VANGUARD UNIVERSITY’S NURSING PINNING CEREMONY CELEBRATES GRADUATES AND OVERCOMING CHALLENGES

Student Speaker and ICU Clinical Supervisor, Richard Moorehead, To Address Nursing Program Graduates  

COSTA MESA, Calif., April 29, 2016 – Vanguard University will celebrate graduates of the Class of 2016 from its reputable nursing program during the university’s Nursing Pinning Ceremony. The ceremony will be held Thursday, May 5 at 10 a.m. at Newport Mesa Church on the Vanguard University campus in Costa Mesa.

The ceremony will present 40 nursing graduates with a traditional pin containing two symbols—the Florence Nightingale Lamp and the traditional Christian cross—chosen by the inaugural group of students enrolled in the RN to BSN program at Vanguard University. Historically, the nursing pinning tradition can be traced back to the Crusades of the 12th Century; by 1916 it became standard in the U.S. to award all nursing graduates with a pin during a distinct ceremony to show proof of their education.

In addition to the pinning presentation, the program will include remarks given by the Vanguard University president Michael J. Beals, professors from the nursing program, and an address given by Richard Moorehead, ICU nurse for 23 years, and current ICU clinical supervisor at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center.

Moorehead never suspected that he would be headed back to school at age 50. As an ICU nurse at Saddleback Memorial, Moorehead worked in the same facility as Paulette Scherr, a charge nurse and Vanguard University nursing student at the time. She motivated him to pursue his degree, and eventually, Moorehead enrolled and got started. Paulette Scherr graduated Summa Cum Laude from Vanguard University in 2012, and soon after passed away after a battle with cancer. Moorehead knew he had to finish his nursing degree, with Paulette in the back of his mind.

“She was my motivator,” said Moorehead.

Just one month after completing his RN to BSN degree from Vanguard University last December, Moorehead was diagnosed with colon cancer. The news was a shock, and Moorehead found himself on the other side of the nurse’s station, in an operating room at the very hospital where he was employed. After one surgery, and a miraculous discovery of cancer-free lymph nodes, Moorehead was clear of the disease and on his way to recovery. A classmate and friend from Vanguard University’s nursing program, Marthasella Francisco, ended up being his post-surgery nurse at Saddleback Memorial during his nearly 4 days recuperating.

“Now I have been on the other side of things, being a patient in the hospital, and I have learned so much,” said Moorehead. “If I am at the nurse’s station and a person walks up, I know that maybe they are scared, they are uncertain.”

Richard Moorehead completed the RN to BSN program at Vanguard University in December, and will be walking with the Class of 2016 in May. He is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in Laguna Niguel, California.

Vanguard University offers two levels of nursing education—a Registered nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Both programs provide the theoretical knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for students to advance in the healthcare profession. The programs provided to students are designed to enhance patient well being in today’s complex healthcare environment. Vanguard University’s nursing program partners with hospitals including Western Medical Center Santa Ana and Anaheim, Coastal Communities Hospital and Chapman Medical Center to offer employees tuition discounts to assist nursing professionals advance in their field.

For more information on the 2016 Commencement events, visit www.vanguard.edu/commencement.

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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ANNOUNCEMENT: Campus Safety Update

Dear Students, Staff and Faculty,

Thousands of people turned out last night at the OC Fair & Event Center across from Vanguard University for a Donald J. Trump campaign event. While the presidential candidate addressed supporters at the Center’s amphitheater, scores of protestors convened outside. As we’ve witnessed over the past few months, similar rallies in other cities across the nation have sparked contentious gatherings, including egregious confrontations and incidents of violence.

This precedence weighed heavily on Vanguard University as we learned – with only one day notice – that a rally would take place across from campus. The entire administration went into immediate action to anticipate and prepare for every scenario to ensure our campus population remained safe.

In advance of the rally, Vanguard University Senior Director of Campus Public Safety Paul Turgeon worked hand-in-hand with the Costa Mesa Police Department, bringing in additional campus security personnel and overnight patrol teams. Our Campus Safety and Residence Life staff worked with our resident advisors and students to engender a sense of stability, leadership, and security.

During the rally, myself, along with Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Tim Young and Senior Director of Campus Services Paul Turgeon remained in continual and coordinated contact.

Scott.sunsetAs crowds swelled in front of our Scott Academic Center and riotous situations unfolded, our local law enforcement partners positioned more than 80 Costa Mesa Police Department officers in front of Vanguard University’s entrance on Fair Drive as well as our two side entrances on Newport Boulevard and Vanguard Way. We commend and thank them for protecting our campus. Meanwhile, our university staff immediately instituted campus protection measures and worked swiftly to ensure the safety of all people on our campus.

Vanguard University has not had to operate in lockdown mode for years. Despite this, we are grateful that the exceptional professionalism and expert emergency training from our Campus Safety and Residence Life staff not only worked, but prevented potentially disastrous consequences. Their hands-on, vigilant presence made a difference last night.

As crowds dispersed, I walked through campus, entering every building with Dr. Young to speak with students, faculty and staff, gauge their feelings and offer our support. I’m proud to report that, in contrast to chaos of the gathering outside, Vanguard University operated calmly and confidently.

We thank all members of the student body for cooperating with campus safety measures and remaining in designated areas.

The aftermath of the rally was an unprecedented experience in our community. And as with any event that spurs such fervent opposition, the clash of opposing ideas and extensive news coverage, questions and unsettling feelings may remain. Vanguard University’s Counseling Center will offer additional staff over the few days, and we encourage any member of our campus community to make use of these services. Vanguard University is first and foremost a community based on Christ-centered leadership and service, and together we lived up to the core of who we are on campus last night.  We thank God for His protection and we ask for His comfort and peace as we finish the semester strong together.

Grateful for His grace,

Dr. Mike Beals

President, Vanguard University

ONE OF VANGUARD UNIVERSITY’S MOST POPULAR MAJORS TO HOST 36TH ANNUAL FILM FEST AND COMMUNICATION AWARDS GALA

Top Communication Students Gather On The Red Carpet To Showcase Work And Celebrate Creative Achievements

COSTA MESA, Calif., April 13, 2016 – Vanguard University’s department of communication announced the 2016 Vanguard University Film Fest and Communication Awards Gala. The event is a culmination of the 2015-16 academic year, showcasing top student creative projects and academic work. The event, beginning with a 5pm red carpet, will take place on April 29 in the newly renovated Scott Courtyard on Vanguard University’s campus.

“The annual Film Festival and Communication Awards Gala is one of the highlights of the year for our communication students,” said Naomi Kasa, MA, assistant professor of communication at Vanguard University.

Communication is one of the largest majors on campus, with concentrations offered in communication studies—including public relations, interpersonal/organizational communication, intercultural communication, and journalism—and cinema arts. Many successful alumni work in Hollywood, Washington D.C, and across the globe. The department of communication recently opened newly remodeled facilities, including a film studio space and a collaborative workspace, in February 2016.

This year’s event will kick off with a live DJ, followed by the annual Awards Gala, presented as an Oscars-style awards show. Awards are given in the categories of excellence in writing (media criticism and communication theory), small group communication projects, journalism, photography, public relations, filmmaking, screenwriting and overall scholarship. During intermission, guests will enjoy food from Orange County’s favorite food truck, The Burnt Truck, while student photography and visual art will be on exhibit. The Film Festival will follow at 8pm, featuring the much-buzzed-about Audience Choice Award will be voted on by the live audience of the night. A late night after party will wrap-up the evening’s festivities.

Last year’s event drew over 200 guests.

For more information on the 2016 Vanguard University Film Festival and Communication Awards Gala, visit http://vucomm.me/festival/.

 

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 2016 COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER VISITS FROM THE NATION’S CAPITOL

Nathan Gonzales, Vanguard Alum, Editor and Publisher, To Serve As Vanguard University’s Commencement Speaker 

COSTA MESA, Calif., April 13, 2016 – Editor and publisher of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report, Nathan Gonzales `00, will give Vanguard University’s Commencement address on Friday, May 6, 2016 at Mariners Church in Irvine, California. Approximately 513 undergraduate students and 80 graduate students will receive diplomas at this year’s ceremonies.

From working in the White House Press Office to covering U.S. House, Senate and gubernatorial campaigns and Presidential politics, Nathan Gonzales has become an important voice in Washington.

“Nathan Gonzales is a fantastic example of where a Vanguard education can take you,” said Dr. Michael Beals, president of Vanguard University. “He has modeled our core values of truth, virtue and service, and has excelled in the political realm, making a significant impact in our nation’s capitol.”

Gonzales is currently editor and publisher of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report—previously an editor, analyst, and writer for The Rothenberg Political Report for more than 13 years before taking over the newsletter in 2015. He is also a contributing writer for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, and the founder and publisher of PoliticsinStereo.com. Gonzales has appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press and NBC Nightly News, the Newshour on PBS, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, CNN, and Fox News Channel, and has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Just two years after graduating from Vanguard University with a bachelor of arts in communication, Nathan worked for ABC NEWS on their Election Night Decision Desk.

Gonzales will give the commencement address at the undergraduate ceremony at 10 a.m. and the professional studies and graduate ceremony at 4 p.m. Both ceremonies will take place in the Worship Center at Mariners Church. Press passes are available.

To tune into the live stream of the Commencement 2016 ceremony, visit www.vanguard.edu/live.

 

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 Remembers Dr. Randy Dovel

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of former Vanguard University faculty member Dr. Randy Dovel, on Friday, April 9.

Dr. Dovel came to Vanguard University in 2005 after serving as a tenured faculty member at Oregon State University. Having received his PhD from Texas A&M University, Dovel was a trained plant physiologist and served as chair of the department of biology at Vanguard University for four years, teaching courses in botany, genetics, microbiology and field biology. Dovel was an active researcher in the field biology, nitrogen fixation, and plant/pathogen relationships for nearly 20 years. During his faculty career, Dovel also was an expert researcher in plant breeding, plant molecular biology, and microbial water quality analysis. Dovel is a member of the Gamme Sigma Delta academic honor society and a proud recipient of the E.R. Jackman Team Award, recognizing team and interdisciplinary research.

Dr. Dovel was a teacher and mentor to countless biology majors at Vanguard. He touched many lives with his knowledge, wisdom, generosity, and love of Jesus Christ. Dovel took a special interest in his students, and in the senior projects he guided them through.

Dr. Dovel was married to Vanguard University staff member, Teresa Dovel, MA `09, for 35 years and is the beloved father of Kathryn (Kate) Dovel `07 and Kallie (Dovel) Thomson`08, and of two grandchildren, Ariella Dovel and Honey Thomson.

Above all of Dr. Dovel’s research and achievements in his professional field, he had an enormous love for Jesus Christ. Dr. Randy Dovel will be deeply missed by the entire Vanguard University family.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to Vanguard to provide a scholarship to future promising pre-med students.