Campus Update January 2013

Mid-January, the campus fills with students after a good break, ready to engage in Vanguard life again!

We also gain new students each spring and our Spring Welcome Weekend, January 10th-13th, is Vanguard’s way of introducing incoming students to Vanguard’s numerous resources and the campus community.  Welcome, new students!  I pray this weekend will be the start of lifelong friendships and learning for you!

Alumni Weekend is fast approaching, February 1st and 2nd!  Vanguard students will perform in our very own VU’s Got Talent.  There will be opportunities to reunite with old classmates and learn how Vanguard alumni are changing the world.  Alumni awards include: Alumnus of the Year: Ron Bueno ’90, Career Achievement Award: Bill ’67 and Nancie (Pearson) ’66 Carmichael, Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Isaac Canales ’74, Young Alumnus of the Year: Jason Lankow ’03.  There will also be a VU versus BIOLA basketball game.  Go, Lions!  Children of VU alum can participate in sports camps led by VU athletics and there will also be a 5K to raise money for Mercy Doyle, a meaningful event for the whole family. We hope you will be able to join us!

Another alumnus getting attention for changing the world is Olivia Klaus (’99).   Olivia directed and produced Sin by Silence, a documentary about the first inmate-led battered women’s group in the US prison system.  Sin by Silence has won numerous film festival and advocacy awards, and has been featured in People Magazine and CNN.  Recently Olivia Klaus became the recipient of the Mary Byron Project “Celebrating Solutions” awards.  This prestigious award honors innovative U.S. programs that demonstrate promise in ending the generational cycle of domestic violence.  Read more here.

Vanguard alumni are living endowments of Christ’s presence in a broken world.  New students come to Vanguard each semester and through their education and life in community here are equipped for lives of Christ-centered leadership and Spirit-empowered service.  It is an honor to be engaged in this great work with you!


Carol Taylor, PhD

Campus Update December 2012

The Vanguard community is at work in so many critical issues at home in southern California and abroad!  My heart swells when I think of all the ways God is using Vanguard to work with Him in the world!

Vanguard’s women’s soccer program won their first-ever Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) championship title by going undefeated in conference play!  They also won the GSAC tournament championship and earning their highest NAIA ranking ever at #2 in the nation.  To read more about these incredible young women on their journey to the elite eight, visit the Athletic Department.         GO, LIONS!

Merry and bright are the words to describe our Fantasia concerts this year!  What a warm way to invite our community into the true joy of the season: God makes peace with men through his gift to the world, Jesus!

This year, the Veterans Club is taking the initiative to join with Max’s Love Project and the Walter Reed Military Hospital to provide toys for military families and child cancer patients.  The level of passionate and devoted servant leadership in this student-led club is a beacon on campus and in the community.  To learn more about this and other services of and to veterans, visit our Veterans Resource Center.

Our Global Center for Women and Justice held a Solidarity Sleep Out to raise awareness about resources for homeless young people.  Homeless youth are the “low hanging fruit” for human traffickers. A trafficker will approach one out of every three kids within 48 hours of running away from home.  Vanguard was privileged to partner once again with Solidarity Sleep Out and Live2free to better communicate to these loved children of God how precious they are to the Father.  Vanguard students and others in the community slept on Heath Lawn November 18th.   To learn more about this and the upcoming annual Ensure Justice Conference, visit the Global Center for Women and Justice website.

Fall is the time of year when students are invited to consider going on a Summer Missions Trip.  Approximately one hundred students will travel with our various mission teams this summer.  We hope to send Vanguard students as the heart, hands, and feet of Christ to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, Ethiopia, Fiji, Honduras, Ireland, the Middle East, Mozambique, Northern Asia, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Senegal, and Tanzania.  See our Summer 2013 Missions Trips and the missions we will partner with here.  Undoubtedly, every student will be forever impacted by this experience that so deeply fits Vanguard’s mission to equip students for Spirit-empowered lives of Christ-centered leadership and service.  I anticipate with joy the ways God will use this summer to inspire, clarify, and in some cases, radically change the direction of the lives of our students forever!

As I look at all Vanguard University is currently doing in the community and in the world, I am reminded of the great power that exists in the body of Christ when we are unified under Christ’s leadership.  He came to save us and the world.  What a gift it is to be with Him and you in this work!

God bless you and God bless Vanguard,

Dr. Carol Taylor

Campus Update November 2012

Amber, cherry red and coffee colored leaves line campus walkways!  We are reminded by nature that the world swiftly changes but history reminds us that God orchestrates all of life’s seasons toward new life.  This November we have great things to look forward to.

I hope you will join me for our annual Christmas Fantasia concert this year. One performance is at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on November 29th and another is at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on November 30th.  Listening to these well-trained voices and a full orchestra in these elegant venues is such a delightful way to begin this season of celebrating Jesus.  For more information and to order your tickets, please visit

It is with gratefulness and joy that we commissioned Dr. Mike Beals, an ordained Assemblies of God minister, to the position of University Dean of Spiritual Formation and University Pastor on October 18, 2012 in chapel.  Dr. Beals has served in full-time ministry for more than thirty years.  He earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from Vanguard as well as a Master’s and a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary.  He also taught Vanguard students from 1991-2009 with energy and devotion.  Mike’s deep commitment to living life in the Spirit, his experience and education, and his love for Vanguard equip him well for this pastoral role to us all: students, faculty and staff.  We are glad he’s here!

On November 9th at 3 pm, in our recently updated Veterans Courtyard, Vanguard will honor veterans and their service to our country. There will be a reception and a presentation by Chris Kupitz, a student veteran with two deployments to Iraq. For more information, please contact Lindsay Bodwell at (714) 966-5458 or via email at

Pre-VU is November 12th and 13th!  This is a great event for allowing families to experience the community and life that makes Vanguard a top-ranked school (U.S. News and World Report).  More than two hundred prospective students and parents are expected this year.  For more information, visit undergraduate admissions.

Please be sure to stop by our booth at Youth Convention November 23rd-24th. We love to tell these students, filled with zeal for God, about the education and training Vanguard University can offer them for a life of Christ-centered leadership and service.

May your hearts swell this Thanksgiving as you experience the depth of the resources of the Holy Spirit within the changing seasons of your own life.

God bless you and God bless Vanguard,

Dr. Carol Taylor

Campus Update October 2012

It is a pleasure to provide an update as we are starting our 2012-2013 academic year.  We began this year with the good news that we were again ranked among the Best Colleges in the West by US News and World Report.  We were ranked #10 for best regional colleges in the west.  We were also one of the 19 California schools featured in the 2012-2013 Colleges of Distinction.

The big news on campus this fall is our strong enrollment and campus improvements.  Our total enrollment this fall is 2,213 with 1,464 traditional undergraduate students, 481 adult degree completion students, and 268 graduate students.  This represents a 4.63% increase from last year and a 21.06% increase from fall 2009. The level of enrollment growth over the past four years is remarkable.  These past years we have often cited the African proverb – when you pray, move your feet.  The Vanguard community has done both, and we are grateful for the students that God has brought to Vanguard University.

Over the summer we continued the remodel of the Huntington Hall dormitory and completed the 3rd and 4th floors.  We have also been remodeling a significant portion of the O. Cope Budge Library building.  We have improved this facility with additional safety, improved air quality, student group study rooms, a university archive office, as well as a new green room and costume storage area for the adjacent Lyceum Theater.

There were several additional projects completed over the summer.  In June we dedicated our new Veterans Courtyard of Honor, a complete renovation of the Scott courtyard.  This is now a beautiful space with a fountain memorial wall.  When not used for official gatherings, it is a great space with tables and umbrellas where members of the community can gather.  The Price Room off of the cafeteria was renovated, creating a nice meeting space for the Board and other events on campus.  There was also a lot of painting this summer from Needham Chapel, the cafeteria, trim of three dorms and Gym.  The bookstore got a new floor along with a refinish of the Gym floor.

Newport Mesa Church has taken on a major renovation project for their sanctuary, which means that we are holding chapel in a large meeting tent for the first part of the semester.  These are Vanguard’s tent meeting days.

We launched our new academic year with a series of student leader retreats and a faculty gathering that included a spiritual retreat day at the Mission at San Juan Capistrano.  We introduced our new Dean of Spiritual Formation and University Pastor, Dr. Michael Beals.  We also welcomed our AG Missionary in Residence for this year, Steve Slater.  In mid-September, a record number of 640 students went out in the community for a day of service as part of Vanguard’s City Serve.  Teams of students served in a wide variety of areas from the Dream Center to Teen Challenge to homeless shelters to skate parks to local beaches.

We have had growth in a number of majors with our top five being Business, Psychology, Communication, Kinesiology, Liberal Studies, and Religion.

If you have never attended an athletics game or theater show, I encourage you to join the Vanguard community at a game or upcoming theater performance. For more information on athletics and to see a list of all the fall sports schedules, please visit

To see the schedule of this year’s theater productions, please visit

I would also like to be the first to personally invite you to our annual Christmas Fantasia concert. Your spirit will soar as you watch Vanguard’s talented music department sing Christmas carols and get you in the Christmas spirit. Tickets are currently on sale for November 29 at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and November 30 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit

God Bless you and God Bless Vanguard,
Carol Taylor

Campus Update September 2012

What a joy to launch a new academic year with a record enrollment and a number of significant campus improvements.

We started off with our annual Welcome Week led by Vanguard’s Frontline – 50 student leaders who our new students. It’s our special way for new students to feel part of the Vanguard community and give them helpful information and resources as they begin their college career. For more information about Welcome Week click here.

Students returned to campus to find a number of improvements and projects still in progress.  The O. Cope Budge Library received a major renovation that included the complete removal and restoration of the loft floor and new study rooms and archives space.  In the process, two rooms were created to support theater.  The Price Room was completely renovated to provide a quality space off the Café for events with food service.  The Board of Trustees were the first to use the improved space at their June meeting and began with a prayer of dedication for the work and many conversations that will take place here.  We continued the renovation of Huntington Hall with floors three and four completed this summer.  Fresh paint can be seen in many locations across campus along with other improvements like a new floor and reorganized interior in the bookstore.  And students will now enjoy the Veterans Courtyard of Honor in the heart of the Scott Building with its nice tables and sound of running water.

We are starting the year with chapels in a tent as Newport Mesa Church completely renovates its sanctuary.  You are welcome to join us for some good tent meetings!

This fall we will launch a $6million capital project to expand and complete further renovations to the Scott building.  We are excited to see one of our landmark buildings expanded and restored in a way that will provide much needed additional classroom space, extended courtyards and also provide a real front door to the campus.  In the near future, we will be adding details about the project along with drawings.

On September 6, Vanguard will host a special Scholarship Donor Reception. The reception honored all the student scholarship recipients and the gracious donors who help make their education possible. It is because of our generous donors that each student can pursue their educational goals at a university whose purpose is to equip them for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. To read more about our students’ stories, click here.

On September 15, Vanguard will participate in City Serve, a wonderful annual tradition that began in 2004 and continues to provide an opportunity for students to learn about and participate in addressing the needs of Vanguard’s surrounding communities.  The event has grown tremendously and last year over 400 students, faculty and staff joined the efforts to volunteer with 40 non-profit organizations in various service projects. Projects included helping local churches, working at food banks and shelters, caring for the homeless, joining Habitat for Humanity projects, and providing childcare for needy families. For more information, please click here.

This fall we are also continuing our commitment to host a Missionary-in-Residence and welcomed Steve Slater to campus.  Steve is an Assemblies of God missionary who served most recently at the South Pacific Bible College in Fiji.

What a blessing it is to invite guests on campus for Family Weekend. It is a great time for Vanguard to celebrate families and the loving investment they continually make in the lives of their students. Taking place September 21 and 22, Family Weekend has a variety of special events planned and will be a meaningful time for parents to connect with their students on campus and experience some of the campus life.. Family Weekend is a great way for families to encounter Vanguard through their student’s eyes.  For further information click here.

My prayer is that we will live fully our mission to equip students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.

God Bless you and God Bless Vanguard,

Dr. Carol Taylor

Delivery Boys and Entourage Comprehensive Review Complete

Dear Vanguard Community

We have recently completed a comprehensive review of the Delivery Boys and Entourage program at Vanguard University.  The review team of 9 members consisted of 3 faculty, 3 student life leaders, a youth pastor, and a current and former student.  Of these, 4 were former Delivery Boys & Entourage members.

The review included two phases – a research phase and then consideration of findings with recommendations for how to revitalize the teams.  The research component included interviews with previous team directors, a number of District Youth Directors and youth pastors, and several camp directors.  The review team conducted a series of focus groups with 28 former team members and with a number of current students.  The research phase also included a review of 24 student talent team programs at other colleges and universities.  The review team’s findings and recommendations have informed how the teams can be revitalized with greater emphasis on ministry and connection to training and leadership development within Student Life.

The review team has presented its report and recommendations to the President’s Cabinet.  I am pleased to now share some of the key outcomes:

  • Delivery Boys and Entourage teams will have a future as part of Outreach Ministries in Student Life.
  • The teams will be part of the Student Leadership Development program and participate in all student leadership events, including the Student Leadership Retreat.
  • This summer an advisory group will be formed to assist with recruitment, selection, training, and care for the teams.
  • Recruitment and selection of new teams will begin during the fall semester once we have finalized staffing and training to support the teams.
  • The teams will be available for camp ministry summer 2013.

We are committed to our mission of equipping students for Spirit-empowered lives of Christ-centered leadership and service and believe that the reorganization of support and training for the teams will better enable us to equip our students for effective ministry.

I want to express my gratitude to the review team for their many hours of careful research and prayerful reflection and recommendations on how best to support effective student ministry teams.

With gratitude,

Dr. Carol Taylor

Character or Personality

In her book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking”, Susan Cain opens by describing the cultural shift in American from a Culture of Character to a Culture of Personality.  The Culture of Character is defined as one in which people value honor, integrity, and modesty.  Heroes like Abraham Lincoln are revered not only as a gifted communicator by as someone Ralph Waldo Emerson notes does not “offend by superiority.”  The Culture of Personality, on the other hand, is one in which people are captivated by those who are bold and entertaining.  Movie stars and celebrities become the heroes.

The shift was predicated by urbanization.  In the agricultural society of the the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, people lived and worked together in community.  They lived together and interacted the span of their whole lives.  By the early twentieth century, however, more than one third of the population lived in cities.  Americans found themselves working no longer with neighbors but with strangers.  Susan Cain writes, “‘Citizens’ morphed into ’employees,’ facing the question of how to make a good impression on people to whom they had no civic or family ties.”

Cain notes the attributes of a Culture of Character: Citizenship, Duty, Work, Golden Deeds, Honor, Reputation, Morals, Manners, Integrity

The attributes A Culture of Personality: Magnetic, Fascinating, Stunning, Attractive, Glowing, Dominant, Forceful, Energetic

What is it that turns a group of people from different backgrounds that come from different places into a real community? At Vanguard, we call it our relational culture. Built into the fabric of our interactions at Vanguard is a culture that causes us to go beyond the normal definition of community, reaching out and connecting with each other. Vanguard is committed to fostering a Culture of Character, in the classroom, on the athletic field, on the stage, and in the living spaces of our students.

Truth, Virtue, and Service are the values of Vanguard University. Proclaimed by founders Harold and Hulda Needham, these values are pursued in all we do at Vanguard University. Professors who serve as mentors seek to form students in the image of Christ, who is Truth.

The Champions of Character program is at the center of athletics at Vanguard University. Student athletes are coached both in athletic skill and character formation, living into the virtures of integrity and honor in all relationships. Vanguard University athletics has received multiple Champions of Character awards for its commitment to the whole formation of student athletes, both on and off the athletic playing field.

In a world of personality and its pressure to manage what strangers think of us, Vanguard University remains a community committed to a relational culture. This is where the next generation of leaders, formed in the likeness of Christ, pursue an education in order to serve and further His Kingdom.

Memorial Service for Cliff Taylor

Dear Vanguard Community,

I want to let you know that my father, Cliff, passed away peacefully Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:30am.  My mother, Betty, and I were with him along with my father’s very dear friend Marlin.  Dad began failing last week and Saturday evening we took him to the emergency room at St. Jude Hospital for assistance with his breathing.  Sunday morning Dad was moved to a hospice room and all afternoon and evening friends came by to say farewell.  While my father was no longer conscious, his room was filled with singing and stories of how he had touched so many lives.  Somehow it seems fitting that his home going is this Holy Week.  My father has been eager for heaven for several months and now is safely home.

My mother and I want to thank you for your many prayers and words of encouragement this year as my father finished his life here. My father was a man of prayer and deep faith, and he prayed every day for Vanguard University.

Dad’s memorial service will be Saturday, April 14th at Eastside Christian Church in Fullerton at 11:00am.  Eastside is located at 2505 Yorba Linda Blvd between State College and the 57 freeway in Fullerton, California.  In lieu of flowers, my parents’ wish is for charitable contributions to either Vanguard University or Eastside Christian Church.

Thank you again for you many prayers and encouragement.

Dr. Carol Taylor

UPDATE April 9, 2012
If you were the recipient of an inlaid wooden cross made by Cliff Taylor, the family would like to request that you please bring that cross with you to the memorial service on Saturday.

Campus Update April 2012

Each spring, the Vanguard community hosts a variety of different events on campus and I am excited to share some of them with you. It’s wonderful to see the work God performs through the students, staff and faculty at Vanguard.

Vanguard was recently recognized in the Top 10 Schools for Online Early Childhood Education Degrees by the Super Scholar Smart Choice Awards and receiving a rank of #7.  Programs were selected and ranked based on publicly available information on their academic quality, student satisfaction, reputation in the field, and cost.  We are pleased to have received this recognition and opportunity to provide training for those whom Christ said represented the Kingdom of Heaven.  For more information visit

I’d also like you to save the date for our second annual Celebration of the Arts event April 12-15. COTA will feature Vanguard’s national renowned theater, music and communication programs. Be entertained, inspired and informed as you enjoy some of the best Christian arts events in Southern California. For more information visit

I am always impressed with our students and their passion for missions. Students visited Mexico and San Francisco over their spring break and I commend them as they to spread the word of God and minister to those who need God’s healing hand upon them.

I would also like to invite you to our annual Spring Concert on April 15 at 4:00pm at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach. The Vanguard music department, along with the St. Andrew’s Choir will be performing works of the composer Dan Forrest. To purchase tickets, please visit

Lastly, during this Lenten season, I want to express my gratitude for you and your support of Vanguard University. I wish you and your family a wonderful Easter as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the sacrifice He made for all of us.

God Bless you and God Bless Vanguard,

Dr. Carol Taylor

A Beautiful Campus

Vanguard University has a rich history of equipping students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. And much of that happens beyond the classroom.

The things that happen as a professor talks with a student, as a group of students share with each other, these things happen physically somewhere and often on campus. As we approach the renewal of many of our campus spaces, we are being intentional about creating spaces that facilitate the important interactions that occur beyond the classroom.

Our facilities plan includes a significant component that addresses outside spaces, and several of the projects on the drawing board include areas for having a cup of coffee, eating together, and talking, as well as areas for studying and having moments of solitude.

The objective is to create a campus that provides spaces for student life outside the buildings, taking full advantage of our mild climate in beautiful settings. By providing park areas, outdoor courtyards and formal gathering spaces, as well as quiet semi-private areas for studying and reflection, VU can make the most of its spaces. This does not require significant budget, it does require knowledgeable planning and adherence to the plan by the facilities projects, the grounds maintenance team, and the community.

The first step was to establish a coordinated color palette, which has been done. All new facilities and any painting on our existing buildings are done in the new palette, enabling the University to maintain a pleasant environment. And consequently, it saves budget dollars as we can always have the right types and colors of paint on hand to make quick work of any touch up or project.

Additionally we have been working on an outdoor furniture plan to provide comfortable seating in our courtyards and other outdoor areas. The Towers Lobby provided us the opportunity to showcase our new plan elements including several new types of seating and tables. The new lobby also provides covered outdoor space that transitions informal spaces from indoors to outdoors. This approach is planned for additional places on campus in upcoming projects.

We are also focused on our landscaping. We love our Vanguard palm trees, but our spaces also need the beauty of a variety of trees, bushes, and flowers. Providing shade and beautiful vistas and spaces to enhance our lives while outdoors. We want the VU campus to reflect the beauty of God’s creation and to facilitate the best is Southern California living spaces for all of the Vanguard community.