A newsletter for faculty and staff of California Baptist University

January 30, 2014

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CBU men’s volleyball grabs first three-set sweep

volleyballEight matches in and taking on an opponent in its conference season opener Jan. 28, California Baptist University grabbed its first three-set sweep. Despite the lopsided match win over Princeton University, the Lancers had their work cut out for them, posting 32-30, 25-21 and 30-28 set wins.

The Lancers improve to 3-5 on the season, while the Tigers start their season 0-1.

“We didn’t know anything about them since this was their first match of the year,” said head coach Wes Schneider. “We went in emphasizing what we need to take care of and be successful on our side of the ball. We wanted to be patient and learn how they like to do some things, and I think as the match went on we got our groove and had some really nice moments.”

Rocky DeLyon registered a game-high 13 kills, committing just two errors on 22 attempts, to lead his squad with a .500 clip. Johannes Brink, back from a medical leave, added 11 kills to the Lancer total.

“It was nice to have Johannes back and work some things with our growing team,” said Schneider. “Having him back is still going to take some adjustments, though, since he’s been out for a few weeks.”

CBU came out looking to set the tone against the East Coast foes, but despite jumping out in front on numerous occasions, couldn’t quite shake off the Tigers.

The Lancers took a three-point lead at 12-9, but Princeton battled back. Neither team could put its counterpart behind by more than three, extending the set into the 30-point range.

Trailing 30-29, CBU dug deeper and scored three-straight points to claim the set 32-30. Princeton gave the Lancers the tying point off a service error and Brink laid down a kill to put the game within reach. Amir Lugo-Rodriguez and Brink then teamed up for a block to end the set.

Feeling momentum with the set win, CBU opened the second with the first two points, but once again Princeton kept it a close game.

After the Tigers evened the set at 5-5, the Lancers went on a 4-0 run to force a Princeton timeout. Kristopher Johnson set up a powerful solo block and Jonathan Tuttle added an ace in the span, giving CBU a 9-5 advantage.

Once again, however, the Tigers brought themselves back in the game and tied the score at 14.

The Lancers built back a multi-point lead at 21-18 off a kill from Tuttle, attack error from the visitors and Lugo-Rodriguez and Brink block, but the Tigers weren’t far behind.

Princeton brought the score within two at 22-20, but CBU put the set within its demise at 24-20 and took the second set 25-21 to hold the upper hand in the match at 2-0.

Set three started in a similar fashion with the previous two, with a tight score to start the game.

The Lancers surrendered a 12-10 lead, but battled back to take control. The Tigers kept fighting, however, and snatched the lead once more.

Tuttle’s cross-court kill tied the game at 22, but the Lancers couldn’t take over the score, allowing Princeton to get dangerously close to set point.

Even at 23, the Tigers were the first to reach set point as they grabbed the next point, but a service error put the score tied once again. Brink’s attack snuck through Princeton’s wall, giving CBU match point.

The Tigers held their own, determined to take a game off the Lancers and increasing the score. Princeton conceded a service error to once again give CBU match point and Tuttle slammed down the final kill of the night to end the set 30-28.

“You’re playing a little bit more in long sets so it can be tiring, but I think it was good for the guys,” said Schneider. “They found out they can grind out a win against a solid opponent. From a mental standpoint, they’ve fought and scrapped a few good sets this year and pulling out the three-set win really gives us a lot of momentum against a really good opponent tomorrow.”

CBU turns right around to face No. 5-ranked USC tomorrow night at 8 p.m. on the road.

“We need to keep doing what we’re doing and working our energy against USC,” said Schneider. “I’d like us to get a little more comfortable with some of the things we’re rolling out since we’re changing a few things.”

The Lancers will get a chance to recover from the amount of volleyball they’ve played in the past six days, returning to action on Monday, Feb. 3 at home. It will still be a test as CBU hosts No. 4-ranked BYU at 7 p.m.

Lancer wins historic Golden Coast Conference honor

water poloThe Golden Coast Conference’s first-ever Women’s Water Polo Player of the Week award went to a Lancer Wednesday. California Baptist University junior Laura Kocsis earned the inaugural honor Wednesday after a hot start to 2014.

Kocsis drew the attention during the Lancers’ trip to the UC Santa Barbara Winter Invite. CBU went 2-2 in the two-day tournament Friday and Saturday to improve to 2-4 overall. Kocsis had nine goals, four assists and three steals in the four games, with her biggest performance coming in her team’s tournament finale.

The utility scored a hat trick in an 8-7 win over Cal State Bakersfield, which falls just outside the top-20 rankings in the NCAA, including the game-winner.

“Kocsis had a great weekend,” head coach Jonathan Miller said. “She really provided a lot of offensive firepower for us. Obviously, that goal she came up with at the end against Bakersfield was big for us.”

On the year, Kocsis has a team-high 11 goals, is tied for second with five assists and three steals. She is also coming off an international experience, as the Hungarian native helped her country to a silver medal at the 2013 Summer Universiade (World University Games), scoring twice in six games.

Family Updates

Dr. Alice Shiotsugu

Dr. Alice Shiotsugu

Dr. Alice Amalia Shiotsugu, an adjunct professor in Online and Professional Studies, just returned from Kuwait and Dubai, where she is creating a Certified Public Accounting (CPA) practice exam in Arabic.

 

 

 

Dr. Linn Carothers

Dr. Linn Carothers

 

Dr. Linn Carothers, program director of math and physics, demonstrated to math educators the use of a 21st century computer intensive Monte Carlo solution to solve an Archimedean problem discovered buried in an ancient prayer book dated more than 200 years before Christ. Carothers presented the solution at the 12th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education in Honolulu on Jan. 8.

 

 

David Bishop

David Bishop

David Bishop, assistant professor of software engineering, presented a paper titled Toward an Understanding of Preference for Agile Software Development Methods from a Personality Theory Perspective at the the 47th annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences on Jan. 9, 2014. Dr. Amit Deokar from Dakota State University was a co-author on the paper.

 

 

Benjamin Knisley

Benjamin Knisley

 

Benjamin Knisley, a CBU applied statistical analysis major, presented a paper on Jan. 18 at the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, Md. The presentation was titled Anthropometric Indicators of Obesity in Native American Adolescents and Exploratory Data Analysis and was co-mentored by Dr. Margaret Barth, director of nutrition and food sciences, and Dr. Linn Carothers, professor of mathematics. It was the result of a study with Barth; Dr. Melissa Wiggington, assistant professor of health sciences; Hannah Stipek, health science major; Grace Crosby, healthcare administration major; and Carothers.

 

Dr. Keanon Alderson

Dr. Keanon Alderson

Dr. Andrew Herrity

Dr. Andrew Herrity

Dr. Andrew Herrity, professor of business, and Dr. Keanon Alderson, associate professor of business, organized and facilitated an academic session on Jan. 11 titled Decision-Making in the Family Business: Where Do We Go from Here? at the annual meeting of the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, held in Fort Worth, Texas. Herrity presented a paper on decision-making by family business founders and Alderson presented a separate paper on decision-making by members of the second generation of the founding family.

 

 

Dr. Matthew Rickard

Dr. Matthew Rickard

Dr. Matthew Rickard, associate professor of bioengineering, was recently awarded two new patents for his eighth and ninth inventions, which present two different approaches for an implantable microfluidic flow control system that optimizes aqueous humor flow in the eye to eliminate potential vision loss for glaucoma patients. U.S. Patent 8,579,848 is for active draining systems with pressure-driven valves and electronically-driven pumps. U.S. Patent 8,603,024 is for glaucoma drainage devices that include vario-stable valves and associated systems and methods.

 

 

Dr. Daniel Skubik

Dr. Daniel Skubik

Dr. Daniel Skubik, professor of law, ethics and humanities, participated in a conference on the Holocaust at Texas A&M University Jan. 23-25. Sponsored by the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, the meeting commemorated the 50th anniversary of the publication of  Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem and is part of a two-year series titled World War II and Its Global Legacies. Conference proceedings included topics related to the trial, Arendt’s philosophy, our understanding of Nazism and totalitarianism, human rights and international law.

 

 

Dr. Barry Parker

Dr. Barry Parker

Dr. Barry Parker, reference and serials librarian, hosted a table for his novel, Resolutions, at the Eastvale (Calif.) Local Author Fair on Jan. 11.

 

 

 

Dr. Scott Key

Dr. Scott Key

Dr. Scott B. Key, professor of philosophy, had an essay titled The Moral Aesthetic of Perelandra published in C.S. Lewis and the Arts: Creativity in the Shadowlands, which was published by Square Halo Books in November. The book is available in the campus store and through Amazon.

 

 

 

Dr. Hyun-Woo Park

Dr. Hyun-Woo Park

Dr. Hyun-Woo Park, associate professor of biology, was one of nine co-authors who recently published a paper titled Construction and characterization of the interdomain chimeras using Cry11Aa and Cry11Ba from Bacillus thuringiensis and identification of a possible novel toxic chimera in the journal Biotechnology Letters.

 

 

 

Chute book cover

Dr. Anthony Chute, associate dean and associate professor of church history, contributed a chapter for the recently published book, A Noble Company: Biographical Essays on Notable Particular-Regular Baptists in America. Chute’s subject was Silas Mercer, a colonial pastor and church planter who was an advocate for religious liberty and early promoter of theological education among Baptists.

 

 

Dr. Chuck Sands

Dr. Chuck Sands

Dr. Chuck Sands, dean of the College of Allied Health, was recently appointed to the community health steering committee for the County of Riverside’s Department of Public Health. The committee includes health care, government and educational leaders who will assist in guiding the county towards national public health accreditation. Sands also made a presentation to the 2014 Leadership Riverside class titled The Future of Healthcare Education.

 

 

 

Asher Sherburne, flight instructor has been selected for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Flight Training Excellence Award 2013 Honor Roll.

 

Dr. Riste Simnjanovski

Dr. Riste Simnjanovski

Dr. Elizabeth Morris

Dr. Elizabeth Morris

Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Morris and Dr. Riste Simnjanovski, both assistant academic deans for Online and Professional Studies, presented a paper titled A Bobby or a Commie: An Examination of Accountability in American Higher Education at the 2014 Clute Institute International Academic Conference in Orlando, Fla. on Jan. 2.

 

 

Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather, chair of the department of aviation science, provided a one-day workshop in Safety Management Systems for the Hawaii Department of Transportation – Airports Division in Honolulu, Hawaii on Jan. 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

Personnel Updates

DATE DEPARTMENT POSITION NAME STATUS
1/6/2014 Public Safety Public Safety Officer Anthony Settle New Hire
1/6/2014 Accounting Assistant Director Amy Weston New Hire
1/6/2014 Athletics Asst. Men’s Water Polo/Asst. Men’s/Women’s Swim Coach Jeremy Hare New Hire
1/6/2014 Information and Technology Services ITS Customer Support Analyst II Cameron Council New Hire
1/6/2014 Online and Professional Studies One Stop-Student Service Advisor Grace Conaway New Hire
1/6/2014 Financial Aid Financial Aid Advisor Nishat Choudhury New Hire
1/21/2014 School of Business Professor (Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs) Stephen Strombeck New Hire
1/13/2014 Residence Life Secretary Aimee Gomory Change
1/16/2014 Modern Language and Literature Assistant Professor Berniece Alspach(Formerly: Bruinius) Name Change
1/2/2014 Registrar Degree and Records Generalist Diane Rasmusson Change
1/2/2014 Registrar Associate Registrar Shelly Rupard Change
1/2/2014 Registrar Asst. Registrar for Degree and Veteran Services Lorene Armstrong Change
1/2/2014 Registrar Degree and Records Analyst Irma Granados Change
1/2/2014 Online and Professional Studies Associate Professor Kenneth Minesinger Change
1/6/2014 Aviation Science Flight Instructor Jeffrey Mulhorn Change
1/24/2014 Financial Aid Financial Aid Counselor Ione Jackson(Formerly: Flanagan) Name Change
12/26/2013 School of Nursing Lecturer Nancy Dobson No Longer Employed
1/16/2014 Facilities and Planning Services Asst. Director of Maintenance and Operations Robert Watson No Longer Employed
1/21/2014 Athletics Asst. Women’s Soccer Coach Seth Taylor No Longer Employed
1/22/2014 Facilities and Planning Services Maintenance Technician II-Plumber Charles “Chuck” Cerise No Longer Employed
1/24/2014 Health Sciences Department Secretary Christine Holguin No Longer Employed
1/28/2014 Accounting Payroll Technician Elizabeth Martinez No Longer Employed