Ensure Justice Conference Offers Students College Credit and More

gcwj_register_now_14_FINAL2In their mission to equip students to make a difference in ending human trafficking, Vanguard University, partnered with the Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ), offers college credit for students who attend the Ensure Justice Conference. Along with college credit, the conference provides students with the opportunity to receive valuable information and connections.

On March 7-8, the GCWJ will host their annual Ensure Justice Conference. This year’s conference theme is: Why is SHE a Slave? Global Child Trafficking: Prevention and Intervention. Conference registration and ad-slips for class credit are still open. GCWJ Director Sandie Morgan advises that students sign up this week. Student registration is $45, nearly $100 less than the general registration.

At this point, “we’re done with awareness, we need to take action,” Morgan said. In order to do that, it is crucial to understand the issue of child trafficking fully and to know the best practices in stopping it; this conference focuses on providing that information, she said. The conference, coupled with some outside reading and a paper for the class, will provide students the opportunity to better understand the issue and learn these practices. Currently, there are about 30 students signed up for the class credit.

Another conference benefit for students is the chance “to connect and develop relationships that lead to substantial internships,” Morgan said. Various officials from Homeland Security Investigations, Assemblies of God World Missions, the Salvation Army and others will be in attendance and have tables.

One major benefit of attending the conference is hearing the stories, testimonies, research and advice from the keynote speakers. “We have an amazing program,” Morgan said. The speakers are Stephan Bauman, President and CEO of World Relief; Joann Butrin, the Director of International Ministries for the Assemblies of God; Shyima Hall, a survivor advocate; the Reverend David Myers, the White House Senior Advisor for the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships; and GCWJ Director Morgan.

Overall, the Ensure Justice Conference offers much more than college credit for students, it offers a chance to be equipped, informed and inspired.

To learn more about the GCWJ, click here.

Vanguard Alumnus Listed Among Orange County Business Journal’s 13th annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award Nominees

Screen shot 2014-02-21 at 11.25.19 AMIn the Orange County Business Journal’s latest publication, they announced the 2014 nominees for the 13th annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards, and Vanguard University alumnus Jeff Motske ’88 made the list.

As the president and founder of Trilogy Financial Services in Huntington Beach, Motske aids his clients in achieving financial independence. According to the article, in 1999, Motske left his financially stable six-figure job to fill a void that he saw in the market. With his “family values, strong work ethic and commitment to serving others,” Motske formed a successful business that provides financial, estate and tax planning all in one place, the article says.

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Financial February Event to Equip Students for Post-Graduation Financial Success on February 20

Screen shot 2014-02-20 at 4.57.12 PMTonight at 9:30 p.m. in Heath 109, Vanguard University’s Office of Transitions is hosting “Financial February”, an event to help juniors and seniors learn how to succeed financially after graduation.

Student loan payments, bills and mortgages are areas of financial life that most juniors and seniors will experience in the near future. Many students have little to no experience handling personal finances with these factors included. This is where financial guru and professor Ed Westbrook, J.D. is coming to the rescue.  Through speaking and worksheets, he will encourage, advise and equip students to be financially successful, not only during their first few post-graduation years, but also for the rest of their lives.

Senior transitions student workers Madison Spikes and Justine Walters are the event creators and coordinators. Spikes conceived the idea when reflecting on graduation’s rapid approach and the many financial realities of adulthood soon to come. Spikes said that professor Westbrook’s mindset in relation to finances is that “you can do what you want to do if you set yourself up for it.” Attending this event is one of the first ways juniors and seniors can begin to set themselves up for financial success.

Along with priceless financial advice, the event will have 5 raffles and various resource handouts for students. So, come out and enjoy an evening of free advice that could change your financial future forever.

To learn more about Vanguard’s Student Life Transitions department, click here.

Talent Show Booms with Applause, Laughs and Vocals

IMG_20140218_170152Singing, guitar strumming and juggling debuted on the Newport Mesa Church (NMC) stage Thursday night for the Vanguard University Talent Show.

The show’s winners walked away with baskets of goodies from every type of Vanguard paraphernalia to a $50 Disneyland gift card. Winners were freshmen Aly Carness and Nathan Dorado in first place for their performance of the Civil War’s Barton Hallow and freshman Stratton Harrison in second place for his juggling comedian act. Also, a notable mention went to the guys from Newport 204 for their original kazoo song: Jesus the Nazarene.

A red carpet and tables topped with treats led to the NMC doors. Students in line grabbed raffle tickets, root beer floats and small brown bags to fill with sweet and salty snacks. The pre-show fun didn’t stop with treats; the night also featured student Jared Miller crafting balloon animals and characters by the entrance for attendees. Despicable Me Minions, elephants, turtles, crazy hats and various other balloon creations entered with attendees. Once inside, students found their seats and waited for the night’s MCs to start the show.

Show competitors faced the crowd and three judges: associate athletic director Nolan Steputis, professor Karen Nishie and student life administrative assistant Jordan Baker. Judging on the basis of originality, talent and wow-factor, the judges privately wrote varying scores on their papers, while always being encouraging over the microphone. The audience applauded and gave shouts of support for all competitors; however, standout performances received roaring applause and standing ovations.

It was an evening filled with smiles, laughter and singing. After the show, multiple students rushed back outside to line up for one of the biggest talents that was not featured in the show: Jared Miller and his balloon creations.

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Vanguard University Welcomes and Commissions 10th University President

IMG_1109February 5-7, Vanguard University hosted multiple inaugural events leading to the inauguration of the university’s 10th president, Dr. Michael Beals.

Events began on February 5 with an inaugural worship service. On February 6, Vanguard held two inaugural lectures, a VIP inaugural dinner and a student party. These special events brought together the Vanguard University community to celebrate with Dr. Beals as he would soon ceremonially accept his position as the university’s 10th president.

On February 7, Vanguard University held the inauguration ceremony at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Ringing in the 10 o’clock hour, Vanguard’s University Concert Orchestra played Dan Goeller’s arrangement of Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners. Following the orchestra, Vanguard’s University Concert Choir and Women’s Chorus sung the reprise of Allen Pote’s, Sing to the Lord a Jubilant Song.

With the church’s organ pipes glimmering in the window’s sunlight, the orchestra played William Walton’s Crown Imperial Coronation March, and the processional commenced. Family and friends led the processional followed by Vanguard’s past presidents, delegates from other universities, denominational leaders, the board of trustees, faculty and the program participants. Dr. Beals followed at the end of the line wearing his beloved smile as he made his way to the stage. Dr. Beals, along with Vanguard University’s faculty and the visiting delegates, were dressed in traditional academic regalia: a wide array of colored caps and gowns.

After a prayer and some greetings, everyone joined in a couple hymns of praise before Board of Trustees Chairman David Oddo, MBA stepped up to the podium. Oddo invited Dr. Beals to the stand and proceeded in giving him a presidential call followed by two symbols of office: a presidential medallion and a Bible from the faculty and staff.

Following the presentation of the presidential symbols of office, various community members presented commitments on behalf of the faculty, students, staff and alumni of Vanguard University. After the prayer of dedication, Dr. Richard Mouw, a professor and mentor of Dr. Beals while he attended Fuller Theological Seminary, gave the presidential charge. Dr. Mouw charged Dr. Beals to bless the Vanguard University community and commended him for being “a gifted intellectual leader” and “a wise administrator.”

After a final word of congratulations and an embrace between Dr. Mouw and Dr. Beals, professor Sheri Benvenuti, Ph.D., stepped to the podium to give the presidential introduction. Dr. Benvenuti described Dr. Beals’ humble, virtuous character and his heart for people. She said: “… he loves people more than power. And above all, he loves God more than anything.”

Now at the pinnacle of the ceremony, Dr. Beals came to the podium and gave his presidential address. To begin, Dr. Beals thanked the many attendees who hold places of influence and importance in his life. With beyond the horizon as the inauguration theme, Dr. Beals spoke of the history of Vanguard University that shaped and placed it in the position it stands today; ready to look “beyond the horizon.” “We are poised at the fulcrum of possibility,” he said.

Nearing the end of his speech, Dr. Beals said: “Beyond the horizon a voice is calling us to live out our unique identity.” Throughout his address, Dr. Beals detailed Vanguard University’s identity as a community of truth, service and academic excellence. Knowing this identity, Dr. Beals committed to uphold the character and calling of Vanguard University in his role as the University’s 10th president.

To learn more about Vanguard University’s new president, Dr. Michael Beals, click here.