Vanguard Grandparents are Honored with Love and Attention at Annual Grandparent’s Day on Friday, April 12

Many Vanguard University grandparents joined their students for a day of fellowship and grandparent-friendly activities on April 12, 2013, at Vanguard’s Grandparent’s Day.

All Vanguard University grandparents were invited to come and experience a taste of their grandchild’s home away from home. Along with the opportunity to tour their grandchild’s dorm, clean or unclean, the day consisted of many meaningful events for the students and their loved ones to enjoy.

As Vanguard’s Coordinator of New Student Orientation and Parent Relations, or in this case, Coordinator of Grandparent Relations, Shelley Youd made sure the day ran smoothly while also interacting with the families present. “The event went splendidly and we were thrilled to have the turnout we did,” Youd said. More than 60 grandparents and more than 100 participants, including students, came, which is more than double the participation from last year: more, more, more!

Within this large turnout, multiple grandparents shared their gratitude for such a thoughtful, great day. One couple, with tears in their eyes, said that although they have had three other grandchildren attend universities, this was the first time they had been invited on campus to an event like this, and they felt so honored.

Spending time with the grandparents and getting to know a bit about them were Youd’s favorite parts of the day. After describing one sweet family she met, Youd said that she “wanted to adopt them by the end of the morning.” Looking back on the day, Youd said: “The luncheon was our highlight, and I think the grandparents felt honored to be connecting to their student and the university which they love.”

This successful day’s events included dining, devotions, presentations, seminars, exhibits and much more. The day started with a time of gathering for a meal and devotion with Missionary in Residence Steve Slater. Following that, the Alzheimer’s Association gave a presentation: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind.

At the end of the day, grandparents and students were invited to attend the Theatre Department’s presentation of Hairspray.  A description of each event can be seen in the Grandparent’s Day 2013 Schedule.

Vanguard University Guitar Ensemble to Perform on April 18

Come to a night of strumming guitar strings at Vanguard University’s Guitar Ensemble performance – and take the music home too!

As part of the University’s annual Celebration of the Arts, the Vanguard University Guitar Ensemble will perform at Needham Chapel on Thursday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m.  Directed by Greg Glancey, Ph.D., and Professor Michael Nigro, M.M., the Vanguard University Guitar Ensemble performs many styles of guitar literature from various musical periods.

At the end of the concert, the ensemble will release their first Guitar Ensemble CD, and you will definitely want to get your hands on this. The CD will feature 15 tracks from various artists and genres including: “Pontio” by Celso Machado, “Chippewyan Nail Dance” by Annette Kruisbrink, “Pacific Coast Highway” by Andrew York, and many more.

To learn more about Vanguard University’s Guitar Ensemble, visit their page on the Department of Music’s website.

Vanguard University commencement speaker, John Bueno, to deliver more than just speech to graduates

Vanguard University welcomes commencement speaker John Bueno whose sons are Vanguard alumniCommencement is one of the most memorable events in a person’s life.  Eager graduates donning caps, gowns and ear-to-ear smiles, ambling proudly up to the podium to receive their well-earned diplomas, symbolic of the end of a long but worthwhile journey that creates great anticipation for what the next significant phase of their lives holds for them.  Add in the powerful ingredient of a moving keynote speaker, whose message resonates inspiration and hope, and chances are you’re attending a Vanguard University commencement.

This year, Vanguard University graduates will have the opportunity to hear first-hand the testimony of a man who has led a  Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered service and leadership, which happens to be Vanguard’s mission.  Reverend John Bueno is a veteran missionary who has dedicated his life to supporting the ministry of education to needy children in El Salvador through El Salvador Schools and Latin America Child Care (LACC).  Bueno and his wife Lois, served as a pastor for 28 years in El Salvador and created a school for the needy children in San Salvador that grew to 22, 000 students in 37 campuses.  His ministry provides schooling, clothing, meals, and medical care for thousands of needy children in Latin America.  And these are just a few of the many successful programs and  initiatives in the area of service and ministry that Pastor Bueno has spearheaded.

As the father of four Vanguard alumni – Robert Bueno ’84, MA ’94, Steven Bueno ’87, Ronald Bueno ’90, and David Bueno ’93 –  Bueno regards Vanguard University as a leader in Christian education in a more meaningful way than your average commencement speaker might.  “My four sons all graduated from Vanguard.  Since Vanguard had a great part in the formation of my sons, it is very gratifying to return to the school and express our appreciation.”

In fact, two of Bueno’s sons are still connected to the Vanguard community as glowing examples of the same faith and dedication their father possesses.  Through  Enlace,  an El Salvador-based organization his sons founded that equips church leaders with the ability to develop sustainable solutions to poverty, they have taken what they learned from Vanguard to impact lasting sociocultural change.  Anthropology Professor Jamie Huff ’95 is still involved in this organization and continues to take students on missions trips to assist with battling poverty in this region.

The greatest lesson his children learned from Vanguard?  “A sense of community,” says Pastor Bueno.  “Relationships that were formed at  Vanguard lasted throughout their ministry.”

For more information regarding all Commencement events, please visit the website at

Vanguard University Students to Be Recognized at University Awards Chapel on April 25

For a morning of celebrating students, faculty and staff, come to the Vanguard University Awards Chapel on April 25.

Starting at 9:30 a.m. in Newport Mesa Church, this regular chapel hour is set aside to give proper recognition to students receiving academic awards. Most academic awards will be presented to students at separate department ceremonies, so the purpose of this chapel is to announce the recipients to the rest of the campus. Dr. Jeff Hittenberger, the Provost/ Vice President for Academic Affairs, will officiate the chapel.

Along with announcing the student academic awards, a few other important campus announcements will be made. The Delta Kappa Inductees, the yearbook dedication, and the faculty and staff of the year awards will be revealed.

To find the full chapel schedule, click here.

Vanguard University Professor Writes Article for RELEVANT Magazine

Birds of a feather flock together… but we’re not really birds. One Vanguard University professor shares valuable advice on diversifying friendships in her article featured in RELEVANT Magazine.

Adjunct professor of psychology Kristen Howerton wrote the article: 5 Types of Friends Everyone Should Have. She invites readers to take a look at their “inner circle” of friends and ask themselves if everyone looks, talks and thinks like they do. If so, it might be time to pursue some other kinds of friendships, Howerton says.

The article goes on to present the benefits of five types of friendships that can widen readers’ inner circles. The five types are: someone older and wiser, someone younger, someone with a different home culture, someone with a different worldview and someone next door.

Alongside teaching for Vanguard University’s graduate clinical psychology department, Howerton authors the blog Rage Against the Minivan and raises four children.

To read the full article, click here.