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.

God’s great artistic and redemptive project

Last summer, my daughter Brianne and I took a 5000 mile road trip: Grand Canyon, Santa Fe, Hannibal, Missouri (for the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain’s passing), Chicago…and back again.

The visit to the Grand Canyon set the stage for the rest of the trip. You’ve probably been there. Bri and I began our visit with a fossil hike led by a geologist called Ranger Mike. There on the limestone ground of the south rim, we found dozens of ocean fossils: coral, sponges, clams…Ranger Mike informed us that 250 million years ago this land was covered by what is now the Pacific Ocean, which left these behind when it receded. When the Colorado River, with the help of the shifting of the tectonic plates, carved out this stunning space, it uncovered these fossils…but not just one layer. Six separate layers of ocean fossils are lodged in the canyon limestone, suggesting six different historical epochs during which the ocean covered this land.

The scale and grandeur of the Canyon put our short lives in perspective. I was struck by the artistry of God: infinite patience, exquisite textures, creativity beyond imagination. And this eternal Artist has invited us, tiny ones that we are, to join him as sub-creators, apprentices in His grand creative project.

Bri and I saw this human sub-creativity in Georgia O’Keefe’s Santa Fe paintings inspired by the open spaces of northern New Mexico. We saw it in Marc Chagall’s stained glass “America Windows” at the Art Institute of Chicago and in that city’s extraordinary architecture (like the gothic flying buttresses on top of the Tribune tower). We saw it in Mark Twain’s stories and in the exhibits at the Field Museum.

In spite of the many ways in which we have botched the job and created ugliness instead of beauty, God’s redemptive work continues in us and through us. Whatever our particular calling, we are sub-creators, junior partners, like children who emulate their parents’ projects and experience their parents’ delight and passion.

This, I think, captures something of our journey as Vanguard University professors who integrate faith, learning, and life…We have been called into God’s great artistic and redemptive project. His project has a billion facets, all centered in Christ, and our discipline has taken us deep into one or more of those facets. We join, in our own small way, in that creative project and, in turn, invite our students to join us, equipping them for their lives as sub-creators. What beauty. What grace.

Campus Update February 2012

It is a blessing to have the campus filled with students again as the spring semester is in full swing. Their energy and excitement makes me thankful for Vanguard and what God has planned for this spring.

Please join us Friday, February 24 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm in Newport-Mesa Church, as Dr. Jörg Haustein from the University of Heidelberg, Germany will be speaking at the annual Lewis Wilson Institute Seminar. Dr. Haustein received the John Templeton Award for young international scholars for his dissertation on the Historiography of Ethiopian Pentecostalism. The Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies seeks to encourage and support the study of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements by serving as a conference and research center for scholars, church leaders, students and others interested in probing the historical significance and contemporary global role of Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movements. For more information, please visit vanguard.edu/lwi

If you haven’t had a chance to attend an athletic event at Vanguard, I urge you to go to an upcoming game. Our Vanguard athletes are part of the Champions of Character program and their passion for sports and ethics on and off the court makes me proud of the talented students we have here at Vanguard. For more information on our athletic department, please visit www.vanguardlions.com.

Lastly, I want to encourage you to please save the date for our Global Center for Women and Justice conference, “Ensure Justice: Standing Together to End the Exploitation of Girls” March 2nd and 3rd. Speakers for that event include Jeremy Kohomban of New York’s Children’s Village, Judge William Voy of Las Vegas Juvenile Court, and our own Mary Wickman Director of Nursing. For more information, please visit vanguard.edu/gcwj.

God Bless you and God Bless Vanguard,

Dr. Carol Taylor
President

Campus Update January 2012

Greetings and best wishes this New Year! I hope your Christmas season was filled with many blessings and this New Year is full of promise. We have some great things happening this spring, and I am excited for the year ahead.

It is a blessing to have the campus filled with students again as the spring semester is in full swing. Students arrived back on campus in early January and their energy and excitement makes me thankful for Vanguard and what God has planned for this spring.

Our Undergraduate Admissions office is already diligently working on recruiting our fall 2012 students. We have many events this spring to introduce the Vanguard campus and community to potential students. On January 9, we hosted an onsite acceptance event and on January 20 there will be a campus visit day for potential students to visit the campus, meet current students and enjoy a day of fellowship.

If you haven’t had a chance to attend an athletic event at Vanguard, I urge you to go to an upcoming men or women’s basketball game this spring. Our Vanguard athletes are part of the Champions of Character program and their passion for sports and ethics on and off the court makes me proud of the talented students we have here at Vanguard. I also want to take this opportunity to congratulate our Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Russ Davis, on his 400th career win as the Lions won against Montana Tech at the Biola Holiday Classic.  Coach Davis has coached our women’s basketball program for 15 years, and has led the Lions to numerous championships, including one NAIA National Championship.  For more information on our athletic department, please visit www.vanguardlions.com.

Our Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), a non-profit organization educating people on issues like market economics, entrepreneurship, and business ethics through educational outreach projects, will be hosting their annual event on February 10th.  Each year, Vanguard students actively participate in this event to help bring positive change to the business world.  For more information on our Green Conference, please click here.

Vanguard is also looking forward to our annual Homecoming on February 10th and 11th. Each year it is wonderful to welcome back Vanguard alums, hear their stories, and see the impact Vanguard had on their lives. Our alums live out the mission of Vanguard around the globe in the many ways they provide Christ-centered leadership and service.

Please join us Friday, February 24 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm in Newport-Mesa Church, as Dr. Jörg Haustein from the University of Heidelberg, Germany will be speaking at the annual Lewis Wilson Institute Seminar. Dr. Haustein received the John Templeton Award for young international scholars for his dissertation on the Historiography of Ethiopian Pentecostalism. The Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies seeks to encourage and support the study of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements by serving as a conference and research center for scholars, church leaders, students and others interested in probing the historical significance and contemporary global role of Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movements. For more information, please visit vanguard.edu/lwi

I am delighted to share with you that our English Professor, Dr. Karen Lee appeared on the cover of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, a national publication on diversity in higher education.  Dr. Lee was selected as one of twelve emerging scholars who are making their mark in the academy.  Her story provides a clear and winsome testimony of her faith.  To read her story and find the link to the magazine, please click here.

Lastly, I want to encourage you to please save the date for our Global Center for Women and Justice conference, “Ensure Justice: Standing Together to End the Exploitation of Girls” March 2nd and 3rd. Speakers for that event include Jeremy Kohomban of New York’s Children’s Village, Judge William Voy of Las Vegas Juvenile Court, and our own Mary Wickman Director of Nursing. For more information, please visit vanguard.edu/gcwj.

Campus Update December 2011

This is undoubtedly my favorite time of year. The air is crisp; the campus is filled with a blend of excitement and race to the finish as the fall semester comes to an end and we all get to celebrate the Christmas season with friends and family.

To kick off the Christmas season, I want to personally invite you to Vanguard’s 15th annual Christmas Fantasia concert. We offer two performances, one at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on December 1 and another at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on December 2. Your spirit will soar as you watch Vanguard’s talented music department sing Christmas carols and get you in the Christmas spirit. For more information please click here.

Our Global Center for Women and Justice department has also been active this semester creating a number of community events that bring awareness and reflection on suffering and abuse and our call to serve compassionately. The GCWJ hosted a Solidarity Sleep Out where Vanguard students and community members spent the night away from the comfort of their homes to raise awareness about homelessness. To learn more about the Solidarity Sleep Out please visit www.solidaritysleepout.org

I continue to be thankful for the compassionate students we have here at Vanguard. Many of our students will be participating in missions trips this December.  One example of how Vanguard students will be serving is at a Children’s Christmas Party, which provides food and gifts to over 300 children in need. For more information, please click here.

This semester we also celebrated the opening of our renovated Towers Lobby with its new outdoor patio space.  We dedicated the new space with our Board of Trustees and then celebrated with our students. This is part of a larger project to renovate Huntington Hall, one of our oldest dorms on campus. This summer we completed renovation of the second floor and are continuing to seek funds to complete all floors of the dorm. For a video clip and photos of the new lobby space, please click here.

As all of us prepare to honor the birth of Jesus this Christmas season, it reminds me of all that I have to be thankful for this past year. Vanguard has been blessed so much that it is a true testament to God’s hand on Vanguard and the great plans He has in store for the University. I want to wish all of you a wonderful Christmas during this joyous time of year.

God Bless you and God Bless Vanguard,

Dr. Carol Taylor
President

Campus Update November 2011

Fall is here and God continues to bless the Vanguard community.  November is truly a season of thanks and this semester we have much to be thankful for and good news to share.

I would like to invite everyone to join me in starting off your Christmas season with our annual Christmas Fantasia concert. We offer two performances, one at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on December 1 and another at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on December 2. Your spirit will soar as you watch Vanguard’s talented music department sing Christmas carols and get you in the Christmas spirit. For more information about the event and to order your tickets, please visit vanguard.edu/fantasia.

The Love the Lobby Dedication Celebration on October 20 was a huge success. The immense gratitude from students was so evident and the Vanguard community is so appreciative to the generous donors who made the refurbishing of the lobby possible. Students can now enjoy a new space to gather in community and create lasting Vanguard memories. For photos of the celebration please visit vanguard.edu/lovethelobby.

This November 12, Vanguard’s Veterans Resource Center will be honoring all veterans with dinner and a presentation by John Van Sky, PhD. Dr. Van Sky is a combat veteran and adjunct professor at Vanguard. He will be discussing the challenges veterans face when returning home from combat and the critical role of higher education in preparing the next generation for leadership beyond the battlefield. It is sure to be a great event that truly honors our veterans.  For more information regarding this event, please contact Brent Theobald at (714) 966-5447 or via email at brent.theobald@vanguard.edu

I want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday; this season is a reminder of all the blessings God provides to each and every one of us.

God bless you and God bless Vanguard,

Dr. Carol Taylor
President

Campus Update for October 2011

It is such a blessing to be fully immersed in the new school year. The campus is filled with students and Vanguard has much to be thankful for.

We had a record enrollment of 1418 undergraduate students, 243 graduate students, and 454 professional studies students – for a total enrollment of 2,115 students. Included in these numbers are 35 students from Bethany University (AG). Our enrollment is a true testament to God’s faithfulness to Vanguard and our community. We have prayed for each student and are grateful to serve them at Vanguard.

We also launched our new Master’s of Science in Nursing program led by our new director of nursing, Dr. Mary Wickman. Dr. Wickman is a U.S. Navy veteran who holds a BSN from Mount St. Mary’s College and her PhD from UCLA. Dr. Wickman has a passion for training nurses to provide Christ-centered care and is a great addition to Vanguard. To read more about Mary and the nursing program visit vanguard.edu/sps/nursing.

In addition to the MSN program, we also received WASC approval for our new Early Childhood Education program that will offer an associate and bachelor degree. This program will train early childhood professionals within the context of a Biblical worldview as they care for and nurture young children. To learn more about the program visit vanguard.edu/sps/early-childhood-education.

This year we are delighted to host missionary Juan Carlos Gonzalez as our Assemblies of God Missionary in Residence.  Juan Carlos is a Vanguard alumnus (Class of 1988) currently serving in Japan with his wife Colette (’87) and two children.  His story is inspiring – he was a Latin American Child Care child in El Salvador who eventually found his way to Vanguard.  He has already added an incredible presence to our Spiritual Formation program and will be a valuable resource to us this year as we look to strengthen our connection to AG missionaries around the world.

I am also delighted to announce that students will be presented with a brand new lobby on October 20. Our wonderful support from our Love the Lobby campaign allowed construction on a new lobby for our students that will provide a new and exciting outdoor place for students to gather in community. For further information on the Love the Lobby campaign, please visit vanguard.edu/lovethelobby.

Our fall Board of Trustees meetings will be taking place in October, and I look forward to sharing the good news of Vanguard. Our commitment to Vanguard and the mission of the University will be at the forefront while we continue to equip students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.

God bless you and God bless Vanguard,

Dr. Carol Taylor
President

Campus Update for September 2011

Vanguard’s campus is alive again with a record number of new and returning students. We will kick off the new academic year with a wonderful VU welcome led by Frontline – 50 student leaders that provide a unique welcome and orientation for our new students as part of our official Welcome Week.  Welcome Week is an important way in which we connect students in community to the people that will sustain them over their tenure here and give them the resources they will need to thrive. For further information about our Welcome Week activities, please visit http://www.vanguard.edu/studentlife/welcome-week/.

There have been a number of changes to the campus this summer and fall.  We have completely renovated the 2nd floor of Huntington Hall Men’s dormitory  (with plans to continue until renovating until completed).  We repaired a number of walkways and lawns, trimmed our trees and landscaping, repaired roofs, replaced the roof and ventilation in our science building, painted a number of offices and repaired flooring.  Our biggest summer project is a major renovation to the Towers lobby that includes a new outdoor pavilion.  All funds were raised during the past year, and the project is due for completion in October.  For more information on the “Love The Lobby” project, please visit http://www.vanguard.edu/lovethelobby/.

As we enter the new academic year, I am pleased to share with you that Vanguard completed the 2011 fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, and the summer months without drawing on a line of credit.  We continue to make progress on moving to financial health. Our faculty continue to invest deeply in the lives of our students. Our Spiritual Formation and Outreach programs continue to provide a vibrant community for deep spiritual growth.  Students lives are being transformed.  We have again been recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the 121 institutions in the “Best in the West” section of its website feature, “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” For additional information on The Princeton Review Ranking, please visit www.vanguard.edu

In June, the Board of Trustees made a small but very important addition to our mission statement, which was then ratified by the Membership at their meeting the next week following the Board meeting.  The final phrase of our mission statement now reads – equipping each student for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. While Vanguard from its foundation has been intentionally focused on the Spirit-empowered and Christ-centered life and education, we believed it important to explicitly reflect that in our mission statement as we move forward.  For more information on the University’s Mission and Identity Statement, please refer to the 2011-2012 Academic Catalog, page 8.

We committed ourselves to a new year of Christ-centered living and learning at our opening Convocation service.  Our theme verse this year is taken from Paul’s prayer to the Ephesians.  It is my prayer for Vanguard this year.

God bless you and God bless Vanguard,

Dr. Carol Taylor
President

Kelly Kannwischer Appointed as Vice President for University Advancement

Dear Vanguard Community,

I am delighted to announce the ongoing appointment of Ms. Kelly Kannwischer as Vice President for University Advancement (VPUA).

Kelly joined the Vanguard Community last summer as Chief Communications Officer and then stepped in as Interim VPUA in late November.  Providentially, she brought deep experience and expertise from her years as a fundraising consultant with the national firm of Ketchum, Inc.  She earned the elite Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential in 2007 for her exemplary work in the development profession and has maintained that certification.  At Ketchum, her portfolio of clients included the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago ($250million campaign), the Diocese of Brooklyn ($67million campaign) as well as a long list of other clients, including Shawnee State University, Pfizer, World Vision International, and Willow Creek Association.  For a period of time, she also served as the Director of Communications for Ketchum’s parent company Viscern, managing the public relations and communication strategy for this $43million company.  Kelly has been a member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals since 2005.  She holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary.  In addition to these accomplishments, Kelly was a founder of the Presbyterian Global Fellowship, an international not-for-profit think tank.

Under Kelly’s leadership in the past six months, an advancement/marketing team has been assembled, a donor newsletter developed, the Foundation Board re-engaged, a 90th anniversary and Celebration of the Arts created with a series of donor events, funding for the Love the Lobby (dorm renovation) achieved, annual fund goals met, and cultivation of current and new donors undertaken.  These accomplishments were extraordinary considering that 75% of the funding for this year was achieved in a five month period while building an advancement team.

I recently invited feedback from those who have worked closely with or had opportunity to observe Kelly’s leadership these past months.  The feedback was strongly affirming of Kelly’s skill, performance, leadership abilities, and commitment to Vanguard’s mission and identity.  It is my pleasure to announce the removal of “interim” and move forward with the longer-range vision planning for our Advancement area under Kelly’s leadership.

As Vanguard continues to grow, both in strength and number, I am confident that God will continue to provide both the leaders and resources necessary to excel in equipping students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.  Thank you all for your tireless support and the generous gifts of the time and talent you provide Vanguard in pursuit of our mission.

Please join me in welcoming Kelly to her ongoing appointment as VPUA.

God bless you and God bless Vanguard,

Dr. Carol Taylor
President

Announcement Regarding Bethany University

It is with great sadness that we received Bethany University’s announcement of plans for closure of the first college founded by the Assemblies of God. Founded in 1919, Bethany University has trained ministers, missionaries, and others for Christian service for nearly 100 years. As President of a sister Assemblies of God institution, I have been in conversation with Bethany University President Lew Shelton and have assured him of our prayer and support.

Vanguard University will assist any Bethany students who wish to explore transferring to Vanguard to complete their degrees.  For information on how to transfer to Vanguard University and for details on Vanguard’s tuition, room and board, and scholarships, please visit our website at www.vanguard.edu/bethany

Our hearts and prayers are with our friends at Bethany University.

Dr. Carol Taylor
President