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.


Landmark Building on Campus to Open at Vanguard University, New Space for Students and the Costa Mesa Community

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.


Department of Theatre Arts Announces Orange County Premier in New 2015-16 Season

The Vanguard University department of theatre arts announces its 2015-16 season. The following five mainstage productions will be presented in Vanguard University’s Lyceum Theater:

  • A musical revue, The Beat Goes On
  • Life Without Parole, a contemporary drama
  • A new Christmas musical, Christmas is Here Again
  • A romantic drama production, The Winter’s Tale
  • The musical comedy, The Addams Family

The Beat Goes On will kick off the new season, in its return to the Lyceum Theater stage at Vanguard University. Longstanding faculty member, Vanda Eggington, will direct this production, along with the spring musical, The Addams Family. Life Without Parole was added to this season with a heavily revised script from playwright and Vanguard professor, Warren Doody. Susan Berkompas, MFA, chair of the department of theatre arts at Vanguard, will later produce Life Without Parole in Los Angeles, on a professional stage in 2016. Berkompas will also direct The Winter’s Tale, a timeless piece about jealousy, loss and forgiveness.

The 2015 calendar year will come to a close with the Orange County premiere of Christmas is Here Again, directed by Kevin Slay. This Christmas musical was originally cast by longtime friend, Rene Haynes, CSA casting director, as an animated feature, with a star-studded cast, including Kathy Bates, Ed Asner, Jay Leno, Andy Griffith, Shirley Jones, Norm MacDonald, and more.

This year, the National Association of Schools of Theatre accredited department of theatre arts is launching “Popular Demand,” a new improv comedy team. The new, student-directed “Cabaret Ensemble” from the department will also perform gigs and galas around Orange County and Los Angeles.

Season subscriptions to shows are on sale now by calling the theatre box office at (714) 668.6145. Individual tickets are for purchase at www.vanguardtickets.com.

For more information on Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts, visit www.vanguard.edutheatre.


The Beat Goes On
September 18-20, 24-27, October 1-4

Life Without Parole
October 23-25, 29-31, November 1

Christmas is Here Again
December 3-6, 10-16

The Winter’s Tale
February 26-28, March 3-6

The Addams Family
April 8-10, 14-17, 21-24



Q Commons Hosts Event in Costa Mesa, Features Big List of Local Speakers

Q Commons brings the Q National event experience to Orange County, where the gathering will join 10,000 participants in over 75 cities, learning how to advance good in local communities. The program will be held Thursday, September 24, 7 p.m., at Wayfare HQ in Costa Mesa, California.

Q was founded by Gabe Lyons, author of The Next Christians: Seven Ways You Can Live The Gospel and Restore the World. Q was created as a place where church and cultural leaders could come together to explore ideas on how Christianity can be expressed within a cultural context.

“The next wave of Christian influence will come from the pews, not the pulpit,” said Lyons.

This year’s speakers at the Q Commons event include mayor of Compton, California, Aja Brown, Physician and Ebola survivor, Dr. Kent Brantly, and Q founder, Gabe Lyons. Dr. Sandra Morgan, director of the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University, as well as singer/songwriter and Vanguard alumna, Joy Olakodun, are also included as featured local speakers at Q Commons in Costa Mesa, on September 24.

“That kind of format allows Q to include both Richard Land from the religious right and Jim Wallis from the religious left; both will…discuss areas of potential agreement” said USA Today.

For additional schedule information or to attend Q Commons, visit http://host.qideas.org/cities/costamesa/view.


Service dog finds match in Vanguard University professor

Vanguard University chemistry Professor John Terhorst applied to Canine Companions for Independence in 2013 at his family’s urging and was later matched with his 2-year-old service dog Yan.

John and Yan gazed deeply into one another’s eyes. Their love was fresh, but it would last.

The two were introduced in February at a two-week retreat in Oceanside.

Leaders warned participants against setting their heart on a match until the end of the retreat, when formal pairs would be announced. But as soon as John and Yan met, they were inseparable. When the retreat ended, John put a leash on the golden-Labrador retriever mix and they went home together.

It might sound like a rash decision, but John had been thinking about Yan – or someone like him – since 2013.

Two years earlier, in his final year of working toward a Ph.D. in chemistry at Yale University, the 27-year-old sustained unexpected damage to his spinal cord during treatment for a congenital vascular malformation. After completing his degree, he moved back to California, where he had grown up, to be with his parents in Irvine.

Terhorst, who began using a wheelchair after the treatment left him disabled, felt little impetus to leave the house. When he did, he sensed people skirting by his wheelchair, discomfited by its presence.

His family suggested a service dog.

Canine companions

At first, John Terhorst, who began teaching chemistry in 2012 at Vanguard University, didn’t immediately buy in.

Read the full article on The Orange County Register website here.



Vanguard University Ranked Among The 50 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

Vanguard University has been named in The 50 Best Christian Colleges and Universities list for 2015 according to Christian Universities Online. The independent online resource researches Christian higher education and posted a full web feature of top colleges and universities is available online.

In the school profile on Christian Universities Online, the trusted online guide acknowledges Vanguard University’s mission to equip each student “for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.” The guide also recognizes Vanguard for “its vibrant community, scenic and central location.”

The ranking was based upon publicly available data in the categories of faculty-to-student ratio, percent of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid, selectivity, overall retention rate and overall graduation rate.  Vanguard University was ranked #46 overall.

Christian Universities Online publishes rankings and reviews of the best Christian colleges and universities, information about Christian scholarships and financial aid, and many other resources for finding, getting into, and paying for a quality Christian education.  Christian Universities Online is committed to helping students and families pursuing a distinctly Christian education make the best use of their finances and gifts.


Senior Music Majors Tag-Team Their Final Recital

Double the musical genius, two of Vanguard University’s beloved students and twins performed their final senior recitals together on Monday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in Needham Chapel.

Before their graduation on May 8, senior music majors Christian and Christopher Lucas performed their joint recitals for professors, friends and family. Beloved, the twins hosted a packed house. Attendees experienced the culmination of Christian and Christopher’s four years of music studies as they gave separate, interchanging performances and then came together for a final piece.

On May 8, the twins received their bachelor’s of music emphasizing in music education. Answering the typical question that most all graduating seniors receive (what are your plans after graduation?), both Christian and Christopher said they will start with Vanguard’s one-year teaching credential. “One of my passions for sure is to teach music and inspire kids,” Christian said when describing his goals for the future. Agreeing, Christopher added that his long-term goal is to teach K-12 and to perform as a percussionist in a local symphony. While working for their credential, they said they hope to stay involved with Vanguard’s music department: Christian in concert band and Christopher in the jazz ensemble.

With grateful hearts, Christian and Christopher expressed gratitude and praise for the shaping and nurturing that Vanguard provided for them. “Looking back all the way to freshmen year, I can’t believe how much I’ve changed,” Christian said. “Everything I’ve been involved in at Vanguard has shaped me,” he added. Along with spiritual, educational and mental growth, Christopher said that Vanguard helped them to grow more in their individuality as well. Christian added that they “may look similar on the outside, but we definitely have different passions that God set inside us.”

Looking back on the years, they remembered multiple highlights with music and with their friends. One standout memory for both, but especially for Christopher, occurred their junior year. One late night, around 1 a.m., Christopher surprised their group of friends with the idea to suddenly drop what they were doing and drive to the Grand Canyon. After a little hesitation from Christian and some talking through things, the group hit the road. Not only was this a fun, memorable experience, Christian also noted that it was a great moment for them to see the benefits of their individuality.

After interacting with the Lucas twins, it is not hard to see why so many came to support them at their senior recitals.

To learn more about Vanguard University’s music department, click here.


Activist Shares Message on Simplistic, Christ-Like, Communal Living at Late Night

During April 9-10, Shane Claiborne, peacemaker and radical lover of Jesus Christ, spoke at multiple Vanguard University gatherings where he described the genuine, Christ-like faith taught in Scriptures and how his community practically lives out that teaching.

In the heart of the urban empire of Philadelphia, Claiborne started The Simple Way,a Christ-following community and nonprofit, or as their website states, “a web of subversive friends conspiring to spread the vision of ‘Loving God, Loving People, and Following Jesus’ in our neighborhoods and in our world.” As a radical follower of the teachings of Christ who has worked with Mother Teresa, Claiborne shares with audiences around the world how to live the way that Christ instructed and what that looks like.ShaneClaiborne_2

Along with describing the radical attributes of The Simple Way community, Claiborne described ways for attendees to practically enact the counter-cultural call of Christ in their lives. He said that a great guiding principle to live by is: “what does it mean to love this person right now?” Being in relationship with people is how we help resolve the issues of injustice in this world, he said. “When you have relationships with people affected by injustice, you can’t help but care,” he added.

Claiborne also talked about the importance of being an active member in a community today like the communities of the early church. “Part of why community is so important is because we bear the heavy days together,” Claiborne said at Late Night. At the student leader gathering, Claiborne added that “we can’t just have an idea or vision [for community or what radical changes we want to make in the world]; we have to love the people around us.” Near the close of the student leader gathering, Claiborne said: “It’s not how much you do, but how much you love.”

In an effort to encourage others to take more seriously the words and love of Christ, Claiborne travels and shares this message with communities around the world. He is featured on the blog, Red Letter Christians, which identifies its main goal as: “To take Jesus seriously by endeavoring to live out His radical, counter-cultural teachings as set forth in Scripture, and especially embracing the lifestyle in the Sermon on the Mount.” Claiborne is also the author of several books: Jesus for President, Red Letter Revolution, Common Prayer, Follow Me to Freedom, Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, and The Irresistible Revolution.

To find out more about Claiborne and The Simple Way, click here.

Gratitude Week 2015

Students Thank Donors for Generous Giving

gratweekWords of gratitude fill and color cards at Vanguard University’s 2015 “Gratitude Week” as students thank donors for their life-changing contributions.

On April 6-10, Vanguard University is hosting the 2015 “Gratitude Week” to encourage students to remember the support they have received and to thank the many donors who have financially contributed to student pursuits in higher education. “One of the amazing things about Vanguard is that 95 percent of students get support from someone else’s giving,” the alumni relations coordinator, Lauren Francis, said. Along with funds to support and empower students academically, donors have contributed to The Pit (Vanguard’s gym), the weight room, equipment for athletic teams, the Veteran’s Courtyard outside of Scott Hall, the Lyceum Theater, and of course, the new Scott Building that is opening this fall.Gratitude Week 2015

Students interested in writing a card should visit the “Gratitude Week” booth that is setup outside of the cafeteria. Francis and others are there with the cards and some refreshments. It is well worth the five minutes it takes to write a thank-you card, Francis said. These cards are a simple way for students to express their gratitude for the generosity of donors.

For distribution, Vanguard’s alumni-relations team plans to send the cards with donors’ end-of-the-year giving statements. Learn more about “Gratitude Week,” by clicking here.


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.