Allie and Garth Harris

Class Notes – by October 3

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Vanguard Alumni: we are gathering Class Notes for the Fall/Winter issue of the Vanguard Magazine! They are the most-read section of the magazine, so we want to make sure as many Alumni are included as possible.

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

Let us know what you’ve been up to since you graduated. Other information to include: Did you receive another degree? How about a promotion? Have you moved to a different state? Did you celebrate a special anniversary recently? Where have you traveled to? What has your church, family, and/or company been up to? All of this information helps as we write your Class Note for the Vanguard Magazine!

AN EXAMPLE:   Allie (Maxwell ’08) and Garth Harris ‘07 welcomed Audrey Carol into the world on July 8, 2013. Garth works for a software company in Newport Beach called CAKE, which is a tracking and analytics platform that allows companies to optimize online performance marketing. In May 2013, Garth was promoted to Client Services Director, Europe which brought the Harris’ to London where they have been happily living for almost a year now.

Now, HOW do you submit a Class Note? Don’t worry, it’s easy…

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

Deadline is Friday, October 3. Please send any information to us by then! 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.

Check out other Vanguard Magazines online here:

Legacy Family Event Photo

Legacy Family Reception

Legacy Family Event Photo

Join us for a complimentary brunch with President Beals as we celebrate family
and the launch of the renovations of the Scott building!


Brunch & Legacy Family reception
10AM-12PM | Veterans Courtyard (Scott Building)

After brunch, there will be an opportunity for our Legacy families to be able to leave their mark in a tangible way. We will also take a group photo.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 1 to –

Check out a recap article from last year’s Legacy Family Reception.

Office of Alumni Relations
(714) 966-5494 |

Legacy Family Reception Invite



New Student Mugging – August 22, 2014

Do you remember getting “Mugged” by Vanguard alumni at the Family BBQ on your first day on-campus? We will be carrying on this Welcome Day tradition and serving root beer floats to everyone attending the Family BBQ on Move-In Day, but we need you!
Volunteers are needed to help with event prep and serving root beer floats at the BBQ, and in return you will receive a new Alumni t-shirt!
*If you would like to volunteer, please email your Name, Class Year, Contact Info, and T-Shirt size to by Wednesday, August 20.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2014Muggin-TrioFINAL
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM | Event Prep - Campus Mall
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM | Event Mugging – Campus Mall
Vanguard University: Campus Mall
55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Hosted by Vanguard University Office of Alumni Relations
Katie Heemstra
Special Events & Volunteer Coordinator
(714) 966-5444 |
Check out our Facebook event to see who else is coming!
Laura Brock

Annual Run for Mercy: Brock Family Announced for 2015


We would like to announce the Brock family as our race beneficiary for the annual Run for Mercy during our Homecoming celebrations for 2015.

John ’04 and Laura (Ely ’04) Brock’s story has impacted so many in the past year.  John and Laura met at Vanguard, and married shortly after.  Throughout their marriage, their community from Vanguard has impacted them in profound ways.

This past year brought a new challenge to the Brock Family.  John and Laura, the parents to two beautiful young girls, experienced challenges with Laura’s health.  Laura was admitted to Hoag Hospital, and fought an increasingly difficult lung disease known as Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis.  She was soon transferred to Cedars Sinai.

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 decided to start a Facebook blog that would share Laura’s updates with any friends and family –  As Laura’s condition continued to worsen, an online giving campaign was created to help cover the costs of medical care, as well as other costs associated with taking time to stay near Cedars Sinai.  John has been overwhelmed with the support he has received from friends, family, and people whom he has never met.

As Laura’s condition worsened, she was put on the transplant list for a double lung transplant.  A new season began waiting for suitable lungs, and eventually also a suitable heart.  As John continued to pour out his thoughts and prayers for Laura, himself, and their two girls, a community began to surround the Brocks with a variety of fundraisers, prayer, and support.

The wait, and Laura’s health, proved too much.  Shortly after finally receiving a double lung and heart transplant – Laura’s body simply could fight no longer.  A memorial service was held on campus in June, with friends and family in attendance to celebrate an incredible woman, spouse, and mother, and to support the entire Brock family.

On January 31, 2015, as part of our Homecoming celebration, we will host the third annual Run For Mercy – a Fun Run/Walk to raise funds for an alumni cause – this year the Brock family.  The proceeds raised from the event will support on-going care for the Brock family.  Included in the event will be a classic car show, live music, food, and much more.  Please make sure to mark your calendars today.

Sponsorships for the race are still available.  Please contact the alumni office today  if you or your company would like to support this great annual event.

Office of Alumni Relations
(714) 966-5494 |


Life Without Parole

“Life Without Parole”


Elizabeth LeonardWith the passing of our esteemed colleague and friend, Dr. Elizabeth Dermody Leonard, many of our alumni have asked how they can be part of remembering her legacy. While details surrounding her memorial are still in discussion we would like to share with you an impactful way for you to participate in remembering and furthering the work that Dr. Leonard was a part of. Warren Doody, Vanguard Professor of English, has teamed up with the New York Fringe Festival to produce the play he wrote based on Dr. Leonard’s work. Below is his letter to the community:


As many of you know, I wrote a play, “Life Without Parole,” that was inspired by Elizabeth Leonard’s research and book, “Convicted Survivors: The Imprisonment of Battered Women Who Kill.” Although it is essentially her work that is onstage, Elizabeth asked me to substitute “inspired” for “based on” or “adapted from” because she didn’t want to take too much credit for what I wrote, which perfectly sums up who she was as a person. In fact, Elizabeth first approached me about turning her life’s work into a stage play because she was looking for ways to expand her message of justice and believed that theater offered a wider audience for dong so.

In August, the play will be produced at the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival and, in honor of Elizabeth, the shows are being dedicated to her life and legacy. This dedication is featured on the website, on the campaign site, and in the brochures/programs at the festival. I know that Elizabeth would be thrilled with the creative team behind the Fringe Production: Working Artists Theater Project is the company that is putting on the play, which will be directed by one of their founders, Jessica Dermody, who, “coincidentally enough,” shares Elizabeth’s last name – well, her maiden name; the company is working in association with Karah Gravatt, a ’11 VU Theater Arts alum, who has been tireless in promoting the play and its message of domestic violence awareness.

As a way to raise money for the production, this team is crowdfunding the project. They are not asking for huge donations; the donations begin at $10.00 and go up from there, and it is 100% tax deductible. I have reached out via Facebook with this request, and some of you may have already seen a facsimile of this message on your newsfeed.

If you would be interested in making a donation, there are two sites at which to do so: - This is the play’s website, and there is a “donate” button/category on the home page. – This is the IndiGoGo site, and you can donate/contribute directly through the site.

In lieu of a donation, simply spreading the word by sharing these links via e-mail or on social media will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for taking the time to read this!

Prayerfully and respectfully,

Warren Doody
Professor of English

Life Without

Weddings at Vanguard

Did you know that as an alum you can receive a discounted rate to have your wedding on campus? Whether you have everything planned or need help planning everything, our friendly and helpful consultants have extensive experience in event planning and can assist in bringing your dream to life. There are a variety of options for your ceremony and/or reception to choose from, and our Event Relations staff is always ready to help make your day special. For more information please contact us at:

Phone | 714.966.5483
Email |,

or visit the Event Relations page by clicking here.


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Summer 2014 Youth Basketball Camp

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Sign up your future Vanguard Lions for the 2014 Basketball Summer Camp! Open for 5-14 year olds, where they will learn from our Athletics Staff individual and team skills and what it means to have Gold Pride!

Week 1: Monday, June 23 – Friday, June 27
Day Camp | 9AM-4PM Daily (Friday: 9AM-12PM)

Week 2: Monday, June 30 – Thursday, July 3
Day Camp | 9AM-4PM Daily (Thursday: 9AM-12PM)

Week 3: Monday, July 21 – Friday, July 25
Day Camp | 9AM-4PM Daily (Friday: 9AM-12PM)

Week 4: Monday, July 28 – Friday, August 1
Day Camp | 9AM-4PM Daily (Friday: 9AM-12PM)

All camp sessions will include:
Top-notch individual and team instruction
Daily Leadership Training exercises designed to develop tomorrow’s leaders
Insightful/Inspirational handouts for kids to take home and discuss with parents
7 to 1 camper to coach ratio
Information for all campers about Vanguard University as a future college choice
Camp T-Shirt
Camp Basketball
Daily Lunch (except Friday)
Free Season passes to Vanguard home basketball games
3-on-3 competition
5-on-5 games
NBC Camps Leadership/Character Curriculum

The price for the 2014 Basketball Summer Camp is $225-265 (depending on week), all inclusive. Click here for registration papers and more information.

Vanguard University Athletics
Brian “Boomer” Roberts ’08 | (714) 619-6614

VU Finals Retreat

In between finals come out and relax! In the Cove there will be 10 minute massages; at the campus mall there will be therapy dogs to play with, relaxation exercise sessions, and yummy snacks. Come take a break on Monday, May 5, beginning at 11am, and enjoy! Hosted by the Counseling Center, Diversity Programming, and Alumni Relations. #VUFinalsRetreat

Finals Retreat