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VANGUARD UNIVERSITY OFFERS NEW SPECIAL EDUCATION EMPHASIS IN ONE OF THE MOST REPUTABLE TEACHING PROGRAMS IN ORANGE COUNTY

A new academic emphasis at Vanguard University will assist in meeting the drastically growing demand for special educators in the school systems in California. This fall 2016 will launch the first year of the special education emphasis in Vanguard’s teaching program—with nearly 70 students enrolled in the specialized bachelor of arts program.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of special education teachers is projected to grow six percent from 2012 to 2022. Employment growth, then, will be driven by continued demand for special education services. Many job opportunities will stem from the need to replace teachers who leave the occupation.

“Most of all, this special education emphasis helps to serve the most vulnerable young children, which is congruent with the goal of Vanguard University’s early childhood education program as a whole,” said Dr. Seon Chun-Burbank, assistant professor and chair of the department of liberal studies at Vanguard. “Our goal is to equip students with the professional and spiritual tools needed to live a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.”

Additional courses to complete the special education emphasis are: (1) Exceptional Children: Teaching Language Arts, Math and Science for Students with Severe Disabilities (2) Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis: Autism, and (3) Functional Assessment and Evaluation for Exceptional Learners.

“Since the number of children with autism has been increasing, it will be highly beneficial for our students to learn how to apply behavioral principles in their classes, deal with challenging behaviors, and build positive relationship with their students and their families,” said Dr. Chun-Burbank.

Two Vanguard faculty members will lead the program in teaching the special education courses, Rosa Moon and Kyanne Albelo. Since 2004, professor Moon has been working with children with autism and special needs students in clinical settings, private schools, and client homes. Professor Albelo was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2006, and has worked closely with students with disabilities in a full Inclusion program for nearly 10 years.

For more information on the Vanguard University’s liberal studies program, visit www.vanguard.edu/liberalstudies.

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VANGUARD UNIVERSITY LIONS ISAAC AND ROJAS DRAFTED TO LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM

The 2016 Major League Baseball Draft began June 9 in Secaucus, New Jersey and ran through June 11. A total of seven locals were taken in the draft, including Vanguard University standouts, Sean Isaac and Jose Rojas.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected Isaac and Rojas in the 35th and 36th rounds. Both players were also named NAIA All-Americans earlier last week after being named Golden State Athletic Conference Pitcher and Player of the Year, respectively, in May.

Isaac, of Redondo Beach, attended Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, California, where Cass Olson coached him. He later attended El Camino College and was coached by Casey Crook. Isaac has been playing baseball for over 15 years, and has been named South Coast Conference Honorable Mention Pitcher, won SCC Championship, and was Team MVP in 2011. Isaac was also an athlete of the year nominee in 2011.

Rojas, of Anaheim, attended Anaheim High School where Dave Torres coached him. He graduated and attended Fullerton Community College, where Nick Fuscardo coached him. A short stop, Rojas has been playing baseball for 17 years.

“Both Sean and Jose are first class people and athletes,” said Rob Pegg, head coach for baseball at Vanguard University. “They have led the team by example for the last two years with their work ethic and commitment to the team and to Vanguard. They are strong examples of the Gold Pride mantra we want our athletes to aspire to.”

Pegg just finished his fourth season as head coach at Vanguard, with a record of 135-88-1 and earned his first career 40 win season in 2016.

The two Vanguard University baseball players are the only players in the school’s history to have ever been selected in the draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Three Vanguard players have reached the major league highlighted by Tim Fortuno, who suited up for the California Angels, Cincinnati Reds, and Chicago White Sox. Pegg, along with 49 past players, have played minor league baseball—most recently Scott Torrey and Clayton Voechting for the Santa Fe Fuego.

The Intercollegiate Athletic Program at Vanguard University is known for its holistic development of all student athletes, encouraging a high standard of academic and athletic excellence that embraces character building. Vanguard University was a charter member of the Golden State Athletic Conference beginning in 1986, and is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), which has more than 300 fully accredited, four-year colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The Angels are currently 5th in the American League West, and have notoriously drawn millions of fans each season.

For more information on the Vanguard University’s athletics program, visit www.vanguardlions.com.

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Theatre Arts Alumna Bretlyn Schmitt `15 Named Woman of the Year

by Tom Titus

There exists, right here in our own backyard, a wealth of theatrical talent. This newspaper has celebrated it for the past four decades, honoring, at the close of each year, two individuals who have excelled in their specialties, beginning with David Emmes and Doris Allen in 1974.

On this, the 42nd such occasion, the spotlight falls on a writer/actor who’s also a magician and a recent college graduate who has created some exceptional choreography during her time at a local university.

They are two people who charmed audiences at the Huntington Beach Playhouse and Vanguard University, respectively, during the past year — Scott Ratner and Bretlyn Schmitt, the Daily Pilot’s man and woman of the year in theater for 2015.

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Students Start Year with a Bounce

rsz_0904142154Starting the new academic year with some friendly competition, Vanguard University’s Residence Life hosted their first all-school dodge ball tournament on September 4 in the gym at 9:30 p.m.

With a turnout that packed The Pit, the tournament featured a night of new friendships, healthy rivalries and strengthened community. It also featured a unique twist. Added to the traditional dodge ball game rules, this tournament added a spinning wheel of strange handicaps that determined what teams had to do during each match. Wheel slots included various challenges like playing with one arm, having only one foot touching the ground and having to keep your whole team in straight lines like soldiers.

Assigned different team colors, each campus building rallied together to compete against the other buildings. Desiring to gather all of the Vanguard community, Residence Life invited commuters to team up with Vanguard Center (VC), the university’s off-campus housing. Laguna, Huntington, Balport, Catalina Hall and the Vanguard Center/ Commuter team faced off on the court sporting their colors and putting their building/team names into classic cheers.

Entering as the underdogs, the Vanguard Center/Commuter team battled their way to the top finishing the night as the undefeated champions. Before the tournament, Vanguard Center hosted a kick-off BBQ with games, burgers and music at 6:30 p.m. to rally commuters and VC residents. Describing the tournament and BBQ, VC Resident Assistant (RA) Jaime Saravia said it was great “seeing people who don’t normally get plugged in, get plugged in.” He said the tournament succeeded in getting commuters more involved right from the start of the year. “I think it will become a tradition,” Saravia added.

To learn more about Residence Life and more upcoming events, click here.