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.”

In response to the power outages in Southern California


Vanguard University With Full Power; Not Affected by Power Outages

COSTA MESA, CA—September 8, 2011. Vanguard University is operating with full power and is not affected by the power outages in other parts of Southern California. Vanguard University is prepared to handle a potential power outage. Vanguard University’s Director of Campus Public Safety, Paul Turgeon states, “Vanguard has a disaster preparedness plan to provide for the safety and health of our students, staff, and faculty. Safety is our top priority.”

In the event of a power outage, the University has plenty of fresh water and food supplies to serve students who live in the dormitories. Tim Young, Director of Resident Life, “Vanguard’s Resident Directors are fully trained to serve students in the event of an emergency.” The University is in regular communication with the City of Costa Mesa officials and its emergency services.

Information is available online at and 714-656-9361

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Vanguard Faculty Publications

Check out what the Vanguard University Faculty have been working on over the summer!  Click here to view faculty publications from the summer of 2011.

Vanguard University Welcomes Bethany Students

Costa Mesa, CA – June 16, 2011 – Vanguard University (VU) welcomes Bethany University (BU) students interested in pursuing their education in a Christ-centered community. Bethany University, located in Scotts Valley, California, announced June 13 that the University will close following a summer “teach out.”

Vanguard and Bethany share a rich history as institutions of higher education in California, with Vanguard University being established one year after Bethany in 1920. Vanguard offers bachelor and master degrees on its beautiful Southern California campus. Vanguard University shares several of Bethany’s most popular undergraduate majors, including Business Administration, Communication, Psychology, Liberal Studies, and Religion.

Vanguard is working directly with Bethany University on a Memorandum of Understanding in partnership with their accreditation agency, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Vanguard is making every effort to help Bethany students to transfer into an undergraduate degree program or masters degree program in Education for fall 2011. Vanguard will waive the undergraduate or graduate application fee and is dedicating admissions and financial aid counselors to work with each individual student and their family.

Kim Johnson, Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management, explains, “Every student is unique. Because each university has distinct academic requirements and financial aid packages, we are encouraging students to submit an application and take advantage of the individualized counseling and support Vanguard counselors provide.”

Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, Jeff Hittenberger, comments “Vanguard is committed to serving Bethany students and their families. Vanguard University takes pride in the personal professor-mentor relationships that undergird our commitment to academic excellence. As students make a transition, the Vanguard community will serve and care for students and their families in addition to providing quick and comprehensive answers to their questions.”

Bethany University students can apply online immediately for free. Undergraduate admissions counselors may be reached at 800.722.6279 or by email at Graduate admissions counselors may be reached at 877.669.8872 or

Vanguard University (VU) is a private, coeducational, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies that provides a Spirit-empowered community in which to pursue a quality Christ-centered education. The University was established in 1920, and now offers more than 30 degree programs. More information is available at