Vanguard University Commencement Student Speakers Include Renowned Doctor of Medicine, Small Business Owner, and Executive Vice President of the Student Body

Costa Mesa, CA, May 1, 2015 – The Office of the President at Vanguard University is proud to announce Dr. Mariana Mogos, Sean Jackson, and Lucas Brawner as the student speakers for the 2015 Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Both Commencement events will be held at Mariners Church in Irvine, California.

Vanguard University’s undergraduate commencement ceremony will include student speaker, Lucas Brawner. Brawner will earn a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, and plans on pursuing his teaching credential and a masters in education at Vanguard. Brawner has integrated himself into the Vanguard community by serving his fellow students as freshman residence assistant and the executive vice president of the student body. He is honored to address the student body on this monumental day.

Two student speakers from school for graduate and professional studies have been selected to address the class of 2015. Sean Jackson, who will receive his bachelor of arts degree in religion from the school for professional studies, started his own business with his wife, Shirley, in 2000. Their company, Shine, has grown into one of the most recognized special event production companies in southern California, producing almost 250 events a year since the company’s inception. Jackson resides in Yorba Linda with his wife and two children, where they are active leaders at a new church in downtown Orange, called Refuge OC.

Dr. Mariana Mogos, who will graduate with a master of science in clinical psychology, came to Vanguard University as a professor herself, who realized the need to know more about her patient’s internal world. Dr. Mariana Mogos earned her doctor of medicine in 1994, later doing her residency, fellowships and internships at USC, from 1996-2000. She most recently held the spot of assistant professor of clinical anesthesiology at USC, and practices at Keck Hospital, as well as USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital, in Los Angeles.

“We are looking forward to celebrating Vanguard University’s graduating class of 2015, and all of the associates, bachelor’s, master’s, challenge coin, and RN to BSN recipients,” said Dr. Doretha O’Quinn, Vanguard’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Students work hard to get to this day, and the faculty stand proud beside them to witness it.”

In addition to the traditional Commencement ceremonies, Vanguard University will host their Baccalaureate service on the eve of Commencement, with Dr. Jerry Camery-Hoggatt as the faculty speaker. Dr. Camery-Hoggatt is professor of narrative theology and New Testament in the department of religion at Vanguard, specializing in early Christian origins, narrative theology, and New Testament studies, with particular interest in method and content in the study of the Gospels. Baccalaureate will take place at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, on Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. A Nursing Pinning Ceremony will also be held on Thursday, May 7 at 10 a.m. at Newport Mesa Church in Costa Mesa.

There will be a live video stream of both ceremonies online at Vanguard’s website: www.vanguard.edu/live. Closed Captioning will be available for the 4 p.m. ceremony. Join the social conversation by tweeting LIVE from the event using #VUGrad, and mention @VanguardU.

For more information, visit www.vanguard.edu/commencement.

To request an interview, please contactErin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications, at 714.966.5452 or 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-centered 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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Renowned Doctor of Medicine at Keck Hospital of USC to be Student Speaker for Vanguard University Commencement

Costa Mesa, CA, May 1, 2015 – The Office of the President and School for Graduate and Professional Studies at Vanguard University are proud to announce Dr. Mariana Mogos, doctor of medicine at Keck Hospital of USC as the 2015 Commencement student speaker.

Dr. Mogos came to Vanguard University’s graduate program in psychology as a professor herself, who realized the need to know more about her patient’s internal world. The graduate psychology program at Vanguard University immediately impacted her understanding of patient care and healing.

“It was her compassion for her patients that led Dr. Mogos to Vanguard University to pursue a master’s degree in clinical psychology. She wanted to understand her patients beyond their medical condition,” said Dr. Jerre L. White, director of graduate psychology and professor at Vanguard University. “Dr. Mogos demonstrates compassion for the hurting, respect for her colleague, and wisdom in integrating medicine, psychology and her faith.”

Dr. Mariana Mogos earned her doctor of medicine in 1994, later doing her residency, fellowships and internships at USC, from 1996-2000. She most recently held the spot of assistant professor of clinical anesthesiology at USC, and practices at Keck Hospital, as well as USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital, in Los Angeles.

“This journey had a great impact on my career,” said Dr. Mogos. “I have decided to delve into a new career in addiction medicine, where I can practice medicine and use my psychology degree, earned at Vanguard University.”

Dr. Mogos will address the School for Graduate and Professional Studies graduates, and their friends and families at the graduation ceremony on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 4 p.m., held at Mariners Church in Irvine, California. She will receive a master of science degree in psychology.

There will also be a live video stream of both undergraduate and graduate ceremonies online at Vanguard’s website: www.vanguard.edu/live. Closed Captioning will be available for the 4:00 p.m. ceremony. Join the social conversation by tweeting LIVE from the event using #VUGrad, and mention @VanguardU.

For more information, visit www.vanguard.edu/commencement.

To request an interview, please contact Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications, at 714.966.5452 or 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-centered 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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One of America’s Most Innovative Leaders, Dr. Ricky Temple, Announced as 2015 Commencement Speaker

Costa Mesa, CA, April 30, 2015 – The Office of the President at Vanguard University is proud to announce Dr. Ricky Temple as the 2015 Commencement speaker at the graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Known across the country for his charismatic and captivating messages, Dr. Ricky Temple currently serves as senior pastor of Overcoming By Faith Ministries in Savannah, Georgia, where he has served since 1981. With a master’s degree in strategic leadership from Life Pacific College, and an honorary doctorate of divinity from International Church of Foursquare Gospel, Dr. Temple has achieved years of academic and ministry experience. He is the co-author of the book, “Why Smart People Make Dumb Choices,” host of the radio show “A Study with Pastor Rick” on Radio KTLW, and is currently working on several upcoming book projects. Dr. Temple has a deep commitment to developing leaders, churches, and families, with a down-home approach and practical, everyday insights.

“Ricky Temple exemplifies a life of passion and understanding, that has inspired leaders and innovators across our nation,” said Vanguard President Michael J. Beals. “His messages and wisdom on living intentionally will be an incredible model to our Vanguard graduates as they enter their next chapter.”

In addition to the traditional Commencement ceremonies, Vanguard University will host their Nursing Pinning Ceremony on Thursday, May 7 at 10 a.m. at Newport Mesa Church in Costa Mesa. A Baccalaureate service will be held on the eve of Commencement at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, on Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.

“We are looking forward to celebrating Vanguard University’s graduating class of 2015, and all of the associates, bachelor’s, master’s, challenge coin, and RN to BSN recipients,” said Dr. Doretha O’Quinn, Vanguard’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Students work hard to get to this day, and the faculty stand proud beside them to witness it.”

There will also be a live video stream of both undergraduate and graduate ceremonies online at Vanguard’s website: www.vanguard.edu/live. Closed Captioning will be available for the 4:00 p.m. ceremony. Join the social conversation by tweeting LIVE from the event using #VUGrad, and mention @VanguardU.

For more information, visit www.vanguard.edu/commencement.

To request an interview, please contact Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications, at 714.966.5452 or 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-centered 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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6th Annual Pentecostal Leaders Series Observes African-American Pentecostal Culture

Costa Mesa, CA, March 20, 2015 – Vanguard University’s Lewis Wilson Institute (LWI) will hold its 6th Annual Pentecostal Leaders Series on Thursday, March 26, 2014 at 7 p.m. held at Newport Mesa Church in Costa Mesa, California. The annual series serves as a host to Pentecostal leaders involved in the charismatic movements, both nationally and internationally.

This year’s event is a timely celebration of the ethnic, racial and cultural diversity found within the Pentecostal movement, specifically focusing on contributions of the African-American Pentecostal culture. Vanguard’s Black Student Union will play a key role in the night’s event, with gospel worship and choir.

“When I became director of the LWI seven years ago, I wanted to create an event that highlighted Vanguard’s Pentecostal identity and heritage not just within the university community, but also to the broader Southern California communities,” explains Dr. Derrick R. Rosenior, director of The Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies. “The Pentecostal Leaders Series was the result.”

Over the last six years, LWI has hosted noted Pentecostal scholars and leaders such as Dr. George O. Wood, Dr. Jack Haford, Dr. James Bradford and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Leadership Conference.

This year’s keynote speaker is heralded Bishop Jerry Wayne Macklin, 2nd Assistant Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ. The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) is a predominantly African-American Pentecostal denomination; with about 15,000 churches here in America it is the largest Pentecostal denomination in the United States. Bishop Macklin is the co-chairman of the Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America, the umbrella ecumenical body to which the majority of Pentecostal denominations belong, including the Assemblies of God.

Other special guests appearing at the Pentecostal Leaders Series include Bishop Joe Ealy, Bishop of the Southern California First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the COGIC, as well as pastors and elders from various Pentecostal denominations in Southern California.

All events are free and open to the public. No registration is needed. For more information, please visit http://www.vanguard.edu/lwi/pentecostal-leaders-series/.

 

To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

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

ABOUT THE LEWIS WILSON INSTITUTE FOR PENTECOSTAL STUDIES
The Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies seeks to encourage and support the study of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. It does so by serving as a conference and research center for scholars, church leaders, students and others interested in probing the historical significance and contemporary global role of Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movements. Visit http://lwi.vanguard.edu

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Society for Pentecostal Studies Lifetime Achievement Award to Vanguard University Professor

Costa Mesa, CA, March 16, 2015 – Vanguard University and the department of religion are proud to announce the presentation of the Society for Pentecostal Studies Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Frank D. Macchia. Dr. Macchia is professor of theology at Vanguard University, where he has been a resident faculty member since 1999.

The Society for Pentecostal Studies is an international society of scholars working in the field of Pentecostal and Charismatic studies. Each year, the society grants a Lifetime Achievement Award to a scholar who has considerably contributed his or her career to research and writing. The award recognizes Dr. Macchia’s significant and extensive contributions to the academy as a Pentecostal scholar.

“This is the highest honor that a scholar working in Pentecostal or Charismatic studies can receive, so I am naturally moved by this honor,” said Dr. Macchia.

Among the list of contributions is Dr. Macchia’s service as senior editor of Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies for ten years. Presenting over 80 articles in various peer-reviewed journals and professional papers, his work has been presented in meetings for the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Society for Pentecostal Studies, the North American Academy of Ecumenists, and the Catholic Theological Society of America.

International venues such as the International Reformed-Pentecostal Dialogue, the conference on the Globalization of Pentecostalism, the Pentecostal/Roman Catholic dialogue, and the European Pentecostal/Charismatic Research Association, have also featured Dr. Macchia’s work in religion.

A scholar and author, Dr. Macchia has contributed chapters in over twenty books. His entries can be found in some of the most widely used resources in biblical studies—Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Zondervan Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity, Dictionary of Ecumenical Movements, the New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, and the Encyclopedia of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity.  Dr. Macchia’s most recent monographs include, Baptized in the Spirit: A Global Pentecostal Theology, Justified in the Spirit: Creation, Redemption, and the Triune God, and The Trinity Practically Speaking.

In addition to his groundbreaking written work and ongoing contributions as a professor at Vanguard University, Dr. Macchia has faithfully ministered for the past fourteen years as the Assistant Pastor of Grace Bible Church, a Taiwanese congregation in Irvine, California.

 

To attend or request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

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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