ONE OF VANGUARD UNIVERSITY’S MOST POPULAR MAJORS TO HOST 36TH ANNUAL FILM FEST AND COMMUNICATION AWARDS GALA

Top Communication Students Gather On The Red Carpet To Showcase Work And Celebrate Creative Achievements

COSTA MESA, Calif., April 13, 2016 – Vanguard University’s department of communication announced the 2016 Vanguard University Film Fest and Communication Awards Gala. The event is a culmination of the 2015-16 academic year, showcasing top student creative projects and academic work. The event, beginning with a 5pm red carpet, will take place on April 29 in the newly renovated Scott Courtyard on Vanguard University’s campus.

“The annual Film Festival and Communication Awards Gala is one of the highlights of the year for our communication students,” said Naomi Kasa, MA, assistant professor of communication at Vanguard University.

Communication is one of the largest majors on campus, with concentrations offered in communication studies—including public relations, interpersonal/organizational communication, intercultural communication, and journalism—and cinema arts. Many successful alumni work in Hollywood, Washington D.C, and across the globe. The department of communication recently opened newly remodeled facilities, including a film studio space and a collaborative workspace, in February 2016.

This year’s event will kick off with a live DJ, followed by the annual Awards Gala, presented as an Oscars-style awards show. Awards are given in the categories of excellence in writing (media criticism and communication theory), small group communication projects, journalism, photography, public relations, filmmaking, screenwriting and overall scholarship. During intermission, guests will enjoy food from Orange County’s favorite food truck, The Burnt Truck, while student photography and visual art will be on exhibit. The Film Festival will follow at 8pm, featuring the much-buzzed-about Audience Choice Award will be voted on by the live audience of the night. A late night after party will wrap-up the evening’s festivities.

Last year’s event drew over 200 guests.

For more information on the 2016 Vanguard University Film Festival and Communication Awards Gala, visit http://vucomm.me/festival/.

 

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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 2016 COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER VISITS FROM THE NATION’S CAPITOL

Nathan Gonzales, Vanguard Alum, Editor and Publisher, To Serve As Vanguard University’s Commencement Speaker 

COSTA MESA, Calif., April 13, 2016 – Editor and publisher of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report, Nathan Gonzales `00, will give Vanguard University’s Commencement address on Friday, May 6, 2016 at Mariners Church in Irvine, California. Approximately 513 undergraduate students and 80 graduate students will receive diplomas at this year’s ceremonies.

From working in the White House Press Office to covering U.S. House, Senate and gubernatorial campaigns and Presidential politics, Nathan Gonzales has become an important voice in Washington.

“Nathan Gonzales is a fantastic example of where a Vanguard education can take you,” said Dr. Michael Beals, president of Vanguard University. “He has modeled our core values of truth, virtue and service, and has excelled in the political realm, making a significant impact in our nation’s capitol.”

Gonzales is currently editor and publisher of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report—previously an editor, analyst, and writer for The Rothenberg Political Report for more than 13 years before taking over the newsletter in 2015. He is also a contributing writer for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, and the founder and publisher of PoliticsinStereo.com. Gonzales has appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press and NBC Nightly News, the Newshour on PBS, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, CNN, and Fox News Channel, and has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Just two years after graduating from Vanguard University with a bachelor of arts in communication, Nathan worked for ABC NEWS on their Election Night Decision Desk.

Gonzales will give the commencement address at the undergraduate ceremony at 10 a.m. and the professional studies and graduate ceremony at 4 p.m. Both ceremonies will take place in the Worship Center at Mariners Church. Press passes are available.

To tune into the live stream of the Commencement 2016 ceremony, visit www.vanguard.edu/live.

 

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 FIRST ONLINE MINISTRY AND LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS EXPECTED TO DRAW HISPANIC STUDENT POPULATION

Two Exclusively Online Programs Prepare Students For Leadership and Management Positions In Marketplace 

COSTA MESA, Calif., April 6, 2016 – Vanguard University will launch its first ever fully online programs offering classes in the fields of ministry and leadership. A bachelor of arts in ministry and leadership, and master of arts in leadership studies will be the two inaugural programs that the Orange County based university will introduce. Vanguard plans to begin the programs this fall, pending WASC approval.

Vanguard University, one of 96 Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in the U.S., anticipates Hispanics as one of the largest markets of enrollment in the new programs. Dr. Doug Petersen, professor of intercultural studies at Vanguard University, is leading the efforts to establish partnerships with colleges and Hispanic churches. Dr. Petersen, a recent recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Pentecostal Studies, has more than 35 years of leadership in non-profit and higher education organizations in U.S. and Latin America, and has done extensive research on the social practices of grassroots religious groups in Central America.

“These online programs will make Vanguard University’s top quality undergraduate and graduate degrees accessible and affordable to anyone who desires to study in these areas, regardless of their location,” said Dr. Petersen. “Our faculty who teach in the programs are true experts, with admired academic credentials and invaluable industry experience.”

Racial and ethnic diversity have been accelerating over the past decade at Vanguard University, most recently with the funding from the U.S. Department of Education. In 2015, Vanguard received a five-year $2.57 million grant to expand educational opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students—the only university in Orange County to receive the funding.

Vanguard’s new online programs in ministry and leadership are designed to prepare students for leadership and management in the workplace by developing skills in intercultural competency, conflict management, communication, and ethical decision-making. The bachelor of arts in ministry and leadership will be offered in two formats: eight-week courses on campus or fully online. The master of arts in leadership studies program will be offered in three formats: eight-week courses on campus, fully online, or the hybrid track of three weeks each year on campus and remaining courses online. Curriculum is designed for high quality education with the flexibility to continue working in the industry.

For more information on the programs, visit www.vanguard.edu/leadership

 

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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THE ADDAMS FAMILY TAKES THE STAGE IN COSTA MESA, WITH VANGUARD UNIVERSITY’S FINEST IN THE LEAD

Vanguard University’s Department of Theatre Arts Casts Seven Musical Theatre Award Scholarship Students in Upcoming Spring Musical

COSTA MESA, Calif., March 22, 2016 – Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed department of theatre arts presents The Addams Family, appearing on stage at the university’s Lyceum Theater, April 8-24, 2016. The classic musical will be directed by department veteran, Vanda Eggington, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and based on the book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.

The cast for the musical features some of the department’s top theatre students. Seven of the students in the cast are receiving the university’s prestigious Musical Theatre Award Scholarship—four of those have lead rolls in The Addams Family musical. They include Winter Bassett, a senior at Vanguard University, who plays “Wednesday Addams”; junior, Alexandria Miller and freshman, Andreas Schmidt, as “Gomez and Morticia Addams”; and sophomore, Hans Kelsen, cast as “Lurch.”

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts has lauded students and alumni in film, stage, and professional theatre productions across the U.S.

Characters from the popular 1960s television show, The Addams Family, are brought back to life in Vanguard University’s Broadway musical production this spring. Led by the elegantly gaunt and seemingly undead “Morticia” and her ever-devoted husband, “Gomez,” the couple lands in turmoil. Their daughter “Wednesday,” now age 18, finds herself falling in love—a sensation that is unsettling for both her and her family of endearing misfits. When she invites her new boyfriend and his ‘normal’ family to become better acquainted with the Addams household, comic chaos seems to ensue.

“This show is quirky and funny and takes us back to a great decade, when the original Addams Family came into our home on a regular basis,” said show director, Vanda Eggington. “The music is catchy and memorable and the characters are truly going to delight the audience.”

Performance dates and times for The Addams Family are April 8-10, 14-17, and 21-24, showings at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

All shows are presented at the Lyceum Theater located on the Vanguard University. Ticket prices are $17 for general admission and $14 for seniors, college students, and groups of 10 or more. Suitable for teens and older, children under the age of six are not permitted to attend this performance, including babes in arms.

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.edutheatre.

 

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 ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND 5K WALK FOR FREEDOM BRINGS AWARENESS AND HOPE TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING ISSUES

Costa Mesa Conference Draws Over 150 People to Eradicate Orange County’s Most Rapidly Growing Forms of Crime 

COSTA MESA, Calif., March 7, 2016 – Over 150 people gathered on Vanguard University’s Costa Mesa campus, and via livestream nationwide, for the annual Ensure Justice Conference, held March 4-5. The conference was hosted by Vanguard’s reputable Global Center for Women and Justice, and gathered national and local leaders, students, law enforcement, teachers, and child welfare professionals from across the U.S. and Nigeria, in the name of social justice.

This year’s conference kicked off with a free Walk for Freedom 5K, fitting the 2016 conference theme, “A Marathon: To End Human Trafficking.” The weekend included panel sessions, health care provider trainings and networking opportunities with a focus on providing more aftercare resources for human trafficking victims and their families.

“The key aspect to this conference is networking,” said Dr. Sandra Morgan, director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice. “We have made huge strides in rescuing captives and prosecuting the traffickers, but every day there are more victims and there are more traffickers. So, we have intentionally created a space to do something together—to consider our own role in this issue.”

Conference speakers at the 2-day event included Dr. Morgan; Honorable Maria D. Hernandez, presiding juvenile justice, Orange County; Dr. Laura Lederer, president of Global Centurion; Gary Taylor, division director of Children and Family Services; Deborah S. Augustine, national program manager for the Victim Witness Assistance Program, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Frank Massolini, director of The Salvation Army Promise Program; Jason Pope, technical advisor for The Salvation Army World Service Office; Priscilla Santos, program coordinator for The Salvation Army’s Anti-Trafficking Services Program; David and Dr. Beth Grant, co-founders and co-directors of Project Rescue; Ken Morris, founder and president of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives; Dawn Marie Lemmonds, chair of Aldersgate Abolitionists; and Derek Marsh, Bureau of Justice Assistance visiting fellow for human trafficking.

Friday’s conference sessions discussed vulnerable children and illicit drugs, and human trafficking as a community health issue. Day one ended with a lively Q&A, where livestreaming audience members texted and emailed questions in, and an in-person audience also raised questions. On Saturday, sessions were strategically divided by subject: research, educators, healthcare, social services, church leaders, youth outreach, and the Spanish track. Dr. Morgan, ending the weekend conference, gave a powerful “call to action” to all attendees.

“To stay the course for long term change, we must have a plan to train—much like marathon runners—to sustain, and to focus our efforts,” said Dr. Morgan.

Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) is a faith-based organization dedicated to creating a world where women and children are safe, respected and valued. 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.

For more information on the GCWJ and Ensure Justice Conference, visit:http://www.vanguard.edu/gcwj/ensurejustice/

 

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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