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Vanguard University Remembers Dr. Randy Dovel

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of former Vanguard University faculty member Dr. Randy Dovel, on Friday, April 9.

Dr. Dovel came to Vanguard University in 2005 after serving as a tenured faculty member at Oregon State University. Having received his PhD from Texas A&M University, Dovel was a trained plant physiologist and served as chair of the department of biology at Vanguard University for four years, teaching courses in botany, genetics, microbiology and field biology. Dovel was an active researcher in the field biology, nitrogen fixation, and plant/pathogen relationships for nearly 20 years. During his faculty career, Dovel also was an expert researcher in plant breeding, plant molecular biology, and microbial water quality analysis. Dovel is a member of the Gamme Sigma Delta academic honor society and a proud recipient of the E.R. Jackman Team Award, recognizing team and interdisciplinary research.

Dr. Dovel was a teacher and mentor to countless biology majors at Vanguard. He touched many lives with his knowledge, wisdom, generosity, and love of Jesus Christ. Dovel took a special interest in his students, and in the senior projects he guided them through.

Dr. Dovel was married to Vanguard University staff member, Teresa Dovel, MA `09, for 35 years and is the beloved father of Kathryn (Kate) Dovel `07 and Kallie (Dovel) Thomson`08, and of two grandchildren, Ariella Dovel and Honey Thomson.

Above all of Dr. Dovel’s research and achievements in his professional field, he had an enormous love for Jesus Christ. Dr. Randy Dovel will be deeply missed by the entire Vanguard University family.Dovel.beach

Here is a slideshow of Dr. Dovel.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to Vanguard to provide a scholarship to future promising pre-med students.


Here is a slideshow of the entire memorial service.





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VU on the Road: Assemblies of God Events

Vanguard wants to enjoy refreshments and fellowship with YOU at these upcoming AG events! Check out the details of each event below: 

Wednesday, April 13
VU Gathering – Arizona Network Conference
After the Evening service | Room 206 and 207 (Without Walls Church, Mesa, AZ)
Coffee, hot chocolate, and sweet treats catered by Panera Bread

Tuesday, April 19

VU Gathering- Oregon Network Conference
After the evening service | Fellowship Hall Room 100-C (Parkway Christian Center, Grants Pass, OR)
Coffee and refreshments served

Tuesday, April 26
VU Gathering- NorCal/Nevada District Council
After the evening service | Parlour Room at (Capital Christian Center, Sacramento, CA)
Coffee, hot chocolate, and sweet treats catered by Panera BreadAssemblies of God

Tuesday, April 26
VU Gathering- Rocky Mountain Ministry Network
After the evening service | room 200 at ( Life Church, Salt Lake City, UT)
Coffee, hot chocolate, and sweet treats catered by Panera Bread





Portland: Alumni Event


We are coming to Portland, Oregon! Come have coffee with your fellow Vanguard University Alumni –


Wednesday, April 20
7-9pm | The Pied Cow Coffeehouse

Address – 3244 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214


Family and guests are welcome. We look forward to meeting you!


Vanguard University Alumni
(714) 966-5494 |


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Vanguard is Coming to San Diego

If you live in the San Diego area or are a huge baseball fan, then this alumni event is perfect for you! Vanguard invites you to join us at an upcoming San Diego Padres game. Interested? Look below for more details:



Save the Date: Washington D.C.

Live in the Washington D.C. area? If so, you are invited to join us for a special Vanguard Alumni event! If you’re interested check out the details below:

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We would be very delighted for you to attend. Hope to see you there!


Ashley Espinoza

Ashley Espinoza


Ashley (Estrada ’08) Espinoza lives in Florida with her husband Christian, and is a singer with the Voices of Liberty at Walt Disney World. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance from Vanguard University of Southern California. She also is a member of Sweet Adeline’s International and her current quartet, Windsor, came in 4th at International competition in Vegas this past October. She and her husband are expecting their first child in May of 2016.



  1. When did you start singing?

A: I started singing in church when I was 8 years old.

  1. How has music impacted your life?

A: Music has greatly impacted my life. I love to sing and have managed to make a career out of it, which is such a blessing. I know not everyone is fortunate enough to combine what their passionate about with their job, so I’m very grateful.  And, I met my husband through music.

  1. How did your time at Vanguard help you grow as a singer and/or person?

A: As far as my education goes, I received a well-rounded musical education,  that has greatly benefited me on the career path I’ve chosen. At Vanguard I studied classical voice, was involved in the Concert choir, Vanguard Singers & Band, and the Beautyshop Quartet. By going back and forth between different styles at Vanguard, it made me a versatile musician and has helped me land different types of gigs. Also, traveling so much with my ensembles at Vanguard has taught me how to get along with others in close quarters, and definitely prepared me for the work place.

Disney Voices of Liberty4. What have you been doing since your time at Vanguard?

A: Since I graduated from Vanguard, I worked at Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian church for a few years, then I worked at Disneyland performing with a group called the Voices of Liberty for about a year. In 2013, my husband and I moved to Florida, and I started working at Walt Disney World performing with the Voices of Liberty (the Voices of Liberty have been performing at EPCOT since 1982). I am currently working there full time. I’m starting to do some studio work as well.

  1. What is Voctave and how did you get involved in it?

A: Voctave is an a capella group of singers from central Florida. We are a versatile group that can sing everything from arrangements of top 40 tunes, to musical theater, Contemporary Christian, Disney, etc.. I’ve worked with all the singers before and was asked to join.

  1. How has your life changed since being a part of this new adventure?

Ashley (Estrada ’08) Espinoza with fellow alumni Erin (Sears ’05) Basile

A: I’m a little busier, but over-all, my day to day life is basically the same.

  1. What advice do you have for current VU students who are involved in music or otherwise?

A: For those planning to be performers, get as much experience as you can (without neglecting your studies). And your reputation is as important, if not more, than talent. Be nice to work with! You’ll get more work that way. And vocal performers, take aural theory seriously! Sight-reading is so important, especially if you want to do studio work. My aural theory training has come in handy.

  1. Whether it’d be by yourself or with your group, what are your favorite songs to sing?

A: Jazz and big band songs! Especially anything sung by Ella Fitzgerald.

  1. What do you have planned for your music in the future?

A: Voctave is hoping to expand our repertoire with other artists and our own songs, and just see where that takes us.

Also, Voctave just came out with a Disney Medley music video that features Kirstin Maldonado from the famous a cappella group PENTATONIX and Jeremy Michael Lewis. Click HERE to watch the amazing talent that all of the artists bring to this video.

VoctaveTo listen to Ashley and Voctave’s music or keep up with current events, click the links below:

Ashley Estrada Facebook page:

Voctave Website:

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