LA Times feature “Community and Clubs: Newport-Mesa throws support behind Special Olympics”

DIANE DARUTY

It’s hard to imagine an undertaking that has inspired as much support from the Newport-Mesa community as the hosting of the athletes participating in the Special Olympics World Games last week in Los Angeles.

Newport-Mesa proudly welcomed and celebrated more than 200 Special Olympics athletes from Mexico, Fiji, Aruba, the Bahamas and Malawi, for three days before the Games.

The host town committees arranged housing, meals, training facilities and transportation for the athletes and their delegations. Committee members and other volunteers accompanied the delegations on two outings to share local culture. [...]

“Costa Mesa couldn’t have pulled it off without the assistance of committee member David Vazquez, the administrative staff of Vanguard University and the support of Vanguard President Dr. Michael Beals and Vanguard’s donation of housing and training facilities,” said Daniel Baker, who co-chaired Costa Mesa’s effort.

Read the full article from the Los Angeles Times, online here.

Vanguard University Named “A Best in the West” College by The Princeton Review on its Website Feature: “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region”

Costa Mesa, CA, August 7, 2015 – Vanguard University is one of the best colleges in the West according to The Princeton Review. The well-known education services company lists the college among its “Best in the West” recommended schools in its “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website feature that posted on August 3, 2015.  The feature is accessible online—only 125 colleges in fifteen Western states made The Princeton Review’s “Best in the West” list for 2016.

In its website profile on Vanguard University, The Princeton Review describes the college as  “a liberal arts school, characterized by its Christian atmosphere,” and commends it for  “focusing on students’ personal development and sense of community on campus.”  “We chose Vanguard University and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Senior VP-Publisher. The Princeton Review editors made their selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, as well as its staff visits to schools over the years, and the perspectives of college counselors and advisors whose opinions the company solicits.

“We also gave careful consideration to what students enrolled at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our student survey for this project,” Franek added.  “We designed our 80-question survey to include questions that prospective applicants might ask on a campus visit. Only schools that permit us independently to survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists, and only schools at which we see a strong level of satisfaction among their enrolled students – whom we consider their customers – make it to our final slate of regional ‘best’ college selections.”

“I am thrilled that Vanguard University is being recognized by The Princeton Review as an all-around outstanding academic institution,” said Vanguard University President Michael Beals. “Acknowledging Vanguard’s unique focus on professor-mentors, academic rigor, and Christ-centered learning, this esteemed recognition affirms that Vanguard is one of the finest Christian universities in the state.”

The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their colleges on several issues –from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of their science lab facilities – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.  Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site. Some student comments in the profile on Vanguard University are that “professors try their best to make themselves available outside the classroom, and actually care about your academic and career achievements.”

Collectively, the 649 colleges on The Princeton Review’s  “regional best” lists constitute about 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges. The Princeton Review does not rank the 649 colleges, either overall, by region, or in various categories. However, some schools on the “regional best” lists that also appear in The Princeton Review’s book, The Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition, appear on some of the company’s 62 ranking lists of “top 20 colleges” that are published in that book. All of those ranking lists are based entirely on the company’s surveys of students at the 380 schools in the book.

The 125 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the West” 2016 list are located in fifteen states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The Princeton Review also designated 225 colleges in the Northeast, 159 in the Midwest, and 140 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists.

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its tutoring, test-prep courses, books, and other student resources. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University.

For more information on Vanguard University, visit www.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 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

ABOUT THE PRINCETON REVIEW

The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors, online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. The Princeton Review is headquartered in Natick, MA and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).  For more information, visitwww.princetonreview.com. Follow the company on Twitter @theprincetonrev.

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To request an interview, contact:
Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications
714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

Media Contacts for The Princeton Review: Kristen O’Toole, The Princeton Review, 888-347-7737 ext. 1405, kristen.otoole@review.com, or Jeanne Krier, Princeton Review Books, 212-539-1350, pressoffice@review.com.

Vanguard University Music Program Receives National Accreditation Membership

Costa Mesa, CA, July 27, 2015 – Vanguard University’s renowned department of music has been granted membership into the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Dr. Susanne Reid, professor of music at Vanguard University, made the announcement this week.

NASM serves as the national accrediting agency for music and music-related disciplines among collegiate and postsecondary schools. Founded in 1924, NASM continues to establish a more uniform method of granting credit, developing and maintaining basic standards for granting degrees and credentials. The association is made up of approximately 650 schools.

“We are most thrilled that our program is recognized nationally, and what this will mean for our students, knowing that NASM membership more easily paves the way for them in applying for graduate school,” said Dr. James Melton, chair of Vanguard’s department of music and professor of music.

Vanguard University’s department of music offers a bachelor of music, bachelor of arts in music and bachelor of arts in worship studies. Students who have graduated from the program currently earn graduate scholarships and assistantships to some of the strongest graduate programs in the nation in their chosen area of performance or concentration.

Member institutions of NASM develop national accreditation standards and guidelines in consultation with other organizations, focusing on artistic and educational essentials.

For more information about the National Association of Schools of Music, visit www.arts-accredit.org.

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

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-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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Vanguard University Named in SuperScholar List of 50 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Early Childhood Education

Costa Mesa, CA, July 22, 2015 – On Tuesday, SuperScholar, an independent college search and rankings website, published a Smart Choice ranking of the 50 Best Online Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education Programs, which included top-ranked Vanguard University.

The list evaluated and ranked schools based on publicly available information on accreditation, market reputation, awards and recognition, flexibility accessibility, and affordability. Vanguard University was ranked #27.

According to Coby Cagle, SuperScholar Editor, the field of Early Childhood Education has grown and will continue to grow considerably: “Employment of preschool teachers, for instance, is expected to grow by 17 percent from 2012 to 2022.” Cagle notes that an online degree program provides the training and the flexibility that busy professionals need to stay competitive in this growing field.

Vanguard University offers accredited online degrees in Early Childhood Education (ECE) at the associate and bachelor’s level. The programs are taught in an accelerated 8-week format maximizing flexibility and accessibility. Vanguard also offers an online 30-credit certificate in ECE, which can prepare students to have a firm foundation of knowledge in the early education field. Students can use the certificate as a launching pad into the A.A. or the B.A. program. The degrees and courses are aligned to meet the formal training requirements for Head Start, State Preschools, Association of Christian Schools International’s (ACSI), CDA Credential and for those who work in private centers and as family child care providers.

For more information on Vanguard University’s Early Childhood Education program, visit http://www.vanguard.edu/earlychildhoodeducation/

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-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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Wilson Announces Retirement as Vanguard University Athletic Director

Costa Mesa, CA, July 17, 2015 – After 20 years of exceptional leadership as the Vanguard University athletic director, Bob Wilson announced his intention to retire as athletic director, effective next year.  During his tenure he has steered Vanguard University to championships and awards, in becoming one of the leading institutions in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC). Under Wilson’s direction, the Lions have won 2 National Championships and 26 conference (GSAC) titles in 7 different sports.

“I love Vanguard University, because I love the opportunity to be involved with people,” said Wilson. “Vanguard has provided me the opportunity to implement what an athletic program can look like at a faith-based institution, with the emphasis on the development of the whole person, as well as having success in the athletic arena.”

Since Wilson arrived at Vanguard University in the fall of 1995, he has been deeply committed to making an impact on students and athletes at Vanguard University. Wilson coached basketball at the collegiate level for more than 24 years, retiring from coaching after the 2005-06 season with the Lions men’s basketball team. At coaching retirement, Wilson’s overall record was an outstanding 385-357. Under his direction, the Lions have pursued excellence not only in athletics, but academics and character building.

“Bob Wilson is a champion of character,” said Dr. Michael J. Beals, president of Vanguard University. “His enduring legacy has been forged in the hearts and lives of student athletes who pursued integrity and competitive excellence and achieved both.”

Wilson has served the NAIA in significant ways over the years, including chair of NAIA Region II, chair of the National Administration Council, president of the Basketball Coaches Association, men’s basketball rater, and chairman of the NAIA Basketball Tournament.  In addition, Wilson has served as vice president of the GSAC, and is currently a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

In 2002 and 2012, Bob Wilson was named NAIA Athletic Director of the Year for the west coast.

In 2004, Wilson was certified by the NAIA as Champions of Character Instructor, and since then has regularly engaged the Vanguard University community, speaking and teaching classes on changing the culture of sport. Vanguard University’s Gold Pride program, created by Wilson, has conceptualized the Champions of Character initiative on the Vanguard campus.

In March 2007, Wilson was inducted into the NAIA Men’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Born in Denver, Colorado, Wilson was the son of an athletics coach. He played football, basketball, and baseball in high school, and later, collegiate basketball. An Academic All-America athlete, Wilson was starting point guard while at University of Wyoming and helped lead his basketball team to the NCAA National Tournament. He graduated from University of Wyoming in 1969, with a degree in biological sciences, minor in kinesiology. He later went on to receive his masters in physical education at University of Nebraska, Omaha. Prior to his time at Vanguard, Wilson served as athletic director and basketball coach at Phillips University for 11 years and basketball coach at University of Hawaii-Hilo for 10 years; with one year as the interim athletic director.

Wilson and his wife, Tammy, have two daughters—Saundi and Nikki—and five grandchildren.

VANGUARD UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS UNDER WILSON (1995-present)

National Championships: 2
Women’s Basketball: 2008
Men’s Basketball: 2014

GSAC Championships: 28

Women’s Basketball: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2014
Men’s Basketball: 2014
Men’s Soccer: 2004, 2010
Women’s Soccer: 2012
Softball: 1998, 1999
Men’s Tennis: 1996, 1999, 2000, 2013, 2014, 2015
Women’s Tennis: 2004, 2005, 2014

For more information on the Vanguard University Lions, visit www.vanguardlions.com

To request an interview, contact:
Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

 

ABOUT VANGUARD LIONS
The Intercollegiate Athletic Program at Vanguard University is dedicated to the holistic growth and development of all student athletes, teaching them to lead Christ-centered lives on and off the field of competition. The program encourages a high standard of academic and athletic excellence that embraces character building. Along with the specific-sports instruction, the department seeks significance by providing the student athlete with the knowledge to impact his/her world through a lifetime of service to Christ.

The Vanguard Lions are leaders of character emulating Christ through faithfulness and selflessness, while passionately educating and influencing others to change the culture of sport. Learn more at www.vanguardlions.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 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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