Vanguard Professor to Conduct Homeless Census Addressing Costa Mesa Homeless Issue

Bever targets soup kitchen

In latest effort to stunt homelessness in Costa Mesa, mayor calls for investigation of nonprofit charities like Share Our Selves, Someone Cares Soup Kitchen.

By Mike Reicher

DAILY PILOT

Looking to cut down on homeless services in Costa Mesa, Mayor Eric Bever asked the city CEO to investigate some of the city’s most prominent charities.

Bever singled out Share Our Selves and Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, two nonprofits that give food and medical care to the poor and homeless.

Costa Mesa’s homeless population has been a stubborn issue for city officials. Residents consistently complain that individuals overtake public facilities like Lions Park and the Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library.

The city has tried to make it less hospitable for homeless people by banning smoking in parks and other measures, but they just congregate elsewhere, officials and residents say.

Now, Bever is looking to address what some say attracts homeless people from other cities.

“These businesses—nonprofit, profit, whatever—are creating tremendous impacts on our community,” said Bever, who compared the nonprofits to nightclubs that bother neighbors.

It would go a long way to solving the problem of homeless people coming to Costa Mesa, he added, “If we managed to put the soup kitchen out of business.”

That assertion is off-base, said Shannon Santos, the executive director of Someone Cares.

A survey the soup kitchen conducted in 2011 found that 86% of its guests said they were from Costa Mesa, and about 40% were low-income seniors, many of whom live in the nearby Bethel Towers apartments, she said.

“There’s a big misconception that the only people we’re feeding here at the kitchen are the homeless people,” Santos said. “I would love to invite the mayor to come in and see who we are really serving, and I think he’d be surprised.”

Bever’s hard-line request came outside of the city’s task forces designed to address homelessness. The  Homeless Task Force and Neighborhood Improvement Task Force have worked to reconnect homeless people with their families, discouraged groups from providing food in Lions Park, and restricted where people can lock up their belongings at the library, among other measures.

“Those are the kinds of things that we’re doing, because we want to address this problem holistically, and not go in with guns blazing … and end up in court,” said city Assistant CEO Rick Francis, one of the leaders of the Neighborhood Improvement Task Force.

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Panel Discussion on Public Discourse and Public Theology feat. Professor Darren Guerra

Seminarians for Public Discourse:

Featuring best-selling author Jim Wallis,
professors Darren Patrick Guerra, of Vanguard University
and Scott Waller, of Biola University

When: Thursday, October 11, 2012 @ 7 PM

Where: Fuller Seminary’s Travis Auditorium (visit info here, parking info here)

Seminarians for Public Discourse, a Pasadena-based student-run initiative to promote civil public discourse, announces a panel discussion with leading commentators and professors who marry their faith into the public sphere.

The purpose of this project is to provide a forum in which seminarians, past and present, can bring into the sphere of public discourse the perspective provided by this filter by which we see the world. How does our faith provide a lens for which to understand and engage in public discourse?

On Thursday evening, Seminarians for Public Discourse will be launching this project by hosting several speakers who will shed light on how they understand public discourse and public theology. There will be a panel discussion between peoples of various backgrounds in the evangelical faith spectrum, as well as in the political spectrum. A Q&A session with the audience will follow.

Speakers include Jim Wallis, Scott Waller, and Vanguard University professor of political science, Dr. Darren Patrick Guerra.

Jim Wallis is an author, public theologian, speaker, and international commentator on ethics and public life. He is also president and CEO of Sojourners. He recently served on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and currently serves as the vice chair of the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum. His latest book is Rediscovering Values: A Guide for Economic and Moral Recovery. His two previous books, The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post–Religious Right America and God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It were both New York Times bestsellers.

Scott Waller is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Biola University. He teaches classes in American Government, Constitutional Law, Political Theory, and a series of classes on the relationship between religion and the public order. Scott is also a regular guest on the “Intersection of Faith and Reason” show hosted by Frank Pastore and broadcast throughout southern California on KKLA. Topics discussed include the role of evangelicals in the American political culture, the current electoral cycle, and church-state relations.

Darren Patrick Guerra is Professor of Political Science at Vanguard University in the Department of History & Political Science. His scholarly focus is American Politics and he teaches classes on American political institutions such as Congress and the Presidency as well as courses on Constitutional Law, Immigration History/Policy, and other topics in American politics. He has a forthcoming book, entitled Perfecting the Constitution: The Case for Article V and Formal Amendment is due out soon from Lexington Press.

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GCWJ Presents 7th Annual International Weekend of Prayer & Fasting

All are invited to attend the 7th Annual International Weekend of Prayer & Fasting for victims of sexual trafficking at Vanguard University this weekend!

The Global Center for Women & Justice joins Live2Free and The Salvation Army in creating well-needed awareness and observance of those exploited in the commercial sex industry.  Eight prayer stations will be available for interactive intercession.

The vigil will be held in the Great Commission Hall at Vanguard University on the 2nd floor of the Health Academic Building beginning 4 p.m. on Friday, September 28 through 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 30, 2012. Vanguard University is located at 55 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa, CA, you can also view a campus map online here.

For more information about preventing human sex trafficking, please visit The Salvation Army website.

Bob Wilson Named Athletics Director of the Year

Vanguard University Athletic Director Bob Wilson has been named Athletic Director of the Year for 2011-12 by the NAIA Athletic Directors Assn.

Wilson, in his 18th year at Vanguard, will be formally recognized at the 2013 NAIA Awards Banquet, part of the NAIA National Convention scheduled April 19-23 in Kansas City, Mo.

The annual award recognizes Wilson’s integrity, commitment, mentorship, education and motivation to student-athletes, coaches and staff at Vanguard.

“When I think of Bob Wilson, I think first of a man of impeccable integrity, deep commitment to the best that the NAIA represents, great loyalty to his institution and programs, and a commitment to mentoring future athletics leaders,” said Vanguard President Carol Taylor.

Vanguard athletics offers nationally competitive teams and a pioneering approach to forming athletes’ character that ahs been recognized with multiple awards, honors and grants.

Wilson, who has headed Vanguard’s athletic department since 1995, has overseen 57 teams that have competed in NAIA national championship play, including the 2008 NAIA champion women’s basketball team.  Bob Wilson is himself a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame for basketball.

Lions teams have won 11 conference titles during his tenor and Vanguard programs and student-athletes have collected distinctive honors for outstanding achievements in competition and in the classroom. During Wilson’s tenure, Vanguard has had 199 NAIA scholar-athletes and 149 NAIA All-Americans.

Wilson has been instrumental in the installation of the NAIA Champions of Character program at Vanguard since its launch in 2000. Vanguard is now a Certified Program Center of NAIA Champions of Character, and Vanguard has garnered 10 NAIA Team of Character awards, two Dr. LeRoy Walker awards and two National NAIA Coach of Character awards. Wilson has worked hard to make Champions of Character a critical element in Vanguard athletics culture. He educates his student-athletes tirelessly on important concepts and values, and he motivates them to be persons of good character.

We are grateful to have Bob on campus and thankful for his service as a positive role model over the years for all athletes that have been a part of the Vanguard Athletics program.

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U.S. News & World Report Announces the 2013 Best Colleges: Vanguard University ranked in Top 10

Washington, D.C. – September 12, 2012U.S. News & World Report released today the Best Colleges 2013 edition, which includes the rankings and data of more than 1,500 schools nationwide.
Once again, Vanguard University was named in the Top 10 colleges in the west.

“Since 1983, U.S. News has strived to provide students and their families with the best data and information available to help navigate the college process and make informed decisions,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer. “As the college process becomes more competitive and comprehensive each year, U.S. News continues to improve and expand the array of school data, photos, reviews, tools, and resourceful content on USNews.com.”

Along with the 2013 rankings and data, new to the U.S. News education site this year is the addition of job and internship opportunities for college students and recent graduates. The job listings, powered by AfterCollege, can be found on a school’s profile page and highlight companies and organizations recruiting students and recent graduates from particular schools.

The college ranking categories are based upon the 2010 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifications. The Carnegie classification system has been used by U.S. News since the Best Colleges rankings began because they are the basis for classifying schools by most higher education researchers.

For the first time, the results from the past two years of high school counselor reputation scores, which are only used in the National University and National Liberal Arts Colleges rankings, have been averaged. This was done to account for the fluctuation of ratings year to year, and also to increase the number of ratings each school received. The high school counselor ratings are one of the factors that indicate a school’s academic quality. Other indicators include financial resources, alumni giving, assessment by administrators at peer institutions, faculty resources, student selectivity, and the retention of students. To find more information on the Best Colleges 2013 rankings methodology, go to www.usnews.com/collegemeth.

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