Costa Mesa Partners with Top OC University to Host 2015 Special Olympics World Games

Costa Mesa, CA, March 6, 2015 – The city of Costa Mesa proudly declared its official partnership with Vanguard University to participate in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games “Host Town” program. Vanguard will host over one hundred Special Olympics athletes on its Costa Mesa campus, July 21-24, 2015.

“We are thrilled to see so many communities eager to participate in this integral component of the World Games,” said Patrick McClenahan, president and chief executive officer of LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee. “The Host Town program will not only create lasting memories for these athletes and coaches from around the world, but leave a lasting legacy for the communities who are opening their doors, hearts and minds to host these inspiring athletes.”

The City of Costa Mesa joins as many as 100 communities across Southern California on the list of officially proclaimed Host Towns. The Orange County Host Towns for the pre-Games celebration include Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Mission Viejo, La Habra, Fullerton, and Orange.

“Vanguard University has a deep history in the City of Costa Mesa and an esteemed tradition of athleticism and sportsmanship through our NAIA Division I men and women athletic programs,” said David Vazquez, director of strategic partnerships at Vanguard University. “As such, we welcome this natural partnership with the City of Costa Mesa to co-host a delegation of athletes from the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.”

With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches expected to participate this summer, The Host Town program is a very significant 3-day program. It takes place prior to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games as a complete welcome roll out. Delegations of athletes from around the world will be welcomed and celebrated at the city of Costa Mesa Host Town, specifically on the Vanguard University campus. Athletes from Orange County will also compete as part of Team USA, as well as volunteer as ambassadors for The Games.

“The Host Town program is an exciting way for Southern California locals and Costa Mesa residents to open our doors and show the athletes and coaches from around the world our hospitality and our culture,” said Costa Mesa Mayor Stephen Mensinger. “This is an important part of the World Games experience and a truly meaningful way for different communities to be part of the Games and create lasting memories for our visiting athletes.”

Established in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics has grown into a worldwide movement which promotes the acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities through sports and emphasizing the joy of participation over competition.

For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LA2015.org.

 

To request an interview, 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-focused 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 2014 “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 to Discontinue Tennis Program

Costa Mesa, CA, March 2, 2015 – Vanguard University has announced the discontinuation of the tennis program, which includes men’s and women’s tennis, beginning with the 2015-16 academic year.

“We are immensely grateful for the leadership of coach Mattias Johansson, since he started in 1996, and lead the teams to various NAIA Championships,” stated long-time athletic director, Bob Wilson. “Mattias has not only coached athletes into rankings of Athlete of the Year, but he has managed 85 All-American and NAIA Scholar-Athletes, almost 40 All-GSAC players, 15 All-Region players, and over 15 players with awards for their stellar play in NAIA Championships.”

All tennis student athletes who had eligibility remaining will be granted the same amount of athletic financial aid through the spring 2015 academic semester. All other institutional aid, including academic, institutional need-based funds and loans, will continue to be honored as long as student athletes submit their FAFSA by March 2, 2015, and continue to meet the criteria established for that aid. Student athletes will be asked to meet with financial aid to determine their financial aid package beyond the spring 2015 semester.

“The highly competitive athletic program at Vanguard University is continually committed to excellence in academics and holistic growth, both on and off the field,” said Vanguard University provost and vice president of academic affairs, Doretha O’Quinn. “We know this mission will persist, even as the decision has been made to remove tennis from the Vanguard University athletic program.”

Student athletes who wish to continue their tennis career at other collegiate programs will receive full support and assistance of the Vanguard athletics staff in their transfer.

To learn more about Vanguard University’s top-ranked athletics program, visit www.vanguardlions.com.

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Annual Orange County Conference to Draw Hundreds in the Name of Human Trafficking

Costa Mesa, CA, February 26, 2015 – One of Orange County’s most rapidly growing forms of crime, human trafficking, will bring hundreds together at the annual Ensure Justice Conference on March 6-7, 2015, held at Vanguard University. The yearly conference is open to the public, registration required.

“A few years ago not many people even knew about human trafficking – now there are more than a thousand organizations undertaking anti-trafficking work. This growing awareness is why the Ensure Justice Conference is so essential for those thousands of practitioners, professionals, community leaders, and emerging student leaders,” said Dr. Sandra Morgan, director of the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University.

This year’s conference will focus specifically on four principles: coordination, collaboration, capacity, and compassion. Keynote speakers at the Costa Mesa conference will include officials from Homeland Security Investigations, the Orange County Department of Education, and the Orange County Social Service Agency, amongst others. Discussion topics will include anti-human trafficking, trauma-informed victim-centered care, gangs and ways to partner with law enforcement. Expert panels will also address school-based professionals, empowering them to be a safety net, understanding risks to prevent trafficking in local schools.

“School-based professionals are on the front lines, and they can help protect youth from human trafficking when they know what warning signs to look for. It’s vital that education be a partner in this valuable prevention effort,” said Stacy Deeble-Reynolds, prevention coordinator for the Orange County Department of Education, and speaker at this year’s conference.

Attendees of the Ensure Justice Conference will additionally gain a rooted understanding of the nation’s emerging best practices – with top law enforcement, university administrators, health and mental health providers as workshop leaders.

“Justice is not an option for followers of Jesus – it is our faith life,” said Jo Anne Lyon, general superintendent of The Wesleyan Church. “This is our journey of discipleship.” Lyon will also be a featured speaker at the conference.

Officials have estimated 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today. According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. More than 70% are female and half are children. California alone harbors three of the FBI’s 13 highest child sex trafficking areas in the nation: neighboring Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. Human trafficking victims and survivors have been making headlines recently in Orange County, specifically.

To register for this year’s Ensure Justice Conference, visit www.ensurejustice.com

To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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-focused 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 2014 “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

ABOUT THE GLOBAL CENTER FOR WOMEN AND JUSTICE
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. For more, visit www.vanguard.edu/gcwj

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51st Annual Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast in Orange County to Honor Military and Veterans

Costa Mesa, CA, February 25, 2015 – Orange County’s 51st annual Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast will be held Friday, March 13, 2015 at 7am, at the Irvine Hotel in Irvine, CA. Sponsored by Vanguard University, this annual southern California gathering is part of Orange Coast Christian Outreach’s Outreach Week.

This year’s keynote speaker, Brent Theobald, is a graduate of Vanguard University, located in Costa Mesa, CA. Theobald, US Marine Corps combat veteran and director of strategic operations at Far Reaching Ministries, will present this year’s theme of honoring military and veterans. He will be recounting his story of serving in the military with deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Horn of Africa, and the difficulties he faced in his transition out of the military.

“My story is not unique – there are thousands of veterans who have transitioned out of the military and faced various challenges,” Theobald said. “My hope is that one or two of them will benefit from hearing my story of healing, forgiveness, hope and purpose.”

As a member of the elite Marine Force Reconnaissance Company, Theobald’s were among the first American boots on the ground in November 2001, in search of Osama Bin Laden. After his service, Theobald joined the staff at Vanguard University, taking the position of director of veterans affairs. Transitioning back into civilian life in Orange County was an identity check for this US Marine Corps combat veteran. In the military he was responsible for millions of dollars of equipment, and ultimately, the lives of men. When moving to Orange County, he found himself unemployed, without community, and without fitting in. After deciding to pursue his academic goals and eventually joining the staff at Vanguard University, Theobald recognizes the Costa Mesa University’s leadership in helping veterans transition back into civilian life – going through just what Theobald went through.

“The moment you stand in Vanguard’s Veterans Courtyard of Honor, you realize how deeply this university cares about veteran success in transition,” Theobald recounts.

In his current role at Far Reaching Ministries, Theobald works closely assisting refugees fleeing the brutality inflicted by ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Traveling the globe, Theobald also works with internally displaced people in South Sudan, naming his purpose to serve the least of these and be a voice for the voiceless in the conflict zones.

Orange Coast Christian Outreach (OCCO), the host of the annual Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast, is a non-profit organization dedicated to evangelizing the Orange County area, unifying non-profits, churches, and groups who all share the goal of seeing cities come to know Jesus Christ. One of the ways OCCO attains this goal is with the Orange Coast Christian Outreach Week. The Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast will kick off the week, hosting mayors from Newport Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, and more from coastal cities.

To reserve seats at the 51st annual Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast, on March 13 at 7am, or to sponsor the event, visit www.outreachweek.org.

To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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-focused 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 2014 “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 Selects Chief Financial Officer, Announces Vice President Positions

Costa Mesa, CA, January 19, 2015 – Vanguard University’s tenth president, Dr. Michael Beals, announced on Thursday the appointment of chief financial officer, Jeremy Moser `97, MBA `04. Moser joins the Vanguard University cabinet alongside the newly appointed vice president for administration and public affairs, Kelly Kannwischer, and Justin McIntee `98, MBA `08, vice president for university advancement.

“I am excited to announce these new cabinet-level positions, which support the university’s goals of equipping each student for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service,” said Dr. Michael Beals, Vanguard University president. “We have a strong team as we enter the New Year at Vanguard.”

As chief financial officer, Jeremy Moser is responsible for banking, budgeting, insurance, investments and risk management at Vanguard, overseeing human resources, accounting operations and fiscal management. In addition to being a former university trustee, Moser has served as manager of global financial planning and forecasting at Capital Group as well as on audit committees and financial boards throughout Southern California. Moser is a two-time Vanguard alum, with a Bachelor of Arts in accounting and finance, and Masters in business – organizational leadership.

Kelly Kannwischer will continue working at the cabinet level, providing administrative and planning leadership to university operations. Kannwischer will also support and enhance the university’s ability to achieve is core mission by maintaining outstanding facilities and infrastructure, which includes effective and efficient support services for students, faculty, and staff. In addition, the VP for administration and public affairs role includes promoting and managing the university’s brand through marketing and communications strategies. Kelly is a graduate of the University of Virginia and has served Vanguard University since 2010.

Justin McIntee will assume the role of vice president for university advancement, having served as associate vice president for development since 2012. McIntee will lead the development team and alumni relations on campus, providing strategic leadership for the university’s advancement plan – this includes development, donor and alumni relations, and all campaign activities. Before returning to Vanguard in 2012, McIntee served as director of major gifts at Mission Hospital. He is also a two-time alum of Vanguard, with a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in business administration.

For more information on the Vanguard University cabinet, visit www.vanguard.edu/president

To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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-focused 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 2014 “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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