Campus internet and phone outage

Vanguard University is currently experiencing an internet and phone outage. Information Technology is working diligently to find a resolution.

The university remains open. All offices, classes and university functions remain operational.

Academic registration for Spring ’13 has been postponed one day for all continuing students in the hope that campus Internet systems will be available Tuesday.  Thus, seniors will register Tuesday, juniors Wednesday, etc.  Upperclassmen will not lose their advantage.

For IT network updates, follow @VUNetAlerts on Twitter or @VanguardU on Twitter.

Promoting the Integration of Faith and Life

Dr. Mike Beals, Dean of Spiritual Formation at Vanguard speaks out against pornography;

Understanding pornography is half the battle

On Monday, October 29, Dr. Mike Beals spoke to students about a topic that is increasingly becoming a grave problem in our society: pornography. Dr. Beals focused his talk on how viewing pornography detaches us from reality and leaves those who engage in this activity in a battle that requires more than will or desire to successfully overcome.  As White Ribbon Against Pornography week (WRAP) at Vanguard continues, students are handing out ribbons all week during lunch near the cafeteria so please come by.   For more information on the ill effects of pornography, please visit:

Huntington Beach Independent Recognizes Vanguard Promoting Laughter and Intrigue from the Stage

On Theater: Mistaken identity with a twist in ‘Errors’

By Tom Titus


Shakespeare in his most riotous incarnation is the fare at Vanguard University, where director Susan K. Berkompas has added even more laughter to the Bard’s freewheeling farce, “The Comedy of Errors.”

Prior to the show, the cast comes out on stage to “explain” the plot to the audience. But don’t try to take mental notes and attempt to remember the details as the show progresses because the action is thrust into overdrive.

As Shakespeare details it, twin noblemen, both named Antipholus, are separated as infants in a storm at sea along with their twin servants, both named Dromio. They connect again, as adults, setting off a tsunami of mistaken identities.

Berkompas adds her own bit of comedy to these “Errors,” casting a white actor (Nick Lazaris) as one twin and an African-American actor (Preston Butler III) as his identical sibling who, visiting a rival city, unwittingly convinces everyone, even his brother’s wife, that he’s the “other one.”

Butler, who pretty much commands the first act, cuts a dominating figure, while Lazaris, featured in the second, finds himself incarcerated and handles the situation with well-placed bluster.

The servants (Christopher Orta and Luke Rhoades) encounter similar mix ups and endure a good deal of physical admonishment from both masters as they juggle the Bard’s confusing plot points — a ring, a necklace a bag of gold. To their credit, they do so admirably, both being quite adept at physical comedy.

Hailey Tweter is particularly effective as the wife of one Antipholus convinced she’s wed to another. Also impressive is Michael Fidalgo, who has a full plate of characters to enact, once during the same scene as he switches identities behind the backs of other characters.

“The Comedy of Errors” is quite entertaining, if more than a bit confusing, and it serves as a valuable lesson in high-voltage comedy from its student cast at Vanguard University’s Lyceum Theater.

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Dr. Carol Taylor Receives Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award

Dr. Carol Taylor is the first woman to serve Vanguard University as president in its 90-year history.

Taylor was named president of the Costa Mesa, California, school in 2009, having served as provost and vice president for academic affairs since 2007. She has led Vanguard through times of crises, and they have emerged strong and infused with a renewed commitment and hope for their future.

A 1973 Evangel graduate, she is being honored at homecoming this year by the Evangel Alumni Association with the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

The award will be presented at the homecoming banquet, which takes place Saturday, October 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the University Plaza Convention Center.

In addition to her bachelor’s degree in elementary education that she obtained at Evangel, Taylor also holds a master’s degree in cross-cultural communication from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in multilingual/multicultural education from Florida State University.

Taylor has accumulated more than 30 years of teaching and administrative experience; including 12 years at Educational Testing Service in Princeton. ETS develops and administers tests such as the SAT and GRE and is the nation’s leading testing research company.

Her first reaction to being told of the Distinguished Alumnus Award was one of disbelief.

“I feel very, very honored and humbled by this,” she says.

The meaning of ministry

In the same spirit of humility, Taylor talks about her successful career and life accomplishments. It has not been a journey of grasping for opportunity, but rather allowing God to show the way.

She remembers clearly a day when she was a student at Evangel, and her understanding of God’s calling began to crystalize. She was talking with one of her favorite professors, Dr. Thurman Vanzant, and he shared with her a concept that has stuck with her.

“I knew Dr. Vanzant had at one time been a pastor. I got up the courage to ask him why he had left the ministry,” Taylor says.

“He placed his hands on his desk and said, ‘I never left the ministry; God just changed the shape of my pulpit.’

“That was the moment I began to understand that your vocational calling is that place where God calls you to be His presence in the world. Whether in vocational ministry, for-profit ministry, not-for-profit ministry . . . God gets to decide the shape of the pulpit.”

Saying “Yes!”

When the first female president of Vanguard University is asked what advice she now gives to other aspiring young people, especially women, her answer is in keeping with her philosophy.

“Let your career pursue you,” Taylor says.

“As women, our paths are diverse and unique. If you had told me when I was a student at Evangel that I was going to be president of a university someday, I could not have even imagined it. I am convinced that if we live each day of our lives in obedience to Him, everything else takes care of itself. If we really believe that the One who created us knows where our deepest desires and passions lie, He will lead us to places where we get to discover that in profound ways. Our job is to say yes.”

This is how her own career evolved, without a planned progression into leadership.

“I was simply given the opportunity to do things,” she says. “It wasn’t a sudden a-ha moment. It was a natural transition into leadership. I remember when I first went to ETS, I thought someone would come to my door and say, ‘I don’t know what we were thinking, hiring you!’ But they never did, and I was given wonderful opportunities to lead large projects and programs.”

“It was later, as I began reading and thinking more intentionally about leadership, that one day it dawned on me, ‘Wow, this is what I’m meant to do.’”

Hard places

God’s leading hasn’t always been easy, but He has always been faithful and worthy of trust.

“I will never forget the day I was standing in an emergency meeting of the executive presbyters and executive committee of the board at Vanguard,” she says. “They turned to me and said, ‘Carol, would you be the acting president?’”

“In that moment, there was a deep, quiet voice that said, ‘What if this is why you came?’

“I was asked to take leadership during a difficult time for Vanguard University,” Taylor says. “Only 15 months later, their accrediting commission declared that the university had made ‘phenomenal progress’ and ‘a significant institutional turnaround.’”

During this time, Taylor learned about her own strength and resiliency. Most of all, she learned once more to lean on God.

“I encourage young leaders: don’t be afraid of the hard place that God places you,” Taylor says. “You will discover how big God is in those places. You only discover that when you have to depend on Him. We’re reminded again and again that we never have enough resources in ourselves. The resiliency isn’t in our own strength or cleverness – it is in the profound sense that God is at work. We don’t get to write the journey. We just follow it. It’s far better than anything we could do on our own.”

Release from Evangel University.

Champion of $140,000 and of Judson’s Legacy

Vanguard University Director of Graduate Admissions, Drake Levasheff and his “Team Judson’s Legacy” have won on the finale on Game Show Network’s The Great American Bible Challenge–a new Bible trivia TV game show that puts modern twists on its questions, like ‘what verse did NFL quarterback Tim Tebow paint on his face?’  After three shows including the grand finale, a $140,000 of winnings will go to a New York research facility.

The winnings to Judson’s Legacy will go to help develop and sustain a Myelin Repair Lab at the Hunter James Kelly Research Institute in Buffalo, NY, which is trying to find a cure for the disease that killed the California family’s young son, as well as the son of Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly.

The Levasheffs, who live in Irvine, Calif., discovered Buffalo when the nonprofit that Jim and Jill Kelly started contacted them. Since 2008, the summer after Christina Levasheff’s son died, she and her husband have gone to Ellicottville for a leukodystrophy symposium and family support gathering with expenses paid by the Hunter’s Hope Foundation.

Last year, the foundation helped found the institute to focus on disorders related to the dysfunction of the fatty white nerve coating in the brain, myelin. Krabbe disease, the resulting affliction that struck Hunter Kelly and Judson, causes motor skills to malfunction and ultimately leads to death.

The research focus inspired Levasheff’s game show ambition. All contestants must dedicate their winnings to a charity. She wanted a legacy for her son and to help fund and expand a lab within the institute devoted to repairing myelin.

“He  was really bright and really articulate, and you would have never imagined there was a deadly disease lurking in his body,” she said of Judson. “He was missing an enzyme in his body, so toxins were building up, and at some point it just triggers disease onset. … In a matter of five months, he went completely paralyzed, blind and mute.”

Judson Levasheff was a precious little boy whose body was suddenly and rapidly ravaged by Krabbe Disease.  Through his legacy, lives are being changed.  Learn more about Jud and Krabbe at