Vanguard University and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church to Host the 2013 Spring Classical Concert

On Sunday, April 21, at 4 p.m., St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and the Vanguard University Department of Music will present the 2013 Spring Classical Concert.

A continued favorite among the community, Vanguard’s annual Spring Classical Concert combines the musical talents of the Vanguard Concert Choir and Concert Orchestra with the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir.  The concert will take place at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, CA.

This year the choirs and orchestra will perform Fauré’s Requiem and Handel’s Coronation Anthem #3: The King Shall Rejoice. In past years, performances have included works from Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, W.A. Mozart, G.F. Handel and many other famous classical composers. Also, some works from contemporary composers, such as Dan Forrest, have been performed.

Dr. James L. Melton, Vanguard’s Chair of the Department of Music, will conduct the concert. Along with teaching music education and conducting the 90-voice University Concert Choir, Dr. Melton is the conductor for the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir. The Spring Concert provides Dr. Melton an annual opportunity to bring together these choirs and Vanguard’s concert orchestra to create a beautiful composition of these talented voices and instruments.

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Vanguard to Host 2013 Surf Competition and All School Beach Day on April 6

Looking to catch some rays and waves? Come to Vanguard’s 2013 Surf Competition and All School Beach Day on Saturday, April 6 at 40th Street in Newport Beach.

Vanguard’s second annual Surf Competition and All School Beach Day offers fun in the sand and the water.  Running from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the event is free to everyone and you can show up whenever you want. There will be free food, drinks, games, giveaways and of course, surfing.

With a beach volleyball tournament starting at 10 a.m., a team sand building contest following at 11 a.m., and surfing all the while, this is one fun-filled day you won’t want to miss.

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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.