Vanguard University offers a host of services for conferences, meetings, reunions, camps and so much more. We sat down with Stuart Shevchenko ’15 the Conferencing Services Coordinator, and asked him to share what Vanguard has to offer. With the summer drawing to a close, this is the perfect time to plan your event for next summer.
Can you tell us about the services Vanguard offers for conferences and meetings?
Vanguard offers a variety of options for friends, alumni, and guests including meeting spaces and conferences. On a year-round basis people may inquire about reserving select meeting spaces. During the summer, Vanguard turns our campus into a full conferencing center that offers housing accommodations – including linen service and meal accommodations. We also have meeting spaces available on campus, and our beautiful Needham Chapel for weddings and other meetings.
Dorm rooms and meeting rooms are reserved on the basis of availability. For a number of my returning groups, I reserve spaces for them about a year in advance. However, this is not always the case. Because we are a university, I have to work around the scheduling of the Registrar and university events. What was available one year, may not be guaranteed available the following year. If someone is simply interested in reserving a classroom for a few hours on a weekend, I can generally get that reserved about 4 months in advance.
What types of events does Vanguard host in the summer?
Vanguard University Conferencing hosts a variety of events such as youth camps, leadership conferences, church family camps, church retreats, weddings, and cheer leading camps.
Give us an estimate of how many guests typically stay at Vanguard in a summer?
Approximately 3500 guest make their way through Vanguard in a summer.
With so many options in Orange County, what separates Vanguard from other locations?
Given our location, are prices are very affordable. Staying at Vanguard is a fraction of the cost of what it would cost to stay at a hotel.
We are also conveniently located in the heart of Orange County. We are about 15 minutes from Disneyland, 10 minutes from the beach, and about 5 minutes from John Wayne Airport.
Our campus is small and easy to navigate. Many of my returning renters love it here because our campus provides a sense of community. I had one gentle tell me that they love to stay here because Vanguard is like a little village in area surrounded by busyness.
There are! Our alumni discount is 20% off the total bill. We do also offer a 10% discount for friends of the university and repeat events.
Why do you enjoy working with guests of Vanguard?
I enjoy working with guests of Vanguard because they love being here. It is easy to work people who want to be here.
Do you have any last pieces of advice to those considering having their event at Vanguard?
Vanguard is not a 5-star hotel, but we take care of you. We work hard to make events on our campus as seamless as possible. You can expect that when you are on campus, you will be greeted by our friendly staff and enjoy our campus environment. If you have a vision for a camp, let me know as I want to work with you.
If Vanguard is an ideal location for a meeting, gathering, or event, stop by our conferencing office for more information on how to book your next event today. Space is limited so book quickly. Email us at email@example.com, or call us at 714.662.5290.