A newsletter for faculty and staff of California Baptist University

August 19, 2015

Athletic Training

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Former CBU water polo player signs professional contract

water poloEric Carnohan inked a professional contract with Water Polo Navarra of Pamplona, Spain, on Aug. 17. It makes him the second California Baptist University graduate to play professional water polo.

Carnohan leaves for Spain on Aug. 24th and will compete with Navarra from October to May in his first season. He was brought on board with Ruda Franco and Dusan Aleksic, who both have experience playing international water polo with their respective home countries of Brazil and Canada.

Last season, Carnohan led the Lancers to a program-best, fourth-place finish in the WWPA. He played in all 35 games and scored a second-best 67 goals for the team and assisted on 30 more, which was a team-best mark. He drew 52 ejections and swiped 25 steals. The utility finished his career with 120 goals, which rank him 15th on the program’s career list, and produced 31 multi-goal games, which is 14th best.

Carnohan joins a list of elite Lancers who have played water polo on the international stage. Austen Ramer, CBU’s career leader in saves with 1,129, played professionally for three years in Australia after graduating in 2012. Brandon Jung also saw plenty of playing time in the Olympics for Canada in 2008.


Mock medical scenario brings helicopter and learning to CBU

Athletic TrainingCalifornia Baptist University students took part in a unique class assignment Aug. 5 that brought a medical evacuation helicopter to the Front Lawn for a mock medical exercise.

The helicopter is operated by Mercy Air, a full-service air medical transport system that has served California and Nevada for 25 years. The company provides rapid emergency transportation by helicopter for critically ill and injured patients.

An ambulance and a Riverside Fire Department engine were also part of the exercise.

The emergency responders and “injured” volunteers gave various students a chance to turn their classroom knowledge into a hands-on experience.

Participants in the mock medical scenario took turns assessing the injuries, immobilizing the patients and then relaying information to the various Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel at the scene.

Bill Donald, adjunct faculty in the department of kinesiology, planned the scenario. Donald said he wanted students to gain experience working in an emergency setting, communicating with other medical personnel and become familiar with the EMS system.

“This will also build up their confidence when they deal with the real thing,” said Donald. “Experience is the primary goal that I want them to gain from this.”

The training exercise also brought students closer to the reality of emergency evacuations.

“Having the ambulance and the medevac here changed the situation in your mind to be a little more serious,” said student Anna Garduno. “It gave you an opportunity to put everything into practice and look at areas where maybe you need to continue to practice and work on.”

The students also had the opportunity to take a close-up look at the helicopter and to talk with the three-member flight crew from Mercy Air and learn about what their jobs entail.

“[In class] we practice a lot of scenarios and today we really got to see several [emergency] occupations come together to care for the health of a patient,” said student Zach Norton.

Dr. Nicole MacDonald, associate professor of kinesiology and program director for the athletic training education program, said mock scenarios like this teach students how to work with other health professionals and how to work under pressure.

To watch a promotional video of the event, go to https://vimeo.com/136563646


CBU wrestler to compete at the world wrestling tournament

wrestlerCalifornia Baptist University junior wrestler Micah Lopez advanced to 2015 World Wrestling Greco-Roman Tournament by winning a continental title for his native country of Guam.

It is a historic accomplishment for Lopez, as he will be the first CBU wrestler to compete in this tournament. The Greco-Roman Tournament, which will be held on Sept. 7-12 in Las Vegas, take on a greater meaning this year since at-large bids to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games are on the line.

To read the complete story, click here.



Family Updates


Far right: Dr. Larry Linamen

Dr. Larry Linamen, vice president for Global Initiatives, chaired the opening session for the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific meeting at Suranaree University, Thailand, on July 28. He also had the opportunity to introduce Dr. Kamjorn Tatiyakavee, the permanent secretary for the ministry of education of Thailand, to the audience and to share briefly about CBU. This was CBU’s first time at the conference with more than 60 Asian universities in attendance. One of only two U.S. universities in attendance, CBU signed memorandums of understanding with schools from China and Indonesia during a special ceremony.




Dr. Russell L. Meek, adjunct instructor for Online and Professional Studies, had a paper, “I Was King over Israel in Jerusalem”: Inerrancy and Authorial Ambiguity in Ecclesiastes, published in the Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament 4 (2015).


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Smith, fifth from left on bottom row, and the other participants of the Oxford Summer Seminar

Dr. Erin Smith, assistant professor of psychology, completed an Oxford Summer Seminar for the Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities 2015-16 project.  This project is hosted by Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford, which is the United Kingdom subsidiary of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and funded by the Templeton Religion Trust. The project included four weeks of lectures, mentor sessions and workshops.  As part of the project, Smith and the other participants were inducted into the Bodleian Library at Oxford to support their own research projects.



From left: Professor Martín Guerra, Prof. Elid Brindis, Prof. Patricia Victorio (Moderator), and Prof. William Flores.

From left: Professor Martín Guerra, Professor Elid Brindis, Professor Patricia Victorio, moderator, and Flores

Dr. William Flores, associate professor of Spanish, presented a paper titled Ecocriticism as a Cross-Disciplinary Effective Tool to Create Positive Change at the Lima International Book Fair (FIL Lima 2015) held July 17 – Aug. 2. Flores presented this paper as chair of a panel on Mankind and Its Environment in Latin American Literature.








Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather, professor of aviation science, announced the Department of Aviation Science has signed a pilot pathway agreement with Empire Airlines to benefit aviation flight majors. The students who meet Empire’s requirements are guaranteed an interview if the airline is hiring at the time. Empire Airlines serves as a FedEx feeder regional airline with bases throughout the Northwest and Southwest. In addition to pilot pathway agreements in place with ExpressJet, Skywest, and Ameriflight, this agreement with Empire Airlines will provide an additional career path for CBU Aviation Flight graduates and allow them priority consideration by these airlines.



From left: Stephanie Lara and Dr. Jacob Lanphere

From left: Stephanie Lara and Dr. Jacob Lanphere

Dr. Jacob Lanphere, assistant professor of environmental science, co-authored a poster titled Environmental Effects of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles Inside a Model Colon. Stephanie Lara, CBU environmental science student, presented it Aug. 14 at the University of California, Riverside, as part of the Mentoring Summer Research Internship Program symposium.





Michelle and Steve Leader

Michelle and Steve Leader

Steve Leader, academic records coordinator for veteran services, married Michelle Mantyla at Mariners Chapel in Irvine on July 25.





Reminder to all faculty, staff and student workers: Please report all on-the-job injuries to your supervisor and Human Resources immediately – no matter how minor an injury seems. Prompt reporting: 1) Identifies potential safety hazards; 2) Initiates the process for workers’ compensation benefits; and 3) Allows California Baptist University to provide employees with a safe working environment. If you have any questions please contact Julie Fresquez, director of Human Resources, 951-343-4302.


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Construction management program earns national accreditation

CM degreeCBU’s bachelor of science construction management (CM) program has achieved accreditation through the American Council of Construction Education (ACCE). ACCE is the leading accreditation body for CM programs in the nation.

“The ACCE accreditation adds tremendous benefit to the Southern California construction industry at large in the development and training of accredited future industry graduates,” said Dr. Francois Jacobs, department chair and associate professor of CBU’s CM program.

This program is now one of four ACCE accredited CM programs in Southern California and one of only two Christian programs in the country, Jacobs noted

“An advantage of CBU program is that students can graduate with this degree in four years or less compared to longer anticipated graduation time frames at other ACCE accredited CM programs in Southern California,” Jacobs said.

CBU’s CM program offers students the opportunity to take up to 45% of their courses online which can help students achieve an expedited graduation date.

Ryan Kahrs, a 2014 CM graduate, credits the “practical and hands-on experience” of the program with helping him secure a job locally. The internship he started with Tilden-Coil Constructors eventually turned into a full-time position after graduation.

“I’m learning that all the practical experience and knowledge that I gained during my time at CBU is coming in handy at my current job,” said Kahrs. “With the addition of a lot of biblical principles this was a plus for the program.”

Graduating students obtain several certificates as part of their degree requirements including LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), OSHA 30 Hour (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and DBIA Fundamental Certificate (Design Build Institute of America). The CM program also requires all students to do an internship totaling 200 hours before graduating.

The construction management program began in 2012 with eight students. The enrollment for the upcoming fall semester is projected to exceed 40, with an additional 10 students enrolled in a minor in CM, Jacobs said.

Jacobs believes the ACCE accreditation will attract more students to the program including students from CM related community college programs where they can transfer their associate degree credits into a bachelor degree in CM at CBU.

NCAA Champion magazine features CBU athletics LANCERS Fuel

Lancer FuelCompetition is fierce in the NCAA sports fields and venues, so fierce that the competition is now expanding to the dining halls.

California Baptist University was featured in the Summer 2015 issue of NCAA Champion magazine on the concept of LANCERS Fuel. (Read the entire article here.)

The article describes steps universities are taking to get proper nutrition, also known as fuel, to their athletes.

Christopher Bates is CBU’s director of athletic performance development and strength and conditioning coach. Shortly after he was hired in 2010, he noticed a trend toward properly fueling athletes on the Division I (D-I) level. He became convinced he could find a better way to fuel his athletes with fewer resources than the D-I schools.

Bates reached out to the school’s nutrition and food sciences program, led by Dr. Margaret Barth. The two worked on this concept and together they launched the LANCERS Fuel guide.

The 36-page guide covers everything from food choices to hydration, sleep and much more. It is given to all student-athletes and features a map of locations of healthy food choices at campus dining halls.

“This guide focuses on equipping student-athletes to make the best diet and nutrition choices to optimize performance today – and for life,” Barth said.

Barth has also held nutritional classes for student-athletes. This fall she and Bates will be offering a new one-credit-hour course based on LANCERS Fuel guide.

“LANCERS Fuel guide is just the first phase in the student-athletes nutritional education,” said Bates. “I definitely think it’s a great platform just to continue to build our Lancers Fuel program and ultimately enhance our athletic performance development program.”

GHE program prepares CBU students for careers in health care

A team from the CBU College of Allied Health traveled to Bo Hua Hospital in Jilin, China as part of the Global Health Engagement program.

A team from the CBU College of Allied Health traveled to Bo Hua Hospital in Jilin, China as part of the Global Health Engagement program.

A group of three teams from the California Baptist University College of Allied Health spent part of their summer serving communities in China and the Philippines. Their trip was part of the college’s Global Health Engagement (GHE) program.

The GHE program provides students an opportunity to serve in a global health care setting while gaining course credit.

“[GHE] gives students real-world experience that will set them apart when applying for graduate programs or jobs,” said Dr. Charles Sands, provost and vice president for academic affairs. Sands previously served as founding dean of the College of Allied Health

Dr. Margaret Barth, program director of nutrition and food sciences, along with three students, traveled to Changchun, China. The team worked mainly with the Cedarnest Cancer Rehabilitation Center staff in caring for children who were cancer survivors.

Barth and the students conducted seminars and helped assess the children’s health. The students also developed nutrition and health plans.

“Volunteering is a wonderful thing, but it is even more meaningful when students can do something in their area of training,” Barth said.

Dr. Candace Vickers, associate professor of communication disorders, and Dr. Wayne Fletcher, assistant professor of health science, took seven students to the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila, Philippines.  The group split into two teams and rotated through various units in the hospital.

The CBU teams at UST participated in exercise and sports science programs, observed and assisted physicians with occupational, physical and speech therapy. They also joined doctors on their rounds to visiting a rural health clinic.

“On an educational level, they were exposed to in-depth explanations of therapy procedures, testing procedures and medical education,” Vickers said. “The friendliness, the hospitality, the generosity of these people was incredibly humbling.”

Sands traveled with four students to Jilin, China. The students participated in daily rounds with doctors at Bo Hua Hospital. They also assisted hospital staff by creating and developing cardiac rehabilitation exercise routines.

The students were challenged as they spent time in almost every area of the hospital, Sands said.

The students additionally participated in two clinics one in a supermarket where blood pressure and other basic health screenings were offered to the public. They also did a similar event in a farming community outside Jilin.

“We believe that the GHE opportunity is an excellent way for our students to be transformed while learning and serving in these settings,” he said.

Swimmer is PacWest honoree for NCAA Woman of the Year

Mary HansonMary Hanson, recently graduated California Baptist University student-athlete, was selected as the Pacific West Conference honoree for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

The award, now in its 25th year, honors graduating female college athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.

Hanson, a double major in electrical and computer engineering and mathematics, helped put the Lancers on the map in their first year as a fully-fledged NCAA Division II (D-II) member after winning the school’s first D-II championship. She won the title in the 100-yard backstroke, breaking the all-time record with a time of 52.45 seconds.

She also broke four CBU records at the D-II Championships — 50 freestyle (22.92), 100 freestyle (51.07), 100 backstroke (52.45) and 200 backstroke (1:58.47).

“I definitely didn’t expect it, but I want to say thanks so much to everyone who encouraged and challenged me. I couldn’t have had a better support group,” said Hanson. “I’m honored with the recognition.”

Hanson graduated summa cum laude and hopes to pursue a graduate degree in applied mathematics at the University of Notre Dame.

Nominations for conference honors are forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 10 honorees in each of the three NCAA divisions. The selection committee then determines the top three finalists in each division. Finally, members of the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year from the top nine finalists.

Family Updates

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson, associate professor of public relations for Online and Professional Studies, served on the planning committee for the Hispanic Digital Media Roundtable and moderated the event held at the Victoria Club in Riverside on July 15. More than 110 people attended. Pearson serves as president of the Public Relations Society of America Inland Empire Chapter (PRSAIE) for 2015. The event was hosted by PRSAIE, California Public Information Officials Organization and American Advertising Federation.




Dr. Chris Morgan

Dr. Chris Morgan

Dr. Chris Morgan, dean of the School of Christian Ministries, contributed an essay, “The Biblical Evidence for Hell,” to The State of American Theology: Knowing the Truth, Loving the Church, Reaching Our Neighbors (Ligonier and LifeWay, 2015).





Dr. Andrew Herrity

Dr. Andrew Herrity

Michael Bishop

Michael Bishop

Dr. Andrew Herrity, professor of business and entrepreneurship, facilitated an employer-focus group on June 10 on the CBU campus. The focus was on preparing undergraduate students in the School of Business to compete for jobs.  Participants included regional talent acquisition managers for Target Corp., Enterprise Holdings and the University of California system, as well as hiring managers for some local employers and Mike Bishop, senior director of the Career Center.




From left: Michael Osadchuk and Dr. Jeff Barnes

From left: Michael Osadchuk and Dr. Jeff Barnes

Dr. Jeff Barnes, dean of Academic Services, and Michael Osadchuk, coordinator of the Academic Success Center, presented A Comprehensive Retention Plan:  What Is it Good For? at the Ruffalo Noel-Levitz National Conference on Admissions, Marketing, and Student Retention on July 9 in Boston, Mass.






Dr. William Flores

Dr. William Flores

Dr. William Flores, associate professor of Spanish, gave a presentation titled Innovative Approaches to the Teaching of Modern Latin American Literature at the 97th Annual Conference of the National Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese held in Denver, Colo., on July 17-20.





Judy Quinn

Judy Quinn, second from left, with villagers at an archery-dance festival.

Judy Quinn, a public safety dispatcher, went to China July 8-21 as part of an eight-member team from The Grove Community Church. The team’s primary outreach was to provide summer camps for children of workers who are established there.






Jeff Cate

Dr. Jeff Cate

Dr. Jeff Cate, professor of New Testament, presented a paper on July 21 at the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature at Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina in Buenos Aires titled Let ‘Us’ In: Reconsidering the Weakest Links in the Textual Base of Revelation.





From left: Dr. Zachary Zhang, of from Valent Biosciences; Dr. Harry Hwang of Kraft International; Kristy Valencia; Lesley Garnica; Jadah Stance; Maria Perez; Grace Crosby; Cecily Dussell

From left: Dr. Zachary Zhang, of from Valent Biosciences; Dr. Harry Hwang of Kraft International; Kristy Valencia; Lesley Garnica; Jadah Stance; Maria Perez; Grace Crosby; Cecily Dussell

Dr. Margaret Barth, professor of nutrition and food sciences, and CBU students competed and presented research projects at the IFT15 Annual Scientific Meeting and Food Expo in Chicago July 11-14. Students Grace Crosby, Cecily Dussell, Maria Perez, Kristy Valencia, Jadah Stance, Dana Belk and Lesley Garnica attended the international food, nutrition and technology conference. They presented in the divisions of food service, nutrition and food chemistry. Dussell won first with Phytochemical and compositional analysis of fresh and cooked prickly pear cactus (Opuntia englemanniis), a Native American edible plant from Southern California. Crosby won second with Dietary intake of antioxidants including vitamins C, E, and lycopene among normal weight and obese Native American adolescents. Perez won third with Dietary fiber, carbohydrate and B vitamin intake in normal weight and obese Native American adolescents.






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From left: Raider, Penelope, Erin and Evelyn

Dr. Erin Smith, assistant professor of psychology, and her husband, Raider (’11, ’12) welcomed their second daughter June 2. Penelope Leigh Smith weighed 9 pounds, 7 ounces and was 21.5 inches long. Her older sister is Evelyn, 2.





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Flight School

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Aviation flight graduates to benefit from Ameriflight agreement

aviationCalifornia Baptist University recently signed an agreement with Ameriflight LLC, that will provide additional career opportunities for aviation flight graduates.

Students who meet a list of requirements will be guaranteed an interview with Ameriflight, a regional cargo carrier based in Dallas, Texas. The requirements include completing CBU curriculum and flight training, maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA and attaining a position as a certified flight instructor.

“This agreement is another vote of industry confidence for our department of aviation science,” said Dr. Daniel Prather, chair of the department of aviation science. “Ameriflight is a well-paying regional airline with a great need for pilots.”

CBU Aviation Science program already has a similar partnership agreements with SkyWest Airlines and Express Jet Airlines.

A recent article by AINonline indicates that Ameriflight raised its pay rates by 20 percent last November, and another increase took effect recently. A senior Embraer EMB-120 captain now makes $89,000 per year and a Piper Chieftain pilot $43,000 (up from $28,000).

The company’s website describes Ameriflight as a fleet cargo service, with more than 2,000 weekly departures and 90,000 flight hours annually. The agreement also includes an opportunity for CBU graduates to land a guaranteed interview with Allegiant Airlines after three years as an Ameriflight captain.

The CBU Department of Aviation Science opened in fall 2013 with 25 students and has grown to almost 60 students currently enrolled. The program has 11 flight training aircraft and an operations center with a flight simulator. This program also operates the CBU Flight School, which provides flight training for anyone who has an interest in learning how to fly at university-level standards.


CBU Flight School reaches milestone with testing center

Flight SchoolCalifornia Baptist University’s Department of Aviation Science recently reached another milestone. The CBU Flight School now has an approved FAA Airman Knowledge Testing Center located in the Flight Operations Center.

The onsite testing center allows students to take their FAA exam in an environment they are familiar with and is convenient for them, said Dr. Daniel Prather, chair of the department of aviation science, which had its inaugural class in the fall of 2013. Previously, CBU aviation science students had to use an off-site testing center. Aviation flight majors typically take one test each semester to earn their rating or certificate in various areas, such as instrument rating or flight engineer.

“Having the testing center in-house just helps us provide the total package,” Prather said. “Students can come into the program, learn how to fly, earn their ratings and certificates, take their FAA written exams and earn their college degree.”

The test center is available to anyone wanting to take FAA-required knowledge exams, not just CBU students. The Flight School has 11 aircraft, six flight instructors with more being hired and now a test center.

“It’s yet another piece of the puzzle that allows us to continue growing and realizing our vision,” Prather said.


PacWest TV features CBU Men’s Basketball star’s inspiring story

BB playerTwo years ago, Chris Brown joined on as one of California Baptist University head coach Rick Croy’s first recruits and established himself as a key member of the team. He was named the inaugural PacWest Defender of the Year in 2013-14 and showed his leadership on and off the court. The PacWest TV showcased the senior guard and his inspiring story of heart and determination in this video.

To read the complete story, click here.





11 Lancer women make water polo all-academic team

water poloFor the second year in a row, California Baptist University produced 11 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-Academic players in 2015.

In addition to the individual honors, CBU’s women’s water polo team was distinguished as a whole as its 3.27 team grade point average ranked 14th in the ACWPC, which includes NCAA teams from all three divisions. It is the fourth time the Lancers have had up to 11 All-Academic honorees in the ACWPC, matching the feat in 2011 and qualifying a program-high 12 in 2007.

ACWPC All-Academic awards are given in three tiers: outstanding, superior and excellent. Half of the Lancers were marked as outstanding by posting a GPA between 4.00 and 3.71. Superior students fall between a 3.70 and 3.41 and excellent honorees logged a 3.40 to 3.20.

To read the complete story, click here.

Family Updates

Dr. David Isaacs

David Isaacs

David Isaacs, assistant professor of English, presented a paper, titled In Plain Sight: The Hiddenness of God in Terrence Malick’s The Days of Heaven, at the Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature at Seattle University on May 22. He also presented a second paper, Crossing Borders in Alex Rivera’s Sleep Dealer, at the Approaching Posthumanism and the Posthuman conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 5.




From left: Amy Leonard and Dr. Ronald L. Ellis

From left: Amy Leonard and Dr. Ronald L. Ellis

Amy Leonard, director of development — athletics, was named CBU’s Employee of the Month for July. The Employee of the Month Nomination Form included the following statements: “Amy has maintained a consistent level of production that has increased as her responsibilities have increased.  I continue to get outstanding unsolicited comments from donors, parents of our students, and the athletic staff about how much they appreciate working with Amy.  She has an attitude of service and it shows in everything she does.”




Guy Holliday

Dr. Guy Holliday

Dr. Guy Holliday, assistant professor of music, became the associate dean of the School of Music on July 1 in addition to being the director of bands.





Dr. Dawn Gilmore

Dr. Dawn Gilmore

Dr. Dawn Gilmore, assistant professor of music, attended the National Worship Leaders Conference in Kansas City, Kan., June 23-25. She led a session on The Care and Feeding of Youth Choirs. The conference was sponsored by Worship Leader Magazine. Suzie Stablein, a 1987 CBC graduate, was the conference director.





Dr. Derek Updegraff

Dr. Derek Updegraff

Dr. Derek Updegraff, assistant professor of English, recently published one poem and three short stories in literary journals. His poem Setting appeared in Christianity and Literature, volume 64, number 3; his story Thursday Morning at A. R. Valentien appeared in The Sierra Nevada Review, volume 26; his story Chrysalis appeared in Bayou Magazine, issue 63; and his story Some Substantial Thing appeared in The Chiron Review, issue 100.




Dr. Jong-Wha Bai

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai, associate professor of civil engineering, conducted a seminar on seismic vulnerability and loss estimation of concrete structures for civil engineering graduate students at Seoul National University in Korea on June 22.






TracyWard and DawnEllenTracy Ward, associate provost for administration, and DawnEllen Jacobs, vice provost, presented a paper, Visualizing Narrative: A Cross-Cultural Case Study, at the 4th Annual International Conference on Language, Literature and Linguistics in Singapore June 8-9.  The paper brought together Ward’s experience working with her 2014 ISP Deaf outreach team and Jacobs’ expertise in language and linguistics, giving both scholars an opportunity to explore the intersections of scholarship, service and faith.




From left: Debbi Guthrie, Ashley Hoppes, Dr. Natalie Winter

From left: Debbi Guthrie, Ashley Hoppes, Dr. Natalie Winter

The Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce awarded Ashley Hoppes, CBU School of Business student, the Athena Scholarship of $2,000. She was given the award at the 31st Annual Athena Award luncheon at the Mission Inn on May 20. She was introduced by Dr. Natalie Winter, associate professor of marketing, and presented with the scholarship by Debbi Guthrie, senior vice president of Raincross Hospitality Corp.





Dr. Dennis Bideshi

Dr. Dennis Bideshi

Dr. Dennis K. Bideshi, professor of biology, coauthored a paper titled Potential use of Bacillus thuringiensis bacteriocins to control antibiotic-resistant bacteria associated with mastitis in dairy goats that was published in Folia Microbiologica (May 2015).





Dr. Elaine Ahumada

Dr. Elaine Ahumada

Dr. Elaine Ahumada, associate professor of public administration with Online and Professional Studies, was named as Outstanding Educator of the Year by the American Society of Public Administration Inland Empire Chapter. She received the award June 24 at the Victoria Club in Riverside. The award is presented to a person whose primary employment or vocation is in the field of education, either as a teacher, counselor, researcher or fundraiser and has made notable, positive contributions to an organization’s efficiency, morale or economics.




Flores Book.Dr. William Flores, associate professor of Spanish, is author of the book Ecocrítica poscolonial y literatura moderna latinoamericana (Postcolonial Ecocriticism and Modern Latin American Literature), which was recently published by the University Press of the UNMSM and has been selected to be presented at the Lima International Book Fair (FIL-Lima 2015). In his book, Flores examines the environmental crisis and its impact on the life and literature of Latin America exploring the ecological consciousness manifested in the thoughts of authors such as José Vasconcelos, Mario Vargas Llosa, Rómulo Gallegos, Gabriel García Márquez, and Rodrigo Fresán.




From left: Simeon Adgo, Jennifer, Brian, Moses Bewa, with a picture of daughter Charlotte

From left: Simeon Adgo, Jennifer Zunigha, Brian Zunigha, Moses Bewa, with a picture of Charlotte

Brian Zunigha, director of fellowship, and his wife, Jennifer, have adopted two boys from Ethiopia. The adoption of Simeon Adgo, 6, and Moses Bewa, 4, was official on June 18. The couple also have a daughter, Charlotte, 5.







From left: Greyson and Tyler Lee Stewart

From left: Greyson and Tyler Lee Stewart

Shannon Stewart, assistant to the director of Facilities and Planning Services, and her husband, Jeff, welcomed their second son on May 18. Tyler Lee weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 21 inches. His brother, Greyson, is 4.





Reagan Joy Belmont

Reagan Joy Belmont

Carson Belmont, assistant director of recreation programs, and his wife, Hillary Belmont, assistant strength and conditioning coach, welcomed their second child on July 2. Reagan Joy weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 20.75 inches. Her brother, Jacoby Titus, is 20 months old.





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MBA students traveled to Hong Kong and Korea as part of their Global Business Management class.

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CBU student athletes lead PacWest in academic honors

PacWestCalifornia Baptist University placed a conference-high 156 student-athletes on the 2014-15 Academic All-PacWest teams released June 23. It marks the second consecutive year the Lancers grabbed the most academic distinctions in the PacWest.

A total of 1,488 student-athletes received conference recognition for their academic efforts during the 2014-15 season. Athletes must have achieved at least a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average and be eligible for participation or practice in their sport to receive Academic All-PacWest recognition.

The CBU Lancer softball team garnered the most amount of Academic All-PacWest honors, with a total of 19 players. Close behind was the women’s cross country and track program, with 18 players recognized for academic achievement. Women’s soccer placed third-best with 17 athletes on the honor roll.


CBU’s MBA students learn about global business on Asia trip

MBA students traveled to Hong Kong and Korea as part of their Global Business Management class.

MBA students traveled to Hong Kong and Korea as part of their Global Business Management class.

Nineteen MBA students from California Baptist University took their textbook learning to Asia this month for a firsthand view of how it is applied in the business world. The students and Dr. Steve Strombeck, interim dean of the School of Business, traveled to Hong Kong and Korea June 5-14 as part of their Global Business Management course.

For most of the students, the trip was their first time outside of the country. They visited companies such as FedEx, Nestle, Wells Fargo and Samsung and heard executives talk about business and marketing. The group also visited cultural sites, experienced the culture and ate the local food.

The purpose of the trip was to illustrate what students learned in class by experiencing what business is like around the world, Strombeck said.

“All we’re trying to do is add value in the lives of our MBA students. These trips are designed to hopefully get them to think differently,” he said.

For student Mario Minwary, memorable experiences included seeing hot steel fabricated into thin rolls at one of the world’s largest steel mills in Pohang, South Korea, eating Korean barbecue, and bonding with his classmates. He also learned that culture is paramount.

“Culture plays a vital part in how a product/service is developed, marketed and sold,” Minwary said. “It also defines the internal workplace environment. A multinational company such as DHL operating in Korea has a work culture that is more German than Korean, and somehow it works.”

The MBA trip was Deserie Marchbanks’ first time traveling outside the country. She learned that a number of familiar Western brands such as McDonald’s are present even among the different cultures in Asia. But she also saw differences.

“Business appears to be more structured and formalized in the Asian culture and not nearly as relaxed as you see in the United States as a norm,” she said. “Everything is very formal, which is a culture shock when you’re not used to that.”

Strombeck said another goal of the trip was for students to dream big. Most of the executives the students heard from are expatriates. Strombeck, who worked for eight years in Korea and Taiwan, wants students to think about working overseas.

“The value of understanding and appreciating another culture and actually working as an expat overseas is priceless,” he said. “I think our students, generally speaking, need to get out of their own skin. I can think of no better opportunity than for them to serve the Lord overseas, serve in some kind of managerial capacity.”


CBU sends out last wave of 2015 teams for service projects

ISP Final Wave-01California Baptist University sent its fourth and final wave of volunteer teams to fields of service around the world June 11 through 22. The eight groups, which are part of the International Service Projects and U.S. Projects, are serving in Japan, East Asia, Spain, Thailand, Virginia, New York and Baltimore.

Other teams performed service projects in areas such as Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Poland, Spain, Thailand and United Kingdom. This year, more than 370 participants served on 42 teams to 16 countries. The teams this year also included the 4,000th participant in the 19 years of ISP/USP/SOS. Last year the Office of Mobilization commemorated sending out its 400th team.

Before leaving campus, each team gathers to pray at the Kugel, a granite globe that floats on a base inscribed with the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20).

The theme for ISP/USP/SOS this year is Resolve. It has been exciting and challenging to see the way the theme has played out in the teams, said Aura Opris, mobilization coordinator for the Office of Spiritual Life.

“We’re resolved to share the gospel regardless of the circumstances,” she said. “I’m going to ask that you pray that this experience not necessarily be an easy experience for our students, but that God would really challenge them in the work that they’re doing there.”


CBU Gallery features work from renowned architect’s collection

The exhibit at the CBU Gallery features drawings and photographs from the collection of Cliff May, a renowned architect.

The exhibit at the CBU Gallery features drawings and photographs from the collection of Cliff May, a renowned architect.

The CBU Gallery usually presents works by California Baptist University students and local artists.

Now a new type of show is at the gallery. “Cliff May and the California Home” features historic drawings and photographs from the collection of renowned Southern California architect.

The exhibit is the gallery’s “first museum-grade show,” meaning it is similar to those presented at a museum such as the Getty or Norton Simon, said Dr. Katherine Papineau, assistant professor of architecture and art history.

“We want to put CBU on the art map and we are doing that by hosting a museum show,” she said.

May is known as the “father of the ranch house,” a sprawling, single-story home. The home is usually designed around a private courtyard with thick adobe walls, inspired by indigenous dwellings. His exploration of the ranch house promoted the California lifestyle and indoor-outdoor living. He built homes throughout Southern California and a substantial development in Long Beach. The work in the exhibit, which covers 1931-1965, is on loan from the “Cliff May Papers, Architecture and Design Collection” at UC Santa Barbara.

“This kind of show elevates the status of our gallery,” Papineau said. The gallery in downtown Riverside sits adjacent to the established UCR ARTSblock, which consists of three University of California, Riverside, art institutions.

The exhibit runs through Aug. 6. On July 10, the film “Lutah” will be screened. “Lutah” is a documentary of the life and work of Lutah Maria Riggs, a 19th Southern California architect who built in a style similar to that of May.

Family Updates

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Dr. Daniel Prather watches a burn exercise.

Dr. Daniel Prather, professor of aviation science, presented a session titled Adopting a Part 139 Compliance Mindset at the American Association of Airport Executives Annual Conference in Philadelphia.  While at the conference June 7-11, Prather had a close-up view to a live burn exercise at the propane-powered Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting training facility at Philadelphia International Airport.






Dr. Mark Kling

Dr. Mark Kling


Dr. Pat Kircher

Dr. Elaine Ahumada

Dr. Elaine Ahumada

Dr. Elaine Ahumada, associate professor of public administration, Dr. Pat Kircher, professor of political science, and Dr. Mark Kling, assistant professor of criminal justice, all with Online and Professional Studies, presented Building Community in Online and Residency Programs at the annual Teaching Public Administration Conference June 2-6 in Columbus, Ohio, at Franklin University. Ahumada was also a guest panel presenter for Dissertation and Beyond; Developing Outcomes for the Scholarly Practitioner.


Dr. Geneva Oaks

Dr. Geneva Oaks

Dr. Susan Drummond

Dr. Susan Drummond

Dr. Geneva Oaks, dean of the School of Nursing, and Dr. Susan Drummond, associate professor of nursing, attended the Institute of Humanbecoming May 26-30 in Pittsburgh, Penn., as the California chapter co-presidents of the international consortium of Parse scholars to study with nurse theorist Dr. Rosemarie Rizzo Parse.  The CBU School of Nursing is using this theoretical perspective linked to the Biblical worldview to guide nursing practice.  Oaks also graduated from Leadership Riverside June 11.  Decision-makers of local businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations, schools and universities participate in a 10-month program devoted to regional issues. Oaks also was chosen in June as a Wharton Fellow in the American Academy of Colleges of Nursing Executive Leadership Program.


Dr. Patrick Schacht

Dr. Patrick Schacht

Dr. Patrick Schacht, assistant professor of biochemistry, spoke at Branch Church in San Diego for its evangelism training series on June 9. The title of his talk was Conversing with the Intellect: Understanding Evolution and reaching people with the God of science.





Dr. Tran Hong

Dr. Tran Hong

Dr. Tran Hong, associate vice president of technology, presented a poster, Motivational Attributes of Staff, at The Carnegie Project on Education Doctorate held June 8 at Cal State University, Fullerton.





Dr. Joshua Knabb

Dr. Joshua Knabb

Dr. Joshua Knabb, assistant professor of psychology for Online and Professional Studies, conducted a training session sponsored by Philhaven Hospital in Mount Gretna, Penn., June 11-12. Knabb presented acceptance and commitment therapy to mental health professionals, along with strategies to integrate the Christian faith when working with Christian clients in psychotherapy and counseling.




Yolanda Osborne

Yolanda Osborne

Yolanda Osborne, adjunct professor of mathematics, was awarded the American Red Cross Certificate of Merit with President Obama’s signature, the Lifesaving Award of Merit Badge and a 40-year Red Cross Water Safety Instructor pin at the American Red Cross Annual Volunteer Recognition on June 6 in Ontario, Calif.





Krista Wagner

Krista Wagner

Krista Wagner, adjunct professor of English, held a book signing for her novel Intent on June 18 at CSU San Bernardino.







Hope Music

A CBU music ensemble performs in China.

Dr. Judd Bonner, dean of the School of Music, and Dr. Larry Linamen, vice president for Global Initiatives, and a music ensemble traveled to China May 22-June 2 and performed 12 concerts. The students who made up the ensemble, Hope, were Devron Suttle, Jonathan Jorge, Alex Gutierrez, Ivan Utomo, Kathleen Kopitzke, Tayler Lanning, Bryn Rosander and Hannah Stadnick.






Dr. Seunghyun Chun

Dr. Seunghyun Chun

Dr. Seunghyun Chun, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, presented his paper, Integration of Mathematics for Sustainable Energy Applications, on June 16 at the 2015 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition held in Seattle.






Dr. Jim Buchholz

Dr. Jim Buchholz

Dr. Jim Buchholz, professor of mathematics and physics, won Best Parody at the Temecula Independent Film Festival June 13 for his short film, Jim Beechwood’s Career Day.






Dr. Wayne Fletcher

Dr. Wayne Fletcher

Dr. Candace Vickers

Dr. Candace Vickers

Dr. Candace Vickers, associate professor communication disorders, and Dr. Wayne Fletcher, assistant professor of health science, and seven students went to Manila, Philippines. The group completed a clinical rotation May 21-June 14 at the University of Santo Tomas as part of the Global Health Engagement program. The students were Latasha Murray, Krissy Kendrick, Alisa Traver, Nicole Escoto, Gisselle Escobar, Matthew Reyes and Morgan Miller.




From left: Jin Shu and Dr. Chuck Sands

From left: Jin Shu and Dr. Chuck Sands

Dr. Chuck Sands, dean of the College of Allied Health, and four students traveled to Jilin City, China, as part of the Global Health Engagement Program. The Consortium for Global Education provided two grants to support the work done in Jilin and at Bo Hua Hospital through the Global Health Engagement Program. As part of those grants, a portable EKG Machine was purchased and presented to Jin Shu, president and owner of Bo Hua Hospital in Jilin City, China, on June 19. The students on the team were Ashlee Amparan, Dana Belk, Stephanie Rojas and Juan Cuara.





Dr. Jacob Lanphere

Dr. Jacob Lanphere

Dr. Jacob Lanphere, assistant professor of environmental science, chaired the first Environmental Nanotechnology Seminar at Mount Snow, Vt., June 20-21. He also was a poster judge at the 2015 Environmental Nanotechnology Conference in Mount Snow, Vt., June 21-26.





Rachel and Mia Diaz

Rachel and Mia Diaz

Robert Diaz (’07), library access services manager, and his wife, Marisa (nee Aguilar,’07), welcomed their second daughter on May 15. Rachel Eden Diaz weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 19.5 inches long. Her older sister, Mia, is 2.






Personnel Updates

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June 10, 2015


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New student orientation begins early at CBU

orientation-001Nicci Hinderaker, of Long Beach, strolled on campus at California Baptist University, excited to visit classrooms and meet other new students.

Hinderaker, whose sister, Tori, also attends CBU, will play on the volleyball team. She was one of the approximately 270 incoming freshman, with family members in tow, who streamed onto campus June 8 for Step Ahead Orientation.

Hinderaker’s mother Beth liked that orientation was held early. “It gives them time to prepare and to get excited,” she said.

Orientation is coming early and often this year. Step Ahead Orientation will happen four times for freshman and three times for transfer and non-recent high school graduates.

Several reasons led to the change, said Kelli Welzel, director of new student programs. Students and parents have questions about services and academic programs. Providing all that information the weekend before school starts when students are moving in can be overwhelming, Welzel said. Last year, about 3,500 parents attended orientation. It’s difficult to program for that many people.

“We’re growing, so we’re trying to meet a growing need and still offer the same feeling of intimacy,” she said. “We believe it showcases the university well and what the university has to offer to students.”

During orientation, incoming students will meet with faculty from their school or college, register for classes and learn about other services. The freshmen will spend one night on campus. The students also will participate in the Kugel walk. The Kugel, a floating granite globe sculpture, is a symbol of Christ’s Great Commission. CBU tradition calls for newly enrolled students to touch the Kugel as they begin their educational experience at CBU.

They will also hear about CBU’s history and purpose.

“We want to make it real clear in the summer — this is what you’re signing on to, this is who we are as a culture, this is the benefit of being a part of CBU,” Welzel said.

Braden Sapp, from Colorado, is coming for the music program. He looked forward to learning about the campus and registering for classes. His mother, Analee Sapp, also appreciated an earlier orientation, because she has two children attending different universities.

“It makes it so much easier,” she said.

A final orientation day before classes start will be held for international and out-of-state students who could not attend during the summer. This will be followed by Welcome Weekend, when new students move in and get connected socially and spiritually.

Welzel acknowledges holding multiple orientation sessions is more work for staff and for the schools and colleges that arrange for faculty members to participate.

“It’s taken everybody coming together to make this happen,” she said. “It’s been amazing to see how everybody has come behind it and has been willing to do this to serve the students. I think it says a lot about our CBU community.”


Drought highlights conservation as an ongoing process for CBU

conservation-004The expansive Front Lawn at California Baptist University is home to flag football and soccer intramurals, the Fortuna Bowl, the homecoming block party and the campus Christmas Party. The lawn has great practical value, but it also is the 200,000-square-foot heart of CBU.

“There’s an iconic imagery,” said Steve Smith, director of facilities and planning services (F&PS). And the imagery will remain green even in the most severe droughts in California history.

Aware of public perception as one drives by the Front Lawn, Smith wants people to know that 80 percent of the irrigation is provided by two wells on campus that tap a local groundwater basin. One well was drilled before the founding of CBU, the other in 2012. The well water is non-potable, but well suited for irrigation.

Thanks to the campus water source, the signature Front Lawn is expected to retain its verdant beauty. But CBU continues making a number of other changes in response to California’s record drought. For Smith, conserving water has been an ongoing process for the past several years. Low-flow plumbing fixtures have been installed. Sprinklers have been changed to drip lines and landscaping switched to drought-tolerant.

“We should all strive to be good stewards constantly, he said. “The biblical call on us is to care for these resources and make them long-lasting. That sounds idealistic, but I think that can be done and we’re doing a good job of that here.”

For landscape and irrigation, F&PS created an Xeriscape plan. Xeriscape refers to landscaping and gardening practices and design that reduce, mitigate or eliminate the need for supplemental water from irrigation. Water-wise plants and drip systems have been installed in front of the School of Nursing, in planters and strip areas in the housing areas and parking lots. Fewer annuals are being planted. Landscaping associated with new construction will follow that model.

“There is a strategy to convert more and more turf area to what we call our CBU native or sustainable planting,” Smith said. Several areas on campus have been identified for turf removal that has already begun in some locations.

By the athletic fields, F&PS, the environmental science program and Provider Food Services are collaborating on a garden. There F&PS will test what new plants grow well; environmental science will use a portion for projects, and Provider will use herbs grown there for food preparation.

Along with conserving water, CBU is conserving energy. Lights are going to LED. In the newer buildings, light and temperature control sensors are linked to occupancy. Lancer Palms on Wayne Court is powered partially by solar. More solar panels may be coming.

While the goal is primarily to conserve natural resources, there’s a higher goal, too.

“Biblically, this idea of conserving and sustainability and stuff was not an invention by man,” Smith said. “God appointed us stewards of these resources.”


CBU advances in NCAA Division II Directors’ Cup standings

Directors' CupIn just two years as a fully-fledged NCAA Division II member, California Baptist University has established itself as one of the top athletic programs in the division. The Lancers finished the 2014-15 season with a 16th-place finish in the Division II Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, moving up 10 spots from last year’s placement.

“Our student athletes and coaches had a great year,” said Dr. Micah Parker, director of athletics. “It’s exciting to be ranked so high in only our second year in the NCAA division II.”

CBU — who claimed its third PacWest Commissioner’s Cup earlier this spring — finishes as the highest program not only among the PacWest institutions, but the West Region as well with 523.70 points. Azusa Pacific comes in at No. 17 (522.75) in its first year eligible, while Simon Fraser is the next West Region program, sitting at No. 26 (467.00).

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.  Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 14 sports — seven women’s and seven men’s. CBU picked up a bulk of its points in the winter with both basketball programs making it to the Sweet 16 and the women moving on to finish as the national runner-up team.

After the spring season concluded, CBU was awarded points for baseball, softball, women’s golf and women’s track each advancing to postseason. Women’s golf added 60 points for its 13th-place overall finish on the year and the Lancer softball program dished out another 50 after finishing the year 17th in the division. Baseball tacked on 25 points after making its 11th postseason appearance in 12 years and ending the successful campaign as the 33rd team in the division. Women’s track rounded out the final points of the spring season after Veronica Hall became the first Lancer to earn NCAA Division II All-American honors in the 1500-meter, crossing the finish line for seventh place.


CBU teams begin next wave of summer 2015 service projects

ThirdWave-002California Baptist University sent out seven more volunteer teams to fields of service around the world June 1 through 3. The groups, which are part of the International Service Projects and Summer of Service programs, are serving in East Asia, Kosovo, Japan, Russia, Poland and Germany.

Twenty-seven teams have already been sent to service projects in areas such as Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Spain, Thailand and United Kingdom. More than 370 participants will serve this summer on 42 teams to 16 countries.

Before leaving campus, each team gathers to pray at the Kugel, a granite globe that floats on a base inscribed with the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20).

Leaders of the latest teams to head out asked for prayer for flexibility, boldness and team unity.

“Pray that we would be intentional in everything that we do, that we would be focused on serving the people and not on ourselves,” one leader said.


CBU receives national ranking for Online Programs for Veterans

Yeager Center-001California Baptist University’s online programs have earned the No. 20 spot in the 2015 Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs for Veterans rankings by U.S. News & World Report. CBU was also ranked in the top 100 nationwide for their Online Graduate Education and Online MBA Programs for Veterans.

“I’m delighted that once again we have been ranked by U.S. News as a Best Online Programs for Veterans,” said Dr. David Poole, vice president for Online and Professional Studies at CBU.  “Online courses offer our service men and women the flexibility and convenience to complete their college education, regardless of where they may be stationed or live. This national ranking is a strong testament to the University’s continued commitment to our nation’s veterans and active military personnel.”

CBU entered the online education market in the spring of 2010 with programs offered by the university’s Division of Online and Professional Studies.  Also named by G.I. Jobs magazine as a 2015 Military Friendly School, CBU Online offers 21 bachelor degree programs with 30 major concentrations, and 14 master degree programs. Degree and course offerings are accessible fully online or in a hybrid format (virtual and synchronous) at educational service centers near some of California’s largest military bases.

To help veterans choose affordable, accessible and reputable distance education, U.S. News has launched its annual rankings of the Best Online Programs for Veterans, according to its website. All of the ranked programs belong to institutions that are certified for the G.I. Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, two federal initiatives that help veterans reduce the cost of school.

For more information about the rankings, please visit the U.S. News 2015 Best Online Programs for Veterans at http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/bachelors/veteran-rankings.


CBU inks agreement with nation’s largest medical school

2013-02-11-UNK-AlliedHealth-LowJPG-011College students who hope to attend medical school are frequently stressed by juggling school work, studying for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and filling out medical school applications.

California Baptist University has a prescription that may help ease that stress.

CBU recently signed an agreement with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) that would allow qualified students to achieve early acceptance into their medical, pharmacy or dental school. LECOM is the largest medical school in the U.S., with its main campus in Erie, Penn.

Starting this fall, incoming freshmen or sophomores can apply for the program.

CBU students don’t need to major in anything specific. However, they do have to work through the department of health sciences to negotiate the process, said Dr. Wayne Fletcher, assistant professor of health science.

Fletcher deals with students who are applying to medical school in their senior year. He said early acceptance gives students peace of mind.

“It takes a lot of pressure off of students,” he said of the early acceptance. “I think that’s the biggest incentive for students.”

The students apply online and go through an interview process. Once accepted, students must maintain their grades before enrolling in LECOM’s program. LECOM has guaranteed CBU students five seats per year.

LECOM contacted Fletcher about the program.

“We have found that institutions with a religious affiliation often have mission statements and a philosophy that parallels LECOM’s commitment to professionalism, a strong work ethic and moral  principles,” said John Wojtkielewicz, LECOM’s institutional director of undergraduate affiliations. “These schools also have strong academic standards that generally lead to their students being successful in our programs. Therefore, we reached out to California Baptist.”

For CBU, the agreement allows the university to help students live their purpose, Fletcher said.

“How can you do that better than providing students with a window, an opportunity to go directly into what they wanted to go?” he asked.


Dean of School of Christian Ministries contributes to new Bible

studybible.jpg_8733The wrath of God can evoke spirited debate. Some people downplay God’s wrath, saying God is too loving to do that. Others say God is as wrathful as he is loving.

Neither side is biblical, said Dr. Chris Morgan, dean of the School of Christian Ministries, citing passages like Exodus 34:6-7, which depict God as slow to anger but abounding in covenant love.

“We tend to view God through our own sentimental lens rather than through the biblical story,” Morgan said. “The wrath of God is a part of who God is. God is a just and loving and a good God who is opposed to evil.”

Morgan wrote about the wrath of God for the NIV Zondervan Study Bible that is scheduled for publication in August. The NIV Study Bible is the best-selling study Bible. The new edition features Dr. D. A. Carson as general editor and more than 60 contributors, as well as new study notes and other study tools that combine to present a biblical theology of God’s special revelation in the Scriptures, according to the Zondervan website.

Morgan is one of those contributors. He has written or edited 15 books ranging from the love of God, heaven, the church, the kingdom of God and the doctrine of sin. Four of those books are related to hell, so the request for the article about wrath was not unusual.

God’s wrath is not an attribute of him like his love or holiness, Morgan said. Those are intrinsic and eternal, but wrath is occasioned by sin.

“Partly because God is a God of love, he gets angry,” he said. “Evil and sin contaminate and destroy and he’s seriously opposed to all things that would hurt his creatures.”

Morgan said the new edition includes summary articles on doctrines in the Bible, such as the glory, the justice, the love of God.

“Christian doctrine isn’t really a smorgasbord or about what we might prefer to believe. It’s our job to study what is and follow what the revelation of God is in the Scriptures, so it’s not really a creative enterprise,” he said. “It’s a research and processing what’s there enterprise.”


CBU named one of America’s best for intramural sports

intramuralsAlmost 1,300 California Baptist University students participated in intramurals during the 2014-15 academic year. Thirty teams – 19 men’s and 11 women’s – competed in flag football. Several thousand came to watch the last games of the season at the Fortuna Bowl during Homecoming in November 2014.

BestColleges.com recently named CBU as one of the best colleges for intramural sports. Colleges were vetted based on the number of intramural sports they offered, the qualities of team management and coaching, and student surveys, which assessed how enjoyable intramural sports were to play at each school, according to the website.

Flag football, volley, basketball and soccer are the main intramural sports offered at CBU. Wiffle ball, kickball, ping pong, racquetball and dodge ball are available for one or two weeks or a single day event.

Intramural sports are popular for several reasons, said Tyler Cox, director of recreation programs. Students spend more time out of class, than they do in, so intramurals give them something to do. Athletes who do not play at the collegiate level enjoy the competitive outlet.

“The No. 1 thing, it just builds relationships,” Cox said. “People are going to have a more enjoyable experience while they’re here because they feel a part of something. They’ve made some deeper connections. I think that’s going to overall just enhance the students’ experience while they’re here.”

One of the most popular options is flag football. The season culminates with the Fortuna Bowl, which includes fireworks and brings an exciting end to Homecoming Weekend. Students often join a flag football team because they hope to make it to the end and be part of the event, Cox said.

At new student orientation, students learn about different opportunities for participation, from service projects to clubs to intramural sports. Sports is a popular activity that draws people together, Cox said.

“We’ve seen those connections last throughout the four years,” he said.

Family Updates

From left: President Joseph Castleberry and Dr. Jacqueline N. Gustafson

From left: Dr. Joseph Castleberry, president, and Dr. Jacqueline N. Gustafson

Dr. Jacqueline N. Gustafson, dean of the School of Behavioral Sciences, received the Honorary Sigma Chi Pi Alumni Award from her alma mater, Northwest University, in Kirkland, Wash., on May 9.







Dr. Monica O'Rourke

Dr. Monica O’Rourke

Dr. Monica O’Rourke, associate professor of kinesiology for Online and Professional Studies, was elected as Region 48 legislation leader by California Association for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in May.






Dr. John D. Obradovich, adjunct professor for Online and Professional Studies, co-authored an article titled Promoter Ownerships and Corporate Leverage: Evidence from Indian Firms, which was published in the spring issue of the journal Corporate Ownership & Control.


Dr. Chuck Sands with students at Zhejiang Medical College in China.

Dr. Chuck Sands with students at Zhejiang Medical College in China.

Dr. Chuck Sands, dean of the College of Allied Health, spoke at Zhejiang Medical College in China on May 22 to more than 250 students and parents who expressed interest in the 3+2 program between ZJMC and the CAH at CBU. He also met with students who are in the first cohort of the program.







Dr. Marshare Penny

Dr. Marshare Penny, associate professor of public health, is teaching at Zhejiang Medical College in Hangzhou City, China. She will be there for eight weeks as part of a partnership between California Baptist University and Zhejiang Medical College.






Jeremy Zimmerman

Jeremy Zimmerman, director of marketing, and Melissa Rekos, senior vice president of digital strategies at Carnegie Communications, presented Surround Sound: A New Way to Find, Engage and Recruit Students at the Western Association of College Admissions Counseling 2015 Conference in Reno, Nev., on May 20.





CAH-Leadership StudentsSixteen students from the College of Allied Health (CAH) completed the 2014-2015 Leadership Allied Health program and were awarded certificates of completion at the CAH hooding ceremony and graduation reception on April 28. Leadership Allied Health is a student leadership program within CAH.




Dr. Michelle Nielsen

Dr. Michelle Nielsen

Dr. Michelle Nielsen, assistant professor of mathematics, assisted with a workshop for graduate students at the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences conference May 25-30 at Redeemer University in Ontario, Canada.





From left: Dr. Billie Yeager, Dr. Robert Lambeth, Dr. Phoebe Lambeth, Ms. Lisa Collinsworth, Mrs. Jill Bourns,  Dr. Gordon Bourns, Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, Mrs. Cheryl Salyer, and Mr. Richard Salyer

From left: Dr. Billie Yeager, Dr. Robert Lambeth, Dr. Phoebe Lambeth, Lisa Collinsworth, Jill Bourns, Dr. Gordon Bourns, Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, Cheryl Salyer and Richard Salyer

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The Founders received a limited edition print of an original watercolor painting of the James Building.

The Bell Tower Society hosted its inaugural Evening of Celebration on May 21 to honor and recognize some of CBU’s most generous supporters. Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president, opened the evening with stories of the past and visions for the future. Individuals and organizations were recognized for annual and lifetime giving. Five were honored at the Founder Level of the Bell Tower Society: Dr. Gordon and Jill Bourns; Shelby and Ferne Collinsworth (represented by their daughter, Lisa Collinsworth); Drs. Robert and Phoebe Lambeth; The James L. Stamps Foundation (represented by Richard and Cheryl Salyer); and Dr. Billie Yeager and her late husband, Eugene. The Founders received a signed and numbered limited edition print of an original watercolor painting of the James Building by Jessica Schoellerman, a CBU graphics design student.


From left: Megan Adams and Bryce Erickson

From left: Megan Adams and Bryce Erickson

Two CBU students volunteered at a workshop for teachers and interested students in learning how to improve communication skills for English language learners held by the Inland Empire Chapter of CATESOL, an organization which serves Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in California and Nevada. Megan Adams, who is pursuing her master’s in English, and Bryce Erickson, an intercultural studies major, volunteered at the event, which had about 30 participants and was held at CBU May 16.





Dr. William Flores

Dr. William Flores

Dr. William Flores, associate professor of Spanish, made a presentation titled Accreditation and the City College of San Francisco: A Case Study on Governance at a symposium on Higher Education Administration and Policy at the University of California, Riverside, on June 1.




The University Advancement and Alumni & Parent Relations offices’ eChristmas Card won a bronze prize in the Circle of Excellence Awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. CBU was recognized in the Short Videos category. The ecard also placed second in the Wilmer C. Fields Awards Competition held by the Baptist Communicators Association in April.


Dr. Robert G. Crosby

Dr. Robert G. Crosby

Dr. Robert G. Crosby, assistant professor of psychology for Online and Professional Studies, published an article, Examining the Formal Education of Children’s Ministers in the United States: Suggestions for Professional Development, Christian Education, and Emerging Research in the spring issue of the Christian Education Journal.





Personnel Updates

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May 26, 2015

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In this issue…

Current News

Second wave of volunteers departs for global service

2nd waveCalifornia Baptist University sent out 11 more volunteer teams May 13 through 20. The groups, which are participating in International Service Projects and Summer of Service programs, are serving in multiple locations in Asia and the United Kingdom.

The teams join 16 others already at work in Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Poland, Spain, Thailand and the United Kingdom. More than 370 participants will serve this summer on 42 teams in 16 countries. The teams also will include the 4,000th participant in the 19-year history of ISP/USP/SOS.

Before they leave the campus, each team gathers to pray at the Kugel, a granite globe that floats on a base inscribed with the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20).

The teams asked for prayer as they serve each other, the fieldworkers and others they meet.

Kristen White, director of global mobilization, told family and friends that the burden falls on them to pray.

“I ask you to band together in prayer, that you would be as resolved or more so than my friends going,” she said. “The real work will be done on your knees here. So my prayer for you is that the Holy Spirit would help you figure out your time, how to pray for each one of them.”


CBU graduate runs half marathon in Japan

runnerJacqueline Lutz crossed the stage May 2 to receive her master’s degree in education from California Baptist University. A week later, she ran in the streets of Sendai, Japan.

Lutz was one of two runners representing the city of Riverside in the Sendai International Half Marathon on May 10. Riverside and Sendai are sister cities. Runners included those from Sendai’s other sister/friendship cities, such as Rennes, France, and Minsk, Belarus, and world class runners. More than 10,000 runners participated.

“The experience of running with athletes from all over the world is just so exciting and such an honor to be lined up on the start line with them,” Lutz said.

Lutz also was chosen to run in the half marathon last year. This year she was joined by Michael John Stanley as the men’s runner and Adrian Aros as the delegation leader. She finished 79th in the women’s group with 1 hour, 36 minutes and 51 seconds, which was more than 3 minutes faster than her time last year. While in Japan, the team also met with the sister city athletes, visited a mausoleum, a Buddhist temple and the Sendai International Center.

“I was really excited with the results and just being able to meet the new sister city athletes and coaches and also the returning athletes and coaches,” she said.

Lutz, who received her bachelor’s degree from CBU in 2012, was a member of the Lancer cross country and track team as a 5k and 10k runner. Her biggest challenge last year was training. Since she no longer was part of the team, she had to determine what worked for her, she said. To prepare this year, she ran several half marathons as well as a 5k and 10k.

She was thankful she had the opportunity to run in the event twice and would like to apply to go again.

“For me, what comes to mind, is how much of an honor and a blessing it is to be chosen to represent the city of Riverside, and along with that, representing California Baptist University, and most importantly the Lord,” she said. “I’m just very grateful that He allowed me to run again.”


CBU wins third PacWest Commissioner’s Cup

CupFor the second year in a row, California Baptist University has won the PacWest Commissioner’s Cup by a good cushion, according to an announcement by the PacWest Conference May 7.

Since joining the conference during the 2011-12 season and winning their first Commissioner’s Cup, the Lancers have won the Cup three times, becoming the first program to do so. CBU is also just the second school to take home back-to-back awards after claiming the Cup last year and has never finished outside of the top two in the standings.

“Winning the Commissioner’s Cup for the third time in four years is a big accomplished for our student athletes, coaches and staff members,” said Director of Athletics Dr. Micah Parker. “We’ve had to continue to improve as a department because the PacWest has become so much stronger than when we won this for the first time four years ago. This accomplishment reflects the hard work of our coaches who are recruiting the right student athletes for CBU and then developing them each year. I’m proud to work with so many people who want to Honor Christ through excellence in athletics.”

CBU ended the year in the top spot in the race for the Cup, finishing the year with a score of 12.682, over the Azusa Pacific University Cougars’ 11.091 mark.

The PacWest Commissioner’s Cup was established in 2007-08 to honor the athletic program with the best overall performance in that academic year. The competition is based upon average finish in PacWest sports. Each school’s points are totaled and then divided by the number of PacWest athletic programs it offers, giving an overall average finish for the school. Since not every team in the conference sponsors the same sports, the PacWest Commissioner’s Cup Standings are based upon average finish instead of point totals. Each school’s points are totaled and then divided by the number of PacWest athletic programs it offers, giving an overall average finish for the school.


Distinguished Professor, Scholar and Staff member honored

Dr. Elizabeth A. Morris, Dr. Andrew Herrity and Robert Shields were honored at the faculty and staff banquet.

From left: Dr. Elizabeth A. Morris, Dr. Andrew Herrity and Robert Shields were honored at the faculty and staff banquet.

California Baptist University honored two faculty and a staff member on April 30 during its annual faculty and staff awards banquet.

CBU’s board of trustees each year selects the Distinguished Professor and Distinguished Scholar award recipients.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Morris, professor of education for Online and Professional Studies (OPS), was named Distinguished Professor, a faculty member who has established a record of distinguished service to CBU.

“I was honored and humbled,” she said. “Many of the names who have been given this award before me were my professors, mentors, administrators and friends.  I think that is a great testament to those who are part of where I am today.

Morris has been at CBU for 17 years and has taught various math courses, childhood core courses and education courses at the master’s level.

“I am thankful every day for the gift of teaching that God has given me,” she said. “I continually pray for the opportunity to make a difference for my students, to ease math anxiety, to empower my students to succeed, and to inspire those who want to be teachers.”

Dr. Andrew Herrity, professor of business and entrepreneurship, was named Distinguished Scholar. His proposal is to research and write a book that would address two related challenges: few students in business flourish in Christ and few business graduates flourish in Christ in the first years after graduation.

Herrity has taught at CBU for 22 years and his classes have included business policy and entrepreneurship.

“The recognition from the university affirms that the book project is a good direction, and that encourages me,” he said. “My hope is to help every student in my courses develop in his or her God-given talents for thriving in work and contributing as problem-solvers.”

Robert Shields, online learning systems administrator for OPS, was named Employee of the Year. CBU’s Executive Council selects the Employee of the Year recipient from those staff members who have been named employees of the month during the year. Any employee may submit a nomination for employee of the month to that employee’s supervisor.

Shields’ job includes providing support and training for the Blackboard learning management system and providing help desk support for students, faculty and staff in OPS.

“Technology changes so quickly, and everyone has different needs when it comes to using technology,” Shields said about his job and helping others. “I don’t think there’s a really one size fits all when it comes to providing technology support. I try to listen to what the needs of each person are and provide a solution that best fits the situation based on a person’s business needs and skill set.”

Family Updates

Second-graders from Stokoe Elementary School in Riverside visited CBU May 18 in association with the No Excuses University Program.

Second-graders from Stokoe Elementary School in Riverside visited CBU May 18 in association with the No Excuses University Program.

About 100 second-graders from Stokoe Elementary School in Riverside visited CBU May 18 in association with the No Excuses University Program. The program is designed to encourage kids at an early age to consider going to college. Dr. Doreen Ferko, professor of special education, Dr. Ricardo Cordero-Soto, assistant professor of mathematics,  Dr. Helen Jung, associate professor of civil engineering, Dr. Grace Ni, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Dr. Rebecca Meyer, assistant professor of nursing, talked to the students about their respective fields.




From left: Dr. Creed Jones, professor of software engineering, and Dr. Matthew Rickard , associate professor of bioengineering, attend ARVO 2015.

From left: Dr. Creed Jones and Dr. Matthew Rickard

Dr. Creed Jones, professor of software engineering, and Dr. Matthew Rickard, associate professor of bioengineering, presented their paper, Scleral strain near the limbus using digital microscopy of natural features in porcine eyes at ARVO 2015, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology’s annual conference, which met in Denver on May 3-7.  More than 11,000 attendees participated in the event, which included clinicians, scientists and engineers.  CBU undergraduate engineering students (all recent graduates) also co-authored the paper, including Jonathan Cox, James DeVore, Alma Castro and Jonathan Brannen.



Joni B. Hannigan

Joni B. Hannigan

Joni B. Hannigan, adjunct professor for public relations for Online and Professional Studies, received the Frank Burkhalter Award for news writing at the 51st annual Wilmer C. Fields Awards Competition held by the Baptist Communicators Association in San Francisco on April 15-18. Hannigan submitted a news package she had written about disaster relief ministry for illegal immigrant children in Brownsville, Texas, who had come from South and Central America. She also won a first place award for a single article within the package and a third place for a photograph.



Dr. Michael Roe, adjunct professor of education, wrote an article titled Connecting Learning to Career Pathways, published in the May/June issue of Leadership Magazine. He also presented research for CBU’s Leadership Series on Organizational Tactics on April 23.


Noemi Hernandez Alexander

Noemi Hernandez Alexander

Noemi Hernandez Alexander, lecturer of political science for Online and Professional Studies, presented research on the Dimensions of Social Capital and Latino Political Participation at the 2015 Western Political Science Association Conference in Las Vegas on April 1.





Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather, professor of aviation science, taught a four-day airport certified employee – operations course to 37 airport professionals in Seattle on May 4-7.





The School of Christian Ministries developed a new lecture series webpage with videos of recent speakers Dr. Timothy George, Dr. George H. Guthrie and Dr. Steve Wellum. The School of Christian Ministries Lecture Series provides an opportunity for students, faculty, pastors and guests to learn from leading evangelical scholars who combine their academic expertise with service to the church.


Dr. Dan Wilson

Dr. Dan Wilson

Dr. Dan Wilson, professor of biblical studies, was elected as chairman by the board of trustees at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary at its spring meeting April 14-15.





From left: Cecily Dussel, Scott Sandy, Dr. Nathanael Heyman, Dr. Daniel Szeto, Dr. Bonjun Koo, Brittany Appleby, Amairani Villa, Gisele Shema, Daniella Munezero

From left: Cecily Dussel, Scott Sandy, Dr. Nathanael Heyman, Dr. Daniel Szeto, Dr. Bonjun Koo, Brittany Appleby, Amairani Villa, Gisele Shema, Daniella Munezero

Dr. Bonjun Koo, professor of environmental science, Dr. Daniel Szeto, associate professor of biology and biochemistry, and Dr. Nathanael Heyman, associate professor biology, along with several of their student researchers attended the 40th annual West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference on April 25 at Point Loma Nazarene University. Brittany Appleby, Koo’s student, presented the results of her research in a talk titled Seedling Response and Spoil Characteristics on Surface Mine Land-Carbon Sequestration. Szeto’s students Gisele Shema, Monica Sangco, Daniella Munezero and Cecily Dussel presented the results of their research in a poster titled Gene Regulation in Lateral Mesodermal Progenitor Cells of Zebrafish. Heyman’s students Spencer Arnold, Gabriela Lumagui and Amairani Villa presented the results of their research in a poster titled Investigation of the Effects of Energy Drink on Zebrafish.


From left: Representative of the Republic of Ecuador; Billy Munoz, Consul of the Republic of Guatemala, and Dr. William Flores

From left: Representative of the Republic of Ecuador; Billy Munoz, consul of the Republic of Guatemala, and Dr. William Flores

Dr. William Flores, associate professor of Spanish, represented CBU as an honored guest at the dedication ceremony of the new Guatemalan consulate in San Bernardino on April 18. The formal ceremony was attended by foreign representatives of the Central American country in the United States and invited guests. Flores spoke about the California DREAM Act and the diverse ways in which CBU is providing service to the local Hispanic community.






Dr. Cammy Purper

Dr. Cammy Purper

Dr. Cammy Purper, assistant professor of early childhood studies for Online and Professional Studies, recently successfully defended her dissertation, A Study of Early Childhood Teachers’ Use of Federally Funded Websites that Disseminate Information About Evidence-Based Practices at Claremont Graduate University. As a result, she has earned a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in special education.




From left: Ashley Huckaby, Gabby Casango, Lilia Valdez, Dr. Dawn Gilmore, Athalia Ayuco. Next to Gerald Longerbeam is Justina Dreschler

From left: Ashley Huckaby, Gabby Casango, Lilia Valdez, Dr. Dawn Gilmore and Athalia Ayuco. Justina Dreschler is next to Gerald Longerbeam.

While on tour earlier this month, the Women’s Choir met a former CBC professor, Gerald Longerbeam, at Brookdale Redmond, a senior living community in Redmond, Ore.  Longerbeam taught at CBC in the 1950s. On May 10, the Women’s Choir was hosted at Trinity Baptist Church in Livermore, Calif., where CBC alumni Donna and Merrill Smoak and John Raymondi attend. Merrill Smoak is the minister of worship and music.







From left: Dr. Ronald L. Ellis and Lupe Solano

From left: Dr. Ronald L. Ellis and Lupe Solano

Lupe Solano, administrative assistant for university advancement, received her bachelor’s degree in sociology during CBU’s commencement ceremonies on May 2.





Dr. Patrick Schacht

Dr. Patrick Schacht

Dr. John Higley

Dr. John Higley

The department of natural and mathematical sciences held its annual Forensic Science Day on May 4 for students from the Law Enforcement and Protective Services Academy at John W. North High School in Riverside. Dr. John Higley, associate professor of criminal justice, helped the students process a mock crime scene and collect evidence, which the students analyzed in the chemistry lab, assisted by Dr. Patrick Schacht, assistant professor of biochemistry, and several chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology majors.



Dr. Bruce Stokes

Dr. Bruce Stokes

Julie Goodman

Julie Goodman

Dr. H. Bruce Stokes, professor of anthropology and behavioral sciences, and Julie Goodman, assistant professor of anthropology, attended the Southwestern Anthropological Association (SWAA) meetings at the Queen Mary in Long Beach May 1-3. They participated on a panel presentation of fieldwork in anthropology. Goodman, who serves as the secretary of SWAA, also held a session for students interested in graduate school in anthropology.



Faculty and staff who were recognized for their years of service at the Faculty and Staff Awards Banquet on April 30 included:

5 years of service: Dr. Jong-Wha Bai, Christopher Bates, Dr. Mark Blincoe, Mollie Bohrer, Dr. Torria Bond, Dr. Lisa Bursch, Monte Capps, Dr. Linn Carothers, Shelley Clow, Morgan Cox, Jane Craig, Dr. Khamla Dhouti-Martinez, Tamarin Fleming, Sandy Frazer, Sean Gaynor, Dr. Trevor Gillum, Erin Guerrero, Sean Henning, Dr. Tran Hong, Kyle Howlett, Dr. Francois Jacobs, Kendra Johnson, Jason Larkins, Sonya Lopez, Anita Martinez, Dr. Neal McBride, Candyce McCloud, Dr. Rebecca Meyer, Marta Morrison, Lynnae N. Nagel, Dr. Monica O’Rourke, Dr. Joseph Pelletier, Dr. Frederick Pontius, Dr. David L. Poole, Charles Ramos, Dr. Victoria Randazzo, Dr. Matthew Rickard, Merritt Robinson, Dr. Chuck Sands, David Savolainen, Gregg M. Schroeder, Kipp Smith, Kyle Smith, Zelotes Smith, Sheri L. Torelli, Stacey Toro, Nancy Ward, Erin Wellington, Kelli Welzel and Amy Wright

10 years of service: Pam Bailon, Mike Berger, Dr. Eric Brook, Debbie Coppers, Jeffery Couto, Dr. Kenya Davis-Hayes, Dr. William Flores, Kristina Gibeault, Robert Griffin, Dr. John Higley, Heather Hubbert, Rachel Keys, Dr. Bonjun Koo, Mike Marse, Dr. Jane McGuire, Theodore “Ted” Meyer, Julie Moulton, Dr. Mary Ann Pearson, Samantha Sonke, Dr. Sean Sullivan, Dr. Laura Veltman, Dr. Deron Walker, Kristen White and Jeremy Zimmerman

15 years of service: John Engelschall, Julie Fresquez, Jose Hernandez, Irina Renfro, Lupe Solano, Dr. Jennifer Tronti, Dr. Tracy Ward and Dr. Jonathan Parker

20 years of service: Dr. James Lu, Dr. John McCarthy, Kris Smith and Dr. Amy Stumpf

30 years of service: Dr. Tim Luther

The board of trustees approved the following faculty promotions:

Promotion from assistant to associate professor: Michael Berger, Dr. Nathanael Heyman, Dr. Susan Jetton

Promotion from associate professor to full professor: Dr. Dirk Davis, Dr. John Reinebach, Dr. Keith Walters

Promotion from associate librarian to librarian: Dr. Steve Emerson

Granted tenure: Michael Berger, Dr. Dirk Davis, Dr. Keith Hekman, Dr. Susan Jetton, Dr. Jennifer Newton, Dr. Juliann Perdue, Dr. John Reinebach, Dr. Keith Walters, Dr. Marc Weniger, Dr. Natalie Winter, Dr. Xuping Xu

Granted tenure continuation: Dr. Anthony Chute, Dr. Beverly Howard, Dr. Richard Mobley, Dr. Susan Studer


Brendan Provance

Brendan Provance

Brendan Provance, son of Dr. Brett Provance, associate professor of humanities for Online and Professional Studies, was the honorary bat boy at the Angels baseball game on Cinco de Mayo. This was facilitated by University Advancement as part of the Angels baseball game night for CBU. Brendan met most of the players and a number of the coaches and is pictured in the official uniform issued to him that night.





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CBU honors 1,420 graduates during spring commencement

commencement photoDr. Ronald L. Ellis, president of California Baptist University, congratulated 1,420 graduating students during afternoon and evening commencement ceremonies at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. Afternoon exercises included 717 traditional undergraduate degree candidates, while the evening ceremony honored 703 students, including all master’s degree candidates, as well as undergraduates from Online and Professional Studies programs.

Ellis noted that the class was part of a record enrollment for the 2014-2015 academic year, with 7,957 enrolled at CBU.

“They have contributed to the continuing growth of CBU’s campus culture as ‘a University Committed to the Great Commission’ during an exciting time of continuing growth and improvement,” Ellis said. “Each of these graduating students has arrived at this point because of a shared commitment to the challenging yet rewarding endeavor of higher education.”

Dr. Jonathan K. Parker, CBU’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, told students that it is not enough for university educators to help them achieve a lucrative profession, a fulfilled life or intelligent participation in the political process.

“We are a university that is committed to Christ’s Great Commission,” he said. “When you look at Matthew 28: 19-20, the first thing Jesus tells the disciples is to go. Go where? Everywhere. What are they to do? Teach, baptize and disciple; in other words have a significant impact on people’s lives.”

Parker explained that if a CBU graduate becomes a nurse and always gives the correct medication dosage, never misses a vein on an IV and efficiently and effectively follows all the protocols of appropriate patient care, and that’s all, then their professors will have failed to live their purpose as educators at this institution.

“On the other hand, if you become the nurse who whispers a prayer over each and every one of your patients or spends an extra minute to reassure someone who is scared to death before going into surgery because you have been biblically rooted as a result of your time here at CBU, then we will have succeeded,” he said.

Parker, a native of San Francisco, earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and religious studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, a master of arts degree in psychology at San Francisco State University and a doctor of education degree in educational psychology from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. He will conclude his service as provost and vice president of academic affairs at the end of June to return to the classroom and pursue his passion for teaching.

“I believe that all of you have been equipped to serve,” he said, “that all of you will live lives of purpose and that because of that we will have fulfilled our purpose as a university committed to the Great Commission.”

Awards for student achievement were presented at both ceremonies. Won Young Kim, a psychology major from Korea, received the Min Sung Kim International Student Award, and Joseph Gemignani, a math major from San Mateo, Calif., received CBU’s Outstanding Senior Award. Tiffany Angel Ruiz, who works for the County of Riverside and lives in Moreno Valley, Calif., was honored with the Outstanding Online and Professional Studies Student Award. Ruiz received a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Combined with students who graduated last December, the Class of 2015 totals 1,946 applications for graduation, the largest number for a single year in CBU history.


Area high schools compete in Spanish spelling bee

The winners  were (from left) Marisol Macías Ponce, Alondra Fabian Pérez and Nivedita Kanrar.

The winners of the CBU Spanish Spelling Bee were (from left) Marisol Macías Ponce, Alondra Fabian Pérez and Nivedita Kanrar.

More than 100 high school students from 21 schools competed in a Spanish spelling bee at California Baptist University on April 25.

CBU’s College of Arts and Sciences and Omega Phi, the CBU chapter of the National Spanish Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi, organized the event for schools in the Inland Empire area. The Roger Antón chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese also helped organize the event, along with providing a judge and a reader who pronounced the words.

There were several purposes for holding the event, said Dr. Noé Ruvalcaba, assistant professor of Spanish, including to give back to the community and to showcase the university and what it has to offer students. Omega Phi gave $1,200 to the students for the purchase of school supplies. Francisco Varela, managing director for Comcast and a judge for the spelling bee, also gave $1,200 for the same purpose. Tammy Garcia-Chiang, community affairs coordinator for the consulate of Mexico in San Bernardino, also attended the event.

“There are many challenges and unique elements in holding a Spanish spelling bee. Our biggest challenge was to eliminate most students in less than three hours,” Ruvalcaba said. ”We will work on these small details for next year in hopes of providing a smoother and a more exciting experience for all.”

The top three winners received cash prizes to be used for educational expenses, including computers, software and school supplies:

First Place: Marisol Macías Ponce, Bloomington High School

Second Place: Nivedita Kanrar, Riverside STEM Academy

Third Place: Alondra Fabian Pérez, Corona High School


School of Business receives accreditation for 10 more years

Students outside Business BuildingThe Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business at California Baptist University received notification this week that it has been accredited for another 10 years.

The school has spent the past two years working on a self-study, documenting its adherence to six quality standards, said Dr. Steve Strombeck, interim dean and professor of marketing. The standards are set by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for its member universities to maintain. The standards are Leadership, Strategic Planning, Student and Stakeholder Focus, Measurement and Analysis of Student Learning and Performance, Faculty and Staff Focus, Educational and Business Process Management.

“It means that we are professionally accredited by one of the top business school accrediting bodies in the world,” Strombeck said.

ACBSP first accredited the school in 1995.

“We have maintained our national accreditation with ACBSP for the last 20 years” Strombeck said. “This is a significant thing.”

The School of Business offers a master of business administration degree, three bachelor degrees, three minors and has more than 560 students.


Composers discuss their craft with CBU students

From left: Russell Mauldin, Phillip Keveren and Cliff Duren speak to music majors during the Meet the Arrangers event.

From left: Russell Mauldin, Phillip Keveren and Cliff Duren speak to music majors during the Meet the Arrangers event.

“Everything you do, it needs to be the best you have because you never know where it’s going to end up,” said Russell Mauldin.

Mauldin was one of three featured speakers at Meet the Arrangers, an event hosted by the Collinsworth School of Music at California Baptist University on April 14. Students also heard from Cliff Duren and Phillip Keveren, who spoke to music students about the music business, the creative process, the challenges and being in the church. Mauldin, Duren and Keveren are recording artists, published songwriters and church worship pastors.

John Bolin, a CBU graduate who also is a composer and minister of worship and arts at a Texas church, moderated the event.

No job is too small and even on the small jobs, writers need to do their best work, Mauldin said. Previous jobs included writing singing telegrams and being a choir director for a small church.

When criticism comes, don’t take it personally and have perseverance, they said.

“If you write, write every day,” Mauldin said. “The difference in a hobby and a craft is doing it when you don’t feel like doing it that day. Do it anyway and that builds up those muscles of your craft.”

Even after all his years in the business, Keveren stills gets nervous when he starts a new piece.

“I have a little bit of fear every time I open up a new chart … what if I don’t figure this one out?” he said. “I have that moment, and I’m kind of convinced that when you don’t have that, it’s time to retire because then you’re on autopilot.”

The arrangers also talked about how today’s technology has changed the music world.

“I think if I was your age, I would look at it as a great opportunity. You can have a website and put your PDFs up there and the world can see your music, and that’s exciting,” Keveren told the students. “I would just warn you of this one thing: be careful what you put up there, because everybody gets to see it. Be certain that what you put up there is the best work you can do.”

If musicians are Christians, they are also called to use their gifts in the church they’re attending, Duren said.

“You’re in a church and you’re giving the Lord back what he has given you. Not with the motive of it turning into something else but just because he’s worthy of it,” he said. “It’s extremely important to utilize your gifts. It’s only going to make you better.”


Global Missions Health Conference held at CBU

Students at the Global Missions Health Conference participate in a time of worship.

Students at the Global Missions Health Conference participate in a time of worship.

About 100 students seeking to explore a life in medical missions attended the Global Missions Health Conference (GMHC) at California Baptist University recently.

The conference, operated by Medical Missions.com, is held in Kentucky every year with more than 3,000 attendees. A West Coast conference was added this year, which attracted students from CBU, Azusa, Biola, Pepperdine, Vangaurd, LaSierra, Loma Linda, University of California, Riverside, and Western. The event was hosted by CBU’s College of Allied Health and School of Nursing.

“The reasons to host only a student event is to have clarity and focus of message and to invest in those who are about to step into their professional fields,” Will Rogers, executive director of Medical Missions.com and GMHC, said prior to the conference.  “The medical field requires a significant amount of time in preparation and investment for education. These two factors can create significant distance and barriers to long term goals for missions. We believe that if we can have the healthy discussions early and connect people to the right resources there’s a significantly higher chance of full-time service workers.”

Kendall McFarland, a CBU nursing junior, attended the event, which was held April 10-11, to learn about opportunities and to hear what it is like on the mission field.

“I came to meet missionaries, to hear what it’s like on the mission field, to really gain more perspective on what’s happening globally and where I might fit into that,” she said. “What is it really like and what opportunities are out there for me as a student? I want more of a realistic perspective and to hear what medical opportunities there are.”

Speakers included Dr. Gil Odendaal, senior vice president of Integral Mission at World Relief; Claude Hickman, executive director of The Traveling Team; Charles Fielding, doctor and church planter; Erik Salley, CBU assistant professor of exercise science; and Kristen White, director of Global Mobilization at CBU.

Being a doctor allowed Fielding to go into many countries, he told students.

“Health care gets you into closed countries; it gets you into restricted parts of closed countries,” he said. “It gets you into homes; it opens up people’s hearts to the gospel.”

To be God’s disciples, students need to let go of their ambitions and let God use them, even if they don’t know how things will work, Fielding said.

“Obey. You understand God through obedience,” he said. “That’s how you grow in spiritual maturity. You show up in faith and say, ‘I don’t know nothing. Tell me what to do.’ And then he moves you further along.”


CBU women’s golf wins first PacWest championship

golfA year after falling just short of a PacWest title, California Baptist University wanted to leave nothing to chance at the 2015 PacWest Championships. It led to the Lancers winning the conference crown by 34 strokes Wednesday at the Sunbrook Golf Club with a 900.

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CBU students honor top faculty, staff of the year

Dr. Dennis K. Bideshi and Kelli Welzel

Dr. Dennis K. Bideshi and Kelli Welzel

Students at California Baptist University recently honored Dr. Dennis K. Bideshi, professor of biology, as the 2014-2015 Faculty of the Year and Kelli Welzel, director of new student programs, as Staff of the Year.

Bideshi has taught various classes at CBU for 14 years, including Anatomy and Physiology II, Human Microbiology and Cell and Molecular Biology.

“I am truly humbled by being selected as Faculty Member of the Year by students,” he said. “It is among the most significant awards I have received as a professor, solely because it was conferred by students.”

Along with teaching course content, Bideshi challenges students to seriously consider their chosen paths on a more philosophical level, especially during their first year in college.

“I still think the cliché of defining and following one’s passion in life applies, but once these are determined, a greater purpose in life is to use one’s acquired knowledge and skills to ‘give back’ in the form of community service and missions,” he said.

Welzel has work at CBU almost five years and has been the director of new student programs since August 2012.

“It means so much to me and is truly an incredible encouragement,” she said of the honor. “Pouring into and serving students is why I work here and it means so much that they hopefully feel cared for.”

Welzel’s job is to welcome new students, connect them to campus and train current students to lead. It includes overseeing orientation and the FOCUS program, which trains student leaders to work with and connect with new students.

“In my interactions, I pray that students see a genuine care for them and a sincere love for Christ,” she said. “I would hope that every student feels known by someone on campus and I will do everything I can to be a part of making that happen.”

The voting process, conducted by the Associated Students of California Baptist University (ASCBU) organization, was a two-tiered process. First, students nominated their choices for both recognitions. The top 10 names in both categories were placed on the ballot with student Senate candidates.


CBU publications honored in national competition


This photo by CBU student Jonathan Logerstedt won a first place award at the Baptist Communicators Association awards competition. It was featured on the front page of the Banner to accompany a story about CBU’s remembrance of 9/11.

California Baptist University’s university publications won several top awards April 17 during the Baptist Communicators Association (BCA) awards ceremony.

Pursuit Magazine won first place in the total package division (which included design and content), second place for its design and second place for a magazine cover. The Banner newspaper won first place for a single photograph, CBU Remembers 9/11; second place for front page design; and third place for the newspaper’s overall design. Both publications, which are produced by CBU students, competed against professional publications by national Baptist entities.

CBU also won a first place award for Marketing & Communication’s overall public relations campaign under $25,000 for Dr. Ronald L. Ellis’ 20th Anniversary Celebration; a second place award for the Ellis Tribute video; and second place for University Advancement’s Christmas Card.

BCA’s annual Wilmer C. Fields Awards Competition is designed to encourage professional excellence among association members and to honor members who have done exemplary work. The competition is named in honor of Wilmer C. Fields, retired vice president of public relations for the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee.


Family Updates

From left: Deanna Meyer, Samantha Naple and Kristina Gibeault

From left: Deanna Meyer, Samantha Naple and Kristina Gibeault

Kristina Gibeault, Deanna Meyer and Samantha Naple, academic advisors, recently presented research at the National Association of Academic Advisors Region 9 Conference, hosted by the University of Hawaii, Manoa, in Honolulu. Their presentation included CBU’s efforts to advise students on course scheduling each semester, academic advising resources and a “teaching” initiative designed to encourage students to engage in overall academic planning.




Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather, professor of aviation science, conducted a two-day advanced airport safety and operations specialist course April 18-19 during the International Aviation Snow Symposium held in Buffalo, N.Y.





Dr. Seung-Jae Kim

Dr. Seung-Jae Kim

Dr. Seung-Jae Kim, associate professor of bioengineering, co-authored a paper with CBU students titled Effects of Visual Feedback Distortion on Gait Adaptation: Comparison of Implicit Visual Distortion vs. Conscious Modulation on Retention of Motor Learning, which was published in the April issue of the journal IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering.




Mischa Routon

Mischa Routon

Mischa Routon, assistant professor of psychology, represented CBU April 9 at the 26th annual Dr. Richard N. Boylan Memorial Lecture, hosted by the Riverside Medical Center Charitable Foundation. CBU was a sponsor of the event, which focused on depression.




From left: Stefani Plummer and Marsha Shelton, daughter  of William Wasson, founder of the Lee Wasson People of Color social.

From left: Stefani Plummer and Marsha Shelton, daughter of William Wasson, founder of the Lee Wasson People of Color social.

Stefani Plummer, director of the Recreation Center, made several presentations at the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) National Conference, which met March 30-April 2 in Grapevine, Texas. Plummer led a session titled Starting from Scratch: Employee Wellness Program and was involved in a panel discussion titled A Conversation with Successful Women in NIRSA. She also co-emceed the Lee Wasson People of Color social held during the conference.






CBU attendees at the UEGE conference included, from left, front row: Kristen White, Kathryn Norwood, Jared Dobbins, Lisa Hernandez and Lisa Bursch; back row: Chris McHorney, Melissa Marshall, Rebecca Meyer, Tom Ferko and Doreen Ferko

CBU attendees at the UEGE conference included, from left, front row: Kristen White, Kathryn Norwood, Jared Dobbins, Lisa Hernandez and Lisa Bursch; back row: Chris McHorney, Melissa Marshall, Rebecca Meyer, Tom Ferko and Doreen Ferko

Kristen White, director of mobilization, and Jared Dobbins, assistant director of mobilization, presented on the topic Mentoring Team Leaders at the University Educators for Global Engagement (UEGE) 8th annual conference, held April 16-19 in Richmond, Va. This year’s theme was Cultivate: Training Co-Educators for a Globally Engaged Campus.








Dr. Kenneth Minesinger

Dr. Kenneth Minesinger

Kenneth Minesinger, associate professor of law for Online and Professional Studies, served as issue editor for the State Bar of California’s Business Law Journal , issue 2015 number 2, which focused on health care and health care law.






Dr. Michael Chute

Dr. Michael Chute

Dr. Kathie Chute

Dr. Kathie Chute

Dr. Michael Chute, professor of journalism, presented a workshop session titled Bringing Your Publication Into the Digital Age, and Dr. Kathie Chute, director of communications, led a session titled Communicating to Multi-Generational Audiences at the Baptist Communicators Association annual workshop, which was held in San Francisco April 15-18.




Members of the planning team pictures here include, from left, front row: Rebecca Meyer, DawnEllen Jacobs, Lisa Bursch, Tracy Ward, Geneva Oaks, Susan Drummond; back row: Taylor Neece, Daniel Skubik, John Shoup, William Flores, and Steve Emerson. Not pictured are Jacqueline Gustafson, Joseph Pelletier, Todd Bates and Gary Collins

Members of the planning team pictures here include, from left, front row: Rebecca Meyer, DawnEllen Jacobs, Lisa Bursch, Tracy Ward, Geneva Oaks, Susan Drummond; back row: Taylor Neece, Daniel Skubik, John Shoup, William Flores, and Steve Emerson. Not pictured are Jacqueline Gustafson, Joseph Pelletier, Todd Bates and Gary Collins

Doctoral planning team members gathered in early April to celebrate the approval of CBU’s first doctoral program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The planning team worked for several years to craft a doctoral culture of scholarship and research at CBU that would support doctoral programs. With the approval of this first program, the planning team moves into a support role and will work to plan programming to foster research opportunities for faculty and graduate students, to offer training opportunities to equip faculty for supervision of doctoral research projects, and to gather and share best practices in doctoral education.







Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson, associate professor of communication arts for Online and Professional Studies, spoke to 70 communication and public relations students at California State University, Fullerton’s COMM Week. Her session was titled Effective Personal Branding and Networking Tips to Help You Land the Job.





Dr. Hannah Hu

Dr. Hannah Hu

Dr. Hannah Hu, assistant professor of chemistry, accompanied four biochemistry and molecular biology majors to the 2015 American Chemistry Society Southern California Undergraduate Research Conference at the University of California, San Diego on April 11. The students presented the following at the conference:

  • Conscience Princesse Bwiza, oral presentation, Using Solid Phase Peptide Synthesis (SPPS) to synthesize molecules analogs of a natural compound that proved to have anti-tuberculosis potency
  • Hosiana Abewe, poster presentation, Impact of ALT SIO and BBFL 7 Marine Bacteria on the Chemical and Biological Composition of Sea Spray Aerosols
  • Cecily Dussell, poster presentation, Phytochemical and Compositional Analysis: Fresh and Cooked Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia englemanniis), a Native American Edible Plant from Southern California
  • Grace de Dieu Irumva, poster presentation, Exploring Chemical complexity of SSA as undergraduate researchers during the IMPACT


Dr. Keanon Alderson

Dr. Keanon Alderson

Students from Dr. Keanon Alderson’s Introduction to Business course donated nearly $2,000 during the spring semester to Path of Life Ministries and Angel Wings Bakery. The funds were proceeds from micro-businesses begun as part of the course requirements. Alderson is an associate professor of business.





Dr. Glenn Pickett

Dr. Glenn Pickett

Dr. Glenn A. Pickett, associate professor of music, has been commissioned to write a major symphonic work by the Corona, Calif., symphony. In addition, his composition Give Me Grace to Follow Jesus, was recently chosen as a JW Pepper “Editor’s Choice.” JW Pepper is the world’s largest retailer of sheet music.




Dr. Monica O'Rourke

Dr. Monica O’Rourke

Dr. Monica O’Rourke, associate professor of kinesiology for Online and Professional Studies, presented Measurement and Statistics in Kinesiology for advanced placement high school seniors at Norte Vista High School in Riverside on April 22.






Dr. Deborah Carter

Dr. Deborah Carter

Dr. Deborah Carter, assistant professor of nursing, successfully defended her dissertation recently for the doctor of education degree at Regent University.





Dr. Charles Sands

Dr. Charles Sands

Dr. Charles Sands, dean of the College of Allied Health, presented research titled Obesity, Nutrition and Exercise: Why Should Middle School Students Care? at the Riverside STEM Academy Symposium on April 22.





Dr. Meg Barth

Dr. Meg Barth

Dr. Candace Vickers

Dr. Candace Vickers

Dr. Candace Vickers, associate professor of communication disorders, and Dr. Margaret Barth, professor of nutrition and food sciences, served on a health careers panel about their respective fields at the University of California, Riverside April 21. In addition, they spoke to a large group of biochemistry students considering healthcare careers, as well as a podiatrist, chiropractor and audiologist from Riverside Medical Clinic.




Pictured: Micah Robinson, Damien High

Pictured: Micah Robinson, Damien High

Micah Robinson, son of Merritt Robinson, enrollment team manager for Online and Professional Studies, is a member of the Division 3 high school state championship basketball team from Damien High in La Verne, Calif. Robinson scored 17 points, including five three-pointers, to help Damien pull out a 70-57 victory on March 27. A senior at Damien High, Robinson is still considering his college options.  To read the full story, click here.





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Mentalist Drew Worsham tells students to use gifts for God

Drew Worsham (right) demonstrates his skills as an illusionist with a student participant.

Drew Worsham demonstrates his skills as an illusionist with a student participant.

California Baptist University students were captivated April 10 by chapel speaker Drew Worsham, a mentalist and illusionist who entertained students with mental games before sharing his testimony.

Worsham, who is also a pastor at a church in Washington, brought the audience to applause when he appeared to successfully read his participants minds’ by guessing their names or words they were thinking without being told. At one point, he asked a participant to open a book and pick a word. Worsham then wrote the word down before his participant said it. The audience erupted when the participant uttered the word written on the paper by Worsham.

Audience members were quick to voice their fascination and skepticism.

“I have no idea how he was able to do it, but it was fun to watch,” said Brittany Leary, a freshman English major.”I wish I could figure out how he did it

Worsham said he uses illusionism as a platform to share the gospel. He spoke mainly on the point of using skills to glorify Christ.

“If I can take this random gift and use it to get your attention for just a moment, then I want to share with you the one thing that has changed my life,” Worsham said. “Whatever it is you do, do it all to point to and champion Jesus. Every one of you has been blessed with gifts and abilities. I believe that God has called you to use this to point to Jesus.”


Divinity school dean speaks about Martin Luther at CBU

Dr. Timothy George speaks to a CBU audience April 10.

Dr. Timothy George speaks to a CBU audience April 10.

The founding dean of Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Ala., talked about the life and impact of theologian Martin Luther during a visit to California Baptist University on April 9.

Dr. Timothy George, who is also a professor of divinity history and doctrine, spoke to faculty and students from the CBU School of Christian Ministries and area pastors.

In two years, it will be the 500th anniversary of when Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of a church on Oct. 31, 1517, marking the Protestant Reformation. George talked about the events in Luther’s life that led up to that action and what happened afterward.

Luther became a monk and then a professor of theology. He fasted and lashed himself, trying to make himself acceptable to God. He was always asking if he was good enough, George said. When he became a professor, he intensely studied the Bible to understand it and teach it. As a result, he became a great reformer, George said.

“He didn’t start out that way, to sort of shake the foundations of the church,” George said. “He started out by studying the word of God and pouring his life into becoming a teacher of theology.”

Luther wrote the 95 theses in response to the indulgences that people could buy from the Catholic Church to get forgiveness from sins. He did not intend the theses to be an earth-shaking event; they were for discussion, George said.

Thesis No. 1 said: “When our Lord and master Jesus Christ said repent, he meant for the whole life to be one of repentance.”

Luther realized that repentance “is not a commodity, it’s a change of heart,” George said. “It means to be transformed, to turn around. Luther is getting beyond the externalities of the religion to the thing that really counts — the heart and one’s standing before God.”

Luther came to believe that one is made right with God by faith, George said. One of the principles of the Reformation is “justification by faith alone.” Luther faced excommunicated and possible death unless he recanted. He did not and was excommunicated from the church.

“Do you believe in anything deep enough, strong enough, hard enough, long enough that if necessary you would be willing to give your life for it?” George asked. “Luther said there are some things more important than holding on to your mortal life. Before he died, he wrote six words on a piece of paper. ‘We are beggars. This is true.’

“We’re beggars because when we stand before God, we bring nothing to offer to him that can redeem ourselves,” George said, explaining what Luther wrote. “We know this is true because of who God is and what he has said and done in the person of his son, Jesus Christ.”

George also spoke at the Evangelical Theological Society, Far West Region Meeting being held at CBU April 10.


CBU cheer wins third straight national title

The Lancer cheer team poses with the NCA championship banner.

The Lancer cheer team poses with the NCA championship banner.

Heading into finals Friday evening, California Baptist University knew it needed to focus if it was going to take home its third championship trophy. As soon as the Lancers took the stage, one thing clear: they were there to compete.

CBU was the last All-Girl Division II squad to compete after scoring the highest Thursday, saving the best for last. The Lancers wanted to clean up their timing and execution from the preliminary round and did just that. CBU finished with a 94.58, more than two points ahead of runner-up University of Central Oklahoma.

Despite some nerves leading up to performance time, the Lancers shook them off and focused on themselves and executed their jumps, baskets and pyramid with precision.

Head coach Tami Fleming had warned the girls before the performance that if they hit their pyramid, the routine wasn’t over since there was still a dance section that needed to be done. The Lancers finished their routine with high energy, leaving everything they had on the floor.

The third-straight National Cheerleaders Associaiton title puts CBU down as the first All-Girl Division II team to accomplish the feat and keeps the Lancers undefeated since 2012.


CBU Army ROTC Color Guard claims drill competition trophy

CBU Army ROTC presents the color guard trophy from the John J. Pershing Memorial Drill Competition to Dr. Ronald L. Ellis. From left: Cadet Jaymee Kwan, Sgt. 1st Class Jason Winkle, Cadet Shannon Garcia, Cadet Joel Powell, Cadet Caleb Fink, Dr. Ellis, Cadet Nathan Shimabukuro, Cadet Joshua Fink, Cadet Bryanna Mora, Cpt. William Brookshire, Cadet Sheraya Davis.

CBU Army ROTC presents the color guard trophy from the John J. Pershing Memorial Drill Competition to Dr. Ronald L. Ellis. From left: Cadet Jaymee Kwan, Sgt. 1st Class Jason Winkle, Cadet Shannon Garcia, Cadet Joel Powell, Cadet Caleb Fink, Dr. Ellis, Cadet Nathan Shimabukuro, Cadet Joshua Fink, Cadet Bryanna Mora, Cpt. William Brookshire, Cadet Sheraya Davis.

California Baptist University Army ROTC presented a trophy from the John J. Pershing Memorial Drill Competition to Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president, on April 8.

Two teams from CBU’s Army ROTC competed in the event last month in Richmond, Va. The CBU Army ROTC won The National Society of Pershing Rifles Best Company Award, while the male team placed third in the color guard competition. Cadet Kendall Morris also placed third in the Drill & Ceremony Knockout competition.

“It shows the discipline, and it shows the dedication that the cadets have to the program,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jason Winkle, military science instructor.

The male team consisted of cadets Caleb Fink, Joshua Fink, Kendall Morris and Joel Powell. It was Powell’s second year on the team. Last year’s first place team recognized its strengths and weaknesses and this year’s team learned from that.

“What we did this year was really focus on picking out those weaknesses and learning from, say, our mistakes and learning from our strengths,” Powell said. “We had a little bit more time this year to really focus on the little details.”

Cadet Nathan Shimabukuro had previously competed and this year coached the teams.

“It was good to be able to mentor and then teach everything that I learned,” he said. “I tried my best to instill in the younger cadets to always desire improvement. Practice was never a waste of time and I found that, at every practice, there was always something that could be changed for the better.”

Shimabukuro also worked on building cohesion within the teams.

“No matter how knowledgeable or experienced any one person is, we all are still able to learn from one another,” he said. “The most important mindset to have is one that puts others before one’s self. Without the proper cohesion and dynamic, the team is unable to function and improve.”

More than 400 college ROTC and high school JROTC cadets from across the nation attended the competition. Pershing Rifles drill teams compete in several categories, including squad regulation drill, platoon exhibition drill, individual drill and color guard.

Pershing Rifles is an ROTC related organization that was started by Lt. John J. Pershing in 1894 when he was the professor of military science at the University of Nebraska.


CBU Theatre presents “Phantom” as spring season finale

Gabrielle Green, who plays "Christine," sings in an opening scene of "Phantom."

Gabrielle Green, who plays “Christine,” sings in an opening scene of “Phantom.”

California Baptist University’s season-ending production of “Phantom” began a two-week, seven-performance run April 10.

Written by by Arthur Kopit and Maury Yeston, the play is based on the 1910 novel “The Phantom of the Opera” by Gaston Leroux.  However, CBU’s production is different from Frank Lloyd Webber’s musical adaptation of the book. While the overall story is still about a phantom who lives under the Paris Opera House, there are differences, said director Debbie Prutsman.

“There are many small, fine details that are different and that add so much to the story line,” she said. “I think the Yeston/Kopit version brings much more humanity to the character of the Phantom.”

Prutsman is married to Dan Robinson, CBU’s theatre technical director. She has worked professionally in musical theater for more than 30 years as an actor and director, and once the CBU theatre program booked the show, Prutsman was asked to direct.

There are challenges to telling this story, from space to the music to the number of performers, Prutsman said, but each challenge was overcome.

Lee Lyons, professor of theatre, created a second level on stage, to provide actors multiple levels in the story-telling. He also incorporated the use of video projections, Prutsman said.

The production’s music features a distinct, classical sound while incorporating the story-telling. Dr. Angela Brand, associate professor of music, effectively blended the two styles, Prutsman said.

The cast consists of 24 CBU students, one music faculty member and six dancers from The Redlands Festival Ballet Company.

“It is nothing short of miraculous to find college students who have the theatrical prowess and technical know-how to pull off these characters,” Prutsman said. “Those who see the show will be amazed by the skill and heart of the performers.”

Ethan Park, a theatre senior, plays the title role of The Phantom.

“I am so excited for audiences to see this show. It will be grandiose, quite a spectacle to see and hear, but I hope they can take away something much deeper,” he said. “This show is about love, about sacrifice, about appearances and judgment, and I hope they see the beauty in all the nuances.”

Gabrielle Green, a theatre junior, plays the female lead, Christine. Green said her greatest challenge in preparing for the production was understanding the character who is soft spoken and naïve. Her biggest reward, Green said, is being able to sing the beautiful songs.

“I hope audiences love watching it as much as we love performing it,” she said. “I hope that the audience really grasps the story for what it really is — a tale about forgiveness and acceptance.”

Performances will resume Thursday, April 16 through Saturday, April 18, with performances each evening at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, April 19. General admission tickets are $15, with discounts offered for matinees, senior citizens and CBU students, faculty, staff and alumni.

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


‘Bow Tie Tuesday’ a result of challenge by ASCBU president

Trent Ward, ASCBU president, and Dr. Ronald L. Ellis show off their bow ties.

Trent Ward, ASCBU president, and Dr. Ronald L. Ellis show off their bow ties.

Trent Ward, executive president of the Associated Students of California Baptist University, struck a deal with Dr. Ronald L. Ellis during the student reception last November that marked his 20 years as president at CBU.

Ward said he would wear a bow tie every Tuesday until April, if Ellis would wear one on the first Tuesday of April.

“I thought it would be a fun challenge,” Ward said. “I thought it might be a fun way to let students see just how relatable he is. After all, part of my goal as student body president, is to be a bridge from administration to the student body.”

So every Tuesday, Ward donned a bow tie. He said he received comments throughout the day and noted that some of his fellow students also started wearing bow ties on Tuesday.

“Not many students take the extra step to really clean up and dress nicely for the day, and the bow tie is a great symbol of professionalism and class,” Ward said.

When the appointed day arrived, Ward and Ellis posed together for a photograph to mark the occasion, with both wearing bow ties.

“Eventually, it would be great to associate a cause with wearing a bow tie on Tuesday,” Ward said. “But for now it might be something as simple as a call for action to guys to be a gentleman.”


CBU wins gold in Higher Education Advertising Awards

cbu-fall2014-Amy-Johnson-14x48California Baptist University’s Marketing and Communication has won a gold award in the 30th annual Higher Education Advertising Awards.

The division won in the category of Total Advertising Campaign for the fall 2014 campaign that featured alumni who are living their purpose in a variety of professions, including two entrepreneurs, a professional athlete, a broadcast news anchor and an environmental science researcher. The division and agency partner RHB also won a silver award in the New Media category for RHB’s video series for the Collinsworth School of Music.

“The marketing and communication team that shares credit for this campaign wasn’t working to win a prize,” said Dr. Mark A. Wyatt, vice president for marketing and communication. “We just wanted to tell compelling stories about successful California Baptist University alumni who personify the tagline, ‘Live Your Purpose.’ That we also achieved positive recognition for CBU by receiving this gold award is both affirming and gratifying.”

In addition to this year’s awards, the division has won two golds and four silvers in the Higher Education Advertising Awards over the past six years, including a gold for one of CBU’s first Live Your Purpose print ads.

The awards, sponsored by the High Education Marketing Report, are the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country. This year, more than 2,000 entries were submitted in 27 categories from more than 1,000 colleges, universities and secondary schools from all 50 states and several foreign countries.

A national panel of higher education marketers, advertising creative directors, marketing and advertising professionals and the editorial board of Higher Education Marketing Report reviews each piece, judging creativity, marketing execution and message impact. Award certificates are given to those entrants whose programs and materials display exceptional quality, creativity and message effectiveness.

CBU’s winning campaign include these videos: https://vimeo.com/112958798; https://vimeo.com/108804771; https://vimeo.com/108294900


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Dr. Andrew Herrity

Dr. Andrew Herrity

Dr. Andrew Herrity, professor of business and entrepreneurship, published a paper titled A Theory for Preparing Students to Maintain Integration of Christian Faith and Business While Starting Careers in the spring 2015 issue of Christian Business Academy Review.





Dr. Jong-Wha Bai

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai, associate professor of civil engineering, made a poster presentation titled Probabilistic Loss Estimation for Concrete Buildings Subject to Seismic Events in the Central U.S. at the 2015 Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s annual meeting, which met in Boston March 31-April 3. In addition, he conducted a seminar on seismic vulnerability and loss estimation of concrete structures for civil engineering students at Worcester (Mass.) Polytechnic Institute on April 3.



Dr. Anthony Chute

Dr. Anthony Chute

Dr. Anthony Chute, professor of church history, serves as vice-president of the Far West Region of the Evangelical Theological Society, which met on CBU’s campus April 10. The conference theme was Reformation in the Wings since 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 theses sparking the Protestant Reformation. CBU faculty who presented papers included:

  • Matthew Barrett, assistant professor of Christian studies for Online and Professional Studies, The Holy Spirit is No Skeptic: Retrieving the Clarity of Scripture from a Forgotten Reformation Debate
  • Jeff Cate, professor of Christian studies, Martin Luther and Sola Scriptura: Canon, Manuscripts and Translation
  • Amanda Jenkins, adjunct instructor of Christian studies, Beauty in the Thought of Jonathan Edwards
  • Jeff Mooney, associate professor of Christian studies, The Reformed in Need of Reformation: Reading the Plain Sense of Old Testament Justice Passages for a Thorough Ecclesiology
  • Joe Slunaker, adjunct instructor of Christian studies, Evangelical Hermeneutics and the Old Testament: Authority, Altruism, Anathema


Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson, associate professor of public relations for Online and Professional Studies, spoke on the topic Research Planning Implementation and Evaluation for Success in PR April 1 at the University of La Verne’s Leo PR Club.





Shawn Wilhite, adjunct professor of Christian studies, presented research titled Atonement in the Heavenly Holy of Holies: Early Reception of Hebrews and Atonement in Origen of Alexandria at the Evangelical Theological Society Midwest Regional Meeting, which was hosted by the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ill. April 10-11.


Dr. Douglas Barnett, adjunct professor of business for Online and Professional Studies, presented a session titled An Overview of Africa and its Information Economy at the Africa and the Information Society symposium on April 7, which was sponsored by the African studies department and the Walker Institute of the University of South Carolina in Columbia.


Brooke and Chris Gorman with Colin Maverick Gorman

Brooke and Chris Gorman with Colin Maverick Gorman

Brooke Gorman, financial aid technician, and husband Chris Gorman (’10) welcomed their first child, Colin Maverick Gorman, on March 30 at 10:42 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente in Riverside. The baby weighed 6 lbs. 2 ozs. and measured 19 inches long.






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CBU names provost and vice president for academic affairs

Dr. Charles Sands

Dr. Charles Sands

Dr. Charles D. “Chuck” Sands, founding dean of the College of Allied Health and professor of public health at California Baptist University, has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs, effective July 1, 2015.

Sands was selected from scores of applicants following a months-long nationwide search. He succeeds Dr. Jonathan K. Parker, who announced last December that he will return to full-time classroom teaching after serving 15 years as vice president for academic affairs.

“We are very pleased that Dr. Sands is joining the executive leadership team at California Baptist University,” said Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president. Ellis noted that Sands brings a proven track record of academic leadership in faith-based higher education to his new position as well as demonstrated entrepreneurial ability and a keen global awareness.

Sands was raised in South Korea where his parents served as missionaries. That experience has influenced him throughout his career. Since 1992 he has traveled more than two dozen times to South Korea, North Korea and China on a variety of educational and service-related projects.

“I believe that Chuck’s background, experience and skills will make a significant contribution as we continue to build CBU’s strong academic programs and global impact,” Ellis said.

Sands received his bachelor of science in education degree from Samford. He received master of arts in education and doctor of philosophy in public health degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

Before beginning his duties as dean of the College of Allied Health at CBU in July 2010, Sands held a succession of teaching and administrative positions at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. Hired as an instructor in Samford’s Department of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine in 1999, he eventually achieved the rank of associate professor. He also served as a fellow in the department of pediatrics in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and has held adjunct academic appointments in the McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford and the department of health education at UAB.

In 2007, Sands attended the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, earning a certificate in the management development program. From 2007 to 2010, Sands was associate dean of Samford’s Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies.

Sands’ previous experience in health care includes working four years at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., where he rose to the position of manager of outpatient rehabilitation.

He recently completed a two-year appointment to the governing council of the American Public Health Association and is active in numerous professional and community organizations. He currently serves as a board member for Riverside Community Hospital; the American Heart Association, Inland Southern California Division; Partners in Medicine; the Inland Empire Coalition for Health; and Sandals Church.

Sands said he is “very, very excited” about taking on the role of provost and vice president for academic affairs at CBU.

“I am pleased to have this opportunity and I look forward to the continuing growth of the university and development of new programs that will further enhance the quality and reputation of CBU,” Sands said.


CBU students care for the campus, community by planting trees

Arbor Day-01About 60 California Baptist University students celebrated Arbor Day by doing their part to better the environment and their community March 28.

Organized by Faculties and Planning Services and the Environmental Science Club, the volunteers planted 10 Chinese Pistache, two Jacaranda and two Chinese Flame trees on the campus along the Magnolia entrance.

“This is God’s creation and it’s important we use it wisely and take care of it and tend to it,” said junior Eric Lewis, an environmental science major and vice president of the Environmental Science Club.

The Arbor Day Foundation recently recognized CBU as a 2014 Tree Campus USA. The Arbor Day tree planting meets some of the requirements for CBU to apply to be named a Tree Campus USA for 2015.

“Planting trees is very important for our environment,” said Dr. Bonjun Koo, professor of environmental science and adviser to the science club. “If we lose our trees, we lose oxygen production, and it can contribute to global climate change.”

“We are committed to planting trees,” said Ed Schmachtenberger, grounds and landscaping manager. “We are trying to help the environment and encourage students and future generations to volunteer.”

The volunteers worked tirelessly in the hot sun digging holes to plant the trees, but the students did not seem to mind.

“Protecting the environment is very important to me. It is where I live and thrive,” said Ashley Vidaurri, a freshman psychology major. “I didn’t know planting trees with my friends could be so much fun.”


CBU Gallery hosts annual Honors Exhibit

These acrylic paintings are just one of the media represented at the Honors Exhibit.

These acrylic paintings are just one of the media represented at the Honors Exhibit.

Scores of art lovers filled the CBU Gallery in downtown Riverside during the opening reception March 26 for the third annual Honors Exhibit.

California Baptist University students, faculty, family and friends came to see the artwork students had created. Visual Art faculty chose the pieces from the work their students completed for various classes. The exhibit featured about 200 pieces, including ceramics, drawings, paintings and sculptures.

Any student in an art class may have work chosen, said Kristi Lippire, assistant professor of visual art, whose classes include sculpture and 2D design.

“You don’t have to be an art major to be in this show or to have a piece in the gallery here through CBU. You just have to make really excellent work,” she said. “We’re such a small department on campus, it’s just a way to highlight what amazing talent we do have here.”

When selecting pieces for the exhibit, Lippire looked for “work that goes above and beyond whatever I asked for just in time and energy, but also in concept and idea.”

“I always tell them the weirder the better. We usually try to push what is your normal instinct to represent something,” she said.

Jenna Mohn, a sophomore graphic design and photography double major, filled the requirement for weird. For her mixed media project, she made a color wheel using teeth. Real teeth. Her dad is a dentist and supplied her with what she needed.

“I wanted to use something that nobody else would use, and I knew no one else would have access to teeth,” Mohn said. Her piece won the Mixed Media award.

Nancy Ward, a visual art lecturer, considered the idea, skill and craftsmanship when choosing work for the exhibit.

“Some of my students have never taken a drawing class before,” Ward said. “It’s exciting to see that talent come out.”

Julianna Anderson, a visual art senior, had several pieces in the exhibit including a large wood sculpture. Ideas and opinions from her classmates and professors help guide her in her creativity. Being in the Honors Exhibit gave her acknowledgement that she can do this, she said.

“It means a lot when you think you did a good job, but then someone else also gives you that approval,” Anderson said. “It kind of gives you that push into everything else that you do.”

The exhibit will be at the CBU Gallery, 3737 Main Street, Suite 101, Riverside until April 2, then it will travel to CBU’s Community Life Lounge for the CREATE(D) event on April 9.

Awards were given for the best of each media and, for the first time, an Audience Choice Award was chosen by the guests attending the reception.

Painting: Nicole Statham, senior

Drawing: Jessica Schoellerman, junior

Sculpture: Julianna Anderson, senior

Ceramics: Tawni Franzen, junior

Watercolor: Lynnae Maki, senior

Mixed Media: Jenna Mohn, sophomore

Audience Choice Award: Samantha Morales, sophomore


CBU earns Tree Campus USA recognition

Tree Campus USACalifornia Baptist University has earned a 2015 Tree Campus USA recognition.

Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. CBU received notification last week that it received the honor.

To earn the distinction, CBU had to meet the five standards required by Tree Campus USA: establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.

Dr. Bonjun Koo, professor of environmental science, is on the CBU Tree Campus USA committee.

“California Baptist University is very proud to receive the 2015 Tree Campus USA recognition,” Koo said. “Our effort of conservation, sustainability and environmental stewardship is part of CBU’S core value. The passion of our students, faculty and staff is the reason for this achievement.”



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Scott Dunbar

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Kenneth George

Kenneth George

Scott Dunbar, assistant professor of human resource management for Online and Professional Studies, and Kenneth George, assistant professor of business administration for Online and Professional Studies, participated in the Christian Business Faculty Association Western Dialogical Conference 2015, which met in San Diego March 27.





The master of science in athletic training students, alumni and faculty hosts a manual therapy course on CBU’s campus.

The master of science in athletic training students, alumni and faculty hosts a manual therapy course on CBU’s campus.

Faculty and students in the athletic training program participated in several events in March for National Athletic Training Month.

  • Dr. Lindsay Warren, assistant professor of athletic training, visited CrossFit Proper in Corona with graduate students.
  • Dr. Jolene Baker, associate professor of kinesiology, and Dr. Nicole MacDonald, professor of kinesiology, and members of the Athletic Training Student Organization provided medical care for the Sandals Church Fit 5K event on March 7.
  • The M.S. in athletic training program (MSAT) hosted a manual therapy course March 14, which included participation by Warren, MacDonald, MSAT students and alumni.
  • MacDonald and graduate students participated March 17 in the Mountain View Elementary STEM Career Day for K-6th grade students.
  • Zachary Norton-Martinez, a first year graduate student, presented information March 17 to the Riverside City Council in honor of National Athletic Training Month.


Dr. Linn Carothers

Dr. Linn Carothers

A CBU research grant titled Parallel Optimization of Bootstrapping in R was awarded 50,000 hours of National Science Foundation national supercomputing resources from the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE).  As XSEDE designated coordinator, Dr. Linn Carothers, professor of mathematics, is able to assist faculty members with a supercomputer-related project or idea. This is a time-sensitive allocation for 60 days.




Steve Neilsen

Steve Neilsen

Dr. Jeffrey Barnes

Dr. Jeffrey Barnes

Dr. Jeff Barnes, dean of academic services, and Steve Neilsen, director of student retention, presented research Feb. 3 titled Developing and Implementing a Comprehensive Retention Plan at the Jenzabar Student Success Forum in Claremont, Calif.





Aviation students and faculty participate in a disaster simulation.

Aviation students and faculty participate in a disaster simulation.

Elisabeth Murillo, assistant professor of aviation science, and eight aviation science students participated in the full-scale emergency exercise March 24 at Burbank Bob Hope Airport. Each participant received a practice scenario, along with an assigned injury, to effectively serve as victims of the simulated aircraft crash. Also, Murillo and Dr. Daniel Prather, professor of aviation science, participated in a STEM Career Day at Mountain View Elementary School on March 17. Prather’s Airport Management II class enjoyed a tour of LAX on March 21, including the Flight Path Museum, Aircraft Rescue Fire Station, Tom Bradley International Terminal, A380 operations, airfield and Airport Response Coordination Center.






Dr. Shasha Zheng

Dr. Shasha Zheng

Dr. Shasha Zheng, assistant professor of nutrition and food sciences, became an American citizen during ceremonies at the Los Angeles Convention Center March 18.  Zheng is originally from China.






Dr. William Flores (right) with scholars who served on a panel he moderated

Dr. William Flores (right) with scholars who served on a panel he moderated

Dr. William Flores, associate professor of Spanish, made a presentation titled Rómulo Gallegos’ Doña Bárbara and José Vasconcelos’ The Cosmic Race: Identifying Latin American Perspectives on the Environment at the XV Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica, held in Antigua, Republic of Guatemala March 4-6.





Dr. Allan M. Bedashi

Dr. Allan M. Bedashi

Dr. Allan M. Bedashi, professor of allied health, spoke on the topic Physician Assistant: An Exciting Profession at the 2015 Inland Coalition Health Professions Conference at California State University-San Bernardino on Feb. 25.





Dr. Erin Smith

Dr. Erin Smith

Dr. Robert G. Crosby

Dr. Robert G. Crosby

Dr. Erin Smith, assistant professor of psychology, presented research at a poster session during the Society for Research in Child Development Conference and the Spiritual and Religious Development Preconference, which met in Philadelphia, Pa. March 18-21. The research, Church Support as a Predictor of Children’s Spirituality and Prosocial Behavior, was co-authored by Dr. Robert G. Crosby, assistant professor of psychology for Online and Professional Studies.




Dr. Monica O'Rourke

Dr. Monica O’Rourke

Dr. Monica O’Rourke, associate professor of kinesiology in Online and Professional Studies, Dr. David Pearson, professor of kinesiology, and Samuel Baird, a kinesiology student in Online and Professional Studies, presented research titled Cardiorespiratory Activities with a Purpose: Increasing Motivation & Learning at the Society of Health and Physical Education national conference, which met in Seattle, Wash. March 17-21.





Dr. Candace Vickers

Dr. Candace Vickers

Dr. Candace Vickers, associate professor of health sciences, presented a mini-seminar March 7 titled Speaking Loud and Clear: A Communication Recovery Group therapy for persons with dysarthria at the California Speech Language Hearing Association Annual Convention in Long Beach.






Dr. Jacob Lanphere

Dr. Jacob Lanphere

Dr. Jacob Lanphere, assistant professor of environmental science, co-authored an article titled Stability and Transport of Graphene Oxide Nanoparticles in Groundwater and Surface Water, which was featured in the Environmental Engineering Science journal. He also co-wrote an article titled Effect of hydration repulsion on nanoparticle agglomeration evaluated via a constant number Monte–Carlo simulation, which was published Jan. 8 in Nanotechnology.



Dr. Joseph Pelletier

Dr. Joseph Pelletier

Dr. Joseph Pelletier, assistant professor of behavioral sciences, co-authored an article titled Children’s prosocial behavioural intentions towards outgroup members, which was published March 16 in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology.





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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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