In this issue…
CBU announces new campus dining options
A Chick-fil-A restaurant and a new convenience store for quick meals on the go join the list of food service options at California Baptist University as the fall 2014 semester begins in early September.
“We are excited to welcome Chick-fil-A to California Baptist University and to add their healthy menu and signature customer service to our campus dining options,” said Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president. “In addition, the Campus Xpress location will allow students to choose quick meals when their time is limited.”
The two facilities will join the El Monte Grill, which opened earlier in the summer, as well as campus favorites Wanda’s, Brisco’s Café and the Alumni Dining Commons. All six locations are operated by Provider Food Services.
“As a nationally recognized brand, Chick-fil-A supports Provider’s on-going commitment to deliver superior quality food to the students, staff and faculty of CBU,” said Rodney Couch, founder and president of Preferred Hospitality Inc., Provider’s parent company. “My team and I are committed to providing fresh and delicious food, warm customer service and a comfortable dining experience with every visit.”
CBU alumnus extends passion for art to drawing class
CBU alumnus Geoff Gouveia (‘13) connects with others through writing and visual art. This summer he is passing that passion along to younger students.
Gouveia is teaching a beginning drawing class this month for students aged 12-18 at the CBU Gallery. While teaching drawing technique, he also hopes to teach the students confidence.
“One of the big things that I try to focus on is the idea of confidence within their own drawings,” Gouveia said. “I don’t like to use the eraser and most of the time I don’t supply them with one, because I want them to be confident in the mistakes in the learning process. And then through that, maybe it will bleed over into other areas of their school work or in their lives. Within the drawing, I know that confidence is a huge boost in gaining ability.”
Gouveia started pursuing art his junior year in high school, but did not take it seriously until his sophomore year after he went on a trip with CBU to Africa.
“On that trip I experienced a lot of emotions and things I couldn’t really express in the written word,” he said. “I’ve always kept a journal, and at that time things started to transition from the written word to more visual.”
Gouveia expresses himself on canvas and on the sides of buildings. He has painted murals in Riverside, Los Angeles, Tijuana, Brazil and Chile. He enjoys creating murals because of the challenge; canvas pieces may take a month to complete but he only has a few days for a mural.
“The personal challenge of this scale is always really fun with the time crunch,” he said. “You have a limited amount of time so your decision making will be really quick, your creativity’s peaked. So for me, the murals are a lot of fun and it’s a big challenge.”
In the drawing class, Gouveia is starting with smaller challenges. For instance, if students can only draw stick figures, he will help them learn form. If they can draw the form well, they move on to light. If they know about light, then Gouveia will talk about proportions.
“There’s always something you can work on,” he said. “That was one of the most frustrating things that I learned in school, that no matter how good I got, I was never that good. Even if I was taking this class as a student, I could definitely still be learning something. You’re never done.”
Dr. Rod Foist, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, presented three papers at the First Year Engineering Experience 2014 Conference at Texas A&M University, College Station, in August. The papers were written in collaboration with CBU faculty colleagues and were titled Use of Robotics in First-Year Engineering Math Laboratory by Foist and Dr. Grace Ni, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering; An Intuitive Calculus Project, Using Electronic Filters, for a First-Year Engineering Math Laboratory by Foist and Dr. Anthony Donaldson, dean of the Gordon & Jill Bourns College of Engineering; and Providing More Lab Options for First-Year Female Engineering Students in Math and Engineering Courses with Lab Components by Foist, Dr. Ziliang Zhou, professor of mechanical engineering; and Dr. Helen Jung, assistant professor of civil engineering.
Leontine Armstrong, adjunct professor of English, published an essay titled Shading in a Violent Shadow: A Hero’s Confrontation with the American Shadow in Tim’s Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in the July issue of Mythological Studies Journal.
Dr. Daniel Skubik, professor of law, ethics and humanities, and his wife Bernadette just returned from an interfaith/intercultural dialogue trip to Southeast Asia Aug 4-14. They visited several private primary and secondary schools and universities, as well as various cultural sites with Muslim, Christian and Buddhist group participants. They also spoke with many students, faculty, administrative staff and local government officials about issues concerning education and development in both countries.
Dr. Kenneth Minesinger, associate professor of law for Online and Professional Studies, gave a presentation to the American College of Family Physicians of California at the 38th Annual Scientific Seminar in Anaheim, Calif., Aug. 7-10. The topic was medical-legal issues facing physicians after the adoption of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Dr. Jennifer Newton, associate professor of English, recently published an article titled Finding Wisdom: George Herbert’s Response to Proverbs 9 in ‘Church-musick,’ ‘Christmas,’ and ‘Love (3)’ in the George Herbert Journal, vol. 35. Her essay demonstrates how, through parallels in wording and structure, these three works by the seventeenth-century poet George Herbert navigate readers beyond each individual poem to a collective imagined response to the call of Wisdom in Proverbs.
Dr. Ana Gamez, associate professor of forensic psychology, and Dr. Douglas Wallace, assistant professor of sociology, participated in a panel discussion at the Box Theater in Riverside on two short films: one depicting the 14,000 Pedro Pan children sent to the U.S. in the 1960s to escape Castro’s regime and another that follows a 9-year-old child laborer in India who has the opportunity for an education . The discussion centered on child labor exploitation. Gamez also gave a lecture Aug. 8 for the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration at the Center for American and International Law in Plano, Texas on the topic of Selection and Hiring of Ethical Police Officers. In addition, she co-authored an article titled Vicarious Traumatization: A Guide for Managing the Silent Stressor. The article was published in the August 2014 issue of Police Chief, the journal of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Forty high school students from the Upward Bound math and science program of Moreno Valley College visited California Baptist University July 25. Dr. Bruce Prins, professor of biology; Dr. Hannah Hu, assistant professor of chemistry; and Dr. Ricardo Cordero, assistant professor of mathematics, presented information about careers and research, provided hands-on activities such as blood typing and respiratory function/values and demonstrated light emitting chemicals and polymers.
Julie Goodman, assistant professor of anthropology, presented a paper titled Anthropology in the Real World Aug. 4 at the National Social Science Association Conference in San Diego. The presentation explored ways in which students can directly use anthropological skills for specific jobs in our current economy.
Joshua van Baarsel, lab coordinator for the department of natural and mathematical sciences, and his wife Sarah welcomed a baby boy to the family Aug. 1. Hunter Jacob was born at 3:19 a.m., weighing 7 lbs. 14 ozs. and measuring 20.5 inches long.
Morgan Cox, financial coordinator in the Campus Store, and her husband Joel welcomed their first child July 31, a daughter named Kennedi Blayke Cox. The baby was born at 12:45 p.m., weighed 8 lbs. 11 oz. and measured 19 inches long.