Alumni Community to Rally Around Family and Local University as Annual Tradition

Costa Mesa, CA, January 7, 2015 – Vanguard University has announced its Homecoming Weekend events, including a 5K Fun Run/Walk benefitting an alumni family with a powerful story of strength and survival. The Homecoming events will take place on Vanguard’s Costa Mesa campus on January 28-31, 2015, with the 5K Fun Run/Walk to be held on Saturday, January 31, which is open to the public.

“From the beginning, we wanted Homecoming to bring our alumni and expanded community together to reconnect, celebrate, and impact others. We decided to offer a 5K Fun Run/Walk to benefit one alumni family, with all proceeds going toward their cause,” said Joel Gackle, director of alumni and university relations. “Three years ago we held our first annual 5K Run for Mercy – named after an alumni couples’ young daughter Mercy. It was great to see community members who had never been to Vanguard, but wanted to help others.”

This spring, the 5K Fun Run/Walk will benefit the Brock Family, who are overcoming huge obstacles. Jon ’04 and Laura (Ely ’04) Brock, met at Vanguard while they were students, married shortly after graduating in 2004, and had two children. This past year Laura fought a difficult lung disease known as Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis, leading to a double lung and heart transplant. Following the transplant Laura’s body could simply fight no more. Her story can be found on the family’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BreathingforLaura.

The university’s office of alumni relations is taking action to celebrate Laura’s great legacy with the 5K and rally around the Brock family, alongside the Orange County community, alumni, family and friends.

“At Vanguard, we pride ourselves on a strong sense of community,” said Gackle.

To get involved by participating or volunteering in the 5K Fun Run/Walk at Vanguard University, or contributing to the cause, visit https://connect.vanguard.edu/event/5k. To see a full list of Vanguard University’s Homecoming Week of events, visit http://www.vanguard.edu/alumni/homecoming-2015/.

 

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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OC University to Launch President’s National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Costa Mesa, CA, January 5, 2015 – Launching the President’s National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Vanguard University will hold Pray for Freedom. The event will be simulcast to churches, universities, and communities across the nation. The Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST) in partnership with the National Weekend of Prayer to End Slavery and Trafficking, and the Vanguard University Global Center for Women and Justice will host the event – to be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015, 3:00-5:00pm at Newport Mesa Church in Costa Mesa.

Pray for Freedom: Challenging Slavery brings the Christian community together to pray for wisdom, empowerment, and success in the battle to end modern day slavery,” said Dr. Sandra Morgan, director of the Global Center for Women and Justice. “Many are doing good work with great commitment and passion, yet we encounter discouragement and weariness. A call to prayer is a call to depend on God, listen to God, and experience hope in the midst of the battle.”

During this event, our communities will gather to pray for victims of labor and sex trafficking. Leaders of global initiatives will open with a prayer for wisdom, resources, and divine intervention to free captives worldwide. The nationally-simulcast event will include FAAST partners from Project Rescue, World Relief, Salvation Army, World Hope International, and Vanguard University. Nearly a dozen special guests offering prayer at Pray for Freedom will include Congressman Ed Royce, founders of Frederick Douglas Family Initiative, Ken Morris and Nicole Morris, and Jack Miranda with granddaughter Jacleen Sanchez.

One of the main hosts of the event, Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ), is a faith-based organization, which seeks to create a just world where women and children are safe, respected and valued. The GCWJ carries out this mission through education, research, advocacy and collaboration, working with students, educators, law enforcement, healthcare, and community leaders, to end human trafficking and the cyber-exploitation of women and children in Orange County and worldwide.

To learn more about the Pray for Freedom event and other upcoming events hosted by The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University, visit www.vanguard.edu/gcwj.

To attend the live streaming event on January 10, 2015, visit www.vanguard.edu/live.

 

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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Vanguard University Joins in Worldwide #GivingTuesday Campaign

Costa Mesa, CA, December 1, 2014 – On #GivingTuesday December 2, 2014, Vanguard University will join businesses, families, community centers, charities, and students around the globe for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. On this day gifts to Vanguard University will support the Through These Doors campaign for renovation and expansion of the university’s Scott Academic Center – and thanks to a generous donor, all donations will be matched dollar for dollar.

The Scott Academic Center, which broke ground on new renovations and upgrades in October, is the hub of student services, including admissions, financial aid, accounting, and registrar offices on Vanguard’s Costa Mesa campus. The innovative enhancements being made to the building include ten new classrooms, a new café, expanded core programs, a complete exterior facelift, and a tower element to give the building landmark significance.

“Giving Tuesday is a wonderful way for our Vanguard community to show how much they care about our students,” says Justin McIntee, associate vice president for development and campaign management. “It wasn’t that long ago that philanthropy was largely a private affair, but that’s all changed with social media. We are so grateful for the many ways that our supporters bless VU students with their generosity, and hope that our alumni and friends will join in this global movement on December 2nd.”

Dollars received on #GivingTuesday will move Vanguard in the direction of reaching the $7 million goal, of which the university is less than $150,000 away from. Gifts of $100 or more will be recognized on a special donor wall display inside of the new Scott Academic Center – a way for donors to leave their mark in a tangible way.

#GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Together, with a team of influencers and founding partners, a global movement was launched that has engaged over 10,000 organizations worldwide.

For more information on #GivingTuesday and contributing to the Through These Doors campaign, visit www.vanguard.edu/GivingTuesday. For more information on the Through These Doors campaign to renovate and upgrade the Scott Building, visit www.throughthesedoors.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

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Vanguard University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Named in Orange County’s Hot 25

Costa Mesa, CA, November 12, 2014 – Dr. Doretha O’Quinn, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Vanguard University, was announced in the November issue of OC Metro Magazine’s Hot 25 list, alongside southern California business leaders, entrepreneurs and educators. Dr. O’Quinn, one of the university’s newest administrators, has spent over 34 years working in education of all levels.

“Every year, OC Metro magazine culls through hundreds of names to find the people making an indelible impact on Orange County, and the wider world,” said Heather Skyler, managing editor of OC Register Metro magazine. “This year, the Hot 25 celebrates it’s 25th year in print, and the list is impressive: there’s a beloved athlete, a world renowned musician, a museum director, a comedy writer, a comedienne, inspiring educators – such as Dr. Doretha O’Quinn – entrepreneurs, inventors, and more.”

In the magazine’s feature, Dr. O’Quinn credits her passion for leadership to her school years, where opportunities in school and church led to mentoring and eventually training other leaders across the globe. From summers in Ethiopia equipping young leaders, to working with college students in Orange County, Dr. O’Quinn says, “integrity, plus hard work, having a vision and knowledge of your purpose, and a love for people” are what make a great leader.”

In addition to being mentioned in the OC Metro publication this month, Dr. O’Quinn is known as an award-winning teacher, speaker, administrator, and published author, as well as “Outstanding African-American Educator of the Year.” Her own education was achieved in southern California – receiving a B.A. from Life Pacific College of San Dimas, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Biola University.

“Being “hot” in O.C. is no small feat,” continued Skyler, “some of the most important businesses and individuals in the country got their start right here.”

Dr. O’Quinn currently works closely with President Dr. Michael J. Beals, in the leadership of all academic programs, promoting Vanguard’s distinctive academic excellence, which integrates faith and life. Supporting the undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion faculty at the institution, Dr. O’Quinn’s direction has made a big impact in just a short amount of time since her start in July 2014.

 

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

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

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Vanguard University and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Host New York Times #1 Bestselling Author, Eric Metaxas

Costa Mesa, CA, November 3, 2014 – Vanguard University and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach are proud to host An Evening with Eric Metaxas on November 12, 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. This free event is open to the public, and will take a look at the eye-opening exploration of the phenomenon of “Miracles” – also the title to Metaxas’ latest book.

Metaxas is the author of “Bonhoeffer”, a New York Times #1 bestseller, and one whom ABC News has called a “witty ambassador for faith.” Offering serious discussion on how faith and science collide, Metaxas documents stories of actual miracles from individuals across the country. In his latest work, “Miracles,” Metaxas explores what they are, why they happen and how they can change your life. The book is also a timely answer to the books of the “New Atheists” – Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris – who have passionately asserted not just the impossibility of miracles and the supernatural, but the outright harmfulness of belief in them.

“At our core, Vanguard University is an educational institution that is constantly seeking the integration of faith and learning – of mind and spirit – the two are never separate,” says Kelly Kannwischer, vice president for university advancement. “Because of this value, we are honored to host Eric Metaxas, as he gives Orange County audiences an understanding of the complex concept of miracles.”

Tickets are free, but reservations are required, as it is expected to be a sell out event. Visit http://www.vanguard.edu/eric-metaxas to purchase tickets, and to view additional event information.

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