Vanguard’s Choir and Orchestra Led Community in Worship at YMCA Prayer Breakfast

On March 29, 2013, Vanguard University’s choir and orchestra participated in the Anaheim Family YMCA’s 46th annual Good Friday Breakfast.

The breakfast took place at the Anaheim Marriot bringing together members of the community for fellowship and worship. Vanguard’s music students have been an essential part of the event for the past 13 years.

“We always look forward to partnering with the Y and having the opportunity to inspire a community through praise and worship,” said Dr. Carol Taylor, President of Vanguard University. “Not only did our students showcase their talents, but they also reminded us of why we honor Good Friday.”

This year’s master of ceremonies, KOCE’s Ed Arnold, introduced the Vanguard University Choir and Orchestra and the keynote speaker, Jeff Kemp, a former NFL quarterback and vice president at Family Life and Catalyst for the HomeBuilders Movement. Kemp shared about many of his life experiences and the valuable perspective he holds on teams, leadership, family and marriage.

“Through their musical talent, professionalism, and willingness to be an integral part of this community-focused event, the students add an element of faith and service that is at the core of what we do here at the Y,” Paul Andresen, president and CEO at the Anaheim Family YMCA, said. “We look forward to their continued participation in this event and in others as we identify additional ways to honor God and serve the community together. ”

For more information on the Good Friday Prayer Breakfast and the YMCA’s future events, visit

Networking Opportunity at Vanguard’s Business Chapel on April 4

Want an opportunity to network, eat dinner and receive chapel credit? Come to Vanguard’s business chapel series on Thursday, April 4, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Needham Courtyard.

Learning how to intertwine faith and a career is a challenge that many Christian university students must face. Thursday’s business chapel provides a unique opportunity for students to hear business professionals and industry experts talk about their successful career journeys and how they maintained their Christian walks.

Created by students for students, the Business Chapel Planning Committee desires students from every degree program to take advantage of this opportunity. Multiple speakers will share their experiences and students will have time for networking during the chapel and at the dinner afterward. This year’s business executives are: Andrea Friedell ’97, Broadcom, Tech Sales; Katie Friedell ’04, Hospitality Industry; Chris Carmichael ’95, Royal Family Kids Camps; and Don Harrell ’93, Merill Lynch, Wealth Manager.

Some past speakers have included Beau Irvine ’01, the Product Marketing Manager at Quicksilver; Allison Harris ’08, works in human resources at Volcom; and Richard Allen, the Director of Sales Western Region for Comstar Media.

To learn more about this unique chapel, click here.

Six of Vanguard’s Women’s Basketball Players Achieve NAIA Scholar-Athlete Status

Six of Vanguard’s Women’s Basketball players were named 2012-13 Daktronics- NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athletes.

On March 18, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced that 124 Division I women’s basketball athletes achieved this scholar-athlete status. In order to be named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete, the student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.

Vanguard’s women’s basketball scholar-athletes are: Chelsea Alfafara, senior guard; Leigha Bednar, junior forward/center; Taylor Belmont, senior guard; Alison Drennan, junior guard; Maree Drenan, senior forward; and Esther Timmermans, senior forward/center.

Commenting on what it takes to be a successful student-athlete, the players said that time management and commitment to their studies were crucial. Alfara, a biology/pre-medical major, with a minor in spanish, said: “Juggling academics and college sports at the same time was, at times, very difficult. Essentially, you have two jobs – one of a full-time student and the other as an athlete.” Bednar, a psychology major, held this high academic standard while competing and taking 23 units.

“I treat school much the same way as I treat athletics. I simply do what I can to the best of my ability,” Maree Drennan said. Another part of having academic success during the season involves putting the social life “on hold,” she added. Timmermans agreed, saying that with good time management juggling sports and academics can be pretty easy.

To see the entire list of Daktronics-NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athletes, visit the NAIA story by clicking here.

Vanguard’s Grad Fest Kicks Off Tuesday April 2

As each day passes Vanguard’s seniors get one step closer to graduation. Make sure you’re ready to make the walk by attending this year’s Grad Fest!

On April 2 and 3, Vanguard will host Grad Fest from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Scott Courtyard. Students are invited to bring family and friends to celebrate their upcoming graduation and get everything they need for the big day.

With Commencement 2013 set for May 10, just a little over a month away, it’s time to finalize those last details. Grad Fest is the one-stop source for everything seniors need to graduate, including caps and gowns, announcements, diploma frames, rings, alumni merchandise and undergraduate wristbands.

The Vanguard bookstore and Herff Jones are sponsoring the event – along with giveaways, prizes and more to look forward to!

For more information on Vanguard University’s Grad Fest 2013, click here.

Vanguard’s Veterans Club will Highlight and Honor VU’s Veterans through Special Evening Chapel

Committed to honoring service men and women, Vanguard’s Veterans Club will host a veterans chapel service on April 4.

Recently retired military member, Anthony Hodge, who has now been accepted into Vanguard University, will speak at this veterans event on Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Years of marine core service and multiple deployments to support Operation Iraqi Freedom have shaped Hodge’s life. He will speak about his childhood, military service and how he became a Christian in the past few years.

Hodge’s message will focus on the “integration of military service and faith,” Rory Self, student chaplain of the Veterans Club, said. Currently, Hodge works for a nonprofit organization called The Mission Continues, which aims to get veterans involved and serving in their communities.

Speaking on the chapel’s purpose, Self said: “It’s to highlight and honor the veterans on campus.” Alongside Self, fellow Vanguard Veterans Club leaders, Christopher Kupitz and Adrian Michaels, have worked to make this chapel a blessing for all who attend, especially the service men and women.

Self also wanted to encourage any military attendees to come dressed in their uniforms. It will be an evening to enjoy refreshments, relish good company and honor service men and women.

Attend this FREE veterans chapel service event at Newport Mesa Church, and get more info on Vanguard’s Veterans Center, here:

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the service will begin at 7:30 p.m.