A newsletter for faculty and staff of California Baptist University

February 3, 2016


In this issue…

Current News

Lancer wrestlers make history at championship tournament

wrestlingThe California Baptist University wrestling team won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship tournament on Jan. 31 and claimed CBU’s first RMAC wrestling title.

Lancer wrestling notched 133.5 team points during the tournament to claim the top spot. Lancer Joe Fagiano won Co-Wrestler of the Meet honors by winning the 284-pound title.

“It’s a great feeling [winning the RMAC Championship],” Head Coach Lennie Zalesky said. “There were some really tough teams to wrestle against but none of my wrestlers really surprised me today.”

Read more here.



Baseball Lancers reunite as 2016 season approaches

baseballThe California Baptist University baseball team welcomed back former players for an evening filled with nostalgia prior to 2016 home opener.

Baseball alumni participated in a home-run derby contest and scrimmaged against the current CBU baseball squad on Jan. 30 at the James W. Totman Baseball Stadium. The evening’s activities are part of the baseball team’s annual tradition.

“It’s been awhile since I’ve been out on this field,” said Robert Hood (’08), former third baseman. “Playing tonight gave me major nostalgia. Some of my best years were here playing for CBU.”

Sharif Othman (’11), a former catcher at CBU and 2016 spring training invitee for the Miami Marlins, reflected on his time at CBU.

“Playing for CBU has given me so many opportunities, so it was awesome being back on this field again,” Othman said.

For the current baseball squad, the expectations for the 2016 season are high. The coaches PacWest preseason poll picked CBU to finish atop the division with Dixie State University. Additionally, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association ranks the Lancers fourth in the West Region.

Coach Gary Adcock, heading into his 13th season with the Lancers, is excited to see what this season holds.

“We expect to compete for a championship, but we understand a lot of factors go into achieving a goal like that,” he said. “For now, we are more focused on the process, controlling the controllables if you will, and at the end we will see where that puts us.”

The Lancers were 31-22 last year, finishing second-place in their conference and earning a No. 3 ranking in the NCAA II regional playoffs.

CBU opens the 2016 season at home Feb. 4 at 6 p.m., against California State University, Los Angeles.


The Point at CBU receives beautification award

beauty awardThe revitalization of The Point at California Baptist University has received a beautification award from the Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful (KRCB) program.

CBU received first place in the category of Exterior Reconstruction with Landscaping. Mayor Rusty Bailey and Cindy Roth, CEO of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, presented the KRCB awards during the annual State of the City address on Jan. 28. Mark Howe, CBU vice president for finance and administration, accepted the accolade on behalf of the university.

“This award represents CBU’s continued commitment to improving our campus and the community at large, which we represent,” Howe said.

beauty award-2KRCB is a community-sponsored program by the City of Riverside and the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce. Its mission is to foster a sense of community pride by creating partnerships that work toward the beautification of the city.

In the summer of 2015 the last section of The Point remodeling was completed. The former San Carlos apartment complex located on Adams Street now features multiple office suites and a team room for the CBU wrestling program, as well as student living areas.

The 2016 award is the second consecutive first place finish for CBU in the Exterior Reconstruction with Landscaping category. The 2015 award was for the remodeling project known as Lancer Plaza North.


CBU hosts music festival for international guests

music festAspiring musicians from China were welcomed at California Baptist University to participate in the second International Music Festival on Jan. 28-29.

“The festival is a good-will event, an expansion of musical flair and an opportunity to open the doors for international students to further their musical aspirations,” said Dr. Larry Linamen, vice president for global initiatives at CBU. “The music festival also provides cultural enrichment for all involved.”

The Chinese guests arrived on Jan. 28 and got a glimpse into the lives of CBU music students. The visitors attended a music class, practiced their musical skills and attended practice sessions of various CBU music groups.

The following day nearly a dozen of the international guests participated in competitions against CBU students in a variety of instrumental and vocal fields.

CBU music faculty judged the competition, and participants were given valuable feedback on their performances. The winners received 1st and 2nd place awards. The other participants received honorable mention certificates.


CBU leading team to enhance teaching of science classes

grantCalifornia Baptist University will lead a team that will work on revamping curriculum and learning environments for science classes in the Chaffey Joint Union High School District. The partnership will be funded by a $1.35 million grant from the California Department of Education (CDE).

The grant is made available by the California Mathematics and Science Partnership grant program and is administered by the science, technology, engineering and mathematics office at the CDE. The grant’s aim is to increase the academic achievement of students by enhancing the knowledge and teaching skills of high school instructors.

CBU is the lead university in the project that also will include University of California, Riverside and Michigan State University. Additionally, the California Science Project, a statewide network for educators, and Concord Consortium, a software company known for its innovative technology, will be part of the collaborative efforts.

Together the group will develop curriculum to help teachers in the subjects of biology, chemistry, physics and earth and space. Furthermore, they will create labs and computer simulations that teachers can use to meet new state standards in science.

“[The grant will] help teachers have a higher level of content knowledge and also provide more tools for them to make sure they’re producing better students,” said Dr. Jim Buchholz, CBU professor of mathematics and physics and principal investigator of the grant. He will be working with other CBU faculty from the department of natural and mathematical sciences to develop tools for the teachers.


Biblical scholar talks of responding to God’s deliverance

SCM LectureThe well-versed Biblical scholar and author Dr. D.A. Carson spoke at California Baptist University on how believers should respond when God delivers them through difficult circumstances.

“The only adequate response when God pulls you out the muck is the transformation that comes when God opens our ears so that we hear and obey and want to do His will,” said Carson, who spoke as part of the School of Christian Ministries Lecture Series on Jan. 28.

Carson is the president of The Gospel Coalition, a network of churches focused on the theological application of the gospel to accomplish the Great Commission. Carson is also a research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and the author or editor of more than 50 books.

During his talk, Carson focused on Psalm 40, especially the first 10 verses.

Carson said when God rescues David from difficulties, David responds to God with gratitude, a desire to do His will and public proclamations of God’s faithfulness.

“How will the next generation of Christians learn how to voice appropriate praise to God unless they see the older generation doing it?” Carson asked. “When it comes to testimony time in the church, there should be a lot of senior saints getting up and saying things, because they’re fulfilling a pedagogical function of how it’s done.”

Carson added that God does not always take believers out of a trial. Even the Apostle Paul learned to rely on God’s grace through his suffering.

“It must be said that sometimes God pulls us out of the swamp, out of the miry bog and sometimes He leaves us there and adds grace,” Carson said. “God’s more interested in our humility than in our happiness.”


CBU hosts Global Missions Health Conference

global healthStudents from the Southern California region came to California Baptist University Jan. 22-23 to attend a Global Mission Health West Coast Conference designed to help participants explore a calling in the area of healthcare missions.

CBU’s College of Health Science and School of Nursing hosted the second annual event, which drew students from CBU, Loma Linda University, University of California, Irvine and University of California, Riverside.

“Our hope is to cast a vision for healthcare missions so that more people can see clearly how to use their specific gifts and talents for the Kingdom,” said Will Rogers, executive director of the Global Mission Health Conference, before the conference.

Morgan Banducci, a CBU pre-nursing sophomore, said the event gave her an opportunity to learn more about medical missions, the various organizations involved in these ministries and how she can be a part of them.

“I came to the conference because my long-term goal in nursing is to be a missionary nurse and go overseas,” Banducci said.

Speakers included Jeff Lewis, CBU interim director of global mobilization, Brian Zunigha, CBU director of discipleship ministries, and Rebekah Naylor, global health consultant for Baptist Global Response.

Lewis spoke to students about the importance of ministry and using their skills to be representatives for Christ.

“You are developing yourself first and foremost to be ambassadors for Christ through the skills that God has blessed you with. It is your calling,” Lewis said. “Everything we do here at California Baptist University should be, and is, about preparing men and women to disciple the nations through their marketable skills.”

Alumna Jenna Reed (‘15) attended the conference to learn how she can use her nursing degree for ministry opportunities.

“With all the things I’ve learned at CBU, I think it would be great to take that [knowledge] to other nations and serve a greater purpose,” Reed said. “I think [it would be] a good experience to have, to get out of my comfort zone.”


CBUONLINE earns several top 40 national rankings

online rankingsCalifornia Baptist University has earned the No. 34 spot among online bachelor’s programs in the 2016 Top Online Education Program national rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. This puts CBU second among California colleges ranked in the top 40 for the best online bachelor’s programs. CBU has placed in the top 40 for the fourth consecutive year.

CBU Online and Professional Studies (OPS) currently serves more than 3,600 students online. OPS offers 25 online undergraduate majors and concentrations, 14 graduate majors and specializations and a doctorate in public administration program that launched this month.

“When you look at the number of universities that continue to add online programs, thus making it even more competitive, to be consistently rated in the top 40 nationwide speaks well to meeting our goal of serving the adult student’s educational needs,” said Dr. David Poole, vice president for OPS.

CBU also received high online rankings for training instructors with a No. 2 for online MBA faculty and credentials training; No. 3 for online graduate education faculty training; and a No. 4 for faculty and training in the bachelor’s degree category.

“The latest rankings support our plans to continue to build and deliver quality programs that serve the growing need for online education,” Poole said.

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


CBU Flight School earns significant FAA certification

Dr. Daniel Prather (left), chair of CBU’s aviation program, receives a Part 141 Air Agency Certification from Keith Frable, manager of the Federal Aviation Administration Riverside Flight Standard District Office.

Dr. Daniel Prather (left), chair of CBU’s aviation program, receives a Part 141 Air Agency Certification from Keith Frable, manager of the Federal Aviation Administration Riverside Flight Standard District Office.

The Aviation Science program at California Baptist University received one of the highest certifications from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A representative from the FAA Riverside Flight Standard District Office (FSDO) was on hand at the Flight Operation Center to present the Part 141 Air Agency Certification to CBU on Jan. 15.

“To California Baptist University’s credit you’ve managed to obtain this certificate within a short time frame,” said Keith Frable, manager of Riverside’s (FSDO). “This is a great step forward for the university and students are very fortunate to be here.”

Marie LeBlanc, chief flight instructor at CBU, said there are several benefits to obtaining this certification. Having an FAA approved Part 141 program allows CBU to admit veterans and international students into the program with fewer admission obstacles. Additionally, CBU may apply for further FAA approvals that would reduce required flight hours for students to become an airline pilot.

To receive the certification CBU had to pass various Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations and inspections. Additionally, to retain the certification CBU must continuously meet standards specified by the FAA in categories such as equipment, facilities, personnel and curriculum.

The CBU Aviation Science program currently offers three undergraduate majors and plans to add two more next fall. The inaugural class opened in fall of 2013. This semester there are more than 70 students in the program with enrollment expected to increase to 100 in the fall 2016 semester, said Dr. Daniel Prather, chair of the aviation program.


Family Updates

Dr. Hyun-Woo Park

Dr. Hyun-Woo Park

Dr. Hyun-Woo Park, professor of biology, co-authored a paper, Effect of promoters and plasmid copy number on Cyt1A synthesis and crystal assembly in Bacillus thuringiensis, published in Current Microbiology (January 2016).





Dr. Kenneth Minesinger

Dr. Kenneth Minesinger

Dr. Kenneth Minesinger, associate professor of law for Online and Professional Studies, made a presentation at the January meeting of the Public Relations Society of America, Inland Empire Chapter in Riverside. The presentation was titled Slander and Libel in the Age of Social Media.





Employee of the Month

From left: Jose Gonzalez and Dr. Ronald L. Ellis

Jose Gonzalez, electrician II, was named CBU’s Employee of the Month for February. The nomination form included the following statements: Jose has great customer service skills and is a pleasant, Christ-like servant to his customers. There have been numerous occasions where he has a large work load but drops what he is doing to serve others and assist with a greater need. Jose has completed many special projects on time for the University and has a consistent routine in his work order completion performance.





Ted Meyer

Michael Meyer

Michael Meyer, associate vice president for University Advancement, was installed as a 2016-2017 board member of the Corona Chamber of Commerce board of directors on Jan. 21.





Shawn Wilhite

Shawn Wilhite

Shawn Wilhite, assistant professor Christian studies for Online and Professional Studies, had an article, “That We Too Might Be Imitators of Him”: The Martrydom of Polycarp as Imitatio Christi, published in Churchman (Winter 2015).





Dr. Charles Sands

Dr. Charles Sands

Dr. Charles Sands, provost, presented The Future of Healthcare Education to the Leadership Riverside class of 2016 on Jan. 15. Leadership Riverside is a leadership development program sponsored by the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce.





From left: Victoria Brodie and Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

From left: Victoria Brodie and Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Victoria Brodie, adjunct for public relations for Online and Professional Studies, and Dr. Mary Ann Pearson, associate professor of public relations for Online and Professional Studies, spoke to business owners and downtown employees about social media and internships on Jan. 14. The presentation was part of a collaborative effort of the Riverside Downtown Partnership and CBU/Online communication and public relations students.





Dr. Alex Chediak

Dr. Alex Chediak

Dr. Alex Chediak, professor of engineering and physics, recently has had five articles published on three websites: Minimize Student Debt, Maximize Christian Mission was published on Desiring God; 5 suggestions for getting a college degree without going broke, on Fox News; and Actually, Conservatives Should Champion Liberal Arts Degrees, No, Not Every Millennial Is Drowning in $200k+ Debt, and The Cure for College Student Narcissism: Work were on Stream




Dr. Keanon Alderson

Dr. Keanon Alderson

Dr. Keanon Alderson, associate professor business, presented at the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship meeting in San Diego on Jan. 11. His presentation was titled Opportunity Recognition and Global Sourcing using Alibaba.com.





Dr. Barry Parker

Dr. Barry Parker

Dr. Barry Parker, librarian, had his novel, Phantom Revelation, published last month by Page Publishing.







Samuel Levi Murillo

Elisabeth Murillo, assistant professor of aviation science, and her husband, Cesar Murillo, welcomed their second child on Jan. 17. Samuel Levi Murillo weighed 7 pounds and 4 ounces and measured 19½ inches long. His older brother, Moises, is 2½.







Reagan Lee McDuffie

Dr. Melissa Wigginton, assistant professor of health science, and her husband, Brian McDuffie, welcomed their first child on Dec. 30. Their daughter, Reagan Lee McDuffie, weighed 6 pounds and 6 ounces and measured 20 inches long.




Personnel Updates

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Current News

$10 million gift is largest ever for California Baptist University

engineering-ACalifornia Baptist University President Ronald L. Ellis announced a $10-million gift during the January meeting of the CBU Board of Trustees. It is the largest gift in the history of the institution.

Trustees applauded the announcement that Ellis said had been in the works for well over a year.

“We are very excited to announce this wonderful gift,” Ellis said. “It’s not that uncommon today for universities of our size to receive seven-figure gifts. We’ve received several. But to get an eight-figure gift is quite an honor.”

Ellis said the donor wishes to remain anonymous. The gift will help fund construction of a three-story building encompassing 100,000 square feet to house the Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering. With an estimated total cost in excess of $50 million, the CBU engineering building project is targeted for completion in the summer of 2018.

“This is going to accelerate the trajectory of the engineering program at CBU,” Ellis said. “It is a tremendous highlight for CBU and we praise God for his providence.”

Founded in 1950, California Baptist University is a private comprehensive institution located in Riverside, Calif. CBU offers more than 150 majors, minors and concentrations, as well as more than 40 graduate programs and two doctoral programs. Affiliated with California Southern Baptist Convention, CBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities, and the Consortium for Global Education.


Spirited crowds add to exciting basketball victories

ESPN game-01aThe California Baptist University men’s and women’s basketball teams both soundly defeated Fresno Pacific University in front of a packed Van Dyne gym audience on Jan. 9. The back-to-back games drew more than 1,000 spectators per event, which was broadcast nationally on ESPN 3 as part of its NCAA Division II Game of the Week coverage.

A large portion of the crowd sported CBU T-shirts and some fans even painted CBU blue across their faces. The CBU “Crazies” helped lead the crowds in chants and cheers throughout the evening, creating an electric atmosphere in the gym.

“It was very exciting to go to a game that was covered by ESPN,” said Trisha Smith, a public relations freshman. “[The game] made me really happy to be a Lancer.”

The Lancer women won, 93-53. They improved their season record to 13-1 overall and 5-1 in the PacWest, and extended their winning streak to six-straight. They are currently ranked No. 5 in the NCAA Division II. The men’s team grabbed its third consecutive 100-plus point win, with a 108-95 victory. With the win, the Lancers move to 14-2 overall and 5-1 in the PacWest. The men’s team is currently ranked No. 8.

“This (women’s) game was one of the most fun games I’ve been to all year,” said Sarah Hernandez, a pre-nursing freshman. “Everyone in the crowd was really loud and spirited, and it made me get really into the game.”

Kamille Diaz, a shooting guard for the women’s squad, also enjoyed the enthusiasm of the crowd.

“We’ve never had a crowd like this; it was full since tip-off,” said Diaz. “The atmosphere of the crowd definitely helped the team.”


Spring 2016 semester begins at California Baptist University

Spring SemesterCalifornia Baptist University kicked off the spring 2016 semester recently, starting off with orientation activities for freshman and transfer students.

New students moved into residential facilities Sunday, Jan. 3. The next day they attended a welcome session and luncheon. Later, students participated in the traditional Kugel Walk for newly enrolled students. Tradition calls for students to touch the Kugel, a floating granite globe structure that symbolizes Christ’s Great Commission, as they begin their educational experience at CBU.

FOCUS groups – short for “First-Year Orientation & Christian University Success” – began Jan. 4 to help acclimate students to campus life. Those groups will provide support for students as they begin their first semester at CBU.

Other activities planned for the new students included various information sessions, a resource fair and a festive dinner at Medieval Times in Buena Park.

Classes began for the spring 2016 semester on Jan. 6.


Recreation Center offers “Fitness Frenzy” week

rec centerDozens of workout classes were highlighted at the California Baptist University Recreation Center recently to help members of the university community set and achieve realistic fitness routines.

Stefani Plummer, director of the CBU Recreation Center, said a common question heard at the center is, “What was your wagon?” Plummer said the question involves why someone quit a workout routine, or “fell off the wagon.”

“Having a realistic expectation is the key to a successful routine,” said Plummer. “Understanding what your potential wagon is could be is just as important.

“I hear of unrealistic goals all the time such as working out for 28 straight days,” she explained. “When you start a workout routine, you need to take into account all of your time commitments.”

Plummer said she wants to help students, staff and faculty minimize “the wagon effect.”

To help establish a realistic routine, Plummer’s team set up a program the first week of the semester called “Fitness Frenzy,” which offered a variety of exercise sample classes in a 30-minute format.

The assortment of workouts—such as Boxing Boot Camp, Bodyworks + ABS, Cycling or Cardio Kickboxing—displayed a healthy sampling of possible exercise routines for participants to join this semester.

“We wanted to find a way for people to try classes but to avoid the commitment right away, Plummer said. “These classes will give people a taste of what [the workouts are] like.”


Family Updates

Dr. Alex Chediak

Dr. Alex Chediak

Dr. Alex Chediak, professor of physics and engineering, had his book, Beating the College Debt Trap: Getting a Degree without Going Broke, published last month.






Noemi Hernandez Alexander

Noemi Hernandez Alexander, visiting professor of political science for Online and Professional Studies, presented research on California’s Social, Political, and Economic influences that lead to the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. The presentation was at the annual meeting of the Politics of Race, Immigration and Ethnicity Consortium held Nov. 20 at UC Riverside.




From left: Audrey Meekins and Dr. Ronald L. Ellis

From left: Audrey Meekins and Dr. Ronald L. Ellis

Audrey Meekins, financial aid loan counselor/debt management, was named CBU’s Employee of the Month for January. The nomination form included the following statements: “Dealing with potential defaulted students, requires a lot of patience and persistence. Often they may be frustrated, upset, or unwilling to resolve their issues. Audrey provides sound guidance and walks them through the process with clarity and patience. She was given the difficult task to lower the default rate.  She achieved the goal of reducing the rate to under 5% in just a few years.”




R. Lucas Stamps

Dr. Lucas Stamps

Dr. Lucas Stamps, assistant professor of Christian studies, wrote a chapter in a book, Locating Atonement: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics, edited by Oliver D. Crisp and Fred Sanders, which was published in November. Stamps’ chapter was titled The Necessity of Dyothelitism for the Atonement.




Dr. Jong-Wha Bai

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai, associate professor of civil engineering, has been selected to receive the 2015 ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award by the ASCE Committee on Student Members. He was nominated for this award by the student officers of CBU ASCE student chapter, which he has served as a faculty advisor since 2012.




Dr. Kenneth Minesinger

Dr. Kenneth Minesinger

Dr. Kenneth Minesinger, associate professor of law for Online and Professional Studies, wrote an article, 2015 Conference of California Bar Associations, which was published in the December 2015 issue of the Riverside County Lawyer Magazine.





Wagner bookKrista Wagner, an English adjunct, recently had her book published. Rian Field is a mystery thriller.






Terri Thompson

Terri Thompson, assistant professor of nursing, received the first DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Faculty Award given at CBU on Dec. 11. This award is part of a national program that recognizes nursing faculty for their commitment and inspirational influence on their students. Her nomination included the following comments: She incorporates Christ in her teaching and everyday behavior; she is passionate about her work in OB and as an educator; she cares about her students and wants them to succeed.




study hallThe Academic Success Center hosted Late Night Study Hall on Dec. 13. Per tradition, Late Night Study Hall takes place the night before the start of finals in the fall and spring semesters. This year a record number of students, 410, attended the event. The staff at the Academic Success Center wants to thank the CBU community for supporting the students and specifically the faculty who attended and provided extra tutoring and educational support.




Dr. William Flores

Dr. William Flores

Dr. William Flores, associate professor of Spanish, wrote a book review that was published in the December 2015 edition of Hispania. The review is titled Venegas Jose L. Transatlantic Correspondence: Modernity, Epistolarity, and Literature in Spain and Spanish America, 1898-1992.




Dr. Ogbochi McKinney

Dr. Ogbochi McKinney

Dr. Ogbochi McKinney, assistant professor of public health for Online and Professional Studies, co-authored two papers. The first, Faith-Based Hospitals and Variation in Psychiatric Inpatient Length of Stay in California, 2002–2011, was published in the Journal of Religion and Health in December. The second, Mental health and food consumption among California children 5–11 years of age, was published in Nutrition and Health in November/October.




Dr. Susan Drummond

Dr. Susan Drummond

Dr. Geneva Oaks

Dr. Geneva Oaks

Dr. Geneva Oaks, dean of the School of Nursing, and Dr. Susan Drummond, associate professor of nursing, co-authored an article, A Curriculum Found on Humanbecoming: Educational Endeavoring, that was published in the January issue of Nursing Science Quarterly.





CDS studentsDr. Namhee Kim, assistant professor of communication disorders, and communication disorders students volunteered at a Christmas event for children with special needs and their families with The ARC  of Riverside County in Riverside on Dec. 19.




 Jude Samuel Ramos

Jude Samuel Ramos

Sam Ramos (’13), residence director-Lancer Arms, and his wife, Emily (’13), welcomed their first child on Nov. 22. Jude Samuel Ramos weighed 8 pounds and 4 ounces and measured 19 inches long.






Personnel Updates

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CBU chapel rings with the sounds and songs of Christmas

Christmas Chapel

California Baptist University’s Women’s Choir performs Christmas music at chapel on Dec. 9.

Sounds of Christmas filled the Van Dyne Gym during Wednesday’s chapel at California Baptist University.

Groups from the Collinsworth School of Music performed a mix of seasonal songs on Dec. 9.

The Jazz Band, conducted by Dr. Guy Holliday, began the festivities by playing as students walked into the chapel. Throughout the service, the Women’s Choir, New Song, Male Chorale and the Concert Band took turns performing.

The musicians brought joy and cheer to the occasion, performing songs such as “Christmastime,” “Mary, Did You Know,” “Winter Wonderland” and “You Are Worthy.”

There was also talk about Christmas traditions.

“Christmas is a time for wonderful traditions. I’m sure you have several of them in your home as I do in mine,” Holliday said. He then led the Concert Band in a musical score for Clement Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas,” while Dr. Glenn Pickett, associate professor of music, narrated.

Later, Holliday got the audience involved by having them clap and stomp a beat to accompany the Jazz Band performance of “Go Tell It on the Mountain.”

Before the Women’s Choir performed “Carol of the Kings,” vocalist Sarah Bryant addressed the audience and proclaimed that while Jesus had a humble birth, nevertheless He was heralded by angels and the wise men.

“Let us not forget the Magi,” she said. “Jesus may have been born into the most humble of circumstances, but kings would come and visit and bow down before him.”


CBU reaffirms commitment to safety and security

safetyThe department of public safety at California Baptist University reaffirmed its commitment to campus safety and security in an email distributed to students staff and faculty and posted on the university intranet portal.

“It is important that all members of the California Baptist University community are confident that the university takes seriously matters of safety and security,” James Walters, director of public safety, wrote.

Walters described procedures the university follows to provide security, including:

  • CBU monitors potentially dangerous incidents as they occur, giving special attention to any that occur near the campus.
  • CBU works closely with Riverside Police Department to identify and address any threats to the campus or surrounding area. Patrols and staffing are adjusted as deemed appropriate.
  • CBU is committed to providing timely notification as needed to keep the community informed of safety concerns around the school.
  • CBU maintains and constantly reviews its “in-place” emergency procedures to ensure they remain relevant and useful to any threat to the university community.

Walters also noted that the combined efforts of students, faculty and staff are essential to a helping ensure a safe campus environment.

“If you believe something is ‘not right,’ tell someone in a position of authority. The university’s safety services department is available 24 hours,” he wrote.

The safety services department can be reached by calling 951-343-4311.


Musician Tyrone Wells plays his special brand of music at chapel

tyroneChapel at California Baptist University was filled with humor and wit as recording artist Tyrone Wells spoke and performed worship music and other songs on Dec. 7.

Wells, a preacher’s kid and the youngest of five children, said the gospel “runs in his blood.” But instead of preaching, Wells said he decided to pursue his passion for music. His folk-pop songs have been featured in films and television shows, and he even has been asked by friends and fans to sing at marriage proposals.

Wells shared stories of awkward situations he experienced as a musician. For instance, he once ended up playing his “sensitive love songs” in front of “big” NFL football players and coaches at a birthday party.

Wells also told a story of how he became a yodeler.

“When I turned 13, my dad grabbed me and told me he had to tell me something,” he said.

It turns out Wells’ grandma was a yodeler, his dad became a yodeler, and he wanted to pass it down as a tradition to Wells. Wells then proceeded to perform a song showcasing his yodeling heritage.

“You probably didn’t expect to hear that today,” he told the audience.

Speaking about his song “Simple Life,” Wells said he was inspired by the message of Micah 6:8 to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.

Wells also encouraged those going through difficulties.

“Life is hard. We can have dark thoughts,” he said. “However, God put you here at CBU for a reason. He has a plan for you.”


“Autumn Arbor Day” event highlights stewardship efforts

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From left: Dario Garcia, a civil engineering sophomore, and Emily Cardona, a kinesiology junior, plant a tree at California Baptist University’s Autumn Arbor Day service project.

About 40 students, faculty and staff of California Baptist University helped make the CBU campus a little greener at an Autumn Arbor Day service project on Dec. 5.

Five teams were assigned to planting trees in parking lots and cultivating and laying down new mulch for a big eucalyptus tree in the Colony residential area.

Ed Schmachtenberger, manager of grounds and landscaping, said there are plans to plant as many as 50 additional trees around campus.

Dr. Jacob Lanphere, assistant professor of environmental science, attended the event with his family. He said it was a wonderful opportunity for students to connect with nature.

“We talk about a lot of these things in the classroom, but when students get an opportunity to come out, be involved, get a little bit of exercise and be a part of it, they will always remember being involved in the community and making it look better, but also making the Earth look better,” he said.

Emily Borden, a creative writing sophomore, helped replace the mulch.

“I’m happy anytime trees are planted and I’m happy that I could help this tree flourish,” she said.

CBU is one of nine higher education institutions in California designated as a Tree Campus USA college by a program implemented by the Arbor Day Foundation.


Drone seminar lands at CBU, looks at safety issues and careers


An unmanned aircraft system equipped with a video camera hovers over a California Baptist University event.

The increasing popularity of unmanned aircraft systems led California Baptist University and local authorities to co-sponsor a seminar about drone safety and more on Dec. 5.

The seminar, held in CBU’s Wallace Theatre and open to the public, featured speakers from the Riverside fire and police departments, the Federal Aviation Administration, CBU and other aviation experts.

“We’re not here to tell you guys you can’t fly your drones, we just want you to do so safely,” said Jeff Ratkovich, a Riverside police officer.

William Shellhous, Riverside fire department division chief, explained how drones could affect firefighters attempting to do their jobs.

“We need everyone to fly responsibly,” said Shellhous. “When individuals deploy drones to get pictures of large fires without adhering to safety codes, there is a danger that drones can collide into helicopters on the scene.”

Later in the seminar, the focus shifted to career opportunities in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

Dr. Daniel Prather, chair of the CBU aviation science program, talked about a career in the UAS industry. He said an estimated 70,000 jobs were created in the first three years since drones have been on the commercial market.

Prather said jobs involving drones include power-line mapping, animal protection, precision agriculture and public safety careers.

“There are lots of [UAS] jobs out there. There are big companies looking for people,” said Shannon Cardin, CBU flight instructor II, who piloted drones over Afghanistan as a contractor for the U.S. government, doing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Cardin said in his experience, employers are hiring UAS pilots who have technical degrees, UAS experience and aviation knowledge.

“All the information that was given was pretty helpful,” said George Moreira, a kinesiology senior who attended the seminar. “I didn’t even know that you can use a drone for commercial gain before [the seminar]. I also didn’t know that there were so many restrictions on flying drones.”


38 teams, 360 volunteers preparing to serve in 16 countries

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At the Team Reveal event on Dec. 3, flags represent some of the countries where CBU teams have participated in service projects.

Excitement filled the air as plans were announced Dec. 3 to mark the 20th year of global outreach and service by students, staff and faculty members at California Baptist University.

The Team Reveal event organized by the CBU Office of Mobilization is held annually to announce teams for International Service Projects, United States Projects and Summer of Service. In 2016, some 360 students and team leaders will make up 38 teams that are scheduled to serve in 16 countries.

The theme for 2016 is “Seek” and the theme scripture passage is Colossians 3:1-2: Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth (NASB).

“We want you to seek Him,” Jeff Lewis, interim director of Global Mobilization, told volunteers. “We want you to seek after the Word of God as He is the greatest mobilizer. This is something that should be done every second of every day.”

Students shared their excitement as they learned of their assignments and met team members.

Sarah Hom, an undeclared freshman, will be serving in Canada.

“I couldn’t stop smiling once I learned where I am going,” she said. “I was surprised because I never thought of Canada as a place to do missions work, but I am excited.”

Garret Denbaugh, a kinesiology sophomore and returning ISP participant, is on a team going to Southeast Asia.

“Last year my favorite part was getting to know my team. We got to see each other grow and share the Word of God,” he said. “I hope to have the same experience this year. I want us all to grow and have a heart for service as we go overseas.”

Lewis encouraged the participants and offered a challenge for their service.

“Those who do not know God are robbing His name of its due glory,” he said. “We must share the Word with these regions.”


CBU community celebrates Christmas season with annual party

California Baptist University students compete in the ugly sweater competition at the annual Christmas party.

California Baptist University students compete in the ugly sweater competition at the annual Christmas party.

Students, faculty and staff welcomed the holiday season at the annual California Baptist University Christmas Party on the Front Lawn on Dec. 1

The event, organized by Associated Students of California Baptist University, drew hundreds of people. Guests who entered the Front Lawn area through a flurry of “snow” propelled by a fan were greeted with decorative lights and Christmas music.

CBU President Dr. Ronald L. Ellis opened the evening with a reading of the Christmas story found in Luke 2, which tells about the birth of Jesus. Ellis then led the lighting of the Christmas tree on the front lawn.

“The whole atmosphere was great. There was music playing, and the Christmas tree added to the holiday spirit,” said Karis Mooney, a freshman business administration major.

The party featured Christmas-themed bounce houses, several holiday photo opportunity areas, a sledding hill and a cookie-decorating station. Attendees also could participate in a variety of contests such as an eggnog chug, a pie-eating contest and an ugly sweater competition.

Students enjoyed the holiday atmosphere and used the occasion to spend time with friends.

“My favorite thing was the community and walking around with some of my closest friends,” said Shelby Frisby, a kinesiology freshman. “I loved everything from making cookies to the snow.”

Sarah Hom, an undeclared freshman, enjoyed taking pictures in front of the Christmas tree.

“The event definitely captured the holiday spirit and was very fun,” she said.


CBU alumna encourages students to discover passion

Jennifer O'FarrellFrom a young age, Jennifer O’Farrell (’00) had a passion for “healing hearts.” However, it was not until she acted on her heart’s desires that her passion turned into reality, she told California Baptist University students.

O’Farrell is the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire and a founding member of The Pick Group, a non-profit organization geared toward young professionals in Riverside that engage civically for the betterment of the city. She spoke as part of the School of Behavioral Sciences’ Culture and Justice Lecture Series on Nov. 19.

A quote by Nelson Mandela,  anti-apartheid activist and President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, provided the focus for her remarks: “It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us … When we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people the freedom to do the same.”

O’Farrell said students should try to find a ministry opportunity in their current season of life. O’Farrell encouraged students to bridge the gap in their communities with those who are less privileged. She suggested mentoring in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Additionally, O’Farrell advised students to look within themselves to discover their passion and then take action to start change even if the change they seek is difficult.

“When we expose our heart’s desires, we have to own up to it,” she said.


Civil rights activist, “Freedom Rider” speaks at CBU

Freedom Riders-03Helen Singleton, civil rights activist, encouraged California Baptist University students to address racism with dialogue on Nov. 18.

CBU hosted an evening that reflected on the historic events of the civil rights demonstrations of 1961 known as the Freedom Rides. Singleton discussed her involvement in the movement after a showing of part of the film, “Freedom Riders,” the fourth and final film in the acclaimed documentary series “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.”

Singleton shared a moment that awakened her understanding of racial tensions in the U.S.

“Pulling out of Washington, D.C., I, in my younger age, could feel the tension in the car. My parents voices dropped and they looked around nervously. We were entering enemy territory,” said Singleton.

This event as a child would also be an inspiration for her decision to participate in the Freedom Rides as a college student years later, she said.

Singleton was one of the 300 plus Freedom Riders, black and white, students and activists, who boarded buses to challenge the segregation laws of the South. Singleton was arrested on her ride and charged with disturbing the peace. Later, she was released.

Three months after the Freedom Rides, the Interstate Commerce Commission issued an order to desegregate public transportation.

Singleton said a life of preparation helps to make tough decisions.

“Preparation is always something that you need, if you want to be involved in life,” she said. Singleton expressed admiration for her fellow civil rights activists Rosa Parks and Ella Baker, saying both were prepared and organized individuals.

Sarah Hernandez, pre-nursing freshman, appreciated Singleton’s story.

“When she talked about why she got involved with the Freedom Riders and the racism she felt as a child it was especially powerful. It’s one thing to talk about racism in general, but it’s another to hear someone’s first-hand experience with it,” Hernandez said.


Dean encourages students to use influence in positive ways

ah-dr-jackson“Power and influence are not the same. Leadership and influence are functions, not a position,” Dr. Craig Jackson said at the California Baptist University College of Health Science’s Distinguished Lecture Series on Nov. 16.

Jackson is the dean of the School of Allied Health Professions at Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) and a global health educator. He has been instrumental in helping establish new allied health programs including a one-of-a-kind rehabilitation technician program in Haiti. He was also instrumental in establishing respiratory care education in Saudi Arabia and remains involved in health and mental health education in countries such as the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Jackson highlighted the differences between power and influence.

“Influence comes from you. Power may be granted to you in terms of a position, but influence is from you,” Jackson said.

He then challenged the audience members to consider what their influence may be.

“It’s not a matter of whether or not we have influence. The question is whether or not it is positive. It is part of the integrity you develop as you think about leadership,” Jackson said.

Jackson also talked about how he and other department leaders at LLUH integrate faith into their work.

“When we have our meetings, we talk about the ideas of our spiritual gifts. We also talk about how we must lead by example and to us Christ is the best example of selfless, serving leadership,” Jackson said. “We always go back to this and I integrate it into my teachings.”


CBU garners top spots in state, national rankings

nicheCalifornia Baptist University has received high rankings for programs and other offerings—including two “No. 1” recognitions—on websites that compare colleges and universities nationwide.

Niche.com and Christian Universities Online both included CBU in rankings released this month on numerous “Best” lists for 2016.

Niche ranked CBU No. 1 in California and No. 6 nationally for “Best College Food.”  In the site’s “Best College Campus” list, CBU placed No. 2 in California and No. 13 nationally.

Additionally, Niche ranked CBU No. 1 in California and No. 7 nationwide in its “Best College Dorms” list.

CBU placed No. 3 in the Niche list of “Best Christian Colleges” in California.

The Niche 2016 Best College rankings are based on numerous statistical analysis, according to the site. For instance, in the Best Food category, Niche used an analysis of 1,713 colleges to assess significant factors such as average meal plan cost along with student reviews of food quality. The Best College Campus standings take into account the quality of housing, food services and students’ reviews of the campus.

Christian Universities Online ranked CBU No. 32 in the nation among “Top Christian Colleges and Universities Exceeding Expectations in 2016.” The ranking methodology was based on gathering data on each college’s predicted graduation rate compared to its actual graduation rate and then ranking the colleges based on the difference between those two variables.

Earlier this year, CBU earned several top-40 rankings by U.S. News and World Report in the categories of “Best Regional University,” “Best Colleges for Veterans,” and “Best Online Degree Programs.”

Family Updates

Dr. Candace Vickers

Dr. Candace Vickers

Dr. Candace Vickers, associate professor of communication disorders, co-presented a paper at the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s annual convention held Nov. 12-14 in Denver. The title of the paper was Integrating the ICF into graduate education: Training students to provide person centered care.






From left: Student writers Maribel Ramirez and Salilo Mao are pictured with ABC7 reporter Leticia Juarez.

Evoke Magazine, a student-produced publication of CBU/Online, won a Capella Award at the Public Relations Society of America Inland Empire’s Polaris Award ceremony for the 2014 and 2105 editions. The ceremony was held at Center Stage in Fontana on Nov. 18.  Leticia Juarez, an ABC7 reporter, was a special guest at the event. Dr. Mary Ann Pearson, associate professor of public relations, and Sam Park, assistant professor of graphic design and digital media, both for Online and Professional Studies, serve as faculty advisers for the publication, which is published annually.





Dr. Torria Davis

Dr. Torria Davis

Dr. Torria Davis, instructional designer for Online and Professional Studies, had her book, Visual Design for Online Learning, published in October. She also presented content from the book at the International Online Learning Consortium Conference held Oct. 14-16 in Orlando, Florida.





Dr. Kristen M. White

Dr. Kristen M. White

Dr. Tom Frederick

Dr. Tom Frederick

Dr. Thomas Frederick, associate professor of psychology, and Dr. Kristen M. White, assistant professor of psychology, both for Online and Professional Studies, published a study, Mindfulness, Christian Devotion Meditation, Surrender, and Worry in the journal Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, volume 18, issue 9.




Dale Lee

Dale Lee

Dale Lee, Information and Technology Services assistant director for projects and information security, received certification as a certified information security manager from ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association) in October. The intent of the certification is to provide a common body of knowledge for information security management. Certification requirements include passing an exam and three years of experience in IT security management.





From left: Stephen Dueck and Steffano Oyanader

Dr. Mario A. Oyanader, associate professor of chemical engineering, co-authored three presentations made at the annual meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers held in Salt Lake City on Nov. 8-13. Two students, Stephen Dueck and Steffano Oyanader, were co-authors, research collaborators and presenters. The presentations were on the topics of fluid flow fractionation and electrophoresis.





Dr. Shasha Zheng

Dr. Shasha Zheng

Dr. Shasha Zheng, assistant professor of nutrition, was a keynote presenter at the Food Chemistry and Technology Conference Nov. 16-18 in San Francisco. She spoke on Phytonutrients and Antioxidant Activity in Traditional, Native American Edible Plants from Southern California.





Jeff Cate-1Dr. Jeff Cate, professor of New Testament, presented a paper, Learning from the Scribes: Using Variant Readings and Marginal Comments as Interpretive Tools for John’s Apocalypse, during the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Atlanta on Nov. 22.




Dr. Veola Vazquez

Dr. Veola Vazquez

Dr. Veola Vazquez, associate professor of psychology, presented Rekindling Compassion: Supporting Parents, Co-workers and Yourself at the Riverside County Office of Education Child Services Unit Staff Development session on Nov. 20.





Dr. Dominick Sturz

Dr. Dominick Sturz

Dr. Ogbochi McKinney

Dr. Ogbochi McKinney

Dr. Ogbochi McKinney, assistant professor of public health, and Dr. Dominick Sturz, associate professor of public health, both for Online and Professional Studies, hosted two round-table sessions at the Annual Southern California Public Health Association Conference held in Los Angeles on Nov. 12.  Their sessions, titled I’ve graduated with an MPH/DrPH, now what?, focused on the transition from graduate student into working professionals in the field of public health.



Shawn Wilhite

Shawn Wilhite

Shawn Wilhite, assistant professor of Christian studies for Online and Professional Studies, attended the Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting on Nov. 17-19. There he presented a paper, The Reception of Biblical Traditions in the Didache: The Social and Hermeneutical Effect of Received Traditions, and was a panel member for The Didache: A Study of Nascent Christianity. He also attended the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting on Nov. 20-23. He presented a paper, Atonement and Cultic Cosmology: Reception of Heavenly Atonement in Origen of Alexandria’s Reading of Hebrews, and presided over a study group, History of Interpretation: Apocalyptic Texts and the Psalter in Early and Medieval Interpretation. Both events took place in Atlanta, Georgia.


Dr. Keanon Alderson

Dr. Keanon Alderson

Dr. Keanon Alderson, associate professor of business, published a paper in the Experiential Entrepreneurship Exercises Journal, Volume 1, Issue 4. The article, Micro-Enterprise Group Project: Start a small business with $20.00, details a class project he created that teaches business skills and donates the profits to homeless charities. So far, the classes have raised almost $6,000.






From left: Students Townsend Kaneversky, Yaslin Munoz-Reynoso, Kevin Martinez, Daniel Urban, Kevin Chen, Christian Espinosa and Lacey Schimming

Dr. Daniel Prather, professor of aviation science, taught a two-day Ground Operator Safety Training course to 25 airport professionals responsible for airside and landside safety and security of Terminal 4 at JFK International Airport in New York City on Nov. 12-13. On Nov. 17-19, he and seven aviation science students attended the National Business Aviation Association Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas. There, he co-presented a session, Certified Aviation Managers and Professional Development Program.





Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson, associate professor of public relations for Online and Professional Studies, served on a panel presented by the University of La Verne’s Leo Public Relations Club on Nov. 17. The panel topic was titled Journey to Success.






From left: Mark Sambito, president of APWA-Inland Empire Branch, Dr. Jong-Wha Bai, associate professor of civil engineering at CBU, Dr. Felipe Perez, associate professor at Cal Poly Pomona, Dr. Xudong Jia, professor at Cal Poly Pomona, and Jeff Endicott, director of APWA-Inland Empire Branch

The CBU Civil Engineering Department was recognized by the APWA (American Public Works Association) – Inland Empire Branch with a donation of $1,000 at an award luncheon on Nov. 13 in Yucaipa. In addition, two civil engineering students, Jasmine Pang and Ricky Carillo, received scholarships ($1,500 each).







Dr. Bruce Stokes

Dr. H. Bruce Stokes

Dr. H. Bruce Stokes, professor of anthropology and behavioral sciences, served on the translation team that recently updated the Amplified Bible. For the update to the Amplified Bible, which was released in October, the goal of the team was to enhance the appeal of the Amplified Bible by refreshing the English and refining the amplifications for relevance and clarity.




engineering studentsCBU engineering students toured a power plant with the sponsorship of Kiewit Construction, one of the world’s biggest contractors, on Nov. 13. Forty students and two faculty members visited the power plant located in San Diego. The visit helped students understand how their classroom education is applied in the field, and they were able to connect and network with professionals.



Dr. Namhee Kim

Dr. Namhee Kim

Dr. Namhee Kim, assistant professor of communication disorders, presented a poster, Overall and developmental patterns of consonant manner repetition in early words, at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Annual Convention in Denver on Nov. 13.





Dr. Sean Sullivan

Dr. Sean Sullivan

Dr. Sean Sullivan, professor of kinesiology, presented a paper, Thinking Christianly About Sport and the Body: A View of from the Academic Ranks, at the Baylor University Institute for Faith and Learning: Spirit of Sports conference on Nov. 7 in Waco, Texas.





Heather Hamilton-Stilwell

Heather Hamilton-Stilwell

Heather Hamilton-Stilwell, assistant professor of journalism, presented two papers at the Religious Communication Association Conference on Nov. 18. The papers were titled Reflections of Discipleship: Blends of Community and Communication in D. Bonhoeffer and J. K. A. Smith’s writings and I Don’t Make Mistakes: Overhearing the Value that God Gives Each Life in Max Lucado’s Children’s Narratives. She also presented papers at the National Communication Association Conference Nov. 19-22. The titles were Beyond One Size Fits All: Using Mediated HIPS (High Impact Practices) to Increase Educational Opportunities for Learning with a Disability and Helping Children Cope: Embracing the Role and Effectiveness of Medically Themed Media. A third paper—Mediated Opportunities for Better Disability Communication: A Rhetorical Analysis of A Visitor Who Uses Leg Braces, a Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Episode, and Empathy at School, a Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Episode—was selected for the top paper panel within the Disability Issues Caucus. Both events were held in Las Vegas.



Dr. William Flores, right, with other professors at the book fair.

Dr. William Flores, associate professor of Spanish, presented a paper, The Crisis of Ecology, Global Warming, and the Responsibility of Readers and Scholars of Literature, at the 2015 Guadalajara International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Mexico, held Nov. 28-Dec. 6.






SONA-treeCBU’s Students of Nursing Association’s Christmas tree won the prize for Santa’s Favorite at Riverside University Medical Center Foundation’s Festival of Trees held Nov. 25-29 at the Riverside Convention Center. Students decorated a Minion-themed tree. They were sponsored by Provider Contract Food Company, and the tree was purchased by the Haider Spine Center. The funds were donated to the pediatric department of Riverside University Medical Center.





kailee williams

Kailee Williamson

Kailee Williamson received a full scholarship to play softball at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. She is the daughter of Sandi Williamson, data entry clerk for Facilities and Planning Services.









From left: Sarai Babirye and Eden Kaudha Jimenez

Hector Jimenez, assistant professor of music, and his wife, Jessica, welcomed twin girls Nov. 4. Sarai Babirye Jimenez weighed 5 pounds and Eden Kaudha Jimenez weighed 4 pounds, 9 ounces.






Vivianne Chamberland

Vivianne Chamberland

Lupe Solano, administrative assistant for University Advancement, welcomed her first grandchild, Vivianne Chamberland, who was born in Moreno Valley on Nov. 25. She weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 19.5 inches long.






Jason Bennett Williams

Jason Bennett Williams

Traci Williams, enrollment process administrator for Online and Professional Studies, and her husband, Dan, finalized the adoption of their son, Jason Bennett Williams, 1, on Nov. 13.






Leah Grace Gooch

Leah Grace Gooch

Nicole Gooch (’09), financial aid loan counselor, and her husband, Glenn (’15), welcomed their daughter Leah Grace Gooch on Aug. 7. She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, measured 19.75 inches long and is the first grandchild of Rhonda Shackelford, undergraduate admissions visits and events coordinator.




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“Take it Outside II” attracts thousands of wrestling fans

Lancer wrestler Nolan Kistler (left) competes in “Take It Outside II” in front of more than 2,000 enthusiastic wrestling fans.

Lancer wrestler Nolan Kistler (left) competes in “Take It Outside II” in front of more than 2,000 enthusiastic wrestling fans.

California Baptist University’s “Take It Outside II” drew 2,082 avid wrestling fans on Nov.14.  The second annual event was held on the CBU Front Lawn, where a temporary wrestling venue was erected to host the match between the NCAA Division II Lancers and D-I opponent California State University, Bakersfield.

The event also featured Stephen Neal, a two-time D-I individual champion wrestler for the Bakersfield Roadrunners. Neal, who also was a guard for the NFL New England Patriots and was part of three Super Bowl championship teams, signed autographs and posed for photos before the wrestling began.

Although CBU lost the event 28-12, several Lancer wrestlers won individual matches.

Anthony Racobaldo, a 133-pound wrestler, won in dramatic fashion pinning his opponent in the last second of the match. Brady Bersano, a 149-pound wrestler, won by a score of 10-4. Additionally, in the heavyweight division Joe Fagiano had a narrow 7-6 win.

“You don’t get to watch wrestling outdoors every day,” said Andrew Carrion, a health science sophomore. “Even though it was hot, it was fun. It was great because all my friends came, too.”

The enthusiasm of the CBU’s crowd was evident throughout the event. “I made it [to the event] just in time to see the last match and I’m glad I did. The wrestling was great and the crowd got wild. I could hear the crowd across campus as I arrived,” said Nolan Falconieri, a criminal justice sophomore.

The event also attracted future collegiate grapplers.

“It is great to come out and see college wrestling,” said Julien Rivera, a wrestler for Hillcrest High School in Riverside. “It is different from what I see everyday and I would love to compete at such a competitive level someday.”


CBU packs shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child


Molly Kate Smith (right), a nursing junior, is excited to fill her shoebox for Operation Christmas Child.

Hundreds of California Baptist University students, staff, faculty and their families worked diligently to pack more than 550 gift shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) on Nov. 12.

OCC is a project of Samaritan’s Purse that has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 124 million children affected by war, poverty, natural disasters and other crises.  The gift boxes have reached approximately 150 countries and territories since 1993.  Some of the gifts items include hygiene products, clothes, school supplies and toys.

More than 750 participants packed the CBU Recreation Center gym to fill boxes with donations that were spread out on tables.

Planning and organizing the event was a months-long effort that included help from many departments on campus, said Julie Dobbins, assistant director of chapel and compassion ministries and event organizer. Schools and departments provided donations for the shoeboxes as well, she said.

Volunteers also had the opportunity to write a special message on a card for the child who receives the box.

“My favorite part was filling out the card and sharing [a note] with the child,” said Victoria Neal, an early childhood studies junior. “I also like knowing that the boxes are going to such a great cause.”

Dobbins said the turnout for OCC has nearly tripled in size since its introduction four years ago.

“Operation Christmas Child is Gospel-centered, so we are giving a gift that is tangible but it also allows those who deliver the boxes a chance to share the Gospel,” she added. “Getting involved with this is a great opportunity for students.”


CBU brings Bradbury’s cautionary “Fahrenheit 451” to life

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Spenser Deardorff and Katie Kostecka play Montag and Clarisse, respectively, in “Fahrenheit 451.”

Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” comes to life in the Wallace Theatre this weekend as the second production of the fall semester at California Baptist University.

Bradbury’s play, published in 1979, is based on his 1953 book with the same title, which refers to the temperature at which paper ignites. Fahrenheit 451 is a story of a futuristic dystopian society where books are illegal. Ironically, in Bradbury’s classic tale the job of firemen is not to put out fires, but to burn books.

Fireman Guy Montag befriends Clarisse, a teenager who is a reader and is part of the resistance. As a result, Montag becomes increasingly skeptical of what he is doing.

Frank Mihelich, assistant professor of theatre and the play’s director, made a few changes to the storyline. Instead of taking place in the future, the play’s setting is in modern times where reading and possessing books is illegal and the laws against such acts are strictly enforced. Mihelich said he wants the audience to consider that modern society could be only a few choices away from producing such a reality.

“At its heart, ‘Fahrenheit 451’ is a cautionary tale,” Mihelich said.

Katie Kostecka, a sophomore journalism and theatre double major, plays Clarisse. Clarisse never sways on her beliefs, despite the suppression happening around her, Kostecka said.

“I think political correctness is a big topic in society today,” she said. “People would rather avoid topics, eliminating them completely, rather than have the tough conversations.

“Clarisse is not afraid of those topics, and she is not afraid to stand out rather than fit the mold society wishes to place her in,” Kostecka said.

Performances are Thursday, Nov. 19, through Saturday, Nov. 21, with performances each evening at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee. General admission tickets are $15, with discounts offered for senior citizens and CBU students, faculty, staff and alumni.

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


CBU professor views artistic pursuits as “co-creating with God”

Dirk Dallas-5Artistic pursuits amount to being a “co-creator” with God, Dirk Dallas, assistant professor of graphic arts at California Baptist University, told the Harvest Christian Fellowship Creative Collective on Nov. 10.

The Harvest Creative Collective is a gathering of Christians who seek to use their creative endeavors to bring glory to God. Speaking to the Collective, Dallas introduced himself as a “professor, space nerd, photographer and a father.”

Dallas said he originally sought to be a teacher but discovered that was not his passion. After a conversation with his girlfriend (now wife), Alicia, he began pursuing creative work—first at a design school and then at Harvest as a graphic designer. Mike Berger, assistant professor of graphic design, offered Dallas an opportunity to teach a graphic design course at CBU after learning about his work at Harvest. Dallas accepted, then began to teach more classes and eventually was offered a full-time faculty position.

Included in his creative portfolio is an impressive photography resume. Dallas has shot advertising photos for clients including Nike, Ford Fusion and football star Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks.

Yet, even with such outstanding professional accomplishments, Dallas said his ultimate satisfaction is found in Christ and his artistic aim is to create with Him.

“For me, as I started thinking about creation and being a creator, I really see myself as a co-creator with God,” he said.


CBU professor receives prestigious education award

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Dr. Heather Williams, ACSA Professor of Education of the Year award recipient, is flanked by family members. Pictured from left: Andrew Williams, son (’15); his wife, Kylie Williams (’15); Dr. Williams; and daughter Sara Williams, sophomore at CBU.

Dr. Heather Williams, California Baptist University adjunct professor of education, was awarded the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) 2015 Professor of Education of the Year award for her work in training the next generation of educational leaders. Williams received the award at the ACSA’s Leadership Summit on Nov. 5-7 in Sacramento.

Williams came to CBU five years ago. “I specifically wanted to teach at CBU because I appreciate the opportunity to connect my faith with the instruction,” she said. “It is important for me to help students see the gifts that God has given them and how they can use those gifts to bless others.”

Williams said she notices that CBU students aspire to make a positive impact on the students they serve.

“I so appreciate the students’ pure desire to make a difference,” she said. “They have a commitment to impacting children’s lives for the better and they take that commitment seriously.”

Williams also serves as director of human resources for the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. Previously she worked as director of human resources, director of special education and principal in the Chino Valley Unified School District.

“Dr. Williams is as committed to the growth of her college students as she is to the growth of the students she serves in the K-12 public school system,” wrote Dawn Nishanian, human resource manager at San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, who nominated Williams for the award.


CBU Flying Lancers compete in regional aviation event

Flying Lancers

The California Baptist University Flying Lancers display certificates and medals after participating in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association Region II competition held in La Verne, Nov. 2-6.

Twenty aviation science students from California Baptist University took to the skies of La Verne to compete in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association Region II competition on Nov. 2-6. This was the second year the Flying Lancers competed in this event.

The students participated in numerous ground and flight competitive events such as Power-Off Landing, Navigation, Message Drop, Aircraft Preflight Inspection and Crew Resource Management.

Flying Lancers Phil Marlin, dropmaster and Cole Lanphere, pilot, placed third in the Message Drop competition; and Hannah Guajardo, pilot flying, and Lacey Schimming, pilot not flying, finished fifth place in the Crew Resource Management competition.

“We are proud of the Flying Lancers’ efforts,” said Dr. Daniel Prather, chair of the Department of Aviation Science. “These students always inspire their competitors during the competition, and as we look forward to the 2016 competition, we’ll learn from our experience and set our sights even higher.”


Homecoming events attract large crowds to campus


Guests take a picture with CBU’s mascot Lance during 2015 Homecoming activities.

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

Friday evening, the annual Alumni Awards Dinner hosted a sold-out event to recognize several alumni who span decades of achievements: Bill Pierpoint (’68), recipient of the Lancer Medal for Lifetime Achievement Award; Todd Knowles (’85), Alumnus of the Year Award; Daniel Bishop (‘06), recipient of the Young Alumni Achievement Award; and Randy McWhorter (’78), recipient of the Distinguished Service in Christian Ministry Award.

“While it has been a great honor and encouragement for me to be selected as an honoree for 2015, it’s even more encouraging to see the blessing being poured out by the Lord as He leads and guides the vast number of faculty, staff, students and benefactors of CBU,” said Knowles, who was unable to attend, in a letter that was read to the audience.

Bishop reflected on his time at CBU. “I’m thankful that in the Lord’s sovereignty. He brought me to California Baptist University to learn from professors like Dr. Chris Morgan and Dr. Dan Wilson. I can’t imagine learning from people who I respect and trust more than them.”

On Saturday, the festivities shifted outside with a Block Party featuring games, activities, live music, food and academic displays for the whole family.

“I had so much fun out there,” said Mitchell Collard, freshman, who played the drums for CBU’s Jazz group that performed at the Block Party. “I love playing jazz and I also love church music. At CBU I get to put these two loves together and seek to glorify God. That’s just awesome.”

Senior Brittany Ferrier volunteered at the Associated Students’ display, handing out free T-shirts to students who voted for Mr. and Ms. CBU.

“This was the event that made me want to come to CBU,” Ferrier said. “The event really shows CBU has a lot of school spirit and a strong sense of community.”

At 3 p.m., hundreds of Homecoming attendees filled Stamps Courtyard for the inaugural “Zest”ival music event, featuring Christian recording artist Danny Gokey.

The annual Fortuna Bowl championship games on Saturday evening drew an estimated 4,500 spectators. Bombshell won the women’s game and Goon Squad came out on top on the men’s side after five overtime periods. Katelynn Liddell was crowned Ms. CBU and Luke Henderson was crowned Mr. CBU during the evening’s festivities. The night also featured a firework show during a break in the men’s overtime thriller.


Christian artist Danny Gokey sings of hope at CBU Homecoming

Gokey-2Stamps Courtyard at California Baptist University was filled with stomping, hand swaying and singing Nov. 7 as Christian artist Danny Gokey promoted the theme of hope and redemption through Jesus Christ.

Gokey, an “American Idol” alumnus, performed at the inaugural “Zest”ival music event as part of Homecoming weekend.

“Zest”ival combined music with Riverside County’s rich citrus heritage, featuring the free concert along with lemon and orange flavored ice cream treats. In the true music festival spirit, students and families spread out blankets and set up lawn chairs to enjoy Gokey’s performance.

Gokey gained public attention in season eight of “American Idol,” when he auditioned for the show just four weeks after the death of his first wife, Sophia. His talent and story of loss captivated viewers as he advanced to place third in the vocal competition.

Since his “American Idol” days, Gokey has released two albums and a Christmas album is on the way. Now remarried, he is also involved in children’s outreach in Nashville and Milwaukee through his foundation Sophia’s Heart, which he founded in memory of his late wife.

Gokey shared his testimony of grief and subsequent healing through Christ, telling the crowd at one point, “I believe God wants to do something supernatural, even on this lawn outside.”

He performed several songs from his latest album including his lead single, “Hope in Front of Me.” The music carried a message of restoration and hope in Jesus Christ and energized the crowd with upbeat tempos and rhythms.

Gokey also led the crowd in worship as students and families sang along to the songs of hope. He reminded the audience members to “take every moment as it comes and live for the now.”

“He [came across] very relatable despite his fame,” said Morgan Jones, a sophomore and political science major. “He engaged with the people and related to all age groups.”


CBU crowns intramural flag football champions at Fortuna Bowl

Fortuna Bowl

Goon Squad outlasted Fruit of the Boom 18-12 to win the Fortuna Bowl trophy in a grueling game that went five overtime periods.

Out of the 28 California Baptist University intramural flag football teams that started at the beginning of the year, the last four standing faced off on Nov 7. Bombshell captured the Fortuna Bowl championship trophy on the women’s side and Goon Squad on the men’s side. An estimated 4,500 spectators turned out for the two games.

In the women’s game, Bombshell, a first-year squad, defeated The Bus Drivers, 6-0, denying The Bus Drivers back-to-back championships.

“The desire to play our best brings us together,” said Monica Overton, a freshman applied theology major and a team captain for Bombshell. Overton was named most valuable player of the game as she scored the only touchdown.

Overton said her team set out to build community, work together and also keep their hearts on glorifying God on and off the field.

“That has brought us close and kept us close, as not just a team, but as a family,” Overton said.

The men’s match-up pitted Goon Squad, a third-year team, against Fruit of the Boom, which lost in last year’s championship game.

The game turned into a marathon with five overtime periods. A break midway through the final overtime period allowed the fireworks show to take place as the game had gone longer than anticipated. When play resumed, Goon Squad scored the last touchdown and came out on top, 18-12.

“I think we have bonded very well (this season). It has been difficult for us because most of the team are commuters and transfer students so we all have very different schedules. But when we are together, it’s always been a good time,” said Michael Castillo, a senior healthcare administration major and Goon Squad team captain.


Homecoming activities start with dynamic chapel service

Chapel Gokey

Danny Gokey (left), Christian recording artist, leads worship at California Baptist University’s Homecoming chapel.

California Baptist University students and staff began the Homecoming weekend with a chapel service featuring a pair of talented Christian communicators. Danny Gokey, Christian recording artist, led worship and Daniel Bishop (’06), lead pastor at The Grove Community Church and recipient of the 2015 Young Alumni of the Year Award, delivered the message.

While singing the song “How He Loves,” Gokey spoke about God’s deep love that can overcome any obstacle. He also offered a passionate prayer over the students, asking God to bless their endeavors.

Bishop said while college students are trying to figure out what their dreams are for their lives, they should remember that God’s dream for their lives is to partner with Him.

“It’s very easy to think about all of your dreams, your dream job and what you want to do with your life,” Bishop said. “God wants you to think about His dreams and the dreams He has for your life, and the things that He has planned out for you.”

Bishop said a passage from Philippians 1 shows a partnership between the Apostle Paul and the church at Philippi. He said both believed in Jesus and both wanted to advance the gospel. Bishop encouraged students to embrace the same goals.

“It’s not bad to want a great job and pursue your dreams,” he said. “Just realize that God cares more about His saving work in your life than any other work that you could do for Him.”

Bishop told the students they were at CBU for a reason, and it is more than just preparing them for a job.

“God is saying, ‘As you’re planning out your life, as you’re making all these dreams, don’t forget about Me,’” Bishop said.

There are ways to determine if a dream or plan is from God, Bishop said. First, ask God, and then know that his dreams will always line up with scripture and that He will also use others to affirm your choices, Bishop said.

“When the Lord gets hold of your life, there is no greater cause for you to be a part of than spreading the gospel and being a part of His plan and His dream for all nations to know who He is,” Bishop said. “That’s His dream, that’s His plan, that’s what He wants us to be a part of. His dream is not to make our dreams come true.”


Alumni prep CBU students for life after graduation

footstepsCalifornia Baptist University students received advice from alumni about the workforce and how to land their first job after college at the Career Center’s “Footstep to Follow” event, on Nov. 5.

The event consisted of a panel of seven alumni who represented a diverse workforce. The panelists were engineer Michael Sampson (’11), teacher Jackie Gray (’08), pastor Daniel Bishop (’06), nurse Whitney Jarboe (’14), developer Mike Turrell (’13), non-profit director Jennifer O’Farrell (’00), and police officer Nick Cantino (’11). The panel was moderated by Makenna Lammons, president of the Associated Students of CBU.

In discussing what students can do to prepare for the workforce, O’Farrell encouraged students to graduate with a diverse skillset.

“Because most of the individuals I’m hiring are coming right out of college, I’m looking for someone well-rounded,” said O’Farrell, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire. “What I’m looking for is problem-solving and critical thinking, and internships are our way of assessing [potential candidates].”

Other panelists also described what they look for in a recent graduate.

“I want to see how you interact with people,” said Bishop, lead pastor at The Grove Community Church. “If you can’t have a conversation with me and engage me, then I’m not going to be interested in you working with other people or people at our church.”

Freshman Stephanie Gonzales attended the event to learn about landing a job after graduation.

“I found this event really beneficial because it helped me realize the real world out there,” she said. “In college you’re learning about how to prepare yourself for that job, but it’s great to hear from people who are actually in it.”


Yosemite excursion a popular CBU Community Life adventure

yosemiteCalifornia Baptist University’s Community Life is scheduled to embark on its latest outdoor adventure with another excursion to the Yosemite National Park on Nov. 21-24. Students will camp, hike and enjoy God’s creation as well as form new friendships along the way.

Community Life’s Outdoor Adventures program helps students take advantage of natural wonders such as Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Mountain and the beaches of the Pacific coast. The program provides transportation, gear and most of the food for a small fee.

In Yosemite, the group will camp, learn how to cook outdoors, and hike to places such as Artist Point, and Vernal and Nevada Falls, said Sam Cannon, program coordinator for Outdoor Adventures.

“Yosemite is an iconic national park with magnificent views, awesome hikes, waterfalls, open meadows, great campsites and is super popular with our student population,” Cannon said. “For a lot of people, Yosemite is a bucket-list item.”

Last month, Tyler Cox, director of recreation programs, and two graduate assistants led 21 students on a camp and hike excursion to Zion National Park in Utah.

Lauren Davis, a sophomore business major who went on the trip to Zion and also hikedYosemite last year, said, “You can show up and not know anybody and then after the trip, they’re my best friends.”

Zion was the first Community Life trip for Tessa Cannon, a junior business and graphic design major. She reached the summit of Angels Landing, a 2.5-mile hike that ends on a peak towering 1,500 feet above the canyon floor.

“It was such an incredible experience getting to meet new people and trying new things together,” she said. “There were points where I had to rely on others to help me or I was able to help other people. It brought me out of my comfort zone and that made the trip really great!”

Cox said students have time to bond while traveling as well as in camp and on the trail.

“It’s fun to see students who didn’t know each other connect on these trips,” he said.

The Community Life staff seeks to accommodate the various interests of CBU students. Events includeintramural sports, a variety of clubs, cultural awareness programs, commuter welcoming activities and other social events.

Also included are CBU traditions such as TWIRP Week (The Woman Is Required to Pay), where women invite men for fun activities; Midnight Madness, the kickoff to basketball season; and Yule, a formal dinner and evening of entertainment at a popular Southern California venue.

“We have such a diverse student population, and each student has their own likes and interests and hobbies that we have to cast a wider net,” said Chris Hofschroer, assistant dean of students. “We have to evolve just like our student body has and that means offering a more diverse program calendar.”

Using the analogy of a river, Hofschroer said the goal of Community Life is to have students make a personal connection and come to know the Lord or grow deeper in their faith.

“Our goal is to simply get them in the river of community on campus, making connections, (and) making them feel like they belong, that they understand their purpose,” he said.


Family Updates

Dr. Ogbochi McKinney

Dr. Ogbochi McKinney

Dr. Ogbochi McKinney, assistant professor of Public Health for Online and Professional Studies, presented a paper at the 149th Annual American Public Health Association Conference held in Chicago Oct. 31-Nov. 4.  The presentation of Determinants of Antiretroviral Adherence Behavior among Reproductive Age Malawian Women resulted from her work with women living with HIV/AIDS in Malawi, southern Africa.





Dr. Geneva Oaks

Dr. Geneva Oaks

Dr. Geneva Oaks, dean of the School of Nursing, went to Washington, D.C., as part of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Advocacy Day on Oct. 26. She went with the California delegation of deans and directors, which visited 10 congressional offices advocating for education and research funding for nursing.





Dr. Jacqueline Gustafson

Dr. Jacqueline Gustafson

Dr. Jacqueline Gustafson, dean of the School of Behavioral Sciences, presented at the NAFSA Association of International Educators Conference in Honolulu on Oct. 29.  Her workshop was titled Internationalizing the Undergraduate Psychology Curriculum.






Dr. Gayne Anacker

Dr. Gayne Anacker

Dr. Gayne Anacker, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was assistant director of the C.S. Lewis Retreat at Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas, on Oct. 30-Nov 1.  He also presented a paper in the conference’s Academic Roundtable titled Traces of Joy in C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy.





Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson, associate professor of public relations for Online and Professional Studies, spoke to CBU’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) club on Oct. 27 and CSSB’s PRSSA club on Nov. 5 on Strategies for Success after Commencement. She also presented a paper at the Public Relations Society of American (PRSA) Educator’s Academy Pedagogical Session at the International PRSA conference in Atlanta on Nov. 6-9. Her paper was Online Mentoring to Facilitate Internships.





Dr. Andrew Herrity

Dr. Andrew Herrity

Dr. Andrew Herrity, professor of business and entrepreneurship, won the award for best academic paper at the Christian Business Faculty Association Annual Conference at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va., on Oct. 31.  Herrity’s paper, presented earlier that day, was titled Flourishing in Christ and Business: Conceptualizing a Resource for Helping New Graduates Go From Crisis to Excellence.




Dr. David Pearson

Dr. David Pearson

Dr. David Pearson, interim dean of the College of Health Science, presented at the Faculty Athletics Representative Association annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Nov. 7.  The presentation was titled Missed class time: challenges, opportunities, and a changing educational landscape.





Shawn Wilhite

Shawn Wilhite

Shawn Wilhite, assistant professor of Christian Studies with Online and Professional Studies, gave a talk at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Housh Talk on Nov. 11 in Louisville, Kentucky. The talk was titled The Day of Atonement Remains for Us Until the Sun Sets: Origen of Alexandria’s Reading of Hebrews and the Perpetual Heavenly Day of Atonement.




Dr. Tim Luther

Dr. Tim Luther

Dr. Tim Luther, professor of political science, presented a paper at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Conference on Nov. 8 in Portland, Oregon. The paper was titled The Unfinished Project of the Enlightenment: Habermas’s Reconstruction of Democracy.





Dr. Derek Updegraff

Dr. Derek Updegraff

Jennifer Tronti

Jennifer Tronti

Dr. Owen Staley

Dr. Owen Staley

Dr. James Lu

Dr. James Lu

Dr. James Lu, professor of English, Dr. Owen Staley, lecturer in modern languages and literature, Jennifer Tronti, assistant professor of English, and Dr. Derek Updegraff, assistant professor of English and creative writing, presented papers at the 113th annual conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, held Nov. 6-8 in Portland, Oregon. Lu’s paper was titled Revisiting Roman Jakobson’s Translation Theory: From Linguistics to Cultural Contact, and Lu chaired a session on Rethinking the Enlightenment and Democracy. Staley’s paper was titled Liberté, égalité, diversité: mondialisation dans l’époque de Charlie Hebdo. Tronti’s paper was titled To Be Continued: Memory and Cinematic Ritual in Wim Wender’s Wings of Desire. Updegraff’s paper was titled The Poetics of Listing in the Old English Catalogue Poems.


Dr. Carol Minton

Dr. Carol Minton

Dr. Carol Minton, professor of sociology, co-authored a study, Voices from Behind Prison Walls: The Impact of Training Service Dogs on Women in Prison, that was recently published in Society and Animals, Vol. 23.





Karen Shade, lecturer in the department of electrical and computer engineering, presented a paper, Maker Faires as Postmodern Curricular Events, at the 16th Annual Curriculum and Pedagogy Conference in Cleveland, on Nov 6.


Movember GroupMembers of the Financial Aid Office sport Mustaches for “Movember” as part of a fundraiser for men’s health awareness. The men in the office grow out their mustaches until they meet a financial goal and then they shave.





CBU has a Staff Advisory Council that meets monthly and consists of staff representatives from multiple departments. The purpose of the council is to collect information regarding staff concerns and requests dealing with campus-wide issues and prepare those items for presentation to the Executive Council.  Any staff member with a question or concern should contact a Staff Advisory Council member or e-mail staffadvisory@calbaptist.edu. The representatives are: Brian Bunnell, University Advancement; Taylor Neece, Enrollment Services; Julie Fresquez, Human Resources; Anthony Francis, Athletics; Brenda Flores, Facilities & Planning Services; Edgar Garcia, Marketing & Communication; Katrina Garcia, Online & Professional Services; Christina Sanders, School of Christian Ministries; Teresa Sheets, Online and Professional Services; and Robert Shields, Online and Professional Services. For additional information about the Staff Advisory Council please see the our Inside CBU page under the HR tab.


Baby Bates

Corban Duke Bates

Christopher Bates, strength and conditioning coach, and his wife, Chantel, welcomed their third child on Oct. 26. Corban Duke Bates weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 21 inches long. He joins older siblings, Christopher II, 7, and Clarity, 4.





Personnel Updates

HR chart 11-20

November 6, 2015


In this issue…

Current News

Homecoming Weekend events announced for Nov. 6 and 7

homecomingCalifornia Baptist University will host alumni and friends at Homecoming and Family Weekend on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7. Approximately 8,000 people are expected to attend the weekend’s festivities.

The activities kick off at chapel services on Friday at 10 a.m. Worship will be led by Christian recording artist, Danny Gokey, and the chapel speaker will be Daniel Bishop (’06), lead pastor of the Grove Community Church and the recipient of the 2015 Young Alumni Achievement  Award.

Friday evening, the annual Alumni Awards Dinner takes place at the Recreation Center. Awards will be presented to Bill Pierpoint (’68), recipient of the Lancer Medal for Lifetime Achievement Award; Todd Knowles (’85), Alumnus of the Year Award; Daniel Bishop (‘06), recipient of the Young Alumni Achievement Award; and Randy McWhorter (’78), recipient of the Distinguished Service in Christian Ministry Award. There will also be a ceremony to honor Dr. Gary Collins, professor of psychology, for 50 years of service at CBU. Gokey will provide entertainment for the evening.

Friday’s festivities will conclude with a pair of sporting events. CBU’s men’s water polo will host the University of Redlands at 7 p.m. at the Lancer Aquatic Center and CBU’s Wrestling will host Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at 7:30 p.m. at the Van Dyne Gym.

On Saturday, the Alumni Association holds their annual meeting at 9:00 a.m. in the Copenbarger Dining Room. At 9:30 a.m. at the Van Dyne lawn, the second annual FLAApjack Breakfast takes place hosted by the Athletics Association.

A Block Party scheduled from noon to 8 p.m. will feature events and activates for all ages including food trucks, inflatable attractions for children, games, live entertainment and interactive academic booths on the Front Lawn. Campus tours also will be available.

Food truck vendors will include Belly BomZ (Korean chicken wings and sliders); Rolling BBQ Barn (pulled pork and BBQ chicken); Classic Taco Truck (burritos, quesadilla and tacos); Big Wave Grill (cheeseburgers and fries); Sweet Stop (corn dogs and fruit juices); Cousin Maine (lobster rolls and lobster tacos); Frankie’s (shaved ice) and Kettle Masters of America (kettle corn).

The CBU Lancers women’s volleyball team will host Concordia University, Irvine at 1 p.m. in the gym.

There will also be a concert titled “Zestival” with Danny Gokey in Stamps Courtyard at 3:00 p.m. The concert will feature festival style seating—meaning spectators should bring a blanket or lawn chair.

The Fortuna Bowl kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday. The annual event, which features men’s and women’s championship intramural flag football games, is CBU’s largest annual athletic event. Last year, some 4,000 people packed the bleachers.

The 2015 Homecoming weekend activities will close with a fireworks show immediately following the Fortuna Bowl championship game.

Some of the events require paid admission or a RSVP. For tickets and more information, contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 951-343-4439 or visit www.calbaptist.edu/homecoming.


Nursing students called upon for a real-life emergency

NursingCalifornia Baptist University nursing faculty and students sprang into action to help a local rehabilitation center when the power went out on Oct. 30 shortly after 11 am.

A collapsed tree fell onto power lines on Magnolia Avenue in front of CBU’s front lawn and caused power outages in the surrounding areas. The Mission Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located across the street from CBU, lost its power as well. This facility takes care of nearly 30 individuals that depend on power-operated ventilators to breathe.

The Riverside Fire Department initially responded to the scene.

Dr. Geneva Oaks, dean of nursing, said that her office received a call stating that they could use some help.

“We responded immediately, probably around 30 – 40 of our staff and students went down the street,” said Oaks. “There were students running to the center.”

Oaks said that Jeff DeLaurie, battalion chief, wanted skilled hands available in case they needed to use manual devices to help patients breathe.

The center’s backup generators failed to turn the power back on. As a result, more than 10 fire engines and ambulances were called in to provide the power needed to allow the ventilators to keep running.

Oaks said the fire department requested that CBU faculty and students observe patients to ensure they were breathing correctly.

“They were asked to make sure the patients were receiving everything they needed to preserve life,” Oaks said.

The fire department was extremely thankful, Oaks said.

“It was a blessing to see the heart of our staff and students,” said Dr. Susan Drummond, associate dean and associate professor of nursing. “They want to do good and have a heart for service.”


New facilities help advance Lancers Wrestling program

WrestlingCalifornia Baptist University’s wrestling team continues to make the right moves to establish itself as an elite program. The wrestling team moved into their new facilities complete with a lobby, coaches’ offices and team room.

“This facility will help us achieve our goal of winning a national championship in wrestling,” said Dr. Micah Parker, director of athletics. “These state-of-the-art additions separate us from most wrestling programs.”

Read more here.



Hip-hop artist talks of loving Jesus more than life’s pleasures

Hip Hop chapel“It’s a really hard thing to know that God is holy, to know that God is righteous, to know that God is loving, yet to reject him.”

Jackie Hill-Perry had this realization when God called her as a teenager. Hill-Perry, a poet, writer and hip-hop artist, spoke to California Baptist University students during chapel Oct. 28 about the temporary pleasures of life compared to the holiness of God and the joys of a relationship with Jesus.

Growing up, Hill-Perry was confused over her gender identity and in high school started one of her first same-sex relationships. However, she felt more and more convicted as time went on, she said.

“I felt God speak to my heart and tell me that the girl I was with would be the death of me. When He said it, it was like, it wasn’t just homosexuality,” she said. “It was as if everything that I loved and enjoyed would be the death of me. I saw my pride, I saw my lust, I saw my anger, I saw my bitterness.”

She had heard of the verse in Romans that talked about “the wages of sin was death” and at that moment, it became reality for her, she said. Hill-Perry began weighing the cost and compared everything that she loved with the consequences.

“I saw that the consequences far outweighed the pleasure that it brought me in the moment,” she said. “I saw that an eternity in hell can’t really be worth it and life in God is.”

She broke off the relationship she was in at the time and moved to Los Angeles to be involved with Passion 4 Christ Movement ministries.

Everyone will be tempted, Hill-Perry said, but that is not the end of the story.

“I have realized that I have a new identity in Christ as His friend, a saint and I am reconciled to the Father,” said Hill-Perry. “I don’t have to believe in what my feelings are telling me.”

Hill-Perry elaborated on the consequences of living in a fallen world. “We were born into sin, born with an inherent disposition to love and enjoy and do everything that God hates,” she said. “We think it makes us happy, and it does for a moment, but then we have to do something else to get that itch.”

“But God is so gracious, so intentional, and so loving and so faithful and so holy that he sent Jesus … to live the life that none of us will ever be able to live,” she said.

Two years after coming to Christ, Hill-Perry met a man in ministry that would become her husband. When telling that part of her story, Hill-Perry cautioned the students that marriage is not the climax of living a Christian life.

“The aim of this life is not marriage,” she said. “The aim is to know God, the aim is to serve and love Jesus.”


CBU adds IMPACT player to men’s volleyball team

Impact PlayerCalifornia Baptist University added inspiration to its men’s volleyball lineup recently.

Davis Galluzzo, 7, signed a letter of intent to join the Lancers this season. Galluzzo was just 2 years old when he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a condition he still battles to this day.

Despite all of Galluzzo’s adversity, people view him as an inspiration.

“I think Davis will bring a lot of encouragement to the team,” said coach Derek Schmitt. “No matter what he’s doing, he comes in with a huge smile on his face. He gets the guys laughing and brings a positive attitude.”

Team IMPACT, a national nonprofit organization, matched Galluzzo with CBU.

IMPACT seeks to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team

“In the short time I have gotten to know Davis through the recruiting process, one thing I know is that he will bring a variety of strong attributes to the program,” said Schmitt. “One of them is the ability to fight through adversity. He has been doing that for several years and continues to do it day after day.”

By signing the letter, Galluzzo committed to always have a good time with his teammates, as they live their purpose by pursuing excellence in athletics and vowed to always “Lance-Up.”

The Lancers, with their new addition, open their season on Dec. 5 at home, hosting Pepperdine at noon.


CBU president honored for his leadership in education


CBU President Dr. Ronald L. Ellis receives recognition for his leadership from the Salvation Army Community Center in Riverside.

The Salvation Army Community Center in Riverside honored California Baptist University President Dr. Ronald L. Ellis for his leadership in higher education.

“Dr. Ellis has elevated the city of Riverside when it comes to educational opportunities,” said Dan Vaughn, CEO of Gallant Risk & Insurance Services. Vaughn read a statement on behalf of the Salvation Army Community Center at its “Soup-er Stars” luncheon on Oct 23.

“Residents are enriched because of Dr. Ellis’ innovative leadership,” Vaughn said.

When Ellis became president of California Baptist College in 1994, enrollment totaled 808 students. This fall, CBU surpassed an enrollment goal of 8,080 five years earlier than anticipated, with a record enrollment of 8,541 students. It is the largest enrollment in CBU history and an increase of more than 1,000% in the past 21 years.

Academic offerings also have increased during the Ellis presidency. In 1994, CBC offered 22 academic majors and one graduate program. Today CBU offers more than 150 majors, minors and concentrations through traditional and online programs. CBU also offers more than 40 graduate programs through traditional and online programs. In the current academic year, CBU will offer its first two doctorate programs, one in nursing practice and the other in public administration, delivered online.


Leadership and calling discussed at CBU lecture series

SCM LectureA prominent Christian industrial-organizational psychologist told California Baptist University students that good leaders possess three qualities: character, competence and calling.

Dr. Robert McKenna spoke about his passion—developing leaders—at the School of Behavioral Science’s Culture and Justice Lecture Series on Oct. 22.

McKenna is the chair of the Department of Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Seattle Pacific University as well as the executive director of the Center for Leadership Research and Development. He is also the creator of an online leadership development program, “BadBobby,” and founder of Real Time Development Strategies, a leadership and organizational consulting group.

He described the field of industrial-organizational psychology as, “the most powerful guild in corporate America that you have never heard of.”

McKenna said this form of psychology focuses on selecting the right candidate for employment and then performance management throughout the candidate’s occupation.

“What could be more powerful and can affect the culture of the places you will work than who gets selected and how their performance is managed once they get there?” McKenna asked the audience.

McKenna said good leaders possess three qualities: character, competence and calling. He focused on the calling aspect of leadership.

“We’ve turned calling into more of a burden than something that should set us free,” he said. “Your call is whatever God’s wants from you.”

When asked what makes a great leader, McKenna said, “People who show up with a sense of themselves. Show up like you mean it. The second part is ‘editability.’ That means you are willing to hit the backspace key, even sometimes on the way you were thinking about yourself.

“I also want a leader that wakes up each morning with a spirit of conviction before God,” he said.

CBU chapel speaker counts blessings in spite of circumstances

Chapel Ring

Chapel speaker David Ring talks with a student after his presentation.

David Ring was born with cerebral palsy and orphaned at age 14. In spite of those obstacles, he is blessed, he told California Baptist University students.

Ring is a motivational speaker and author who spoke at chapel on Oct. 21. Ring spoke with wit and humor as he unfolded his story.

Ring said the more he tells his story, the more he realizes the obstacles and difficulties he has overcome and this reminds him he is blessed.

Some of those hurdles include the difficulty of being moved from family to family after being orphaned, of being told he would never graduate from college, or be a preacher or find a wife.

Ring noted that some people might say he has a disability or lives with a burden. Ring sees it a different way.

“Some may say I have a handicap,” he said. “No, I don’t. I have a platform to tell my story, which is I am blessed.”

At 16, he became a Christian and realized that God uses broken people.

“It’s not over until God says it’s over,” he said. “God had a plan for my life.”

Ring now gets to speak to church and business leaders alike across the nation. He also is married and has four children.

He jokingly said another blessing of cerebral palsy is being the only man alive with four children and never having to change a diaper. He told his wife he would make a mess if he did that task.

Ring urged students to get out of the stands and into the game of the life and let God use them to encourage others.

“My life is a message of hope,” Ring said. “If God can use me, he can use you.”


Family Updates

Denise Payne

From left: Dr. Mary Vixie Sandy, executive director of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and Denise Payne

Denise Payne, senior credential analyst in the Metcalf School of Education, served a second term as president of Credential Counselors and Analysts of California (CCAC) and led the 37th Annual CCAC Conference in Sacramento on Oct. 13-15. More than 825 members attended. During the conference, Payne hosted the president’s lunch, led the annual business meeting, served as a presenter with the commission staff on Accreditation Site Visit Preparation, and served on a panel representing universities in the Inland Empire. Upon completion of her term in November, she will serve as immediate past president and consultant to the board of directors.




Dr. Derek Updegraff

Dr. Derek Updegraff

Dr. Derek Updegraff, assistant professor of English and creative writing, was recently interviewed by the Sierra Nevada Review. In the interview Updegraff discusses being a fiction writer, poet, and translator, and he also talks about the new BFA program in Creative Writing at CBU. His most recent publications include a poem in The Maine Review, a short story in Gravel Literary Journal, and an edition and translation of Aelfric of Eynsham’s Life of St George, which appeared in the fall issue of Metamorphoses, the journal of translation published jointly by Smith, Amherst, Mt. Holyoke, and Hampshire colleges and the University of Massachusetts. Updegraff edited the Old English text from a facsimile of the late Anglo-Saxon manuscript Cotton Julius E.vii. His translation into present-day English attempts to capture the rhythmical qualities of the original.


Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson

Dr. Mary Ann Pearson, associate professor of public relations for Online and Professional Studies, presented a paper on Research on Online Mentoring through Internships at the International Mentoring Conference held at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, on Oct. 20. Pearson attended the conference with more than 800 attendees from academia and private industry.





CBU ALUMNI PARTY_The first Nashville CBU Alumni and Friends Reunion was held in Brentwood, Tennessee, on Oct. 3.  Alumni who attended the event graduated in years from the 1970s to spring 2015.  Dr. Monica O’Rourke, visiting professor of kinesiology for Online and Professional Studies, participated in the reunion.  Gail Ronveaux, director of alumni and parent relations, and Allison Hare, director of development for University Advancement, coordinated and co-hosted the event.




Dr. Monica O’Rourke

Dr. Monica O’Rourke

Dr. Monica O’Rourke, visiting professor of kinesiology for Online and Professional Studies, in collaboration with Middle Tennessee State University professors, co-presented at the Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance’s Annual Convention on Oct. 26 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The presentation was the latest results of an ongoing study on college-aged women and health. O’Rourke presented the effects of psychosocial-based social media interventions and the impact on women’s weight management and motivation for personal fitness conditioning.




Dr. Elaine Ahumada, associate professor of public administration, Dr. Cammy Purper, assistant professor of early childhood studies, Dr. Maria Hopkins, education adjunct, and Noemi Alexander, visiting professor of political science, all with Online and Professional Studies, presented sessions at the Soroptimist International of Corona’s workshop for high school girls.  Beth Groves, assistant professor of public administration for OPS and a member of the Soroptimist Club, chaired the event. Fifty-seven girls participated in the workshop, called “My Future: Dream It. Believe It. Achieve It,” on Sept. 26 at Norco College. The event focused on careers and creating personal career, education and life goals. CBU’s faculty taught two break-out sessions — exploring careers through self-assessment of interests and values, and creating achievable goals and overcoming obstacles to success.


Dr. Veola Vazquez

Dr. Veola Vazquez

Dr. Veola Vazquez, associate professor of psychology, presented a workshop titled Parenting Education: Supporting Parents Who Were Not Parented Well at the California Childcare Resource and Referral Network/California Alternative Payment Program Association Joint Conference in Sacramento on Oct. 21-23.




Dr. Lisa Bursch

Dr. Lisa Bursch

Dayna Herrera

Dr. Dayna Herrera

Dr. Lisa Bursch, assistant professor of nursing, and Dr. Dayna Herrera, assistant professor of nursing, presented at the annual Doctors of Nursing Practice conference in Seattle on Sept. 16-18. Bursch presented a session, A Nurse Managed Health Clinic Serving the Vulnerable Population, and Herrera presented a poster, A Interprofessional Education Faculty Development Program.




Dr. Bradley Thomas

Dr. Bradley Thomas

Dr. Bradley Thomas, assistant professor of mathematics, presented a talk titled The Design Inference at the monthly Natural and Mathematical Sciences Department Colloquium at CBU on Oct. 27.





Dr. Keanon Alderson

Dr. Keanon Alderson

Dr. Keanon Alderson, associate professor of business, published an article, Conflict Management and Resolution in the Family Owned Business: A practitioner focused review, in the September issue of the Journal of Family Business Management.





Dr. Tae Sung

Dr. Tae Sung

Dr. Tae Sung, assistant professor of English for Online and Professional Studies, gave a colloquia lecture for the M.A. in English program at Azusa Pacific University on Oct. 30. His lecture was on the intersection of literature, religion and theory in the work of William James.





Dr. Seong Kong

Dr. Seong Kong

Dr. Seong Kong, associate professor of biomedical engineering, co-authored a paper published in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science (volume 462). The title is Control of magnetite primary particle size in aqueous dispersions of nanoclusters for high magnetic susceptibilities.





Dr. C. Fyne Nsofor

Dr. C. Fyne Nsofor

Dr. Timothy Mosteller

Dr. Timothy Mosteller

Dr. Tim Mosteller, associate professor of philosophy, presented a paper at the International Conference on Realist Phenomenology at the International Academy of Philosophy – Edith Stein Institute in Granada, Spain on Sept. 18-21. The paper was titled Josef Seifert’s Ontological Realism: Contemporary Challenges and Christian Continuity. Also, Mosteller and Dr. C. Fyne Nsofor, associate professor of intercultural studies, attended the Free Market Forum on Oct. 15-17 in Omaha, Nebraska, where they were recognized as grant recipients from the Acton Institute. Mosteller received a grant for a project studying Christian philosophical realism and global free markets. Nsofor received a grant to develop a course in introduction to global studies.


Dr. Natalie Winter

Dr. Natalie Winter

Dr. Natalie Winter, associate professor of marketing, had an article, The Stewardship of Trials, published in the October issue of Christian Business Review.





MyPlayClub1Dr. Namhee Kim, assistant professor of communication disorders, and 12 communication disorders students volunteered at the My Play Club Carnival & Disability Resource Fair on Oct. 17 in Riverside. This was an event for special-needs children and their families. CBU students led games and activities and interacted with children with special needs.



Dr. Bruce Stokes

Dr. H. Bruce Stokes

Dr. H. Bruce Stokes, professor of anthropology and behavioral sciences, was elected as an at-large member of the board of the Southwestern Anthropology Association in October. His three-year term begins at the close of the 2016 conference in San Diego.





Dr. Jeffrey Barnes

Dr. Jeffrey Barnes

Dr. Jeffrey Barnes, dean of academic services, participated in a panel discussion at the annual Educause Conference on Oct. 29 in Indianapolis.  The panel was sponsored by Jenzabar and titled Is Personalization of the Education Experience Going Too Far.





Dr. Jeff Cate

Dr. Jeff Cate

Dr. Jeff Cate, professor of New Testament, taught a workshop session, The Manuscripts Behind the New Testament, at the California Southern Baptist Convention meeting at Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield on Oct. 29.





Mark WyattDr. Mark A. Wyatt, vice president for marketing and communication, spoke about events that led to the founding of California Baptist University in 1950 by the Los Angeles Southern Baptist Association. The presentation was part of the California Southern Baptist Convention 75th Anniversary celebration held Oct. 27 at Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield.





CBU choir-orchestraDr. Judd Bonner, dean of the Collinsworth School of Music, introduces the University Choir and Orchestra performance at the California Southern Baptist Convention 2015 annual meeting Oct. 27 at Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield.





Liam Asher Twitty

Liam Asher Twitty

Andrew Twitty (’11), history and government adjunct for Online and Professional Studies, and his wife, Alexandra (’13, nee Dabney) welcomed their first child on Oct. 23 at 12:49 p.m. Liam Asher Twitty weighed 7 pounds 5.5 ounces, and was 19 inches long.





Personnel Updates

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October 23, 2015

CAVAD Desert Trip-4

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CAVAD faculty, students take learning to the desert

CAVAD Desert Trip-4California Baptist University faculty and students recently headed to the desert to get a different view for their camera lenses.

Forty students from the College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design along with eight faculty took a road trip to the Salton Sea and the Glamis Sand Dunes Oct. 16-18. This is the third trip the students in the photography, graphic design and digital media programs have visited the desert.

The trip helps the students get out of the classroom and build their portfolios, said Michael Berger, assistant professor of graphic design.

“They have to learn how to create their own shot,” Berger said. “It’s a challenge for them. It’s a beautiful space, but it’s a different landscape.”

That landscape included sand dunes, dilapidated buildings, a lake and a dry lake bed. The students photographed a sunrise, a sunset, a distant lightning storm and the stars.

Colton von Pertz, a graphic design and digital media major, was part of the group that took photographs of the sun rising over the sand dunes.

“After getting out there before dawn, setting up our cameras in the perfect spot, we could do nothing but marvel at God’s creation as the sun came over the horizon,” he said. “Getting the opportunity to spend a weekend in nature, exploring and taking photos was amazing.”

Spencer Findlay, a sophomore majoring in graphic design and digital media, said he looked forward to obtaining more hands-on experiences.

“I learned how to be more independent with my photography,” Findlay said. “This trip taught me to challenge myself and try to get the shot that others did not.”

Trever Hoehne, assistant professor of graphic design, said the experience is priceless for the students.

“The portfolios that the students make from this trip are quite impressive,” Hoehne said. “Portfolios are key in this industry and we put a lot of work into making sure the students graduate with powerful images.”


CBU basketball teams forecast to finish high this season

men's bbwomen's bbAfter a historic season that ended in a NCAA Division II championship appearance, California Baptist University women’s basketball team is gaining national respect by earning a No. 4 ranking in the Women’s DII Bulletin Preseason Top 25 poll.

CBU will tip off its season on the road on Nov. 11 against Billings, Montana.

Read more here.

The men’s basketball team has gone to back-to-back postseason appearances, including a Sweet 16 finish last year, in its two years as a fully fledged member of the NCAA Division II.

This year, expectations are high for the team and that is reflected by the fact CBU was picked as the favorite to win its conference in a near-unanimous decision (13 of 14 possible first-place votes) by a preseason coaches’ poll.

CBU’s first game this season is against Minnesota State-Moorhead on Oct. 30 at 6:15 p.m. at the CCA Tip-off Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Read more here.


Chapel speaker challenges students to be a people of love

Sarah-03aA chapel speaker at California Baptist University shared her experience working in a hospital in Togo, Africa and challenged students to be people of love.

Sarah Thebarge is a Christian speaker, writer and has a postgraduate degree in medical science. She also has a passion for people in need. Thebarge spoke at CBU Oct. 14 about her experience on a recent trip to Africa, to volunteer at the Hospital of Hope. The hospital opened in March and was funded by Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian international humanitarian organization.

Hospital of Hope is a 60-bed medical, surgical, acute care facility and regional trauma center.

Thebarge recalled her experience of working 28-hour shifts and witnessing a lot of death— including children—from tuberculosis, malaria, meningitis, accidents and more.

“I was physically exhausted. I was emotionally and spiritually spent,” Thebarge said. “I kept going back anyway because I felt so bad for these people who are suffering and dying.”

During off time, Thebarge listened to a podcast about Sisyphus, a Greek mythological character, who angered the “gods.” His punishment was to carry a rock on his back up a hill, but before he reached the top it rolled back down and he had to do it again.

“This is what the hospital felt like to me,” Thebarge said. “I kept trying to do something and no matter how hard I tried, every shift I was starting back at the beginning.”

As Thebarge kept researching the Sisyphus story, she soon discovered that a few authors interpreted the story from the viewpoint that Sisyphus eventually fell in love with the rock and it was not a burden anymore to carry it up the hill. This commentary on a service mindset reminded her of Christian principles and caused her to think about what motivates people to do what they do.

“Love does not give up, love keeps on working and it keeps moving that rock up the hill.  This is what Jesus did for us,” Thebarge said.

Thebarge cited World Bank statistics on poverty, noting that a billion people live in extreme poverty—defined as less than $1.25 a day.

Since 1990 that number has dropped, Thebarge said, noting the World Bank has a goal to end extreme poverty by 2030. She said that means today’s college students can be the generation to end it and urged students to work toward achieving that goal.

“You have the opportunity to be a person of love, to put it into practice. Fall in love with the rock on your back and because you see it with love it is not drudgery, it is not a burden, it doesn’t make you feel guilty or depressed or in despair,” Thebarge said. “It gives you hope that you can carry this rock up the hill, just like Jesus carried all of us up the hill and loved us enough to die for us.”


Emmy-award winning film and TV art director speaks at CBU

Dan Bishop-01An Emmy Award-winning art director and production designer in film and television advised California Baptist University students to direct their own careers during a lecture Oct. 13.

Dan Bishop’s address was part of a lecture series for the CBU College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design (CAVAD). Bishop is known for his work on TV series such as “Minority Report” (2015) and “Mad Men” (2007-2015). He also has done work in movies such as “A Single Man” (2009) and “The Replacements” (2000).

Art directors and production designers are responsible for the overall look of a filmed event. They work closely with the director and producer to tell the visual elements of a story.

Bishop, who spoke about his experience designing scenes and sets, geared his remarks toward architects and their relation to production design.  He said a variety of skills are needed to become successful in production design.

“Visually, the product is a photograph,” he explained.  “The visual artists and the (performing) artists must work with each other.”

Bishop also offered advice for student’s career pursuits.

“You have to steer your own career. Some of it is luck, some of it are the choices you make,” he said.

Mark A. Roberson, dean of CAVAD , said the lecture series offers students a chance to be exposed to the work of professionals and expand on their career goals.

“What we love to do is to get people to talk to our students about non-traditional career paths that might be available to them that they never thought of before,” Roberson said. “In production design, for example, there is an opportunity for architects, graphic designers, artists and other people who may not have thought ‘That’s a direction I’d like to pursue with my life.’”


Legalization of marijuana addressed at Lecture Series

Wolk-01Colorado’s top public health officer reflected on a variety of implications from the legalization of recreational marijuana use during a lecture at California Baptist University.

Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational pot use in 2014. Currently, Washington is the only other state where recreational marijuana use is legal. Voters in California, where medical marijuana has been legal since 1996, could decide as soon as next year whether to legalize recreational use of marijuana.

Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, spoke as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series. He discussed some of the impacts of the Colorado law’s passage, such as an increase in emergency calls.

“In 2013 there were 136 calls to the poison control center for marijuana. In 2014, there were 238,” Wolk said. “So those who are against legalization would say, ‘Wow a 100% increase in the number of calls for poisoning as it relates to the legalization of marijuana,’” he continued. “The people [on the other side of the argument] would say, ‘but look at the scale.’ That is (only about) 100 more in a state of five and a half million people. This is something that bears watching.”

Wolk also discussed efforts to educate the Colorado public on the “safe use” of marijuana.

“We have to ensure that all our residents and visitors understand the parameters of safe, legal and responsible use of marijuana…and that they understand the rules and what the potential effects are,” Wolk said.

Among the potential effects are marijuana serving as a gateway drug for teenagers, increase of marijuana-related hospital visits and increase marijuana-related DUI arrests since its legalization.

Wolk said by creating educational campaigns, his department aims to keep Colorado citizens informed on the safe use of marijuana, while also helping to prevent use in populations such as youths and pregnant women, for whom marijuana use is deemed unsafe.

Wolk also discussed the perceived positive consequences of marijuana legalization, such as the availability of a pain relief drug, an increase in tax revenue and statistics that so far indicate no significant increase in the number of marijuana users.


Faculty and students shine at Long Night of Arts & Innovation

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Cameron Bush, a mechanical engineering freshman at CBU, demonstrates a 3D printing device.

California Baptist University faculty and students showcased some of their innovative work at the Long Night of Arts & Innovation in downtown Riverside on Oct. 8.

The event stretched over several blocks, allowing event-goers an opportunity to browse through the latest developments in arts, science and education.

CBU’s Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering presented several exhibits, including a high-speed camera, the electronic design of the Pong video game, a NAO robot and a 3-D printing device.

A team of students programmed movements for the NAO robot by utilizing coding software. They operated a pair of robots programmed to perform gestures and movements, including waving and push-ups.

“We use a program called Choregraphe and then drag and drop the movements together to make a sequence [with the robot],” said David Guiza, freshman biomedical engineer. “After that we plugged it into the robot…the robot does what we tell it to do.”

At another display, CBU engineering students demonstrated 3-D printing. Joshua Park, a sophomore biomedical engineer, said he wanted to create images that would be popular enough so that individuals would know what they were.

Among printed items were a 3-D image of Riverside’s historic Fox Performing Arts Center, a nostalgic 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System controller and wrenches with CBU logos printed on them.

Dr. Seung-Jae Kim, associate professor of bioengineering, presented a display about balance in the human body.

“Parents were aware that we came from the CBU College of Engineering,” he said. “Hopefully they can get impressions about the fun part of engineering.”
CBU School of Nursing students demonstrated how to use a stethoscope. Their booth included a life-like doll that breathed and blinked its eyes. While using the doll, attendees could listen to the heartbeat through a plastic stethoscope handed out as individuals approached the table.

A presentation by Dr. Jong-Wha Bai, civil engineering chair, featured a sensor network used on structures to measure seismic forces during earthquakes. Bai said the Long Night event provided “a really great opportunity” to highlight CBU’s involvement in the activity and in the greater Riverside community.

“I think for us as faculty members to communicate with other people in Riverside is important. We can expose our projects to students, peers from other universities and educate small kids,” Bai said.


‘The Apple Tree’ opens CBU’s 2015-16 theatre season

Apple Tree-09California Baptist University’s theater program opened the 2015-16 season with “The Apple Tree” on Oct. 9.

“The Apple Tree” is a series of three musical plays in one by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, the songwriting team behind “Fiddler on the Roof.” Each act has its storyline, but all three take a lighthearted look at the choices one has to make.

“We all have choices,” said Lisa Lyons, a theatre adjunct and director of the production. “You make a choice; you face the consequences. Some of them are harder to face than others.”

The first act is “The Diary of Adam and Eve,” a quirky, touching spin on the tale of the world’s first couple adapted from Mark Twain’s “Extracts from Adam’s Diary.” The second act is “The Lady or the Tiger?”, a fable set in a mythical kingdom that explores the fickleness of love. The final act, “Passionella,” is based on Jules Feiffer’s offbeat Cinderella-story about a chimney sweep whose dreams of being a “glamorous movie star” nearly sabotage her one chance for true love.

Melanie Overton, a Christian behavioral science senior, plays Ella, the chimney sweep. She hopes the audience leaves feeling entertained, she said.

“There are little lessons here and there about making wise choices and dreams not always being what they seem, but the show is full of humor,” Overton said. “If someone leaves having been able to forget about their stresses and cares for a little while, I think the zany show will have fulfilled its purpose.”

Gabrielle Green, a senior theatre major, plays Eve. She also designed and helped to get 36 costumes ready in a matter of weeks while memorizing her lines. She has enjoyed both roles, she said.

“Performing and designing together is difficult, but wonderfully rewarding,” Green said.  “I love making Eve grow, because the audience gets to follow this character from her birth all the way through her life, and as an actor that is so much fun.”

Productions scheduled later in the season include “Fahrenheit 451;” “The 39 Steps” and “Pirated.”


CBU’s dean of engineering named Mayor’s Innovation Honoree

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Dr. Anthony Donaldson (center), flanked by his wife, Darla Donaldson, and Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey, is recognized as the Mayor’s Innovation Honoree at the Riverside City Council meeting on Oct. 6.

Dr. Anthony Donaldson, dean of the Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering, has been named this month’s Mayor’s Innovation Honoree.

The Mayor’s Innovation Honoree Program is designed to recognize people or groups in the City of Riverside that exemplify its motto as a “city of arts and innovation.”

“Your leadership and focus on academic excellence has created a world-class, accredited engineering school which delivers critical-thinking graduates to our community,” Mayor Rusty Bailey wrote to Donaldson to notify him of the award. “The commitment you’ve shown toward city initiatives…continues to be an inspiration for improved collaboration among government, education and private industry stakeholders.”

Donaldson received the award at the city council meeting Oct. 6. He briefly addressed the council and thanked his wife and staff and faculty for their support.

Donaldson came to CBU in 2006 as the founding dean of a new school of engineering. The program has grown from 53 students in the fall of 2007 to more than 575 students by the fall of 2015. The College of Engineering now offers 10 majors along with two graduate level programs.

Donaldson has made a career of innovation and creativity. He moved his family to Bangalore, India, the “Silicon Valley of Asia,” in 1994-96, where he raised venture capital for a native Indian’s vision and started a consulting business in telecommunications.

In graduate school at Texas Tech, Donaldson worked on the “Star Wars” pulsed power project. His research in modeling electrode erosion in high-energy pulsed switches won critical acclaim and resulted in more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations as well as a patent for a new type of material.

“All creativity comes at the intersection of who we are and who we meet,” Donaldson said.

Bailey voiced admiration for Donaldson at the meeting.

“God bless you and your family,” said Bailey. “Thank you for the inspiration you and CBU bring to our community.”

Renowned Baptist theologian speaks at CBU about evangelicals

Dockery-01Acclaimed author, educator and theologian, Dr. David Dockery, talked about evangelicals—who they are, their history and his hopes for them—during a visit to California Baptist University on Oct. 6. Dockery, president of Trinity International University, spoke to CBU students, faculty, and area pastors as part of the School of Christian Ministries Lecture Series.

Dockery is the author or editor of more than 35 books and has served on the board of directors for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Christianity Today International and Prison Fellowship.

In a nod to the current U.S. presidential election campaign, Dockery said despite all the attention given to evangelicals in the political arena, “Evangelicalism is not a political identity but a confessional identity.”

“Evangelicals are men and women who love the Lord Jesus Christ, who love the Bible and love the gospel message,” he said. “A hallmark of the movement is a willingness to cooperate together in evangelism, missions and educational efforts. Evangelicalism is a cross-denominational movement.”

Dockery said Lutherans first used the term evangelical in the 16th century to describe the churches that believed in salvation by grace through faith alone and held the Bible to be their supreme authority. At that time, people came to equate evangelicals with Protestants, often using the terms interchangeably, he said.

Over the centuries, evangelicalism evolved. In the 17th century, the movement recognized the need for heartfelt, life-transforming faith, and stressed conversion and grace, Dockery explained. After the Civil War, evangelicals wrestled with changes taking place all around them, including Darwinian naturalism, a post-slavery society and urbanization.

Dockery said by the end of the 19th century, evangelicals saw churches losing their connection with the truth of the gospel message. As the 20th century began, movements were launched to revive, renew and correct the mainline Protestant churches. In the 1960s, some mainline denominations shifted their focus away from the gospel and toward social issues such as the Vietnam War and civil rights, he said.

Dockery added that in the 21st century, changes are seen in technology, the economy, globalization and government. Evangelicalism is not exempt, he said, because changes in the church never take place in a vacuum.

“We must realize that our struggles are not with or against fellow Christ-followers but against the expansion of unbelief in our secularized culture,” Dockery declared. “What is at stake is the unity and mission of the Christian movement as well as the bedrock issues of the Christian faith.”

Dockery called for evangelicals to have a new spirit of mutual respect and humility to serve together with those whom they have differences of conviction and opinion.

“Let us together trust God to bring … renewal to our theology of evangelism, missions, worship, education and service,” he said. “Let us recommit to relate to one another in love, humility, as agents of grace and reconciliation in a broken and fragmented world.”


Panel discusses gender, generational differences in workplace

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Panelists in the CBU’s Leadership Seminar Series topic, “Gender and Generational Differences” (from left): Dr. Shoup, Dr. DawnEllen Jacobs, Dr. Natalie Winter and Dr. Esmirna Valencia.

A panel discussion at California Baptist University explored the topic of “Leading Gender and Generational Differences” in the workforce on Oct. 5. The panelists discussed their experiences on these topics.

The Dr. Bonnie G. Metcalf School of Education Graduate Leadership Program hosted the event as part of the Leadership Seminar Series. Panel members included Dr. DawnEllen Jacobs, vice provost, Dr. Natalie Winter, associate professor of marketing, and Dr. Esmirna Valencia, executive director of Early Childhood Programs at Riverside County. Dr. John Shoup, dean of the School of Education, moderated the discussion.

The panelists began the discussion by recalling past work related experiences they have faced.

Winter said for the first time, four generations may coexist in a single workplace. Each generation can tend to think their ways are “right,” and that can produce conflict in the workplace, she said.

The four generations are: The Silent Generation (those born from 1925-1942); The Baby Boomer Generation (those born from 1943-1960); Generation X (those born from 1961-1981); and the Millennial Generation (those born from 1982-2000).

Also discussed were generational and gender-related origins and how women’s confidence and upbringing may affect their pursuit of leadership.

“Ambition for me was being the first person in my family to get an education and get a doctorate,” Valencia said. “Many asked me ‘why would you want to do that?’ And [for me] it was always my goal.”

Jacobs added, “My dad would have never dreamed I would have a PhD, growing up.”

The discussion concluded with the panelists’ recommendations for leading in the workplace.

“I believe most of my frustration has come from trying to lead like a man. Be who you are; I am a woman,” Jacobs said.


Counseling Center encourages students to “Choose Healing”

Choose HealingColorful signs posted around California Baptist University over the past couple of weeks are designed to promote Mental Health Awareness Week (Oct. 5-9) as an opportunity to talk about issues that can fly under the radar for some students.

This year’s theme, Choose Healing, is featured in presentations throughout the week by counselors from the CBU Counseling Center on issues that can cause mental distress.

Dr. Natalie Rios, assistant director of the Counseling Center, said it is important for people to talk about mental health issues. Because there is a stigma surrounding mental health concerns, people can end up feeling isolated and alone, she said.

“Having events like this is important because it helps to reduce some of that stigma and gets people talking about these things to normalize their experiences,” Rios said.

This week’s events can help people describe what they are going through and realize that they’re not alone, she said.

“We’re multi-dimensional as human beings, and so mental health is a really important part of that,” Rios said. “If we’re not taking care of that and trying to be healthy within ourselves and our relationships, it can create a lot of chaos and stress in our lives.”

“If we can find ways to help individuals address some of that brokenness … to find ways to find healing and support and God in all of that, it can really influence their lives in a positive way,” she added.

Promoting Mental Health Awareness Week also creates visibility for the Counseling Center.

“We want people to know that we’re here and that we’re wanting to support them and help them in any way that we can,” Rios said.

Family Updates

PPE Club

From left: Taylor Bagby and Annette Evangelista

Dr. Susan Jetton, assistant professor nursing, and students Annette Evangelista and Taylor Bagby attended the National League for Nursing Conference in Las Vegas on Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Jetton is a member of the Office of Minority Health’s advisory board for preconception health. The office is a federal agency and preconception health is the goal of improving birth outcomes. The office sponsored the students to promote preconception peer education clubs at the conference. The goal of the clubs is to promote healthy living.





Dr. Veola Vazquez

Dr. Veola Vazquez

Dr. Veola Vazquez, associate professor of psychology, participated in a book signing of her faith-based middle-grade novel, The Nickel Nuisance, at the Orange County Children’s Book Festival on Oct. 4. She also gave a presentation and provided bullying prevention tips for children and parents and talked to children about how to develop a love of writing.




Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather

Creighton Goodman

Creighton Goodman

Elisabeth Murillo

Elisabeth Murillo

Elisabeth Murillo, assistant professor of aviation science, Creighton Goodman, assistant professor of aviation flight, and Dr. Daniel Prather, professor of aviation science, presented a session titled Operational Risk Management at the University Aviation Association Fall Education Conference. Murillo and Prather also presented a session titled Industry Fellowships for Aviation Faculty. Prather presented a research proposal, Specialized Aviation Accreditation: Gauging the Needs of Non-AABI Accredited Programs, and chaired the Graduated Education Committee of the University Aviation Association at the event in Salt Lake City Oct. 7-9. Prather also has been elected president-elect of the University Aviation Association.  He will serve a one-year term as president beginning October 2016.


Dr. Jong-Wha Bai

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai, associate professor of civil engineering, was elected as vice president of Student Activities by the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) Los Angeles Section in October. During his two-year appointment, he will help coordinate activities of the ASCE student chapters at 11 universities within the LA section, and ensure that section scholarships are managed and implemented in accordance with the board-adopted procedure.




From left: Jennifer Zamora and Diana Romo, a physician assistant student from USC

Jennifer Zamora (left) with Diana Romo, a USC physician assistant student

Jennifer Zamora, assistant professor in physician assistant studies, spoke at the USC Keck School of Medicine Symposium, held in Los Angeles on Sept. 26. The symposium was an interprofessional collaboration of medical students, pharmacy students, physical therapy students, physician assistant students and pre-health professional students. Her topic was Taking Medicine to the Streets and Abroad, discussing the ways physician assistants can do medicine in other countries on medical mission trips, volunteering and their role as team members with other professions.





Reach Out Health Fair 2_10-11-15_Dr. Namhee Kim, assistant professor of communication disorders, Margaret Appenzeller, visiting professor of communication disorders, and 10 students in the communication disorders program volunteered at Reach Out Annual Community Health Fair in Ontario on Oct. 12. They conducted a hearing screening for the community.




Dr. Dennis Bideshi

Dr. Dennis Bideshi

Dr. Dennis K. Bideshi, professor of biology, co-authored a peer-reviewed paper titled Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis producing endochitinase ChiA74Δsp inclusions and its improved activity against Aedes aegypti, that was published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology (Oct. 5).





FinalGuardianCoverRachel Meenan, English adjunct, had a book, The Stolen Guardian (The Zyearth Chronicles Book 1), a contemporary military fantasy story, published Oct. 3.




Dr. Candace Vickers

Dr. Candace Vickers

Dr. Candace Vickers, associate professor of communication disorders, co-authored an article, Are Life Participation Goals Reimbursable?, that was published in The ASHA Leader, an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association newsmagazine, October 2015.





Dr. Tae

Dr. Tae Sung

Dr. Tae Sung, assistant professor of English in Online and Professional Studies, presented his paper The Rhetoric of Divine Grace and Dynamic Gifts in American Pragmatism at the Sacred Literature, Secular Religion conference. The Le Moyne College Religion and Literature Forum hosted the event Oct. 1-3 in Syracuse, New York.




CBU’s campus newspaper, The Banner, earned a College Media Association (CMA) Pinnacle Award nomination for Best Newspaper in the Four-Year, Less Than Weekly category for issues published during the 2014-15 academic year. Two 2015 graduates earned recognition for their work last year. In CMA’s Best of Collegiate Design category, Katey Lee, former Angelos yearbook photo editor, earned an individual nomination for an Angelos spread she photographed and designed. In the Association Collegiate Press (ACP) Pacemaker Awards, Raine Paul earned a Design of the Year nomination for a Pursuit magazine spread that she wrote, photographed and designed. Paul is the former managing editor of Pursuit and the current graduate assistant in the Journalism & New Media and PR program. Both the Pacemaker and Pinnacle awards will be announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Austin, Texas, at the end of October



Dr. Charles Sands

Dr. Charles Sands

Dr. Charles Sands, provost and vice president for academic affairs, presented Global Health Engagement at CBU at the annual meeting of the Consortium for Global Education on Sept. 18 in Charleston, South Carolina.





Dr. John Sandy

Dr. John Sandy

Dr. John Sandy, an adjunct professor for the Online and Professional Studies, was a leader of the Ethics, Advocacy and Public Policy track for the 2015 World Conference of the American Association of Christian Counselors. The event, held in Nashville, Tennessee, Sept. 23-26, was attended by about 7,000 professional, pastoral and lay counselors from every state and 40 countries. John co-presented a preconference workshop titled The New AACC 2014 Code of Ethics: The Top Ethical Issues, Challenges and Trends for Today’s Counselors, and presented a workshop titled Church Spiritual Care Ministries Best Practices Guidelines.


Michael Berger

Michael Berger

Michael Berger, assistant professor of graphic design, spoke at California State University, Fullerton, about Graphic Design in a Global Market: An American-Danish Perspective Program on Sept. 21. He spoke to about 25 Danish designers. Berger also participated in an exhibition at Norco College titled Art Empire featuring art and design faculty from Inland Empire universities, Sept. 16-Oct. 16. He showed a brochure for Fred Jordan Missions that he designed and photographed. He also participated in a panel discussion with the exhibiting artists on Oct. 6.




Britton Ryker Murphey

Randal Murphey, audio visual technician with Conference and Events, and his wife, Sarah, welcomed a son on Sept. 29. Britton Ryker Murphey weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 20 inches long. Britton’s older sister is Addison Renee, 1 year and 11 months.




Judah Ari Heyman-2Dr. Nathanael Heyman, associate professor of biology, and his wife, Tracey, welcomed a son on Oct. 9. Judah Ari Heyman weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces. His older sister is Natania, 2.




Zelda Grace Pelletier

Zelda Grace Pelletier

Dr. Joseph Pelletier, assistant professor of psychology, and his wife, Elizabeth, welcomed their third child on Oct. 10. Zelda Grace Pelletier weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 20 inches long. Her older siblings are Zooey, 3, and Ford, 20 months.




Elizabeth Veilkind

Elizabeth Veilkind

Elizabeth Veilkind was promoted to corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve on Sept. 12. She is based out of Miramar as an Operations Operator. She is the daughter of Janet Crate, special events and volunteer coordinator in University Advancement.




Personnel Updates

HR chart 10-23

October 5, 2015


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Current News

Record 2015 enrollment at CBU continues upward trend

enrollmentFall 2015 enrollment at California Baptist University set another record with 8,541 students—a 7.3 percent increase above the fall 2014 enrollment figure, President Ronald L. Ellis announced today.

Additionally, this year’s record enrollment marks a significant milestone, surpassing the university’s “8080 by 2020” enrollment goal—five years earlier than scheduled. The goal was set in 2005 to reach 10 times the number of students enrolled (808) when Dr. Ellis began his tenure as president in 1994. The new figure represents a 1057 percent increase over 1994 enrollment.

“By shattering the 8,080 by 2020 goal, fall 2015 is an historic enrollment increase on top of a sustained two decades of significant increases,” Ellis said.

This year’s triple digit increase follows three years of 600-plus increases of 610, 698, and 618; a one-year, four digit increase of 1,113; and last year’s three digit increase of 813. With the latest year-to-year increase of 584, CBU enrollment over the past six years has grown 4,436 students on a base of 4,105 in fall 2009—a 108% increase in six years.

CBU currently offers more than 150 majors, minors and concentrations as well as more than 40 graduate programs. And this year for the first time, CBU will offer two new doctorate programs—in Nursing Practice and Public Administration.

Founded in 1950, CBU is a private comprehensive institution located in Riverside, Calif. and affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention. CBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities and the Consortium for Global Education.


CBU President delivers 2015 State of the University Address

State of UniversityCBU President Dr. Ronald L. Ellis shared his 2015 State of the University video address at chapel services the week of September 21. The address reported on key accomplishments at CBU over the past year and also highlighted significant upcoming events.

Play full video.





CBU alum Kris Johnson – high-flying U.S. Men’s Volleyball Player

volleyballMost people need a ladder to reach 12 feet. But for California Baptist University graduate Kristopher Johnson (’14), that height is where his profession takes him regularly—and without any vertical support.

At 6 feet 11 inches and 200-pounds, Johnson is an up-and-coming middle blocker for the USA Men’s Volleyball squad. His soaring jumping ability and long-arm span makes him part of the team’s front line defense against opponent’s attacks.

Johnson’s vertical reach tips the 12 feet mark—two feet higher than a standard professional basketball rim.

“I remember the first time I jumped that high, I felt like I was flying,” he said. “It’s taken me a lot of practice and preparation to be able to jump that high.”

Johnson spent the summer of 2015 competing in the Pan American Games (Pan Am) in Toronto, Canada, for Team USA. The Pan Am Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport competition. Forty-one nations sent athletes to compete in this year’s games.

In five matches, Johnson had an attack percentage of .529 and he compiled 27 kills, eight blocks and four digs. The United States took sixth place, with Argentina taking gold, Brazil silver and Canada bronze. It was a lot of exposure for Johnson and the sport of indoor volleyball in general, as ESPN broadcast all of the U.S. matches through WatchESPN.

“I had butterflies in my stomach the first time I stepped on the court,” Johnson said. “However, once the ball started to fly around I said to myself, ‘Let’s play.’”

Johnson is also entering into his second year with Leka Volley Club, a professional volleyball team in Finland.

“I would say volleyball is the third most popular sport in Finland,” He said. “I have great coaches over there and I play to get better.”


Bible college president speaks on lessons from Bonhoeffer’s life

Steve Nichols-05Dr. Steve Nichols, president of Reformation Bible College, talked about the­ impact of theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer during a visit to California Baptist University on Sept. 24.

As part of the School of Christian Ministries Lecture Series, Nichols, the author of several books, addressed faculty, students and area pastors.

Nichols said while Christians need to get their confidence and reassurance from the Bible, they also can look back in church history and see how other faithful disciples lived their Christian lives and responded to the challenges they faced.

“One of the reason I appreciate church history so much is that we get perspective from ages before us,” Nichols said. “If all we have is our moment in time as our perspective that is a rather slim horizon from which we can understand things.”

Nichols spoke about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran pastor and anti-Nazi dissident who was sent to a Gestapo prison and eventually killed at age 39. During his 10 years of ministry, Bonhoeffer wrote “Cost of Discipleship.” For him, the challenges to a Christian life came from both outside and within the church, Nichols said.

“He knew he would have issues to deal with outside of the church,” Nichols said. “I think Bonhoeffer was caught off guard by was how ignorant of the gospel the church itself was.”

Bonhoeffer told his congregations that they turn church into a playground for their feelings instead of a place where “God’s word is obediently received and believed,” Nichols said. Bonhoeffer wrote, “We keep thinking we have God in our power instead of recognizing God’s power over us.”

Nichols said for Bonhoeffer, the key doctrines were God is holy, man is sinful and the cross is the answer. Bonhoeffer’s writings help today’s church have a cross-centered approach, Nichols said. At the cross, Christians portray the weakness of Christ to the world that is in need, he explained.

“This is where Bonhoeffer, I think, helps us. The cross, Good Friday – these are moments in the life of Christ that we don’t always like to linger on,” he said. “We want to jump ahead to resurrection Sunday…but we also need to linger over Good Friday and the cross, because sometimes that’s exactly where we find ourselves.”


Ceremony marks progress for CBU nursing students

Pinning-1While many students at California Baptist University are just beginning their first semester, a group of entry level (EL) graduate nursing students took another step closer to becoming registered nurses during a dedication/pinning ceremony on Sept. 23.

Thirty-eight students who completed their first year in the program received a pin from a School of Nursing faculty member. After completing the first year, they are now qualified to take the licensure exam.

Additionally, 40 students who finished their first semester in the EL Master of Science in nursing program walked across the stage at the Van Dyne Gym to receive a Gideon pocket Bible. For them, the ceremony signifies dedicating their nursing career to the Lord.

Dr. Geneva Oaks, dean of the School of the Nursing, encouraged the students in their continuing pursuit of a master’s degree.

“Our prayer for you, no matter what happens in your career and as you move forward, that you stay steadfast to the Lord,” she said. “The opportunities before you are innumerable … and we encourage you to remain fully engaged through the process of expanding your heads, your hands, and your hearts.”

Gayle Cloud, a board member for Riverside Unified School District, also spoke during the event. She told the students that encounters are never random and that God will bring people into their lives for a reason.

“You are entering your front-line mission in medicine,” she said. “You will have opportunities to pray, to show mercy, to serve, to offer relief and hope.”

Student Sarah Jacques said the start of the semester was a whirlwind of things to learn and do and becoming a nurse did not seem real. The dedication made it feel more than just a job, she said.

“This cemented the fact that we’re doing this nursing program and dedicating our lives to the service of others,” Jacques said.

Student Jonathan Lu said he is looking forward to learning more in the program.

“It’s the end of a journey and beginning of another,” he said of the pinning. “It’s when you start your actual nursing journey and career. It means a lot.”


CBU Aviation Science program, flight school reach new heights

Flight SchoolCalifornia Baptist University’s department of aviation science took off in the fall of 2013, with 25 students and two majors. This fall, it is flying even higher with 70 students and three majors.

Dr. Daniel Prather, chair of aviation science, said he credits the growth to the faculty and staff, the administration’s support and the industry’s demand for pilots.

“I think God has blessed our efforts here,” Prather said. “He honors our hard work and commitment and devotion to develop a top-notch collegiate aviation program.”

Growth can be seen in various ways. The CBU Flight School has 11 aircraft used for flight training and 10 flight instructors. More than two years ago FedEx donated a Boeing 727 that is being incorporated into the aircraft systems course for the first time this fall. The school also now has an approved FAA Airman Knowledge Testing Center located in the Flight Operations Center.

The CBU Flight School also has developed agreements with five regional carriers, including passenger airlines Express Jet, SkyWest and CommutAir, and cargo carriers Empire Airlines and Ameriflight. Three of those agreements were signed this summer. Students who meet certain requirements are guaranteed an interview or, in the case of Express Jet Airlines, a job if the company is hiring at the time. Without such agreements, students are on their own to find a job, Prather said.

“I tell students, as you graduate, as you move on and enter your career that’s a mission field no matter where you are,” Prather said.

Hannah Guajardo, an aviation flight junior and the first student to enroll in the CBU Aviation Science program, said she chose the program because it offered a bachelor’s degree in aviation flight.

Guajardo became the first student to earn an instrument rating and the first female in the program to earn a multi-engine rating.

“It is a huge honor to be a part of the inaugural class. It makes me feel like I was part of the start of something big,” she said.

Michael S. Lloyd (’16) is starting his first year at CBU. He spent 20 years as an aircraft mechanic in the Air Force.

Lloyd said he chose CBU for a number of reasons, including CBU’s support of veterans and his desire to remain in the aviation industry.

“The aviation management degree seemed to be a good transition career tool as I prepare for another career in civilian life,” Lloyd said. “I looked at a few other colleges, but I really felt CBU is where God wanted me to be.”


The quest for the Fortuna Bowl trophy begins at CBU

flag footballAre you ready for some football? CBU intramural sports kicked off flag football season Sept. 21.

Flag football is the most popular intramural sports at CBU. This year 28 teams were formed –17 men and 11 women.

Each team plays a total of seven games.The top eight men’s teams and the top six women’s teams make their respective playoff tournaments. The championship game is held during Homecoming Weekend where the victors receive the much coveted Fortuna Bowl cup. Last year’s championship games drew more than 4,000 spectators.

“The Fortuna Bowl is the ultimate competitive goal for the teams,” said Tyler Cox, director of recreation programs. “It also has a mystic presence entering into the season for the freshmen.”

Last year’s Fortuna Bowl champions were the Weblos men’s team and the Bus Drivers women’s team. Both teams return this year to defend their titles.

Cox said that nearly half of the teams are legacy teams, meaning they have been continuing teams and, in some cases, have been around for more than a decade.

Cox said legacy teams usually consists of juniors and seniors. They will also pick up a few sophomores and freshmen. It is the underclassmen who will continue on the team’s legacy after the core of the team graduates.

“Football is a great team-building opportunity for us,” said Joshua Fink (’18), part of the Black Night team, which is comprised mostly of Army ROTC students.  “Last year was tough but this year we want to win that cup.”


CBU’s College of Health Science gets new campus

HS campusChange came this summer to California Baptist University’s College of Health Science. The college, formerly known as “Allied Health,” now has a new home to go along with the new name.

The college has relocated to the former Riverside Christian Schools campus on Monroe Street across from the Lancers Outdoor Athletic Complex.

The campus comprises of 68,919 square feet under roof and 11.07 acres.

“We’re completely blessed to get all the space that’s over here,” said Dr. David Pearson, interim dean of the College of Health Science. “I look forward to what we can do with it.”

Previously, the college was spread out throughout the main campus, with faculty in Lancer Arms and parts of the James Building. More than a 1,000 students are enrolled in programs offered by the College of Health Science.

Pearson said the biggest benefit for both faculty and students would be the opportunities for collaboration by being together in neighboring buildings.

“No matter what aspect of health science we are a part of, we all have the common goal of making people healthier,” he said. “That’s a lot easier to do when you have good proximity to one another.”

CBU purchased the property in June 2013 and Riverside Christian Schools leased most of the buildings back until this summer. Demolition and remodeling began in June and faculty started moving in Aug. 20. Walls were removed and rebuilt; exterior and interior walls were painted; carpet laid and audiovisual equipment along with furniture was installed.

A significant investment in new classrooms, laboratories and office space is transforming the campus into a modern, state-of-the-art learning center for health sciences.

“I think that every time we’ve built new facilities, smooth campus integration has always been the goal, and I think that’s been the end result,” Pearson said.

In August, the College of Allied Health became the College of Health Science. The new name more accurately reflects the scope of programs offered by the college, Pearson said. By definition, allied health professions are ones such as athletic training, communication disorders and physical therapy, he explained.

Pearson said a preschool remains on part of the property that Riverside Christian Schools continues to lease. Eventually, he expects that facility will be repurposed as clinics for athletic training and communication disorders so students in those fields can get their clinical hours.

“We are still a central part of the Great Commission and doing what everybody else does on campus. It’s just new space,” he said.


School of Behavioral Science hosts human trafficking lecture

Lecture-01California Baptist University’s School of Behavioral Sciences hosted Jeremy Vallerand, president and CEO of Rescue: Freedom International (RFI), Sept. 17 for its Culture and Justice Lecture Series.

Vallerand spoke on the global fight against human trafficking and explained his approach to help deal with this issue.

RFI began operations 18 years ago in India to help rescue and restore women and children who have suffered through human trafficking.

Vallerand grew up with two sisters. His father worked as a traveling salesman and put Vallerand in charge when he was gone. Vallerand wanted to do whatever it took to be a protector.

“I tried to look intimidating when I needed,” he said. It is a role that has grown for him.

Vallerand recalled his first trip to India, where he visited Mumbai and met David and Beth Grant, the founders of RFI. Vallerand agreed to visit the red light district with the couple.

He said his “blood began to boil’ as he looked at the sights. The couple then took Vallerand to visit the safe houses RFI operated.

“[When] we got to the first home and walked in; it was this beautiful place full of hope and life,” he said.

Upon returning to America, Vallerand was moved by what he saw. An avid outdoorsman, Vallerand rallied his friends and started what is now the Climb for Captives initiative. The idea behind the program is to use mountain climbing as a way to spark conversation about human trafficking and raise funds for its victims. The group’s first climb raised more than $20,000.

Vallerand encouraged students to approach the issue of human trafficking and all social injustice from a Micah 6:8 perspective: “He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?”(NASB).

He concluded his remarks with a quote that hangs on the wall at the entrance to his office: “It is not the injustice that drives us, it is the magnitude of hope.”


College of Health Science kicks off Distinguished Lecture Series

Harki Dhillon2California Baptist University’s College of Health Science welcomed Dr. Harkeerat Dhillon on Sept. 14 to kick off its 5th annual Distinguished Lecture Series. Dhillon is an orthopedic surgeon at Riverside Medical Clinic. He spoke of his journey across continents to become a doctor.

The lecture series provides CBU students an opportunity to hear from speakers, who are leaders in their respective disciplines.

Dhillon is a graduate of the University College of Medical Sciences, located in Delhi, India. He described the persistence and commitment involved in attaining his goal to become a surgeon.

Dhillon said his voyage westward began when his boarding school in New Delhi could not offer the biology classes he needed to become a doctor.

“This was a hurdle I had to cross. My school was affiliated with Cambridge University in the United Kingdom so I applied for special permission to study biology there and they let me [take biology courses],” Dhillon said.

He eventually returned to India and finished his medical degree, graduating with a bachelor’s of medicine and surgery.

“Now I could cut people into pieces and enjoy it,” joked Dhillon, whose sense of humor was evident throughout his speech.

Another hurdle Dhillon faced occurred during his move to the United States in 1992.

“It was an absolute culture shock,” Dhillon said.

Dhillon struggled to keep a job. After arriving in the United States, he was initially denied the opportunity to complete his fellowship due to immigration issues.

A plea from a former boss eventually open the doors for Dhillon to continue his fellowship.

Dhillon quipped that he settled down in Riverside because he could not travel any farther west without running into the ocean. Today, Dhillon works at the Riverside Medical Clinic as an orthopedic surgeon.

“This is an extremely rewarding and fulfilling profession,” Dhillon said. “You have to enjoy it, and the only way to enjoy it is to be good at it. Master your profession and you will enjoy it.”

He encouraged the students to set goals and not let challenges prevent them from attaining their goals.

“If you really want to make a success out of yourself, you need to set a goal, to stay focused and be extremely persistent,” Dhillon said. “Sometimes there may be so many hurdles it may make you doubt yourself. But if you want to be a [successful] person, then the persistence and focus needs to be there.”


Family Updates

Student Learning Outcome Assessment and Academic Program Review are two important processes CBU employs to promote and ensure continuing improvement in all aspects of its educational endeavors. College/School/Departmental Assessment Coordinators are the key players in completing these processes. These diligent faculty and staff members provide leadership while also serving as members of the CBU Assessment Committee. To recognize exceptional service, at the beginning of each academic year, Best Awards are presented to select Assessment Coordinators for exceptional service during the previous year.

The 2014-2015 Best Awards recipients are as follows:

  • Best Program Review: Tom Ferko, professor of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Best Rookie Coordinator: Helen Jung, associate professor of civil engineering, College of Engineering
  • Best College/School Coordinator: Elizabeth Morris, professor of education, Online and Professional Studies
  • Best Department/Program Coordinator: Chris McHorney, professor of political science, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Best Program Improvements: Sandra Romo, assistant professor of journalism/PR, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Best Overall Coordinator: Carolyn Heine, associate librarian, Annie Gabriel Library


Dr. Candace Vickers

Dr. Candace Vickers

Dr. Candace Vickers, associate professor of communication disorders, coauthored an article, Communication Recovery Groups: Reciprocal Benefits for Participants and Facilitators from an Undergraduate Student Perspective, that was recently published by the Ohio Speech Language Hearing Association’s electronic journal eHearsay.





Shawn Wilhite

Shawn Wilhite

Shawn Wilhite, adjunct professor of Christian studies for Online and Professional Studies, presented a paper, Didache, Martyrdom, and Christian Identity: The Ethical Motifs and Apocalyptic Vision of Persecution and Martyrdom in the Didache as it Shapes Christian Identity, at the Andrew Fuller Center Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, on Sept. 16. He also recently had a book, The Letters of IgnatiusApostolic Fathers Greek Reade, published.




Dr. Greg Cochran

Dr. Greg Cochran

Dr. Chris Morgan

Dr. Chris Morgan

Dr. Greg Cochran, associate professor and Dr. Chris Morgan, dean of the School of Christian Ministries, co-wrote a chapter in a recently published book, Ministry in the New Marriage Culture.  The chapter title is Gospel Confidence in the New Marriage Culture. Cochran also presented a paper, Persecution Perspective and the Challenge to Martyrdom from Matthew’s Gospel, at a conference sponsored by the Center for Ancient Christian Studies on Sept. 14. Cochran presented another paper, The Practical Application of a New Testament Theology of Persecution, at the annual conference of the Andrew Fuller Center on Sept. 16. Both events were in Louisville, Kentucky.


Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather, professor of aviation science, recently had a college-level textbook titled Airport Management published.






Dr. DawnEllen Jacobs

Darla Donaldson

Darla Donaldson

Faculty and staff are invited to the Knuppe Prayer Chapel each day from 3:30-4:30 p.m.  A faculty or staff member will be there Monday-Friday at that time to pray with anyone who has needs or who wants to stop by and join in lifting up the CBU community.  If people have needs they would like to have prayed for, they can forward them confidentially or by name to either Dr. DawnEllen Jacobs, vice provost, or Dr. Darla Donaldson, assistant professor of finance and social entrepreneurship.



Faculty and staff have an opportunity to take Perspectives on the World Christian Movement on Tuesdays, 5:15-7:15 p.m. in BUS 253.  There is also a group that meets noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Provost’s Conference room for a more informal gathering. If interested or have questions, contact Dr. DawnEllen Jacobs.


Dr. Tom Frederick

Dr. Tom Frederick

Dr. Erin Smith

Dr. Erin Smith

Dr. Robert G. Crosby

Dr. Robert G. Crosby

Dr. Robert Crosby, assistant professor of psychology for Online and Professional Studies, Dr. Erin Smith, assistant professor of psychology, and Dr. Thomas Frederick, assistant professor of psychology for Online and Professional Studies, recently published an article, The Kid-Friendly Church: What Makes Children Feel Loved, Valued, and Part of a Supportive Church Community, in The Journal of Family and Community Ministries.



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 on nonprofit representatives at the 18th Annual Community Connect Nonprofit Conference at the Grove Community Church in Riverside on Sept. 25. Her presentation was on Building Effective Community Relations.






Dr. Monica O’Rourke

Dr. Monica O’Rourke

Dr. Monica O’Rourke, visiting professor of kinesiology for Online and Professional Studies, co-led the Riverside/San Bernardino county opening meeting for the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance on Sept. 15 in Redlands. Physical Education Teacher Education professors and practitioners from surrounding universities and school districts were in attendance. CBU’s kinesiology program was acknowledged by the association unit as the leading kinesiology program in Riverside County.




Dirk Dallas

Dirk Dallas

Dirk Dallas, assistant professor of graphic design, was contacted by news agencies Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal regarding the Drone Bill in Sacramento. His website FromWhereIDrone.com has positioned him as a resource in drones and drone photography.




Dr. Riste Simnjanovski

Dr. Riste Simnjanovski

Dr. Dirk Davis

Dr. Dirk Davis

Dr. Robert G. Crosby

Dr. Robert G. Crosby

Dr. Robert Crosby, assistant professor of psychology, Dr. Dirk Davis, associate vice president for academics, and Dr. Riste Simnjanovski, assistant professor of education, all for Online and Professional Studies, published an article, Evidence-Based Online Course Development Practices Using Three Years of Incoming Student Data, in the US-China Education Review journal.



Personnel Updates

HR chart 10-2a

September 16, 2015

CBU is presented with a certificate from the Guinness World Records. From left: Zachary Partida, student; Ashley Coleman, student; Anthony Lammons, dean of students; Aaron Logerstedt, student; Philip Robertson, Guinness World Records adjudicator and Robin Lemmons, student.

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Current News

CBU remembers 14th anniversary of 9-11 terrorist attack

9-11-03Students, faculty and staff at California Baptist University took time to mark the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.

For the second year, the Associated Students of California Baptist University offered an opportunity to remember and honor the 2,977 people who lost their lives. At the Stamps Courtyard, students, faculty and staff took one of 2,977 flags, one for each victim, and placed the flag in the lawn, outlining a cross.

Makenna Lammons, ASCBU executive president and a junior psychology and criminal justice double major, wanted to hold the event again because it is important to take time to remember the nation’s history, she said.

“We get stuck in our CBU bubble and we need to reflect on what has happened in the outside world,” she said.

Mia Sewell, a sophomore psychology major, took time out of her day to place a flag. She was 5 when the attacks occurred. Her family was living in Santa Ana, California, at the time, but her father is from New York and had previously worked in the Twin Towers. She remembers a day of fear, mourning and confusion.

“It’s important to remember because I think it was such a huge event in our culture. … It kind of shook us at our core and we were worried,” she said. The event united her family and community. “We looked past all the stupid differences we fight about all the time, and we realized we’re human and we love each other and we just want to be safe.”

Greg Troehler, a pre-nursing senior, was attending college in North Carolina at the time. He remembers feeling helpless for the first time in his life, he said. The event led him to join the Army.

“It just shocked me and hurt my spirit so deeply that someone could organize, plan something so evil and so wicked,” he said. “At the same time, I think it brings us together tighter because we have that appreciation for the freedom that we have, and it gave me the desire to contribute to that.”

Joni Dunlap, office manager in residence life, was afraid to take her children to school that day 14 years ago. She is grateful for the ASCBU event to pull the campus together.

“I think that the lives that were lost still matter, and we need to remember their families and pray for them even this long after,” she said.


CBU women’s basketball team visits the Riverside mayor

Lancers-mayorInspired by the California Baptist University women’s basketball national title run earlier this year, Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey made a special request for the team to visit him when they returned home.

CBU followed up on that invitation Sept. 11 as the mayor welcomed the Lancers to his office for a chat.

Read more here.




New freshman class arrives at CBU to begin a journey of faith

CBU JourneyHundreds of members of the Class of 2019 arrived at California Baptist University the first weekend in September to begin their college experience.

Who are these freshmen? A majority of them were born in 1997 or 1998; they are part of the millennial generation. For many, social interactions include emoticons. Technology is second nature and if you want to annoy them just try “labeling them” with a title.

Millennials also have lived through one of the worst recessions in modern history, post 9/11 realities and the rise of ISIS and other terrorist organizations.

Yet in addition to the social, political and economic conditions that will shape their coming-of-age story, for many of these CBU freshmen faith will also play a significant role.

For many, faith was a key reason they choose CBU. For some it meant leaving their families and communities behind to begin this new journey.

Michaela Vansant, a visual arts major, made a road trip with her family from Colorado to move into student housing during Welcome Weekend.

“I’m open to seeing what God is going to do in my life during my time at CBU,” said Vansant. “What I do know is that CBU is a “Great Commission” school and I wanted to be here.”

Kevin Chen, an aviation science major, made the journey to California Baptist University from Taiwan.  Chen said the decision to leave his family and study abroad was made easier by the fact that he is coming to CBU.

“Faith is very important to me. CBU has a safe environment where I can talk about my faith, especially to those who haven’t heard about Christ yet,” Chen said.

Janelle Lopez, a special education major, came to CBU from Florida to be a part of the cheer team.

She said it was a scary decision to move to California not knowing anyone. However, knowing others on campus share her faith will help in her transition.

“I’m looking forward to meeting new people,” Lopez said. “I feel like I will fit in here just fine. I love being around others who believe the same thing as I do.”

John Montgomery, dean of spiritual life, said CBU is about “investing in students lives to develop followers of Jesus.”

“No matter where a student is in their spiritual journey, we want to help them take the next step as they grow in their relationship with God,” Montgomery said.


Celebrity Chef Jet Tila “stirs” it up at WOK ON grand opening

Jet TilaThe recipe for the grand opening of California Baptist University’s new WOK ON dining option featured vegetables, protein, noodles and a celebrity chef.

Jet Tila, Food Network celebrity chef, was on hand Sept. 8 to serve up stir-fried cuisine, with CBU President Dr. Ronald L. Ellis enjoying the first serving of the Pan-Asian culinary delight.

WOK ON is the brainchild of Tila, who has partnered with CBU and Provider Contract Food Services to create the concept. Dining options include a modern twist to Thai, Cantonese and Chinese wok-style or stir-fried cooking.

“It’s healthier Asian food that gives you a range of Asia,” said Tila. “[WOK ON] really covers all of Asia…nice thing about Asia it’s a big place.”

Divina Cortes (’19) tried WOK ON for lunch on the first day of fall semester classes.

“It’s delicious and has great flavor,” said Cortes, who ate a bowl of stir-fried chicken, noodles, rice and veggies. “It tasted like a home cooked meal.”

Kipp Dougherty, director of Provider Contract Food Services, said CBU’s dining options included bowls but did not have a real focus on this type of cuisine until WOK ON arrived.

“We really wanted to focus in on Asian cuisine, which is extremely popular in Southern California. We knew that wasn’t in our wheelhouse, it wasn’t a strength of ours, so we started to look for culinary experts,” she said.

Tila is familiar with food services on campus communities. He has collaborated with more than 20 universities.

“We did a great job in nine to 12 weeks of creating a station that’s crave-able, delicious and that works well. It’s a feat,” Tila said.

Brittaney Perkins (’16) said it was a hardy meal for the amount she paid.

“If I can’t finish my meal then you know their serving size is good,” said Perkins, who tried a bowl of stir-fried rice, beef, chili and mushrooms.

WOK ON is located inside CBU’s Brisco’s Café at The Village student housing complex.


CBU named in three “Best Colleges” rankings for 2016

Best CollegesFor the tenth time in as many years, California Baptist University has been named one of America’s Best Colleges in rankings by U.S.News and World Report for 2016. In addition to a top-40 ranking as a “Best Regional University”, CBU also ranked among the “Best Colleges for Veterans” and “Best Online Degree Programs” in the nation.

“These are influential rankings that affirm the value and quality of the educational programs that California Baptist University offers in both traditional and online settings,” said Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president. “Perhaps more importantly, they validate the decisions made by thousands of students—including a growing number of veterans—who choose to pursue their educational goals at California Baptist University,” he added.

The 2016 rankings place CBU in the top tier of educational institutions across the nation. CBU’s No. 39 ranking in the publication’s “Best Regional Universities” in the West for 2016 is a change of just one position from No. 38 for 2015, which was up four spots from No.42 the previous year.

‘Best Colleges’ rankings are featured in U.S. News & World Report each year to aid prospective students and their parents looking for the best academic values for their money. Now in its 31st year, the annual comparative listing uses a quantitative system of 16 weighted indicators of academic excellence to rank universities. Those indicators include: student selectivity, retention and graduation rates; assessment by peer institutions; faculty resources; financial resources and alumni giving.

For 2016, the category of Best Regional Universities includes 618 institutions that offer a broad scope of undergraduate degrees and master’s degrees but few, if any, doctoral programs. A full list of the rankings can be viewed at www.usnews.com/colleges.


Exhibit at CBU Gallery features works from CAVAD faculty

ArtShow-02A California Baptist University art exhibit titled “Unlikely Visitors” is being held at the CBU Gallery through Oct 1.  The show features paintings, drawings and stoneware from faculty from the College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design (CAVAD).

The show also includes an installation and performance piece, titled “Linhurst,” by Andrew Hochradel, adjunct professor. He set up a room to look like a darkened bedroom that visitors can wander through. During the opening reception, he lay “sleeping” in the bed.

“When I heard that the theme of the show was ‘Unlikely Visitors,’ I really was inspired to create an installation that turned the viewer into the art. I wanted the viewers to experience what it felt like to exist in someone else’s space,” Hochradel said. “I hope the one takeaway was that the public felt something—wonder, mischief, fear or any other emotion. It was meant to be a very personal and an individual experience.”

Hochradel plans to be in the space occasionally throughout the show’s run, however the room is still open when he is not there. During the opening reception, the performance art was him pretending to sleep. Throughout the evening, people left notes in his hand, drew on his feet and ink stamped him three times.

“Although I did drift off a couple times, the majority of the show was throwing myself into the context of the piece to allow people to explore and do whatever they chose to,” he said.

Nancy Ward, lecturer in art, is exhibiting a 6-by-7 foot acrylic on canvas titled “53.” It is part of a series she created around the disappearance of middle-age women in American media. She wants to make them visible again.

“It’s about looking at the beauty that comes with age,” Ward said. “I want to revisit the idea of what is beautiful; in that the beauty of wisdom, experience and joy that comes through on a woman’s face.”

Duncan Simcoe, professor of visual arts, said the faculty choose the work they wanted to be displayed.

“Art is a very large word in the 21st century and can and does mean many different things. This exhibit underscores this fact,” Duncan said. “Viewers, whether they are students, fellow faculty or members of the public, should see that we as a group are productive studio artists. Each has a demonstrated commitment to refine a personal vision for art in the 21st century.”

Ward said the exhibit also allows students to see that their professors are not just teachers but artists as well.

“So many of (the professors) are doing interesting things and coming from very different places in the art world,” Ward said.


CBU students set Guinness World Record at Bunco

CBU is presented with a certificate from the Guinness World Records. From left: Zachary Partida, student; Ashley Coleman, student; Anthony Lammons, dean of students; Aaron Logerstedt, student; Philip Robertson, Guinness World Records adjudicator and Robin Lemmons, student.

CBU is presented with a certificate from the Guinness World Records. From left: Zachary Partida, student; Ashley Coleman, student; Anthony Lammons, dean of students; Aaron Logerstedt, student; Philip Robertson, Guinness World Records adjudicator and Robin Lemmons, student.

During Welcome Weekend at California Baptist University, 748 students packed into a huge tent erected on the Front Lawn of the CBU campus to play rousing rounds of Bunco, a popular dice throwing game. Not only did the activity provide students a fun opportunity to make new friends; the event also set a Guinness World Record for the most people playing Bunco simultaneously in a single location.

Bunco has become rooted in CBU tradition. Joe Adcock, assistant dean of students, introduced the game to the campus more than 10 years ago as part of new student orientation activities. Ironically, due to the game’s rise in popularity, Bunco at CBU had been on hiatus the past few years due to insufficient space to accommodate the game’s large number of players.

“We thought, let’s bring back a student tradition and see if we can break a world record as well,” said Chris Hofschroer, assistant dean of students – for community life.

In Bunco, players take turns rolling three dice, attempting to roll a pre-determined target number. A player who rolls a “three-of-a-kind” matching the target number is awarded a “Bunco” worth 21 points. To notify officials of a Bunco, the students were asked to celebrate by jumping up and down. This led to a playful and noisy affair with hundreds of cheering and screaming students.

The CBU Bunco tournament featured another twist to the tradition—students were encouraged to wear costumes to attend the event.

“Everybody I’ve met this weekend has shown me great love,” said Alvin Bautista, physical therapy freshman, who was dressed up in a banana costume. “When I was told to get dressed up I headed down to the local Goodwill store and picked out an outfit just for tonight.”

The category of most people simultaneously playing Bunco was introduced by Guinness specifically for this event following a formal request by Hofschroer. The record was easily set as Guinness required a minimum of 250 participants in order for the record to be valid. The record-setting CBU tournament featured 187 games being played at once.

Philip Robertson, official Guinness World Records adjudicator, attended the event to provide on-the-spot verification.

“I thought this was an old lady’s dice game, but this was incredible. People were bouncing out of their chairs and screaming,” Robertson said. “It is a lovely way to introduce people to the university and build camaraderie. I see a lot of college inductions, but this was truly incredible.”

With each successive round of Bunco, students relocated to different tables. The emcee for the evening encouraged students to ask questions to each other such as what their favorite movie or ice cream flavor.

“It means a lot to be a part of setting the record, especially with people I just met,” said Cristian Garcia, mechanical engineering freshman. “I met so many new people. It was a lot of fun.”


CBU alumnus launches clean air campaign at United Nations

Pedro PiquerasA civil engineering graduate from the Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering launched a global campaign this summer to make clean air a basic human right.

Pedro Piqueras (’13) won a “Millennium Health Prize” from Millennium Campus Network (MCN) for his clean air campaign. As a result, he was given the opportunity to officially launch his campaign at the 7th Annual Millennium Campus Conference, a program of MCN, held Aug. 11 to 15, attended by students and politicians from more than 50 nations at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Piqueras’ campaign, “fAIR4all,” is aimed at raising awareness of the health risk of air pollution. He wanted the conference participants to educate others and to take action, whether through creating laws or partnerships with non-governmental organizations. The end goal, he said, is for the UN to establish clean air as a basic human right.

“Until that is done, governments are not going to be forced to fix it or educate. Clean water is a basic human right, and since it is, governments are enforced to implement water projects,” Piqueras said. “By having that minimum standard in a global aspect, it would really encourage governments to do something about it.”

He is studying air pollution as he pursues his doctorate degree in chemical and environmental engineering at University of California, Riverside.

Piqueras said he became interested in the subject when he learned how many people die from air pollution-related causes annually. According to the World Health Organization, seven million people died as a result of air pollution exposure in 2012.

The campaign includes a monthly webinar, an email newsletter and a Facebook page. Piqueras encourages others to join.

“Unless somebody does something about it, nothing’s going to get done,” he said. “I definitely want to make the world a better place.”

Piqueras said CBU professors encouraged him and his fellow students to have a global perspective.

“They taught us it’s not just about making money, it’s about how you can help the world become a better place,” he said. “They definitely taught me to think like that, to think in a global perspective, especially when it came to people in need in developing countries.”


CBU professor delves into science, religion at Oxford Seminar

Erin SmithWhen students are given information about science that seems to conflict with their Christian beliefs, California Baptist University’s Dr. Erin Smith has observed they usually pick one of three responses.

They work to determine what is true and integrate the two areas together; they reject science; or they walk away from their faith. This observation has fueled Smith’s passion for pursuing research in this area.

Smith, assistant professor of psychology, is interested in aiding students who reject either faith or science and helping them work through the conflict.

“At CBU especially, we are about integration and I want to know how we can do that best to serve our students,” she said

Smith spent four weeks this summer at the Oxford Summer Seminar in England, participating in the Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities 2015-16 project. The project included lectures, mentor sessions and workshops geared toward the integration of faith and science. Smith was one of 25 faculty participants at the seminar.

The project was hosted by Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford, a United Kingdom subsidiary of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. CCCU is an international association of Christ-centered colleges and universities with 119 members in North America and 55 affiliate institutions in 20 countries.

The goal of the project was to develop faculty’s interdisciplinary skills and understanding central to the field of science and religion as well as their use of those skills on their respective campuses.

As part of the project, Smith is required to conduct a research project and then develop a science and religion club at CBU.

For her project, Smith will shadow students as they engage with material that deals with potential conflicts of science and religion. Her goal is to gain a better understanding of the effectiveness of an educational program for science and religion discussions, she said.

Smith intends to start the club next year. The goal of the club is to become a place that students can ask questions and then discuss these issues.

“The questions and searching shouldn’t be dangerous,” Smith said. “Especially if it’s done from a perspective of ‘how can I honor God in this?’”

Smith said she is concerned that students who outright reject either Christianity or science have not explored the issues.

“If they never examine those beliefs, then I don’t think they have the opportunity to let God be bigger and more majestic,” she said.

Family Updates

Dr. Jacob Lanphere

Dr. Jacob Lanphere

Dr. Jacob Lanphere, assistant professor of environmental science, co-authored a presentation given at at the American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition Aug. 16-20 in Boston: Toxicological potential and environmental fate of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), a post-graphene two-dimensional material. He also co-authored a research poster, A Comparison of Novel Hydroponic Systems and Traditional Soil Based Methods for Applications in Agriculture, with biology student Kristin Racoosin that was presented at the CBU’s Fall Faculty Dinner on Aug. 21.




Dr. Hyun-Woo Park

Dr. Hyun-Woo Park

Dr. Dennis Bideshi

Dr. Dennis Bideshi

Dr. Hyun-Woo Park, professor of biology, and Dr. Dennis K. Bideshi, professor of biology, attended the International Congress on Invertebrate Pathology and Microbial Control and the 48th Annual Meeting of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology conferences in Vancouver, Canada, Aug. 9-13. They presented co-authored papers on their research on genetic engineering of the mosquitocidal bacterium: Effect of single versus multiple promoters and a high plasmid copy number on the synthesis and assembly of Cyt1Aa crystals in Bacillus thuringiensis, and Cyt1Aa-BinA chimera highly toxic to anopheline, aedine, and culicine larvae including those tolerant or resistant to Lysinibacillus sphaericus.


The Online and Professional Studies’ Master of Arts in Public Relations has been named No. 2 by BestColleges.com in its list of best online master’s in public relations programs. With a curriculum based on traditional PR foundations, as well as modern courses in social media theory and utilization, CBU students are guaranteed to receive a well-rounded education, according to the BestColleges.com website.


Dr. Tom Frederick

Dr. Tom Frederick

Dr. Tom Frederick, associate professor of psychology for Online and Professional Studies, published an article, Forgiveness and Mental Health Practice, in the journal volume 18 Mental Health, Religion, and Culture.





Julie Goodman

Julie Goodman

Julie Goodman, assistant professor of anthropology, had a paper published in Kesher: A Journal of Messianic Judaism (Issue 28; Summer/Fall 2014). The paper title was A response to Rabbi Elliot Klayman’s “Exploring our Responsibility for Earth’s Resources: Shaping an Eco-Ethicological Approach for Discussion.





Dr. Andrew Herrity

Dr. Andrew Herrity

Dr. Keanon Alderson

Dr. Keanon Alderson

Dr. Keanon Alderson, associate professor of business, received a grant from Target Corp. to work on a case study and propose how Target can change its store level leadership and management structure. Alderson and Dr. Andrew Herrity, professor of business and entrepreneurship, will perform the work in their BUS463 Business and Organizational Management courses.




Dr. Namhee Kim

Dr. Namhee Kim

Dr. Namhee Kim, assistant professor of communication disorders, published a research article titled A phonetic approach to consonant repetition in early words in the August issue of Infant Behavior and Development.






Catherine Jane Ellis

Catherine Jane Ellis was born Sept. 6, to Lauren and Ashton Ellis, son of Dr. Ronald L. Ellis and Mrs. Jane D. Ellis. “CJ” weighed 6 pounds and 15 ounces. She joins two brothers and two sisters and is the seventh grandchild of CBU’s president and first lady.








Nataliya Clark, Dr. Daniel Clark and Caleb

Dr. Daniel Clark, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and his wife, Nataliya Clark, welcomed their first child Aug. 31. Caleb Vyacheslav Clark weighed 7 pounds and 1 ounce and was 22 inches long.






Personnel Updates

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September 3, 2015


In this issue…

Current News

CBU professor’s theory on galaxy formation confirmed

This snapshot from a computer simulation shows a cold flow disk (lower middle) growing by accreting cold gas from cosmic filaments (streams).

This snapshot from a computer simulation shows a cold flow disk (lower middle) growing by accreting cold gas from cosmic filaments (streams).

Dr. Kyle Stewart’s theoretical prediction of a “gas spinning disk” that helps build a galaxy into a bigger one has been confirmed. It took two years of progressive research to validate his theory.

Galaxy formation is an elaborate affair and something Stewart has studied for almost 10 years.

“We still don’t fully understand all the physics involved in the process of galaxy formation,” said Stewart, assistant professor of physics.  

Stewart said scientists have run computer simulations to approximate how galaxies are formed for a long time. They recognize that cold gas is involved in the process but thought it had no structure. The idea was that gas falls into galaxies from all sides and then eventually that gas transforms into stars, he said.

More recent simulations showed something else. In papers published in 2011 and 2013, Stewart co-authored a study that claimed that gas can create a “spinning cold-flow disk.” This disk increases many times larger than the galaxy and then becomes the structure needed for a galaxy to expand. The gas is funneled into this disk by filaments, galactic string-like structures.

In 2014, researchers observed a galaxy and a filament. A different team of researchers took a closer look through a spectrograph, which takes light from a source and separates it by wavelength.

These researchers determined that half the gas moved toward the disk and the other half moved away from the disk, indicating a cold-flow disk. Their study was published last month in the international science journal Nature, validating Stewart’s prediction.

“It confirms the whole new picture of how we think galaxies are formed,” Stewart said. “This is a big verification that the simulations are doing something right.”

Stewart is also doing similar simulations with different programming codes to see if the results are the same.

“They are finding that the details vary, but the disk phenomenon seems to happen no matter the code,” Stewart said.

Stewart said astronomers can predict something and maybe a decade later will find out if they are right.

“To make a prediction and have it confirmed two years later is an amazing experience,” he said.

“We’re just now starting to get a picture of galaxy formation,” he said. “It’s an emerging field that didn’t exist until Hubble Telescope began taking pictures and giving us thousands of galaxies to look at.”


CBU receives grant to fund hands-on experiences in the lab

Stephen Dueck, chemical engineering student, works on calibrating a gas absorption unit used to remove CO2 from a gas stream.

Stephen Dueck, chemical engineering student, calibrates a gas absorption unit used to remove CO2 from a gas stream.

A $250,000 grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation will help fund hands-on experiences in the field of sustainability and health technologies for the chemical engineering department at California Baptist University’s Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering.

Dr. Mark Anklam, chemical engineering chair and professor, said a large portion of the funds have already been invested in purchasing new equipment to create additional chemical engineering labs.

These labs will allow students to work on sustainable technology projects such as CO2 removal, reverse osmosis, fuel cells technology and purifying water, he said.

Anklam said today’s employers are very environmentally conscience. Chemical engineers must learn to design and operate processes with minimal side effects.

“Students will understand how to transform materials and chemicals for the benefit of humanity,” Anklam said.  “They will see engineering applications that can positively impact the environment and can also improve the quality of life for others.”

Some of the new labs are scheduled for introduction in the fall semester.

Stephen Dueck, a chemical engineering junior, interned during the summer for CBU’s chemical engineering department and helped install new equipment.

“It’s fascinating to go from textbook knowledge to seeing how different chemicals interact with each other through this equipment,” he said. “I already suggested switching out some chemicals a manual suggested for some more environmentally safe ones that I learned about in one of my classes.”

Dr. Mario Oyanader, associate professor of chemical engineering, expressed enthusiasm for the new equipment.

“It’s exciting to be a part of a program that is getting out-of-the-box equipment that is up-to-date on the latest technology being used in industry,” he said.


CBU events center scheduled to open on campus in 2017

EventsCenterA multi-use events center scheduled to open on the campus of California Baptist University in 2017 will become the school’s largest indoor gathering space to serve a variety of campus activities, CBU officials announced Aug. 31.

“An events center has been a dream at California Baptist University for many years, so it is incredibly exciting to see this vision becoming a reality,” said Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president. “It will be a wonderful addition to the campus and a source of great pride for many of the students currently enrolled at CBU as well as countless more who will follow for generations to come.”

Infrastructure construction is underway on the $73 million project that is being funded through gifts and financing. The events center is being built adjacent to the CBU Recreation Center located in Lancer Plaza near the corner of Adams Street and Diana Avenue. The center’s north-facing front entrance will be located on Lancer Lane.

The centerpiece of the 153,000 square feet building will be a 5,200 seat arena—expandable to more than 6,000 seats—that will showcase some of the CBU athletics teams competing in the PacWest Conference and NCAA Division II. These include men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling, and men’s and women’s volleyball. The building also will feature locker rooms for home and visiting teams as well as new athletics offices.

The two-level events center is designed to complement the Mission Revival architecture style that is a hallmark of the California Baptist University campus. A100-foot tower will adorn the building’s north side.

“This center will be much more than just an arena for Lancers athletics,” Ellis said. “It will serve all of the CBU community through robust programming that supports the university’s academic mission as well as extracurricular activities.”

Besides athletics, the arena also will provide much needed space for CBU’s chapel program attended by nearly 5,000 students weekly during the academic year. Other uses planned for the events center include student orientation activities and commencement ceremonies that are held each spring and fall.

The CBU events center is scheduled for completion in April 2017, in time for spring commencement activities in early May.


WOK ON Pan-Asian cuisine coming to CBU at Brisco’s Cafe

Wok OnCalifornia Baptist University continues to increase its dining options with the addition of WOK ON, a Pan-Asian inspired cuisine, that will be featured this fall at Brisco’s Café.

“We want to give our students a diversity of food choices and WOK ON will fill a missing piece and provide a new cuisine option to our campus community,” said Kent Dacus, CBU vice president for enrollment and student affairs.

WOK ON is the brainchild of Food Network’s celebrity chef Jet Tila. He has partnered with CBU and Provider Contract Food Service to create the Pan-Asian concept.

The new dining concept is scheduled to open on Aug. 31, with a grand opening celebration scheduled on Sept. 8 featuring an appearance from Tila.

Dining options will include a modern twist to Thai, Cantonese and Chinese wok-style or stir-fried cooking. Late-night items will include Asian fusion entrees such as Asian Tacos or Japanese and Latin “Dawgs” (hotdogs).

Kipp Dougherty, director of Provider Contract Food Service, said she is excited about the new addition to CBU’s campus dining. “Get your chopsticks ready to dive into some great Asian-inspired cuisine,” she exclaimed.

Brisco’s is located on the northeast side of campus in the Village at CBU. In addition to WOK ON, Brisco’s Café is open for lunch and dinner with cooked-to-order items such as subs, wraps and burgers as well as a selection of “Grab and Go” options.


Family Updates

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, president, was keynote speaker at the Fall Colloquium of the University of the Southern Caribbean (USC) in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Aug. 24. Ellis spoke on the topic “Building an Entrepreneurial University: The California Baptist University Story.” Dr. Mark A. Wyatt, vice president for marketing and communication, presented a workshop to the USC faculty titled “Marketing the University: Faculty Matters.”




Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather, professor of aviation science, taught a two-day Basic Airport Safety and Operations Specialist school on behalf of the American Association of Airport Executives to more than 80 airport professionals in attendance at the AAAE Airport Facilities Management Conference in Salt Lake City on Aug. 22-23.





Dr. Candace Vickers

Dr. Candace Vickers

Dr. Candace Vickers, associate professor communication disorders, co-led a webinar for American Speech Language Hearing Association on Aug. 19. More than 150 speech language pathologists participated in the webinar nationwide. The topic was Meaningful, Functional Goals for Persons with Aphasia and Dementia.





Dr. Jong-Wha Bai

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai, department chair and associate professor of civil engineering, presented two papers titled Sensitivity Analysis of Flexural Characteristics for Steel and Synthetic Fiber Reinforced Concrete and Probabilistic Shear Capacity Models for Concrete Members with Internal Composite Reinforcements at the 5th International Conference on Construction Materials in Whistler, British Columbia, Aug. 18-21.




The Online and Professional Studies’ Graphic Design and Digital Media program has been named No. 2 by BestColleges.com in its list of best online graphic design programs. The CBU program offers students a strong foundation in web and graphic and the curriculum has been refined to meet the needs of working adult students. The program culminates with the development of a professional portfolio and the completion of several hands-on projects, according to the BestColleges.com website.


JEFF BARNES FRONT COVERDr. Jeff Barnes, dean of academic services, has published a new book, The Wisdom of Walt:  Leadership Lessons from The Happiest Place on Earth.  The book has been featured in The Orange County Register, Riverside’s The Press-Enterprise and was recently ranked on Amazon.com as a #1 New Release.





Dr. Julie Browning

Dr. Julie Browning, associate professor of accounting for the Division of Online and Professional Studies, presented two poster sessions at the American Accounting Association’s Conference for Teaching and Learning in Accounting, in Chicago on Aug. 8.  The sessions were titled Using a Credit Card Debt Assignment in a Principles of Accounting Course and Using Social Media Groups to Engage Students in Online Courses.




Dr. Monica O’Rourke

Dr. Monica O’Rourke

Dr. Monica O’Rourke, visiting professor of kinesiology for Online and Professional Studies, went to the 75th annual Sturgis Bike Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, Aug. 3-8 as part of a Christian action sports team with Team Faith Ministries.  The team performed freestyle motocross as an outreach to share the Gospel to participants.





baptist story coverDr. Anthony Chute, professor of church history, has co-authored a textbook on Baptist history with Michael Haykin, professor of church history and biblical spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Nathan Finn, professor of Christian thought and tradition at Union University. The book, The Baptist Story: From English Sect to Global Faith (B&H Academic), details the global spread of the Baptist movement from its beginnings in the early 17th century.




Jennifer Zamora

Jennifer Zamora

Jennifer Zamora, the didactic coordinator for the master’s of physician assistant studies program, had a case study and research article published in July in Consultant for Pediatricians, a peer-reviewed journal. The title was A Teen’s Large Hemangioma: Successful Treatment with Propanolol.





Stephen Christie

Dr. Stephen Christie

Dr. Stephen Christie, assistant professor of accounting and finance, successfully defended his dissertation on July 9 for the doctor of philosophy in education degree at Claremont Graduate University, School of Educational Studies.






From left: Terry Lynn and Dr. Andrew Herrity

From left: Terry Lynn and Dr. Andrew Herrity

Dr. Andrew Herrity, professor of business and entrepreneurship, hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with his wife, Terry Lynn, on Aug. 12 and 13.  Herrity said that the Peruvian government allows only a few dozen people each day to hike the 12-mile trail through the Andes Mountains, so most of the several thousand visitors each day to Machu Picchu arrive by train because there is no road to that part of Peru.





Melody Joyce Machado

Melody Joyce Machado

Reba Machado (’10, MS, nee Lacuesta), adjunct psychology professor, and Marc Machado (’11, MS), assistant men and women’s golf coach, welcomed their first child Aug. 22. Melody Joyce was born at 4:36 p.m., weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was 21 inches long.




Personnel Updates


August 19, 2015

Athletic Training

In this issue…

Current News

Former CBU water polo player signs professional contract

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

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

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

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


Mock medical scenario brings helicopter and learning to CBU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


CBU wrestler to compete at the world wrestling tournament

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

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

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Family Updates


Far right: Dr. Larry Linamen

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




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


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

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



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

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

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








Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather

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



From left: Stephanie Lara and Dr. Jacob Lanphere

From left: Stephanie Lara and Dr. Jacob Lanphere

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





Michelle and Steve Leader

Michelle and Steve Leader

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





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


Personnel Updates

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