Vanguard uniVersity of southern California
Rosemary Jackson ’84
Communicating Pentecost 7 Gospel Graffiti 9 Sports 26 Class Notes 11
truth ~ virtue ~ service
truth ~ virtue ~ service
2 7 9 26
As a Christian comprehensive university, the purpose of Vanguard University is to pursue knowledge, cultivate
character, deepen faith and equip each student for a life of leadership and service.
In This Issue
Volume 9 number 2 • spring 2009
elcome to this issue of vanguard magazine! The alum
on the cover, Rosemary Jackson ’84, is familiar to
Creating an Alumni Community ...................................... 2
Rosemary Jackson ’84 built Vanguard University’s alumni association, many of our readers as the founder and architect of
started homecoming and spent decades re-connecting alumni to each other Vanguard’s alumni association and the person most
and to their alma mater.
responsible for the vibrant alumni community Vanguard now enjoys.
President Named ............................................................. 5 For twenty-four years Rosemary traveled widely to organize and
Carol Taylor has been named the first woman president of Vanguard
University. network alums. You will read about how she built the association,
Communicating Pentecost .............................................. 7 and about her early personal tragedy and later joys.
As a Pentecostal with a PhD, assistant professor Derrick Rosenior is showing Another great example of strong commitment to a worthy cause
students how to embrace the Pentecostal experience with head and heart.
is VU assistant professor Derrick Rosenior. Rosenior, who has
Gospel Graffiti ................................................................. 9
As a young teen, student Joe Domingo honed his gift for graffiti on the a PhD from Howard University, has made a career of studying
streets. But now he uses his art to promote the gospel. communications, with a special focus on how Pentecostals
Homecoming 2009 ........................................................ 18 communicate interculturally. He has combined his passion for the
Pentecostal experience and his study of communications without
departments sacrificing academic or spiritual integrity. He now teaches VU
students and directs the Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal
In This Issue .................................................................... 1 Studies. You will enjoy hearing about how God took him from Sierra
Class Notes ................................................................... 11 Leone to Costa Mesa, and equipped him mightily along the way.
Advancing VU ................................................................ 20
Student Joe Domingo is committed to his art form — graffiti.
On Campus ................................................................... 22
Domingo, whose spray painted works are on display in these pages,
A Vine of His Own Planting ........................................... 25 has gone from using his talents for rebellion to using them as a form
Sports ............................................................................ 26 of worship and evangelism. Read his dramatic story here.
Calendar ........................................................................ 28
This issue also offers news about alumni and campus happenings, and
Postcards ...................................................................... 29
photos from Homecoming 2009. One exciting bit of news we are
pleased to announce is that Provost Carol Taylor has been appointed
president of Vanguard University. See more about her appointment
inside. And catch up on good news from our volleyball team, which
had its best season ever. Finally, Class Notes offers plenty of updates
from your fellow alums.
It is always a joy to bring you each issue of the magazine, and we
University Governance Editor hope the on-going story of Vanguard University enriches and
Acting Chair, Board of Trustees Joel Kilpatrick
Russell Spittler inspires you.
University Administration Chauncey D. Bayes
President / Provost Director of Marketing and
Carol Taylor Communications
Vice President for Business
and Finance Director of Alumni Relations Heather (Rachels ’02) Clements
Bob Allison Heather Clements Director of Alumni Relations
Vice President for Enrollment
Management Vanguard University of Southern California, in compliance with laws and
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practices, or procedures.
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vanguard magazine spring 2009 1
osemary Jackson ’84 is the architect of Vanguard there, he died suddenly of cancer.
University’s alumni association and spent decades “I can’t tell you what I went through when my husband died. I was
traveling the country to meet with alums and re- devastated,” Jackson says. “I was so in love with Keith.”
connect them to each other and to their alma mater.
She was faced with a choice: return to Canada with her two-year-old
During her twenty-four years as alumni director she created an
son and raise him near family, or remain in Pasadena where she had
alumni newsletter, held the school’s first homecoming, published an
made many friends and felt at home. Keith’s last words to her helped
extensive alumni directory and built a strong sense of community
among VU alums.
“The night before he died, I
“I always reasoned
said to my husband, ‘What
that if someone went
to a school and gave a
“I’ve had a wonderful life, and Vanguard will I do if anything ever
happens to you?’” she says.
year or more of their
life there, they wanted
has been the best. The alumni have “He said just three words:
to be reminded of become my dear, dear friends, ‘Don’t move hastily.’”
that good experience,” With that in mind,
she says. “It just took hundreds of them. You name a city and Rosemary chose to stay and
someone to bring continue working for the
people together.” I can tell you who is there.” Assemblies of God southern
California district office,
Jackson was born and
where she met O. Cope
raised in Saskatoon,
Budge. She then left to work at Fuller Theological Seminary, but
Saskatchewan, Canada, where she showed an early talent for
Budge called in 1965 and asked her to be his secretary at Vanguard,
organizing groups of people. At 16, she created a successful Friday
where he was then president.
night children’s church at the storied Elim Tabernacle Assembly
church. During summers she directed the children’s program at camp “I thought, that’s what I want to do for the rest of my life: work in a
and traveled widely to conduct vacation Bible schools. college that is Assemblies of God-related,” she says. “I felt it would be
my next move and my final move.”
She and husband Keith Wright came to Pasadena in 1959 so he
could attend Fuller Seminary. But at the end of their second year She took the job and “was in my glory.”
Rosemary Jackson, continued on page 4
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(left) Jackson with a sign donated by the class
of 1990. (below) Jackson visiting alum Victor
Thannickal ’83 at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa,
Oklahoma, where he was employed.
with the University.
“It caught fire because everybody is
interested in reading about their classmates,”
Alumni membership and giving grew
steadily. Soon the Jacksons hit the road,
traveling the west coast in a little trailer
Rosemary Jackson, continued from page 2
to start chapter meetings. They met with
“I was in an academic environment doing John also became her greatest resource. alumni in homes, churches and restaurants,
what I felt comfortable with and what I Having graduated from Vanguard, and and slept in the trailer in church parking
wanted to continue doing for my life’s attended five other colleges, including lots. Then they expanded into the Midwest.
work,” she says. the University of Havana, he was always
“The number of chapters really grew, and
A year later she met John Jackson ’44, who receiving alumni mail from them. John also
alumni interest grew as well,” Rosemary says.
moved out from Springfield, Missouri, to knew many older Vanguard alumni who had
“I established fifty-two chapters across the
court and marry her. attended when the campus was in Pasadena.
nation. I used to keep a huge map on my
“When I met John, it was like bliss all over With his encouragement, Rosemary started wall with pins in it.”
again,” she says. “You go from loneliness and with nothing but a list of 1,479 alumni
She organized the school’s first annual
emptiness to having such a full life. I can names and addresses provided by the school,
homecoming in 1981, and held class
only thank God, because I believe God puts and many of those were outdated. With the
reunions, special all-family events and fund-
love in our hearts.” help of student-workers and many alumni
raising banquets. All the effort paid off as
volunteers she began hunting down as
She served as secretary for three VU people began to coalesce into a community.
many alumni as possible. She pored over
presidents, at each of their request, and on “When alumni come back to campus, attend
transcripts and old yearbooks. She called
Labor Day weekend 1979, president Wayne a class reunion or go to a chapter meeting,
alums and asked for their friends’ contact
Kraiss offered her an opportunity which they pick up where they left off as students,”
information. She scoured phone books and
would re-define her career. The school had
address directories. She appointed an alumni Rosemary Jackson, continued on page 6
received a grant from the federal government
committee that included
to establish an alumni office and hire an
representatives from each
alumni director. Though Vanguard was sixty
decade, chaired by paralegal
years old, it had nothing in the way of an
Lois Horness ’67, and
alumni association. Kraiss felt that Jackson
they created a constitution
was the person for the job.
and by-laws for the alumni
Jackson took the job — and cried for a association. This constitution
month. was approved by the school’s
“I wanted to accept the challenge, but I was administration.
scared. I didn’t know if I could really make There was immediate interest
a go of it, and I knew if I didn’t, I would from alums, especially when
be without a job,” she says. “But John kept she started a quarterly alumni
saying, ‘Of course you can do it.’ He was my newsletter to keep them in
cheering section.” touch with each other and
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Carol Taylor named
first woman president of
anguard University’s board of trustees in March announced “The announcement of Dr. Taylor’s transition from provost to
the appointment of Carol Taylor as president of Vanguard president has been very well received among the students on campus,”
University. She is the first woman to be appointed says Catherine Riley, ASB president. “She has strong character,
president in Vanguard University’s nearly ninety-year passion and zeal for Vanguard. Her resolve and leadership style have
history and is one of only six women presidents within the member encouraged and inspired the student body.”
institutions of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God,
“Dr. Taylor’s appointment is a reflection of the extraordinary calls Taylor “godly, capable, wise, caring and competent.”
confidence that the board has in her leadership abilities, her even- “I applaud the selection of Dr. Carol Taylor as president of Vanguard
tempered and clear-eyed University,” Wood said. “She
managerial judgments, her “Carol Taylor has the academic knowledge, is the perfect president for
deep and wide support Vanguard in this moment.”
within the Vanguard
integrity and spiritual fortitude to lead our
Thomas J. Carmody,
community, her capacity institution into a better future and we are blessed
associate professor and
to sustain morale and to have her at the helm. It is encouraging to see chair of the communication
her versatility,” said Russ
Spittler, acting chair what God is doing here at Vanguard.” department, agreed.
of Vanguard’s board of —Thomas J. Carmody, associate professor “Carol has the academic
trustees. “We appreciate her and chair of the communication department knowledge, integrity and
willingness to take on this spiritual fortitude to lead
responsibility during these our institution into a better
challenging times and look forward to working closely with her.” future and we are blessed to have her at the helm,” Carmody says. “It
is encouraging to see what God is doing here at Vanguard.”
Taylor joined Vanguard in 2007 as provost and in January 2009
was appointed acting president. Before coming to VU, she was the Taylor says she came to Vanguard with “a sense of calling to Christian
vice provost for undergraduate education at Biola University in La higher education.”
Mirada. Prior to that, Taylor spent twelve years in an array of senior “During my time here, I have grown to love the Vanguard community
management positions at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, with its committed faculty and staff and wonderful students,” she
New Jersey, the nation’s leading testing research company. She helped says. “As an institution approaching its hundredth anniversary, we
redesign the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the owe Vanguard’s graduates, current students, faculty, staff and broader
most widely accepted English-language test in the world. constituencies a renewed commitment to our own core values of
Taylor has a PhD in multilingual/multicultural education from truth, virtue and service.
Florida State University, where she also taught graduate and “I take this new responsibility as president with utmost seriousness
undergraduate courses. She holds a master’s degree in cross-cultural and am confident in the commitment within Vanguard’s community
communications from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary to work in partnership to ensure a strong future for Vanguard. I
and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Evangel have seen a fresh resolve at every level to build on the heritage of an
University. She was a visiting professor at Eastern Michigan University institution that has a rich legacy of serving our students well and
and taught at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. producing graduates who live out Vanguard’s mission of Christian
Taylor’s appointment was welcomed on campus and beyond. leadership and service around the globe.”
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Rosemary Jackson, continued from page 4
says Jackson. “It could be thirty attended,’” she says. “I felt like I had
years and now they’re married finished something that I had always
with kids, but they reflect back wanted to do.”
to the happy time when they On the top of her mortar board
were students.” she spelled out, “Thanks, Jim, John
Many alums established and Brian.” Jim was the chair of the
scholarship funds or left VU in business department at the time,
their will or living trust. Brian was her son and John was her
“My whole philosophy was husband.
once you contacted alumni and Later, in 2002, the alumni
established good relations, they community she had helped to
would start giving,” says Jackson. create became a critical support for
“You didn’t have to go after them her when John died suddenly of
and ask for a lot of money.” pancreatic cancer.
She compiled the school’s first “Alumni came to my rescue,” she
alumni directory in 1990, and says. “Daniel Amen ’78, physician
calls it “the most valuable tool and director of the Amen Clinics,
that I ever gave to Vanguard.” spent time with me. We had lunch
The most recent directory, often. Randy Powell ’77, director
completed by Jackson in 2003, of counseling at Vanguard, listened
includes an alphabetical listing to me, talked to me and prayed for
with addresses and places of me so many times. When I thought
employment for thousands of that my life was over, they helped
alums by name, maiden name, me through the trauma and grief of
class year and geographical losing John.”
location. Soon Jackson became In 2003, Jackson was named special
something of an expert. Other assistant to the president for alumni
colleges and universities relations. She retired in 2007 and
contacted her for information, married retired army chaplain John
and she was one of the speakers (Jack) Torp that same year. The two
at an alumni professionals (top) A teenage Jackson teaching children’s church at a camp meeting in
Saskatchewan, Canada, and later taking VU students out for lunch (bottom).
continue to travel and visit alumni
conference at Lee University in across America.
“I’ve had a wonderful life, and
But she had some unfinished Vanguard has been the best,” she
business to take care of as well. But she began taking a class or two at
says. “I was on cloud nine the whole time I
Vanguard each semester until finally, in
Jackson had spent her life working to put worked at Vanguard. I wanted to go to work
1984, she graduated with her bachelor’s
others through school — two husbands, a every day. The alumni have become my dear,
degree in business administration with a
son and two step-children. But in 1972 she dear friends, hundreds of them. Even the
3.84 GPA. She was later named the 2001
and John decided it was her turn to complete two years I’ve been traveling with Jack all
Alumnus of the Year.
her lifelong dream. across the country, I call alumni everywhere I
“[Former VU professor and artist-in- stop. You name a city and I can tell you who
“I grew up in such poverty that I wasn’t able
residence] Keith Ewing laughed one day and is there.”
to get a college education,” she says. “The
said, ‘If you ever graduate, you’ll have the
best I thought I could do was work at a
longest transcript of anyone who has ever
college and help others get their education.”
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errick Rosenior’s life was powerfully changed
when he was a boy in Sierra Leone and
his family experienced the baptism in the
Holy Spirit. He later made his passion for
Pentecost the focus of his academic career. Today, as an
assistant professor of communication studies at Vanguard
and director of the Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal
Studies, Rosenior is teaching students how to embrace the
Pentecostal experience with head and heart.
“I’ve always found that studying Pentecostalism made
me more passionate about the move of the Spirit,” says
Rosenior. “You don’t have to lose the passion just because
you’re in education. Just because you get a PhD doesn’t
mean you need to stop flowing in the things of the Spirit
and allowing that to be a vital part of your life.”
Rosenior earned a PhD in rhetoric and intercultural
communication from Howard University in Washington,
D.C., focusing on how Pentecostals communicate “I hope students see there are
interculturally. His interest in Pentecost began during his
youth. His family, which came from a strong Wesleyan people like me who are passionate
Methodist background, was dutifully church-going but
did not have a personal relationship with Christ, he says.
about things of the Spirit but are
Then an aunt was saved and shared her experience with
other members of the family. In 1984 Derrick attended
also educated. I want them to say,
evangelistic meetings held by an Assemblies of God ‘If he can do it, I can do it.’”
minister and experienced the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
“Getting baptized in the Holy Spirit was a
transformational experience in my life,” he says. “In school
I began to share the gospel with my friends, and I saw
Derrick Rosenior, continued on page 8
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Derrick Rosenior, continued from page 7
many of them saved, baptized in the Holy are the gospel and the Pentecostal message communication and communication theory.
Spirit and delivered from the powers of being communicated? How are we talking He also directs the Wilson Institute, which
darkness. A glorious revival began to sweep to each other from various racial and ethnic aims to preserve and present Pentecostalism
through the school.” backgrounds within the church?” to the Vanguard community through events,
At eighteen, Rosenior came to the U.S. to After completing his PhD, Rosenior came to lectureships and more. His course on the
study, just as his father and grandfather had VU to teach in 2005. rhetoric of Pentecostalism does the same.
done. He soon observed that there were “I’ve always innately enjoyed teaching. It “We talk about what it means to be
racial divisions in the Pentecostal movement was kind of a calling God had for me,” he Pentecostal, and how Pentecostalism has
in the U.S. that went back to the movement’s says. “My goal when I was in grad school been communicated in the past as well as
beginnings. The reconciliation movement was to teach in an environment where I current trends in the movement,” he says.
that took place among denominations in the could make a difference in the spiritual “There is this idea that if you’re educated
1990s piqued his interest, and he took up lives of my students. I saw teaching as a you’ve lost the Spirit. But I hope students see
the subject in his doctoral studies. He was ministry, a calling just like a pastor would there are people like me who are passionate
interested in how Pentecostals communicate see their calling. I wanted to use my doctoral about things of the Spirit but are also
across racial lines, and how the rhetoric of education as a tool for ministry. I decided I educated. I want them to say, ‘If he can do it,
Azusa St. impacted reconciliation efforts was going to teach at a Christian institution, I can do it. I don’t have to compromise my
today. preferably a Pentecostal institution.” faith.’”
“Once I was in the academic realm, being As an assistant professor of communication Rosenior is also the faculty advisor for
Pentecostal was such a significant part of studies, Rosenior teaches rhetoric of Pente- Mosaic, a student multi-cultural organization
my life that it was a no-brainer to combine costalism, intercultural communication, at VU. Mosaic was born out of an interracial
the two,” he says. “I wanted to know, how interracial communication, nonverbal communication class he taught in 2007.
The students wanted to take what they had
learned and put it into practice. To date the
group has put on several large, multi-cultural
events on campus, including an event called
One Love which offered ethnic foods,
mariachi music, Samoan dancers, poetry and
Rosenior is married to Karine and they are
members of Orange County First Assembly
in Santa Ana. Derrick is also a member
of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and
currently serves as chair of its religion and
culture interest group.
“I hope that my students experience the
living Christ for themselves, and integrate
their faith with their learning experience,”
he says. “Communication people are world-
changers because they can go out and talk
with authority and expertise on issues people
deal with on daily basis. I want students to
go out and make a difference with what they
have learned here.”
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tudent Joe Domingo learned the art of graffiti on the and hanging around kids who illegally painted public surfaces with
streets of Honolulu, but now uses it to promote the graffiti.
gospel. “I got pulled in and took [the art] more seriously than they did,” he
“Graffiti is a language that can be used to share God’s says. “At first my parents were okay with it. I only painted boards
word and love with unbelievers,” says Domingo, a junior at VU. “I around the house, but they didn’t know I was going out in the
use it as a way to show that there’s more to being a Christian than streets.”
what they think of a typical church service. There’s another way to For five years Domingo practiced his art in underground sewer
worship God and use your art for good. That’s the main reason I do tunnels, then more public places like poles, trash cans, bus stops and
what I do.” walls.
But finding the purpose of his art was a difficult process. Domingo “I had gotten pretty good and I wanted an audience,” he says. “I was
grew up in Oahu where his father was the pastor of a church in a going through a rebellious stage, trying to figure out life. It was a big
Filipino community. As a teenager, Domingo started skateboarding
Joe Domingo, continued on page 10
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(left) An example of Domingo’s gospel-inspired art.
(below) Domingo with his “tag” or signature.
ten by eight feet. In San Francisco he and a
team recently painted the name of Jesus on
the rooftop of a three-story building.
“I’m in my own zone when I start painting
walls,” he says. I’m talking with God. That’s
where I can have my time and imitate God
in creating something. Every painting is a
Domingo continues to paint walls and
Joe Domingo, continued from page 9
buildings at youth centers, churches and
thrill. But my friends and I never saw the chapel service, and was recruited to make Christian events.
serious side or the consequences of it.” signs and posters for campus events.
“I have the chance to use it for God’s glory.
In 2005, on his way to paint the town, His proudest work is on display in a youth It’s a way to redeem the art of graffiti,” he
Domingo and three of his cousins were room at The Crossing church. says.
arrested, mistaken for a
different tagging crew. Though “Ministry has become important to me. Taking an animation class
at Vanguard has caused him
they were technically innocent,
and were released, Domingo ... Through my graffiti I want to plant to consider it as a career.
“It’s already something I see
saw the hand of God in it.
seeds of hope in people’s hearts.” myself doing in the future,”
“That night I had told myself
he says. “I want to get into
I was going to go all out and
my own cartoons.”
put my name everywhere so people would “I didn’t have a sketch when I did it. I did
see me,” he says. “Getting arrested shut that it out of my head,” he says. “Surprisingly, it For now he is enjoying his time at Vanguard,
down. I’m thankful. It was part of God’s plan came out pretty decent. Being able to do art especially the opportunities for missions
to save me and save other people’s properties for people is a blessing.” work.
from destruction.” Ann-Caryn Cleveland, professor in the “Over time ministry has become important
The arrest also shook up his family and cinema and digital media department, says to me,” he says. “Seeing the need out there,
church. Seeing how much trouble it brought, Domingo “has serious talent. He takes line you can tell people are missing something. I
Domingo realized he had to stop doing and detail to a different place in his graffiti want them to know about the hope that’s out
illegal graffiti. He thought about quitting art. His work looks different than anybody there. Through my graffiti I want to plant
the art entirely, but a different avenue soon else’s out there, and that’s not easy to do.” seeds of hope in people’s hearts.”
opened up when Gospel Graffiti, a group of Domingo has
Christian graffiti artists who use the medium made his art
for good, invited him to join. into a form of
“That was a confirmation that God was not worship, she
done with me,” says Domingo. “He can use says. “He has a
me, and He has been.” great heart for
His artwork and his motivation changed, God.”
and he began painting positive themes. In The sizes of
2006, Domingo followed his older sister’s Domingo’s
path and came to Vanguard University on works vary.
scholarship. Soon he was putting his graffiti Usually the
gift to use at Vanguard and around the wall or surface
community. He painted a canvas during a is bigger than
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email@example.com, visit the Vanguard Connection at www.vanguard.edu/alumni or call 714-966-5494.
Philip Adams ’51 has served as
a U.S. Army chaplain, a pastor
at Sunnyside Baptist Church in
Campbell and a short-term
missionary on fourteen foreign mission
fields. He formed the Holy Land Tour
Business that hosted groups throughout the
Middle East and Europe. After his wife of
sixty-one years, Phyllis (Remmers 1942-
1944), passed away in July 2004, Adams
relocated to Colorado Springs with one of
his daughters. He now volunteers at Focus
on the Family, is the minister of visitation at
Woodmen Valley Chapel and is a chaplain at
several hospitals and care facilities. He is
proud of his four grown children who all
attended Christian colleges, with two
completing graduate work. Adams has eleven
grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
Don Hall ’59 and wife Patti
spent the past twenty years in
overseas evangelism and
Surgeon named graduated summa cum laude from
Vanguard, earning the President’s Award
training in sixty nations. Their Alumnus of Year and giving the senior commencement
current projects are in intercultural ministry, Larry Kraiss ’82 was chosen as the speech. He then earned his MD with
prison ministry, emergency service
2009 Alumnus of the Year by Vanguard highest honors from Baylor College of
chaplaincy, discipleship training and short-
term mission trips. They are excited about University’s Alumni Association. Medicine.
their two granddaughters, Brittany and Kraiss is the chief of the division of vascular Kraiss has published widely in medical
Melissa (Peavy ’07) Cole, who were both surgery at the University of Utah in Salt journals and is a reviewer for the American
married last year.
Lake City. He is also a professor of surgery, Journal of Physiology, Annals of Vascular
the program director for the vascular Surgery and Circulation among others. His
surgical residency and the medical director science laboratory investigates how blood
’60s of the non-invasive vascular laboratory at flow affects the biology of blood vessel wall
Dianne Haneke ’64 has University of Utah Medical Center. cells. He is the recipient of several research
authored three books with
“I am honored to be chosen alumnus of awards.
more in the works. She is
passionate about helping the year,” says Kraiss. “It has been my goal Kraiss performs one to two hundred
writers improve their skills, sharing the to make sure that everyone gets the best I surgeries per year. The University of Utah
spiritual aspect of writing and providing have, both professionally and in meeting health center serves the largest geographic
biblical studies that encourage readers in the
their needs as a person. The training for area in the U.S. and has a busy air
that extends all the way back to Vanguard. ambulance service.
It comes by having a certain attitude about
“The Lord has blessed us here,” he says.
the world and your place in it. Christians
’70s are put in the world to honor God and
“We’re tremendously happy with the church
Sylvia (Pipkin ’64) and Wayne Turner ’70 we helped start. It has been a rewarding
benefit their fellow man. I try hard to live
are missionaries to the Democratic Republic experience all around.”
that out on a daily basis.”
of Congo where they worked alongside local He and wife Karen (Klein) ’80 have three
pastors to establish a Bible school and school Kraiss earned his BA in science and
of theology extension center.
Class Notes, continued on page 12
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with clients in the U.S. and abroad, and her
projects include desktop publishing, writing,
Political analyst editing, photography and image acquisition.
named Young Husband Norman is a scientist with the Public
Health Foundation and conducts HIV vaccine
Alumnus of the research which often takes him to Uganda.
Year Sarah and Norman are the parents of twins
Stuart Ramsey and Madeline Talbott, 6. The
Nathan Gonzales ’00 was named family is active at St. John’s Episcopal Church
the 2009 Young Alumnus of the and lives in Oakland.
Year by Vanguard University’s Carole (Adams ’83) Kealoha received an
Alumni Association. MLS from the library and information
“I’m honored because I know there science department at UCLA. She is the
senior librarian and branch manager at the
are lots of other alums doing great
Los Angeles Public Library Mar Vista Branch.
things,” says Gonzales. “Also, I Husband Pake is a stay-at-home dad, artist,
thought playing Lobbypalooza woodworker and missionary. They attend
while I was in school would be an Vineyard Christian Fellowship Westside and
automatic disqualification.” are active in various ministries. Pake and
has been quoted in the New York Times, Carole have been married fourteen years and
Gonzales is political editor of the are parents of Caleb, 11, and Jared, 9. They
Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago
Rothenberg Political Report, a non-partisan live in Santa Monica.
Tribune, the front page of USA Today and
newsletter which gives in-depth analysis of April (Hodson ’80) Martin and husband
many regional papers. He has conducted
congressional, senatorial and gubernatorial Dave, a retired firefighter, have been married
on-air analysis for the Fox News Channel,
races across the country. He interviews twenty-eight years. They live in Lompoc and
CNN and Good Morning America
candidates, and identifies and handicaps the are the parents of Julie, Danny and Justin.
Weekend. For the fourth consecutive
most competitive races in the country in Ava (Evans ’82) and Eric Oleson
election he worked as one of ABC News’
each election cycle. Major corporations rely ’82, MA ’99 live in Springfield,
behind-the-scenes analysts. Mo., where Ava is the doctor of
on Gonzales’ analysis to help them decide
Gonzales and wife Heather have one child, ministry program coordinator at
which candidates to support.
Hazel, born last year. the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.
He also writes for Roll Call newspaper, and Eric is a consultant for the Nebraska Book
Company and will teach Old Testament at
Evangel University. They have two children,
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Bergen, 12, and Emalee, 11, and a Labrador
’80s Robert Hodson ’80 received a dog, Scooby.
teaching credential from the
Charles Batchman ’88 has been the University of Redlands in Lisa (Smith ’84) and Stephen Pittman
technical theatre teacher at Chula Vista 1999. He is the father of 1981-1983 have two daughters, Estee, 19,
High School’s school for the creative Melody, 26, Matthew, 21, and Mark, 12. and Arianna, 18. Lisa has worked in American
and performing arts for twelve years. He The Hodson family lives in Hesperia. embassies in the Dominican Republic and
received the Bravissimo Choice Award United Kingdom and is a part of the American
from San Diego Educational Theatre Lars Hornberg ’84 is a Foreign Service Association. She is now a
Association and is the technical director missionary and pastor in diplomat and chief of American citizens
for the Lambs Players Theatre. His wife Bihor, Romania. His most services at the U.S. consulate general in Hong
Elizabeth (Kessloff ’86) has been a first recent ministry is to develop a Kong.
grade teacher since 1988, does voice-over family village for abandoned children in
Thailand (caminulfelix.ro). Kristin (Hines ’87) and Chester Qualls ’83
work for the Christian Research Institute
live in Woodinville, Wash., and have been
and is co-author of a young adult program. Sarah (Beattie ’89) Jones married twenty-two years. They are the parents
The Batchmans live in Chula Vista. received an MA in English of Christopher, 12, and Ashley, 18, a current
literature from Humboldt Vanguard student.
State University. She is a
marketing and communications consultant
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Kathy (Murray ’82) and Sergio Rivera
’81 live in Pinehurst, Idaho, where Sergio
is a pastor at First Baptist Church of Retired
Kellogg. They have three children, Joshua, missionaries
21, Rebekah, 19, a freshman at Vanguard,
and Hannah, 17. Kathy’s sister-in-law given
Sarah (Carlson ’83) and brother Michael Distinguished
Murray ’84 live in Coeur d’Alene and have a
daughter, Paige, who is a junior at Vanguard.
Joann (America ’88) and
by VU Alumni
Thomas Roberts ’87 live in Association
Somers, Mont. They are
Jewyl (Stowell) ’49 and Paul
missionaries to Israel and have
five children: Krista, 19, TJ, 17, Josh, 15, Seaberg ’50, retired missionaries,
Nate, 13, JoJo, 11, and Caleb, 8. received the 2009 Distinguished
Joni (Duncan ’84) and Richard Rogers Service Award from Vanguard
’83 will celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding University’s Alumni Association.
anniversary this summer. Richard has “We feel honored and humbled
worked for Coca-Cola Enterprises for own pocket, at a cost of tens of thousands
that they would choose us for this
twenty-four years. They have two children, of dollars.
Aaron, 16, and Lauren 22, who will graduate award,” says Paul. “I go back a long way
from VU in May and is getting married in with Vanguard, and we always enjoyed our The Seabergs served in many capacities
August. The Rogers live in Murrieta. studies there.” while on the mission field including as local
Steve Sidoti ’82 has been a church pastors, Bible school teachers and
After graduating from VU, the Seabergs
homebuilding executive for regional overseers, all with the Assemblies
spent thirty years as missionaries in Africa.
twenty years. He lives in of God.
Part of that time was spent as regional
Gilbert, Ariz., with wife Susan,
a registered nurse at Mercy Gilbert Hospital, directors for Global University in southern Paul’s parents graduated from Vanguard in
and children Joey, 27, Jenae, 22, Danielle, Africa. Under their leadership the program 1927. Paul earned two bachelor’s degrees at
22, and Nathan, 14. grew from 37 to 1,600 students in just ten VU and attended at both the Pasadena and
Michael White ’85 completed nine years of years. Costa Mesa campuses. Jewyl attended in
ministry in Stockton before moving to Gig Pasadena.
“I’d always wanted to be in education, and
Harbor, Wash., where he is the lead pastor The Seabergs have five children and hope
I happened to fall into a situation that was
at Harbor Covenant Church. He and wife
ripe for success,” says Paul. to return to teach in the Bible school they
Megan have two daughters, Rachel and
Allison. started in Sierra Leone in 1971.
He also subsidized 1,100 African and
Asian-Indian students per year out of his
and field support for international teachers David Bond ’99 was recently
Jonathan Augustine ’90 has to develop professional skills and spiritual promoted to captain in the
seventeen years of mission growth (teachoverseas.org). Her focus is U.S. Army. He and wife
experience to eastern and central Europe. Carice lives in Fallbrook. Christina are excited about
central Europe, and has planted their daughter, born July 8, 2008.
churches, pastored youth and founded a Fred Boehnke ’94 and wife Katrina recently
Bible college. Wife Daniela is a theology celebrated eleven years of marriage. Fred Phyllis Lynn (Burns ’96)
professor. They have a son, Josiah, 15, and has been employed with Costco Wholesale Derksen and husband Dave
live in Cleveland, Tenn. for ten years. They live in Bend, Ore., and live in Las Cruces, N.M., where
have four children, Dakodah, 9, Teresa, 7, Lynn is an independent sales
Carice Blazo ’93 is the director of Teach Savannah, 5, and Fred Jr., 2.
Overseas, a program that provides training
Class Notes, continued on page 14
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’80s alums hold reunion at Hamilton and husband Perry ’83 say attendance was probably
boosted by the recent creation of alum groups on Facebook.
“We started scanning old pictures and posting them,” says Judy.
The classes of ’83 and ’84 held a well-attended joint reunion at
“Other alums posted their old pictures, too. When people see those
Homecoming in February.
it reminds them of the great time they had and of people they haven’t
“People were really excited to see each other after so many years,” says seen in years. It just kept growing.”
reunion coordinator Judy (Asmuth ’84) Hamilton MA ’07, now the
The reunion cost $20 to attend, and many stayed to talk for hours.
registrar at Vanguard. “It was a very festive atmosphere.”
Some people went out to restaurants or to the Homecoming
Seventy people gathered in Smith 101 for a catered dinner and basketball games afterward. Others played foosball in the lobby, just
fellowship, which included a slide show of old photos, prize give- like old times.
aways and open mic time to share about Vanguard. Mostly, people
“People were very appreciative to have the opportunity to get together
enjoyed talking and catching up.
again,” says Judy.
Class Notes, continued from page 13
director with Mary Kay Cosmetics married Rachel (Hodges ’06) at Needham 11, Daisy, 9, and Faith, 3. The Dibley family is
(marykay.com/pderksen). She also teaches Chapel. also hosting an international student from
preschoolers in the Mothers of Preschoolers Kittren (Spiridonoff ’92) Korea.
Program. Lynn and Dave were married at Dibley is a high school Kitty Fortner ’95 is the principal of
Needham Chapel eleven years ago. They guidance counselor. She and Edward B. Cole Sr. Academy, founded by
have three sons and two grandsons and husband Glenn, a math Templo Calvario’s community development
enjoy traveling and meeting new people. teacher, have been married fourteen years corporation in Santa Ana. She has received
Youngest son Matt Burns ’07 recently and live in Healdsburg with children Jake, media recognition for expanding the school’s
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enrollment and positively affecting the James McKaskle ’94 is the chief martial Alicia (Ruiz ’99) and Ruben
community. arts instructor at the United Studios of Self Saucedo ’96 live in Dallas,
Rikki (Stewart ’99) and Jeffrey Defense (ussd.com). He and wife Rebecca Texas. Ruben is a State Farm
Lazenby ’94 bought their first live in Scottsdale, Ariz., with children Insurance agent (rubensaucedo.
home in Blaine, Wash. Jeffrey Meranda and James Jr. com). Alicia is a part-time third grade
was previously the Whatcom Michael Music ’96 received an MDiv from teacher at Rosemont Elementary School.
County library system administrative services Fuller Theological Seminary, is pursuing a They have three children, Ruben Isaiah, 4,
manager and is now the finance director for DMin and is an instructor for the disabled. Jacob Misael, 2, and Vianey Damariz, 1.
the City of Blaine. Rikki is a stay-at-home He and wife Tammy have been married for
mom to their two children. eleven years. They live in Visalia and have ’00s
Alex Mathew ’94, wife Annie four children, Elijah, 8, Emma, 6, Ella, 4, Leela (Fenn ’02) Braganza recently passed
and son Gabriel make their and Ethan, 2. her CPA exam. She and her husband live in
home in Frisco, Texas. Steve Rexroat ’90 is a mortgage broker Oxnard.
Class Notes, continued on page 16
at Financial Solutions. He is the father of
Clayron, 16, and Gabrielle, 11.
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Class Notes, continued from page 15
Tasha-Leigh Chang ’08 relocated to Iowa Steve Lalim ’02, MA ’04 is a Brian Perreault ’04 is a
City where she works at Mesa Pizza and PE teacher at Thurston Middle financial advisor at Merrill
volunteers as a physical therapy aide at School and coaches the varsity Lynch Global Wealth
Children’s Center for Therapy. She is waiting girls track and cross country Management in Brea. He lives
on graduate school acceptance for next fall. teams at Laguna Beach High School. Wife in Chino Hills with wife Michelle and
Jennifer (Sampson ’01) and Terrik Clark Carisa oversees the proctoring of the SAT daughter Ava, 3.
’00 live in Corona. Terrik is a supervisor at test in Orange County. They are parents of Kendra Puryear 2002-2006 works with
juvenile hall. They are expecting their first Cade Anderson, born June 29, 2007, and Court Appointed Special Advocates (casaoc.
child this spring. live in Irvine. org), a non-profit organization that trains
Aaron Clarke ’03 and wife Jenice live in Los Carmen (Miller ’06) Mercer and husband volunteers to become mentors and advocates
Alamitos with daughter Mya Faith, 1. Jeffrey live in Beaumont and have been for children who have been removed from
married for two years. Jeffrey is a worship their homes due to abuse.
John Evangelista ’03 lives in Bakersfield. leader in Redlands and Carmen is a biology
He is an accountant for CBIZ MHM, LLC, Bradley Ryan ’01 is a PE teacher at
teacher in San Bernardino. McFadden Intermediate School in Santa
runs a mobile DJ and karaoke business that
serves southern California and the central Desiree Metcalf ’05 hosts the Ana. He lives in Fountain Valley with wife
valley and is pursuing a second bachelor’s Top 10 Christian Video Jennifer and step-daughters Jadynn, 13, and
degree in accounting from CSU Bakersfield. Countdown for JCTV which Kyra, 11.
He is engaged to be married this October. airs on TBN. She recently Shawn Saleme ’03 lives in
recorded a song with Bryan Duncan ’74 Seattle where he works at the
Luke Hagenbach ’00 is a real entitled “Still Dancin” and was on the cover
estate professional at HÔM real Green Tortoise hostel and plans
of Modern Guitars magazine for her to open one of his own.
estate group (homgroup.com) participation in the National Association of
in Newport Beach and has Music Merchants. Tour dates and more Tara (Culala ’01) Sanderson
helped several alumni purchase and sell information are at desirama.net. received her MA and PsyD
property. He is a member of the National degrees in clinical psychology
Association of Realtors and the Orange Lydia (Murray ’05) Neeley from George Fox University.
County Association of Realtors and an and husband Lance live in a She is the program supervisor at Chehalem
exclusive affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates. 100-year-old home and serve as Youth and Family Services (cyfs.net). She
Luke is a triathlete team member for music director and youth pastor and husband Stephen, a social worker, have
MultisportMinistries.com. at a church in northern California. Lance been married two years.
works in the medical field. Lydia works at a
Soha Heidari ’05 received a PsyD in clinical university and started graduate school this Carlee Trautman ’07 is the
psychology from Argosy University and is a spring. Their recent adventures include assistant to Next Generation
member of Psi Chi and Kappa Delta Nu. She whitewater rafting and backpacking in the Ministries and Women of
lives in Porter Ranch. Desolation Wilderness area of the Tahoe Purpose for the Oregon
Amy Hiemstra ’06 is an Basin and riding their bicycles to raise money ministry network of the Assemblies of God.
elementary school teacher for for missions. She is engaged to Matt Novak and will be
the Santa Ana Unified School married in July. Carlee and Matt volunteer
District and lives in Santa Ana. with the youth at First Assembly of God in
Jennifer (Cannon ’00) and
Peter Johnston ’97 have
relocated to Kapaau, Hawaii,
after five years of ministry in
Mammoth Lakes. They will establish a
general camp facility and school of worship
on a 30-acre property. They have three sons,
Mark, Alex and Aaron, and are expecting
their fourth child in May.
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Shawn Whitt ’03 and wife Katie live in Cathy (Nicholas ’05) and their dog Briar, and both will begin MBA
Irvine and have three children, Alex, Ashley Bruce Paolozzi ’06 live in coursework at Northwest University’s School
and Andrew. Claremont and are parents of of Business this fall.
Joshua, 3, and Judah, born Kelly (Boeke ’02) Walters and
March 2008. Cathy is completing her MA in husband David were married
Future Alumni biblical studies at Vanguard and works in the on August 1, 2008. Kelly
major gifts office at Pomona College. Bruce teaches woodshop, English and
Marlyn (Lamsen ’93) De
is pursuing graduate work in the philosophy PE at a Huntington Beach middle school
Mesa is a financial aid assistant
of religion and theology at Claremont while pursuing a master’s degree at
at Point Loma Nazarene
Graduate University. Vanguard. David is an accountant for a real
University. She and husband
Anthony are proud parents to Gabriella Sarah (Ladner ’02, MA ’04) and Harold estate company in Santa Ana. They live in
Nicole, 2, and Anthony Paul, born July 29, Schlatter ’03 welcomed Harold Keith Huntington Beach.
2008. They live in Chula Vista. Schlatter III on November 29, 2008. Visit Brenda (Grant ’05)
their blog at lifeasweseeit.wordpress.com. Woodward is a personal
April (Peterson ’97) and Joseph Gutel
They live in Huntington Beach. assistant and office manager.
’98 have three children, Jubilee, Luke and
Theophilus, born January 21, 2009. They Rusty Umphenour ’94 and She married Chad on
plan to return to Cairo, Egypt, this summer wife Kimmy welcomed October 11, 2008.
to do church planting. daughter Eavan Riley on
December 27, 2008. They live
Kristin (Plew ’04) and Jeremy
Jones ’03 have been married six
in Atlanta. In Memory
years. Jeremy received an MA Dawn Zahler MS ’02 and husband Scott are Donald E. Gamblin ’61 passed away April
in college student affairs from the parents of Carson, Gavin and Malone 13, 2008.
Azusa Pacific University and is the area Claire, born April 14, 2008. The Zahler
Sharon (Hodges ’82) Hobson passed away
director at Southwestern Oregon family lives in Erlanger, Ky
September 27, 2008.
Community College. They had their first
son, Jeremiah David, in June 2008, and live Florence Lucile (Foth ’37) Kelly passed
in Coos Bay, Ore. Just Married away March 1, 2008.
Darcie (McQueen ’04) Jolliff Orlia (Budge) and Jonathan Amaral ’06 Wilbur Kent ’70 passed away October 4,
works in the advancement were married in August 2008. They live 2008.
department at Bakersfield in Chicago where Jonathan is pursuing a Clifford Powers ’49 passed away March 12,
Christian High School. She and master’s degree in international relations at 2008.
husband Christopher had their first son, the University of Chicago.
Jean (Rial ’48) Powers passed away
Christian Reichan, on August 16, 2008. Ester (Robles ’07) and Chad Henley ’08 November 24, 2008.
They live in Bakersfield. were married in November 2008 and live in
Jeffery Shively ’79 passed away August 26,
Rachel (Laverty ’06) Chino. Chad is a police officer.
Lindburg is a stay-at-home Janaea (Shaw 2004-2006) and John
mom to Lileigh Grace, born James R. Tracy 1987-1988 passed away July
Nydam ’08 were married June 8, 2008.
August 13, 2008. Husband 30, 2008.
John is in the master’s program for national
Dan is a fourth grade teacher at Huntington security studies at CSU San Bernardino. Donna K. Wright ’76 passed away
Christian School. The family lives in Costa Janaea is attending Loma Linda University to November 4, 2008.
Mesa and includes cats Sam and Frodo. finish her registered nurse license and BSN. Margarita Lima, former faculty, passed away
Brett Overfield ’04 and wife They live in Redlands. October 15, 2008.
Jill had their first son, Brayden Crystal (Majors ’03) Santos
Nathaniel, on October 11, Bruce Lindsey, student advocate, passed
finished her bachelor’s degree in away February 22, 2009.
2008. They live in University business management at
Place, Wash., where Brett is a commercial Northwest University and
property manager. works as a human resource generalist at a
non-profit retirement community in Seattle.
She married Jonathan in September 2008.
The newlyweds live in Bothell, Wash., with
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Homecoming 2009 offered everything from a tailgate party hosted by Wahoo’s Fish Taco’s
co-founder Ed Lee ’87, to basketball games, to a lecture on team-building by basketball
great A.C. Green, to performances by VU’s nationally known music programs.
“It was a great time,” says alumni director Heather Clements. “People came from all over
the country to re-connect with each other. We had very successful reunions. Everyone was
genuinely excited to be there.”
Alums packed Needham Chapel for a chapel service and got to meet and greet with new
VU president Carol Taylor and the vice presidents. The week was capped by the alumni
awards luncheon at Newport Mesa Church.
Golden Vanguard Society
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Scholarships put Vanguard
any students who could not otherwise afford a private always ill and in the hospital, partly due to being hit by a drunk driver
university education are able to attend Vanguard and subsequently contracting hepatitis C in a blood transfusion.
University because of scholarships established by “Growing up with a father who was always sick, I made frequent
Vanguard supporters and alumni. One generous trips to the hospital and became interested in the field of medicine,”
dono, who wishes to remain anonymous, established a scholarship says Donlon. “At a young age I was exposed to and intrigued by the
more than a decade ago which continues to empower deserving medical prescriptions and all the high-tech equipment. In high school
students to receive a Vanguard education and to do good. I took anatomy, physiology, health fitness and sports medicine. I was
“To me nothing is more important than education,” says this VU very interested in anything that had to do with the human body.”
supporter. “If we don’t educate our young, and not just academically When his father passed away, Donlon was uncertain about his future.
but ethically, morally and culturally, we will have greater issues in our He wanted to attend Vanguard, but only a scholarship from this
country. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of education, Vanguard supporter made it possible.
and I think Vanguard University does a
great job of educating our students.”
These are the stories of four students
helped by this supporter’s scholarship this
Yutao Luo, a junior, came to the U.S.
from China specifically to attend
“The Vanguard choir and band had
come to my high school, and I talked
to Dr. James Melton and emailed him
after I graduated,” she says. “It seemed
impossible in my situation to study
abroad because I didn’t have money
and my English is not perfect, but God
opened the doors for me.”
Luo had become a Christian against the
wishes of her parents, and wanted to Ryan Donlon Yutao Luo
attend a Christian university. With the
help and support of Melton and this Vanguard supporter, Luo left
“I met with him and he said, ‘Show me the number you need,’ and it
China for the first time and became a Vanguard music major.
was done,” says Donlon. “God kind of chose Vanguard for me.”
“Without the scholarship I wouldn’t have been able to come here,”
Now in his third year as a biology major with a pre-med emphasis,
she says. “I still can’t believe I’m in America. I feel proud to have made
Donlon has worked in the science lab conducting research. He sings
in the choir “which is a huge part of my life, being able to minister in
Today, Luo practices piano three hours a day and plays keyboard so many churches through music,” he says.
and viola in the Vanguard orchestra. Last year she returned to China
Vanguard, he says, has “shaped and changed my heart and mind.”
with the Vanguard music program to minister in her home city. She
plans to earn her master’s degree so she can teach music theory at a “The community, the friends you make and relationships you build
university. Her first choice: Vanguard. are invaluable,” he says. “The professors make time for me and really
care about student progress. I wouldn’t trade the whole experience for
“People at Vanguard are really loving,” she says. “They care about you.
When I came it was a huge change.”
But “without the scholarship, I don’t know how long I could have
Ryan Donlon, a junior from Anaheim, grew up with a father who was
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education within reach
been at Vanguard,” he says. “I wouldn’t have been able to do all the talked he gave me the scholarship. That was a great blessing.”
things I’ve been doing, all the ministries and work I’ve been involved Gronbech-Dam is now engaged to Jenelle McKee ’08 and will
with. I’m blessed to be here.” graduate in May. He will complete his Vanguard education in three
Marc Gronbech-Dam, a native of Denmark, grew up in a Pentecostal years, to save money and to free up the scholarship for someone else.
church and came to VU for the religion program. He works as an international student advisor on campus and returned
“In Denmark there aren’t a whole lot of opportunities to pursue a to Denmark each summer to earn extra money, because he is not
Christian education, as most of our schools are state-run,” he says. allowed to work off campus without U.S. citizenship.
“Vanguard seemed to be a place where I could engage in it at a higher “Given all the classes and the atmosphere at Vanguard, I have matured
level. I felt it was the place for me.” a lot in my faith,” he says. “It was a twofold education. My whole
But after investigating the financial options available to him, it person was learning and growing. I’m so grateful to be here.”
became clear he could not afford to attend. Natalia Murcia came to VU from Desert Hot Springs and is the first
person in her family to attend a four-year
college. Her father is a landscaper and
her mother works at the Olive Garden.
Her parents had always encouraged their
children to do well in school.
“They pushed us to get straight A’s and
go to university and get a career,” Murcia
says, “so I got good grades and looked to
my future. My mom and dad want us to
become more than they became.”
Murcia thought that a private university
education was out of reach, so she applied
to public colleges but also prayed that
the Lord would open other doors. She
learned about Vanguard and applied for
the scholarship offered by this Vanguard
Natalia Murcia Marc Gronbech-Dam
“I didn’t want to put another loan on
my dad, so I prayed that the Lord would
provide,” she says.
“I was looking at the numbers and it was pretty grim,” he says. “I
don’t qualify for a lot of the scholarships or for federal financial She received the scholarship and is now earning her bachelor’s degree
aid because you have to be American citizen. My choices are very in communications and film/digital media.
limited.” “It’s still a dream for me to be here,” she says. “I thank God every
Then he was referred to this Vanguard supporter who met with day for the opportunity to be at this amazing school. I like the
him, was impressed by his work ethic and goals and offered him a environment and the community. Everybody is so nice and cheerful.
scholarship. There’s no one here who doesn’t want to talk to you. I take all the
classes I can take, and go on missions trips.”
“He wanted to know me, what my passions were and what I wanted
to do with my life,” says Gronbech-Dam. “We had a really great After she graduates and begins working in her career field, she wants
conversation. I told him about my passion for going to the Third to give back to her family, and help other low-income families.
World, being a missionary and training future leaders of the church. “I would like to give another person an opportunity to go to a school
Being in the full-time vocational ministry is something I felt called to like this as well,” Murcia says.
before Vanguard and I feel I’ve grown into while being here. After we
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Member of Vanguard’s
music program performing at
Renée and Henry Segerstrom
Concert Hall at Orange County
Performing Arts Center.
Christmas Fantasia small vocal ensembles and small instrument awareness of the programs offered by the
ensembles. The event also raised more money business school,” says David Alford, dean of
comes to premier from sponsorships than any similar event in the School of Business & Management.
Orange County VU’s history. The panelists discussed how they are
concert hall leading their organizations through times
Vanguard University’s Christmas Fantasia, of economic challenge. The School of
which features the University’s world-
VU hosts panel Business & Management is partnering with
renowned music program in a diverse discussion on economy the Business Advisory Council and the
concert of holiday music, was presented at A panel of leaders drawn from business, American Association of Senior Executives
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall government and the non-profit sector took to present more events in the speakers series,
at Orange County Performing Arts Center, up the question, “New Economy, New all addressing the theme “Leadership in a
one of the best venues in the region. It was President, New Agenda: What Do I Do Changing World.”
the most well-attended Christmas Fantasia in Now?” as part of VU’s School of Business &
the history of the event. Management speakers series in November.
“We wanted to share the hope of the The campus event featured Steve Churm,
Christmas season with the community. That president of Churm Media, Jim Ruth, abroad and at home
was the theme,” says David Elliott, associate general manager of the Orange County Teams of students headed to two different
vice president for university relations. Sanitation District, and Gustavo Valdespino, parts of the world to minister over Christmas
“People walked out of there starting the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange break.
Christmas season with a great reminder that County. It was moderated by Camille Jayne, Five students and a team leader traveled to
this is what Christmas is all about. It was president of The JAYNE Group. the country of Kyrgyzstan and spent two
celebratory and very positive. People said it “The purpose of this event and the series is weeks working with local missionaries in
was the best they had attended.” to serve the business community with timely Bishkek, the capital city, and in the eastern
The program showcased all the performing information that will assist them in managing region near the Chinese border. The team
groups of the University’s music department, their businesses, to enhance the education also partnered with two college ministries,
including the University concert choir, of Vanguard’s business students, and create Chi Alpha and Campus Crusade for Christ,
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and with indigenous leaders for friendship in posters he’d made for recent movie pitches
Family Weekend brings
evangelism efforts. to studios.
parents to campus
“We did quite a bit with their English clubs “A presenter like Jim brings the industry
Two hundred people came to campus for
and were involved in two Sunday services,” closer to the students, and students can see
Family Weekend this year, which took place
says Joshua Bixler, a junior. “We did skits what their futures could actually become,”
on the same weekend as Homecoming 2009.
and sang songs in English. Then we went to says Edmoundson.
Events included a Friday evening concert
people’s houses and had dinner and breakfast Also in November VU hosted Bill by Vanguard’s choirs, coffee and donuts
with them.” McDonald, head of cinematography and with the president, a tailgate party hosted
The other VU team went to Seattle to work associate professor at UCLA, who spoke to by Wahoo’s Fish Taco, and the men’s and
with homeless people at a men’s shelter and a packed lecture hall about cinematography women’s basketball games against Biola.
rehabilitation center. and lighting.
“It was very successful, and was it great to
“It was transforming for me,” says Adam “It was well received,” says Ann-Caryn combine it with Homecoming,” says Anita
Routt, a senior. “I’ve never worked hands-on Cleveland, professor in VU’s cinema and Hann, director of retention and student
with the homeless community. It put into digital media department. “He spoke about success. “We were able to provide events
perspective how they don’t get treated like basic lighting techniques, things to avoid and for families to connect with students and
people. We gave them sack lunches and hot how to make the most of a light if you only with Vanguard. Holding it simultaneously
chocolate, and we spent time talking with have one light available. We are bringing with Homecoming gave parents a way to
them. We were blessed to lead two or three more people like Bill and Jim in this year, experience Vanguard with alumni, and see
chapel services for the men’s shelter. It was and focusing on guest lectureships. It’s a our rich history and heritage.”
great to see the joy and hope they had in great way for our students to learn.”
Some families came from as far away as
Minnesota and Chicago. For many it was the
December grads first time to visit campus since dropping off
Comic book writer, celebrate with semi- their student in the fall.
cinematography expert formal event “I heard a lot of feedback from parents about
speak on campus VU students held the first celebration for
how impressed they were with Vanguard,
how good our music programs are, and how
Jim Krueger, filmmaker and comic book seniors who finished their coursework in much they enjoyed the chapel service on
writer for Marvel and DC comics, spoke to December. Saturday morning,” says Hann. “They can
students on campus last fall about his work, “The event celebrated the December tell we’ve got a great spiritual climate here for
the comic book industry and what it’s like to grads and gave them a send-off instead of their students.”
be a Christian in a creative field. waiting to celebrate them at graduation in The schedule included free time for families
“He told a lot of stories, gave writing tips May,” says Gabrielle Weiman, senior class to spend with their students, experiencing
and talked about his own testimony as a activities director. “I hope this is the start of life at Vanguard by going to church with
Christian and the challenge he faces working a tradition.” them on Sunday and participating in campus
in the industry,” says Kyo Edmoundson, The event, dubbed the Black & White activities.
adjunct professor at VU. “He encouraged Graduation Party, drew seniors to Needham “We firmly believe that families are an
students not to shy away from sharing their Chapel courtyard for an evening of dessert, integral part of their students’ success at VU,
faith, but to be real and be an example of fellowship and music by the jazz ensemble. and their support is absolutely pertinent to
Christ. He was very approachable and spent Students were encouraged to wear semi- their students’ success,” says Hann.
a lot of time with the students afterwards.” formal attire. Ann Hamilton, vice president
Krueger has been a creative director at for student affairs, spoke and prayed for On Campus, continued on page 24
Marvel, writing for Avengers, X-Men, Star them.
Wars, Matrix and Batman comic books, and “Everyone really enjoyed it,” says Weiman.
is an award-winning filmmaker. He brought
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On Campus, continued from page 23
Environmental Former professor leaves
Conference gift to University
Students in the Students in Free Enterprise
(SIFE) chapter at VU put on a first-of- argarita Lima, retired Spanish professor at Vanguard,
its-kind Environmental Sustainability passed away in October and left a substantial bequest
Conference in January. The conference was in the form of property to the University.
aimed at Orange County businesses and “Margarita loved Vanguard. This was her home and her family,”
encouraged environmentally sustainable says Ed Westbrook, professor of business and chair for the
business practices. Division of Business. “She wanted to give to Vanguard because
“It was a big success,” says student co-leader she believed in what the University is doing; she believed in the
Chris Leininger, a junior. “Everyone thought students. She wanted to do something to help students come
it was put together really well and they and learn.”
enjoyed the dynamic and inspiring speakers. Before coming to Vanguard, Lima taught widely in public and private elementary schools,
It was one of the biggest events our SIFE the Peace Corps and a number of Orange County community colleges. She taught at
chapter has had.” Vanguard from 1994 until her retirement in 2007 and was granted tenure as an assistant
Two hundred people attended and heard professor of Spanish in 2002. She was an active member of the Vanguard University
from the conference’s two keynote speakers, Women’s Caucus, Spanish Club, Floor Moms and Hands Across the Border. She founded
Pierre Andre Senizergues, CEO of Sole the Spanish study abroad program and took groups of VU students to Spain. She was
Technology, parent company of etnies, and instrumental in assisting the Vanguard Singers & Band travel to Portugal in 2001, 2003
Shaheen Sadeghi, CEO of The Lab and The and 2007.
Camp in Costa Mesa and past president The bequest she left to the University will go to the endowment for student scholarships.
of the surfing company Quiksilver. Both
have made environmental sustainability
integral to their business plans. Senizergues line of earth-friendly packing and moving provided a low-carbon, organic lunch.
had solar panels installed at his company products. Brown’s company won a 2008 Bonni Stachowiak, assistant professor and
headquarters, created the first environmental GEELA, the most prestigious environmental SIFE faculty advisor, says SIFE received
affairs manager in the action sports industry and economic leadership award presented by support for the conference from VU’s science
and launched a sustainable footwear and the State of California. program, which gave extra credit to students
apparel collection, the etnies SEED Project.
Martin Diedrich, founder of Diedrich who participated. The SIFE chapter, now in
He also conducted an eco-audit to study
Coffee and Kean Coffee, and a Vanguard its third year, has already won several awards
the environmental impact of the company’s
University foundation board member, and hopes to perform even stronger in this
spoke in a standing-room-only breakout year’s competition. They also hope businesses
Sadeghi has been a consultant to Fortune session. Also speaking were Christina Kull, will put into practice what they learned at
500 companies such as General Motors, an environmental engineer with Northrop the conference.
Nortel, Volkswagen and McDonald’s. He Grumman Corporation, who heads up “For us it was a huge accomplishment and
worked closely with the City of Costa greening efforts at the F/A-18 production learning experience to work with businesses
Mesa to rezone an industrial area for urban facilities in El Segundo; Rachel Hulan, to plan and organize this,” says Leininger.
renewal in the south Bristol St. corridor area. an interior designer and certified Green “We hope the innovation will be contagious,
Breakout session speakers included Spencer Building Professional; and Jim Woodrow, and businesses will see they can incorporate
Brown, founder of Rent-a-Green-Box which professor of management at VU. Bon sustainable practices in a creative way.”
converts trash mined from landfills into a Appetit sponsored the conference and
On Campus, continued on page 28
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A Vine of His Own Planting
Editor’s note: This column looks at major
episodes in Vanguard University’s history.
Academic Dean Emeritus
Vanguard’s first president
n the spring of 1920, D.W. Kerr was the Needhams to undertake their missionary
invited to Los Angeles to speak at assignment.
Bethel Temple’s prayer conference. With Kerr as its first president (the title
There he met Harold and Hulda was then principal), what would become
Needham. After struggling for years to Vanguard University opened on schedule in
fulfill their vision of opening a Bible school May of 1920 with thirty students. Kerr was
in southern California, the Needhams ably assisted by his wife Mattie, a former
had given their home for its campus and school teacher, his daughter Christine, a
announced classes would begin in May. But talented speaker, musician and composer,
then they were unexpectedly commissioned and his son-in-law Willard Peirce who served
to make an oversight visit of missionaries as academic dean and whose long and varied
in Asia and the Near East. The assignment But perhaps Kerr’s greatest contribution
career would end in southern California
would better prepare them to train future was to encourage a devastated Harold
fifty-five years later as the speaker on the
missionaries and the Needhams believed they Needham on his return nearly a year later
daily “Christ the Living Word” radio and TV
should go, but the trip would require nearly to take the helm of the school. Though the
program. Though newly arrived in southern
a year and could indefinitely delay their Needhams’ trip had proved successful and
California, Kerr was so respected that he
school’s opening. neither doubted that they had made the
was elected as the first superintendent of
right decision in going, its cost had been
Unlike the Needhams, who were young, the new Southern California District, and
high. Hulda’s health had failed and she
and who had no institutional backing for his reputation attracted students not only
died in her sister Josephine’s arms in Akola,
their project and little
Berar, India. Harold was initially
ministerial and even less Though newly arrived in southern California, unwilling to return to the school
academic experience, the
sixty-four year old Kerr
Kerr was so respected that he was for which they had sacrificed
so much, but under Kerr’s wise
had nearly thirty years of elected as the first superintendent of the
counsel, he eventually agreed to
pastoral experience and
new Southern California District, and his teach missions classes. Then, in
was so highly regarded that
he had been appointed reputation attracted students from points as 1922, when Kerr was asked to
go to Springfield, Missouri, to
an executive presbyter distant as Michigan and Georgia. found yet another Bible school,
of the newly formed
Needham accepted leadership
Assemblies of God to which he had already from the region but from points as distant as
of the school he would so ably lead over the
made invaluable contributions. Kerr not Michigan and Georgia.
next twenty years.
only understood the importance of Christian Under his leadership the school produced
education, but he had taught at two schools Perhaps because he served for only two years,
students whose work and influence
and assisted in the founding of another. D.W. Kerr is the least remembered of the
continues to the present, including Meyer
He was also deeply committed to foreign eight presidents, or principals, who have led
Pearlman, John Kolenda and Finis Dake.
missions, and though few were aware of it, Vanguard through its eighty-eight years. But
The young Wesley Steelberg, a future
he was open to a change of ministry. After without his leadership at a critical point in
general superintendent of the Assemblies of
prayerful deliberation, he agreed to accept the school’s history, there may not have been
God, altered his negative views on higher
the responsibility for the new school, freeing a Vanguard University. His contribution
education through his contact with Kerr.
deserves to be remembered.
vanguard magazine spring 2009 25
he women’s volleyball team had its best season in the Lions who became the head coach just months prior to the beginning
history of the program, playing in its first national of the season. She had been a player and an assistant coach for the
championship tournament. The success came under new team while earning her teaching credential.
coach Marissa Cothran ’05, a former VU volleyball player “We worked really hard last spring and summer and were excited,”
who is drawing on her extensive experience in the sport to take the Cothran says. “It really showed.”
team to the next level.
Cothran has a history of playing for championship teams in high
“It’s the high point for the program, no question,” says VU athletics school and community college. At Newport Harbor High School she
director Bob Wilson. “The beauty is that the top players are back and won two regional titles and one state title. While still in high school
we have a chance to make another run next year.” she coached the freshman-sophomore men’s volleyball team. In her
The Lions compete in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC), freshman year at Golden West College her team won the state title
the toughest conference in the nation. Most GSAC teams rank in among community colleges.
the top ten nationally, and teams such as Cal Baptist, Concordia and “I’ll forever be grateful because [all that training] taught me how to be
Fresno Pacific often are in the national finals. When the Lions play disciplined and structured,” she says. “I wasn’t a phenomenal player,
conference games, they are playing the best teams in the country at but I understood the game and could set people up for success.”
this collegiate level. That has made it difficult to reach the national
At VU she played and served as assistant coach while earning her
bachelor’s degree and teaching credential. She is now completing her
This year, for the first time, the Lions secured an at-large bid to the master’s degree and coaching her former teammates.
national tournament and hosted TranSouth Athletic Conference
“I played with the team in the fall and was coaching them in the
champion Union University in The Pit in the first round. The Lions
spring,” she says. “It worked out really well.”
won 3-1 and traveled to Sioux City, Iowa, to continue in the finals.
Wilson says continuity was “a big plus” in bringing Marissa in as
Leading them was Cothran, a former all-conference setter for the
26 vanguard magazine spring 2009
hits high point
coach. “She did a great job. [Former coach] They played really well. Our coaching who represent themselves and their team
Erikka Gulbranson and Marissa have staff challenged them in different ways well. I want my players to make a difference
elevated Vanguard volleyball.” throughout the tournament and they rose to in the world through leadership that is
The Lions came into the national the occasion.” learned in volleyball. ... I feel very lucky to
tournament ranked #16 in the country. They Cothran credits her players and the athletics work in a department like this.”
went 2-1 in pool play to advance to the top department staff for the team’s success. Assisting Cothran is Jenny Evans Griffith,
twelve, where the GSAC a former volleyball player
was well represented: seven “It’s the high point for the program, no who won two national
of the teams were from championships with UCLA,
GSAC, and every GSAC question. The beauty is that the top played on the Association
team qualified. The Lions’ of Volleyball Professionals
post-season run ended with
players are back and we have a chance (AVP) tour and was on the
a loss to Point Loma, 3-1. to make another run next year.” U.S. national team. Cothran
The Lions finished tied for consults Griffith on coaching
ninth place and with an overall record “The staff at Vanguard’s athletics department decisions and they meet weekly to pray over
of 18-12. — I couldn’t ask for better,” she says. “Bob the team. Cothran’s father also helps from
“I was proud of how our team handled their is hands down the best boss I’ve ever had. the bench and on recruiting trips.
first national tournament experience,” says We are raising up student-athletes that have “What’s exciting to me is that we’re still
Cothran. “This year was a stepping stone. character on the court and in the community building the team,” says Cothran. “We have
It was exciting for our whole department as well. It’s important for me to have so much we can improve. Hopefully we can
because we’d never been in this spot. student-athletes come out of my program achieve even more next year.”
vanguard magazine spring 2009 27
On Campus, continued from page 24
Athletics Business Advisory subjects of student interest, such as how
to determine the kind of company they
Council mentors want to work for, and finding purpose in
Season in progress students their work.
Softball For the past year, members of VU’s “It was so valuable to have these mentors
Season in progress Business Advisory Council have been specifically set time aside to come and
Men’s Tennis mentoring VU’s undergraduate business pour into our lives,” says Matt Ross, a
Season in progress and MBA students, offering advice and senior business administration major.
networking opportunities. “There’s nothing better than having
Season in progress “Response from both students and someone who cares where you go and
mentors has been very positive,” says what you do. It has been benefiting me
Track and Field
Season in progress David Alford, dean of the School of greatly.”
Business & Management. “Students have The Business Advisory Council is
For additional information on athletic event dates and
times, visit www.vanguard.edu/athletics gotten good insight on career planning made up of business leaders who have
as well as life. Mentors enjoy the committed to guest speak in classes,
Theatre opportunity to share their experience with provide feedback on business curriculum,
students.” and offer their organizations for
Guys and Dolls April 3 - April 19 Business mentors meet quarterly on internships and career opportunities.
For box office information and show synopses please campus with students to talk about
Spring Concert April 19
For tickets please visit www.vanguardtickets.com
Spring Pre-VU April 6
University Awards Chapel April 30
Graduate Programs Hooding Ceremony May 7
Baccalaureate May 8
Nursing Pinning Ceremony May 9
Commencement May 9
For updated information on events at Vanguard,
Come Celebrate With Us!
You’re invited to Vanguard University’s 87th commencement.
Join alumni, family and friends as we honor the achievements of this year’s
Saturday, May 9 at 5:00 p.m.
at the Pacific Amphitheatre (across the street from Vanguard University)
28 vanguard magazine spring 2009 For more information visit www.vanguard.edu/commencement
Editor’s note: This column features an essay
by a different alum in each issue.
College Station, Texas
rt and I came to Vanguard at the A few years later we moved into the old talk to us about anything, and we would
invitation of my half-brother, green house on campus which quickly listen. Art always said to me, “Love them
O. Cope Budge, to be the school’s became an unofficial student hang-out. where they are, and pray they become
maintenance man and bookkeeper. We Art and I were still serving as maintenance what God wants them to be.” Sometimes I
knew it was right because I had been having man and bookkeeper, respectively, but would go in my bedroom and cry because
the same dream for nine months — a we also had the privilege of being class a student had such a heavy problem. But I
dream that Art and I went as far as the social advisors. Students knew they could saw God change many a person without me
ocean would allow us to go and no further. come over any time to study, socialize or saying a word, just loving them where they
This was significant because we were living just relax. We had one big room that was were.
in Texas at the time, and nowhere near the entirely theirs. It had an entertainment I have a sharp memory and if you were
beautiful blue ocean I saw in the dream. center, coffee maker, fridge, microwave one of the students that hung out at the
On the day we arrived in Costa Mesa, part and one of the first computers on campus, house, I haven’t forgotten you. I retired on
of the drive took us up the coast. I began which many students used for homework. December 31, 1997, and Art followed me
to cry as I remembered my dream. “This is Never did we lock our doors. in February. Today we have been married
where God wants us, honey,” I said to Art. Friends would bring friends, and I could fifty-four years and are great-grandparents.
Little did we know that our one-year hardly tell who we were advising and who God brought us back to Texas and planted
contract would turn into thirty-seven years we weren’t. Students felt free and at home us right in the middle of 48,000 college
of the most wonderful association with with us. I used to say that I never met a students at Texas A&M in College Station.
Vanguard students. stranger because there was no one stranger The students call us Pop and Granny, and
Though we lived off campus for the first than me. I was real with the students. I Art still uses his free time to do what he
six years, students started coming over didn’t put on any airs. Art was quiet until he did at Vanguard: repair things and mow
right away. I don’t know if it was our Texan got to know you. He would size you up and lawns for the neighbors. It seems we have
hospitality that made them feel welcome, or try his dry wit out on you. If his jokes went continued on just as before, but in a new
the sense of home, or maybe just the bacon over okay, he would be your friend for life. location.
and eggs Art cooked for breakfast, but they Students adored him. They still email him We still keep in touch with many Vanguard
would pile in one person’s car and come jokes and puns. When Art was sixty-one he alums, and they drop in often to have
by the carload. Soon students were living even stood in a student’s wedding because lunch with us. We feel blessed to have spent
with us and I was cooking their dinners he was the student’s best friend. thirty-seven years at Vanguard with some of
and packing their lunches. I wasn’t even old Students knew they were loved the best people God allowed to be born.
enough to be their mother. unconditionally at our house. They could
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