Daily Pilot: Costa Mesa Homeless Interviewed, Counted

A consortium of churches and Vanguard University are trying to quantify the problem of homelessness in Costa Mesa’s borders

By Bradley Zint

An initiative created by the Churches Consortium and Vanguard University is attempting to address Costa Mesa’s homeless population, one person and one interview at a time.

The volunteer-run YOU Count program involves taking a census of the city’s homeless population, followed by in-person interviews. The program is in its first year after a trial run last year.

The census portion began Monday. About 50 people took to the streets early that morning to provide an estimate of how many homeless are in the city.

“There’s no extrapolating data, no mathematical equations,” said Becks Heyhoe, a YOU Count organizer and director of the Churches Consortium, an alliance of churches mostly from Costa Mesa. “It’s literally who you see.”

Then throughout the week came the 44 interviewers who asked questions based on a five-page survey created by Vanguard sociology professor Ed Clarke.

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Daily Pilot: Colleges to Honor Veterans

By Britney Barnes


Two local colleges will host ceremonies this week to honor the nation’s service men and women.

Orange Coast College and Vanguard University are hosting Veterans Day tributes Thursday and Friday, respectively.

OCC’s program, “Honoring Their Service and Sacrifice,” will feature a flag-raising ceremony, a panel discussion and guest speakers Charles A. Macias, the co-author of “Operation Legacy” and Joshua Stone, an OCC student and U.S. Army veteran.

The tribute begins at noon in the quad with the panel discussion immediately afterward in Student Center on campus, 2701 Fairview Road. Parking is free in Lot B.

Vanguard’s Veterans Day program will feature guest speaker Chris Kupitz, a student and veteran whose served two tours in Iraq. Vanguard will also honor the Orange County Freedom Committee.

The ceremony is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Veterans Courtyard of Honor on campus, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. [Click here to view a campus map of Vanguard University]

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Huntington Beach Independent Recognizes Vanguard Promoting Laughter and Intrigue from the Stage

On Theater: Mistaken identity with a twist in ‘Errors’

By Tom Titus


Shakespeare in his most riotous incarnation is the fare at Vanguard University, where director Susan K. Berkompas has added even more laughter to the Bard’s freewheeling farce, “The Comedy of Errors.”

Prior to the show, the cast comes out on stage to “explain” the plot to the audience. But don’t try to take mental notes and attempt to remember the details as the show progresses because the action is thrust into overdrive.

As Shakespeare details it, twin noblemen, both named Antipholus, are separated as infants in a storm at sea along with their twin servants, both named Dromio. They connect again, as adults, setting off a tsunami of mistaken identities.

Berkompas adds her own bit of comedy to these “Errors,” casting a white actor (Nick Lazaris) as one twin and an African-American actor (Preston Butler III) as his identical sibling who, visiting a rival city, unwittingly convinces everyone, even his brother’s wife, that he’s the “other one.”

Butler, who pretty much commands the first act, cuts a dominating figure, while Lazaris, featured in the second, finds himself incarcerated and handles the situation with well-placed bluster.

The servants (Christopher Orta and Luke Rhoades) encounter similar mix ups and endure a good deal of physical admonishment from both masters as they juggle the Bard’s confusing plot points — a ring, a necklace a bag of gold. To their credit, they do so admirably, both being quite adept at physical comedy.

Hailey Tweter is particularly effective as the wife of one Antipholus convinced she’s wed to another. Also impressive is Michael Fidalgo, who has a full plate of characters to enact, once during the same scene as he switches identities behind the backs of other characters.

“The Comedy of Errors” is quite entertaining, if more than a bit confusing, and it serves as a valuable lesson in high-voltage comedy from its student cast at Vanguard University’s Lyceum Theater.

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Bob Wilson Named Athletics Director of the Year

Vanguard University Athletic Director Bob Wilson has been named Athletic Director of the Year for 2011-12 by the NAIA Athletic Directors Assn.

Wilson, in his 18th year at Vanguard, will be formally recognized at the 2013 NAIA Awards Banquet, part of the NAIA National Convention scheduled April 19-23 in Kansas City, Mo.

The annual award recognizes Wilson’s integrity, commitment, mentorship, education and motivation to student-athletes, coaches and staff at Vanguard.

“When I think of Bob Wilson, I think first of a man of impeccable integrity, deep commitment to the best that the NAIA represents, great loyalty to his institution and programs, and a commitment to mentoring future athletics leaders,” said Vanguard President Carol Taylor.

Vanguard athletics offers nationally competitive teams and a pioneering approach to forming athletes’ character that ahs been recognized with multiple awards, honors and grants.

Wilson, who has headed Vanguard’s athletic department since 1995, has overseen 57 teams that have competed in NAIA national championship play, including the 2008 NAIA champion women’s basketball team.  Bob Wilson is himself a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame for basketball.

Lions teams have won 11 conference titles during his tenor and Vanguard programs and student-athletes have collected distinctive honors for outstanding achievements in competition and in the classroom. During Wilson’s tenure, Vanguard has had 199 NAIA scholar-athletes and 149 NAIA All-Americans.

Wilson has been instrumental in the installation of the NAIA Champions of Character program at Vanguard since its launch in 2000. Vanguard is now a Certified Program Center of NAIA Champions of Character, and Vanguard has garnered 10 NAIA Team of Character awards, two Dr. LeRoy Walker awards and two National NAIA Coach of Character awards. Wilson has worked hard to make Champions of Character a critical element in Vanguard athletics culture. He educates his student-athletes tirelessly on important concepts and values, and he motivates them to be persons of good character.

We are grateful to have Bob on campus and thankful for his service as a positive role model over the years for all athletes that have been a part of the Vanguard Athletics program.

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U.S. News & World Report Announces the 2013 Best Colleges: Vanguard University ranked in Top 10

Washington, D.C. – September 12, 2012U.S. News & World Report released today the Best Colleges 2013 edition, which includes the rankings and data of more than 1,500 schools nationwide.
Once again, Vanguard University was named in the Top 10 colleges in the west.

“Since 1983, U.S. News has strived to provide students and their families with the best data and information available to help navigate the college process and make informed decisions,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer. “As the college process becomes more competitive and comprehensive each year, U.S. News continues to improve and expand the array of school data, photos, reviews, tools, and resourceful content on USNews.com.”

Along with the 2013 rankings and data, new to the U.S. News education site this year is the addition of job and internship opportunities for college students and recent graduates. The job listings, powered by AfterCollege, can be found on a school’s profile page and highlight companies and organizations recruiting students and recent graduates from particular schools.

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

For the first time, the results from the past two years of high school counselor reputation scores, which are only used in the National University and National Liberal Arts Colleges rankings, have been averaged. This was done to account for the fluctuation of ratings year to year, and also to increase the number of ratings each school received. The high school counselor ratings are one of the factors that indicate a school’s academic quality. Other indicators include financial resources, alumni giving, assessment by administrators at peer institutions, faculty resources, student selectivity, and the retention of students. To find more information on the Best Colleges 2013 rankings methodology, go to www.usnews.com/collegemeth.

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