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 www.vanguard.edu/gcwj

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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, www.usnews.com 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 www.usnews.com. To learn more about Vanguard University, visit www.vanguard.edu, and for the Vanguard University Veterans Center, visit www.vanguard.edu/veterans.

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Vanguard University Dedicates Theater Stage to Orange County Leaders, Ed and Dixie Arnold

Costa Mesa, CA, September 4, 2014 – The Vanguard University department of theatre arts dedicates its Lyceum Theater stage to Orange County community leaders and Vanguard University supporters, Ed and Dixie Arnold. The dedication of the Ed and Dixie Arnold Stage will take place at the Theatre Gala, Friday, September 19th on the campus of Vanguard University.

With a 60-year career in broadcasting, Ed Arnold is best known for his years as a sportscaster at KABC-TV Eyewitness News and KTLA-TV Sports. Also a retired Marine Corps veteran, Arnold also recently retired from broadcasting. Together with his wife Dixie Arnold, the couple has been named top supporters to prominent Orange County charities throughout the years, including Vanguard University’s acclaimed department of theatre arts. Dixie Arnold, in her 50th year in education, joined the Vanguard University faculty twelve years ago, where she now serves as chair of the department of liberal studies.

“When Dixie joined the Vanguard University faculty, we thought it would be a good idea to support as many campus activities as we could,” says Ed. “We quickly discovered the campus’s Lyceum Theater, and what we called ‘Orange County’s hidden treasure,’ added Dixie. “We are dedicated to supporting the exceptional plays performed by talented theatre students from this award-winning department.”

The ¾ thrust Ed and Dixie Arnold Stage will bring a new vibrancy on the campus of Vanguard University, to a stage where theatre majors and future actors, and producers, directors spend countless hours shaping their future careers. The department of theatre arts has a reputation for rigorous academics, proven by its own productions. The department’s National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) accreditation validates the high standards of excellence, and ongoing invitations to the western region Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival proves stellar production value. Graduates of the program go on to work professionally on stage, film and television, including Emily Rose ‘03, star of SyFy’s Haven, and Kristina Kuzmic ’01 from Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network.

“We so appreciate the way they have championed our students who make themselves vulnerable every time they get on that stage,” said Sue Berkompas, chair of the department of theatre arts. “That is why it is so appropriate to name the stage after this amazing couple who give so much of themselves. Ed and Dixie Arnold have been pillars in our theatre community for years, and will forever be part of our legacy!”

To RSVP to the historic theatre dedication and the Theatre Gala at Vanguard University, please email Lindsay.Bodwell@vanguard.edu OR call 714.966.5458 directly. For additional information on the event, visit http://www.vanguard.edu/theatre/ed-and-dixie-arnold-stage/

To learn more about Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts, visit www.vanguard.edu/theatre

 

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

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 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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Hundreds to Gather to Raise Awareness for Justice for Women and Children in Orange County

Costa Mesa, CA, September 3, 2014 – Vanguard University’s esteemed Global Center for Women and Justice will host the annual More Priceless Than Diamonds luncheon at the Balboa Bay Club on September 13, 2014, where 300-400 are expected in attendance.

The annual luncheon, doubling in size from last year’s event, will raise 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, will be the keynote speaker at the event. Ed Arnold, news anchor, KOCE-TV/PBS SoCal, will emcee the afternoon and hold an exclusive interview with Maria Hall Brown from PBS, alongside survivor advocate and author, Shyima Hall.

Co-chair for the luncheon, Mary Beth Molnar, explains, “California is one of the nation’s top four destinations for human trafficking. These victims are our responsibility because they are our own sons and daughters.”

The Global Center for Women and Justice will also announce the first-ever Diamond Award winner for individuals or organizations whose activities and commitment promote justice and dignity for women and children in Orange County.

To attend the More Priceless Than Diamonds annual luncheon, visit vanguard.edu/gcwj/pricelessluncheon

To learn more about The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University, visit gcwj.vanguard.edu

 

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

 

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://gcwj.vanguard.edu

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Global Center for Women and Justice Chosen by U.S. Department of State for Community Solutions Program in Hosting Co-Founder and COO of Mercy Wings, Libya

Costa Mesa, CA, August 25, 2014 – Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) has been honored by the U.S. Department of State as a host organization for the Community Solutions Program to work with Zakariya El Zaidy, co-founder and COO of Mercy Wings in Libya. The fellowship will begin August 25th and end in December 2014.

Through the Community Solutions Program, El Zaidy will be joining the GCWJ to learn about issues related to human trafficking and partnering with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force. In addition, he will be working on a strategic assessment and outreach plan to assist in raising awareness of human trafficking among Arabic speaking communities in Orange County.

“The Global Center for Women and Justice has a history of global impact in anti-human trafficking providing education and partnership,” says Dr. Sandra Morgan, director for the global center for women and justice. “Hosting a Community Solutions fellow from Libya is a unique opportunity to build international collaboration. It will be a win-win for all of us and build momentum in ending human trafficking.”

The Community Solutions Program is a professional development program for global community leaders (fellows) working in matters such as environmental Issues, tolerance and conflict resolution, transparency and accountability, and women and gender issues. Participating in the 2014 program are sixty eligible individuals from Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe, South and Central Asia, Near East & North Africa, and the Western Hemisphere. During the program fellows will work at U.S. host organizations, like the GCWJ, on projects of mutual interest and will participate in the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) developed Community Leadership Institute, a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.

“Trafficking is not only a local issue, it’s a global issue,” said Derek Marsh, retired deputy chief of Westminster Police Department, and member of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force. “We need to address this issue more holistically rather than county or country specific. The more we understand that, the more we can create best practices and prevent future trafficking here and abroad.” Marsh will work alongside El Zaidy weekly to study how the Arabic speaking community addresses human trafficking issues in Southern California.

Host organizations, like the GCWJ, play a distinct role in the success of the Community Solutions Program by providing fellows with fundamental experience and involving them in significant projects to enhance their Community Leadership Institute coursework. This individualized fellowship placement at the GCWJ will give El Zaidy the chance to provide his own expertise to an American organization, which, like El Zaidy’s own organization called Mercy Wings, is dedicated to making change in the local community.

To learn more about The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University, visit gcwj.vanguard.edu

 

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

 

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://gcwj.vanguard.edu

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