GCWJ Hosts Gala Dinner to Ensure Justice

The beautiful Santa Ana Country Club combined with the mellow sounds of the Vanguard Jazz Ensemble was a perfect setting for the Inaugural Global Center for Women and Justice Gala.  Attendees included people like Symphony 100 President, Darellyn Melilli,  OC Human Trafficking Task Force Chair, Lt. Derek Marsh, Justine Amodeo, Editor in chief of Coast Magazine, and Retired Judge Sam Smith who came together because of a common heart for justice.  Justice for children was the theme of Keynote speaker, Rhonda Sciortino who asked attendees to support the important mission of research and education in addressing injustice for children.  Director, Sandie Morgan, stirred hearts with reports on her recent trip to Iraq on behalf of women and her commitment to educating our communities to prevent sexual exploitation in our own backyard and globally.

The Gala was followed by a 2 day conference demonstrating the Center’s mission to Ensure Justice: Standing Together to End the Exploitation of Girls. Judges, Prosecutors, teachers, nurses, survivors, community members, and students studied the issues in order to be a voice and make a difference!!

Save the date for next year, the 10th anniversary of the Global Center for Women and Justice, March 7-8, 2013.

OC Metro: President Taylor Remains a Woman to Watch in OC

Dr. Carol A. Taylor

President, Vanguard University of Southern California

Worst Job: Working in a cubicle doing patient billing at a small hospital, with little or no human interaction.

As president of Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, Carol Taylor is the first female president of any Assemblies of God university, and only the sixth woman currently in presidential leadership, among the schools in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), an international association of Christian institutions of higher learning. Taylor is a strong advocate for second-language learners and international students. She has consulted for a number of state departments of education and national resource centers, and worked with national committees focused on large-scale testing. She has taught and lectured nationally, as well as in 11 countries around the globe. Since 2000, Taylor, who has a Ph.D. in multilingual/multicultural education from Florida State University, has helped to further Christian higher education. She’s been a facilitator and a mentor in the CCCU Women’s Leadership Development Institute, and she served on the CCCU Student Academic Programs Commission.

Advice to women in business: Be an eyes-wide-open optimist while facing brutal facts. Get the best team, invest in them and turn them loose.

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Vanguard Awarded Ranking in the Top 10 Schools for Online Early Childhood Ed Degrees

The SuperScholar Smart Choice ranking was designed as a tool to help prospective early childhood educators make a smart choice about where to invest their time and money in earning their degree. Programs were selected and ranked based on publicly available information on their academic quality, student satisfaction, reputation in the field, and cost.

The Value of an Online Early Childhood Education Degree

A degree in Early Childhood Education is the perfect for people who love working with children and helping them flourish. Early childhood educators have the unique opportunity to impact the lives of children at the most important stage of their growth and development. The impact of good early childhood education on the long term well being of society has become better understood and more well known in the last decade, giving rise to greater demand for trained early childhood educators. An online degree in early childhood education has the potential to open up numerous possibilities for future employment and promotion. An associate’s degree in early childhood education from a regionally accredited college or university is considered a minimal requirement for most entry-level positions in the field, with the need for a bachelor’s degree becoming more prevalent. Those seeking leadership and administrative positions are usually required to have at least a master’s degree.

Vanguard offers an accredited online Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. This 124-unit program is designed for maximum flexibility and convenience, allowing students to choose any time of the day or night for classes. Vanguard’s online Early Childhood Education program uses an accelerated 5-week class schedule to help students complete their BA quickly.

Accreditation: Vanguard University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

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Vanguard Alumnae Top the List of OC Business Journal’s Excellence in Entrepreneurship

Orange County Business Journal announced its annual list of nominees for the “Excellence in Entrepreneurship” Awards for 2012. The Business Journal’s awards programs are designed to recognize those individuals and organizations whose accomplishments positively impact the OC business community. Among the list of up and coming business leaders were Vanguard University alums, the founders of 31 Bits in Costa Mesa, CA.

Kallie Dovel `08, Founder/Co-Owner
Brooke Hodges `09, Director of Involvement
Anna Nelson
`09, Director of Administration
Jessie Simonson
`09, Director of Sales and Production
Alli Swanson
`09, Director of PR and Marketing

Kallie Dovel traveled to Uganda in 2007 and met women who made paper beads, but lacked a marketing and sales plan. After hearing their stories, Kallie searched for a way to give opportunities to her new Ugandan friends. She brought jewelry back to the U.S. and spent the next year dreaming up the concept of a development organization. She brought a few friends on board and her ideas quickly evolved into 31 Bits. Kallie’s new team traveled to Uganda in August 2008 and selected six women to buy jewelry from on a monthly basis. The company has now evolved into 108 Ugandan female employees, not including a Ugandan staff of six program managers who run specific trainings and programs for beneficiaries. They receive English lessons, financial trainings, business courses, HIV/AIDS treatment, bike loans and more. 31 Bits is now sold in more than 130 stores around the world.

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God’s great artistic and redemptive project

Last summer, my daughter Brianne and I took a 5000 mile road trip: Grand Canyon, Santa Fe, Hannibal, Missouri (for the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain’s passing), Chicago…and back again.

The visit to the Grand Canyon set the stage for the rest of the trip. You’ve probably been there. Bri and I began our visit with a fossil hike led by a geologist called Ranger Mike. There on the limestone ground of the south rim, we found dozens of ocean fossils: coral, sponges, clams…Ranger Mike informed us that 250 million years ago this land was covered by what is now the Pacific Ocean, which left these behind when it receded. When the Colorado River, with the help of the shifting of the tectonic plates, carved out this stunning space, it uncovered these fossils…but not just one layer. Six separate layers of ocean fossils are lodged in the canyon limestone, suggesting six different historical epochs during which the ocean covered this land.

The scale and grandeur of the Canyon put our short lives in perspective. I was struck by the artistry of God: infinite patience, exquisite textures, creativity beyond imagination. And this eternal Artist has invited us, tiny ones that we are, to join him as sub-creators, apprentices in His grand creative project.

Bri and I saw this human sub-creativity in Georgia O’Keefe’s Santa Fe paintings inspired by the open spaces of northern New Mexico. We saw it in Marc Chagall’s stained glass “America Windows” at the Art Institute of Chicago and in that city’s extraordinary architecture (like the gothic flying buttresses on top of the Tribune tower). We saw it in Mark Twain’s stories and in the exhibits at the Field Museum.

In spite of the many ways in which we have botched the job and created ugliness instead of beauty, God’s redemptive work continues in us and through us. Whatever our particular calling, we are sub-creators, junior partners, like children who emulate their parents’ projects and experience their parents’ delight and passion.

This, I think, captures something of our journey as Vanguard University professors who integrate faith, learning, and life…We have been called into God’s great artistic and redemptive project. His project has a billion facets, all centered in Christ, and our discipline has taken us deep into one or more of those facets. We join, in our own small way, in that creative project and, in turn, invite our students to join us, equipping them for their lives as sub-creators. What beauty. What grace.