A newsletter for faculty and staff of California Baptist University

August 17, 2016


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Women’s basketball heads to Taiwan to prep for new season

basketballCalifornia Baptist University women’s basketball team has headed overseas to Taiwan for a unique opportunity to tune-up for the 2016-17 season.

The Lancers will take on international competition including the National Taiwan University of Physical Education and Sport on Aug. 17; Dankook University (South Korea) on Aug. 18; and Fo Guang University (Taiwan) on Aug. 19. The games are part of an exhibition tournament.

Expectations for the Lancers are once again high this season with a majority of their roster returning. The Lancers are coming off a PacWest regular season finish where the team put together a program’s best 21-game winning streak and also had an undefeated record at home (14-0).

Additionally, Lancers head coach Jarrod Olson was named the PacWest Coach of the Year and junior point guard Cassidy Mihalko was awarded an All-American honors.

The Lancers will officially kick off their season at the D2 Tip-off Classic on Oct. 4 at the Santiago Canyon College Athletic Complex in Orange, Calif.


CBU to offer new bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship

biz degreeAttention, inquiring minds and problem solvers: California Baptist University has developed a new major with you in mind. The Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business will offer a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship starting in the fall.

Dr. Andrew Herrity, entrepreneurship program director, said the program aims to equip students to become well-prepared entrepreneurs with a heart to solve problems.

“We want our students to be problem solvers, to think about how to care and serve our communities better,” Herrity said. “While profit is an important part of operating a business, at its heart entrepreneurship is about providing solutions that benefit society.”

Students majoring in entrepreneurship will also be required to minor in one of 40 different options available at CBU.

“Since entrepreneurs are unique individuals, we thought it would be a good idea to offer something unique to this program in a way of the minor requirement,” Herrity said. “Gaining knowledge in an industry is an important part of establishing a business.”

Herrity sees a correlation between minors and new ventures. He envisions computer science minors developing the next app, or a visual arts minor starting a design company.

Upper division courses will encourage students’ creativity and identify what they are passionate about, Herrity said.

Herrity also noted that most entrepreneurs do not initially start working for themselves. Instead, they learn on the job and then venture out after gaining some understanding of an industry. That is why CBU still requires 30 units of business administration in both lower and upper division courses, he noted.

“With our Christian worldview at CBU, we believe that we are all created in the image of God, who is a creator, and we want students to take that creativity and start ventures that will be beneficial to others,” Herrity said.


Engineering 101 prepares new students for academia, vocation

engineeringA foundation for academic and vocational success awaits new students enrolling in the Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering at California Baptist University this fall. More than 200 new engineering students are expected in the fall, and one of the first courses they will encounter is EGR101, Engineering Christian Worldview.

“It’s a course where students can cast a vision for their life as a CBU engineering student and as a graduate,” said Dr. Anthony Donaldson, dean of the College of Engineering.

Donaldson teaches a portion of the course dedicated to understanding a Christian worldview. Engineers are to be a part of solving problems, he said.

“Engineers are called to serve. They are called to use the talents that God has given them to solve problems in society,” Donaldson said.

The other components help students prepare for the academic rigor, such as how to study, organize time and understand the various teaching styles.

The students also learn to work as a team and be part of a community, said Dr. Matthew Rickard, professor of bioengineering.

“It’s also part of what it is to be a Christian… being part of a community and helping others,” Rickard said.

A majority of engineering students have the same curriculum the first year. Additional courses include a seminar class, which summarizes the 10 majors offered at CBU and an engineering service class, where the students complete 30 hours of service work.

These classes contribute to the university’s goal of helping the students find their purpose in life, Donaldson said.


CBU Aviation Unmanned Systems degree set to launch this fall

dronesDrones will be invading California Baptist University this fall. The Department of Aviation Science is set to launch a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Unmanned Systems.

Whether referred to as drones, unmanned aerial systems, or unmanned aerial vehicles, these remote-controlled aircraft require a pilot with specialized aviation knowledge and skills as well as an understanding of federal regulations, said Paul Haley, assistant professor of aviation at CBU.

“The new degree is relevant today due to the rapid increase in worldwide use of the various types of remotely piloted aircraft,” Haley said.

Haley said employment opportunities in the unmanned aircraft industry are numerous. For instance, large-scale, piloted unmanned aerial systems currently are being used to assist firefighters, scientists, search and rescue teams and government agencies. Smaller remote-piloted aircraft are being used in the real estate, film, agricultural, medical and oil industries.

“Graduates of the aviation unmanned systems major will enter the workforce as instrument-rated commercial pilots and will help meet the need in this rapidly developing industry for qualified unmanned systems pilots,” Haley said.


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Kevin Cotton

Students observe an exothermic reaction and record temperature data during a mathematical modeling course for the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.

Kevin J. Cotton, adjunct professor of mathematics, taught a course on mathematical modeling to high school students for the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. The center identifies young people of great academic promise and then develops their intellect and personal growth. The first session took place in Santa Cruz, and the second was in Easton, Penn. The sessions ran June 23-Aug 6.







Updegraff, book coverDr. Derek Updegraff, assistant professor of English and creative writing, published a collection of short fiction titled The Butcher’s Tale and Other Stories. The book was published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press and is distributed by the Texas A&M University Press Consortium.




Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather, professor of aviation science, taught a two-day Advanced Airport Safety and Operations Specialist School on July 30-21 to 40 airport professionals. It was part of the American Association of Airport Executives Airfield and Facilities Management conference in Boise, Idaho.





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, presented co-authored papers at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology in Tours, France, on July 24-28. The papers were titled, A binB knockout in Lysinibacillus sphaericus demonstrates BinA can form a crystal without BinB in Bacillus thuringiensis and Lysinibacillus sphaericus binary toxin structure revealed in situ by de novo phasing with an X-ray free-electron laser: Insights into the larvicidal biology of BinA and BinB. Bideshi also was co-author of a poster presentation titled Comparison of genome replication rates of fast-killing versus slow-killing SfAV isolates.




From left: Eric Mendoza and Dr. Ronald L. Ellis

Eric Mendoza, marketing specialist for Marketing and Communication, has been chosen Employee of the Month for August. The nomination form included the following statements: “Eric has a true servant’s heart and strives to meet and exceed the expectations and goals of the clients for whom he produces videos. He is frequently commended by them for the excellent quality of the products he produces and for his determination to do what is necessary to deliver these products on time.”






From left: Dr. George C. Yao, of National Cheng Kung University and the conference’s keynote speaker, and Dr. Dr. Frederick Pontius

Dr. Frederick Pontius, professor of civil and environmental engineering, was the moderator for the 2016 International Conference on Civil and Environmental Engineering, held in Xi’an, China, on July 26-27. Pontius also delivered a paper at the conference titled Chitosan as a Drinking Water Coagulant, which was published July 15, 2016, in the American Journal of Civil Engineering.







Dr. A. Abdelmessih

Dr. A. Abdelmessih

Dr. Amanie Abdelmessih, professor of mechanical engineering, presented an article, Creation of Undergraduate Engineering Laboratory with Minimal Funding, at the 2016 ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) conference June 26-29 in New Orleans, La. She also moderated the session called M438-Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design.  Abdelmessih also served as a track organizer at the 2016 Summer Heat Transfer Conference, held in Washington, D.C., July 10-14. She oversaw the track of Heat Transfer in Electronic Equipment, which included four sessions and a panel. This is the sixth time she served as track organizer/leader, and she received a certificate of appreciation. Abdelmessih and 12 former CBU students also published an article, Design of a Magnetic Cooling Device Using Gadolinium Alloy and Permanent Magnets, in the proceedings of the conference.


Dr. Jong-Wha Bai

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai, associate professor of civil engineering, conducted a seminar on seismic vulnerability and loss estimation of concrete structures for architectural engineering students at Seoul National University in Korea on July 8.





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School of Nursing set to mark decade of training students

nursingThe California Baptist University School of Nursing, which marks its 10th anniversary this fall, has developed a prescription for success: qualified and caring faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and vision to improve healthcare outcomes in the community.

Dr. Geneva Oaks, dean of the School of Nursing, has been with the school in various roles since its beginning. She noted the school has a reputation that faculty are committed to student success.

“Students say faculty invest in them personally and care about them as people,” Oaks explained. “It inspires them to be the best nurses they can be.”

This fall, approximately 720 students will be pursuing degrees in five nursing programs, including CBU’s inaugural doctoral program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice. This is dramatic increase from the inaugural 62-student class that enrolled in two programs in 2006. Since its founding, the School of Nursing has graduated more than 760 students.

Oaks said that during the past decade, the university has provided needed resources for learning such as the state-of-the-art Nursing Annex, which opened in 2014

The annex includes faculty offices, skills laboratories, classrooms and a computer laboratory. There is also a state-of-the-art simulation studio that places students in virtual reality scenarios such as administering aid in a village in Thailand or helping patients during in an emergency waiting room after a disaster.

“It is like a wow factor, the innovation and state-of-the-art technology we have,” said Dr. Juliann Perdue, professor of nursing. “The student learning [becomes] evident as they can take their experience in simulation into the patient-care setting.”

Oaks is also mindful of the impact the School of Nursing can have on the community and sees the opportunity to accomplish the university’s mission through service. CBU is the only university in Riverside County that offers a bachelor’s degree and above in nursing.

“Research supports that the [higher] level of education of the nursing workforce translates into better outcomes for patients,” Oaks said. “CBU is here to offer that higher level of education.”


CBU names new dean of Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business

Dr. Andrea Scott

Dr. Andrea Scott

Dr. Andrea Scott has been named dean of the Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business at California Baptist University. She started her new position on Aug. 1.

Scott brings more than 20 years of experience in research and marketing to her new post. She is also a Fulbright Scholar, having completed a teaching and research grant at the University of Technology in Kingston, Jamaica, in 2004.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business as it is primed for equipping the next generation of business professionals who are both mindful and competent,” Scott said. “I’m passionate about alumni advocacy and networking and aim to foster reputational excellence of our school for community service and social impact. I look forward to seeing the school serve as the ‘go-to’ business hub not only for the CBU campus, but also a wide range of local enterprises.”

Scott earned her doctorate in marketing from the University of South Florida. She also holds an MBA from Emory University and a bachelor’s degree in visual communication from Wheaton College.

Scott comes to CBU from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management where she has been assistant professor of marketing for the past 12 years. Her teaching areas included marketing management, consumer behavior and marketing communications. She also taught the Case Competition class and served as the main case coach for the Graziadio School. Her previous professional experience includes work in an advertising agency; as a business analyst for Honeywell Inc.; and starting her own business, The Write Touch (marketing consulting services).

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Andrea Scott as dean of the School of Business at CBU,” said Dr. Charles Sands, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Her academic background, her professional experience and her desire to connect and engage with the community are an excellent fit for us.”

The School of Business offers a MBA program, four undergraduate majors and three minors. Approximately 550 students attended the school in 2015-2016 academic year.


New dean named for Collinsworth School of Music

Dr. Joseph Bolin

Dr. Joseph Bolin

Dr. Joseph Bolin has been named dean of the Shelby and Ferne Collinsworth School of Music at California Baptist University. He assumed his new duties Aug. 1.

Bolin brings more than 20 years of experience as educator, worship pastor, conductor and performer. He most recently was the pastor of worship and arts at Bannockburn Church in Austin, Texas, where he oversaw all music and media programming/staff. He was also a lecturer in conducting and associate director of choral activities at the University of Texas at Austin’s Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music.

“I am excited to be joining the community of CBU and the Collinsworth School of Music,” Bolin said. “(CBU) has an illustrious history of inspiring young musicians to the highest standards of musical excellence. It’s an honor to be part of this legacy and I look forward to playing a role in the expansion of its global influence to the glory of God.”

Bolin earned a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Master of Music in choral conducting at The University of Texas at Austin. He received an undergraduate degree in vocal performance from Southern Illinois University.

He has sung with groups such as the Santa Fe Opera, Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Choral Society and The University of Texas at Austin, Chamber Singers.

“Dr. Bolin’s arrival at CBU comes at an incredibly important time for the Collinsworth School of Music,” said Dr. Charles Sands, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “His professional performance experience and his leadership as a worship pastor are in perfect alignment with where we are headed with this program. We are very excited to have him join us here at CBU!”

The School of Music offers a Master of Music program with four concentrations, six majors and one minor. More than 115 students attended the school in 2015-2016 academic year and hundreds more participated in the school’s performance groups.


College of Engineering introduces students to fields of study


From left: Nathan Castro, of Ayala High School, Rana Eltahir, of Claremont High School, and Royce D’souza, of Deira International School, perform a distillation experiment during an introductory engineering course held at CBU for high school students.

Wearing goggles and surrounded by lab equipment, the high school students measured fluids, checked temperatures and wrote notes as they learned about distillation. That is just one of the many things the students experienced during an introductory engineering course at California Baptist University.

Engineering Innovation, a four-week summer course developed by Johns Hopkins University, was offered at 14 sites nationwide. Five students from the Inland Empire and two international students attended the program at CBU’s Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering, June 27-July 22.

The course covered several areas of engineering, including materials science, chemical, electrical, computer and civil. The program exposed the students to the various fields and what it is like to be an engineering student, said Dr. Mario Oyanader, associate professor of chemical engineering, who taught the course.

“The whole program is for high school students who would like to explore engineering as a college discipline and a future career,” Oyanader said.

The course included lectures and hands-on projects, such as designing and constructing a circuit to control a robotics car and building a bridge with uncooked spaghetti. The students also learned about ethics and teamwork.

“We give them that [teamwork] environment here because it’s part of what they have to learn in engineering school,” Oyanader said. With ethics, “they have to know engineering is not just numbers. It has to do with morals and your behavior.”

Rana Eltahir, who will be a senior at Claremont High School, found electrical and mechanical engineering attracted her the most. The program confirmed her decision to pursue engineering.

“Every time we do a lecture, I’m very interested,” she said. “When it comes to (engineering), I’m always engaged. Every day is something new and something different.”


Family Updates

Dr. Kenneth Minesinger

Dr. Kenneth Minesinger

Dr. Kenneth Minesinger, associate professor of law for Online and Professional Studies, served as issue editor for the State Bar of California Business Law Journal.  Available now, Issue 2, 2016 focused on insolvency law.






Dr. Seung-Jae Kim

Dr. Seung-Jae Kim

Dr. Seung-Jae Kim, associate professor of bioengineering, co-authored a paper with CBU student Ruthie Muqatach titled Effects of Visual Feedback on Treadmill Walking Speed. It was published in the July issue of International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.






The picture shows the theme and give-away for the event. The message in the bottle is the conference verse for the week.

Janet Crate, special events and volunteer coordinator for University Advancement, and Carrie Smith, alumni and parent communications manager for University Advancement, made a presentation at the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities Alumni Professionals Conference held July 18-22 in Santa Barbara at Westmont College. Their Event Tips and Tricks for the Reluctant Party Planner showed new ways to approach university events.





Dr. William Flores

Dr. William Flores

Dr. William Flores, associate professor of Spanish, presented a paper at the 98th annual conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese held in Miami, Fla., on July 8-11. The paper was titled Ecosophies and the Apocalyptic Imagination in One Hundred Years of Solitude.





stewardGary Steward, adjunct professor of history and government for Online and Professional Studies, wrote the entry on Stuart Robinson for Religion and Politics in America: An Encyclopedia of Church and State in American Life (ABC-CLIO, 2016).





Dr. Barry Parker

Dr. Barry Parker

Dr. Barry Parker, librarian, recently published This Heaven on Kindle. The literary fiction book is the first in a series titled Jacob’s world.






From left: Dr. Jolene Dickert and Dr. Nicole MacDonald

Dr. Nicole MacDonald, associate professor of kinesiology, and Dr. Jolene Dickert, associate professor of athletic training, presented a poster titled Attitudes towards Interprofessional Education using a Psychosocial Simulation at the Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association Clinical Symposium in Keauhou Bay, Hawaii, July 12-16. MacDonald also presented in a webinar sponsored by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association titled Degree Transition Considerations and Best Practices: What’s Next? Lesson 3: Clinical Education.





Dawn Ellen

From left: Kimberly Jacobs and Dr. DawnEllen Jacobs

Dr. DawnEllen Jacobs, associate provost for faculty development, traveled with her husband, Richard, daughter Kimberly Jacobs (‘13) and sister-in law Jane to Quito, Ecuador, July 6-17 on a music outreach project. They were part of a group of 40 instrumentalists from churches across the U.S. that provided outreach concerts in churches across Quito.  The group also hosted a band camp and a musical VBS for a local school.







From left: Dr. Chih-Lung Chou, professor of physics at Chung Yuan Christian University, and Dr. Larry Linamen

A delegation of 12 Taiwanese professors from Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU) visited CBU July 6-26. Dr. Larry Linamen, vice president for Global Initiatives, has a long-standing relationship with the president of CYCU, a private university in Taiwan. The purpose of the visit was for CYCU to gain insight about the American education system and course design. CBU will be sending four Teach Abroad Program teachers and two faculty to CYCU this summer to teach for 2 1/2 weeks.  Carla Liu, assistant professor of English and TESOL, provided sessions on course and syllabus design.





Dr. Monica O’Rourke

Dr. Monica O’Rourke

Dr. Monica O’Rourke, visiting professor of kinesiology for Online and Professional Studies, volunteered at the Pro Watercross National Racing Series held in Atlantic City, N.J., on July 23-24. Partnering with Team Faith racing ministry, she helped design a cart that provided free Bibles and free healthy fruit smoothies to the professional watercraft racers, mechanics and fans.





Dr. Thomas Ferko

Dr. Thomas Ferko

Marilyn Panaro

Marilyn Panaro

Dr. Patrick Schacht

Dr. Patrick Schacht

Dr. Alex Chediak

Dr. Alex Chediak

Dr. Jim Buchholz

Dr. Jim Buchholz


Dr. Thomas Ferko, professor of chemistry, Marilyn Panaro, lecturer in biology, Dr. Patrick Schacht, assistant professor of biochemistry, Dr. Alex Chediak, professor of engineering and physics, and Dr. Jim Buchholz, professor of mathematics and physics, led a science workshop for high school science teachers in the Chaffey Joint Union High School District. The workshop, held July 11-15, was part of a California Mathematics & Science Partnership Grant. CBU is the lead institute of higher education on the grant and Buchholz is the principle investigator.


Dr. Alan Fossett

Dr. Alan Fossett

Dr. Melissa Antonio

Dr. Melissa Antonio

Dr. Jim Buchholz

Dr. Jim Buchholz

Dr. Thomas Ferko

Dr. Thomas Ferko


Dr. Thomas Ferko, professor of chemistry, and Dr. Jim Buchholz, professor of mathematics and physics,  moderated the Teaching Science and Faith Sessions at the annual American Scientific Affiliation Meeting held July 21-25 at Azusa Pacific University. Buchholz and conference chair Michael Everest of Westmont chose which teaching papers to admit to the conference from the abstracts submitted. Dr. Melissa Antonio, assistant professor of biology, participated in a panel and helped plan and organize three panel discussions. She participated in the panel Christian Women in Science, which discussed experiences as a woman working in the science and how to encourage future female students to pursue careers in the science. Dr. Alan Fossett, professor of chemistry, also attended the event.



Featured speakers and hosts at the conference included (from left): Jessica H.F. Chen, of the National Chi Nan University; Timothy Chow, of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; Ru-Jen Lin, of LungHwa University of Science and Technology; Vicki Cleveland; and Patrick Andoo Yang, of LungHwa University of Science and Technology.

Vicki Cleveland, director of institutional research, was one of two invited speakers from the U.S. at the Center for Institutional Research Conference at LungHwa University of Science and Technology in Taoyuan City, Taiwan, on June 27-30.  Information from her presentation, Building a Culture of Evidence: The Development of Institutional Research at a Growing Private University, was included in a report to the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China for distribution to universities throughout Taiwan.






lancer5000The California Baptist University Cross Country and Track program will host the Fifth Annual Lancer 5000 sponsored by Lexus to be held at CBU on Aug. 20. Teams made up of 5-7 runners from the same CBU campus department are encouraged to sign up and compete for prizes. For more information, go to www.cbulancers.com/lancer5000.



Gall baby

From left: Judah, Ezekiel and Silas Patrick Gall

Benjamin Gall, head men’s and women’s cross country/track coach, and his wife, Rachel, welcomed their third son on July 11. Silas Patrick Gall weighed 9 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 21.25 inches. His older brothers are Judah, 5, and Ezekiel, 2.






Autumn Mae Ramirez

Autumn Mae Ramirez

Amy Ramirez (’08, ’13), assistant softball coach, and her husband, Art, welcomed their first child Oct 17. Autumn Mae Ramirez weighed 6 pounds and 13 ounces and measured 22 inches long.






Taylor wedding-2

Bryna and Seth Taylor

Bryna Nasenbeny, assistant director of marketing in Athletics, and Seth Taylor, assistant women’s soccer coach, were married at LaSalle Street Church in Chicago on July 23.






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Sports analytics major set to launch at CBU in the fall

sportsCalifornia Baptist University is offering a new major that promises to be a game changer. This fall CBU will offer a Bachelor of Science in Sports Analytics, the first-of-its-kind offered west of the Mississippi.

Dr. Lisa Hernandez, chair of the department of natural and mathematical sciences, said the new major will be geared toward those who want to make a career in professional sports.

“Sports, like any other major industry, is looking to gain an advantage through analytics,” Hernandez said. “We live in a data-driven era where every click on any site can be potentially used to your advantage. It’s no different on the playing field.”

Hernandez said that throughout mathematic departments in academia, students have been told that majoring in statistics could help land a sports analytics job. However, at CBU there is now an effort to focus on courses and experiences that will better equip a person for this specific field.

Part of the upper division coursework will include a partnership with Lancers Athletics, where students will work closely with coaches and staff to determine statistics that need to be analyzed for various teams. Additionally, an internship will be required pushing students out into the community to gain hands-on experiences.

Hernandez said CBU faculty was a prominent factor in the ability to launch this program.

Dr. Linn Carothers, professor of mathematics and one of the faculty for the new major, has a reputation for using supercomputing to analyze statistics at a high level.

Carothers led the effort to secure two grants at CBU that provide access for faculty and staff to supercomputers located all over the country. CBU faculty can now model, simulate and predict using big sample data that is bootstrapped, or resampled thousands of times from these supercomputers.

“For CBU students, it means that we can train them at the bleeding edge of technology. They can use the most advanced software [available],” Carothers said.


Director aims to create the go-to-place for research at CBU

researchFaculty, staff and students will have a more comfortable place on campus come fall to explore and conduct research at California Baptist University.

Erin Smith, assistant professor of psychology and director of research at the School of Behavioral Sciences, said she envisions the Center for the Study of Human Behavior (CSHB) as the “water-cooler” spot to develop the culture of research at CBU.

Smith said that while CSHB is not new to CBU, it is receiving a makeover this summer.

“We are working to create a more warm psychical space where research can be conducted,” Smith said.

The center will have spaces designated to utilize research methods such as interviews or focus groups. The center will also have computers, cameras and microphones to assist in the research processes.

While the center is housed within the School of Behavioral Sciences, the CSHB is an interdisciplinary facility, and faculty, students, and researchers from across disciplines are encouraged to utilize the center, Smith said.

Smith also envisions the center as a place to host workshops where instructors can share their research findings with other faculty. She wants the place to be a melting pot and birthing place of ideas.

“Sometimes we can be consumed with teaching,” Smith said. “We want the center to be a place to take a break and learn about other projects that are going on at CBU and work on building interdisciplinary collaborations.”

Smith said she also wants graduate programs to know that undergraduates are looking for opportunities to gain experience with conducting research. The center will aim to connect students with research opportunities.

“Undergraduate students can be effective resources for our graduate programs,” Smith said. “They need to pad their resume with research experience, and we can use their help…it can become a mutually beneficial relationship.”


CBU students land fellowships with city, government agencies

wrcogSix students from California Baptist University were selected to participate in the inaugural Western Regional Council of Governments (WRCOG) Fellowship Program.

WRCOG focuses on solving issues pertinent to the 17 cities and various agencies it represents throughout the Inland Empire region.

The six students represent a variety of programs at CBU including the master’s in public and business administration and the sociology and environment science majors.

The students selected were Tammi Philips (Banning’s city manager office), Bobby Frisch (Hemet’s city manager office), Nelly Telleria (Lake Elsinore’s city manager office), Eduardo Sida (Perris’ city manager office), Megan Elder (Riverside Museum cultural affairs) and Melissa Varela (Western Municipal Water District public information office).

Frisch said his first task will be incorporating infographics and other communication designs into the state of the mayor’s address.

“I’m going into this opportunity thinking how beneficial this could be for me professionally, by learning how to work next to high-ranking government officials,” Frisch said.

The fellowship is in its inaugural year, and CBU was one of two universities selected to recommend students to help fill open positions. Each student will work for a nine-month period, 32-40 hours a week, at a rate of $15-$17 per hour.

Students were selected to various positions based on a combination of factors including their resume, work experience, skill set and performance during an interview.

Laura Acosta, associate director for CBU’s Career Center, said this opportunity allows students unique access to top city and agency officials.

“These fellowships will not only allow students an inside look into specific government and agency roles, but it will also allow them to develop professional connections,” Acosta said.


Students get opportunity to practice health care overseas

GHE team-1

Students from California Baptist University work with autistic children in China as part of the Global Health Engagement Program.

Two teams from the College of Health Science at California Baptist University spent three weeks serving communities in China and the Philippines in various healthcare roles.

The trips were part of the Global Health Engagement (GHE) program, which provides students an opportunity to serve in a global healthcare setting while gaining course credit.

“The purpose is to teach the students how their personal and spiritual gifts line up so that they can live their purpose in the world and in the kingdom of God,” said Erik Salley, assistant professor of exercise science and coordinator of GHE.

A team of 12, including nine students, went to the Philippines (June 3 – 24). The team broke up into three groups and each rotated among various health centers, including the Philippine Heart Center, a remote health clinic and a community-based rehab clinic for children with disabilities. The students observed medical professionals and helped staff with physical therapy, speech and language pathology, occupational therapy and athletic training.

Another team of two faculty and five students went to China (May 26 – June 15). This team worked with children with autism and trained teachers, parents and college students how to respond to their specific needs. The team also attended to children who were cancer survivors.

“God opened up so many opportunities for the students to work with children with autism, to use the skills and abilities I don’t even think they knew they had,” said Maggie Appenzeller, visiting professor of communication disorder and a member of the China team. “[The team taught] the kids to play again and to have joy (in the process).”


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EOM 7.2016 2 Elizabeth Olson

From left: Elizabeth Olson and Dr. Ronald L. Ellis

Elizabeth Olson, program advisor/clinical coordinator for the School of Education, is CBU’s Employee of the Month for July. The nomination form included the following statements: Elizabeth treats each student that she meets like they are unique and important. She approaches each conversation with enthusiasm. Liz is creative and innovative in bringing new initiatives that benefit the School of Education. She set a goal of increasing outreach and marketing for the credential program.





Dr. Erin Smith

Dr. Erin Smith

Dr. Erin Smith, assistant professor of psychology, led a workshop on July 5 titled Lessons learned from a year with the science and religion club at the Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities project in Oxford, England. The seminar, hosted by Scholarship on Christianity in Oxford and funded by the Templeton Religion Trust, is aimed at developing interdisciplinary skills in science and religion.




Ethan Jack Schneider

Ethan Jack Schneider

Dr. Tom Schneider, assistant professor of English for Online and Professional Studies, and his wife, Rita, welcomed Ethan Jack Schneider on June 27. He weighed 8 pounds 1 ounce and measured 20.5 inches.




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CBU leads Academic All-PacWest Selections

PacWest logoCalifornia Baptist University placed a conference-high 167 student-athletes on the 2015-16 Academic All-PacWest teams. This is the third year in a row that the Lancers have grabbed the most distinctions, with 11 more student-athletes earning the honor from last year’s results.

To earn the Academic All-PacWest recognition, athletes must have achieved at least a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average and be eligible for participation or practice in their sport.

“I’m so proud of our student-athlete success in the classroom,” said Dr. Micah Parker, director of athletics. “Our student-athletes are competing in all aspects of their opportunities at CBU.”

CBU’s women’s cross country and track team garnered the most Academic All-PacWest honors, placing 18 student-athletes on the list. Both Lancer baseball and softball teams were close behind with 17 each, while women’s soccer had 15 Lancers on the list.


This past year, CBU also boasted its highest Academic Success Rate at 92-percent and highest department grade point average at 3.241. Lancers women’s volleyball team boasted the highest team GPA with a 3.809 over the year (3.864 in the spring). The Lancers men’s golf had the highest men’s GPA with a 3.276, while men’s basketball won the spring with a 3.261.


MBA students gain global business experience on trip to Asia

2016 MBA trip

Twenty-two MBA students from California Baptist University traveled to Hong Kong and Taiwan as part of their Global Business Management course.

Twenty-two MBA students from California Baptist University embarked on a trip to Asia in order to gain global business experience by spending time with corporate executives. The students traveled to Hong Kong and Taiwan as part of their Global Business Management course from June 3-12.

Dr. Steve Strombeck, interim dean of the Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business, accompanied the students on their trip.

“We want to give them a taste of what business is like overseas, how companies are operating, how they’re competing,” Strombeck said. “It’s one thing to read about these experiences in a textbook, it’s another thing to see it and to hear it.”

The CBU class visited corporations such as FedEx, Nestle, Acer Corp. (computer hardware manufacturer) and Giant Corp. (bicycle manufacturer) and heard executives speak on a variety of topics related to day-to-day operations.

Student Robert Sekula said his experience went beyond anything he could gain from a textbook.

“Meeting with all of the executives on the trip was very interesting, and not something you could ever get from a case study or textbook,” Sekula said. “Everyone we met reinforced one of the key leadership concepts we have learned about throughout the MBA program: that people are your most valuable resource.”

Student Nicole DeFranco said the trip opened her eyes to working internationally.

“The idea of working abroad sounds great, but without actually going to the cities and visiting corporations, you’ll never have any idea of [what it’s like],” DeFranco said. “CBU offered a first-hand experience for me.”


Ceremony marks a milestone for CBU Events Center project

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A steel worker from Sundt Construction bolts the symbolic last steel beam, which was signed by various people, into place at the Events Center.

Site found for a 153,000-square-feet building at California Baptist University—check. Foundation dug out and cement poured for CBU’s new Events Center that will seat 5,050 people and can expand to more than 6,000 seats—double-check. All steel beams set in place, including the framework for the 100-foot tower that will adorn the building’s north side—triple check, exclamation point.

California Baptist University along with Sundt Construction hosted a Topping Out Ceremony on June 22, celebrating placement of the symbolic last steel beam for the Events Center.

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis addressed a crowd of university dignitaries and other CBU staff along with the construction team from Sundt.

Ellis thanked the Sundt crew and other contractors for their work on the project. He also noted anticipation for future athletic events to be hosted in the arena, the applause of friends and family for future graduates and the weekly chapel services that will fill the arena with worship.

Dr. Micah Parker, athletic director at CBU, found himself in awe standing in the middle of the construction site.

“It is humbling to stand in the middle of the Events Center and think about all the great things that are going to happen there,” Parker said. “So many people are working to make this a special place that will serve our students well and allow us to showcase great student-athletes to the Inland Empire community.”

The Events Center is being built adjacent to the CBU Recreation Center. The north-facing front entrance will be located on Lancer Lane. The design of the two-level building complements the Mission Revival architecture style that is a hallmark of the CBU campus. The arena is scheduled to open in April 2017, in time for spring commencement activities.


Graduate student’s passion leads him to low-income students

Michael-1Michael Deatherage, a California Baptist University education graduate student, wants to make a difference in the lives of students living in poverty. He recently took his first step in fulfilling this passion by joining Teach For America (TFA), a nonprofit organization that recruits individuals to become teachers in low-income communities.

Deatherage will depart for Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, next month to teach fifth-grade students. He will complete his graduate degree through the Online and Professional Studies program at CBU.

Deatherage realized that many people might think he will be living in paradise, but he said it is not all palm trees and surfing. The cost of living is high and there are pockets of poverty in Hawaii.

Deatherage believes he has a specific message for these students: “Don’t give up on your dreams…be that person that you have always dreamed about being.”

Deatherage can relate to living in poverty. When he was a child in Texas, his family lost everything when a tornado destroyed his home.

“I know that there are these kids who (are in situations) like I was, who probably have no clue that they can [succeed in] school,” he said.

Deatherage’s own road to success in academics was a journey. He dropped out of high school at 17 to work. Then he joined the Marines in hopes of building a military career. While serving in Iraq, however, he suffered injuries from a rocket attack that hit his Humvee. The injuries resulted in a medical discharge.

After his injury, a new passion was sparked in his life—a desire to teach.

Deatherage earned his undergraduate degree in English at CBU. He is set to earn his master’s degree in the fall.

“I think CBU helped stoke the fire, that passion, of being able to be who you are,” he said.

Along with his message of hope, his inspirational life story will be a source of motivation for his students.

“I want to reach students who may not have ever been reached or have listened to too many wrong people. What I want my students to know is [they should] never stop trying,” he said.


CBU sends out season’s final wave of service project teams

Final Wave-04aCalifornia Baptist University sent out the final wave of International Service Projects, United States Projects and Summer of Service teams from June 12 – June 20.

Seven teams departed from CBU to serve in Southeast Asia, Kosovo, Japan, Russia, South Africa and Spain. The teams joined 12 others serving in Central Asia, Thailand, Japan, Germany, Spain and Canada. This summer marks the 20th year of CBU’s flagship mobilization efforts, with more than 300 volunteers comprising 37 teams serving in 17 countries.

Jeff Lewis, interim director of the Office of Mobilization, reminded friends and families of the teams leaving on June 20, of the importance of the Great Commission at CBU.

“It’s part of who we are as a university. It’s infused and integrated into everything that we are and everything that we do,” he said. “Our prayer is that [this experience for the students] will help them develop a vision for the rest of their lives.”

Lewis sees these service opportunities as one part of the students’ overall development at CBU.

“Hopefully, within their academic journey here at CBU they’re not just learning about their discipline, but they’re learning about how their discipline can be used around the world,” Lewis said.

Teams served in a variety of roles such as conducting sports camps, teaching English, interacting with students from elementary to college, building latrines, and assisting in medical clinics as well as helping and encouraging fieldworkers in locations around the world.


CBU wrestler honored as area’s male athlete of the year

wrestlerJoesph Fagiano, a California Baptist University heavyweight wrestler, was named The Press-Enterprise Area College Men’s Athlete of the Year.

Fagiano’s awards have piled up after a successful year (29-6 overall record), which included the program’s first D-II heavyweight championship. He was also named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and West Region Wrestler of the Year. Additionally, he went on to be voted the CBU Senior Male Athlete of the Year.

Read the Press-Enterprise article on Fagiano’s award here.



Machado named new head coach for CBU women’s golf

golf coachMarc Machado has been named the women’s head golf coach and interim men’s golf coach at California Baptist University. Machado had spent the previous five seasons at CBU as the men’s and women’s golf assistant coach.

“I’m excited to announce that Coach Machado will be leading our women’s golf program,” said Dr. Micah Parker, director of athletics at CBU. “We decided to split the golf program and have one women’s coach and one men’s coach. Marc has proven himself to be a talented coach who has a passion for the mission of our university and athletic department.”

This past year, the Lancer women won their second straight PacWest Championship and advanced to the NCAA Division II Regional playoffs. Erica Wang won the individual championship on a playoff hole and went on to represent CBU at the NCAA Division II Championship.

“I would like to thank Dr. Parker, Kent Dacus and Dr. Ronald L. Ellis for this tremendous opportunity and for believing in me,” Machado said. “I am very excited to continue my work with such high-level student-athletes in a Christian environment.”

A national search is still underway for the Lancers men’s head golf coach.


CBU to offer unlimited number of Yellow Ribbon scholarships

veteransCalifornia Baptist University will offer an unlimited number of Yellow Ribbon scholarships for veterans pursuing their undergraduate or graduate degrees for the 2016-2017 academic year. Previously, the veteran’s program offered a limited amount.

Josh Morey, director of financial aid, said the Yellow Ribbon scholarships are available to CBU veteran students that also meet the scholarship requirements.

“This is a great opportunity that we have to serve our growing veteran population in Riverside,” Morey said.

Edward Figueroa (’16) will start working on his MBA program at CBU this fall.

“The Yellow Ribbon Program has been essential to my educational goals. Because of this program, I was able to go to the first school of my choice, CBU,” said Figueroa, who served eight years in the U.S. Air Force. “I was able to find a great home at CBU, and pursue all my educational goals and dreams in a veteran-friendly environment.”

CBU currently has the sixth largest population of veterans among private colleges in California with more than 400 using their GI Bill benefits during the past 2015-2016 academic year.

CBU accepts several federal GI bills, with the majority of veterans or their beneficiaries attending on the post 9/11 GI bill. In conjunction with that bill, CBU participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides additional assistance to veterans who qualify.

For more information about veteran educational benefits at CBU, please visit www.calbaptist.edu/veterans.


School of Education at CBU hires new faculty

School of EdThe Bonnie G. Metcalf School of Education at California Baptist University announced the hiring of three new faculty members for the fall 2016 semester. The School of Education will now have 18 faculty positions within the college.

“The hires will accommodate the school’s growth in enrollment,” said Dr. John Shoup, dean of the School of Education. “The new faculty members come with strong academic pedigrees and relevant experiences that will serve our students well.”

The new faculty members are Dr. Theodore Murcay, associate dean; Dr. Denise L. McLurkin, assistant professor; and Dr. Jin-Sil Mock, assistant professor. The new facility will transition to CBU from across the U.S.

Murcay comes from Nashville, Tenn., where he completed a doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University and most recently served as the principal at Creswell Middle School. He was also an adjunct professor at CBU (’05-’08). Murcay will oversee the development of student teachers in the teaching credentials program.

“CBU’s School of Education has a reputation for preparing the best teacher candidates,” Murcay said. “I am humbled and excited to join that excellent work.”

McLurkin comes from New York where she was a tenured professor at the City College of New York. She also was also an undergraduate coordinator in the childhood education department. McLurkin, a native Southern Californian, most recently received her doctorate in educational studies in literacy language and cultures program from the University of Michigan. McLurkin will teach various courses for students seeking their teaching credentials.

Mock was an instructor at Vanderbilt University in the department of teaching and learning. She is a doctoral candidate at Vanderbilt University. She will be teaching in the credentials program at CBU.

Shoup said the School of Education goal is to equip twenty-first-century educators who can create lifelong learners in schools, government, workplaces and nonprofit organizations.

The School of Education offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs in education and leadership studies, including various credential programs, master’s programs in education, leadership, organizational studies and higher education leadership and student development.


Family Updates

Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather, professor of aviation science, received his MBA from the University of North Alabama in May. He also recently completed a national research project for the Transportation Research Board, Airport Sustainability Practices – Drivers and Outcomes for Small Commercial and General Aviation Airports.





dean pearson

Dr. David Pearson

Dr. David Pearson, dean of Health Science and Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), participated in a presentation at the 2016 NCAA Regional Rules conference in Dallas, Texas, on June 15.  The presentation was titled When things go wrong, and Pearson addressed the working relationship between the campus FARs and athletics compliance staff members with the goal of modeling and establishing best practice guidelines.




Jazz CDDaniel St. Marseille, adjunct professor of music, has released a new jazz CD, Invitation, by The Daniel St. Marseille quintet. St. Marseille plays tenor saxophone and clarinet on the CD.




Shawn Wilhite

Shawn Wilhite

Shawn Wilhite, assistant professor of Christian Studies for Online and Professional Studies, presented a paper, Bless those who Curse You: Persecution and Martyrdom as it Shapes Christian Identity in the Didache at the North American Patristics Society meeting in Chicago on May 26-28. He also had three book reviews published in Trinty Journal (Spring 2016): review of The Genre and Development of the Didache by Nancy Pardee; review of Augustine’s Theology of Preaching by Peter T. Sanlon; and review of Ancient Christian Worship: Early Church Practices in Social, Historical, and Theological Perspective by Andrew B. McGowan.



Dr. Elaine Ahumada

Dr. Elaine Ahumada

Dr. Elaine Ahumada, associate professor of public administration for Online and Professional Studies, co-presented at the Midwest Public Affairs Conference in Columbus, Ohio, on June 3. The presentation was The Dissertation and Beyond: Developing Outcomes for the Public Affairs Practitioner.





Dr. Dennis Bideshi

Dr. Dennis Bideshi

Dr. Dennis K. Bideshi, professor of biology, coauthored a paper, MALDI-TOF portrait of emetic and non-emetic Bacillus cereus group members, that was published in the journal Electrophoresis (May 2016).





Dr. William Flores

Dr. William Flores

Dr. William Flores, associate professor of Spanish, authored a book review in the June 2016 edition of Hispania. The review is titled Pérez, Alberto Julián. Literatura, peronismo y liberación nacional.





Russell L. Meek, adjunct professor of Christian Studies for Online and Professional Studies, had an article, Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Readings of Hebel in Ecclesiastes, published in Currents in Biblical Research, June 2016.



Dr. Juliann Perdue and Rugar are on the left.

Dr. Juliann Perdue, professor of nursing, and her therapy dog, Rugar, are part of the volunteer services at Kaiser Permanente-Riverside Medical Center.  Rugar and his friends visit patients and staff at the hospital on a weekly basis to provide comfort to those in the hospital.







Dr. Jeff Gage

Dr. Jeff Gage, professor of nursing, has co-authored two articles. Both were published in the April 2016 edition of the Scholars Journal of Dental Sciences. The articles were Oral health literacy of adolescents of Tamil Nadu, India and A cross-sectional study examining the association between dental caries and oral health literacy among adolescents in Tamil Nadu, India.





Tad Hove

Tad Hove

Tad Hove (’12), an adjunct professor of management, was recently recognized by the California Assembly and U.S. Congress for his involvement with a vocational program designed for at-risk students within the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD). Also, as a member of the Gaining Purpose and Stability Committee for Foster Youth within RUSD, he recently hosted and moderated its first conference for foster youth, which focused on presenting pathways for success to foster students.




Debbie Coleman

Dr. Debra Coleman

Dr. Debra Coleman, assistant professor of nursing, successfully defended her dissertation at Azusa Pacific University. It was titled The Lived Experience of Nurses Transitioning from Personal Bereavement to Providers of Compassionate Nursing Care.





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Dr. Teresa Hamilton

Dr. Teresa Hamilton, assistant professor of nursing, successfully defended her dissertation at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. It was titled The Influence of Transcultural Humility Simulation Development Activities on the Cultural Competence of Baccalaureate Nursing Students.





Parse Conference 2016

The faculty members who attended the Institute of Humanbecoming included, from left: Dr. Geneva Oaks, Cynthia Anderson, Christy Cotner, nurse theorist Dr. Rosemarie Rizzo Parse, Dr. Susan Drummond and Dr. Gayne Anacker

Twelve faculty members attended the Institute of Humanbecoming in Pittsburgh, Penn., May 31-June 4 to study with nurse theorist Dr. Rosemarie Rizzo Parse and participate in panel discussions. Those attending were:  Dr. Gayne Anacker, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Cynthia Anderson, assistant professor of nursing; Dr. Deborah Bobst, assistant professor of nursing; Dr. Karen Bradley, associate professor of nursing; Christy Cotner, assistant professor of nursing; Dr. Susan Drummond, associate professor of nursing; Dr. Jeffrey Gage, professor of nursing; Nia Martin, assistant professor of nursing; Dr. Geneva Oaks, dean of the School of Nursing; Anthony Phillips, assistant professor of nursing; Jasmine Schmidt, assistant professor of nursing; and Dr. Lorraine Shields, assistant professor of nursing.



Grove ThailandJudy Quinn, public safety dispatcher, was one of 27 women from The Grove Community Church in Riverside who went to Thailand June 10-19. The group spent time with Remember Nhu, an organization dedicated to preventing children from being sold into sex slavery.  The group included several CBU alumni: Jennifer Price (’08), Becky Lance (’00), Robin Sarabia (’09), Natalie Bishop (’09), Kinsley Kuhn (’07), Jodie Beuch (’17) and also Janice Bishop, wife of Mike Bishop, who is CBU’s senior director of Career Services.



Hudson James Holcomb

Hudson James Holcomb

Kimberly Holcomb, accounts payable, and her husband, James, welcomed their first child on March 7. Hudson James Holcomb weighed 7.5 pounds and measured 20 inches long.






Personnel Updates

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June 14, 2016


In this issue…

Current News

CBU flight student qualifies to teach others how to fly

aviation studentHannah Maria Guajardo, an aviation flight student at California Baptist University, holds a unique role for her senior year—she will be a flight instructor. Guajardo recently became the flight school’s first student to earn a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificate, which will allow her to teach at the Department of Aviation Science at CBU.

Dr. Daniel Prather, chair of the aviation science department, said flight training traditionally requires individuals to pay for their required flight training hours. However, once a CFI is obtained, an individual can be paid to accumulate flight hours through teaching. Guajardo will teach courses for students pursuing their private pilot certificate.

“The (CFI) certificate is a significant accomplishment,” said Prather. “Hannah has excelled as an aviation flight major and is paving the way for many students to come after her in this exciting major.”

Guajardo’s latest accomplishment comes on the heels of receiving a conditional job offer, along with three classmates, from ExpressJet airlines.

“I’ve been blessed by my experience at CBU,” said Guajardo, who expects to graduate in the spring of 2017. “The aviation community has been extremely supportive of achieving my dreams.”

Prather reflected on the historic achievements of Guajardo.

“She is a history maker at CBU, as she was the first student to be admitted as an aviation flight major and the first student in the history of CBU to earn her CFI before graduation.  She is also one of the founding members of our Women in Aviation Blue Yonder chapter,” Prather said.


CBU dynamic duo wins historic national ADDY awards

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California Baptist University students Brittany Hatch (left), a graphic design and digital media senior, and Jacob Gonzalez, a photography senior, win big at the American Advertising Awards.

Two California Baptist University students’ teamwork and creativity resulted in the first national American Advertising Awards (AAF) won by an Inland Empire college student. The awards were given at the AAF ceremony, also known as ADDYs, held in Anaheim, Calif., on June 7.

Jacob Gonzalez, a photography senior, received gold for his entry in the “Elements of Advertising—Still Photography, Campaign” category. Brittany Hatch, a graphic design and digital media senior, received silver for her entry in the “Out-of-Home—Poster” category.

The two students agreed to collaborate last fall on a project for their Intermediate Image course. Since Gonzalez has experience as a sports photographer, they focused in that field. Gonzalez took photos of athletes, and Hatch used her graphic design talents to create fictional Nike advertisement posters.

The students submitted three posters in separate categories for the AAF-Inland Empire Awards in March. Both won gold. Then they won silver in AAF District 15, which covers Southern California and Southern Nevada, and advanced to the nationals. Nationwide, the local student competitions drew more than 6,000 entries.

“Getting recognized nationally is something I am extremely grateful for,” Gonzalez said. “I am thankful for the talent God gave me. It was such an honor to represent CBU and all the dedication of the photography and design professors for teaching us every year.”

Michael Berger, program director for the photography and graphic design and digital media majors, said the students’ awards are evidence of their hard work and the success of CBU’s College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design.

“Jacob and Brittany’s work stood up against work done at the nation’s best art schools. For them, it is a great honor and evidence of the quality of work they are doing,” Berger said.


Journalism students spend time in prison—to tell stories


California Baptist University junior Katie Ring photographs the Returning Hearts event at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. -Photo by Sonya Singh, assistant director of student publications

Equipped with cameras, pens, notepads and willing hearts, 10 California Baptist University students entered the confines of two Louisiana state prisons to capture the stories of inmates for Awana Lifeline ministries. The students created content through articles, photographs and video to help promote the organization’s various prison ministries.

Dr. Michael Chute, CBU professor of journalism, said the trip to the prisons were equal parts service and field training for the students: they work on deadline to create stories, and in the process they also learn a different perspective on life inside a prison.

“Just because [the prisoners are] behind bars and razor wire, doesn’t mean that God’s not there,” Chute said.

This was the second consecutive year students, along with faculty and staff, worked with Awana Lifeline. The group visited the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women and the Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola) in mid-May.

CBU students captured stories for the women’s ministry called Hannah’s Gift and the men’s ministry, Malachi Dads. Both programs teach biblical parenting concepts to the inmates.

Additionally, the students chronicled the Returning Hearts Celebration event at the Angola prison, which featured inmates reuniting with their children for a day of activities and fun.

Randy Plavajka, a journalism and new media junior, was a videographer for the group.

“As a journalist, it’s an opportunity to expand my horizons and [in the process] recognize the needs of a group of people that are so often marginalized in society,” he said.

Raine Paul, graduate assistant for journalism, said she was grateful for the chance to visit the prisons.

“The experience gave me a whole new perspective on incarceration and reminded me of how blessed I am to have a father who I am able to talk to every day,” she said.


Lancers claim top 5 ranking among NCAA D-II athletic programs

Director's cupIn just its third year as a fully-fledged NCAA Division II member, CBU grabbed its highest finish in the Learfield Directors’ Cup at fourth overall.

“What a tremendous accomplishment for our student-athletes, coaches and staff,” said Dr. Micah Parker, athletic director at CBU. “Finishing as one of the top-five athletic programs in all of NCAA DII is something to be proud of.”

Read the full article here.



CBU to offer three new marketing concentrations

marketingStudents at California Baptist University will have more of an opportunity to distinguish themselves in the diverse marketing field starting this fall. CBU will offer three new concentrations for the bachelor’s of science in marketing (BSM) degree: sport marketing, international marketing and sales management.

“The goal of the new concentrations is to prepare students for a very specific career field,” said Dr. Natalie Winter, interim associate dean and associate professor at the Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business. “These options give students the opportunity to make a decision about their career path sooner than later.”

Winter said the marketing faculty had been collecting feedback for several years from alumni and students on its BSM program. The responses indicated a demand for more concentrated marketing programs.

The department responded by conducting research on the local job market trends to find appropriate concentrations to offer, she said.

Each concentration consists of 12 units of coursework related specifically to a field of study. Declaring a concentration allows students to focus on courses that are relevant to a desired career path. Additionally, the concentrations add an internship component that propels students to gain hands-on learning experiences.

“Internships are great opportunities for students to position themselves as experienced graduates and help them stand out for future employers,” Winter said. “One of the nice things about being located in the Inland Empire is that students can choose from a broad range of industries to gain this professional experience.”

Winter said students can still graduate in four years with a declared concentration, and they will also receive a general marketing background.

“I believe it will be a win-win situation for students and CBU,” she said.

Read more about courses for each concentration here.


CBU announces new dean for College of Health Science

dean pearsonDr. David J. Pearson, a California Baptist University veteran, has been announced as the new dean of the College of Health Science (CHS).

Pearson will officially begin his new role on July 1. He has held several roles at CBU since he started 15 years ago, including professor, associate provost for administration and Department of Kinesiology chair.

“CBU has been a significant blessing in my life, and I am excited to take on yet another role in my service to this amazing university,” Pearson said.

Pearson will oversee a broad range of programs including an associate degree program, 15 undergraduate and five graduate programs at CHS. During the 2015-16 academic year some 1,000 students were enrolled in CHS. Pearson expects that number to increase about 10 percent this fall. The top three programs by enrollment numbers are health science, kinesiology and communication disorders.

Pearson said the college is growing and the atmosphere is vibrant at the relatively new CHS campus (the former Riverside Christian School facilities), which began hosting classes in the fall 2015.

Pearson earned his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education and a master’s degree in sport management from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He also earned his doctorate in institutional leadership and policy studies from University of California, Riverside.

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 and the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities.


CBU sends year’s third wave of service project volunteers

Third wave-01California Baptist University this week sent out its third wave of volunteer teams to serve for the 2016 International Service Projects, United States Projects and Summer of Service programs. Eight teams departed from CBU June 1-2 en route to service projects in Spain, Germany, Canada, Japan, Central Asia and Thailand.

Aura Opris, mobilization coordinator in the Office of Spiritual Life, said these service projects are among many CBU activities designed to help students form a global mindset for service.

Before departing, teams gathered with their families and friends to pray at the Kugel, a granite globe that rotates on a base inscribed with the scripture from Matthew 28:19-20, symbolizing CBU’s commitment to the Great Commission.

The team leaders prayed that God would bless their service, help participants work well together, build relationships with those they serve and be a support to the workers they will be helping.

The teams departing this week join nine others already serving in East Asia, Southeast Asia, Thailand, Austria, Spain, Canada and the United Kingdom. This summer, more than 300 volunteers comprising 37 teams will serve in 17 countries. 2016 marks the 20th year for CBU’s mobilization efforts.


Family Updates

sim studioThe School of Nursing (SON) created a simulation to train a nursing team and a community health team going to Thailand for their International Service Projects. This simulation took place in the Simulation Studio, a room that creates an immersive and interactive simulation environment. The room was complete with humidity, smells of fish and dirt, and housed a traditional hut, a cooking area, washing area, spirit house, and actors from the International Center who portrayed villagers from Thailand, so the ISP students could practice the skills they had been learning during training. The event was created by Sarah E. Pearce, assistant director of the SON’s Learning Resource Center, and Dr. Lisa Bursch, assistant professor of nursing.



Dr. Natalie Winter

Dr. Natalie Winter

Ryan Falsetti

Ryan Falsetti

Ryan Falsetti, undergraduate admissions counselor, and Dr. Natalie Winter, associate professor of marketing, presented how to create an advertising campaign to six classes at Norte Vista High School on May 25. Winter also led them in an activity on what it was like to develop an advertising campaign for a brand.





Four CBU students, Ashley Lopez, Nicole Klopfer,  Amanda Gomez and Jacob Garst, presented a branding strategy to Wild Goose Coffee Roasters on April 22.  The students conducted marketing analysis of behalf of the company. The team then developed a strategy for the Wild Goose to better reach its target market. The strategy consisted of an Instagram campaign, a time-lapse training video, and the development of a communications strategy and collateral.  Wild Goose plans to use the materials that the students developed to increase its brand awareness.


Dr. Bob Namvar

Dr. Bob Namvar

Dr. Bob Namvar, professor of economics, had a paper, A Sluggish US economy is no surprise, published in the International Journal of Business and Economics Development, March 2016.






Dr. Ronald L. Ellis

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis

CBU President Dr. Ronald L. Ellis was elected to a four-year term as a member of the board of directors of the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities (IABCU) during the organization’s annual meeting June 5-7 in Asheville, N.C.  The IABCU consists of 45 member schools located in 16 states and one foreign country, including 41 colleges and universities, three Bible schools and one theological seminary.





Dr. Elaine Ahumada

Dr. Elaine Ahumada

Dr. Mark Kling

Dr. Mark Kling

Dr. Elaine Ahumada, associate professor of public administration, and Dr. Mark Kling, assistant professor of criminal justice, both for Online and Professional Studies, presented at the Teaching Public Administration Conference on May 24 at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J. The title of the presentation was The use of “Critical Incident Reflection Frameworks” Through Inquiry Based Learning in Online Courses to Professionally Develop Public Sector Practitioners.




Dr. John Higley

Dr. John Higley

Dr. Patrick Schacht

Dr. Patrick Schacht

The Department of Natural and Mathematical Sciences held its annual Forensic Science Day for students from the Law Enforcement and Protective Services Academy at John W. North High School on May 27. The event was coordinated by Dr. Patrick Schacht, assistant professor of biochemistry, and 37 students attended. Dr. John Higley, associate professor of criminal justice, helped the students process the “crime scene” and collect evidence. The students analyzed their evidence in the chemistry lab with Schacht.




Dr. Bruce Stokes

Dr. H. Bruce Stokes

Dr. H. Bruce Stokes, professor of anthropology and behavioral sciences, presented a paper and participated in a plenary panel discussion titled  Messianic Jewish Ethics Concerning Intimacy and Sexuality at the 2016 Hashivenu Forum in Enfield, Connecticut, May 17-19. Hashivenu is an international Messianic Jewish community of scholars who address the Messianic Movement in relationship to traditional Judaism and Historic Christianity.





Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather, professor of aviation science, taught a four-day Airport Operations course on June 6-9 in New York City. He taught employees of Newark, LaGuardia and JFK airports for the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey.






Krista Wagner

Krista Wagner

Krista Wagner, English lecturer, spoke at the Celebrate Books and Libraries @ Norco College! event on May 12. She talked about her writing process, her experiences with the professional publishing industry and self-publishing.  Wagner recently had her third novel, The Gold, a middle-grade fantasy, published (Clean Reads).





ZamoraJennifer Zamora, assistant professor of physician assistant studies, and her free medical clinic, Inland Vineyard Medical Mission, joined forces with the mobile Health to Hope Clinic on May 28. The arrangement allowed the Vineyard clinic to have access to an equipped mobile unit and an electronic medical record system. Health fairs and clinics are offered every fourth Saturday of the month at Inland Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Corona.



Dr. Robert G. Crosby

Dr. Robert G. Crosby

Dr. Erin Smith

Dr. Erin Smith

Dr. Robert Crosby III, assistant professor of psychology for Online and Professional Studies, and Dr. Erin Smith, assistant professor of psychology, published an article, Measuring children’s church-based social support: Development and initial validation of the Kids’ Church Survey, in the journal Social Development.





Levi Jude Roddy

Levi Jude Roddy

Dr. Mark A. Wyatt, vice president for marketing and communication, and his wife, Jean, welcomed their ninth grandchild, Levi Jude Roddy, on June 6. He weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 19.5 inches. Levi is the son of Mackenzie (nee Wyatt, ’04) and Michael Roddy (’03) of Long Beach. He joins his brother, Graham, 2, and sister, Piper, 5.




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CBU to host first-ever Courtyard Shakespeare Festival

CY-Shakespeare-logo-2016-RGBYou can expect plenty of drama in the Smith Courtyard for the next couple of weeks at California Baptist University. The theatre department at CBU will create an outdoor theater to stage two plays during the program’s inaugural Courtyard Shakespeare Festival starting this weekend.

CBU students, alumni and actors from the community will comprise the casts that will perform in repertory productions of “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Romeo and Juliet.”

Garret Replogle (’11), theatre shop foreman, is directing “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” He said that having actors from the community will help students gain valuable experience working alongside professionals.

Frank Mihelich, assistant professor of theatre, is directing “Romeo and Juliet” and will also portray Lord Capulet in the play. He said an outdoor theater is the venue that Shakespeare intended for his plays.

“In [indoor theater], we do everything for you. Out here, you have to bring your imagination to it. But there is something that’s really wonderful about doing outdoor theater because it’s such an event,” Mihelich said.

Both productions feature different settings than the original plays: “Romeo and Juliet” is set during the Italian Renaissance, whereas “Midsummer Night’s Dream” takes place in the ’30s at an abandoned carnival in the South.

“Midsummer Night’s Dream”
When: 8 p.m. June 3, 5, 9 and 11

“Romeo and Juliet”
When: 8 p.m. June 4, 8, 10 and 12
Where: Smith Courtyard, California Baptist University, 8432 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA, 92504
Tickets: $10

Tickets or questions? Call the theatre box office at 951-343-4319or email: mhyde@calbaptist.edu


CBU campus community holds Memorial Day observance

Memorial Day-07

California Baptist University’s Army ROTC cadets hang a wreath in remembrance of fallen servicemen and women at a Memorial Day tribute on May 25.

California Baptist University faculty, staff and students gathered for a Memorial Day tribute on May 25 to remember American servicemen and women who lost their lives in service to their country.

The ceremony, held at the Addink Flag Plaza, included the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” laying of a wreath and a rifle salute. CBU’s Student Veterans Association (SVA) hosted the event.

Daniel Fragoso, a psychology major and vice president of SVA, spoke about what Memorial Day means to him.

“To me, it seems that too many people have forgotten that true meaning of Memorial Day,” said Fragoso, who served in the Army for five years. “Memorial Day is a day in which we honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend this beautiful and free country of ours. To me, it is much a day like Thanksgiving where we give our thanks, appreciation and prayers to the men and women who saw our country was in need of brave people to defend her and chose to answer that call and give their lives for [their country].”

Oscar Valdez, a counseling psychology graduate student and SVA president, said the event is an important reminder never to forget the sacrifices made for the U.S.

“It is important to observe Memorial Day as a tribute to those lost,” said Valdez, who served in the Marines for five years.  “On Memorial Day, we stand as a nation and say to those that they left behind, ‘you lost a loved one, and on this day we stand beside you to mourn those who were lost but not forgotten.’”

The event concluded with members of the American Legion Post 79 of Riverside playing Taps and conducting a rifle salute.


CBU to offer first-of-its-kind Comedic Arts Program

comedyStarting in the fall, California Baptist University is set to offer students the opportunity for four years of continuous laughs. The College of Arts and Science will offer the first Christian-based Bachelor of Arts in Comedic Arts program in the U.S.

Students will be trained to produce family friendly entertainment to land careers in comedy, film, TV or as live performers.

John Pate, communication department chair and assistant professor of communication, said that several factors led to the program’s development. First, current trends indicate that TV production is going away from reality-based scripts and more toward family programming. Additionally, individuals that seek a career in Hollywood have an opportunity to gain training and develop a career plan near the “entertainment capital of the world.”

Pate noted that CBU’s theatre arts major already has produced successful careers in the entertainment field, stemming from successful internships, which the comedic arts program will seek to replicate.

“CBU’s program will be the closest university to Hollywood for students to be able to earn [a comedic arts] degree,” Pate said. “Our program will create an educational experience that incorporates a ministry component and will help students develop family entertainment.”

The program is a 36-unit major. Courses range from Pantomime, Commedia and Physical Comedy to Comedy Sketch Writing for Entertainment. The program also includes a course on ‘Comedy in Christian Ministries’ that instructs students on the use of comic techniques to encourage individuals to progress toward “Christ-likeness.”

Pate, who has more than 30 years of performing experience in the entertainment industry, including opening up for stand-up comedy acts such as Red Skelton and Jay Leno, will also be an instructor in the program.

“I tell students that if you produce clean work, you can work forever,” he said. “Because I did clean work, I got a lot of work. Comics want to perform after clean routines.”

To learn more about the program click here.


Mission Inn Foundation honors CBU President and First Lady

MJE_2218 copyRiverside’s Mission Inn Foundation honored California Baptist University President Dr. Ronald L. Ellis and First Lady Jane D. Ellis with the 2016 Frank Miller Civic Achievement Award at the organization’s annual banquet May 19.

The award is presented each year by the Mission Inn Foundation to an individual or group that has provided outstanding civic leadership, service, and support to the community in the tradition of Frank Miller, founder of the Mission Inn.

Dr. and Mrs. Ellis were recognized for “remarkable achievements realized during more than 20 years as the President and First Lady of California Baptist University” including civic leadership and service on the boards of numerous community organizations in the greater Riverside area. Tributes included a video presentation from Dr. Rick Warren, CBU alumnus, best-selling author and founder of Saddleback Church.



Second wave of teams sent for Great Commission global service

2nd wave-1aCalifornia Baptist University sent out its second wave of volunteer teams to serve for the International Service Projects and Summer of Service programs. Seven teams departed from CBU May 14-May 28 to volunteer for various service opportunities in East Asia, Austria, Spain, United Kingdom, Thailand and Canada.

Lisa Hernandez, associate professor of mathematics and a team leader, addressed families and friends who were seeing the teams depart.

“Please pray that we’ll be bold in our faith, that we’ll be strong in the knowledge of the gospel and that we’ll be able to listen to the Spirit giving us those opportunities to share,” Hernandez said.

Before departing, teams gather to pray at the Kugel, a granite globe that rotates on a base inscribed with the scripture from Matthew 28:19-20, symbolizing CBU’s commitment to the Great Commission.

The teams joined 14 others already serving in South Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Germany, Poland, Spain, Thailand and the United Kingdom. This summer, more than 300 volunteers comprising 37 teams will serve in 17 countries. 2016 marks the 20th year for CBU’s mobilization efforts.


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EOM 6.2016 Grace Conaway

From left: Grace Conaway and Dr. Ronald L. Ellis

Grace Conaway, One-Stop Student Service Advisor for Online and Professional Studies, is CBU’s Employee of the Month for June. The nomination Form included the following statements: Grace is a superb CBU employee … She is able to accomplish a significant amount of work in a short amount of time without sacrificing precision in her work.  Grace provides excellent customer service to our students by always being available to them, being eager to answer their questions and provide assistance, and by letting each student feel s/he is the most important person to her at that moment in time.





Dr. Jeff Gage

Dr. Jeff Gage, professor of nursing, co-authored an article, Epidemiology of dental caries among adolescents in Tamil Nadu, India, that was published in the International Dental Journal (June 2016).






Dr. Dennis Bideshi

Dr. Dennis Bideshi

Dr. Dennis K. Bideshi, professor of biology, coauthored papers, The endochitinase ChiA Btt of Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. tenebrionis DSM-2803 and its potential use to control the phytopathogen Colletotrichum gloeosporioides and Bacteriocinogenic bacteria isolated from raw goat milk and goat cheese produced in the center of Mexico, that were recently published in Microbiology Open and Indian Journal of Microbiology, respectively.




Dr. Joshua Knabb

Dr. Joshua Knabb

Dr. Tom Frederick

Dr. Tom Frederick

Dr. Joshua Knabb, assistant professor of psychology for Online and Professional studies, and Dr. Thomas Frederick, associated professor psychology for OPS, co-authored an article, Surrendering to God’s Providence: A Three-Part Study on Providence-Focused Therapy for Recurrent Worry, published in Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.




Dr. Dawn Gilmore

Dr. Dawn Gilmore

Dr. Dawn Gilmore, assistant professor of music, led a workshop at the National Worship Leaders Conference in Centerville, Va., on May 17-18. It was titled The Art of Public Prayer.






Dr. Keanon Alderson

Dr. Keanon Alderson

jared prins

Jared Prins


Michaela Meeter

Dr. Keanon Alderson, associate professor of business, spoke to four classes of juniors and seniors of the Business Academy at Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley. The topic was Marketing a Successful Product or Service. Alderson was accompanied by Jared Prins, undergraduate admissions counselor, and Michaela Meeter, undergraduate admissions counselor/recruiter. The Business Academy is a three-year program where students focus on entrepreneurship.




Rickard, Jones, Gipson-Bean

From left: Creed Jones, Chardythe Gipson-Bean and Matthew Rickard

Dr. Matthew Rickard, associated professor of bioengineering, Dr. Creed Jones, professor of software engineering, and Chardythe Gipson-Bean, a biomedical engineering student, presented a paper on April 30 at the 2016 ARVO (The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology) Imaging Conference in Seattle. The paper was titled Image processing to measure scleral strain near the limbus using digital microscopy in porcine eyes.




Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather, professor of aviation science, trained 40 airport personnel from the FAA Western Pacific region in Honolulu, Hawaii, on May 23-26.





Dr. Erin Smith

Dr. Erin Smith

Dr. Erin Smith, assistant professor of psychology, was a panelist at the Graduate Division’s Teaching Development Day at the University of California, Riverside on May 13.  The panel was titled Getting Hired at a Teaching Institution. The event was attended by current graduate students at UCR in the humanities and social sciences.





Oregon falls

From left: Susan Jetton, Shannon Vicuna, Teddy Owusu, coordinator with the Office of Minority Health PPE, Nneka Omoefe and Terri Thompson

Terri Thompson, assistant professor of nursing, and Dr. Susan Jetton, assistant professor of nursing, coordinated the Oregon PPE Collaborative: Student Training for Preconception Peer Educators at Linn Benton Community College in Albany, Ore., on May 1-2. Both professors spoke at the event along with Nneka Omoefe and Shannon Vicuna, CBU students from the PPE club. Jetton also presented Why Nursing? at the Health Care CareerCon, held at Norco College on May 20.  Two nursing students, Micheline Helou and Michelle Quon, also participated in the presentation.




CBU’s Modern Languages and Literature department hosted the west region’s Conference on Christianity and Literature on May 12-14. The event was organized by Dr. Laura Veltman, associate professor of American literature, and Dr. Toni Dingman, associate professor of English, with the support of MLL faculty and CBU staff. More than 65 professors, graduate students and undergraduates from Christian colleges attended. The conference included academic presentations, workshops, and poetry/fiction readings. CBU faculty presenters included:

  • Berniece Bruinius Alspach, assistant professor of English, Understanding the Language and Ethics of Modernism in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day and Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye
  • James Lu, professor of English, Lyrical Stirrings of the Soul: The Power of Poetic Prose in Fiction
  • Tom Schneider, assistant professor of English for Online and Professional Studies, and Dr. Gretchen Bartels, assistant professor of English for OPS, workshop, Online English Instruction: Theory and Praxis
  • Tae Sung, assistant professor of English for OPS, On Gadamer’s Truth and Method: Recovering Philosophical and Rhetorical Hermeneutics for Today
  • Erika Travis, assistant professor of English and behavioral sciences, What shall I do for God?: Catechism in Puritan Joyful Death Narratives
  • Jennifer Tronti, assistant professor of English, Ritual Poetry in Tolkien’s The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings and  poetry reading
  • Derek Updegraff, assistant professor of English and creative writing, The Butcher’s Tale
  • Veltman, associate professor of American literature, Towards a Christ-Haunted Classroom: Reading Flannery O’Connor Pedagogically


Dr. Jong-Wha Bai

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai, associated professor of civil engineering, co-authored an article titled Seismic Fragility Estimates of Moment-Resisting Frame Building Controlled by MR Dampers using Performance-Based Design, which was published in the journal Engineering Structures (June).





Dr. Monica O’Rourke

Dr. Monica O’Rourke

Dr. Monica O’Rourke, visiting professor of kinesiology for Online and Professional Studies, co-presented at the Eastern District Society for Health and Physical Educators conference in Atlantic City, N.J., on May 23.  The presentation was titled Understanding the Importance of Female Specific Wellness Programs.





Dr. Anthony Chute

Dr. Anthony Chute

Dr. Anthony Chute, professor of church history, contributed a chapter, Jesse Mercer, to the book A Noble Company: Biographical Essays on Notable Particular-Regular Baptists in America, edited by Terry Wolever and published by Particular Baptist Press.




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Lancers baseball hosts its first-ever D-II Regional as No. 1 seed

baseball-2The California Baptist University Lancers baseball team was awarded the No. 1 seed and is hosting the West Regional NCAA Division II Tournament. This marks the first time a CBU athletic program will host a regional tournament in NCAA D-II.

CBU opens the double-elimination tournament on campus at the James W. Totman Baseball Stadium against No. 6 seed California State University, East Bay on May 19 at 3 p.m.

Read full story here.




Art students show their colors at CBU Gallery

art exhibit-5aCalifornia Baptist University students tackled color and its aesthetic, symbolic and psychological dimensions, for “The Spectrum of Color” exhibit.

The exhibit features 14 unique mixed media pieces, which were created by students in their Color Theory course. The exhibit also includes a section on how colors have been used throughout history.

Kristi Lippire, assistant professor of visual art, said the students were tasked with expressing what a set of colors can represent.

“As art students this is their future—coming up with their own ideas, executing them in a creative and professional way and then presenting them to the public,” Lippire said. “The purpose is to get a fuller taste of being a professional artist.”

Tawni Franzen, a visual arts and graphics design senior, chose the colors black and red.  For black, her artwork features birds.

“I wanted to see if I could make something slightly creepy, slightly mysterious,” she said. “I wanted to try it because I’ve never done anything that was on the eerie end.”

Brooke Villegas, a visual arts junior, picked violet and yellow. Her yellow pieces feature a light bulb and an eye. Instead of going with the idea that yellow means happiness, she connected it with intellect.

“As an artist, it’s a big deal to be seen and to be known. I think there’s an exciting feeling of potential … to think about what else I could do in the future,” she said in response to her artwork being featured at the gallery.

The exhibit runs through June 25 at CBU’s Gallery located at 3737 Main St., Suite 101 in downtown Riverside. There will be an opening reception May 19, 6-9 p.m. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday from 12:30–8 p.m.


CBU student’s creativity lands interview, gains attention

horizon-3Graham Allgood, a marketing junior at California Baptist University, appeared on Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria” to retell the creative way he landed a job interview at Horizon Media on May 17.

Allgood described how he used Snapchat, an image messaging and multimedia mobile application, to design and implement a Geofilter advertising campaign to land his “dream job” interview.

“Why not market to a marketing agency by running my own ad campaign,” Allgood asked during his interview with Fox host Maria Bartiromo. “I’ve used Snapchat in the past to build Geofilters with my university before… so I developed a design set and got it approved by Snapchat.”

horizon-1Geofilters help users advertise to a specific targeted area through Snapchat. When a Snapchat user takes a photo, they can swipe left or right on their smartphone to display other user photos that had been taken in the vicinity. Geofilters allows approved images to display amidst the array of photos.

Allgood created a photo advertisement to promote Horizon Media with a small caveat— a special message at the top of the screen that read “Hey Hire Me.”

His well thought-out plan grabbed attention immediately.

“I had more than 1,000 engagements, received a tweet that day (from Horizon), and an email for an interview the next day,” Allgood said.

Horizon’s social media tweet read, “Best thing we’ve seen in months! You rock man! Love the design.”

Although Allgood was not offered a job because summer internship positions were already filled, he said the company has mentioned the possibility of offering him a job after graduation.


Two CBU engineering students off to the races at the Indy 500

race car-1Two engineering students from California Baptist University are spending three weeks with KVSH Racing getting ready for the “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” – the Indianapolis 500.

Craig Easton and John Free joined KVSH Racing team at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway May 10 as the team prepares for the competition.

“What a great experience for California Baptist [Gordon and Jill Bourns] College of Engineering students to not only be integrated into our organization, but to experience the engineering marvel that is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” said James “Sulli” Sullivan, KVSH co-owner. “We’re blessed to have CBU College of Engineering as a partner and these students as part of our team for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.”

Easton and Free, both mechanical engineering seniors, are tasked with studying and cataloging aerodynamic differences between the KVSH Racing #11 car’s performance and IndyCars from other competing teams.

Easton and Free will be at the speedway during practice runs and for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

“I am looking forward to having close contact with these excellent engineers,” Free said. “It will give me a perspective on life after graduation and it will allow me to see experienced engineers in action.”

CBU is an associate partner for the KVSH No. 11 team. The partnership allowed 19 students up-close access to the car, driver and crew at the 2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in April. It also will allow CBU students continued access to the KVSH engineering team throughout the 2016 season including internship opportunities.


Lancers win PacWest Commissioner’s Cup for 3rd-straight year

commissioners cupFor the third-straight year and the fourth in the program’s 5-year history, California Baptist University Athletics have been declared the best in the PacWest by winning the Commissioner’s Cup. Since joining the PacWest in 2011, CBU has won four of five Commissioner’s Cups — becoming the first school to accomplish this feat.

The Lancers clinched the Commissioner Cup when CBU’s baseball team claimed the PacWest title on the last day of competition. In total, the Lancers have captured nine conference crowns this academic year – men’s and women’s basketball, women’s golf, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, wrestling, baseball and men’s and women’s cross country.

“I’m proud of our student-athletes, coaches and staff for winning the cup three years in a row,” said Dr. Micah Parker, CBU director of athletics. “Particularly, this group of senior athletes has been consistently outstanding in PacWest competition. The PacWest Conference continues to get better each year, so we’ve had to keep improving also. This accomplishment is a true blessing.”

The PacWest Commissioner’s Cup was established in 2007-08 to honor the athletic program with the best overall performance in that academic year. The competition is based upon average finishes. Each school’s conference finishes are totaled and then divided by the number of PacWest athletic programs it offers, giving an overall average finish for the school.


Fall orientation arrives early on campus at CBU

orientation-1aMonths before the fall semester starts, incoming freshmen were already strolling on campus at California Baptist University, registering for classes, learning about the university and getting to know each other.

More than 220 students, along with their parents, registered to attend the New Student Orientation on May 9.

Heather Hubbert, assistant dean of students-assessment and student conduct, said that offering orientation in spring helps both the student and their parents adjust to college life sooner.

“We’re trying to create the best experience for students and their families. By giving them some of the orientation information earlier, they are better prepared,” she said. “We want them to feel welcomed and a part of the community from the moment they get here.”

Throughout the day, students and parents heard information about housing, meal plans, financial aid and CBU’s purpose. The students also registered for classes and received their ID card.

Allen Johnson, dean of admissions, said another advantage to early orientation is the connections that are made.

Makenna Young, of Valencia, Calif., agreed.

“[Meeting fellow students] makes me more excited about coming here and it gives me something to really look forward to,” said Makenna, who will be a liberal studies major.

“I’m looking forward to getting her all set up,” said her dad, Will. “This is our oldest, so it’s our first experience at this.”

Orientation will be offered six times for first-time students and four for transfer and non-recent graduates before the fall semester. A final orientation is also held before classes start for international students and other students who could not attend during the summer. CBU also offers Welcome Weekend, a weekend filled with activities to help freshmen and transfer students become familiar with CBU.


New graduate school grant rewards Lancer loyalty

Lancer LoyaltyGraduates of California Baptist University now have an extra incentive to go back to school in the fall – free money. Applications are being received for the Lancer Loyalty Graduate School Grant (LLGSG) offered exclusively to CBU bachelor degree graduates who want to advance their education and remain a Lancer.

Grants range from $500 – $3,000 and are awarded based on enrollment in select graduate program, academic merit and financial need.

Taylor Neece, director of graduate admissions, said the grant is a way to encourage past and future graduates to stay with their “CBU Family.”

“If our students are going to graduate school, let’s motivate them to stick around here and create a deeper tie to the Lancer Family and the Lancer legacy,” he said. “[The grants are] a way of saying thank you for staying loyal and sticking around.”

To be eligible, students must have a bachelor’s degree from CBU and be accepted to an eligible on-campus graduate program by July 1 for the fall semester (Nov. 1 for spring 2017 semester; March 1 for summer 2017 semester). Not all graduate programs qualify. The grant is a one-time award that will be split between the student’s first two semesters.

Apply or read more about the grant here.


Men’s golf qualifies for first trip to D-II Championships

golfThe men’s golf team at California Baptist University advanced to its first-ever Division II Championship by landing a fourth place finish at the NCAA Division II West Regional.

The Lancers rallied in the final round of the regional, moving up five spots by shooting a combined two-under-par on the day, which is the fourth-lowest round in program history, for an 869 score over three rounds (297-290-282).

The Lancers head to Denver, Colo., for the championships, which will be held May 17-21.

Read more about the regional results here.


Family Updates

Penny bookDr. Veola Vazquez, undergraduate associate dean in the School of Behavioral Sciences, released her new children’s novel in May. The Penny Predicament is the second in The Coin Chronicles series, which is aimed at children ages 8-12 years old. Vazquez also recently launched a Child/Family Psychology blog where she reviews current research. The blog can be found at www.veolavazquez.com.



Dr. Melissa Wigginton

Dr. Melissa Wigginton

Dr. Melissa Wigginton, associate professor of health science, had an article published in the International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society (Volume 6, Issue 2). The article was titled Modifying the Theory of Planned Behavior to Predict Children’s Exercise Behaviors.






Dr. Michael Chute

Dr. Michael Chute

Dr. Michael Chute, professor of journalism, made a presentation, Staff Mentoring: They’ll Brave the Challenges If You Inspire Them, at the Evangelical Press Association’s annual Christian media convention in Lancaster, Pa., April 6-8. He also moderated a student panel, Millennials Talk Back: How to Reach Twenty-Something Readers. He also made four presentations at the Association of State Baptist Publications annual meeting in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Feb. 15-18. Titles of his presentations were Publication Trends; Best Practices in Newspapers; Impact of Printing Schedules on Purpose and Content, and Multimedia Journalism in the “Mobile” Age.



Shawn Wilhite

Shawn Wilhite

Shawn Wilhite, assistant professor of Christian Studies for Online and Professional Studies, reviewed You Are My Son: The Family of God in the Epistle to the Hebrews by Amy L. B. Peeler. It was published in the online publication of Reviews of Biblical and Early Christian Studies (May 2016).





Darla Donaldson

Darla Donaldson

Darla Donaldson, assistant professor of finance and social entrepreneurship, received a $3,000 academic research grant from SawTooth Software. This grant will aid Donaldson’s research concerning nonprofit organization donors and the way in which donors choose from similar donation options.





Kenneth George

Kenneth George

Dr. Kenneth Minesinger

Dr. Kenneth Minesinger

Dr. Kenneth Minesinger, associate professor of law for Online and Professional Studies, and Kenneth George, assistant professor of finance for Online and Professional Studies, made a presentation at the Pacific Conference on the Science and Art of Business on May 8 in Palm Springs. The presentation was titled Healthcare Sector Stock Performance after the Adoption of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.





From left: Jennifer Zamor, Maggie Carpio, clinical preceptor for the CBU physician assistant program, and Robin Atkins (’15) spoke at the AMWA conference.

Jennifer Zamora, didactic coordinator for physician assistant studies, spoke at the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) conference held at California Baptist University on April 9. The theme was Women in Medicine. Zamora spoke about her professional journey and was part of a panel answering questions about the field. Zamora also was a speaker at the Journey to Becoming a Physician Assistant event at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona on April 16.  She spoke on volunteering, community service, hands-on patient care experience and global health medicine for physician assistants.





Dr. Tae Sung

Dr. Tae Sung

Dr. Tae Sung, assistant professor of English for Online and Professional Studies, interviewed the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Jack Miles and had it published in the May/June issue of Books and Culture. Sung also spoke with Miles at a panel presentation for the Western Division of the Conference on Christianity and Literature hosted by California Baptist University on May 12-14. Sung also presented a paper at the event, On Gadamer’s Truth and Method: Recovering Philosophical and Rhetorical Hermeneutics for Today.





From left: Monica O’Rourke and Joseph Lemond, OPS kinesiology student

Dr. Monica O’Rourke, visiting professor of kinesiology for Online and Professional Studies, presented Kinesiology as a Career to classes at Poly High School in Riverside on April 29.  The presentation included speaking to at-risk youth about overcoming hardships and importance of education.  O’Rourke also partnered with Team Faith Racing Ministry to provide prayer and give away smoothies to professional athletes at the first round of the Pro Watercross National Racing Series held in Panama Beach, Fla., on May 7. While there, Joseph Lemond, OPS kinesiology student and Navy dive medic, provided O’Rourke with a tour of the Panama City Naval Support Activity Center’s Exercise Physiology Dive Research Lab, hyperbaric chambers and dive facilities.





heatherDr. Heather Hamilton-Stilwell, assistant professor of journalism, made two presentations at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) convention in Las Vegas on April 17-19. The titles were Mining for Morning Meetings: Tools for coming up with story ideas for the morning news meeting and Hanging Tough: Life as the new kid in college radio. She also was elected as chair for the BEA’s Media and Religion Division Steering Committee. She also graduated May 7 from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va., with her doctorate in communication. She received the Outstanding Graduate for Doctor of Philosophy in Communication award for being the top Ph.D. graduate and was one of six graduates invited to speak at the chancellor’s luncheon following commencement.


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May 6, 2016


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CBU ROTC cadets honored at Inland Empire award ceremony


California Baptist University ROTC cadets proudly display their awards earned at the Golden Lions Battalion ROTC awards.

Cadets from the California Baptist University ROTC received recognition at the Golden Lions Battalion (GLB) awards on April 26, including two honored with the Superior Cadet Award (SCA).

Military Science students Michael Doss (’17) and Sheraya Bentick (’18) were awarded the military science II and III SCA awards, respectively. The awards were given on behalf of GLB, which is comprised of 15 universities and colleges in the Inland Empire that can have up to 280 students participating in ROTC during the year. The awards reflect the top cadets in their respective ROTC units.

Additional CBU awards included Shannon Garcia, winning The Daughters of the American Revolution award and Caleb Fink, landing the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the Unites States award. Both of these awards are given to a recipient in the respective category that demonstrates a record of military and scholastic achievement.

“I’m proud of the quality of cadets we have at CBU,” said Capt. William Brookshire, assistant professor of military science. “We have a bunch of great kids doing awesome things.”

Dr. Charles Sands, provost and vice president for academic affairs, was present at the ROTC awards to hand out CBU’s President Awards that went to military science students that demonstrated excellence in the classroom and in ROTC activities. The winners were cadets Suthisak Vejsawan, Bryanna Mora, Kendall Morris and Kevin Grebbien. A total of $1,000 in scholarship funds was distributed to the winners.

“Overall our students are doing well academically and physically and are demonstrating the quality of traits needed to become future Army leaders,” Brookshire said.


CBU honors top Professor, Scholar and Employee of the Year


From left: Dr. Daniel Prather, Dr. Kathryn Short, and Daron Hubbert received the 2016 Distinguished Professor, Distinguished Scholar and Staff of the Year awards at California Baptist University, respectively.

California Baptist University awarded top honors to two faculty and a staff member during its annual faculty and staff awards banquet on April 28.

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

Dr. Daniel Prather, founding chair and professor of aviation science, was named Distinguished Professor, a faculty member who has established a record of distinguished service to CBU.

Prather came to CBU in 2012 to launch the university’s flight school.

“Being recognized shows great appreciation on the part of students and university leadership. I am exactly where Christ intends for me to be,” he said. “I desire for our programs in aviation science to prepare students to impact the aviation industry for Christ.”

Dr. Kathryn Short, professor of education, was named Distinguished Scholar. Her proposal is to conduct research on the use of NAO, a humanoid robot, as a communication tool for 4-year-old children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Short, who has taught at CBU for 10 years, will collaborate with the Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering, which has several NAO humanoid robots.

Short has a heart for children, as a professor, one of her goals is teach students how to serve families.

“I have always hoped that my students serve children and their families with love, knowledge and passion,” she said. “I want my students to remember that every encounter they have with young ones is an opportunity to model what a man or woman of God looks like.”

Daron Hubbert, director of residence life, was named Employee of the Year. CBU’s Executive Council selects the Employee of the Year recipient from those staff members who have been named employees of the month during the year.

Hubbert’s job duties include overseeing the staff of residence life and the various living areas on campus. His department strives to provide quality living environments for the students.

“I am humbled and honored to be recognized with the award,” Hubbert said. “For me, it is a reflection of how hard my entire staff works to create a great environment for the students who are living on campus at CBU.”


Kugel tradition kicks off 2016 mobilization effort

mobCalifornia Baptist University’s first wave of volunteers for the 2016 International Service Projects (ISP), United States Projects (USP) and Summer of Service (SOS) are being sent out to their fields of service this week.

This summer, more than 300 volunteers comprising 37 teams will serve in 17 countries. 2016 marks the 20th year of CBU’s of mobilization efforts. Fifteen teams are scheduled to depart from CBU May 1- May 4 en route to service projects in the United Kingdom, Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Africa, Thailand, Poland and Germany.

“Prayer is the preparation for great work,” Jeff Lewis, interim director of the Office of Mobilization, told one group departing on May 2.

In accordance with CBU tradition, before their departure, teams gather to pray at the Kugel, a granite globe on a base inscribed with the scripture from Matthew 28:19-20, symbolizing CBU’s commitment to the Great Commission.

“The Kugel represents the heart of the university, the DNA of this institution,” Lewis said. “It’s exciting to see what God is doing here at CBU.”

Each service project volunteer completed more than 75 hours of training, including the annual Intensive Training Weekend that simulates overseas situations.


Lancer Athletic Hall of Fame inducts four new members

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From left: Amy Ramirez, Nicole Adams, Shaun Dyk and Ben Wahlman are the newest inductees into the California Baptist University Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Lancers recently inducted four alumni into the California Baptist University Athletic Hall of Fame. The newest recipients bring the Hall of Fame count to 65 legendary Lancers.

The latest Hall of Famers includes men’s volleyball standouts Ben Wahlman and Shaun Dyk, along with women’s basketball star Nicole Adams and softball ace Amy Ramirez.

Read more about their awards here.





CBU graduates more than 1,400 during  dual commencements

graduationDr. Ronald L. Ellis, president of California Baptist University, commended 1,414 graduating students during two commencement ceremonies held at the Citizens Business Bank Arena on April 30. The afternoon exercise included 685 traditional undergraduate degree candidates, while the evening ceremony honored 729 students, including all master’s degree candidates, and Online and Professional Studies programs.

Ellis noted that the class was part of a record number of graduation applications for the 2015-2016 academic year.

“[You have] contributed to the continuing growth of CBU’s campus culture as ‘a University Committed to the Great Commission’ during an exciting time of ongoing growth and improvement,” Ellis said. “Each [student] has overcome obstacles to achieve this goal. Graduates, you have faced many difficulties and yet you persevered. We congratulate each one of you.”

Amy Johnson, CBU alumna and news anchor and reporter for KCBS and KCAL9 television, was commencement speaker. Johnson told students that graduation is just the “starting blocks.”

“I know you’ve worked hardsome of you harder than othersand I’m not saying you shouldn’t celebrate this huge accomplishment, because what you’ve done is outstanding,” she said. “I’m just saying this isn’t the end. This is really the beginning for you.”

Johnson (’90) elaborated on her journey to find her purpose.

“I wasn’t praying about it; I wasn’t trusting in the Lord. I was sticking with the safe route,” she said.

Johnson said it was during her last year at CBU that she identified her passionto become a news anchor and reporterand this propelled her back to school to continue to receive the training she needed to pursue her dreams.

“What I’m really telling you is to follow your dreamslive your purposedo what it is that you really want to do. It may seem a little scary…but this is where you rely on your faith and you pray, not just for money but for God’s guidance to help lead you to do what you really want to do, and most importantly to follow God’s will,” Johnson said.

Awards for student achievement were presented at both ceremonies. Khai Ho, an accounting major from Vietnam, received the Min Sung Kim International Student Award, and Moriah Langley, a mechanical engineering major from Roseville, Calif., received CBU’s Outstanding Senior Award. Gustavo Trujillo, from Baldwin Park, Calif., was honored with the Outstanding Online and Professional Studies Student Award. Trujillo received a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

In total, 1,797 students applied to graduate this April and August. When combined with the students who graduated last December (521), the total number for the graduating Class of 2016 is 2,218 applications, the largest number in the history of CBU.


CBU students get up-close access to KVSH Racing’s team

race carNineteen engineering students got VIP access to the latest member of the California Baptist University engineering team – KVSH Racing – at the 2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 16.

CBU is an associate partner for the KVSH No. 11 team, which allowed students the up-close access to the car, driver and crew.

“My favorite part of the day was getting the opportunity to talk to the driver and the engineering team about the technology incorporated throughout the IndyCar,” said Jonathan Osborne, a senior mechanical engineering major.  “It was exciting to see the practical application of what I had been learning in my ‘signal and system’ lab just a few weeks before the event.”

Dr. Anthony Donaldson, dean of the Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering, said access to KVSH engineers provided a great learning opportunity for students.

Diana Ortega, a mechanical engineering junior, agreed.

“We got to talk to and learn from all of the engineers that work on all of the different parts of the car,” she said. “We were treated as actual engineers, and it gave us insight to what it’s like to work on a team of actual professional engineers.”

For William Rosentrater, a mechanical engineering senior, the experience left an impression on his future career pursuits.

“This experience definitely had an impact on what I want to do later on in my life,” Rosentrater said. “Every person we met was no doubt a master of their specific trade. I would be very excited to be a part of a team like KVSH.”

The partnership will allow CBU students continued access to the KVSH engineering team throughout the 2016 season. There will also be opportunities for students to apply for engineering internships as they become available. Additionally, a select group of students will be placed among the KVSH team for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29, assisting the team’s engineering staff with problem solving.


CBU senior wins President’s Award for Excellence in Writing

writer awardMelissa Chesney, a senior English major at California Baptist University, has been selected as the winner of the 2016 President’s Award for Excellence in Writing. Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president, presented the award at a luncheon April 21.

Chesney wrote her paper, Keats, Greeks, and Beliefs: A Mythical Quest for Human Truth, for her senior capstone project. She explored the implications of English Romantic poet John Keats’ presentations on human suffering and mortality, and attempted to tackle the question of Keats’ understanding of spirituality.

“The compassion and nuanced vision Melissa brings to her topic allow her to accurately and robustly describe Keats’ struggle with … suffering without losing the tension and complexity of his philosophy and his art,” wrote Dr. Gretchen Bartels, assistant professor of English for Online and Professional Studies, who was Chesney’s instructor.

Chesney’s award included a plaque, a certificate and a check for $500.

Two other students received runner-up honors.

Yvette Quintana, a graduate student in English, was awarded first runner-up for her paper, The Crux of the Matter in ‘The Lord of the Rings’: On the Absence of an Incarnation in Middle-Earth. The paper examined theological principles that paralleled the incarnation of Jesus in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Quintana received a certificate and a check for $300.

Sarah N. Rodriguez, a sophomore English major, was recognized as second runner-up for her paper, Following Jesus: Flannery O’Connor’s Inspiration for ‘Wise Blood.’ The paper provided a detailed examination of how the novel Wise Blood reflects Jesus’ challenges against the religious notions of first-century Judaism through parables. Rodriguez was awarded a certificate and a check for $200.

A six-member faculty selection committee using a formal voting process chose all winning entries.


CBU students affirmed for professionalism as interns


From left: Retired Col. Mark Earley and Mark Ling, U.S. Navy veteran, work with California Baptist University students Nick Slayman, Emily Erickson and Priscilla Contras to promote the Riverside County Department of Veterans Services.

Three behavioral science students at California Baptist University received commendation for their “professional dependability,” during their internships at the Riverside County Department of Veterans Services (RCDVS).

Dr. Jacqueline Gustafson, dean of the School of Behavioral Sciences, recently received an appreciative letter from retired Col. Mark Earley, who is now the director of the RCDVS, for students Priscilla Contreras, Emily Erickson and Nick Slayman.

“All three are experts at task management, setting priorities and getting complex tasks done effectively in a limited period of time,” wrote Earley. “They are all solutions oriented employees and any one of them individually is capable to serve within a business organization.”

During their internships, the students worked in the outreach department at RCDVS to create awareness for the agency by networking, developing business presentations and creating a social media presence.

“Through their efforts, the outreach program has grown from just a handful of organizations to more than 150 area businesses,” Earley wrote.

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Engineering club places third at its first regional competition

chem-e carChemical engineering students from California Baptist University participated in the regional Chem-E-Car competition for the first time and came away with an impressive third place finish.

The annual competition pitted universities’ American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) clubs against each other to construct a fuel-powered miniature car that could travel a given distance. Fourteen cars competed in the final contest which was held at University of California, Riverside, on April 15-16.

“This was the exposure we needed as a smaller, relatively new club. We showed up with a very simple, large car that many people were surprised it even worked,” said Evan Schneider, a chemical engineering junior. “I’m really excited because I could never have expected our first try, knowing so little to turn out so well. It’s a confidence booster.”

The AIChE team at CBU consisted of seven chemical engineering students that garnered help from CBU faculty and mechanical engineering students, to design and build their shoebox-size car. With a short time frame and no prototype to work from, the team’s aim was to get into the competition with a functioning car, said Stephen Dueck, a chemical engineering junior.

To keep on schedule and costs low, students often designed parts themselves by recycling materials from the engineering shop. The students also found an efficient way to produce fuel by using a combination of sodium bicarbonate and hydrochloric acid for fuel.

“We turned what was essentially baking soda into fuel,” said Schneider, of the team’s fuel choice. “We didn’t overcomplicate things at all. It was probably the simplest car we could have built.”

Simplicity worked to the team’s favor, as they were able to build a car on time and for approximately $100.

The third place finish qualifies the team to participate in the national competition in November.

“A good performance shows… that we have students who are hard-working, enthusiastic and technically competent,” said Dr. Mark Anklam, professor of chemical engineering and chair of the program.


Family Updates

Riverside BeautifulBrenda Flores, assistant director-business administration for Facilities and Planning Services, Margaret Marquez, accounting clerk for Facilities and Planning Services, and nine CBU students volunteered for a beautification project in Riverside on April 16. They, along with other volunteers for Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful, collected more than 2,580 pounds of litter, green waste and bulky items in the Arlington and Ramona neighborhoods.



Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather, professor of aviation science, taught a two-day airport operations course at the International Aviation Snow Symposium in Buffalo, N.Y., on April 23-24. He also a two-day airport operations course at JFK International Airport on April 27-28. He also completed an Airport Cooperative Research Program project through the Transportation Research Board titled Airport Sustainability Practices— Drivers and Outcomes for Small Commercial and General Aviation Airports.




Michael Jewell, director of guest services and marketing at the Tahquitz Pines Conference Center, received his master’s degree in leadership and organizational studies from California Baptist University on April 30.


Shawn Wilhite

Shawn Wilhite

Shawn Wilhite, assistant professor of Christian Students for Online and Professional Studies, presented There are two ways of life: The Didache and Apocalyptic Alteration in Early Christianity at the Society of Biblical Literature Pacific Coast regional meeting in Claremont on March 13-14. He also presented Is the Didache an Apocalyptic Anomaly? How the Didache’s Two-Way Tradition Alters Early Christian Tradition at the Evangelical Theological Society Far West Region meeting on April 15 in San Diego. He also has published several articles. He co-authored An ‘Unspeakably Narrow Discipline’: Martin Hengel and the Need for Interdisciplinary Scholarship,” and a review of Rediscovering the Apocryphal Continent: New Perspectives on Early Christian and Late Antique Apocryphal Texts and Traditions, both published in Fides et Humilitas: The Journal for Ancient Christian Studies Issue 3 (Winter 2016); and 7 Ways to Care for your Pastor in the online The Gospel Coalition (Feb 11, 2016).


Dr. Dan Wilson

Dr. Dan Wilson

Dr. Dan Wilson, professor of Biblical studies, was re-elected for a second term as chairman of the board of trustees of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary at the board meeting April 12-13. Wilson has been on the board for nine years.





God's designGary Steward, history adjunct for Online and Professional Studies, recently co-authored a book, God’s Design, published by P & R Publishing. The book is for children ages 4-8 on biblical manhood and womanhood.




EventsThe Office of Alumni & Parent Relations invites alumni, students, family, friends, faculty and staff to participate in these summer activities.  Sign up now!

  • LA Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals: 7:10 p.m. May 13, at Dodgers Stadium. $40 ticket includes CBU baseball hat and Friday Night Fireworks. Seats – Right Field, Loge Deck. Register online
  • Bible Journaling Class: 9:30 a.m. June 18, 2016 at CBU. $10 includes refreshments and supplies. For ages 12 and up. Sometimes called Bible Journaling, and sometimes Illustrated Faith, this new trend is a great way to ignite your passion for exploring God’s Word, whether you are a new Christian or have been a believer for a long time. Journaling Bibles feature wide-margins for writing observations, reflections, prayers and praises. While it is recommended that you bring your own journaling Bible to this class, it is not required. Register online
  • Anaheim Angels vs Chicago White Sox: 7:05 p.m. July 15 at Angel’s Stadium. $35 ticket includes baseball hat and Angels’ promotional give-away – ’70s Groovy Rally Monkey (sponsored by Jack in The Box). Register online
  • San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies: 5:40 p.m. Sept. 10 at Skyline Patio @ Petco Park. $55 ticket includes CBU baseball hat, dinner and Padres’ promotional give-away – USB Charger. Register online


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From left: Robert (Bory) Molina and Dr. Ronald L. Ellis

Robert (Bory) Molina, plumber/pipefitter I in the Facilities and Planning Services Department, was named CBU’s Employee of the Month for May. The nomination form included the following statements: “Bory has received notes of commendation from Provider and other departments on campus.  He has great attention to detail and the pride that he shows in completing his work correctly is appreciated by others.  Bory’s attention to the little things often makes his work stand out from others.”






Staff in the department of physician assistant studies, from left: Grace Utomo, department secretary, Dr. Allan Bedashi, department chair, Heather Ontiveros, clinical coordinator, and Jennifer Zamora, didactic coordinator

The California Baptist University Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program received its accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) on March 31. All new programs receive an initial “Accreditation-Provisional.” Of note, the program received a perfect score on its accreditation site visit in October 2015. The program is interviewing and selecting its inaugural class, which matriculates in September 2016. For more information, visit the program’s website at: www.calbaptist.edu/mspas





Dr. Anthony Chute

Dr. Anthony Chute

Dr. Anthony Chute, professor of church history, delivered the presidential address at the Evangelical Theological Society/Far West Region meeting at San Diego Christian College on April 15. His address was titled Jesse Mercer: A Ministerial Profile. In addition, Chute’s book review of Baptists in America was published in the journal Themelios.






Sharon Barnett talks with visitors. The flags of Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal and Tunisia shown represent the countries where the Barnetts had lived.

Doug Barnett, business adjunct for Online and Professional Studies, and his family were invited to create and staff a booth at the Columbia International Festival (CIF) in South Carolina on April 16-17. The event showcases the music, culture, food and performing arts of various cultures, nationalities, races and language groups. Barnett and his wife  lived for more than 25 years in Africa and their booth featured information about an American family’s life overseas. About 10,000 people attend the festival annually.






Dr. Beverly Howard

Dr. Beverly Howard

Dr. Beverly Howard, professor of music, wrote a chapter appearing in the book Introducing Glory to God. The chapter, Musical Genres in Glory to God, explores distinct styles of music used for congregational songs. Howard also performed with Larry Johansen, a retired CBU music professor, in concerts in Whittier and Riverside. Howard, playing the organ, and Johansen, on the trumpet, performed two major works, Psalms and The Other Voices of the Trumpet, by American composer Daniel Pinkham.




global education

CBU attendees at the UEGE conference were, from left, back row: Tom Ferko, Rebecca Meyer and Chris McHorney; front row: Doreen Ferko, DawnEllen Jacobs, Tracy Ward, Aura Opris, Geneva Oaks and Lisa Hernandez

Dr. DawnEllen Jacobs, vice provost, and Kristen White, former CBU director of mobilization, presented a session, Equipping the Equippers, at the University Educators for Global Engagement (UEGE) annual conference in Richmond, Va., on April 14-17. This year’s theme was Equip: Giving Students the Resources They Need for Effective Cross-Cultural Witness.









CBU attendees at the SWAA meeting were, from left: Preston Magalhaes and Danica Kinnes, anthropology majors, Julie Goodman and H. Bruce Stokes

Dr. H. Bruce Stokes, professor of anthropology and behavioral sciences, was elected to the executive board of the Southwestern Anthropological Association (SWAA) at its meeting in San Diego on April 21-24. Julie Goodman, assistant professor of anthropology, serves on the board as secretary.







Dr. Kenneth Minesinger

Dr. Kenneth Minesinger

Dr. Kenneth Minesinger, associate professor of law for Online and Professional Studies, made a presentation at American Society for Public Administration meeting on April 28 in Riverside. The presentation was titled Slander and Libel in the Age of Social Media.






beach clean-upDr. Bonjun Koo, professor of environmental science, organized a trip with environmental science majors and the Environmental Science Club to Cabrillo Beach and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium on April 16. About 40 students and family members participated in a beach clean-up and Earth Day activity.




Dr. Torria Davis

Dr. Torria Davis

Dr. Torria Davis, instructional designer for Online and Professional Studies, recently had a blog, http://blog.blackboard.com/tips-avoid-a-mess-in-online-course-design/, distributed by Blackboard Inc. to other Instructional Design MVP award recipients as a must read.





Dr. Won-Pyo Park, visiting scholar in the natural and mathematical department, Dr. Bon-Jun Koo, professor of environmental science, Andrew Chang, Dr. Thomas Ferko, professor of chemistry, Dr. Jonathan Parker, professor of education and history,  Dr. Tracy Ward, associate provost for administration,  Stephanie Lara, environmental science major, and Chau Nguyen, biology major,  co-authored the paper Dissolution of Metals from Biosolid-Treated Soils by Organic Acid Mixtures that was recently published in Applied and Environmental Soil Science (vol. 2016).


Dr. David Poole

Dr. David Poole

Dr. Dirk Davis

Dr. Dirk Davis

Dr. Tran Hong

Dr. Tran Hong

Dr. Elizabeth Morris

Dr. Elizabeth Morris

Dr. David Poole, vice president for Online and Professional Studies (OPS), Dr. Dirk Davis, associate vice president for academics for OPS, Dr. Tran Hong, associate vice president of technology for OPS, and Dr. Elizabeth Morris, associate provost for accreditation, assessment and curriculum, presented at the WASC Senior College and University Commission Academic Resource Conference on April 7 in Garden Grove, Calif.  Their presentation was Contributing to the Purpose of Higher Education: A Comprehensive Student-Centered Design for Online Programs.



Dr. Monica O’Rourke

Dr. Monica O’Rourke

Dr. Monica O’Rourke, visiting professor of kinesiology for Online and Professional Studies, Michelle Moore, exercise science graduate student, and Mary Carlan (’07) presented a session at the state conference for California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in Santa Clara, Calif., March 10-12. The session was titled Skill-related Fitness and History: Olympics and Roman Empire Activities. O’Rourke and Moore also presented the session Promoting Personal Fitness and Conditioning using Social Media. Also, O’Rourke co-presented a health educator workshop students at the National Society for Health and Physical Educators Annual Convention in Minneapolis, Minn., on April 5-9.  The workshop was titled Out of Control Health: Strategies to Bridge Disconnected Health Values. O’Rourke also presented Teaching leadership and advocacy in health/physical education teacher education using technology-based strategies.


walk for health OPS Team

Dominick Sturz organized a walk for OPS faculty, staff and students to celebrate National Public Health Week.

Online and Professional Studies celebrated National Public Health Week (April 4-10) by organizing a faculty, staff, and student walk at the Galleria at Tyler in Riverside. The purpose of week is to help communities connect, highlight public health issues, and acknowledge public heath contributions to communities across the country. Dr. Dominick Sturz, associate professor of public health, organized the event as a way to celebrate the week, and to promote health through intentional movement. The group participated in a one-mile walk inside the mall. CBU Online students were encouraged to organize their own walks and to share the experience using various media channels to spread the word about National Public Health Week.





Shawna Rainwater

Shawna Rainwater, daughter of Darrell Rainwater, director of advancement services, graduated from the Army’s 15W Advanced Leaders Course on April 29. The course is for leader development as a non-commissioned officer. She is a staff sergeant with HHC 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade out of Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia.






Courtland Noah Brown

Courtland Noah Brown

Joel Brown (’11, ’12), financial aid loan counselor, and his wife, Carrissa (’15) welcomed their first child on April 26. Courtland Noah Brown weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 20 inches long.






Personnel Updates

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April 21, 2016


In this issue…

Current News

SoCal news anchor, CBU alumna to speak at commencement

anchorAmy Johnson (’90), a Southern California news anchor and reporter, will deliver both spring commencement addresses for California Baptist University on April 30. More than 1,400 students are expected to participate in two graduation ceremonies at the Citizens Business Bank Arena.

Johnson has worked as a general assignment reporter for the past 10 years for KCBS/KCAL and as a weekend morning anchor for the past three years.

Johnson, who grew up in Poway located in North San Diego County, said that from an early age she dreamed of becoming a television news reporter. Following in the footsteps of an aunt and a sister, she went to (then) California Baptist College on a volleyball scholarship. Johnson helped the Lancers win back-to-back Golden State Athletic Conference championships in 1988 and 1989. Johnson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and went on to study broadcast communications at California State University, San Bernardino and San Bernardino Valley College, earning an associate degree.

Johnson said that writing for the student newspaper, The Banner, in her last year at CBU rekindled her dream of becoming a news anchor.

“[The college] was really the stepping stone that I needed,” Johnson said in regards to her career pursuits.

Johnson has been married for 12 years to George Huggins, a former military pilot who now works as a civilian at Naval Air Station Point Mugu. They have two son—Jacob, 11, and Aaron, 9, and the family resides in Ventura County.

The first of two CBU commencement ceremonies will take place at 1 p.m., honoring traditional undergraduate students and all nursing students. Graduate and Online and Professional Studies students will participate in the 7 p.m. ceremony. Both ceremonies will be held at Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764.


Lancer baseball scores historic win in front of record crowd

baseballPlaying its first game in a Major League Baseball stadium, California Baptist University baseball drew the largest crowd ever—7,583—to witness a live Lancer sporting event in the history of the university. The first-place Lancers did not disappoint their fans, mounting a late-inning rally to beat Point Loma Nazarene University 5-2 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on April 20.

“This was a great experience, not many people get to pitch in Angel Stadium and on a professional mound,” said Tyson Miller, starting pitcher for the game. “This was what I imagined: big-league stage with a lot of people turning up and a good turnout from our CBU students. It was just a great environment and it was a great opportunity to play in this one.” Read full article here.


CBU claims multiple awards at national competition

pursuitCalifornia Baptist University racked up several communication awards at the Wilmer C. Fields Awards Competition hosted by the Baptist Communicators Association (BCA) on April 15. CBU students and the university’s Marketing and Communication Division combined for 10 top-three finishes in various categories.

The BCA awarded first place to Pursuit magazine in the Total Package category for student entries.  Lauren Koski, a senior journalism major and the Pursuit editor-in-chief, won first place in the Feature Writing Division category for her story “The Quartet of the Vulnerable,” a story that depicts society’s most marginalized. Koski also won second place for her photographs accompanying a story of a CBU aviation student in flight.

“Through all three of CBU’s journalistic platforms — Pursuit magazine, The Banner newspaper and Angelos yearbook — I have been challenged to seek and release truth through journalistic means, no matter if that is a beautiful truth or an ugly one,” Koski said. “In writing ‘The Quartet of the Vulnerable,’ I sought to explore the deeply convicting truths of what it means to love ‘your neighbor as yourself’ as Christ has commanded of us.”

Students Conner Schuh and Makenna Sones won second place for a photo series and an opinion/editorial piece respectively that were featured in the Banner newspaper.

CBU’s Marketing and Communication Division won five awards including second place in the Communication and/or Marketing Strategy category for “Put Faith in the Journey” campaign.

The BCA awards are the latest communication recognitions for CBU. In March, students, faculty and staff won 29 awards, 17 for students, from the American Advertising Federation-Inland Empire chapter.


CBU students select top faculty, staff member of the year

Jeff Lewis

Jeff Lewis

Jay Stovall

Jay Stovall

Students at California Baptist University recently honored Jeff Lewis, assistant professor of intercultural studies, as the 2015-2016 Faculty Member of the Year and Jay Stovall, director of cultural and commuter programs, as Staff Member of the Year.

Lewis has taught at CBU for 17 years, teaching courses such as Introduction to Global Studies, Models of Discipleship and Marketplace Strategies for Global Advancement.  Lewis is also interim director of the Office of Mobilization; in July, he officially takes over the position.

“Being named Faculty Member of the Year is a great honor,” Lewis said. “It’s good to know that I can still connect with students.”

Lewis said he tries to create a global context for the Christian faith when he teaches.

“Western Christianity reinforces our self-centered view of the world, thinking we can manipulate God to yield to our plans and agenda,” Lewis said. “My goal in teaching is to challenge and awaken students to the reality that biblical Christianity liberates man from the slavery of living for self so that we might live completely engaged in the intimate pursuit of knowing Him and glorifying Him among the nations.”

Stovall (’10, ’12), who has worked at CBU for five years, primary responsibilities include overseeing student orientation programs and establishing and implementing programs that display the cultures represented within the campus community. He also works with the commuter population helping them to connect with the various campus resources available at CBU.

“I’m humbled and honored to be chosen by (the students),” Stovall said. “My goal is to serve and love on the students so to be chosen by them is a testament of God’s faithfulness and blessings.”

Stovall said he tries to treat the students like family.

“My main goal as I interact with students is to show them that they have eternal value,” he said. “I truly do care about them.”

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


Alumnus: treating addiction as disease is best for family, society

SBS speaker-1Treating addiction as a disease and working toward recovery is not only beneficial for the families but for taxpayers as well, Phil Breitenbucher (’00), told a California Baptist University audience.

Breitenbucher is a program director for Children and Family Futures, a not-for-profit organization based in Lake Forest, Calif., that seeks to help families affected by trauma, substance use and mental health disorders.  He has more than 15 years of experience in the management of public child welfare and community-based prevention services. Breitenbucher spoke as part of the School of Behavioral Science’s Culture and Justice Lecture Series on April 14.

Breitenbucher said the social worker’s job is “to improve the well-being of individuals and advocate for social justice in complex social issues.”

“Sixty to 80 percent of all child welfare cases in America are due to substance abuse as an underlying factor,” Breitenbucher said.

Substance abuse is the fastest growing reason for removal of children from their homes, Breitenbucher said. One of the programs he is involved in seeks to reunify families by treating addiction as a disease.

“We’re family centered, so right away we put child and mom back together again and treat them as a whole family,” Breitenbucher said. “That works much better because addiction really effects the whole family.”

Keeping families together can also help reduce the expensive costs of foster care that burden taxpayers, he said.

Although addiction and its effect on families can be a complex subject, Breitenbucher believes there is hope.

“All children deserve to be in safe, stable homes. Substance use disorder is very prevalent in our society,” he said. “Addiction is a disease and recovery is possible. As a community, if we rally around this issue of child welfare and substance use, we can keep kids safe, keep families together and save taxpayers’ dollars.”


CBU partners with KVSH Racing for 2016 Verizon IndyCar season

Race Car-1California Baptist University announced an innovative partnership with KVSH Racing for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar season starting with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

CBU was the primary sponsor of the KVSH No. 11 entry driven by Sebastien Bourdais for the Long Beach Grand Prix, April 15-17, on the streets of Long Beach, Calif. CBU will be an associate partner of the team for the remainder of the 2016 season.

The partnership will also allow students from the Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering at CBU the unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collaborate with the KVSH Engineering team throughout the 2016 season including the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

“The time has come for us to focus intently on the next wave of engineering talent for the IndyCar Series,” said James “Sulli” Sullivan, KVSH co-owner. “This program gives California Baptist University an opportunity to give its engineering students a hands-on education into the world of high-performance vehicles and what makes them tick. These CBU students are some of the brightest we have seen and we’re all looking forward to having them as part of the KVSH Racing Team.”

The KVSH Racing/CBU College of Engineering program enabled 20 CBU engineering students access to the KVSH Racing engineering staff, the driver and mechanics, so they could observe and learn the intricacies of engineering high-performance IndyCars during the Long Beach Grand Prix. During the month of May, selected students will be embedded with the team for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 set for May 29 gaining out of the classroom experience and assist the team’s engineering staff with problem solving.

“This partnership will provide our students with access to top engineers in a sport that pushes the edge of performance, and I’m excited to see what engineering feats our students can accomplish under their guidance,” said Dr. Anthony Donaldson, dean of the College of Engineering at CBU. “I’m also thrilled to­ receive their consultation for our new master’s in mechanical engineering degree offered this fall and for our vehicle technology lab planned to open with our new engineering building in 2018.”

Bourdais, who is contesting his 11th IndyCar season and third with KVSH Racing, placed ninth at the Long Beach Grand Prix. The 37-year-old native of Le Mans, France, resides in St. Petersburg, Fla., and is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships (2004 -2007).


CBU Cheer wins 4th consecutive national championship

cheer-1The cheerleading team at California Baptist University became the first All-Girls Division II cheerleading squad to win its fourth-straight National Cheerleaders Association Championship title on April 8.

“This team has worked extremely hard and we have told them all year long that the work is worth it,” said Tami Fleming, head coach of CBU cheer. “Today they proved that. What an honor to make history by winning our fourth national title. I am so proud.”

The win also keeps Lancers unbeaten streak, dating back to the 2013 season, alive.

Read the full story here.


Hundreds participate in CBU’s Grandparents Day

grandparentsCalifornia Baptist University welcomed more than 200 grandparents of students for the fourth annual Grandparents Day on April 8.

Grandparents had the opportunity to participate in a full day of planned activities as they were given a glimpse into the lives of their grandchildren at CBU. Activities included chapel and an array of courses organized for the day such as 3D printing, CBU Culture, Turning Points in Baptist History, which were taught by CBU faculty, staff or community leaders. Additionally, they were also treated to a free lunch, a choir performance, campus tours and a Lancer baseball game.

William Schoellerman was pleased to have an opportunity to visit the university his granddaughter talks frequently about.

“I am happy to be able to meet and talk to the professors and the friends my granddaughter always talks about,” Schoellerman said. “Most of all I just want to spend time with [her].”

Grandparents’ Day is an opportunity for CBU and students to show appreciation for grandparents’ support and love, said Dr. Arthur Cleveland, vice president for Institutional Advancement.

“We are thrilled to have you here at California Baptist University,” Cleveland told the grandparents at the welcome session. “I want you to know that in all my years of working in education, your grandkids have a nice place to go to college. When I walk around campus, I get the feeling that students are happy to be here. They embrace each other and I often hear testimonies of the spiritual growth in the lives of students.”


Family Updates

Dr. Erin Smith

Dr. Erin Smith

Dr. Erin I. Smith, assistant professor of psychology, spoke at the Psychology Research Colloquium at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena on April 4.  Her talk was titled Why Religious Affiliation Matters: The Impact of Supportive Church Relationships on Development.





Dr. Jacob Lanphere

Dr. Jacob Lanphere

Dr. Jacob Lanphere, assistant professor of environmental science, co-authored with students two presentations and a poster presentation at the West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego on April 9. Student Stephanie Lara presented the poster Environmental Effects of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles Inside a Model Colon. Student Cooper May gave the oral presentation Potential Phytotoxicity and Uptake of Titanium Dioxide Nanomaterials in Food Crops. Student Melissa Varela gave the oral presentation Fate and Aggregation Behavior of Graphene Oxide Nanomaterials in Aquatic Environments.




iron canoeCBU’s American Society of Civil Engineers student chapter participated in the Pacific SouthWest Conference at California State University, Long Beach on March 31-April 2. Forty-one CBU students competed against 17 other schools in 15 events including steel bridge, concrete canoe and sports competitions. The CBU team placed second in Kan-jam, Mystery event and Ultimate Frisbee; fourth in concrete bowling, volleyball, and basketball; and sixth in environmental project.



Dr. Susan Studer

Dr. Susan Studer

Dr. Susan Studer, professor of education, presented and chaired sessions at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting in Washington, D.C., April 8-12. She also presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Curriculum Historians in Washington on April 7-8. Her presentations were on Dewey, Parker, Blaine, and the Chicago Laboratory School: Potential for Success or Failure of Egos. The sessions she chaired were The Role of the State in International Education and Influential Thinkers and Their Legacy in the History of Education.




Dr. Derek Updegraff

Dr. Derek Updegraff

Dr. Derek Updegraff, assistant professor of English and creative writing, read poetry at the Salvage Lounge in Los Angeles on April 1. The group poetry reading was sponsored by the literary journals Rock & Sling, Ruminate and Windhover, and the publisher WordFarm Press. The event was an off-site reading for the conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Updegraff also recently published two short stories. Into the Ends of the World appeared as a one-story chapbook in the Overtime series and The Butcher’s Tale appeared in Palooka.




Dr. Sandra Romo

Dr. Sandra Romo

Heather Hamilton-Stilwell

Dr. Heather Hamilton-Stilwell

Dr. Sandra Romo, assistant professor of journalism and public relations, and Dr. Heather Hamilton-Stilwell, assistant professor of journalism, presented a paper, A Rhetorical Examination of Social Constructionism and Communication, at the National Social Science Association Annual Meeting held in Las Vegas on March 22. Romo also presented another paper, Talking About Autism: Using Entertainment to Teach Children About Autismat the event.





From left: Wonpyo Park, Stephanie Lara, Chau Nguyen and Bonjun Koo

Dr. Bonjun Koo, professor of environmental science, Dr. Wonpyo Park, visiting scholar in the natural and mathematical department, Stephanie Lara, environmental science major, and Chau Nguyen, biology major, presented a poster and an oral presentation April 9 at the West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. The oral presentation was titled Dissolution of Biosolid-Borne Metals of Soils. The poster presentation was CBU Campus Soil Properties and Reactions of Organic Acids with Biosolid Treated Soil.







WCBSURC 2016 Heyman Students

From left: Ivan Landa, Kathy Gomez, Audrie Minnich and Amairani Villa

Dr. Nathanael Heyman, associate professor of biology, and Dr. Daniel Szeto, associate professor of biology and biochemistry, and four biology majors co-authored a poster that was presented at the April 9 at the West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Biology majors Kathy Gomez, Amairani Villa, Audrie Minnich and Ivan Landa presented the poster titled Cardiovascular Physiological Analysis in Zebrafish: From Fish to Cells.







Merritt Robinson

Merritt Robinson

Merritt Robinson, assistant dean of enrollment services for Online and Professional Studies, was honored April 1 at Rice University in Texas at the “Celebrating Trailblazers in Rice Athletics” event. Robinson was one of 15 African-American alumni recognized for being the first to letter in their respective sports. Robinson, a three-year letterman (1988-90) in baseball and football, was Rice University’s first African-American student to letter in baseball. Read the full story here.







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John Montgomery

John Montgomery, dean of Spiritual Life, was elected as second vice chairman for the board of trustees at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on April 18. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is located in Louisville, Ky.






Kellen Fabry

Kellen Fabry

Dr. Art Cleveland, vice president for University Advancement, and his wife, Vicki Cleveland, director of institutional research, welcomed their second great-grandchild on April 7. Kellen Michael Fabry weighed 9 pounds and 2 ounces and measured 22 inches long. His older sister, Emberlyn, is 3. The Clevelands also have 7 grandchildren.




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Dr. Micah Parker named citizen of the month in Riverside

parkerDr. Micah Parker, director of athletics at California Baptist University, was named April Citizen of the Month by the mayor of Riverside, Rusty Bailey.

“Dr. Parker is a great example of how California Baptist University is helping students to ‘live their purpose,'” Bailey said on why he chose Parker for the recognition. “The university is a blessing for Riverside, and Dr. Parker leads the Athletic Department toward excellence in athletics and academics in a faith-based environment.”

The 2015-16 year marks Parker’s seventh year as the head of the athletics department at CBU. During his time at CBU, the Lancers have had an unprecedented run of success, leading Parker to also be named The Press-Enterprise Most Influential Sports Figure in the Inland Empire in 2015.

During Parker’s tenure, CBU made the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II where the Lancers had 12 of 19 NCAA programs qualify for postseason in their first year of eligibility (2013-14). CBU now has 27 NCAA Division II conference titles. Additionally, CBU also has three individual NCAA Division II champions, two in women’s swimming and the other in wrestling.

Since joining the PacWest in 2011, CBU has won three of four Commissioner’s Cups — becoming the first school to do so — and is currently in first place in the 2015-16 standings.

Outside of CBU, Parker is also a Christian motivational speaker, speaking at national youth gatherings, faith-based businesses, school assemblies, church events, graduations and Fellowship of Christian Athletes groups.


Take advantage of opportunities, marketing exec tells students

Monster PontrelliTaking advantage of work experiences—even failures—is the key to career growth, Sam Pontrelli told California Baptist University students on April 5.

Pontrelli is the senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Monster Energy. His presentation was part of the Voices of Business lecture series hosted by the Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business at CBU.

“It’s OK if you fail. You’re not going to come up with that next great idea if you’re afraid to fail,” Pontrelli said. “Everything that I perceived as a negative in my career all set me up for my job today.”

Pontrelli encouraged students to be patient in their career development.

“When you’re looking at your career and you’re not being promoted as quickly as you want to be, or you might get assigned something that’s a little bit different from what you want, try to make the best of it,” Pontrelli said. “See what you can do, make the most out of [the opportunity]. Learn how to be a leader within, so when the right opportunity comes along you’re prepared for it.”

It is vital for students to understand that careers are not formed instantaneously, he said.

“We all are kind of aggressive in nature and want to move up quickly. It will happen if you do the right things,” Pontrelli said. “It worked out great for me. It took a few detours but it all worked out.”


CEO says majority of wealthy people are small business owners

CEO Burgess“The largest group of wealth [in the U.S.] is found in small business ownership,” Ron Burgess told the audience at California Baptist University on April 4.

Burgess is the CEO of RedFusion Media and author of “Finding Your Crack in the Market.” Burgess has been a business consultant on growth strategy for more than 30 years. The Dr. Bonnie G. Metcalf School of Education at CBU hosted Burgess.

“There are wealthy people in [the business world], such as CEOs for large Fortune 500 companies, but they are a small percentage. The bulk of wealthy people are small business owners,” Burgess said.

Burgess said that 70 percent of the U.S. economy is comprised of small businesses, but only half of them survive after five years. He said his research indicates several noticeable traits of a successful small business.

“A well thought out competitive strategy and the ability of the business owner to become a leader are the two main characteristics of running a successful small business,” he said.

“It is the cherry on the top to have a successful business with a good leader,” Burgess said.

He said it is also important to find a business’s position in the market to ensure success.

“Consumers are influenced by brand, influenced by things that are not quantifiable, which is why you need to have a niche in the market and have a good image,” Burgess said.


Iorg speaks in CBU chapel on principles of forgiveness

iorg“We need forgiveness and we need to give it, too,” Dr. Jeff Iorg told California Baptist University students at chapel on April 4.

Iorg is a pastor, author and president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to his service at the seminary, he was executive director of the Northwest Baptist Convention for nearly 10 years.

Iorg taught from Matthew 18:21-35, where Jesus presents the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant.

“There are two principles that Jesus teaches out of this passage,” Iorg said. “First that we need forgiveness and the other that we must forgive others.”

Iorg said that just as the king forgave the servant of a debt he could never pay back, so God offers the opportunity for forgiveness for all those who ask for it.

“This is the good news, we can be forgiven,” he said. “You can go to God and ask God to forgive you and He will.”

The second part of the principle of forgiveness might be more difficult to do, Iorg said.

“We have to learn to forgive those who have hurt you deeply,” he explained. “We must learn to forgive those who wounded you in a way you didn’t deserve.”

Iorg gave a personal example from his past.

“My dad was a violent alcoholic man that beat my mom,” he said. “I despised him and carried along bitterness and anger into adulthood. I tried to mask these feelings by becoming a perfectionist.”

“I had a friend who saw through the mask of perfectionism and confronted me on the issue of forgiveness,” Iorg recalled. “He then helped me work through forgiveness for several years.”

“Failing to forgive the other person doesn’t do any harm to the other person, just yourself,” Iorg said. “Forgiveness sets you free.”

Iorg said forgiveness does not mean the absence of consequences. Rather, it is coming to the belief that God will deal with the people that harmed you.


CBU staffer, alumna performs national anthem at Lakers game

national anthemMorgan Teruel (’14), career counselor at California Baptist University, shone brightly to the applause of more than 18,000 cheering fans as she performed the national anthem at the Los Angeles Lakers game on April 3.

Teruel, who often leads worship at Sandals Church in Riverside, graduated from CBU with a bachelor’s degree in music education. She credits her many concert performances as a student with giving her the ability to sing before audiences.

Although she had never performed in front of an audience as large as a Lakers game, Teruel said God gave her the courage she needed for the occasion.

“I felt good about the overall performance. I’m always self-critical of little mistakes or sounds that did not come out the way I hoped or prepared for,” Teruel said. “I felt like God gave me the confidence and strength I needed at that moment to fully be present and enjoy the anthem and the opportunity.”

Teruel said she is always interested in opportunities to develop her singing talent.

“I’m trying to be a faithful steward of my gift, even if that means trying to take a risk like singing the national anthem.”

Last summer Teruel sought help among her CBU “family” to create an a cappella promotional recording of the national anthem. She reached out to Bryan Engle, assistant athletic director for facilities/game management, and he offered her the opportunity to record her promo at the James W. Totman Baseball Stadium. Jonathan Nyquist, an adjunct professor of graphic design at CBU, helped produce the recording that afforded Teruel a chance to visualize performing in a stadium setting.

Teruel sent the finished product to several professional teams in hopes of landing an opportunity to sing the national anthem at a sporting event.

Lisa Estrada, vice president of entertainment and facilities for the Los Angeles Lakers, said she had a musical talent cancel before Sunday’s Lakers game and that Teruel was the next person on the list to call.

Teruel gladly accepted the invitation, which also included courtside tickets for seating near celebrity athletes David Beckham and Floyd Mayweather.

“It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life so far and I feel immensely grateful for the opportunity,” Teruel said.

Watch Teruel’s performance here.


CBU students plant trees to celebrate Spring Arbor Day

Arbor DayNearly 60 California Baptist University students celebrated Spring Arbor Day by planting 15 trees on April 2.

The event was organized by the university’s Facilities and Planning Services and the Environmental Science Club at CBU. Volunteers planted trees in the CBU parking lots and around the exterior of campus. The club’s goal is to do its part to better the environment and the community.

The Arbor Day Foundation recently recognized CBU as a 2016 Tree Campus USA for the second consecutive year.

“We are committed to planting and maintaining trees on campus,” said Ed Schmachtenberger, grounds and landscaping manager at CBU. “Trees add so much to our campus plus they are great for the environment and community.”

The volunteers worked several hours to dig holes and then to plant the trees.

Anthony Ballinger, a biology senior, said he planted his first tree at the event and enjoyed getting his “hands dirty.”

Gabriella Seratti, an environmental science junior, said the event was a career preparation opportunity.

“I love trees,” Seratti said. “I want to go into forestry after graduation, and I think this event was a good starting point for me to learn more about trees.”


First CBU Small Groups album now available on iTunes

When I Laid It DownThe Collinsworth School of Music released its first Small Groups album, “When I Laid It Down,” in March for CD distribution and now it is also available by digital download through iTunes.

Eight vocalists and three instrumentalists recorded songs for the project; the album is composed of 13 Christian contemporary songs.

“We were looking for the best blend tonally with all eight voices,” said Dr. Judd Bonner, dean of the Collinsworth School of Music. “The strongest vocalists that could also blend the best together and make the most dynamic group were chosen.”

CBU has five vocal Small Groups, each with seven to nine members per team that perform in local churches and other venues several times each month. Additionally, each summer, two student-led groups travel across the U.S. on an eight-week concert tour, singing and ministering in churches, schools and summer camps. Now audiences that hear the Small Groups in concert will have the opportunity to take similar music home.

CBU composition graduate students Connor Smith (’15) and Desmond Clark (’14) collaborated to write and arrange six songs for the new album.

“It’s an unbelievable blessing and gift to know that my God-given talents and my bachelor’s degree are being put right back into ministry,” Clark said.

“The opportunity to have my music recorded is huge to me,” Smith said. “My songs have now gone beyond myself and they’ve gone beyond the people I can sing to and it’s cool to be a part of that.”


“Pirated!” takes over Wallace Theatre

Pirated posterThe theatre program at California Baptist University is ending its 2015-16 season by bringing a comedy to the Wallace Theatre starting on April 8.

“Pirated!” is a clever and zany re-imagining of the classic “The Pirates of Penzance” by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. This screenplay adaption comes from James C. Christian and is set to a 1930s movie studio when talking pictures are the new hot thing. As the director attempts to film a movie, the voices behind the actors revolt and take over the studio.

“It’s light-hearted entertainment. If they (audience) don’t laugh at least 10 times during the production, I have failed,” joked Lisa Lyons, a theatre adjunct and director of the production.

Katie Shaw, a business administration senior, plays a silent film star. Shaw said she has enjoyed learning how to express her role without words since her character does not speak in the first act.

“She is very over dramatic with her physical actions, which has been my favorite part,” said Shaw in describing her character. “I have loved finding different physical actions that portray her personality, so the audience can see how high maintenance she really is.”

Bryan Richardson, a theatre senior, plays Daniel Brown, the lead vocal actor. Having the opportunity to do a comedy has been a highlight for him.

“This show is supposed to be fun and over-the-top,” he said. “I hope our audience can come to this show and just escape for a couple of hours.”


When: April 8-9, April 14-16, at 7:30 p.m.; April 9, April 16, at 2 p.m.
Where: Wallace Theatre, California Baptist University
Tickets: General admission $15, CBU Faculty and Staff $12, CBU students $10
Tickets or questions? Call the theatre box office at 951- 343-4319 or email: mhyde@calbaptist.edu


CBU Army ROTC earns top spots at national drill competition

Color Guard-2Two teams from California Baptist University’s Army ROTC marched to success in the color guard event at the John J. Pershing Memorial Drill Competition held in March in Chantilly, Va.

The female squad, the only all-woman squad among 22 teams, won first place, and the men’s team took third in the event.

Cadets on the winning CBU team were Shannon Garcia, Bryanna Mora, Sheraya Bentick and Imelda Camaja. Cadets on the men’s team were Caleb Fink, Joshua Fink, Kevin Grebbien and Kendal Morris.

“It was definitely an honor, being the only all-female team to take first place,” Bentick said. “Our team worked so hard for hours and hours on end, meticulously practicing to perfect our routine…  Our performance was the best run through of our routine that we had ever done. I am more than proud of our team and what we have accomplished.”

Although the two CBU teams competed for the same prize, they still were rooting for each other.  When the men’s team was docked for doing a command wrong, they told the women’s team in hopes they would avoid the same error.

“We may have gone up against each other, but we would always help each other out,” said Fink, who also placed second in the individual drill knockout competition. “There was some friendly teasing before the competition, but we really wanted both teams to do their best.”

This is the third consecutive year CBU teams have returned with awards. In 2015, the men’s team placed third in the color guard event and 2014, the men’s team took first place in the same category.

Pershing Rifles is an ROTC related national organization that was started by Lt. John J. Pershing in 1894 when he was the professor of military science at the University of Nebraska. Pershing Rifles drill teams compete in several categories, including squad regulation drill, platoon exhibition drill, individual drill and color guard.


Professor, alumna collaborate on beauty product campaign

goop-1Gwyneth Paltrow’s new skin-care product line owes a touch of its advertising inspiration to a professor and an alumna from the College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design at California Baptist University.

Crème Collective, a beauty sales agency, was hired to create the ad campaign for Goop, which allowed Trever Hoehne (’06), assistant professor of graphic design at CBU, and alumna Kayla Adams (’10) to join forces on the project. Adams was the art director for the project and Hoehne was the photographer.

Adams, whose role in the Goop campaign was to determine how to best represent the product visually, started her career in 2011 by creating her own design studio that specializes in web, brand and print design before being hired on as the art director for Crème Collective. She has worked with online retailers including 31 Bits, Plum Pretty Sugar, and Raven + Lily.

“It’s always a dream to be able to work with clients who have great taste, and (Paltrow) is no exception to that,” said Adams.

Adams said her experience at CBU helped build the foundation for her professional career.

“There’s no doubt that I wouldn’t be where I am today without the team that runs the design program [at CBU],” she said. “They’ve connected me with some of my current clients, encouraged me to grow my business, and have been my biggest supporters even though I graduated years ago. They gave me a great foundation that I’ve been able to build on as I’ve grown as a designer.”

Hoehne and Adams have worked together professionally in the past and have come to appreciate each other’s perspective.

“It is fun being able to work with someone you know and trust,” said Hoehne, who is also a fashion photographer and has worked with clothing and jewelry companies including Oscar de La Renta and Nordstrom. “We share the same creative DNA in some ways. We know what to expect from each other and our visual styles pair very well.”

Hoehne said Paltrow was amazing to work with.

“Because it was her campaign, she knew what she was going for,” he said. “Sometimes these shoots can take 10 hours to actually shoot in studio. She got in front of the camera, and we probably took 20 frames because she was so good.”


CBU comes away “Golden” at advertising awards

ad awardStudents, faculty and staff at California Baptist University combined to win 10 gold awards from the American Advertising Federation-Inland Empire (AAF-Inland Empire) awards gala on March 18. A CBU faculty member also won Best of Show in the professional category. In total CBU won 29 awards, 17 were student awards.

CBU students Brittany Hatch, Colton von Pertz, Jacob Gonzalez and Jessica Schoellerman all won gold awards for various design projects.

Michael Berger, program director for graphic design and photography at CBU, said the award process helps CBU students on several levels. Students get to make connections with other schools and design communities at the award ceremonies. Additionally, the awards act as a barometer for students’ quality of work. Furthermore, the prospect of an award gives the students something fun to work toward during the year.

Berger won two gold awards—one for his work on a digital media brochure that also won Best of Show and the other was for a photography brochure for the College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design, where he worked collaboratively with CBU graphic design professors Trever Hoehne and Dirk Dallas.

CBU’s Marketing and Communication Division also won three gold awards: one for the “Put Faith in the Journey” campaign, another for the “Brand Yourself” campaign and the third for a direct mailer it created for the Lancer Athletics Association.

Local Gold and Best of Show winners will advance to the regional competition with a chance to move up and compete at the national level.

To see photos and a complete list of winners in all categories, visit http://aaf-inlandempire.com.


CBU Cheer wins fifth straight USA College Championship

cheerThe Lancers continued their dominance in cheerleading with their fifth-straight USA College Championship victory March 20. The title keeps the Lancers undefeated since 2013.

“The USA competition is always a great step in the process of getting the team ready for nationals,” said head coach Tami Fleming. “I am extremely proud of the performance the team put out on the floor in finals and that the hard work has paid off. It is an honor to be the five-time USA College Champions.”

The Lancers will compete in Daytona Beach, Fla., for the National Cheerleaders Association Championships on April 7-8, where they have grabbed an unprecedented three-consecutive championship titles.

Read full story here.


Fighting poverty starts with how we see people, speaker says

Lindsley“A central reason for addressing poverty is because people are made in God’s image,” Dr. Art Lindsley told the audience at California Baptist University on March 21.

Lindsley is the vice president of theological initiatives at the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics in McLean, Va. The institute’s mission is to educate Christians to live out a biblical theology that integrates faith, work and economics. Lindsley is also the co-editor of “For the Least of These: A Biblical Answer to Poverty.”

The School of Christian Ministries at CBU hosted the lecture.

Lindsley reiterated the point that people are all created in God’s image with a quote from C.S Lewis; “There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts and civilizations—these are mortal.”

Lindsley challenged students to live out the revelation that “there are no ordinary people.”

“It would be interesting to see that if for one day you could truly live out this idea that people are made in God’s image on this campus,” he said. “When you look everybody in the eye and affirm them that they’re not invisible, that they’re present, that they are a person of worth and value and dignity—that would be worth doing for one day wouldn’t it?”

Viewing others in this way is the first step to combatting poverty in a biblical way, but the Bible also provides insight into the practical issues of poverty such as jobs and businesses, Lindsley said.

Instead of giving things to the poor, believers should work on enabling people to work for themselves, he said. Small business is a great way to do that, and Jesus himself was a small businessman, Lindsley said.

“I think particularly in the Bible and in Christianity you have this place of the importance of enterprise and business,” he said.


Alumna named an “Inspiring Woman” at local college

Medina-1Daniela Medina (’15) was named one of the 2016 Inspiring Women of Mt. SAC in honor of National Women’s History Month. The award given by Mt. San Antonio College is based on a person’s character, involvement in community service and personal and academic achievements.

Medina is an athletic trainer at Canyon High School in Anaheim, Calif., and she has been in the U.S. Army Reserves for the past 14 years and served overseas in Kuwait and Iraq. She earned her associate degree from Mt. SAC in 2009, her bachelor’s from California State University, Fullerton in 2013 and her master’s in athletic training from California Baptist University.

Dr. Jolene Dickert, associate professor of athletic training at CBU, remembers Medina as a compassionate and helpful person. The two of them were part of a CBU team that traveled to East Africa on a Global Engagement trip in June 2014. It was no surprise for Dickert that Medina received the honor for inspiring women.

“It was an amazing experience to see (Medina) evaluate and treat patients in another country while also showing an incredible amount of compassion for each of her patients,” Dickert said. “Daniela is an incredible person and professional, and so I am not surprised at all that she has been chosen as an Inspiring Woman of Mt. SAC.”

Medina tries to lead by example in the care she shows others in her life.

“I would hope to positively influence my students and be a role model that they would like to emulate, especially when caring for others,” she said. “In the military, more than anything, I try to lead by example, and show my interest and concern for my soldiers while working right by their side.”

Family Updates

Dr. Joshua Knabb

Dr. Joshua Knabb

Dr. Joshua Knabb, assistant professor psychology for Online and Professional Studies, had a book published last month. Faith-Based ACT for Christian Clients (Routledge) balances empirical evidence with theology to give clinicians a deep understanding of not just the “why” but also the “how” of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Christian clients.





From left: Annalise Rosik, Jadah Stance and Maria Perez

From left: Annalise Rosik, Jadah Stance and Maria Perez


The pizza the students developed.

Three Nutrition and Food Sciences students won third place in the Southern California Food Industry Conference undergraduate research competition held in Anaheim March 10. Students Annalise Rosik, Jadah Stance and Maria Perez developed the concept for the food product and took it through all the steps for new product development in the food industry. The criteria included using organic ingredients, brown rice, and two other uncommonly used plant-derived ingredients that have health benefits. The students developed brown rice herb crusted pizza with tomato and algae protein sauce and celeriac root toppings.




Pearson (second from left) is pictured with the administrative team of fellow committee members and NCAA staff.

David Pearson (second from left) is pictured with the administrative team of fellow committee members and NCAA staff.

Dr. David Pearson, interim dean of the College of Health Science, is a member of the NCAA Division II Wrestling Committee and provided administrative oversight to the national championship tournament held in Sioux Falls, S.D., on March 11-12.







Daron Hubbert

From left: Daron Hubbert and Dr. Ronald L. Ellis

Daron Hubbert, director of Residence Life, was named CBU’s Employee of the Month for April. The nomination form included the following statements: “Upon receiving the initial report regarding the possibility of moisture within The Cottages, Daron demonstrated initiative by immediately developing a relocation plan, which included challenging his staff to identify housing assignments that would have the least amount of impact on the sense of community formed with each cottage. As a result of Daron’s leadership and initiative, the University was able to (continue) to offer a residence life program that is recognized as the best in California (2016 Best College Dorms, colleges.niche.com).”




beamThe first steel beams for the CBU Events Center went up early on March 21. The $73 million project will result in a 5,050-seat arena that will showcase some of the CBU athletics teams and provide much needed space for CBU’s chapel program.






Amy Leonard

Amy Leonard

Amy Leonard, assistant director of development for University Advancement, was recently named as one of Corona’s “40 under 40” in Corona the Guide. According to the guide, the list honors the city’s most accomplished young leaders who are committed to business growth, professional excellence and community service. Honorees are nominated by their peers and friends and selected by a panel of independent judges.




Health conference-1Almost 600 high school students attended the Inland Coalition Health Professions Conference held at California Baptist University on March 17. The conference serves students from across San Bernardino and Riverside counties, as well as the Pomona Valley area, exposing them to higher education and the many healthcare professions available.




Dr. Jacob Lanphere

Dr. Jacob Lanphere

Dr. Jacob Lanphere, assistant professor of environmental science, presented research, Environmental Implications of Engineered Nanomaterials in the Environment, at the Exchange Club of Hemet-San Jacinto Valley in Hemet on March 17. The Exchange Club is a national service organization.





Dr. Jong-Wha Bai

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai

Dr. Jong-Wha Bai, associate professor of civil engineering, presented two posters at the first International Conference on Grand Challenges in Construction Materials in Los Angeles on March 17-18. The posters were titled Effect of Fly Ash Particle Size on Early Creep of Self-Consolidating Concrete and Finite Element Modeling for Predicting Creep of Self-Consolidating Concrete Containing Supplementary Cementitious Materials.




Dr. Patrick Schacht

Dr. Patrick Schacht

Dr. Thomas Ferko

Dr. Thomas Ferko

Dr. Thomas Ferko, professor of chemistry, and Dr. Patrick Schacht, assistant professor of biochemistry, made a presentation, Engaging Science Majors in a Service-Based Discipleship Program, at the American Scientific Affiliation’s Southern California Christians in Science 2016 Winter Day Conference held at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena on Feb. 27.





Dr. Ogbochi McKinney

Dr. Ogbochi McKinney

Dr. Dominick Sturz

Dr. Dominick Sturz

Dr. Ogbochi McKinney, assistant professor of public health for Online and Professional Studies, presented a paper on African immigrants’ Knowledge and Perceptions of the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa at the Northwest Regional Conference on African Immigrant Health held in Seattle on March 19-20. Dr. Dominick Sturz, associate professor of public health for Online and Professional Studies, co-authored the paper.




From left: Lisa Beth Orona and Lisa Hernandez

From left: Lisa Beth Orona and Lisa Hernandez

Dr. Lisa Hernández, associate professor of mathematics, had a children’s book, Look, Math Is Fun!, published (Archway Publishing) in February. Illustrated by Lisa Beth Orona, a graphic design sophomore, the book follows a little girl through her garden as she discovers many mathematical wonders.






Dr. Natalie Winter

Dr. Natalie Winter

Ryan Falsetti

Ryan Falsetti

Dr. Natalie Winter, associate professor of marketing, and Ryan Falsetti, undergrad admissions counselor, presented Media & Marketing Communications to four classes in the Media & Arts Academy of Arlington High School in Riverside on March 14. Also, Winter presented Generations at Work to the County of Riverside’s department directors on March 17. The presentation was focused on raising up the next generation of organizational leaders.




Dr. William Flores

Dr. William Flores

Dr. William Flores, associate professor of Spanish, presented a paper at the XVII Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica held in Mérida, México, on March 9-11. The paper was titled The Objective, the Method, and the Practice: Ideas for the Development of an Upper Division Seminar on Literature and Ecocriticism.





Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather

Dr. Daniel Prather, professor of aviation science, taught a four-day workshop on airport operations to 45 airport professionals at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, N.C., on March 28-31.






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