A newsletter for faculty and staff of California Baptist University

March 20, 2015

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Lancer women win NCAA Division II West Region championship

winnersWith the NCAA Division II West Region championship on the line, both California Baptist University and Cal Poly Pomona wanted to come out and impose their style and will on the other.

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.
To read the complete story, click here.

 

Banner newspaper, Pursuit magazine win top national awards

publications Two of California Baptist University’s campus publications, The Banner newspaper and Pursuit magazine, took home top national awards at recent journalism conferences in Los Angeles and New York City.

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

Joe Nipote

Joe Nipote

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

Dr. George Guthrie

Dr. George Guthrie

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

CBU President Ronald L. Ellis cuts the ribbon for the new Rancho Cucamonga Educational Service Center, located in Victoria Gardens. The new center will offer bachelor and master degree programs both online and in a hybrid format.

CBU President Ronald L. Ellis cuts the ribbon for the new Rancho Cucamonga Educational Service Center, located in Victoria Gardens. The new center will offer bachelor and master degree programs both online and in a hybrid format.

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 cbuonline@calbaptist.edu.  The center is located at 7876 Kew Ave, Suite 1650, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739 in Victoria Gardens.

 

Family Updates

Dr. Barry Parker

Dr. Barry Parker

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.

 

 

 

 

The Nickel Nuisance CoverDr. 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 with Archbishop Justin Welby

Dr. Douglas Barnett with Archbishop Justin Welby

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:

  • House Catalog by Emily Poulin

    House Catalog by Emily Poulin

    Emily Poulin for House Catalog in the brochures/annual report category;

 

 

 

 

  • Science Fiction by Jessica Schoellerman

    Science Fiction by Jessica Schoellerman

    Jessica Schollerman, Science Fiction, illustration, single;

 

 

 

 

  • Class Demo by Matthew C. Cook

    Class Demo by Matthew C. Cook

    Matthew C. Cook, Class Demo, animation or special effects;

 

 

 

 

 

  • French Paper by Michael Berger

    French Paper by Michael Berger

    Fred Jordan Mission Brochure by Michael Berger

    Fred Jordan Mission Brochure by Michael Berger

    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

Courtney Lloyd

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

Dr. Namhee Kim

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 (right) and her partner Audree Hernandez

Janae Billingsley-Greer (right) and her partner Audree Hernandez

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.

 

 

 

 

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Students elect new executive council for ASCBU

From left: Ashlee Smith, Jordan Lanksbury, Makenna Lammons and Katie Juarez

From left: Ashlee Smith, Jordan Lanksbury, Makenna Lammons and Katie Juarez

Students have elected a new executive council for the Associated Students of California Baptist University.

The new officers for the 2015-16 school year are Executive President Makenna Lammons, Executive Vice President Jordan Lanksbury, Vice President for Finance Katie Juarez and Vice President for Communication Ashlee Smith.

Her term as president will be the third office Lammons has held in the ASCBU. A sophomore psychology and criminal justice double major, she began as a freshman representative on the ASCBU Senate and continued this year as director of office affairs on the council.

Lammons talked about how the current president, Trent Ward, brought remembrance events for 9/11 and Veterans Day to campus.

“I want to continue that because I’ve seen that it’s had a positive impact on students,” she said.  “In the past, we’re known for our Christmas party in the winter and recess in the spring. Those are great traditions, but I want to continue what Trent has done, because it’s also serving the student body.”

Another goal Lammons has is to partner with the university and install automatic doors at the Alumni Dining Commons between the dining room and the patio area. Students struggle opening the doors holding trays.

“When I look at students, I try to find little ways to serve them,” she said.

Lanksbury, a business administration sophomore, wants to provide opportunities for students to join outreach programs and fun events on campus.

“I plan on making an impact on student’s lives here at CBU and making it evident that ASCBU wants to do the same,” he said.

This year, Juarez, a junior accounting major, is a residential representative. While being the vice president for finance goes with her major, there was another reason she wanted to be on the council.

“I just love what ASCBU is about,” she said. “I love being able to serve the students in whatever way I can, especially in an area that I think that I do well.

Juarez’s goals are to ensure the budget is being used efficiently and also to get students involved on campus.

“You make more friends that way, you make more relationships, you can build relationships with professors,” she said. “You can learn more and work on being a better person more than just working on your major.”

Smith, a freshman communication disorders major, is a commuter representative this year. She wants to better communicate events to students, get them information early enough so they have time to plan and inform them of the services ASCBU provides.

“I thought it was an area that I could effectively serve the student body and make it an area of improvement in ASCBU and be able to help it grow,” she said.

 

Chili cook-off reveals best recipes, campus favorite

Jacqueline Gutierrez and Luke Smallwood, both sophomore Christian studies majors, enjoy trying the chili.

Jacqueline Gutierrez and Luke Smallwood, both sophomore Christian studies majors, enjoy trying the chili.

California Baptist University diners at the Alumni Dining Commons enjoyed some award-winning chili at lunch March 4. Or at least chili that was voted favorite at the recent chili cook-off.

Fifteen students, faculty and staff submitted recipes for the contest. Executive Chef Giuseppe Pitruzello narrowed down the recipes, then he, his sous chef and pastry chef picked the top three, all from students. Diners sampled the three recipes and then voted for their favorite at the ADC Feb. 26.

“Chili to me is a robust, one-dish wonder that I could dip some cornbread in, or a piece of bread and wipe around the plate, and feel like I had something inexpensive but yet delicious and filling at the same time,” Pitruzello said.

The finalists were Jennifer Ahlberg, a freshman communications disorders major; Emily Done, a sophomore communication disorders major; and Jennet MacDonald, a sophomore nutrition and food sciences major.

Ahlberg said she and her best friend make the recipe every year on Halloween.

“The recipe is so different because it has so much flavor with a just a little spice to it, which is perfect for me,” she said. “I don’t like spicy food.”

Done’s recipe came from her mother, she said.

“A distinctive quality is that we don’t add beans, which makes it ‘real’ chili,” Done said.

MacDonald’s recipe came from her grandfather who was a firefighter and cooked for his firehouse. Chorizo and cumin make it unique.

“It’s good because you can make it your own,” she said. “You can make it spicy, make it hot.”

Students had their favorites, whether it was the meatiness, the spiciness or the sweetness that grabbed their palates. The cook-off even got Dionasys Kalentermidis, a criminal justice major, to try chili for the first time.

“I thought it would be too spicy. It’s nice to know it’s not,” he said.

The winning recipe was from Ahlberg. She received a Provider gift card, a box of Hot Tamales and her chili was served at lunch March 4.

“The whole plan is to get the students involved and to have them come in and try something and have them select something and kind of a jury of their peers. It’s a monotony breaker just to say that we’re having fun,” Pitruzello said. “We’re just trying to keep engaged and keep things fresh and new, just so they don’t feel like they’re just coming to the cafeteria.”

 

Moody Bible professor tells students about God’s grace

Christopher Yuan

Dr. Christopher Yuan

Dr. Christopher Yuan shared his story of God’s love and grace in his life during chapel services March 2 and 4 at California Baptist University.

Yuan is a professor at Moody Bible Institute and last year earned a doctorate from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. But before that happened, he was on a very different path, he told chapel audiences.

While attending dental school, he began living promiscuously as a gay man and experimenting with drugs. He was expelled from dental school and later was imprisoned for drug dealing and discovered that he was HIV positive.

“According to the world, I had it all. Money, fame, drugs and sex,” Yuan said. “I had exchanged the truth of God for a lie and I began worshipping and serving the creature, rather than the creator.”

While he was still at dental school, his parents became Christians. His mother prayed for him and continued to reach out to him.

“My mother began to pray a very bold prayer — ‘God, do whatever it takes, whatever it takes to bring this prodigal son to you,’” Yuan said.

It was while he was in prison that he became a Christian. He felt called to full-time ministry in prison and when he was released, he began attending Moody Bible Institute, where he is now a professor.

“From prisoner to professor, how about that for a resume?” Yuan said. “But God has done far more abundantly beyond all that we have asked or thought.”

Yuan’s desire is to minister to those working through issues of sexuality and to those living with HIV/AIDS. He speaks locally and internationally, on college campuses and in churches. His parents often speak with him, and he and his mother co-authored a book, “Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God, A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope.”

He acknowledges in his younger years he had no interest in God, made bad decisions, which resulted in bad consequences. But the reality is everyone is sinful, he said, and everyone’s days is numbered.

“Not one person in this room – student, faculty, staff, administration – has ever been promised tomorrow here on earth. But don’t we take tomorrow for granted?” he said. “As a child of God, I must live with a sense of urgency.”

 

Rapper Trip Lee visits CBU campus, talks about music

Trip Lee speaks to students during chapel services at California Baptist University. (Photo by Locy Durant)

Trip Lee speaks to students during chapel services at California Baptist University. (Photo by Locy Durant)

Trip Lee, rapper, pastor and author, spoke to students at California Baptist University this week about music and worship. He also performed a concert on campus Feb. 24.

“God created music, and he gave it to us for our enjoyment and for his worship,” Lee said. He released his fifth album last fall and his second book in January. “Music captured how I felt about things and inspired me. I was really in love with music and that eventually led me to write my own.”

Music is used in worship for many reasons, he told the students. The main one is to praise God and celebrate his work. Lee talked about how the Israelites broke into song after crossing the Red Sea. He questioned why Christians are often uninterested in praising God in chapel or in church.

“If you’re a Christian today, you always have reason to burst out in joyful songs of praise, because you have been delivered from great doom,” he said. “We’re always standing on the other side of the Red Sea looking at the miraculous way that God has delivered us.”

Music can also be used to express pain and frustration. Lee talked about a health issue he has struggled with that resulted in the song, “Sweet Victory.” The song has connected with people, because everyone can relate to pain and frustration in their lives, he said. Scripture is real about pain and suffering, with both Job and David writing songs about it in the Bible.

“It might be kind of depressing that we find songs like this in scripture, but instead it should be a comfort to us,” Lee said. He reminded students that the Bible inspires us in all life’s circumstances.

Music also encourages others, and it is a gift God has given us to enjoy, Lee said. While it’s a big part of everyone’s life, we should be careful how we use it.

“Let’s not just mindlessly enjoy our music; let’s not mindlessly ignore opportunities to praise God,” he said. “It’s been given to us to enjoy but also (to use) to worship God.”

 

Family Updates

Mark Woodson, president-elect of the American Society of Civil Engineers, speaks to the CBU student chapter of the organization.

Mark Woodson, president-elect of the American Society of Civil Engineers, speaks to the CBU student chapter of the organization.

The Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering and the CBU’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) hosted Mark Woodson, president-elect of the ASCE on March 6. Woodson spoke to students on the topic Engineering the Future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Anthony Chute

Dr. Anthony Chute

Dr. Matthew Y. Emerson

Dr. Matthew Y. Emerson

Dr. Anthony Chute, professor of church history, and Dr. Matthew Y. Emerson, assistant professor of Christian ministries for Online and Professional Studies, have published their latest issue of the Journal of Baptist Studies. The theme of this issue is One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church: Baptist Reflections on the Church in the Nicene Creed. Articles by Emerson, Dr. Chris Morgan, dean of the School of Christian Ministries, and Dr. Luke Stamps, assistant professor of Christian studies, are included. The link for the journal can be found here: http://baptiststudiesonline.com/the-journal-of-baptist-studies-7-2015/

 

 

A group of CBU students, alumni and faculty at the "Hit the Hill" event in the State Capitol

A group of CBU students, alumni and faculty at the “Hit the Hill” event at the State Capitol

About 35 CBU athletic training students, alumni and faculty joined more than 170 California Athletic Trainers Association members at the State Capitol to promote a new bill, AB 161, which would make it unlawful for any person to call himself/herself an athletic trainer or a certified athletic trainer who has not been certified or completed eligibility requirements to be certified by the Board of Certification Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rustan Welch, Amy Gwilt and Annabel Zandi

Rustan Welch, Amy Gwilt and Annabel Zandi

Amy Gwilt, financial coordinator, attended the annual Cal Grant Day in the Capital Feb. 24 with two CBU students. Annabel Zandi and Rustan Welch met with senators and assembly members to share how the Cal Grant allows them to finance their educational goals. The event is sponsored by the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather, professor of aviation science, taught a one-day course Feb. 24 titled Staffing Needs and Job Related Training for Aviation Departments at the National Business Aviation Association Leadership Conference held in Tucson, Ariz.; a one-day course March 1 titled Effective Leadership in Business Aviation at the Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo held in Orlando, Fla.; and a workshop March 6 titled Becoming an Effective Leader at the Women in Aviation International Conference in Dallas, Texas.

 

 

 

Dr. Bruce Stokes was one of a group of scholars meeting in New York City to discuss the Messianic Jewish Movement.

Dr. Bruce Stokes was one of a group of scholars meeting in New York City to discuss the Messianic Jewish Movement.

Dr. Bruce Stokes, professor of anthropology and behavioral science, participated in the Fourth Borough Park Symposium in New York City Feb. 16-18. The symposium featured scholars who were invited to discuss the Messianic Jewish Movement. The meeting brought together Israeli Messianic Jews and Palestinian Arab Christians from Bethlehem to discuss their marginality from their own people groups because of the common faith in Yeshua (Jesus) as Messiah and the difficulties of the Jewish-Palestinian conflict in Israel and Jerusalem. Stokes is currently updating his doctoral dissertation research on the Messianic Movement in America and Israel.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Dave Pearson

Dr. Dave Pearson

Dr. Dave Pearson, professor of kinesiology and faculty athletics representative, recently served as the NCAA site representative at the Division II western region wrestling championships in Pueblo, Colo.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Gayne Anacker

Dr. Gayne Anacker

Dr. Gayne Anacker, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, presented Coming Home: The Spiritual Journey of C.S. Lewis Feb. 11 at First Congregational Church in Redlands for the church’s 2015 Kirk Series.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson, associate professor of public relations for Online and Professional Studies, spoke to a group of communication and public relations majors at California State University San Bernardino Feb. 24 on Seven Tips for Success after Commencement.
 

 

 

 

Dr. Namhee Kim

Dr. Namhee Kim

Dr. Namhee Kim, assistant professor of communication disorders, and two CBU student representatives from the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association volunteered Feb. 20 for the SOS program at Grove Community Church. The SOS program is a monthly evening program for special needs children and their siblings while their parents got out. The students were exposed to various disorders and age groups. The group plans to continue participation in March and April.

 

 

 

Dr. Angela Deulen

Dr. Angela Deulen

Dr. Angela Deulen, assistant professor of psychology, successfully defended her dissertation for the doctor of education degree in organizational leadership at Pepperdine University.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis presents the Employee of the Month award to Lisa Logan.

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis presents the Employee of the Month award to Lisa Logan.

Lisa Logan, student accounts counselor, is CBU’s Employee of the Month for March. The Employee of the Month Nomination Form included the following statements: “Lisa has a great work ethic. She consistently gives her all to serving her students and her team to the best of her ability. Lisa’s excitement about serving our students is infectious.  She is always ready to help students with a smile and a caring attitude. She’s a focused individual who values the Lord, her family, and her students. These values are seen through her dedication to and involvement at church, in the community, and at CBU.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Hiding Place production resumes this weekend

From left: Sarah Gorton, Haley Prizzi, Kiana Miskel, Jacob Nye, Samantha Cockrell, Joshua Hoefling are almost caught by a window washer during prayer before dinner in “The Hiding Place.” (Photo by Jessica Bills)

From left: Sarah Gorton, Haley Prizzi, Kiana Miskel, Jacob Nye, Samantha Cockrell, Joshua Hoefling are almost caught by a window washer during prayer before dinner in “The Hiding Place.” (Photo by Jessica Bills)

California Baptist University’s production of The Hiding Place will continue this Thursday, Feb. 26, and end on Saturday, Feb. 28.

The play tells the story of Corrie ten Boom and her family, who lived under the shadow of World War II Nazism. The ten Boom family lead lives of service, providing a hiding place for people fleeing the Nazis. The story takes the audience from a cozy clock shop in Haarlem, Holland, to the nightmare of the Ravensbruck concentration camp and back to hope again.

Frank Mihelich, director of the production and assistant professor of theatre, remembers reading the book in high school and staying up all night to read it.

“It’s just a compelling story,” he said. “We want to start inclusive conversations about faith, so we want to tell stories that are either dead-on about the gospel or just about humanity.”

Kiana Miskel, a junior theatre major, plays Corrie ten Boom.

“I think the biggest challenge that I have faced with playing this role is the fear of failing to give justice to such an incredible human being and tell her story the way that it needs to be told,” she said. “Being able to hear what these people went through at one of the darkest times in our history and were still able to put their faith and trust in Christ through it all has been so inspiring.”

She said the issues the play presents aren’t difficult to handle, but they are emotionally draining.

“I think it is worth it to really tap into what these people went through at that time,” she said. “It is an important story to be told, and I am proud to be a part of this beautiful production.

Corrie’s faith also touched Mihelich.

“The thing that struck me the most, even when I read the book when I was a kid, was that she had that slogan, and it appears in the play – ‘there is no pit so deep that Jesus is not deeper yet,’” he said. “Light shines the brightest in darkness.”

“I think often about my first-world problems – my latte isn’t hot,” he added.

Performances began Feb. 20 and will resume Thursday, Feb. 26, through Saturday, Feb. 28, with performances each evening at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee. General admission tickets are $15, with discounts offered for matinees, senior citizens and CBU students, faculty, staff and alumni.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Wallace Theatre box office at 951-343-4319.

 

Sitcom actor Jim O’Heir comes to CBU campus

Jim O'Heir

Jim O’Heir

California Baptist University students took a break from homework Feb. 17 to watch the next-to-last episodes of the NBC comedy “Parks and Recreations” live with cast member Jim O’Heir, who plays the character of Jerry Gergich.

O’Heir was invited by longtime friend Dr. Jim Buchholz, professor of mathematics and physics, who planned the event for the College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design.

The event consisted of an hour-long interview performed by Buchholz in front of a packed auditorium followed by a question and answer period. O’Heir then watched two new episodes with the students while meeting and greeting fans in the process.

During the interview, O’Heir began by discussing his decision in taking on the role of Jerry. His agents opposed his joining the cast for fear that he may not get many lines and become an extra on the set.

“To me it was such a no brainer. These were the people who created Phyllis from ‘The Office’ and Stanley,” he said. “I thought, if only that could happen to me … and it did.”

O’Heir talked about the day-to-day life on the set.

“I have been on many shows over the years, and some sets are tough to be on,” he said. “People don’t talk, people don’t get along. There was never an argument on the set of ‘Parks and Recreations’ in 125 episodes. They are just all great people and we all meshed.”

O’Heir discussed the show coming to an end. He and the rest of the cast will appear on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” after the series finale Feb. 24.

“It was tough. We still text every day. It’s like we can’t break away yet,” he said. “I have the feeling when we do Seth Meyers next week it will be an even tougher goodbye, because that will be the last grouping of us.”

“The meet and greet was great,” said Austin Robinson, a business administration junior. “He was engaging the audience with jokes.”

Although “Parks and Recreations” is coming to an end, O’Heir has big plans for his future. Currently, he is raising funds for a new project titled “Middleman,” a dark comedy in which he plays the lead role.

 

Runners hit their stride in 5th annual Lancer 5000

Participants in the Lancer 5000 cross the finish line.

Participants in the Lancer 5000 cross the finish line.

More than 300 runners and walkers participated in the 5th annual Lancer 5000 on the campus of California Baptist University Feb. 14.

Organized by CBU’s track and cross country program and sponsored by Lexus of Riverside, the event featured a 1K Kiddie Run at 7:30 a.m., followed by the 5K at 8 a.m. Awards were presented to the top participants in each age group, and the top three overall male and female runners were honored. Proceeds went to the CBU cross country and track program.

The top three male runners were Tyler Janes, who ran a time of 15:17.110, followed by Gabe Hernandez with 15:22.594 and Matthew Klein with 15:37.924. The top three female runners were Jennifer Sandoval, who ran a time of 18:18.297, followed by Emily Sanchez with 19:15.444 and Cassandra Boyd with 19:23.147.

“I saw all the older guys, and I wasn’t sure (about my chances),” said Janes, a junior at Martin Luther King High School in Riverside. “But when I got out on the track I felt good, and I decided to go for it towards the end.”

“It was a very challenging and fun course,” Klein said. “It was a beautiful day to run, and I’m very happy that we had some of the fastest high school runners (participating).”

A raffle awarded prizes ranging from gift cards to theme park passes. The event also featured a free breakfast sponsored by Chick-fil-A and free massages provided by Corona Physical Medicine.

“We were excited with the turnout,” said Sean Henning, assistant cross country and track coach and race director. “Having this many people come out and support is great. We hope to grow the event and make it bigger each year.”

Results by age division included:

0-10 Division: Jennifer Lopez: 20:26.764; Markow Allura: 21:19.664; Sanchez Dhannasshy: 25:44.334; Blake Moore: 47:56.580

11-14 Division: Caitlin Miller: 20:54.177; Lanie Schemenauer: 21:11.674; Joelle Ramos: 21:16.014; Jordi Peiro: 17:40.304; Edgar Gonzalez: 17:41.600; Jacob Moran: 18:08.707

15-19 Division: Valeria Ramirez: 19:28.477; Julie Diaz: 19:51.837; Kathryn Hammar: 20:05.074; Rolando Phalen: 15:46.197; Daniel Gonzalez: 16:00.444; Erik Gonzalez: 16:02.994

20-29 Division: Jacqueline Lutz: 20:37.450; Stephanie Curnow: 23:06.394; Melissa Booth: 23:23.180;Justin Wireman: 16:01.737; Antonio Sanchez: 16:31.037; Zachary Oliver: 16:44.034

30-39 Division: Erin Pope: 24:37.970; Andrea Morey: 26:52.667; Jacqui Contreras: 26:54.074; Isaac Gallardo: 19:24.790; Moses Vasquez: 20:13.014: Josh Morey: 21:02.547

40-49 Division: Beatrice Avila: 24:09.254; May Dai: 25:20.177; Georgette Chavez 25:30.994; Victor Garcia: 18:41.790; Brad Peters: 20:08.530; Paul Avila: 21:54.077

50-59 Division: Lisa Sherman: 23:31.214; Sandy Whitt: 26:21.517; Beth Thomas: 27:13.910; Neil Smart: 18:28.614; Andrew Benavidez: 20:16.424; Fredrick Martinez: 22:38.154

60-69 Division: Carolyn Greywood: 26:46.087; Vicki Snyder: 30:02.854; Tanya Mauldin: 39:06.907; Jeffrey Kinzel: 21:18.350; Stephen Posegate: 24:49.454; Isamu Long: 28:56:580

70 – 95 Division: Linda Lang: 46:04.807; Madeline Stilwell: 46:35.354; Bill Kennedy: 32:00.410; Robert Stilwell: 55:42.620

 

Family Updates

Dr. Charles Sands

Dr. Charles Sands

Dr. Charles Sands, dean of the College of Allied Health, presented Introduction to the College of Allied Health to the Riverside Sunrise Rotary Club on Feb. 13.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Candace Vickers at ASHA headquarters

Dr. Candace Vickers at ASHA headquarters

Dr. Candace Vickers, associate professor of communication disorders, chaired the Ad Hoc Committee on the International Classification of Functioning, Health and Disability (ICF) at the American Speech Language Hearing Association executive offices in Rockville, Md. in early February. ICF is a classification framework from the World Health Organization. The purpose of the committee is to find ways to help the national membership use the framework during assessment and treatment of clients. Members of the committee were scholars from the U.S., Australia and Canada, representing the fields of audiology and speech language pathology.

 

 

 

Dr. Beverly Howard

Dr. Beverly Howard

Dr. Beverly Howard, professor of music, has had two recent publications. Streams of Song: Developing a New Hymnal for the Presbyterian Church (USA) is a chapter in the new text The Changing World Religion Map: Sacred Places, Identities, Practices, and Politics, published by Springer Press. She also co-authored a six-week Adult Lenten study, Will You Come and Follow Me, published by The Thoughtful Christian, an online ecumenical resource center sponsored by Westminister John Knox Press.

 

 

 

Dr. William Flores with his plaque of appreciation.

Dr. William Flores, associate professor of Spanish, made a presentation titled Strategies for the Teaching of Literature at the Undergraduate Level: A Didactic Proposal at the Annual Conference of the Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) held at CBU on Feb. 7. Flores also was recognized for his service as president of the AATSP-Roger Anton Chapter. In addition, Ruth Flores, lecturer of English for Online & Professional Studies, made a presentation titled Three Ways to Engage and Inspire Your Students in the Fully Online Elementary Spanish Classroom at the conference.

 

 

 

 

 

Kenneth George

Kenneth George

Kenneth George, assistant professor of finance for Online and Professional Studies, served as a judge for the Christian Speech and Debate Tournament Feb. 21 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Highland. The tournament was sponsored by Stoa, a national high school and junior high speech and debate organization serving the needs of Christian homeschooling families.

 

 

 

 

Gavin and Jennifer Andrew with their sons, Calvin Jay and Everett Joseph.

Gavin and Jennifer Andrew with their sons, Calvin Jay and Everett Joseph.

Gavin Andrew, graduate admissions counselor, and his wife Jennifer welcomed their second son on Feb. 8. Everett Joseph Andrew weighed 8 lbs. 10 ozs. and measured 21 inches. His brother, Calvin Jay Andrew, is 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtney Janae Billingsley (right) is the daughter of Samantha Greer, department secretary in facilities and planning services.

Courtney Janae Billingsley (right) is the daughter of Samantha Greer, department secretary in facilities and planning services. She is pictured with her dad, Kevin Greer.

Courtney Janae Billingsley and her partner won first place at the Riverside Unified School District Science and Engineering Fair, with her project Proving Faraday’s Law. She will compete in the RIMS Inland Science and Engineering Fair April 6-7 at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino. Billingsley is the daughter of Samantha Greer, department secretary in facilities and planning services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personnel Updates

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February 13, 2015

The top ranking students at Mathcounts are honored at an awards ceremony at the conclusion of the event.

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CBU professor selected for Oxford project

Dr. Erin Smith

Dr. Erin Smith

Dr. Erin Smith, assistant professor of psychology, has been selected as one of 25 participants for the Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities project during the next two summers in Oxford, England.

The announcement came from Scholarship & Christianity in Oxford (SCIO), the United Kingdom Centre of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. The organization is a research and educational institute in Oxford, producing and supporting scholarship in a recognized center of international educational and scholarly excellence.

Funded by the Templeton Religion Trust, the program fosters in participants the interdisciplinary skills and understanding central to the study of religion.

In addition to attending the summer seminars with lectures from eminent scholars in the field, Smith will work on her own original research project, Promoting and Preventing the Dialogue: Psychological Influences on Discussion in Science and Religion. She will also establish a science and religion student club at CBU. Grant funds are provided to assist with the research and the student organization.

A final conference with presidents from participating institutions will be held in the summer of 2016.

According to the SCIO, the selection committee looked for early-to-mid-career faculty with proven interdisciplinary, leadership and communication skills and a strong research record who were fully supported by their sending institutions.

The project is “a timely and important initiative that will greatly strengthen teaching and research in science and religion, and enhance the intellectual experience of the faculty and their students,” said Allister McGrath, academic director of Bridging the Two Cultures, Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion and director of the Ian Ramsey Centre at the University of Oxford.

More information is available on SCIO’s website: http://www.scio-uk.org/bridging-two-cultures/.

 

“The Hiding Place” run begins Feb. 20

Hiding Place California Baptist University will present “The Hiding Place” Friday, Feb. 20, through Saturday, Feb. 28.

The play tells the story of Corrie ten Boom and her family, who lived under the shadow of World War II Nazism. The ten Boom family lead lives of service, providing a hiding place for people fleeing the Nazis. The story takes the audience from a cozy clock shop in Haarlem, Holland, to the nightmare of the Ravensbruck concentration camp and back to hope again.

Frank Mihelich, director of the production and assistant professor of theatre, remembers reading the book in high school and staying up all night to read it.

“It’s just a compelling story,” he said. “We want to start inclusive conversations about faith, so we want to tell stories that are either dead-on about the gospel or just about humanity.”

Kiana Miskel, a junior theatre major, plays Corrie ten Boom.

“I think the biggest challenge that I have faced with playing this role is the fear of failing to give justice to such an incredible human being and tell her story the way that it needs to be told,” she said. “Being able to hear what these people went through at one of the darkest times in our history and were still able to put their faith and trust in Christ through it all has been so inspiring.”

She said the issues the play presents aren’t difficult to handle, but they are emotionally draining.

“I think it is worth it to really tap into what these people went through at that time,” she said. “It is an important story to be told, and I am proud to be a part of this beautiful production.

Corrie’s faith also touched Mihelich.

“The thing that struck me the most, even when I read the book when I was a kid, was that she had that slogan, and it appears in the play – ‘there is no pit so deep that Jesus is not deeper yet,’” he said. “Light shines the brightest in darkness.”

“I think often about my first-world problems – my latte isn’t hot,” he added.

Performances begin Friday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. and continue Saturday, Feb. 21, with a 2 p.m. matinee and a 7:30 p.m. show. The play will resume Thursday, Feb. 26, through Saturday, Feb. 28, with performances each evening at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee. General admission tickets are $15, with discounts offered for matinees, senior citizens and CBU students, faculty, staff and alumni.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Wallace Theatre box office at 951-343-4319.

 

Student athlete wins national writing contest

Jake Zalesky, a senior public relations major, won a national award for a story written as an sports information intern.

Jake Zalesky, a senior public relations major, won a national award for a story written as an sports information intern.

A California Baptist University senior recently won the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Writing Contest in the college student division.

Jake Zalesky, a public relations major and sports information intern, won with a soccer article he wrote for cbulancers.com. Sammi Sheppard, director of sports information, entered him in the contest without his knowledge, so he was even more surprised he won.

“I was shocked. I never thought that something I’d write would win anything, let alone something that’s soccer-related,” he said. Zalesky also is a member of the soccer team.

“That was really exciting, the fact that I wrote an article for my team, and it won an award,” he said. “That was great. That was a huge blessing.”

It also made it a challenge writing the stories.

“As a writer, you have to get rid of all biases,” he said. “You have to stand neutral with things that you’re writing about. It was tough at first, but now it’s a lot easier for me.”

For Zalesky, the biggest reward is seeing his articles online or in print and having the opportunity to write.

“Just seeing it actually there with my name on it is really rewarding,” he said. “It’s giving me a lot of experience. Just being able to write for the school is a huge reward for me.”

Sheppard wanted to give him practical experience after he expressed an interest in sports information.

“I’m very happy for Jake,” Sheppard said. “It’s always encouraging to get some positive feedback, especially when you’re still learning. He’s been a great help this year and has the makings of a great sports information director if he wants to be.”

To read Zalesky’s winning story, click here.

 

Dean of medical school speaks on health and diseases

Dr. G. Richard Olds

Dr. G. Richard Olds

California Baptist University’s College of Allied Health hosted speaker Dr. G. Richard Olds on Feb. 10 for its Distinguished Lecture Series. Olds, the founding dean of University of California, Riverside’s School of Medicine, spoke to an audience of CBU students on the topic “Revenge of the Rainforest.”

Olds is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He has worked as the head of Brown University’s International Health Institute and is an expert in tropical rainforest diseases.

The lecture covered infectious diseases hidden within rainforests and the role that health professionals play in combating them.

“I think health professionals need more background in public health,” Olds said. “All health professionals need a better understanding of what is a cost-effective way to care for patients.”

Olds referred to recent outbreaks of Ebola.

“No one appreciated the potential health risk until it got into a densely populated environment where the transition from person to person could proceed faster than the virus could kill off infectious hosts,” he said.

Olds believes the current Ebola epidemic could not be stopped even if there was a cure tomorrow.

“We have to identify the cases, quarantine them and treat them without letting our own health care professionals get sick themselves,” he said. “That is exactly how the Ebola epidemic will be controlled.”

He concluded his talk by saying the priorities for health spending needed to change.

“We put too much money in this country into curing people after they get sick,” Olds said. “We should put far more resources into public health. The patient would actually prefer not to get sick in the first place. I would prefer to stay healthy.”

 

College of Engineering hosts MATHCOUNTS for area schools

The top ranking students at Mathcounts are honored at an awards ceremony at the conclusion of the event.

The top ranking students at Mathcounts are honored at an awards ceremony at the conclusion of the event.

MATHCOUNTS, a competitive mathematics program, attracted more than 150 middle school students to the California Baptist University campus Feb. 7.

MATHCOUNTS is an organization dedicated to promoting engineering and mathematics at the middle school level. The students came from 26 middle schools in the Riverside/San Bernardino region.

The Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering has hosted the competition since 2009. About 25 engineering students served as judges during this year’s event.

The top ranked individuals were Alair Zhao of Oxford Preparatory Academy in Chino, Richard Hu of Beattie Middle School in Highland and Samuel Xu of Frank Augustus Miller Middle School in Riverside.

In the team competition, the top four teams advanced to the state competition: Riverside’s Amelia Earhart Middle School, Beattie Middle School, Frank Augustus Miller Middle School, and the No. 1 team, Riverside STEM Academy.

“We appreciate CBU allowing us to be here. It is very generous of them to provide this,” said Rosalee Hrubic, coach of the Riverside STEM Academy team.

CBU’s College of Engineering awards $10,000 scholarships ($2,500 per year) to the top performers if they enroll in the CBU engineering program as a full-time student in the future.

The competition consisted of four rounds: the sprint round has 30 problems that students have 40 minutes to complete; the target round featured eight questions, distributed a pair at a time and students have six minutes to compete each pair; the team round included 10 problems that team members worked together to solve; and the countdown round was a fast-paced, oral competition for individuals with the highest scores from the sprint and target rounds.

“I feel so proud. This is my first year in MATHCOUNTS, and I am going to state. I hope that I can get to nationals,” said Major Yang of Riverside STEM Academy, a top 16 finalist.

In addition to judging, the CBU volunteers also performed a robotics showcase in which participants were able to interact with a human-like robot and a 3-D printer display.

The state competition will be held at the University of California, Irvine on March 14.

 

Lancer 5000 run will benefit CBU cross country/track

The 5th annual Lancer 5000 will raise funds for CBU's cross country and track program.

The 5th annual Lancer 5000 will raise funds for CBU’s cross country and track program.

California Baptist University will host the 5th annual Lancer 5000 sponsored by Lexus of Riverside on Feb. 14.

The 5K run/walk will start on Palm Drive, the original entrance of California Baptist University and, after two loops through the campus, finish down Palm Drive. Participants will finish the last quarter mile running along the front lawn and Fortuna Fountain with cheering spectators and music as they cross the finish line. The event helps raise funds for the CBU cross country and track program. The event will also include great food, vendors, such as Lexus of Riverside, Chick-fil-A Hidden Valley, United States Karate Organization and UFC Gym Corona, and a post-race raffle for all of the race participants.

Children may also join the fun in the 1K Kiddie Run. All those in the Kiddie Run will receive a medal. The top three men and women in each age group also will receive a medal, and the top three men and women overall will receive additional prizes. Past runs have attracted 200 to 300 participants.

To register, go to www.active.com/riverside-ca/running/races/lancer-5000-sponsored-by-lexus-of-riverside-2015

 

CBU Career Center prepares students for the job interview

Career CenterThe California Baptist University Career Center offers students the opportunity to prepare for the job search by offering mock interviews conducted by experienced professionals.

“It is important. You come to school for four years, and an interview is usually 45 minutes to an hour,” said Mike Bishop, senior director at the Career Center. He said the goal of the Career Center is to focus on making those 45 to 60 minutes really count.

“You’re never going to stop interviewing, so the fact that we have the resource to have as many as we want is totally invaluable,” said Taylor Engbrecht, a senior marketing student.

As senior marketing student Trent Ward put it, “The most beneficial part of the process was being able to experience the real-life nerves and pressures of a live interview.”

Participants are expected to dress professionally and bring a copy of their resume to the interview. The participant informs the interviewer of the type of job they are preparing for, then the interviewer acts as if he or she is interviewing the participant for that job.

“I heard it was intense, so I prepared,” Engbrecht said.

The interview lasts about 25 minutes followed by another 25 minutes of critique. The interviewer gives tips on how to improve the participant’s performance. Assistance in building a resume is also available.

“Overall the feedback was an incredible tool, and it was a great eye-opener for what interviewing will be like in the professional world,” Engbrecht said.

“It is definitely an invaluable experience for anyone bold enough to take on the challenge,” Ward said.

“This is an opportunity to come talk to those with life experience and who want to help students with practical experience,” Bishop said.

The Career Center conducted about 160 mock interviews, mostly with seniors, during the fall semester. Bishop estimated that the Career Center will complete about 315 interviews over the course of the academic year. An interview can be scheduled by contacting the Career Center.

“After every interview our students assess the process, and we have not heard any negative feedback yet,” Bishop said. “The students are voicing that this is helpful, and we will continue to get their feedback so that we can continue to raise the bar.”

 

CBU students fly aircraft from Texas to California

Two newly acquired twin-engine Beechcraft Duchess aircraft are parked at Riverside Municipal Airport. The planes were flown from Texas by two CBU students.

Two newly acquired twin-engine Beechcraft Duchess aircraft are parked at Riverside Municipal Airport. The planes were flown from Texas by two CBU students.

Two California Baptist University students gained a real-life experience last month by piloting two recently purchased aircraft from east Texas to California.

The students, accompanied by two flight instructors from the department of aviation science, flew the twin-engine 1979 Beechcraft Duchesses from Gilmer, Texas, to the Riverside Municipal Airport. The trip took more than 11 hours over a period of two days.

The students, junior Jennifer Endeman and sophomore Howard Dang, both aviation flight majors, did the preflight check, the flight plan and the flying. The instructors, Shannon Cardin and Jared Tapsfield, ensured the students did those things correctly. Cardin said he rarely touched the controls unless his student needed to get water.

The group stopped at several airports along the way, including an overnight stop in El Paso, Texas.

“This trip not only gave me an opportunity to build more flight hours but also helped me gain more confidence as a private pilot,” Dang said. “I got to land and takeoff at many different types of airports, both towered and non-towered airports. This also gave me a chance to see how each airport operates different than the others.”

Both the flight instructors said it was great experience for the students

“I think the most that both of the students gained was to be ready for anything,” Tapsfield said. “If something were to go wrong, even though nothing did, they needed to know where the closest airport was and how to get there as quickly as possible. It’s something students don’t always think about when flying around Southern California, because there are airports everywhere. In the middle of Texas and New Mexico, things are very different. Planning is key and a backup plan is always needed as well.”

Dang also said the trip gave him a good look at the industry.

“This long trip gave me a better exposure to see what today’s aviation industry is really like,” he said. “The majority of airline flights today would take long hours to get from one destination to the next, thus this trip gave me a feel for what it is like to be in the airline industry.”

The department of aviation science now has 10 aircraft: five Cessna 172s, two Cessna 150s and three Beechcraft Duchesses.

“The twin-engine aircraft always bring a new element into a program. They’re larger aircraft, they’re more complex aircraft, said Dr. Daniel Prather, chair of the department of aviation science. “It always takes a program up to a next level, away from just Cessnas and single-engine Cessnas. But not only that, it allows us to handle a significant number of students working on their multi-engine rating.”

 

Family Updates

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president, was keynote speaker Feb. 12 at the monthly Good Morning Riverside program sponsored by the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce. More than 200 representatives from area businesses heard Ellis present an update on CBU’s programs and economic impact on the Greater Riverside region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MBBThe final home game for CBU men’s basketball will be televised on Feb. 28 by Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket. The Lancers will play Notre Dame de Namur at 7 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Andrew Herrity

Dr. Andrew Herrity

Dr. Andrew Herrity, professor of entrepreneurship and business, made a presentation titled Marketing the Forum to the Riverside Technology CEOs Forum on Feb. 3.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Robert F. Kirk

Dr. Robert F. Kirk

Dr. Robert F. Kirk, adjunct professor of aviation science, is author of the book Choices: Responsible Decisions for a Godly Life, which was recently published by Author House. The book is Kirk’s third.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather, professor of aviation science, taught a one-day course titled Developing Strategic Mission, Vision, and Goals in Business Aviation at the National Business Aviation Association Scheduler’s and Dispatcher’s Conference, which met at the San Jose Convention Center Feb. 2-6.

 

 

 

 

Kelli Welzel, director of new student programs, reports that one of CBU’s new students chose to begin a relationship with Christ last week. The student began asking questions during New Student Orientation and made the decision to follow Christ during a one-on-one with her FOCUS leader after class. “We are encouraged to know there are many similar stories happening all around campus,” she said. “This is just a reminder of why we are so blessed to work here, and the impact each staff member, faculty member and student has for Christ!”

 

Dr. Monica O'Rourke

Dr. Monica O’Rourke

Dr. Monica O’Rourke, associate professor of kinesiology for Online and Professional Studies, partnered with Team Faith Racing Ministry and Fellowship of Christian Athletes Motocross Division at the National Arenacross Racing Series in Nashville, Tenn. on Jan. 31. The ministry team provided racing chaplaincy services to professional motocross athletes, including rider devotionals and prayer.

 

 

 

 

Waylon Baumgardner

Waylon Baumgardner

Waylon Baumgardner, CBU website manager, has completed requirements for the master of science in information technology degree from Southern New Hampshire University.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Bonjun Koo

Dr. Bonjun Koo

Dr. Bonjun Koo, professor of environmental science, has been named editor and a member of the editorial board for the journal International Chemistry Review, effective December 2014. His responsibilities will include selecting reviewers, reviewing manuscripts and occasionally giving advice on manuscripts in his field.

 

 

 

Denise Payne

Denise Payne

Denise Payne, senior credential analyst, attended a two-day training session Feb. 5 and 6 to become a member of the Board of Institutional Review (BIR). Hosted by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the training provides a comprehensive overview of California’s accreditation system and prepares individuals to assist in all system components. BIR members are involved in initial institutional approval, initial program approval, program assessment and accreditation site visits. Service in the BIR includes document reading and serving on accreditation site visit teams. Payne received a certificate for providing dedicated service toward high quality education for California students.

 

 

From left: Chris LaPoint ('12); Alexandra Taylor ('13); Dr. Hyun-Woo Park, Dr. Wayne Fletcher and Dr. Nathanael Heyman

From left: Chris LaPoint (’12); Alexandra Taylor (’13); Dr. Hyun-Woo Park, Dr. Wayne Fletcher and Dr. Nathanael Heyman

Dr. Wayne Fletcher, assistant professor of health science; Dr. Nathanael Heyman, assistant professor of biology; and Dr. Hyun-Woo Park, professor of biology, attended the annual Loma Linda University Pre-Professional Advisors Workshop on Jan. 13. They had lunch with three CBU alumni at Loma Linda:  Chris LaPoint (’12), a third year student in the doctorate of pharmacy program; Alexandra Taylor (’13), a second year student in the doctorate of pharmacy; and Rebecca Marsile (’08, not pictured), a second year student in the master of public health program.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Charles Sands

Dr. Charles Sands

Dr. Charles Sands, dean of the College of Allied Health, presented Living SMART: Five Essential Skills To Change Your Health Habits Forever as part of the employee wellness program of the San Bernardino County Heart Health Initiative. The presentation was in Victorville, Calif.

 

 

 

Personnel Updates

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February 3, 2015

Lancer Plaza North offers space for university offices, student areas and a popular new dining facility.

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CBU teams prepare during Intensive Training Weekend

Volunteers "check in" during the airport simulation as Intensive Training Weekend begins.

Volunteers “check in” during the airport simulation as Intensive Training Weekend begins.

Suitcases, sleeping bags, passports and their owners covered the floor and tables in the Chick-fil-A and Wanda’s dining area on Jan. 30.

“It looks like this Chick-fil-A is at an airport,” a student passing by said.

Outside, recorded sounds of airplanes taking off filled the Great Commission Plaza. Adjacent to the Kugel, a make-shift terminal greeted about 400 students and team leaders to Intensive Training Weekend.

The three-day training is geared to prepare volunteers for their summer’s service projects, whether overseas or in the U.S. This year 42 teams will be serving in 18 countries.

The weekend is a tradition for the International and U.S. Service Project teams, and each year the Office of Mobilization (MOB) works to better equip and better prepare their volunteers, including some students who have never left the country or even flown before.

Friday began with the elaborate arrival simulation, where sights and sounds of the airport terminal, customs, health screening and security were created by the MOB staff and other volunteers.

After the simulation, the teams went to the opening sessions of prayer, worship and time with their teams. That evening, they set up beds for the weekend– sleeping bags on the floors of classrooms and lecture halls.

Saturday included training sessions and team bonding exercises. A disaster simulation ended the evening, where the teams used the disaster response training they had received earlier that day.

Jamie Jillson, sophomore psychology major, said she was thankful for that training.

“It makes you more aware,” Jillson said.

“All this training has prepared us for the right and wrong (ways to act),” said Valerie Spezzaferri, sophomore criminal justice major.

Sunday brought even more training, bonding time and team photos. Participants wore gray shirts with the theme for this year, “Resolve.”

Kristen White, director of the Office of Mobilization, said Intensive Training Weekend is only part of the training volunteers receive during the year. From the time they learn their assignments in December, students and leaders participate in a variety of workshops and exercises during the spring semester.

“CBU provides extensive ministry and cross-cultural training for students serving in the U.S. and overseas,” she said. “We are not just a ‘sending’ program; we are a discipleship program with a goal of investing in lives to develop followers of Christ.”

 

Riverside beautification program honors CBU Lancer Plaza

Lancer Plaza North offers space for university offices, student areas and a popular new dining facility.

Lancer Plaza North offers space for university offices, student areas and a popular new dining facility.

Lancer Plaza North was honored with a beautification award Jan. 22 from the Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful (KRCB) program.

CBU received first place in the category of Exterior Reconstruction with Landscaping. Mayor Rusty Bailey and Cindy Roth, CEO of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, presented the KRCB awards during the annual State of the City address. Mark Howe, CBU vice president for finance and administration, accepted the award on behalf of the university.

Before CBU acquired the 11-acre property in 2006 and subsequently renamed it in honor of the university’s mascot, restaurants and retail stores occupied the shopping center that was known as Adams Plaza. Today, Lancer Plaza features space for university offices, student areas and El Monte Grill, one of the newest and most popular dining campus facilities.

The award is one of nine KRCB beautification awards presented each year, with some including second- and third-place honors.

According to the KRCB website, the awards are presented to “buildings and facilities within the City of Riverside that capture outstanding landscape, cleanliness and curb appeal.”

KRCB is a community program sponsored by the City of Riverside and the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce. Its mission is “to instill a sense of community pride by creating partnerships that work toward the beautification of the city.”

In 2014, CBU’s Recreation Center received the Mayor’s Award from KRCB.

 

Family Updates

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, president, served on a panel titled The Upside of Intercollegiate Athletics for Private Colleges and Universities at the Presidents Institute of the Council of Independent Colleges held in San Diego Jan. 4-7, 2015. The panel discussed how thoughtfully managed intercollegiate athletic programs can enhance enrollment, strengthen institutional image and support other educational purposes. Panelists compared NCAA Division II and Division III with NAIA rules and regulations pertaining to scholarships and discussed how to maximize recruiting efforts in each division. They emphasized the importance of building successful athletic programs and establishing measurable goals and outcomes as well as the importance of providing the institutional support necessary to build and sustain an athletic program that enhances the academic experience.

 

Dr. Elizabeth Morris

Dr. Elizabeth Morris

Dr. Riste Simnjanovski

Dr. Riste Simnjanovski

Dr. Elizabeth Morris, associate professor of education for Online and Professional Studies, and Dr. Riste Simnjanovski, assistant dean for Online and Professional Studies, presented A Pilot Study: The Relationship Between Non-Cognitive Factors and Student Retention for Distance Education at The Clute Institute’s International Education Conference in Maui, Hawaii on Jan. 6, 2015. The paper earned Clute’s “Best Paper Award” for the session, the third such award for Simnjanovski and Morris at The Clute Institute’s International Education Conference.

 

 

Dr. Steve Strombeck

Dr. Steve Strombeck

Dr. Steve Strombeck, interim dean of the School of Business, is co-author of an article titled Pricing management between partnering rivals: a coopetitive diffusion analysis, which was published in the December 2014 issue of the International Journal of Systems Science: Operations & Logistics.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Matthew Y. Emerson

Dr. Matthew Y. Emerson

Dr. Matthew Y. Emerson, assistant professor of Christian studies, presented a paper titled He Descended to the Dead: The Burial of Christ and the Eschatological Character of the Atonement at the Los Angeles Theology Conference at Biola University Jan. 15-16. Emerson was one of nine breakout speakers.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai, associate professor of civil engineering, co-authored an article titled Case Study: Scenario-Based Seismic Loss Estimation for Concrete Structures in Mid-America, which was published in the November issue of the journal, Earthquake Spectra.

 

 

 

Dr. Laura Veltman

Dr. Laura Veltman

Dr. Laura J. Veltman, associate professor of English, was invited to write a book review on Dawn Coleman’s Preaching and the Rise of the American Novel, which was published in the September issue of Nineteenth-Century Literature.

 

 

 

 

Shawn Wilhite

Shawn Wilhite

Shawn Wilhite, adjunct professor of Christian studies for Online and Professional Studies, welcomed a son, Caden Price Joseph Wilhite, on Dec. 31. In addition, Wilhite was author of Editorial: The Center for Ancient Christian Studies and Ancient Christian Studies and a review article of Atonement and the Logic of Resurrection in the Epistle to the Hebrews, both published in the winter 2014 edition of Fides et Humiliates: The Journal of the Center for Ancient Christian Studies; a review of Union with Christ in the New Testament, published in the December 2014 issue of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society and an article titled Papias, published in Lexham Bible Dictionary.

 

 

Jan Kodat

Dr. Jan Kodat

Dr. Jan Kodat, professor of kinesiology, married Jaydee Edmisten on Oct. 12, 2014 in a small ceremony officiated by Dr. David Pearson, professor of kinesiology. In addition, she served as the team leader of an external review team who reviewed Loma Linda University’s post-professional physical therapy programs in December, 2014.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Jeffrey Barnes

Dr. Jeffrey Barnes

Dr. Jeffrey Barnes, dean of academic services, conducted a workshop Jan. 21 at the Strategic Management Conference for the Corona Police Department.  The workshop was titled The Wisdom of Walt:  Leadership Lessons from the Happiest Place on Earth.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Bruce Stokes

Dr. Bruce Stokes

Dr. Bruce Stokes, professor of anthropology and behavioral sciences, wrote an article titled Biblical Life Cycle, which was published in the newly released Messianic Jewish Family Bible, a family edition of the Tree of Life Version of the Bible. Stokes is a corporate advisor to the Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Dennis Bideshi

Dr. Dennis Bideshi

Dr. Dennis K. Bideshi, professor of biology and clinical microbiologist, coauthored a paper titled Evolutionary relationships of iridoviruses and divergence of ascoviruses from invertebrate iridoviruses in the superfamily Megavirales, which was published in the January 2015  issue of the journal Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. He also was  an academic editor of a collection of work titled Antimicrobial Peptides: Current and Potential Applications in Biomedical Therapies that was published in the journal BioMed Research International in the January 2015 edition.

 

 

 

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

More than 60 students and public relations professionals gathered in the Staples Room of the W.E. James building on Jan. 24 for the second annual YoPro Conference. The event was co-sponsored by CBU’s Public Relations Student Society of America  chapter and Public Relations Society of America-Inland Empire. Students from CBU and California State University (San Bernardino and Fullerton campuses) gathered to hear professional PR practitioners speak on generational communication, networking, interview skills and establishing a career in lifestyle public relations. Speakers included Dr. Mary Ann Pearson, associate professor of communication arts for Online and Professional Studies, and Robbie Silver of the Riverside Downtown Partnership, who is a CBU alumnus.

 

 

Brooke Marci Fletcher

Brooke Marci Fletcher

Dr. Wayne Fletcher, assistant professor of health science, and his wife welcomed their first grandchild, Brooke Marci Fletcher, who was born in Castle Rock, Colo. on Jan. 12. She weighed 6 lbs. 10 ozs. and measured 20 inches long.

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Marshall won the first place individual trophy at the Grizzly Open Bible Quiz Tournament in Fresno on Jan. 10. Marshall, the daughter of Suzanne Marshall, adjunct professor of nursing, and Dr. Thomas Marshall, professor of civil engineering, is a member of the CBU Youth Bible Quiz team, which earned third place overall in the expert division at the tournament. Members of the team include Hannah and Leah Marshall, Mary’s sisters.Youth Bible Quiz is a program for youth from ages 12-18 that focuses on Bible memorization.

 

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First doctoral program at CBU scheduled for fall 2015 launch

CBU_2014_Nursing_0007California Baptist University will have its first doctoral degree beginning in the fall of 2015. The School of Nursing will offer the doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) after it was approved by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

“It is very exciting to be launching CBU’s first doctoral program later this year,” said Dr. Jonathan Parker, CBU provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We have been working very diligently to develop a high quality DNP degree program and I’m especially pleased that our accrediting agency has recognized that effort and commented very favorably on the result.”

The school expects 20 students in its first class, said Dr. Lisa Bursch, acting director of the DNP program. Bursch said there is a national movement to have more nurses educated at a doctoral level because of the complexity of health care. For that reason, the school is looking to train nurse leaders to have an impact on health outcomes.

“For as much money as (the nation) spends on health care, our national outcomes are not that great,” Bursch said. “Something’s not translating between what we know to do and what’s being done.”

The nursing doctoral program will be the only one in Riverside County, Bursch said. Students in the clinical doctorate will take original research and put it into practice. Classes will include organization and systems leadership class, nursing theory and translational research, policy and finance. All students will do a project, which involves looking at health outcomes and how to improve them.

Parker said it is fitting that CBU’s first doctoral program is in nursing. “Programs such as the DNP not only help to meet an important need in society by producing highly-trained healthcare professionals,” he explained, “but they also represent the service-related values that California Baptist University seeks to instill in its graduates.”

 

CBUOnline makes gains in U.S.News & World Report ranking 

2014-08-26-Veneman-Yeager Center-0008California Baptist University (CBU) earned the No. 23 spot among online bachelor’s programs in the 2015 Top Online Education Program rankings released Jan. 7 by U.S.News & World Report. This is a jump up from No. 37 in 2014 and puts CBU second among California colleges ranked in the best online bachelor’s programs list.

CBU entered the online education market in the spring of 2010 with programs offered by the university’s Division of Online and Professional Studies. Since 2013, the first year online programs were ranked by U.S.News & World Report, CBU has placed in the top 40 for three consecutive years. CBU now serves more than 3,400 students online throughout the United States, offering 30 online undergraduate majors and concentrations and 16 graduate majors and specializations.

“We are happy to be consistently top ranked since inception, especially considering CBU’s four short years offering online programs,” said Dr. David Poole, vice president for Online and Professional Studies at CBU.  “We are even more delighted given the significant jump in our ranking to be recognized by U.S.News & World Report in 2015.” In addition to the No. 23 spot for best online bachelor’s programs, CBU also was ranked among the best online graduate MBA and best online graduate education programs as evaluated nationwide for factors including faculty credentials and training.

CBU ranked no. 7 for faculty credentials and training in the online bachelor’s degree category, No. 3 for online MBA faculty and No. 1 for online Graduate Education faculty credentials and training.

“The ranking methodology reviews student engagement best practices, graduation and retention rates, student indebtedness, faculty credentials and training, as well as technological infrastructure. These are all key elements, central to our focus as we build and deliver programs that serve the adult student who seeks a quality, reputable degree in an online format, at a reasonable cost. This acknowledgement and ranking continues to support our mission and drive that quality and experience of faculty, innovative, cutting edge technology, and student support and service are at the heart of what we do at CBU,” said Poole.

For more information about the rankings methodology, and full listings, please go to http://www.usnews.com/onlinemeth.

Founded in 1950, CBU is a private comprehensive institution located in Riverside, Calif. and affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention. Fall 2014 enrollment at CBU totaled 7,957 students enrolled in 72 bachelor degree programs with 150 major concentrations, and 25 master degree programs with 45 concentrations. CBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities, and the Consortium for Global Education.

For more information on the U.S. News Top Online Education Program rankings, please visit http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education.

 

Spring 2015 semester opens with orientation activities

Spring2015-001California Baptist University kicked off the spring 2015 semester, beginning with new students arriving for orientation.

Freshman and transfer students moved into residential facilities Sunday, Jan. 4. The following day they attended a welcome session and a welcome luncheon. Afternoon activities included academic panel and academic sessions. Later, students participated in the traditional Kugel Walk. CBU tradition calls for newly enrolled students to touch the Kugel, a floating granite globe structure that symbolizes the Great Commission, as they begin their educational experience at CBU and again on commencement day.

FOCUS groups – short for “First-Year Orientation & Christian University Success” – also began Jan. 5 to help acclimate students to campus life. Those groups will provide support for students as they begin their first semester at CBU.

On Jan. 6, student activities included a Purpose Session, Resource Fair, bowling and dinner at the Tamale Factory in downtown Riverside.

Spring 2015 classes began Jan. 7.

 

CBU food ranked No. 3 among California universities

El Monte GrillNiche.com has ranked California Baptist University No. 3 among California universities for best campus food and No. 13 in the nationwide listing.

Dining services for CBU is managed by Provider Food Services, which offers a variety of choices through the Alumni Dining Commons, Brisco’s. Chick-fil-A, El Monte Grille and Wanda’s.

Best Campus Food ranks 1,175 colleges across the United States based on meal plan cost and more than 470,000 opinions from 64,000 students. A high ranking indicates the college offers a variety of healthy, quality food options that accommodate various dietary preferences and that the students are happy with the quality of campus food.

 

Canine ready to serve with CBU professor

RugarRugar is the top dog on campus. Never mind that he is the only dog allowed on campus at California Baptist University.

His owner is Dr. Juliann Perdue, professor of nursing, who got him about a year ago when he was 8 weeks old. Perdue loves animals, but she does not bring Rugar to work just for the company. When she acquired him, her intent, with prior approval from the dean of the School of Nursing, was to train him to be a Certified Therapy Dog.

Perdue heard about therapy dogs a couple of years ago when she attended a nursing conference on holistic nursing. The benefits of therapy dogs include helping mental health patients relax, providing a calm atmosphere for the elderly so they will eat better and motivating patients in physical therapy, she said.

“I love animals and I really believe in animal-assisted therapy,” Perdue said. “There’s a lot of evidence-based research out there that shows it helps patients’ outcomes.”

Both of them went through training. Perdue took an online course and is certified in animal-assisted therapy. Rugar went through puppy training and earned his Canine Good Citizenship. Last month he trained and was tested to become a therapy dog. Therapy dogs are certified by Therapy Dogs International (TDI). Tests include not being scared by loud noises, not going after food when it’s on the floor, and sitting and staying while the owner walks away.

Rugar passed. When he is on duty, he wears a vest made by the company that makes the school’s nursing uniforms, although he will also be getting a bandana from TDI.

Now that Rugar is certified, Perdue plans to ask School of Nursing’s hospital affiliates if she can take him into the facilities so nursing students can see how a dog can help patients. Later, she wants to do animal-assisted therapy, which includes a therapeutic plan with objectives to meet.

Rugar comes with Perdue to work several days a week, and he has already provided therapy on campus.

“I’ve also had faculty request him before tests. They’ll say, the class is having a test, will you bring Rugar in? So I’ll go 15 minutes before the test is to start, and we’ll circulate the room and let them all pet him,” she said. “Right now we just are doing it for our nursing students, but we’re willing to go help anybody. When we walk across campus, students are always stopping to say ‘can I pet him?’ ”

 

Family Updates

The School of Education honored Dr. Bonnie Metcalf (in front center) during Homecoming and Family Weekend.

The School of Education honored Dr. Bonnie Metcalf (in front center) during Homecoming and Family Weekend.

The School of Education hosted a lunch to honor its namesake, Dr. Bonnie G. Metcalf, during Homecoming and Family activities. Her son and daughter-in-law were in attendance. Metcalf also was highlighted at an open house reception and reunited with alumni, colleagues and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

From left, back row: Marilyn Moore, associate professor of behavioral sciences; Dr. Douglas Wallace, assistant professor of sociology; front row: inductees Karla Beltran, Gabriella Madril, Beatriz Thomas, Melanie Jean and Julie Leong. Not pictured are Shelby Moore, Joan Butters, Jeremy Black, and Ginger Monge

From left, back row: Marilyn Moore, associate professor of behavioral sciences; Dr. Douglas Wallace, assistant professor of sociology; front row: inductees Karla Beltran, Gabriella Madril, Beatriz Thomas, Melanie Jean and Julie Leong. Not pictured are Shelby Moore, Joan Butters, Jeremy Black, and Ginger Monge

The sociology program inducted their first nine members Nov. 14 into the newly formed Alpha Phi of California chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociology honor society. Dr. Carol Minton, professor of sociology, serves as chapter representative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenneth Minesinger

Kenneth Minesinger

Kenneth Minesinger, associate professor of law for Online and Professional Studies, wrote an article titled 2014 Conference of California Bar Associations, which was published in the December 2014 issue of the Riverside County Lawyer Magazine.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Cammy Purper

Dr. Cammy Purper

Dr. Cammy Purper, assistant professor of early childhood studies for Online and Professional Studies, successfully defended her dissertation for a Ph.D. in education from Claremont Graduate University.

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Steward, adjunct professor of history in Online and Professional Studies, has written a book titled Princeton Seminary (1812-1929): Its Leaders’ Lives and Works, published by P & R Publishing. A promo video is available by clicking here.

 

Dr. Charles Sands

Dr. Charles Sands

Dr. Charles Sands, dean of the College of Allied Health, made a presentation titled Global Health Engagement at the 13th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, which met in Waikiki Jan. 5-8.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Tim Luther

Dr. Tim Luther

Dr. Tim Luther, professor of political science, is author of the books Jurgen Habermas’s Reconstruction of Modernity: Reconciling Individual Autonomy and Community Solidarity, published by Linus Books (2015), and Theories of Truth: An Introduction, published by Bloomsbury Press (2014).

 

 

 

 

Patricia Palacios

Patricia Palacios

Patricia Palacios, adjunct professor of nursing, was promoted to Clinical Nurse D at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

 

 

 

Dr. Dennis Bideshi

Dr. Dennis Bideshi

Dr. Dennis K. Bideshi, professor of biology and clinical microbiologist, coauthored a paper titled, Heterologous expression, purification and biochemical characterization of endochitinase ChiA47 from Bacillus thuringiensis, which was published in the journal Protein Expression and Purification in December 2014.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Joshua Knabb

Dr. Joshua Knabb

Dr. Joshua Knabb, assistant professor of psychology for Online and Professional Studies, received notification in December that he is board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.

 

 

 

 

From left (standing): Aurore Inyange, Lisa Xiao, Tony Zhang, Dr. Dawn Gilmore; seated: Joyeuse Dufitmukiza and her friend Taylor, a student in Oklahoma.

From left (standing): Aurore Inyange, Lisa Xiao, Tony Zhang, Dr. Dawn Gilmore; seated: Joyeuse Dufitmukiza and her friend Taylor, a student in Oklahoma.

Dr. Dawn Gilmore, assistant professor of music, hosted five international students in her home on Christmas Eve for a chili supper and stocking stuffers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Jeff McNair

Dr. Jeff McNair

Dr. Jeff McNair, professor of education, appeared on a Joni and Friends television episode about friendships with persons with disabilities. The show is available for online viewing by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Keanon Alderson

Dr. Keanon Alderson

Dr. Keanon Alderson, associate professor of business, taught a new class last semester called Business 101, in which students create microbusinesses. The course teaches students how to recognize an idea, develop an opportunity, take a risk and either buy products to resell or start a service. As a result of the microbusinesses, the class donated more than $2,800 to charity.

 

 

 

CBU students distributed cookies to children in Skid Row.

CBU students distributed cookies to children in Skid Row.

Dr. Margaret Barth, professor of nutrition and food sciences, and students from the program worked with Fred Jordan Missions during the holidays to provide cookies to children in Los Angeles’ Skid Row.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parker Andrew Dobbins

Parker Andrew Dobbins

Jared Dobbins, assistant director of global mobilization, and Julie Dobbins, assistant director of chapel and Compassion Ministries, welcomed a baby boy three weeks early on Dec. 20th. Parker Andrew Dobbins was born at 3:42 a.m. weighing 7 lbs. 6 ozs. and measuring 19 inches long.

 

 

 

 

 

Isabella Grace Flores

Isabella Grace Flores

Dr. William Flores, associate professor of Spanish, and his wife Ruth Flores, lecturer of English for Online and Professional Studies, welcomed a daughter on Nov. 4. Isabella Grace was born at 1:45 p.m., weighing 7 pounds 4 ounces and measuring 19 inches long.

 

 

 

 

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CBU listed on President’s Higher Education Honor Roll

2014-08-26-Veneman-Yeager Center-0008California Baptist University has been listed on the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Honor Roll for exemplary community service. Approximately 700 institutions qualified for the list nationwide.

“The President’s Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions whose community service efforts achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities,” said Ted Miller, chief of external affairs for the Corporation for National and Community Service. “This distinction is the highest federal recognition colleges and universities can receive for community service, service-learning and civic engagement. This recognition is part of our strategic commitment to engage millions of college students in service and celebrate the critical role of higher education in strengthening communities.”

To qualify, CBU submitted a lengthy application outlining the university’s community service and service learning participation. Students, faculty and staff contributed more than 600,000 service hours in 2013, with a value of more than $16 million to the community.

Community service and service learning impact two of CBU’s Core 4 student outcomes: globally minded and equipped to serve.

The Dr. Bonnie G. Metcalf School of Education hosted a luncheon and an open house reception honoring Dr. Bonnie G. Metcalf during homecoming week. Her son and daughter-in-law were also in attendance.

 

ASCBU Christmas Party attracts more than 2,000 people

A CBU student sleds down a snowy slope during the annual Christmas Party. Photo by Jessica Bills

A CBU student sleds down a snowy slope during the annual Christmas Party. Photo by Jessica Bills

Students, faculty and staff took a break from end-of-the-semester projects Dec. 4 to celebrate California Baptist University’s annual Christmas Party on the Front Lawn.

The event, organized by Associated Students of California Baptist University (ASCBU), kicked off with a speech by CBU President Ronald L. Ellis who read from Luke 2, which tells about the birth of Jesus. Ellis concluded his speech saying, “This is a special time to remember the birth of Christ.” He then led a countdown that ended with the lighting of the Christmas tree on the front lawn.

The event, attended by more than 2,000 people, featured food stands, arcade games, jumpers, carolers and areas with snow for sledding. Attendees roamed from activity to activity sipping on eggnog and hot chocolate, served at the party.

“The party is great. There are a lot of people here and it looks like everybody is having fun,” said Austin Ng, a sophomore civil engineering major. “I love that our school takes the effort to put on these events. ASCBU always does a great job.”

“ASCBU has been planning this event since mid-August. It is one of our biggest events, and it is great when it all comes together,” said Trent Ward, ASCBU president. “It grows every year.”

High school students who were on campus for the 24 at CBU program to learn about the university also attended the party. Raymond Velasquez, a senior at La Sierra High School in Riverside, was one of them.

“The party is great. I didn’t expect it to be so amazing. It’s like Disneyland out here, I love it,” Velasquez said. “CBU seems like more than just a school, it’s a community. This party made me love the school even more, and I am very much looking forward to coming here next year.”

 

CBU musicians present Christmas concert during chapel services

The University Choir and Orchestra perform during Christmas Chapel.

The University Choir and Orchestra perform during Christmas Chapel.

Musicians from the Collinsworth School of Music kicked off the Christmas season at California Baptist University by performing a variety of selections during chapel services Dec. 3.

The Jazz Band, conducted by Dr. Guy Holliday, began the festivities by performing a mix of seasonal songs as students walked into chapel.

“Christmas is a time of great traditions,” Holliday said, as he talked about putting up lights and how excited children become. He then conducted the Concert Band, while Brett Vowell, director of chapel and compassion ministries, read “The Night Before Christmas.”

Afterward, the University Choir lined the court of Van Dyne Gymnasium as they sang “Tiny Little Town of Bethlehem” a cappella before taking their places on risers.

Dr. Judd Bonner, dean of the School of Music, conducted the University Choir and Orchestra in songs such as “The First Noel” and “Joy to the World.”

The choir and orchestra also performed “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” which is their most requested song, Bonner said. It is based on a poem by poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Longfellow had suffered personal tragedy during the Civil War and after spending years wishing for peace, he wrote the poem “Christmas Bells,” proclaiming “God is not dead, nor does he sleep.”

The University Choir and Orchestra has several upcoming performances, including one at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at Life Church in Riverside and 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at Magnolia Church in Riverside. Tickets for the Dec. 10 performance can be reserved by calling 951.343.4251.

 

CBU volunteers will serve in 18 countries on 42 teams in 2015

After the Team Reveal, team leaders and student volunteers get to know each other.

After the Team Reveal, team leaders and student volunteers got to know each other.

Excitement was in the air Wednesday night, Dec. 3, as several hundred California Baptist University students filed into the auditorium at Sherman Indian High School in Riverside. The occasion? It was Team Reveal, the time when the Office of Mobilization reveals which volunteer teams the students will serve on.

Next year, approximately 400 students, faculty and staff will make up 42 teams for International Service Projects, United States Projects and Summer of Service. The teams will serve in 18 countries.

The theme for 2015 is Resolved, with the theme verse I Peter 4:1-1: Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh, equip yourselves also with the same resolve — because the one who suffered in the flesh has finished with sin — in order to live the remaining time in the flesh, no longer for human desires, but for God’s will.

The Scripture calls for Christians to be resolved to do whatever it takes to live their lives in the will of God, Jared Dobbins, assistant director of global mobilization, told the students.

“Start to ask yourself, what does it mean to be resolved to live in light of the gospel for the sake of the unreached,” he said.

Each participant had received a different colored envelope at the beginning of the evening and were dismissed by color groups later. When they reached their designated spot, they opened the envelopes. Inside was a colored carabiner. Then a leader announced where each color was going. For example, those with a red carabiner were going to South Asia. The leaders and students began getting to know each other and preparing for the training which will run through the spring semester.

Earlier, Kristen White, director of global mobilization, told students to do their best whatever team they are on, whether it’s sports or nursing.

“It’s really not about where you go, it’s about who you serve,” she said. “Over the next six months, you’re going to learn more about yourself, more about the world and more about God.”

 

CBU program helps international students feel connected

AmericanFamilyProgram-001Going to college is a big adjustment for anyone. Going to college in a foreign country makes the adjustment even bigger. California Baptist University has a program in place to help international students feel at home and connected.

The American Family Program, operated by the International Center, gives international students a family here in Riverside to serve as a support system far from home, said Marie King, a graduate assistant at the International Center. Students from Rwanda and students enrolled in the Intensive English Program are required to be in the family program, but all international students are welcome to be part of it, King said.

“It can be a hard transition being that far away, especially this time of year, too, when everyone else has plans and you’re not going home till the summer,” King said. “We just kind of seek to make that connection and help them get a lasting connection to people in Riverside.”

She finds families from the staff at CBU and local churches. Each student and family fills out a profile and then are matched. The commitment for families and students is for at least the academic year, with the potential of being longer, King said. Families have the students over for the holidays and often get together throughout the school year for other activities. Both sides are expected to communicate weekly.

Ken Sanford, student teacher supervisor, and his wife, Denise, started as a host family last year for two Chinese students and are continuing this year with those students. Sanford has been to China through participation in International Service Projects for five years in a row, and he has gotten to know international students at CBU. Sanford and his wife have had the students over for meals, gone out for dinner and visited an amusement park. They touch base with each other almost every day.

“Here you are across the seas, thousands of miles away from home,” he said. “It gives them that other person that can feel like family to them, that they can turn to. This is the more personable, family touch.”

Kristina Tchernyshev is a sophomore from Israel majoring in international studies. She came to CBU because of its swim program. Tchernyshev was matched with a family last year and has spent time with them, including dinners at their home.

“They were really supporting. They welcomed me to their house, to their family. Last year was my first Christmas with them and it was so fun,” she said.  “I got a chance to be part of the family, because my family’s not here.”

It’s essential for international students to feel supported while far away from home, King said. The International Center also offers the Intensive English Program, helps run International Chapel and holds events for international students, such as a Disneyland trip and International Celebration Week, in hopes that they will connect with other students.

“I think it just helps form deeper connections and enhances their education experience,” she said of the family program. “I think it’s a really cool way to impact the nations here at home. You don’t have to get on a plane to make a difference. That’s one thing I really love about this program.”

 

 

Family Updates

Dr. Shasha Zheng

Dr. Shasha Zheng

Dr. Shasha Zheng, assistant professor of nutrition, is author of an article titled TAM receptor-dependent regulation of SOCS3 and MAPKs contributes to pro-inflammatory cytokine down regulation following chronic NOD2 stimulation of human macrophages, which was recently published in the Journal of Immunology.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Melissa Antonio

Dr. Melissa Antonio

Dr. Melissa Antonio, assistant professor of biology, gave a presentation titled Pedagogical Techniques to Improve Undergraduate STEM Teaching and Student Learning at the monthly Natural and Mathematical Sciences Department Colloquium on Nov. 19. Her report was based on information she learned last June at the West Coast Scientific Teaching Summer Institute in Riverside on how to “flip the classroom” and incorporate active learning tools into otherwise didactic lectures.

 

 

 

Dr. William Flores

Dr. William Flores

Dr. William Flores, associate professor of Spanish, presented a paper titled Ecocritical Approaches to the Teaching of Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa Oct. 11 at the 2014 Regional American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Conference on Hispanic Literature in Moreno Valley. Flores also presented information about the CBU bachelor of arts in Spanish to a large number of students and diverse local student organizations.

 

 

 

 

CBU engineering students and faculty visit the construction site of what will be the tallest building west of the Mississippi Rier.

CBU engineering students and faculty visit the construction site of what will be the tallest building west of the Mississippi Rier.

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai, department chair of civil engineering; Dr. Julian Mills-Beale, assistant professor of civil engineering; and 16 civil engineering students visited the construction site of the Wilshire Grand in downtown Los Angeles, which will become the tallest high-rise building west of the Mississippi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Erin Smith

Dr. Erin Smith

Dr. Erin Smith, assistant professor of psychology, presented a paper titled Creation Beliefs: The Default of the Mind or the Product of Culture? as part of a symposium on Children’s Concepts of Gods: Investigating Cognitive and Cultural Variables at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion on Nov. 23 in San Diego.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Jeff Cate

Dr. Jeff Cate

Dr. Jeff Cate, professor of Christian studies, has been selected to serve a three-year term on the International Greek New Testament Project (www.igntp.org). The IGNTP is comprised of 25 North American and European scholars in textual criticism who oversee work towards comprehensive editions of the manuscript evidence for the books of the Greek New Testament.

 

 

 

 

REVISIONDr. Jeff Barnes, dean of academic services, is author of a book titled A Student’s Guide to Understanding Jesus and the Gospels:  Navigating Your Journey Through Critical Scholarship, published by Aviva Publishing.

 

 

 

Marilyn Moore

Marilyn Moore

Marilyn D. Moore, associate professor of sociology, was honored at a non-profit event in Fontana Nov. 22 called Women Who Hide, an organization designed to highlight issues related to women’s mental health. Moore was given the Courage Award for her contributions to the community to promote the needs of women in the Inland Empire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Torria Bond

Dr. Torria Bond

Dr. Torria Bond, instructional designer for Online and Professional Studies, published a guest blog titled Fostering Real Conversations in the Online Classroom for Blackboard in December.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Ricardo J. Cordero-Soto (center) is pictured with CBU students JosephGemignani (left) and Efe Umukoro, who also attended the conference.

Dr. Ricardo J. Cordero-Soto (center) is pictured with CBU students Joseph Gemignani (left) and Efe Umukoro, who also attended the conference.

Dr. Ricardo J. Cordero-Soto, assistant professor of mathematics, was a guest panelist for a session called Field of Success: How to succeed in a math science doctoral program. Alliance PhD graduates tell their stories at the Field of Dreams Conference Nov. 7-9 in Mesa, Ariz. The conference is presented annually by the National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences, an organization committed to ensuring an equal opportunity for all who wish to pursue a doctoral degree in mathematical sciences.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Meg Barth

Dr. Meg Barth

Dr. Margaret Barth, professor of nutrition and food sciences, is co-author of an article titled Effect of Modified Atmosphere Packaging on the Quality of Sea Buckthorn Berry Fruits during Postharvest Storage, which was published in the Journal of Food Quality. Barth collaborated with colleagues from the Harbin (China) Institute of Technology. She also served as moderator for a session on local food systems, food insecurity and public health at the American Public Health Association Conference in New Orleans Nov. 17th. Barth presented research on native American edible plants, antioxidant activity and opportunities for development of functional foods at the Southern California Institute of Food Technologists Section Nov. 19 at the Rio Hondo Event Center in Downey.

 

Kay Fangerow

Kay Fangerow

Kay Fangerow, adjunct professor in the School of Nursing, was a presenter Nov. 7 at the 2014 Southern California Public Health Association Annual Conference held at The California Endowment in Los Angeles. Her topic was Using Healthography to Define a Healthy Montclair.

 

 

 

Dr. David Poole

Dr. David Poole

Dr. David Poole, vice president for Online and Professional Studies, was a featured speaker at the 2014 County of Riverside Human Resources Conference in September.  His workshop/presentation centered on the topic of leadership types including transformational, transactional and laissez-faire leaders. In addition, Poole recently served on a panel with other senior educational leaders on the impact of online education for Leadership Riverside Class of 2014.

 

 

 

 

CBU officials cut the ribbon at the dedication of the Brea Educational Service Center.

Officials from CBU’s Division of Online and Professional Studies cut the ribbon at the dedication of the Brea Educational Service Center.

CBU’s Division of Online and Professional Studies dedicated its new Brea Educational Service Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 13. More than 100 faculty, staff and members of the community attended the grand opening held in Downtown Brea.

 

 

 

 

 

Kenneth George

Kenneth George

Kenneth George, assistant professor of business administration for Online and Professional Studies, spoke at the Certified Fraud Examiner Conference in Orange County, Calif. on November 13th. His topic was Ethical Financial Management.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Kenneth Minesinger

Dr. Kenneth Minesinger

Kenneth Minesinger, associate professor of law for Online and Professional Studies, recently edited an article for the State Bar of California’s Business Law News titled Using LLCs in Fiscal Sponsorship: An Update on “Model L.”

 

 

 

 

 

Code42, a data security firm in Minneapolis, Minn., is currently featuring California Baptist University in a case study on their website. The case study outlines the plan CBU used for to protect online data.

 

CBU academic secretaries purchased a water buffalo, a sheep, a hive of bees and a flock of chicks through Heifer International as part of their Christmas luncheon. In the past the group exchanged Christmas ornaments but decided three years ago to spend their money to help families in need all over the world. Each family who receives an animal through Heifer International agrees to give the animal’s first female offspring to another family in need.

 

Dr. Matthew Y. Emerson

Dr. Matthew Y. Emerson

Dr. Lucas Stamps

Dr. Lucas Stamps

Shawn Wilhite, adjunct professor in Christian studies for Online and Professional Studies, presented a paper titled Revisiting the Historical Present: John 13 and the Prominence of Discourse Features at the Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in San Diego Nov. 19-21. In addition, Dr. Matthew Emerson, assistant professor of Christian studies for Online and Professional Studies, and Dr. Lucas Stamps, assistant professor of Christian studies for Online and Professional Studies, presented a paper titled Baptists and the Catholicity of the Church: Toward an Evangelical Baptist Catholicity at the meeting. Also, Emerson moderated the Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar at the annual meeting of the Institute of Biblical Research Nov. 21 and wrote two articles: Human Flourishing Through Imagining Communion in Revelation 19: Confronting Evil by Incorporating Christ’s Victory, which was published in Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology, and Facing Our Giants? Getting the Moral Sense Right in 1 Samuel 17, which was published in Fides et Humilitas.

 

The School of Nursing Association participated in the annual Festival of Trees Nov. 24-30, which is sponsored by the Riverside County Regional Medical Center Foundation. The festival features more than 50 elaborately decorated trees, each with its own unique theme, and is the only major fundraiser benefiting the pediatric units at the hospital. Through the support of the residents of Riverside County, the Foundation has raised more $8.5 million to better serve the children of Riverside County. CBU’s School of Nursing has participated in the festival since 2006.

 

Dr. Namhee Kim

Dr. Namhee Kim

Dr. Namhee Kim, assistant professor of communication disorders, presented a poster Nov. 21 titled Group Patterns and Individual Variations in Consonant Assimilation and Vowel Effects at the American Speech Language Hearing Association Annual Convention held in Orlando, Fla.

 

 

 

 

Sandra Romo

Sandra Romo

Sandra Romo, assistant professor of journalism, presented a paper titled Major Minor Faith: An exploration of social and relational factors that influence conversion among traditional college students at the National Communication Association meeting in Chicago on Nov. 19-21.

 

 

 

Shawnn Koning

Shawnn Koning

Shawnn Koning, university registrar, was honored as the 2014 Best Task Force Member by CBU’s institutional data task force at their Dec. 3 meeting. Koning was recognized for her continuing dedication and leadership in improving data-related processes. The mission of the task force is to manage information functions to ensure that CBU data are accurate, timely, sufficient and protected.

 

 

 

 

Personnel Updates

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CBU honors President Ronald L. Ellis for 20 years of leadership

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis speaks to attendees of a 20th anniversary dinner that celebrated his presidency at CBU. The event was one of several during the week of Nov. 3-7.

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis speaks to attendees of a 20th anniversary dinner that celebrated his presidency at CBU. The event was one of several during the week of Nov. 3-7.

California Baptist University honored President Ronald L. Ellis for two decades of service in a series of events this week under the theme “Celebrating 20 Years of Great Commission Leadership.”

Receptions by faculty, staff and students expressed thanks to Ellis for his vision for turning a small Baptist college into a thriving university.

Dr. Dawn Ellen Jacobs, CBU vice provost and professor of English, recalled that Ellis brought a plan to transform the institution when he became the fifth president of California Baptist College on Nov. 1, 1994.

“There were about 40 of us when he came in 1994,” Jacobs said. “We cared about our teaching and enjoyed relationships with our students, but President Ellis brought a sense of purpose and a vision for something more. Under his leadership, we matured as a faculty. We became a university.”

“I was present at the board of trustees’ meeting where he was elected,” said Dr. Mark A. Wyatt, vice president of marketing and communication. “All of us who have observed and have been part of the CBC/CBU family over the past two decades know the amazing impact that Ron Ellis has had on this place.”

Speaking at a reception with CBU staff, Ellis compared building the university to assembling a puzzle.

“Putting the pieces of the puzzle together is how we have built CBU,” he said. “There are the building blocks: getting the right people—getting champions to direct key programs and offices and efforts; getting the right programs to offer in the marketplace. Of course, getting the housing to come online, the food, the classrooms. It’s kind of like a big puzzle. It’s really difficult to do if you don’t know what the picture looks like.”

CBU’s board of trustees honored Ellis at a dinner at which about 120 friends of the university gathered, including present and former trustees, donors and community leaders.

Dr. Mary Crist, professor of education in the Division of Online and Professional Studies, brought remarks as a faculty member who has served throughout the Ellis presidency.

“Dr. Ellis is a man of faith and vision, an inspirational leader, and a man with a good sense of humor,” she said. “He came here because he felt God’s call to lead a Baptist college, especially one that was struggling. God equipped him with a vision needed to be a phenomenal “turn around” present. The results are obvious today.”

Mike Poma, recently elected chair of the board of trustees, commented that it is an exciting time to be part of such a vigorous enterprise.

“I am eager to see what unfolds at CBU in the days and years ahead as the Lord blesses this university through one of the most effective leaders in higher education today,” Poma said.

Walt Crabtree, immediate past chair of the board, announced gifts from the trustees to Ellis and remarked, “I have been looking forward to this evening for quite some time. As you know, it is an occasion that has been two decades in the making.”

Others who brought testimonials during the dinner were: Dr. E. Glen Paden, retired pastor and president emeritus of the California Baptist Foundation; Dr. Anthony Dockery, pastor of St. Stephen Baptist Church in La Puente and a former chair of the CBU board of trustees; and Dr. Ronald O. Loveridge, former mayor of Riverside and professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside.

Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, chancellor of the University of Richmond and a longtime friend and mentor of Ellis, was keynote speaker for the celebration dinner.

Ellis also will be honored by CBU alumni during homecoming festivities Nov. 7-8.

Under Ellis’ leadership, California Baptist College officially became California Baptist University in 1998. New schools and colleges have been established, including the School of Music, School of Nursing, College of Engineering, the College of Allied Health and the College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design. Today, the university comprises 10 colleges and professional schools, offering 158 undergraduate majors/concentrations and 41 master’s degree programs.

Enrollment has grown from 808 in the fall of 1994 to 7,957 in the fall of 2014, more than a 900 percent increase. About 75 percent of CBC/CBU alumni graduated during the Ellis presidency.

To view the video retrospective of Ellis’ leadership, click here.

 

CBU celebrates Arbor Day by planting trees on campus

Dr. Bonjun Koo, left, and Jonathan Logerstedt work together to plant trees along the perimeter of CBU.

Dr. Bonjun Koo, left, and Jonathan Logerstedt work together to plant trees along the perimeter of CBU.

About 40 students, faculty and other volunteers celebrated Arbor Day by planting 10 trees at California Baptist University Nov. 15. It was CBU’s first Arbor Day observance.

Although Arbor Day traditionally occurs in the spring, CBU celebrated early to become part of Tree Campus USA, said Christopher Carlberg, senior environmental science major and president of the Environmental Science Club. Tree Campus USA is a program by the Arbor Day Foundation that recognizes campuses that effectively manage their trees, promote student involvement and develop connectivity with the community through forestry efforts. Carlberg said there will be another tree planting closer to Arbor Day on April 24. He was pleased with the turnout at the first event.

“It’s good to get out here and get everyone working,” Carlberg said. “Our goal as a club is to engage and learn about the environment. So if people can learn how to plant a tree, that’s a big plus.”

Though there were minor setbacks — mostly due to unplanned encounters of shovels and pipes — the group finished planting the Jacaranda and Chinese pistache trees in less than two hours.

The group was broken into teams of five or six students. Students with more experience were quick to help other groups with the project.

Dr. Bonjun Koo, professor of environmental science and adviser of the club, facilitated the effort. Through encouraging words and constant teaching moments, Koo kept his troops of volunteers going.

“All of us realize the importance of trees, and we are proud to participate in the first Arbor Day event on campus,” Koo said.

Danielle Brubaker, senior English major, become aware of the event through the campus-wide email.

“I got excited because I have never planted a tree before,” Brubaker said. “I wanted to participate in this so I could come back in 20 years and show my kids and friends that I helped plant these trees on campus.”

When the last tree was put into the ground, a prayer was said over the campus.

To Brubaker this event showed that “we have students who not only care about each other but care about God’s earth, who care about making it better and preserving it and showing the city of Riverside that our campus is gorgeous.”

 

CBU packs it up for Operation Christmas Child

CBU students help pack gift boxes during the Operation Christmas Child Packing Party.

CBU students help pack gift boxes during the Operation Christmas Child Packing Party.

Nearly 700 California Baptist University students and staff participated Nov. 13 in the Operation Christmas Child’s Packing Party.

Operation Christmas Child, sponsored by the Samaritan’s Purse ministry organization, sends shoebox-sized gift boxes to children in need. The 600 boxes that were packed during the CBU event will be sent to children in Africa, Asia and South America. The participants chose whether to pack a gift box for a boy or girl, then moved from table to table choosing donated items, which included school supplies, toys and clothing.

“It is great to hear stories of those who have received boxes, and you know you are really making a difference in their lives,” said Jayde Cordes, nursing senior, as she packed her box.

Other students had more personal reasons for participating.

“When I was in India over the summer for ISP, I met a girl who received a box through Operation Christmas Child,” said Rebecca Rex, an early childhood studies sophomore. “She still had the box sitting in her living room. I got to see the impact it can make.”

“This is one of my favorite fall events because it is for such a great cause, and it is rooted in a spirit of giving and being a part of something centered around God’s love,” said Julie Dobbins, Operation Christmas Child Committee head and event organizer. “There are a lot of people who helped with coordinating the event. It was really a campus-wide effort.”

Members of Associated Students of California Baptist University, Office of Spiritual Life, the men’s and women’s soccer teams and the baseball team were among the volunteers.

“This is my first time doing charity and it’s great,” said soccer player Daniel Westholm, a business freshman. “It’s nice to help, especially when you do it with your friends. It can be fun and nice at the same time.”

“It is not just a box. When a child gets a box of gifts, they also have the chance to hear about the gift of salvation and be a part of a discipleship program,” Dobbins said. “It is the first time a lot of them have heard the gospel, so we get to be a small part of spreading God’s word.”

 

CBU take time to remember veterans

On Veterans Day, ASCBU provided the CBU community  an opportunity to write a message to those in the service.

Messages to those who have served or are serving in the military are displayed as part of Veterans Day ceremonies.

Students, staff and faculty at California Baptist University took time on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, to remember those who have served.

The CBU orchestra performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey, a military veteran, took the stage.

“I want to recognize all the veterans tonight and thank you for your service, and applaud those families of veterans for their sacrifice,” said Bailey.

Organized by ASCBU, the event featured speeches by Bailey and CBU senior and veteran Jacob Williams, as well as a special remembrance of Marine Lance Cpl. Sean Neal.

Williams, who served in the Army for more than two years, reminded the crowd of the gratitude they owe to service members overseas and at home.

“As a veteran on this campus, I get to spend everyday by the men and women whom soldiers have fought and died for,” Williams said. “It is a reminder to me of the countless thousands who have paid the ultimate price, so I can walk on this campus and get an education.”

It took a team to organize the event, said Trent Ward, ASCBU executive president.

“I orchestrated a committee of those from ROTC, Community Life and the School of Music. It was a campus-wide effort,” he said. “It is important to honor those who deserve to be honored.”

ASCBU also provided T-shirts for Lancer veterans and gave others an opportunity to write a message to those in the service.

The night ended in a special remembrance of Marine Sean Neal who died Oct. 23 as the first casualty in the war against ISIS. Neal, a Riverside resident and La Sierra High School graduate, died in a non-combat-related incident in Baghdad.

“It was emotional. It touches your heart with gratitude for those who lost their lives and are losing their lives,” said Genesis Sandoval, a freshman business administration major. “It helps you understand what Veterans Day is all about.”

 

Homecoming and Family Weekend attracts 7,500 to campus

Little Lancers enjoy a snack during the Block Party at Homecoming and Family Weekend.

Little Lancers enjoy a snack during the Block Party at Homecoming and Family Weekend.

Homecoming at California Baptist University drew an estimated 7,500 alumni and friends to Homecoming and Family Weekend activities Nov. 7-8.

The Anniversary Reunion Tea held Friday afternoon recognized the classes of 1954, 1964 and 1989, who celebrated their 60th, 50th and 25th reunions.

The 2014 Alumni Dinner held that evening showcased the incredible growth of world-wide relations and partnerships under the leadership of Dr. Ronald L. Ellis during his 20 years of service to CBU.

Christian music artist Jonathan Thulin, a Swedish-American recording artist and songwriter, provided the entertainment.

Eva De La Rosa (’02 and ’07) received the Distinguished Service in Christian Ministry Award. De La Rosa has been helping women for years. She founded California’s first Christian Women’s Job Corps. She is executive director of the California Woman’s Missionary Union & Women’s Ministries. In this role, she oversees women’s ministries and missions groups for more than 2,200 churches, providing training and leadership development. She also serves as education director at New Hope Community Church in El Monte, where her husband is pastor.

Josh Moss (’03 and ’07) was honored as recipient of the Young Alumni Achievement Award. Moss started teaching with Alvord Unified School District in 2003. In 2007, he became program manager, overseeing after-school programs and activities for at-risk youth within Alvord USD.He has worked his way up and became principal at a middle school this past summer. He also teaches as an adjunct in CBU’s education credential program.

Sue (nee Rogers) Etheridge (’68) received the Alumna of the Year award. When she left CBU in 1968, she was one semester shy of graduating with a degree in Spanish. She returned to college to get her bachelor’s and then her master’s in art therapy. For the next 24 years, she worked in the federal correctional system as an art therapist, providing psychiatric assessment and treatment of inmates through the analysis of their artwork. Earlier this year, she was honored as an “Unsung Hero of Compassion” by the Dalai Lama Foundation. Today she works in the state prison system.

Dr. James Forkum (’69) was recognized as the recipient of the highest honor given by the CBU Alumni Association: the Lancer Medal for Lifetime Achievement. His career has included positions as professor, head coach, academic and athletic administrator, admissions director and recruiter at numerous colleges around the United States. He was inducted into CBU’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1987 for men’s basketball. In August 2014, Jim and his wife, Sherry (’73), began a new adventure at Schutz American School in Alexandria, Egypt. Jim will establish and oversee the first official interscholastic athletics league in Alexandria.

Saturday featured the fifth annual Block Party. The program included the artisan walk, live entertainment, gourmet food trucks, interactive booths and children’s activities.

Saturday night’s program included meeting former NFL players, including Kermit Alexander. It also featured the crowning of seniors Joshua Perez as Mr. CBU and Catherine Rice as Ms. CBU. More than 4,000 people cheered for the men’s and women’s intramural teams competing in the Fortuna Bowl. In a rematch from last year’s game, the Bus Drivers women’s team beat SWAT, 18-0, while in the men’s contest, The Webelos beat Fruit of the Boom, 8-0.

 

Chapel speakers share their story of hope

Jay and Katherine Wolf

Jay and Katherine Wolf are on a mission to share their story of hope. They were on California Baptist University’s campus this week to share that story in chapel.

Jay and Katherine met at a college in Alabama, married after they graduated in 2004 and then moved to Southern California. In 2007, they had their son, James. Six months later, without any warning, Katherine had a massive stroke. She was 26.

“There are these moments in our lives where everything changes,” Jay said. “As much as we want to, we can’t ever go back. That day for us was April 21, 2008. That’s the kind of world we live in. Our ability to control it is just really an illusion. We don’t know where we’re going to end up this afternoon.”

Katherine was in a coma for two months and was in hospitals and rehabilitation for about two years. She had to re-learn how to swallow, to speak and to walk. She is deaf in one ear, has double vision and facial paralysis. Since her stroke, she has had 11 surgeries, including one for a brain aneurysm.

A low moment for Katherine came about seven months after her stroke.

“I remember thinking, God made a mistake here. This isn’t what was intended. Surely God messed up, because God would never have allowed this in my life. This could not be God’s plan,” she said. Then the Bible verses she had learned since she was a child came to her. “In that deep dark moment of wondering, the deep truth of the Lord was impressed on me. I almost heard the ridiculousness of that. God doesn’t make mistakes.”

Jay and Katherine have started a full-time ministry called Hope Heals. They want to share their story of hope and joy with people and point them to the kingdom of God, they said.

“Maybe you don’t have it figured out, you don’t have a job yet, or you don’t know what’s next for you. None of us do,” Jay said. “There’s a great hope in that. You don’t have to have it all figured out. God is taking us on a completely different trajectory than we ever thought our lives could be, and yet it’s so much better.”

 

Family Updates

The School of Christian Ministries hosted Dr. Robert Yarbrough, professor of New Testament at Covenant Seminary, for its first annual School of Christian Ministries Lecture Series. Yarbrough is the past president of the Evangelical Theological Society and has authored many books, including 1-3 John in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (Baker, 2008).

 

Dr. Anthony Chute

Dr. Anthony Chute

Dr. Chris Morgan

Dr. Chris Morgan

Dr. Adam Co

Dr. Adam Co

Dr. Scott Key

Dr. Scott Key

Dr. Greg Cochran

Dr. Greg Cochran

Dr. Anthony Chute, associate dean and professor of church history, contributed a chapter titled Life and Ministry of William Rogers for the book, A Noble Company, edited by Terry Wolever (Particular Baptist Press, 2014). Chute also served as moderator of the Baptist studies session for the Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in San Diego Nov. 19-21. In addition, several faculty members presented papers, including Dr. Chris Morgan, dean and professor of theology: Baptists and the unity of the church; Dr. Adam Co, associate professor of theology: Understanding the doctrine of union with Christ within the kingship motif of scripture; Dr. Scott Key, professor of philosophy: Toward an epistemology of value: Wisdom and trust in Aristotle’s ethics and the Gospel of Mark; and Dr. Greg Cochran, director of applied theology: The priority of ministry to the persecuted church: A reorientation of the paradigm for biblical justice

 

Dr. Jeff Cate

Dr. Jeff Cate

Dr. Jeff Cate, professor of New Testament, published a book review on Stanley Porter’s How We Got the New Testament: Transmission, Translation in the September 2014 edition of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Mitchell Hovey

Dr. Mitchell Hovey

Cammy Purper

Cammy Purper

Dr. Mitch Hovey, director of the M.S. in Education program and professor of education for Online and Professional Studies, and Cammy Purper, assistant professor of early childhood education for Online and Professional Studies, were keynote speakers at the Division of Children and Family Services 4th annual Early Childhood Education Conference held Nov. 7th at the Riverside Convention Center.

 

 

 

The School of Nursing’s Chi Mu honorary society chapter has officially been recognized by Sigma Theta Tau International. The endeavor was a three-year process that culminated in a vote at the STTI Biennial Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., representing more than 490 chapters in 85 countries. Eighty-three CBU students were inducted into the Chi Mu Chapter on Oct. 24. Honorees demonstrate both academic and professional success and must be among the top students in their class. Sarah Divine-Cooter (’14) was named the new charter president.

 

logo-headerCBU faculty and staff won four awards at the Public Relations Society of America, Inland Empire Chapter’s Polaris Awards ceremony Nov. 19. Dr. Mary Ann Pearson, associate professor of public relations for Online and Professional Studies; Dr. Patricia Hernandez, assistant professor of communication studies for OPS, and CBU/Online alumnus Robbie Silver won a Capella Award in the community relations category for the internship program with the Riverside Downtown Partnership. CBU’s Division of Marketing and Communication received three Capella Awards: one in the multi-media communications category for the We Believe in Excellence promotional video (http://vimeo.com/86330682); in the feature story category, Our Biggest Fan (http://issuu.com/cbu_publications/docs/v58_i2_roundtable_magazine_winter14); and in the annual report category, the 2013 Scholarship & Service publication (http://www.calbaptist.edu/explore-cbu/news-events/scholarship-service/).

 

From left: Karin Nelson, assistant professor of accounting, Jonathan Truitt and Julie Browning, associate professor of accounting for Online and Professional Studies

From left: Karin Nelson, assistant professor of accounting, Jonathan Truitt and Julie Browning, associate professor of accounting for Online and Professional Studies

CBU student Jonathan Truitt, a senior accounting major, was honored Nov. 7 by the California Society of Certified Public Accountants for outstanding scholastic achievement during the Inland Empire Chapter’s student leadership and scholarship event at Chaffey College in Chino.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Bernard Hennig converses with attendees at the College of Allied Health's Distinguished Lecture Series.

Dr. Bernard Hennig converses with attendees at the College of Allied Health’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

The College of Allied Health hosted Dr. Bernard Hennig Nov. 10 as part of the continuing Distinguished Lecture Series. Hennig is director of the University of Kentucky’s Superfund Research Center. He also served as a guest lecturer to two nutrition and food sciences courses and engaged in dialogue related to research with the faculty of the College of Allied Health.

 

 

 

 

 

Leontine Armstrong

Leontine Armstrong

Leontine Armstrong, an adjunct professor of English, presented a paper titled Diana’s Emotions: Transformations in Transition for the Goddess at the Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association Conference, which met in Riverside Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Bonjun Koo

Dr. Bonjun Koo

Dr. Bonjun Koo, professor of environmental science, served as a judge for the student competition posters session for the wetland soils division at the International Annual Meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America in Long Beach Nov. 2-5.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Tim Luther

Dr. Tim Luther

Dr. Tim Luther, professor of political science, presented a paper titled Ghostly demarcations: Derridean specters of justice in Clint Eastwood’s westerns at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Conference, which met in Riverside Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

 

 

 

 

Heather Hamilton-Stilwell

Heather Hamilton-Stilwell

Heather Hamilton-Stilwell, assistant professor of journalism, presented Don’t miss these stories! Covering those who live on the Margins and Athletes who pray: Sports reporting that goes beyond the court or field at the College Media Association/Associated Collegiate Press Conference in Philadelphia Oct. 29-Nov. 2.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather, professor of aviation science, provided airport operations training at the Redmond (Ore.) Municipal Airport Oct. 29-31. In addition, Prather facilitated the airport’s annual table top emergency exercise, which was based on an active shooter in the airport terminal scenario.

 

 

 

Dr. Jeffrey Barnes

Dr. Jeffrey Barnes

Dr. Jeffrey Barnes, dean of academic services and associate professor of humanities, made a presentation to the Corona Rotary Oct. 31 titled Fear not: Lessons from the Salem witch trials. He also presented a paper titled The enrollment and retention connection at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers’ Strategic Enrollment Management Conference in Los Angeles Oct. 28. CBU’s comprehensive retention plan, which Barnes co-wrote with Steven Neilsen, director of student retention, was the focus of the presentation.

 

 

 

Dr. Melissa Croteau

Dr. Melissa Croteau

Michael Eaton

Michael Eaton

Dr. Melissa Croteau, associate professor of film studies and literature, chaired a panel titled Lights and shadows: The challenges of teaching film in the Christian academy at the 2014 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture in Waco, Texas Oct. 25. In addition, Michael Eaton, associate professor of film studies and film production, served on a panel titled Integrity: Integrating faith within Hollywood careers.

 

 

 

From left: Shane Paulson, financial aid technician; Andy Musser, financial aid NCAA counselor; Josh Morey, associate director of financial aid, and Joel Robert Brown, financial aid counselor

From left: Shane Paulson, financial aid technician; Andy Musser, financial aid NCAA counselor; Josh Morey, associate director of financial aid, and Joel Robert Brown, financial aid counselor

Male employees in financial aid are participating in “Movember.”  Each November they grow mustaches to raise funds and awareness for men’s health.  The ladies of the office contribute to men’s health by donating funds; in turn, the men shave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Palm Desert Century bicycle ride included 464 riders.

The Palm Desert Century bicycle ride included 464 riders.

Dr. Dirk Davis, academic dean for Online and Professional Studies; Dr. Riste Simnjanovski, assistant academic dean for OPS; Dr. Tom Schneider, assistant professor of English for OPS; and Dr. Mary Ann Pearson, associate professor of public relations for OPS, represented CBU at the Palm Desert Century bicycle ride Nov. 14. Pearson set a personal best for distance at 32 miles, while Davis, Simnjanovski and Schneider completed the metric century route (100 km., 62 miles) in less than four hours.

 

 

 

 

Jennifer and Brandon Ellis

Jennifer and Brandon Ellis

Jennifer DeCuir, receptionist for University Advancement married Brandon Ellis on Oct. 25 in Laguna Beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Bowling, Julie Goodman-Bowling with Elizabeth Grace

David Bowling, Julie Goodman-Bowling with Elizabeth Grace

Julie Goodman-Bowling, assistant professor of anthropology, and her husband David welcomed a daughter, Elizabeth Grace, on Oct. 6. The baby weighed 6 lbs. 10 ozs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Matthew Rickard with new son Rocco

Dr. Matthew Rickard with new son Rocco

Dr. Matthew Rickard, associate professor of bioengineering, and his wife Christina welcomed a son Oct. 21. Rocco Sebastian Michael Rickard weighed 6 lbs. 5 ozs. and measured 18 inches. Rocco’s siblings include Anthony, age 6, and Sienna, age 4.

 

 

 

 

 

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November 4, 2014

Dr. Mark A. Pike

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Leeds professor to speak on C.S. Lewis Nov. 6

Dr. Mark A. Pike

Dr. Mark A. Pike

California Baptist University’s College of Arts and Sciences is hosting Dr. Mark A. Pike for a lecture on Nov. 6. Pike was recently appointed as the head of the School of Education at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.

He will be speaking on the topic “C.S. Lewis on Post-Christian Culture and Faith,” at 3:30 p.m. in the Staples Room in the James Building. The event is open to all.

Pike, a dynamic British speaker, is also a professor in educational values and pedagogy. A high school teacher for more than a decade, Pike received his doctorate from Southampton University before rising rapidly through the ranks at Leeds. He writes and speaks widely on literary, moral and religious issues in education, and is the author of Mere Education: C S Lewis as Teacher for our Time; Citizenship and Moral Education: values in action; and Spirituality, Literature and Literacy, as well as more than 40 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles.

 

CBU students view “balance and majesty” of partial solar eclipse

CBU students view the partial solar eclipse through special glasses.

CBU students view the partial solar eclipse through special glasses.

California Baptist University students, faculty and staff peered through special glasses or looked through telescopes equipped with solar filters to view the partial solar eclipse Oct. 30.

Dr. Kyle Stewart, assistant professor of physics, with assistance from CBU’s astronomy club, arranged the event outside Mission Hall. Participants were able to see the moon partially blocking the sun.

“Solar eclipses are rare events to be able to witness,” Stewart said. “I think eclipses hold fascination for people because they are an extremely hands-on, visual way to think about the solar system.”

Amanda Snodgrass, a sophomore aviation flight major, had not previously seen a solar eclipse.

“It’s super cool,” she said. “It’s something you don’t see every day.”

Stephanie Lee, a senior biology major and president of the astronomy club, said it was a great event because it gave students an opportunity to view something they would not have known was happening otherwise.

“It’s amazing to see how an eclipse works and to get a glimpse of how the universe was designed,” she said.

Valarie Ramirez, a junior biology major, was grateful to have the opportunity to see the eclipse and the sun spots.

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to use a telescope like that,” she said.

Stewart commented that solar eclipses are rare events that enable viewers to learn about the motions of bodies in the solar system, like the earth, moon and the sun.

“It’s also a great way to think about the ‘big picture,’” he said, “and to give God the glory for the intricate balance and abundant majesty we see in the universe.”

 

CBU-Stanford wrestling event draws record crowd

More than 2,600 people watch as CBU wrestlers fight against Stanford in the "Take It Outside" dual on the Front Lawn.

The CBU-Stanford wrestling event on the front lawn drew record crowds.

Wrestling took center stage on California Baptist University’s front lawn Saturday afternoon, as the Lancers opened up their season against Stanford with the inaugural “Take It Outside” dual. While CBU fought hard before falling to the Cardinal, 27-9, the program put on a record-setting event as the standing-room-only crowd of 2,620—which included mixed martial arts legend and world champion Urijah Faber—helped set an attendance record for an outdoor collegiate wrestling dual.

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 CBU alum making an impact with Chick-fil-A

Adaobi Gwacham

Adaobi Gwacham

Adaobi Gwacham (’08) missed out on having a Chick-fil-A on campus while attending California Baptist University, but the business graduate is building a career with the popular restaurant chain.

Gwacham started working for Chick-fil-A when she was 18 and has worked her way up the ladder for the past 10 years. She started as a team member at Chick-fil-A in Chino Hills, in 2004 and worked the front counter, drive-thru and kitchen. She moved into leadership after a year and became the restaurant’s general manager after graduating from CBU. In 2010, Gwacham took a job in the corporate office as a grand opening supervisor for about year before taking her current position as a grand opening consultant and relocating to the Atlanta office.

Gwacham started as a nursing major at CBU and then switched her major to business. “CBU gave me the necessary tools to interact and be successful in a corporate environment,” she said.

As a grand opening consultant, she meets with owners and operators about their grand opening, provides them with marketing and operational tools and travels to support them as they get ready to open the restaurant.

Gwacham has higher aspirations. She says even in college her goal was to own her own business. And not just any business, but a Chick-fil-A franchise. One reason was because of the company’s purpose statement: “To Glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that has been entrusted in us and to have a positive impact in all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”

“Chick-fil-A is more than the profits,” she said. “It is about caring for the people and having a positive impact. I wanted to be a part of that and wanted to influence whatever community I will call home.”

Gwacham started the application process in 2013 and was selected this year to be the owner/operator for the Pasadena restaurant, which is under construction and scheduled to open in December. The company opens fewer than 100 restaurants a year.

She is also looking forward to moving closer back to family in Chino Hills and Corona.

“I am very blessed for the opportunity to have been selected,” she said.

 

CBU hosts Sphere training for disaster relief

Sphere training

Participants in the Sphere training learn to set up tents for a refugee camp.

Thirty-four participants attended Sphere Project training, hosted by California Baptist University’s School of Nursing Oct. 20-24. It is the second year the training has been offered.

The Sphere Project was begun in 1997 by a group of humanitarian agencies to improve the quality of disaster response. The training program teaches the minimum standards that need to be met in order to deal with humanitarian issues after a disaster.

“What the Sphere standards were set up to do is provide a consistent minimum standard across the world in emergency response situations,” said Francis K. Horton III, a Sphere trainer and area director for Baptist Global Response (BGR). “There was a need among international organizations that normally, regularly respond to emergency situations to standardize things so that, No. 1, we’re all speaking the same language, No. 2, that we’re all providing the same kinds of relief and No. 3, so that the people who are in need are more likely to get what they need.”

Participants who completed the course included health workers and 29 CBU students. Horton and Ben Wolf, another area director for BGR, were the trainers.

Participants worked through the Sphere Project handbook, which covers the minimum standards for four areas: water, sanitation and hygiene; food security and nutrition; shelter and health. Exercises included setting up a refugee camp and creating a plan for how to respond to a certain situation.

Silvia Bolanos, a senior nursing major, took the training last year and again this year. Her dream is to work in the states for nine months a year and go on short-term missions for three.

“A lot of ideas have clicked, [but now] the ideas are more solidified,” she said. “I am able to create plans now so I have a better idea of how to respond to a disaster if it happened.”

The training also exposes students to the global aspect of the Great Commission, said Stacey Toro, assistant professor of nursing and coordinator for the project.

“There are many places that disasters occur and things happen in closed countries where people usually can’t get in, but health workers and emergency providers and disaster relief workers can,” she said. “We put on this training because we want to promote the Great Commission, a biblical world view, and give another aspect to our students who want to do that.”

Jamila Davison, an emergency room doctor from Tampa, Fla., also attended the training.

“I’ve learned how these disasters can open up doors for so much, (both) immediately and then long term,” she said. “It would be great to not only meet people’s physical needs but also their spiritual needs.”

Jessica Rosas and Monica Quintanilla, both third-year nursing majors, participated in the training to prepare for a possible mission trip.

“We learned a lot about how to work with people of different cultures and how to involve them in their own care,” Quintanilla said. “Our goal would be to help them keep their dignity as opposed to just providing for them and them becoming dependent.”

 

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Waylon Baumgardner

Waylon Baumgardner

Waylon Baumgardner, website manager, presented research titled Moving to Git-based Version Control with Small Teams at the Higher Ed Web Association Annual Conference, which met in Portland, Ore. Oct. 19-22.

 

 

 

 

 

Ana Gamez

Dr. Ana Gamez

Dr. Ana Gamez, associate professor of psychology, presented research Oct. 25 at the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Psychological Services Section in Orlando, Fla. Her topic was Ethical Standards Associated with the New Fitness-for-Duty Evaluations and Proposed Pre-Employment Psychological Evaluation Guidelines.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Jennifer Newton

Dr. Jennifer Newton

Dr. Jennifer Newton, associate professor of English, presented a paper titled Cleaning the House of the Soul: George Herbert’s Latin Poem ‘Martha: Mary’ in Theological and Literary Context at the Texas Medieval Association conference, held at the University of North Texas Oct. 3-4.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Dennis Bideshi

Dr. Dennis Bideshi

Dr. Dennis K. Bideshi, professor of biology and clinical microbiologist, was elected to serve another 5-year term as a member of the Ascoviridae study group of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV). The ICTV subcommittee is tasked with clarifying the nomenclature and phylogenetic relationships among ascoviruses, which are large double stranded DNA viruses with unique structural and biological features.

 

 

 

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson, associate professor of public relations for Online and Professional Studies, presented a paper titled Online Mentoring at the 7th Annual Mentoring Conference, which met at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque on Oct. 22.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Trevor Gillum

Dr. Trevor Gillum

Dr. Trevor Gillum, associate professor of kinesiology, co-authored an article with Jared Coburn, adjunct professor of kinesiology, and kinesiology graduate student Nicole Williams titled Static stretching vs. dynamic warm-ups: a comparison of their effects on torque and electromyography output of the quadriceps and hamstring muscles. The article was published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness in October.

 

 

 

Dr. Charles Sands

Dr. Charles Sands

Dr. Charles Sands, dean of the College of Allied Health, conducted staff training in leadership development Oct. 7 for Sandals Church in Riverside. The session was the last of a four-part series conducted during 2014.

 

 

 

 

From left: Dr. Veola Vazquez and author Joanne Bischoff.

From left: Dr. Veola Vazquez and author Joanne Bischoff.

Dr. Veola Vazquez, associate professor of psychology, was awarded first place in the San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild Unpublished Manuscript Contest for her middle-grade novel The Nickel Nuisance. The expected release date for the book is February 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai, associate professor of civil engineering, attended the American Concrete Institute Fall 2014 Convention, which met in Washington D.C. Oct. 26-30. He participated in committee meetings and made a presentation titled A Probabilistic Model for Predicting Early-Age Deformation of Self-Consolidating Concrete. In addition, he conducted a seminar on seismic vulnerability and loss estimation of concrete structures for civil engineering students at Johns Hopkins University on Oct. 28.

 

 

 

Dr. Jolene Baker

Dr. Jolene Baker

Dr. Nicole MacDonald

Dr. Nicole MacDonald

Dr. Jolene Baker, associate professor of kinesiology, and Dr. Nicole MacDonald, professor of kinesiology, presented a posted titled Knowledge and Readiness of Inter-professional Education in Athletic Training and Advanced Practice Nursing Students at the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions Conference, which met in Las Vegas Oct. 22-24.

 

 

 

Dr. David Bishop

Dr. David Bishop

Dr. David Bishop, assistant professor of software engineering, successfully defended his dissertation for the doctor of science degree in information systems at Dakota State University.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Jacqueline Gustafson

Dr. Jacqueline Gustafson

Dr. Jacqueline Gustafson, dean of the School of Behavioral Sciences, contributed a chapter to a book recently published by Cascade Books. The chapter, titled The Whole Story: Revisiting the Unspoken Complexities of Adoption, appeared in the book The Spirit of Adoption.

 

 

 

 

 

CBU’s department of languages and literature co-sponsored the 2014 Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association annual conference, which met Oct. 31-Nov. 2 in Riverside. As part of CBU’s participation, the department presented two sessions on Christianity and literature at this secular conference. In addition, presentations from CBU included: Manya Wren, adjunct professor of English: When There Is No Room in Hell: A Re-examination of Socio-Political Themes in Two of George A. Romero’s “Dead” Films; Arlene Drachslin, adjunct professor of English: A Dracula Translation of Female Characterization: One Voice, Two Heroines in Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the First Silent Film Adaptation, Drakula halála; Tracee Auville-Parks, adjunct professor in English: Poetry, Jazz, and Forgiveness; Dr. James Lu, professor and chair of modern languages and literature: Two Tales of a City: Riverside’s Magnificent Mission Inn and Desolate Chinatown; Dr. Gretchen Bartels, assistant professor of English for Online and Professional Studies: A great sufferer—my doll”: The Tension of Medical Maternity in Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands; Robert Sapunarich, graduate student: Grace in the Maelstrom: Calvinism in Moby-Dick; Dr. Laura J. Veltman, associate professor of American literature: The Christ-Haunted Classroom: Flannery O’Connor, Faith, and Pedagogy; Tara Anderson, graduate student: From in between the Mountaintops: A Look at Langston Hughes’ “Christ In Alabama”; L. Maggie Fanning, lecturer in English: Shifting Boundaries: Two Literary Explorations of the Edges of 1960s America; Erika Travis, assistant professor of English and behavioral sciences: Saints’ Names & Sacred Moments: The Persistence of Religion in Ender’s Game; David Isaacs, assistant professor of English: “Be Some Other Name”:  Naming and Supernatural Intervention in Gene Lien Yang’s American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints; Dr. Owen Staley, lecturer in modern languages and literature: Lucianic Satire and the Invention of America; Dr. Thomas Schneider, assistant professor of English for Online and Professional Studies: Chaucer, Mimesis, and the Fantastic in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Dr. Tim Luther, professor of political science: Ghostly Demarcations: Derridean Specters in Clint Eastwood’s Westerns; Irina Renfro, assistant professor of modern languages and literature: Sumarokov’s Hamlet: The Religious Redemption of the Female Characters in the Context of Russian Cultural Code of the 18th Century; and Leontine Armstrong, adjunct professor of English: Diana’s Emotions: Transformations in Transition for the Goddess.

 

Jacob Lanphere

Dr. Jacob Lanphere

Dr. Jacob Lanphere, assistant professor of environmental science, presented research titled Stability and Transport of Novel Engineered Nanomaterials in Aqueous and Subsurface Environments at the monthly Natural and Mathematical Sciences Colloquium Oct. 22.

 

 

 

 

 

Justin and Kimberly Holcomb

Justin and Kimberly Holcomb

Kimberly Tallo, accounts payable, and Justin Holcomb were married Oct. 24 at the Grove Community Church. Holcomb is recovering from myocarditis, a viral infection that attacks the heart. The couple had originally planned a wedding at the Mission Inn before Holcomb’s hospitalization but have now rescheduled for March 20. They extend their thanks to the CBU family for the prayer support they received during his illness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About 50 World War II veterans participated in the honor flight.

More than 50 World War II veterans participated in the Eastern Oregon/Portland honor flight.

Steve Morris, adjunct professor of education, recently accompanied his 92-year-old father on the Eastern Oregon/Portland honor flight. Honor Flights is an organization whose mission is to fly all WWII veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the WWII Memorial. More than 50 veterans, averaging 91 years in age, participated in the flight. Upon their return, their service was recognized by military members and passengers at the Portland International Airport (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvMRsLjl-2c).

 

 

 

 

Jaysie (left) and Jersie Collette pose with the Lancers mascot at the Take It Outside wrestling match Nov. 1.

Jaysie (left) and Jersie Collette pose with the Lancers mascot at the Take It Outside wrestling match Nov. 1.

Jersie, aged 5, and Jaysie, aged 3, attended the CBU-Stanford wrestling match last Saturday with mom Courtney Collette, financial aid administrative assistant. Both girls both now say they want to be wrestlers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October 24, 2014

Leadership Allied Health Students at the Riverside College and Career Fair

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CGE president inspires students to use skills in foreign nations

Dr. Carolyn Bishop

Dr. Carolyn Bishop

Dr. Carolyn Bishop, president of Consortium for Global Education, was the featured speaker Oct. 13 at California Baptist University’s College of Allied Health Distinguished Lecture Series. Bishop spoke on the topic “Impact of Education and Healthcare Initiatives in Strategic Nations.”

“Your degrees can be significant not just here in America, but internationally as well,” Bishop told students attending the lecture. “What distinguishes us as an organization is we try to make everything we do successful, and we link that integration of international education, service and sharing.”

Bishop was elected president of the Consortium for Global Education in 2002. As president, she leads in supporting 241 international partnerships in more than 80 countries through 42 accredited American colleges and universities, including CBU.

Bishop stressed the importance of building impactful partnerships overseas.

“Out of 27 years of experience, the Consortium for Global Education has learned a lot about having presidents, faculty and students working overseas,”  Bishop said. “We always try to build strategic relationships, we look for strategic locations around the world, and we make them inclusive so that it’s valuable for the nationals. We always have a multiplication effect, and it is sustainable.”

Bishop referenced the crises in the Middle East and spoke about how the sheer numbers of refugees fleeing the violence in their countries have created a “deplorable living environment” in refugee camps.

“We have challenged any small church effort to have a school in their church and get the kids out of these living conditions,” she said.

Bishop gave more examples of strategic partnerships in Haiti, China, North Korea, Cambodia and many other nations.

“It has been a pleasure to be a part of the Consortium for Global Education for 17 years and watch CBU grow,” she said. “What you are doing here is a part of a whole, and this campus is involved not just here or statewide, but worldwide as well.”

CBU students take a stab at learning dinner etiquette

dinner

Mio Evelyn (left), junior prenursing major, and Maxine Martinez (right), senior biology major watch Chelsea Royse demonstrate the different styles of cutting, American and continental. Photo by Jessica Bills

“We’re amateurs,” Beatriz Thomas, senior sociology major, said with a nervous chuckle as she realized she was eating with the wrong fork.

Every spilled grain of rice, momentary awkward silence and passing of bread was an opportunity for California Baptist University students to learn dining and professional etiquette.

The Career Center hosts a biannual Etiquette Dinner focusing on “which fork do I use” kind of dinner protocol while maintaining a countenance of professionalism.

Since last spring, Chelsea Royse, career counselor and internship coordinator, has been hosting the event to teach students proper dining behavior.

“It’s not just about what fork do you use,” Royse said. “It’s also about how to hold an appropriate conversation, how to converse with people, how to have purpose at a dinner and not just take the back seat.”

The etiquette dinners are geared to help students prepare for real life situations of dining with employers or potential ones.

“For a lot of students this is the first time they have been at a table with four forks and knifes,” Royse said. “It’s a safe environment to learn, because you can mess up and it’s fine. They don’t want to have their first experience being confused or embarrassed because they didn’t know to put their napkin on their lap.”

Students learned mingling tactics, how to use their knives and forks the American way and Continental way (it’s how one holds them and uses them), tips for keeping a flow of constant conversations and even how to eat sushi gracefully. Though the students have to pay to attend, they left wishing to return and recreate the fun they had meeting new people and consuming good food.

“Come because it’s fun,” Royse said about future events. “You’ll be surprised by how much you learn.”​

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CBU students Hosiana Abewe, Grace De Dieu Irumva, and Christian Shema Mugisha, who are all biochemistry and molecular biology majors, attended the annual National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) conference in New Orleans Sept. 23-26. Irumva and Abewe presented posters on their summer research at the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment at UC San Diego.

 

Medina_01 group photoAssembly member Jose Medina (center in photo at left) spoke with CBU students enrolled in the Graduate Nursing Health Policy & Bioethics course Oct. 6.  The students shared current advanced practice nursing policy agendas that could improve patient care by removing practice barriers.

 

 

 

 

 

Students in Arlene Drachslin’s ENG 113 class recently conducted a Composition Concert on the front lawn to fulfill requirements for an observation essay. Musically inclined members of the class performed, while other students observed. Both wrote essays according to their experience in the concert, either as performer or observer. One participant observed: “Socially, this whole event had such a grand significance in showing how worship music not only unites believers, but uplifts spirits and encourages people in their everyday lives.” Drachslin is an adjunct professor of English.

 

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Some of the CBU students who attended the conference at the University of California Davis.

Students from the department of natural and mathematical sciences and from the student-governed American Medical Student Association CBU Chapter attended the 12th Annual University of California Davis Pre-Medical & Pre-Health Professions National Conference on Oct. 11-12. The two-day event included a selection of keynote speakers, deans’ panels and 250 workshops covering a variety of health professional topics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Chris Morgan

Dr. Chris Morgan

Crossway Books recently published the latest book by Dr. Chris Morgan, dean of the School of Christian Ministries. The book, Heaven, is the sixth volume in the Theology in Community series (which he co-edits with Dr. Robert Peterson), and his 15th book overall.

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Bishop

Michael Bishop

Dr. Andrew Herrity

Dr. Andrew Herrity

Dr. Andrew Herrity, professor of business and entrepreneurship, and Michael Bishop, senior director of career services, won the Best Theme-Related Paper Award at the Christian Business Faculty Association Meeting Oct. 11 in Nashville, Tenn. Herrity presented the paper, which was titled Making a Difference at the Intersection of Faith and Business: Teaching Undergraduates to Align Values and Strengths with Career Opportunities.

 

 

 

Jessica Alzen

Jessica Alzen

Jessica Alzen, adjunct professor of English for Online and Professional Studies, won the American Educational Research Association’s dissertation fellowship for her proposed dissertation titled Investigating the Sensitivity of Teacher Classifications Based on Multiple Measures to Value-Added Model Specification. Alzen plans to use data from the Measures of Effective Teaching project that was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

 

 

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson, associate professor of public relations for Online and Professional Studies, presented a session for the County of Riverside’s fiscal and administrative managers meeting Oct. 14 in Riverside. Her topic was social media and personal branding.

 

 

 

 

Dave Williams

Dave Williams

David Williams, adjunct professor of visual arts, held a closing reception Oct. 18 for his art show Works by Williams: A 30 Year Retrospective. Williams, who has taught ceramics at CBU about 30 years, held a monthlong show at the CBU Gallery in downtown Riverside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather, chair of the department of aviation science, presented Aviation Workforce – Current and Future Availability of Airline Pilots: An Overview of the GAO Report and How Collegiate Aviation Should Respond at the Fall Education Conference of the University Aviation Association, held Oct. 8-11 in Daytona Beach, Fla.  Prather completed his three-year term of the strategic planning committee and was elected to serve a three-year term as chair of the graduate education committee.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Candace Vickers

Dr. Candace Vickers

Dr. Candace Vickers, associate professor of communication disorders, was recently appointed to a national committee for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Vickers will serve on the committee on the international classification of functioning, disability and health. The committee is charged with applying the international classification of functioning, disability and health framework to goal setting and outcomes measurement. It also helps members focus on function by advising, providing input, reviewing, and promoting appropriate products and activities.

 

 

 

From left: Dr. Barth, Dr. Hu, Grace, Michael, Ben, Dr. Zheng, and Professor Daniel McCarthy, director of the Cultural Resources Management Department at San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and session moderator

From left: Dr. Margaret Barth, Dr. Hannah Hu, Grace Crosby, Michael Luong, Benjamin Knisley, Dr. Shasha Zheng and Daniel McCarthy, director of the Cultural Resources Management Department at San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and session moderator

Faculty and students from the department of natural and mathematical sciences and the department of health sciences attended the 29th Annual California Indian Conference at California State University, San Bernardino on Oct. 10. Michael Luong, biochemistry and molecular biology major; Benjamin Knisley, applied statistical analysis major; and Grace Crosby, healthcare administration major, presented a session on Cooking with Native Foods, based on research conducted with Dr. Margaret Barth, director of the nutrition and food sciences program; Dr. Shasha Zheng, assistant professor of health sciences; and Dr. Hannah Hu, assistant professor of chemistry.

 

 

 

 

 

Denise Payne

Denise Payne

Denise Payne, senior credential analyst, has been re-elected as president of Credential Counselors and Analysts of California for the 2014-2015 year. As president in 2013-2014, she had oversight of the 36th Annual CCAC Conference in Sacramento Oct. 15-17, with 800 attendees. She also hosted the president’s lunch and presented a workshop with Commission on Teacher Credentialing staff titled Preparing for an Accreditation Visit.

 

 

 

 

Leadership Allied Health Students at the Riverside College and Career Fair

Leadership Allied Health Students at the Riverside College and Career Fair

The Leadership Allied Health program, which includes 20 students within the College of Allied Health, staffed a recruitment table at the annual Riverside College and Career Fair hosted at the Galleria at Tyler. The Leadership Allied Health students spoke to more than 200 prospective students and parents, introducing College of Allied Health programs and answering general questions about CBU.

 

 

 

 

 

Brandon and Stephanie VanBuskirk

Brandon and Stephanie VanBuskirk

Brandon VanBuskirk married Stephanie Lee (’13) on Sept. 28. He is the son of Patty VanBuskirk, department secretary in communication arts, and plans to graduate from CBU in December with a degree in nursing. Stephanie is a nursing alumna.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annabelle Rose Alzen

Annabelle Rose Alzen

Jessica Alzen, adjunct professor of English for Online and Professional Studies, and her husband, Michael, welcomed a daughter on Sept. 15. Annabelle Rose was born at 8:29 a.m., weighing 6 pounds 3 ounces and measuring 19 inches long.

 

 

 

 

 

Charlotte Rose Fuller

Charlotte Rose Fuller

Nikki Fuller, adjunct professor of English, and her husband, Matt, welcomed a daughter on Sept. 28. Charlotte Rose was born at 1:04 a.m., weighing 7 pounds 8 ounces and measuring 19.5 inches long.

 

 

 

 

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