Vanguard University Opens Landmark Scott Academic Center For Students And Community

Standing Across from Orange County Fairgrounds, the Remodeled and Expanded Center
is the New “Front Door” to Orange County’s First Four-Year College and First Pentecostal College in the World

COSTA MESA, Calif., Oct. 5, 2015 – Vanguard University unveiled a dramatically expanded and remodeled Scott Academic Center on Saturday, October 3, to nearly 600 community members, civic leaders, administrators, students and others keen on advancing the history of this 95-year-old university – the first four-year college opened in Orange County. The expansion will allow for Vanguard to increase classroom capacity by approximately 1,500 students per day.

Grand opening attendees included Costa Mesa Council Member Sandra Genis, President and CEO of the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce Kyle Woosley, and Senator John Moorlach of California’s 37th District.

“We offer this building as a public landmark, tying Orange County’s past to its future,” said Dr. Michael J. Beals, president of Vanguard University. “With its authentic Santa Barbara-style architecture, Scott Academic Center now serves as a welcoming beacon for a new generation of academics, idealists and thought leaders prepared to lend influence to some of the most-pressing challenges of our time, including the future of healthcare, social justice issues and the integration of military veterans into civilian life.”

Growth Prompted Need for Revamped Campus Hub

Vanguard University opened Scott Academic Center in 1976 to honor Dr. John B. Scott, the fourth president of the college, who also served as a professor, dean and librarian. The utilitarian design of the center met the needs of the student population at the time, and reflected the architectural style that defined the decade and matched the tempo of Orange County’s rapid growth.

Over the next three decades, however, Vanguard University evolved. Its student body population swelled, attracted to the institution’s liberal arts and professional studies programs. In turn, Forbes, Princeton University Review, U.S. News & World Report and others recognized Vanguard University among its lists of top colleges. Administrators realized the existing Scott Academic Center could offer greater value and command a stronger spot among Orange County’s rich academic community with an expansion and technologic updates.

New Center Prepares Vanguard University for Next Phase of Growth

In 2014, the university selected Anthony Massaro of Orange County-based Mars Hill Studio as the architect and broke ground on the redevelopment. Vanguard University challenged Massaro and his team to redefine Scott Academic Center as a spiritual and academic sanctuary to welcome students as well as a space for them to grow into leaders of tomorrow. In addition, university leaders desired an opportunity to begin its first stage of a cohesive design aesthetic throughout its campus architecture to pay homage to Costa Mesa’s earliest history as Native American and Spanish communities.

Vanguard University unveiled the newly remodeled and expanded Scott Academic Center to students during the Fall 2015 semester and to the public this past Saturday. During the grand opening ceremony, Dr. Beals unveiled more than a simple facelift of an existing campus structure. More so, Scott Academic Center now is the inviting “front door” to the university.

Redesign Permits Greater Student Collaboration and Creates a Public Landmark

Situated across from Orange County Fairgrounds on Fair Drive, the building features all of the earmarks of a city civic center, including a bell tower to carry the landmark upward into the sky. Although nearly 50,000 square feet in size, architect Massaro designed the substantial center to feel approachable, thanks to a series of rambling walkways, an outdoor courtyard and a lobby furnished with club furniture.

Vanguard University remodeled the original 23,076 square feet of the center and expanded it by 16,135 square feet to house all student services together – the first time in college history.

Within the new three-story education wing, students can gather in a nursing simulation lab endowed with technology and instruments found in major medical centers, the Global Center for Women and Justice, a Veterans Resource Center, and a Diversity and Inclusion Department. Ten classrooms with immersive technology to facilitate learning also were added.

Another addition is Samson’s Café, an eatery offering coffee and light fare. It’s open to students as well as the public, furthering Vanguard University’s ability to create a campus that serves as a community hub.

Vanguard University funded construction through a capital campaign supported by 350 donors who committed more than $7 million.

 

About Vanguard University
Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located 10 minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships to enhance learning. The 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard No. 13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, No. 10 for Best Colleges for Veterans and No. 19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate and professional studies programs. Please visit vanguard.edu for more information or to schedule a campus tour.

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Documentary film on “Coaches’ Wives” to be Screened in Costa Mesa

MEDIA ALERT

WHAT: Coaches’ Wives is a new documentary about the unsung heroes of sports, the wives of coaches. The feature-length film chronicles both the joys and struggles of being married to a coach. Producer/Director, Jonathan Moore, is the son of a coach’s wife, and exposes these women as the most unsung heroes in modern sports. The documentary showcases the coach’s wife as the backbone of the family and the team, often serving as mother to the players, managing a hectic schedule and unruly fans. When a coach’s family is constantly in the public eye, like Jeanie Buss, wife of Phil Jackson of the Los Angeles Lakers, the coach’s wife brings normalcy to an often-chaotic lifestyle.

The documentary film includes Jeanie Buss (Los Angeles Lakers), Meo Stansbury (Texas A&M), Kathy Auriemma (Univ. of Connecticut) and Mindy Rice (UNLV). Numerous coaches’ wives at the middle school, high school and small college level are also featured, including Neezer McNab (Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High School), and Daniela Olson (Manhattan Beach, Mira Costa High School).

Coaches’ Wives is produced by 33 Films. Producer/Director: Jonathan Moore (Associate Professor of Cinema Arts at Vanguard University), Karen Moore (Associate Director and Editor of “Last Call with Carson Daly” on NBC). Director of Photography: Kyo Edmoundson. Editor: Karen Moore.

WHEN: Documentary screening – Saturday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Vanguard University Lyceum Theater, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

WHY: Coaches’ Wives will hold screenings all across the U.S., starting this October, including screenings in Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Oregon. With nearly 100,000 plays on the online trailer, the LA Times recently said, “Coaches’ wives are as dedicated and determined as the coaches themselves.”

October 10 will be the documentary film screening of Coaches’ Wives with the Orange County community, film supporters, students, local coaches and faculty in attendance.

View the extended film trailer here: www.CoachesWivesDoc.com

Find Coaches’ Wives on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CoachesWivesDoc

Find Coaches’ Wives on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/CoachesWivesDoc

 

For more information, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

 

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-centered 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 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

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Landmark Building on Campus to Open at Vanguard University, New Space for Students and the Costa Mesa Community

MEDIA ALERT

WHAT: Vanguard University has announced the grand opening of the Scott Academic Center, with a complete expansion and exterior facelift creating a “front door” to the University. The new Scott Academic Center, designed by architect Tony Massaro, is a complete remodel of the existing 23,076 square foot Scott Academic Center which includes a 16,135 square foot addition consisting of a three-story education wing. The new building will feature 10 new classrooms, and provide expanded space for the Global Center for Women and Justice, Veterans Resource Center, Nursing Program with a state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab, and the Diversity and Inclusion Department. All student services will be housed at the Scott Academic Center. The Samson’s Café, another new addition, will be open to the public and serve coffee and light fare. Finally, a tall bell tower will mark this new “front door” to Vanguard University.

Vanguard University is grateful for the generosity of the community donating just over $7 million dollars, which exceeded its campaign goal, allowing the building to be completed debt-free.

WHEN: Grand Opening – Saturday, October 3 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Vanguard University, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

WHY: The Scott Academic Center expansion will serve the University’s near capacity student population, which is projected to expand over the next decade. This building expansion is vital to the future of Vanguard.

Founded in 1920, Vanguard University is one of three Christian institutions in Orange County, California, with approximately 2,000 students enrolled. After 30 years in Los Angeles, Vanguard University relocated its campus to Costa Mesa in 1950. The original Scott Academic Center opened in 1976, and was named after Vanguard president, professor, dean and librarian, Dr. John B. Scott.

October 3 will celebrate the grand opening of the Scott Academic Center, with city councilmembers, board members, community supporters, alumni, faculty, and students in attendance.

For more information on the Scott Academic Center grand opening, and the building’s campaign Through These Doors, visit www.throughthesedoors.com.

 

For more information, contact:
Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications
714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

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-centered 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 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

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Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice Honored Human Trafficking Victims and Advocates While Educating 350 Community Members on Ending Modern Day “Human Slavery”

The Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking Raised More Than $200,000 for the Global Center for Women and Justice and its Advocacy and Education Programs

Costa Mesa, CA, September 23, 2015 – On Saturday, September 19, Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice, a faith-based organization that exists to advance the global status of women, hosted The Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, Calif. The annual event, chaired by Jasmine Shodja, vice president of Wells Fargo, brought together 350 supporters, businesses, and anti-human trafficking advocates for an inspiring program to honor victims and community members, as well as educate the attendees about the startling issue of human trafficking.

A string quartet played as Orange County supporters mingled and gathered in the ballroom for an afternoon of education on the urgency to end human trafficking. Rachel Thomas, co-founder of Sowers Education Group and a trafficking survivor, told her story of victimization in a captivating video. In a dramatic skit, students from Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts told a story of human trafficking survival. Ed Arnold, retired news anchor for KOCE-TV/PBS SoCal, served as emcee.

The “Raise the Paddle” portion of the event was kicked off by an immediate $50,000 donation from the audience. Through sponsorship and donations, over $230,000 was raised in gross for the Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) and for their local and global advocacy and education programs.

“Justice is priceless, and in justice, there must be resolve. That is our job,” said Dr. Sandra Morgan, director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice and keynote speaker for the luncheon. “We need to educate every teacher, school-based professional, probation officer, healthcare provider, and child welfare worker because this is happening in our own community, and these human trafficking victims have worth and value.”

Between standing ovations, Dr. Morgan acknowledged many guests in attendance who are working on the “front lines” to end human trafficking, including GCWJ fellow from the U.S. State Department, Iris Aliaj, an Albanian human rights lawyer who prosecuted the first human trafficking case in her country.

Plus, Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice honored Diamond Award winners. These awards are given to those whose commitments promote justice for human trafficking victims. Orange, Calif.-based Orange County Transportation Authority’s Human Trafficking Campaign “Be The One” received the Outstanding Business award, while Los Angeles resident Kyla Smith, director of The Dream Center’s Project Hope for Victims of Human Trafficking, won for Outstanding Individual. Human trafficking survivors from New Delhi, India, Pabitra Sunar, Chandrakala Badi, and Devisara Badi were honored with a standing ovation during their acceptance of the Director’s Youth Award for their work in advocacy for marginalized women in India. Dr. Morgan honored Betsy Tarbell, a resident of Newport Beach, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her decades of serving others through The Salvation Army, United Way and Women of Vision.

Major sponsors included Karen and Barry Meguiar, president and CEO of Meguiars, Inc., and Shodja. Also in attendance were Sally and Richard Afable, MD, MPH, president and CEO of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, The Bernay & Noone Group at Morgan Stanley financial advisors, Elisabeth Bernay, and Kara Noone, and Nicole Ospina, chair of Marketplace Women of Orange County.

This year’s Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking was made possible by the following sponsors: Karen and Barry Meguiar, Jasmine Shodja, Lynsi and Sean Ellingson, Ruth Campbell, Darrellyn and David Melilli, Mary Beth Molnar, Adele and David Oddo, Wells Fargo, Sally and Richard Afable, Gwyn and William Hoyt, Helen Steinkamp, Joanna Barker, Faith and Michael Beals, PhD, Elizabeth Bernay and Kara Noone/The Bernay & Noone Group, Morgan Stanley, Roya Call/Storage Works, Suzanne and Fouad Darweesh, Judy Bergman, Bobbi Dauderman, Donna Phebus, Elizabeth Tarbell, Laurie and Jake Easton, III, First Love Ministries, Karren Hiskey/Hiskey Law Firm, Jaime Saul Hong, Jan Landstrom, Markel Insurance, Carolyn McOwen, The Jesse Miranda Center for Hispanic Leadership, Nicole Ospina/Marketplace Women of Orange County, Rhonda and Nick Sciortino/Successful Survivors Foundation, and Pat and Bill Podlich. The event media sponsor was Orange Coast Magazine.

To learn more about The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University, visit www.vanguard.edu/gcwj
For more information, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications
714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu


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-centered 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 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

ABOUT THE GLOBAL CENTER FOR WOMEN AND JUSTICE
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 www.vanguard.edu/gcwj

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Exchange Program Participant from Albania Creating Community Solutions During Fellowship with Vanguard University

Costa Mesa, CA, September 21, 2015 – Iris Aliaj is currently in Costa Mesa on the U.S. State Department’s Community Solutions Program. For four-months Aliaj, an emerging international leader on women issues is working with American counterparts at Vanguard University, collaborating on projects that will provide skills and ideas for creating lasting change in her home community.

During her fellowship, Aliaj will work closely with NGO’s, public and private institutions, the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force, and justice officials. The focus of her work will result in the organization of a SUMMIT in Tirana, Albania, which will focus on combating human trafficking in the country.

A human rights lawyer at the Center for Legal Civic Initiatives (NGO) in Albania, Aliaj works daily to increase the access of poor and domestically abused women in the justice system. Since 2008, she has been providing free legal services to victims of domestic violence, up to 15 a day. Aliaj was part of a team that prosecuted the first case on human trafficking in Albania, winning compensation for the victim. She has been involved in improving legislation and lobbying for draft-laws and State policies protecting human rights, focusing on gender equality, discrimination, domestic violence and human trafficking and corruption – making the justice system more effective in Albania.

Started in 2010, the Community Solutions Program is a professional development program for global community leaders working in the fields of transparency and accountability, tolerance and conflict resolution, environmental issues, and women and gender issues.  During their fellowships, the emerging leaders spend up to 400 hours learning leadership and organizational skills through training courses and more than 600 hours at their U.S. host organizations. The fellows also design community development projects that they implement upon returning to their home countries.

The State Department partners with IREX to identify and place engaged leaders who are committed to the ideal that individual efforts can fight poverty and discrimination, correct inequalities, cultivate peace, and develop new approaches to environmental issues.

“I am eager to host Ms. Aliaj as this year’s fellow because I was living in Greece when the borders opened, and saw hundreds of Albanian young people trafficked into Greece. Ms. Aliaj has worked on the first human trafficking case in Albania. We know her experience here will expand her abilities and resources to help hundreds more,” said Dr. Sandra Morgan, director for the global center for women and justice.

To learn more about The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University, visit www.vanguard.edu/gcwj.

 

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-centered 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 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

 

ABOUT THE GLOBAL CENTER FOR WOMEN AND JUSTICE

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 www.vanguard.edu/gcwj.

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Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

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