A newsletter for faculty and staff of California Baptist University

June 26, 2014

Dr. Mark A. Wyatt

In this issue…

Current News

CBU marks milestone with 400th ISP/USP team in 17 years

CBU's 400th volunteer team prepares to depart June 24 for their field of service in New York.

CBU’s 400th volunteer team prepares to depart June 24 for their field of service in New York.

California Baptist University sent out its 400th volunteer service team June 24 with a celebration that included prayer, cake and commemorative T-shirts.

The team, which will work in New York for three weeks, was also the 45th group of students, faculty and staff of the year and part of the fourth and final wave of International Service Projects (ISP), U.S. Projects (USP) and Summer of Service (SOS)teams for 2014. The last 11 groups for 2014 went to France, Spain, United Kingdom, Japan, Thailand, Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia and Baltimore. This year, more than 400 participants have served in 16 countries.

CBU launched its flagship global mobilization program in 1997. Jared Dobbins, assistant director of mobilization, noted that the university sent out the 100th team in 2007 and took just seven years to send out another 300 teams.

“California Baptist University trains and sends out more short-term volunteers in the summer than any other university in the country,” said Kristen White, director of global mobilization. The reason CBU has such a strong number of volunteers is because the university is tapping into what God has already put in people, she said.

“They’ve come to CBU to get a professional skill set and we’re saying ‘look, you can use this to be a kingdom professional,’” White explained. “That’s the new phrase we’re really trying to stress. We tell them: ‘Live your purpose by being a kingdom professional. And we don’t just want you to prepare for the world when you graduate, we want you to engage the world while you’re here. We’re not going to just tell you to do it, we’re going to go with you and do it.’”

New students take a Step Ahead

Step Ahead is a program that gives freshman and transfer students a head start on the fall registration process.

Step Ahead is a program that gives freshman and transfer students a head start on the fall registration process.

The 2014-15 school year hasn’t started yet, but new students are already finding their way around California Baptist University with Step Ahead.

The Step Ahead events help prepare freshmen and transfer students for the new college experience. At the event, the students register for classes, learn about financial aid, get their student ID picture taken and learn about the resources available to them, such as free tutoring, the Wellness Center and the Recreation Center.

Step Ahead gets the students ready for the fall and also helps them and their parents be comfortable with their college choice, said Rhonda Shackelford, undergraduate admissions visit and events coordinator.

“It’s a great day to get them on our campus, get them registered for classes,” she said. “We try to do our best to make it very welcoming and very inviting, and for them to feel settled that this is the right choice. We want parents and students to be assured that ‘yes, CBU is the right choice for me and my student.’”

They also get to experience college dining by having lunch at the Alumni Dining Commons. At the end of the day, the participants have the option of touring the living areas.

Parents join their student on some of the informational sessions, and they also have their own sessions, such as on school policies and a Q&A with a panel from various areas of student services.

“I think it’s a good transitional point for parents to feel comfortable,” Shackelford said. “Once they leave there, we want parents to feel comfortable about dropping off their students for orientation.”

Although Step Ahead is about a beginning, students and parent will get a glimpse of what the end will look like, Shackelford said. This year, the participants watch a video of students who attended Step Ahead, have graduated and are working.

“We’re really excited that we can showcase people that came to Step Ahead and that now have a job,” she said. “We wanted to be able to show parents at the end of this journey, it works. Our goal is to have that child graduate and get a job and be successful, not only in their career, but growing in their faith and being able to contribute to the body of Christ.”

 

Family Updates

Dr. Mark A. Wyatt

Dr. Mark A. Wyatt

Dr. Mark A. Wyatt, vice president for marketing and communication, was elected recording secretary for the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities at the organization’s annual meeting June 1-3 in Charleston, S.C.

 

 

 

 

The College of Allied Health sponsored the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Good Morning Riverside at The Mission Inn on June 12. CBU faculty and staff joined the morning event and listened to an update from Dr. Chuck Sands, dean of the College of Allied Health. Sands talked about the growing programs and the numerous service opportunities in the CAH, and featured a video recently produced by Eric Mendoza, CBU marketing specialist.

 

The College of Allied Health's global health engagement team is currently working in East Africa.

The College of Allied Health’s global health engagement team is currently working in East Africa.

The College of Allied Health (CAH) sent off the first global health engagement team June 14. The team, comprised of CAH students and faculty, will be assisting field workers in East Africa and is led by Dr. Sean Sullivan, professor of kinesiology, Dr. Jodi Baker, associate professor of athletic training, and Amy Miller, assistant professor of kinesiology for Online and Professional Studies. Updates from the team can be found at http://calbaptist.blogs.edu/alliedhealth.

 

 

 

 

From left: Dr. Sangmin Kim, associate professor of health sciences; Brittany Northway; Stephanie Curnow; Dr. Meg Barth, professor of nutrition and food sciences; Sarah Velez; Lesley Garnica; Michelle Granger, Family Services Association nutrition manager.

From left: Dr. Sangmin Kim, associate professor of health sciences; Brittany Northway; Stephanie Curnow; Dr. Meg Barth, professor of nutrition and food sciences; Sarah Velez; Lesley Garnica; Michelle Granger, Family Services Association nutrition manager.

Nutrition and food sciences students have been presenting the Rethink Your Drink seminar, which encourages people to select healthier beverages, at eight sites this summer. The department of health sciences and College of Allied Health have established an affiliation agreement with the Family Services Association to serve the senior community in Riverside County through course-related activities and service learning in the area of health education and nutrition assessments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Steward, adjunct professor of history and government for Online and Professional Studies, presented a paper May 31 titled Justifying the American Revolution: The American Clergy and Reformed Political Resistance at the Christians in Political Science Conference at Azusa Pacific University.

 

Dr. Timothy Mosteller

Dr. Timothy Mosteller

Dr. Tim Mosteller, associate professor of philosophy, participated in the Baptist Association of Philosophy Professors Summer Seminar May 19-23 at the University of Notre Dame. The seminar was led by Dr. John Haldane, professor of philosophy at St. Andrews University, one of the world’s leading Christian philosophers. The topic of the seminar was Analytic Thomism and included formal and informal discussions led by Haldane.

 

 

 

Dr. Daniel Skubik

Dr. Daniel Skubik

Dr. Daniel Skubik, professor of law, ethics and humanities, was one of 19 faculty competitively selected nationwide to participate June 2–13 in the 2014 Silberman Faculty Seminar in Washington, D.C. Titled Teaching about the Holocaust in the Soviet Union: Perpetrators, Collaborators, Bystanders, and Victims, the meeting was sponsored by the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

 

 

Dr. Dawn Gilmore and her husband, Glenn, at commencement ceremonies in Orange Park, Fla.

Dr. Dawn Gilmore and her husband, Glenn, at commencement ceremonies in Orange Park, Fla.

Dr. Dawn Gilmore, assistant professor of music, recently received a doctorate of worship studies degree from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Orange Park, Fla. Her thesis was titled Developing a Biblical Foundation for Christian Worship Course for the Master of Music Program at California Baptist University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June Cover JBSDr. Anthony Chute, professor of church history, and Dr. Matthew Emerson, assistant professor of Christian ministries for Online and Professional Studies, have published the latest edition of the Journal of Baptist Studies. In addition to articles on significant Baptist people and movements, the journal contains several book reviews solicited through John Gill, assistant professor of Christian ministries for OPS The journal can be accessed at http://baptiststudiesonline.com/the-journal-of-baptist-studies-6-2014/

 

 

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Michael Chute

Dr. Michael Chute

Dr. Michael Chute, professor of journalism and program director for journalism and public relations, participated June 18 in a panel discussion on public relations education for about 40 members and guests of the Public Relations Society of America-Inland Empire at the Victoria Club in Riverside. The panel also included faculty from La Sierra University and California State University, San Bernardino. Dr. Mary Ann Pearson, associate professor of public relations for Online and Professional Studies, moderated the panel.

 

 

Dr. Erin Smith

Dr. Erin Smith

Dr. Erin Smith, assistant professor of psychology, presented a poster titled Psychological Essentialism Influences Personal Identity Concepts in Chinese and American Children at the Association for Psychological Science’s 26th Annual Convention held in San Francisco May 22-25.

 

 

 

 

Robert Vis

Robert Vis

Robert Vis, director of development, received the master of business administration degree from La Sierra University in commencement ceremonies June 15.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Derek Updegraff

Dr. Derek Updegraff

Dr. Derek Updegraff, assistant professor of English, attended the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies May 8-11 at Western Michigan University. Updegraff delivered a paper titled Manuscript Layout, Old English Poems, and Visual Lineation: Reassessing the Uses of Aural Verses and Visual Lines in Modern Translation.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Tim Luther

Dr. Tim Luther

Dr. Tim Luther, professor of political science, is author of a book titled Jürgen Habermas’s Reconstruction of Modernity: Reconciling Individual Autonomy and Community Solidarity, published recently by Linus Books in New York. He also presented a paper, Shifting from Philosophy to Culture: Rorty’s Deconstruction of Certainty at the Oceanic Popular Culture Association Annual Conference meeting in Riverside May 23 and another paper titled Reconstructing Deconstruction: Derrida’s Messianic Twist at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Conference, which met in San Diego on Nov. 2.

 

 

From left: Anthony Francis, CBU; Tim Lanski, University of Mississippi; Tina Galinato, University of California, Davis; Dr. David Pearson; Brian Chan, intern at California Poly Pomona; and Aldee Winter, University of California, Irvine

From left: Anthony Francis, CBU; Tim Lanski, University of Mississippi; Tina Galinato, University of California, Davis; Dr. David Pearson; Brian Chan, intern at California Poly Pomona; and Aldee Winter, University of California, Irvine

Dr. David Pearson, professor of kinesiology and faculty athletics representative, recently attended the NCAA Regional Rules Seminar and had lunch with recent graduates of CBU’s sport management graduate program who are working at NCAA member institutions in athletics compliance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kendra Johnson

Kendra Johnson

Kendra Johnson, academic evaluations coordinator, presented a paper titled Online Course Evaluations: How to Achieve an 82 Percent Response Rate at the 2014 Association for Institutional Research FORUM, which met May 28-June 1 in Orlando, Fla.

 

 

 

From left: Dr. Nona Cabral, Dr. Jerome Sattler and Dr. Jane McGuire

From left: Dr. Nona Cabral, Dr. Jerome Sattler and Dr. Jane McGuire

Dr. Nona Cabral and Dr. Jane McGuire, both associate professors of education, attended a conference May 30 at Azusa Pacific University on Assessment of Children’s Behavioral, Social and Clinical Functioning. The meeting featured Dr. Jerome Sattler, emeritus professor at San Diego State University. Sattler is a diplomate in clinical psychology of the American Board of professional psychology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christy Walker, daughter of Dr. Deron Walker, professor of English, bowled May 3-4 in the 2014 California Pepsi United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Youth Championship State Finals at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, Calif. Christy qualified for the state finals with high scores at the USBC regional event in Victorville, where she placed second among 14 qualifying female bowlers in her division, bowing a 423 scratch series and a 738 series with handicap.

 

Phylicia and Clint Heinze

Phylicia and Clint Heinze

Karen Heinze, administrative assistant in the College of Architecture, Visual Art and Design, announces the marriage of her son, Clint Heinze (’12) to Phylicia Paulson (’11) in Menifee on March 29.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personnel Updates

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In this issue…

Current News

Next wave of ISP/USP teams heads out around the globe

Team members pray with family and friends before their departure to fields of service.

Team members pray with family and friends before their departure to fields of service.

California Baptist University is sending out another wave of International Service Projects (ISP) and U.S. Projects (USP) teams, with the last of those teams leaving June 11. Eight groups, including an all-faculty team, are heading to South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Europe, Greece and Spain. This summer, 45 teams with 408 participants will serve in 16 countries.

“We believe that every follower of Jesus is called to be a world Christian. To give them this short-term opportunity is what we in ISP and USP are all about,” said Kristen White, director of global mobilization.

 

 

 

 

Lancers finish top 26 in NCAA Division II

athleticsThe 2013-14 season marked a new era for the California Baptist University athletic program. Not only did the Lancers qualify 11 teams for the NCAA playoffs, boast a 131-33 record at home, win its first-ever NCAA Division II individual championship, and four conference titles, CBU placed No. 26 in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup final standings, as announced Wednesday.

“I’m very proud of the way our programs competed in their first year of post-season eligibility,” said Director of Athletics Dr. Micah Parker.  “We gained invaluable experience with so many teams getting the opportunity to compete in NCAA championships. To finish in the top eight-percent of all NCAA DII schools in our first year is a great accomplishment. It also gives our department some goals for the future because we want to keep improving.”

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Zipcar helps students get around

zipcar2For some students, attending college means asking friends for a ride, whether to the grocery store or the movies. At California Baptist University, students have another option. CBU offers two rental cars through Zipcar.

“Parking has become more of a challenge, and we want to give students an option of not bringing a car to school,” said Joe Adcock, assistant dean of students.

Any student, faculty or staff member can use the car, although it’s especially attractive to out-of-state and international students, he said.

Eric Ruta (’13) used the car to run errands, such as going to the bank or shopping. He is from Rwanda and also used the car to take other international students on errands. “I am extremely appreciative of this program,” Ruta said.

People have to sign up with Zipcar and pay to receive an access card. Once they receive a card, they go on the website or the mobile app and reserve their time. Reservations can be made by the hour or the day, and rates include gas and insurance, though not taxes. When it’s their reservation time, drivers just scan their card over a reader in the windshield and the car unlocks.

About 100 people at CBU have signed up to receive a card, Adcock said. He is also marketing the cars to campus offices, such as Admissions, which often makes trips to high schools. The cars also were promoted at freshmen orientation last year and at the Club Fairs. Parents attending the Step Ahead event are told of the program as well.

Matthew Fuller, a senior from Yucaipa, does not have a car on campus. He has used the Zipcar for off-campus activities, such as seeing a family member who is in town. He said the cars give him an option if he has to get off campus.

Zipcar’s annual survey of Millennials (those in the 18-34 age group) in the U.S., which Zipcar has conducted the past four years, has shown that young people value access over ownership, according to CJ Himberg, public relations specialist with Zipcar. The company’s cars can be found on more than 350 campuses across the country.

Osiris Vincent Ntarugera (’13), from Rwanda, used the car to run errands, go to the mall or the airport. “I am definitely glad CBU has that program, because as a student without a car, it was hard for me to find a ride from a friend. Now, I can just pick up the car and do my errands.”

 

Career Center aids students in job searches

photoSome spring 2014 graduates at California Baptist University are returning to the CBU Career Center to get assistance in their job search.

While some did not take the time to go to the center before receiving their degrees, others just need a little more help, said Mike Bishop, associate director.

“Whether it’s OPS (Online and Professional Studies), graduate students, or even traditional students, they’re coming back for mock interviews or actually redoing mock interviews,” Bishop said. “Some are looking for help on their LinkedIn profiles. A number of students are asking for resume assistance.”

In addition to these services, the Career Center offers help with job searches and conducts career fairs, employer presentation weeks and a professional etiquette dinner.

One example of the center’s work was when the chief engineer for the Pearl Harbor Naval Station called because he heard CBU’s engineering school was strong, Bishop said. Earlier this month about 15 students attended a general information session about being an engineer at the naval station, and the engineer interviewed 12 of them two days later at the Career Center.

Instead of just waiting for the students to come, the Career Center recently has become more intentional in reaching them, Bishop said. The center is working with deans and professors to promote its services, and it has more than 900 followers on Twitter.

“We’re also being asked by a lot of professors to come in and actually teach a class,” said Chelsea Dirks, career counselor/internship coordinator.

“We’re experiencing a lot of successes, from not only the events, but from the counseling, from the interviews, where students are coming back and voluntarily saying, ‘I got the job. I’m employed.’ So there’s a nice outcome from the work,” Bishop said.

The Career Center is not just for seniors. Bishop and Dirks said they encourage all students to visit at least once a semester.

“We want freshmen to begin using us from the very beginning, even if it’s ‘I’m not sure what my major is going to be. What are the career options in this major?’ We do help all levels,” Dirks said.

“We’re here to align their education with what may be out there in the job market and to show them how to do that,” Bishop said.

 

Family Updates

Dr. Juliann Perdue

Dr. Juliann Perdue

Kim Bailey

Kim Bailey

Dr. Juliann Perdue, associate professor of nursing, and Kim Bailey, nursing admissions specialist, along with 14 graduate nursing students, participated in the inaugural Pre-Health and Pre-Medical Conference at the University of Riverside (UCR) on May 18. Nursing students served on the admission panel and shared their insights and experiences with prospective students. Topics included admission requirements, selection criteria and how to position oneself as a strong applicant. They also talked to interested attendees at the recruitment fair and received a record number of inquiries for our nursing programs.

 

 

Dr. Julie Browning

Dr. Julie Browning

Dr. Julie Browning, associate professor of accounting for Online & Professional Studies, presented a lecture to the accountants of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department on the topic of career development and professional licensures for accountants.

 

 

 

 

Mary Davidson (right) with her mother, Pam Pryfogle, adjunct professor for Online and Professional Studies

Mary Davidson (right) with her mother, Pam Pryfogle, adjunct professor for Online and Professional Studies

Mary Davidson completed her master of science degree in counseling psychology from CBU on May 3 and received the Merit Award for Academic Excellence and Commitment from the School of Behavioral Sciences. Davidson continues to work full-time as administrative assistant for the College of Allied Health and part-time as a marriage and family therapist trainee at Crossroads Church in Corona.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Chuck Sands

Dr. Chuck Sands

Dr. Chuck Sands, dean of the College of Allied Health, presented the 2nd session of a four-part leadership development program for the staff at Sandals Church. The other two sessions will occur later in 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

Kinsley Joy Welzel

Kinsley Joy Welzel

Keith and Kelli Welzel, director of new student programs, welcomed their second daughter on June 1. Kinsley Joy Welzel was born at 7:55 p.m. and weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz.

 

 

 

 

 

Guy E. White V

Guy E. White V

Dr. Kristen M. White, assistant professor of psychology for Online & Professional Studies, and Dr. Guy E. White IV, adjunct faculty in English for OPS, welcomed their second child, Guy E. White V, on May 24 at 8:34 a m. The baby weighed 7 lbs. 10 ozs. and measured 21 inches long.

 

 

 

 

 

Turner Vine

Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Vine Jr.

Jenelle Turner married Vincent Vine Jr. at her parent’s house in Devore on May 17. Turner is an admissions counselor at Online & Professional Studies’ Temecula Service Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personnel Updates

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May 29, 2014

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In this issue…

Current News

CBU sends second wave of volunteers

ISP globe shotCalifornia Baptist University sent 10 more International Service and U.S. Service teams to fields of service May 20-22. The volunteers will be working in South Asia, East Asia, Central Asia, Finland, the United Kingdom, Baltimore and New York.

The teams will join 16 others already at work in Thailand, East Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia and Italy. In all, 45 teams will serve in 16 countries this summer with more than 400 participants involved.

“Research shows that community and responsibility are the top two concerns that our students have,” said Kristen White, director of global mobilization. “Our faculty and staff leaders seek to connect with and invest in students to challenge them to take their next step in engaging the world. We are not just a ‘sending’ program; we are a discipleship program with a goal of investing in lives to develop followers of Jesus.”

CBU contributed nearly 35,000 service hours in 2013 through its flagship International Service Program/United States Program/Summer of Service opportunities, administered through the Office of Mobilization.

 

CBU repeats national ranking for Online Programs for Veterans

CBU_Yeager_Entrance_from_Drive_Panoramic_Day_WEBCalifornia Baptist University’s online programs have earned the No. 13 spot in the 2013 Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs for Veterans rankings by U.S. News & World Report. For the first time, CBU Online was also ranked 28th for CBU Online’s Graduate Business program and 34th for CBU Online’s Graduate Education degree.

CBU entered the online education market in the spring of 2010 with programs offered by the university’s Division of Online and Professional Studies. CBU now offers 158 majors/concentrations and 41 master’s degrees and serves more than 3,100 students online throughout the United States.

“I’m pleased to announce 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.  “What is different this year is we were not only ranked in the Bachelor’s category (#13th nationally), but also in Graduate Business (28th nationally), and Graduate Education (#34th nationally).  To take it one step further, faculty credentials and training rank was #8 for Bachelor’s and #3 for Education.  This is a strong testament to the exemplary efforts of faculty who have put together exceptional programs and staff who do an outstanding job of providing superior customer service to our veteran population.”

To help veterans choose a quality online program, 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.

Also named by G.I. Jobs magazine as a 2014 Military Friendly School, CBU offers accelerated degree completion programs, with classes accessible fully online or in a hybrid format (virtual and synchronous) at educational service centers near some of California’s largest military bases.  Courses begin every eight weeks and faculty is committed to student academic, professional and spiritual success.

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

 

Math-Physics-of-Hollywood-InsideCBU--6-6Learning the science behind Hollywood

A science class offered this fall at California Baptist University will approach the subject of physics in a whole new way.

PHY 112 The Physics of Hollywood is described as “a study of optics, cameras, lighting, sound, analog vs. digital processes, polarization and the 3-D movie making process.” The class is designed for students in theater, graphic design, music, film studies, communications and art. It will focus on laws of physics including Faraday’s Law and Ampere’s Law in such a way to help students better relate them, said Dr. Jim Buchholz, professor of mathematics and physics. For instance, they will learn how to build speakers and microphones and how concert halls work.

“The whole class is about showing,” he said. “I want them to see it in action.”

In his 25 years of teaching at CBU, Buchholz has changed his opinion about general education classes. He said he now wants classes to be more interdisciplinary.

“I want people to walk away from science class being able to apply it to their major,” he said.

The Physics of Hollywood will offer a lecture and lab that will be almost indistinguishable, with students alternating between class and lab work.

Buchholz’s interest in Hollywood is partly a result of his involvement in the entertainment industry for many years. He started out as a stand-up comic and was one of seven finalists on the American Collegiate Talent Showcase in 1985. He has made short films that have been released at film festivals in California, Canada and Italy, and he recently finished another short. He is also on the board of the Riverside International Film Festival.

 

Riverside mayor recognizes CBU internship program

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From left: Dr. Patricia Hernandez, Dr. Mary Ann Pearson, both of CBU’s Online and Professional Division, and Kris Whitehead, Riverside Downtown Partnership board of directors chair and owner of Curves on Main Street. Robbie Silver, of the Riverside Downtown Partnership, is speaking into the microphone.

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey recognized the Downtown Intern Program as a Riverside Pride Mayoral Success Story in a city hall ceremony May 20. The Downtown Intern Program is a joint program between California Baptist University and the Riverside Downtown Partnership.

The Downtown Intern Program came out of a social media seminar that the partnership held in October 2013 for downtown businesses. The seminar was presented by Dr. Mary Ann Pearson, associate professor of public relations, and Dr. Patricia Hernandez, assistant professor of communication studies, both of CBU’s Online and Professional Division. Many of the downtown businesses attending indicated that having interns assist with social media efforts would be helpful. Robbie Silver (’13), communications and events liaison for the Riverside Downtown Partnership, Pearson and Hernandez interviewed students for the program.

Once students were accepted, their skills and personality were matched with the needs of specific downtown business to assist with social media, event planning, networking and communication campaigns.

The participating businesses consisted of service, non-profit, government, business associations, retail/fashion and hospitality.

The program provides the businesses with the help they need and the students with experience, recommendations and networking opportunities, Pearson said. She said the program also provides internships and mentoring, which students need.

The program also is important for the city.

“Keeping college graduates in Riverside after graduation has always been part of my vision and the hope of our city,” Bailey said. “This internship program leads the way in connecting our local university students to the right place where they can grow in their chosen career path. I commend the RDP for their plan and partnership with CBU. I hope we can use this pilot program to inspire more collaboration and placement of talent here in Riverside.”

 

Forum panelists identify delinquency and truancy issues

From left: Moderator Sheri Stuart with candidates for the Riverside County Board of Education: Michael Martinez Scott, Kenneth Young, Jeanie Corral, Gerald Colapinto, Lynne Craig and Wendel Tucker

From left: Moderator Sheri Stuart with candidates for the Riverside County Board of Education: Michael Martinez Scott, Kenneth Young, Jeanie Corral, Gerald Colapinto, Lynne Craig and Wendel Tucker

Eleven Riverside County candidates for public office participated in an educational forum May 13 to discuss a variety of topics, including juvenile delinquency and truancy in Riverside County.

“Believe it or not, we still have school truancy at the university level,” said Marilyn Moore, CBU associate professor of behavioral sciences, as she introduced the program. “What we’re finding is, as students come in with that as their habit, they bring their truancy with them.”

Panel members included candidates for the Riverside County Board of Education: Michael Martinez Scott, Kenneth Young, Jeanie Corral, Gerald Colapinto, Lynne Craig and Wendel Tucker; Riverside County Board of Supervisors candidate Arthur Gonzales; sheriff candidates Chad Bianco and Stan Sniff; and district attorney candidates Mike Hestrin and Paul Zellerbach.

Moderator Sheri Stuart, executive director of One Nation Media, kicked off the discussion by quoting an Attorney General’s 2013 Report that showed elementary truancy in Riverside County during 2011 and 2012 was 23.9 percent—more than 53,000 students—which was among the highest rates in the state.

“Our kids are not engaged, and they’re finding other things to do than to be involved in school,” Zellerbach said. “Oftentimes problems start at home, and they bring those problems to school. It’s important that we collaborate. If graduation rates increased 10 percent, violent crime would decrease by 20 percent.”

The candidates identified a variety of reasons for truancy in Riverside County schools.

“The causes are complicated, but we have to tackle them head-on,” Hestrin said. “We should concentrate not on punishment but bringing them back in the fold.”

“It starts with chronic absenteeism, which then becomes truantism, which turns into juvenile delinquency,” Zellerbach added. “We have to work together, communicate with each other and get our kids back in school before they turn to criminal behavior.”

The event, which took place in Wallace Theatre on the campus of California Baptist University, was sponsored by Women Wonder Writers and co-sponsored by CBU’s sociology and criminal justice programs.

 

Family Updates

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai, associate professor of civil engineering, has been licensed as a professional civil engineer by California’s Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Monica O'Rourke

Dr. Monica O’Rourke

Dr. Monica O’Rourke, associate professor of kinesiology for Online and Professional Studies, served with Team Faith Racing Ministry on the International Jet Sports Boating Association (IJSBA) Pro Watercross Tour in Panama City Beach, Fla., May 15-18. The group provided ministry and church services to professional watercraft athletes.

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Sanchez

Rebecca Sanchez

Rebecca Sanchez, director of financial aid, has been appointed as a member of the Commission for Financial Aid Administrators with the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). During her three-year appointment, she will assist with the professional development, legislative issues and surveys for financial aid administrators at CCCU institutions.

 

 

 

Dr. Franco Gandolfi

Dr. Franco Gandolfi

Dr. Franco Gandolfi, dean of the Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business, wrote an article titled The Significance of the Psychological Contract for Organizational Downsizing, which was recently published in The Journal of American Business Review.

 

 

 

 

 

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From left: Stephen Rolle and Steven Hainzer

CBU ROTC cadets Steven Hainzer and Stephen Rolle were commissioned as second lieutenants in a commissioning ceremony at Claremont McKenna College on May 17. Both men majored in civil engineering and  will serve as engineer officers: Hainzer in the U.S. Army Reserve and Rolle in the U.S. Army.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ken Minesinger

Ken Minesinger

Ken Minesinger, associate professor of law in Online and Professional Studies, gave a presentation on health care reform to the Inland Empire Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants on May 15.

 

 

 

 

 

From left: Sandy’s husband, Jeff; Ashleigh; Sandy; and Savannah Bachar. Ashley and Savannah are sophomores at CBU.

From left: Sandy’s husband, Jeff; Ashleigh; Sandy; and Savannah Bachar. Ashley and Savannah are sophomores at CBU.

Sandy Bachar, administrative assistant for the vice president for global initiatives, received the master of arts degree in public relations during CBU’s commencement services on May 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front row: Jared Dobbins, Tracy Ward, Lisa Bursch, Doreen Ferko, Kristen White, Lisa Hernandez; back row: DawnEllen Jacobs, Geneva Oaks, Rebecca Meyer, Chris McHorney, Tom Ferko

Front row: Jared Dobbins, Tracy Ward, Lisa Bursch, Doreen Ferko, Kristen White, Lisa Hernandez; back row: DawnEllen Jacobs, Geneva Oaks, Rebecca Meyer, Chris McHorney, Tom Ferko

Eleven CBU faculty and staff members attended the annual conference of University Educators for Global Engagement (UEGE) held in Richmond, Va. April 10-13. The theme was Foundations of Globally Engaged Communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From left: Ash Melika, Julie Goodman and Dr. Bruce Stokes

Julie  Goodman, assistant professor of anthropology, Ash Melika, associate professor of archaeology/anthropology, and Dr. Bruce Stokes, professor of anthropology and behavioral sciences, attended the Southwest Anthropological Association Conference held in Garden Grove, Calif.  April 25-26. The theme, Imagineering the Present: Technology and Creativity attracted discussions about the growing relationship between technology and humanity. Several universities in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Texas were represented. Goodman chaired two sessions, including a panel for prospective graduate students and a poster session for displaying current anthropological research projects. She was also reelected to the SWAA board, this term in the office of secretary.  Melika presented a paper titled The Materialization of Ancient Egyptian Kinship Ideology in the New Kingdom.

 

 

 

 

Jacquie Lutz

Jacquie Lutz

Jacquie Lutz, a graduate student in CBU’s Dr.Bonnie G. Metcalf School of Education, competed in the Sendai (Japan) Half-Marathon, with a time of 1 hour 40 minutes. Lutz placed in the top 200 female runners out of 1,000. Sendai is a sister city to Riverside.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson, associate professor of public relations in Online and Professional Studies, recently passed the computer based exam for Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), a designation by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). To qualify to take the test, Pearson completed an oral review conducted by a panel of PRSA professionals.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Bob Namvar

Dr. Bob Namvar

Dr. Bob Namvar, professor of economics, wrote an article titled How Does a Post Keynesian Fiscal Policy Help the Sluggish U.S. Economy? which was published in the recent issue of International Journal of Economics & Social Science.

 

 

 

 

From left: Shane and Asher Kong

From left: Shane and Asher Kong

Bryant Kong, director of international admissions, and his wife, Hyoyung Yoon, welcomed twin sons on April 29. Shane Kong was born at 1:15 p.m. weighing 4 lbs. 12 ozs., and Asher Kong was born a minute later weighing 5 lbs. 6 ozs.

 

 

 

 

 

Personnel Updates

DATE DEPARTMENT POSITION NAME STATUS
5/16/2014 Campus Store Cashier Keith Jizmejian New Hire
5/19/2014 Marketing and Communication Public Relations Specialist Vivian Quezada New Hire
5/19/2014 School of Nursing Director of Nursing Admissions Ashley Sonke New Hire
5/27/2014 Institutional Advancement Grants Administrator Penny Jobe New Hire
5/30/2014 Enrollment Services Undergraduate Admissions Counselor/Recruiter Taylor Allen New Hire
5/16/2014 Residence Life Residence Director Heather Logan No Longer Employed
5/15/2014 Tahquitz Pines Camp Worker-On Call Mariah Benson No Longer Employed
5/19/2014 Public Safety Bus Driver Bruce Abbe No Longer Employed
5/19/2014 Public Safety Bus Driver James Grant No Longer Employed
5/19/2014 Public Safety Bus Driver Richard Matthews No Longer Employed
5/20/2014 Athletics Assistant Softball Coach Taryne Mowatt No Longer Employed

May 15, 2014

Before gathering around the Kugel to pray, volunteers asked for support as they serve others in their designated field of service.

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CBU sends first wave of volunteers to global fields of service

Before gathering around the Kugel to pray, volunteers asked for support as they serve others in their designated field of service.

Before gathering around the Kugel to pray, volunteers asked for support as they serve others in their designated                       field of service.

California Baptist University sent 16 volunteer teams to their respective fields of service around the world this week, in the 2014 season’s first wave of International Service Projects (ISP), United States Projects (USP) and Summer of Service (SOS).

In all, 45 teams will serve in 16 countries, with more than 400 participants involved. Groups departed May 6 and 7 for East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Italy.

As they left the campus, each team gathered to pray at the Kugel, a 10-ton granite globe that rests on a base inscribed with the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20).

“We’re about men and women called to be world Christians,” said Jared Dobbins, assistant director of mobilization. “Our preparation this year has been based on the theme Stand: Stand on, stand up and stand fast.”

Each volunteer goes through more than 75 hours of training to prepare for service opportunities, including an Intensive Training Weekend that simulate overseas situations. Of this year’s more than 400 students and team leaders, 73 percent are participating for the first time.

“Please pray that we will be effective as we work with our people group,” one volunteer asked family and friends. “Pray that God will use us at every opportunity.”

 

CBU wins second PacWest Commissioner’s Cup

PacWest genericWith the California Baptist University baseball team grabbing a 9-3 win over Azusa Pacific Monday afternoon, the Lancers clinched their second PacWest Commissioner’s Cup in only their third year in the conference.

It was one of the closest races in conference history, as the Lancers became just the second school in the conference, along with Hawai’i Pacific, to win the Commissioner’s Cup twice. With a 12.500 average, the Lancers edged out conference-rival Azusa Pacific (12.455) for the top spot in the standings.

“Winning the Commissioner’s cup for the second time in three years is quite an accomplishment,” CBU Athletic Director Micah Parker said. “Our coaches have done a tremendous job of recruiting and then developing those players into cohesive teams.  I’m proud of all the hard work our athletes, coaches and staff put in this year.”

CBU took home three conference championships this year, in men’s cross country, men’s basketball and softball. The Lancers also had top-three finishes in all of the seven other Cup-eligible sports to secure the award.

BYU-Hawaii finished in third place, knocking off Hawai’i Pacific, while Dixie State rounded out the top-five schools in the Cup standings.

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.

This marks the second Commissioner’s Cup for CBU, after the Lancers took the title their first year in the conference two years ago. Last year, CBU came up just shy of a back-to-back first place finish.

The PacWest Commissioner’s Cup Scoring System awards points to schools based on their finishes in conference-sponsored sports. Regular-season standings are used for baseball, basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball, while the results of the conference championships in the sports of cross country, golf and tennis.

 

Record number of graduates honored at spring commencement

commencementDr. Ronald L. Ellis, president of California Baptist University, congratulated 1,335 graduating students during afternoon and evening commencement ceremonies at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. Afternoon exercises included 683 traditional undergraduate degree candidates, while the evening ceremony honored 649 students, including all master’s degree candidates, as well as undergraduates from Online and Professional Studies programs.

“Each of these graduating students has arrived at this point because of a shared commitment to the challenging yet rewarding endeavor of higher education,” Ellis said. “Each one has overcome obstacles to achieve this goal.”

Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, chancellor of The University of Richmond, challenged students with an address he titled You may not know where you are going until you get there so don’t be surprised if you end up some place else.

“We, of my era, lived under circumstances which made truth out of this descriptive title,” he said.

Heilman, whose great uncle was one of California Baptist College’s founders, earned B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Vanderbilt University in the fields of business and education administration and served in various positions at Kentucky Wesleyan College, Georgetown College and Peabody College. He became chancellor at the University of Richmond in 1988, after serving as president and chief executive officer for 17 years. At 88, he said he still rides his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and considers age to be only a place on the calendar.

“Keep on learning so that you will be prepared to accept what God-given opportunity may come your way,” he said. “Above all, do something of which you will be proud and which serves mankind. And don’t quit living to the fullest at whatever age you find yourselves. Life isn’t over until it’s over. Keep your bucket list long and full.

Ellis conferred upon Heilman an honorary degree of doctor of arts and humane letters in recognition of his contributions and achievements.

Awards for student achievement were presented at both ceremonies. Stephany Durksen, a liberal studies major from Canada, received the Min Sung Kim International Student Award, and Kari Carlson, an accounting major from Evergreen, Colo. received CBU’s Outstanding Senior Award. Karen Joy, financial administrator for Loveland Church, which has multiple locations in California, was honored with the Outstanding Online and Professional Studies Student Award.

Combined with the 327 students who graduated last December, the Class of 2014 included 1,662 degree applications, the largest number of candidates for graduation for a single year in CBU’s history.

 

Family Updates

This photo was taken during the event with a cell phone camera pointed at the eyepiece of a telescope.

This photo was taken during the event with a cell phone camera pointed at the eyepiece of a telescope.

CBU students joined Dr. Kyle Stewart, assistant professor of physics, his astronomy class and the math club on the Front Lawn to watch the total lunar eclipse on April 14-15 from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three North High students analyzing the evidence they collected during Forensic Science Day.

North High students analyze the evidence they collected during Forensic Science Day.

Students from the Law Enforcement and Protective Services Academy at John W. North High School participated in Forensic Science Day, hosted by CBU’s department of natural and mathematical sciences, on May 6. Dr. John Higley, associate professor of criminal justice, helped the 39 students process the “crime scene” and collect evidence to solve the case of the missing mammoth molecules. The students then analyzed their evidence in the chemistry lab, with the assistance of Dr. Tom Ferko, professor of chemistry, and several chemistry and biochemistry and molecular biology majors.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Seung-Jae Kim

Dr. Seung-Jae Kim

Dr. Seung-Jae Kim, associate professor of mechanical engineering and bioengineering, is co-author of an article titled Effect of Explicit Visual Feedback Distortion on Human Gait, which was published in the April issue of Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation.

 

 

 

Phil Martinez

Phil Martinez

Phil Martinez, director of assessment, made a poster presentation titled University-level Assessment and Program Review Reporting at the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Academic Resource Conference, which met April 23-25 in Los Angeles.

 

 

 

AlumniLogoAs of April 28, 2014, membership to the Alumni Association is free and open to all CBU graduates in good standing. This change was made possible because of a generous donation from an anonymous alumnus who wanted to help provide equal benefits to all alumni. To take advantage of these benefits, alumni in good standing will need to show an Alumni Association card.  Cards are being mailed to 2014 graduates, and alumni from previous years may request a card through the Alumni Office at alumni@calbaptist.edu or (951) 343-4439.

 

IA photoMore than 300 CBU students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, trustees, families and friends attended the inaugural CBU Night at Angels Stadium on April 15. Guests were treated to a pre-game reception featuring game-time favorites including hot dogs, Cracker Jacks, peanuts and more. Everyone in attendance received a CBU t-shirt, an Albert Pujols blanket, and because the group was seated in the Trout Farm, everyone received Trout hats and boom sticks. To view the photo gallery, click here.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Mark Kling

Dr. Mark Kling

Dr. Mark Kling, assistant professor of criminal justice and public administration for Online and Professional Studies, presented an executive management topic titled Ethical Dilemmas in the Workplace: Tools to Strengthen Employee Decision Making and Behavior at a meeting for County of Riverside Fiscal Managers April 28 in Riverside. He also presented a case study and introduced ethical tools to assist management level executives in preventing unethical employee behavior.

 

 

 

Dr. Matthew Rickard

Dr. Matthew Rickard

Dr. Matthew Rickard, associate professor and interim chair of bioengineering, made a poster presentation May 6 at ARVO 2014, the largest gathering of eye and vision researchers in the world, which met in Orlando, Fla. The poster was titled Time-Related Reduction in Ahmed Valve Flow Resistance: A Six-Month Study Using a Novel In Vitro Pulsatile Perfusion Apparatus. The abstract is available by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

Bryden Lazaro

Bryden Lazaro

CBU All-American grappler Bryden Lazaro was featured in an article on NCAA’s website about his perseverance through a knee injury that occurred the day before the team left for NCAA competition. Lazaro finished in 5th place. The article is   available by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

Stephen Christie

Stephen Christie

Stephen Christie, assistant professor of accounting and finance, was honored as Outstanding Faculty of the Year for 2013-14 at the Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business faculty/staff workshop, which was held May 7 at the Hyatt Place in Riverside.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Marc Weniger

Dr. Marc Weniger

Dr. Marc Weniger, assistant professor of business, presented research titled Atmospheric Lifting Phenomenon and Associated Turbulence at the Southern California Balloon Association Safety Seminar for commercial and private hot air balloon pilots and crew, which met May 3 in Riverside.

 

 

 

Dr. Ben Gall

Dr. Ben Gall

Dr. Ben Gall, head men’s and women’s cross country/track coach, wrote an article titled Ties That Bind: Developing Relationships Cultivates Winning Results, which was published in the May issue of Techniques Magazine, a publication for the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Click here to view the online version of the magazine.

 

 

 

 

Kyle and Sarah Smith with their new son, Bram

Kyle and Sarah Smith
with their new son, Bram

Kyle Smith, assistant director of the Recreation Center, and his wife Sarah, a CBU alumna, welcomed a son on April 28. Abram Dean Smith was born at 7:58 a.m., weighing 6 lbs. 2 oz. and measuring 18 ½ inches long.

 

 

 

 

 

Kennedy Hope McDonald

Kennedy Hope McDonald

Lisa McDonald, administrative assistant in the School of Education, and her husband, Mike, welcomed their first grandchild, a granddaughter, on April 18. Kennedy Hope McDonald weighed 5 lbs. 11 ozs. and measured 18 inches long. She lives with her parents, Kevin and Kadee McDonald, in Beaumont, Calif.

 

 

 

 

Personnel Updates

DATE DEPARTMENT POSITION NAME STATUS
4/28/2014 International Center Receptionist Shellyn Beltran New Hire
5/12/2014 Enrollment Services Undergraduate Admissions Counselor/Recruiter Austin Boaman New Hire
5/1/2014 School of Nursing Assistant Professor Susan Jetton             (formerly Nelson) Name Change
5/2/2014 Institutional Advancement Gift Administrator Laura Linos               (formerly Stump) Name Change
5/9/2014 Athletics Assistant Men’s Volleyball Coach Allan Vince No Longer Employed
5/2/2014 School of Education Program Advisor/Clinical Coordinator Cherlyn Johnson No Longer Employed

April 30, 2014

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis and Kim Cunningham

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CBU commencement ceremonies to be held May 3

2013-12-13-chute-fall commencement-0022California Baptist University will host its undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 3, at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif.

The ceremony for traditional undergraduates will be held at 2 p.m., while students from graduate programs and Online and Professional Studies (OPS) will be honored at 7 p.m.

Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, chancellor of the University of Richmond (Va.), will speak at both commencement ceremonies.

Due to the large number of graduates participating in the traditional undergraduate service, tickets will be required. Each graduate has received 11 tickets to accommodate friends and family members. Doors will open at 12:45.

Tickets are not required for the graduate and OPS ceremony, and doors will open at 5:45 p.m

Seats may not be reserved or held for guests at either ceremony. Concessions will be open for guests to purchase drinks and food; flowers will also be available at the arena for purchase.

Parking is complimentary. For directions to Citizens Business Bank Arena, click here.

 

Family Updates

 

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis and Kim Cunningham

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis and Kim Cunningham

Kim Cunningham, manager of donor relations and stewardship, is the Employee of the month for May. Her nomination form included the following statements: “We are able to count on Kim to contribute to the success of our efforts, no matter the time of day, nor day of the week… she is there to serve.  No one receives more kind words about how they treat visitors and old friends than Kim does.  A person is never a “customer” for Kim as her warmth is quick to transform a new customer into a new friend.  Kim’s performance is consistent, although her routine NEVER is.  She is able to multi-task with the greats.  To be able to excel at multiple areas is difficult, but Kim has the talent and the outstanding attitude to make it look easy.”

 

 

 

Dr. Chuck Sands

Dr. Chuck Sands

Dr. Chuck Sands, dean of the College of Allied Health, was recently appointed to the Riverside STEM Academy Advisory Board.

 

 

 

 

From left, front row: Stephanie Wallace, Jessica Ball, Tsz Yan Chung, Brooke Edwards, Lindsay Vesling, Rita Knarreborg, Jennifer Archuleta and Taylor Canetsey; back row: Daniel Valadez, Leonard Rooney, Michael Bueti and Matthew Smitley

From left, front row: Stephanie Wallace, Jessica Ball, Tsz Yan Chung, Brooke Edwards, Lindsay Vesling, Rita Knarreborg, Jennifer Archuleta and Taylor Canetsey; back row: Daniel Valadez, Leonard Rooney, Michael Bueti and Matthew Smitley

More than 25 health sciences and kinesiology undergraduate and graduate students presented research at the College of Allied Health’s Student Research Symposium on April 22.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Jonica Ladrido, senior health education major

Photo by Jonica Ladrido, senior health education major

The College of Allied Health partnered with various departments and community organizations to host a weeklong awareness campaign on the CBU campus April 7-11. Participating organizations included the department of health sciences’ master of public health program, the department of kinesiology’s exercise science and athletic training programs, the CBU Recreation Center, the CBU Counseling Center, CBU graduate admissions, Riverside Community Health Foundation, the American Heart Association and the California Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief. Each day focused on one of five themes, providing information to students, faculty and staff. Activities included balance and strength testing, first aid and CPR training and demonstrations, smoothie and fresh juice demonstrations, volunteer sign-ups for disaster relief training and nutrition trivia contests.

 

More than 100 people attended the School of Christian Ministries’ 2nd Annual Philosophy and Apologetics Conference at CBU April 11-12. The conference theme was Embodied Reason: Wisdom, Tradition and Contemporary Apologetics and was presented in partnership with Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and Apologetics.com. Dr. Todd Bates, professor of philosophy, coordinated and directed the conference, and Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer of the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School was the plenary speaker. More than 30 academic papers were presented by scholars from the U.S. and Canada. Presenters from CBU included Dr. Scott Key, professor of philosophy, whose paper was titled Toward an Epistemology of Value, and Luke Stamps, assistant professor of Christian ministries in Online and Professional Studies, whose paper was titled Honored by Silence: Gregory Nazianzen and the Limits of Theological Speculation. During the undergraduate paper session, Juan Galiana, a CBU student, was honored for the most outstanding paper, which was titled The Effects of Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche on Politics, Philosophy, and Religion.

 

resolution-2CBU’s Male Chorale was honored by the California State Assembly for their “outstanding performance and support of our military during the Patriots of the Past, Present and Future Recognition Ceremony” March 14 in Redlands. Sen. Mike Morrell of Redlands commented that “watching veterans proudly standing, singing, saluting and clapping during the rendition of each song was an honor to see. I was told by many family members of veterans who attended that it was a particularly moving experience watching our World War II, Korea and Vietnam vets clapping and singing along to their anthem with the vigor and youth of yesteryear. The hangar was filled with voices in song, cheerful boasts and the smiles of proud veterans. The impact this event had on our veterans was evident and inspired not only our veterans but our youth.”

 

 

Dr. Monica O'Rourke

Dr. Monica O’Rourke

 

Dr. Monica O’Rourke, associate professor of kinesiology for Online and Professional Studies, was the motivational speaker at California State University, Fullerton’s department of kinesiology teaching seminar on April 15. O’Rourke shared her testimony and spoke on standards-based quality physical education and best pedagogical practices in public and private schools.

 

 

 

Dr. Linn Carothers

Dr. Linn Carothers

Dr.  Linn Carothers, program director of math and physics, represented CBU at the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) workshop at California State University, San Bernardino on April 3 and 4. The conference and workshops trained and activated access for CBU researchers to a $121 million dollar National Science Foundation funded project that provides more than 16 supercomputers, visualization and data analysis systems and tools, as well as large dataset collections across the U.S. at no cost to researchers. Researchers interested in collaborative studies using high performance computing are encouraged to contact Carothers as campus coordinator of access to XSEDE at extension 4961.

 

 

Dr. Timothy Mosteller

Dr. Timothy Mosteller

Dr. Timothy Mosteller, associate professor of philosophy, presented a response to a paper at the American Philosophy Association, Pacific Division meeting in San Diego April 19. His presentation title was A Reply to Nate Jackson’s ‘The Vagueness of Theistic Interpretations of William James’ Pluralism’.

 

 

 

 

Kushi Jones

Kushi Jones

Mike Bishop

Mike Bishop

Kushi Jones, director of CBU’s Career Center, served as an evaluator for an exhibition of students’ senior projects at John W. North High School in Riverside on April 24. In addition, Jones and Mike Bishop, associate director of the Career Center, served as mock interviewers for seniors at Martin Luther King High School on April 14. The program was hosted by the Riverside Unified School District WorkAbility Program.

 

 

 

 

Pierce BenlianPierce Benlian (shown at center in the photo), applied statistics major, presented a poster titled Pi Between the Lines at the 2014 Spring Southern California-Nevada Mathematical Association of America Sectional Meeting in Irvine on April 12.

 

 

 

Dr. Mary Crist

Dr. Mary Crist

Dr. Mary Crist, professor of education in OPS, and her husband, the Rev. Will Crist, an OPS graduate student, conducted Easter services for native congregations in the Alaska villages of Huslia and Hughes. They have ministered to native congregations in the interior since 2005. Mary is shown dressed for Christmas when the high temperature was 40 degrees below zero. In contrast, the high temperature for Easter was 40 degrees above.

 

 

 

Dr. Anthony Chute

Dr. Anthony Chute

Dr. Anthony Chute, associate dean of the School of Christian Ministries, was elected vice-president of the Evangelical Theological Society-Far West Region, during the group’s annual meeting on April 11. In that capacity, Chute will coordinate the 2015 meeting of the organization on the CBU campus.

 

 

 

Kyle Smith

Kyle Smith

Kyle Smith, assistant director of the Recreation Center, was recently awarded a scholarship through Star Trac to attend the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) and was featured in their promotional video.

 

 

 

Sandra Romo

Sandra Romo

Sandra Romo, assistant professor of journalism, presented a paper titled Arriving at a New Normal: Married Couples Adjust to Their Child’s Diagnosis of Autism at the National Social Science Association Meeting, which met in Las Vegas April 13-15.

 

 

 

ASCECBU’s American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter participated in the Pacific South West Conference 2014 in San Diego April 3-5. Forty-three CBU students competed against 17 other schools in 18 events including the steel bridge competition and sports activities. CBU teams placed fourth in the steel bridge competition; first in volleyball for the second year in a row; third in Kan-jam, a flying disc game; and fourth in the steel bridge competition. They also received two other awards in the steel bridge competition: third in both the stiffness and efficiency categories.

 

 

Jingxing Joseph Jr. Zhou

Jingxing Joseph Jr. Zhou

Dr. Ying (Hannah) Hu, assistant professor of chemistry, and her husband, Dapeng Zhou, welcomed their third child, Jingxing Joseph Jr. Zhou, on April 3. He weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz. and measured 20 inches long.

 

 

 

 

Phoenix Rose Council

Phoenix Rose Council

Cameron Council, customer support analyst II in information and technology services, and his wife, Micah, welcomed their first child, a daughter named Phoenix Rose Council, at 12:50 p.m. on April 22. She weighed 8 lbs. 12 ozs.

 

 

 

 

 

Personnel Updates

DATE DEPARTMENT POSITION NAME STATUS
4/22/2014 Department of Health Science Secretary Lisa Schwartz New Hire
4/22/2014 Campus Store Assistant Manager of Operations Greg Reardon New Hire
4/22/2014 Information and Technology Services Web Application Developer Robert “Rob” McIntire New Hire
4/22/2014 Information and Technology Services Network and Systems Administrator Manuel Encarnacion New Hire
4/21/2014 Enrollment Services Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions Jonathan McWhorter Change
4/25/2014 Communication Arts Theatre Shop Foreman Jonathon Meader No Longer Employed

April 16, 2014

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CBU Aviation Science Program Partners with SkyWest Airlines

cockpitCalifornia Baptist University’s aviation science program has entered into a partnership with SkyWest Airlines on a Pilot Cadet Program. This program provides students with unmatched opportunities toward becoming a SkyWest first officer. This is the second such agreement signed in the past month.

Students who successfully complete the program requirements with satisfactory completion of the ATP written, are guaranteed a final interview for a first officer position with SkyWest.

“This preference allows our aviation flight students to attend CBU in confidence, knowing their efforts will be rewarded by SkyWest,” said Dr. Daniel Prather, Department Chair of Aviation Science. “It is clear that SkyWest Airlines sees great value in our aviation major and the high-quality flight training we provide at CBU.”

Students in the Pilot Cadet Program must maintain a 3.0 minimum grade point average, complete advanced jet training courses and attain the FAA ratings of Commercial Pilot/Instrument and Multi-Engine, and Certified Flight Instructor.

This program is another great reason to join CBU’s small class sizes and get instruction from some of the best aviation instructors in the industry. For more information, contact Dr. Daniel Prather at 951.343.4924 or email dprather@calbaptist.edu.

About SkyWest Airlines

SkyWest Airlines serves destinations throughout North America, providing global access to millions of people each month.  SkyWest partners with the world’s largest network carriers including United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, US Airways, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines. Peaking at more than 2,000 daily flights with 330 aircraft, SkyWest is an industry leading airline and one of the largest regional airlines in the world. For more information, visit www.skywest.com and follow @SkyWestAirlines on Twitter.

 

CBU students honor top faculty, staff of the year

From left: Dr. Jeff Mooney and Brian Zunigha

From left: Dr. Jeff Mooney and Brian Zunigha

Students at California Baptist University recently honored Dr. Jeff Mooney, associate professor of Christian studies, as the 2013-2014 Faculty of the Year and Brian Zunigha, director of campus ministries, as Staff of the Year.

The awards, which were announced during chapel services, officially recognize those who have supported and guided students to reach their highest potential.

“I am thrilled to get the award,” Mooney said. “While I am sure that my colleagues enjoy their job as much as I do, none loves this task more than me. It is really gratifying for my students to acknowledge that they see my affection for them and the job as well.”

Zunigha said that he is “encouraged that students would think of me for an award like this. I’m so honored and grateful.”

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 eight names in both categories were placed on the ballot with student Senate candidates.

 

CBU cheer team wins second NCA championship

natl champsCalifornia Baptist University claimed its second National Cheerleading Association Championship in a row, remaining undefeated for the past two seasons.

The Lancers finished the final round with a score of 95.00 to beat out four other squads in the All Girl II Division. Central Oklahoma came in a close second with a score of 94.78, followed by Lindenwood (90.80), Grand Valley State (90.63) and Lewis University (89.20).

CBU started off strong in the preliminary round and grabbed a score of 94.15, putting them in first place right off the bat.  After their solid start, the Lancers continued to ride out the momentum they’ve had all season and dominated the competition.

To view their winning performance, click here.

Family Updates

Spring Eggstravaganza participants register for the event.

Spring Eggstravaganza participants register for the event.

Participants had the opportunity to get free face painting.

Participants had the opportunity to get free face painting.

Fourteen marketing students from the School of Business hosted a free community event April 5 called the Spring Eggstravaganza. More than 300 children participated in the event, which was held at the Galleria at Tyler. Participants had opportunity to become “Eggsplorers,” to complete an “Eggstreme Course” and to do a variety of Easter and Spring crafts. Students worked throughout  the semester to promote the event and to coordinate all the logistics and attractions. In addition, a team of students conducted research to evaluate the impact of the event on both participants and mall retailers.  The event provided students with the opportunity to apply their classroom learning in a way that benefitted members of the Riverside community.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Patrick Schacht

Dr. Patrick Schacht

Dr. Patrick Schacht, assistant professor of biochemistry, spoke at the Department of Natural and Mathematical Sciences monthly colloquium on April 1. His presentation was titled Studying the Structure–Function Relationship of the G protein Regulator RIC8.

 

 

 

 

Teddy Osuwu speaking to the group

Teddy Osuwu (standing at right) speaking to the group

The Preconception Peer Educators Club (PPE) completed a training course for 80 CBU students on March 29. PPE, affiliated with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health, promotes healthy living with the goal of improved birth outcomes in the U.S. Participating students may earn PPE certification and internship hours. In addition, the State of California Public Health Department provides thank you letters to students promoting health in California. Teddy Osuwu, the national PPE director from Washington, D.C., attended the March meeting. PPE also was awarded a $600 grant for a club teaching project from the Office of Minority Health.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Susan Studer

Dr. Susan Studer

Dr. Susan Studer, professor of education, attended the Society for the Study of Curriculum History Conference, which met in Philadelphia in April. She presented a paper titled From Print, to the Big Screen, to the News: How the Media Has Affected Curriculum and Schools and What We Can Learn from It.

 

 

 

Dr. David Isaacs

Dr. David Isaacs

Dr. David Isaacs, assistant professor of English, presented a paper at the Southeast Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature on April 5. The paper, titled Pullman’s Problematic Paradise: Dissolving in Death as a Way to Glory, examined the depiction of hell in Philip Pullman’s The Amber Spyglass.

 

 

 

Dr. Lorna Kendrick

Dr. Lorna Kendrick

Dr. Lorna Kendrick, professor of nursing, attended and presented research at both the Society for Applied Anthropology meeting March 18-22 and the Western Social Science Association meeting April 3 in Albuquerque. The first presentation was titled Cuba’s Globalization of Health Care Prevention and the second was An Alternative to Tradition: The Cuban Heath Care Prevention Model.

 

 

 

Crystal Rojas

Crystal Rojas

Crystal Rojas, adjunct professor of nursing, co-authored an article titled The Informatics Nurse Specialist Role in Electronic Health Record Usability Evaluation, which was recently published in the academic journal CIN: Computers Informatics Nursing.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Franco Gandolfi

Dr. Franco Gandolfi

Dr. Franco Gandolfi, dean of the School of Business, recently published an article titled Why Do Firms Downsize? Theoretical Underpinnings in the Journal of Management Research.

 

 

 

 

From left: nutrition students Stephanie Curnow; Kristy Valencia; Sarah Velez; Megan Fuller and Lesley Garnica with Barth

From left: nutrition students Stephanie Curnow; Kristy Valencia; Sarah Velez; Megan Fuller and Lesley Garnica with Barth

Dr. Meg Barth, professor and program director of nutrition and food services, presented a seminar titled Vegetarian and Plant-based Diets April 7 at the Founder’s Center at Parkview Community Hospital. About 150 senior community members attended the presentation, which was linked to the Riverside Community Health Foundation’s Conscious Kitchen initiative and the City of Riverside’s Start Right program. Five community nutrition students explained key summary points during the presentation and participated in the question and answer session from the audience. Barth and her students have been invited to present two additional seminars for the initiative this year. Attached are photos of the event:

 

 

 

 

GP DayNearly 200 grandparents participated in the second annual Grandparents Day on CBU’s campus April 7.  Family members experienced chapel, lunch, entertainment by a CBU theatre arts musical group and attended classes, including:

  • Joe Adcock, who hosted a game show called Grandparents vs. Students;
  • Jared Dobbins, who spoke on ISP/USP and CBU around the World;
  • Dawn Gilbert on the Women’s Choir;
  • Robert Kirk on aviation history;
  • Dr. Daniel Skubik , history of chocolate;
  • Rob Vis, Social Media for Seniors;
  • Dave Williams on ceramics.

 

Dr. Mark Kling

Dr. Mark Kling

Dr. Mark Kling, assistant professor of criminal justice and public administration for Online and Professional Studies, presented an executive management topic titled Developing an Ethical Tool Box: Adding Tools to Address Unethical Employee Behavior at the Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs Association’s 2014 Bear Paw Conference. The meeting was held April 10 at the UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead, Calif.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather, professor and chair of the department of aviation science, taught a four-day airport operations course to more than 50 airport personnel at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport during April 7-10. In addition, the department of aviation science provided tours of the Boeing 727 to thousands of spectators during the Riverside Airshow on April 5. One of the CBU Flight School’s Cessna 172 aircraft was also on display.

 

 

FBLA-PBL Inc. Professional Division National President David Jones celebrates with CBU PBL Members Diana Lopez, Khelsey Pellum and Joseph Chan

Future Business Leaders of America-PBL Inc. Professional Division National President David Jones celebrates with CBU PBL Members Diana Lopez, Khelsey Pellum and Joseph Chan

CBU’s new Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Chapter competed at the State Business Leadership Conference at the Westin LAX March 28-30. The goal of the conference was to enhance members’ abilities to communicate, network and present in a business environment. The CBU PBL chapter members took home six awards:

  • Diana Lopez, freshman business administration major, won 3rd place in the Future Business Executive category and 5th place in Business Decision Making.
  • Joseph Chan, senior public relations major, was recognized as the Who’s Who award recipient for CBU, earned the Fresh Start award, won 4th place in Impromptu Speaking, and 5th place in Business Decision Making. Chan and Lopez were teammates in the event. In addition, Chan received the full scholarship award to the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference scheduled June 24-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

 

 

 

Stephanie Risinger

Stephanie Risinger

Stephanie Risinger (’09), adjunct professor in the School of Behavioral Sciences, successfully completed the licensing exams to become a marriage and family therapist April 2. She is beginning private practice in Riverside.

 

 

 

 

2014 Masters Class at Saint Petersburg Christian UniversityDr. Andy Herrity, professor of entrepreneurship and business, delivered a series of lectures and seminars on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship on April 7-8 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. His students for the two days are all in the master’s degree program in leadership at Saint Petersburg Christian University, are in leadership positions all over Russia and come together for two weeks each spring and fall for intensive sessions with faculty.

 

 

 

 

Cooper Dean Maluokeakua Scott

Cooper Dean Maluokeakua Scott

Cooper Dean Maluokeakua Scott was born Dec. 30, 2013 to TK (’07) and Bethany Scott, assistant director of residence life. He weighed 9 lbs. 3 ozs. and measured 22 inches long. Big sister Ellie helped welcome him to the family.

 

 

 

 

Personnel Updates

DATE DEPARTMENT POSITION NAME STATUS
4/7/2014 Facilities and Planning Services HVAC Supervisor Eric Taylor New Hire
4/7/2014 School of Business Administrative Secretary Delores Washington New Hire
4/7/2014 Public Safety Dispatcher Raymond Hernandez New Hire
4/7/2014 Student Accounts Assistant Director Lauren Whitlock New Hire
4/7/2014 Online and Professional Studies One Stop-Student Service Advisor Sara Mendoza New Hire
4/7/2014 Facilities and Planning Services Housing Maintenance Manager John Vazquez New Hire
4/14/2014 Student Accounts Student Accounts Assistant Ryley Marble New Hire
4/14/2014 Public Safety Dispatcher Matthew Altheide New Hire
4/1/2014 Enrollment Services Undergraduate Admissions Counselor Lauren RobertsFormerly: Heinrich Name Change
4/2/2014 Enrollment Services Director of Undergraduate Admissions Samantha Bowman Change
4/2/2014 Enrollment Services Director of Undergraduate Admissions Darren Meisel No Longer Employed
4/10/2014 Campus Store Cashier Adam Alexander No Longer Employed

April 1, 2014

Dr. William Flores at CILH

In this issue…

Current News

CBU Army ROTC color guard takes first place at drill competition

From left: Cadet Nathan Shimabukuro, Cadet Dante Anderson, Cadet Darnell Mauricio and Cadet Joel Powell during their winning performance

From left: Cadet Nathan Shimabukuro, Cadet Dante Anderson, Cadet Darnell Mauricio and Cadet Joel Powell during their winning performance

California Baptist University’s Army ROTC took first place in the color guard event at the John J. Pershing Memorial Drill Competition (JJPMDC) held in Richmond, Va. March 13-16.

The winning team included cadets Nathan Shimabukuro, Dante Anderson, Darnell Mauricio and Joel Powell.

“The JJPMDC is the culmination of a year’s worth of local competitions and hard work, where Pershing Rifle units from throughout the nation compete for the Varsity Rifles Trophy,” said SFC Jay D. Villasenor, CBU military science instructor. “The CBU Army ROTC Color Guard competed at the collegiate level against 12 universities, along with the National Society of Pershing Angels, which is the high school level.”

Pershing Rifles drill teams compete in several categories, including regulation drill, exhibition drill, individual drill and color guard.

Pershing Rifles is an ROTC related organization that was started by General of the Armies John J. Pershing in 1892 when he was the professor of military science at the University of Nebraska. Pershing Rifles membership is not only open to ROTC cadets, but also to civilian college students who want to learn more about the military.

 

CBU president to be recognized as ‘Champion for Justice’

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis

The Riverside County Fair Housing Council will honor Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, president of California Baptist University, at its 12th annual Champions for Justice awards banquet Thursday, April 3.

Ellis is being recognized for nearly 20 years of service as CBU’s president, during which enrollment has grown from 808 to 7,144.

In addition to Ellis, the organization will honor six other individuals, including Debbie Franklin, mayor of Banning; Janet Green, Riverside Community College district trustee; Ofelia Valdez-Yeager, Latino Network president; Lillian Harper, community and civil rights activist; Karin Roberts, Habitat for Humanity executive director; and Sunshine Suzanne Sykes, Superior Court judge.

The council will also acknowledge the International Baccalaureate programs at Norte Vista and North high schools, both in Riverside, and the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.

 

Lancer cheerleaders win third consecutive championship

CBU's Lancer cheer team

CBU’s Lancer cheer team

California Baptist University remained undefeated in its competition since 2012 after claiming its third-straight USA College Career Championship on March 24 in the all-female, four-year college division.

The Lancers placed fifth in the preliminary round of competition, racking up a score of 94.20, but came back to clinch the title in the final round with a score of 93.71. Arizona State took the runner-up spot with a score of 88.73, followed by Northern Arizona University (84.64), Rowan University (78.85), and Sonoma State (78.32).

With the win, CBU remains undefeated since last year and is getting ready for the National Cheerleaders Association competition coming up in April in Daytona Beach, Fla.

“Winning the USA Collegiate title for the third year in a row is a huge accomplishment–just another step in the right direction on our quest to win a second national title,” said head coach Tami Fleming. “The team is training really hard and overcoming whatever challenges fall into their path. The win at USA really showed them that their dedication is paying off. Now we push forward to nationals.”

 

Aviation program enters agreement with ExpressJet Airlines

new_expressjet_cmykCalifornia Baptist University’s aviation science program has entered into a Pilot Pathway Interview Agreement with ExpressJet Airlines.

The agreement, which is the first to be initiated by CBU, guarantees qualified students an interview and preferential consideration for pilot hiring with ExpressJet, which operates contractually as United Express, Delta Connection and American Eagle.

“In addition to benefitting current students, this agreement is a significant student recruiting tool,” said Dr. Daniel Prather, chair of the department of aviation science. “Students can now see real benefit in attending CBU and majoring in aviation flight.

The agreement is designed to provide opportunities for future employment at the airline for pilots completing training at CBU and meeting airline qualifications, including the FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Airplane Multiengine Land and Instrument Airplane ratings, a CFI certificate, First Class Medical Certificate, background checks and letters of recommendation from CBU’s department of aviation science.

The program, which began in the fall 2013, currently has 18 aviation flight majors and nine aviation management majors enrolled in classes. It is featured in the current issue of Riverside Magazine, which can be viewed by clicking here.

 

Family Updates

Dr. William Flores at CILH

Dr. William Flores at CILH

Dr. William Flores, associate professor and director of the Spanish program, presented a paper titled An Ecocritical Reading and Analysis of Mario Vargas Llosa’s The Storyteller and Rodrigo Fresán’s Mantra as Postmodern Novels at the XIII Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica held in Cartagena, Colombia on March 12-14. Also, Flores, who is president of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), helped organize the 2014 AATSP Conference on Portuguese and Spanish Languages and Literature held at California Baptist University on March 1. More than 100 delegates attended  from universities across the country and as far as Venezuela, Mexico and Colombia.

 

 

 

Jackie Stilwell

Jackie Stilwell

Jackie Stilwell, director of accounting, successfully met the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’  character, experience and education requirements for the CFE credential. She demonstrated knowledge in four areas critical in the fight against fraud:  fraudulent financial transactions, fraud prevention and deterrence, legal elements of fraud and fraud investigation.

 

 

 

From left: Dr. Jodi Baker , Dr. Nicole MacDonald and Lindsay Warren

From left: Dr. Jodi Baker , Dr. Nicole MacDonald and Lindsay Warren

Students and faculty in the master of science in athletic training program presented posters at Northwest Athletic Trainers Association Symposium on March 21-22, 2014. Dr. Jodi Baker, associate professor; Dr. Nicole MacDonald, associate professor; and Lindsay Warren, lecturer, presented a poster titled Knowledge and Readiness of Inter-Professional Education in Athletic Training and Nurse Practitioner Students: A Pilot Study.  Matt Smitley, MSAT student, presented a poster titled Utilizing Contralateral Exercise to Decrease Pain and Increase Range of Motion in Four College Athletes: A Case Series.  Warren also presented a poster titled Functional Restoration from Trochlear Dysplasia using the Selective Functional Movement Assessment: A Case Study.

 

 

 

Dr. Anthony Chute

Dr. Anthony Chute

Anthony Chute, associate dean and associate professor of church history, published a review of Through a Glass Darkly: Contested Notions of Baptist Identity, edited by Keith Harper (Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, 2012). The review was published in the Journal of Church and State.

 

 

 

 

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From left: CBU MPA student Tim Strack, president of the Riverside City Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 1067; Beth Groves and Dr. Elaine Ahumada with MPA mentee Judney Pierre from Florida International University

Dr. Elaine Ahumada, associate professor of public administration; Beth Groves, assistant professor of public administration; and Dr. Jesse Holguin, adjunct professor of criminal justice, all for Online and Professional Studies, attended the National American Society for Public Administration Conference, which met March 14-18 in Washington, D.C. CBU’s MPA program was a major sponsor of the 75th anniversary gala event, along with USC, Virginia Tech, Rutgers and Texas A&M. Ahumada, Groves and Holguin all serve as professional mentors for ASPA’s National Fellowship Program and attended with their mentees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Mark Kling

Dr. Mark Kling

The Riverside Youth Council hosted Youth Leadership Summit 2014 at CBU on March 15 to awaken and sharpen the leadership skills of participating students. About 80 students from the Riverside and Alvord Unified School Districts attended. Dr. Mark Kling, assistant professor in criminal justice from Online and Professional Studies, presented four sessions encouraging participants to follow their passions in leadership development, including how to voice their opinions and be taken seriously by society. Key note speakers included Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey and Police Chief Sergio Diaz.

 

 

Pie Day 21

Math major Brittni Hall helped serve pie to the math club.

The Math Club celebrated Pi Day (3.14) on March 14 in Smith Courtyard with pie, music, and games. Next  year’s Pi Day is 3.1415.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Veola Vazquez

Dr. Veola Vazquez

Dr. Veola Vazquez, associate professor of psychology, was the speaker for the Mother & Son Retreat March 21-23 at Forest Home Christian Conference Center. She delivered four messages encouraging mothers to raise boys focused on the hope of heaven and offered parenting strategies with scriptural application

 

 

 

Dr. Chuck Sands

Dr. Chuck Sands

Dr. Melissa Wigginton

Dr. Melissa Wigginton

Dr. Chuck Sands, dean of the College of Allied Health, and Dr. Melissa Wigginton, assistant professor of health sciences, presented research at the International Conference on Health, Wellness and Society, which met in Vancouver, Canada March 14-16. Sands was the lead author for the presentation titled Compliance with the American Diabetes Association Guidelines: A Survey of Alabama School Nurses. Wigginton was the lead author for Health-related predictors of obesity in Native American youth.

 

 

 

Schiller

Dr. Neal Schiller

Dr. Neal Schiller, senior associate dean for student affairs at University of California, Riverside School of Medicine, spoke to a group of about 25 CBU students Feb. 27 about his vision for the school and how they might fit into this vision. This event was organized by CBU’s Health Science Society.

 

 

 

 

 

Students were able to practice interview skills with professional engineers.

Students practice interview skills with professional engineers.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter at CBU hosted the Resume Review Workshop jointly with ASCE San Bernardino/Riverside YMF (Younger Member Forum) Feb. 28 on the CBU campus. Local professional engineers provided presentations and comments on students’ interview skills. During the event, Dr. Robert D. Stevens, president-elect of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE,) spoke on the topic Engineering the Future and Transportation and Land Use.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Chris Morgan

Dr. Chris Morgan

Dr. Matthew Y. Emerson

Dr. Matthew Y. Emerson

Dr. Matthew Y. Emerson, assistant professor of Christian studies for Online and Professional Studies, presented a paper titled Hermeneutics and the Eternal Generation of the Son at the Southeast Regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, which was held on March 21-22 at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Ala. In addition, Emerson and Dr. Chris Morgan, dean of the School of Christian Ministries, published an article titled Toward a Holistic Hermeneutic: Exegesis, Narrative, Doctrine, Church, and Application in Concert in the latest issue of The Journal of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary.

 

 

CBU Community Life is hosting a 5K event for all CBU students, staff, faculty and their families. The 5k will be a glow in the dark run to bring awareness to the issue of human trafficking. For more information, contact Merea Price at 951-552-8749.

 

CSHA Recruitment Night at CBU

CSHA recruitment night at CBU

The California Speech Language Hearing Association (CSHA) and National Student Speech Language Hearing Association CBU chapter co-hosted a CSHA recruitment night event on campus on March 4. Local speech language pathologists and speech language pathology assistants participated on the panel and more than 50 students attended.  The panel members and students discussed the major and profession.

 

 

 

 

 

Ken Minesinger

Ken Minesinger

Ken Minesinger, associate professor of law for Online and Professional Studies, was appointed to the board of editors for the Business Law Journal. The journal is published quarterly and is the official journal of the State Bar of California’s Business Law Section. His three-year term is effective immediately.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Trevor Gillum

Dr. Trevor Gillum

Dr. Trevor Gillum, assistant professor of kinesiology, along with exercise science graduate students Layla Riley and Tara Holguin, published a paper titled Sex and menstrual phase effects of salivary antimicrobial protein expression in response to acute treadmill running in Exercise Immunology Reviews.

 

 

 

 

The CBU Wrestling Team won the NCAA DII Academic First Team with a 3.375 team grade point average. The team also had three All-Americans: Bryden Lazaro, Bradford Gerl  and Jacob Mitchell. The Lancers finished 12th in NCAA Division II.

 

From left: CBU students Randy Song, Carl Carson and Katrina Ramos with Daniel McCarthy, director of natural resources, San Manuel

From left: CBU students Randy Song, Carl Carson and Katrina Ramos with Daniel McCarthy, director of natural resources, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

Grow riverside photoDr. Margaret Barth, professor of nutrition and food sciences, was involved in a variety of projects in the past few weeks:

  • She was invited to moderate the Citrus and Beyond! panel for the Grow Riverside conference held March 20 at the Riverside Convention Center. The conference objective was to identify key opportunities for developing and growing the local food system in Riverside. Panel members included Dr. Tracy Kahn, UCR Citrus Specialty Crops; Dr. Mark Hoddle, UCR Bio Control Center; John Gless, Gless Ranch; and Bob Knight, Old Grove Farm Share. The panel discussion focused on the state of the citrus industry in the City of Riverside; the economic and environmental feasibility of continuing to grow citrus in the green belt, given some of the threat of specific pest infestation; which crops will provide the best return for the small grower, along with the challenges associated with the diversification of other horticultural crops. More than 400 participants attended the conference.
  • San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Barth and nutrition and food science students working on nutrition research on traditional Native American plants project to share research updates with tribal members on March 8.
  • Joye Cantrell, culinary science director at Rialto High School, and 20 culinary science students visited the Food Innovation Center on March 7 to discuss program cooperation between Rialto’s culinary science program and the undergraduate program in nutrition and food sciences at CBU. Students participated in demonstrations in the culinary, sensory and instrumental laboratories at the center.

 

Dr. Beverly Howard

Dr. Beverly Howard

Dr. Beverly Howard, professor of music, has several recent publications:

  • “Streams of Song in Glory to God: The Sources of the New Presbyterian Hymnal,” Call to Worship, Volume 47.2
  •  “Music Genres in Glory to God,” published by thepresbyterianleader.com (Presbyterian Publishing Corporation), explores musical genres in Glory to God and demonstrates how seven distinct genres join to create a hymnal that can reach worshippers from different traditions and backgrounds. Since October, Howard has conducted 10 workshops and has been organist for hymn festivals as part of the national launch events of Glory to God, the 2013 Presbyterian hymnal, in Philadelphia, Pa., Ft. Worth, Texas, Atlanta, Ga., and Louisville, Ky.

 

 

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson, associate professor of public relations for Online and Professional Studies, spoke to a group of more than 50 students at a CBU Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) event on March 26 about internships, developing a portfolio and networking.

 

 

 

 

Kathy Jenkins with Dr. Ronald L. Ellis

Kathy Jenkins with Dr. Ronald L. Ellis

Kathy Jenkins, student accounts assistant, is Employee of the Month for April 2014. Her nomination form included the following statements: “Kathy always meets or exceeds expectations when it comes to meeting deadlines. She has a servant’s heart and a good work ethic. Kathy’s positive attitude, dedication, attention to detail and level of output makes her a valuable member of the student accounts team.”

 

 

 

 

Rankins and Barnes

Dr. Jeff Barnes and inductee Jessica Rankins

CBU’s Beta Chapter of Alpha Chi celebrated the induction of more than 70 new members March 13. Alpha Chi is a coeducational academic honor society that promotes academic excellence and exemplary character among university students. Dr. Jeff Barnes, dean of academic services and chapter sponsor, hosted a formal dinner to honor the inductees. Dr. Scott B. Key, professor of philosophy and winner of the vote for the inductees’ favorite professor, was keynote speaker. The chapter now has 214 members.

 

 

 

 

LeadercastTickets are now on sale for the 2014 Leadercast, hosted by the College of Allied Health on May 9. Leadercast exists to positively change the way the world thinks about leadership. This year’s theme—Beyond You—challenges leaders to focus outward rather than inward. Speakers this year include Andy Stanley, Malcolm Gladwell, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Laura Bush and Dr. Henry Cloud. Tickets for staff and faculty are $49 and include conference materials, breakfast and lunch. A discount is offered for an office or department group of 10 or more at $30 per ticket. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.calbaptist.edu/leadercast or contact the College of Allied Health at 951.343.4619.

 

 

 

Dr. Kevin Fleming

Dr. Kevin Fleming

Kevin Fleming, husband of cheer head coach Tami Fleming, successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation He is receiving his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University and the dissertation was titled Maintaining Strategic Relevance: Career & Technical Education Program Discontinuance Policy & Case Studies within the California Community Colleges. He currently works as the dean of career and technical education at Norco Community College.

 

 

 

 

Mr. and Mrs. Alex Linos

Mr. and Mrs. Alex Linos

Laura Stump (’13), gift administrator in Institutional Advancement, married Alex Linos (’13) March 15 at Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton, Calif. The couple met while attending CBU.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ezekiel Jonathan Gall

Ezekiel Jonathan Gall

Ben Gall, head coach for men’s and women’s cross country, and his wife, Rachel, welcomed their second son on March 6. Ezekiel Jonathan Gall weighed 9 lbs. 7 oz. and measured 22 inches long.

 

 

 

 

 

Michael and Breanna Jewell with Joelle

Michael and Breanna Jewell with Joelle

Joelle Akiko Jewell was born March 30 at 10:05 p.m. to Michael Jewell, director of guest services and marketing for Tahquitz Pines Conference Center, and his wife, Breanna. Joelle weighed 5 lbs. 15 ozs. and measured 17.5 inches long.

 

 

 

 

 

Personnel Updates

DATE DEPARTMENT POSITION NAME STATUS
3/17/2014 Facilities and Planning Services Maintenance Technician II-Alternate Shifts David Alvarado New Hire
3/17/2014 Student Accounts Student Accounts Counselor Wendy LeMieux New Hire
3/17/2014 Registrar Data Technician for Customer Support Cynthia Duncan New Hire
3/17/2014 Registrar Degree and Records Analyst Tara Wales New Hire
3/20/2014 Athletics Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach Nick Thompson New Hire
3/31/2014 Information and Technology Services Business System Analyst Susan Ray New Hire
3/17/2014 Financial Aid Financial Aid Counselor-OPS Andrew Musser Change
3/17/2014 School of Nursing Program Specialist Marilla Keck Change
3/17/2014 Institutional Advancement Alumni & Parent Communications Manager Caroline “Carrie” Smith Change
3/24/2014 Online and Professional Studies Online and Professional Studies Registrar Richard Simpson Change
3/17/2014 Public Safety Bus Driver Laurie Putman No Longer Employed
3/27/2014 Enrollment Services Undergraduate Admissions Counselor/Recruiter Cesar A. Menjivar No Longer Employed
3/28/2014 Enrollment Services Undergraduate Admissions Visit and Events Assistant Nicole Pedlowe No Longer Employed
3/31/2014 Institutional Advancement Grants Administrator Tanya Humphrey No Longer Employed

March 13, 2014

From left: Jacob Woodhead, Recreation Center graduate assistant; Chris Hofschroer, assistant dean of students, community life; Kyle Smith, Recreation Center assistant director; Stefani Plummer; Monique Stensrud, AHA business development director for Heart Walk; Dr. Chuck Sands, dean of the College of Allied Health and AHA board member; and Karen Serrano, AHA business development director for Go Red for Women.

In this issue…

Current News

Heart association recognizes CBU as “fit-friendly worksite”

AHA AWARDThe American Heart Association (AHA) has recognized California Baptist University as a gold-level “fit-friendly worksite.” The award acknowledges CBU for its commitment to providing and promoting resources for an employee “wellness culture” and encouraging healthier choices in physical activity and eating behaviors.

“The Fit Friendly Workplace Award is a great step forward for our CBU family,” said Stephani Plummer, director of the university’s Recreation Center. “It’s encouragement that we are doing something positive for our community’s well-being. It is praise to the departments involved in the Well at Work Employee Wellness Program, that the information, programs and services they provide are being recognized.”

Currently, CBU offers physical activity classes, weight-management and nutrition programs to help staff and faculty balance the demands of both their professional and personal lives through the Well at Work Employee Wellness Program.

“We have only scratched the surface of employee wellness,” Plummer added. “The purpose behind it is to pour into the faculty and staff so they are better equipped to pour into the students. It’s a simple concept. We are diverse in our needs, and the program is growing to meet as much of that as we can. It is exciting to see our faculty and staff investing in their own wellness.”

 

Jay Lucas named to spearhead CBU athletics marketing efforts

LucasJay Lucas becomes the newest member of the California Baptist University athletics staff, taking over the role of associate athletic director for marketing and media relations, as announced Wednesday by Dr. Micah Parker, director of athletics.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to work with the Lancer athletic staff, as well as the university,” said Lucas. “I’m grateful to Dr. Parker, Kent Dacus (CBU vice president) and Dr. Ronald L. Ellis (CBU president) for this opportunity. I’m really looking forward to helping CBU athletics reach its vision and goals.”

Lucas brings a wealth of marketing and communications knowledge, including professional sports experience through Major League Baseball.

Prior to CBU, Lucas was the vice president of communications for the Houston Astros. There he was responsible for all external and internal club communications efforts and served as club spokesperson when needed. He also coordinated media interview requests for players, coaching staff and key members of the executive business staff, while developing relationships with various media outlets.

Read the full story by clicking here.

 

Odendaal challenges students to use sense of “vujà dé”

Dr. Gil Odendaal

Dr. Gil Odendaal

“We have to rethink how we do missions,” Dr. Gil Odendaal said. “It has to be a seamless integration of the physical and the spiritual.”

Odendaal, vice president of integral mission for World Relief, was the featured speaker March 10 at CBU’s College of Allied Health Distinguished Lecture Series. His topic was “Healthcare is a justice issue: From ideology to practice and the changing role of the church.”

Odendaal told an audience of CBU students that they should be concerned about what they did with their lives globally.

“Disaster relief has become an industry,” he said, pointing to reports about ineffective funding. “As a graduate of CBU, I hope you know that your intervention will be worth more than intervention by a secular organization. We are not interested in giving crumbs to the poor but giving them a place at the table.”

Odendaal said he grew up in South Africa and learned prejudice in a culture of apartheid.

“My skin was the right color,” he said, “but I had to get out of the country to realize that apartheid was not just an evil system, it was sin. The attitude Jesus had must be in us.”

He encouraged students to look at justice in the world with a sense of vujà dé instead of déjà vu. Vujà dé, he said, is the ability to look at something familiar like you’ve never seen it before.

“Thousands die weekly, millions die yearly for unnecessary causes because of inequity in healthcare,” he said. “When you provide medicine, you don’t do it so you can present the gospel. You do it because that’s what Christ would have done.”

Odendaal said he lost a granddaughter to an illness that she should have survived in a country with good medical care.

“In your own life, do you truly believe that healthcare is a basic right for people everywhere?” he said. “Should the quality of healthcare be based on where someone lives? Should someone in a city have better medical care than someone living in a rural area?”

Odendaal recounted the biblical story of the paralytic in Luke 5, when a group of friends took a paralyzed man to Jesus. He said they did so because they wanted to make a difference in the man’s life, but they had to work together.

“Justice is tough and tiresome,” he said. “Pour yourself out for those who need it most.”

 

Mohler challenges students to live with conviction and purpose

Dr. Al Mohler

Dr. Al Mohler

I think you’re living in one of the most important generations of human history in a very long time,” Dr. R. Albert Mohler told students at California Baptist University. “We are living in one of the great turning times of history.”

Mohler, who is president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., used Romans 11:33-36 as his text, in which Paul praises God for His wisdom.

“I was raised in a climate of cultural Christianity,” he said. “Everyone around me was a Christian or acted like a Christian. My generation was one where there were three cultural spaces: secular on one end and church space on the other. The middle space was cultural Christianity. They weren’t claiming to be believers of Christ, but they still acted Christian. They still acted with a Christian worldview.”

Mohler told students they are in a generation without that middle space, because cultural Christianity is disappearing.

“All you have left are two stark choices,” he said. “There is serious, committed theistic belief on one end and committed secularism on the other. A secular worldview is so devoid of any theistic content, they are purely secular in their viewpoint. You’re living in a time when people will either know they are Christians, or they will know they are not.”

Mohler said that cultural Christianity used to be that middle ground that created stability in our culture. Cultural change used to happen slowly, he said, but now it’s happening quickly.

He pointed to same-sex marriage as an example.

“Twenty years ago, no law existed in any country that supported same-sex marriage,” he said. “Now same sex marriage is becoming more and more a cultural reality. How does that happen? There are those who believe we are making it up as we go along.”

Mohler said our society will see an ever-increasing antagonism toward Christianity, but that it comes down to the belief that either “God is and life flows from that or He is not and life flows from that.”

He challenged students to live with conviction and purpose in an age that is becoming more and more secular.

“We are living in a very different time,” he said. “If your spiritual identity is just Christian-like, it will evaporate pretty quickly. We have to make it clear that God has given us in His word all we need to flourish in this life.”

 

Banner repeats first place in national competition

bannerThe Banner, campus newspaper of California Baptist University, repeated its first place award in the 2014 “Best of Show” awards at the National College Journalism Convention, Feb. 27–March 2 in San Diego, Calif. The publication, which entered the competition in the four-year, non-weekly newspaper category, also won first place in the 2013 awards.

Seven students from the CBU Journalism & Media and Public Relations program attended the annual convention hosted by Associated Collegiate Press.

“We are very proud of our talented students and their dedication to the campus publications,” said Dr. Michael Chute, professor of journalism and director of the journalism & media and public relations program. “While we don’t produce these publications to win awards, they are validation of the outstanding work our students are doing and the skills they are mastering in our journalism education program.”

During the conference, the students attended sessions presented by keynote speakers, workshops conducted by professional journalists and had The Banner critiqued by journalism professionals and college journalism advisers.

 

Family Updates

NoN_instagramNight of Nations will be held March 28 at 7 p.m. in the Van Dyne Gym. The event will feature performances and videos displaying where the 400+ Mobilization participants are serving this summer, as well as showcasing their tasks. In addition, there will be a World Bazaar where attendees can purchase goods to help send teams on their service projects. Tickets are on sale in the CBU game room at a cost of $10 for adults and $5 for CBU students and children under the age of 12.

 

 

 

Dr. Bradley Thomas

Dr. Bradley Thomas

Dr. Ricardo Cordero

Dr. Ricardo Cordero

Dr. Bradley Thomas, assistant professor of mathematics, and Dr. Ricardo Cordero, assistant professor of mathematics, along with 16 math and statistics students, attended the Pacific Coast Undergraduate Math Conference at Pepperdine University in Malibu on March 8. Three students presented at the conference: Efe Umukoro, An Application of Girth, A Preliminary Report; Benjamin Knisley, Anthropometric Indicators of Obesity in Native American Adolescents and Exploratory Data Analysis; and Joseph Gemignani, Solution of a Schrodinger Equation with a Generalized Caldirola-Kanai Hamiltonian. Cordero also spoke at the Department of Natural and Mathematical Sciences monthly colloquium on March 4. His presentation was titled A family of explicitly solvable Schrödinger equations with a generalized Caldirola-Kanai Hamiltonian.

 

Susan Tweed, president of My Staffing Coach, spoke to the School of Business’ Marketing Club on Feb. 10 about how to prepare for job interviews. Tweed provided tips on what to do before the interview, how to conduct oneself during the interview and ways to appropriately follow-up after the interview. Students were given practical suggestions on how to conquer the interview process and land their future dream job.

 

Xavier Ruiz

Xavier Ruiz

Xavier Ruiz modeled his CBU t-shirt on CBU Shirt Day at Dorothy Grant Elementary School in Fontana. Ruiz received his shirt when CBU ambassadors visited the school to talk about attending college. It is the second year students have visited the school.

 

 

 

 

 

From left: Jason Guerrero, Dr. Monica O'Rourke and Dr. Dave Pearson

From left: Jason Guerrero, Dr. Monica O’Rourke and Dr. Dave Pearson

Dr. Monica O’Rourke, associate professor of kinesiology in Online and Professional Studies,  Dr. Dave Pearson, professor of kinesiology, and kinesiology student Jason Guerrero recently gave a presentation at the California Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance annual conference in Garden Grove. Their topic was cardiorespiratory fitness, with findings of a research study on best pedagogical practices for secondary school physical education. About 250 professors and K-12 teachers of physical education attended the conference.

 

 

 

 

John vonPertz is the new assistant director of maintenance & operations in Facilities and Planning Services. VonPertz will supervise all of the maintenance and operations functions of the department, including work orders, small internal projects, supervision of custodial and landscape contractors, oversight of local off-site locations and liaison for Residence Life, athletics and Conferences & Events. Contact him at jvonpertz@calbaptist.edu or extension 4475.

 

engineering studentsDr. Jong-Wha Bai, assistant professor of civil engineering, and 19 civil engineering students visited the construction site of the Wilshire Grand in downtown Los Angeles, which will become the tallest high-rise building west of the Mississippi.

 

 

 

Dr. Bob Stevens, president-elect of the American Society of Civil Engineers, spoke to CBU engineering students at a professional development workshop Feb. 26.

 

Jadah Smiles 50Click here to view the new video about CBU nutrition and food science students’ involvement in Path of Life Ministries.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Derek Updegraff

Dr. Derek Updegraff

Dr. Derek Updegraff, assistant professor of English, published an article titled The Translatability of Manuscript Pages Containing Old English Verse (with an Illustrative Translation of The Exeter Book, Folios 98r-101r and 124r-124v) in Texas Studies in Literature and Language 56.1, pp. 1-41. For more information, click here.

 

 

 

Students in CBU’s chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association volunteered their services during the California Speech Hearing Association’s Recruitment Night, held on campus March 4. CSHA’s district 10 board members served on a panel to discuss career opportunities.

 

Dr. Laurie Black

Dr. Laurie Black

Dr. Chuck Sands

Dr. Chuck Sands

Dr. Chuck Sands, dean of the College of Allied Health, and Dr. Laurie Black, assistant professor of kinesiology, recently made presentations to nearly 300 students at Ramona High School related to health professions and CBU. Sands made a similar presentation to about 150 students at JFK Middle College High School in Norco.

 

 

 

Dr. Mark Kling

Dr. Mark Kling

Dr. Mark Kling, assistant professor of criminal justice and public administration for Online and Professional Studies, presented an executive management topic at the San Gabriel Valley Police Officer’s Association monthly meeting held in West Covina, Calif. on Feb. 26. The presentation titled Working with the Media: In Times of Internal Organizational Crisis was presented to an audience of current and former San Gabriel Valley police chiefs, police captains/sheriff’s commanders and lieutenants, supervisory officers, deputy sheriffs, deputy district attorney and Southern California Edison personnel.

 

 

 

Dirk Dallas - FORD Fusion - 2Dirk Dallas recently photographed a new campaign for Ford featuring the 2014 Ford Fusion in Utah and Palm Springs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson (right)

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson, associate professor of communication and education for Online and Professional Studies, was one of four presenters at a workshop sponsored by the Community Foundation and held at the United Way in Riverside on Feb.26, 2014. More than 45 nonprofit teams attended in preparation for the Give Big Riverside Campaign slated for November of 2014. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest were demonstrated and discussed as part of marketing and public relations efforts. Pearson shared strategies and practices for finding and working with social media interns.

 

 

 

 

Scott and Natalie Parker with the Lombardi trophy

Natalie and Scott Parker with the Lombardi Trophy that is awarded to Super Bowl champions

Scott Parker, an alumnus of the master’s in athletic training program, served as an athletic training intern with the Seattle Seahawks this past year and accompanied the team to their Super Bowl victory in February.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front row (from left): Nicole MacDonald, Lindsay Warren and Jodi Baker; back row: MSAT students Chris McBride, Daniela Medina, Christina Brekelmans, Malisa Meemari, and Smokey Fermin

Front row (from left): Nicole MacDonald, Lindsay Warren and Jodi Baker; back row: MSAT students Chris McBride, Daniela Medina, Christina Brekelmans, Malisa Meemari and Smokey Fermin

Nicole MacDonald, associate professor of kinesiology, Lindsay Warren, lecturer and athletic training program director, and Jodi Baker, associate professor of athletic training, gave a presentation titled Inter-Professional Education and Collaborative Practice in Athletic Training at the 2014 CATA Leadership and Development Conference and Clinical Symposium in Sacramento Feb. 22-23. Afterward, the three faculty members and several students “Hit the Hill” lobbying for  a licensure bill for California athletic trainers.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Matthew Barrett

Dr. Matthew Barrett

Dr. Matthew Barrett, assistant professor of Christian studies, recently accepted the position of senior pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Riverside. The church is located at 3624 Arlington Ave. and meets at 10:45 a.m. on Sundays.

 

 

 

 

Kushi Jones

Kushi Jones

Kushi Jones, director of the Career Center, recently participated in Read Across America/Dr. Seuss Reading Day for Erin Fitzgerald’s second grade class at Hawthorne Elementary School in Riverside.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Daniel Skubik

Dr. Daniel Skubik

Jim Bishop

Jim Bishop

Jim Bishop, associate professor of criminal justice and business law, and Dr. Daniel Skubik, professor of law, ethics and humanities, participated as judges in the National Appellate Advocacy Competition, covering the western region of the U.S., in Las Vegas Feb. 27 – March 1. The competition is sponsored and organized by the American Bar Association for law students around the country, who prepare legal briefs and present oral arguments in competition with teams of law schools in their geographic region. Winners from all regions travel to Chicago to compete in the national finals in April. Bishop and Skubik judged several rounds of oral arguments, sat on panels of three to five experienced attorneys and judges and helped score and select winning teams to participate in the final championship rounds.

 

Dr. Steve Strombeck

Dr. Steve Strombeck

Dr. Steve Strombeck, associate dean of the Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business, co-authored a research paper titled Modeling contextually elicited service quality expectations, which was published in Managing Service Quality, Vol. 24, Issue 2, pp.160 – 183.

 

 

 

 

Mary Davidson

Mary Davidson

Mary Davidson, administrative assistant in the College of Allied Health, experienced a scare recently when her baby nearly choked to death on a bottle cap. The story was featured in the Press-Enterprise, and Davidson wrote about it in her blog. To read her account, click here.

 

 

 

 

Leontine Armstrong, adjunct English professor, presented a paper titled A Wife’s Dedication: The Balancing Feminine Power at the Natures Conference at La Sierra University on Feb. 28.

 

Daphne Paramo

Daphne Paramo

Daphne Paramo, secretary in the department of kinesiology, won the CBU Cruiser bicycle, courtesy of the Campus Store, at the Wellness Fair March 3. She’ll be riding the bike on April 26 during the Bike with the Mayor event, which departs from the Recreation Center at 9 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Personnel Updates

DATE DEPARTMENT POSITION NAME STATUS
3/3/2014 Conference and Events Audio Visual Service Technician Randall Murphey New Hire
3/3/2014 Public Safety Assistant Director of Public Safety Boyd “Leon” Phillips New Hire
3/3/2014 Aviation Science Flight Instructor Jeff Ang New Hire
3/3/2014 Aviation Science Flight Instructor Stephen Auciello New Hire
3/10/2014 Athletics Associate Athletic Director-Marketing and Media Relations Jay Lucas New Hire
3/10/2014 Marketing and Communications Marketing Specialist for Enrollment Mario Minwary New Hire
3/10/2014 School of Education Data/Administrative Coordinator Elizabeth Olson New Hire
3/1/2014 Online and Professional Studies Assistant Professor Richard Ardito Change
3/3/2014 Facilities and Planning Services Maintenance Technician III/Lead David DeWitt Change
3/3/2014 Facilities and Planning Services Assistant Director-Maintenance and Operations John vonPertz Change
3/7/2014 School of Nursing Program Specialist Elizabeth “Beth” Wagner Change
3/4/2014 Public Safety Public Safety Officer Dylan Cataline No Longer Employed

February 25, 2014

Dr. Francis Su

In this issue…

Current News

CBU swim and dive teams win first and second in RMAC 

swimIn its first-ever Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship, California Baptist University’s swim and dive teams grabbed first and second, with the women sweeping the board with accolades.

Head coach Rick Rowland earned RMAC Women’s Swim Coach of the Year for the 2013-14 season, Courtney Chacon won women’s Freshman of the Year, Mary Hanson won women’s Swimmer of the Year and Yosita Hapsari won women’s swimmer of the meet. Breanne Schlenger won women’s Diver of the Year as well as Women’s Diver of the Meet. Sophomore, Josh Hanson earned male Swimmer of the Year and was named male Swimmer of the Meet as well.

Over the course of the four-day meet, the women tallied a staggering 1,092 points with gold medals in 18 of 19 events including 4 team relays and grabbing the gold and silver medals on both the 1-meter and 3-meter platforms.

The men put up a total of 1,059 points with 8 gold medals, 8 silver, and 4 bronze as well as a bronze and silver-medal finish from two of the divers.

After winning the gold medal on the 1-meter platform Wednesday, Breanne Schlenger posted a phenomenal score of 474.60 on the 3-meter board in her final event of the championships for another gold-medal finish and a CBU record in the event.

Lauren Skinner grabbed her second silver medal with her 444 total points on the 3-meter board for a solid finish as a freshman. Miranda King and Millie Moro scored 396.90 and 378.35 in the event for fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Courtney Chacon posted a leading 17:08.81 time in the 1,650-yard freestyle—dropping 21 seconds from her season-best time and grabbing the gold medal for the second time at the championship. Ashley Weedman posted her season-best and NCAA Division II ‘B’ qualifying time for the first time this season with her third-place finish in 17:35.12.

Yosita Hapsari grabbed the gold in the 100 free, touching-first in 51.39. Hailey Golden and Kristina Tchernyshev finished the event in 53.54 and 53.99 respectively.

Mary Hanson broke yet another RMAC, CBU program record, and Colorado Mesa record in the 200-yard backstroke with her nearly ‘A’ qualifying time of 1:59.54, while Kylie Mihld gave the Lancers a one-two finish with her silver medal time of 2:02.5.

Alena Rumientceva won the gold medal while breaking another RMAC, CBU, and Colorado Mesa record with her 200-yard breaststroke time of 2:14.95—just .05 away from the automatic qualifying time.

The CBU women won the gold in a close 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:32.07, which Kyndal Terwilliger, Golden, Abby Mullen, and Hapsari contributed to.

The Lancer men’s dive team competed in a set of trial dives where Kendall Rummell was just two points shy of the national qualifying score and Chris Carlberg landed three points short—a tough finish for the men.

Elijah Barrows broke the CBU program record, as well as Colorado Mesa record, and was just three seconds shy of the automatic qualifying time in the 1,650 free finishing in 15:26.63. Barrows took the race in the last 200 yards for the gold-medal. Derek Wedel, in a .4 difference for fourth place, posted a career-best 15:56.73 time. Mitchell Spezzaferri posted his season-best time in the event clocking in at 16:10.53.

David Ring—the only CBU swimmer competing in the men’s final 100 free—swam neck-and-neck for the gold medal clocking in at a season-best 45.50.

Robert Nichols grabbed the silver medal in a close 200-backstroke race, clocking in a season-best time of 1:47.79. Nolan Brown finished with a bronze-medal time of 1:49.36 in the event to give the Lancers a two-three finish.

Josh Hanson pulled to a gold-medal finish in the last 100 yards of the 200-yard breaststroke race clocking in at a season-best time of 2:01.89. Bryce Arata and Chaffin Blake both finished the event in 2:05.18 and 2:06.75, respectively.

The Lancer men posted a CBU record in yet another close 400 free relay with their silver-medal time of 3:01.05 to close out their first-ever RMAC Championships. Hanson, Ring, Josh Collison, and Nichols swam their heart out in their final event of the meet to take the silver medal just .4 behind Colorado Mesa.

Mary Hanson, Schlenger, Skinner, King, Moro and Brown are among the automatic qualifiers for NCAA Division II National Championships in Geneva, Ohio March 12-15 while the ‘B’ qualifiers who get invited to the competition will be released later this week.

 

Wytsma challenges audience to give lives in pursuit of justice

Ken Wytsma

Ken Wytsma

Ken Wytsma, founder of The Justice Conference, challenged audience members at California Baptist University to give their lives away to achieve true justice in the world.

 “Everyone wants to be justice heroes,” said Ken Wytsma, “but what we really need to be is a faithful and just people.”

Wytsma was guest speaker Feb. 19-20 at California Baptist University’s 2014 Christ and Culture Lectures. He is president of Kilns College and lead pastor of Antioch Church, both in Bend, Ore., as well as author of the book Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live and Die for Bigger Things.

He explained that justice is rooted in the character of God and requires action, not just words.

“Jesus isn’t calling us to only give our words away. He wants us to give our lives away,” Wytsma said. “Giving our lives away as Jesus calls us to do requires an understanding of justice.”

He said that justice is really all about sentiment and emotion but that by giving, as opposed to receiving, and serving instead of waiting to be served, the human soul benefits.

“Everyone is going to have different opportunities and different interests,” he said, “but God can ask us to use our unique talents and passions and experiences to pursue justice.”

Wytsma said we are never closer to God than when we pursue justice by serving others.

“When we slow down, engage and are able to enter into the pain and suffering of other people, justice can follow,” he said. “That often occurs when our empathy is kindled.”

CBU’s Christ and Culture Lectures are presented each year to examine how Christianity and culture intersect.

 

CBU celebrates anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation

filmCalifornia Baptist University celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation by hosting the Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle documentary film series. The documentaries are being presented with the support of a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

“Each film in the Created Equal series highlights both the intentional and unintentional bravery of civil rights activists from a variety of backgrounds,” said Dr. Kenya A. Davis-Hayes, associate professor of American history and coordinator of the series. “As the community views these films over the course of 2014, I pray we are inspired to be as bold in our search for a better society as the people highlighted in the documentaries.”

The first film in the series was PBS’ “The Abolitionists” on Feb. 20, followed by a panel discussion by noted CBU scholars: Dr. Amy Stumpf, associate professor of society and religion, and Dr. Daniel Skubik, professor of law, ethics and humanities.

Other documentaries that will be shown during 2014 include “Slavery by Another Name,” “The Loving Story” and “Freedom Riders.”

For more information, contact Dr. Kenya Davis-Hayes at kdavis@calbaptist.edu.

 

CBU cheerleaders host Little Lancers Clinic

cheerCalifornia Baptist University cheerleaders hosted the Little Lancers Clinic Feb. 8 for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Participants met in the cheer gym, located in the CBU Recreation Center, and practiced with the cheerleaders from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

“We wanted to teach them a little bit about the sport of cheer and build relationships with some of the youth in our community,” said Tami Fleming, head cheerleading coach. “It was a great way to have fun, get exercise and teach these Little Lancers about cheer.”

The students received a CBU Cheer shirt and demonstrated their new technique at the Lancer women’s basketball game with Azusa Pacific University that evening.

“We were excited to host these young athletes here at CBU and teach them a little bit about CBU cheer,” Fleming added. “We hoped to get them excited about college some day and, hopefully, they will all become Lancers.”

 

CBU food quality ranked No. 2 among California universities

Students in Wanda'sNiche.com has ranked California Baptist University No. 2 among California universities for best quality food.

Dining services for CBU is managed by Provider Food Services, which offers a variety of choices through the Alumni Dining Commons, Brisco’s and Wanda’s.

Kipp Dougherty, director of food services, commented that Provider’s goal is to provide high quality, authentic healthy food to the CBU community.

“From the hearts of our culinary team to the mouths of our campus community, you can taste the love in our food,” Dougherty said.

According to the website, the college rankings cover a variety of student life topics and are based on reviews, polls and facts/statistics.

The rankings can be viewed by clicking here.

 

CBU performances of Eurydice scheduled through March 1

Eurydice Rehearsal Photos_WD-24California Baptist University continues the 2014 theatre season by presenting Eurydice through Saturday, March 1.

The play by Sarah Ruhl is a retelling of the Greek myth Orpheus, who lost his beloved Eurydice on their wedding day. In Ruhl’s retelling, she focuses on Eurydice’s relationship with her father, who is already dead and watches her from the underworld. When Eurydice arrives, all her memories are washed away, and her father helps piece them back together.

Eurydice is a story of loss, memory, consequence and the poetic nature of love and forgiveness,” said Lee Lyons, professor of theatre. “Through a Christian worldview, Eurydice reveals the inadequacies of earthly love and explores the loneliness of pursuing it at all costs.”

Performances are scheduled Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays. General admission tickets are $12; discounted tickets are $10 for the Saturday matinees, senior citizens, CBU students, faculty, staff and alumni. For more information, call 951.343.4319.

 

Family Updates

Dr. Francis Su

Dr. Francis Su

About 115 students and 15 faculty from the Department of Natural and Mathematical Sciences attended CBU’s 6th Annual Natural and Mathematical Sciences Research Seminar on Feb. 22. Dr. Francis Su, president-elect of the Mathematical Association of America and profes­sor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, gave the keynote address, Reflections on Teaching and Research as a Christian Scholar.  Sixteen NMS students presented their research during three breakout sessions in biology/environmental science, mathematics/statistics, chemistry/biochemistry and molecular biology.

 

 

 

 

ROCKDr. Ricardo Cordero, assistant professor of mathematics, arranged for a group from CBU to volunteer at Kids ROCK (Reaching Out in Christ to Kids) in San Bernardino on Feb. 8. In addition to Cordero, the group included Dr. Brad Thomas, assistant professor of mathematics, and nine current and former students from the Math Club and the NMS Department. Kids ROCK is a community-based ministry run by volunteers that serves kids ages 5 – 15 every Saturday with outdoor activities, arts and crafts, Bible stories and snacks.

 

 

 

Dr. Monica O'Rourke

Dr. Monica O’Rourke

Dr. Monica O’Rourke, associate professor of kinesiology for Online and Professional Studies, presented research titled Predictors of Attitudes toward Physical Activity as a Function of Secondary School Physical Education Experiences among Adults at the Southern District American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention in Lexington, Ky. on Feb. 21.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis presented the March Employee of the Month Award to Kristin Waters.

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis presented the March Employee of the Month Award to Kristin Waters.

Kristin Waters, secretary in Community Life, was selected as Employee of the Month for March 2014. Her nomination form included the following statements:

“Kristin has become one of the most consistent and reliable employees I have ever had the privilege of leading.  When asked to accomplish a task I know with great confidence that the task will be completed in a timely manner and at the highest level.  While under her leadership, the Community Life brand has become stronger and more recognizable to our students than ever before and our marketing techniques have been far more effective.”

 

 

 

 

Food and nutrition science students attended a Konica training session recently.

Food and nutrition science students attended a Konica training session recently.

Nutrition and food sciences students in NFS210 Experimental Foods attended a training session Feb. 21 in the Food Innovation Center. Randy Bunney, western regional manager for Konica Minolta, trained each of the three teams of students working on an Angel Wings research and development project on the application of the instrument for measuring product quality.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Joseph Pelletier

Dr. Joseph Pelletier

Dr. Joseph Pelletier, assistant professor of psychology, was one of six co-authors who published an article titled The role of cognitive abilities in children’s’ inferences about social atypicality and peer exclusion and inclusion in intergroup contexts in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology.

 

 

 

 

singing grams

From left to right: Kailey Andrews, Luke Henderson, Brett Vowell, Brandon Green, Joshua Perez, Rachel Wilhelm, Christina Parks

The ISP team East Asia Village Living delivered singing grams for Valentine’s Day as a fundraiser. The team went around campus all week singing love songs.

The photo shows part of the team after delivering a singing gram to Brett Vowell, director of chapel and Compassion Ministries .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Ken Pearce

Dr. Ken Pearce

Dr. Ken Pearce, professor of psychology, participated in the Trauma Competency Conference at Studio City, Calif. on Feb. 6-7 to meet all the requirements as a Certified Clinical Training Professional (CCTP) through the International Association for Trauma Professionals.

 

 

 

 

From left to right: Kristina Fernandez, biology student; Dr. Nora Vinh; Brittany Mammano, biology student and Scott Sandy, biology student

From left to right: Kristina Fernandez, biology student; Dr. Nora Vinh; Brittany Mammano, biology student and Scott Sandy, biology student

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) CBU Chapter hosted their 2nd annual Suture Clinic on Feb. 8. Students practiced sutures on pig feet, learning from special guest surgeons Dr. Sandy Ratner, Dr. Lee Pham and Dr. Nora Vinh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Franco Gandolfi

Dr. Franco Gandolfi

Dr. Franco Gandolfi, dean of the Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business, published an article titled Organizational downsizing and the significance of the psychological contract in the proceedings of the Mustang International Academic Conference meeting in Las Vegas, Nev.

 

 

 

Leadercast

 

Tickets are now on sale for the 2014 Leadercast, hosted by the College of Allied Health on May 9. Leadercast exists to positively change the way the world thinks about leadership. This year’s theme—Beyond You—challenges leaders to focus outward rather than inward. Speakers this year include Andy Stanley, Malcolm Gladwell, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Laura Bush and Dr. Henry Cloud. Tickets for staff and faculty are $49 and include conference materials, breakfast and lunch. A discount is offered for an office or department group of 10 or more at $30 per ticket. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.calbaptist.edu/leadercast or contact the College of Allied Health at 951.343.4619.

 

 

 

Dr. Alex Chediak

Dr. Alex Chediak

Dr. Alex Chediak, professor of engineering and physics, is author of a book titled Preparing Your Teens for College: Faith, Friends, Finances and Much More, published by Tyndale House on Feb. 21. For more information, click here.

 

 

 

 

NFS330 Foodservice Management studentsNutrition and food sciences students enrolled in NFS330 Foodservice Management recently toured the construction site for a new grill being built in Lancer Plaza North with Kipp Dougherty, director of food services; Robert Gurrola, project manager; and Eric Dacosta, food services operations manager.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Patricia Hernandez

Dr. Patricia Hernandez

Dr. Patricia Hernandez, assistant professor of communication studies for Online and Professional Studies, was selected as one of 25 faculty to participate in the National Communication Associations Student – Learning Outcomes in Communication project. The goal of the project is to productively support curriculum planning and improvement within the communication discipline and to help position communication centrally in institutions’ general education curriculum efforts.

 

 

 

 

Barry Robinson, board member of Second Harvest and former executive of Sysco Corp., spoke to CBU community nutrition students Feb. 5 on the topic Senior Hunger in the region and nationally.

 

John Ford Pelletier

John Ford Pelletier

Dr. Joseph Pelletier, assistant professor of psychology, and his wife welcomed a son on Feb. 13. John Ford Pelletier weighed 6 and half pounds and was 19.5 inches long.

 

 

 

 

 

Joel Nicolas

Joel Nicolas

Darrell Rainwater, director of advancement services, welcomed his fourth grandchild and third grandson on Feb. 19. Joel Nicolas weighed 7 lbs. 4 ozs. and was 19 ½ inches long. The proud grandfathers says the photo shows Joel already saluting like his mother, who is a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army. She is a pilot who flies drones. The family is stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia.

 

 

 

 

Personnel Updates

DATE DEPARTMENT POSITION NAME STATUS
2/17/2014 Counseling Center Secretary Laura Abbott New Hire
2/17/2014 Career Services Receptionist Lisa Singer New Hire
2/17/2014 Athletics Assistant Director of Compliance Anthony Francis New Hire
2/24/2014 International Center SEVIS Coordinator Amy E. Wright Change
2/24/2014 Athletics Academic Counselor-Senior Woman Administrator Rachel Keys Change
2/11/2014 Enrollment Services Undergraduate Admissions Counselor/Recruiter Timothy Hawley No Longer Employed

February 12, 2014

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey

In this issue…

Current News

Riverside mayor challenges community to live healthier lifestyle

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey

 “One in four youth in Riverside are overweight,” said Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey, “and about 56 percent of adults in this area are overweight or obese. We’re going to change that.”

Bailey was featured speaker Feb. 10 at California Baptist University’s College of Allied Health Distinguished Lecture Series, presented by The Press-Enterprise. An audience of Riverside residents, CBU students, faculty and staff packed the Wallace Theatre to hear him discuss the topic Healthy Riverside: City of Riverside Initiatives for a Healthier Community.

A third generation Riverside native, Bailey quoted I Corinthians 6:19-20: “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.”

The Bible verse was the focus of Bailey’s lecture on his vision for a healthy Riverside.

“Individuals became G.I.s when they stepped into the role of soldier,” he said. “That stood for ‘government issue.’ Maybe we should call ourselves G.I.s also and let it stand for ‘God issue.’”

Bailey said that three behaviors contribute to the most common chronic diseases: smoking, diet and lack of exercise. He said Riverside has a number of programs to address those behaviors.

He identified “food deserts” in Riverside, where low-income residents have little access to transportation and, therefore, few healthy food options.

“Green Riverside is a program that encourages community gardens on city property,” he said. “We’ve also taken an active role in local food access by providing mobile trucks.”

Bailey acknowledged the farmers’ markets available in several parts of Riverside each week, making healthy food more available to citizens. In addition, he spoke about the Fit, Fresh and Fun program, which encourages residents to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

“Our goal is to reduce the overweight and obese to less than 50 percent of the city population,” he added.

Bailey praised local partnerships, which have been key in the city’s initiatives for a healthier community.

“The Walk Riverside Campaign involved 428 walkers in 26 local neighborhoods,” he said. “Those individuals took 4,056 walks for a total of 12,518 miles in three months. Also, the Workplace Wellness program helped 330 employees shed 2,900 pounds last year just by providing them exercise space in stairwells and walking paths.”

Yet, the mayor was quick to say that his own healthy lifestyle, just like anyone else’s, could use improvement.

“It’s hard to fit in time to diet and exercise,” he said, “but we’re going to work on that, right?”

The Distinguished Lecture Series explores local and national issues and trends of interest to people involved in the promotion of good health. The next speaker will be Dr. Gil Odendaal, vice president of integral mission for World Relief, a non-profit that works to empower churches to serve the vulnerable in their communities. Odendaal will speak on the topic Healthcare is a justice issue: From ideology to practice and the changing role of the church March 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Wallace Theatre.

 

College of Engineering hosts MATHCOUNTS for area schools

Nineteen middle schools participated in MATHCOUNTS on CBU's campus Feb. 8.

Nineteen middle schools participated in MATHCOUNTS on CBU’s campus Feb. 8.

MATHCOUNTS, a competitive mathematics program held at California Baptist University on Feb. 8, attracted 129 middle school students from 19 area schools.

The top three individual winners were Alair Zhao of Chino, a student at Oxford Preparatory Academy; Audrey Yao and Angela Xu, both from Riverside’s Frank A. Miller Middle School. In addition, teams from three area schools will move on to the state competition: Frank A. Middle School, Beattie Middle School of Highland and Riverside STEM Academy.

“MATHCOUNTS is a national competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement,” explained Dr. Ziliang Zhou, chapter competition coordinator and chair of CBU’s mechanical engineering program. “Participants advance through school, chapter and state competitions until the final students are selected from 57 states and territories to advance to the national competition held each May.”

CBU’s College of Engineering (COE) has hosted the Riverside/San Bernardino chapter competition since 2009. COE students volunteer their time during the event to serve as competition graders and proctors. Top performers receive a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500 per year) if they enroll in the CBU engineering program as a full-time student in the future.

The competition included four rounds: the spirit round consisted of 30 problems that could only be completed by the most capable students within the time limit; the target round featured multi-step problems to engage students in mathematical reasoning and problem-solving processes; the team round included 10 problems that team members worked together to solve; and the countdown round was a fast-paced, oral competition for individuals with the highest scores from the spirit and target rounds. Calculators were only permitted in the target and team rounds.

The Southern California state competition will be held March 15 at the University of California Irvine. The 2014 Raytheon national competition will take place in Orlando, Fla. on May 9.

 

 CBU speech and debate team wins awards, sweepstakes

debate

From left: Ana’ly Garcia, Isabel Zumaya, Joseph Younes, Adriena Young, Daley Thomale, Alexandra Moomaw, Matthew Phillips, Bridgette Michna, Claudia Hidalgo, Joseph Chan, Fernande DeLaO, Brianna Nelson, Arturo Cabrera, Michael Marse, Gregory Marmo. (Photo by Chris Jamison)

California Baptist University’s speech and debate team earned 10 individual trophies and a 3rd place team sweepstakes Award among all schools at the Golden Cowboy Speech and Debate Invitational tournament held at California State University Los Angeles on Feb. 9.

Individual trophies were earned by the following CBU students:

  • Daley Thomale – Top Novice Speaker in Informative Speaking and Persuasive Speaking, 3rd Place in Novice Impromptu Speaking
  • Bridgette Michna – 1st Place award for Novice Impromptu Speaking
  • Isabel Zumaya – Top Novice Speaker for Communication Analysis, 6th Place in Novice Impromptu Speaking
  • Alexandra Moomaw – Top Novice Speaker for Prose Interpretation
  • Brianna Nelson – 2nd Place award for Novice Impromptu Speaking
  • Joseph Chan – 4th Place award for Open Impromptu Speaking
  • Ana’ly Garcia – 4th Place award in Open Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Arturo Cabrera and Adriena Young – 5th Place award in Open Duo Interpretation

The CBU team narrowly edged California State University Northridge for 3rd place and were only outranked by El Paso Community College and Illinois State University.

 

Concert guitarist challenges audience to ‘cross the street’

Christian Thomas Lee

Christian Thomas Lee

Christian Thomas Lee, a concert classical guitarist and art collector, stood before a group of California Baptist University students, faculty and staff Feb. 6 and talked about his bouts of severe depression.

“There are times in my life when I have been driven to my knees [because] the weight of depression was so great,” he said, “It is in those dark, lonely moments of my life that I hear a still, small, quiet voice say to me ‘my grace is sufficient for you.’”

Lee played a classical selection for the audience and spoke about what it means to live a life of purpose, using the lives of artists and composers as examples. Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Michelangelo all were “fragile, fractured and flawed,” Lee said. Most people would not have crossed the street to meet them, he added, yet, they were driven to use the gifts God gave them.

The performance was one of three Lee is performing this week for CBU audiences.

“I’m not a Christian artist,” he said. “I’m an artist who is a Christian. Why? Because I want to put Christianity back in our culture.”

Lee interjected his talk with a display of art, including works by Pablo Picasso, Peter Carl Faberge, Giovanni Battista Pasqualini and others. He explained that he visits schools to expose students to the arts, and he receives hundreds of letters a year from them as a result.

“This letter is why I do what I do today,” he said, reading from one of them: “‘Mr. Lee, I didn’t know I was an artist until you came to my school and showed me. You changed my life.’”

He told students they are attending CBU so that they can give hope to a world that has no hope.

“If you choose to cross the street, not only will you change the life of the person you encounter, you’ll change your own life, too,” he said.

Lee challenged them to live the purpose God intended for them.

“What is God calling you to do?” he asked. “Go do it, no matter the cost. The world is just waiting for you to cross the street.”

 

 Training teaches CBU volunteers to depend on each other

A CBU International Service Project volunteer surveys the meager meal of rice and beans, meant to feed her whole group. The poverty meal reminded students about the plight of the hungry.

A CBU International Service Project volunteer surveys the meager meal of rice and beans, meant to feed her whole group. The poverty meal reminded students about the plight of the hungry.

The group of California Baptist University students, faculty and staff members entered Innovators Auditorium in single file Feb. 1 for dinner. What they found wasn’t what they expected.

Across the front of the room, there were four tables set with tablecloths, plates and silverware. Students sat in upholstered chairs and were served their meals, complete with bread and dessert, by uniformed waiters.

The second group sat in plastic chairs in a circle—no table and a stack of Styrofoam bowls on the floor. The designated leader left the room to retrieve their meal—rice mixed with chicken—and then passed the bowl to others in the circle.

The last group sat on the floor with no bowls and no eating utensils. They ate the rice and beans they were given and then were allowed to beg for food from others in the room.

“I wonder how they decided who would eat where,” mused one student to another. “How did they decide who would be rich and who would be poor?”

For Aubrey MacMillan, a CBU junior participating in an International Service Project (ISP) team, the poverty meal experience was the most sobering.

“I was categorized as a middle class citizen, and I received one small scoop of rice and shredded chicken for my meal,” she said. “At the time, I was tired and hungry, but I became that much more thankful for the meal because of the reminder of so many less fortunate.”

The meal was part of Intensive Training Weekend designed to help prepare volunteers for the summer’s assignments in various U.S. and overseas service opportunities. This summer, about 400 students and team leaders will work in 47 teams to serve in 17 countries.

“Research shows that community and responsibility are the top two concerns that our students have,” said Kristen White, director of global mobilization. “CBU provides extensive ministry and cross-cultural training for students serving in the U.S. and overseas. Also, our faculty and staff leaders seek to connect with and invest in students to challenge them to take their next step in engaging the world.”

On Friday afternoon, students moved into classrooms and lecture halls where they took part in the training and even spent two nights in sleeping bags. In addition to the poverty meal, they experienced simulations such as worship in “house church” settings, visiting a world market, learning to prayerwalk and a variety of other scenarios.

“We were there to support one another,” MacMillan said. “This was an important thing to realize as it made us all aware of exactly how much we will need to lean on each other in any situation.”

 

CBU dean says transformational leadership is key to change

Dr. Franco Gandolfi

Dr. Franco Gandolfi

Change is not executed very well,” said Dr. Franco Gandolfi, dean of the Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business at California Baptist University. “We don’t really understand it.”

Gandolfi was the featured speaker at the Leadership and Change seminar titled How can you increase your odds of successful change in the workplace?, hosted by CBU’s graduate program in leadership studies.

He contended that two major problems exist when organizations are confronted with change:  first, the vast majority of change initiatives fail and, second, that change is an over-researched and widely misunderstood concept.

Gandolfi quoted Peter Drucker, a management consultant and author, who said “the greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic.”

Change is a constant, Gandolfi said, but change and transformation are not necessarily the same thing: change can be disruptive, but transformational change can be a stimulus to the organization. The key is to be the type of leader who inspires transformation.

“Once you have been transformed, you are a new entity, and you can’t ever go back,” he said. “So the question is: are you a transformational leader?”

CBU’s School of Education offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in leadership. The Leadership Seminar Series is a community service event free to the public and is hosted simultaneously live and online.

The next seminar in the series is titled Ethical principles for leaders: navigating wicked problems and is scheduled for June 2 at 7 p.m.

 

Riverside beautification program honors CBU Recreation Center

KRCB award

From left: Mary Kannor, chair of Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful; Kent Dacus, CBU vice president for enrollment and student services; and Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey. (Photo by Michael J. Elderman)

Recreation Center

Recreation Center

California Baptist University’s Recreation Center was honored with a beautification award recently from the Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful (KRCB) program.

Mayor Rusty Bailey presented CBU with the 2014 KRCB Mayor’s Award during the annual State of the City Address luncheon on Jan. 23. Kent Dacus, CBU vice president for enrollment and student services, accepted the award on behalf of the university.

The Mayor’s Award is one of nine KRCB beautification awards presented each year, with some including second- and third-place honors. The program received 47 nominations for 2014.

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

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

The Recreation Center also was honored in the November 2013 edition of American School & University magazine, which profiled the facility in its Architectural Portfolio issue for its outstanding design.

Family Updates

Julie Goodman

Julie Goodman

Dr. Bruce Stokes

Dr. Bruce Stokes

Dr. Bruce Stokes, professor of Behavioral Sciences and Julie Goodman, assistant professor of anthropology, attended Hashivenu, a conference designed for leaders to discuss important issues related to the Messianic Jewish movement, a segment of Christian faith which values Jewish identity and practice. This year’s topic was centered on issues regarding caring for the earth and being good stewards of God-given natural resources. Goodman presented a response paper to Dr. Elliot Klayman’s position paper titled Exploring our Responsibility for Earth’s Resources: Shaping an Eco-Ethicological Approach for Discussion.  The meeting was held in Encino, Calif. Jan. 19-21.

 

Dr. Linn Carothers

Dr. Linn Carothers

Dr. Linn Carothers, professor of mathematics, represented CBU at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) conference at California Polytechnic State University Pomona on  Feb 1. The topic was  STEM Education Effectiveness: From Curricular Frameworks to Student Research. AACU represents a group of 61 research-intensive schools committed to focusing their campuses on achieving the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)  call for “1 million additional college graduates with STEM degrees.”

 

 

Dr. Daniel Szeto

Dr. Daniel Szeto

Dr. Daniel Szeto, associate professor of biology and biochemistry, spoke on Feb. 4 at the natural and math sciences department monthly colloquium. His presentation was titled Mechanism of BMP signaling in regulating embryonic development of zebrafish.

 

 

 

Dr. Dennis Bideshi

Dr. Dennis Bideshi

Dr. Dennis K. Bideshi, professor of biology and clinical bicrobiologist, co-authored two published peer-reviewed articles on the complete genome sequences of invertebrate IIV-30 and IIV-25 iridoviruses and one paper on genetic engineering of Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. kurstaki to produce a chitinase inclusion body that enhances the pesticidal activity of this bacterium. He collaborates with scientists from the United States, France and Mexico.

 

 

 

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Dirk Dallas, assistant professor of graphic design, recently did a photo shoot for Nike featuring Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Chuck Sands

Dr. Chuck Sands

Dr. Chuck Sands, dean of the College of Allied Health, was recently appointed to the board of directors of Riverside Community Hospital.

 

 

 

 

The CBU Downtown Gallery will present an exhibit beginning Feb. 13 titled The dogs are on the grass and birds are on top of the dog’s head. A reception also will be held March 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. during Riverside’s Art Walk. The exhibition is a selection of artworks by artists from the First Street Gallery Art Center in Claremont and is curated and designed by Kristine Lippire’s Advanced Art class. Lippire is an adjunct professor in the College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design. The gallery is located at 3737 Main St., Suite 101.

 

Stefani Plummer

Stefani Plummer

Stefani Plummer, director of the Recreation Center, was featured in a Jan. 29 article on NIRSA’s website. The article is titled Where are they now: Stefani Plummer and focuses on Plummer’s college experience and her work at CBU. It is available by clicking here. NIRSA was formerly known as the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association and is now called NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation.

 

 

Dr. Keanon Alderson

Dr. Keanon Alderson

Dr. Keanon Alderson, associate professor of business, was recently named the co-editor of the Journal of Family Business Management, with responsibility for North America. Alderson was formerly on the journal’s editorial review board.

 

 

 

 

Erin Smith

Erin Smith

Erin Smith, assistant professor of psychology, was a participant at Exploring Origins: Nazarenes in Dialogue, a conference hosted by Point Loma Nazarene University Jan. 23-25.

 

 

 

 

Heather Hubbert with her children after the half marathon.

Heather Hubbert with her children after the half marathon.

Heather Hubbert, assistant dean of students, ran the Disney Tinker Bell Half Marathon  on Jan. 19.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angela Xu was one of the three top winners at the MathCounts event Feb. 8 on CBU’s campus. Xu is a student at Frank A. Miller Middle School and the daughter of Dr. Grace Ni, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering.

 

Sean and Megan Henning with Caleb.

Sean and Megan Henning with Caleb.

Caleb Michael Henning, son of Sean and Megan Henning, was born Feb. 3, weighing 8 lbs. 12 oz. and measuring 21 inches long. Sean is the assistant coach for the Lancer cross country team and Megan is an adjunct professor for Online and Professional Studies.

 

 

 

Personnel Updates

DATE DEPARTMENT POSITION NAME STATUS
2/1/2014 Global Initiatives Director of International Center Bryan Davis Change
2/3/2014 Marketing and Communication Marketing Manager Jacob Robertson Change
2/6/2014 Athletics Asst. Women’s Basketball Coach Amanda Reynolds(Formerly: DeCoud) Name Change
1/29/2014 Community Life Program Director-Outdoor Adventure Joshua Mott No Longer Employed
1/31/2014 Public Safety Asst. Director of Public Safety Richard Bargas No Longer Employed
1/31/2014 School of Education Data/Administrative Coordinator for School of Education Renee Harris No Longer Employed
1/31/2014 School of Business Administrative Secretary Janelle Peters No Longer Employed
1/21/2014 Aviation Science Flight Instructor Jeffrey Mulhorn No Longer Employed