Anaheim Family YMCA’s 46th Annual Good Friday Prayer Breakfast Features Vanguard University Choir and Orchestra

Vanguard University music students elevate morning of praise and fellowship for Orange County community at Anaheim Family YMCA event

Costa Mesa, CA, March 20, 2013 – Vanguard University announced today that for the thirteenth year in a row, its music students will be an essential part of the program at the Anaheim Family YMCA’s annual Good Friday Breakfast on March 29, 2013 at 7:15 a.m. at the Anaheim Marriott.  Vanguard singers and musicians will entertain an anticipated audience of 1,000 business leaders and attendees.

The Good Friday Breakfast, a non-denominational event that embodies the philosophy of the YMCA, began in 1968 with 200 attendees. The annual gathering is designed to bring the community together to gather in fellowship and worship music.

“The award-winning Vanguard University choir and orchestra have greatly enriched our Good Friday Breakfast these last several years,” says Paul Andresen, president and CEO at the Anaheim Family YMCA.  “Through their musical talent, professionalism, and willingness to be an integral part of this community-focused event, the students add an element of faith and service that is at the core of what we do here at the Y.   We look forward to their continued participation in this event and in others as we identify additional ways to honor God and serve the community together. ”

Master of ceremonies, KOCE’s Ed Arnold, will introduce the Vanguard University Choir and Orchestra and this year’s keynote speaker, Jeff Kemp, a former NFL quarterback and Vice President at Family Life and Catalyst for the HomeBuilders Movement.  Other notable keynote speakers have included Gavin MacLeod, Carl Karcher, Pat Boone, Rosie Greer, Mark Victor Hansen, Stephanie Edwards and Shirley Jones, to name a few.

For more information on the Good Friday Prayer Breakfast, visit www.anaheimymca.org

MEDIA CONTACT: Shana Martin, Director of Communications at Vanguard University
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Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice Provides Support for Women Veterans

A four-page spread in Coast magazine highlighted the commitment of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) to provide a network for women veterans to connect and reintegrate into society upon their return from deployment.

Recognizing that transitioning back into civilian life and employment can be a difficult process; the GCWJ saw need for more aid focused on the unique challenges that women veterans face.  In response, the GCWJ created The Orange County Women Veterans Network (OCWVN) using a grant provided by the Employees Community Fund of Boeing California.

The network is an opportunity to connect the 9,600 women veterans in Orange County. Opening these lines of communication will allow women veterans to encourage one another with their stories and shared experiences.

With March being Women’s History Month, the GCWJ wants to honor women veterans by holding a gathering for them to share their stories and begin the process of coming together in their time of transition. The GCWJ will hold their annual Women in History program on March 25 from 4-6 p.m. in Needham Chapel, followed by a reception at Vanguard’s Veterans Courtyard of Honor. Everyone is invited to join the OCWVN for this special event. To RSVP, contact Alexis Miller by March 20.

Vanguard University’s Director and Professor of Nursing Dr. Mary Wickman, seen in the photo, will speak at the event. Now a retired U.S. Navy Captain, Dr. Wickman will share about her experience as a woman serving in the military. She is one of the featured service women in Coast magazine’s G.I. Janes spread.

To learn more about the Women’s History Month event, click here.

To view the online version of the women veterans spread in Coast magazine, click here. To learn more about Vanguard University’s veterans program, visit vanguard.edu/veterans

The Global Center for Women and Justice’s 2013 Ensure Justice “Cyber Exploitation” Conference Informed and Called Attendees to Action

On March 8-9, Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women & Justice (GCWJ) hosted the Ensure Justice “Cyber Exploitation” Conference to address the issue of internet and social media being used as tools for human sex trafficking.

Sandra Morgan, director of the GCWJ, said she was thrilled seeing the community and law enforcement come together to learn and share about the issues. Attendees learned about the online tactics used by predators, the indicators of human trafficking shown by victims and the strategies used to stop this modern-day form of slavery.

The conference’s speakers included: Ernie Allen, the president and CEO of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC); Dr. Laura Lederer, the president of Global Centurion and former senior advisor on human trafficking at the U.S. State Department; and Lisa Thompson, the director of the Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking for the Salvation Army.

At the start of the conference, Allen said: “Our challenge is to mobilize our communities, become indignant about what is happening to women and children in California, in America, and around the world, and to turn our indignation into action.” The conference focused on bringing awareness to the reality of these heinous crimes and their occurrence in attendee’s communities, not just in foreign countries.

There is a need to “break the myth of human trafficking as people in handcuffs and chains,” Morgan said, when detailing the immediacy of the issue arising in homes across America. “It happens to average kids and kids in socioeconomically low situations.”

Describing the issue in terms that all parents could understand, Morgan said that cyber exploitation “is the new highway” that parents must warn their children not to run into, and the worst part is “now the street is in your house.”

The conference called for parents to engage with their children and teach them the importance of being careful online.  “Facebook doesn’t have a stranger button,” Morgan said. Using the analogy of a mother asking her daughter daily if she has brushed her teeth, Morgan said repetition and engagement is needed to create safe internet and social media use in children as it continues to be more prevalent in society.

At the event, some free online videos from netsmartz.org, created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, were used to educate attendees on the issues of cyber exploitation. Morgan encourages everyone to make use of this free resource.

Morgan is already preparing for next year’s event taking place March 7-8, 2014. The topic will be “Why is She a Slave?” covering the gender issues that contribute to human sex trafficking.

To learn more about this year’s event and connect to speaker bios, click here.

Vanguard’s Department of Music to Send Out Groups for Spring Tours

Carrying the good news on musical chords, the Vanguard University’s Department of Music student ensembles will travel to various cities across the U.S. carrying the light of Christ with them this spring break.

Vanguard’s concert choir, concert orchestra and women’s chorus begin their spring tours on March 16. These tours are an opportunity for students to take the skills they have acquired from a semester of practice and use them to bless communities inside and outside California, including Nevada and Arizona. Students perform one to two concerts a day, do community events and share their hearts of service.

The jazz ensemble will have their spring tour April 25-28 at the University of Nevada, Reno to compete in the Reno Jazz Festival. The ensemble consists of 26 students.

Spring tours are a time for bonding, building relationships that will last past graduation, working as a team and “sharing about Jesus through music,” the Coordinator of Music Events and Concert Operations, Luke Baumgartner, said.  “It’s our students being a light in these communities,” he added.

The groups consist of students with a love for music from multiple majors. “It’s not often that you get a bunch of students who are willing to give up a spring break to do ministry,” Baumgartner said. “The churches just love to see our students who are just honest, raw, real people who love Jesus,” Baumgartner continued, noting student’s priority to minister rather than just put on a performance.

Traveling as one unit, 105 students, 80 from the concert choir and 25 from the concert orchestra will make their way around central and northern California. Meanwhile, the 42 students who make up the women’s chorus will perform and minister in areas of Nevada and Arizona.

To look at the spring tour schedule, click here.