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

Friday, December 5, 2014, 8pm
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach


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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


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 For more information on the Through These Doors campaign to renovate and upgrade the Scott Building, visit


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, and to learn more about the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Vanguard University, visit


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


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, 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 To learn more about Vanguard University, visit, and for the Vanguard University Veterans Center, visit