Vanguard Alumni: we are gathering Class Notes for the Fall/Winter 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 –
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!
AN EXAMPLE: Allie (Maxwell ’08) and Garth Harris ‘07 welcomed Audrey Carol into the world on July 8, 2013. Garth works for a software company in Newport Beach called CAKE, which is a tracking and analytics platform that allows companies to optimize online performance marketing. In May 2013, Garth was promoted to Client Services Director, Europe which brought the Harris’ to London where they have been happily living for almost a year now.
Now, HOW do you submit a Class Note? Don’t worry, it’s easy…
- Online at Vanguard Alumni website: http://www.vanguard.edu/alumni/submit-a-class-note-2/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with Subject: My Class Note
- Mail: Vanguard University c/o Alumni Relations, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Deadline is Friday, October 3. Please send any information to us by then! Photos 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: http://www.vanguard.edu/about/alumni-magazine/
Join us for a complimentary brunch with President Beals as we celebrate family
and the launch of the renovations of the Scott building!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4
Brunch & Legacy Family reception
10AM-12PM | Veterans Courtyard (Scott Building)
After brunch, there will be an opportunity for our Legacy families to be able to leave their mark in a tangible way. We will also take a group photo.
Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 1 to – https://
Check out a recap article from last year’s Legacy Family Reception.
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We are so proud of the caliber of our Vanguard Faculty!
Learn more about Dr. James Woodrow, professor in the Department of Business and Management.
Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
I had the privilege of growing up in a beautiful region of Pennsylvania known for its Amish, Mennonite, and Quaker communities. Living in and among a faith community that valued intentionality and spiritual depth provided me with the foundation for a lifestyle that is simple and God-centered. After graduating from high school, I attended David Lipscomb College (now Lipscomb University), and later earned my master’s degrees at Peabody College and the University of Southern California. I eventually earned a doctorate at Vanderbilt University.
My career has been very diverse. In addition to higher education, God has called me into a variety of professional, management, and consulting roles. In each aspect of my career, I can clearly see God’s provisional hand.
After graduating from college, among several opportunities I prayerfully decided to spend the summer in the mission field. My experience was unique in that a handful of friends and I travelled with a missionary who was passionately committed to smuggling Bibles across the Iron Curtain. At the time, the governments of the USSR were opposed to the radical message of Jesus Christ, and many believers suffered long imprisonments due to their beliefs. I still remember the feelings and emotions of anxiousness and excitement as we crossed Communist borders as tourists while travelling in a beat-up Winnebago. We had Bibles printed in the Russian language hidden in special compartments. It was definitely a life-changing experience for me.
On the other side of the Iron Curtain, the culture shock was nothing short of dramatic. We met with underground Christians in Soviet-style apartments, where the family patriarch turned up the radio volume to muffle our voices while we quietly sang and prayed together, all while anxiously hoping the neighbors wouldn’t report us to the KGB. We also learned how Russian Christians wrapped their Bibles in newspapers to appear that they were returning from the market in order to avoid being harassed as they walked home from church. Adjusting to the literal interpretation of the holy kiss, on the lips, by both brother and sister in Christ, was another challenge, as was being served soup at the family table, usually borscht, and being told that “the louder we slurped, the greater the compliment.”
How did you decide on being a professor?
I had never planned on becoming a fulltime professor. I enjoyed teaching, but saw an adjunct role as a valuable way to connect with students, while pursuing another career. My career path is another example of how important it is to be open to God’s plan for us.
I’ve been blessed with countless individuals who have influenced me personally and professionally over the course of my life. Being a lifelong learning is incredibly important to me. I have enjoyed looking for lessons that everyone, in all stations of life, can teach me, and have become convinced that we’re never too old to learn from others.
What brought you to Vanguard University?
Higher education took me overseas, as I lived and worked in London, England. Upon returning to the States in 2002, I returned to my consulting practice and also began inquiring with Christian colleges in the area about adjunct teaching opportunities. From that inquiry and subsequent conversations, I was invited to join VU in a tenure-track position, and a decade later, I continue to feel genuinely blessed that God has called me to Vanguard.
Over the years, I’ve learned that I especially enjoy working in small communities, such as Vanguard, and with Vanguard there is the added bonus and blessing of our rich Christian heritage and mission. Vanguard creates a sense of belonging where we can each support and encourage one another, while striving to make a difference in our students’ lives. The people at Vanguard are here because we care about the Lord, and about each other.
You are known as an avid traveler. What do you enjoy most about traveling?
When I think about my passion for travel, the words adventure, exploration, new, and different always come to mind. My lifelong desire to explore new countries and cultures has always driven my choice of places to visit. In the good and the challenging aspects of traveling, I am continually challenged and grown in ways I couldn’t imagine. I want to see and experience as much as I can across this magnificent, God-created planet that we call home.
How did you get started in traveling?
I have always been interesting in foreign languages and cultures. In high school, I studied German for a year, then changed my language studies to Spanish, which gave me the opportunity to visit Spain and the Balearic Islands with my teacher and classmates. It was during this experience that the travel bug bit me, and since then, travel has been my passion.
Out of the 100 + countries you have visited, what are your top 5?
We world is truly an amazing and breathtaking place. Each country has been fascinating to visit, and consequently impossible to rank, so I’d like to list my favorite places around the world.
- Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil
- Okavango Delta, Botswana
- Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe
- Fjords and Arctic Circle, Norway
- Lake Titicaca and Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
- Cappadocia, Turkey
- Alps and Matterhorn, Switzerland
- Himalayas, Nepal
- Fish River Canyon and Sossusvlei, Namibia
- Amalfi Coast, Italy
- Red Center and Uluru, Australia
- Pantanal, Brazil
- Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
- Palmyra and Crac des Chevaliers, Syria
- Great Wall, China
- Sphinx and Pyramids, Egypt
- Machu Picchu, Peru
- Petra, Jordan
- Roman Coliseum, Italy
- Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, Turkey
- Taj Mahal, India
- Parthenon, Greece
- Eiffel Tower, France
- Angkor Wat, Cambodia
- Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral, Russia
- Christ the Redeemer, Brazil
- Chichen Itza, Mexico
Is there one piece of advice you received, that you now share with your students?
Dream, but don’t let those dreams define you – God may very well have different plans for you,
so be open to surprises and enjoy the journey!
Before Dr. Jesse Payne ’06, MA ’09 became the Director of Undergraduate Teacher Education at Corban University, and the Director of Education at the Amen Clinics, he was someone who witnessed the power of brain disorders and mental illness firsthand. Some researchers have the fortune of selecting an area of study simply due to interest, or on the advice of an advisor. For Dr. Payne, the complexity and pain associated with brain disorders seemed to choose him. Growing up, his parents who showered him with love and support, also revealed mental illness through issues such as schizophrenia, depression, and ADHD before his father took his life. The mystery of the developing mind wasn’t a far off concept; it was something that hit close to home.
In addition to being a professor and researcher, Dr. Payne recently released Change Your Brain, Change Your Life (Before 25), and it has quickly received powerful feedback. The book, a follow-up to fellow Vanguard alumnus Dr. Daniel Amen’s ‘78 NY Times Bestseller, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, shows students, parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors how they can unlock the ability to shape the developing mind. What many parents and students don’t realize is that the brain continues to develop into the mid to late 20’s. By taking care of the developing mind and optimizing it now through lifestyle changes and training, you can help unlock your chances of achieving your most aspirational dreams.
As Jesse’s own mind was being shaped, it was his time at Vanguard that helped him refocus and push forward in his academic pursuits. He came to Vanguard as a transfer student from community college, where he had grown frustrated with higher education. It was at Vanguard where he felt like more than simply a student, he felt like a valued member of a community. Completing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Vanguard’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS), he knew he wasn’t alone – that there were others including professors and students who wanted him to succeed.
Vanguard was a place where he valued a diversity of viewpoints from professors and classmates alike. In the SGPS programs, he appreciated the diversity of thought, race, and faith backgrounds, all under the context of a Christian faith community. He contrasts his time at Vanguard, with his other schooling, including his doctoral degree from another institution. Professors at Vanguard bring real world experience, but they don’t just lecture and leave, they are open to connecting outside of the classroom – desiring to see students succeed.
During his master’s program, when considering what might be next, a transitioning coworker with multiple advanced degrees offered one piece of advice, “Keep learning, and keep happy.” The advice wasn’t a simple recipe for success, but rather advice from someone who recognized that Dr. Payne has an inquisitive mind. At the time, Dr. Payne wasn’t sure whether he should pursue a doctoral degree, but the advice helped him recognize his aspirations.
Spending time with Dr. Payne, you quickly realize he is a passionate and driven individual. More than anything, he hopes his research and book provides insights for young people who may be struggling, and adults who want to see their young person thrive. Never lose hope! The current reality does not need to be the long-term reality.
Change Your Brain, Change Your Life (Before 25) is available wherever books are sold.
At Vanguard, the phrase “Your Story Matters” has been realized in countless situations. In the classroom, the mission and athletic fields, performance venues, dorm rooms, chapel and in mentoring relationships, Vanguard students have always experienced a community that genuinely cares for others. This fall marks the second year of a pilot program in challenging and equipping students to succeed and thrive at Vanguard.
College can be a challenging place for any new student, regardless of academic preparation or family support and guidance. For students who are the first person in their family to attend college, these challenges can be especially daunting. Navigating class registration, a host of new acronyms, multiple departments, a new living situation, and challenging coursework can quickly become overwhelming. In the fall of 2013, Vanguard began a two week program that brought both an intentional residential academic enrichment and a challenging leadership program for college bound students. The program is meant to provide a firm foundation, as well as a safe place for incoming students to seek assistance moving forward.
The summer bridge program brought together multiple departments across campus, including academics, student life, and enrollment management. Around 20 students were chosen for the program, and offered the opportunity to spend two weeks on campus before classes began. In this experience, faculty shared both insights on the academic rigor in store, as well as healthy ways to manage the challenges. Additionally, administrators, faculty, staff, and peers were involved in the program to provide a crucial support network.
As one student said, “this journey in the bridge program has been equipping me academically, mentally, and spiritually. Every leader of the Bridge program truly invests their time to create a relationship with us, encourage us, and help us in any way possible.” With an emphasis on enhancing academic skills in writing and math, the program seeks to overcome two of the biggest academic obstacles to new student success.
With a vibrant support network, and expanded academic skills, the bridge program is only the most recent way in which Vanguard continues to evolve in caring for our students. Your Story Matters – whether you are a first generation college student, or a member of the alumni community from the 1940’s. If you are interested in knowing more about the summer bridge program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org today.
Vanguard University offers a host of services for conferences, meetings, reunions, camps and so much more. We sat down with Dalila Toledo ‘10, the Conferencing Services Coordinator, and asked her to share with us about 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.
How soon do rooms typically reserve in advance?
If you are interested, please contact us in your planning stages. Many of our rooms are booked well in advance – some one or two years in advance. However, we also receive requests year round, and will do everything we can to assist you in the process.
Vanguard hosts a wide variety of events during the summer. Some of these include long term mission projects, reunions, church youth camps, athletic camps, theater and music camps, seminars, leadership retreats, weddings, banquets, and many more. In short, if you are interested in hosting an event in Orange County during the summer, Vanguard may be an ideal location for you and your group.
Give us an estimate of how many guests typically stay at Vanguard in a summer?
This comes as a surprise to many guests, but every summer the conferencing department hosts an average of 4,000 guests.
With so many options in Orange County, what separates Vanguard from other locations?
The first thing that separates us is our dedicated staff that genuinely cares for our guests. We also offer spacious residence hall rooms with private bathrooms, and have a variety of beautiful meeting spaces. When booking an event with us, parking and Wi-Fi are included, free of charge. Safety is also a priority for all of our guests, as we have 24 hour patrolling by campus safety and close proximity to the Costa Mesa Police Department. On top of all of that, when you compare prices in Orange County, it quickly becomes clear that Vanguard should be at the top of any list.
Are there any alumni discounts for facility usage such as Needham Chapel?
We love and appreciate our alumni. Each chapter in our history helps expand the story of Vanguard University. Alumni interested in using our facilities get a special alumni discount! Contact us today for more details.
Why do you enjoy working with guests of Vanguard?
Service is at the heart of Vanguard University. We truly enjoy serving our guests, and take pride in providing excellent customer service. It is an honor to be able to share our campus with the community as well as people from all across the country.
Do you have any last pieces of advice to those considering having their event at Vanguard?
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 email@example.com, or call us at 714.662.5290.
To learn more, check out the Office of Event Relations website.
Do you remember getting “Mugged” by Vanguard alumni at the Family BBQ on your first day on-campus? We will be carrying on this Welcome Day tradition and serving root beer floats to everyone attending the Family BBQ on Move-In Day, but we need you!
Volunteers are needed to help with event prep and serving root beer floats at the BBQ, and in return you will receive a new Alumni t-shirt!
*If you would like to volunteer, please email your Name, Class Year, Contact Info, and T-Shirt size to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, August 20.
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM | Event Prep - Campus Mall
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM | Event Mugging – Campus Mall
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM | Event Mugging – Campus Mall
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55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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We would like to announce the Brock family as our race beneficiary for the annual Run for Mercy during our Homecoming celebrations for 2015.
John ’04 and Laura (Ely ’04) Brock’s story has impacted so many in the past year. John and Laura met at Vanguard, and married shortly after. Throughout their marriage, their community from Vanguard has impacted them in profound ways.
This past year brought a new challenge to the Brock Family. John and Laura, the parents to two beautiful young girls, experienced challenges with Laura’s health. Laura was admitted to Hoag Hospital, and fought an increasingly difficult lung disease known as Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis. She was soon transferred to Cedars Sinai.
In the midst of the fight, John began to reach out to his friends and family. As texts and phone calls became too overwhelming, he decided to start a Facebook blog that would share Laura’s updates with any friends and family – https://www.facebook.com/BreathingforLaura. As Laura’s condition continued to worsen, an online giving campaign was created to help cover the costs of medical care, as well as other costs associated with taking time to stay near Cedars Sinai. John has been overwhelmed with the support he has received from friends, family, and people whom he has never met.
As Laura’s condition worsened, she was put on the transplant list for a double lung transplant. A new season began waiting for suitable lungs, and eventually also a suitable heart. As John continued to pour out his thoughts and prayers for Laura, himself, and their two girls, a community began to surround the Brocks with a variety of fundraisers, prayer, and support.
The wait, and Laura’s health, proved too much. Shortly after finally receiving a double lung and heart transplant – Laura’s body simply could fight no longer. A memorial service was held on campus in June, with friends and family in attendance to celebrate an incredible woman, spouse, and mother, and to support the entire Brock family.
On January 31, 2015, as part of our Homecoming celebration, we will host the third annual Run For Mercy – a Fun Run/Walk to raise funds for an alumni cause – this year the Brock family. The proceeds raised from the event will support on-going care for the Brock family. Included in the event will be a classic car show, live music, food, and much more. Please make sure to mark your calendars today.
Sponsorships for the race are still available. Please contact the alumni office today email@example.com if you or your company would like to support this great annual event.
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With the passing of our esteemed colleague and friend, Dr. Elizabeth Dermody Leonard, many of our alumni have asked how they can be part of remembering her legacy. While details surrounding her memorial are still in discussion we would like to share with you an impactful way for you to participate in remembering and furthering the work that Dr. Leonard was a part of. Warren Doody, Vanguard Professor of English, has teamed up with the New York Fringe Festival to produce the play he wrote based on Dr. Leonard’s work. Below is his letter to the community:
As many of you know, I wrote a play, “Life Without Parole,” that was inspired by Elizabeth Leonard’s research and book, “Convicted Survivors: The Imprisonment of Battered Women Who Kill.” Although it is essentially her work that is onstage, Elizabeth asked me to substitute “inspired” for “based on” or “adapted from” because she didn’t want to take too much credit for what I wrote, which perfectly sums up who she was as a person. In fact, Elizabeth first approached me about turning her life’s work into a stage play because she was looking for ways to expand her message of justice and believed that theater offered a wider audience for dong so.
In August, the play will be produced at the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival and, in honor of Elizabeth, the shows are being dedicated to her life and legacy. This dedication is featured on the website, on the campaign site, and in the brochures/programs at the festival. I know that Elizabeth would be thrilled with the creative team behind the Fringe Production: Working Artists Theater Project is the company that is putting on the play, which will be directed by one of their founders, Jessica Dermody, who, “coincidentally enough,” shares Elizabeth’s last name – well, her maiden name; the company is working in association with Karah Gravatt, a ’11 VU Theater Arts alum, who has been tireless in promoting the play and its message of domestic violence awareness.
As a way to raise money for the production, this team is crowdfunding the project. They are not asking for huge donations; the donations begin at $10.00 and go up from there, and it is 100% tax deductible. I have reached out via Facebook with this request, and some of you may have already seen a facsimile of this message on your newsfeed.
If you would be interested in making a donation, there are two sites at which to do so:
LifeWithoutParolePlay.com - This is the play’s website, and there is a “donate” button/category on the home page.
igg.me/at/LWPNYC – This is the IndiGoGo site, and you can donate/contribute directly through the site.
In lieu of a donation, simply spreading the word by sharing these links via e-mail or on social media will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for taking the time to read this!
Prayerfully and respectfully,
Professor of English