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Summer 2015 Outreach Trips

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Summer 2015 Outreach Trips 

 

Vanguard University has a long history of training, sending, and supporting missionaries. Our Vanguard University Outreach short-term mission program is an integral part of that rich heritage! 

Beyond the two or three week experience, our mission program has long-term transformation at its core. This transformation is both for our students and the people they will serve around the world.

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Study Abroad: VU Italia (May 12-June 12)

This study abroad trip will take 24 Vanguard students through a 9-unit course throughout three cities in Italy.  It is led by three Vanguard University faculty – Greg Austring ’82 (Intercultural Studies), Sue Berkompas (Theatre Arts), and Ed Rybarczyk ’85 (Religion). #vuItalia

 

Summer of Service: Uganda (May 13- August 5)

One of our S.O.S. students, Levi Moellering ’16 will volunteer with Impact Ministries Uganda this summer. His focus is on the health needs of the local community and the children in the orphanage the ministry oversees.  This program allows Levi to gain a valuable internship while serving that directly connects to his Biology degree.  He will volunteer alongside Daniel Okabe ’13.  

 

Argentina (May 19-27)

The Vanguard University Music department will take a group of students to Argentina this summer where they will be provide ministry through music to students, churches, and local outreach opportunities.  This trip is led by Music Faculty, Michael Nigro and Greg Glancey. Members of the Vanguard University Guitar Ensemble will partner with the Universidad Nacional de San Juan in Argentina. #vuMusic #vuMusicTour

 

Asia (May 20-June 4)

The Vanguard Athletics Men’s Basketball team will participate in a widely recognized and highly competitive basketball tournament in Asia.  They will also minister to athletic fans, staff, and the other teams that participate. We look forward to having Vanguard University represented in this exciting tournament! @vulions #VUMBB – Instagram, Twitter

 

Philippines (May 25-June 8)

Lauren Walker ’07 and Nolan Steputis ’06 will lead a group of Vanguard student athletes on a mission trip to the Philippines.  These athletes will partner with Kids International Ministries to participate in ministry through sports. They will also connect with Assemblies of God World Missions (AGWM) Tom and Connie Bohnert ’89 while there. @vulions – Instagram, Twitter

Members of the Vanguard Music department will also travel to the Philippines, where they will be participate in several different music ministry opportunities.  Their team leader is Vanguard Faculty and Music Department chair Dr. James Melton. #vuMusic #vuMusicTour

 

Ireland (July 1-15)

Dalila Toledo will lead a team (that includes Julie Caravella ’06) to Ireland. The team will continue their partnership with Cornerstone City Church in Derry, Ireland and the church’s outreach program – I Heart Derry. During their time there, the team will be involved in kids ministry, city beautification projects, mobile medics, sports outreach, and more. 

 

Study Abroad: Argentina (July 2-14)

A group of students under the direction of our Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University will do an intensive study abroad trip to Argentina. This team is led by Vanguard faculty Dr. Sandie Morgan and Derek Marsh. They will assist with starting an Ensure Justice conference: Argentina edition!  During their time there, they will also connect with AGWM Glibert Contreras and participate in various outreach efforts. @vugcwj – Instagram, Twitter

 

For team updates, like the Vanguard University Outreach Facebook page or @vuoutreach on Instagram.

 

Questions?
Kayli Hillebrand
Associate Director of Outreach
(714)  662-5265 | kayli.hillebrand@vanguard.edu
Website - www.vanguard.edu/outreach

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1960′s Reunion

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It’s coming up!  The 1960′s Reunion is from June 19-21, 2015 and we hope to see all of our 60′s Alumni there.  This year, we will be honoring 50-year classes of 1965 and 1966 and our military personnel.  It will be hosted on Vanguard University Campus with the theme of “Friendships & Memories.”  These reunions started over twenty years ago and has quickly turned into a big event on campus in the summer.  Throughout this reunion, there is the opportunity to renew old friendships, make new friends, take pictures in the photo booth, visit with people, lawn games, as well as a special hospitality room.  It will be full of planned activities, including a special event on Saturday night that you will not want to miss.

Please contact all of your friends, especially those in your class, to make sure that they are coming.  We want to see everyone there!  It is a great time to renew old friendships, see our beloved Vanguard, and experience dorm living again.  The registration deadline is May 22, 2015.  

Comments From Past Reunions:

“The reunions are magical in this way: You may not have seen these friends for years.  Yet when you meet, the years fall away and it is yesterday again.  You realize there is a bond between all of you and they are still your dear, close friends from SCC.  I was so happy seeing all my friends again that I could not stop smiling the entire weekend.”

“Love reconnecting with old friends and getting better acquainted with others.  Good times of worship and singing.  It was great hearing about and seeing progress in administration and facilities.”

“Seeing old friends…some for the first time in many, many years!”

“These reunions have made it possible for each of us who have participated in these events to build deeper relationships with our former classmates and with Vanguard.”  

“The reunions have been a time to reconnect with friends and classmates that I hadn’t seen in years.  The reunions have something for everyone, worship, singing, visiting, and reminiscing.  I look forward to each one.” 

Registration Information:

  • Option A-$120 per person (2 nights, double occupancy, includes private bath, linens, registration, and 6 meals-including Saturday Special)
  • Option B- $130 per person (2 nights, single occupancy, includes private bath, linens, registration, and 6 meals-including Saturday Special)
  • Option C- $75 per person (Registration, and 6 meals- including Saturday Special)
  • Option D- $40 per person (Saturday Special only.  Saturday lunch, and evening BBQ and Gospel Sing.  Reservations required)
  • Special Needs: Handicap Room (Limited Availability)

For questions or registration, please contact either Rachel McNutt at (714) 225-7004 or email her at Rmcnutt77@gmail.com.

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Travel Recap: Where have we been?

oregon alumThroughout this past semester the Vanguard Alumni office has been doing quite a bit of traveling.

We have traveled to Palm Springs, Washington D.C., Phoenix, and Oregon.  It has been a great time to hear from Alumni in those areas and learn about what God has been doing in each of their lives since graduation.

We have absolutely loved this opportunity and hope that we can continue to visit more of our Alumni across the nation.

Do you want Vanguard University to come to you?  If so, please email us at alumni@vanguard.edu for more information.  Hope to see you soon!

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Alumni Gathering- Oregon

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Alumni goes to Oregon! Last week, we had the privilege of traveling to Salem, Oregon to see some of our Vanguard Alumni in the area. The gathering was hosted by Pat and Connie Clements ’03 at the Church Extension Plan in Salem.  We had about 25 people attend, ranging from class of 1940- class of 2012.  It was a chance for us to connect with one another, hearing what God has been doing in everyone’s life post-graduation.  We were also able to hear from  Joel Gackle MBA ’10, Justin McIntee MBA ’09, and Dr. Michael Beals ’81.  This was a great opportunity to catch up with our Vanguard family, we hope to see you at the next one!  

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Remembering Dr. Elizabeth Leonard

On May 18, Dr. Elizabeth Leonard passed away at her home in Ireland after a battle with cancer. Elizabeth taught at Vanguard University as a full-time faculty member in the department of Anthropology and Sociology for 14 years. Upon her retirement, Dr. Leonard was granted the status of Faculty Emerita.

Below is a letter from President Michael J. Beals regarding Dr. Leonard’s passing -

Dear Vanguard Community,

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that beloved Vanguard professor Dr. Elizabeth Dermody Leonard passed away on Sunday, May 18 in Ireland, her home since retiring from Vanguard.

Dr. Leonard taught at Vanguard University as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, serving as an Assistant Professor of Sociology from 1997 to 2002, and then as Associate Professor of Sociology from 2002 to 2007, and finally as Professor of Sociology from 2007 to 2011. She delivered and expanded the Sociology curriculum to include areas of specialization in gender and crime, the sociology of women, corrections, family violence and juvenile delinquency, and played in integral role in helping grow the Sociology major to one hundred majors.

Dr. Leonard sustained a robust research agenda during her tenure at Vanguard University, producing a book (Convicted Survivors: The Imprisonment of Battered Women Who Kill, State University of New York Press, 2002), four book chapters and nine articles in peer-reviewed journals. She was widely recognized as an expert on issues related to battered women in prison and domestic violence, and as such, was invited to present research, guest lecture, provide expert witness testimony, and give various public presentations on seventy different occasions, and in diverse institutional settings and locales in the United States and Europe.

She served Vanguard University faithfully by being a tireless leader and advocate of interdisciplinary collaboration, which included serving as the Co-Director of Vanguard University’s Center for Women’s Studies from 2002 to 2005. She advised, counseled, and mentored countless numbers of students who, upon graduating from Vanguard University, followed her example by pursing vocations that advance the public good.

Elizabeth was highly respected, admired and regarded by the students at Vanguard University, who voted her the Faculty Member of the Year for 1999-2000, and again as Faculty Member of the Year for 2006-2007. Over the years students have consistently expressed their affection for her and their appreciation of her guidance and support.

Upon her retirement, Dr. Leonard was granted the status of faculty emerita. Dr. Leonard was a devoted colleague and friend and will be greatly missed.

Please keep Dr. Leonard’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Serving with you,

MICHAEL J. BEALS, PhD

In honor of legacy, we invite you to give a gift to the Elizabeth Dermody Leonard Memorial Fund! This fund will -

  • Establish a grant to fund media and arts that extend the reach and impact of her domestic violence research as depicted in Life Without Parole and Sin By Silence.
  • Expand the Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University in the Vanguard University Library.
  • Launch an annual scholarship for a domestic violence survivor returning to complete a degree in Vanguard University School for Graduate Professional Studies.
  • Fund a research stipend for grad students pursuing research on family violence or violence against women.

Donations can be made here: www.vanguard.edu/leonardfund

 

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In honor of her legacy, we invite you to give a gift to the Elizabeth Dermody Leonard Memorial Fund! Donations can be made here: www.vanguard.edu/leonardfund

Questions?
Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University
(714) 966-6360 | gcwj@vanguard.edu

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#vuValentine Winners

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L-O-V-E is in the air! Special thank you to everyone who participated in Vanguard University’s first-ever #vuValentine contest!  We had over 165 people participate and share with us their Vanguard love story.

Here are our five winners:

Scott ’11 and Ashley (Brock ’10) Houstonscott&ashley

“It was Mike Beals’ “Foundations of Christian Living” class. I sat behind him and he would let photos run across his laptop screensaver of his high school football days and snowboarding trips. Of course the screen was always turned at just the right angle so that I had the best view of the images of him. I tease him about it now, but it obviously worked! 7 Years, an engagement, a wedding and one sweet little baby boy later, I still have the best view! Here’s to forever with my #vuvalentine. Thank you for introducing us, Vanguard University of Southern California.”

Tim ’12 and Korrie (Hansen ’05) Lukei 

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“First comes Love, Then comes Marriage, then comes two sweet babies! 11 years ago today, Tim took me on our first date at the blue beet! Happy Valentines day! I’m proud to call you my #vuValentine! Love you!”

 

 

 

 

 

Garret ’92 and Lisa (Ferrario ’94) Northway

“Garrett and I met in Professor Ronald Wright’s Hermeneutics class Fall of 1989 and my first VU class. The picture I posted ended up being our Garrett&Lisaengagement picture as Garrett proposed during the winter formal just prior for the call for engaged couples to be announced officially. Obviously I said yes and during Christmas Break Garrett came to my hometown and properly asked both my father and stepfather permission to marry me. This year we celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Our VU years were critical early family development years. They are rich in memories and experiences and we cherish them deeply.”

 

 

 

Nick and Brittany (Cromelin) Peterson ’10

Nick&Brittany“7.5 years ago my #vuvalentine walked into my life during Frontline week – we got engaged 6 years ago tomorrow on Valentine’s Day itself and now to think we have a Peterson addition on the way! Vanguard University of Southern California deserves many thanks for kindling this amazing relationship with Nick.”

 

 

 

 

 

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 “Happy Valentine’s Day! ️I am so thankful I met my #vuValentine by the Cafe 6 years ago! We built amazing friendships at Vanguard University- 13 of them joined us on our wedding day. We are so proud to be Vanguard University Alumni.”

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to all of our participants. We love our #vuValentines.  Click here to see photos of all of the participants.  Hope to see even more stories next year!

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Homecoming 2015 Recap

Homecoming 2015 on January 28–31 featured MANY exciting events and familiar faces back on campus! It was a blessed time full of fellowship and opportunities for alumni to reconnect! It was great to see alumni, current students, families, faculty, and staff share their Vanguard stories while enjoying the many fun events happening during 2015 Homecoming weekend.

Alumni speakers and worship leaders were featured throughout the week’s Chapel services. Tuesday, January 27, kicked off with Faith (Wecker ’12) Dunsterville, Noah McKeown ’13, Brandi Becker ’10, Dustin Ginn ’10, Billy Pruden ’10-’12, Josh Schaffer, and Josh Taylor  leading the Vanguard community in worship. Our guest speaker for Tuesday’s chapel was Darren Rouanzoin ’06, pastor of The Garden Church in Long Beach. On Wednesday, January 28, worship was led by Tully Wilkinson ’13, Lauren Francis ’10, Jason Valverde ’10, Noah McKeown ’13, Tyler Spry ’15, and Omar Ahemd. Josh Harrison ’99, teaching pastor at ROCKHARBOR Church joined us as the guest speaker for the morning.

The last Homecoming Alumni Chapel took place on Thursday, January 29, and we were honored to meet and celebrate our Alumni Award Winners. Check out more about each of the award winners in this special Alumni Award Winners Article!

There is nothing like the energy that comes when current students and alumni are able to have a blast together. This year, the annual “VU’s Got Talent” show featured two special alumni acts and a panel of alumni judges. Be sure to check out In The Wilderness – a duo comprised of Jenny Payne ’11 and Jesse Hawkins ’12.

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Artists from the Vanguard community showed up on Friday night for a special Art Show hosted by Vanguard’s very own Professor Emeritus – Keith Ewing. Artists including alumni, parents of current students, current students, and many others displayed artwork in the Great Commission Hall/Heath Rotunda. Another highlight of the evening was the Student Photography Contest winners and participants that each had photos displayed in the show. Vanguard has some very talented photographers!

Saturday, January 31, was a big day here on Vanguard’s campus! Events went all day long, starting with the annual Run for Mercy 5K! This year, Vanguard alumni, students, faculty, staff and even the surrounding Vanguard community joined together to support The Brock Family. This past year, Laura fought a difficult lung disease known as Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis. In the midst of the fight, John began to reach out to his friends and family. As texts and phone calls became too overwhelming, he started a Facebook page that would share Laura’s updates. As Laura battled. her condition worsened, and following a double lung and heart transplant, her body could simply fight no more. Join with alumni, friends, and family as we support the Brock family and celebrate Laura’s legacy.

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Run for Mercy was a huge success! There were over 70 volunteers, 350 runners, and $7,000+ raised! The Doyle family also made an appearance at this year’s 5K and Mercy provided her beloved artwork for the winners of the race! Upon finishing the 5K, participants were invited to a celebration for the Brock Family  in the Campus Mall. Blues Lyne, performed while people enjoyed a meet and greet with Brock family and a delicious, well-earned lunch from the In-N-Out Truck. People were able to visit one of the many Vendor Boots and kids played in the Kids Zone. Check out the pictures from Run for Mercy to see all of the smiling faces.

The Vanguard Men & Women’s Basketball teams challenged Master’s College in the Pit. Current students, alumni, and other Vanguard fans packed the place and cheered on both teams.

The ladies secured a victory of 72-58 , but the men fell behind in the fourth quarter to lose 70-65. The Vanguard Concert Choir sang the National Anthem, and the Alumni Upperdeck was open during halftime of both games. What an exciting night after such an exciting, fun-filled day! To read more about your favorite VU Lions sports teams, check out Vanguard Athletic News.

Thanks to everyone who came and celebrated this Homecoming Weekend with us. We hope you had a great time reconnecting with former classmates and had a chance to meet some new friends. We enjoyed meeting you too!

For photos from our exciting Homecoming weekend, check out the Vanguard University Alumni Facebook Page!

We look forward to seeing you next year at
Homecoming 2016!

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#VUValentine

Did you meet your Valentine at Vanguard University? Well, this fun contest is for all of our couples!
February 13-15, 2015
#VUValentine Contest
To participate:
1. Must be an engaged/married couple, who are both Vanguard Alumni.
2. Post your favorite couple photo on Instagram from February 13-15.
3. Tag the photo with @VanguardU and #VUValentine.
4. Fill out form at http://www.vanguard.edu/alumni/vuvalentine/

If you want your photo to be in the Class Notes of the next Vanguard Magazine, complete this form: www.vanguard.edu/vuvalentine

PRIZES will be awarded to (5) couples! Winners will be announced on February 17.

Hosted by VU Marketing & Communications and Vanguard University Alumni.

Questions?
Chelsea Galusky
Social Media Specialist
(714) 966-5456 | socialmedia@vanguard.edu

 

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Homecoming 2015 Sponsors

Special thanks to all of our Homecoming sponsors!

  • Donate California – nonprofit Organ and Tissue Donor Registry dedicated to saving the lives of thousands of Californians awaiting life-saving transplants.
  • Global Center for Women & Justice- Promotes gender reconciliation and the inherent dignity of all persons.  
  • In-n-Out Foundation- Since 1984, In-N-Out Burger has been helping abused and neglected children.
  • Kéan Coffee- Artisan Coffee House and Micro-roaster owned and operated by Martin and Karen Diedrich. 
  • Krochet Kids- Empowers people to rise above poverty.
  • Origami Owl Jewelry- Origami Owl is a leading custom jewelry company known for telling stories through our signature Living Lockets, personalized Charms, Bracelets and Earrings.
  • Positive Energy Drink- Strive to bring energy and positivity – and to support people who work hard to improve the lives of those around them.
  • Rock for Her- Rock for her is able to save you money and time while they do all the work to find you the perfect engagement ring within your budget.
  • Summit Funding- Summit Funding is a Residential Mortgage Bank built on Integrity, Trust, and Financial Stability.
  • Tosi Health- Simple. True. Health.
  • Vanguard Admissions- No matter your major or area of study, at Vanguard you’ll get the understanding you need in an environment designed to help you excel.
  • Vanguard Athletics- The Intercollegiate Athletic Program is dedicated to the holistic growth and development of all student athletes, teaching them to lead Christ-centered lives on and off the field of competition.
  • Vanguard Kinesiology- The program seeks to prepare competent, professionals through personalized education in the classroom, through research, and field-based experiences. 

Thank you for your support! We could not have done it without you.