Ensure Justice “Cyber Exploitation” Conference at Vanguard University Addresses Growing Problem of Human Sex Trafficking

Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women & Justice aims to protect children by educating adults on ways to prevent human sex trafficking – a modern-day form of slavery

Costa Mesa, CA, February 1, 2013 – In commemoration of National Freedom Day, Vanguard University announced today that it will host its annual Ensure Justice Conference on March 8-9, 2013. This year’s conference, called Cyber Exploitation, will address the use of Internet and social media as a means to exploiting elementary, middle and high school students who are at-risk for being recruited into commercial sexual exploitation (also known as human sex trafficking.)

Sgt. Craig Friesen of the Anaheim Police Department, who works in conjunction with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF), told Vanguard students enrolled in a Human Trafficking class last week that he and his team have served more than 300 victims of human trafficking this past year, 40% of whom are under the age of 18. According to the OCHTTF, key indicators of human trafficking may include but are not limited to:

  • General Indicators – Victims are not free to leave, and are being forced to perform labor/services • Physical Indicators -Victims may have tattoos indicating someone else’s ownership or injuries/scars from abuse or assault
  • Sex Industry/Brothels – This could be a massage parlor, other place of business, or a residence. There may be large amounts of cash and condoms on location; men come and go frequently and/or late at night.

“Laws such as California Proposition 35, the “California Against Sexual Exploitation Initiative” which passed on November 6, 2012 are not enough to adequately combat the increasing problem of human sex trafficking,” says Sandra Morgan, director of the Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University. “Today marks exactly 148 years since Abraham Lincoln signed the resolution that would eventually abolish slavery, and yet there are still children and youth who live in slavery or involuntary servitude. As parents, teachers, children’s workers and pastors, it is our responsibility to educate ourselves on the techniques and strategies traffickers use to lure, trap and enslave children.”

Attendees will learn about the warning signs in identifying exploited children and the action steps necessary to reduce the risk of children vulnerable to predators. Experts in human trafficking will equip attendees with new, strategic perspective on online tactics used to manipulate and deceive children at home, in schools, and in churches.

Speakers include Ernie Allen, president and CEO of International Centre for missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), Dr. Laura Lederer, president of Global Centurion and former senior advisor on human trafficking at the U.S. State Department, and Lisa Thompson, director, Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking for the Salvation Army. Last year’s Ensure Justice conference drew in over 350 attendees, including teachers, physicians, attorneys, stay-at-home mothers, and other business professionals.

For more information on how to register, please visit vanguard.edu/ensurejustice

MEDIA CONTACT: Shana Martin, Director of Communications at Vanguard University

Department of Music Introduces New Bachelor Of Music Degree

Vanguard University announces new degrees in musicStarting in the Fall of 2013, the Department of Music is introducing a Bachelor of Music degree in addition to its current Bachelor of Arts in Music, and Bachelor of Arts in Worship Studies degree programs.

The Bachelor of Music degree is tailored to the student desiring rigorous performance and academic training as part of their undergraduate experience.  The degree combines the core music curriculum with specialty courses within the student’s chosen field of concentration.  The Bachelor of Music degree is a professional degree that prepares and equips students to continue on in their performance field in graduate school.  Entrance into the Bachelor of Music degree is by audition only.  Approximately 77 Music Units are required for this degree program.

Bachelor of Music Concentrations:

  • Church Music
  • Composition
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music Education
  • Performance
    • Voice
    • Guitar
    • Piano
    • Instrument

Vanguard University Wins Twice in 10th Annual Service Industry Advertising Awards (SIAA)

Congratulations to the Vanguard’s creative marketing team for winning two awards at the 10th Annual Service Industry Advertising Awards (SIAA) which were announced this week.  The Spring/Summer 2012 issue of VU Magazine won a Silver and the 2010-11 Annual Report, won a Merit.

According to the SIAA, nearly 2,000 entries were received in this year’s competition.  A national panel of judges evaluated and rated entries in eight groups and twenty-six categories.  The judges awarded 140 Gold Awards, 109 Silver Awards, as well as 82 Bronze Awards.

SIAA is the only advertising awards to specifically recognize the achievement of the service industry.  Many other advertising awards are dominated by consumer goods and other tangible products.  The service industry is adding a significant contribution to  marketing and advertising.  SIAA recognizes the creativity adn communication of the service industry.

Student Veterans Club Hosts Veterans Resource Center Open House

Vanguard University students gather to celebrate veterans at an open house Last week, Veterans and non-veterans gathered at Vanguard University’s Veterans Courtyard of Honor for an Open House designed to welcome  new student veterans to Vanguard University.  In addition to providing information about the Veterans Resource Center, attendees had a chance to see what the Student Veterans Club has planned for the rest of the school year while noshing on yummy sandwiches and desserts.  In attendance was the Costa Mesa Freedom Committee and American Legion Post 455.

Thank you to all of our veterans for your selfless service to our country.  We are blessed to have you in our lives and remember those who have fallen in our prayers.

About the Veterans Resource Center at Vanguard University

The Veterans Resource Center at Vanguard University exists to support veterans by providing academic planning, financial advisement, and resources for professional, personal, and spiritual development designed to equip veterans to achieve their educational and professional goals.

Student veterans club at Vanguard University provides resources for student veterans

5K Walk/Run Will More than Reunite Alumni at Vanguard’s Homecoming

100% proceeds from 5k race to help find a cure for ailing 7-year old daughter of two dedicated Vanguard alums

Costa Mesa, CA, January 29, 2013 – Vanguard University (VU), a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies, announced today that it will host a 5K Walk/Run during Homecoming to raise money for a young daughter of two Vanguard alums in need of medical care. 7-year old Mercy Doyle suffers from a neurological condition that doctors have been trying unsuccessfully to diagnose.

Since she was 2-years old, Mercy has experienced a unique set of symptoms that has stumped leading pediatricians around the country. Symptoms have included tremors in her feet and the loss of muscle coordination resulting in her inability to walk or crawl. Some physicians believe an auto-immune disorder is at the core of the disorder.

Mercy’s parents – Kevin and Camie (Grasser) Doyle –were very active as student resident advisors (RAs) and worship leaders at Vanguard until graduating in 1999; Kevin played on the baseball team for three years. These same servant leadership qualities are evident in their determination to find a treatment for their daughter’s condition.

“The Doyle family has been through an enormous hardship emotionally, spiritually, and financially,” said Joel Gackle, director of alumni relations at Vanguard University. “The Vanguard community has united together in prayer for them. With the money we can raise from this 5k Walk/Run, we hope to also shoulder some of their financial burden by raising money to give Mercy the medical attention she needs.”

When they are not traveling to seek medical care for Mercy, the Doyles and their three children live in Henderson, Nevada, where Kevin is a pastor at Green Valley Christian Center.

“It’s been truly a humbling experience,” Camie Doyle said. “We feel so blessed by everyone who gives. It’s not just money; it’s their time, their talents, their resources. The 5K Walk/Run is on Saturday, February 2 at 9:30 a.m. on the Vanguard campus in Costa Mesa. Registration is open to the public and can be done online at vanguard.edu/RunForMercy or before the race. All ages are welcome. Cost is $10 per entry and all proceeds go to the Mercy Doyle’s medical expenses.

For more information about Vanguard Homecoming, go to vanguard.edu/alumni/news-homecoming

For more information on Mercy’s progress, go to www.prayformercy.org

MEDIA CONTACT: Shana Martin, Director of Communications at Vanguard University