Homecoming 2014 Recap

Homecoming 2014

Homecoming 2014

Homecoming 2014 on January 30–February 1 featured MANY exciting events and familiar faces back on campus! It was a blessed time full of fellowship and opportunities for alumni to reconnect! It was great to see alumni, current students, families, faculty, and staff share their Vanguard stories while enjoying the many fun events happening during 2014 Homecoming weekend.

Alumni speakers and worship leaders were featured throughout the week’s Chapel services. Tuesday, January 29, kicked off with Amanda Houston ’09, Josh Houston ’08, Dustin Ginn ’10, Bobby Laumea and Adam Gil leading the Vanguard community in worship. Our guest speaker for the remainder of chapel was Wayne Tesch ’04, co-founder of Royal Family Kids Camp which was developed in 1985 as a residential camp for some of the most severely abused children in foster care. Wayne received his Master’s degree in Church Leadership Studies from Vanguard and was an Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. We were honored to have him discuss with the community Vanguard’s impact on his life!

On Wednesday, January 29, worship was led by Jerad Atherton ’04 along with Aaron Andersen ‘11, Brandon Langworthy ‘04, Kyle Mack, Matt Ballmaier. Tina Ramirez ‘99, MA ’01, the 2014 Young Alumna of the Year Award Recipient, presented her story to Vanguard students during chapel. Tina is the President and Founder of Hardwired, Inc., a non-profit organization bringing hope to those under religious oppression by advancing religious freedom in law and policy worldwide.  Hardwired is using a new paradigm to create a grassroots movement to inspire the next generation of religious freedom advocates. We were thankful that Tina was willing to be a chapel guest speaker during Homecoming week and were honored to present her an award to recognize all of her incredible achievements!

The last Homecoming Alumni Chapel took place on Thursday, January 30, where Brandon Muchow ’11 led the congregation of students, faculty, staff and alumni in worship. Then, the 2014 Career Achievement Award Recipient, Dr. Dennis Gordon Lindsay ’69, shared a little about himself. Dr. Lindsay is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Christ for the Nations, Inc., a worldwide missions organization and Bible Institute headquartered in Dallas, TX.  He is the youngest son of the late Gordon Lindsay, founder of Christ for the Nations, and Freda Lindsay, co-founder. We look forward to see what God has in store for Dr. Lindsay’s future!IMG_5219

Thursday evening was a special night on Vanguard’s campus – Delivery Boys & Entourӓge celebrated 25 years of ministry through laughter! These ministry teams have served across the Western United States for a number of years, their mission to connect with young men and women through humor, worship and study. Emily (Maier ’03) Rose and Christopher Tillman ’02, served as the shows’ hosts and brought just as many laughs as they did when they were a part of Delivery Boys & Entourӓge teams themselves! We enjoyed performances from various Delivery Boys & Entourӓge teams and also were pleased to announce the current teams who closed us out! THANK YOU to all who have been a part of this ministry for the past 25 years – we have enjoyed all of the hilarious memories and look forward to what’s to come!

The Athletic Hall of Fame took place on Friday evening, January 31. We were pleased to induct many valuable Champions of Character who have done a phenomenal job of embodying Gold Pride even after their Vanguard days. 2014 Inductees are as follows:

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Russ Davis

Athlete: Kevin Carlson ‘96

Teams: 1990 Basketball Team & 1995 Softball Team

Meritorious Service: Diane Ortiz

It was exciting to see the current Vanguard Lions come together with athletes of the past – as the years go on, one thing about Vanguard remains constant: Gold Pride! Check out pictures from the Athletic Hall of Fame here.

Saturday, February 1, was a big day here on Vanguard campus! Events went all day long, starting with our biggest event of the whole weekend – the second annual Run for Mercy 5K! This year, Vanguard alumni, students, faculty, staff and even the surrounding Vanguard community joined together to support Edmond Segrove, son of Adonis and Candace (Wong ’02) Segrove. Edmond, 2 years old, suffers from a rare brain disorder called “lissencephaly,” causing Edmond to experience seizures, muscle spasms, and difficulty with swallowing. Immense emotional and financial burden has been brought on the Segrove family, which is why we were moved to hold a run for a reason.

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Run for Mercy was a huge success! There were over 70 volunteers, close to about 200 runners and $3,000+ raised! The Doyle family also made an appearance at this year’s 5K and Mercy provided her beloved artwork for the winners of the race!Upon finishing the 5K, participants were invited to a celebration for Edmond Segrove in the Campus Mall. A fun bluegrass band by the name of “Moonsville Collective,” featuring Seth Richardson ‘95, performed while people enjoyed a meet and greet with Segrove family, a delicious, well-earned lunch from the In-N-Out Truck, and kids played in the Kids Zone. We encourage you to keep Edmond in your prayers as he continues to receive medical care and attention. Check out the pictures from Run for Mercy to see all of the smiling faces running for an incredible reason!

This year we honored our Alumni Award Recipients and the Class of 1964 as the newest inductees of the Golden Vanguard Society at a Homecoming Alumni Chapel in Needham Chapel. The fabulous Vanguard Singers and Band opened the service with a time of worship. Following, Joel Gackle MBA ‘10, Director of Alumni Relations, along with members of the Alumni Association Board, presented awards to the 2014 Alumni Award Recipients:

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Alumnus of the Year:

Tommy Casarez ’94 

Career Achievement Award:
Dennis Lindsay ‘69

Distinguished Service Award:
Dan Myers ’57

Young Alumna of the Year:
Tina Ramirez ‘99, MA ’01

We were proud to induct various 1964 graduates into the Golden Vanguard Society, recognizing that these individuals have been Vanguard Alumni for 50 years. We are thankful for the continuing service to the Vanguard community!

The afternoon held various events, such as the “Girl Rising” screening and the Youth Basketball Camp in the Pit. At the same time, alumni from 1984 met for their 30 year reunion in the Great Commission Hall for mingling and refreshments. All events held laughs and reminiscing of Vanguard days, and we were glad with the outcome for every event on campus! Check out what these events were all about here.


The Vanguard Men & Women’s Basketball teams challenged Hope International University in the Pit that was packed with Blue and Gold fans.


First, the ladies held a continual home court advantage, winning with a score of 88-71. After our first victory, the Men’s team didn’t let us down. The entire game kept everyone one the edge of their seats, all the way into overtime! The Lions brought home another victory, the ending score 72-69. The Vanguard Concert Choir sang the National Anthem, and the Alumni Upperdeck was open during halftime of both games. What an exciting night after such an exciting, fun-filled day! To read more about your favorite VU Lions sports teams, check out Vanguard Athletic News.

Thanks to everyone who came and celebrated this Homecoming Weekend with us. We hope you had a great time reconnecting with former classmates and had a chance to meet some new friends. We enjoyed meeting you too!

For photos from our exciting Homecoming weekend, check out the Vanguard University Alumni Facebook Page!

We look forward to seeing you next year at
Homecoming 2015!