Fall 2006

On the Cutting Edge
How Chuck Buck turned his company into America’s great knife maker.

Fearless Faith
VU professor Vince Gil ’69 has influenced generations of students and made a lasting impact in China by pioneering HIV/AIDS training.

Mariachi in Her Soul
Student Karina Hernandez is carrying on the legacy of her world famous mariachi family.

In Business for Ministry
Barry Meguiar, member of the Vanguard University Foundation Board, runs the leading car wax company in the U.S. and is boosting VU’s Vision 2010 campaign

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Summer 2006

A Vision for Serving Students
Doug Petersen ’76 poured himself into educating and feeding poor children in Central America for 25 years. Now he is leading the historicVision 2010 campaign to transform Vanguard into a top-tier, world-class Christian university.

Digital Media Revolutionary
As a student at VU, Ann-Caryn Cleveland ’98 discovered her passionfor film-making. Now, after working at Sony Pictures and attending USC film school, she’s leading a digital media revolution in the Vanguard Communications program.

From VU to the Capitol
Hannah VanderBush’s ’06 love of politics fueled her years on the VU forensics team. Upon graduating, that training and focus paid off when she was hired onto the staff of a U.S. Senator in Washington, D.C.

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Spring 2006

A Gala Career
Robin Fischette studied theater at VU, intending to become a singer and actress. But her career took a rewarding detour as she helped build one of the top event production companies in the country. Now she’s making time to return to her first loves.

The Bridge Builder
Jeff Hittenberger helped turn VU’s graduate program in education into one of the best in Orange County and the first in California to adopt stricter standards for teacher credentialing. His passion for changing the world through teaching springs in part from the lessons he’s learned from his son, Ben, who has Down Syndrome.

Servant Leader
Kayli Cotten came to VU with a heart to serve, and has been one of the campus’s most influential student leaders, even creating a campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity. But when tragedy struck Cotten’s family, she had to learn to let others minister to her as well.

The Legend
Coach Bill Reynolds led one of the most storied runs in VU sports history, with seventeen consecutive seasons of twenty or more wins in men’s basketball. His former players have emulated his techniques and become winning coaches throughout Southern California. Now that Reynolds is battling cancer, they are rallying to his support.

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Winter 2006

Radical Mercy
Larry Haynes ’86 graduated from VU with a radical commitment to help the poor. Twenty years later, he is Orange County’s leading anti-poverty advocate, a respected community leader and a social visionary who’s still as radical at heart as when he was a student.

Class Act
Susan Berkompas built VU’s theatre program into a national powerhouse, winning major awards, landing a spot in the prestigious Kennedy Center competition two years straight, and sending VU students into the finest MFA programs.

Rose-colored Classes
Freshman Lisa Pallay, an energetic young woman from Pasadena, won a spot on the 2004 Rose Court, part of the Tournament of Roses. But she got an extra bonus when Rose Court led her to discover VU, where she decided to attend college.

Hip-Hop Symphony
Flynn Atkins ’96 graduated from VU and co-founded L.A. Symphony, a leading Christian hip-hop group. Now, with his music career in overdrive and with a new gig at Relevant Media Group, Atkins is using his creativity for a higher purpose.

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