Vanguard University’s February Featured Multiple Events for Black History Month

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 11.10.53 AMLed by Vanguard University’s Black Student Union (BSU), Vanguard University offered multiple events to celebrate Black History Month (BHM).

Every week in February featured a BSU event to provide students with an opportunity to be part of the celebration and to learn more about black history. Events included the downtown Anaheim Black History Parade, a display of Afro-Latin cultures, Vanguard’s 2nd annual BHM Dinner, various BSU-coordinated chapels, a hip-hop dance night, a movie screening and an outreach event.

As the director of BSU, Crystal Todoroff led the creation and coordination for the events. Overall, Todoroff said she was very pleased and surprised by the good turnouts for so many of the events. This year’s BHM Dinner hosted more than 65 people. Because of the great turnout, which exceeded expectations by about 15 people, Director of Diversity Programming Coba Canales had to run buy more food for the last people in line.

Having the help of multiple BSU members and others was crucial for the success of these events, Todoroff said. Looking back at her full calendar for the month of February, Todoroff smiled and said that that she was happy with success of all the events and the continually diversifying culture of Vanguard University.

To learn more about Vanguard’s Diversity Programming, click here. 

Sophomores Board the Tiki Boat for Luau

092On March 1, more than 60 sophomores cruised on the Newport Beach Tiki Boat for the Sophomore Luau.

To combat the “sophomore slump”, Student Life’s Office of Transitions booked Newport’s Tiki Boat for a Hawaiian themed night of games, contests and snacks for sophomores. The night offered an opportunity for sophomores to recoup and relax with their fellow classmates.

Along with flowered shirts, a DJ, a soda bar and a limbo contest, there was a table on the upper deck for students to read about the various stages of sophomore year and then reflect on which stage they found themselves. Once they discovered the stage that best described them, students wrote the stage down on a piece of paper.

Describing the event’s main goal, the sophomore and junior director for the Office of Transitions, Amber Garman, said it was to provide a space for students to “reflect on their sophomore year while having fun and being together as a class.” As the event planner, Garman said she was pleased with the turnout and the feedback.

To find out more about the Office of Transitions, click here.


Future Leaders Sent to SCORR Conference

ShalomBanner_fullOn February 21-22, Vanguard University’s Student Life sent 200 students to the 18th annual Student Congress on Racial Reconciliation (SCORR) Conference at Biola University.

For the past few years, Vanguard’s Student Life has purposed to expose potential student leaders to the ongoing conversation of racial reconciliation. “It’s something we feel strongly about in our leadership culture,” Student Life administrative assistant Jordan Baker said.

Hosted by Biola’s Student Life, SCORR conference is a national conference where “students, staff, and faculty from various Christian colleges and universities join together to celebrate and learn of the diversity within the body of Christ,” their website states. This year’s conference theme was “Shalom”, which is the Hebrew word for peace. The keynote speaker was Judy Peterson.

Currently, Vanguard’s Student Life is in the hiring process for next year’s campus leaders. Every student that applied for a position was provided a ticket to attend SCORR. The purpose of sending these potential student leaders to the conference was to provide exposure, awareness and engagement in the issues of racial reconciliation, Baker said.

For the two-day conference, Student Life separated the 200 students into four waves that attended either the morning or afternoon sessions each day.  Diversity programming leaders attended the entire conference. Students were given papers with a few reflection-oriented questions to turn in at the end of their session. Also, in between sessions, students gathered in smaller groups with Student Life administrators to discuss what they learned and experienced during their time at the conference.

Based on the papers, Baker said there was a lot of good student feedback. Also, she said the conference accomplished exposing students and making them aware of the reality of the racial dialogue that is going on and how they, as Christians, can have a positive role in it.

To learn more about Vanguard’s Student Life, click here.

List of Orange County Icons Include Vanguard University

Costa Mesa, CA, March 3, 2014 – Vanguard University tops the list of 125 iconic people, places and things that make Orange County an amazing place to live, work and play. The County of Orange is commemorating its 125th birthday in 2014 with events and celebrations for its community of now 3 million residents.

From OC icons like the Old County Courthouse of Santa Ana, the county’s oldest city, to Mission San Juan Capistrano and the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, the list encompasses a wide range of places that Orange County residents know, love and dwell. Vanguard University, known for academic excellence and a Christ-centered community, is listed among the top 25 in district 2, alongside South Coast Plaza, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, OC Fairgrounds and others in Costa Mesa.

This history of the County of Orange dates back to 1889, when locals voted to separate from Los Angeles County and form the new County of Orange. Residents of the county enjoy the ideal climate, parks, beaches and other outdoor activities. Orange County is also a host to a wide range of tourist attractions and venues for professional sports, visual and performing arts. The thriving business economy as well as top-educated work force brings a special dimension to the area as well.


In 1989, the County of Orange commemorated its centennial, and now throughout 2014, the County will celebrate its 125th anniversary, also known as the Quasquicentennial.

For more information regarding OC’s 125th birthday, visit

To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626





Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-focused leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 10 regional college in the west for 2014 and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit



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High School Students Flood Vanguard Campus for Jazz and Guitar Festivals

Jazz-Combo-All-1024x661Lots of rain and lots of high school students were projected for March 1 at Vanguard University. The 2014 Jazz and Guitar Festivals hosted more than 200 high school students for workshops, performances and jam sessions.

Each year, Vanguard’s music department invites high school students to participate in the annual Jazz Festival. This year, alongside the Jazz Festival, the music department offered a guitar festival as a separate option for high school students. Both festivals featured world-class musicians that led workshops, acted as judges and gave performances.

For the Jazz Festival, the day included a brass workshop with Josh Welchez, a rhythm workshop with Mark Converse, and a sax and woodwinds workshop with Vince Hizon. At the end of the day, students gathered at Newport Mesa Church for a closing concert that featured Vanguard’s Jazz Ensemble and an awards presentation. After the concert, there was an optional session for students interested in learning more about attending Vanguard University, along with open auditions for Vanguard’s music program.

For the Guitar Festival, the day included group and individual rehearsals along with various breakout sessions and a final concert. Renowned musicians such as Vladamir Gorbach, Joel Valiente and David Grimes, who was also the guest conductor leading the joint rehearsals, led the masterclass sessions. Meanwhile, renowned musicians Greg Glancey and David Isaacs led lectures during the breakout sessions. The Guitar Festival ended with a closing concert held in Needham Chapel, which brought together all 160 participants for a final joint performance after the group recitals. It was “less about competition and more about joining together,” Tiffany Rogan, the coordinator of music events and concert operations, said.

To learn more about Vanguard University’s Department of Music, click here.