Special Olympics

host-town-logo-horizontal-white The city of Costa Mesa proudly declared its official partnership with Vanguard University to participate in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games “Host Town” program. Vanguard will host over one hundred Special Olympics athletes from Aruba and the Bahamas on its Costa Mesa campus on July 21-24, 2015.  The athletes will reside in Vanguard University dormitories and will utilize the practice field for training.

“The Host Town program will not only create lasting memories for these athletes and coaches from around the world, but leave a lasting legacy for the communities who are opening their doors, hearts and minds to host these inspiring athletes.” -Patrick McClenahan, president and chief executive officer of LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee

The City of Costa Mesea joins as many as 100 communities across Southern California on the list of officially proclaimed Host Towns.  the Orange County Host Towns for the pre-Games celebration include fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Mission Viejo, La Habra, Fullerton, and Orange.  

“Vanguard University has a deep history in the City of Costa Mesa and an esteemed tradition of athleticism and sportsmanship through our NAIA Division I men and women athletic programs, As such, we welcome this natural partnership with the City of Costa Mesa to co-host a delegation of athletes from the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.” -David Vazquez, director of strategic partnerships at Vanguard University

With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches expected to participate this summer, the Host Town program is a very significant 3-day program.  It takes place prior to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games as a complete welcome roll out.  Delegations of athletes from around the world will be welcomed and celebrated at the city of Costa Mesa Host Town, specifically on the Vanguard University campus.  Athletes from Orange County will also complete as part of Team USA, as well as volunteer as ambassadors for The Games.

Vanguard is so excited for the opportunity to play a part in this year’s Special Olympics World Games!

For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit

- Contact for volunteer and additional info: David Vazquez, Director of Strategic Partnerships, / 714.966.5467

classnote giveaway

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.

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Vanguard Baseball Makes History: An Interview with Coach Rob Regg ’97

IMG_0117The Vanguard University baseball team had a magical spring. Only once in program history – 30 years ago – had the team reached the final site of the NAIA College World Series. This team matched that mark on its way to Lewiston, Idaho.  In the double elimination tournament, the Lions captured an opening game victory, but couldn’t match the success in the next two games. Rob Pegg ’97, has led the Lions for the past three years, and to a 39-22 mark this season. He shared with us what makes Vanguard, and our baseball team so great.

With so many potential occupations, why did you get into coaching?

Coaching has allowed me to continue competing while seeing players and teams improve through teaching. I’ve always enjoyed seeing people and players progress in sports and life. Coaching is a great gift when you are entrusted with great people and players.

Who have been your greatest influences?

My father, my brother, Kevin Kasper, and Jesus.

For those who aren’t fans of baseball, describe what makes it so special?

I believe baseball parallels life more than any other sport. There are so many random things that happen during the course of a game that are uncontrollable. Sometimes you prepare and do everything right and yet you fail. Other times, you do most things wrong and have success. Life is like that too. In the end we recognize it as a gift.

Can you share with us the moment you knew your guys were starting to get hot at the right time?

We played well at the end of the season, but we actually finished the regular season losing 4 of our last 5. We had a hot streak at the end of March beginning of April and put together an 11-game win streak. We felt we did enough in the regular season to make the playoffs and that was the goal. We were the second to the last team selected for the post-season and that was all we needed. Once in the post-season we felt like a resurrected team and it showed.

What made you lost proud of your guys this year?

There are so many things really. I was proud that they didn’t quit and played it out to the end with the goal of being the best they could be. Even up to the last inning in the World series, the guys battled. I was very proud of how they grew as a team and in their faith as well.

What is special about Vanguard as a community?

The Christ-centered atmosphere is everything. It is also a true community where people are pulling for you from all areas and eras. It was great to hear from so many alumni and staff during our season.

Can you share with us a bit about your Vanguard experience as a student?

I absolutely loved every aspect of being a student at Vanguard. I had never experienced a Christian atmosphere like this before. The fellow students, staff, and faculty felt like they were all behind you. It was an amazing experience that I can only thank God for.

What advice do you have for those reaching for a challenging goal?

God is bigger than any obstacle. Where we stop, God begins. Get to your end fast, so God can take over.

 Read the Daily Pilot Article here.



City Appoints Vanguard University Alumnus, Costa Mesa Captain Robert Sharpnack, as Police Chief

[Article taken from City of Costa Mesa website]

Costa Mesa, CA, May 28, 2015 – Robert Sharpnack, a 22-year veteran of the Costa Mesa Police Department has been hired as Costa Mesa’s new Police Chief.

Sharpnack started his career in Costa Mesa as a Custody Officer in 1993 and was appointed as a Police Officer for the Department in 1994. He was promoted to Corporal in 2002 and Sergeant in 2003. Subsequently, he was promoted to Lieutenant in 2010 and Captain in 2013. He has extensive field experience including patrol, field training officer, crimes against persons detective, motorcycle Sergeant, special events detail, and managing all areas of police services. In addition, he was a supervisor of the Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) for three years and a member of the S.W.A.T. team for six years.

Sharpnack has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Vanguard University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Regarding Sharpnack’s appointment, City CEO Tom Hatch said, “Rob has been a valuable member of the Police Department and the City organization for many years. His commitment to providing outstanding police services in an efficient and effective manner is exemplary. He is a man of integrity who will do an outstanding job leading this department. I am looking forward to working with him in his new role and the leadership he will provide not only to the Police Department but to the entire organization, as well as the City Council and Community.”

His official start date in this new position is June 28th. Sharpnack’s annual salary will be $196,860.

Sharpnack is married to his wife Stephanie for 8 years and they have two children Colin and Elyse.

Sharpnack will take the place of Interim Chief Ron Lowenberg who has been directing and guiding the Department since the beginning of this year.

To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications


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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.

Special Interview with Bryan Rouanzoin ’07, Associate Director of Chapel and Discipleship

Who had the vision for this group?

Last summer made a proposal requesting the funds to produce and original album. I believe that it is essential for our community to have our own songs–just as every church community should—that mark out seasons and express what God has done within that place/season.

Why is it called “From the Vine” Music?

John 15 emerged as a central theme to why we write music. We want to be connected to the heart of the God and dependent on the movement of the Spirit. It’s about intimacy with Jesus, and within that the freedom to be okay where you’re at in mourning or joy, in confusion or clarity. We want to write songs out of all of the experiences of our students, staff/faculty—it’s a shared human experience. We also knew that the team will change throughout the years and we are confident that it’s was much more about Who we are connected to (in Jesus) rather than who the team members are. This name expresses the freedom to change as our team grows and new members come.

How long was the writing/recording process?

We began writing in September 2014 without knowing with certainty that we would have the support to make an album. It became clear that we had something special in this team because we were writing to give songs to the community with the hope that we might record them at some point. In December 2014, we learned that we would have the funding to make an album possible so when the spring semester launched, it was a mad-dash to complete it by May.

We pooled our songs together and began to do the hard work of crafting, editing, and rewriting before sharing them with Jerad Atherton, our producer. As Jerad and I worked together, we both felt that something unique was happening in this project; the songs in their rawest forms were so good! They had a power to them and an honesty that connected with most people who heard them.

After getting our final tracks, Jerad took these songs and began to build them into the beautiful arrangements that you can hear on the final project. He worked alongside some of the most talented musicians around to explore different sounds, tones and ideas. In the end, it was this process of trying different ideas, sitting with them and then approaching it from a different angle. Jerad is a genius! He knows the craft and he really led us through this whole process. I am definitely indebted to him.

How were other Alumni involved?
Jerad and I are both alumni and I knew from the start that he was the guy I wanted to work with on this project, for all the reasons above and I knew his heart for Vanguard and worship. Brandon Langworthy worked with Jerad to track guitar parts on the album and Tyler Spry played pedal steel guitar—which especially gives life to the song “Kingdom Come”.

What’s next for the group?
The team is traveling all summer to churches, conferences and camps. They lead a week at a time or sometimes just for a night, but they have made some great connections and new partnerships in just a few weeks. We are very proud of the work that went into this project and the final album We hope that as we market the album beyond our immediate network, that people connect with the music and the work at Vanguard.

Who is the contact for future bookings?

Lehua Coley


Buy the album today on iTunes.

Follow From the Vine on Instagram and follow #MadeNew for album updates!



Brian Rouanzoin

Associate Director of Chapel and Discipleship

(714) 662-5261 |


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

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!