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5K Fall 2016


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VU on the Road: Assemblies of God Events

Vanguard wants to enjoy refreshments and fellowship with YOU at these upcoming AG events! Check out the details of each event below: 

Wednesday, April 13
VU Gathering – Arizona Network Conference
After the Evening service | Room 206 and 207 (Without Walls Church, Mesa, AZ)
Coffee, hot chocolate, and sweet treats catered by Panera Bread

Tuesday, April 19

VU Gathering- Oregon Network Conference
After the evening service | Fellowship Hall Room 100-C (Parkway Christian Center, Grants Pass, OR)
Coffee and refreshments served

Tuesday, April 26
VU Gathering- NorCal/Nevada District Council
After the evening service | Parlour Room at (Capital Christian Center, Sacramento, CA)
Coffee, hot chocolate, and sweet treats catered by Panera BreadAssemblies of God

Tuesday, April 26
VU Gathering- Rocky Mountain Ministry Network
After the evening service | room 200 at ( Life Church, Salt Lake City, UT)
Coffee, hot chocolate, and sweet treats catered by Panera Bread





Portland: Alumni Event


We are coming to Portland, Oregon! Come have coffee with your fellow Vanguard University Alumni –


Wednesday, April 20
7-9pm | The Pied Cow Coffeehouse

Address – 3244 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214


Family and guests are welcome. We look forward to meeting you!


Vanguard University Alumni
(714) 966-5494 |


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Vanguard is Coming to San Diego

If you live in the San Diego area or are a huge baseball fan, then this alumni event is perfect for you! Vanguard invites you to join us at an upcoming San Diego Padres game. Interested? Look below for more details:



Save the Date: Washington D.C.

Live in the Washington D.C. area? If so, you are invited to join us for a special Vanguard Alumni event! If you’re interested check out the details below:

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We would be very delighted for you to attend. Hope to see you there!


Class Notes – Spring 2016



ALUMNI, we are gathering Class Notes for the Spring/Summer 2016 issue of the Vanguard Magazine!

Thursday, March 24
CLASS NOTES deadline
5pm | Online

Class Notes are in these categories –
Just Married
Future Alumni (babies)
In Memory (honorariums for those who have passed away)


EXAMPLE – “Joe McCarthy ’89 is the Director of Marketing & Public Relations at Hope International University in Fullerton, CA. He and his wife of 17 years have adopted two daughters, Eliana Joy (8) and Gabriela Grace (6). The McCarthy’s have lived in Brea since 2006.”


HOW to submit a Class Note:

  1. Online:
  2. Email: with Subject: My Class Note!
  3. Mail: Vanguard University c/o Alumni Relations, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Photos can be emailed (jpeg) or mailed at the address above. Prints will not be returned. Also, when you send us your photos, it grants Vanguard University permission to print it.


We look forward to hearing about what you’ve been up to since graduation!


Vanguard University
Office of Alumni Relations
(714) 966-5494 | alumni@vanguard.ed

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2016 Alumni Award Winners

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For nearly a century, our alumni have impacted nearly every aspect of our culture. We want to share some of those stories, by recognizing alumni who have played, and are play a crucial role today. Our alumni award winners are nominated throughout the year from alumni, faculty, staff, and friends who recognize the incredible work being done. With each nomination, a brief bio is compiled to better understand the individual or group of individuals. At that point, the alumni office also looks to expand on the bios – drawing information from friends, coworkers, and published information.

With an initial list exceeding thirty nominations, the alumni office narrows the nominees to around four or five per category. At that point, the nominees with bios are presented to the board of the alumni association. Each board member votes on the winners, with additional rounds as necessary for tie breakers.




IG Award-ErinErin (Bongiorno ‘03) Donovan graduated from Vanguard with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology in 2003. While at Vanguard, she was involved in soccer and spent several summers volunteering in Kenya. Erin is the Executive Director of HopeSprings. HopeSprings is a faith-based 501(c)(3) that awakens, equips, and engages the Church by developing networks of faith communities in the Baltimore region and beyond. These networks train congregants as volunteers in order to build human resource capacity within HIV Service Provider Organizations. Its goal is to reduce the spread of HIV and its stigma and provide hope and healing to those impacted by HIV and AIDS. They seek to do this through the power of relationship. In Baltimore, 1 in 40 people is infected with HIV/AIDS, and in 4 Baltimore zip codes, that number is closer to 1 in 20 – a statistic on par with some of the worst developing countries in the world.  In 2015 alone, through training, outreach, education, testing and volunteerism, HopeSprings has worked with 117 churches and provided 975 volunteers from congregations.

Donovan is the Chair of Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research Community Participatory Advisory Board, sits on the Mayor’s HIV/AIDS Commission for the City of Baltimore co-chairing the Faith work group, and on the Board of the Presbyterian AIDS Network.

Prior to her work at HopeSprings, she served in the public and private sectors and has consulted for Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and the U.S. Department of Labor.




IG Award-BrigmanBonnie (Bethany ’75) and Keith Brigman ‘75  have served as educators for the past 30 + years. Bonnie was selected Teacher of the Year by Kaiser Elementary School in Costa Mesa in 1999. She has been a master teacher, a Teacher on Special Assignment, a curriculum leader, as well as an adjunct professor at Vanguard University. She has also been nominated for Disney Teacher of the Year, as well as Teacher of the Year for Newport Mesa Unified School District and Orange County. Keith was selected Teacher of the Year twice by Kenneth Mitchell School in 1988 and in 2002. He also has been very involved in coaching Special Olympics for children with disabilities, and has won various recognitions: in 1986 he was awarded the John West Memorial Award as California’s Special Olympics Coach of the Year; his Special Olympic Team received the Gold Medal at the USA National Volleyball Team in Denver, Colorado. The Mighty Ducks honored his achievements by awarding him the Community Hero Award.




IG Award-JesseDr. Jesse Payne ’07 completed his BA in Business Administration from Vanguard, as well as his MA in Education and his teaching credential. Dr. Payne has dedicated his career to teaching, teacher preparation, and educating others about diverse issues, including the developing brain.  Dr. Payne worked as an elementary school teacher for three years in Orange County, and spent five years of non-directive play therapy/group instruction for at-risk students in grades K-3 with the Chula Vista Elementary School District in Southern California.  During this time, he also began his involvement Dr. Amen, and the Amen Clinics for which he is now the Director of Education, developing curriculum and programs related to the developing brain. His latest book, Making a Good Brain Great: Course (2nd Edition) was published and released in September 2015 and is being used by thousands of students all over the world.

Following graduation, he continued to work at Vanguard while completing his Doctorate of Education from USC. He currently serves as the Director of Undergraduate Teacher Education at Corban University. He has presented at universities around the world, from Harvard to South Korea, and is the author of three publications, including Change Your Brain, Change Your Life (Before 25). His curriculum shows students, parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors how they can unlock the ability to shape the developing mind.


To nominate someone for the 2017 Alumni Awards,
please email by September 1, 2016.



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Save the Date: Vanguard is coming to Washington D.C.

If you live in the Washington D.C. area, you are invited to join us for a special Vanguard Alumni event! Check out all the details below:


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Student T-Shirt Contest

(Pictured above: 2015 Run for Mercy)

Nathanael Harrington’s ’15 story is certainly not what he had originally planned. Nathanael began his Vanguard experience as a freshman in the fall of 1998. He continued his studies until the spring of 2001. From 2001 until 2013, Nathanael served in the National Guard, and it was at this point that his life took another turn. Nathanael was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease, an incurable that causes breakdown of the nerves cells in the brain.  The disease is inherited, with no cure. Nathanael returned to Vanguard, and completed his degree in May 2015.  He and his wife, along with their four children are fighting to help raise awareness of the disease – and pray for a breakthrough in research.

We want YOU to design the t-shirt that all race participants will be wearing. This is a unique way to play a part in celebrating and honoring this amazing alumni family.

 Contest Details:


5K Run For Mercy


All submissions must follow specific guidelines:

  • 1 color front design
  • Include content – Vanguard University, 5K Run for Mercy, 2016


All files must be vector and submitted in Adobe Illustrator form. Please also submit font files. Email submissions to by November 24.


Entries will be pre-juried by a panel of staff experts. Winners will be notified in December and shirts will be distributed at the 5K Run For Mercy on Saturday, January 30.




Inaugural Larson Lectureship: Featuring Admiral Vern Clark

admvclarkYou are cordially invited to the Inaugural Larson Lectureship on Ethics & Business featuring Admiral Vernon E. Clark (Retired Chief of Naval Operations).  This special VIP event will be held on Monday, October 26, 2015 from 7:00pm-8:00pm at Newport Mesa Church (Vanguard University Campus).

The Bill & Joanne Larson Lectureship on Ethics & Business features nationally recognized business and civic leaders who embody a life of Christ-centered leadership and service.  This particular featured speaker, Admiral, US (RET.) Vernon E. Clark, is the second longest serving Chief of Naval Operations in history, and completed a distinguished 37-year Navy career in 2005.  He also served as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan.  Forged an effort to make the Navy more competitive and postured the Navy for the challenges of the past 911 world.  His innovations led to billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayers of the nation and the highest operational readiness the Navy had witnessed in decades.  Clark was a former member of the Vanguard University Board of Trustees and has served on various boards in industry and education including rolls Royce North America, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Company and Regent University.

Please join us for this exclusive opportunity to meet with a man who has played a significant part at Vanguard University and our country. If you would like to go, RSVP by October 19 to