Campus Update November 2011

Fall is here and God continues to bless the Vanguard community.  November is truly a season of thanks and this semester we have much to be thankful for and good news to share.

I would like to invite everyone to join me in starting off your Christmas season with our annual Christmas Fantasia concert. We offer two performances, one at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on December 1 and another at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on December 2. Your spirit will soar as you watch Vanguard’s talented music department sing Christmas carols and get you in the Christmas spirit. For more information about the event and to order your tickets, please visit

The Love the Lobby Dedication Celebration on October 20 was a huge success. The immense gratitude from students was so evident and the Vanguard community is so appreciative to the generous donors who made the refurbishing of the lobby possible. Students can now enjoy a new space to gather in community and create lasting Vanguard memories. For photos of the celebration please visit

This November 12, Vanguard’s Veterans Resource Center will be honoring all veterans with dinner and a presentation by John Van Sky, PhD. Dr. Van Sky is a combat veteran and adjunct professor at Vanguard. He will be discussing the challenges veterans face when returning home from combat and the critical role of higher education in preparing the next generation for leadership beyond the battlefield. It is sure to be a great event that truly honors our veterans.  For more information regarding this event, please contact Brent Theobald at (714) 966-5447 or via email at

I want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday; this season is a reminder of all the blessings God provides to each and every one of us.

God bless you and God bless Vanguard,

Dr. Carol Taylor

Lynn Walker ’11 makes OC Weekly’s ‘BEST OF’ list

Vanguard University alum Lynn Walker ’11 made OC Weekly’s October ‘BEST OF OC’ issue for Best College Player. Walker’s outstanding story as a student in VU’s School for Professional Studies program, an athlete on the women’s tennis team, and overcoming all odds in a battle with cancer is nothing short of inspirational.

Read more on OC Weekly’s ‘BEST OF OC’ list on their website.

VU alum’s film to premiere on Investigation Discovery channel

Vanguard University alumna Olivia Klaus ’99 and her film, Sin by Silence, will premiere on the Investigation Discovery channel on October 17th at 8PM E/P.

“We are proud to bring this powerful documentary to television, to share with audiences the harrowing stories of these women behind bars,” said Henry Schleiff, president of Investigation Discovery. “Instead of fighting a system that does not fully comprehend the complexities of abuse, the women of CWAA chose to fight to change laws for battered women nationwide. Through the premiere of this documentary, we hope to extend their message and champion their crusade to stop the cycle of violence.”

Klaus was recently recognized by the Pixel Project as one of the top 16 influential leaders in the movement to end violence against women. Sin by Silence, has been spotlighted as a major contributor to the ongoing fight against violence against women. Klaus is making a significant impact in the film industry by shedding light on violence against women.

To watch the trailer for ‘Sin by Silence’, click here. To see a clip for Klaus’ recent Discovery press event in Washington DC, click here. For more details on the premiere of Sin by Silence on Discovery ID, click here.

Bing features Krochet Kids, non-profit company founded by Vanguard alums

Vanguard University alums Stewart Ramsey ’08 and Travis Hartanov ’04-’06 are the co-founders of Krochet Kids International, a non-profit organization that employs women in Uganda and Peru to create crocheted hats and accessories. Recently, Krochet Kids International was featured in the Bing Originals series on television and online. Watch how these Vanguard University graduates have set out on a mission to change the world, one hat at a time.

Nursing leader and Navy veteran takes top post at Vanguard University’s nursing program

Mary Wickman, a U.S. Navy veteran who has served in key nursing positions in southern California, was named the director of the nursing program at Vanguard University effective July 1, bringing with her nearly four decades of leadership in the field of nursing.

“When I first met Dr. Wickman a few years ago, I knew that she would be a great fit with Vanguard’s mission and would bring a wealth of expertise, experience and heart to our growing nursing program,” says Vanguard president Carol Taylor. “Her experience in directing large grants and building strong graduate programs is exactly what we need as we launch our new MSN program.”

Wickman comes most recently from the large nursing program at CSU Fullerton where she was hired to start a program to train nurses to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The position involved starting up a simulation lab, creating curriculum, hiring faculty and teaching. She won the CSU Fullerton Outstanding Faculty Recognition award in 2009-10 for scholarly and creative activity and the 2008 Best Practice Education Award from the Association of California Nurse Leaders.

Wickman earned her BSN from Mount St. Mary’s College and joined the U.S. Navy early in her career “to see the world and to do something for my country,” Wickman says. “It was a wonderful experience for a nurse.”

She served on active duty for three years and in the reserves for 18 years. In 1991 she was recalled in support of Desert Storm. In 2007 she won the United States Navy Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding achievement while serving as officer-in-charge of Detachment A, a unit for doctors, nurses and corpsmen, at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.

“In military nursing you have the chance at a young age to step into leadership positions,” Wickman says. “I learned leadership skills that have served me well throughout my career.”

Wickman has held a wide variety of nursing positions in southern California, including at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, Saddleback Women’s Hospital in Laguna Hills, Tokos/Matria Obstetrical Clinical Services in Orange, and St. Joseph Hospital. She was chair of the department of nursing at Mount St. Mary’s College. She also served as director of nursing and health sciences at Santa Ana College for 15 years. Wickman holds her master’s degree and PhD from UCLA. She has chaired the Orange County Long Beach Consortium for Nursing and held many other industry-leading posts. On the academic side, Wickman has presented widely at conferences and is published in nursing journals.

Wickman accepted the position at Vanguard for the chance to integrate her faith and her work, and to help establish the University’s burgeoning master’s degree in nursing program. In the past she directed projects with grants totaling more than $2.5 million to improve aspects of nursing through education, lab expansion and more. She plans to employ that grant-writing expertise in her new position.

“I feel honored to be stepping into the program at a great time,” Wickman says. “I enjoy program development. In previous jobs I’ve written quite a few grants that have been funded and I hope to do the same thing at Vanguard.”

Wickman says Vanguard’s approach to education is what nurses need to excel at their jobs.

“Vanguard is student-oriented and service-oriented. Each student is seen as an individual and not as a number,” she says. “Faculty and staff attend to the whole student. That’s also what being a nurse is about. When you’re sick, you want someone who pays attention to all your needs — physical, psychological and spiritual. To be really effective, nurses need that kind of training and background.”

Wickman will maintain a periodic position as research coordinator at St. Jude Medical Center. She will also teach in the classroom at Vanguard.

“Before joining us full-time, Mary taught some adjunct courses in our BSN program, and the students adore her,” says President Taylor. “She will add to the tradition of Vanguard faculty — committed professionals who mentor and invest deeply in the lives of our students.”