New Worship Album!

Made-New-BANNER-705x633Made New is the first project produced by From the Vine Music, a collection of worship leaders and artists from Vanguard University. These are the songs of the Vanguard community. Although they are born within our unique context, we believe they are for the Church. These are stories shared by everyone who follows Jesus. They speak of powerful encounters with the Holy Spirit and the faithfulness of God who is at work in all things restoring and renewing all of creatures.

Original songs by Kaciny Emile, Christian Lucas ’15, Debrianna Cabitac, Tyler Cockrum, Natalie Garcia ’15, May Angelse ’15, and Bryan Rouanzoin ’07.

A special thank you to Jerad Atherton ’04 and Brandon Storrs-Langworthy ’14 for their help on the album as well.

Buy the album today on iTunes.

Follow From the Vine on Instagram.


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 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

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 |

Gloria Hall Harmon
(805) 216-6484 |

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Delta Kappa: Class of 2015

Congratulations to the 2015 Delta Kappa Inductees! The inductees were announced at Vanguard’s Awards Chapel on Thursday morning, April 23. We are
excited to have these future alumni as part of this elite society and see what the future holds for them after they graduate in a few short weeks!

Lucas Brawner

Savannah Cornelison

Charity Culp

Danny Ledezma

Corrine Meekhof

Christopher Lucas

Spencer Green

Natalie Garcia

Jordan Diandy

Christian Lucas

Morgan Burt

Bretlyn Schmitt

Araceli Bravo

Janell Koide

Renn Lazzerin

Robert Miller

Myriah Murillo

Myra Ramos


Dixie Arnold

Delta Kappa is a Greek Letter Honor Society that honors those who have served the Vanguard University Community. Delta Kappa recognizes students who are exemplary in their Christian lifestyle as they serve their peers and represent the university.  Inductees are honored and recognized with personalized engraved bricks displayed on the Campus Mall, in front of the Library.


To see photos from the official pinning ceremony, go to the Vanguard University Alumni Facebook page.



Office of Alumni Relations

(714) 966-5494 |


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!  


Gratitude Week 2015

Words of gratitude fill and color cards at Vanguard University’s 2015 “Gratitude Week” as students thank donors for their life-changing contributions.












On April 6-10, Vanguard University hosted the 2015 “Gratitude Week” to encourage students to remember the support they have received and to thank the many donors who have financially contributed to student pursuits in higher education. “One of the amazing things about Vanguard is that 95 percent of students get support from someone else’s giving,” the alumni relations coordinator, Lauren Francis, said.

Along with funds to support and empower students academically, donors have contributed to The Pit (Vanguard’s gym), the weight room, equipment for athletic teams, the Veteran’s Courtyard outside of Scott Hall, the Lyceum Theater, and of course, the new Scott Building that is opening this fall.

Francis and others were there with the cards and some refreshments. These cards are a simple way for students to express their gratitude for the generosity of donors. For distribution, Vanguard’s alumni-relations team plans to send the cards with donors’ end-of-the-year giving statements. Learn more about “Gratitude Week,” by clicking here.



Five minutes with the new president of the Vanguard Alumni Association – Nicole Suydam


Nicole (Thompson) ’95 Suydam, is the CEO of  Second Harvest Food Bank – whose mission is to end hunger in Orange County. Second Harvest partners with more than 340 member charities to help feed more than 200,000 individuals each month. In addition to being a nationally recognized leader, Nicole is a wife and mother to two beautiful daughters.

Can you tell us a little bit about Second Harvest Food Bank?
Second Harvest Food Bank is dedicated to ending hunger for the nearly 400,000 people who are at risk of going hungry in Orange County, CA. Last year we provided the equivalent of over 17.6 million meals to our community.
What is most rewarding about your career?
I love the opportunity to make a positive impact on my community and I especially love mentoring and developing young people for nonprofit careers of service.
Who have been your biggest influences, and why?
My Mom and Grandmother have been by far the biggest influences on my life. My Mom raised me as a single mother and taught me the value of hard work no matter the challenges and encouraged me to become the first person in my family to attend and graduate from college. My Grandmother raised seven children as a single mother and is my inspiration to never give up and to always keep Christ at the center of my life.
Why did you choose Vanguard?
I was determined to attend a Christian college and I sensed God’s presence in a strong way during a chapel service when I was visiting the campus. I knew in that moment that God was leading me to Vanguard.
How did Vanguard impact who you are today?
My history and political science classes gave me an important world view and perspective and inspired a passion for working in politics early in my career which gave me the skills I needed for my career nonprofits.
Why have you chosen to be involved with Vanguard?
This year marks 20 years since I graduated and I am excited to give back and engage other Alums to serve and support Vanguard and help prepare the next generation of leaders for a life of service.
Is there one piece of career advice you received that you would like to share with our alumni?
Always be willing to go above and beyond what’s expected and you’ll build trust and respect with your leaders and colleagues.

Ashley and Scott Houston

Class Notes – Due March 27

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Vanguard Alumni: We are gathering Class Notes for the Spring/Summer 2015 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 –
1990sCristina Robeck
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!



Ashley and Scott Houston

Ashley (Brock ‘10) and Scott Houston ‘11 married at The Parker Ranch in June 2012, and currently live in Irvine. Scott is the creative media director for Sanctuary Belize, the #1 development company in Belize. He also continues to do freelance work for his own business, 32 Productions, editing spots and commercials for the Los Angeles Clippers. Ashley has started her own ETSY business, selling hand-sewn items and launched a lifestyle blog: Live Styled Live Creative. By far, the Houston’s biggest accomplishment and joy was the birth of their son, Jude on November 8, 2013.


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, March 27. Please send any information to us by then! Photos (landscape orientation) 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:


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:


In honor of her legacy, we invite you to give a gift to the Elizabeth Dermody Leonard Memorial Fund! Donations can be made here:

Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University
(714) 966-6360 |