Homecoming Celebrations Kick Off this Weekend

homecoming14_sliderJoin the Vanguard University family January 30- February 1, 2014, for Homecoming 2014. Vanguard invites family, friends and alumni for a weekend of reunions, celebrations and community.

The weekend kicks off with the reunion of the Delivery Boys and Entourage teams on January 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Newport Mesa Church (NMC). The reunited alumni and the current performing arts ministry teams will host an evening of laughter and joy to celebrate 25 years of ministry.

On Friday, the Athletic Hall of Fame will be held in NMC at 7 p.m. The event will recognize alumni and loyal fans that embody the Vanguard Athletics Gold Pride. The event is free with an RSVP.

On Saturday, multiple events pack the schedule as Homecoming weekend officially begins. The day starts with registration for the 5K Run for Mercy at 9:30 a.m. in Needham Chapel and ends with the women and men’s basketball teams facing off Hope International University in The Pit at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Events include award ceremonies, this year’s 5K Run for Mercy benefitting the family of alumna Candace (Wong ’02) Segrove, the Homecoming Celebration Party and multiple others. The Homecoming Celebration Party starts at 11 a.m. and will feature a meet and greet with the Segrove family, live music, Kid Zone and an In-N-Out Truck. The In-N-Out Truck will cost $5 for both adults and kids.

For more information about Homecoming 2014, click here.

Stretch Those Legs and Come Out for the 2014 5K Run for Mercy

Segrove-FamilyLace up your running shoes and come to Vanguard University’s 5K Run for Mercy to benefit an alumni family in need on February 1 at 10 a.m.

One of Vanguard’s core values is building a community of support and encouragement that continues beyond graduation. In this year’s 5K Run for Mercy, the $15 registration fee and any additional donations will go to support 2-year-old Edmond Segrove, the son of Adonis and Candace (Wong ’02) Segrove.

Diagnosed with a rare brain disorder, Edmond experiences daily seizures, muscle spasms and difficulty swallowing. Medication, special equipment and hospital bills continue to be a financial challenge for the Segrove family. Vanguard looks to raise proceeds from the 5K to help Edmond receive the medical attention he needs.

With Vanguard sponsoring the 5K for her son, Candace (Wong’02) Segrove decided to write a blog post about her family’s story and Edmond. In the post, she details her Edmond’s condition and describes where the family is at now. In her last paragraph, she says: “We don’t know what God has in mind, but we know we are on His mind and He loves us.”

To register for the 5K run or make a donation, click here. To learn more about the event and other Homecoming weekend events, click here.


Vanguard Nursing Professor’s Faith at Home Showcased in OC Register

Amanda Firestone, associate professor of nursing at Vanguard University, is the main subject of a feature article in the OC Register published on Tuesday.  The article, called Making peace with two traditions, discusses Firestone and her husband’s collaborative approach to celebrating the holidays as a family of mixed faiths.  Firestone, a Christian, is married to a Jewish man who works in the medical field as an emergency room doctor.  Raising her twin boys in the Jewish faith, Firestone makes great strides to capture the importance of her Christian faith through the Christmas season in her home while still giving as much attention to Hanukkah, according to the article.

This year, her family will accompany her to Journey Christian Fellowship in Irvine, where she regularly attends church services, for the Christmas Eve service, according to the article.  While she goes on to say that she always takes her children to important Jewish celebrations, it is clear to the reader that her Christian faith has not diminished by the dual celebrations of Christmas and Hanukkah.

“The article is delightful and Amanda says that they captured her thoughts and story well,” says Professor Mary Wickman, director of the nursing Program at Vanguard University.

The article goes on to discuss the many challenge of families of mixed faiths encounter during the holiday season and the creativity used in honoring the various traditions.

Click here to read the full article.

Veterans Club Helps Bring Christmas to Children Battling Cancer

Vanguard University fundraiser for Maxlove ProjectWalter Reed Military Hospital

Gratitude and warm smiles greeted the “Big Warriors for Little Warriors” holiday drive supporters as they gathered today for a small luncheon at Vanguard University’s Veterans Center.

For the past month and continuing until Dec. 20, the Vanguard Veterans Club has been receiving and will continue to receive gift cards, Legos, toys and monetary donations to help benefit the MaxLove Project and the Walter Reed Military Hospital. The contributions provide toys for military families and child cancer patients.

This year, the veterans club asked 42 children diagnosed with cancer at Walter Reed Military Hospital what they would like for Christmas. Legos was their answer. As of today, the drive has raised about $2200 and approximately 60 Lego gifts.

The holiday drive started last year when Veterans Center volunteer Adrian Michael asked MaxLove Project founder and Chief Hope Officer Audra D. Wilford for ways the veterans club could get involved with her organization. Michael knew Wilford from his time at Saddleback College; She was one of his professors.

Together, they came up with the idea for the “Big Warriors for Little Warriors” holiday drive to give the community an opportunity to bless the lives of veterans and child cancer patients. “Military families and hospital kid families share similar struggles,” Wilford said. Michael added, “Both know what it means to fight for their life and to experience the uncertainty of what each day could bring.”

Supporters from around the community and from various organizations came to the event. Some of the organizations represented were Strength and Support, the Orange County Freedom Committee and Newport Mesa Church. This event was specifically planned to thank the contributors and share with them the impact their contributions have made.

To learn more about Vanguard’s Veterans Center, click here.




Students Close the Books and Run to the Cafeteria for Finals Week Midnight Breakfast

Screen shot 2013-12-12 at 2.45.20 PMLate nights of brain expanding studies and brain draining essays call for one thing: the finals week Midnight Breakfast.

A few minutes before midnight on Dec. 10 students began to line up outside the cafeteria for Vanguard University’s Midnight Breakfast, a finals week tradition. Each semester Vanguard University’s Student Government Association (SGA) works in conjunction with the cafeteria to put on a midnight breakfast for students.

The Midnight Breakfast provides a break from studies and a chance to refuel for those who will continue to work into the wee hours of the morning. The cafeteria makes multiple breakfast favorites including waffles, sausage and the beloved tater tots. Campus security is always present just in case some students get a little too crazy from exhaustion and try to start a food fight.

“Aside from all the logistics, my favorite part of the event is the stress free fun with friends, great music and delicious food,” the event’s coordinator, Vandella Jasso, said. “My friends and I look forward to this event every semester because we are all so sleep deprived that we get a little crazy when some sugar is put into our system,” she added.

To learn more about Vanguard’s SGA and what they are up to, click here.