Vanguard University Remembers Dr. Randy Dovel

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of former Vanguard University faculty member Dr. Randy Dovel, on Friday, April 9.

Dr. Dovel came to Vanguard University in 2005 after serving as a tenured faculty member at Oregon State University. Having received his PhD from Texas A&M University, Dovel was a trained plant physiologist and served as chair of the department of biology at Vanguard University for four years, teaching courses in botany, genetics, microbiology and field biology. Dovel was an active researcher in the field biology, nitrogen fixation, and plant/pathogen relationships for nearly 20 years. During his faculty career, Dovel also was an expert researcher in plant breeding, plant molecular biology, and microbial water quality analysis. Dovel is a member of the Gamme Sigma Delta academic honor society and a proud recipient of the E.R. Jackman Team Award, recognizing team and interdisciplinary research.

Dr. Dovel was a teacher and mentor to countless biology majors at Vanguard. He touched many lives with his knowledge, wisdom, generosity, and love of Jesus Christ. Dovel took a special interest in his students, and in the senior projects he guided them through.

Dr. Dovel was married to Vanguard University staff member, Teresa Dovel, MA `09, for 35 years and is the beloved father of Kathryn (Kate) Dovel `07 and Kallie (Dovel) Thomson`08, and of two grandchildren, Ariella Dovel and Honey Thomson.

Above all of Dr. Dovel’s research and achievements in his professional field, he had an enormous love for Jesus Christ. Dr. Randy Dovel will be deeply missed by the entire Vanguard University family.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to Vanguard to provide a scholarship to future promising pre-med students.

VANGUARD UNIVERSITY’S FIRST ONLINE MINISTRY AND LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS EXPECTED TO DRAW HISPANIC STUDENT POPULATION

Two Exclusively Online Programs Prepare Students For Leadership and Management Positions In Marketplace 

COSTA MESA, Calif., April 6, 2016 – Vanguard University will launch its first ever fully online programs offering classes in the fields of ministry and leadership. A bachelor of arts in ministry and leadership, and master of arts in leadership studies will be the two inaugural programs that the Orange County based university will introduce. Vanguard plans to begin the programs this fall, pending WASC approval.

Vanguard University, one of 96 Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in the U.S., anticipates Hispanics as one of the largest markets of enrollment in the new programs. Dr. Doug Petersen, professor of intercultural studies at Vanguard University, is leading the efforts to establish partnerships with colleges and Hispanic churches. Dr. Petersen, a recent recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Pentecostal Studies, has more than 35 years of leadership in non-profit and higher education organizations in U.S. and Latin America, and has done extensive research on the social practices of grassroots religious groups in Central America.

“These online programs will make Vanguard University’s top quality undergraduate and graduate degrees accessible and affordable to anyone who desires to study in these areas, regardless of their location,” said Dr. Petersen. “Our faculty who teach in the programs are true experts, with admired academic credentials and invaluable industry experience.”

Racial and ethnic diversity have been accelerating over the past decade at Vanguard University, most recently with the funding from the U.S. Department of Education. In 2015, Vanguard received a five-year $2.57 million grant to expand educational opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students—the only university in Orange County to receive the funding.

Vanguard’s new online programs in ministry and leadership are designed to prepare students for leadership and management in the workplace by developing skills in intercultural competency, conflict management, communication, and ethical decision-making. The bachelor of arts in ministry and leadership will be offered in two formats: eight-week courses on campus or fully online. The master of arts in leadership studies program will be offered in three formats: eight-week courses on campus, fully online, or the hybrid track of three weeks each year on campus and remaining courses online. Curriculum is designed for high quality education with the flexibility to continue working in the industry.

For more information on the programs, visit www.vanguard.edu/leadership

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Amanda Irving

(714) 460-3739

Amanda@reveilleinc.com

 

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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THE ADDAMS FAMILY TAKES THE STAGE IN COSTA MESA, WITH VANGUARD UNIVERSITY’S FINEST IN THE LEAD

Vanguard University’s Department of Theatre Arts Casts Seven Musical Theatre Award Scholarship Students in Upcoming Spring Musical

COSTA MESA, Calif., March 22, 2016 – Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed department of theatre arts presents The Addams Family, appearing on stage at the university’s Lyceum Theater, April 8-24, 2016. The classic musical will be directed by department veteran, Vanda Eggington, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and based on the book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.

The cast for the musical features some of the department’s top theatre students. Seven of the students in the cast are receiving the university’s prestigious Musical Theatre Award Scholarship—four of those have lead rolls in The Addams Family musical. They include Winter Bassett, a senior at Vanguard University, who plays “Wednesday Addams”; junior, Alexandria Miller and freshman, Andreas Schmidt, as “Gomez and Morticia Addams”; and sophomore, Hans Kelsen, cast as “Lurch.”

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts has lauded students and alumni in film, stage, and professional theatre productions across the U.S.

Characters from the popular 1960s television show, The Addams Family, are brought back to life in Vanguard University’s Broadway musical production this spring. Led by the elegantly gaunt and seemingly undead “Morticia” and her ever-devoted husband, “Gomez,” the couple lands in turmoil. Their daughter “Wednesday,” now age 18, finds herself falling in love—a sensation that is unsettling for both her and her family of endearing misfits. When she invites her new boyfriend and his ‘normal’ family to become better acquainted with the Addams household, comic chaos seems to ensue.

“This show is quirky and funny and takes us back to a great decade, when the original Addams Family came into our home on a regular basis,” said show director, Vanda Eggington. “The music is catchy and memorable and the characters are truly going to delight the audience.”

Performance dates and times for The Addams Family are April 8-10, 14-17, and 21-24, showings at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

All shows are presented at the Lyceum Theater located on the Vanguard University. Ticket prices are $17 for general admission and $14 for seniors, college students, and groups of 10 or more. Suitable for teens and older, children under the age of six are not permitted to attend this performance, including babes in arms.

Tickets may be purchased at www.vanguardtickets.com or by calling the Vanguard University Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145. For more information on Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts, visit www.vanguard.edutheatre.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Amanda Irving

(714) 460-3739

Amanda@reveilleinc.com

 

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 ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND 5K WALK FOR FREEDOM BRINGS AWARENESS AND HOPE TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING ISSUES

Costa Mesa Conference Draws Over 150 People to Eradicate Orange County’s Most Rapidly Growing Forms of Crime 

COSTA MESA, Calif., March 7, 2016 – Over 150 people gathered on Vanguard University’s Costa Mesa campus, and via livestream nationwide, for the annual Ensure Justice Conference, held March 4-5. The conference was hosted by Vanguard’s reputable Global Center for Women and Justice, and gathered national and local leaders, students, law enforcement, teachers, and child welfare professionals from across the U.S. and Nigeria, in the name of social justice.

This year’s conference kicked off with a free Walk for Freedom 5K, fitting the 2016 conference theme, “A Marathon: To End Human Trafficking.” The weekend included panel sessions, health care provider trainings and networking opportunities with a focus on providing more aftercare resources for human trafficking victims and their families.

“The key aspect to this conference is networking,” said Dr. Sandra Morgan, director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice. “We have made huge strides in rescuing captives and prosecuting the traffickers, but every day there are more victims and there are more traffickers. So, we have intentionally created a space to do something together—to consider our own role in this issue.”

Conference speakers at the 2-day event included Dr. Morgan; Honorable Maria D. Hernandez, presiding juvenile justice, Orange County; Dr. Laura Lederer, president of Global Centurion; Gary Taylor, division director of Children and Family Services; Deborah S. Augustine, national program manager for the Victim Witness Assistance Program, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Frank Massolini, director of The Salvation Army Promise Program; Jason Pope, technical advisor for The Salvation Army World Service Office; Priscilla Santos, program coordinator for The Salvation Army’s Anti-Trafficking Services Program; David and Dr. Beth Grant, co-founders and co-directors of Project Rescue; Ken Morris, founder and president of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives; Dawn Marie Lemmonds, chair of Aldersgate Abolitionists; and Derek Marsh, Bureau of Justice Assistance visiting fellow for human trafficking.

Friday’s conference sessions discussed vulnerable children and illicit drugs, and human trafficking as a community health issue. Day one ended with a lively Q&A, where livestreaming audience members texted and emailed questions in, and an in-person audience also raised questions. On Saturday, sessions were strategically divided by subject: research, educators, healthcare, social services, church leaders, youth outreach, and the Spanish track. Dr. Morgan, ending the weekend conference, gave a powerful “call to action” to all attendees.

“To stay the course for long term change, we must have a plan to train—much like marathon runners—to sustain, and to focus our efforts,” said Dr. Morgan.

Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) is a faith-based organization dedicated to creating a world where women and children are safe, respected and valued. The GCWJ carries out their mission through education, research, advocacy and collaboration with students, educators, law enforcement, healthcare and community leaders.  With over 21 million people living in slavery today, the GCWJ works diligently in their efforts to end human trafficking and the cyber-exploitation of women and children in Orange County and worldwide.

For more information on the GCWJ and Ensure Justice Conference, visit:http://www.vanguard.edu/gcwj/ensurejustice/

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Amanda Irving

(714) 460-3739

Amanda@reveilleinc.com

 

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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SHAKESPEARE’S ‘THE WINTER’S TALE’ TAKES THE STAGE, WITH A PSYCHOLOGICAL TWIST

Vanguard University’s Department of Theatre Arts Presents A Romance Drama That Sends A Chilling Message Of Forgiveness And Renewal

 

COSTA MESA, Calif., February 12, 2016 – Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed department of theatre arts presents William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. The main stage play, directed by Susan K. Berkompas, theatre department chair, will be presented in the Lyceum Theater on Vanguard University’s campus beginning February 26, running through March 6.

The Winter’s Tale was originally grouped among the comedy plays when it was published originally in 1623. During that time, the Shakespeare work was considered a powerful psychological drama, in contrast to its comedic, happy ending. The Vanguard University production is most suitable for teens and older.

A royal family is ripped apart when the king imprisons the queen on suspicions of infidelity, and then exiles their newborn daughter. Callous hearts are redeemed, and broken ones mended, when the king’s abandoned orphan falls in love with a distant prince. In a surprising Shakespearean twist, this bittersweet tale transcends wrath and regret, achieving romance and renewal in a miraculous conclusion.

The student cast features some of the department’s top theatre students, including Leanna Newell, playing the role of “Pertida,” and Hans Kelsen playing the role of “King of Bohemia.” Newell and Kelsen are receiving full tuition scholarships from Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts.

“We have an outstanding cast for this Shakespearean production,” said Susan Berkompas, chair of the department of theatre arts. “Our theatre students bring a new light to this nearly 400 year old play.”

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts has lauded alumni in film and professional theatre productions across the U.S.

Performance dates and times for The Winter’s Tale are February 26-28, March 3-6, showings at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

All shows are presented at the Lyceum Theater located on the Vanguard University. Ticket prices are $14 for general admission and $12 for seniors and children. Tickets may be purchased at www.vanguardtickets.com or by calling the Vanguard University Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145. Season subscriptions and group rates are available.

For more information on Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts, visit www.vanguard.edutheatre.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Amanda Irving

(714) 460-3739

Amanda@reveilleinc.com

 

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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