Landmark Building on Campus to Open at Vanguard University, New Space for Students and the Costa Mesa Community

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WHAT: Vanguard University has announced the grand opening of the Scott Academic Center, with a complete expansion and exterior facelift creating a “front door” to the University. The new Scott Academic Center, designed by architect Tony Massaro, is a complete remodel of the existing 23,076 square foot Scott Academic Center which includes a 16,135 square foot addition consisting of a three-story education wing. The new building will feature 10 new classrooms, and provide expanded space for the Global Center for Women and Justice, Veterans Resource Center, Nursing Program with a state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab, and the Diversity and Inclusion Department. All student services will be housed at the Scott Academic Center. The Samson’s Café, another new addition, will be open to the public and serve coffee and light fare. Finally, a tall bell tower will mark this new “front door” to Vanguard University.

Vanguard University is grateful for the generosity of the community donating just over $7 million dollars, which exceeded its campaign goal, allowing the building to be completed debt-free.

WHEN: Grand Opening – Saturday, October 3 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Vanguard University, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

WHY: The Scott Academic Center expansion will serve the University’s near capacity student population, which is projected to expand over the next decade. This building expansion is vital to the future of Vanguard.

Founded in 1920, Vanguard University is one of three Christian institutions in Orange County, California, with approximately 2,000 students enrolled. After 30 years in Los Angeles, Vanguard University relocated its campus to Costa Mesa in 1950. The original Scott Academic Center opened in 1976, and was named after Vanguard president, professor, dean and librarian, Dr. John B. Scott.

October 3 will celebrate the grand opening of the Scott Academic Center, with city councilmembers, board members, community supporters, alumni, faculty, and students in attendance.

For more information on the Scott Academic Center grand opening, and the building’s campaign Through These Doors, visit www.throughthesedoors.com.

 

For more information, 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 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 Global Center for Women and Justice Honored Human Trafficking Victims and Advocates While Educating 350 Community Members on Ending Modern Day “Human Slavery”

The Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking Raised More Than $200,000 for the Global Center for Women and Justice and its Advocacy and Education Programs

Costa Mesa, CA, September 23, 2015 – On Saturday, September 19, Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice, a faith-based organization that exists to advance the global status of women, hosted The Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, Calif. The annual event, chaired by Jasmine Shodja, vice president of Wells Fargo, brought together 350 supporters, businesses, and anti-human trafficking advocates for an inspiring program to honor victims and community members, as well as educate the attendees about the startling issue of human trafficking.

A string quartet played as Orange County supporters mingled and gathered in the ballroom for an afternoon of education on the urgency to end human trafficking. Rachel Thomas, co-founder of Sowers Education Group and a trafficking survivor, told her story of victimization in a captivating video. In a dramatic skit, students from Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts told a story of human trafficking survival. Ed Arnold, retired news anchor for KOCE-TV/PBS SoCal, served as emcee.

The “Raise the Paddle” portion of the event was kicked off by an immediate $50,000 donation from the audience. Through sponsorship and donations, over $230,000 was raised in gross for the Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) and for their local and global advocacy and education programs.

“Justice is priceless, and in justice, there must be resolve. That is our job,” said Dr. Sandra Morgan, director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice and keynote speaker for the luncheon. “We need to educate every teacher, school-based professional, probation officer, healthcare provider, and child welfare worker because this is happening in our own community, and these human trafficking victims have worth and value.”

Between standing ovations, Dr. Morgan acknowledged many guests in attendance who are working on the “front lines” to end human trafficking, including GCWJ fellow from the U.S. State Department, Iris Aliaj, an Albanian human rights lawyer who prosecuted the first human trafficking case in her country.

Plus, Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice honored Diamond Award winners. These awards are given to those whose commitments promote justice for human trafficking victims. Orange, Calif.-based Orange County Transportation Authority’s Human Trafficking Campaign “Be The One” received the Outstanding Business award, while Los Angeles resident Kyla Smith, director of The Dream Center’s Project Hope for Victims of Human Trafficking, won for Outstanding Individual. Human trafficking survivors from New Delhi, India, Pabitra Sunar, Chandrakala Badi, and Devisara Badi were honored with a standing ovation during their acceptance of the Director’s Youth Award for their work in advocacy for marginalized women in India. Dr. Morgan honored Betsy Tarbell, a resident of Newport Beach, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her decades of serving others through The Salvation Army, United Way and Women of Vision.

Major sponsors included Karen and Barry Meguiar, president and CEO of Meguiars, Inc., and Shodja. Also in attendance were Sally and Richard Afable, MD, MPH, president and CEO of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, The Bernay & Noone Group at Morgan Stanley financial advisors, Elisabeth Bernay, and Kara Noone, and Nicole Ospina, chair of Marketplace Women of Orange County.

This year’s Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking was made possible by the following sponsors: Karen and Barry Meguiar, Jasmine Shodja, Lynsi and Sean Ellingson, Ruth Campbell, Darrellyn and David Melilli, Mary Beth Molnar, Adele and David Oddo, Wells Fargo, Sally and Richard Afable, Gwyn and William Hoyt, Helen Steinkamp, Joanna Barker, Faith and Michael Beals, PhD, Elizabeth Bernay and Kara Noone/The Bernay & Noone Group, Morgan Stanley, Roya Call/Storage Works, Suzanne and Fouad Darweesh, Judy Bergman, Bobbi Dauderman, Donna Phebus, Elizabeth Tarbell, Laurie and Jake Easton, III, First Love Ministries, Karren Hiskey/Hiskey Law Firm, Jaime Saul Hong, Jan Landstrom, Markel Insurance, Carolyn McOwen, The Jesse Miranda Center for Hispanic Leadership, Nicole Ospina/Marketplace Women of Orange County, Rhonda and Nick Sciortino/Successful Survivors Foundation, and Pat and Bill Podlich. The event media sponsor was Orange Coast Magazine.

To learn more about The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University, visit www.vanguard.edu/gcwj
For more information, 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 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

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 www.vanguard.edu/gcwj

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Exchange Program Participant from Albania Creating Community Solutions During Fellowship with Vanguard University

Costa Mesa, CA, September 21, 2015 – Iris Aliaj is currently in Costa Mesa on the U.S. State Department’s Community Solutions Program. For four-months Aliaj, an emerging international leader on women issues is working with American counterparts at Vanguard University, collaborating on projects that will provide skills and ideas for creating lasting change in her home community.

During her fellowship, Aliaj will work closely with NGO’s, public and private institutions, the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force, and justice officials. The focus of her work will result in the organization of a SUMMIT in Tirana, Albania, which will focus on combating human trafficking in the country.

A human rights lawyer at the Center for Legal Civic Initiatives (NGO) in Albania, Aliaj works daily to increase the access of poor and domestically abused women in the justice system. Since 2008, she has been providing free legal services to victims of domestic violence, up to 15 a day. Aliaj was part of a team that prosecuted the first case on human trafficking in Albania, winning compensation for the victim. She has been involved in improving legislation and lobbying for draft-laws and State policies protecting human rights, focusing on gender equality, discrimination, domestic violence and human trafficking and corruption – making the justice system more effective in Albania.

Started in 2010, the Community Solutions Program is a professional development program for global community leaders working in the fields of transparency and accountability, tolerance and conflict resolution, environmental issues, and women and gender issues.  During their fellowships, the emerging leaders spend up to 400 hours learning leadership and organizational skills through training courses and more than 600 hours at their U.S. host organizations. The fellows also design community development projects that they implement upon returning to their home countries.

The State Department partners with IREX to identify and place engaged leaders who are committed to the ideal that individual efforts can fight poverty and discrimination, correct inequalities, cultivate peace, and develop new approaches to environmental issues.

“I am eager to host Ms. Aliaj as this year’s fellow because I was living in Greece when the borders opened, and saw hundreds of Albanian young people trafficked into Greece. Ms. Aliaj has worked on the first human trafficking case in Albania. We know her experience here will expand her abilities and resources to help hundreds more,” said Dr. Sandra Morgan, director for the global center for women and justice.

To learn more about The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University, visit www.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 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

 

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 www.vanguard.edu/gcwj.

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To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

For IREX press inquires please contact:

Taunya Atwood, Senior Program Officer, IREX: 202-628-8188. tatwood@irex.org

Susan Pittman, Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State: 202-632-6445, eca-press@state.gov

And, join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter @cspecairex.

U.S. News & World Report Announces the 2016 Best Colleges, includes Vanguard University

Costa Mesa, CA, September 18, 2015 – U.S. News & World Report released the 2016 edition of Best Colleges to help domestic and international students compare the academic quality of U.S.-based schools. Vanguard University in Costa Mesa was named #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity.

The new edition of Best Colleges includes data on nearly 1,800 schools nationwide and features rankings of 1,376 schools. Eligible schools are ranked on up to 16 measures of academic quality, emphasizing outcomes, with graduation and retention rates carrying the most weight in the methodology at 30 percent.

“Taking into account how well a school supports its students from freshman year through graduation is important,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer at U.S. News. “To find the best fit, students should consider a range of factors, from financial aid offerings and location to campus size and majors. The process can be overwhelming, but our rankings and advice content are a great place to start.”

The highly ranked Vanguard University, located in the heart of Orange County, is a private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies, founded in 1920. A 4-year baccalaureate college, Vanguard University offers 30 majors and concentrations. Single and multiple subject teaching credentials are offered, as well as graduate programs in education, religion, clinical psychology, organizational psychology, and nursing. Vanguard University also provides a range of services for veterans, including career counseling and academic support, assistance in finding veterans benefits and connection to programs which can cover nearly all of their tuition.

The college ranking categories are based upon the 2010 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifications. U.S. News has used the Carnegie classification system since the first Best Colleges rankings in 1983, because they are accepted as the basis for classifying schools by most higher education researchers.

In an exclusive arrangement, the launch of the 2016 edition of Best Colleges is being sponsored by Fidelity Investments.

For more information about Best Colleges, visit www.usnews.com/colleges or explore Facebook and Twitter using #BestColleges.

To learn more about Vanguard University, visit www.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 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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To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

 

Q Commons Hosts Event in Costa Mesa, Features Big List of Local Speakers

Costa Mesa, CA, September 17, 2015 – Q Commons brings the Q National event experience to Orange County, where the gathering will join 10,000 participants in over 75 cities, learning how to advance good in local communities. The program will be held Thursday, September 24, 7 p.m., at Wayfare HQ in Costa Mesa, California.

Q was founded by Gabe Lyons, author of The Next Christians: Seven Ways You Can Live The Gospel and Restore the World. Q was created as a place where church and cultural leaders could come together to explore ideas on how Christianity can be expressed within a cultural context.

“The next wave of Christian influence will come from the pews, not the pulpit,” said Lyons.

This year’s speakers at the Q Commons event include mayor of Compton, California, Aja Brown, Physician and Ebola survivor, Dr. Kent Brantly, and Q founder, Gabe Lyons. Dr. Sandra Morgan, director of the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University, as well as singer/songwriter and Vanguard alumna, Joy Olakodun, are also included as featured local speakers at Q Commons in Costa Mesa, on September 24.

“That kind of format allows Q to include both Richard Land from the religious right and Jim Wallis from the religious left; both will…discuss areas of potential agreement” said USA Today.

For additional schedule information or to attend Q Commons, visit http://host.qideas.org/cities/costamesa/view.

For more information on Vanguard University centers and institutions, and alumni network, visit www.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 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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To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu