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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 alumni@vanguard.edu.

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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 (rockforher.com) 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:  http://www.vanguard.edu/alumni/classnotes/
  2. Email: alumni@vanguard.edu 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: http://www.vanguard.edu/about/alumni-magazine/


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 | kayli.hillebrand@vanguard.edu
Website - www.vanguard.edu/outreach


1960′s Reunion

60'sIt’s coming up!  We hope to see all of our 1960′s Alumni at -

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 | Rmcnutt77@gmail.com

Gloria Hall Harmon
(805) 216-6484 | gjm4345@gmail.com


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!  


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,


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


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

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


#vuValentine Winners



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 


“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.”






Keith and Brittney (Riley) Tanaka ’10Keith&Brittney

 “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!