The Heart and Soul of Vanguard Shines through at 2013 Homecoming

Following a ‘VU’s Got Talent’ show on Thursday night and an alumni concert featuring Nate Westerfield ’10 on Friday night, hundreds of students, alumni, and members of the community gathered at Vanguard University on Saturday morning in anticipation of a day filled with spirit, pride, nostalgia, support, and love for an institution that has brought people together in life-altering ways.

Vanguard University 5k raceThe celebration kicked off with almost 300 runners/walkers participating in a 5k fun walk/run to support alumni Kevin ’99 and Cami (Grasser) Doyle’s ’99 beautiful 7-year old daughter, Mercy Doyle, who suffers from a neurological disease physicians are actively trying to diagnose.  An outpouring of love, support, and prayers for Mercy and her family was in abundance, in addition to all proceeds from the race totaling just over $3,000 for the Doyle family’s mounting medical expenses.

Kevin, Camie, Mercy Doyle at Vanguard UniversityMercy’s joyful spirit was readily seen through her artwork, which brought smiles to the crowd that cheered for the runners.   Vanguard freshman and 5k first-place winner, Levi Moellering, proudly held up one of Mercy’s pictures after crossing the finish line.

Winner of Vanguard University Homecoming 5k

The 5k was followed by a luncheon featuring Alumnus of the Year, Ron Bueno ’90, Career Achievement Award recipients Bill ’67 and Nancy (Pearson) ’66 Carmichael, Distinguished Service Award recipient Dr. Isaac Canales ’74, and Young Alumnus Award recipient Jason Lankow ’03.

Dozens of children played to their heart’s content in basketball and soccer camps led by the Vanguard women and men’s basketball and soccer teams.  Bundle reunions ranging from 1950′s to the 2000′s were held at various locations around campus,  followed by a Delta Kappa Reunion at the Lobby’s Towers.  And if that wasn’t enough excitement and Pit “pride”, the energy continued with the women and men’s basketball playing – and beating – Biola University.  Go Lions!

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Run for Mercy

‘What love is about’

Pastor is on the receiving end as college organizes fund-raiser for daughter’s medical bills.

January 31, 2013|By Jeremiah Dobruck, The Daily Pilot

When Kevin Doyle’s daughter was 2 years old, she was spry and energetic, but in the space of a week, she went from jumping and skipping to not being able to roll over in her crib without help.

Doctors believed it was a virus that would pass, Doyle said, but now at 7 years old, Mercy Doyle is struggling with the same symptoms.

Run for Mercy 5k at Vanguard University to raise money for sick child

Mercy Doyle

She suffers from tremors in her feet and deteriorated muscle coordination. She is unable to walk or crawl.

“We’ve been through four different chemotherapy treatments and some other similar-style stuff that people use for very strong arthritis,” Doyle said. “We’ve had a great collaboration of doctors … and they just cannot seem to come up with any type of way to move forward.”

Her parents have traveled anywhere they can for medical treatment; and neurological specialists from across the country have consulted on Mercy’s case.

“Basically, they said they know it’s an autoimmune thing, but she’s unique to herself,” Doyle said. “There’s just no diagnosis for her.”

Kevin and Camie Doyle both graduated from Vanguard University, the private Christian college in Costa Mesa, in 1999.

In mid December, Kevin got a call from Vanguard staff. They wanted to help raise money for Mercy.

“I do know some people there, but it still comes out of left field for me,” Doyle said. He and his family live in Las Vegas, where he’s a pastor.

During this weekend’s homecoming, Vanguard will host a 5K run with all proceeds going to Mercy’s medical expenses, which have so far topped $500,000, Doyle said.

Organizers say about 120 people have signed up to run at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Vanguard University to fundraise at homecoming 2013 for sick child Mercy Doyle

The Doyle Family

Doyle said encouragement he’s received even from strangers have helped sustain his family through Mercy’s treatment.

“We do have a great church family,” Doyle said. “We have a support system that has really surrou

nded us.”

He said he’s not sure how he’ll react Saturday. The school has asked him to watch the proceedings instead of run in them.

“I think I’ll feel supported. And I think our family will just feel loved,” Doyle said. “We are typical as people in ministry. We typically giv

e. And we love to give. But to be on the receiving side is very humbling. I feel like it’s really what love is about.”

The 5K is open to the public. Anyone interested in running can register for $10 at

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Department of Music Introduces New Bachelor Of Music Degree

Vanguard University announces new degrees in musicStarting in the Fall of 2013, the Department of Music is introducing a Bachelor of Music degree in addition to its current Bachelor of Arts in Music, and Bachelor of Arts in Worship Studies degree programs.

The Bachelor of Music degree is tailored to the student desiring rigorous performance and academic training as part of their undergraduate experience.  The degree combines the core music curriculum with specialty courses within the student’s chosen field of concentration.  The Bachelor of Music degree is a professional degree that prepares and equips students to continue on in their performance field in graduate school.  Entrance into the Bachelor of Music degree is by audition only.  Approximately 77 Music Units are required for this degree program.

Bachelor of Music Concentrations:

  • Church Music
  • Composition
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music Education
  • Performance
    • Voice
    • Guitar
    • Piano
    • Instrument

Vanguard University Wins Twice in 10th Annual Service Industry Advertising Awards (SIAA)

Congratulations to the Vanguard’s creative marketing team for winning two awards at the 10th Annual Service Industry Advertising Awards (SIAA) which were announced this week.  The Spring/Summer 2012 issue of VU Magazine won a Silver and the 2010-11 Annual Report, won a Merit.

According to the SIAA, nearly 2,000 entries were received in this year’s competition.  A national panel of judges evaluated and rated entries in eight groups and twenty-six categories.  The judges awarded 140 Gold Awards, 109 Silver Awards, as well as 82 Bronze Awards.

SIAA is the only advertising awards to specifically recognize the achievement of the service industry.  Many other advertising awards are dominated by consumer goods and other tangible products.  The service industry is adding a significant contribution to  marketing and advertising.  SIAA recognizes the creativity adn communication of the service industry.

Student Veterans Club Hosts Veterans Resource Center Open House

Vanguard University students gather to celebrate veterans at an open house Last week, Veterans and non-veterans gathered at Vanguard University’s Veterans Courtyard of Honor for an Open House designed to welcome  new student veterans to Vanguard University.  In addition to providing information about the Veterans Resource Center, attendees had a chance to see what the Student Veterans Club has planned for the rest of the school year while noshing on yummy sandwiches and desserts.  In attendance was the Costa Mesa Freedom Committee and American Legion Post 455.

Thank you to all of our veterans for your selfless service to our country.  We are blessed to have you in our lives and remember those who have fallen in our prayers.

About the Veterans Resource Center at Vanguard University

The Veterans Resource Center at Vanguard University exists to support veterans by providing academic planning, financial advisement, and resources for professional, personal, and spiritual development designed to equip veterans to achieve their educational and professional goals.

Student veterans club at Vanguard University provides resources for student veterans