The Heart and Soul of Vanguard Shines through at 2013 Homecoming

Following a ‘VU’s Got Talent’ show on Thursday night and an alumni concert featuring Nate Westerfield ’10 on Friday night, hundreds of students, alumni, and members of the community gathered at Vanguard University on Saturday morning in anticipation of a day filled with spirit, pride, nostalgia, support, and love for an institution that has brought people together in life-altering ways.

Vanguard University 5k raceThe celebration kicked off with almost 300 runners/walkers participating in a 5k fun walk/run to support alumni Kevin ’99 and Cami (Grasser) Doyle’s ’99 beautiful 7-year old daughter, Mercy Doyle, who suffers from a neurological disease physicians are actively trying to diagnose.  An outpouring of love, support, and prayers for Mercy and her family was in abundance, in addition to all proceeds from the race totaling just over $3,000 for the Doyle family’s mounting medical expenses.

Kevin, Camie, Mercy Doyle at Vanguard UniversityMercy’s joyful spirit was readily seen through her artwork, which brought smiles to the crowd that cheered for the runners.   Vanguard freshman and 5k first-place winner, Levi Moellering, proudly held up one of Mercy’s pictures after crossing the finish line.

Winner of Vanguard University Homecoming 5k

The 5k was followed by a luncheon featuring Alumnus of the Year, Ron Bueno ’90, Career Achievement Award recipients Bill ’67 and Nancy (Pearson) ’66 Carmichael, Distinguished Service Award recipient Dr. Isaac Canales ’74, and Young Alumnus Award recipient Jason Lankow ’03.

Dozens of children played to their heart’s content in basketball and soccer camps led by the Vanguard women and men’s basketball and soccer teams.  Bundle reunions ranging from 1950′s to the 2000′s were held at various locations around campus,  followed by a Delta Kappa Reunion at the Lobby’s Towers.  And if that wasn’t enough excitement and Pit “pride”, the energy continued with the women and men’s basketball playing – and beating – Biola University.  Go Lions!

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Student Environmental Advocacy Group, Enactus, Hosts Fifth Annual Environmental Sustainability Conference at Vanguard University

Orange County businesses learn how to implement environmentally-friendly business practices that are both sustainable and profitable at annual conference

Costa Mesa, CA, February 5, 2013 – The Vanguard University chapter of Enactus (formerly known as SIFE), a student-run, international non-profit, announced today that it will bring together leaders in environmentally responsible business at its annual Environmental Sustainability Conference on February 8, 2013. The conference will provide attendees with the tools and resources to implement innovative and sustainable business and life practices.

Enactus has organized the Environmental Sustainability Conference to educate the public on the importance of “going green” and how they can adopt policies that reflect corporate social responsibility. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with speakers and prominent business leaders during the interactive workshops and exhibitor fair.

“Increased global concerns over the harmful impact businesses have had on the planet have forced businesses to consider green policies,” says Michael O’Connor, 2011-12 president of Enactus at Vanguard University. “The time has come for businesses to be proactive in aligning best practices with a strong sustainability business policy. The Orange County business community will learn from their peers about ways to implement sustainable business while not adversely impacting their bottom line.”

Top industry leaders in the reform for sustainable business and lifestyle include the event’s keynote speaker, Martin Diedrich, founder of Kéan Coffee, who is a leader in bringing environmental initiatives into his business culture. Mr. Diedrich will provide insight into the topic of developing a sustainably-minded worldview through his experiences at coffee retailers Diedrich Coffee and Kéan Coffee.

Featured Speakers include:

To register for The Fifth Annual Environmental Sustainability Conference, visit For more information about the conference, visit to projects/green-conference

MEDIA CONTACT: Shana Martin, Director of Communications at Vanguard University

Run for Mercy

‘What love is about’

Pastor is on the receiving end as college organizes fund-raiser for daughter’s medical bills.

January 31, 2013|By Jeremiah Dobruck, The Daily Pilot

When Kevin Doyle’s daughter was 2 years old, she was spry and energetic, but in the space of a week, she went from jumping and skipping to not being able to roll over in her crib without help.

Doctors believed it was a virus that would pass, Doyle said, but now at 7 years old, Mercy Doyle is struggling with the same symptoms.

Run for Mercy 5k at Vanguard University to raise money for sick child

Mercy Doyle

She suffers from tremors in her feet and deteriorated muscle coordination. She is unable to walk or crawl.

“We’ve been through four different chemotherapy treatments and some other similar-style stuff that people use for very strong arthritis,” Doyle said. “We’ve had a great collaboration of doctors … and they just cannot seem to come up with any type of way to move forward.”

Her parents have traveled anywhere they can for medical treatment; and neurological specialists from across the country have consulted on Mercy’s case.

“Basically, they said they know it’s an autoimmune thing, but she’s unique to herself,” Doyle said. “There’s just no diagnosis for her.”

Kevin and Camie Doyle both graduated from Vanguard University, the private Christian college in Costa Mesa, in 1999.

In mid December, Kevin got a call from Vanguard staff. They wanted to help raise money for Mercy.

“I do know some people there, but it still comes out of left field for me,” Doyle said. He and his family live in Las Vegas, where he’s a pastor.

During this weekend’s homecoming, Vanguard will host a 5K run with all proceeds going to Mercy’s medical expenses, which have so far topped $500,000, Doyle said.

Organizers say about 120 people have signed up to run at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Vanguard University to fundraise at homecoming 2013 for sick child Mercy Doyle

The Doyle Family

Doyle said encouragement he’s received even from strangers have helped sustain his family through Mercy’s treatment.

“We do have a great church family,” Doyle said. “We have a support system that has really surrou

nded us.”

He said he’s not sure how he’ll react Saturday. The school has asked him to watch the proceedings instead of run in them.

“I think I’ll feel supported. And I think our family will just feel loved,” Doyle said. “We are typical as people in ministry. We typically giv

e. And we love to give. But to be on the receiving side is very humbling. I feel like it’s really what love is about.”

The 5K is open to the public. Anyone interested in running can register for $10 at

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Ensure Justice “Cyber Exploitation” Conference at Vanguard University Addresses Growing Problem of Human Sex Trafficking

Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women & Justice aims to protect children by educating adults on ways to prevent human sex trafficking – a modern-day form of slavery

Costa Mesa, CA, February 1, 2013 – In commemoration of National Freedom Day, Vanguard University announced today that it will host its annual Ensure Justice Conference on March 8-9, 2013. This year’s conference, called Cyber Exploitation, will address the use of Internet and social media as a means to exploiting elementary, middle and high school students who are at-risk for being recruited into commercial sexual exploitation (also known as human sex trafficking.)

Sgt. Craig Friesen of the Anaheim Police Department, who works in conjunction with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF), told Vanguard students enrolled in a Human Trafficking class last week that he and his team have served more than 300 victims of human trafficking this past year, 40% of whom are under the age of 18. According to the OCHTTF, key indicators of human trafficking may include but are not limited to:

  • General Indicators – Victims are not free to leave, and are being forced to perform labor/services • Physical Indicators -Victims may have tattoos indicating someone else’s ownership or injuries/scars from abuse or assault
  • Sex Industry/Brothels – This could be a massage parlor, other place of business, or a residence. There may be large amounts of cash and condoms on location; men come and go frequently and/or late at night.

“Laws such as California Proposition 35, the “California Against Sexual Exploitation Initiative” which passed on November 6, 2012 are not enough to adequately combat the increasing problem of human sex trafficking,” says Sandra Morgan, director of the Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University. “Today marks exactly 148 years since Abraham Lincoln signed the resolution that would eventually abolish slavery, and yet there are still children and youth who live in slavery or involuntary servitude. As parents, teachers, children’s workers and pastors, it is our responsibility to educate ourselves on the techniques and strategies traffickers use to lure, trap and enslave children.”

Attendees will learn about the warning signs in identifying exploited children and the action steps necessary to reduce the risk of children vulnerable to predators. Experts in human trafficking will equip attendees with new, strategic perspective on online tactics used to manipulate and deceive children at home, in schools, and in churches.

Speakers include Ernie Allen, president and CEO of International Centre for missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), Dr. Laura Lederer, president of Global Centurion and former senior advisor on human trafficking at the U.S. State Department, and Lisa Thompson, director, Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking for the Salvation Army. Last year’s Ensure Justice conference drew in over 350 attendees, including teachers, physicians, attorneys, stay-at-home mothers, and other business professionals.

For more information on how to register, please visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Shana Martin, Director of Communications at Vanguard University

Department of Music Introduces New Bachelor Of Music Degree

Vanguard University announces new degrees in musicStarting in the Fall of 2013, the Department of Music is introducing a Bachelor of Music degree in addition to its current Bachelor of Arts in Music, and Bachelor of Arts in Worship Studies degree programs.

The Bachelor of Music degree is tailored to the student desiring rigorous performance and academic training as part of their undergraduate experience.  The degree combines the core music curriculum with specialty courses within the student’s chosen field of concentration.  The Bachelor of Music degree is a professional degree that prepares and equips students to continue on in their performance field in graduate school.  Entrance into the Bachelor of Music degree is by audition only.  Approximately 77 Music Units are required for this degree program.

Bachelor of Music Concentrations:

  • Church Music
  • Composition
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music Education
  • Performance
    • Voice
    • Guitar
    • Piano
    • Instrument