Vanguard University’s anti-human trafficking club, Live2Free, hosted a Fair Trade Fashion Show on the evening of Thursday, October 27, on the Costa Mesa campus. A crowd of about 150 students and community members gathered at the university’s newly opened Scott Courtyard—the runway last night for fair trade fashion awareness and clothing from local companies, including Share and Do Good, Plato’s Closet, Noonday Collection, Sak Saum, and others.

The global fashion industry is one of the biggest culprits of exploitive and slave labor use around the globe. Human trafficking, a form of modern day slavery, is growing at a rapid rate with more than 21 million people who are victims of the crime. Fair trade ensures a living wage for the people who produce the clothing, emphasizes supporting women with equal employee pay and standards like healthcare and maternity leave, and protects the environment by reducing waste, water, chemical use and GMOs.

Vanguard University’s Fair Trade Fashion Show was specifically designed to highlight local vendors with fair trade and ethical fashion at the heart of their company. Plato’s Closet, Noonday Collection, Share and Do Good, Sak Saum and other companies in Orange County showcased apparel and accessories. Products from 31 Bits and Krochet Kids were also featured—both companies started by Vanguard alums. All of these local vendors were on-site during the event as student attendees learned how to make informed purchasing decisions—vital knowledge for a consumer group who typically shops for affordable clothing on a college student’s budget.

Walking the runway were 30 male and female Vanguard student models who showcased the clothing and accessories that was either recycled, ethically sourced or artisan made. Live2Free club students had the goal of shedding some light on this important ethical issue through this, their first Fair Trade Fashion Show.

“The global fashion industry is full of exploitive labor and even slavery. As consumers we can either be part of the problem, or the solution by buying fair trade and ethically sourced and responsible products.” said Ruthi Hoffman Hanchett, coach to Vanguard’s Live2Free club and adjunct professor at Vanguard University. “The student-run fair trade fashion show is an innovative way of celebrating and drawing attention to the alternative companies that sell fair trade, ethically produced fashion, and even products that give back through supporting trafficking survivors and vulnerable groups with livelihoods.”

Live2Free is a student-run club at Vanguard University that supports and trains college youth to raise awareness among Orange County students on the issue of modern-day slavery. Live2Free exists to challenge a generation to make personal choices that recognize the dignity of the individual and the responsibility of consumers to slow the demand that drives modern day slavery. Over the past two years, Live2Free students have taught nearly 2000 Southern California students about human trafficking. Live2Free also partners with Vanguard’s renowned Global Center for Women and Justice.

For more information on the Live2Free club, or to invite Live2Free students to speak to your group about human trafficking, visit www.vanguard.edu/gcwj/live2free. To learn more about Vanguard University, visit www.vanguard.edu.



Good news for the Vanguard Lions!

OnlineColleges.com recently completed research into 2,868 accredited colleges and universities, and Vanguard ranks No. 9 Assemblies of God College out of 16 universities in the country. The ranking is published online here, and more information about their selection process can also be found online here.

According to their website, OnlineColleges.com is a leading resource for people who want reliable information about online colleges and degree programs. Their website helps users find the right online college and program based on subject, location and degree level. Students can read descriptions of the top online colleges in each state as well as in each field of study.



 Forbes recently announced the top colleges in its prestigious rankings, and California colleges dominate the list. Besides Stanford, 10 additional California schools made the top 100 in Forbes’ 2016 college rankings, a total of 55 California institutions fell within the entire list of 660 nationwide. Vanguard University was named one out of only 55 colleges ranked in the state of California, ranking #591 on the list of Forbes top colleges for 2016.

Forbes also ranked Vanguard University as #375 in the private colleges category, #214 in liberal arts universities, and #104 overall in the West.

This year’s rankings placed a special emphasis on return on investment, and include private and public colleges and universities, according to Forbes.

Vanguard University’s student population is growing, last year reported at 2,255 with a faculty to student ratio of a desirable 15:1. An outstanding 99% of students at Vanguard University receive financial aid.

For more information on the Vanguard University’s academic programs, visit www.vanguard.edu.

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The 2016 Major League Baseball Draft began June 9 in Secaucus, New Jersey and ran through June 11. A total of seven locals were taken in the draft, including Vanguard University standouts, Sean Isaac and Jose Rojas.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected Isaac and Rojas in the 35th and 36th rounds. Both players were also named NAIA All-Americans earlier last week after being named Golden State Athletic Conference Pitcher and Player of the Year, respectively, in May.

Isaac, of Redondo Beach, attended Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, California, where Cass Olson coached him. He later attended El Camino College and was coached by Casey Crook. Isaac has been playing baseball for over 15 years, and has been named South Coast Conference Honorable Mention Pitcher, won SCC Championship, and was Team MVP in 2011. Isaac was also an athlete of the year nominee in 2011.

Rojas, of Anaheim, attended Anaheim High School where Dave Torres coached him. He graduated and attended Fullerton Community College, where Nick Fuscardo coached him. A short stop, Rojas has been playing baseball for 17 years.

“Both Sean and Jose are first class people and athletes,” said Rob Pegg, head coach for baseball at Vanguard University. “They have led the team by example for the last two years with their work ethic and commitment to the team and to Vanguard. They are strong examples of the Gold Pride mantra we want our athletes to aspire to.”

Pegg just finished his fourth season as head coach at Vanguard, with a record of 135-88-1 and earned his first career 40 win season in 2016.

The two Vanguard University baseball players are the only players in the school’s history to have ever been selected in the draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Three Vanguard players have reached the major league highlighted by Tim Fortuno, who suited up for the California Angels, Cincinnati Reds, and Chicago White Sox. Pegg, along with 49 past players, have played minor league baseball—most recently Scott Torrey and Clayton Voechting for the Santa Fe Fuego.

The Intercollegiate Athletic Program at Vanguard University is known for its holistic development of all student athletes, encouraging a high standard of academic and athletic excellence that embraces character building. Vanguard University was a charter member of the Golden State Athletic Conference beginning in 1986, and is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), which has more than 300 fully accredited, four-year colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The Angels are currently 5th in the American League West, and have notoriously drawn millions of fans each season.

For more information on the Vanguard University’s athletics program, visit www.vanguardlions.com.


Theatre Arts Alumna Bretlyn Schmitt `15 Named Woman of the Year

by Tom Titus

There exists, right here in our own backyard, a wealth of theatrical talent. This newspaper has celebrated it for the past four decades, honoring, at the close of each year, two individuals who have excelled in their specialties, beginning with David Emmes and Doris Allen in 1974.

On this, the 42nd such occasion, the spotlight falls on a writer/actor who’s also a magician and a recent college graduate who has created some exceptional choreography during her time at a local university.

They are two people who charmed audiences at the Huntington Beach Playhouse and Vanguard University, respectively, during the past year — Scott Ratner and Bretlyn Schmitt, the Daily Pilot’s man and woman of the year in theater for 2015.

Read full article.


President Michael Beals named in Daily Pilot’s “The DP 103: Who made news and lent influence in 2015”

by Daily Pilot staff

The Daily Pilot released it’s “DP 103,” a list of those who made news and lent influence in 2015.

Named are the year’s newsmakers – including Vanguard University President Michael Beals, and Athletic Director, Bob Wilson. Read full article.



Students Start Year with a Bounce

rsz_0904142154Starting the new academic year with some friendly competition, Vanguard University’s Residence Life hosted their first all-school dodge ball tournament on September 4 in the gym at 9:30 p.m.

With a turnout that packed The Pit, the tournament featured a night of new friendships, healthy rivalries and strengthened community. It also featured a unique twist. Added to the traditional dodge ball game rules, this tournament added a spinning wheel of strange handicaps that determined what teams had to do during each match. Wheel slots included various challenges like playing with one arm, having only one foot touching the ground and having to keep your whole team in straight lines like soldiers.

Assigned different team colors, each campus building rallied together to compete against the other buildings. Desiring to gather all of the Vanguard community, Residence Life invited commuters to team up with Vanguard Center (VC), the university’s off-campus housing. Laguna, Huntington, Balport, Catalina Hall and the Vanguard Center/ Commuter team faced off on the court sporting their colors and putting their building/team names into classic cheers.

Entering as the underdogs, the Vanguard Center/Commuter team battled their way to the top finishing the night as the undefeated champions. Before the tournament, Vanguard Center hosted a kick-off BBQ with games, burgers and music at 6:30 p.m. to rally commuters and VC residents. Describing the tournament and BBQ, VC Resident Assistant (RA) Jaime Saravia said it was great “seeing people who don’t normally get plugged in, get plugged in.” He said the tournament succeeded in getting commuters more involved right from the start of the year. “I think it will become a tradition,” Saravia added.

To learn more about Residence Life and more upcoming events, click here.


Dozens of schools on one campus.

This is your chance to meet with dozens of graduate school and seminary representatives! Open to students and alums, Vanguard University’s Career Center is host to the Graduate and Seminary Fair on October 23rd.