High School Students Flood Vanguard Campus for Jazz and Guitar Festivals

Jazz-Combo-All-1024x661Lots of rain and lots of high school students were projected for March 1 at Vanguard University. The 2014 Jazz and Guitar Festivals hosted more than 200 high school students for workshops, performances and jam sessions.

Each year, Vanguard’s music department invites high school students to participate in the annual Jazz Festival. This year, alongside the Jazz Festival, the music department offered a guitar festival as a separate option for high school students. Both festivals featured world-class musicians that led workshops, acted as judges and gave performances.

For the Jazz Festival, the day included a brass workshop with Josh Welchez, a rhythm workshop with Mark Converse, and a sax and woodwinds workshop with Vince Hizon. At the end of the day, students gathered at Newport Mesa Church for a closing concert that featured Vanguard’s Jazz Ensemble and an awards presentation. After the concert, there was an optional session for students interested in learning more about attending Vanguard University, along with open auditions for Vanguard’s music program.

For the Guitar Festival, the day included group and individual rehearsals along with various breakout sessions and a final concert. Renowned musicians such as Vladamir Gorbach, Joel Valiente and David Grimes, who was also the guest conductor leading the joint rehearsals, led the masterclass sessions. Meanwhile, renowned musicians Greg Glancey and David Isaacs led lectures during the breakout sessions. The Guitar Festival ended with a closing concert held in Needham Chapel, which brought together all 160 participants for a final joint performance after the group recitals. It was “less about competition and more about joining together,” Tiffany Rogan, the coordinator of music events and concert operations, said.

To learn more about Vanguard University’s Department of Music, click here.

5th Annual Pentecostal Leaders Series celebrates 100th Anniversary of the World’s Largest Pentecostal Denomination

Costa Mesa, CA, February 25, 2014 – Vanguard University’s Lewis Wilson Institute will hold its 5th Annual Pentecostal Leaders Series on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. The annual series serves as a host to Pentecostal leaders involved in the charismatic movements national and internationally, as well as connects Vanguard University with local pastors and churches. This year’s series commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Assemblies of God, Vanguard University’s sponsoring denomination.

The Assemblies of God, established in April 1914, has since become a leader in world missions and global evangelism. Now at over 300,000 churches and 66 million adherents worldwide, it is the world’s largest Pentecostal denomination.

The Pentecostal Leaders Series is a “means by which we can spotlight Vanguard’s Pentecostal heritage and identity,” explains Derrick R. Rosenior, Ph.D., director of The Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies.

General Superintendent of the U.S. Assemblies of God, Dr. George O. Wood, will kick off the events for the Pentecostal Leaders Series on March 12, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Newport Mesa Church.

“At age 100, the Assemblies of God remains vibrant, strong and growing. For the past 23 straight years, we have seen growth in the USA Assemblies of God. This has happened because the pioneers of the Assemblies of God laid a foundation of Biblical doctrine, strong sense of mission, sacrifice intermixed with faith, and dependence on the person and work of the Holy Spirit,” says Dr. Wood.

 

Throughout the year, The Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies will host seminars and lectures under the theme “The Assemblies of God at 100 (1914-2014): A Century of All The Gospel To All The World.”

All events are free and open to the public, no registration needed. Please visit http://www.vanguard.edu/lwi/seminars-3/.

For more information regarding the centennial celebration of the Assemblies of God, visit http://100.ag.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

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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 LEWIS WILSON INSTITUTE FOR PENTECOSTAL STUDIES

The Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies seeks to encourage and support the study of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. It does so by serving as a conference and research center for scholars, church leaders, students and others interested in probing the historical significance and contemporary global role of Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movements. Visit http://www.vanguard.edu/lwi

 

ABOUT DR. GEORGE O. WOOD

The son of missionary parents to China and Tibet, Dr. Wood holds a doctoral degree in pastoral theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, and a juris doctorate from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, CA. He is a member of the California State Bar. Dr. Wood did his undergraduate work at Evangel University (College) in Springfield, Mo., and served the college in several capacities, including that of director of spiritual life and student life from 1965-71. He was ordained by the Southern Missouri District of the Assemblies of God in 1967.

Ensure Justice Conference Offers Students College Credit and More

gcwj_register_now_14_FINAL2In their mission to equip students to make a difference in ending human trafficking, Vanguard University, partnered with the Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ), offers college credit for students who attend the Ensure Justice Conference. Along with college credit, the conference provides students with the opportunity to receive valuable information and connections.

On March 7-8, the GCWJ will host their annual Ensure Justice Conference. This year’s conference theme is: Why is SHE a Slave? Global Child Trafficking: Prevention and Intervention. Conference registration and ad-slips for class credit are still open. GCWJ Director Sandie Morgan advises that students sign up this week. Student registration is $45, nearly $100 less than the general registration.

At this point, “we’re done with awareness, we need to take action,” Morgan said. In order to do that, it is crucial to understand the issue of child trafficking fully and to know the best practices in stopping it; this conference focuses on providing that information, she said. The conference, coupled with some outside reading and a paper for the class, will provide students the opportunity to better understand the issue and learn these practices. Currently, there are about 30 students signed up for the class credit.

Another conference benefit for students is the chance “to connect and develop relationships that lead to substantial internships,” Morgan said. Various officials from Homeland Security Investigations, Assemblies of God World Missions, the Salvation Army and others will be in attendance and have tables.

One major benefit of attending the conference is hearing the stories, testimonies, research and advice from the keynote speakers. “We have an amazing program,” Morgan said. The speakers are Stephan Bauman, President and CEO of World Relief; Joann Butrin, the Director of International Ministries for the Assemblies of God; Shyima Hall, a survivor advocate; the Reverend David Myers, the White House Senior Advisor for the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships; and GCWJ Director Morgan.

Overall, the Ensure Justice Conference offers much more than college credit for students, it offers a chance to be equipped, informed and inspired.

To learn more about the GCWJ, click here.

Vanguard Alumnus Listed Among Orange County Business Journal’s 13th annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award Nominees

Screen shot 2014-02-21 at 11.25.19 AMIn the Orange County Business Journal’s latest publication, they announced the 2014 nominees for the 13th annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards, and Vanguard University alumnus Jeff Motske ’88 made the list.

As the president and founder of Trilogy Financial Services in Huntington Beach, Motske aids his clients in achieving financial independence. According to the article, in 1999, Motske left his financially stable six-figure job to fill a void that he saw in the market. With his “family values, strong work ethic and commitment to serving others,” Motske formed a successful business that provides financial, estate and tax planning all in one place, the article says.

Want to know more about Vanguard University alumni? Click here.

Financial February Event to Equip Students for Post-Graduation Financial Success on February 20

Screen shot 2014-02-20 at 4.57.12 PMTonight at 9:30 p.m. in Heath 109, Vanguard University’s Office of Transitions is hosting “Financial February”, an event to help juniors and seniors learn how to succeed financially after graduation.

Student loan payments, bills and mortgages are areas of financial life that most juniors and seniors will experience in the near future. Many students have little to no experience handling personal finances with these factors included. This is where financial guru and professor Ed Westbrook, J.D. is coming to the rescue.  Through speaking and worksheets, he will encourage, advise and equip students to be financially successful, not only during their first few post-graduation years, but also for the rest of their lives.

Senior transitions student workers Madison Spikes and Justine Walters are the event creators and coordinators. Spikes conceived the idea when reflecting on graduation’s rapid approach and the many financial realities of adulthood soon to come. Spikes said that professor Westbrook’s mindset in relation to finances is that “you can do what you want to do if you set yourself up for it.” Attending this event is one of the first ways juniors and seniors can begin to set themselves up for financial success.

Along with priceless financial advice, the event will have 5 raffles and various resource handouts for students. So, come out and enjoy an evening of free advice that could change your financial future forever.

To learn more about Vanguard’s Student Life Transitions department, click here.