Women’s Basketball Team Ranked #1 in WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Rolls for the 2012-13 Season

Vanguard Women's BasketballVanguard University’s  Women’s Basketball Team is a top honoree in the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Rolls for the 2012-13 season. Vanguard’s team has been ranked #1 in the NAIA division.

The WBCA (Women’s Basketball Coaches Association) recognizes women’s basketball teams across the nation in several divisions, including DCAA Divisions I, I, and II; the NAIA; and junior/community colleges. 25 teams make the top list in each division. These teams carry the highest combined grade point averages inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. A team must have a 3.000 or better GPA to be nominated.

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Vanguard Athletics Youth Sports Camps: Using Basketball to Build Character

During the months of June and July, the Vanguard University Men’s Basketball team offers three weeks of youth basketball camps to boys and girls ages 5-15.

This summer, Vanguard University’s Men’s Basketball team has been busy on the court… and off. During the months of June and July, the team offers three weeks of youth basketball camps to boys and girls ages 5-15.

At these camps, Vanguard University Head Coach Rhett Soliday, Assistant Coaches Brian “Boomer” Roberts and Levi Seekins, and several current Vanguard basketball players will teach young students the fundamentals of basketball and encourage students to have a great time while competing.

This isn’t just your ordinary youth basketball camp dedicated to training students athletically; the coaches also desire to foster and encourage personal growth among the campers.

To accomplish this, coaches begin each morning with a daily devotional, give character presentations, assign character “homework,” and emphasize what it means to compete with character. “We want the campers to improve as basketball players, but also as young people,” says Coach Boomer. “We love to see kids leave camp with a better grasp of the game of basketball as well as with more love, respect, integrity, and servant leadership.”

Kids and parents alike love this program, and camp attendance has doubled in size each year for the past four years.

The first two weeks of camp have ended, but there are still a few spots available for Week 3, which will take place from July 22-26. If this camp sounds like a perfect match for your family, click here to register and download an application.

VU Sports Camp runs from 9:00am to 4:00pm on Monday through Thursday, and through 12:00pm on Friday. The camp costs $220 to attend and includes lunch in the cafeteria Monday through Thursday, a t-shirt, a basketball, and a season pass to all VU Men’s Basketball home games.

In addition to the youth basketball camps, Athletics will also offer a Parent/Child Camp on July 20-21 and a Varsity Prep Camp from July 28-August 2 for high school boys aged 14-18. Parent/Child Camp will run from 9:00am to noon on Saturday and Sunday. The camp will cost $95 and the parent and child will learn the fundamentals of the game and compete in a team setting.

For more information about the parent/child camp click here. To learn more about the varsity prep camp, click here.

Vanguard University Celebrates Costa Mesa’s 60th Anniversary; featured in special magazine issue

Vanguard University Christian University Christian higher educationIn case you missed it, this past Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30, Vanguard University celebrated the City of Costa Mesa’s 60th Anniversary along with thousands of people.  Vanguard had a booth, and Samson made guest appearances throughout the weekend, adding energy and fun to the festivities which included a “Chef of the Fest” foodie contest, concerts from popular bands throughout the decades, a TasteFest of local restaurants serving up tasty dishes, an ArtWalk, a classic car show featuring vintage cars, a kids zone with games and rides, and more.

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Samson celebrates at Vanguard’s booth

Vanguard  was also featured in a special Costa Mesa magazine which showcased historical milestones.  One of these includes Vanguard University – known as Southern California Bible College (SCBC) at the time – moving its campus from Los Angeles, California to its present location on Fair Drive.  Sprinkled throughout the magazine are bits of interesting trivia.  For example, did you know that Vanguard became Orange County’s first four-year college, just three years before Costa Mesa’s incorporation? Well, you do now!

On Saturday, interim President of Vanguard, Dr. David W. Clark, handed a proclamation to the City of Costa Mesa on behalf of Vanguard University congratulating the City on its 60th birthday.

Congratulations on your 60th Anniversary, Costa Mesa, California!

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Vanguard University of Southern California online bachelor’s degree program in Early Childhood Education ranked #16 in the United States

The Vanguard University of Southern California online bachelor’s degree program in Early Childhood Education has been ranked #16 in the United States by TheBestSchools.org, a leading higher education and career website.

Schools that were ranked in the top 20 best online degree programs were selected based on the quality of the program, types of courses offered, faculty, awards, rankings, and reputation.

Vanguard was also named among the Christian Colleges of Distinction in 2012–2013, and made the list of Forbes magazine’s America’s Best Colleges in 2013.

Click here to read the full article at TheBestSchools.org

Learn more about the Early Childhood Education program.

Decade of the 1960s Reunion Weekend Begins on Friday, June 21, 2013

Vanguard University Decade of the 1960s Reunion Weekend

The “We love SCC!” video may have been made in the 1980’s, but we still love it! And on Friday, June 21, another group of our alumni will gather at Vanguard University to participate in the biennial Decade of the 1960s Reunion.

Most 1960s graduates proudly called their university Southern California College, although some of them attended the university when it was still called Southern California Bible College. The university’s name was officially changed to Vanguard University of Southern California on July 1, 1999.

The group of 1960s alumni has been meeting together for over a decade. The Reunion was created to help them stay connected with each other. It occurs every other year and is currently planned by two alums, Vonnie Franks and Sharon “Smitty” Saalinger. During this weekend-long event, June 21-23, alumni will spend time together in fellowship, stay overnight in the dorms, dine on lunch in the university’s new Veterans Courtyard of Honor, have an old fashioned Saturday night sing-along, and share meals in the on campus café.

Click here to view a schedule of the weekend’s events. To register for the Decade of the 60’s Reunion, click here.

You can visit vanguard.edu/alumni for photographs of the event, coming soon!