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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 To learn more about Vanguard University, visit


Roundtable Breakfast Pairs VU Undergrads with OC Professionals

Kicking off the second of this year’s innovative Roundtable Breakfasts, Vanguard University connected over 50 college students with luminaries from the local business community.

A result of Vanguard University’s commitment to student success, these networking events allow students to connect with professionals from different industries. Held six times annually, they provide a structured, warm environment where students can gain real-world advice about topics as diverse as creating a successful foundation at your first job and integrating faith and work.

Over the course of the breakfast, each professional is paired with 4-5 students, rotating every 15 minutes. This unique format allows students to glean insight from a wide variety of experts in a broad range of fields.

Among the local community, past participants have included Kathy Kramer, CEO of the Orange County Fair & Event Center; David Mandsdorfer, Deputy Chief of Staff for California State Senator John Moorloch; and Ross Nelson, and CEO of Marshall Reddick Real Estate.

For more information, or to volunteer as a mentor, please visit:



Good news for the Vanguard Lions! 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, 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

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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


CALL TO ACTION: Religious Freedom Restricted in Proposed California Legislation



Dear Vanguard Community,

I am reaching out to inform you of a bill currently before the California State Legislature. This is a call to action. California Senate Bill 1146 would significantly challenge Vanguard University’s right to continue in our Christ-centered mission of 96 years.
Vanguard and other faith-based colleges and universities across the State continue to work in good faith with California lawmakers to find an agreeable compromise on the language of this legislation. If passed without amendment however, SB 1146 would have the devastating impact of eliminating faith-based higher education in California.
As the president of Vanguard University, I am asking for your partnership on this critical issue. If you are a California resident, I am asking that you contact your California State Assembly Member to voice your concern regarding SB 1146, and urge your Member to preserve Vanguard’s founding and guiding mission based upon our religious beliefs and convictions.
In its current form, SB 1146, authored by State Senator Ricardo Lara (D – Bell Gardens), seeks to restrict the state religious exemption that allows Vanguard and other faith-based institutions the right to operate according to our religious mission and identity. SB 1146 erodes the religious liberty of all California faith-based universities that integrate faith and learning throughout the entire campus educational experience. This means that mission-based aspects of religious colleges and universities, which include prayer in classes, chapel services, spiritual formation activities and faith-infused curriculum, as well as requiring a statement of faith for admission and requiring ministry-based service experiences would be at risk if SB 1146 is passed as is.
SB 1146 represents a fundamental shift away from the State’s historic commitment to provide “educational access for all.” The choice of, and access to, a faith-based education for tens of thousands of California students would disappear.
Since 1920, our faith-based mission has driven Vanguard to prepare students for effective service in our communities, country, and the world. Faith-based institutions of higher education across our state and the nation make a profound contribution to the intellectual quality and common good of our society. These contributions are possible because of our deeply held religious convictions. Our presence in society enriches it. We provide economic vitality to our communities. A Vanguard education cultivates seeds of greatness in the lives of students who graduate to pursue their vocations with excellence, strong character, and global perspective.
SB 1146 seeks to divest us of our religious distinctives. Right now the bill is waiting to be heard by the California Assembly Higher Education Committee. It has already passed the California Senate. Action on the bill is expected as early as the week of June 20. If approved, the bill will then move to two other Assembly committees – perhaps by June 27. If passed through these committees, it will then go to a full vote before the California State Assembly, most likely in August. The best chance to stop or amend it is now, before it reaches the Assembly floor for final debate and vote.
Step #1 — Spread the Word.
Forward this. Send it to parents, students or alumni of faith-based colleges and universities, churches or others who value religious freedom for faith-based institutions. Anyone who has an affinity for faith-based higher education should know about this threatening bill.
Post on social media. Express your concerns about the bill on social media using the hashtag #SB1146.
Step #2 —Contact Your State Legislators.
Many legislators do not understand the impacts SB 1146 would have on faith-based Higher Education in California. Click here to find your Assembly Member.
Make a phone call to your legislator. This is the most impactful point of contact with any legislative office. When you call, simply state your name and that you reside in the Assembly Member’s district (you can share your city), and that you have strong concerns about SB 1146. Feel free to offer your reason (please stick to the points above) or no reason at all. The important message is to express your concerns about the restriction of religious freedom that SB 1146 would impose on Vanguard and all of California’s faith-based colleges and universities.
Step #3 —Pray.
Pray for this moment in California history when religious liberty is being threatened. Pray for clarity and favor for those legislators who are standing for faith-based higher education. Pray for faith-based colleges and universities in California. Pray for Vanguard. Our mission will remain unchanged: to pursue knowledge, cultivate character, deepen faith, and equip each student for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.
In closing I assure you that, although this law is intended to alter the mission of institutions like Vanguard University, we will be relentless in our advocacy for religious liberty and Christ-centered higher education. If this bill is passed and signed into law by the governor, we will join other California religious institutions in exercising our constitutional rights including legal action. We would prefer, however, that this bill be stopped or amended now rather than resorting to litigation later. So please help us and the tens of thousands of students at faith-based colleges and universities across California by contacting your State Assembly Member now to express your concern.
We will provide regular updates on the status of SB 1146 on the Vanguard University website at
For more information, contact Vanguard’s Office of Strategic Partnerships at (714) 966-5467.
Thank you for your prayer, support and action on this critical issue.
The Lord is Faithful!




The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University is now seeking nominations for its annual Diamond Awards that will be presented at the center’s annual Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking fundraiser on September 17, 2016 at 11:30 a.m., at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.

Each year, the Diamond Award recognizes individuals, businesses or organizations, and a youth or youth group, for their tireless commitment to promoting justice for women and children affected by human trafficking. Criteria for the award include support of one or more nonprofit organizations, leadership involvement, and volunteer participation, collaboration and commitment in promoting justice for women and children. A review panel of business and community leaders, philanthropists, and Vanguard University faculty will evaluate the nominee submissions.

Local individuals and organizations (nonprofit and for-profit) are invited to submit nominations by the July 31 deadline.

Last year’s Diamond Award winners included Orange County Transportation Authority’s Human Trafficking Campaign “Be The One,” as well as Kyla Smith, director of The Dream Center’s Project Hope for Victims of Human Trafficking. Human trafficking survivors from New Delhi, India, Pabitra Sunar, Chandrakala Badi, and Devisara Badi were also honored with the Director’s Youth Award for their work in advocacy for marginalized women in India.

This year’s Diamond Award winners will be announced at the annual Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking event chaired by Jasmine Shodja, where 400 attendees are expected.

For 14 years, Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) has provided training and resources to enable leaders to promote justice for victims of human trafficking and modern day slavery. A faith-based organization, the GCWJ carries out their mission through education, research, advocacy and collaboration with students, educators, law enforcement, healthcare and community leaders. With over 21 million people living in slavery today, the GCWJ works diligently in their efforts to end human trafficking and the cyber-exploitation of women and children in Orange County and worldwide.

Submissions for the Diamond Awards may be received by mail or online by July 31, at

To attend the annual Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking, September 17, 2016 at 11:30 a.m., at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, visit



Leading Christian higher education resource, Christian Universities Online, has published a ranking of Top 50 Christian Colleges and Universities for Veterans 2016. Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California, claimed the #32 spot on the list. 

The ranking can be viewed online, and the full news story is seen on CNBC.

For more information on Vanguard University’s program for veterans, visit



This summer, Vanguard University will hold a series of camps for youth in Orange County. The athletics teams will hold their annual youth camps for basketball, soccer and volleyball. The award-winning American Coast Children’s Theatre will also be holding camps, along with two youth shows.

Vanguard University’s annual athletics camps for kids of all ages feature basketball, soccer and volleyball, and offer more than learning skills to use on the court or field. Kids who attend the all-star camps receive leadership and character development alongside their sport, designed to create an unforgettable week.

The basketball camp has five sessions offered, running June through August for all skill levels, ages 5-14 or grades K-8. The university’s newly appointed director of athletics and 2014 NAIA National Championship coach, as well as Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Coach of the Year, Rhett Soliday, and his assistant, Taylor Kelly, direct the basketball camps.

Vanguard’s distinguished volleyball coaching staff leads an overall skills camp in July, hosting high school students and 5-8 grades. The volleyball camp is split between age groups, allowing for boys and girls to prepare for their high school seasons, or as potential Vanguard University recruits. Campers get to know the current Vanguard Lions team with a Q&A session everyday with the players themselves. Balancing academics and athletics can be tricky, so this time gives players the opportunity to share their wisdom with campers.

“Faith is a huge part of the Vanguard University athletics summer camps, and core values of faith are always a part of what is taught to play the game,” said Eryn Leja of Huntington Beach, head coach for volleyball at Vanguard University. The Intercollegiate Athletic Program at Vanguard University is dedicated to the holistic growth and development of all student athletes.

Soccer camp is also offered one week in July to high school students who are prepping for college. Members of the Vanguard coaching staff, Lauren Walker and Shion Jahangiri, current players for Vanguard’s renowned soccer team, teach skills that will help high school students excel in their sport. Current players of both the soccer and volleyball teams at Vanguard attended the camps before they began playing at the collegiate level.

A new program on campus will also launch this July, American Coast Children’s Theatre. Hosted by the resident professional theatre company at Vanguard University, American Coast Theatre Company (ACTC), this program is for kids ages 6-15. With two, two-week workshops offered, students will develop musical theatre skills alongside of professionals and college interns in Vanguard’s own Lyceum Theater. Both workshops will conclude with a special performance of the musical produced during the workshop—The Jungle Book Kids and James and the Giant Peach.

“Not many camps can boast that their actors are able to perform on a university stage,” said Lissa Slay of Brea, director of education for American Coast Children’s Theatre. “The camps cultivate skills in both the student actors and the interns who help teach alongside of the professionals.”

Theatre camp’s workshop A, The Jungle Book Kids, is Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., July 5 – 15, with performances on Friday, July 15 at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Workshop B, James and the Giant Peach Jr., is Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., July 18-29, with performances on Friday, July 29 at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Registration for workshop A is $150 if registered by June 3, and $175 by June 17. For workshop B, registration is $200 by June 10, and $225 by June 24. For more information, visit

Vanguard’s basketball camp is offered June 27-July 1, July 5-8, July 18-22, July 25-29, and August 1-5, registration starts at $250. Volleyball camp is July 11-14, at 8:00 12:00 pm. for grades 9-12, and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for grades 5-8.Registration for volleyball camp is $200. Soccer camp is July 18-22, registration is $150.For more information on the athletics camps, visit



To a crowd of over 6000 parents, students, and graduates, editor and publisher of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report, Nathan Gonzales, gave his Vanguard University’s Commencement address. The commencement ceremonies for both the undergraduate, school for professional studies, and graduate students were held Friday, May 6, 2016 at Mariners Church in Irvine, California.

The morning ceremony for the undergraduate school began with the traditional Pomp and Circumstance, led by Vanguard’s university jazz ensemble and director, Kenneth R. Foerch, DMA. After the processional of the graduates, president of Vanguard University, Michael J. Beals, PhD gave a welcome, and undergraduate student speaker, Kaciny Emile addressed her class.

“I am immensely proud to be a part of a class filled with the most intelligent, giving, encouraging, kind, and daring people,” Emile said. “Take time to pause and enjoy this moment for what it is—an honor, an achievement, and the first step into new adventures.”

During her time as a student at Vanguard, Emile was a part of the Black Student Union cabinet, and the Spiritual Formation Department. She graduated in December with a bachelor of arts in psychology.

The afternoon commencement ceremony was held for the school for graduate and professional studies, where student speakers Jocelyn Magarin, and Ashly Williams gave their addresses. Magarin graduated from Vanguard’s school for professional studies with a bachelor of arts in nursing on Friday, and currently serves as a staff nurse at St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton. Williams earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from Vanguard in 2014, and accepted her master of science degree in organizational psychology on Friday. She is currently manager of human resources and customer happiness at Veri-tax LLC in Irvine.

Nathan Gonzales, who graduated from Vanguard University in 2000, gave the commencement address for both ceremonies. Since his own graduation, Gonzales has worked in the White House Press Office, and covered U.S. House, Senate and gubernatorial campaigns and Presidential politics. Gonzales is currently editor and publisher of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report—previously an editor, analyst, and writer for The Rothenberg Political Report for more than 13 years before taking over the newsletter in 2015. He is also a contributing writer for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, and the founder and publisher of Gonzales has appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press and NBC Nightly News, the Newshour on PBS, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, CNN, and Fox News Channel, and has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Just two years after graduating from Vanguard University with a bachelor of arts in communication, Nathan worked for ABC NEWS on their Election Night Decision Desk.

“My senior year, Vanguard opened the door for me to spend an invaluable semester in Washington, D.C. It was easy to catch the political bug interning in the West Wing,” Gonzales said. “God has opened doors for me that I never would have imagined: getting to interview future senators, governors, members of the House, and even a state senator from Illinois who wouldn’t become president for another six years.”

During the ceremony, approximately 513 undergraduate students and 80 graduate students walked across the stage in regalia to receive their diplomas from Vanguard University, representing more than 30 degrees and certificates in its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs.

For more information on the weekend’s 2016 Commencement events, visit