Vanguard’s Marketing Team is in the Winning Circle

Congratulations to all the winners in the Ninth Annual Service Industry Advertising Awards! Vangaurd University’s Marketing Department won a Bronze award  for the Shine newsletter and a Merit for the Undergraduate Viewbook. Nearly 2,000 entries were received in this year’s competition.  

To view the Shine publication click here.

To view more information on what the Service Industry Advertising Awards are and who has recieved them click here.

OC Metro: Vanguard Prepares for Annual Sustainability Conference


The school’s Students in Free Enterprise chapter is coordinating the event.

by Caitlin Adams


In an effort to inform, educate and further the discussion into the importance of developing environmentally responsible business practices, the Vanguard University chapter of Students in Free Enterprise is preparing for the school’s annual Environmental Sustainability Conference.

The conference serves as a showcase for top business and industry leaders in sustainable and green business areas, hosted by the chapter at the University campus. This year’s lineup of speakers represents a new wave of businesses that are committed to bringing about change locally and on a larger community scale, and integrating sustainable practices into their business models.

The keynote speakers at this year’s event are Andrea Robinson of ARC Sustainability and Jennifer Schwab of Sierra Club Green Home, two companies that specialize in developing new ways of incorporating environmentally friendly practices into standard business and lifestyle models.

“Smart business leaders know that sustainability is not a trend and that restoration is the goal. Beyond being simply the right thing to do from an ethical perspective, sustainable businesses are efficient businesses. They understand the impacts of their resource use and supply chains, as well as the growing power of the informed consumer, to choose socially and environmentally responsible products,” Robinson said. “The CEOs, CFOs and companies that are going to have relevance in the future are the ones determining how to not just survive, but how to thrive sustainably.”

The Environmental Sustainability Conference will be held on Friday, Feb. 10, at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information or to register for the conference, visit Vanguard’s website.

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In Loving Memory of Dr. Craig Rusch

Dr. Craig Rusch, an alumnus and a former professor, died on February 1, 2012.  On a business trip, Craig suffered respiratory distress and passed away from heart failure.   Craig was a loving father to current Vanguard student, Candice Rusch, and former Vanguard student, Eric Rusch.  Craig was also a beloved teacher, dear friend and respected colleague to many.

A service of prayer will be held on Friday, February 3rd at 2:00 pm in the Great Commission Hall on the campus of Vanguard University.

Condolences may be sent to the Department of Anthropology/Sociology in care of Cheryl Jensen.
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Sandra Morgan: Her battle with sex trade began with one kid

The OC Register
Her battle with sex trade began with one kid

By YVETTE CABRERA

Battling human trafficking?

It’s no easy task.

Sandra Morgan knows this first hand.

While living in Athens, Greece in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Morgan, a pediatric nurse, came to realize that many of the people working in the city’s brothels weren’t there by choice. The question she then asked herself was what could she do about it.

Today, she’s director of the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University.

Fighting human trafficking is a big part of what she does.

Tomorrow, (Feb. 1) Vanguard will commemorate Freedom Day, the 147th anniversary of the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States.

Yet slavery – in the form of involuntary servitude or its equally horrific cousin, “debt bondage” — is anything but abolished, even in Orange County.

In all, about 27 million people around the world – including some 100,000 in the United States – are victims of human trafficking, according the U.S. State Department.

For many who learn about that uncomfortable fact, the first instinct is to find a way to help directly. But unless you’re in law enforcement, that tactic can backfire, putting you and the people you’re trying to help at risk.

So, can the average person really make a difference?

Morgan’s career shows how it’s possible.

Full story from the OC Register

Fourth Annual Environmental Sustainability Conference

Despite a slowly recovering economy, green business continues to be one of the world’s fastest growing industries. With the rising prices of energy, “going green” is imperative now more than ever. Vanguard University’s chapter of Students In Free Enterprise will once again serve the Orange County business community and university students by showcasing top industry leaders in the reform for sustainable business. The Environmental Sustainability Conference returns Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 to Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.

The event’s influential keynoters are Jennifer Schwab of Sierra Club Green Home and Andrea Robinson of ARC Sustainability. Both are leaders in bringing environmental initiatives into their business culture. Jennifer Schwab is the Chief Sustainability Officer for Sierra Club Green Home. Developed to help Americans make their homes more energy efficient, SCGH educates consumers on how to improve the sustainability and health of their homes. “I am concerned about the green movement losing momentum at the consumer level. Adverse economic conditions are forcing the average citizen to focus on day to day survival, and while still sympathetic to environmental concerns, it seems that people aren’t embracing sustainable living as a top priority. That is why I am happy to speak to college students: to help instill in them a sustainable living ethic that becomes part of their everyday life, forever.” said Jennifer Schwab.

Andrea Robinson is the Founder and Director of ARC Sustainability, an environmental and corporate social responsibility consulting firm based in Los Angeles. Andrea was responsible for the comprehensive sustainability efforts and carbon footprint for the 2008 Democratic National Convention as the first-ever Director of Sustainability & Greening for the convention. “Smart business leaders know that sustainability is not a trend and that restoration is the goal. Beyond being simply the right thing to do from an ethical perspective, sustainable businesses are efficient businesses. They understand the impacts of their resource use and supply chains, as well as the growing power of the informed consumer to choose socially and environmentally responsible products. The CEOs, CFOs and companies that are going to have relevance in the future are the ones determining how to not just survive, but how to thrive sustainably.” Said Andrea Robinson.

The day will educate and empower attendees with ideas and resources for implementing innovative and sustainable business and life practices. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with speakers and prominent business leaders during the interactive workshops and exhibitor fair.

Featured Speakers include:
• Tyler Merrick, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Project 7
• Mike Levin, Executive Director, CleanTech OC
• Spencer Brown, Founder & Chief Tree Hugger, Rent A Green Box
• Jeff Duggan, Co-Owner & Founder, Portola Coffee Lab
• Evan Marks, Founder & Director, The Ecology Center
• Nicole Suydam, Vice President of Development, Goodwill of Orange County
• Kallie Dovel, Founder, 31 Bits
• Vera Chang, West Coast Fellow, Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation

The Fourth Annual Environmental Sustainability Conference continues Vanguard University SIFE’s tradition of gathering the Orange County business community for a unique and interactive educational experience. To register for the Environmental Sustainability Conference go to vanguard.edu/GreenConf. #VUGreenConf

SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise)

SIFE is an international non-profit organization that brings together the leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better and more sustainable world through the positive power of business. Founded in 1975, SIFE has active programs on more than 1,500 college and university campuses in 40 countries. Through projects that improve the lives of people worldwide, participating university students, academic professionals and industry leaders are demonstrating that individuals with a knowledge and passion for business can be a powerful force for change. For more information, visit www.sife.org. Learn more about Vanguard University SIFE at sife.vanguard.edu. CONTACT: Samantha Hawkins (916) 494-9145