Janette…ikz and Ezekiel to Perform Spoken Word Event on Nov. 13

diversity-pic2After an impactful event in the spring semester, poets Janette…ikz and Ezekiel are returning to the Vanguard University campus for another night of spoken word on Nov. 13 from 8 to 9 p.m.

Poets Janette…ikz and Ezekiel captivate and inspire audiences while sharing important Biblical truths through spoken word. Diversity Events Coordinator Shannon Price, who is planning the event, said they reach a different audience by “integrating faith into hip hop culture.” Spoken word allows people to “express faith in a variety of different ways… It is very deep and raw,” Price added.

Looking forward to the event, Price said that people should come because, for many, it will be something they have never experienced before. The spring semester event was her first time at a spoken word event. She had high expectations for the event and it did not disappoint. “To see vulnerability up on stage is very new and refreshing,” she said.

This local event is open to the public. Some refreshments will be provided.

To learn more about diversity programming, click here.

A battle cry to serve those who have served resonates at Vanguard University’s Veterans Day Celebration

Vanguard University veterans resource center veterans day celebrationOn Friday, dozens of people gathered in the Veterans Courtyard of Honor at Vanguard University to honor the men and women who have served our country.  The Vanguard University Beautyshop

Quartets kicked off the ceremony with their harmonious rendition of the National Anthem.

The theme that emerged throughout the ceremony was one that veterans, their friends, and family know all too well: freedom comes at a price.  “Our families know the price of freedom,” said Sgt. Frank Orzio, USMC, a pastor at Wounded Warrior Ministries before he gave the invocation.  Referencing John 3:16, the price God was willing to pay for the salvation of his people, Orzio talked about how we must remember those valiant warriors who served and ensure that their lives are not wasted.


Presentation of the Colors

Sgt. Brent Theobald, a Vanguard University alumnus who is the Director of Veterans Affairs at Vanguard University briefly shared the important role Vanguard University played in his transition after returning from tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq.  He reminded the crowd that each year over 30,000 veterans return home to California and that it is our responsibility to help them make this transition a successful one.


President Michael Beals addresses the crowd

President Michael Beals next addressed the crowd, explaining that he’s been surrounded by veterans all his life, including his own father, and that their stories of service helped shape his respect for those who served.  He emphasized the need to create a safe space for veterans, citing how trips to the Mohave Desert served as that place for his family members, who helped each other to heal.  For Beals, the Veterans Resource Center here at Vanguard University is that safe place for student veterans to heal as they make the transition to their vocational calling here at home.

Keynote speaker Dr. Bill Peters, author of First Force Recon Company: Sunrise at Midnight, recipient of the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart and many others, talked about the wounds of war and how they don’t always go away with time.  In a refreshingly candid speech, he recounted some of his war stories, emphasizing how difficult the transition into civilian life is for so many and how helpful it would have been to have had a place like the Veterans Resource Center at Vanguard in his own transition.

Peters also talked about his experience with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), explaining that it took him 35 years to realize it was real and had affected him and so many of his comrades.  “It is difficult in identifying it and doing something about it is really God’s heart.”  Peters ended by commending Vanguard for its willingness “to nurture and to develop that which will really heal our veterans.”

Vanguard University fully yellow ribbon veteran program

Adrian Michael receiving his award

A special recognition was given to Vanguard alumnus, Adrian Michael, who worked for four years as a volunteer leader with the Student Veterans Club at Vanguard University.  A non-veteran, Adrian dedicated his spare time to serving those who he feels so strongly deserve all of our love and attention.  After receiving the award, Michael thanked everyone, and said, “To student veterans, I want to tell you that I love you so much.  You have given me such hope and joy to know that I can make a difference.  To non-veterans, defend them at all costs.  Remind them of their value and that they’re loved.”


Vanguard University Jazz Ensemble

The ceremony ended with the Service Medley, played by the Vanguard Jazz Ensemble.  The sound of the crowd’s applause as veterans stood for each Branch of the Military’s melody was a battle cry for those of us who have not served in the military.  Unlike the price God paid for our salvation – a price that cannot be repaid – we can repay our veterans by equipping them with the educational tools they need to become the men and women God designed them to be.

For information on how you can get involved, click here.


Lady Lions Featured in Multiple Articles for Big Wins

Lions_headSuccess on the road and at home, Vanguard University’s Lions dominate the court and the field.

The lady Lions volleyball, basketball and soccer teams received recognition locally and nationally for their victories. In a five set match with a final game of 15-10, No. 10 Lions volleyball defeated the No. 2 Concordia University Eagles giving the Eagles their first Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) loss in three years. Vanguard’s women’s basketball defeated UC Santa Barbara’s NCAA Division 1 team with a final score of 69-66. And VU’s women’s soccer beat Biola in the first round of the GSAC tournament 1-0.

“It’s a wall!” Teammates yelled after another block shut down the Concordia offense at the Nov. 5 Vanguard volleyball match. Vanguard ended the five-set match with 14 blocks to Concordia’s three. Scores were 23-25, 25-19, 25-23, 21-25 and 15-10.  After defeating the No. 2 team in the nation, Vanguard volleyball Coach Eryn Leja said: “I am just so proud of this team… Watching our team’s heart come through tonight’s match was priceless.” To read the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) article, click here.

On the road, Vanguard’s women’s basketball competed against four different NCAA D1 teams and won the final game verses UC Santa Barbara 69-66. Senior Nicole Ballestero, an All-American and NAIA Player of the Year candidate, said: “I am proud of the way we competed these past four games and I am really excited for what this team is going to do this year.” To read the NAIA’s article, click here. To read the Daily Pilot’s write-up about Ballestero, click here.

Also on Nov. 5, Vanguard’s women’s soccer team defeated the Biola Eagles with a final score of 1-0. Defender, sophomore Ashley McCutcheon headed the ball into the goal off of a corner kick from Jennifer Martin. Junior Martin, senior Kayla Arenas and senior Jordan Davidson were all selected for the 2013 All-GSAC team. Davidson has also been selected as GSAC Co-Player of the Year. To read the Daily Pilot’s article, click here.

To learn more about Vanguard University’s athletics, visit the athletics website at vanguardlions.com.

Vanguard’s Global Center for Women and Justice Brings Leading Experts on HumanTrafficking and Global Child Slavery to Annual Ensure Justice Conference

Social justice leaders from World Relief and the Department of Homeland Security to educate Vanguard University students, parents and community on child slavery, a rising form of human trafficking

Costa Mesa, CA, November 5, 2013 – Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice announced today that the keynote speaker for its annual Ensure Justice Conference will be human trafficking and child slavery expert Stephan Bauman, president and CEO of World Relief.  The 2014 Ensure Justice conference will be held March 7-8, 2014 at Vanguard University.

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.  Child slavery is the focus of the 2014 Ensure Justice conference, called “Why is She a Slave?”, which will address local, national, and international prevention and intervention.

“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.”

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.

“Mr. Bauman brings to Ensure Justice a rich tapestry of experience in finding sustainable solutions to social justice issues around the world,” says Sandra Morgan, director of the Global Center for Women and Justice.  “His work at World Relief has been instrumental in combating human trafficking, which is essentially modern-day adult and child slavery.  We look forward to collaborating with Mr. Bauman at the Ensure Justice 2014 conference in March and on future collaborations.”

David L. Myers, director of the department of Homeland Security’s Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships will also be a featured speaker.  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.

Other featured speakers include JoAnn Butrin, director of International Ministries for the Assemblies of God and Shyima Hall, a survivor advocate, whose Egyptian parents sold her into child slavery in Egypt when she was 8.

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

For information about the 2014 Ensure Justice conference, Global Child trafficking: Prevention and Intervention, visit www.ensurejustice.com.



Vanguard University (www.vanguard.edu) is a private, Christian, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies equipping students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. The U.S. News & World Report has ranked Vanguard among the best baccalaureate colleges in the west in their 2012-2013 rankings of colleges and universities and The Princeton Review named Vanguard a 2012-2013 “Best in the West” College. Vanguard is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


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.




Lions’ Soccer Teams Win First Senior Games on New Field

IMG_4075On Oct. 30, Vanguard University’s men’s and women’s soccer teams beat the San Diego Christian Hawks for the first senior games on the new home field.

The green turf glistened in the sunshine as players hustled up and down the new field. A recent partnership between Vanguard University and a local soccer club resulted in the brand new field. Completed in October, the field hosted its first home games a couple of weeks before the senior games.

Defeating the Hawks with final scores of 2-1 for the men and 2-0 for the women, the Lions claimed their new turf. Winning on the new field was a great way for the seniors to finish their Vanguard soccer careers and for the other players to start this new chapter for Vanguard soccer.

Before each game, teams presented and honored their seniors. The men’s team’s four seniors are Andrew Sullivan, Bryan Ponce, Brandon Antonissen and Josh Banta. The women’s five seniors are Sarah Warner, Megan Hill, Paige Sikes, Jordan Davidson and Kayla Arenas.

To read more about the men’s game, click here, and for the women’s game, here.