Documentary film on “Coaches’ Wives” to be Screened in Costa Mesa

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WHAT: Coaches’ Wives is a new documentary about the unsung heroes of sports, the wives of coaches. The feature-length film chronicles both the joys and struggles of being married to a coach. Producer/Director, Jonathan Moore, is the son of a coach’s wife, and exposes these women as the most unsung heroes in modern sports. The documentary showcases the coach’s wife as the backbone of the family and the team, often serving as mother to the players, managing a hectic schedule and unruly fans. When a coach’s family is constantly in the public eye, like Jeanie Buss, wife of Phil Jackson of the Los Angeles Lakers, the coach’s wife brings normalcy to an often-chaotic lifestyle.

The documentary film includes Jeanie Buss (Los Angeles Lakers), Meo Stansbury (Texas A&M), Kathy Auriemma (Univ. of Connecticut) and Mindy Rice (UNLV). Numerous coaches’ wives at the middle school, high school and small college level are also featured, including Neezer McNab (Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High School), and Daniela Olson (Manhattan Beach, Mira Costa High School).

Coaches’ Wives is produced by 33 Films. Producer/Director: Jonathan Moore (Associate Professor of Cinema Arts at Vanguard University), Karen Moore (Associate Director and Editor of “Last Call with Carson Daly” on NBC). Director of Photography: Kyo Edmoundson. Editor: Karen Moore.

WHEN: Documentary screening – Saturday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Vanguard University Lyceum Theater, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

WHY: Coaches’ Wives will hold screenings all across the U.S., starting this October, including screenings in Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Oregon. With nearly 100,000 plays on the online trailer, the LA Times recently said, “Coaches’ wives are as dedicated and determined as the coaches themselves.”

October 10 will be the documentary film screening of Coaches’ Wives with the Orange County community, film supporters, students, local coaches and faculty in attendance.

View the extended film trailer here: www.CoachesWivesDoc.com

Find Coaches’ Wives on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CoachesWivesDoc

Find Coaches’ Wives on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/CoachesWivesDoc

 

For more information, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

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-centered 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 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “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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Landmark Building on Campus to Open at Vanguard University, New Space for Students and the Costa Mesa Community

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WHAT: Vanguard University has announced the grand opening of the Scott Academic Center, with a complete expansion and exterior facelift creating a “front door” to the University. The new Scott Academic Center, designed by architect Tony Massaro, is a complete remodel of the existing 23,076 square foot Scott Academic Center which includes a 16,135 square foot addition consisting of a three-story education wing. The new building will feature 10 new classrooms, and provide expanded space for the Global Center for Women and Justice, Veterans Resource Center, Nursing Program with a state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab, and the Diversity and Inclusion Department. All student services will be housed at the Scott Academic Center. The Samson’s Café, another new addition, will be open to the public and serve coffee and light fare. Finally, a tall bell tower will mark this new “front door” to Vanguard University.

Vanguard University is grateful for the generosity of the community donating just over $7 million dollars, which exceeded its campaign goal, allowing the building to be completed debt-free.

WHEN: Grand Opening – Saturday, October 3 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Vanguard University, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

WHY: The Scott Academic Center expansion will serve the University’s near capacity student population, which is projected to expand over the next decade. This building expansion is vital to the future of Vanguard.

Founded in 1920, Vanguard University is one of three Christian institutions in Orange County, California, with approximately 2,000 students enrolled. After 30 years in Los Angeles, Vanguard University relocated its campus to Costa Mesa in 1950. The original Scott Academic Center opened in 1976, and was named after Vanguard president, professor, dean and librarian, Dr. John B. Scott.

October 3 will celebrate the grand opening of the Scott Academic Center, with city councilmembers, board members, community supporters, alumni, faculty, and students in attendance.

For more information on the Scott Academic Center grand opening, and the building’s campaign Through These Doors, visit www.throughthesedoors.com.

 

For more information, contact:
Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications
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-centered 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 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “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’s Global Center for Women and Justice Honored Human Trafficking Victims and Advocates While Educating 350 Community Members on Ending Modern Day “Human Slavery”

The Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking Raised More Than $200,000 for the Global Center for Women and Justice and its Advocacy and Education Programs

Costa Mesa, CA, September 23, 2015 – On Saturday, September 19, Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice, a faith-based organization that exists to advance the global status of women, hosted The Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, Calif. The annual event, chaired by Jasmine Shodja, vice president of Wells Fargo, brought together 350 supporters, businesses, and anti-human trafficking advocates for an inspiring program to honor victims and community members, as well as educate the attendees about the startling issue of human trafficking.

A string quartet played as Orange County supporters mingled and gathered in the ballroom for an afternoon of education on the urgency to end human trafficking. Rachel Thomas, co-founder of Sowers Education Group and a trafficking survivor, told her story of victimization in a captivating video. In a dramatic skit, students from Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts told a story of human trafficking survival. Ed Arnold, retired news anchor for KOCE-TV/PBS SoCal, served as emcee.

The “Raise the Paddle” portion of the event was kicked off by an immediate $50,000 donation from the audience. Through sponsorship and donations, over $230,000 was raised in gross for the Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) and for their local and global advocacy and education programs.

“Justice is priceless, and in justice, there must be resolve. That is our job,” said Dr. Sandra Morgan, director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice and keynote speaker for the luncheon. “We need to educate every teacher, school-based professional, probation officer, healthcare provider, and child welfare worker because this is happening in our own community, and these human trafficking victims have worth and value.”

Between standing ovations, Dr. Morgan acknowledged many guests in attendance who are working on the “front lines” to end human trafficking, including GCWJ fellow from the U.S. State Department, Iris Aliaj, an Albanian human rights lawyer who prosecuted the first human trafficking case in her country.

Plus, Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice honored Diamond Award winners. These awards are given to those whose commitments promote justice for human trafficking victims. Orange, Calif.-based Orange County Transportation Authority’s Human Trafficking Campaign “Be The One” received the Outstanding Business award, while Los Angeles resident Kyla Smith, director of The Dream Center’s Project Hope for Victims of Human Trafficking, won for Outstanding Individual. Human trafficking survivors from New Delhi, India, Pabitra Sunar, Chandrakala Badi, and Devisara Badi were honored with a standing ovation during their acceptance of the Director’s Youth Award for their work in advocacy for marginalized women in India. Dr. Morgan honored Betsy Tarbell, a resident of Newport Beach, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her decades of serving others through The Salvation Army, United Way and Women of Vision.

Major sponsors included Karen and Barry Meguiar, president and CEO of Meguiars, Inc., and Shodja. Also in attendance were Sally and Richard Afable, MD, MPH, president and CEO of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, The Bernay & Noone Group at Morgan Stanley financial advisors, Elisabeth Bernay, and Kara Noone, and Nicole Ospina, chair of Marketplace Women of Orange County.

This year’s Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking was made possible by the following sponsors: Karen and Barry Meguiar, Jasmine Shodja, Lynsi and Sean Ellingson, Ruth Campbell, Darrellyn and David Melilli, Mary Beth Molnar, Adele and David Oddo, Wells Fargo, Sally and Richard Afable, Gwyn and William Hoyt, Helen Steinkamp, Joanna Barker, Faith and Michael Beals, PhD, Elizabeth Bernay and Kara Noone/The Bernay & Noone Group, Morgan Stanley, Roya Call/Storage Works, Suzanne and Fouad Darweesh, Judy Bergman, Bobbi Dauderman, Donna Phebus, Elizabeth Tarbell, Laurie and Jake Easton, III, First Love Ministries, Karren Hiskey/Hiskey Law Firm, Jaime Saul Hong, Jan Landstrom, Markel Insurance, Carolyn McOwen, The Jesse Miranda Center for Hispanic Leadership, Nicole Ospina/Marketplace Women of Orange County, Rhonda and Nick Sciortino/Successful Survivors Foundation, and Pat and Bill Podlich. The event media sponsor was Orange Coast Magazine.

To learn more about The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University, visit www.vanguard.edu/gcwj
For more information, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications
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-centered 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 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “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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Exchange Program Participant from Albania Creating Community Solutions During Fellowship with Vanguard University

Costa Mesa, CA, September 21, 2015 – Iris Aliaj is currently in Costa Mesa on the U.S. State Department’s Community Solutions Program. For four-months Aliaj, an emerging international leader on women issues is working with American counterparts at Vanguard University, collaborating on projects that will provide skills and ideas for creating lasting change in her home community.

During her fellowship, Aliaj will work closely with NGO’s, public and private institutions, the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force, and justice officials. The focus of her work will result in the organization of a SUMMIT in Tirana, Albania, which will focus on combating human trafficking in the country.

A human rights lawyer at the Center for Legal Civic Initiatives (NGO) in Albania, Aliaj works daily to increase the access of poor and domestically abused women in the justice system. Since 2008, she has been providing free legal services to victims of domestic violence, up to 15 a day. Aliaj was part of a team that prosecuted the first case on human trafficking in Albania, winning compensation for the victim. She has been involved in improving legislation and lobbying for draft-laws and State policies protecting human rights, focusing on gender equality, discrimination, domestic violence and human trafficking and corruption – making the justice system more effective in Albania.

Started in 2010, the Community Solutions Program is a professional development program for global community leaders working in the fields of transparency and accountability, tolerance and conflict resolution, environmental issues, and women and gender issues.  During their fellowships, the emerging leaders spend up to 400 hours learning leadership and organizational skills through training courses and more than 600 hours at their U.S. host organizations. The fellows also design community development projects that they implement upon returning to their home countries.

The State Department partners with IREX to identify and place engaged leaders who are committed to the ideal that individual efforts can fight poverty and discrimination, correct inequalities, cultivate peace, and develop new approaches to environmental issues.

“I am eager to host Ms. Aliaj as this year’s fellow because I was living in Greece when the borders opened, and saw hundreds of Albanian young people trafficked into Greece. Ms. Aliaj has worked on the first human trafficking case in Albania. We know her experience here will expand her abilities and resources to help hundreds more,” said Dr. Sandra Morgan, director for the global center for women and justice.

To learn more about The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University, visit 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-centered 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 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “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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To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

For IREX press inquires please contact:

Taunya Atwood, Senior Program Officer, IREX: 202-628-8188. tatwood@irex.org

Susan Pittman, Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State: 202-632-6445, eca-press@state.gov

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Association of California Nurse Leaders Announces President-Elect, Dr. Mary Wickman, Vanguard University Director of Nursing

Costa Mesa, CA, September 18, 2015 – The prestigious Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL) professional nursing organization announced last week their new president-elect, Dr. Mary Wickman. The term is to begin in February 2016, and Dr. Wickman will serve as president-elect for the 2016-17 term, as president in 2017-18, and retain membership on the ACNL board of directors in 2017-18 as past-president.

ACNL influences health policy, advances professional practice, and provides networking and progressive leadership development programs to position nurse leaders influence the future of health care.

Dr. Wickman has been actively involved in ACNL since 2006, has been a committee member of the Member Experience Committee since 2012, and served as the past board representative south and chapter liaison in a two year term.

“I am honored by this opportunity to serve as President-Elect and proud to be a part of this outstanding professional organization,” said Dr. Wickman. “As President-Elect/President I will have the opportunity to work with nurse leaders throughout the state of California, advancing nursing professional practice, influencing health policy, and promoting quality health care and patient safety in our rapidly changing healthcare system.”

Dr. Wickman served for 21 years in the Navy Reserve Nurse Corps and is a retired Captain. She has an extensive background in nursing education, both administratively and as a faculty member, with research expertise in nursing education, adolescent risk behaviors, substance abuse treatment, and managed care. Dr. Wickman currently serves as director of nursing and professor of nursing at Vanguard University.

“I have always been encouraged by Vanguard in developing community, statewide, and national professional organizations as a service opportunity for the nursing profession and university,” Dr. Wickman said. “My professional involvement helps me to be more effective in my work as a professor, by keeping me engaged with state and national trends, and partnering with other local and statewide nurse leaders.”

Vanguard’s renowned nursing program is for students who desire to advance their careers by preparing to be health educators, college faculty, or community health leaders. Faculty in the program, like Dr. Wickman, are experts in the content area they teach, holding a masters or doctoral degree.

For more information on Vanguard University’s nursing faculty and academic programs, visit www.vanguard.edu/nursing.

For more information on ACNL, visit www.acnl.org.

 

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-centered 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 2016 “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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To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu