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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SHAKESPEARE’S ‘THE WINTER’S TALE’ TAKES THE STAGE, WITH A PSYCHOLOGICAL TWIST

Vanguard University’s Department of Theatre Arts Presents A Romance Drama That Sends A Chilling Message Of Forgiveness And Renewal

 

COSTA MESA, Calif., February 12, 2016 – Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed department of theatre arts presents William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. The main stage play, directed by Susan K. Berkompas, theatre department chair, will be presented in the Lyceum Theater on Vanguard University’s campus beginning February 26, running through March 6.

The Winter’s Tale was originally grouped among the comedy plays when it was published originally in 1623. During that time, the Shakespeare work was considered a powerful psychological drama, in contrast to its comedic, happy ending. The Vanguard University production is most suitable for teens and older.

A royal family is ripped apart when the king imprisons the queen on suspicions of infidelity, and then exiles their newborn daughter. Callous hearts are redeemed, and broken ones mended, when the king’s abandoned orphan falls in love with a distant prince. In a surprising Shakespearean twist, this bittersweet tale transcends wrath and regret, achieving romance and renewal in a miraculous conclusion.

The student cast features some of the department’s top theatre students, including Leanna Newell, playing the role of “Pertida,” and Hans Kelsen playing the role of “King of Bohemia.” Newell and Kelsen are receiving full tuition scholarships from Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts.

“We have an outstanding cast for this Shakespearean production,” said Susan Berkompas, chair of the department of theatre arts. “Our theatre students bring a new light to this nearly 400 year old play.”

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

Performance dates and times for The Winter’s Tale are February 26-28, March 3-6, 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 $14 for general admission and $12 for seniors and children. Tickets may be purchased at www.vanguardtickets.com or by calling the Vanguard University Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145. Season subscriptions and group rates are available.

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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COMMUNITY MEMBERS FROM ACROSS THE U.S. GATHER, TUNE INTO LIVE TELECAST, TO PRAY FOR VICTIMS OF LABOR AND SEX TRAFFICKING

Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice Holds Annual Pray for Freedom Event To Pray For The Over 21 Million People Living In Slavery Today

 

COSTA MESA, Calif., January 27, 2015 – For nearly two hours, a crowd of men and women from across the nation gathered in the dimly lit sanctuary of Newport Mesa Church in Costa Mesa for the annual Pray for Freedomevent. The gathering, held Saturday, January 23, was hosted by Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice and Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking.

The audience was quiet and introspective, but the reason they gathered was commanding. This 2-hour prayer vigil for freedom and justice opened with music from a student worship band called “From the Vine Music.” The band, from Vanguard University, released their first album in May 2015, and topped the iTunes Christian/Gospel charts in its first weekend.

Following a powerful worship set, the prayer leaders to take the platform began with Hyepin Im, President, Founder and CEO at Korean Churches for Community Development. Prayers for children, daughters, world leaders, the church, and other groups affected by modern day slavery followed—given by trailblazers in abolishing human trafficking. Mark Kadel, director of World Relief, Spokane; Beth Luthye, from Nazarene Compassionate Ministries; and Brittany Galloway, spoken word artist. Author of Refuse to Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern Day Slavery, director of the SOCO Institute, and founder of the San Clemente Abolitionists, Kim Yim, prayed for immigrants and refugees.

With over 21 million people living in slavery, Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) works diligently in their efforts to end human trafficking and the cyber-exploitation of women and children in Orange County and worldwide. California has the highest number of human trafficking cases reported in the U.S., and harbors three of the FBI’s 13 highest child sex trafficking areas in the nation: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego.

“Hold the image of a daughter in your mind. Now picture a father standing next to her,” prayed Major Danielle Strickland of The Salvation Army. “We are sorry for what that image gives so many of us,” her prayer continued for fathers and daughters.

Priscilla Martinez, Hillary DeJarnett, and Captain Valerie Carr from The Salvation Army also took the platform to offer prayers for freedom and the oppressed. Local leaders offered meditations, including Orange County deputy district attorney, Bryan Clavecilla; Ben Zobrist, director of Adoration 1:11 at Pasadena International House of Prayer; Mandy Porter, Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST); David and Beth Grant, co-founders and directors of Project Rescue; and students from Vanguard’s Live2Free student awareness group on modern day slavery.

Jason Pope, technical advisor for The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) closed the prayer and meditation portion of the program by thanking Dr. Sandra Morgan, director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ). Board member of GCWJ, Cheryl Pittluck, then called the audience to action by presenting tangible opportunities to volunteer with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force.

“This event will motivate action, inspire thoughts, and offer ways to help,” said Pope, of Saturday’s event.

Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice will also host the upcoming Ensure Justice Conference, March 4-5, 2016, an annual event to educate the public about human trafficking prevention and aftercare.

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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ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARY FILM ON “COACHES’ WIVES” DEBUTS ONLINE RELEASE

Vanguard University associate professor of cinema arts directs and produces film with new online release, following U.S. screening tour

 

Costa Mesa, CA, January 27, 2016 – The new documentary, Coaches’ Wives, is available now for purchase online, following a nationwide tour. The feature-length film, which has received attention from NBC Sports, San Francisco Gate, LA Times, and OC Weekly, chronicles the unsung heroes of sports, the wives of coaches, and the joys and struggles of being married to a coach.

When a coach’s family is constantly in the public eye, like Jeanie Buss, fiancée of Phil Jackson of the Los Angeles Lakers, the partner to a coach brings normalcy to an often-chaotic lifestyle. The documentary showcases the coach’s wife as the backbone of the family and the team, often serving as mother to the players, managing a hectic schedule and unruly fans.

As of January 2016, the film can be purchased online at www.CoachesWivesDoc.com. It includes the notable Jeanie Buss (Los Angeles Lakers), Meo Stansbury (Texas A&M), Kathy Auriemma (Univ. of Connecticut) and Mindy Rice (UNLV). Numerous coaches’ wives at the middle school, high school and small college level are also featured, including Neezer McNab (Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High School), and Daniela Olson (Manhattan Beach, Mira Costa High School).

“As the son of a coach’s wife, I have always known how important a woman is to her coaching husband,” said Jonathan Moore, producer and director of the feature-length documentary film. “No matter what level the sport is, professional, college, high school or below, coaches’ wives all experience the same joys and challenges. It’s a sorority, a sisterhood.”

Moore serves as associate professor of cinema arts at Vanguard University. His wife, Karen Moore, who also produced, directed, and edited the film, is associate director and editor of Last Call with Carson Daly on NBC. Director of photography for Coaches’ Wives, Kyo Edmoundson, is a graduate of the communication department at Vanguard University.

To purchase the film and read more, visit www.CoachesWivesDoc.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 DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE ARTS HONORED BY KENNEDY CENTER AND AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATRE FESTIVAL

Department of Theatre Arts Chair, Susan Berkompas, MFA, Directs Riveting Production That Looks At Domestic Violence From A Different Perspective

Costa Mesa, CA, January 21, 2016 –Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts has been selected by the Kennedy Center and American College Theatre Festival to be included in this year’s regional festival, featuring a selected scene from Vanguard’s production of Life Without Parole. The scene will be included in the Evening of Invited Scenes at the University of Hawaii Honolulu from February 11-15, 2016.

Life Without Parole, directed by Susan Berkompas, MFA, chair of the department of theatre arts at Vanguard University, is a contemporary drama that tells the story of Helen Broker as she faces a parole board hearing for the first time—taking audiences on a journey through the tragedies of domestic violence. Vanguard professor and playwright, Warren Doody, transformed what was once Dr. Elizabeth Dermody Leonard’s research of the California Institution for Women at Chino, into an original stage play. Dr. Dermody Leonard interviewed 42 women who were serving long-term sentences for killing their abusive partners.

Berkompas is also set to produce Life Without Parole in Los Angeles, on a professional stage in 2016.

The Evening of Invited Scenes, where Life Without Parole will be featured, kicks off the festivities at the 2016 Regional Festival, held in Honolulu. More than 1000 students, faculty, and guest artists from universities and colleges across Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Guam and Hawaii will gather for this year’s 48th festival. The scene from Vanguard University’s production was one of 10 scenes selected to participate in the main stage production, out of approximately 75 nominated.

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

For more information on Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts, visit www.vanguard.edutheatre.

 

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 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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