In this issue…
Lancer women win NCAA Division II West Region championship
In a battle of strength vs. strength, CBU was clearly too strong for Cal Poly Pomona in an 81-58 victory Monday night at the Alaska Airlines Center. The Lancers were most impressive on the defensive end, holding a Broncos team that came into the playoffs averaging 46 percent from the field, which ranks eighth in Division II, to a miniscule 30.9 percent (21-for-68). It led to CBU winning a West Region title and improving to 27-6. Cal Poly Pomona – a region champion and a Final Four qualifier in 2014 – ends the year with a 21-9 record.
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Banner newspaper, Pursuit magazine win top national awards
The Associated College Press awarded 1st place “Best of Show” awards to both The Banner newspaper and Pursuit magazine, in those respective categories, and The Banner Online earned the 5th place award in the Best Website category. The 31st Annual ACP National College Journalism Convention was held in Los Angeles Feb. 26 to March 1. A complete list of winners is available by clicking here.
“This is really unprecedented in my experience that one program would be awarded 1st place Best of Show in both the newspaper and magazine categories,” said Dr. Michael Chute, director of the journalism & new media and public relations program. “It is the third year in a row that The Banner has been named the top ‘Best of Show’ newspaper at the ACP convention. This really speaks to the quality work our students do on the campus publications and the top honor three years in a row shows how consistent our students have been in producing quality publications.”
In the California College Media Association convention Feb. 28, CCMA awarded seven CBU students for outstanding achievement in writing, photography and design. The Pursuit staff also earned an honorable mention in the Best Magazine category.
At its Spring National College Media Convention in New York City March 11-14, the College Media Association awarded Pursuit magazine 2nd place in Best Magazine Spread, as well as 3rd place in Best Overall Design for another magazine spread, which competed against design entries from newspapers, magazines, yearbooks and advertising.
Colleges and universities from across the U.S. enter publications in the ACP and College Media Association competitions each year.
Comedian Joe Nipote shares experiences with CBU students
Comedian and actor Joe Nipote spoke to theatre students at California Baptist University March 10 about his work as an actor, stand-up comedian and voice-over actor.
John Pate, chair of the department of communication arts, described Nipote as an actor, writer and “all-around entertainment guy” who would discuss the ins and outs of the entertainment industry.
Nipote’s most recognizable work includes the Steven Spielberg-directed film “Casper,” the hit television show “Viper” and his work on “Zack & Cody: Suite Life on Deck.” He also has ventured from film by writing two children’s books and appearing as a boxing ring announcer on HBO and Showtime.
“The important thing is to work as much as you can, wherever you can,” he said.
Nipote recalled the importance of being recognized early in his career.
“The only reason I started doing stand-up was to be seen,” he said. “I knew every casting member was there in that comedy store, and I had to go up there to be seen.”
Nipote stressed the importance of making an impression saying, “One time I jumped up on top of a desk and went crazy and I got the part.”
He also spoke on the competitive nature of show business.
“There are no failures. The audition is the job,” Nipote said. “They might like somebody else, but it doesn’t mean you failed. If you get a call back, that’s just a perk. The best way to do this is to work wherever you can. If you can get on stage it will make you more creative and it will pay off down the road, and that is all I ever tried to do.”
Bible professor offers insight to false biblical teachings
The author of a new Bible commentary offered insights on responding to false biblical teachings during a visit to California Baptist University on March 10.
Dr. George Guthrie, the Benjamin W. Perry Professor of Bible, Theology and Missions at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., is a New Testament scholar and author of a commentary on II Corinthians being published soon. He spoke to faculty and students from the CBU School of Christian Ministries and area pastors.
Guthrie looked at Paul’s response to false teachers in II Corinthians 2:14-16 to determine how today’s believer should respond.
Paul was confronted with a situation where false teachers had come to Corinth and infiltrated the church with a different gospel. Paul wrote II Corinthians as a guide that can be followed for authentic ministry, Guthrie said. First, believers need to be thankful and confident in God.
“We need to have large understanding of what it means to be in Christ,” he said. “When we’re dealing with false teachers, we start with a posture of being confident and thankful in our relationship with God.”
Believers need to keep proclaiming the gospel, even when they run into conflict or difficult situations, Guthrie said. Why can Paul be confident and thankful in the midst of a difficult ministry moment?
“Because he is confident that he is called by God,” he said. “He’s called by God to a very significant task in the world, and that is to make the knowledge of God known everywhere he goes.”
Believers also need to understand that the gospel and ministry will divide people, between those who are being saved and those who are not, Guthrie said.
“Stay united with God, walk with God, let him give you perspective. We need to keep proclaiming and incarnating the good gospel even when things get dicey,” he said. “We need to understand that authentic ministry at times functions as a divide line. Everybody isn’t going to like what we’re doing. Get used to it.”
CBU celebrates opening of Rancho Cucamonga center
California Baptist University dedicated its new Rancho Cucamonga Educational Service Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Feb. 26. More than 100 faculty, staff and members of the community attended the grand opening held at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
“California Baptist University Online & Professional Studies is now poised to better serve the adult education learner in Rancho Cucamonga and surrounding areas,” said Dr. David Poole, CBU vice president for Online and Professional Studies, at the grand opening. “By opening a state-of-the-art, full service-learning center right in the center of the community, we can offer bachelor and master degree programs in an online or hybrid format. Given the convenience of our new location, our administration, faculty and staff at CBU also become an integral part of this growing community. The goal: helping to ensure an educated and prepared workforce for the local area.”
Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president, said the growth is part of the university’s response to changes in the local, regional and global job market. He noted that CBU has grown enrollment from 808 in the fall of 1994 to 7,957 in the fall of 2014, more than a 900 percent increase.
“All indicators point toward continued growth in enrollment in the coming years, in particular the adult student market,” Ellis said.
The new education center in Rancho Cucamonga is part of more than $300 million CBU has invested since 2001 to improve its main campus facilities and extend learning off campus in the online and hybrid environment.
The new location features state-of-the-art classrooms, staff and faculty offices, wireless internet for students in the lounge area and in the staff and student break room.
On behalf of the city of Rancho Cucamonga, mayor pro tem Sam Spagnolo offered warm words of welcome. Council member Lynne Kennedy joined Spagnolo in presenting Ellis and CBU an official certificate of welcome. Mark Rush, executive pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church, offered the prayer of dedication.
Ellis and Poole thanked those who have supported the university’s expansion into the growing community.
For more information contact CBU Online & Professional Studies – Rancho Cucamonga Educational Service Center at 951.343.3900 or email@example.com. The center is located at 7876 Kew Ave, Suite 1650, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739 in Victoria Gardens.
Dr. Barry Parker, references and serials librarian, became an American citizen during ceremonies at the Los Angeles Convention Center March 18. Parker is originally from Canada.
Dr. Veola Vazquez, associate professor of psychology, is author of a novel for middle-grade children ages 8-12, The Nickel Nuisance, which was published March 12 by Double Letter Press. The book is the first of three in a planned series called The Coin Chronicles.
Dr. Douglas Barnett, adjunct professor of business for Online and Professional Studies, met the Archbishop of Canterbury during a recent trip to London. Archbishop Justin Welby was a guest on a talk show which is directed by a friend of Barnett’s.
CBU faculty and students won several awards in the 2015 American Advertising Awards-Inland Empire ceremony held March 13 at the Mission Inn in Riverside. Gold award-winners, whose entries automatically advance to district competition, include:
Emily Poulin for House Catalog in the brochures/annual report category;
Jessica Schollerman, Science Fiction, illustration, single;
Matthew C. Cook, Class Demo, animation or special effects;
Michael Berger, assistant professor of graphic design, for two entries: French Paper in the poster category and Fred Jordan Mission brochure in the brochure category. Berger also won a silver award for Maiden Massacre in the poster, single category.
Other silver award winners are:
- Michael A. Barraza, Abuse, poster, single;
- Emily Galina, Anthony Perez, Delaia Federico and Jazeena Pineda, Summit Tea Co., packaging;
- Salvador H. Castrejon, Travel Dreams, consumer or trade publication;
- Timothy J. Kothlow, Waiting for the Wave, photography;
- Anthony Perez, Summit Tea Co., logo;
- Colton James Von Pertz, Jeep Instagram Campaign, photography, campaign;
- Alexa Brianna Aguilara, Dunkin Donuts, animation or special effects;
Bronze award winners include:
- Caleb D. Bol, Michael Bierut, poster, single;
- Jordan Singer, The Prestige, poster, single;
- Colton James von Pertz, Southwest Airlines, consumer or trade publication;
- Jacob Gonzalez, Midnight Dunk, photography, color;
- Evoke Magazine, a CBU/Online student publication, consumer magazine category
Courtney Lloyd, adjunct professor of sign language for Online and Professional Studies, led a session at the Southern California American Sign Language Educators Conference March 7 in Yucaipa, Calif. Lloyd’s presentation was titled The Tech-Savvy Teacher: Using Technology in Teaching ASL.” The entire conference was conducted in American Sign Language.
Dr. Namhee Kim, assistant professor of communication disorders, presented research March 6 titled The role of type and token frequency of consonant assimilation in child speech at the poster session at the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention held in Long Beach, Calif.
CBU’s healthcare administration program has been granted membership in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Higher Education Network. The program will be included in the ACHE directory of colleges and universities, and CBU healthcare administration students will be eligible to participate in ACHE sponsored events, including national meetings and statewide competitions.
Janae Billingsley-Greer and Audree Hernandez of Ramona High school won second place in the senior division group-website while competing in the Riverside County National History Day. They will advance to the National History Day-California State competition in Rocklin on May 8-9. The competition featured 178 entries from 318 students in categories that included 2-D display, documentary, performance, exhibit, paper and website. Billingsley-Greer is the daughter of Samantha Greer, department secretary in facilities and planning services.