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Engineering at CBU:

Teaching students to lead and to serve

message from the president DR. RONALD L. ELLIS

Dear Alumni and Friends, The fall semester is a time of renewal on campus, when students arrive and bring added energy and enthusiasm. Classes are well underway, and the hallways and classrooms at California Baptist University are buzzing with purpose. One academic unit where the buzz is almost palpable is the College of Engineering, which is featured in this issue of The Roundtable. CBU’s bachelor degree programs in civil engineering (BSCE), electrical and computer engineering (BSECE) and mechanical engineering (BSME) were accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, in August. The announcement caps a process that began in 2006, when Dr. Anthony Donaldson was hired as founding dean of the university’s new engineering school. Since then, enrollment has grown from 53 students and one faculty member in the fall of 2007 to more than 350 students and 22 full-time faculty and staff in the fall of 2012. You can read more about their progress starting on page 10. CBU also celebrates record enrollment numbers again this year. The fall 2012 enrollment represents the largest number of students in the University’s history with a total of 6,031, an 11.4 percent increase over fall 2011. To accommodate the growth, CBU continues to improve campus facilities, with new construction and renovations in several areas. The new business building was dedicated in August and construction continues on the new recreation center. In addition, planning has begun for a new building for the College of Allied Health and the School of Nursing. More information about other projects also is included in this issue of The Roundtable. The number of academic programs at CBU is increasing, too, with the addition of six majors this fall: applied statistical analysis; applied statistics; environmental science; nutrition and dietetics;

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international health; and computer information technology. And coming soon to CBU is a five-year architecture program leading to a master’s degree, as well as programs in chemical engineering and aviation science. For the seventh consecutive year, CBU has been ranked among “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S.News & World Report, listed in the top tier of the “Best Regional Universities-West” category. In addition, the University also was named a “College of Distinction” and listed among 642 institutions nationally on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Last year CBU Lancers athletics teams won six Pacific West conference championships and also collected six National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Tournament Championships. With those successes, CBU was awarded the PacWest Commissioner’s Cup as the most successful athletic program in the conference, and also the NCCAA Presidential Award for Excellence. And in July, the Lancers began the third and final year of candidacy for membership in NCAA Division II. Over the summer, CBU launched the 300th ISP/ USP team, with a total of 422 volunteers serving in locations around the globe. As the new academic year progresses, we are grateful for these milestone achievements and we sincerely appreciate the continued support of alumni and friends as CBU strives to realize its vision as “a university committed to the Great Commission.” May the LORD continue to bless! Ronald L. Ellis, Ph.D. President

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Dr. Francois Jacobs (center), associate professor of construction management, works with engineering students Jacob Shackleford (left) and Sam Hernandez. See story on page 10.

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California Baptist University has been named one of “America’s Best Colleges” for the seventh straight year by U.S.News & World Report. CBU ranked in the top tier of “Best Regional Universities-West” category, which includes those institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate programs and some master’s level programs. Universities in the “Best Regional Universities” categories are ranked within four geographic areas: North, South, Midwest and West. “Being ranked among the top public and private schools in the 15 western states demonstrates that California Baptist University is a strong performer in the higher education marketplace and an excellent choice for students in a wide range of academic programs,” said Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president. “I believe that this recognition as one of America’s Best Colleges represents a continuing affirmation of CBU’s steadfast commitment to provide a high-quality, Christ-centered education.” Colleges are ranked by U.S. News & World Report according to weighted indicators of academic excellence including peer assessment, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and alumni giving. Next, the publication ranks the colleges in each category against their peers, based on their composite weighted score.

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California Baptist University currently offers 35 master’s degree programs and 145 undergraduate majors and concentrations. Founded in 1950, CBU is a private comprehensive institution located in Riverside, California and affiliated with California Southern Baptist Convention. Fall 2012 enrollment at CBU totaled more than 6,000 students, an increase of 11.4 percent over Fall 2011. CBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities, and the Consortium for Global Education. The 2013 U.S. News rankings can be found on U.S. News & World Report’s website and in the Best Colleges 2013 guidebook, available online and on newsstands.







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CBU NAMES NEW VICE PRESIDENT FOR GLOBAL INITIATIVES Veteran educator Dr. Larry Linamen has been named vice president for global initiatives effective July 16, 2012. Linamen comes to CBU after three years as president of Greenville College in Illinois. At CBU Linamen is responsible for promoting global engagement across the university through international recruitment, faculty and student exchange programs and related activities. He is also charged with increasing awareness among CBU faculty and students of emerging global issues as well as initiating and increasing preparation for an educational environment extending beyond national boundaries and driven by global marketplace demands. “I am pleased to welcome Dr. Linamen to the leadership team at California Baptist University,” said Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president. “We are confident that he will help strengthen the role of CBU as an impact player in global educational and service opportunities.” Linamen has traveled extensively throughout Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the

PACWEST ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE The Pacific West Conference released its complete list of Academic All-Conference athletes for the 201112 season, and California Baptist University had 108 student athletes honored. CBU’s honorees made up more than 11 percent of the 967 total student athletes named to the list in the 10team conference. CBU had the third highest total on the list behind only Grand Canyon University and Dixie State College. The Lancers had players from each of the school’s PacWest-sponsored sports named to the list, including athletes from baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball and women’s volleyball. Student athletes were honored for compiling a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00. The list saw an increase of 227 student athletes from 2010-11. Athletes who are eligible to practice or compete with their respective teams were eligible for Academic AllConference.

Middle East, conducting high-level negotiations for international cooperative endeavors, leading classes, and performing service projects. “I applaud California Baptist University for anticipating the future by including global initiatives in its strategy for the coming decades,” Linamen said. “I am honored to join the team as we work to fulfill the Great Commission.” Linamen has extensive experience in higher education. In addition to the presidency at Greenville College, he has served as acting president & executive vice president at Crichton College; dean of graduate business programs at Taylor University; provost at Colorado Christian University; and provost at Dallas Baptist University. Previously he was associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Biola University and vice president of The Barna Research Group in Glendale, Calif. Linamen earned B.A. degrees in business administration and accounting from Anderson University; an M.B.A. from Ball State University; and an Ed.D. in business and educational administration from Ball State University.

FALL COMMENCEMENT DATE AND LOCATION CHANGE ANNOUNCED The 2012 fall commencement ceremony has been changed to Thursday evening, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. The event will include all of the December 2012 graduating students from traditional undergraduate, graduate and Online and Professional Studies programs. Details about commencement rehearsal and other information is available at

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California Baptist University received notification this summer from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) that it was moving on to its final year in the three-year Division II membership process after successfully completing Candidacy Year 2. Dr. Micah Parker, CBU director of athletics, was notified in a phone call Thursday, July 12, that CBU had been approved for its provisional year. “I’m thrilled that the NCAA has moved us to the provisional year of this process,” said Parker. “Our administration and coaching staff have worked hard to ensure that we keep moving successfully through this process. Athletics is so appreciative of the cooperation we’ve received from admissions, advising, financial aid, the registrar and from our president Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, Vice President Kent Dacus and the faculty athletic representative, Dr. Dave Pearson.” The result keeps the Lancers on track to become fullfledged NCAA Division II members in 2013-14. The Lancers played their first full season of NCAA Division II competition this past season as part of Candidacy Year 2, joining the Pacific West Conference. The Lancers were eligible for conference championships immediately, winning a conference-record six in 2011-12, but were not yet eligible for NCAA National Championship competition. The same holds true for the coming provisional year as the Lancers can once again compete for PacWest titles, but will not be eligible for national competition until they become active NCAA members. However, CBU will continue to function as a Division II institution. The Lancers made application to join NCAA Division II in 2010 and were accepted into the process on July 12 that year. CBU was moved ahead to Candidacy Year 2 on schedule by the NCAA July 12, 2011.

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California Baptist University launched its 300th International Service Project (ISP) team June 6 with a celebration that included confetti and prayer for the volunteers. The ‘South Asia: Christian Challenge’ team was one of 46 scheduled this year from CBU, totaling 422 students, faculty and staff serving in more than 20 countries. “We will be teaching English and starting conversations that will lead to the gospel,” said Keith, a team leader, as he introduced the other eight volunteers. “We pray for the opportunity to share our faith.” The group returned in late June after serving for nearly three weeks. This year marks the ISP program’s 16th year. All ISP teams leave from the Ronald L. and Jane D. Ellis Great Commission Plaza on CBU’s campus. “Under Dr. Ellis’ leadership, we commissioned our first teams in 1997,” said Kristen White, CBU director of global mobilization. “That included three teams. This team was our 300th, but it was also the 33rd group of the year.” White asked parents and friends gathered for the team’s departure to “pray for boldness of faith and opportunities to have gospel conversations.”







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CBU NAMED TO NATIONAL HONOR ROLL California Baptist University has received national recognition for its commitment to community service. CBU was one of 642 colleges and universities across the country to be named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The award, launched in 2006, recognizes the contributions of higher education institutions to their local communities through community service and service learning. The initiative is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the U.S. Department of Education. “We are honored to be recognized for CBU’s commitment to community service by our students, faculty and staff,” CBU President Ronald L. Ellis said. “National recognition among such a prestigious group of universities is a wonderful encouragement for everyone involved.” CBU serves the community in a variety of ways. Volunteers work through Compassion Ministries, which provides service to the local area, and through a team approach in International Service Projects (ISP), United

States Projects (USP), and Summer of Service (SOS) programs. In addition, academic departments provide students with opportunities for service learning projects. “We are inspired by the dedication CBU has demonstrated to serve your local community,” said Wendy Spencer, chief executive officer at CNCS. “Your institution plays a critical role in expanding the opportunity for citizens to serve; increasing the capacity of individuals, organizations, and communities to become more effective; and demonstrating that service is a crucial tool for addressing the challenges that our nation faces.” The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll celebrates the transformative power and volunteer spirit that exists within the higher education community. Honorees are chosen based on a series of factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.

ALEXANDER NEGROV NAMED CBU VISITING FELLOW Dr. Alexander Negrov, former president of St. Petersburg Christian University (SPbCU) in St. Petersburg, Russia, has been named a Visiting Fellow at California Baptist University’s School of Business during the 2012-2013 academic year. Negrov currently is dean of SPbCU’s new Graduate School of Leadership, which prepares Christian leaders in Eurasia for lives of significant purpose and service in the church, in business and in the world of academia. At CBU, Negrov will focus on leadership studies and on researching and writing. Negrov earned two master’s degrees in both New Testament and Old Testament at Briercrest Biblical Seminary in Canada and a Ph.D. from the University of Pretoria in the Republic of South Africa. Previously, he has served as Affiliated Scholar at John Jay Institute in

Pennsylvania, Visiting Fellow at St. Vladimir Orthodox Seminary in New York and Visiting Scholar at Pacific Lutheran University in Washington. Born in the Ukraine, Negrov is a naturalized United States citizen. His most recent book is Biblical Interpretation in the Russian Orthodox Church: A Historical and Hermeneutical Perspective. He and his wife Zena worked as missionaries in Russia for 11 years. Most recently, Zena has served at International Academy of Saint Petersburg, which provides Christian education in English to the St. Petersburg international community. Negrov is available to speak to groups in churches, associations and conferences about opportunities for ministry in the former Soviet Union, leadership development, church planting, Christian education, mission and advancing faith in the marketplace. For more information, contact Dr. Mark Wyatt, vice president for marketing and communication, 951.343.4474.

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Rebecca Trupp, junior engineering major, works with NAO, a humanoid robot. The robot’s artificial intelligence allows it to walk, talk, respond to voice commands and recognize objects and faces.


Dr. Jong-Wha Bai, assistant professor of civil engineering, demonstrates a shaking table test for students that shows the seismic vulnerability of buildings.

Dr. Anthony Donaldson, dean of CBU’s College of Engineering, believes teaching is a high calling. “Time spent in developing curriculum is time spent helping people achieve their calling,” he said. “Having a Christian engineering program is not just having Christians on faculty, though that is an essential first piece.” As founding dean, Donaldson knows first hand that it takes a unique combination of perspectives to be effective in teaching. “It’s not only what you teach,” he said,” but also how you teach and who 1 0 I 11

you get involved as partners in the process.” Donaldson arrived in 2006 as founding dean of what was then the School of Engineering. The program has grown from 53 students and one faculty member in the fall of 2007 to more than 370 students and 22 full-time faculty and staff in the fall of 2012. Degrees are offered in civil engineering, construction management, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering and engineering (with concentrations in bioengineering, business, global applications, pre-law and pre-med). Degree programs in bioengineering,

chemical engineering and software engineering are planned to begin in the fall of 2013, and graduate programs in software and civil engineering are in the planning stages. One of the College’s distinctives is that both “excellent” and “average” students have opportunities for growth. “Though we have our share, the true test of an excellent program is not how many A+ students are sent on to top graduate schools,” Donaldson said. “Rather, can a program take an a C to B average student and produce a very good engineer? Students can achieve amazing things when their strengths


and weaknesses are identified early. ” One way the curriculum is unique is that students are trained in project management and exposed to the business side of engineering. Students learn each other’s strengths and capabilities and how best to use them. “Industrial representatives continue to emphasize that they wish new engineers had more project management experience,” Donaldson said. “It’s important that leadership skills be taught before they have work in industry and on their capstone projects, the earlier the better.” An emphasis on team projects requires students to learn how to communicate and to draw out the abilities of each person on the team. Team-oriented design projects are assigned beginning the freshman year and culminate with a year long, cross disciplinary, industrysupervised capstone design course in the senior year. Another unique aspect of CBU’s engineering programs is the way partnerships with industry are utilized. Faculty members are required to develop three curriculum partners for each course, two with engineering firms and one from another educational institution. These partners give feedback each year about what is being taught in the classroom and often are the network that connects students with a required internship.

“We’ve told them ‘I want you to be a true partner,’ and that their role in our program is vital to the academic process,” Donaldson said, “so our approach is truly different.” Students also are required to have a cross-cultural experience, which can be achieved in a variety of ways, including International Service Projects, Engineering Service Projects, choosing a senior capstone project with a cross cultural emphasis

“ONE OF THE COLLEGE’S DISTINCTIVES IS THAT BOTH ‘EXCELLENT’ AND ‘AVERAGE’ STUDENTS HAVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH.” -ANTHONY DONALDSON or a study abroad. Opportunities are being developed in China, India, Korea, Rwanda, the Caribbean and Central American. Recently, bachelor degree programs in civil engineering (BSCE), electrical and computer engineering (BSECE) and mechanical engineering (BSME) were accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, ABET is the recognized accrediting body of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology.

“This accreditation is an important milestone for the College of Engineering and allows our graduates to compete on an equal footing with graduates from around the world,” Donaldson said. “Its achievement is a result of vision and a tremendous amount of work and support on the part of our faculty, staff, administration and community partners.” The first class of engineering students graduated in 2011. Following ABET policy, CBU applied for accreditation immediately after that graduation. The ABET accreditation is retroactive to 2011 to include all graduates of the three CBU degree programs.


Glaucoma device nets fourth patent for CBU’s Matthew Rickard

Dr. Matthew Rickard just added a new patent to the three that hang on his office wall. The latest one was granted in May; all four have been approved in the past two years. He has submitted applications for about a dozen more. Rickard, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at California Baptist University, explained that the first patent stemmed from his doctoral work and related to creating airflow with no moving parts. The last three, as well as the other applications in progress, are results of his glaucoma research at Alcon Laboratories. While patents for airflow and measuring intraocular pressure may seem vastly different, Rickard said the two areas are actually related. “They all deal with pressure in general,” he said, “though the eye is a much smaller area. But too much pressure in the eye? That’s a problem that can be addressed through mechanical engineering.” Previously, Rickard conducted experimental research on combustion phenomena at The Aerospace Corporation and also served as a test data analyst for Raytheon’s advanced satellite imagers. At Alcon Laboratories, he developed advanced vitreoretinal surgical products and lead research programs for state-of-the-art glaucoma devices. “A lot of technology can be applied to other uses,” he explained. “Research in glaucoma was kind of a stagnant field, so my work focused on thinking of ways to apply existing technology to problems associated with glaucoma.” Rickard joined the engineering faculty at CBU in 2010, after teaching as an adjunct faculty member in physics at Concordia University in Irvine.

Dr. Matthew Rickard

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“I developed a passion to shape young Christian minds at Concordia,” he said, “and that passion brought me here.”


Kim focuses research to improve stroke victims’ lives

Dr. Seung-Jae Kim

Associate Professor of Mechanical and Bioengineering


A small, pink sticky note stuck to the metal doorframe of Dr. SeungJae Kim’s office directs people to the bioengineering lab down the hall where he often can be found in front of an array of high-tech equipment. Kim, California Baptist University associate professor of mechanical and bioengineering, is working on research that he hopes will improve the lives of stroke victims. After a stroke, a person’s step length may vary from the right side to the left side, causing imbalance, Kim explained. Through an image-capturing system, he and his engineering students are working with subjects on treadmills to help them correct their own imbalance problems.

“While they are walking on the treadmill, we can capture their leg movements and then we can display one of their gait patterns on the screen,” Kim said. “So while they are looking at that kind of visual feedback, we can help them get more engaged in the training.” As part of the research, Kim is exploring the best way to manipulate the data to be most helpful to a person working to correct their own gait length problems. “Hopefully I can optimize the way to display some of their visual feedback to gain more functional outcomes of the therapy,” he said. Kim’s passion for bioengineering is seen not just in his current research,

but also through his work with CBU’s College of Engineering. Each semester Kim is working to add a new bioengineering course to the college’s curriculum. He says he is excited to know that by the time the current sophomores graduate, their diploma will include either a concentration or a degree in bioengineering.


Student athletes balance sports with engineering majors BY NEIL MORGAN ‘12

When not spending their time engineering championships on the court, on the course or in the pool for CBU, four female athletes can be found hitting the books or in lab as engineering majors. Ingrid Carmona (’13), Fabiola Zanella da Silva (’13), Mary Hanson (’15) and Kirsten Keyser (’14) all claim engineering as their fields of study, but each has a different story, different aspirations and different challenges. As women, they are in the minority in the field of engineering, since only 13 percent of engineers with a college degree are women, according to a 2008 study published by the National Science Foundation. Each of these four student athletes is finding her own way to increase that percentage over the next few years. Carmona is a civil engineering major and an All-American opposite hitter on the women’s volleyball team. She came to CBU in 2008 from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. “Since I started school, my favorite subject has been math, but I also enjoyed drawing,” said Carmona. “Civil engineering is the combination of both of those.” She hopes to gain experience in civil engineering after graduation and eventually open her own construction company. Da Silva is one of the most decorated Lancers in women’s soccer history and ranks in the top 10 in program history in four offensive categories.

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A native of Brazil, she led the Lancers to an NCCAA National Championship in the fall of 2011 and was a four-time All-American. After graduation, da Silva hopes to work in the U.S. for a few years in transportation engineering or consulting and then return to Brazil to start her own company. “The way to learn in engineering is by practicing,” said da Silva. “Professors give you a lot of homework and, during the season, soccer is really time consuming as well. In each area you need to be fresh. When you are at soccer you need to be thinking about soccer, and when at engineering you must focus on engineering.” She said the engineer-athlete learning curve was a steep one, and when she first began playing soccer at CBU, she had a few tough games before she realized she needed to adjust her focus. Hanson is an All-American swimmer in her third year of a personalized fiveyear degree plan in engineering that allowed her to add a math minor. “I originally didn’t know what I wanted to do,” said Hanson. “My dad is an engineer, and my parents suggested that I try it. Now I feel it is the only place I fit in, because I am a super big nerd.” Hanson swims backstroke and freestyle and studies electrical and computer engineering, which is also her father’s field. She has been swimming competitively for 15 years and says balancing academics and athletics comes naturally to her

because she has been doing it her whole life. “My mom actually had a brother who drowned in the Philippines,” she said. “Ever since then, she was scared that her kids would drown, so she put us in swimming right away.” Hanson will be redshirted this year so that she can swim two full years in the NCAA beginning in 2013-2014. Keyser is a junior on the golf team who uses her sport to get away from the stresses of her major and everyday life.


Fabiola Zanella da Silva, Kirsten Keyser and Mary Hanson. Not pictured: Ingrid Carmona

“Just being on a golf course is great,” said Keyser. “It is so peaceful out there that it gives you time to think.” She first began golfing because her dad and sister were golfers. “My dad is a civil engineer, so he is a big influence for me,” said Keyser. “Also, I have always liked math and sciences, so engineering was a good fit.” Keyser follows a rigid daily schedule to ensure success on the golf course and in the classroom.

“It’s tough,” she said. “I go to class, then I go to practice, then I do my homework. My roommates never see me; they think I live in a hole. Time management is the hardest part, you have to figure out when to play, when to work and when to practice.” All student athletes must find ways to divide time between their sport and their studies, but these four engineering majors seem to enjoy the challenge that comes along with their hectic schedules.

“I think everything in life is difficult, but the way you choose to do things can make it easier,” said Carmona. “Engineering is really hard, but I like it. I enjoy what I am doing.”


at California Baptist University

California Baptist University dedicated its new 56,717-square-foot business building with a ribboncutting ceremony Aug. 23. More than 250 faculty, staff and friends attended the service held in the facility’s atrium. “Today marks a milestone for California Baptist University and the Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business,” said CBU President Ronald L. Ellis. “Building a premier comprehensive Christian university is a process and not unlike constructing this building, it requires a solid foundation. On behalf of students today - and all those who will learn business and ethical principles in this building - and the faculty and staff at California Baptist University, I want to thank you for your faithfulness and stewardship.”

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The new building features 15 state-of-the-art classrooms, a capital markets trading room, 20 faculty offices, a student career center, student lounge and a conference-style board room. Dr. Franco Gandolfi, new dean of the Robert K. Jabs School of Business, said his vision for business education at CBU is to “become the most influential, the most Christ-like, and the most transformational School of Business on the west coast of the United States. “Our academic standards are high and our programs rigorous,” Gandolfi said, “but what sets the business education apart in this beautiful facility is our mission to prepare men and women to excel both in mind and spirit.”

The structure is part of more than $200 million CBU has invested since 2001 to improve its campus facilities. Ellis said the growth is part of the University’s response to changes in the local, regional and global job market. He noted that CBU has grown from 42 students in 1950 to more than 6,000 this fall, seven times the enrollment when he became president in 1994. “All indicators point toward continued growth in enrollment in the coming years,” he said.

groundbreaking ceremony 16 months earlier. And he gave a special tribute to key donors whose lead gifts helped make the business building a reality. “Many of you have helped build CBU’s foundation, brick by brick,” he said. “Your much appreciated contributions of time, talent and treasure aptly demonstrate that service isn’t for a season. It is a lifelong pursuit, and the fruit of your labor is evidenced throughout this campus – from facility improvements to scholarships that provide today’s students the opportunity to live their purpose.”

Ellis also thanked those who have supported the University’s progress, including those with oversight of the business building project, Tilden-Coil Constructors, Rick Engineering and Hill Partners. He acknowledged that many in attendance had also been present at the

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Improvements to CBU’s campus recently have included both new construction and renovation of existing space. The changes are part of more than $200 million the University has invested to accommodate its growth and its commitment to the “Great Commission.”

A new building for the College of Allied Health and the School of Nursing is in the planning stages. A groundbreaking ceremony will be announced at a later date for the structure that will feature state-of-the-art labs and classroom space.

In addition to the new Business Building dedicated in August, building projects include a 40,682-square foot recreation center scheduled for completion in December. The facility features a rock climbing wall plus a changeable court space that allows for two intramural basketball courts, a collegiate basketball court or three volleyball courts. In addition, space includes lounge areas, racquetball courts, workout rooms, men’s and women’s locker rooms and a cheerleading practice space. Even the roof will be usable, with a running track and a soccer field covered with synthetic turf.

Construction of the recreation center is part of a complete overhaul of space acquired through purchase of a shopping center property on Adams Street that connects to the main campus. The first phase of renovations to Lancer Plaza North will be completed in January and includes a performance training athletic center already in use; the Campus Store; Campus Life offices, including ASCBU; and Community Life which will have its own game room. Future expansions for Lancer Plaza North will relocate Spiritual Life offices, including the Office of Mobilization.

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Top from left: Renovations are ongoing at Lancer Plaza North, and a new building is planned for the College of Allied Health and School of Nursing building. Bottom: The performance training athletic center is already in use.

Existing fitness center space on the main campus has been remodeled into coaches’ offices and a volleyball team room. The Lancer Aquatics Center pool has been re-plastered and a scoreboard and lights added to the facility. Lights are in the planning stages for the James W. Totman Baseball Stadium. In University Place, some of the former residential space has been converted into ROTC offices, which join five other offices in that building. In other campus additions, the central plant has been expanded and a walkway added to the Cottages residential area. With the School of Christian Ministries move to the new Business Building, the Academic Resource Center has relocated into that space in the James Complex. And the former Academic Resource Center offices have

been converted into two physics labs. Other changes in the James Complex include a biology/chemistry flex lab with 18 seats and a ceramics lab near the expanded central plant. In January 2011, campus housing expanded with the purchase of the adjacent apartment complex on Magnolia Avenue. The renovated units, called “The Colony at CBU,” provide housing for approximately 1,000 students.






Tara Sparks Falsetti (’86), chair of the Alumni Association Traditions Committee, comes from a long line of CBC/CBU grads. Every decade since the 1960s, someone in her family has earned a degree from California Baptist. “My parents, Walter Sparks (’79 and ’99) and Ramona Clifton Sparks (’62) met at CBC while they were both students,” she said. “Bill Ryan (’62) introduced them one day when mom was on her way to hang up her laundry. My son Ryan is named after him. Mom and Dad celebrated 51 years of marriage in August 2012.” Falsetti met her husband, Mike, at Magnolia Avenue Baptist Church when she was in the eighth grade. They have been married for 24 years. Their son, Ryan, graduated in 2012 with a bachelor of applied theology degree and will be serving in Asia with a nonprofit organization. Daughter Kayla is a junior and majoring in Christian Studies.

What advice would you offer to CBU parents? • Don’t try to tell your child everything right before they leave for college – you had 18 years. If you invested yourself in your child, give them credit to remember the important stuff when it’s important. • Facebook and Twitter are not a means of snooping. • If your child doesn’t live on campus, encourage them to get involved. Some of my closest friends are those I met in college. This is a time when lifelong relationships are built – you don’t want your child to miss out on that just because they don’t live on campus.

What’s the best part of being a CBU parent? • When I attended CBU (CBC back then), I lived on campus and my parents lived two blocks away. We encouraged Ryan and Kayla to live on campus at least one year to establish a core group of friends. Ryan lived on campus all four years, and Kayla is living at home this year, but still spends a lot of time at school.

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• We love it when the kids bring their friends home – anytime! It’s usually on the weekend when Mike is smoking meat on the BBQ. They come over to use the pool and just hang out. We love giving the kids (all of them) a home cooked meal and a place to get away. And, I love giving out “mom” hugs! • I love how much I have grown because of what my kids have brought home from CBU. ISP made the biggest difference in their lives, and mine. It gave them a different perspective on the world, increased their global awareness, and made them more mission minded. The kids have impacted my spiritual walk by challenging me to think about things from a different point of view. I’ve even started taking the perspectives class on campus, so now we are “going global” together! It’s really cool to be able to text your kids and ask for prayer – and to know they are really going to pray for you.

What do you wish you had known before your children went to CBU? • I wish I’d known about Fortuna Bowl – I’m really glad Homecoming is the same weekend this year. It’s a fun time to be on campus!

Front row: Kayla Falsetti; Middle row: (from left): Walter Sparks, Ramona Sparks, Ryan Falsetti, Mike Falsetti; Back row: Tara Falsetti


(Fall 1962 – Spring 1964) – dad’s brother

Kathleen Steck

(Fall 1963 – Spring 1964) – dad’s cousin

Milton Steck

(BS 1966) – dad’s cousin

Linda Shannon Steck

(BA 1966) – married to Milton Steck

Ramona Clifton Sparks (BA 1967) – mom Walter Sparks

(BA 1979; MBA 1999) – dad

A.J. Clifton

(Fall 1982, Spring 1983 and Spring 1984) – mom’s brother

Tara Sparks Falsetti

(BS 1986)

Roger Forest

(BS 2000) – brother-in-law

Veronica Sparks Forest (BA 2001) – sister Ryan Falsetti

(BAT 2012) – son

Kayla Falsetti

(BA 2014) – daughter

Branden Higa,

Head Women’s Volleyball Coach Why did you become a Lancer? First and foremost, I wanted to be part of a university that was committed to helping people find their purpose and grow closer to God. Beyond that, it was just a tremendous opportunity to be part of a great volleyball tradition here at CBU. Favorite CBU Women’s Volleyball memory? So far it has been beating Azusa Pacific on their campus this season. It was my first PacWest conference match, and we put together a dominant performance against a very good APU team in a very tough environment. Most influential people in your career? I was fortunate enough to play under a few legendary coaches. While I was at Pepperdine, I played under Marv Dunphy. Everything I do is pretty much a result of that experience. Also while I was there, I had the good fortune to learn from Harlan Cohen who is also one of the great coaches our country and our sport has ever seen. In addition, I would mention Jenny Hazelwood, who I coached under at Mississippi State, and Brandon Rosenthal who I worked with at Lipscomb University and talk to on a daily basis. Favorite part about being at CBU? To be able to coach the incredible group of young women on our team and work with this tremendous staff and athletic department. Most important skill or attribute you have developed in your career? A desire to learn and a willingness to listen. I am always looking for better ways to do things and to learn from those who are more skilled and experienced than me in volleyball and in life. Advice for those looking to secure a head coaching position? You have to be all in. You need to make a decision that being a head coach is what you want and know that you will have to pay your dues in order to get there. Dream job? I have it already. But, if it wasn’t coaching volleyball, I would probably want to host a show on the Travel Channel.

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Who would you choose to switch places with for a day? Anthony Bourdain from “No Reservations” and “The Layover.” That guy gets to travel and eat for a living. Three people you would love to have dinner with? Winston Churchill, Napolean Bonaparte and Ben Franklin Favorites: • Place to eat: Taverna Tony, Malibu, CA • Flavor of ice cream: Mint Chocolate Chip • Sports memory: I was in Paris the night France won the World Cup in 1998. Watching the match in front of the Hotel D’ville and parading down the Champs Ellyse with a million of my closest friends was pretty special • Movie: The Princess Bride • TV show: SportsCenter • Music: Fairly flexible, but I’ve been listening to a lot of Miles Davis lately. • Childhood memory: Trips to Hawaii with my family • Holiday: Thanksgiving • Gift I’ve received: My two children, Kai and Maile

cbuathletics FALL 2012

PHASE 1 CALIFORNIA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY HIT ANOTHER MILESTONE THIS SUMMER AS THE LIGHTS FOR THE LANCER AQUATIC CENTER WERE RAISED. The installation of the lights brings Phase 2 of 3 of the “Light It Up For The Lancers” campaign to near completion. Phase 2 also included the installation of a new scoreboard at the Lancer Aquatic Center. This current phase totaled $171,000 and was completed this summer with the aid of friends, family and corporate partners. The three phase project started with lights at the John C. Funk Softball Stadium (Phase 1), which were installed in 2010. Fundraising for Phase 2 began in 2011. The third and final phase of the campaign is the installation of lights at the James W. Totman Baseball Stadium, with an estimated total cost of $400,000. Those interested in supporting the “Light It Up For The Lancers” campaign can visit the Lancer Athletic Association page on the CBU website or contact Christina Gordon, development officer for athletics, at 951.343.4628 or Christina.

John C. Funk Softball Stadium

Cost: $135,000 Includes equipment, installation and repair Status: Completed

PHASE 2 Lancer Aquatics Center, Scoreboard and Lighting Cost: $100,000 Includes equipment, installation and repair Status: Completed

PHASE 3 James W. Totman Baseball Stadium Cost: $400,000 Status: In progress

FOLLOWING THE LANCERS With another season underway for CBU Athletics there are a number of ways for fans to follow all the action. CBU offers coverage through a variety of social media platforms as well as live video broadcasts for the majority of the Lancers’ home events. Fans can sign up for single game or month-to-month complete access packages to view CBU Athletics home events live at Just click on the JOIN NOW button beneath the Luxury Box icon on the homepage. For those looking for an inside look into CBU athletics along with running updates and highlights of CBU events, follow the Lancers on Twitter, Instagram or like our page on Facebook. @cbulancers


CBU Lancers

cbumusic FALL 2012

Wheeler to conduct CBU’s first symphony orchestra California Baptist University’s Collinsworth School of Music has announced the formation of its first symphony orchestra this fall, with Ruth Noemy Wheeler as conductor and violin instructor. “Our principal goal is use our talents in music that God has given us and use them for His glory by performing outstanding music and giving our best to Him,” Wheeler said. “At the same time, in this group, we will be developing a professional character and competence in an environment of excellence, discipline and integrity.” Dr. Judd Bonner, dean of the Collinsworth School of Music, described Wheeler, a graduate of CBU, as the “perfect candidate” to head the creation and leadership of the new orchestra. “Over the past 10 years, our choirs, bands and university choir and orchestra have grown in quality and number, and we believed it was time to increase our range with a symphony devoted exclusively to symphonic works,” Bonner said. Created to broaden CBU students’ musical experience, the orchestra will perform symphonic repertoire including classical music and popssymphonic works. “(The symphony) is going to lift the entire sophistication of the university, that is what I think it is going to do,” said Dr. Glenn Pickett, assistant professor of music. “Because now we are dealing not just in both the popular arts and the sophisticated arts and that is really important.” The group’s first performance is set for Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. in room 101 of the JoAnn Hawkins Music Building.

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alumnews FALL 2012



Barrett Lampp (’65) retired July 22, 2012 from his position as minister of pastoral care and assimilation with Thomasville Road Baptist Church in Tallahassee, FL, after 14 years with the church.

Dr. Sherry Forkum (’73) retired from a full-time position at William Jessup University in Rocklin, CA as a professor in English and director of the Warrior Writing Center. She also served as the faculty advisor for the university’s student newspaper, The Inquarry. Forkum is a professor in the English department at Santa Rosa Junior College and is the manager of the curriculum office. She also teaches graduate courses in education for the University of San Francisco.

Jerry Coleman (’67) and his wife, Claudia (nee Sarver ’67) reside in Nampa, ID. Jerry serves as the pastor of outreach at Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian, ID. Yvonne Bruce (nee Helton ’68) and her husband, Dr. Joe Bruce, retired from the International Mission Board after more than 35 years of ministry. They now make their home in the Nashville area where they help care for Joe’s 93-year old father.

L.E. Campbell (’77) celebrated his 25th anniversary as pastor of the historical Park Avenue Missionary Baptist Church of Riverside, CA in April, 2012. He has served in the National Baptist Convention for 45 years.

Dale G. “Geno” Robinson (’69) assumed the role of interim director of adult small groups and discipleship at First Baptist Church, Fair Oaks, CA beginning Aug. 20, 2012. Recently retired from the pastorate of the Madison Avenue Baptist Church of North Highlands, Robinson will coordinate and administrate the various adult Bible study and community group ministries of First Baptist. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Seminary with the M.Div. (1971) and Ph.D. (1977). For 20 years, Robinson served as the director of college, singles and senior adult ministries of the California Southern Baptist Convention. He is the author of one book and has written numerous articles and curricula for Southern Baptist publications. He is married to the former Betty Pattillo. They have four children and eight grandchildren.


Dr. Jim Forkum (’69) was elected president of the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) and sits on the executive board of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). Forkum also serves as the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) as the chair of the state management council, which is the governing body for athletics at all California community colleges. He is beginning his 43rd year in the field of public and private education, and is currently employed by Santa Rosa Junior College as the dean of kinesiology, athletics, and dance and director of athletics. Forkum serves on CBU’s Athletic Hall of Fame committee. He and his wife, Dr. Sherry Forkum (’73), reside in Windsor, CA.

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Correction: In the June 2012 issue of The Roundtable, John Chesnut (’88) was noted as receiving his master of divinity degree from Denver Seminary in 2009. While the institution and year were correct, he actually received his doctorate in executive leadership. Chesnut and his family lived in the Philippines for nine years before moving to Orlando, where he ministers with Wycliffe Bible Translators. During their time in the Philippines, he served as the country director for Wycliffe’s work there. Mary Annetta Brown (nee Dobbins ’89) and her husband, Carroll Brown, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 5, 2011 with a renewal of vows and luncheon with 175 family members and friends at Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Canyon Crest Country Club in Riverside. Mary and Carroll enjoy church and traveling, and plan to travel extensively in Europe and the Caribbean. Their children are Jeffrey D. Brown of Perris; and Natalie A. Gumm of Miller, MO. They have 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Maribeth Frye (nee Reuss ’89) works for an educational company called “Think Together,” following 20 years of classroom teaching.

1990 Diana Edelman-Young (’94) serves as assistant professor of English at Gainesville State College in Oakwood, CA. Her husband is a mental health counselor at a prison and also has a part-time private practice in marriage and family counseling. They have two boys: James, 10, and Robbie, 6.







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David Warren (’98) is chief executive officer of mobile software startup company, Liberated Intelligence and Analysis in San Diego, CA.

2000 Andrew Tufano (’00) has worked in the security industry since 1977. He is a member of the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. Andrew has created several business ventures including Goldstar Security LLC, Goldstar Tactical Training, Professional Security Officers Standards and Training and Force Decisions. His book, “Business Strategies for Managing Field Conflict”, was published in 2012.

Andrew C. Estrella (’09), Air National Guard Airman, graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Lindsay Fahnestock (’09) earned a master’s degree in public health from Loma Linda University and is currently pursuing a degree in the doctor of public health program at the same institution, specializing in nutrition. She is also a member of the Delta Omega Honor Society.

Weddings Rhonda Boggs (BA ’82, MA ’84) married Brad Kitchen on March 10, 2012 and now resides in Pinehurst, ID. She is an adjunct professor for Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Rockbridge Seminary and Fort Sherman Academy. Jennifer L. Andrews (ex-2007) and S. Jeffrey Steingraber were married July 21. Jennifer is a special education teacher with the Corona-Norco Unified School District. Jeffrey is a pharmacy technician at a Riverside County hospital.

Karen L. Semien (’01) serves as vice president of administrative affairs at Phillips Graduate Institute in Chatsworth, CA. Wayne Allen Isgrigg (’02) has been called as associate pastor of worship and student ministries at First Baptist Church, Fair Oaks, CA and began his ministry with the church on Oct. 1, 2012. Isgrigg served for nine years in a similar ministry position at the Laurel Ridge Community Church in Oakley, CA. He graduated from CBU with a bachelor of arts degree in Christian ministry with an emphasis in youth ministry. Originally from Fresno, Isgrigg is married to Jill. They have two children: Rachel, 6, and Timothy, 4.

In Memoriam Clayton “LeRoy” Bagwell (’56) Margie Lynch (’56) Nobuko Moto Ishibashi (’73) Rhonda Lynne Phillips (nee Carey ’82)

Ed Blevins (’08) was promoted to captain with the Riverside Police Department in a ceremony held on Aug. 29, 2012.

Amy Lynn Slazas (’93) Kenyon M Youngstrom (’94) Michael Cairns (’00) Wanda J. Patterson (’01) Hattie Hedrick (’02) Dr. Genevieve Snavely Thompson, former CBU faculty member

Lyndon “Ray” Wood (’09) was promoted to captain with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department on July 17. He will command the Sheriff’s Court Services East Operations.

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