Radio Host Hugh Hewitt Interviews Sandie Morgan, Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women & Justice

DSC_3073On Tuesday, August 20, 2013, nationally syndicated radio host, law professor, and lawyer Hugh Hewitt interviewed Sandie Morgan, Director of the Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University.   Hewitt starts out the interview by commending Morgan on the impact of her work with the Global Center for Women & Justice, which will be celebrating its 10th anniversary September 19-21.  Referring to Vanguard University as “one of the jewels of Orange County”, Hewitt discusses with Morgan the need for awareness about human trafficking, which gets a lot of global attention and yet it is just as much a local issue.

Morgan also talks about when she first experienced human trafficking when she was living in Athens, Greece with her husband for ten years, and how when the wall came down, she saw very young girls crossing the border into countries where prostitution was legal.  Says Morgan, “When I came back to the states, I was shocked to see the same thing happening here but no one was talking about it.”  This encounter, she explains, was the impetus for her to put her faith in action and combat human trafficking, violence against women, and other important issues women face.

In 2003, the Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University began by offering a women’s studies minor and over those ten years, has continued to focus on women’s issues.  Morgan talks about how she has helped get Vanguard University students involved as the “hands and feet to do community, education, and outreach.”

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 information on the Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University’s 10th anniversary events, please click here.

To listen to the interview with Hugh Hewitt, click here.

 

 

U.S. Veterans Magazine Names Vanguard University a Top Veteran-Friendly School

US-Veterans-MagazineVanguard University is one of an elite group of schools in the nation that has made U.S. Veterans Magazine’s Best of the Best list of top veteran-friendly schools for 2013.   359 schools were evaluated.

According to the magazine’s press release, the annual review is an evaluation of the nation’s employers, initiatives, government agencies and educational institutions. These non-biased studies are valuable resources for jobseekers, business owners, students, consumers, senior management, business associations, employment agencies and consumer groups.  Click here to read the full press release.

The Veterans Resource Center at Vanguard University exists to support veterans by providing academic planning, financial advisement, and resources for professional, personal, and spiritual development designed to equip veterans to achieve their educational and professional goals.  For more information about the Veterans Resource Center at Vanguard University, click here.

 

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Vanguard University Unveils New Athletics Logo

Vanguard University new athletics ogoIf you are a Vanguard University student, alum, former VU athlete, or Vanguard sports fan in general, you likely have seen Vanguard’s old logo.  It’s been an important part of Vanguard’s history since 1999, the same year Vanguard underwent a name change from Southern California College (SCC) to Vanguard University.  The old logo – a lion (panthera leo) with a mane that doubles as a flame – has been updated to represent the University’s latest branding.

“The new logo is more realistic and features a competitive look,” says Bob Wilson, director of athletics at Vanguard University.  “Akins Parker did a superb job of working with our award-winning marketing team and athletics department to capture the energy, passion and intensity with which the Vanguard athletics teams bring to each and every game.”

Along with the new logo, Vanguard University is introducing a new line of apparel that will be available in the University’s bookstore this Fall donning the new logo.  More information on this coming soon so make room in your closets.

Click here to the Daily Pilot’s article about Vanguard’s new athletics logo.

 

 

The Princeton Review Chooses Vanguard University as a 2014 Best Regional College

Princeton ReviewCongratulations to Vanguard University for being chosen by The Princeton Review for the “Best in the West Colleges: Region by Region” listing.  The listing identifies schools that The Princeton Review recommends as “regional bests” across four locales: the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and West.

The Princeton Review, an education services company, has selected only 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges for this designation.  Scores are based on institutional data  obtained from the colleges in 2012-13 and/or student survey data. The rating score categories include: Academics, Admissions Selectivity, Financial Aid, Fire Safety, Quality of Life, and Green.

For more information on the criteria for each rating score,click here.

Vanguard University Names Michael Beals Tenth President

Vanguard University Names Michael Beals Tenth President

Tenth president of Vanguard University connects institution’s historic roots to its bright future as a growing leader in Christian higher education

 

Costa Mesa, CA, August 1, 2013 – Vanguard University announced today that Michael Beals, PhD has been named the new president of Vanguard University.   Dr. Beals is the tenth president since the institution of Christian higher education’s inception in 1920.

Dr. Beals steps into the presidency as no stranger to Vanguard University; as a two-time alumnus, he has also served Vanguard University as a faculty member and most recently, administrator, where he currently serves as dean of spiritual formation.

“The journey of identifying the tenth president of Vanguard University was one that required the entire Vanguard University community to exercise patience and trust in each other and in the process itself,” says David Oddo, chair of the Board of Trustees and chair of the Presidential Search Committee for Vanguard.  “Dr. Beals’ rich journey with Vanguard is evidence of his ability and willingness to serve its constituents in the highest capacity.   Under Dr. Beals’ leadership, I have no doubt that Vanguard University will continue to grow as a leader in Christian higher education.”

Education

After he received a bachelor of arts (BA) from Vanguard University in religion and psychology in 1981, Dr. Beals earned a Master of Arts (MA) from Vanguard University in church leadership in 1989, and a second MA at Fuller Theological Seminary in biblical studies and theology in 1994.  Dr. Beals earned a PhD in Christian ethics from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2002.

Teaching experience

Dr. Beals began teaching at Vanguard University as an adjunct faculty member in 1991 and became an assistant professor of philosophical theology and Christian ethics in 2005.  Dr. Beals has served as an adjunct faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary since 1999.

Leadership and service

Dr. Beals has served for 23 years as the senior pastor of Mission Hills Community Church in Rancho Santa Margarita and has held roles as youth pastor and education pastor in ministry.  In addition, Dr. Beals has been actively involved in global outreach in Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, China, Israel, Switzerland, France, England, and Scotland.

“When I hire people for leadership roles, I always look for three qualities which I refer to as the three C’s: competence, chemistry, and character,” says Rick Francis, assistant city manager for the City of Costa Mesa and Presidential Search Committee member.  During this extensive search process, it became evident to me that Dr. Beals possesses all three of these qualities in abundance.  As an alumnus of Vanguard University, I look forward to watching someone who has been active in the development of this fine institution  over the past 36 years take it to even newer heights.”

Dr. Beals will commence as the tenth president of Vanguard University on August 1, 2013.

For updated information on the transition, including frequently asked questions and more, visit http://www.vanguard.edu/president/10thprez.

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  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.  Ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 colleges in the west since 2010, 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.