More Priceless Than Diamonds Luncheon to Draw Hundreds in Promoting Justice for Women and Children in Orange County

Costa Mesa, CA, August 11, 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.

For eleven years, the Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) at Vanguard University has provided training and resources to enable leaders to promote justice for women and girls. 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.

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. As a parent and grandmother I want my community to have their eyes opened to the fact that these children are within our own population. These victims are our responsibility because they are our own sons and daughters. By financially supporting the GCWJ we are doing something tangible to stop this terrible crime.”

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. The selection process for the inaugural Diamond Award has been an extensive search and nomination process throughout June and July. A judges’ panel comprised of business and community leaders, philanthropists, and Vanguard University faculty has evaluated the top nominees, and will be honoring the award winner during the September 13 luncheon.

“Too many females around the world are treated like second class citizens and Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice is trying to change that. The center’s work to prevent child trafficking cyber-exploitation is a prime example,” said Arnold.

To attend the More Priceless Than Diamonds annual luncheon, visit

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


To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications
55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626



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


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


Top Summer Theatre Camp for Kids Hosted by Vanguard University and American Coast Theatre Company

Costa Mesa, CA, June 12, 2014 – School’s out for summer, but kids in Orange County can still learn! Vanguard University Department of Theatre Arts and the American Coast Theater Company host a theater camp for 4th-8th graders on June 23-27.

This weeklong youth theater camp will train young students the art of acting, improvisation, dance, singing, and stage combat. With instruction largely from Vanguard University interns at American Coast Theatre Company (ACTC), the camp will culminate with a group performance on June 28.

When asked about the camp last year, Bretlyn Schmitt, assistant director and choreographer, said, “The most rewarding part of the week for me was when the girls would come in every day and immediately want to perform their dances and show us how they had practiced at home.”  Schmitt continues, “It was a joy to get to see the pride and excitement they had for everything they had learned.”

ACTC expects the camp to triple in size this year as interns from Vanguard’s National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) lead student campers.

“The students will get the opportunity to learn all the different facets of theater, from singing, dancing, and acting, to stage combat. The Saturday showcase will be an opportunity for all the students to perform scenes and songs from some of Broadway’s best shows. It is going to be a great week full of learning and fun,” said Schmitt.

To register for this top summer theater camp for kids in Orange County, do so by June 16 at


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