Vanguard University is Honored to Announce Dr. George O. Wood as 2012 Commencement Speaker

It is with great pride that Vanguard announces Dr. George O. Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, as the 2012 Commencement speaker at  graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 7:00pm and Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 9:30am.  Both Commencement events will be held at Mariners Church in Irvine, California.

A popular speaker and writer, Dr. Wood was elected chief executive officer of the church at the 52nd General Council in August 2007. As general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, USA, part of the largest Pentecostal denomination in the world, he is a member of the denomination’s Executive Leadership Team and Executive Presbytery. The church has over 12,300 congregations in the United States with some 2.8 million members and adherents. The U.S. Assemblies of God is part of a larger World Assemblies of God fellowship with a membership of over 60 million.  Prior to his present position, Wood served the church as its general secretary for 14 years. He was assistant superintendent of the Southern California District Council of the Assemblies of God from 1988-1993. Dr. Wood pastored Newport-Mesa Church in Costa Mesa, California, for 17 years. Dr. Wood was elected to serve as chairman of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship at its meeting in Lisbon, Portugal in May, 2008.  Wood has also taught as an adjunct faculty in the Religion Department at Vanguard University and currently serves as a Trustee Emeritus on the University’s Board of Trustees.

The son of missionary parents to China and Tibet, Wood holds a doctoral degree in pastoral theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and a juris doctorate from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California. He did his undergraduate work at Evangel University (College) in Springfield, Missouri, and served the college in several capacities, including being director of spiritual life and student life from 1965- 71. He was ordained by the Southern Missouri District in 1967. Dr. Wood is author of a number of books including: A Psalm In Your Heart, Living Fully, The Successful Life, and a college text on the Book of Acts. Sermons by Dr. Wood may be heard at www.georgeowood.com.

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Going Beyond the Vanguard Community to Improve Lives

Bits of Hope

“A Costa Mesa company is looking to improve the lives of Ugandan women one bracelet and necklace at a time.”

By Alisha Gomez

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Sometimes a trip is more than just a great escape.

That’s what happened to Kallie Dovel when she first traveled to Uganda in summer 2007. It was there that she saw what women were going through: little to no education, lack of health care, extreme poverty.

But there was one thing they had: paper beads they made by hand and turned into jewelry. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a market for them to sell the items.

Dovel started thinking. She brought home a box of jewelry and showed it to friends and family who were amazed. She sold the jewelry at school and at events. People responded strongly; they loved the jewelry.

But Dovel, a young twenty-something finishing her degree at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, couldn’t do it alone. She went to her friends and told them she really wanted to sell the jewelry and invest in Uganda, but she needed their help.

“So we started helping her,” said Alli Swanson, one of the five founders and director of public relations and marketing. “We started selling jewelry at craft fairs and random events, wherever we could.”

In the summer of 2008, four of them went to Uganda to meet the women they had been supporting, see their lives and figure out a way to make their jewelry business model more sustainable.

It was then that 31 Bits, now in Costa Mesa, was born.

The company first hired six women in Uganda to make the beads and jewelry, paid them a salary equivalent to a teacher and ultimately started devising their business plan.

All of them — Jessie Simonson, Anna Nelson, Brooke Hodges and Swanson — but Dovel returned to finish school at Vanguard. Dovel lived and worked with the women to put the business model in place.

A big break came in October 2008 when sandal maker Reef called. One of the designers was friends with one of the founder’s moms. The designer loved the story, the beads and the design and had showed the design team at Reef to see if the sandal maker could work with 31 Bits to make a special edition sandal.

“Reef is one of the largest sandal companies in the world, so we were really excited at the possibility of partnering with them,” Swanson said. “We met with them and had [photo copied] pictures of the ladies and box of jewelry, told our story and said a prayer. They loved our story and they placed a rather large order from us. That’s when it took off for us and that’s when it became something bigger.”

That first big order, some 16,000 beads, gave the founders enough money to get their business truly off the ground.

Nearly four years later, 31 Bits is on its fourth sandal design with Reef. The necklaces and bracelets made out of paper beads are sold in internationally in about 140 boutiques. Locally, they can be found at Silhouettes in Newport Beach, Deer Lovely in Costa Mesa, Jack’s Surf Shop in Newport Beach. For a list of shops, visit http://www.31bits.com.

Bracelets range from $10 to $48. Necklaces are $20 to about $60.

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OC Metro: President Taylor Remains a Woman to Watch in OC

Dr. Carol A. Taylor

President, Vanguard University of Southern California

Worst Job: Working in a cubicle doing patient billing at a small hospital, with little or no human interaction.

As president of Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, Carol Taylor is the first female president of any Assemblies of God university, and only the sixth woman currently in presidential leadership, among the schools in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), an international association of Christian institutions of higher learning. Taylor is a strong advocate for second-language learners and international students. She has consulted for a number of state departments of education and national resource centers, and worked with national committees focused on large-scale testing. She has taught and lectured nationally, as well as in 11 countries around the globe. Since 2000, Taylor, who has a Ph.D. in multilingual/multicultural education from Florida State University, has helped to further Christian higher education. She’s been a facilitator and a mentor in the CCCU Women’s Leadership Development Institute, and she served on the CCCU Student Academic Programs Commission.

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Vanguard Alumnae Top the List of OC Business Journal’s Excellence in Entrepreneurship

Orange County Business Journal announced its annual list of nominees for the “Excellence in Entrepreneurship” Awards for 2012. The Business Journal’s awards programs are designed to recognize those individuals and organizations whose accomplishments positively impact the OC business community. Among the list of up and coming business leaders were Vanguard University alums, the founders of 31 Bits in Costa Mesa, CA.

Kallie Dovel `08, Founder/Co-Owner
Brooke Hodges `09, Director of Involvement
Anna Nelson
`09, Director of Administration
Jessie Simonson
`09, Director of Sales and Production
Alli Swanson
`09, Director of PR and Marketing

Kallie Dovel traveled to Uganda in 2007 and met women who made paper beads, but lacked a marketing and sales plan. After hearing their stories, Kallie searched for a way to give opportunities to her new Ugandan friends. She brought jewelry back to the U.S. and spent the next year dreaming up the concept of a development organization. She brought a few friends on board and her ideas quickly evolved into 31 Bits. Kallie’s new team traveled to Uganda in August 2008 and selected six women to buy jewelry from on a monthly basis. The company has now evolved into 108 Ugandan female employees, not including a Ugandan staff of six program managers who run specific trainings and programs for beneficiaries. They receive English lessons, financial trainings, business courses, HIV/AIDS treatment, bike loans and more. 31 Bits is now sold in more than 130 stores around the world.

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OC Music Awards 2012: Vanguard Student Tully James Wilkinson

Celebrating its 11th anniversary, the OC Music Awards kicks off on January 3rd with seven weeks of free showcases at different venues across the county. 35 local artists will compete for the titles of Best Live Band or Best Live Acoustic and a performance slot at the 2012 OC Music Awards, March 3 at the Grove of Anaheim. And, the voting is open now!

Meeting Tully James Wilkinson at a coffee shop for his interview seems àpropos considering the young, good-looking English major (his favorite author is C.S. Lewis), singer-songwriter, and college student got his musical start playing in coffee shops.

Even though he has naught but a demo out, with a nod from the OC Music Awards and a House of Blues show under his belt, “discovering” Wilkinson at a coffee shop certainly paid off in more than caffeinated highs for the performer–regardless of how “taxing” playing “two hour sets for not that much feedback” might understandably become.

But not so “taxing” that the struggle of being a full-time student, “working two or three jobs to pay for stuff,” and being “pretty busy” doesn’t make Wilkinson feel energized by a sense of accomplishment.

“Playing shows at night kind of makes you come alive,” said Wilkinson, sincerely. “So it’s all worth it in the end.”

Read more: OC Music Awards 2012: Tully James Wilkinson Is A Lyrical Storyteller With Intimate, Emotional Acoustic Entreaties http://kroq.radio.com/2012/02/05/oc-music-awards-2012-tully-james-wilkinson-is-a-lyrical-storyteller-with-intimate-emotional-acoustic-entreaties/#ixzz1mOVzXvLu