The Created Co.

When leaving Vanguard it is our hope that one graduates with the necessary skills, insight, and knowledge to pursue the things that God has called them to.  After graduation, Ryan Schneider ’13, was able to pursue his dream of starting his own business called The Created Co where they design inspirational drink ware, giving 10% towards their water campaign through charity.

  “We believe that every person has been created. 

Each of us created for a certain purpose — a purpose to fulfill and to live out on this earth. 

So then, we ask this question ‘What were you created for?’”

-The Created Co.anchor my soul

Vanguard students and graduates know all too well that some of the “most meaningful moments occur alongside a drink.  Whether that’s the early morning moments with your cup of coffee when you’re most inspired.  Or connecting with your closest friends at a local coffee shop.”  The goal of this company is to take those meaningful moments and remind ourselves what we were created for.  Based on truth, community, and empowerment, Ryan ’13 and Jeremy have started something that they are passionate about with the hope of inspiring “the dreamers of the world to overcome the ordinary, connect with a community of like-minded people,and empower others both locally and globally.”

To learn more about this company, visit their website:  or check out their Instagram page: @thecreatedco.


Alta Coffee Night

If you’re a Vanguard Alum, chances are you remember sipping a hot chai by the beach with some good friends.  Come relive the moments with your Vanguard University Alumni Family!

On Monday, August 17, 2015 the Alumni office is hosting an Alta Coffee Night.  There will be FREE drinks for the first 30 guests and dessert will also be served.

We can’t wait to see Alumni in the area and reconnect with all of you while enjoying a coffee from Vanguard’s favorite coffee shop. Hope to see you there!919384_10152050628058626_30835691_o1077118_10152050626888626_1659565761_o


Student Story: Jessie Hornibrook


Each year Vanguard sends out teams of students to different global partners around the world. The Ireland team, led by Dalila Toledo ’10, partnered with Cornerstone City Church in Derry, Northern Ireland. The student leader from the trip, Jessie Hornibrook ’16 shared a little bit about her amazing experience with the Vanguard team in Northern Ireland.


If there is anything that is true about our incredible God it’s that he works in amazing and unique ways. I think that it’s fair to say that before Ireland our entire team was feeling a little less than adequate for the trip, myself included. I’ve been on many trips before and as much as my heart wanted to go, a part of me was still screaming, “Do I have to?”  I’ll be honest; this past season of my walk with Christ has been rough. I found myself second semester questioning whether I even still believed in the things I was preaching. I felt fake. Fake and alone. Then, I got this amazing opportunity to student lead the trip to Ireland.

Like I said, I’ve been on a million trips before, but none like this. From the second we landed our team was welcomed into this new country as if we were family. The slogan for Cornerstone City Church is “Bringing Love to Life.” That was the cry of their heart for mission week. That was what we got to be a part of. We can all say that we learned how to love in a completely new way. Being in Ireland wasn’t about how busy we could be or how useful we could make ourselves appear. In America, we are told by everything we see that our busyness is a sign of success. That the more we are able to accomplish, the more valuable we become. In Ireland, the most prevalent part of the trip to me was that my identity does not revolve around my ability to keep myself busy. When we arrived, who we were was enough for them. We were sufficient, adequate, honored and that stuck out to me. Cornerstone greeted us with a grace and love that was exactly what I would picture the Kingdom being like.

I believe this is a huge part of the reason why our team was able to bond so quickly. I would love to say that we all had this huge, life changing experience as a team and that it affected us all in the same way. However, I think that limits the severity of what God actually did for us. We all had different experiences with Christ. We were all tested, tried, and stretched in different ways and, in my opinion, that’s what made it so real. We all worked on the same site, with the same kids, for the most part offering the same services but the life experience we gained from it was vastly different. For some of us, we were called to pray out loud for the first time and to seek answers from our peers that we were once too afraid to ask. For others, it was as simple as being called out of their introvert shell to engage in the relationships around them and to engage in a meaningful way about something real. For me, I was told for the first time ever, that I’m not what I do. That my value isn’t in my ability to attain a title. God spoke truth into my life and I finally heard it.

On our last day of service in Derry we had a big celebration service where all of the kids from camp came together in a big church and we showed the entire congregation the awesome things we had been doing all week long. Then, as usual, the Pastor gave a message. The message was titled, “The big wean way.” He started off by stating that if you want a great position in Heaven, then you have to play like a child on earth. As the service came to a close and the band began to play their ending song, something beautiful happened. From the front row we heard this giggle erupt out of a little four-year-old boy named Riley, who we had the pleasure of playing with all week. He then proceeded to get up out of his chair, run to the front of church and Irish step dance. He danced his heart out for the next three songs, never stopping to catch his breath, never hesitating because he was afraid of what all the staring adults were thinking. He just danced a blessing over the hearts of every person there. As he continued dancing, I glanced around the room at the rest of my team and I knew we were all thinking the same thing, “This is the kind of faith I want.” I swear I could feel God smiling down on Riley, proud of his ability to take a chance, risk looking a little silly, and have a childlike joy.

That is what Ireland was about for me: learning to be a child again, in every season and every storm, to choose joy. To sum up the experience of everyone’s trip is nearly impossible and I think their stories are unique and different for a reason and most definitely worth listening to. So if you’re curious, don’t hesitate to ask them. If you’re reading this and you haven’t been on a mission’s trip or maybe you’ve never led one before, I encourage you to take a chance. It’s an experience of a lifetime and our God is greater than any excuse you can come up with. Find that childlike faith again, and embrace it because when you do you will be blown away with what God can do in your heart.

“Do not be afraid but take courage! I am here.”

For more information about Vanguard Mission Trips, please contact the Office of Global Education and Outreach.


Student Story: Oksana Orlik

The Global Center for Women & Justice (GCWJ) at Vanguard University is a faith-based organization that creates an environment for education, advocacy, and collaboration. Whether in our backyard or on the opposite side of the world, we are preparing young women and men to understand the impact of gender issues. We are a voice for those with no voice, breaking through walls of oppression and fear, attacking ignorance and apathy.

Last month, a group of students joined Dr. Sandra Morgan on a research trip to Córdoba,  Argentina. We asked a student from the trip, Oksana Orlik ’17 to share a little bit about her experience.


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1. What interested you about the opportunity to travel with Dr. Morgan?

Before this trip, I knew of the GCWJ because of the annual Ensure Justice Conference, but I was not actually involved with the center. Of course I was drawn to the trip because it was an opportunity to go to Argentina. My previous studies and interests enabled me learn so much about human trafficking in Europe, Asia, and even the United States, however I never heard anything about human trafficking in Latin America. I knew this would be a unique opportunity to learn about human trafficking while “on the ground” with various experts.

2. What preparation did you receive for the trip that you felt like impacted you the most? Was there any part of training that specifically resonated with you?

A pre-requisite for attending the trip was one of the human trafficking courses offered at VU and I took CSEC (Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children) and the impact of that class is hard to put into words. Human trafficking in any capacity is such a dark and heavy subject, but when you have to explore the exploitation of children, it hits even deeper. Our class had multiple guest speakers from the field and what stuck out the most to me was how the vulnerability of a child (of a human of any age really) can be used for exploitation. This resonated with me because as an Anthropology major, I have been focusing on community development and building healthy communities is something that I am passionate about. Healthy communities are essential to protecting people from future exploitation.

3. When you arrived, what thoughts were going through your head? How did those change over the course of the trip?

As soon as the plane landed in Argentina my mind was in comparison mode, comparing what I saw to what else I knew about Latin America- El Salvador. The roads, the chaotic driving, the city, and all of the signs in Spanish were so familiar, but different in many ways. Because I had lived in El Salvador last year, being in a Spanish speaking country was not foreign to me. I love to listen to and speak Spanish so I am always excited to be in Spanish speaking countries. It was interesting to be in an urban setting. Getting to experience the city life was exciting and I think Argentinians never sleep (except during siesta when everything is closed). One of the things that is very obvious about Argentinians from the beginning is how affectionate they are. People are greeted with a kiss on the cheek and people are much more expressive. This took a few days for me to get used to, but by the end of the trip I really appreciated the closeness and familiarity that the culture brought.

Upon arriving to the trip, I had very little expectations for what our time would be like or what we would get to experience, but by the end I realized how amazing it was to fit so many different opportunities into such a short trip. Our activities ranged from hearing Sandie preach to a group of pastors at a Bible school, giving the Live2Free presentation in Spanish at a few churches, interviewing different anti-human trafficking organization, visiting a convent and having mate (an Argentine drink similar to tea) with the Frey and his team, eating at the local mall food court, walking really far to try ice cream, assisting with the Ensure Justice conference, and visiting a German town in the mountains. Living in the city, eating at the local mall, and going to nearby coffee shops gave us the opportunity to observe and participate in local culture.

4. What were the biggest challenges you faced while in Argentina?

One of my biggest challenges in Argentina was forcing myself to stretch my Spanish speaking ability. Conversing with people came easily to me, but there were times when I had to translate between conference attendees and our speakers and that was a struggle because I came in contact with a lot of vocabulary that I did not know because I never needed to. One situation stands out in particular, I had to translate a very sensitive conversation between a woman and our trauma-healing speaker. The woman was telling a story of a friend who was sexually abused as a child and how the rest of her life was affected by the trauma and asking for practical advice. In that moment as I had to listen to the Spanish and translate it out loud to the speaker in English, everything we were learning in Argentina (and what I had learned in CSEC) became very real to me. Telling the story, saying the words out loud, made me realize how power the effects of trauma are. It also made me realize how much the conference attendees were affected by the conference material.

5. What impact did you see the GCWJ having on the people you went to work with?

I think my answer to question 5, when I had to translate between the woman and our speaker is also a good answer for this one. In general, all of the short, little conversations I had with conference attendees at the door or the ones that I translated between attendees and the speakers revealed how much they were learning from the conference and how excited they were to have practical tools for addressing human trafficking, violence, and trauma in their communities. In addition, when we gave the Live2Free presentation in churches, the young people in the church would come up to talk to us about it after the service and it was cool to see them interested in getting involved. Sometimes what we think is the simplest thing can have the most impact.

6. Anything else you’d like to add?

In general, I think this trip was a really unique experience because it combined academic work with spiritual growth. We learned a lot about analyzing Trafficking In Persons reports, talking with experts, asking culturally sensitive questions, and thinking through global issues, but I also experienced spiritual growth. Dr. Morgan preached to pastors and church congregations about the responsibility that Christians have to ensure justice to the oppressed and to make disciples as we go through out lives following Jesus and those were great things to be reminded of. I believe that God is always speaking and it is up to us whether we will make the room to hear Him. During the trip God reminded me of His faithfulness to His people and the fact that He is continually working to restore broken relationships. Being a part of Asegurar Justicia gave us the opportunity to be a tiny part of God’s redemptive work in Córdoba, and that was a huge blessing.


For twelve years, the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University has provided training and resources to enable leaders to promote justice for women and girls.

If you’d like to sponsor more work that the center is doing around the world, join the Priceless Committee in supporting the Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ).


If you have questions about the event, please contact Erin McHenry, the Director Annual Fund and Stewardship, by email or at 714.966.5459. Sponsorships and tickets are non-refundable.


Welcome Week Volunteers

Join us in welcoming our new Vanguard University – Class of 2019 freshmen and transfers!

Friday, August 21, 2015


[Frontline Alumni & Veterans Club]
8AM – 2PM | Towers Lobby
… Let’s move new students into their dorms! Frontline Alumni and Veterans Club: Join current students in carrying luggage and boxes to Laguna, Huntington, and Catalina Hall.


[Vanguard University Alumni]

(3:30PM Set Up) 5:30-8PM | VUSC Letters
… Remember getting an “I Got Mugged” cup from Vanguard Alumni on your first day on-campus? We are carrying on this Welcome Week tradition to serve root beer floats to 1000+ new students and families at the Family Bbq.


We need as much help as we can get! You will receive a free Alumni/Veterans Club T-shirt to wear (and keep) in exchange for your service.

**If you would like to volunteer, please EMAIL your Name, Class Year, Contact Info, and T-Shirt size to by Wednesday, August 19.
Welcome Week schedule –


Lauren Francis

Vanguard University Alumni
(714) 966-5494 |


Event hashtags – #WELCOME2VU #vuFamilies #vuVeterans @vanguardalumni

OC fair

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


Summer Conferencing 2015

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.

Trees 1How soon do rooms typically reserve in advance?

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.

Trees 4Are there any alumni discounts for facility usage such as Needham Chapel?

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, or call us at 714.662.5290.

To learn more, check out the Vanguard University Office of Event Relations website.


Special Olympics


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: