Global Center for Women and Justice Leads Conversation on Human Trafficking Education for Health Care Workers

Costa Mesa, CA, July 14, 2015 – The Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) and Global Centurion are pleased to host an event discussing the health effects of human trafficking. The event, which is by invitation only, will take place on Monday, July 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Great Commission Hall at Vanguard University.

In a recent survey, over 150 survivors indicated that they experienced serious physical and mental health problems while being trafficked. These issues included illness, serious communicable and other diseases, injuries resulting from violence, substance abuse, and a wide range of reproductive health issues.

“Providers have unique opportunities to intervene on behalf of victims, and by doing so the medical community can play a vital role in eradicating modern day slavery,” said Dr. Laura Lederer, president of Global Centurion Foundation. Lederer and Dr. Sandra Morgan, director of the GCWJ, will both be facilitating the roundtable discussion.

Most health care providers lack training in human trafficking and are ill equipped to identify, assess and treat potential victims. A majority of survivors (87.8%) indicated that they sought healthcare at some point during the time they were trafficked. Victims sought care at hospital emergency wards, urgent care clinics, neighborhood clinics, women’s clinics, Planned Parenthood clinics, and primary care practitioners. Many providers were unaware of the fact that they were treating a trafficking victim.

This roundtable discussion will launch an ongoing conversation about healthcare issues and provide a space to have candid discussion about how to help the healthcare sector identify human trafficking victims. Attendees to the event include lead physicians, deputy coroner, health and wellness coordinators, nursing and clinical professors, and emergency care workers, to name a few.

For more information on the event, email nadia.hernandez@vanguard.edu or call 714-966-6360.

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

To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

714.966.5452
erin.hales@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 http://gcwj.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 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 12 regional college in the west and a top veteran-friendly college for 2015, and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “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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American Coast Theater Company Presents the Southern California Debut of Always a Bridesmaid

Costa Mesa, CA, June 24, 2015 – Vanguard University’s professional theatre company in residence, the American Coast Theater Company, presents Always a Bridesmaid. The production is presented in the Lyceum Theater on the Vanguard University campus, beginning July 10, 2015 and running three weekendsthrough July 26, 2015.

The show’s director, Kevin Slay, is excited about presenting Always a Bridesmaid for the first time in the Southern California area. He adds, “Always a Bridesmaid is a fun, laugh-out-loud play. It’s a terrific story about the strength and bonds of friendship through the years, and what we are willing to do in support of our friends during the special occasions that come with life! If you enjoyed television comedies like Golden Girls or Designing Women, then you won’t want to miss these ladies and this play!”

Always a Bridesmaid was co-written by one of the writers and producers of the hit television show, The Golden Girls, and features the acting talents of Susan Berkompas, Maria Cominis, Vanda Eggington, Deborah Marley, Ashley Olson, Heaven Peabody and Amanda Zarr.

Always a Bridesmaid is the rollicking tale of four loyal and determined women who definitively answer the question, “Just how far are you willing to go to keep a promise to a friend?” If you have ever elbowed a stranger out of the way to catch a bride’s bouquet, or seriously questioned the mental stability of the duo saying “I do,” or been forced to wear the world’s ugliest bridesmaid dress, then this deliriously funny comedy is definitely for you… and your dearly beloved!

This production is suitable for teens and older. All performances are presented on the campus of Vanguard University, in the Lyceum Theater. Ticket prices are $14 for general admission and $12 for seniors, college students and groups. Tickets may be purchased at www.actctickets.com or by calling the Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145.

Performance dates and times are July 10, 11 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 8:00 pm; July 12, 19 and 26 at 2:00 pm.

For more information about Vanguard University, visit www.vanguard.edu; for additional information about the Theatre Department visit www.vanguard.edu/theatre.

 

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. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 12 regional college in the west and a top veteran-friendly college for 2015, and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “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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Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University Accepting Nominations for Annual Diamond Award, Advancing Human Trafficking Awareness

Costa Mesa, CA, June 22, 2015 – The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University is seeking nominations for its annual Diamond Award that will be presented at the center’s Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking fundraiser on September 19, 2015 at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach. The award will honor individuals and organizations whose commitment and efforts promote justice for women and children affected by human trafficking in Orange County, California.

Local individuals and organizations (nonprofit and for-profit) are invited to submit nominations for businesses, individuals or corporations, by the June 30 deadline. Criteria for the award can be found online, and includes support of one or more nonprofit organizations, leadership involvement, and volunteer participation, collaboration and commitment. Selection will take place in July, led by honorary chair congressman Ed Royce and a review panel of business and community leaders, philanthropists, law enforcement, and Vanguard University faculty.

The Diamond Award winners will be announced at the annual Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking event chaired by Jasmine Shodja where 300-400 are expected to attend. The luncheon, to be held September 19, will bring awareness and education to the community about human trafficking with an emphasis on ways to prevent the crime through education.

Submissions for the Diamond Award may be received by mail or online by June 30, at www.vanguard.edu/diamondaward

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

To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

714.966.5452
erin.hales@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 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 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 12 regional college in the west and a top veteran-friendly college for 2015, and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “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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American Coast Children’s Theatre Camp for Kids Kicks Off in Costa Mesa with New Director of Education, Lissa Slay

Costa Mesa, CA, June 17, 2015 –Vanguard University Department of Theatre Arts and the American Coast Children’s Theatre host a theater camp for ages 7-17 held June 22-July 3. This week is the last week to register; tuition is $175, which includes scripts, snacks, show shirt and costumes.

This two-week summer musical theatre workshop production for youth will develop musical theatre skills alongside professionals and college interns. The camp will culminate with a group performance of the acclaimed show, Seussical Jr. on Friday, July 3.

Lissa Slay is the new director of education for the American Coast Children’s Theatre. Slay holds a bachelor of arts degree in directing for the theatre, and a master of science in education, from California State University, Fullerton. Slay also holds a teaching credential, with subject matter authorization in Theatre, and is a freelance director, teaching artist, educator, performer, and education consultant. Her work with the Balboa Performing Arts Theatre Foundation, Shakespeare in the Vines, and various public schools, amongst others, gives her a wide experience in the theatre arts world of Orange County.

The American Coast Children’s Theatre camp will be held Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Lyceum Theater at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa.

The deadline to register is this Friday, June 19. Open to the public, registration is online at www.vanguard.edu/acct. For additional information, call (714) 619-6424.

To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 12 regional college in the west and a top veteran-friendly college for 2015, and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “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 Professor Releases New Book on Ethics and Christian Discipleship

Costa Mesa, CA, June 15, 2015 – Vanguard University is proud to announce the recent release of Pursuing Moral Faithfulness: Ethics and Christian Discipleship (IVP Academic) by Dr. Gary Tyra. Tyra is professor of biblical and practical theology at Vanguard University, where he teaches courses in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

“My students are hugely influential in my writing endeavors,” said Tyra. “A few years ago a student studying Christian ethics with me confessed in his final paper that he’d previously been guilty of making moral choices in essentially the same manner as his non-Christian peers. In Pursuing Moral Faithfulness I respond to this all-too-common practice, arguing that Christ’s followers can do better.”

“This is not a book about general ethical theory and practice but about the ethics of discipleship which is ultimately a responsive and responsible relationship with the trinitarian God,” says Simon Chan, Earnest Lau Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Theological College. “Tyra thus shows that Christian ethics and spirituality are two sides of the same coin.”

Before the May 2015 release of Pursuing Moral Faithfulness, Tyra published five previous works to rave reviews, the latest being A Missional Orthodoxy: Theology and Ministry in a Post-Christian Context (IVP Academic, 2013).

In addition to Tyra’s innovative written work and ongoing contributions as a professor at Vanguard University, he has spent over three decades providing pastoral leadership for three congregations.

Pursuing Moral Faithfulness: Ethics and Christian Discipleship by Dr. Gary Tyra can be purchased on www.amazon.com.

To attend or request an interview, 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 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 12 regional college in the west and a top veteran-friendly college for 2015, and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “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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