Vanguard University Lions to Play for 2014 NAIA Men’s Basketball Championship

Costa Mesa, CA, March 24, 2014 – A determined Vanguard squad boarded an elusive ship, destination 2014 title game, on Monday evening as it cruised past Saint Gregory’s 108-88 to earn one of two tickets to the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship.

Preston Wynne (SR/Wellpinit, WA) might as well have been the ship’s captain, as he steered the Lions to victory with a career-high 42 points on 14-for-19 (73.6 percent) shooting. He took the wind out of Saint Gregory’s sails, sinking 6-of-9 attempts from 3-point range in the contest.

“Tonight was a great team performance,” Wynne said. “I think this was our best team shooting percentage game that we had all year. Well, at least it felt like it. It just feels great to know that whether we win or lose, my last game as a Lion will be in the championship game with my brothers. I have to say thank you to all of the faculty and the students for the support and for coming together to watch the game in The Pit. That was so big time.”

As a team, Vanguard ended the game shooting 59.3 percent (35-of-59), including a tournament-high 14 3-pointers.

The Lions, who boast the most wins ever for a VU men’s basketball team at 31-6, have won eight-straight games. They are the first team in the history of the program to advance past the second round of the tournament.

“Our guys are happy to be here, but I think they’re also happy to be playing one more game together,” head coach Rhett Soliday said. “We’re just going to let it rip and see what happens. We know there will be some uncharacteristic mistakes, kind of like there were tonight, but once the guys settle down, they’ll adjust.”

The Lions will play Emmanuel (Ga.) at 5:00 p.m. PST on Tuesday for the national title. The game will air nationally on ESPN3. Click here for more information to access to ESPN3.

Read the full story here: http://www.vanguardlions.com/article/4930.php

*Parts of this release taken from naia.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 LIONS

The Intercollegiate Athletic Program at Vanguard University is dedicated to the holistic growth and development of all student athletes, teaching them to lead Christ-centered lives on and off the field of competition. The program encourages a high standard of academic and athletic excellence that embraces character building. Along with the specific-sports instruction, the department seeks significance by providing the student athlete with the knowledge to impact his/her world through a lifetime of service to Christ.

The Vanguard Lions are leaders of character emulating Christ through faithfulness and selflessness, while passionately educating and influencing others to change the culture of sport. Learn more at www.vanguardlions.com

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 10 regional college in the west for 2014 and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 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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Global Center for Women and Justice Introduces White House Champion of Change, Chaplain Priscilla Mondt

Costa Mesa, CA, March 19, 2014 – We are pleased to announce the annual celebration of Women’s History Month by honoring our women veterans with army veteran, Chaplain Priscilla Mondt, MDiv, MEd. Mondt will give a special speaking presentation, Monday, March 24 at 4:00 pm at Vanguard University. This event, along with many others, are made possible through Vanguard University’s partnership with the Employees Community Fund of Boeing, who contributes to developing the Orange County Women Veterans Network.

Chaplain Mondt represents the thousands of women veterans from across the decades in the United States Military. Her story and experience in her 31 years of military service are a captivating look at the role of women in the army. After her presentation at the 4:00 pm chapel, Mondt will make an appearance at the post-chapel reception in the Veterans Courtyard at Vanguard University, at 5:00 pm.

Selected as a 2013 White House Champion of Change, Mondt is listed in the World’s Who’s Who of Women and International Biographies. Her highest awards are the Bronze Star and Legion of Merit. She also has the distinction of being the first female chaplain assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division.

As a pioneering female for the Assemblies of God, Mondt is the first female chaplain denominationally for the Army and first female chaplain both assigned to the Veteran’s Administration and as a chief chaplain. Nationally, she serves on the Veterans Health Administration Diversity and Inclusion Committee and My HealtheVet spirituality editorial board. Mondt currently serves as the chief of chaplain service at Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks.

RSVP to gcwj@vanguard.edu to attend. To learn more about the Women’s History Month event, and other events sponsored by the Global Center for Women and Justice, visit http://www.vanguard.edu/gcwj

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 10 regional college in the west for 2014 and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 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 http://www.vanguard.edu/gcwj

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Vanguard Forensics Team Celebrates Multiple Victories and Broken Records at Invitational Tournament

forensics-team-picOn March 8-10, Vanguard University’s forensics team competed at the National Christian Colleges Forensics Association (NCCFA) Invitational Tournament winning multiple awards and making tournament and Vanguard history.

Hosted by California Baptist University, the NCCFA tournament brings together the “best and brightest Christian competitors in the nation,” forensics coach and communications professor Karen Nishie said. Vanguard’s team took home first place in the Division II Sweepstakes for debate and third place in the Individual Events Sweepstakes.

Along with several other team members, student Josh Popke took home an Individual Events award. Looking back on the event, Popke said that it made him “feel great about being a part of debate.” Also, he said that he hopes the team’s victories will bring recognition for Vanguard, make students aware of the team and maybe even be an encouragement for more students to be a part of the forensics team in the future.

In an email to staff and faculty praising the students’ great success, Nishie said: “it’s been an amazingly satisfying experience coaching this group of students.” Even though it was a rebuilding year with six students who had never done collegiate debate before August, the team did wonderfully, she said.

To learn more about the forensics team, click here.

Making History: Vanguard Lions Win GSAC Men’s Basketball Tournament Trophy

COSTA MESA, California, March 11, 2014 – No. 9 Vanguard won its first-ever Golden State Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament trophy on Tuesday evening in The Pit to sweep both the regular season and tournament titles for 2013-14. The Pride, led by Preston Wynne (SR, Wellpinit, WA)’s 24-point, 5-assist performance, defeated No. 23 Hope International (22-10) 90-80 in the championship game.

The Lions (27-6) are one win away from tying the all-time best mark for wins in a season (28), set by the 1988-89 men’s hoops squad.

Vanguard claimed an automatic bid to the 2014 Buffalo Funds NAIA Men’s Basketball Tournament in Kansas City (March 19-24) with the win.

Read the full story here: http://www.vanguardlions.com/article/4905.php

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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ABOUT VANGUARD LIONS

The Intercollegiate Athletic Program at Vanguard University is dedicated to the holistic growth and development of all student athletes, teaching them to lead Christ-centered lives on and off the field of competition. The program encourages a high standard of academic and athletic excellence that embraces character building. Along with the specific-sports instruction, the department seeks significance by providing the student athlete with the knowledge to impact his/her world through a lifetime of service to Christ.

The Vanguard Lions are leaders of character emulating Christ through faithfulness and selflessness, while passionately educating and influencing others to change the culture of sport. Learn more at www.vanguardlions.com

 

Lions Basketball to Battle for Tournament Title on March 11 in Televised Championship Game

MBKB14 Champ LogoCome cheer, roar and support your Vanguard University men’s basketball team as they battle in “The Pit” for the 2014 Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Championship tonight at 8 p.m. Fox Sports Prime Ticket will be televising the event.

Attendees are invited to dress in gold and come early to put on face paint. Ticket prices include $15 for reserved seating and $10 for general admission. Also, Vanguard Athletics is giving away free tickets to the first 160 students who come to the game and present their Vanguard ID.

Ranked No. 9 in the country, the Lions will face the No. 23 Hope International University Royals for the GSAC Conference Tournament Championship. Come see the men’s basketball team make Vanguard history in the program’s first-ever appearance in a GSAC Tournament Championship game.

To learn more about the event, click here.