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.

Top officials from World Relief and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to speak at Annual Ensure Justice Conference

February 12, 2014

Costa Mesa, CA – Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice will launch its annual Ensure Justice Conference on March 7-8, 2014, covering topics on global child trafficking prevention and intervention. Keynote speakers include president and CEO of World Relief, Stephan Bauman, and Senior Advisor, David L. Myers from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Other featured speakers include JoAnn Butrin, director of International Ministries for the Assemblies of God and Shyima Hall, a survivor advocate who recently made headlines because of her story of being sold into child slavery by her parents in Egypt at age 8.

The annual Ensure Justice Conference is designed to educate students, law enforcement professionals, educators, parents, social workers, healthcare professionals, and other community members about topics ranging from human trafficking and cyber-exploitation to domestic violence and gender inequality. This year’s Ensure Justice Conference will focus on the theme “Why is She a Slave?” – addressing child slavery on local, national, and international levels.

The United Nations estimates that 1.2 million children are victims of human trafficking each year. In 2012, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported that the percentage of child slavery victims had risen in a 3-year span from 20 percent to 27 percent; of every three child victims, two are girls and one is a boy. Sex trafficking gangs have been making headlines recently in Orange County.

“We are experiencing a radical redefining of justice today,” says Stephan Bauman, president and CEO of World Relief.  “Justice is being reclaimed, stolen back from social and political camps, and rediscovered. Faith-based organizations like the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University help us to recover its biblical meaning as we encounter a God who loves justice, demands justice, and executes it for the needy.”

David L. Myers, director of the department of Homeland Security’s Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships will be a featured speaker at the conference this year. Appointed by President Obama in 2009, Myers heads one of 13 such centers in the federal government under the White House Office of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships. In this role, Myers has personally led Center efforts at major disasters, working closely with senior governmental, state, local, faith-based and voluntary groups.

In September, the Global Center for Women and Justice celebrated its 10th year at Vanguard University. Over $75,000 was raised during the weekend’s 10th anniversary events to support initiatives advancing the status of women and children globally.

For information about the Ensure Justice Conference, visit www.ensurejustice.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

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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://www.vanguard.edu/gcwj

Hundreds attend Inaugural events for Vanguard University’s tenth President

February 12, 2014

Costa Mesa, CA – Top Christian institution, Vanguard University, welcomed its tenth President, Michael J. Beals, Ph.D., with inaugural events all week long. Dr. Beals, who began his time at Vanguard University in 1977, will serve as tenth President of Vanguard University, and continue the university’s legacy of integrating strong academics and Christian learning.

The week’s events were kicked off with an inaugural worship service, where hundreds turned out at Newport Mesa Church. The inaugural lectures followed the next day with nearly 800 in attendance as Dr. Miroslav Volf, founding Director of Yale Center for Faith, was the university’s prestigious inaugural lecturer, spoke on two theological topics. The inaugural dinner followed that evening with 200 guests in attendance, as well as a student party where the entire student body at Vanguard University attended to honor and celebrate President Beals. The week came to a culmination at the formal installation ceremony of Michael J. Beals, Ph.D. as tenth president of Vanguard University, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach. Former Vanguard University presidents were in also attendance including Dr. Wayne Kraiss, Dr. Murray Dempster, and Dr. Carol Taylor.

Vanguard University board member, David Oddo expects this to be another exciting new chapter for the Christian higher education institution, “President Beals is a natural fit as Vanguard tenth President. His experience, gifting and love for the university have blended to make for a truly great leader. It has been a pleasure to work alongside Dr. Beals.” In addition to a new president, the university recently announced its School for Graduate and Professional Studies – now one of Orange County’s top choices in professional education for working adults, with an outstanding academic reputation.

For more information on Vanguard University’s tenth president, or any of the academic programs offered, visit www.vanguard.edu

To request an interview with the President, 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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About Michael J. Beals, Ph.D.
Over the last 36 years, Dr. Michael Beals has been called to Vanguard University in many different capacities, including undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty member, and administrator. Beals’ rich journey with Vanguard is evidence of his ability and willingness to serve its constituents in the highest capacity. After a rigorous and prayerful search, the Board of Trustees has chosen him as the finalist for the role of 10th president of Vanguard University.
A native of California, Dr. Beals originally came to faith in Christ at Vallejo First Assembly of God in 1977. That same year, Beals followed God’s initial call to Vanguard and became an undergraduate student of Religion, double-majoring in Christian Education and Psychology. After receiving his BA, he went on to earn his MA from Vanguard in Church Leadership, and a second MA at Fuller Theological Seminary in Biblical Studies and Theology. Beals also holds a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from Fuller where he has served as an adjunct faculty member since 1999.
Dr. Beals began teaching at Vanguard as an adjunct faculty member in 1991. In 2005, Dr. Beals became an Assistant Professor of Philosophical Theology and Christian Ethics. He left that position in 2009. In 2012, after serving for 23 years as the senior pastor of Mission Hills Community Church in Rancho Santa Margarita, Beals returned to Vanguard as Dean of Spiritual Formation, a position that serves as the university pastor for the Vanguard community and the senior administrator of the Spiritual Formation Department.
Dr. Beals is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and spent 31 years of ministry in local churches. He was first credentialed as a Licensed Minister in 1981 and that fall he began as a youth pastor at The Harbor Church AG in Lomita, California. In addition to membership in the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Beals has written for Enrichment, the journal for Assemblies of God ministers, and contributed to Blackwell’s Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. Dr. Beals has been actively involved in global outreach in Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, China, Israel, Switzerland, France, England, and Scotland.
Dr. Beals met his wife of 33 years, Faith, at Vanguard. They have two grown children and a grandson. His son-in-law is also a Vanguard alumnus. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys reading and working in the garden, fly fishing, sailing, listening to jazz and blues, and playing the upright bass.

 

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

 

Juniors Party Like Senior Citizens at Bingo Night

imageJuniors turned senior citizens took their “pills” or rather, candies in medicine cups, and scratched out their bingo cards with prize-winning hopes on February 4 at 9:30 p.m. in The Cove.

Dressed as elderly folk, juniors packed The Cove eating pizza and snacks while the “nurses”, Student Government Association (SGA) members, picked numbers from a bingo ball cage. Junior Program Director Corrine Meekhof and Junior Senator Daley Pennington planned and coordinated the event.

One of Meekhof’s goals for Bingo Night was to create an event for the juniors to enjoy while also making them proud to be a part of their class. When she heard students of other classes wishing they were juniors so they could go, she knew she’d met her goal.

Turnout for the event also showed Meekhof’s goal was successful. Event workers had to bring in more tables and chairs from the patio as juniors filled The Cove. Meekhof and Pennington said they were thrilled by the turnout. The event exceeded expectations and succeeded in getting students who don’t normally attend class events to come, Meekhof said. “I was stoked that there were so many athletes and commuters,” Pennington said and mentioned that they rarely show up to these events.

Not only did Bingo Night provide food and fun, there were also prizes to be won. Seven very exciting prizes were up for grabs in these bingo games. Prizes were labeled as: “The Starving College Student”, “The Body Builder”, “The Coffee Lover”, “The Happiest Day on Earth”, “The Sports Fanatic”, “Junior Senior Banquet” and a costume contest winner. Prizes included a wide range of items, from gift cards to Disneyland tickets. Regardless of winning or losing, it was apparent that everyone enjoyed a great night of food, laughter and bingo.

To learn more about SGA events, click here.