Radio Host Hugh Hewitt Interviews Sandie Morgan, Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women & Justice

DSC_3073On Tuesday, August 20, 2013, nationally syndicated radio host, law professor, and lawyer Hugh Hewitt interviewed Sandie Morgan, Director of the Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University.   Hewitt starts out the interview by commending Morgan on the impact of her work with the Global Center for Women & Justice, which will be celebrating its 10th anniversary September 19-21.  Referring to Vanguard University as “one of the jewels of Orange County”, Hewitt discusses with Morgan the need for awareness about human trafficking, which gets a lot of global attention and yet it is just as much a local issue.

Morgan also talks about when she first experienced human trafficking when she was living in Athens, Greece with her husband for ten years, and how when the wall came down, she saw very young girls crossing the border into countries where prostitution was legal.  Says Morgan, “When I came back to the states, I was shocked to see the same thing happening here but no one was talking about it.”  This encounter, she explains, was the impetus for her to put her faith in action and combat human trafficking, violence against women, and other important issues women face.

In 2003, the Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University began by offering a women’s studies minor and over those ten years, has continued to focus on women’s issues.  Morgan talks about how she has helped get Vanguard University students involved as the “hands and feet to do community, education, and outreach.”

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 information on the Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University’s 10th anniversary events, please click here.

To listen to the interview with Hugh Hewitt, click here.



U.S. Veterans Magazine Names Vanguard University a Top Veteran-Friendly School

US-Veterans-MagazineVanguard University is one of an elite group of schools in the nation that has made U.S. Veterans Magazine’s Best of the Best list of top veteran-friendly schools for 2013.   359 schools were evaluated.

According to the magazine’s press release, the annual review is an evaluation of the nation’s employers, initiatives, government agencies and educational institutions. These non-biased studies are valuable resources for jobseekers, business owners, students, consumers, senior management, business associations, employment agencies and consumer groups.  Click here to read the full press release.

The Veterans Resource Center at Vanguard University exists to support veterans by providing academic planning, financial advisement, and resources for professional, personal, and spiritual development designed to equip veterans to achieve their educational and professional goals.  For more information about the Veterans Resource Center at Vanguard University, click here.




Vanguard University Unveils New Athletics Logo

Vanguard University new athletics ogoIf you are a Vanguard University student, alum, former VU athlete, or Vanguard sports fan in general, you likely have seen Vanguard’s old logo.  It’s been an important part of Vanguard’s history since 1999, the same year Vanguard underwent a name change from Southern California College (SCC) to Vanguard University.  The old logo – a lion (panthera leo) with a mane that doubles as a flame – has been updated to represent the University’s latest branding.

“The new logo is more realistic and features a competitive look,” says Bob Wilson, director of athletics at Vanguard University.  “Akins Parker did a superb job of working with our award-winning marketing team and athletics department to capture the energy, passion and intensity with which the Vanguard athletics teams bring to each and every game.”

Along with the new logo, Vanguard University is introducing a new line of apparel that will be available in the University’s bookstore this Fall donning the new logo.  More information on this coming soon so make room in your closets.

Click here to the Daily Pilot’s article about Vanguard’s new athletics logo.



The Princeton Review Chooses Vanguard University as a 2014 Best Regional College

Princeton ReviewCongratulations to Vanguard University for being chosen by The Princeton Review for the “Best in the West Colleges: Region by Region” listing.  The listing identifies schools that The Princeton Review recommends as “regional bests” across four locales: the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and West.

The Princeton Review, an education services company, has selected only 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges for this designation.  Scores are based on institutional data  obtained from the colleges in 2012-13 and/or student survey data. The rating score categories include: Academics, Admissions Selectivity, Financial Aid, Fire Safety, Quality of Life, and Green.

For more information on the criteria for each rating score,click here.

Vanguard University’s Department of Theatre Arts Hosts Youth Theatre Camp

Vanguard University's Department of Theatre Arts Hosts Youth Theatre CampFor some kids, summer vacation is all about play. For others, summer vacation is the perfect time to act in a play.

On Monday, July 8, a group of artistically-inclined 4th through 8th graders made their way to the Lyceum Theater to start an intensive, week-long youth theatre camp hosted by Vanguard University’s Department of Theatre Arts.

During the week, the young students trained with Vanguard University interns at American Coast Theatre Company (ACTC) to learn the art of acting, improvisation, dance, singing, and stage combat.

“The most rewarding part of the week for me was when the girls would come in every day and immediately want to perform their dances and show us how they had practiced at home,” says Bretlyn Schmitt, assistant director and choreographer.  “It was a joy to get to see the pride and excitement they had for everything they had learned.  It was [also]so wonderful working with my peers on this workshop, it allowed us to become a unit and gave us a chance to really use each of our creative talents to pour into the kids.

The camp took place each day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and the curtains closed on Saturday, July 13. Students had plenty of time to practice their new skills just in time for two final performances at the end of the week.

“We hope that this will be the beginning of a whole new Christian generation of theatre artists we hope to inspire every summer,” says Sue Berkompas, Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts. “We couldn’t have asked for a better first summer camp.”

ACTC expects the camp to triple in size in the coming year.  For more information on the Vanguard University Department of Theatre Arts, visit

Vanguard University’s Department of Theatre Arts Hosts Youth Theatre Camp