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CBU student athletes lead PacWest in academic honors
California Baptist University placed a conference-high 156 student-athletes on the 2014-15 Academic All-PacWest teams released June 23. It marks the second consecutive year the Lancers grabbed the most academic distinctions in the PacWest.
A total of 1,488 student-athletes received conference recognition for their academic efforts during the 2014-15 season. Athletes must have achieved at least a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average and be eligible for participation or practice in their sport to receive Academic All-PacWest recognition.
The CBU Lancer softball team garnered the most amount of Academic All-PacWest honors, with a total of 19 players. Close behind was the women’s cross country and track program, with 18 players recognized for academic achievement. Women’s soccer placed third-best with 17 athletes on the honor roll.
CBU’s MBA students learn about global business on Asia trip
Nineteen MBA students from California Baptist University took their textbook learning to Asia this month for a firsthand view of how it is applied in the business world. The students and Dr. Steve Strombeck, interim dean of the School of Business, traveled to Hong Kong and Korea June 5-14 as part of their Global Business Management course.
For most of the students, the trip was their first time outside of the country. They visited companies such as FedEx, Nestle, Wells Fargo and Samsung and heard executives talk about business and marketing. The group also visited cultural sites, experienced the culture and ate the local food.
The purpose of the trip was to illustrate what students learned in class by experiencing what business is like around the world, Strombeck said.
“All we’re trying to do is add value in the lives of our MBA students. These trips are designed to hopefully get them to think differently,” he said.
For student Mario Minwary, memorable experiences included seeing hot steel fabricated into thin rolls at one of the world’s largest steel mills in Pohang, South Korea, eating Korean barbecue, and bonding with his classmates. He also learned that culture is paramount.
“Culture plays a vital part in how a product/service is developed, marketed and sold,” Minwary said. “It also defines the internal workplace environment. A multinational company such as DHL operating in Korea has a work culture that is more German than Korean, and somehow it works.”
The MBA trip was Deserie Marchbanks’ first time traveling outside the country. She learned that a number of familiar Western brands such as McDonald’s are present even among the different cultures in Asia. But she also saw differences.
“Business appears to be more structured and formalized in the Asian culture and not nearly as relaxed as you see in the United States as a norm,” she said. “Everything is very formal, which is a culture shock when you’re not used to that.”
Strombeck said another goal of the trip was for students to dream big. Most of the executives the students heard from are expatriates. Strombeck, who worked for eight years in Korea and Taiwan, wants students to think about working overseas.
“The value of understanding and appreciating another culture and actually working as an expat overseas is priceless,” he said. “I think our students, generally speaking, need to get out of their own skin. I can think of no better opportunity than for them to serve the Lord overseas, serve in some kind of managerial capacity.”
CBU sends out last wave of 2015 teams for service projects
California Baptist University sent its fourth and final wave of volunteer teams to fields of service around the world June 11 through 22. The eight groups, which are part of the International Service Projects and U.S. Projects, are serving in Japan, East Asia, Spain, Thailand, Virginia, New York and Baltimore.
Other teams performed service projects in areas such as Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Poland, Spain, Thailand and United Kingdom. This year, more than 370 participants served on 42 teams to 16 countries. The teams this year also included the 4,000th participant in the 19 years of ISP/USP/SOS. Last year the Office of Mobilization commemorated sending out its 400th team.
Before leaving campus, each team gathers to pray at the Kugel, a granite globe that floats on a base inscribed with the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20).
The theme for ISP/USP/SOS this year is Resolve. It has been exciting and challenging to see the way the theme has played out in the teams, said Aura Opris, mobilization coordinator for the Office of Spiritual Life.
“We’re resolved to share the gospel regardless of the circumstances,” she said. “I’m going to ask that you pray that this experience not necessarily be an easy experience for our students, but that God would really challenge them in the work that they’re doing there.”
CBU Gallery features work from renowned architect’s collection
The CBU Gallery usually presents works by California Baptist University students and local artists.
Now a new type of show is at the gallery. “Cliff May and the California Home” features historic drawings and photographs from the collection of renowned Southern California architect.
The exhibit is the gallery’s “first museum-grade show,” meaning it is similar to those presented at a museum such as the Getty or Norton Simon, said Dr. Katherine Papineau, assistant professor of architecture and art history.
“We want to put CBU on the art map and we are doing that by hosting a museum show,” she said.
May is known as the “father of the ranch house,” a sprawling, single-story home. The home is usually designed around a private courtyard with thick adobe walls, inspired by indigenous dwellings. His exploration of the ranch house promoted the California lifestyle and indoor-outdoor living. He built homes throughout Southern California and a substantial development in Long Beach. The work in the exhibit, which covers 1931-1965, is on loan from the “Cliff May Papers, Architecture and Design Collection” at UC Santa Barbara.
“This kind of show elevates the status of our gallery,” Papineau said. The gallery in downtown Riverside sits adjacent to the established UCR ARTSblock, which consists of three University of California, Riverside, art institutions.
The exhibit runs through Aug. 6. On July 10, the film “Lutah” will be screened. “Lutah” is a documentary of the life and work of Lutah Maria Riggs, a 19th Southern California architect who built in a style similar to that of May.
Dr. Daniel Prather, professor of aviation science, presented a session titled Adopting a Part 139 Compliance Mindset at the American Association of Airport Executives Annual Conference in Philadelphia. While at the conference June 7-11, Prather had a close-up view to a live burn exercise at the propane-powered Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting training facility at Philadelphia International Airport.
Dr. Elaine Ahumada, associate professor of public administration, Dr. Pat Kircher, professor of political science, and Dr. Mark Kling, assistant professor of criminal justice, all with Online and Professional Studies, presented Building Community in Online and Residency Programs at the annual Teaching Public Administration Conference June 2-6 in Columbus, Ohio, at Franklin University. Ahumada was also a guest panel presenter for Dissertation and Beyond; Developing Outcomes for the Scholarly Practitioner.
Dr. Geneva Oaks, dean of the School of Nursing, and Dr. Susan Drummond, associate professor of nursing, attended the Institute of Humanbecoming May 26-30 in Pittsburgh, Penn., as the California chapter co-presidents of the international consortium of Parse scholars to study with nurse theorist Dr. Rosemarie Rizzo Parse. The CBU School of Nursing is using this theoretical perspective linked to the Biblical worldview to guide nursing practice. Oaks also graduated from Leadership Riverside June 11. Decision-makers of local businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations, schools and universities participate in a 10-month program devoted to regional issues. Oaks also was chosen in June as a Wharton Fellow in the American Academy of Colleges of Nursing Executive Leadership Program.
Dr. Patrick Schacht, assistant professor of biochemistry, spoke at Branch Church in San Diego for its evangelism training series on June 9. The title of his talk was Conversing with the Intellect: Understanding Evolution and reaching people with the God of science.
Dr. Tran Hong, associate vice president of technology, presented a poster, Motivational Attributes of Staff, at The Carnegie Project on Education Doctorate held June 8 at Cal State University, Fullerton.
Dr. Joshua Knabb, assistant professor of psychology for Online and Professional Studies, conducted a training session sponsored by Philhaven Hospital in Mount Gretna, Penn., June 11-12. Knabb presented acceptance and commitment therapy to mental health professionals, along with strategies to integrate the Christian faith when working with Christian clients in psychotherapy and counseling.
Yolanda Osborne, adjunct professor of mathematics, was awarded the American Red Cross Certificate of Merit with President Obama’s signature, the Lifesaving Award of Merit Badge and a 40-year Red Cross Water Safety Instructor pin at the American Red Cross Annual Volunteer Recognition on June 6 in Ontario, Calif.
Krista Wagner, adjunct professor of English, held a book signing for her novel Intent on June 18 at CSU San Bernardino.
Dr. Judd Bonner, dean of the School of Music, and Dr. Larry Linamen, vice president for Global Initiatives, and a music ensemble traveled to China May 22-June 2 and performed 12 concerts. The students who made up the ensemble, Hope, were Devron Suttle, Jonathan Jorge, Alex Gutierrez, Ivan Utomo, Kathleen Kopitzke, Tayler Lanning, Bryn Rosander and Hannah Stadnick.
Dr. Seunghyun Chun, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, presented his paper, Integration of Mathematics for Sustainable Energy Applications, on June 16 at the 2015 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition held in Seattle.
Dr. Jim Buchholz, professor of mathematics and physics, won Best Parody at the Temecula Independent Film Festival June 13 for his short film, Jim Beechwood’s Career Day.
Dr. Candace Vickers, associate professor communication disorders, and Dr. Wayne Fletcher, assistant professor of health science, and seven students went to Manila, Philippines. The group completed a clinical rotation May 21-June 14 at the University of Santo Tomas as part of the Global Health Engagement program. The students were Latasha Murray, Krissy Kendrick, Alisa Traver, Nicole Escoto, Gisselle Escobar, Matthew Reyes and Morgan Miller.
Dr. Chuck Sands, dean of the College of Allied Health, and four students traveled to Jilin City, China, as part of the Global Health Engagement Program. The Consortium for Global Education provided two grants to support the work done in Jilin and at Bo Hua Hospital through the Global Health Engagement Program. As part of those grants, a portable EKG Machine was purchased and presented to Jin Shu, president and owner of Bo Hua Hospital in Jilin City, China, on June 19. The students on the team were Ashlee Amparan, Dana Belk, Stephanie Rojas and Juan Cuara.
Dr. Jacob Lanphere, assistant professor of environmental science, chaired the first Environmental Nanotechnology Seminar at Mount Snow, Vt., June 20-21. He also was a poster judge at the 2015 Environmental Nanotechnology Conference in Mount Snow, Vt., June 21-26.
Robert Diaz (’07), library access services manager, and his wife, Marisa (nee Aguilar,’07), welcomed their second daughter on May 15. Rachel Eden Diaz weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 19.5 inches long. Her older sister, Mia, is 2.