Champion Vanguard University Lions Hold Summer Volleyball and Basketball Camps

Costa Mesa, CA, June 11, 2014 – Get that budding athlete of the family to spend a week with true college athletics champions! This summer, join the 2014 NAIA Men’s Basketball National Champions for their annual youth camp, and the summer youth volleyball camp hosted by Vanguard University.

Coming off of their record-breaking national win, the Vanguard University Lions basketball team is offering all-star coaching to kids from all across Orange County. This co-ed camp is for ages 5-13, running 2 weeks in June and July, and not your typical camp experience. Kids will receive top-notch individual and team instruction using daily training exercises, strategically designed to develop athletes and leaders.

In addition to basketball camp, Vanguard University athletics also hosts summer volleyball camp. Offered July 13-17 for kids in grades 5-12, campers will learn new skills and improve existing abilities with titleholder college athletes. This dual camp for both a younger age group and an older group gives experience for potential players on Vanguard college athletics teams.

“This is a great opportunity for younger players to improve their overall game, to ready themselves for their upcoming seasons in school as well as to be coached by current college coaches and players,” said Eryn Leja, women’s volleyball head coach at Vanguard University. “It’s also great for potential recruits to be coached, personally by the Vanguard volleyball staff and to be assessed as a potential addition to our athletic program.”

At the end of the week, campers from both basketball and volleyball programs will go home with not only new leadership and athletic skills, but a t-shirt and free season passes to Vanguard home basketball and volleyball games, to cheer on their newfound mentors.



Vanguard University Receives WASC Accreditation for Masters in Organizational Psychology

Costa Mesa, CA, June 5, 2014 – Vanguard University’s renowned School of Graduate and Professional Studies is proud to announce the WASC Senior College and University Commission approval of the Master of Science in organizational psychology program. The program prepares students for highly competitive professional practice in the field, and delivers professional opportunities in industrial and organizational psychology.

“Organizational psychology is a real growth area,” said Dr. Andrew Stenhouse, dean of school for graduate and professional studies at Vanguard University. “Employment statistics are highly favorable for masters-level graduates. Our accrediting team affirmed us for our strong program and I believe graduates from our organizational psychology program will have a distinctive advantage in the workplace.”

The mission of the organizational psychology program at Vanguard is designed specifically to prepare students for professional excellence, ethical leadership, and service to society by enriching life in the workplace.

“This new program allows Vanguard to expand our graduate studies offerings so as to better serve our communities in a growing professional area,” said vice president for enrollment management, Kim Johnson.

Career opportunities in the field of industrial and organizational psychology are projected to increase 29% or more by the year 2020. With a curriculum based on recommendations of professionals from associations like the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Academy of Management (AOM), the quality of the program is vastly competitive.

“Vanguard University has played a huge role in moving my career forward. I had the confidence that I could immediately build and manage teams, manage conflict, and develop strategic plans for the departments I oversaw,” said Jeremy Moser, CPA, CTP.

The class schedule is highly desirable to students because of the convenient class schedule, which meets once a week in the evenings, 3 Saturdays a year, and includes online learning enhancements.

Vanguard University’s master of science in organizational psychology program is now accepting applications online at A prominent school for graduate studies in southern California, Vanguard is highly ranked for going beyond academics, helping students think critically, communicate clearly, and excel in their field and in the workplace.


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Approves Prestigious Accreditation for Vanguard University Nursing Programs

Costa Mesa, CA, May 28, 2014 – After an extensive review process, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) granted accreditation of the baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in nursing at Vanguard University. The nationally recognized CCNE accreditation demonstrates the program’s commitment to excellence and high standards in preparing outstanding graduates.

“We are very proud of the quality of our program, faculty, staff, and students,” said Dr. Mary Wickman, director and professor for the nursing program at Vanguard University. “The positive affirmation of accreditation status validates the work that we do daily in providing a program that equips nursing students for a spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service to the communities they serve.”

The CCNE Board of Commissioners awarded accreditation to the Vanguard University baccalaureate degree program at for 10 years, and to the master’s program for 5 years—both the maximum length of time given to ongoing and new programs respectively. For nurses who are evaluating prospective programs, the accredited status indicates that the selected program will advance them to the next level in their nursing career. For applicants to be considered for acceptance into a masters or doctoral degree program in nursing, a degree from an accredited university or program, such as this, is preferred.

St. Jude Medical Center nurse, McRomeo Libid, RN, BSN, and first year MSN student at Vanguard said, “Vanguard has a vision in conceptualizing a graduate program in nursing that is pragmatic, rigorous, and with diverse learning opportunities, to educate nurses and serve neighborhoods.”

Vanguard University’s distinguished nursing program is for students who desire to advance their careers in by preparing to be health educators, college faculty, or community health leaders. Faculty in the program are experts in the content area they teach, holding a masters or doctoral degree. Vanguard is dedicated to providing outstanding student service; with staff experts in class scheduling and nursing program coordination.

A top-ranked school for undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies in southern California, Vanguard University is also accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.

The nursing programs at Vanguard University are now accepting applications online at


Vanguard University Names Doretha O’Quinn New Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Costa Mesa, CA, May 15, 2014 – After an extensive nationwide search since September of 2013, Vanguard University President Michael J. Beals announced on May 15 the appointment of Doretha O’Quinn to the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs, effective July 2014.

“Doretha O’Quinn carries esteemed credentials in higher education, a strong academic commitment to diversity, and intellectual passions which make her a great cultural fit for Vanguard University,” said Beals. “Dr. O’Quinn’s engaging personal style and demonstration of mentor relationships will make a transforming impact on our students, our faculty, and the mission of Vanguard.”

O’Quinn succeeds acting provost/vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Mike Wilson. Wilson served in the position since August of 2013.

O’Quinn currently serves as vice provost of multi-ethnic and cross cultural engagement at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif., where she has served since 2011. She also received her Ph.D. and M.A. from Biola University and a B.A. from Life Pacific College of San Dimas, Calif. Prior to this recent appointment, O’Quinn served as Associate Dean of the School of Education of Point Loma Nazarene University.

Dr. O’Quinn has spent over 34 years working as an administrator, principal and teacher in public and Christian K-12 schools and universities in southern California. She brings a passion for advancing the mission of Vanguard University in diverse communities. Honored as the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa’s “Outstanding African-American Educator of the Year,” O’Quinn was also invited as a fellow of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities’ Advanced Women in Leadership Development Institute.

An award-winning teacher, speaker, administrator and published author, O’Quinn is up to the task of leading the academic house at a nationally ranked Christian university.

“Vanguard University has an established commitment to equipping students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service,” said Wilson. “Dr. O’Quinn joins a strong academic faculty where her leadership will further this mission, and undoubtedly serve the institution well.”

O’Quinn will work closely with President Beals in the leadership of all academic programs, and work to promote Vanguard University’s academic excellence that integrates faith and life. She will work with administration and faculty on a daily basis concerning Vanguard’s renowned undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion programs.


Class of 2014 Reached Finish Line on May 9

VU Commencement 2014-6Finally at the finish line, Vanguard University’s Class of 2014 crossed the stage and became official VU alumni on May 9 at Commencement.

Accomplishing the race toward graduation, students from Vanguard’s undergraduate, graduate and professional studies programs walked across the Mariners church stage and received their diplomas. Along with the more than 500 graduates, the church auditorium filled with friends, family, faculty and staff to celebrate the students.

For the 2014 Commencement ceremony, Vanguard University chose well-known author, leader and speaker Christine Caine to give the Commencement speech. She is a member of the leadership team at Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia, the director of Equip and Empower Ministries and the co-founder of the A21 Campaign. Caine is a profoundly effective communicator who shares messages of hope and inspiration. One graduate, Kristen Atkins, said Caine had her “captivated the whole time” with a very relatable and encouraging message.

Now an official Vanguard University alumna, Atkins left the Commencement stage with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education.  Along with many other graduates, Atkins carries her degree into an unknown, yet exciting future. When describing how it feels for her and many of the other graduates to have finally graduated, Atkins said: “We mentally know that we’ve got this big accomplishment done, but emotionally it hasn’t sunk in yet.” It’s all very surreal still, Atkins said.VU Commencement 2014-1

Looking back on the momentous event, Atkins said: “Vanguard, overall, did a really good job with the whole ceremony.” Atkins said she enjoyed the entire lineup. From worship with the choir to Caine’s empowering speech, Atkins said the ceremony went by surprisingly fast while being engaging and enjoyable.

Before Commencement, Vanguard hosted the Baccalaureate Service at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on May 8. With music, scripture readings and a message from a student-selected speaker, the Baccalaureate Service celebrated and honored the graduating seniors. A longstanding tradition from medieval universities, the service first and foremost celebrates God’s faithfulness to graduating students.  This year’s student-selected speaker was Barbi Rouse ’74, the director of Learning Skills and an assistant professor of Humanities.

Vanguard also hosted other graduation ceremonies to celebrate students in specific departments. On May 1, Vanguard’s Veterans Center hosted the Challenge Coin Ceremony to honor each of the graduating student veterans. On May 8, Vanguard’s Nursing Program hosted the Nursing Pinning Ceremony to honor nursing students and to present them with pins symbolizing devotion, care and sacrificial love. And on May 3, Vanguard’s Diversity Programming hosted the Hispanic Graduation Celebration.

To find out more about the 2014 commencement ceremonies, visit VU’s commencement site by clicking here. To purchase a 2014 Commencement DVD, click here.