Documentary Film on “Coaches’ Wives” directed by Vanguard University professor, and to be Screened Across the U.S.

Public screenings of the new documentary, Coaches’ Wives, will continue a nationwide tour this fall, with an online release of the feature-length film in January 2016. The film chronicles the unsung heroes of sports, the wives of coaches, and the joys and struggles of being married to a coach. A local screening was held at Vanguard University’s Lyceum Theater in Costa Mesa on Saturday, October 10, where more than 150 were in attendance, including local coaches and their wives who were featured in the film.

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.

“As the son of a coach’s wife, I have always known how important a woman is to her coaching husband,” said Jonathan Moore, producer and director of the feature-length documentary film. “No matter what level the sport is, professional, college, high school or below, coaches’ wives all experience the same joys and challenges. It’s a sorority, a sisterhood. This film will show that.”

Moore is also associate professor of cinema arts at Vanguard University. His wife, Karen Moore, who also produced, directed, and edited the film, is associate director and editor of Last Call with Carson Daly on NBC. Director of photography for Coaches’ Wives, Kyo Edmoundson, is a graduate of the communication department at Vanguard University.

The 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 will hold screenings all across the U.S., 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.”

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Vanguard University Opens Landmark Scott Academic Center For Students And Community

Vanguard University unveiled a dramatically expanded and remodeled Scott Academic Center on Saturday, October 3, to nearly 600 community members, civic leaders, administrators, students and others keen on advancing the history of this 95-year-old university – the first four-year college opened in Orange County. The expansion will allow for Vanguard to increase classroom capacity by approximately 1,500 students per day.

Grand opening attendees included Costa Mesa Council Member Sandra Genis, President and CEO of the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce Kyle Woosley, and Senator John Moorlach of California’s 37th District.

“We offer this building as a public landmark, tying Orange County’s past to its future,” said Dr. Michael J. Beals, president of Vanguard University. “With its authentic Santa Barbara-style architecture, Scott Academic Center now serves as a welcoming beacon for a new generation of academics, idealists and thought leaders prepared to lend influence to some of the most-pressing challenges of our time, including the future of healthcare, social justice issues and the integration of military veterans into civilian life.”

Growth Prompted Need for Revamped Campus Hub

Vanguard University opened Scott Academic Center in 1976 to honor Dr. John B. Scott, the fourth president of the college, who also served as a professor, dean and librarian. The utilitarian design of the center met the needs of the student population at the time, and reflected the architectural style that defined the decade and matched the tempo of Orange County’s rapid growth.

Over the next three decades, however, Vanguard University evolved. Its student body population swelled, attracted to the institution’s liberal arts and professional studies programs. In turn, Forbes, Princeton University Review, U.S. News & World Report and others recognized Vanguard University among its lists of top colleges. Administrators realized the existing Scott Academic Center could offer greater value and command a stronger spot among Orange County’s rich academic community with an expansion and technologic updates.

New Center Prepares Vanguard University for Next Phase of Growth

In 2014, the university selected Anthony Massaro of Orange County-based Mars Hill Studio as the architect and broke ground on the redevelopment. Vanguard University challenged Massaro and his team to redefine Scott Academic Center as a spiritual and academic sanctuary to welcome students as well as a space for them to grow into leaders of tomorrow. In addition, university leaders desired an opportunity to begin its first stage of a cohesive design aesthetic throughout its campus architecture to pay homage to Costa Mesa’s earliest history as Native American and Spanish communities.

Vanguard University unveiled the newly remodeled and expanded Scott Academic Center to students during the Fall 2015 semester and to the public this past Saturday. During the grand opening ceremony, Dr. Beals unveiled more than a simple facelift of an existing campus structure. More so, Scott Academic Center now is the inviting “front door” to the university.

Redesign Permits Greater Student Collaboration and Creates a Public Landmark

Situated across from Orange County Fairgrounds on Fair Drive, the building features all of the earmarks of a city civic center, including a bell tower to carry the landmark upward into the sky. Although nearly 50,000 square feet in size, architect Massaro designed the substantial center to feel approachable, thanks to a series of rambling walkways, an outdoor courtyard and a lobby furnished with club furniture.

Vanguard University remodeled the original 23,076 square feet of the center and expanded it by 16,135 square feet to house all student services together – the first time in college history.

Within the new three-story education wing, students can gather in a nursing simulation lab endowed with technology and instruments found in major medical centers, the Global Center for Women and Justice, a Veterans Resource Center, and a Diversity and Inclusion Department. Ten classrooms with immersive technology to facilitate learning also were added.

Another addition is Samson’s Café, an eatery offering coffee and light fare. It’s open to students as well as the public, furthering Vanguard University’s ability to create a campus that serves as a community hub.

Vanguard University funded construction through a capital campaign supported by 350 donors who committed more than $7 million.


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.

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