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

Vanguard students volunteer to help with biannual “point in time” count for federal funding for homeless

Vanguard University students volunteer to help with count of homeless in Orange County, California to continue federal funding

Around 4:00 a.m., while you were likely still asleep, Vanguard students were out and about volunteering their time with the biannual “point in time” count of the homeless population.  Why?  Because it is required for continued federal funding for shelters and other related programs.  According to the LA Times, the city is applying for $16 million.

Last week, Vanguard students attended several training sessions led by Dr. Ed Clarke, professor of sociology at Vanguard University, to learn about the process and what their specific jobs would be on the morning of the street count.  The project is mandated for all communities (but unfunded) by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD.)

While some experts have said that the homeless remain under counted, Dr. Clarke, who has led a multi-count of the homeless population, says the number of homeless in Costa Mesa has remained relatively the same over the past 5 years. His work with the Churches Consortium has resulted in a more accurate understanding of what the needs of the homeless in Orange County, CA truly are.  With this information has come the ability to promote positive changes that impact the daily lives of those living on the streets.  One of these changes is the addition of a storage facility in Costa Mesa that the homeless can use to check in their few but meaningful belongings.  They also have a place to shower and do laundry.

The counts takes place across the country during the last 10 days of January (January 26th for OC.)Vanguard University professor of sociology, Dr. Ed Clarke and his students help to improve life for homeless  in Orange County, California

For more information, visit Point in Time Orange County.

Costa Mesa confronts homelessness head-on

Vanguard professor of sociology, Ed Clarke, addresses homelessness in Costa Mesa, California

Vanguard Sociology professor, Dr. Ed Clarke, whose cutting-edge research on homelessness and work with the Churches Consortium in Costa Mesa has increasingly received regional attention, weighs in on the issue in LA Times article:

Vanguard’s Women’s Basketball Team Ranked #1 in NAIA Poll

CongratulationsVanguard Women's Basketball team ranked #1 in NAIA Division 1 poll to Vanguard’s Women’s Basketball team for achieving the #1 ranking in the nation for Division 1 basketball on January 15, 2013!  Amid frequent practices and traveling for games, the team was  also able to maintain a first-semester GPA of 3.7.  For more information on the NAIA rankings, click here.

Director of Nursing Program and Professor elected to Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL) Board of Directors

Mary Wickman, PhD, RN, Director of the Nursing Program and Professor at Vanguard University, has been elected to be the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL) Board of Directors South representative in 2013. ACNL is a statewide nursing organization that seeks to position nurse leaders to influence the future of health care by developing nurse leaders, advancing professional practice, influencing health policy, and promoting quality health care and patient safety.

“In light of challenging economic times and healthcare reform, it is essential that nursing have a voice at the state, national, and local level to ensure that healthcare changes are patient-centered, timely, and safe” says Dr. Wickman. “ACNL is the organization that has the statewide representation and resources necessary to be the nursing voice in California.”

Mary Wickman, a U.S. Navy veteran, has served in key nursing positions in southern California. She has nearly four decades of leadership in the field of nursing. Wickman earned her BSN from Mount St. Mary’s College and joined the U.S. Navy early in her career. She served on active duty for three years and in the reserves for 18 years. In 1991 she was recalled in support of Desert Storm. Wickman comes most recently from the large nursing program at CSU Fullerton where she was hired to start a program to train nurses to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Wickman took the Director position at Vanguard in 2011 to establish the University’s new master’s degree in nursing program with an emphasis on education and leadership.

She is currently an active member of the California Action Coalition Workgroup #6, the California Association of Colleges of Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. She is a presenter at local and national nursing conferences and has been published in a variety of peer reviewed nursing journals. Wickman is the contracted research facilitator at St. Jude Medical Center and is on site at the Medical Center one day a week to promote interdisciplinary research and evidence-based practice. She is actively involved in the PEACE plan at Saddleback Church and states that she has been privileged to serve on trips to Rwanda and Mexico City in conjunction with mission teams.

ACNL is a non-profit professional nursing organization that seeks to position nurse leaders to influence the future of health care. Created and embraced by nurse leaders, ACNL’s vision, mission and values reflect the principles that guide the organization. ACNL is the influential voice of nursing leadership advocating for the advancement of the profession and seeks to represent nursing’s voice regarding health care issues. More can be learned at: http://www.acnl.org/

For more information on Vanguard University’s Graduate Nursing program, click here.
For more information on Vanguard University’s RN to BSN program, click here.