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, 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.

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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 for photographs of the event, coming soon!

Vanguard University Hosts Cyclists at Start of Sea to Sea’s Nine-Week Bike Tour to Reduce Poverty

Partnership between Vanguard University and Sea to Sea marked by common desire to serve others by alleviating poverty

Costa Mesa, CA, June 17, 2013 – Vanguard University announced today that it is an official bike tour sponsor for Sea to Sea, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending poverty worldwide. Cyclists embarking on the bike tour across the United States will depart from Vanguard University after a brief stay on campus.

The 3,900 mile bike tour is sponsored by the Reformed Church in AmericaPartners Worldwide, and World Renew – an agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. The most recent bike tour, held in 2008, sent over $1.5 million to local, national and international agencies fighting poverty. The fundraising goal for this year’s bike tour is $2 million.

“After the amazing experience of the 2005 Sea to Sea bike tour, I felt called to promote awareness of the needs of the poor, says Claire Elgersma, steering committee chairman and cyclist for Sea to Sea. “This year, 35% of the proceeds will go to local programs that assist those in poverty. We hope that partners like Vanguard University, who are also dedicated to serving the poor, will continue to ride with us until poverty is eliminated.”

According to Sea to Sea, nine million people die worldwide each year because of hunger and malnutrition. The Census Bureau, which defines poverty as those living with an annual income of less than $23,283 for a family of four, reports that 15% of the United States population were living in poverty in 2011. The World Bank, which calculates the threshold for dire poverty in developing countries as $1.25 per day of consumption (versus income), projects that the population share of extreme poor in developing countries will be halved by 2015, down from 29% in 1990 to 12% in 2015.

“We’re delighted to be able to sponsor an organization like Sea to Sea that is dedicated to making a positive impact in the world,” says Mike Beals, dean of spiritual formation at Vanguard University. “With our students seeing first-hand the impacts of global poverty in places like East Africa, South America, and the Middle East where they serve on missions trips each summer, we recognize the great need to support an initiative like this. We look forward to being able to partner with Sea to Sea now and in the future to help reduce poverty.”

After dipping their tires in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, June 23, the cyclists will officially start the bike tour to end poverty from Vanguard University on Monday, June 24 and end in New York City nine weeks later. The bike tour will make stops in Phoenix, Rehoboth, Colorado Springs, Iowa City, Grand Rapids, Ancaster, Toronto, and Montreal.

For more information about the Sea to Sea Bike Tour, click here.


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. Ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 colleges in the west since 2010, 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.

The Sea to Sea 2013 Bike Tour is a nine-week, 3,900-mile cycling trek from Southern California to New York City designed to raise awareness and funds in support of those living in poverty around the world. The tour is hosted by the Reformed Church in America, Partners Worldwide, and World Renew – an agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America.

Vanguard University Professor Kristen Howerton speaks at TEDx ChapmanU Conference

Vanguard University Professor Kristen Howerton at TEDx ChapmanU conference

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Kristen Howerton is a psychology professor at Vanguard University; a marriage and family therapist; the author of well-known blog, Rage Against the Minivan; and a social media aficionado. She contributes to several online publications and print magazines including the Huffington Post and OC Family.

Kristen was invited to speak at this year’s TEDx ChapmanU conference, an independently organized TED event, which occurred on Tuesday, June 4. At the conference, she spoke about the benefits and dangers of social media in today’s technology-centered world.

“We’ve found diversions for ourselves that become central, that can keep us from reaching our goals or connecting with other people,” she said about the costs of technology. “We value the distraction over relationships and it causes us to put our lives on hold… Our life is not in [our phone]; it’s out here. It’s not online.”

Watch a video recording of Kristen’s speech below.