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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Global Center for Women and Justice Furthered Advocacy and Awareness at Annual Orange County Luncheon

Costa Mesa, CA, September 17, 2014 – Vanguard University’s revered Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) was host to over 300 supporters at the annual More Priceless Than Diamonds luncheon at the Balboa Bay Club on September 13, 2014. Success stories of human trafficking survival, awareness, and prevention were shared, along with the winners of the Center’s inaugural Diamond Award.

The annual luncheon raised awareness on one of the growing crimes in southern California, human trafficking. Jody Hassett Sanchez, formerly of ABC News and CNN, now acclaimed news and documentary producer, took the stage as keynote speaker. Hassett Sanchez spoke on human trafficking as a global issue, and gave her first-hand experience in the production of her film SOLD: Fighting the New Global Slave Trade. Ed Arnold, retired news anchor, KOCE-TV/PBS SoCal, served as emcee for the afternoon, and introduced an exclusive interview with Maria Hall Brown, of PBS SoCal, and survivor advocate and author, Shyima Hall. Hall spoke on her profound experience as a human trafficking victim, freed at age 12 from an upscale community in Irvine, CA.

A lively fundraiser bidding and opportunity drawing raised net over $75,000 combined for the GCWJ, going directly towards advocacy, education, and training programs in Orange County and around the world. At the close of the luncheon, the Global Center for Women and Justice announced the first-ever Diamond Award winners for those whose activities and commitment promote justice and dignity for human trafficking victims in Orange County. TAALK (Talk About Abuse to Liberate Kids) founder, Diane Cranley won for Outstanding Business, Bobbi Dauderman, advocacy chair for Women of Vision won for Outstanding Individual, and Nicole Morris, youth volunteer for Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, took the award for Outstanding Youth.

“This year’s More Priceless than Diamonds built on last year’s success, bringing amazing people together to study the complex issue of human trafficking in our own backyard and beyond,” said Dr. Sandra Morgan, director of the GCWJ. “But it went further than that, by resourcing education and training to equip our own community and beyond with excellence and building hope for a world without slavery.”

The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University, a faith based organization, seeks to create a just world where women and children are safe, respected and valued. The GCWJ carries out this mission through education, research, advocacy and collaboration, working with students, educators, law enforcement, healthcare, and community leaders, to end human trafficking and the cyber-exploitation of women and children in Orange County and worldwide.

To learn more about The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University, visit www.vanguard.edu/gcwj

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U.S. News & World Report Announces Vanguard University in Top 12 Best Colleges, #5 for Veterans Schools

Costa Mesa, CA, September 16, 2014 – U.S. News & World Report released the 30th edition of its leading Best Colleges rankings, measuring academic excellence. Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA holds onto its spot in the top 12 Best Colleges in the West, with a new #5 ranking for Best Regional College in the West for veterans.

The 2015 edition of Best Colleges includes data on nearly 1,800 schools nationwide to help parents and students navigate their college and university options. Eligible schools are ranked on up to 16 measures of academic excellence such as graduation and retention rates.

For the first time, each ranked college’s profile page on the U.S. News & World Report website features three-year federal loan default rates, as published by the U.S. Department of Education. This can be used as a guide for how a school’s recent graduates handle their loan payments.

“How to plan and pay for college is a challenge parents around the country face each year,” said Anita Narayan, education editor. “Our paying for college resources and tips are designed to help families more easily navigate this complex process, from saving for college and understanding financial aid options to paying off student loans.”

U.S. News & World Report is a multimedia publisher of news, consumer advice, rankings and analysis. Focusing on Education, Health, Personal Finance, Travel, Cars and News & Opinion, www.usnews.com has earned a reputation as the leading provider of consumer advice and analysis that helps its readers make informed life decisions.

The highly ranked Vanguard University, located in the heart of Orange County, is a private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies, founded in 1920. A 4-year baccalaureate college, Vanguard University offers 30 majors and concentrations. Also offered are single and multiple subject teaching credentials, as well as graduate programs in education, religion, clinical psychology, organizational psychology, and nursing.

As 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 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings for 2015, visit www.usnews.com. To learn more about Vanguard University, visit www.vanguard.edu, and for the Vanguard University Veterans Center, visit www.vanguard.edu/veterans.

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Vanguard University Dedicates Theater Stage to Orange County Leaders, Ed and Dixie Arnold

Costa Mesa, CA, September 4, 2014 – The Vanguard University department of theatre arts dedicates its Lyceum Theater stage to Orange County community leaders and Vanguard University supporters, Ed and Dixie Arnold. The dedication of the Ed and Dixie Arnold Stage will take place at the Theatre Gala, Friday, September 19th on the campus of Vanguard University.

With a 60-year career in broadcasting, Ed Arnold is best known for his years as a sportscaster at KABC-TV Eyewitness News and KTLA-TV Sports. Also a retired Marine Corps veteran, Arnold also recently retired from broadcasting. Together with his wife Dixie Arnold, the couple has been named top supporters to prominent Orange County charities throughout the years, including Vanguard University’s acclaimed department of theatre arts. Dixie Arnold, in her 50th year in education, joined the Vanguard University faculty twelve years ago, where she now serves as chair of the department of liberal studies.

“When Dixie joined the Vanguard University faculty, we thought it would be a good idea to support as many campus activities as we could,” says Ed. “We quickly discovered the campus’s Lyceum Theater, and what we called ‘Orange County’s hidden treasure,’ added Dixie. “We are dedicated to supporting the exceptional plays performed by talented theatre students from this award-winning department.”

The ¾ thrust Ed and Dixie Arnold Stage will bring a new vibrancy on the campus of Vanguard University, to a stage where theatre majors and future actors, and producers, directors spend countless hours shaping their future careers. The department of theatre arts has a reputation for rigorous academics, proven by its own productions. The department’s National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) accreditation validates the high standards of excellence, and ongoing invitations to the western region Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival proves stellar production value. Graduates of the program go on to work professionally on stage, film and television, including Emily Rose ‘03, star of SyFy’s Haven, and Kristina Kuzmic ’01 from Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network.

“We so appreciate the way they have championed our students who make themselves vulnerable every time they get on that stage,” said Sue Berkompas, chair of the department of theatre arts. “That is why it is so appropriate to name the stage after this amazing couple who give so much of themselves. Ed and Dixie Arnold have been pillars in our theatre community for years, and will forever be part of our legacy!”

To RSVP to the historic theatre dedication and the Theatre Gala at Vanguard University, please email Lindsay.Bodwell@vanguard.edu OR call 714.966.5458 directly. For additional information on the event, visit http://www.vanguard.edu/theatre/ed-and-dixie-arnold-stage/

To learn more about Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts, visit www.vanguard.edu/theatre

 

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 10 regional college in the west for 2014 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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