VANGUARD UNIVERSITY’S DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE ARTS HONORED BY KENNEDY CENTER AND AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATRE FESTIVAL

Department of Theatre Arts Chair, Susan Berkompas, MFA, Directs Riveting Production That Looks At Domestic Violence From A Different Perspective

Costa Mesa, CA, January 21, 2016 –Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts has been selected by the Kennedy Center and American College Theatre Festival to be included in this year’s regional festival, featuring a selected scene from Vanguard’s production of Life Without Parole. The scene will be included in the Evening of Invited Scenes at the University of Hawaii Honolulu from February 11-15, 2016.

Life Without Parole, directed by Susan Berkompas, MFA, chair of the department of theatre arts at Vanguard University, is a contemporary drama that tells the story of Helen Broker as she faces a parole board hearing for the first time—taking audiences on a journey through the tragedies of domestic violence. Vanguard professor and playwright, Warren Doody, transformed what was once Dr. Elizabeth Dermody Leonard’s research of the California Institution for Women at Chino, into an original stage play. Dr. Dermody Leonard interviewed 42 women who were serving long-term sentences for killing their abusive partners.

Berkompas is also set to produce Life Without Parole in Los Angeles, on a professional stage in 2016.

The Evening of Invited Scenes, where Life Without Parole will be featured, kicks off the festivities at the 2016 Regional Festival, held in Honolulu. More than 1000 students, faculty, and guest artists from universities and colleges across Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Guam and Hawaii will gather for this year’s 48th festival. The scene from Vanguard University’s production was one of 10 scenes selected to participate in the main stage production, out of approximately 75 nominated.

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

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

 

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 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 12 regional college in the west and a top veteran-friendly college for 2015, and 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 CELEBRATES SCHOLARS DURING SOLD OUT MUSICAL PERFORMANCE AT RENEE & HENRY SEGERSTROM CONCERT HALL

Thousands of Dollars in Scholarships Awarded to Vanguard University Students During 19th Annual Christmas Fantasia Concert Series

Costa Mesa, CA, December 9, 2015 – Vanguard University’s department of music performed their 19th annual Christmas Fantasia concert at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on Tuesday, December 9, 2015. The festival of sacred and popular Christmas music was performed for a sold-out audience of over 1,600 Orange County concertgoers, all poised to share in the spirit of the season.

Nearly 200 students from the university’s award-winning music ensembles took to the sizeable Segerstrom stage, following a powerful Christmas prelude by organist, Dr. Jung-A Lee, on the 48-foot silver leaf pipe organ. After a rousing overture of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, the audience took to their feet and joined the university’s choirs and orchestra in a festival of classic Christmas carols. During the 90-minute performance, nine of the department’s 13 music ensembles filled the acoustically vibrant concert hall with holiday music.

A VIP reception was held at The Center Club, where red lighting, silver décor, and crystal chandeliers lit up the room of 250 guests including Vanguard University faculty, board members and community leaders. Hot cocoa, candied apples and eggnog were served amidst the Christmas trees and twinkling lights, while student musicians serenaded in the background. Vanguard University President, Dr. Michael Beals, and Vice President for University Advancement, Justin McIntee, took the stage at the reception to thank guests and honor top sponsors, Meguiar’s, Farmers & Merchants Bank, and Hoag Orthopedic Institute. Dereesa Reid, CEO of Hoag Orthopedic Institute, expressed her gratitude for Vanguard’s department of music and acknowledged the school’s distinguished reputation in higher education.

Vanguard University began its Christmas Fantasia tradition 19 years ago, with the Orange County community in mind. Since its inception, the concert has grown from an intimate dessert reception to a major event, now in its 6th year at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

Since 2009, the concert has concluded with a special presentation of the Ralph Carmichael Scholarship Award. This award was established in honor of the famous composer and arranger who studied music at Vanguard University—the first four-year college in Orange County. Carmichael graduated Vanguard and went on to write arrangements for top performers including Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, and Stan Kenton, while serving as musical director for I Love Lucy.

During the December 8 Segerstrom performance, Vanguard University’s president, Dr. Michael Beals, awarded Janelle Harriman with the Ralph Carmichael Scholarship Award for her outstanding academic performance within the university’s music performance program. Harriman, class of 2016 and a native of Vancouver, Washington, will receive her degree in worship studies, one of the newest majors of study at Vanguard University. Robert McIntire and Sarah Whaley were also awarded with $1,000 in music scholarship dollars, at the December 4 Christmas Fantasia concert, held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach. McIntire, a sophomore, and Whaley, a junior, are also students in the worship studies program.

“The department of music at Vanguard University is a preeminent place to be exposed to the music and arts industry of Southern California,” said Justin McIntee, vice president for university advancement. “We are thrilled with the commitment of our donors and their support of our students—the next generation of industry leaders.”

 

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 PROFESSOR AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MERCY HOUSE, LARRY HAYNES, RECOGNIZED BY MAYOR PULIDO

Vanguard University Graduate and Professor Contributes To Ending Homelessness in Orange County

COSTA MESA, Calif., Dec. 3, 2015 –On Tuesday, Mayor of Santa Ana, Miguel Pulido, recognized Father Jerome T. Karcher and Larry Haynes from Mercy House for their outstanding service to the City of Santa Ana Council Meeting.

With its headquarters in Santa Ana, Mercy House provides housing and comprehensive supportive services for a variety of homeless populations which includes families, adult men and women, mothers and their children, persons living with HIV/AIDS, individuals overcoming substance addictions, and some who are physically and mentally disabled. This year, Mercy House served close to 5,000 homeless individuals in their emergency services programs and prevented or ended homelessness for over 800 individuals.

Larry Haynes, graduated from Vanguard University in 1986, and joined Mercy House in May of 1990 as its original employee. He now serves as the organization’s executive director, and as adjunct professor of sociology at Vanguard University. In addition to teaching at the university level on poverty and homeless issues, Larry is one of the co-authors of Orange County’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness and currently serves on the Orange County’s Commission to End Homelessness Board of Directors, and is Chair of the Commission’s Prevention and Outreach Implementation Group. He is Chairman of the local Emergency Food and Shelter Program and the Costa Mesa Partnership to End Homelessness as well as a member of Cal State Fullerton’s Community Advisory Board on Homeless Issues.

The Council Meeting was held on Tuesday, December 1st in the Council Chambers in Santa Ana.

 

About Vanguard University
Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located 10 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 No. 13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, No. 10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and No. 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 vanguard.edu.

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Vanguard University Receives $2.57 Million U.S. Department of Education Grant to Expand Opportunities for Hispanic and Low-income Students

Vanguard University Is the Only Recipient in Orange County to Receive Funding

COSTA MESA, Calif., Nov. 30, 2015 – Vanguard University’s efforts to celebrate racial and ethnic differences in community life are accelerating, thanks to an infusion of funding from the U.S. Department of Education. As part of a more than $51 million federal grant for 96 Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Vanguard has received a five-year $2.57 million grant to strengthen and expand educational opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students through its Diversity & Inclusion Department. Vanguard is the only four-year, Orange County-based institution and one of only two Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) institutions to receive funding.

Vanguard opened its Diversity & Inclusion Department in 2009 to encourage students to explore cultural diversity, racial reconciliation and gender equality issues. As a federally designated HSI – an institution of higher education with at least 25 percent Hispanic full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment – Vanguard is recognized for making college more attainable for Hispanic students. This grant will allow the private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies to further educational opportunities for students through faculty development, curriculum development, academic tutoring and mentoring, and other services at through the department.

“Across the nation, more Hispanics are enrolling in college and Hispanics soon will represent nearly one in three American workers,” said Dr. Michael J. Beals, president of Vanguard University. “We’re committed to helping educate these emerging leaders and introducing them to ways they can transform the campus and their communities through their talent, faith and influence.”

Vanguard expects this grant to help more students access post-secondary degrees and credentials, which are key to building a highly skilled workforce. Plus, Vanguard aims to ramp up Diversity & Inclusion Department efforts to educate the entire student community about cultural diversity, racial reconciliation and gender equality issues. Already, Vanguard students like Heidi Lepe and Sylvana Marquina are stepping up to extend this consciousness beyond their campus.

Lepe, class of 2016, is promoting social and economic opportunities for Hispanics. This sociology major and recipient of a National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference scholarships for Latino students aims to help generate equitable opportunities for educational advancement, employment, and distribution of wealth and resources. As an intern at the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County, Lepe provides bilingual resources and educational support to families. She also works for the El Paseo Academic Program, helping dozens of K-12 students achieve maximum academic potential – an experience she intends to build into advocacy for Latinos in school.

Set to graduate in 2017, Marquina is a biology major and Hispanic Student Scholar. She juggles her undergraduate studies with an internship at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, and volunteered previously for John Muir Medical Center, delivering surgery schedules, training dozens of healthcare volunteers and delivering hundreds of lab specimens. At Vanguard, Marquina is learning how to become a healthcare leader who advocates for equitable healthcare access that includes affordable, high-quality, culturally and linguistically appropriate care in a timely manner. She intends to become a pediatrician.

In addition to the U.S. Department of Education funding, the campus Diversity & Inclusion Department also recorded another milestone this year. It was relocated to the newly commissioned Scott Academic Center on Fair Drive, which serves as the inviting “front door” to the university. The three-story education center spans nearly 50,000 square feet and increases classroom capacity by approximately 1,500 students per day.

 

About Vanguard University
Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located 10 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 No. 13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, No. 10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and No. 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 vanguard.edu.

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Vanguard University Awards Ralph Carmichael Scholarship at Annual Segerstrom Hall Christmas Concerts

Costa Mesa, CA, November 12, 2015 – “Christmas Fantasia,” Vanguard University’s annual festival of sacred and popular Christmas music, will be performed December 4 and 8 at two Orange County venues. The concert, presented by Farmers & Merchants Bank, will feature nearly 200 students from the University’s award-winning choirs and instrumental ensembles, and award two students with the prestigious Ralph Carmichael Scholarship Award—named in honor of the legendary Vanguard alum, and composer and arranger for Nat King Cole.

“Our annual Christmas Fantasia concerts have become the perfect opportunity to recognize outstanding students from within our academic and performance programs,” said Dr. James Melton, professor and chair of music at Vanguard University.

The Ralph Carmichael Scholarship Award was established in honor of the famous composer and arrangerwho studied music at Vanguard University – the first four-year college in Orange County. Carmichael graduated and went on to write arrangements for top performers including Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, and Stan Kenton, while serving as musical director for I Love Lucy. The scholarship in Carmichael’s name was awarded to two recipients in 2014, both music and worship studies majors at Vanguard University.

“I was extremely overcome by the generosity of the anonymous donation and gift, which ended up being the exact amount I needed to pay off my upcoming spring semester school bill,” said Christine Correa, one of the students awarded last year, and the first in her family to attend college. Correa was also one of four students to receive the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Award last year.

Each year, students from Vanguard’s reputable department of music bring classic works to life, such as Handel’s Messiah and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite. Performances at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church will featureVanguard’s Concert Choir, Orchestra, Women’s Chorus, Jazz Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Barbershop Quartets, and the Vanguard Singers and Band.

Christmas Fantasia 2015 schedule:

Friday, December 4, 2014, 8pm
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach
FOR TICKETS:
www.vanguardtickets.com

Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
FOR TICKETS:
www.scfta.org

 

For more information, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

 

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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