Vanguard University’s Acclaimed Music Department to Rekindle the Spirit of Christmas for Orange County audiences at its Annual Christmas Concert

Christmas Fantasia 2013 will deck the halls with a medley of carols, classics, and popular music, bringing boundless energy and talent to a time-honored Vanguard University tradition

Costa Mesa, CA, October 9, 2013 – Vanguard University’s music department will present its annual Christmas concert, Christmas Fantasia, to audiences at two prominent Orange County venues in December 2013. The concert, which began in 1997 as an intimate banquet for leaders and supporters of the university, has grown to be one of the University’s signature events.

Each year, Christmas Fantasia celebrates the songs of the season with a variety of music including selections from Messiah and the Nutcracker with usually a light spoof of a major classical theme. With performances at Segerstrom Center for the Arts and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, the Christmas concert features Vanguard University’s 150 member choirs and Vanguard’s many ensembles.
“I don’t know too many Christmas concerts where the students mix with the audience, walking in with them, seating them, and interacting with them,” said Dr. James Melton, professor of music at Vanguard University. “It showcases the relationship that our faculty has with our students and how we invest in them to help them be successful not only in college but also in the future, as world changers. At Christmas Fantasia, we let our students tell the Vanguard story.”

Vanguard’s music faculty includes educators who bring a wealth of experience as seasoned musicians to the classroom and beyond. Vanguard music students have recently completed tours of China, western Europe, and South Korea, and have performed at leading venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. The Concert Choir and Vanguard Singers have traveled to dozens of countries throughout Europe and Asia and perform approximately 100 concerts a year in the greater Orange County area.
The evening will feature performances by the Vanguard University Concert Choir, Orchestra, Women’s Chorus, Jazz Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Barbershop Quartets, and the Vanguard Singers and Band.

Christmas Fantasia 2013 schedule:
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 8:00pm
Segerstrom Center for the Arts / Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:00pm
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
For more information about Christmas Fantasia 2013, visit http://www.vanguard.edu/fantasia/

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ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY
Vanguard University (www.vanguard.edu) is a private, Christian, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies equipping students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. The U.S. News & World Report has ranked Vanguard among the best baccalaureate colleges in the west in their 2012-2013 rankings of colleges and universities and The Princeton Review named Vanguard a 2012-2013 “Best in the West” College. Vanguard is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University Celebrates Ten Years as a Local and Global Leader in Women’s Advocacy and Social Justice

The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University Celebrates Ten Years as a Local and Global Leader in Women’s Advocacy and Social Justice

Ten-year battle to end violence against women and human trafficking starts at Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice; impact on women’s advocacy and social justice is both local and global

Costa Mesa, CA, September 3, 2013 – Vanguard University will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ), a faith-based organization that exists to advance the global status of women through research, education, advocacy, collaboration, and hope, on September 19-21, 2013.  The three-day celebration will include events designed to showcase the local and global impact on women’s advocacy and social justice issues it has made over the past ten years.

Since its inception in September of 2003, when it launched a Women’s Studies Minor, Vanguard University’s GCWJ has continued to be a leader in the women’s advocacy and social justice movement.  GCWJ has partnered with local and global organizations such as the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force to fight human trafficking in Orange County, and the University of Duhok in northern Iraq to build capacity for women’s studies and advance the status of women. 

“While we celebrate a decade of achievements, we must look to the future and expand our vision for the next ten years to strategically impact our culture and society,” says Sandra Morgan, director of the Global Center for Women and Justice. “We must commit to studying the issues, being a voice, and making a difference on both a local and global level.  That is the only way we can develop sustainable, best practice models.”

Each year, the Global Center for Women and Justice holds an annual conference called “Ensure Justice”.  This year, the conference focus will be Global Child Trafficking:  Prevention and Intervention, and will feature keynote speaker Stephan Bauman, president and CEO of World Relief, and Egyptian child trafficking survivor and advocate, Shyima Hall.

“Our challenge is to mobilize our communities,” says Ernie Allen, president and CEO of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children and keynote speaker for “Ensure Justice” in 2012.  “We must become indignant about what is happening to women and children in California, in America, and around the world, and to turn our indignation into action.  Collaborating with the Global Center for Women and Justice has enabled us to bring much-needed awareness and education about these issues to parents, teachers, and other members of the community so we all can make a difference.”

10th anniversary celebration events:

Thursday September 19, 2013

9:30 a.m.

Vanguard University Chapel

Speaker: GCWJ Director Sandra Morgan

6:30 pm

Girl Rising Documentary Screening

Lido Theater, Newport Beach

 

Friday September 20, 2013

4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

GCWJ Birthday Party and History Exhibit Opening

Great Commission Hall & Heath 2nd Floor Rotunda

 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

11:00 am

More Priceless than Diamonds Luncheon

Balboa Bay Club Grand Ballroom

For more information about the Global Center for Women & Justice, please visit vanguard.edu/gcwj/.  For information about the 2014 Ensure Justice conference, Global Child trafficking: Prevention and Intervention, visit www.ensurejustice.com.

 

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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-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.  Ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 colleges in the west since 2010, 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.

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.

Vanguard University Names Michael Beals Tenth President

Vanguard University Names Michael Beals Tenth President

Tenth president of Vanguard University connects institution’s historic roots to its bright future as a growing leader in Christian higher education

 

Costa Mesa, CA, August 1, 2013 – Vanguard University announced today that Michael Beals, PhD has been named the new president of Vanguard University.   Dr. Beals is the tenth president since the institution of Christian higher education’s inception in 1920.

Dr. Beals steps into the presidency as no stranger to Vanguard University; as a two-time alumnus, he has also served Vanguard University as a faculty member and most recently, administrator, where he currently serves as dean of spiritual formation.

“The journey of identifying the tenth president of Vanguard University was one that required the entire Vanguard University community to exercise patience and trust in each other and in the process itself,” says David Oddo, chair of the Board of Trustees and chair of the Presidential Search Committee for Vanguard.  “Dr. Beals’ rich journey with Vanguard is evidence of his ability and willingness to serve its constituents in the highest capacity.   Under Dr. Beals’ leadership, I have no doubt that Vanguard University will continue to grow as a leader in Christian higher education.”

Education

After he received a bachelor of arts (BA) from Vanguard University in religion and psychology in 1981, Dr. Beals earned a Master of Arts (MA) from Vanguard University in church leadership in 1989, and a second MA at Fuller Theological Seminary in biblical studies and theology in 1994.  Dr. Beals earned a PhD in Christian ethics from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2002.

Teaching experience

Dr. Beals began teaching at Vanguard University as an adjunct faculty member in 1991 and became an assistant professor of philosophical theology and Christian ethics in 2005.  Dr. Beals has served as an adjunct faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary since 1999.

Leadership and service

Dr. Beals has served for 23 years as the senior pastor of Mission Hills Community Church in Rancho Santa Margarita and has held roles as youth pastor and education pastor in ministry.  In addition, Dr. Beals has been actively involved in global outreach in Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, China, Israel, Switzerland, France, England, and Scotland.

“When I hire people for leadership roles, I always look for three qualities which I refer to as the three C’s: competence, chemistry, and character,” says Rick Francis, assistant city manager for the City of Costa Mesa and Presidential Search Committee member.  During this extensive search process, it became evident to me that Dr. Beals possesses all three of these qualities in abundance.  As an alumnus of Vanguard University, I look forward to watching someone who has been active in the development of this fine institution  over the past 36 years take it to even newer heights.”

Dr. Beals will commence as the tenth president of Vanguard University on August 1, 2013.

For updated information on the transition, including frequently asked questions and more, visit http://www.vanguard.edu/president/10thprez.

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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-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.  Ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 colleges in the west since 2010, 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.

 

Vanguard University Hosts Cyclists at Start of Sea to Sea’s Nine-Week Bike Tour to Reduce Poverty

Partnership between Vanguard University and Sea to Sea marked by common desire to serve others by alleviating poverty

Costa Mesa, CA, June 17, 2013 – Vanguard University announced today that it is an official bike tour sponsor for Sea to Sea, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending poverty worldwide. Cyclists embarking on the bike tour across the United States will depart from Vanguard University after a brief stay on campus.

The 3,900 mile bike tour is sponsored by the Reformed Church in AmericaPartners Worldwide, and World Renew – an agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. The most recent bike tour, held in 2008, sent over $1.5 million to local, national and international agencies fighting poverty. The fundraising goal for this year’s bike tour is $2 million.

“After the amazing experience of the 2005 Sea to Sea bike tour, I felt called to promote awareness of the needs of the poor, says Claire Elgersma, steering committee chairman and cyclist for Sea to Sea. “This year, 35% of the proceeds will go to local programs that assist those in poverty. We hope that partners like Vanguard University, who are also dedicated to serving the poor, will continue to ride with us until poverty is eliminated.”

According to Sea to Sea, nine million people die worldwide each year because of hunger and malnutrition. The Census Bureau, which defines poverty as those living with an annual income of less than $23,283 for a family of four, reports that 15% of the United States population were living in poverty in 2011. The World Bank, which calculates the threshold for dire poverty in developing countries as $1.25 per day of consumption (versus income), projects that the population share of extreme poor in developing countries will be halved by 2015, down from 29% in 1990 to 12% in 2015.

“We’re delighted to be able to sponsor an organization like Sea to Sea that is dedicated to making a positive impact in the world,” says Mike Beals, dean of spiritual formation at Vanguard University. “With our students seeing first-hand the impacts of global poverty in places like East Africa, South America, and the Middle East where they serve on missions trips each summer, we recognize the great need to support an initiative like this. We look forward to being able to partner with Sea to Sea now and in the future to help reduce poverty.”

After dipping their tires in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, June 23, the cyclists will officially start the bike tour to end poverty from Vanguard University on Monday, June 24 and end in New York City nine weeks later. The bike tour will make stops in Phoenix, Rehoboth, Colorado Springs, Iowa City, Grand Rapids, Ancaster, Toronto, and Montreal.

For more information about the Sea to Sea Bike Tour, click here.

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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-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. Ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 colleges in the west since 2010, 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.

ABOUT SEA TO SEA
The Sea to Sea 2013 Bike Tour is a nine-week, 3,900-mile cycling trek from Southern California to New York City designed to raise awareness and funds in support of those living in poverty around the world. The tour is hosted by the Reformed Church in America, Partners Worldwide, and World Renew – an agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America.

The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University Hosts Delegates from Northern Iraq to Reduce Violence against Women in Iraq

Combatting violence against women in Iraq spawns higher education partnership between Vanguard University and University of Duhok

Costa Mesa, CA, April 26, 2013 – Vanguard University announced today that it will host a team of delegates from the University of Duhok in northern Iraq for a two-week visit beginning Sunday, April 28.  The purpose of the visit is to provide the team with training on ways to reduce violence against women in Iraq.

According to World Report 2012: Iraq published by Human Rights Watch, violence against women is a serious problem in Iraq.  The report says that “‘honor’ crimes and domestic abuse is a threat to women and girls, who were also vulnerable to trafficking for sexual exploitation and forced prostitution due to insecurity, displacement, financial hardship, social disintegration, and the dissolution of rule of law and state authority.”

Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women & Justice (GCWJ) has been partnering with the University of Duhok in northern Iraq since 2010 to build capacity for women’s studies at the University of Duhok.  The goal of the higher education partnership between these two universities, which grew to include partnering with the Ministry of the Interior and the three regional Directorates for Combatting Violence Against Women, is to eliminate violence against women in Iraq.

“The success of the recent visit with the Directorate for Combatting Violence Against Women prompted Dr. Major Sami Hussein to bring leaders back here to Southern California where they can see actual programs and visit facilities rather than just learn training theory in a classroom setting,” says Sandra Morgan, director of the Global Center for Women and Justice.  “Together we have an opportunity to impact the regional development of the infrastructure to reduce violence against women in Iraq.  This rare but necessary higher education partnership improves community capacity, promotes reconciliation, and contributes to stability in a region in which Americans have invested so many resources.”

The trip will include training with 12th District Court Judge David O. Carter, OC Juvenile Justice Douglas Hatchimonji, OC Juvenile Services, OC Child Abuse Special Teams (CAST), as well as three days of training with the Westminster Police Department under the direction of Derek Marsh, acting deputy chief of the Westminster Police Department and former chair of the OC Human Trafficking Task Force.

“The Westminster Police Department welcomes the rare opportunity to provide law enforcement and academic professionals from Iraq with a three-day training symposium,” says Derek Marsh, acting deputy chief of the Westminster Police Department.  “These courageous delegates are an instrumental part of a multi-year project initiated by Vanguard University and the University of Duhok, Iraq (KRG).  Our goal is to provide best practices that can be applied to law enforcement investigations and will shape policies to enhance women’s rights and reduce violence against women and children in Iraq.”

The team from Iraq includes the directors of all three KRG Regional VAW Directorates as well as the director of the Ministry of Interior, legal and academic scholars from the University of Duhok, and Victim Service directors.

For more information about the Global Center for Women & Justice, please visit http://www.vanguard.edu/gcwj/.

 

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