Alta Coffee Night

If you’re a Vanguard Alum, chances are you remember sipping a hot chai by the beach with some good friends.  Come relive the moments with your Vanguard University Alumni Family!

On Monday, August 17, 2015 the Alumni office is hosting an Alta Coffee Night.  There will be FREE drinks for the first 30 guests and dessert will also be served.

We can’t wait to see Alumni in the area and reconnect with all of you while enjoying a coffee from Vanguard’s favorite coffee shop. Hope to see you there!919384_10152050628058626_30835691_o1077118_10152050626888626_1659565761_o


Welcome Week Volunteers

Join us in welcoming our new Vanguard University – Class of 2019 freshmen and transfers!

Friday, August 21, 2015


[Frontline Alumni & Veterans Club]
8AM – 2PM | Towers Lobby
… Let’s move new students into their dorms! Frontline Alumni and Veterans Club: Join current students in carrying luggage and boxes to Laguna, Huntington, and Catalina Hall.


[Vanguard University Alumni]

(3:30PM Set Up) 5:30-8PM | VUSC Letters
… Remember getting an “I Got Mugged” cup from Vanguard Alumni on your first day on-campus? We are carrying on this Welcome Week tradition to serve root beer floats to 1000+ new students and families at the Family Bbq.


We need as much help as we can get! You will receive a free Alumni/Veterans Club T-shirt to wear (and keep) in exchange for your service.

**If you would like to volunteer, please EMAIL your Name, Class Year, Contact Info, and T-Shirt size to by Wednesday, August 19.
Welcome Week schedule –


Lauren Francis

Vanguard University Alumni
(714) 966-5494 |


Event hashtags – #WELCOME2VU #vuFamilies #vuVeterans @vanguardalumni

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OC Fair Parking

It’s that time of year again for turkey legs, carnival games, and art exhibits. The OC Fair returns this Friday, July 17th, and the Vanguard campus is open for parking! So be sure to come out and support our various VU groups as they raise money for their teams/departments.


Friday, July 17 Student Life
Saturday, July 18 Student Life
Sunday, July 19 Student Life
Wednesday, July 22 Student Life
Thursday, July 23 Student Life
Friday, July 24 Student Life
Saturday, July 25 Student Life
Sunday, July 26 Student Life
Wednesday, July 29 Outreach
Thursday, July 30 History/Poli-Sci
Wednesday, August 5 Volleyball/Softball
Thursday, August 6 Women’s Basketball
Wednesday, August 12 Track & Field
Thursday, August 13 Men’s Basketball

*The dates not mentioned above will be fundraising for various Newport Mesa Church ministries.


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Outdoor Movie Night

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Join the Vanguard Alumni Community for an outdoor summer movie night at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Starting at 5:30 PM, Vanguard will be saving seats for Alumni.  Come grab dinner at one of the food trucks on site and sit with us while we enjoy the pre-movie Trivia!  The movie begins at 8 PM.  There will be Vanguard signs so that you know where we are.

The first 30 Alumni to arrive will receive a free snack pack for the movie! Feel free to bring blankets, chairs and a light jacket in case it gets chilly.

The movie that will be playing is “The Sandlot” and is rated PG.

If you have any questions, please email

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Summer Giveaway!

July 2015Do you want a free Vanguard bumper sticker?  If so, all you have to do is fill out a Class Note for our 2015 Fall/Winter edition of the Vanguard Magazine!

The Class Notes section is 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 – classnote giveaway
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!





Kayli (Ober ’06) and Darren Bagwell ’05 were married June 13, 2009 after rekindling their friendship from college.  Darren runs his own business Rock For Her ( that focuses on custom diamond bridal jewelry, and is working on a master’s in Psychology with future plans of becoming a licensed marriage and family therapist.  Kayli teaches 1st grade.  The two welcomed Beckett on June 23, 2014.  He is such a joy to the family and reminds his parents of God’s faithfulness every day.  The Bagwells live in Newport Beach.


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

Finally, HOW do you receive a free Vanguard bumper sticker?  It’s easy, as soon as you submit a class note, we will mail the bumper sticker to your updated mailing address.

This summer giveaway ends in August, so be sure to submit one as soon as you can.

Check out other Vanguard Magazines online here:


June 2015 Event Recap

The summer is off to a great start with three different events during the month of June.  At the beginning of June, Vanguard hosted a booth at Fish

Fest.  Throughout the day we were able to welcome future lions and catch up with many different Alumni that stopped by.
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Only a week later, Vanguard University hosted the 1960’s reunion.  This year’s theme was “Friendships & Memories” and this was seen throughout the entireIMG_3553 weekend as friendships were rekindled and memories were shared.

“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.”

The weekend was full of planned activities as well as time to simply visit and catch up with old friends.  Not only that, but they also took time to honor the Class of 1965 and Class of 1966 for celebrating their 50th class anniversary.  Thank you to everyone who came out to this event and to the many that made it possible.

The final event that was hosted by the Alumni office during the month of June was the Delta Kappa reception.  This was an IMG_6140exclusive event for Delta Kappa members to help us celebrate the accomplishment of the Through These Doors $7 million dollar goal.  We celebrated with a classic Vanguard Student meal- Laventina’s Pizza and Root Beer Floats.  Along with that, they also had the opportunity to hear from President Michael Beals ’81 followed by a special tour of the Scott Building.  We are so grateful for our supportive Alumni that continue to pour back into Vanguard.


Summer 2015 Outreach Trips

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.

[Participating Alumni names are in bold]


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 ’89 and Connie (Brazell ’88) Bohnert 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 ’10 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 ’10 MA 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.


Kayli Hillebrand
Associate Director of Outreach
(714)  662-5265 |
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1960′s Reunion

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June 19-21, 2015
1960′s REUNION

Theme: Friendships & Memories

Our reunion will be on the Vanguard University campus. We will also honor the Class of 1965 and Class of 1966 for celebrating their 50th class anniversary. We will also recognize military personnel.

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)


Rachel McNutt
(714) 225-7004 |

Gloria Hall Harmon
(805) 216-6484 |


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 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!