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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Hundreds to Gather to Raise Awareness for Justice for Women and Children in Orange County

Costa Mesa, CA, September 3, 2014 – Vanguard University’s esteemed Global Center for Women and Justice will host the annual More Priceless Than Diamonds luncheon at the Balboa Bay Club on September 13, 2014, where 300-400 are expected in attendance.

The annual luncheon, doubling in size from last year’s event, will raise 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, will be the keynote speaker at the event. Ed Arnold, news anchor, KOCE-TV/PBS SoCal, will emcee the afternoon and hold an exclusive interview with Maria Hall Brown from PBS, alongside survivor advocate and author, Shyima Hall.

Co-chair for the luncheon, Mary Beth Molnar, explains, “California is one of the nation’s top four destinations for human trafficking. These victims are our responsibility because they are our own sons and daughters.”

The Global Center for Women and Justice will also announce the first-ever Diamond Award winner for individuals or organizations whose activities and commitment promote justice and dignity for women and children in Orange County.

To attend the More Priceless Than Diamonds annual luncheon, visit vanguard.edu/gcwj/pricelessluncheon

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

 

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 Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

ABOUT THE GLOBAL CENTER FOR WOMEN AND JUSTICE

The Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University is a faith-based organization that exists to advance the global status of women through research, education, advocacy, collaboration and hope. The Global Center for Women & Justice promotes gender reconciliation and the inherent dignity of all persons. For more, visit http://gcwj.vanguard.edu

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Global Center for Women and Justice Chosen by U.S. Department of State for Community Solutions Program in Hosting Co-Founder and COO of Mercy Wings, Libya

Costa Mesa, CA, August 25, 2014 – Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) has been honored by the U.S. Department of State as a host organization for the Community Solutions Program to work with Zakariya El Zaidy, co-founder and COO of Mercy Wings in Libya. The fellowship will begin August 25th and end in December 2014.

Through the Community Solutions Program, El Zaidy will be joining the GCWJ to learn about issues related to human trafficking and partnering with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force. In addition, he will be working on a strategic assessment and outreach plan to assist in raising awareness of human trafficking among Arabic speaking communities in Orange County.

“The Global Center for Women and Justice has a history of global impact in anti-human trafficking providing education and partnership,” says Dr. Sandra Morgan, director for the global center for women and justice. “Hosting a Community Solutions fellow from Libya is a unique opportunity to build international collaboration. It will be a win-win for all of us and build momentum in ending human trafficking.”

The Community Solutions Program is a professional development program for global community leaders (fellows) working in matters such as environmental Issues, tolerance and conflict resolution, transparency and accountability, and women and gender issues. Participating in the 2014 program are sixty eligible individuals from Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe, South and Central Asia, Near East & North Africa, and the Western Hemisphere. During the program fellows will work at U.S. host organizations, like the GCWJ, on projects of mutual interest and will participate in the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) developed Community Leadership Institute, a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.

“Trafficking is not only a local issue, it’s a global issue,” said Derek Marsh, retired deputy chief of Westminster Police Department, and member of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force. “We need to address this issue more holistically rather than county or country specific. The more we understand that, the more we can create best practices and prevent future trafficking here and abroad.” Marsh will work alongside El Zaidy weekly to study how the Arabic speaking community addresses human trafficking issues in Southern California.

Host organizations, like the GCWJ, play a distinct role in the success of the Community Solutions Program by providing fellows with fundamental experience and involving them in significant projects to enhance their Community Leadership Institute coursework. This individualized fellowship placement at the GCWJ will give El Zaidy the chance to provide his own expertise to an American organization, which, like El Zaidy’s own organization called Mercy Wings, is dedicated to making change in the local community.

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

 

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 Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

ABOUT THE GLOBAL CENTER FOR WOMEN AND JUSTICE

The Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University is a faith-based organization that exists to advance the global status of women through research, education, advocacy, collaboration and hope. The Global Center for Women & Justice promotes gender reconciliation and the inherent dignity of all persons. For more, visit http://gcwj.vanguard.edu

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Vanguard University Department of Theatre Arts Announces 2014-2015 Mainstage Season

Costa Mesa, CA, August 18, 2014 – The Vanguard University department of theatre arts announces its 2014-2015 season. The following five mainstage productions will be presented in Vanguard’s intimate Lyceum Theater:

  • World Premiere of The Beat Goes On: a musical revue that journeys through the decades of Rock and Roll
  • Metamorphoses: a contemporary drama presenting stunning imagery and breathtaking storytelling
  • World Premiere of Home for the Holidays: a comedy featuring several Christmas standards, and loads of entertaining fun
  • Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness!: a tender comedy that explores coming-of-age and young love in idyllic 1906 America
  • Kiss Me, Kate: the classic Broadway musical that cleverly reveals how “the show must go on!”

Vanguard University’s theatre department chair, Susan Berkompas, adds, “We are entering our second academic season of awarding five Triple Threat Scholarships for musical theatre students, and we are getting the cream of the crop. Our intent to build our musical theatre program to one that stands above the rest is on its way! We now deliver three out of five shows in our season that are musical theatre driven. Also, you won’t want to miss our new comedy improvisation group, which will perform, free of charge, once a month throughout the year.”

The department of theatre arts opens its 2014-2015 season in September with the world premiere of The Beat Goes On, created and directed by Vanda Eggington. Eggington, also the creator of Boomers and Love Makes the World Go ’Round, is at it again with this rock and roll road trip through the last half of the 20th Century. With stops in small town malt shops, sunny California beaches, mirror ball disco halls, and MTV studio extravaganzas, this is a high-energy and family friendly look at the music that reshaped the world.

A play by Mary Zimmerman, and directed by Susan K. Berkompas, Metamorphoses is the critically acclaimed, record-breaking Broadway production that got Zimmerman the 2002 Tony Award for Best Director. “This will be the first time we’ve ever had a pool on the Ed and Dixie Arnold Stage at the Lyceum Theater, and there are other fantastical surprises that we are excited about as well! The director and cast will collaborate using a creative process called ‘viewpoints’ that is being experimented with all over the world and is relatively new. It is another approach to finding and building character through the principles of movement by the use of time and space,” explains Berkompas.

During the holiday season, the world premiere of the musical comedy, Home for the Holidays, takes the stage with original music and a few Christmas standards. Also directed by Eggington, this jump back to the 1950s visits fictional Perry Williams’ annual television Christmas show. A true heartwarming story with twists and turns, there’s no telling what may happen when the ON THE AIR indicator lights up.

In February, director Kevin Slay brings Eugene O’Neill’s magnificent storytelling to center stage. “Ah, Wilderness! is a break from the rough realism of Eugene O’ Neill’s renowned dramas, such as, Desire Under The Elms, Long Days Journey Into Night, and The Iceman Cometh,” says Slay. “Here, O’ Neill takes us back to a peaceful and idyllic time over the 1906 Fourth of July weekend in a quaint Connecticut town. He offers a delightful retrospective portrait of small town family values, teenage growing pains, and young love.”

Finishing out the season is the classic Broadway musical, Kiss Me, Kate. Cole Porter music and lyrics will serenade audiences through a trip back to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Show Director Berkompas gives a tip of the hat to Shakespeare in this play-within-a-play, where each cast member’s on-stage life is complicated by what is happening offstage. The winner of five Tony Awards when it first premiered, Kiss Me, Kate has continued to be a regular crowd pleaser for decades.

Season subscriptions for all five shows, or partial subscriptions of four or three shows are on sale now. Subscription packages offer the lowest ticket price, and preferred seating benefits. Discounts are also offered for seniors age 60+, children ages 6 to 12, college students, and groups of 10 or more. Individual tickets are on sale now at www.vanguardtickets.com.

Contact Vanguard University’s Box Office at 714.668.6145 for season subscription purchases and more information.

For more information about Vanguard’s department of theatre arts, visit www.vanguard.edu/theatre

CALENDAR
The Beat Goes On – WORLD PREMIERE
September 19-21, 25-28, October 3-5

Metamorphoses
October 24-26, 30-31, November 1-2

Home for the Holidays – WORLD PREMIERE
December 5-7, 11-14

Ah, Wilderness!
February 27-28, March 1, 5-8

Kiss Me, Kate
April 10-12, 16-18, 23-26

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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Vanguard University Department of Music Reveals Addition to Instrumental Music Program

Costa Mesa, CA, August 14, 2014 – Vanguard University’s assistant professor of music, Dr. Kenneth Foerch, recently announced the return of the Vanguard University Concert Band. The ensemble will be infused with Vanguard University students, alumni, professional community musicians, and accomplished high school students looking to broaden and strengthen their musical skills.

“The ensemble will perform a diverse blend of classic concert band repertoire, new works written for the ensemble, and festive numbers that will challenge the performers, and resound in the listener’s ear,” says Foerch, who will perform in the upcoming Kennedy Center production of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On with John Legend at the Hollywood Bowl. Foerch has also performed with the LA Philharmonic, under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Solonen, Zubin Mehta, John Williams, and others.

The Vanguard University Concert Band will perform in the local Orange County community to help deepen a sense of pride in the music found in Southern California, and help bring an awareness of the musical excellence in the department of music at Vanguard University. “We look forward to contributing to the rich performing arts tradition in Orange County,” says Foerch.

The Vanguard University Concert Band is actively seeking motivated volunteer members who enjoy this type of ensemble experience. Rehearsals begin Monday, September 8, 2014 from 7-9pm on the campus of Vanguard University. If interested or know of someone who is, contact Dr. Kenneth Foerch at kfoerch@vanguard.edu.
For more information on the department of music at Vanguard University, visit www.vanguard.edu/music

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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