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message from the president DR. RONALD L. ELLIS

Dear Alumni and Friends: Welcome to the second decade of the 21st Century! Of course that depends on when one calculates the decade to have begun. But whether you belong to the school that holds the new decade begins this year or one that computes the start from 2010, there’s no escaping one fact: another calendar year has passed with almost blinding speed.

The previous issue of The Roundtable announced the start of Lancer athletics’ transition to membership in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. In this issue we are pleased to present the next step in the continuing journey toward NCAA D-II membership – CBU’s acceptance of an invitation to join the Pacific West Conference (pg. 15).

Happily, 2010 delivered another wonderful measure of growth and development at California Baptist University. Enrollment at CBU posted a record increase of 610 over fall 2009 figures, reaching a new milestone of 4,715 students enrolled at the start of the current academic year. It was the largest oneyear numerical increase in the institution’s 60-year history. One of the outstanding academic programs helping to drive enrollment growth at CBU is the Graphic Design & Digital Media major featured in the cover story of this issue (pg. 8).

CBU has long been a top competitor in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), capturing 19 NAIA national championships while continually producing top-ranked teams and scholarathletes. Since 1994, the institution’s enrollment has grown five-fold, revenues have increased nearly ten-fold, and the depth and breadth of our academic offerings and resource base have significantly increased as well. This has produced a university profile more similar to the majority of NCAA Division II members than it is to the majority of NAIA members. While this shift will present new challenges, it represents an important step in positioning California Baptist University for even greater national visibility and recognition as a premier comprehensive Christian university. I am excited about the prospect of CBU helping the PacWest Conference become the top NCAA D-II athletic conference. Go, Lancers!

Rapid growth presents a variety of challenges in areas such as parking and food service at an institution like CBU. To meet those challenges, six new temporary parking areas have been placed in service this academic year. Plans are underway to add a large number of permanent parking spaces by next fall. Also, a beautiful and convenient new dining facility, Brisco’s Village Café, is serving more than a thousand meals a day in the recently renamed “Village at CBU”, formerly Rose Garden Village. I would be remiss if I did not give credit and thanks to the California Baptist University students, faculty and staff for their patience, understanding and encouragement as we work to provide the enhanced facilities needed to create and maintain an outstanding “CBU experience.” Just before the 2010-2011 academic year began, the CBU community was stunned by a tragic accident that claimed the life of a beloved coach and three other persons, and injured a dozen CBU student athletes (pgs. 24, 29). I spoke at the campus memorial service for Wendy Rice, CBU cheer squad coach, who died in the traffic collision. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Coach Rice’s family and all of those affected by this tragedy.

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This issue of The Roundtable goes to press less than one month before our 2011 Homecoming celebration, featuring the second annual CBU Homecoming Block Party and, weather permitting, a bonfire and pep rally on the front lawn. See the display on page 31 for details on how to register for the exciting activities of Homecoming Week at CBU. I look forward to welcoming back many alumni and friends who represent such a valued part of the heritage of California Baptist University. May the Lord continue to bless! Ronald L. Ellis, Ph.D. President

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The Lancers, ranked No. 3 in the NAIA Preseason Top Coaches’ Poll, began the 2011 season January 27th with a home game against Simpson College. Last year, the Lancers advanced to the NAIA World

Series with the help of Garrett Rau pictured in the photo above. Following the end of the season, Rau was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 12th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft.

CBU RECEIVES GRANT FROM CITY OF RIVERSIDE FOR SOLAR POWER STUDY The City of Riverside recently approved a $100,000 grant to the California Baptist University (CBU) School of Engineering. It will help fund the first phase of a three-phase study on new and existing solar power air conditioning systems. The Energy Innovations Grant (EIG) is made possible through Riverside Public Utilities’ public benefits funds. Pictured from left to right are Dr. Ziliang Zhou Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Michael McLellan, Riverside Public Utilities Senior Account Manager; CBU President Ronald L. Ellis; and Dr. Anthony Donaldson, Dean of the School of Engineering.

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California Baptist University journalism students have traditionally used their writing, editing, photography, and design skills producing the Angelos yearbook and the Banner newspaper. Recently, journalism and design students focused their talents on a new publication and launched Pursuit magazine in September. The magazine debut was met with enthusiasm from an audience hungry for information on student life, faith, and the CBU experience. The publication also proved to be a highlight for Katherine Seipp, editor in chief of Pursuit.

Christian Cannon and Kira Kramer perform a scene from Almost, Maine at CBU’s Wallace Theatre. Almost, Maine and Man of La Mancha were the Fall 2010 CBU Theatre Arts Productions. The spring theatre production schedule features The Taffetas and The Tragedy of Macbeth.

“Having the opportunity to bring a new publication to the student body, for the first time in more than 50 years, is definitely the highlight of my education at CBU,” said Seipp. “I’m looking forward to seeing how God is going to use the magazine in the lives of each individual who come into contact with it.” The new magazine was conceived after a number of students completed a magazine writing class taught by Dr. Maryann Pearson, assistant professor of Communications and Visual Arts, and faculty adviser for CBU’s student-produced publications. Magazine development was soon underway and included an advisement faculty team of Pearson, Sandra Romo, Michael Berger, and Trever Hoehne from the Communication and Visual Arts Department. The student team included Seipp, Krista Goodman, Jenny Miner, Shayna Moreno, Michael Sampson, Clint Heinze, and Zac Mullings. Content and design issues were important to the student team as they developed the magazine, but selecting the right name for the publication was equally important. Ultimately, the students selected the name to embody the journey to live your purpose. The next issue is scheduled to be released in March 2011.

TRANSFER AGREEMENT SIGNED BETWEEN CBU AND CHAFFEY COLLEGE California Baptist University and Chaffey College have developed a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) agreement that will provide an enhanced and seamless process for students. The agreement was signed on November 15, 2010 by Dr. Henry Shannon, Superintendent/President of Chaffey College and David Poole, CBU Vice President for OPS. Poole said the partnership will allow students to continue their studies immediately, and to reach their goals conveniently through the university’s accelerated degree completion programs available online, in-person, and via hybrid courses. David Poole (right), CBU Vice President of OPS, and Dr. Henry Shannon, President of Chaffey College, sign the TAG agreement.

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GREAT BEGINNINGS The class of 2014 gathered for a photo during the Fall 2010 New Student Orientation held at Forest Home in the San Bernardino mountains. This year’s freshman class is the largest in CBU’s history. PHOTO Joe Adcock



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In a quiet corner of the CBU campus creativity and technology collide. It’s called The Loft— a sanctuary where ideas take visual form. It’s the training ground of a new generation of graphic artists being prepared to fuse art and message to influence society.

One of the newer program offerings at CBU, the Graphic Design & Digital Media major provides Christian designers with an opportunity to use their talents to celebrate God, and find their creative voice and purpose. Since 2006, the program has grown more than tenfold, from 11 students to a current enrollment of 121. To date this dynamic program has produced 20 graduates, who have found jobs with national companies such as Gojane and award-winning marketing and design firms such as David Riley & Associates (DRA) of Orange County. Senior Joanna Pickett, who has just begun working for the prestigious firm, credits the CBU program for her success. “It’s such a nurturing environment for an artist,” said 22-year-old Pickett. “The professors build you up with all the tools you need to find your creative voice. It’s a highly professional, yet personal program. They truly prepare you for your career.” The industry, saturated with artists and product, is a fiercely competitive environment. To succeed a graphic artist must tell a compelling story. The Christian graphic designer has an advantage, said Michael Berger, assistant professor and program director of Graphic Design at CBU. “We have a better story to tell—the story of redemption,” said Berger. “Our program is structured to further develop God-given talents within the students. I love seeing students embrace who they are creatively and understand they have a part in God’s plan. The work they do here will pay dividends for eternity. Graduates will go on to make an impact for the kingdom of God using tools learned at CBU Design.” Students enrolled in the 46-unit program learn fundamentals and ideadriven design. Intermediate and advanced courses also are offered in design, typography, photography, web design, animation and video. These courses lead to the creation of a portfolio, and each student must complete a senior project and serve an internship.


“It’s such a nurturing environment for an artist” -Joanna Pickett What sets the CBU program apart from its competitors, however, is more than its state-of-the-art technology. It’s the teaching staff that is comprised of dynamic and talented working professionals. Led by Berger, each instructor is a master artist who brings current experience and an industry network of impressive guest lecturers. Berger’s own professional portfolio includes projects for the Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, Harvest, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Joel Osteen Ministries, and a number of clients in the fields of real estate, education, entertainment, Christian publishing, and more. He also brings with him a passion for great design and an appreciation of how technology can nurture a truly great idea. Berger’s entré into the field came from a passing remark from a friend’s mom who suggested he could make a living in graphic design. His formal graphics education began at Fullerton College where he used colored film and moveable type to design magazine covers before the arrival of the personal computer. He completed his B.F.A. in graphic design at Cal State Fullerton in 1989, and in 1990 purchased his first Apple computer that fueled his passion and pushed his development as an artist. Berger’s first jobs were with commercial printers and design agencies until his talents earned him a position with DRA in 1999.

In 2003 he was named art director of the CBU account that created the university logo, and updated other CBU identity components. This growing relationship between CBU and DRA would ultimately shape the character and scope of the future CBU graphic design program. Assistant Professor Trever Hoehne is also a DRA alumnus and 2005 CBU graduate. He infuses the program with his passion and creativity in graphic design and photography. Hoehne’s background in fine arts gives his work an edgy, sophistication distinguishing it from other photographers’ portfolios. As an emerging star in the industry, he also is building a successful business as an independent artist, and brings real world work experience to the classroom. It’s not uncommon for Hoehne to discuss photographing Hollywood’s elite stars, or to share images with a class from his latest photo shoot from a television series such as The Bachelor. Working in the industry gives Hoehne a pulse on trends and keeps his courses balanced with theory and practical application. In one class he urges students to develop a design that “says something.” In another class he teaches students how to bid a job and how to invoice a client. Preparing students to work in graphic design is simply preparation for a different kind of mission field, said Nancy Ward, art lecturer. “As much as we support kids for the mission field, we need to support kids going into the mission field in media. Our message needs to be relevant. We need to be salt in our society. If not, we become ineffective.” Ward is an accomplished artist who has illustrated the official lithograph of the USA Track & Field Team, The Little Mermaid series for Disney, and numerous books. She also serves as art director for the Stations of the Cross exhibit at Crossroads Church in Corona, CA. As an instructor her goals are three-fold: to help students learn the language of the culture, hone their skills, and lead the industry with the most powerful, cutting-edge art. Expert instruction, technology, and application characterize the CBU Graphic Design & Digital Media major. As the program evolves, the faculty is committed to continue to skillfully equip students with tools to face the challenge of this dynamic industry. Ultimately for the Christian graphic artist it’s not merely a challenge, but a higher calling.



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Dr. Charles D. Sands has been named dean of the newly established College of Allied Health at California Baptist University. The new college will help address the growing demand for healthcare professionals in the Inland Southern California region and the state.


Aaron Christopher, Assistant Professor of Business, has been selected as a Fellow of the Bowen Institute for Policy Studies in Higher Education at Claremont Graduate University’s (CGU) School of Educational Studies. As a fellow, Christopher will interact with nationally renowned scholars of higher education policy as well as travel to Sacramento to meet with state policy makers. Christopher is pursuing his Ph.D. in Higher Education at CGU, focusing his research on funding issues affecting access and equality at California’s colleges and universities.

Lisa Bursch, B.S.N., M.S.N., Assistant Professor of Nursing

Dr. Anne-Marie Larsen, Assistant Professor of Psychology, was a presenter of a symposium at the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology’s fall international conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. Larsen’s presentation entitled “The Slippery Slope of Roper v. Simmons on Juvenile Waivers to Adult Court,” explored the implications of the Roper v. Simmons case (abolished the juvenile death penalty) on juvenile waivers to adult court. Dr. Mark A. Wyatt, Vice President for Marketing and Communication, was interviewed on “Raadio 7” 103.1 FM Christian Radio in Tallin, Estonia Oct. 11, 2010. The broadcast station reaches nearly all of Estonia’s 1.4 million residents. The interview was broadcast multiple times on air and online, and featured a discussion of CBU’s history, academic programs and global initiatives including International Service Projects. 12 I 13

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Linn Carothers, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics Angela Deulen, M.S., Lecturer in Behavioral Sciences Khamla Dhouti-Martinez, Ph.D., Lecturer in Spanish Trevor Gillum, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Marisa Giorgetti, M.M., Assistant Professor of Music Francois Jacobs, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Real Estate Development, Associate Professor of Construction Management Neal McBride, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research Professor of Psychology Rebecca Meyer, B.S.N., M.S.N., Assistant Professor of Nursing Joseph Pelletier, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology Frederick Pontius, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Engineering Matthew Rickard, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Sandra Romo, M.S., Lecturer in Journalism and Public Relations Charles D. Sands, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, College of Allied Health Chin-Woo Tan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Stacey Toro, B.S.N., M.B.A., M.S.N., Assistant Professor of Nursing Nancy Ward, B.F.A., Lecturer in Communication and Visual Arts

FALL COMMENCEMENT 2010 CBU graduates, friends, and family members celebrated the mid-year graduation of 292 undergraduate and graduate students who received diplomas during two programs December 17 at Harvest Christian Fellowship church in Riverside. The fifth annual fall commencement ceremony, attended by more than 5,000, included 31 graduates from CBU’s new College of Allied Health.

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LANCER TEAMS POST HISTORIC FALL SEASON The 2010 fall season for CBU athletics can be counted as one of the best in program history. Lancer teams amassed 95 wins, just 23 losses, three national tournament appearances, numerous school records, and countless awards.

earned her third straight All-GSAC honor, while Jacquelyn Witz also earned her third career honor. Kylee Nicassio and Kitra Walters nabbed their second all-conference honors, and da Silva and Kylee Nicassio were also named NAIA AllAmericans.

The four Lancer teams that count wins and losses are men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and men’s water polo. Combined they earned a .791 winning percentage, 95-23-2, and were all ranked in their respective season-ending Top 25 polls. Both soccer teams and the volleyball team made their respective national tournaments, and water polo reached the final game of the NAIA Invite held at the Lancer Aquatic Center.

Men’s Soccer

Men’s soccer had its most successful season in program history setting high marks with 15 wins and 10 shutouts. They also picked up their first national ranking, first postseason win, and made their first national tournament appearance. The Lancers ultimately finished 15-5 after being ousted in the first round of the NAIA National Tournament. Willie Rupert and Carlos Figueroa earned their second consecutive All-GSAC honors this season, and Tyler Mitchell, Osvaldo Bastida, and Tyler Aagard each earned their first career honors. Figueroa was also named NAIA All-American second team becoming the first player since 1992 to earn All-American honors.

FABIOLA ZANELLA DA SILVA The most successful senior class in CBU soccer history included: Lizzy Bendrick, Jenny Kute, Kyrie Nicassio, Courtney Sewell, Arianna Triassi, Carly Walters and Jacquelyn Witz. The 2010 seniors won 61 games and made three national tournament appearances during their tenure– the best in program history.

Women’s Volleyball

Women’s volleyball was the third team in the group to make their respective NAIA National Tournament, and finished in the quarterfinals for the second straight year. The Lancers ended the season 33-6 with their seventh straight NAIA National Tournament appearance. It was a season full of highlights beginning with a program record 18-match winning streak to open the season. The Lancers also scored a huge regular season win over Fresno Pacific sweeping the Sunbirds in Fresno to hand them their first home loss in 122 matches dating back to 2002. Ingrid Carmona received her second straight NAIA All-American first team honor, and Bree Rauschenbach and Jelena Dragovic were named to the third team. All three athletes, along with Nevena Dragovic, were named AllGSAC.


Like the men, the CBU women’s soccer team finished the season ranked No. 11 ending with a record of 15-6-2. The Lancers made their third straight NAIA National Tournament appearance under Head Coach Kristen St. Clair advancing to the quarterfinals. Fabiola Zanella da Silva 14 I 15

“While we were very disappointed that we fell short of the national championship this year, I strongly feel that this has been one of CBU’s most successful seasons,” said Head Coach Ryan McGuyre. McGuyre also set personal milestones recording his 300th career win as a women’s coach, and being named NAIA and GSAC Coach of the Year for the first time in his career.

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Men’s Water Polo

The CBU men’s water polo team recorded the

CBU Athletics Granted Admission to NCAA Play California Baptist University joining 287 other institutions as the newest member of NCAA Division II.

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Cross Country

Men’s and women’s cross country teams wrapped up their seasons at the GSAC Championships with the men finishing third, and the women finishing fifth. The men ended the season ranked No. 23 in the NAIA, and just narrowly missed an at-large berth to the NAIA Championships. Sergio Rodriguez, Mitchell Moore, and Joshua Massey each earned All-GSAC honors for CBU. Women’s cross country runner Jacquie Lutz was one of six CBU student-athletes to be named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete this fall. Women’s soccer player Amanda Lammers also earned the honor along with Tyler Aagard, Chris Dierker from men’s soccer, and Kari Oliver and Bree Rauschenbach from women’s volleyball. Lancer athletics also made an impact off the field by collecting 3,392 cans during the department’s Thanksgiving annual canned food drive. Teams competed against one another, and for the second year in a row softball won with an average of 37.73 cans per athlete. As a whole the athletic department collected more than 10 cans per athlete. All of the canned food was donated to Set Free Ministries.

California Baptist University has accepted a unanimous invitation to join The Pacific West Conference (PacWest), the latest step toward membership in the NCAA Division II, CBU officials announced in October in a joint release with the PacWest. The announcement comes just three months after the NCAA approved CBU’s application for D-II membership. Under the terms of the university’s admission into the national organization, the Lancers will enter 10 or more teams in conference sports. The Lancers will play the remainder of the season with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and will begin the 2011-2012 season as a member of the Pacific West (PacWest) Conference of the NCAA D-II. In a letter to CBU, PacWest Commissioner Bob Hogue extended the invitation from conference officers and described CBU as “an excellent fit for the diverse studentathletes and athletics programs” in the conference. The conference includes schools in California, Arizona, Utah, and Hawaii. He added that the addition of CBU as the tenth PacWest institution is a “major milestone” for the NCAA D-II conference. Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU President, said the invitation from the Pacific West Conference is an affirmation of the high caliber, nationally competitive athletic programs at California Baptist University. “More importantly for CBU, it represents another significant step forward in our 15-plus years’ effort to put in place the building blocks to create a university committed to the Great Commission with a global impact,” said Ellis. CBU’s reputation in athletics continues to grow. Since joining the NAIA in 1969, the Lancers have won 19 national championships. All of CBU’s NAIA national titles have been earned since 1999 and three are in sports also sponsored by PacWest; one in softball and two in women’s volleyball.

message from the director of athletics D R . M I C A H PA R K E R

This fall has brought a tremendous amount of success to California Baptist University Athletics. With acceptance to the Pacific West Conference and increased support from CBU alumni, community members and friends, we are blessed to continue to provide an environment where our student-athletes can flourish. In its second year of operation, the Lancer Athletics Association (LAA) continues to raise awareness about the financial needs of our student-athletes. Aided by the Office of Institutional Advancement and the Athletics Department, the LAA has been able to launch a comprehensive annual fund campaign. Its aim is to provide financial support for athletic equipment, renovation of facilities, and operational expenses that directly impact the experience of our student-athletes. At present, the LAA has seen an increase of 42 percent in donations compared to last year’s fundraising endeavors. Recent efforts have focused on the StudentAthlete Phone-A-Thon, Aquatics & Baseball Lighting campaigns, Bruce A. Hitchcock Lancer Golf Classic, and engaging new partnerships with members and organizations in the surrounding community. In just two months of fundraising efforts, the LAA has met last year’s total with a hope of setting a new benchmark for athletic fundraising at CBU. In addition to the increased support that directly impacts each of our student-athletes, I would like to share some highlights from this semester: • CBU teams are a combined 117-43-2 so far this season • Three fall sports made a national tournament appearance: men’s soccer, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball • Men’s soccer set a record number of season wins (15) and made it to national playoffs for the first time in the program’s history

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• Men’s water polo had its best season ever (32-6) and finished with a ranking of 16th in the nation • Aaron Steiger, men’s water polo, broke the single season record for goals (113) and scored his 400th career goal in the season’s final game • Adriana Niclotti, women’s golf, won her second straight tournament • Softball and women’s golf were both ranked #1 in national pre-season polling • Baseball was ranked #3 in national pre-season polling As you can see, these exceptional student-athletes are well worth the investment made by their community, family, and friends. If you would like to receive additional information on how you can make a difference in the lives of student-athletes, please contact me. On behalf of California Baptist University and the student-athletes we serve, thank you for your involvement. In Christ, Dr. Micah Parker Director of Athletics 951.343.4381 or

Bruce A. Hitchcock Lancer Golf Classic

SAVE THE DATE Monday, April 4, 2011 at Victoria Club

The Bruce A. Hitchcock Lancer Golf Classic is quickly approaching! This year’s tournament will be held on April 4th, 2011, at the beautiful Victoria Club in Riverside, California. The California Baptist University Lancer Golf Classic, now in its 21st year, was renamed in 2008 in honor of Vice President Emeritus for Institutional Advancement, Bruce A. Hitchcock. The Golf Classic seeks to raise scholarship support for more than 400 student-athletes who would otherwise not be able to have an academic and athletic experience at CBU. We invite you to partner with California Baptist University Athletics as we strive to make a difference in the lives of student-athletes. To receive information on the various sponsorship opportunities or to reserve your foursome for this year’s event, please contact Christina Gordon at 951.343.4628 or We look forward to seeing you on the course as we swing for our student-athletes!

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“...I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me...” Acts 20:24 Take 414 participants, 47 teams, and send them to 21 countries. Equip them with biblical truths, cultural training, and servants’ hearts. Now, these numbers become more than mere statistics. They represent CBU’s growing global footprint in ministry.

New locations were added in 2010 in a number of countries in South Asia, the Pacific Rim, and North Africa, along with the U.S. cities of Chicago and Seattle. Additionally, the Deaf Ministries Team assisted its first deaf field worker serving with the International Mission Board.

In 2010, between March and August, eight percent of CBU’s student body, participated in international and domestic service projects setting a record for the 14-year-old outreach effort. Moreover, these CBU programs not only offer opportunities to help fulfill the Great Commission, but also help students to live their purpose through a growing number of service options.

The newest international project, the Summer of Service (SOS), also was offered for the first time, giving students an extended experience with overseas full-time ministry work. This year three SOS teams worked for eight weeks in the Middle East, East Asia, and Japan.

Since beginning in 1997, 231 teams and 2,116 students, staff and faculty have traveled throughout the world and the United States under one of four programs offered through the Office of Mobilization, dubbed the “MOB Squad.” Projects vary in location and duration, and afford students with opportunities to engage in cross-cultural exchanges, assist with service projects, and spread the word of God. While a central aim of each program is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, every year a new theme is adopted for the teams to embrace. “Finish strong” was the 2010 theme and was selected from Acts 20:24: “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” Kristen White, director of Global Mobilization, points to the most important statistic of 2010 as evidence of a strong finish. “We saw 402 people commit their lives to Christ this past year as a result of the efforts of our teams,” said White. “When reporting the number of people who decided to follow Jesus, I began to round it to ‘over 400.’ I realized, however, that for those two souls the exact number really mattered,” White continued.

Other international efforts included the Global Surge 2 team. The team was led by Jared Dobbins, assistant director of Global Mobilization, and four CBU students. This program gave 19 high school students experience working with various ministry projects for 10 days in East Asia. Two of the larger projects, the International Service Program (ISP) and the United States Projects (USP) sent out a total of 43 teams. The ISP teams served abroad for three weeks, while USP teams served 10 days during the spring and early summer. They were guided by a 76-member leadership group comprised of a member of the CBU Board of Trustees, CBU faculty, staff, and alumni who all volunteered to serve God and disciple students. While the 2010 statistics demonstrate the scope and effectiveness of these service opportunities, CBU’s Mobilization programs represent a life-changing experience for participants. “The next step for me after serving on an ISP team is to learn to be able to go wherever He calls me–not giving God places to choose from, but just saying yes,” said Mical Bell, a 2010 CBU graduate. The next step for the CBU service programs is preparation for 2011. A total of 40 teams have been selected, and during the course of the next several months they will undergo training for their respective assignments. Following in the footsteps of Bell, these CBU students have already said yes.

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When Brisco’s Village Café was dedicated on September 30, 2010, it represented more than a new dining option at CBU. The impetus behind Riverside business owners Tom and Teri Brisco’s financial gift went beyond building a facility; they were interested in helping CBU students build character.

Teri has earned international recognition raising and training world-champion horses, and is a talented artist. The Briscos, however, are a humble couple and view their accomplishments as a blessing. When speaking of their success they list 48 years of marriage, raising their sons, and assisting in the upbringing of their grandchildren, including three who have attended CBU. With business and family accomplishments firmly in grasp, three years ago their dear friends, Eugene and Billie Yeager, approached the Briscos with a new opportunity to join them in expanding CBU’s dining facilities. The Briscos immediately recognized the need and the value it would add to the campus.

Since opening its doors Brisco’s has quickly become a popular location on campus, serving a late-night menu, and providing a place for students to eat, study, or just socialize. Located on the northeast side of campus in the “Village at CBU,” the new dining facility offers indoor and outdoor seating for 300. In Riverside, the Brisco name is synonymous with business success. In 1975, Tom launched Irvine Pipeline– a successful utilities construction company that employs sons John and Paul, as well as a few of the grandchildren. Tom, a lifelong athlete, is an avid golfer, has coached and supported athletics in Riverside for decades, and competes in ballroom dance showcases across the country with Teri.

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“We chose to give to CBU because we can see the immediate impact our investment has on the students,” Tom explained. “The values and accountability taught here at CBU are unique, and are needed in this world more than ever.” The Yeagers, longtime CBU supporters, were thrilled with the decision to name the café after the Briscos, and looked forward to seeing their friends honored. Eugene, who was especially excited about the completion of Brisco’s Café, did not see the ceremony. He passed away on September 5, 2010. During the Brisco’s Café dedication ceremony, Eugene was recognized for his role in the development of Brisco’s and his love for CBU and its students. The collaboration of the Yeagers and the Briscos has produced a successful, popular restaurant option for the CBU community. Success to Tom and Teri Brisco, however, isn’t measured by numbers. “We all have a burning inside of us,” said Tom. “When we embrace that flame we are successful no matter what we are doing.”

Study to Show Thyself Approved The graduating class of 2009 selected a cast-bronze sculpture depicting a Bible opened to 2 Timothy 2:15. It reads: “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Lance Jost of Orange County designed the sculpture located in the James L. Stamps Courtyard. This is the second piece of artwork he has created for the campus. He also was commissioned to design the title mural on the south facing gym exterior wall.

Record year for CBU Scholarships With a little research and an abundance of donor generosity, California Baptist University was able to award more than $146,500 in private scholarships for the 2010-2011 academic year. That’s nearly a 40 percent increase from the previous year. A final report from the CBU Office for Institutional Advancement marked another record for the University—100 percent scholarship assistance. This year all 137 student-applicants met the respective criteria for one of the various scholarships. “Private scholarships are true gifts to the students who receive them,” explains Kim Cunningham, manager of Donor Relations at CBU. “They represent financial assistance that the students will not have to repay.” According to Cunningham, some of the students who applied for CBU scholarships this year had not planned to attend a private university. However, with public institutions of higher education limiting enrollment in response to state funding cuts a

number of students chose CBU to pursue their desire for post-secondary education. Thanks to University scholarships funded by private donors, corporations and foundations, those students’ educational dreams are becoming a reality through debt-free assistance that helps them offset the cost of tuition, books and fees. Even with the record number of scholarships awarded this year the need for financial assistance likely will continue for growing numbers of students. Recessionary economic conditions and projected growth in student enrollment are expected to drive the demand for scholarship dollars. The CBU Scholarship Committee is already researching new funding opportunities, redefining scholarship criteria and increasing student notification efforts. For more information on how you can support student scholarships, please contact the CBU Office for Institutional Advancement at (951) 343-4227 or online at The scholarship application period for the 2011-2012 academic year began January 1, 2011. Currently enrolled students may contact the CBU Financial Aid Department for more information (toll-free) at (800) 782-3382 ext. 4236.

“These scholarships are true gifts to the students who receive them.” – Kim Cunningham, CBU manager of Donor Relations

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INTRODUCING THE 2010/2011 WANDA PRICE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS Yareli Martinez, sophomore, and Tyler Priest, junior, are the inaugural recipients.

The endowed scholarship fund was established in the fall of 2008 to honor the 80th birthday of Wanda Price, a longtime CBU employee. To date, members of the CBU family have generously donated $62,000 toward the $80,000 goal. These funds will provide scholarship support for eligible CBU students demonstrating financial need. Yareli Martinez of Orange County, CA, is in her second year studying Criminal Justice at CBU. She reflected on the importance of touching her hands to the Kugel fountain when she first arrived on campus as a freshman. “The Christian atmosphere here at CBU has really strengthened me as an individual,” says Yareli. “It helps me focus and reminds me that academics are the priority of my college experience.” Following graduation, Yareli plans to pursue a master’s degree and a career as a criminal investigator. Yareli credits her parents for inspiring her to live her purpose. “They challenge me to become a better person; I owe them a lot,” she explains. “Scholarships and financial aid have also made a huge impact on my education,” she adds. “I would not have been able to attend college without them.” Tyler Priest from Rancho Cucamonga, CA, is in his third year of CBU’s Bachelor of Applied Theology program, that trains students for a vocation in Christian ministry. After graduation, Tyler plans to enter youth ministry fulltime and organize short-term mission trips around the world. As a CBU freshman, Tyler and his friend started a homeless ministry in downtown Riverside.

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Three years later, Tyler’s homeless ministry is still meeting needs. “I was motivated to get involved in the community surrounding CBU, and we succeeded in creating an amazing opportunity for other CBU students to get involved too.” Tyler believes that his student leadership activities at CBU have prepared him for success in future ministries. “My academic program has tremendously stretched me to be immersed in scripture,” he remarks. Tyler also notes the importance of scholarships and financial aid in enabling him to pursue higher education. “It is only through God’s provision of financial support that I am able to attend such an amazing university. Without it, there would be no way for me to continue my journey here.” The Wanda Price Scholarship will continue to help students like Yareli and Tyler access higher education that is values-based and purpose-driven. To make a contribution to the Wanda Price Scholarship Fund, please contact the CBU Office for Institutional Advancement at 951-343-4227 or visit The scholarship application period for the 2011/2012 academic year began January 1, 2011. Current students, should contact the CBU Financial Aid Department for more information (toll-free) 800-782-3382 ext. 4236.

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Alumni provide input on association programs Themidday As CBU Alumni approaches, Association the new is rebuilding Brisco’s Village its programs Café comes to become alivemore with effective. activity. Dedicated During a fall on September planning retreat, 30, 2010, Brisco’s Institutional Advancement is the University’s staff met newest withfood a group service of local option specializing alumni to elicit program in take-out suggestions meals to and accommodate project ideas. students’ The session busy was class attended schedules. by a current It has quickly student,become and 18 a popular alumni representing location ongraduating campus serving classes a late-night from 2000menu, to and providing much needed space for students to eat, 2010. study, or just socialize. Surrounded by students enjoying the sunshine, The group identified I sat inthe thefollowing tree-linedcharacteristics patio area withto Tom and the improve Teri alumni Briscoe—the program: couple for whom the café is named. • Consistent communication In Riverside, the Briscoe name is synonymous with business defined • Clearly In 1975 andTom purpose launched for committees Irvine Pipeline— and projects a successful utilities construction company that employs sons John and Paul, as well as a few of the grandchildren. • Dynamic, appealing, Tom, a lifelong and effective athlete,programming is an avid golfer, has coached and supported athletics in Riverside for decades, and competes • Measurable short and long-term in ballroomgoals dance showcases across the country with Teri. • Diverse participation opportunities Teri (including also is accomplished. non-financial) She has earned international recognition for raising and training world-champion horses, and also • Value-based marketing/outreach is a talented artist.The Briscoes, however, are a humble couple and view their accomplishments The focus group discussed as a blessing. waysWhen alumnispeaking can bring of their success added value theytolist CBU 48 years programs of marriage, by participating raising their in student sons, and assistingactivities, recruitment in the upbringing promoting ofalumni their grandchildren success stories including in marketing three materials who have andattended speakingCBU. engagements, and acting as community advocates on behalf of CBU. With business and family accomplishments firmly in grasp, three years ago their dear friends Eugene

The Billie and groupYeager also identified approached key the areas Briscoes of focus with for athe new opportunityfuture immediate to joinand them developed in expanding planning CBU’s committees dining to facilities. work on program The Briscoes needsimmediately and activities. recognized The committee the need and the value members and itresponsibilities would add to the include: campus. “We chose to give to CBU because we can see the immediate impact our investment hasCommittee on the students, ” explained Tom. Events/Programs – Lindsay Mingee Cicero, “TheMcBride, values and accountability taught here atKristi CBU are Eric Nicole Troiano, Tim Hawley, unique, andKeanon are needed in thisAshley world more than ever.” Narmore, Alderson, Montgomery, Renee Theuer, Brianna Moss, Candyce McCloud Longtime CBU supporters Eugene and Billie Yeager • Mentoring were thrilled with the decision to name the café after • Homecoming and otherforward events to seeing their friends the Briscoes, and looked honored. Eugene, who was especially excited about the • Networking completion of Brisco’s did not see the ceremony. He • Student outreach went home to be with the Lord on September 5, 2010.

Marketing/Communication Committee – Andy

Before weMelissa finishedBartholomew, our meal, I asked Tom and Teri to give Ramirez, Tara Falsetti me their definition of success. “We all have a burning • Increased inside of us,”web saidpresence Teri. “When we embrace that flame we are successful no matter what we are doing.” • Emails • Mass marketing outlets California Baptist University shares the Briscoe’s vision, and challenges studentsCommittee to embrace– the “flame” in their Memberships/Benefits Chris Hofschroer, own lives to live out God’s perfect purpose for them Josh Moss, Daniel Bishop, Beau Christian through future vocation and service. Because of the • Attractive benefits generosity of friends like the Yeager’s and the Briscoes, CBU students • Affordable memberships now have a new, exciting dining space to gather and prepare to carry their own “flame” bless • Appeal to out-of-town alumni (remote vs. localtobenefits) the lives of others. To learn how you can get involved with one of the planning committees, or if you have any ideas to share, please contact

We would love to have you involved!

message from the director of alumni relations CARRIE SMITH

Dear Fellow Alumni: On August 9, the university suffered a devastating loss when our Cross-Country team was involved in an accident while driving to Mammoth for some highaltitude training. Wendy Rice, CBU’s Cheerleading Coach who volunteered to drive because the team was short one driver, was killed in the accident and 12 CBU students were injured. By the grace of God, all of the injured CBU students are now out of the hospital and on their way to recovery. Tragically, two recent graduates from Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, and their trainer were killed. Two others from the San Diego area also suffered major injuries and burns as a result of the accident. In the weeks following the accident, I heard from many of you personally who offered condolences and words of encouragement to the students, families, and the university. I spoke to alumni who dropped everything to go to a hospital in their area to pray with a CBU student and their family. In some cases, you did not know the student, but you demonstrated support to your fellow CBU family members in crisis. While tragic, this episode in the life of our campus has shown how the CBU family can truly be a family! The way you reached out to each other has been amazing. One alumnus drove three hours to a Reno, NV, hospital to visit Rebecca Trupp, one of our critically injured students, to bring a basket of food and to pray with the family. This is just one of many selfless acts that reaffirm the connections we have to CBU and to each other. I ask that you continue to pray for all the students who were involved in and witnessed this accident, the families of those who were lost, and the CBU community as we continue to deal with its lingering effects. We have a long way to go, but I have confidence that God will do a mighty work through this difficult time.

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Remember to save the date for Homecoming scheduled February 11 & 12, 2011. We have begun planning for another amazing weekend, featuring a Block Party with family activities, information booths, food, and live entertainment. I hope you will make plans to join us for this exciting weekend! Watch your mail, email and our website for information as it develops. If you are interested in volunteering for a Homecoming Committee or to help out during one of the events that weekend, please contact me as soon as possible so I can get you started! On Friday, February 11, we will hold our annual alumni banquet–A Celebration of Excellence. During this event, we will present several awards and recognize members of the class of 1961 with their 50th Reunion medallions. Award presentations will include: Alumnus of the Year, J. Walter Grubb ‘73; Distinguished Service in Religion Award, Charles O. Tyson ‘61; and CBU Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Lyndsay Devaney ‘06 (Women’s Swimming) and Esteban Enriquez ‘03 (Baseball). For more information on this program and all our planned Homecoming activities, visit Register today! Don’t forget to keep your contact information updated so we can stay in touch with you. We are moving toward greener methods of communication, particularly email, so please make sure we have your preferred email address on file. You can use our online update form, the cutout form in this magazine, or email me directly to update your contact information. As always, don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or if there is anything we can do for you! Carrie Smith ‘00 Director of Alumni Relations 951.343.4439 |







Do you stay in touch with classmates? Are they receiving communication from the university? If you have contact information for your fellow CBU Lancers, please make sure we have it too. We want to make sure every one of our alumni are hearing from us!


CBU is increasingly conscious of the amount of printing we do – we hate waste! In an effort to cut back on the carbon footprint of the university, we are making efforts to send more communication via email, and less through your mailbox. Make sure we have your email address on record so you will receive university communications.


As we journey through the rebuilding and growth of the Alumni Association, your input will be vital in the decisions made regarding benefits and other improvements. Please take time to participate in surveys, which will be featured from time to time in The Roundtable, as well as sent via email and posted on our website. Survey participants will be entered into drawings for great prizes!


In order to make the Alumni Association effective, we need you! Volunteers are the driving force behind any successful organization, and we are looking for as many as we can get. Committees have been established (Programs/Events, Membership/Benefits, Marketing/Communications, Homecoming), and we need more active volunteers. Whether you have experience or not, we would love to have you involved!


Homecoming is about the ALUMNI coming home to the university! This is an opportunity for you to reconnect with classmates, faculty, staff, and make new connections with current and prospective students. It is also a wonderful way to introduce people to the university. Last year, we began a tradition of the Homecoming Block Party, and we are looking forward to an even more amazing event this year! Invite your friends and family, neighbors, high schoolers from your church, and everyone you know to join you at this fun-filled event.

The Homecoming Block Party is scheduled for Saturday, February 12, 2011. We hope to see you there! For more information on these or other opportunities, please contact Carrie Smith (’00), Director of Alumni Relations at 951.343.4439 or |

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1950s Monya Faye (’54) and Glen C. Smith (’56) celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on June 16, 2010. Glen was a pastor for 42 years and Faye taught school for 26 years. Since retirement, they have worked with the Texas Baptist Men Retiree Builders and have been a part of building projects in 27 of the 30 Texas Baptist Church Encampments at Glorieta Conference Center. Glen continues to preach for churches. Both are active at their church, where they teach Sunday school and Faye serves as the church pianist. Faye and Glen have five grown children, 12 grandchildren, and 11 greatgrandchildren.

1960s Dr. Phil Tilden, CBU professor (1964 – 1973), has been preaching for 70 years and is still preaching twice on Sundays at his church. He is now 88 years old and lives in a retirement community. Rodger P. Knight (‘64) retired after 31 years as a probation officer. Susanne Derby (nee Dacus ‘66-‘67) teaches French at Yucaipa High School. She is also a member of San Jacinto First Southern Baptist Church. Virgil (‘67) and Susan Dahl celebrated 40 years of marriage on August 8, 2010. Johnie C. Nottingham (nee Kobz ’67) retired after 33 years of teaching in Rialto and Redlands. Johnie and her husband are spending their retirement traveling and golfing. Kathleen (nee Greenwood ‘68) and Robert Anderson (‘69) are both enjoying retirement, filling their days with church activities, travel, and enjoying their two children’s families, including their five grandchildren. Oili Lawrence (nee Boberg ‘69) retired in June 2010 after teaching Spanish for 20 years in public schools. For the last 13 years, she taught at Fallbrook High School, where she served for four years as the department head for the World Languages Department.

1970s Miriam Callahan (nee Montgomery ‘73) is serving as Community Pastor of a megachurch in San Antonio, TX. She has led recovery and freedom ministry for the past eight years. Miriam has been married to Ray Callahan (’69) for 39 years. They have three daughters. 26 I 27

Barry Campbell (‘74) is the lead Pastor at Highland Baptist Church in Redmond, OR. Gail Ann Newton (nee Patterson ‘74) and her husband, Jim, live in Dana Point and have been married for 19 years. Gail began her 14th year of teaching kindergarten at Saddleback Valley Christian schools and her 37th year of teaching in Christian education. Jim works for the federal government and graduated from Vanguard University with a degree in Religion in 2001 after serving in the U.S. Air Force for 14 years. Martin (‘74) and Laura Mae (nee Merino ‘75) Leach have lived in Moreno Valley for 23 years. They have one son. After graduating from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Martin served churches in Santa Clara, Merced, and Moreno Valley. He has been Church Growth Consultant for the Inland Empire Baptist Association since 1997, where he has developed several popular training events including Equipped for Excellence and Adiestrados para Excelencia. Laura Mae has been branch manager of the Louis Rubidoux Library, a part of the Riverside County Library System for 13 years. Donna Bruder (nee Fulks ’75) and her husband, Rob, are staying busy during retirement. Donna’s son, Keith, will be playing basketball for William Jessup University when he starts his freshman year. Her daughter, Mei Lin, is now 11 years old. Dave Fletcher (‘79) has been married to his wife, Jane, for 30 years. He is the pastor and founder of God Cares We Care–a prison ministry that matches inmates with believers through “paper sunshine” (letters). Dave and Jane have two grown sons, Sean and Kurt. Dave loves to ride his motorcycle and is a former member of the Professional Bowlers Association.

1980s Patty (’80) and Ron Shepard (’80) have been living in the Seattle area since 2004. Ron is the Executive/Regional Director of Puget Sound Baptist Association. Their son, Matt, graduated in May 2010 from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (GGBTS). Matt and his wife, Cara, along with their two children, Levi (age 3) and Elora (age 2), reside in San Mateo, where Matt is the Youth and Worship Pastor at Western Hills Church. Matt’s brother Tim, is scheduled to graduate in May 2011 from GGBTS. Stella Brumley (nee Rathjen ‘81) graduated from the University of Washington, Tacoma with a B.A. in Social Welfare and is now a social worker for South Sound Outreach Services, a non-profit agency. Her daughter began attending community college this fall. Cynthia C. Faverty (‘81 & ‘83) is pursuing a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.







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Stephen Newcombe’s (‘82) daughter recently graduated from the University of Oregon. Sherry L. (nee Monce ‘84) and Robert Barron (‘04) relocated to Hawaii where they are serving the community. Sherry completed her B.S.N. at Loma Linda University School of Nursing in June 2008. She is working on a dual master’s degree in nursing and business. Robert is a licensed marriage and family therapist working alongside U.S. troops at Tripler Army Medical Center. He specializes in domestic violence, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and youth services. Nicholas, their son, entered 4th grade at Friendship Christian School this fall. Valerie J. (nee Mizer ‘85) and Jay Chance (’90) celebrated their 25th anniversary in June. They make their home in DeFuniak Springs, FL. Jay obtained his Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in training and performance improvement in February 2010. They have three sons: the eldest will graduate with his bachelor’s degree in May of 2011; the middle son was recently sworn-in as a police officer; and their “baby” began college this fall.

Chuck (‘86) and Kathy Mohn (nee Ross ‘87) are busy raising their three boys, David (age 18), Timothy (age 17), and Caleb (age 9). Chuck finished his Master’s of Arts in Christian Education in 2002. He leads the Financial Peace University course at his church. Chuck is now a certified counselor through Lampo Group and is teaching financial coaching part-time while continuing to work for Fort Worth Independent School District.

1990s Daniel Pryfogle (‘90) is the principal and creative director of Signal Hill, which he launched in 1999. Signal Hill is a communications consultancy for nonprofits, congregations and social enterprises. Daniel is an ordained American Baptist minister, teacher and writer. Kevin Sloan (’92) and his family live in Murfreesboro, TN. He and his wife, Cathy, have been married for 21 years. They have three children, Wilson (age 19), Sam (age 17), and Grace (age 12). Kevin currently works for Consumer Insurance. Veola (nee White ‘93) and Carlos Vasquez (‘94) have been married for 16 years. They have two sons, Mark (age 6) and Luke (age 9). Carlos works as a police officer. Veola was working as a therapist and professor, but has now chosen to stay at home to raise their children.

Mark McFerren (‘85) teaches math and AVID 1 Terry Cassidy (‘94) was inducted into the Riverside Sports Hall of (Advancement via Individual Determination) at Ramona Fame Wall of Honor in October 2010. High School. His wife, Linda (nee Harris ‘85), is the bookstore manager at Notre Dame High School. Their Heidi (nee Newstrand ‘94) and Kirk Dilley (‘94) live in Riverside. two daughters, Jessica and Michelle, are grown and Kirk is the owner/operator of Dilleytante Pictures. He provides out of the house. Jessica completed her B.S.N at graphic design, filmmaking and creative services. Heidi is a Mount Saint Mary’s College in Los Angeles and is now social work supervisor at Walden Family Services Foster Family a full-time nurse in Torrance. Michelle is majoring in Agency in Riverside. Kirk and Heidi celebrated their 15th wedding math at CSU Long Beach. anniversary on August 11, 2010. They enjoy traveling and creating art and music. Steve Jeffries (‘85) married Melanie Adcox on November 6, 2006. He works as a respiratory therapist Matthew S. Serwy (‘95) has been married to his wife, Cari Ann, and Melanie is an R.N. at Easley Hospital in South for more than seven years. They have one daughter, Hope Kyrsten, Carolina. who recently began kindergarten and turned five on October 31, 2010. Wendy Sue Leonard (nee Tankersley ‘85) and her husband, Chris, have identical twin boys, one of whom 2 Renee Garcia (nee Perkins ’98) and her children, Kassidy (age 10), was married in September 2010. Wendy and Chris Kameron, (age 8), Kennedy (age 6), Kellsey (age 4) and Keeghan enjoy traveling a lot and taking cruises. They spend (age 3) walked in the Buddy Walk for the Downs Syndrome most of their free time at their second home in Lake Association of Middle Tennessee on October 23, 2010, in honor Havasu City, AZ. of Kennedy and Kellsey, both of whom were born with Downs Syndrome. They were joined by fellow CBU alumni, Ted (’98) and Brook (nee Walker ’96) Murcray, and Jeff Hudson (’03). Renee’s husband, Frank (’01), is currently serving as a sergeant with the United States Army in Afghanistan.

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Scott J. Laverty (‘99) was recently featured in a Wausau, WI news report, highlighting Laverty’s return as field manager of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters for his second season in the summer of 2011. Scott has been the head baseball coach at the University of Redlands since June of 1999.

2000s 3 Chaplain Kehmes Lands (‘00) became a military

Suzanne “Jo” Johnson (‘09) has been working at Loma Linda University Medical Center since January 2010. Mathew Gerhard (‘10) is now the Director of Music at Kokomo Zion United Methodist Church in Kokomo, IN.

4 Valerie Herrera (’10), a city administrative analyst and CBU MBA graduate, was honored by State Assembly member Wilmer Amina Carter during the 4th Annual 30 Under 30 Latino/Native American Recognition Breakfast at Cal State San Bernardino on Sept. 18.

Chaplain in 1997. Currently, Chaplain Lands is serving at a basic training unit with the 3-47th Infantry Regiment in Fort Benning, GA. His first duty station was in Fort Weddings Hood, TX. He served as a chaplain with the 1st Cavalry Steven Oliver (‘86 & ’00) married Lorna Rapal from the Philippines Regiment, 3rd Army Cavalry Regiment, and was on January 15, 2005. deployed in March 2008 with the 553rd Sustainment Battalion for a 15-month tour in Iraq. During this tour, 5 Lydia (nee McGinn ‘05) and Matthew Kelley were married in July he prayed for over 1,000 convoys, and he served as a 2010. They are now living in San Mateo, CA. Lydia is attending pastor for a worship service that grew from 50 to 160 graduate school at San Francisco State University. members in just three months. 6 Sheryl (nee Cruzado ’05) and Kao Tsoon (Nathan) Saechao Courtney Firth (‘03) lives in North Lake Tahoe where (’05) married on July 31, 2010. The ceremony took place in the S.E. she is working as a substitute teacher, ski coach, and Boyd Smith Courtyard on the CBU campus. Sheryl and Nathan met soccer coach. She is pursuing a master’s degree in and began dating while attending CBU, and he even proposed on education. campus. Brenda Davis (‘06) graduated from the University of Little Lancers Redlands in May with a master’s degree in counseling. Charlene Frizzell (nee Clapsaddle ’95) gave birth to her third Brenda has been employed by the Los Angeles daughter, Amy, in December 2009. She joins big sisters, Dana and County Probation Department since 2007. She has Sarah. two children. One is studying criminal justice at San Bernardino Valley College and the other is in the 8th 7 Amanda (nee Oliver ‘05) and Brandon Barr (‘04) welcomed their grade at Shandin Hills Middle School. first child, Nathan Kal-El in October of 2009. Brandon recently published two Christian fiction books with Silver Leaf Books. He has Ernie Ledesma (’06) has accepted a new position as the also published several short stories. Brandon has an audio drama wrestling coach for Riverside Norte Vista High School. titled “At the End of the Time Jump” available online. Emily A. Garispe (nee Everett ‘08) is attending Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy and plans to graduate in May 2012 with a doctorate in pharmacy. After graduation she plans to complete a two-year pharmacy residency specializing in oncology. She is married to CBU alumnus, Michael Garispe (‘06), who is also attending pharmacy school.

8 Chelsey Crocker (nee McKnight ’07) and her husband, Jonathan,

Lindsay Fahnestock (‘09) is attending Loma Linda University and pursuing a master’s degree in public health.

10 Angella Funk-Luz (nee Funk ’05) had a baby boy, Joshua Michael

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welcomed son, Caleb Ryan, on February 17, 2010.

9 Mary Davidson (nee Pryfogle ’05) and her husband, Kris, welcomed Dani Elizabeth on October 3, 2010. Dani joins big sister, Sadie Rose. Kris is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Theology degree at CBU.

Luz, on July 21, 2010. Angella is the daughter of John Funk, former Board of Trustees president, who passed away in November 2004, and for whom the John Funk Softball Stadium is named. She played on the Lancers’ softball team for 4 years while a student at CBU.







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11 Bethany (nee Seesing ‘07) and Christopher Fisher (’08) welcomed daughter Lily Chisato Fisher on February 9, 2010 in Louisville, KY. Rev. Thomas Seesing (‘80) is Lily’s proud grandfather.

In Memoriam

12 Amy Fannin (nee Lee ‘80) passed away February 4, 2010 after a 20-month battle with ovarian cancer. For the past seven years she was the Library Director of the Darby Community Public Library. Amy also served on the worship team and taught children’s Sunday school at her church. Amy was married to Ron Fannin for nearly 25 years. Amy and Ron lived in Darby, MT. She is survived by her husband, her father, Ken Lee, her brother, Jerry Foster, and her sister, Sandy Williamson.

13 Dana B. Horn passed away November 1, 2010 at age 92. Dana and his wife, Melba, played a key role in the development of CBU’s campus facilities. The Dana B. and Melba E. Horn Academic Wing of the Yeager Center was named in their honor. He was a member of the First Baptist Church Moores Lane and an Air Force Veteran. Dana and his wife, owned and operated the Queen Plantation Farm and Hunting Club. They resided in Texarkana, TX, where Dana spent many happy hours on his farm. He is survived by his wife; his two sons, Danavon and Gary; his daughter, Lorna Gwen; his sister, Gwen Havens; his brother, W.C. “Sonny” Horn; and five grandchildren. Wendy Rice, cheer coach of California Baptist University, will be remembered for her passion and inspiration by the many lives she touched. The beloved daughter, wife, mother, and coach was tragically killed August 9, 2010 in a three-vehicle collision on California Highway 395 near Bishop while transporting the university’s cross country team. Coach Rice joined the CBU family in 2008, and infused the cheerleading program with a mix of enthusiasm and tough resolve. In just two years, Rice transformed the cheer squad into a top-ranked competitor, garnering six first-place finishes in 10 events at the 2010 National Cheerleaders Association College National in Daytona Beach.

14 Earnest Eugene “Gene” Yeager, whose family construction business changed the landscape of Southern California, passed away, September 5, 2010, at age 85. Eugene was a longtime CBU supporter. He and his wife, made many contributions to CBU, most notably a major gift for the Eugene and Billie Yeager Center that was named in their honor. Gene is survived by his wife, Billie (’83); sons Ken, of San Jose, and Tom, of Riverside; daughters Beth, of Norco, and Louise, of Newport Beach; step-children Terri, of Riverside, and Doug Moore, of Rancho Cucamonga; brother Jacques, of Riverside; nephew Jaques Jr., of Riverside; and 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.















? Looking for the Class of > We are excited that the Class of 1961 will be celebrating its 50th reunion during Homecoming on February 12, 2011. Unfortunately, we have lost contact with a few classmates and we need your help to locate them. Please take a look at this list of names. If you recognize any of them and you know how we can get in touch with them, please contact Wanda Price, Alumni Consultant at 951.343.4405 or If your contact information has changed, or you wish to update us on changes in your life, please fill out the form below and mail it back to CBU.

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