Vanguard University President Dr. Carol Taylor Wins Orange County Business Journal`s Women in Business Award

Vanguard University is proud to announce that the Orange County Business Journal has honored Dr. Carol Taylor with the 2011 Women in Business Award. The winner was announced May 25 at the OCBJ Luncheon and Awards Program at the Hyatt Regency Irvine.

This is the seventeenth annual Women in Business Awards ceremony and over 160 nominees. Five are chosen as the top women in business with Dr. Taylor earning the first award.

The Women in Business Awards Program is designed to recognize Orange County women who have made impactful contributions to their professions as well as within their communities. Their tenacity and drive have established, nurtured, guided and transformed countless successful businesses. Women are influential members of the OC business community, whether in the corporate, entrepreneurial or not-for-profit sector. With 93,406 women-owned businesses in 2007, Orange County ranked 6th among counties nationwide according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners.

About Vanguard University

Vanguard University ( is a private, Christian, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). U.S. News & World Report has ranked Vanguard # 9 among the best baccalaureate colleges in the west in their 2010 rankings of colleges and universities.  The Princeton Review named VU a 2010 “Best Western College.”

VU Alum Ashley Estrada to Perform at Memorial Day Concert

Vanguard University alum Ashley Estrada ’08 will be performing at Clubhouse 3 in Laguna Woods on Monday, May 30 at 2:30pm for a special Memorial Day concert.

Estrada, who graduated from Vanguard with a degree in vocal performance, performs for one of the oldest concert bands in Orange County, the Huntington Beach Concert Band. The band has been led by director Thomas D. Ridley for the past 34 years and is composed of professional and amateur musicians throughout Orange County and surrounding areas.

This year, the Huntington Beach Concert Band has selected a patriotic “Red, White and Blue” theme to be performed by the 70 piece brass, wind and percussion ensemble. The event is coordinated and sponsored in part by Mission Hospital St. Joseph Health System.

General admission tickets are $5 and are available now. For further information on the event, please visit here. To purchase tickets, please click here.

VU Professor Frank Macchia Has Book Named among ‘Ten Notable Theology Reads’

Vanguard University professor of systematic theology Dr. Frank Macchia has had his book, Justified in the Spirit: Creation, Redemption, and the Triune God, named as one of the Christian Century’s ten notable theology reads.

Historically, the premise of justification by grace through faith has been looked at according to Protestant and Catholic understandings. It has thus been limited to the question of whether justification is the reception of forgiveness by faith alone or the personal transformation that occurs as we cooperate with grace. Though some recent ecumenical discussions have tried to find a way to link the two, there have not been many successful efforts.

In his book, Justified in the Spirit: Creation, Redemption, and the Triune God, Macchia seeks not just to link Protestant and Catholic views, but to set them both within the larger framework of the Spirit of Life as the realm of Gods favor. Macchia argues that the role of the Holy Spirit has been underplayed regarding justification and that the notion of Spirit baptism can link and anchor distinctive Protestant and Catholic understandings of the doctrine. The resulting pneumatological theology of justification by faith results in a perspective on justification that is broadly Trinitarian in orientation.

Dr. Macchia teaches courses in Theology and Church History in both the graduate and undergraduate programs at Vanguard University. He is past president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, was for over a decade Senior Editor of PNEUMA: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and a prolific writer, having published a much anticipated book for Zondervan titled “Baptized in the Spirit: A Global Pentecostal Theology, along with the recent book released by Eerdmans entitled, Justified in the Spirit: Creation, Redemption, and the Triune God. Macchia is also a frequent lecturer, having traveled as a guest speaker to a wide variety of venues including McCormick Theological Seminary, University of Southern California, MacMaster University, and Martin Luther University in Wittenberg, Germany.

The Christian Century is a progressive, ecumenical magazine based in Chicago that is committed to thinking critically, living faithfully and exploring what it means to believe and live out the Christian faith in our time.

For further information on Dr. Frank Macchia, please click here. To purchase his book Justified in the Spirit: Creation, Redemption, and the Triune God, please click here. For further information on the Christian Century magazine and the Top Ten Notable Theology Reads, please visit here.

Vanguard University’s Jung-A Lee Performs at United States Military Academy

Vanguard University adjunct professor and professional musician Dr. Jung-A Lee recently performed at the Cadet Chapel at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York in April.

Dr. Lee, a world-renowned organist, pianist, and conductor, performed a variety of musical pieces including the Allegro from Charles-Marie Widor’s Symphony No 6 in G minor, and the Allegro and Grave-Larghetto from Julius Reubke’s 94th Psalm Sonata at the Academy.

Lee gives about seventy concerts throughout the year as a concert organist and collaborative pianist and recently played for the performance of the Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony under the direction of Maestro John Alexander in Segerstrom Hall. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto, earned her Master of Music degree from Yale University with a full scholarship, and received her Doctor of Musical arts degree in organ performance from Boston University. Lee also served as an organ scholar of the Memorial Church at Harvard University from 2001-2003.

Her teachers have included James David Christie, Thomas Murray, Martin Jean, John Tuttle, Karl Hochreither, and Michael Bloss. Lee also participated in the master classes with Olivier Latry, Marilyn Keiser, Susan Landale, and Gerre Hancock. In Boston and Toronto she worked with fine conductors including Christopher Hogwood, Doreen Rao, and Chai-Hoon Park.

In April 2009, Lee founded Music Mission International in order to promote organ music. She is currently the chairman of the non-profit organization that consists of twelve board members.

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The Daily Pilot Awards Vanguard University Students for Academics and Athletics

The Daily Pilot recently recognized and awarded 6 outstanding students with the Les Miller Outstanding Student Award and Vanguard University Athletes of the Year. The 32nd annual Les Miller Awards are presented by the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce, and are an honor to receive in the Orange County community. Read the full article here.