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

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



Vanguard University ( 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.


Lady Lions Basketball Ranked No. 1 in the Country for NAIA Div. 1

doucetteuclaStarting the season on top, Vanguard University’s women’s basketball team is ranked No. 1 in the NAIA Div. 1 poll.

On Thursday, the Lions began pre-season with an exhibition game verses UCLA, an NCAA D1 school. The Lions battled the D1 team finishing the game with 57 points to the Bruins’ 66 points.

Continuing the pre-season games, the Lions will play Cal, Stanford and UC Santa Barbara. Cal and Stanford are in the top-10 of the country’s highest collegiate level.

To view the women’s basketball schedule, click here.

To read the write-up from Thursday’s game, click here.

Vanguard University’s Acclaimed Music Department to Rekindle the Spirit of Christmas for Orange County audiences at its Annual Christmas Concert

Christmas Fantasia 2013 will deck the halls with a medley of carols, classics, and popular music, bringing boundless energy and talent to a time-honored Vanguard University tradition

Costa Mesa, CA, October 9, 2013 – Vanguard University’s music department will present its annual Christmas concert, Christmas Fantasia, to audiences at two prominent Orange County venues in December 2013. The concert, which began in 1997 as an intimate banquet for leaders and supporters of the university, has grown to be one of the University’s signature events.

Each year, Christmas Fantasia celebrates the songs of the season with a variety of music including selections from Messiah and the Nutcracker with usually a light spoof of a major classical theme. With performances at Segerstrom Center for the Arts and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, the Christmas concert features Vanguard University’s 150 member choirs and Vanguard’s many ensembles.
“I don’t know too many Christmas concerts where the students mix with the audience, walking in with them, seating them, and interacting with them,” said Dr. James Melton, professor of music at Vanguard University. “It showcases the relationship that our faculty has with our students and how we invest in them to help them be successful not only in college but also in the future, as world changers. At Christmas Fantasia, we let our students tell the Vanguard story.”

Vanguard’s music faculty includes educators who bring a wealth of experience as seasoned musicians to the classroom and beyond. Vanguard music students have recently completed tours of China, western Europe, and South Korea, and have performed at leading venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. The Concert Choir and Vanguard Singers have traveled to dozens of countries throughout Europe and Asia and perform approximately 100 concerts a year in the greater Orange County area.
The evening will feature performances by the Vanguard University Concert Choir, Orchestra, Women’s Chorus, Jazz Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Barbershop Quartets, and the Vanguard Singers and Band.

Christmas Fantasia 2013 schedule:
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 8:00pm
Segerstrom Center for the Arts / Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:00pm
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
For more information about Christmas Fantasia 2013, visit

Vanguard University ( 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).