Vanguard Forensics Team Celebrates Multiple Victories and Broken Records at Invitational Tournament

forensics-team-picOn March 8-10, Vanguard University’s forensics team competed at the National Christian Colleges Forensics Association (NCCFA) Invitational Tournament winning multiple awards and making tournament and Vanguard history.

Hosted by California Baptist University, the NCCFA tournament brings together the “best and brightest Christian competitors in the nation,” forensics coach and communications professor Karen Nishie said. Vanguard’s team took home first place in the Division II Sweepstakes for debate and third place in the Individual Events Sweepstakes.

Along with several other team members, student Josh Popke took home an Individual Events award. Looking back on the event, Popke said that it made him “feel great about being a part of debate.” Also, he said that he hopes the team’s victories will bring recognition for Vanguard, make students aware of the team and maybe even be an encouragement for more students to be a part of the forensics team in the future.

In an email to staff and faculty praising the students’ great success, Nishie said: “it’s been an amazingly satisfying experience coaching this group of students.” Even though it was a rebuilding year with six students who had never done collegiate debate before August, the team did wonderfully, she said.

To learn more about the forensics team, click here.

Making History: Vanguard Lions Win GSAC Men’s Basketball Tournament Trophy

COSTA MESA, California, March 11, 2014 – No. 9 Vanguard won its first-ever Golden State Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament trophy on Tuesday evening in The Pit to sweep both the regular season and tournament titles for 2013-14. The Pride, led by Preston Wynne (SR, Wellpinit, WA)’s 24-point, 5-assist performance, defeated No. 23 Hope International (22-10) 90-80 in the championship game.

The Lions (27-6) are one win away from tying the all-time best mark for wins in a season (28), set by the 1988-89 men’s hoops squad.

Vanguard claimed an automatic bid to the 2014 Buffalo Funds NAIA Men’s Basketball Tournament in Kansas City (March 19-24) with the win.

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Lions Basketball to Battle for Tournament Title on March 11 in Televised Championship Game

MBKB14 Champ LogoCome cheer, roar and support your Vanguard University men’s basketball team as they battle in “The Pit” for the 2014 Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Championship tonight at 8 p.m. Fox Sports Prime Ticket will be televising the event.

Attendees are invited to dress in gold and come early to put on face paint. Ticket prices include $15 for reserved seating and $10 for general admission. Also, Vanguard Athletics is giving away free tickets to the first 160 students who come to the game and present their Vanguard ID.

Ranked No. 9 in the country, the Lions will face the No. 23 Hope International University Royals for the GSAC Conference Tournament Championship. Come see the men’s basketball team make Vanguard history in the program’s first-ever appearance in a GSAC Tournament Championship game.

To learn more about the event, click here.

Ensure Justice Conference a Success: nearly 300 in Attendance to Educate & Prevent Human Trafficking

Costa Mesa, CA, March 11, 2014 – The past weekend’s annual Ensure Justice conference was host to nearly 300 attendees, representing law enforcement, political officials, policymakers, faith-based groups, businesses, Orange County community members and students from universities across Southern California. Each year the conference is geared to facilitate emerging networks in human trafficking prevention and create connections across disciplines and regions.

The conference theme, “Why is SHE a slave? went beyond theory and anecdotes. The conference was dedicated to Aubreyanna, 17-year-old Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) victim killed here in Orange County on February 4th. Being face to face with this reality compelled students and attendees to take advantage of every moment of access to our guest experts,” says Sandie Morgan, director for the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University.

During the conference, Stephan Bauman, president and CEO of World Relief, challenged attendees with the possibility of ending slavery with the integration of faith and practice, while survivor advocate, Shyima Hall, stepped up to the microphone with her own powerful survivor’s story. “I got to see them go to justice,” said Hall, after witnessing criminal court charges against the family who held her as a slave in their upscale suburban home. Rev. David Myers, senior advisor to the administer/director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, spoke on “Faith in Action” which focused on building strategic partnerships in educating the community as well as law enforcement on human trafficking in your own neighborhood.

Workshop speakers for the weekend included Amy Hewat, U.S. anti-trafficking specialist for World Relief, Sherri Harris, NETS-OC program director from The Salvation Army, and Nicole Wood, also from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and other top experts in preventing and educating on the subject of human trafficking.

The Global Center for Women and Justice called attendees to study the issues, be a voice and make a difference. “While our conference ended with a call to action to ‘do something’, it was based on carefully researched best practice strategies,” explains Morgan.

The Ensure Justice conference was made possible by the Global Center for Women and Justice board members, the More Priceless Than Diamonds committee, Kéan Coffee, Shine, and Vanguard University.

Save the date for next year’s Ensure Justice conference, being held March 6-7, 2014. The Global Center for Women and Justice will also hold a More Priceless Than Diamonds luncheon at the Balboa Bay Club on September 13, 2014. To learn more about the Ensure Justice conference and more upcoming events, visit

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Vanguard University’s February Featured Multiple Events for Black History Month

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 11.10.53 AMLed by Vanguard University’s Black Student Union (BSU), Vanguard University offered multiple events to celebrate Black History Month (BHM).

Every week in February featured a BSU event to provide students with an opportunity to be part of the celebration and to learn more about black history. Events included the downtown Anaheim Black History Parade, a display of Afro-Latin cultures, Vanguard’s 2nd annual BHM Dinner, various BSU-coordinated chapels, a hip-hop dance night, a movie screening and an outreach event.

As the director of BSU, Crystal Todoroff led the creation and coordination for the events. Overall, Todoroff said she was very pleased and surprised by the good turnouts for so many of the events. This year’s BHM Dinner hosted more than 65 people. Because of the great turnout, which exceeded expectations by about 15 people, Director of Diversity Programming Coba Canales had to run buy more food for the last people in line.

Having the help of multiple BSU members and others was crucial for the success of these events, Todoroff said. Looking back at her full calendar for the month of February, Todoroff smiled and said that that she was happy with success of all the events and the continually diversifying culture of Vanguard University.

To learn more about Vanguard’s Diversity Programming, click here.