmanuel (Ga.) earned VU the title on Tuesday, March 25. In the program’s 64-year history, the 2013-14 Lions are the first squad to earn a Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) regular season and tournament crown in the same year. In addition, the Lions sit as the only team to advance past round two in national tournament play and they are now the all-time VU record holder for the most wins in a single season (32-6).

Days after the NAIA second round game for the women’s basketball team (27-2), Taylor Belmont and Nicole Ballestero were selected as NAIA First Team All-Americans, while Leigha Bednar, Jordie Smith and Taylor Belmont took home NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors. From the men’s team, the NAIA Tournament’s Most Valuable Player, Preston Wynne, and Chris Gorman garnered NAIA First and Second Team All-America recognition, respectively. Swing Chuang, Kirk Sheplay and Preston Wynne were also named as NAIA Scholar-Athletes for the Lions.

The men’s and women’s teams will be celebrated on their home court, surrounded by athletic staff, basketball alumni and parents, university student body and the Orange County community and media. KOCE co-anchor, Ed Arnold, will emcee the commemorative rally, as Vanguard University president, Dr. Mike Beals, and women’s basketball coach, Russ Davis, and men’s coach, the 2014 NAIA Coach of the Year, Rhett Soliday, will also take the stage.

Can’t make it to the rally? Watch a live stream of the event on: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/vanguard.portal

To learn more about Vanguard University’s Athletics program, visit www.vanguardlions.com

Event Details:
2014 NAIA Basketball National Championship Rally
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
10:00AM – 11:00AM
Vanguard University Gym
55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

To request an interview, contact:
Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications
55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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-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 10 regional college in the west for 2014 and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 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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