Financial February Event to Equip Students for Post-Graduation Financial Success on February 20

Screen shot 2014-02-20 at 4.57.12 PMTonight at 9:30 p.m. in Heath 109, Vanguard University’s Office of Transitions is hosting “Financial February”, an event to help juniors and seniors learn how to succeed financially after graduation.

Student loan payments, bills and mortgages are areas of financial life that most juniors and seniors will experience in the near future. Many students have little to no experience handling personal finances with these factors included. This is where financial guru and professor Ed Westbrook, J.D. is coming to the rescue.  Through speaking and worksheets, he will encourage, advise and equip students to be financially successful, not only during their first few post-graduation years, but also for the rest of their lives.

Senior transitions student workers Madison Spikes and Justine Walters are the event creators and coordinators. Spikes conceived the idea when reflecting on graduation’s rapid approach and the many financial realities of adulthood soon to come. Spikes said that professor Westbrook’s mindset in relation to finances is that “you can do what you want to do if you set yourself up for it.” Attending this event is one of the first ways juniors and seniors can begin to set themselves up for financial success.

Along with priceless financial advice, the event will have 5 raffles and various resource handouts for students. So, come out and enjoy an evening of free advice that could change your financial future forever.

To learn more about Vanguard’s Student Life Transitions department, click here.

Talent Show Booms with Applause, Laughs and Vocals

IMG_20140218_170152Singing, guitar strumming and juggling debuted on the Newport Mesa Church (NMC) stage Thursday night for the Vanguard University Talent Show.

The show’s winners walked away with baskets of goodies from every type of Vanguard paraphernalia to a $50 Disneyland gift card. Winners were freshmen Aly Carness and Nathan Dorado in first place for their performance of the Civil War’s Barton Hallow and freshman Stratton Harrison in second place for his juggling comedian act. Also, a notable mention went to the guys from Newport 204 for their original kazoo song: Jesus the Nazarene.

A red carpet and tables topped with treats led to the NMC doors. Students in line grabbed raffle tickets, root beer floats and small brown bags to fill with sweet and salty snacks. The pre-show fun didn’t stop with treats; the night also featured student Jared Miller crafting balloon animals and characters by the entrance for attendees. Despicable Me Minions, elephants, turtles, crazy hats and various other balloon creations entered with attendees. Once inside, students found their seats and waited for the night’s MCs to start the show.

Show competitors faced the crowd and three judges: associate athletic director Nolan Steputis, professor Karen Nishie and student life administrative assistant Jordan Baker. Judging on the basis of originality, talent and wow-factor, the judges privately wrote varying scores on their papers, while always being encouraging over the microphone. The audience applauded and gave shouts of support for all competitors; however, standout performances received roaring applause and standing ovations.

It was an evening filled with smiles, laughter and singing. After the show, multiple students rushed back outside to line up for one of the biggest talents that was not featured in the show: Jared Miller and his balloon creations.

To find out about upcoming student life events, click here.

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Vanguard University Welcomes and Commissions 10th University President

IMG_1109February 5-7, Vanguard University hosted multiple inaugural events leading to the inauguration of the university’s 10th president, Dr. Michael Beals.

Events began on February 5 with an inaugural worship service. On February 6, Vanguard held two inaugural lectures, a VIP inaugural dinner and a student party. These special events brought together the Vanguard University community to celebrate with Dr. Beals as he would soon ceremonially accept his position as the university’s 10th president.

On February 7, Vanguard University held the inauguration ceremony at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Ringing in the 10 o’clock hour, Vanguard’s University Concert Orchestra played Dan Goeller’s arrangement of Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners. Following the orchestra, Vanguard’s University Concert Choir and Women’s Chorus sung the reprise of Allen Pote’s, Sing to the Lord a Jubilant Song.

With the church’s organ pipes glimmering in the window’s sunlight, the orchestra played William Walton’s Crown Imperial Coronation March, and the processional commenced. Family and friends led the processional followed by Vanguard’s past presidents, delegates from other universities, denominational leaders, the board of trustees, faculty and the program participants. Dr. Beals followed at the end of the line wearing his beloved smile as he made his way to the stage. Dr. Beals, along with Vanguard University’s faculty and the visiting delegates, were dressed in traditional academic regalia: a wide array of colored caps and gowns.

After a prayer and some greetings, everyone joined in a couple hymns of praise before Board of Trustees Chairman David Oddo, MBA stepped up to the podium. Oddo invited Dr. Beals to the stand and proceeded in giving him a presidential call followed by two symbols of office: a presidential medallion and a Bible from the faculty and staff.

Following the presentation of the presidential symbols of office, various community members presented commitments on behalf of the faculty, students, staff and alumni of Vanguard University. After the prayer of dedication, Dr. Richard Mouw, a professor and mentor of Dr. Beals while he attended Fuller Theological Seminary, gave the presidential charge. Dr. Mouw charged Dr. Beals to bless the Vanguard University community and commended him for being “a gifted intellectual leader” and “a wise administrator.”

After a final word of congratulations and an embrace between Dr. Mouw and Dr. Beals, professor Sheri Benvenuti, Ph.D., stepped to the podium to give the presidential introduction. Dr. Benvenuti described Dr. Beals’ humble, virtuous character and his heart for people. She said: “… he loves people more than power. And above all, he loves God more than anything.”

Now at the pinnacle of the ceremony, Dr. Beals came to the podium and gave his presidential address. To begin, Dr. Beals thanked the many attendees who hold places of influence and importance in his life. With beyond the horizon as the inauguration theme, Dr. Beals spoke of the history of Vanguard University that shaped and placed it in the position it stands today; ready to look “beyond the horizon.” “We are poised at the fulcrum of possibility,” he said.

Nearing the end of his speech, Dr. Beals said: “Beyond the horizon a voice is calling us to live out our unique identity.” Throughout his address, Dr. Beals detailed Vanguard University’s identity as a community of truth, service and academic excellence. Knowing this identity, Dr. Beals committed to uphold the character and calling of Vanguard University in his role as the University’s 10th president.

To learn more about Vanguard University’s new president, Dr. Michael Beals, click here.

Top officials from World Relief and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to speak at Annual Ensure Justice Conference

February 12, 2014

Costa Mesa, CA – Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice will launch its annual Ensure Justice Conference on March 7-8, 2014, covering topics on global child trafficking prevention and intervention. Keynote speakers include president and CEO of World Relief, Stephan Bauman, and Senior Advisor, David L. Myers from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Other featured speakers include JoAnn Butrin, director of International Ministries for the Assemblies of God and Shyima Hall, a survivor advocate who recently made headlines because of her story of being sold into child slavery by her parents in Egypt at age 8.

The annual Ensure Justice Conference is designed to educate students, law enforcement professionals, educators, parents, social workers, healthcare professionals, and other community members about topics ranging from human trafficking and cyber-exploitation to domestic violence and gender inequality. This year’s Ensure Justice Conference will focus on the theme “Why is She a Slave?” – addressing child slavery on local, national, and international levels.

The United Nations estimates that 1.2 million children are victims of human trafficking each year. In 2012, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported that the percentage of child slavery victims had risen in a 3-year span from 20 percent to 27 percent; of every three child victims, two are girls and one is a boy. Sex trafficking gangs have been making headlines recently in Orange County.

“We are experiencing a radical redefining of justice today,” says Stephan Bauman, president and CEO of World Relief.  “Justice is being reclaimed, stolen back from social and political camps, and rediscovered. Faith-based organizations like the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University help us to recover its biblical meaning as we encounter a God who loves justice, demands justice, and executes it for the needy.”

David L. Myers, director of the department of Homeland Security’s Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships will be a featured speaker at the conference this year. Appointed by President Obama in 2009, Myers heads one of 13 such centers in the federal government under the White House Office of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships. In this role, Myers has personally led Center efforts at major disasters, working closely with senior governmental, state, local, faith-based and voluntary groups.

In September, the Global Center for Women and Justice celebrated its 10th year at Vanguard University. Over $75,000 was raised during the weekend’s 10th anniversary events to support initiatives advancing the status of women and children globally.

For information about the Ensure Justice Conference, 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