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“Welcome Back!”

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Dear Student Veterans,

I simply wanted to take a moment to welcome our new VU and returning student Veterans back to Vanguard University for the 2016-2017 academic year!

First of all, on behalf of faculty Veterans, staff Veterans, your peers and myself as the Veterans Coordinator, I would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU for your dedicated service to our country. We are extremely honored to have you here at Vanguard University! As you begin or continue to pursue your academic goals; I am committed to helping you accomplish this “new mission” in this season of your life.

         VetsCenterVanguard University has made a commitment since WWII of honoring not only the service of our Veterans, but ensuring that your academic success is our focus and that you can utilize your degree in the pursuit of your career dreams after completing your education. Vanguard University and the veteran’s center are here to support you with any and all campus services that you need assistance with.

         Our Veterans Center is 1100 sqft of dedicated space for our student veterans; to study, build friendships with veterans and non-veterans, work on group projects, print for free, check out text books, or maybe just get a snack and a cup of coffee! The best part is ALL student veterans have access to the center 24/7!!! We do have a Student Veterans Organization (SVO), which is part of the Student Veterans of America National Organization.

         If you are in need of some part-time work, we can help you locate some on the campus, or you can apply for the VA Work-study program and work right here in the Veterans Center. Salary is paid by the VA directly to you as a worker and is tax-fee. It’s a maximum of 25 hours per week, not to exceed 50 hours in two weeks. You have the potential to make about $1100 per month; you must be enrolled at least ¾ time. All student veterans who qualify can apply, regardless of whether graduate, PS, or TUG. Stop by and speak to my student workers.

         Every year we have numerous events that are sponsored by our SVO, we can always use volunteers, and you do not have to be a member of the SVO to attend or just help. These events consist or honoring Veterans at times, others are network opportunities with business leaders, churches, or organizations that are dedicated to wanting to help student veterans though services or employment opportunities.

         Last but not least I do publish a monthly veteran’s eNewsletter with information and events that pertain to veterans in the community and other times it’s to highlight events just happening at VU. Either way, I hope to take a couple minutes to subscribe to it, and it’s free. We also have a Veterans Webpage, and our own Facebook page.

Subscribe to the Veterans Enewsletter: www.vanguard.edu/mysubscriptions

LIKE our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/vuvetcenter

 And tag #vuVeterans @vanguardu in your Instagram posts and Tweets!

In closing, I want to wish each of you continued success here at VU and need you to know, I am here to support you and your family regardless of what you want or need. I have an open door policy, and I am always open to ideas, or suggestions on how I can better serve our student Veterans. I would encourage each of you to stop by the center, see what we offer, say hi, and just relax and enjoy your college experience!! I look forward to meeting all of you!

God Bless and Semper Fi!

Brian Burlingame
Veterans Coordinator
MGySgt/USMC/Retired
(714) 966-5447 | Brian.burlingame@vanguard.edu

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July 2016 – VU Veterans Events

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Although it’s Summer, we still have great things happening!
Join us at any (or all) of these VU Veterans events:

 

July 1-31, 2016
Alumni Class Notes: Summer Giveaway
Online

Updates will be published in the Vanguard magazine.
Details: www.vanguard.edu/alumni/summer-giveaway

 

Saturday, July 9
“Support Our Troops” Yard Sale
7am-12pm | 274 E. 19th Street, Costa Mesa, CA

All proceeds go to Operation Interdependence.
Click here to view the Facebook Event.

 

Wednesday, July 13
Graduate Professional Studies Info Meeting
6-8pm | Vanguard University Campus

The $45 application fee is waived for all meeting participants.
RSVP to attend: www.vanguard.edu/rsvp

 

Sunday, July 31
Diamond Award Nominations
Online

Hosted by Global Center for Women & Justice.
Click here to read more about this award. 

 

Questions?
Brian Burlingame
Vanguard University Veterans Center
(714) 966-5447 | brian.burlingame@vanguard.edu

Summer Open Hours

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Vanguard University Career Services is open over the summer! We encourage you to take advantage of the department’s resources, which are free to current students and alumni.

If you are out of the area, Skype and phone appointments are available.

Sign up for a career advising appointment via LionsLink: www.vanguard.edu/lionslink

Appointment topics include:
RESUME REVIEW
COVER LETTER REVIEW
MOCK INTERVIEW
JOB AND INTERNSHIP SEARCH
GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATIONS
ASSESSMENT RESULTS
CAREER DIRECTION AND PLANNING
CHOOSING A MAJOR
PERSONAL STATEMENT REVIEW
LINKEDIN PROFILE REVIEW

 

Questions?
Vanguard University Career Services
Scott Academic Center, 2nd Floor
(714) 619-6474 | careerservices@vanguard.edu

 

Summer Open Hours

 

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2016 Waves of Valor

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Make a difference in a Veteran’s life! Team Red White Blue is looking for volunteers to help teach Veterans how to surf –

SATURDAY: July 16 & September 10
WAVES OF VALOR VOLUNTEERS
7am-2pm | Huntington Beach, 9th Street

Breakfast, lunch, and a T-shirt will be provided for all volunteers.

 

This is an opportunity for Veterans to learn how to surf,
build confidence, and get involved with the community.

 

We encourage current VU students, faculty, staff, Alumni, and local Veterans to participate! Surfers (and fans of surfing) are welcome.

*If you’re a Veteran who would like to come, contact Chris Merkle for more information.

Please RSVP at: http://wavesofvalor.com/

Questions?
Chris Merkle
Team Red White Blue
OC Chapter Captain
chris.merkle@TeamRWB.org

 

Click here to INVITE your friends to the Facebook Event!

 

Event hashtags – #vuVeterans #WavesofValor

 

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Class of 2016 Veteran Graduates

2016VetGradsWe recently hosted a special Challenge Coin Ceremony for our graduating Veterans! We are so proud of our Class of 2016 students –

 

Justin Blankenship, Army
Kinesiology

Robert Bruno, Coast Guard
Business

Bryan Castaneda, Army
Business

Cirilo Castaneda, Navy
Business

Starr Ellington, Air Force
Religion

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Business

Shin Kim, Army
Business

Christopher Merkle, Marines
Psychology
(Challenge Coin student speaker)

Caleb Moering, Army
Nursing

Daniel Page, Navy
Psychology

Marcus Soza, Marines
Psychology

 

Commencement ceremonies will take place on Friday, May 6
at 10am (Traditional Undergraduates) and 4pm (Graduate Professional Studies).

Join us in celebrating our graduates by watching both Commencement ceremonies ONLINE at www.vanguard.edu/live. Use #VUGRAD #vuVeterans in your Tweets/Instagram posts too!

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May 2016 – Local Events

Even though our school year concludes with Commencement on May 6, there are quite a few Orange County events that we plan to participate in this month. May also includes 2 important holidays – Armed Forces Day (Saturday, May 21) and Memorial Day (Monday, May 30). Please join us!

 

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  • May 20-23, 2016 | Armed Forces Day
    Castaways Park with The Exchange Club of Newport Harbor

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  • May 26, 2016 | Veteran Appreciation Dinner
    5:30pm Reception, 6:30pm Dinner at UC Irvine

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2016 Veterans Chapel

Justin.AwardCome join us for this annual Vanguard University Veterans Center tradition –

Wednesday, April 6
VETERANS CHAPEL
8pm | Needham Chapel

Speaker – Justin Blankenship: Vanguard University Department of Kinesiology major, Army Veteran, and VU Veterans Social Media

… Come to the Needham Chapel courtyard at 7:30pm for a time of fellowship. Veterans, you are welcome to wear your Military uniforms too!

**Chapel credit will be offered.**

Questions?
Brian Burlingame
Vanguard University Veterans Center
(714) 966-5447 | brian.burlingame@vanguard.edu

Event hashtags – #vuVeterans #vuChapel

 

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2016 Ensure Justice Conference

What is your role in the plan to fight human trafficking? The Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University is offering a STUDENT DISCOUNT and class credit for their annual Ensure Justice conference! This will take place on our campus on March 4-5, 2016
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Work-Life Transitions Workshop

We invite ALL Veterans to participate in this upcoming event!Saturday, February 20
WORK-LIFE TRANSITIONS WORKSHOP
9am-12pm | Cost is FREEVanguard University campus: 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626Highlights include –

  • Resume help, interview skills, skill & career assessments
  • Workshops on stress management, education for success, and veteran services
  • Recruiter meetings with Staffing Solutions
  • Special presentation from Working Wardrobes

For more information and to RSVP: www.vanguard.edu/graduateorganizationalpsychology/meeting-rsvp

 

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On-Campus Student Resources

Vanguard University STUDENTS, we have so many resources available to you!

Accounting Office
Bookstore
Cafeteria
Career Services
Disability Services
Financial Aid Office
Library
Outtakes (Campus Convenience Store)
Professional Studies
Registrar’s Office
Samson’s Cafe
Tutorial Center
Veterans Resource Center
Writing Center

 

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