Vanguard University and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Host New York Times #1 Bestselling Author, Eric Metaxas

Costa Mesa, CA, November 3, 2014 – Vanguard University and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach are proud to host An Evening with Eric Metaxas on November 12, 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. This free event is open to the public, and will take a look at the eye-opening exploration of the phenomenon of “Miracles” – also the title to Metaxas’ latest book.

Metaxas is the author of “Bonhoeffer”, a New York Times #1 bestseller, and one whom ABC News has called a “witty ambassador for faith.” Offering serious discussion on how faith and science collide, Metaxas documents stories of actual miracles from individuals across the country. In his latest work, “Miracles,” Metaxas explores what they are, why they happen and how they can change your life. The book is also a timely answer to the books of the “New Atheists” – Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris – who have passionately asserted not just the impossibility of miracles and the supernatural, but the outright harmfulness of belief in them.

“At our core, Vanguard University is an educational institution that is constantly seeking the integration of faith and learning – of mind and spirit – the two are never separate,” says Kelly Kannwischer, vice president for university advancement. “Because of this value, we are honored to host Eric Metaxas, as he gives Orange County audiences an understanding of the complex concept of miracles.”

Tickets are free, but reservations are required, as it is expected to be a sell out event. Visit http://www.vanguard.edu/eric-metaxas to purchase tickets, and to view additional event information.

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Vanguard University Named to Victory Media’s 2015 Military Friendly® Schools List

Costa Mesa, CA, November 3, 2014 – Vanguard University announced today that it has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds.

Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

“Vanguard University honors our veterans for their service to our nation, transforming veterans’ lives, and promising academic excellence, as well as care and support along the way, “ said Brian Burlingame, veterans resource coordinator.

The survey captures over 50 leading practices in supporting military students and is available free of charge to the more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding.

For more information about Vanguard University’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit Vanguard University’s Veterans Center website at www.vanguard.edu/veterans.

ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY
Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-focused leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 12 regional college in the west and a top veteran-friendly college for 2015, and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

About Military Friendly® Schools
The Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board comprised of educators from schools across the country. The survey is administered for free and open to all post-secondary schools who wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found on our website, http://www.militaryfriendly.com, and a complete list of schools can be found through our Schools Matchmaker tool on http://www.gijobs.com.

About Victory Media
Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned business serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven lists are published in G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, and Vetrepreneur® media channels, republished in periodicals such as USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW, and frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.

To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

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Acclaimed Department of Music at Vanguard University Draws Audiences to Segerstrom Concert Hall for Annual Christmas Concerts

Costa Mesa, CA, October 29, 2014 – Vanguard University’s department of music will present its annual Christmas concert, Christmas Fantasia, to audiences at two prominent Orange County venues December 2 and 5. The concert, which began in 1997 as an intimate banquet for leaders and supporters of the university, has grown to be one of the University’s signature events.

Each year, Christmas Fantasia celebrates the songs of the season with an assortment of music including selections from Messiah and the Nutcracker with usually a light spoof of a major classical theme. With performances at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, the Christmas concert features Vanguard University’s critically-acclaimed 150 member choirs and other music ensembles.

“At Christmas Fantasia, we let our students tell the Vanguard story,” said Dr. James Melton, professor of music at Vanguard University. “I don’t know too many Christmas concerts where the students mix with the audience, walking in with them, seating them, and interacting with them.”

Vanguard music students have recently completed tours of China, Western Europe, and South Korea, and have performed at leading venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. The Concert Choir and Vanguard Singers have traveled to dozens of countries throughout Europe and Asia and perform approximately 100 concerts a year in the greater Orange County area.

The evening will feature performances by the Vanguard University Concert Choir, Orchestra, Women’s Chorus, Jazz Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Barbershop Quartets, and the Vanguard Singers and Band.

Christmas Fantasia 2014 schedule:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
FOR TICKETS:
www.scfta.org

Friday, December 5, 2014, 8pm
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach
FOR TICKETS:
www.vanguardtickets.com

 

To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications
55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

 

ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY
Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-focused leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 12 regional college in the west and a top veteran-friendly college for 2015, and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

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Vanguard University Celebrates Groundbreaking of Landmark Building on Campus

Costa Mesa, CA, October 1, 2014 – Vanguard University has announced the breaking ground on the Scott Academic Center on its campus, making significant renovations and upgrades to Vanguard’s “front door” in Costa Mesa. The kick-off event will take place on Saturday, October 4 at 10am, in the Veterans Courtyard on campus.

“We are thrilled to launch the public phase of the Through These Doors campaign on October 4 as we sprint to the finish line of the $7 million renovation of the Scott Academic Center,” said associate vice president for development and campaign management, Justin McIntee. “This project is well conceived, appropriately timed, and absolutely necessary to the future of Vanguard University.”

The Scott Building is currently the hub of student services, which includes Vanguard University admissions, financial aid, accounting and registrar offices. The innovative enhancements being made to the building will include ten new classrooms, a new café, expanded core programs, renovated public restrooms, a complete exterior facelift, and a tower element to give the building landmark significance.

“We are moving forward confidently with the understanding that our success will have a transformative impact on the lives of all students, faculty and staff, as we better fulfill our mission to honor God and serve others by equipping each student for a Spirit empowered life of Christ centered leadership and service,” said McIntee.

The $7 million project will serve the Costa Mesa campus significantly, as student population is near capacity and continues to expand over the next decade. With nearly all of the funds raised, alumni, parents, trustees, faculty and active supporters of the college are involved in the campaign endeavor, called Through These Doors.

October 4 will be the event that celebrates the generosity of the Vanguard community and begin the campaign’s sprint to the finish line. The event will also launch the public phase of the campaign for the university, with city councilmembers, board members, community supporters, alumni, faculty, and students in attendance.

To RSVP to the event, visit www.vanguard.edu/launch. For more information on the Through These Doors campaign to renovate and upgrade the Scott Building, visit www.throughthesedoors.com.

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Vanguard University’s School for Graduate and Professional Studies Begins New 25% Tuition Discount Program

Costa Mesa, CA, September 22, 2014 – Vanguard University announced that the School for Graduate and Professional Studies will now offer up to a 25% tuition discount through a new colleague discount program at the university. The colleague discount is currently in effect, encouraging students to take their academic journey with the support of colleagues and friends.

At Vanguard University, when four friends enroll in a professional studies program in the same semester, they each receive a 25% reduction in tuition .When three friends enroll the same semester in a graduate program, they each receive a 10% reduction in tuition.

“Students tell us their time here is a life-affirming experience—they feel a sense of community where lives are often transformed by an enhanced spirit of confidence and competence, rewarding personal relationships, and more ambitious goals,” said Trish Fisher, MBA, associate professor and chair of the professional studies business program. “To enhance that community and positive experience for professional students, Vanguard is making a significant commitment with this discount program, which encourages students to make their academic journey with friends and colleagues. This is just one more reason why Vanguard is the right choice for those seeking quality and excellence.”

The professional studies program at Vanguard University offers a bachelor’s degree in business, early childhood education, general education, nursing, religion, and psychology. Graduate programs are offered in education, religion, clinical psychology, organizational psychology, and nursing. With over 500 professional studies students, nearly 600 continuing studies students, and 250 graduate studies students, the School for Graduate and Professional Studies is one of the most rapidly growing programs at the college.

“Most students come to Vanguard because they were referred by another student. We’re simply trying to spread the word as best we can,” explains Dr. Andrew Stenhouse, dean of the School for Graduate and Professional Studies at Vanguard.

Founded in 1920, the highly ranked Vanguard University, is a private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. A 4-year baccalaureate college, Vanguard offers 30 majors and concentrations, as well as single and multiple subject teaching credentials. Named a top veteran-friendly college in the U.S. News & World Report rankings for 2015, Vanguard’s Veterans Center offers a range of services for vets, including career counseling and academic support, assistance in finding veterans benefits and connection to programs which can cover nearly all of their tuition.

For more information on the colleague discount program visit http://www.vanguard.edu/sps/professional-colleague-discount/, and to learn more about the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Vanguard University, visit www.vanguard.edu/sgps.

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