Vanguard’s Veterans Club will Highlight and Honor VU’s Veterans through Special Evening Chapel

Committed to honoring service men and women, Vanguard’s Veterans Club will host a veterans chapel service on April 4.

Recently retired military member, Anthony Hodge, who has now been accepted into Vanguard University, will speak at this veterans event on Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Years of marine core service and multiple deployments to support Operation Iraqi Freedom have shaped Hodge’s life. He will speak about his childhood, military service and how he became a Christian in the past few years.

Hodge’s message will focus on the “integration of military service and faith,” Rory Self, student chaplain of the Veterans Club, said. Currently, Hodge works for a nonprofit organization called The Mission Continues, which aims to get veterans involved and serving in their communities.

Speaking on the chapel’s purpose, Self said: “It’s to highlight and honor the veterans on campus.” Alongside Self, fellow Vanguard Veterans Club leaders, Christopher Kupitz and Adrian Michaels, have worked to make this chapel a blessing for all who attend, especially the service men and women.

Self also wanted to encourage any military attendees to come dressed in their uniforms. It will be an evening to enjoy refreshments, relish good company and honor service men and women.

Attend this FREE veterans chapel service event at Newport Mesa Church, and get more info on Vanguard’s Veterans Center, here:

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the service will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Vanguard Student Athlete’s Inspiring Story Debuts on PBS Sat, May 11

One Vanguard University student’s inspiring story captured the attention of up-and-coming filmmaker, Michael Zynda, and will now air on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Orange County channel. PBS OC can be found on channel 50.2 (channel number may vary based on location and cable or satellite provider).

On May 11, 2013, In a Race Against Time, a feature length film about runner Daniel Okabe will premiere on PBS Orange County. Studying communications at Vanguard University, Okabe is a senior and expects to graduate in the fall of 2013. His story inspired independent filmmaker Michael Zynda, who directed and produced the film.

The film focuses on a six-month period in 2011 where Okabe trains and races in multiple marathons, while attempting to raise the necessary funds to stay in the U.S. and finish his degree at Vanguard. Based on immigration law, if he was unable to get the funds and stay enrolled, he would have been forced to leave the country in 60 days. But that did not stop Okabe.

Before the film’s making, driven by a mission to save his father’s Christian radio station, Okabe began studying radio broadcasting at Golden West College in 2009. The need to save the radio station, Faith Radio, came after the Uganda Communications Commission set a new requirement for radio stations. The rule mandates that only individuals with degrees in journalism or mass communications can operate radio stations in Uganda.

Once Okabe learned of the new regulation, he knew what he had to do to save the family’s station, and so his journey began. With the help of Trish Fisher, the chair of the department of business and management at Vanguard’s School for Professional Studies, Okabe’s parents, as well as scholarships in music and athletics, Okabe was able to raise the funds necessary to attend Vanguard. Everyday Okabe gets closer to achieving his goal of saving his father’s radio station.

Radio is one of many ministries the Okabe family does for their country and their community. His father, Patrick, leads Impact Ministries Uganda running an orphanage and child care center that houses more than 300 children and feeds another 400 daily.

Now a distance runner on Vanguard’s cross-country team, Okabe is receiving actual training for the first time. Years of training himself, Okabe developed his raw talent and practiced a quality found in great athletes, the ability to self-motivate. These qualities coupled with his coach’s instruction have allowed Okabe to begin fine-tuning his skills since being at Vanguard.

Transitioning from life in Uganda to life in Southern California is a large part of the film. Okabe expressed his hope that the film will bring awareness to his country and inspiration to viewers. Thankful for the opportunity to have his story shared on TV, Okabe said: “I give God the glory. He is the one who made it possible.”

From his home in Uganda to the region of Southern California, Okabe’s purpose-filled journey brings hope and a reminder of the impact individuals can have on the world around them. Before coming to America, Okabe had never run in a marathon. Now, he has participated in marathons in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Orange County, and he is only one semester away from fulfilling his mission.

To read more about In a Race Against Time, click here.

To read the 2011 Fall/Winter Vanguard Magazine article about Okabe, click here.

Vanguard’s Career Services to Host Job and Internship Fair on April 4

Looking to strengthen your professional portfolio and land a job or internship? Come to the multiple events Vanguard University’s career services is providing in preparation for the free Job and Internship Fair.

On Thursday, April 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m, Career Services’ Job and Internship Fair will host more than 20 different businesses and companies on Vanguard’s Heath Lawn.  This is a great opportunity for students and alumni to meet potential employers and make the next step in their professional development.

Leading up to the fair, career services is hosting a networking event and providing resume critiques by appointment. Communicating professionally, being confidant and forming a strong professional portfolio are a few of the valuable skills attendees will learn during these events.

The networking event is on Wednesday, March 27, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Forrest Room. Alumni and local employers will be in attendance to provide coaching for students to prepare for the Job and Internship Fair. Attendees should wear business casual dress. Also, appetizers and refreshments will be provided.

Resume critique appointments will be held on Thursday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students will learn ways to bolster their resumes to give them an edge in the hiring process. Contact career services to schedule your 15-minute appointment by emailing:

Vanguard’s career services aims to provide students and alumni with resources to set them on their career path. The networking event, resume critiques and Vanguard University’s Job and Internship Fair are great first steps down that path.

So, dress your best, bring your resume and land the job or internship you are looking for!

To learn more about these events, click here.

To view a campus map of any of these locations, click here.

Vanguard University’s Marketing and Communications Department Receives Publication Awards

Vanguard University’s Marketing and Communications Department struck gold in the 28th Annual Education Advertising Awards, sponsored by the Higher Education Marketing Report.

Among the nearly 3,000 entries, Vanguard University’s undergraduate admissions student blog site received gold placement in the category of new media. The total number of gold awards granted was 167.

The Marketing and Communications Department also received awards in two other categories. Vanguard’s fall/winter magazine received a bronze award in the category of external publications. And Vanguard’s undergraduate admissions viewbook received a merit award in the student viewbook category.

According to HMR Publications, the Higher Education Marketing Report has been the nation’s leading marketing publication for higher education professionals, for the past 28 years.

To view the lists of the award winners, click here.

Vanguard University Launches Comprehensive Search for its Tenth President

New president to continue Dr. Carol Taylor’s leadership in guiding Vanguard University to record enrollment and continuous improvement in academic profile and financial health

Costa Mesa, CA, March 26, 2013 – Vanguard University announced today that a presidential search committee to identify Vanguard’s tenth president has been established following the announcement that Dr. Carol Taylor, President of Vanguard University, was voted President-Elect of Evangel University, an institution that is in the final stages of approval for a consolidation with Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) and Central Bible College (CBC).  If approved by the Higher Learning Commission in April, these three schools, two of which are Dr. Taylor’s alma maters, will be known as Evangel University.

Dr. Carol Taylor was asked to serve as Acting President in January 2009 and named as Vanguard’s ninth President in July 2009 after serving as provost/vice president of academic affairs at Vanguard since August of 2007.  Before joining Vanguard, Dr. Taylor served for seven years as the vice provost for undergraduate education at Biola University, 12 years in executive management at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, NJ and has taught at various higher educational institutions at both the undergraduate and graduate school levels.

“Vanguard is a different university today than it was when President Taylor stepped up to lead it,” says David Oddo, chair of the Board of Trustees and chair of the Presidential Search Committee for Vanguard.  “Under the direction of President Taylor, Vanguard University has been transformed from a school in financial crisis and declining enrollment into an institution poised to exit its state of financial exigency and with record enrollments.  Our Board of Trustees and the Vanguard community are eager to continue our journey of growth and success.”

A presidential search committee comprised of trustees, faculty, alumni, staff, a student leader, and a foundation board member is being established and will work closely with the Dingman Company, the executive search firm Vanguard has retained to help find Vanguard’s next president.  Dr. David W. Clark, who has served on the Vanguard Board of Trustees, will serve as Vanguard’s interim president beginning June 15, 2013.  Dr. Clark is the former president of Palm Beach Atlantic University and has extensive experience in Christian higher education.

“My journey at Vanguard began with an unexpected call to serve,” says Dr. Carol Taylor, president of Vanguard University.  “While the call to serve my alma maters is just as unexpected, my commitment remains strong to serve all of our constituents well during this transitional period so that Vanguard’s next president can shepherd it to even greater heights.  It has been an honor to serve Vanguard over the last six years, and I am grateful for the tremendous growth we’ve experienced due to the devotion of our students, faculty and staff who are deeply committed to our mission to equip students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.”

Dr. Taylor will conclude her service as President of Vanguard University following the June 2013 Board of Trustees meeting.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Vanguard among the best baccalaureate colleges in the West in their 2011-2012 rankings of colleges and universities and The Princeton Review named Vanguard a 2011-2012 “Best in the West” College.

For updated information on the transition, including frequently asked questions and more, visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Shana Martin, Director of Communications at Vanguard University