VANGUARD UNIVERSITY’S MUSIC DEPARTMENT TO BE INCLUDED IN CITY OF ANAHEIM’S 9/11 NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE

Honoring Victims Of The 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, Vanguard’s University Concert Choir Will Offer Music and Hope to Orange County Community

 

COSTA MESA, Calif., September 7, 2016 – The Vanguard University department of music has been invited to perform for the City of Anaheim’s 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance 15th anniversary event. The special event is open to the public, all ages, and being held Sunday, September 11 at 2pm at the City National Grove of Anaheim.

The event is hosted by the City of Anaheim, and will also include Anaheim Fire & Rescue Chief Randy Bruegman, Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, and other honored guests including Vanguard’s University concert choir, under the direction of Dr. James L. Melton.

Vanguard University’s department of music has presented choral and orchestral concerts in renowned concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, and throughout Europe, China, and the U.S. The music program most recently received membership into the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

“It’s an honor to be a part of such an important day of remembrance,” said Dr. Susanne Reid, chair of the department of music at Vanguard. “It is our hope that as our group leads the Anaheim community in thought-provoking music, we will honor the victims and be inspired to serve our communities with renewed passion.”

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, where the concert choir will perform, will honor the sacrifice of those who were lost in the terrorist attacks, and those who died responding to the tragedy of September 11th.

For more information on the September 11th event, visit www.visitanaheim.org. For more information on upcoming performances from the department of music ensembles at Vanguard University, visit www.vanguard.edu/music.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Amanda Irving

(714) 460-3739

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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-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 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “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 BRINGS VETERAN STUDENTS AND ALUMS TO WAVES OF VALOR SURF CAMP AND GIVES HEALING TO VETERANS

Team Red, White and Blue Hosts Hundreds at Annual Surf Camp in Huntington Beach

 

COSTA MESA, Calif., September 7, 2016 – Students and graduates of Vanguard University’s Veterans Center will take part in the annual Waves of Valor Surf Camp sponsored by Team Red, White and Blue, a national organization started by Vets for Vets in partnership with the West Los Angeles VA, Loma Linda VA, and the Long Beach VA. The event will take place on Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m. to 12 noon in Huntington Beach.

Team Red, White and Blue (RWB) exists to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to people in their community—specifically through physical and social activity. The headquarters of the organization reside in Tampa, Florida, but the local Orange County chapter holds this annual surf camp event, bringing together men and women in treatment at the VA.  Volunteer professional and amateur surfers and community members attend the annual event, with a desire to give back to veterans.

“Between my numerous deployments in support of the global war on terrorism, I continuously returned to Orange County and I would paddle out and sit out in the ocean with my civilian friends and just enjoy being home,” said Christoper Merkle, chapter captain of Team RWB Orange County, and graduate of Vanguard University’s Class of 2016. “The healing powers on the water made everything right—surfing is the farthest thing from Iraq that I could think of.”

After serving 14 years in the U.S. Marines, Merkle attempted to return to civilian life, when post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) set in. He enrolled at Vanguard University, and graduated with honors in May 2016, speaking at the Vanguard University Veterans Center’s Challenge Coin Ceremony on his experience in the war and on his journey to receive his degree from the Orange County University.

Featured in The Huffington Post, and other notable news sources, the Waves of Valor surf camp in Orange County hosts over 40 veterans and over 200 volunteers, teaching veterans how to surf, stay engaged, and work through the healing process of war trauma. Huntington Beach mayor, police and fire departments all back the efforts of Team RWB—even Olympic medal winners, politicians, movie and television stars have come out in years past to show their support.

Vanguard University’s Veterans Center, where Merkle was once a student, works to send volunteers to participate in Waves of Valor. The center focuses on engaging student veterans in their pursuit of academic and personal success, providing specialized resources such as the campus counseling center, disability services, tutoring center, writing center and career center.  Vanguard University is also part of the Yellow Ribbon Program, a GI Education Enhancement Program that provides an agreement between Vanguard and the Veterans Administration (VA).

To register and attend the Waves of Valor event, visit www.wavesofvalor.com.

For more information on Vanguard University’s Veterans Center, visit www.vanguard.edu/veterans.

MEDIA CONTACT: Amanda Irving

(714) 460-3739

Amanda@reveilleinc.com

 

 

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 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “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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AWARD-WINNING VANGUARD UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE ARTS ANNOUNCES ANTICIPATED NEW LOCAL THEATRE LINEUP IN 2016-17 SEASON

From Christmas Comedies to Shakespearean Classics, Vanguard University Students and Faculty Prepare For A Year On The Stage

 

COSTA MESA, Calif., August 31, 2016 – The Vanguard University department of theatre arts announces its 2016-17 season. The following five main stage productions will be presented in Vanguard University’s Lyceum Theater in Costa Mesa, California:

  • The music of Hollywood, Blame It On the Movies!
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a Shakespearean classic
  • The heartwarming Christmas comedy, Open All Night
  • A witty tale set in the 1890’s, The Importance of Being Earnest
  • The musical fairytale, Into The Woods

Blame It On the Movies! will kick off the new season in the Lyceum Theater—a musical revue celebrating the greatest music to come from the silver screen. A script filled with over 75 of the most well known songs from the most well known films—including Gone with the Wind, and FootlooseBlame It On the Movies! romps rigorously through cinematic history. Susan Berkompas, MFA, chair of the department of theatre arts at Vanguard, will direct the musical, along with the springtime comedy by Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest.

The enchanting comedy from William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, comes to life this October, directed by Kevin Slay. Taking place in mythical Athens in an enchanted forest, Shakespeare’s most popular comedy centers on the world’s most popular pastime—falling in love.

The 2016 calendar year will come to a close with a comedy containing familiar Christmas music, romance, and colorful characters, in Open All Night. Created and directed by long-time member of the Vanguard theatre department family, Vanda Eggington, the Christmas production tells the story of Grace, a single mother who comes to town with her 10-year-old daughter looking for a job. Together, this mother and daughter brighten the lives of a small-town community, the “Do or Dine Café” and bring back the hope of Christmas to everyone’s hearts. Eggington also directs the final show of the season, the epic musical, Into the Woods, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

Vanguard’s renowned department of theatre arts is one of a handful of colleges in California to be accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. The majority of the students who take the stage for each show of the 2016-17 season are recipients of the university’s prestigious Musical Theatre Talent Scholarship.

 

CALENDAR
Blame It On the Movies!
September 16-18, 22-25, 29-30, October 1-2

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
October 21-23, 27-30

Open All Night
December 1-4, 8-11

The Importance of Being Earnest
February 24-26, March 2-5

Into The Woods
April 6-9, 12-13, 19-23

Season subscriptions and individual tickets may be purchased at www.vanguardtickets.com or by calling the Vanguard University Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145. For more information on Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts, visit www.vanguard.edu/theatre.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Amanda Irving

(714) 460-3739

Amanda@reveilleinc.com

 

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 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “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 OFFERS NEW SPECIAL EDUCATION EMPHASIS IN ONE OF THE MOST REPUTABLE TEACHING PROGRAMS IN ORANGE COUNTY

Additional Courses Offered in Bachelor of Arts Program Boost Emphasis and Employment in Growing Area of Special Education

COSTA MESA, Calif., August 24, 2016 – A new academic emphasis at Vanguard University will assist in meeting the drastically growing demand for special educators in the school systems in California. This fall 2016 will launch the first year of the special education emphasis in Vanguard’s teaching program—with nearly 70 students enrolled in the specialized bachelor of arts program.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of special education teachers is projected to grow six percent from 2012 to 2022. Employment growth, then, will be driven by continued demand for special education services. Many job opportunities will stem from the need to replace teachers who leave the occupation.

“Most of all, this special education emphasis helps to serve the most vulnerable young children, which is congruent with the goal of Vanguard University’s early childhood education program as a whole,” said Dr. Seon Chun-Burbank, assistant professor and chair of the department of liberal studies at Vanguard. “Our goal is to equip students with the professional and spiritual tools needed to live a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.”

Additional courses to complete the special education emphasis are: (1) Exceptional Children: Teaching Language Arts, Math and Science for Students with Severe Disabilities (2) Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis: Autism, and (3) Functional Assessment and Evaluation for Exceptional Learners.

“Since the number of children with autism has been increasing, it will be highly beneficial for our students to learn how to apply behavioral principles in their classes, deal with challenging behaviors, and build positive relationship with their students and their families,” said Dr. Chun-Burbank.

Two Vanguard faculty members will lead the program in teaching the special education courses, Rosa Moon and Kyanne Albelo. Since 2004, professor Moon has been working with children with autism and special needs students in clinical settings, private schools, and client homes. Professor Albelo was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2006, and has worked closely with students with disabilities in a full Inclusion program for nearly 10 years.

For more information on the Vanguard University’s liberal studies program, visit www.vanguard.edu/liberalstudies.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Amanda Irving

(714) 460-3739

Amanda@reveilleinc.com

 

 

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 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “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’S GLOBAL CENTER FOR WOMEN AND JUSTICE, VETERANS CENTER, AND WOMEN LEADING THE WAY TO HOST FREE WEBINAR FOR WOMEN VETERANS

Three Orange County Organizations Team Up To Empower Women Veterans And Educate On Social Services

 

COSTA MESA, Calif., July 11, 2016 – The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University in partnership with Women Leading the Way in Orange County and Vanguard’s Veterans Center will host a free webinar for veterans who want to learn more about social services available to military members. The online webinar will be held Tuesday, July 19 at 6 p.m.

The specialized webinar will focus on women veterans and include community services for military members as well as a financial literacy with Vanguard’s partners at Morgan Stanley.

According to the Census Bureau, there are 21.8 million veterans of the U.S. armed forces as of 2014; the veteran unemployment rate has decreased since 2014, with more than half, 10.5 million, neither employed nor seeking employment.

Recently ranked in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report as #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, Vanguard University is one of only a few universities in Southern California that proudly participates as a full Yellow Ribbon school—a GI Education Enhancement Program that provides an agreement between Vanguard and the Veterans Administration (VA). Under this agreement Vanguard works with the VA to fully match tuition rates so that veterans are not required to pay anything to complete their degree.

Vanguard’s Veterans Center also provides its own enrolled veteran students with specialized resources such as the campuses counseling center, disability services, tutoring center, writing center and career center.

To attend the online webinar, login to https://Vanguard.zoom.us/j/4763685649 on Tuesday, July 19 at 6 p.m. For more information please contact Nadia Hernandez, (714) 966-6360 or nadia.hernandez@vanguard.edu

MEDIA CONTACT: Amanda Irving

(714) 460-3739

Amanda@reveilleinc.com

 

 

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 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “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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