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message from the president DR. RONALD L. ELLIS

Dear Alumni and Friends: Summer is a time to reflect on the achievements of the academic year just completed and to look forward to the opportunities in the next. This issue of The Roundtable looks at both, underscoring the growth we are experiencing at California Baptist University. It’s a measure of how well CBU is fulfilling the vision of “a University committed to the Great Commission.” In CBU’s inaugural year of PacWest athletics competition, the Lancers won the 2011-2012 PacWest Commissioner’s Cup, tallying a conference-record six championships! The Lancers won conference titles in baseball, men's and women's cross country, softball and men's and women's soccer. In addition, women's basketball finished second, women's volleyball tied for third, and men's golf and men's basketball both finished fourth. The cup has resided in Hawaii for the past four years: Hawaii Pacific won the cup for the past two seasons; BYU-Hawaii won it in 2009 and Hawaii-Hilo in 2008. The CBU Class of 2012 numbered 1,330, the institution’s largest graduating class ever. In addition to their academic achievement, this class included the first graduates from the recently constituted College of Engineering, and 12 students made up the first cohort graduating under an educational agreement with Rwanda. Speaking at the undergraduate commencement ceremony, Rwanda’s prime minister, the Right Honorable Pierre Damien Habumuremyi, charged students to “put to good use” what they learned at CBU and to continue their passion for learning. That passion can also be seen among students enrolled in CBU’s Online and Professional Studies (OPS) programs, which began with about 500 students in 2010 and nearly doubled its enrollment in less than two years. OPS recently added more degrees to the curriculum, and I hope you share our excitement at the potential to serve nontraditional students in the fast-growing environment of online education. 02 I 03

The CBU Board of Trustees recently approved six new undergraduate programs and five graduate programs, including the five-year master’s program in architecture. The program meets the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) requirements for a professional degree program and paves the way for professional licensure in the field. We look forward to the completion and dedication of the new 56,000-square-foot business building in August, and the 40,682-square-foot recreation center later this year. In addition, CBU will be developing a high-tech green lab to advance the growing engineering program, thanks to a $250,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation. CBU’s signature ISP/USP program continues to offer new opportunities for service by students, staff and faculty in locations around the globe. This summer 420 members of the CBU community are volunteering on 46 teams in more than 20 countries. Global outreach initiatives like ISP/USP provide an obvious expression for two of CBU’s “Core Four” outcomes: “equipped to serve” and “globally minded.” Together with “biblically rooted” and “academically prepared”, they shine a light on the path to help advance God’s kingdom at CBU by encouraging students and employees alike to “live your purpose.” May the LORD continue to bless! Ronald L. Ellis, Ph.D. President

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Dr. Judd Bonner becomes dean of Collinsworth School of Music Dr. Bonner succeeded Dr. Bonner as dean of the Collinsworth School of Music. No, it’s not a typo. Dr. Judd Bonner, who has served as associate dean since 2006, succeeds his father Dr. Gary Bonner, who was the school’s first dean. Dr. Judd Bonner assumed his duties as dean on May 21. He first taught at CBU as an adjunct professor of music in 2002 and became a full-time faculty the following year. He earned a doctor of musical arts degree from Claremont Graduate University, a master of arts in English from California Polytechnic University in Pomona and a bachelor of arts in English from Azusa Pacific University. “I am delighted that Dr. Judd Bonner is moving into the dean’s position in the School of Music,” said Dr. Jonathan Parker, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “As associate dean for the last six years, Judd has proven himself to be an effective administrator, overseeing many of the school’s day-today operations.” Dr. Gary Bonner retired May 20 as dean of the

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Collinsworth School of Music after 10 years of service. He was honored recently at the Board of Trustees Faculty and Staff Awards Banquet. “Dr. Bonner was brought in with a specific charge: to take the music program at CBU to a national status,” said Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president. “Along with achieving a five-fold increase in the number of music majors during his tenure, from 25 to 125, today the Collinsworth School of Music is recognized for the quality of its faculty, the state of the art facilities in the JoAnn Hawkins Music Building, the master of music in conducting that was launched during Dr. Bonner’s tenure as dean and for thousands of outstanding musical performances.” Ellis noted that just this year, 15 groups totaling 460 students staged 550 performances attended by a combined audience of 115,000. CBU students recognized Dr. Bonner’s excellence as a teacher by selecting him 2006 ASCBU Faculty Member of the Year, and university trustees awarded him with the distinguished professor honor in 2010.







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CBU MOBILE APP AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD CBU has joined the app revolution with the addition of a free CBU Mobile app for iOS iPhones®, iPads® and Android® mobile devices. The app can be downloaded from the iOS App Store and the Android® Marketplace by searching for “CBU Mobile.”

The board of trustees recognized (from left): Dr. Patricia Kircher, Cornelius Gibson and Dr. Amy Stumpf for excellent service to California Baptist University. Kircher, associate professor of political science, received this year’s Distinguished Professor Award; Gibson, facilities maintenance manager, was recognized as 2012 Employee of the Year; and Stumpf, associate professor of society and religion, received the Distinguished Scholar Award for her research proposal “A Study of California Southern Baptist Pastors’ Wives.”

DR. FRANCO GANDOLFI NAMED DEAN OF BUSINESS SCHOOL Dr. Franco Gandolfi will serve as dean of CBU’s Robert K. Jabs School of Business, effective July 2. Since 2009, Gandolfi has served as director of the master of business administration program at Regent University’s School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship in Virginia Beach, VA. Gandolfi earned a doctor of business administration degree from Southern Cross University in Australia. He also holds a master of education degree from the University of Sydney and master and bachelor of commerce degrees from the Swiss Institute of Commerce and Economics.

CBU Mobile allows access to campus maps and includes a searchable directory of department phone numbers. Users have the ability to check the latest CBU news, as well as Lancers athletics schedules and scores. They also can access the CBU library; download and share images from CBU collections; view video of recent speakers and events; and call to report an emergency. Students may plan semester schedules by accessing the course catalog to view class times and locations. They also can access Blackboard to check grades, post to discussion forums, view class announcements, read and download assignments and upload content. A separate Blackboard app for iPad® is available through the App Store. In addition, CBU Mobile includes a tuition price calculator that offers an estimate of educational costs and sources of financial aid to help pay for it. Some features are under construction, and improvements are already being planned. Suggestions for new features can be forwarded to marketing@ “iOS”, “iPhone”, and “iPad” are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc. “Android” is a registered trademark of Google Inc.

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FEEL THE NOISE! A captivated crowd cheered on the Lancers during the annual homecoming game against Dixie State in the sold-out Van Dyne Gym. PHOTO BY ZAC MULLINGS

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In some universities around the country, advocates of traditional higher education are challenging proponents of the online classroom. But Dr. David Poole, CBU vice president for Online and Professional Studies (OPS), contends it isn’t even an argument any more. Instead, he says it’s a matter of making education accessible in a demanding environment. “Seventy-two percent of the population over 25 years old has less than a bachelor’s degree,” Poole said. “Many of those people are going back to school, but they need to schedule classes around their work schedule. OPS is all about responding to the very different needs of that ‘new normal’ generation of students.” CBU entered this educational frontier in 2010 with 589 students enrolled in 12 degree-completion programs. In the fall of 2011, the number grew to 1,001. Projections for the 2012 academic year call for about 1,450 students, nearly a 150 percent increase over the initial 2010 enrollment. Meanwhile, OPS introduced 15 new majors and four graduate programs. Poole credits the success of OPS to President Ronald L. Ellis. “Dr. Ellis has a unique vision,” he said. “He is an entrepreneur who understands that you can have a successful, quality academic institution, but run it with common sense business principles. You don’t often see institutions with the kind of growth and focus this university has. It’s his vision and leadership that got me excited about the possibilities that could be achieved

through the establishment of this division within CBU.” Poole’s previous experience includes serving as executive director for all executive programs at Pepperdine University, where he was responsible for taking Pepperdine’s program to national ranking. In addition, he worked for more than three decades in a variety of roles for private universities and business, with clients including Deloitte, the U.S. Department of Defense and Lucent Technologies. “As an officer in a technology firm, I trained consultants with products the company developed,” he said. “That technology and content background melded nicely into higher education.” What Poole has learned by experience in the field of online education was confirmed by a 2009 U.S. Department of Education (USDE) study. Analysis of research from 1996 through 2008 concluded that students who took all or part of their instruction online performed better, on average, than those taking the same course through face-to-face instruction. And those who took "blended" courses, a combination of online learning and face-to-face instruction, appeared to do best of all.

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Online education attracted 6.1 million students last year, growing at a rate much faster than traditional education. A 2011 study by the Babson Survey Research Group indicated online programs grew 10 percent last year compared to a 1 percent growth of traditional programs. Building on that research, Poole assembled a team that embraces entrepreneurialism, reflected from curriculum development to technology infrastructure. Leading academics is Dr. Dirk Davis, associate professor in education and academic dean for OPS. He is a California educator with more than 20 years of experience as a forensic coach, elementary teacher, technology coordinator, adjunct instructor and assistant professor. Establishing innovation from the onset, Davis initiated a new course development process that was the subject of his doctoral dissertation. Using a non-standard “Carnegie Hour” that measures a semester unit as equal to 40 hours of student work, he developed a course design worksheet critically focused on student engagement hours. The result: a course design mapping out activity type, the level of higher order thinking involved, assessment, time on task and faith integration.

Critical to the program’s success is technology infrastructure that optimizes instructional opportunities How does one integrate faith into every subject? To and student engagement. While completing his Davis, faith is foundational to the Christian. “My best doctorate at California State University, Fullerton, days are when I realize that, Poole met Dr. Tran Hong, also first and foremost, I am a child a doctoral candidate at that “I truly appreciated the of God,” he said. “If that is my time, and later convinced convenient format. The foundation, then everything else him to accept the position of should fit nicely on top of that.” dean of technology for OPS at hybrid classes gave me the Davis infuses the program with CBU. Hong, who now serves best of both worlds. I had the as associate vice president of that approach, and it is carried into each online class by faculty. opportunity to enjoy in-class technology, brings experience in software development, network discussions as well as submit infrastructure, instructional Davis estimates 100-200 hours is expended to develop each technologies, distance education, my work on-line.” course, but he welcomes the telecommunications, emerging opportunities that technology technologies and management. brings. Rather than adapt existing classroom models, curriculum is developed from a student-centered Since joining CBU in March of 2010, he has assembled perspective to maximize student engagement. Distance an array of technologies serving as the foundational education offers an asynchronous learning environment infrastructure for OPS. Within a matter of months, Hong that gives a student freedom to access the course migrated the campus to the latest Blackboard 9.1, a and its instructional materials at any time from any web-hosted learning management system. He also location with an Internet connection. The 24-hour virtual built a cutting-edge convergent IP network capable of classroom not only offers greater scheduling flexibility supporting all voice, video and data applications. but increases participation, especially with the use of Web 2.0 tools. “Unlike traditional text-based learning management systems, [our technology] allows professors to teach “It’s more likely for a shy student to reach out and more naturally in an online environment,” says Hong. participate in the environment of online learning,” Davis “They can still keep that high level of face-to-face said. “While it’s not a panacea for all education, one can interaction, and act just as they would in a traditional certainly reach more people online than face to face.” classroom.”

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From left : Dr. Dirk Davis, academic dean; Dr. Tran Hong, associate vice president of technology ; Dr. David Poole, vice president for Online and Professional Studies; and Ted Meyer, dean of OPS enrollment services

Setting OPS apart from the crowded field of online degree programs, however, is the value of the CBU experience, distinguished by faith-integrated curriculum, student engagement and state-of-the-art technology. “We now have two students from Rwanda participating in one of our graduate-level literature courses,” Hong said. “This is the first time we’re interacting with students across the globe in a real-time class session, so for students and faculty it’s a very exciting experience. Even though these students are 10,000 miles away, it feels like they’re right here in Riverside with us.” Geographically, the division has established four educational service centers: Santa Clara in the Silicon Valley of northern California; the Clovis/Fresno area in central California; Menifee at San Jacinto Community College; and in Temecula, where programs will begin this fall. Poole has already made two trips to China to discuss international opportunities with CBU’s partner institutions.

Michael Elkins, a May 2012 graduate and team leader with the California State Honor Guard, agrees: “Being able to finish courses every eight weeks was both challenging and rewarding. The quick pace helped me to stay focused on the goal of graduation and my future. It was also comforting to know that CBU and the OPS program were not taking any short cuts. “We in the OPS program are getting the same level of education as the traditional students, along with instructors who genuinely cared about the lives and the success of each of the students,” Elkins continued. “I cannot wait to start the MPA [master of public administration] program in the fall.” Poole says CBU is not taking a backseat in online education and is “very competitive with much larger universities.” He points to evidence like the award Blackboard presented several CBU faculty recently for instructional design. In addition, Cisco Network Systems praises CBU’s approach as one of only four universities in the world.

Students seem to like the OPS approach. “I truly appreciated the convenient format,” said Skip Showalter, a police sergeant who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in December. “The hybrid classes gave me the best of both worlds. I had the opportunity to enjoy in-class discussions as well as submit my work on-line. Whenever I had a conflict with my work schedule, the OPS program worked with me so I could be successful and complete my degree.”

For CBU, embracing this new business model is much more than an enrollment strategy. Online learning offers another avenue to help greater numbers of students identify and live their God-given purpose through a Christ-centered education… in a virtual classroom.

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Dr. Gary Bonner, founding dean of the Shelby and Ferne Collinsworth School of Music, was honored Dec. 13 at the Riverside City Council meeting for his contribution to the arts in Riverside. He was recognized by the Riverside Arts Council as the December Arts Honoree of the Month. In 2002, Bonner led the CBU School of Music that has gained a stellar reputation for quality and community service. CBU music groups perform at local venues, including the Fox Performing Arts Center and Harvest Christian Fellowship, as well as national sites like the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Dr. Dennis K. Bideshi, professor of biology and clinical microbiologist, co-authored seven peer-reviewed scientific articles in 2011. The articles primarily related to molecular biology and genetics of mosquitocidal bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. Israelensis. Two recent articles, co-authored with DiazMendoza and Federici, B.A., were published online and are currently in press. Bideshi, an active member of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology, was recently elected SecretaryTreasurer of the Bacterial Division. His term runs through 2013. Articles authored by Dr. Jeff Cate, professor of New Testament, and Dr. Dan Wilson, professor of Christian Studies, are featured in the Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook, published in September by Bakerbooks. Cate wrote articles on slavery and the synagogue, and Wilson’s piece focused on the crucifixion. Cate also contributed two chapters to another recently published work, Essays on Revelation: Appropriating Yesterday’s Apocalypse in Today’s World, published by Wipf and Stock. 12 I 13

Michael Berger, assistant professor of graphic design, designed two logos that were selected from among 36,000 entries for inclusion in the Logo Lounge Book 7, set for publication in July 2012. Dr. Tran Hong was named associate vice president of technology and began his new duties Feb. 1. A scholar and practitioner with more than 20 years of experience in information technology, Hong became Dean of Technology for Online and Professional Studies at CBU in 2010. Dr. Tracy Ward, associate provost for administration and assistant professor of psychology, presented a paper from her dissertation research titled, “Student Retention and Social Network Site Use at a Four-Year Private University,” Nov. 17 at the Association for the Study of Higher Education in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Daniel Blair, assistant professor of American Sign Language, starred with son Jonathan in LifeHouse Theater’s production of the award-winning musical, “JOSEPH.” The show opened Feb. 25 and closed April 1. The musical closely followed the Biblical story. Blair has also acted with his son and daughter, Krista, in Seussical the Musical, Scrooge, Unto Us and It’s a Wonderful Life. Dr. Anthony Chute, associate dean of the School of Christian Ministries, was named a finalist for the John Pollock Award under the “Christian Biography” category with Father Mercer: The Story of a Baptist Statesman. The award, named after the Christian biographer, is awarded annually by Beeson Divinity School for the most outstanding Christian biography. Father Mercer follows the life of Jesse Mercer, a Georgia Baptist leader in the 19th century.


Commencement CBU GRADUATES RECORD NUMBER IN SPRING COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES The Right Honorable Pierre Damien Habumuremyi, prime minister of the Republic of Rwanda, congratulated nearly 800 graduating students May 5 during commencement ceremonies at California Baptist University (CBU). The 786 graduates included 12 Rwandans, the first cohort of students to receive baccalaureate degrees under a presidential education agreement CBU established with the East African nation in 2007. “Rwanda’s sons and daughters, attending CBU under the Presidential Scholarship program, have over the last four years carried out the unique responsibility of being Rwanda’s first ambassadors to CBU, and I am confident that they will go on to serve with distinction as CBU’s ambassadors to Rwanda when they return home,” Habumuremyi said in his commencement address. The prime minister brought greetings on behalf of Rwanda’s president, His Excellency Paul Kagame, and the Rwandan people. “As your friends and family, we share in your joy and are very proud of what you have accomplished in the course of your undergraduate education, both in and outside the classroom,” Habumuremyi said. “It is now incumbent upon you all to put to good use the knowledge and skills you have acquired from CBU and your passion to learn.” Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU President, conferred degrees on a total of 281 students in a separate graduate commencement ceremony the previous evening. Another 263 students graduated at the December 2011 commencement ceremony. That brings to 1,330 the number of CBU graduates from the class of 2012 – the largest class in CBU’s history, surpassing last year’s total of 1,147 graduates. It is the fourth consecutive year that graduation numbers exceeded 1,000. Dr. Richard L. “Rick” Miller, Superintendent of Riverside Unified School District, spoke at graduate ceremonies held Friday evening. Miller told students receiving master’s degrees that they were “joining the top 10 percent nationally in educational attainment” and said that privilege comes with a responsibility. “As a member of the top 10 percent you will be responsible for leadership in our society,” Miller told the graduates. “You have been equipped by your professors and staff here at CBU, so there is little question that you know what to do. Now the question becomes, what will you do and will you make a difference?”

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

Excellence… It’s truly what our athletic programs have embodied throughout the 2011-12 athletics season. In our first season of PacWest competition, the Lancers earned six PacWest Conference Championships in Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Baseball and Softball. Success was not limited at the conference level, but extended to the national scene as the Lancers also won six National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Championships in Women’s Volleyball, Men’s Golf, Women’s Soccer and Men’s Soccer, Baseball and Softball. These successes did not go unnoticed as Sports Spectrum named California Baptist University as the top Christian College Athletic Program in their 2011 Year In Review edition. At season’s end it was our Lancers that took home the coveted PacWest Commissioner’s Cup as the most successful athletics program in the conference for the 2011-12 season. Exciting improvements are being made off the field as well. Locker room renovations inside Van Dyne Gymnasium and the Aquatics Lighting/Scoreboard phase of the Light it Up for the Lancers campaign have just been completed and the Baseball Lighting campaign continues to move closer to completion each month.

Athletics is successful today due, in part, to your overwhelming generosity. To recap, the Lancer Athletics Association has increased giving to athletics by 76% over the previous years and continues to support renovations to facilities, equipment and travel expenses for our studentathletes. Every dollar raised goes to support our over 400 student-athletes. I ask you to pray for our student-athletes and coaches as they continue to embody excellence academically, athletically and most importantly Christ-like character. Lastly, I would like to congratulate Dr. Ellis for being awarded the Chuck Kane Leadership award from the Riverside Sports Hall of Fame. In Dr. Ellis’ 17 years at CBU, he has tirelessly supported our athletics department which has raised 22 NAIA National Championship Banners lifted in the Van Dyne Gymnasium under his leadership. I’m incredibly grateful for the example and leadership he provides for CBU and look forward to the wonderful challenges that lie ahead in the NCAA Division II. Thank you for your continued support and attendance. You play an essential role in every Lancer victory. In Christ,

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I feel incredibly blessed by the outpouring of support from our Lancer supporters. CBU

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

Why did you become a Lancer? I am excited to be a Lancer. I felt the Lord calling me to CBU, and I have met so many great people here. This is one of the nation’s top universities, the community and people at CBU are some of the best around. Favorite part about being at CBU? The people and overall community. Faculty, staff and students are so supportive. It’s rather humbling to play a role in how these student-athlete’s lives develop. They continue to teach me valuable lessons as a coach and leader. Favorite CBU Women’s Soccer memory? Definitely winning the 2011 NCCAA National Championship. As a coach, it is so wonderful to see the student-athletes accomplish their goals. They came together as a team and family to make that championship possible. I was so excited for them and proud of how driven they were during training and matches throughout the season. Most important skill or attribute you have developed in your career? Listening. As a coach we learn just as much from listening to our student-athletes as they do in the teaching process. In any coaching or teaching position, it is important to have good leadership skills, and one of those integral skills is listening. Listening is an acquired skill and one that I am continuing to work on each season. Best advice you were ever given? “For he is no fool to give up what he cannot keep, but to gain what he cannot lose”. –Jim Elliott “People don’t care what you know until they know that you care”. -Dad Most influential people in your career? My father. He’s been a college soccer coach for 20 plus years. He’s a fantastic mentor and father. So many tremendous coaches in the past and present have encouraged me and modeled how to be a successful coach. I’ve been truly blessed throughout my career. Advice for those looking to secure a head coaching position? Seek the Lord in all things. Professional, personally and spiritually. Seek His counsel on a daily basis. Just be yourself. Dream job? Coach for the United States Women’s National Team in the Olympics or World Cup. One item you cannot live without? My iPhone. Being able to stay in contact with everyone is great. I would be lost without it! Who would you choose to switch places with for a day? Eleanor Roosevelt Three people you would love to have dinner with? Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa and John Wooden


Place to eat: Summerland Beach Café (Santa Barbara, CA) Flavor of ice cream: Mint Chocolate Chip Sports memory: Westmont College 1999 Women’s Soccer National Championship Movie: Indiana Jones Series Pro team: Los Angeles Dodgers and Manchester United FC TV show: NCIS Music: Country Childhood memory: Weekend train ride to Sacramento with my Grandmother. Holiday: Christmas Gift I’ve received: Bible


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In its first year in the conference, CBU won the 2011-2012 Pacific West Conference Commissioner’s Cup, an annual award given to the top athletic program in the PacWest. The Lancers won a conference-record six championships, racking up 89.5 total points out of a possible 110. No Lancer team finished lower than fourth place in the 10-team conference. CBU also won the National Christian College Athletic Association Presidential Award, given to the top athletic program in the association. The Lancers won six NCCAA National Championships and totaled 93 points to edge Cedarville University by just two points for the award. CBU hired four new head coaches this spring: Ben Gall (cross country and distance track), Jarrod Olson (women’s basketball), Wes Schneider (men’s volleyball) and Branden Higa (women’s volleyball). Gall spent 10 years as the associate head cross country/track coach at Northwest Nazarene University, an NCAA Division II institution in Nampa, Idaho. He was the head cross country coach there also. Olson spent the past six years as the head coach at NCAA Division II Florida Southern, leading the Moccasins to the second round of the NCAA Tournament each of the last two seasons. Schneider was the head women’s coach at NCAA DII LeesMcRae the past two seasons where he led the Bobcats to 49 straight league wins and two NCAA Tournament appearances. Higa was an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Mississippi State.

Men’s Volleyball

CBU men’s volleyball will join the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, arguably men’s volleyball’s most elite conference, starting next season. The Lancers were accepted by a unanimous vote, becoming the 13th member of a conference made up AARON MCCALMONT mostly of NCAA Division I powers. CBU joins UC San Diego as one of only two NCAA Division II programs in the conference. The Lancers finished their 2012 campaign, winning nine of their final 12 matches, including wins over nationally-ranked LoyolaChicago and Lewis.

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Track (Distance)

CBU men and women competed at the NCCAA Indoor Track Championships early in the season.With teams made up mainly of distance runners, the Lancers men competed in just four of 18 events yet managed an eighth place finish out of 19 teams. The Lancer women finished 13th of 17 teams competing in just three of 18 events. Twelve Lancers earned All-American honors, and two won individual titles. As a team Javier Madrid, Chris Cline, Chase Williams and Mitchell Moore won the distance medley relay with a time of 10:18.32, setting a new NCCAA meet record and Field House record. Williams scored CBU its other title, winning the 800-meter race with a field house record of 1:55.30. Williams also won the 800 meters at the outdoor championship in May. Sergio Rodriguez won the

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3,000-meter steeplechase, and Ashlee Cervantes won the women’s 800 meters as well.

Men’s Golf

Steven Watson won his first career tournament at the Smee Builders Invitational at Point Loma Nazarene in March and then took medalist honors at the PacWest Conference Championships in April. As a team, the Lancers finished fourth out of 10 schools at the conference championships.

Men’s Basketball

The Lancer men finished the season 16-10 overall and were fourth in the PacWest at 10-8. CBU had a trio of players honored on the PacWest’s All-Conference team, with Justus Von Wright and Luke Evans being named to the first team and Ivan Patterson earning JUSTUS VON WRIGHT second team honors. Head Coach Tim Collins picked up his 600th career collegiate coaching victory last January.

Women’s Basketball

CBU closed out its season 22-7, giving the Lancers consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time since 1990. CBU finished second in PacWest play, falling by just one point on the road to NCAA Division II No. 16 Grand Canyon in a game that decided the conference title. CBU had two players named to the All-PacWest team: Myriah Hicks earned first team honors, and Simone Holmes was named to the second team. CBU finished seventh at the NCCAA National Tournament, and Jasmine Beverly set NCCAA tournament records with 52 rebounds overall at the championship and 22 rebounds in CBU’s final game.

Swimming and Diving

The Lancer men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams each finished their seasons second at the Pacific Coast Swimming and Diving Conference Championships, behind only NCAA Division II No. 1 UC San Diego on both sides. Seniors Jamie Flynn and Trevor Graifman were both named PCSC divers of the year. The Lancers also had two individual champions with Adriana Quezada winning the 1,650 meter freestyle title and Chris Toy winning the 100 meter freestyle race. The CBU women had success in the classroom as well, earning the College Swimming Coaches Association of America’s All-Scholar Team award with a 3.19 team GPA.

Women’s Water Polo

CBU women’s water polo entered its 13th season of existence with arguably the toughest schedule in program history. In 30 scheduled games, the Lancers faced eight of the top 10 teams in the nation and 13 of the top 20 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association preseason poll. In April, the Lancers grabbed their highest ranking in program history, checking in at No. 17. They won 20 of their final 24 games and finished the season 24-11.


The Lancers closed their season with a second place finish at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association National Championships, getting two individual champions and six All-Americans in the process. Jimmy Martinez won the 125 pound weight class, and Zach Merriell won the 285 pound class for CBU. The Lancers were 9-4 in dual meets on the season and had 26 placers and 14 champions in eight invites and opens tournaments.


CBU opened its first season of play in the PacWest and despite being picked to finish third in the NCAA Division II conference, the Lancers clinched the title on the regular season’s final day. Then, in mid-May, the Lancers rolled through the NCCAA National Championships, outscoring their opponents 26-2 to win the national championship. Emma Holden, who threw three straight no-hittrs and racked up career strikeout No. 1,000, was named PacWest and NCCAA Pitcher of the Year. The Lancers finished the season 49-6 overall.


For the third straight year, the Lancers won a conference crown, winning the PacWest Conference by six games. The Lancers had seven COLE BULLARD players named to the All-PacWest team, including Player of the Year Matt Marnati, who led the Lancers to a clean sweep of all five of the individual awards. The Lancers went on to beat Oklahoma Wesleyan 8-3 to win the 2012 NCCAA World Series, and senior pitcher Patrick Smith was named Tournament MVP after picking up two wins at the tournament. The Lancers finished their season 43-13, their third straight 40-win season.

message from alumni and parent relations MARIA ZALESKY

Greetings CBU Alumni, Parents and Friends,

Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

It’s hard to believe that the 2012 Homecoming Block Party Weekend has come and gone! This combined weekend for alumni, parents, current students and community members has become not only a time to reconnect with old friends, but a time to showcase what is new with CBU on campus and around the world. In the past three years, this event has tripled in size with more than 4,500 guests taking part in the festivities. What a blessing to host a party for so many in the university family while celebrating the past, present and future of the quality education at CBU. In an effort to include more guests in the events, we have decided to move our next Homecoming to its original, more traditional time slot in the fall semester. So the next date for the CBU Homecoming Block Party Weekend will be Nov. 1-3, 2012. We are looking forward to another fantastic weekend with the same level of exciting activities and the addition of the annual favorite Fortuna Bowl flag football games. With this year’s Homecoming event behind us, our office is getting ready for an exciting summer. Recently, we have made the decision to expand our Office of Alumni Relations by adding current parents and students to the list of constituents that we serve, so you will notice our new department title has become “Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.” In this growth, we have added a CBU Parents Association as a branch of the Alumni Association and are actively working to expand the member benefits for both associations in the next few months.

In addition to the annual homecoming event, we will be creating CBU regional network events across the country in the coming year starting with Fresno, Dallas, Phoenix, Sacramento, Houston, San Diego, Orange County and the Inland Empire. These informal events are designed to bring together alumni, parents and friends in a local area to network and socialize with others in the CBU family. Communications is another area in which we will be growing. All new alumni and parent e-newsletters will be sent out monthly to keep you connected to CBU. A CBU parent Facebook page has also been developed along with the alumni page to inform you of campus activities and help you network with other friends of the university. Be sure to check out photos of the 2012 Homecoming Block Party on the Facebook pages. In light of efforts to increase our communication, please make sure we have your preferred e-mail address on file. E-mail your current contact information to alumni@calbaptist. edu or As always, do not hesitate to contact us if you have suggestions for our growing program or if you would like to participate in any of the Alumni and Parent Relations activities. We are excited to continue to serve our alumni while allowing our department to grow to keep up with the ever increasing expansion and visibility of the university. We are committed to help alumni, parents and students alike “live their purpose”. Many Blessings, The CBU Alumni and Parent Relations Staff

As a California Baptist University graduate, you have many reasons to feel proud. Your CBU education gave you so much more than an education in academics. CBU graduates are challenged to become individuals whose skills, integrity and sense of purpose glorify God and distinguish them in the workplace and in the world. As an Alumni Association member, you will have access to “members-only” benefits and discounts. Services available to members range from complimentary use of campus amenities to dining and travel, as well as a variety of other discounts.

For information on how to join the CBU Alumni Association, contact us at or 951.343.4439.

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- Nicole Troiano (BA, 2008; MBA 2009) Operations Manager, Neudesic Alumni Association Board Secretary







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Honoring the first CBU alumna As the first enrollee, Juanice Brister Williams witnessed first-hand the escapades and growing pains CBC sustained, all of which she recorded in her book “It Happened in El Monte.” As she tells the story of how the dream became realized, it’s easy to recognize CBC’s first four years shaped the future for what CBU later became. The hard work and rough transitions students experienced later materialized into diplomas for eight blessed students. Throughout CBC’s rich history of traditions and growth, Williams has remained a very special lady that makes every student’s desire for a diploma worthwhile. From left: Lennie Zalesky, head coach of CBU’s wrestling team; Juanice; and Arsen Aleksanyan, wrestling assistant coach.


efore CBU was one of U.S. News’ Top 50 regional western universities, it was California Baptist College, a small college housed in the First Southern Baptist Church in El Monte, CA. All that existed were the Los Angeles Southern Baptist Association’s dream, many part-time professors generous with their limited free time and 126 day-class and night-class students eager for a Baptist education.

“After 58 years, I still love CBU,” Williams said. “I weep when I come to the campus, and I say, ‘Look what God hath brought.’” Williams, above all else, sets an example for all CBU students. A diploma is tangible, and no hardship is too steep to overcome. “The best advice I would give a new student is to make the most of the next four years,” Williams said. “They will go by in a hurry. They’re very important as to what happens the rest of your life.”

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uanice met her husband, Montie Glenn Williams, through working on The Banner, which at that time was a four-page newspaper run by the Journalism Club. She went to a meeting after noticing many girls were filled with excitement and was pleasantly surprised to discover Williams was the reason for the high level of interest. Mimeograph, Made by A. B. Dick Company

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“[Opal Hammond, Ollie T. Brown and] I produced the copies on a very antiquated A.B. Dick mimeograph machine,” Williams wrote in her book. “Many times we had as much ink on us as was used in the printing. The machine was in the Brown’s home, a mile walk from campus. This also meant that I could ‘hitch’ a ride with the editor. God does truly provide!” The editor would become her husband.

The Banner has now grown into a nationally-recognized newspaper and is located at bannerwordpress. Past issues of The Banner can be read in the digital archive, which can be found at landingpage/collection/p16061coll5.



OCK PARTY WEEKEND This year’s Homecoming theme, “One World, One Mission,” celebrated the university’s 15th year of global ministry. Since 1997, CBU has sent out some 2,500 participants to 49 countries through its international and domestic service projects. Friday night’s program featured a bonfire, pep rally and the crowning of seniors Sammy Ramos as Homecoming King and Kelly Leonard as Homecoming Queen. Led by the Lancer cheerleaders and CBU Crazies, the crowd cheered as the second annual bonfire was ignited, followed by a concert by The Daylights. Saturday featured the third annual Block Party. The program included the second annual Lancer 5000

5k Walk and Run, artisan walk, live entertainment, department booths, interactive activities and Little Lancer Land for children, featuring inflatable attractions and pony rides. The alumni tent was filled all day with CBU graduates from all decades and more than 130 alumni attended the alumni reunion time with special guests, former CBC President Dr. Russell Tuck and the first CBC alumna from 1954, Juanice Brister Williams. The Lancer Lot Tailgate Party generated excitement prior to the evening women’s and men’s basketball games against Dixie State in the sold-out Van Dyne Gym.

ALUMNI AWARDS BANQUET The CBU Alumni Awards Banquet recognized the professional and athletic achievement of five distinguished alumni.



Three former athletes were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame, including Yajaira Prado Cadet (3), 2004-05 women’s volleyball; Steven Ferreira (4), 2001-04 baseball; and Milton Browne (5), 1996-99 track and field.

John Tavaglione (1), a 1987 business graduate, was named Alumnus of the Year. Tavaglione currently serves as a Riverside County supervisor for the second district. In addition to the achievement awards, five alumni from the class of 1987 (6) received silver medallions in honor of Chrystal Kern (2), a 1976 accounting and criminal justice their 25th reunion, and 15 alumni from the class of 1962 (7) graduate, was honored with the Lancer Medal, given to received gold medallions celebrating the 50th anniversary of an alumnus who exemplifies the positive characteristics their graduation. of all other alumni awards categories. Kern serves as the chief financial officer for the American Israeli Public Affairs Juanice Brister Williams (8); Charlie Tyson, Georgia Hill Committee and is a member of the advisory council for the Tyson, Marjorie Tuck, Russell Tuck (9); Nicole Troiano, Kristi Robert K. Jabs School of Business. Narmore (10); Dr. George Musacchio, Charlie Tyson (11)
















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CAREER SERVICES... WHAT A CBU PARENT SHOULD KNOW. Career Services offers a host of resources from a variety of online tools, campus-wide events and workshops, discipline-specific events, personal assessment tools and one-on-one meetings by appointment. Please encourage your student to stop by our office, set up an appointment, email or give us a call if they have questions. In the meantime, we hope we can answer some of yours. How Can I Encourage My Student? As a parent, you are your student’s biggest supporter, their strongest advocate and an ally in their educational and vocational endeavors. You also know they are developing into capable young adults, who must now learn the ropes on their own to achieve academic success and pursue their vocational and occupational goals. We recommend you review the “Student Career Development Plan” found at parentlinks.aspx. Can My Student Find Part-Time Employment and On-Campus Jobs? Many students seek part-time employment, both on and off campus during their time at CBU. Career Services hosts the Online Job Board which students can access via the CBU website at

What Are Internships? Internships are exciting opportunities for students to take their classroom learning into the workplace, develop new skills and connections, and identify what it is they want to do, as well as what they do not want to do when they graduate. Some majors require internships, and internships for all disciplines can count as upperdivision elective credit toward their major. An exciting variety of opportunities exist for every student, and we can provide your student with the necessary tools to seek out an internship opportunity that fits with their individual goals through specified drop-in hours or by appointment.

What is the CBU Parents Association? The CBU Parents Association is an organization designed to foster a community of California Baptist University parents, providing support, ideas and networking opportunities as families enter into this new stage in their lives. Parents are invited to join the CBU Parents Association and gain access to an array of events, benefits and information such as: • • • • •

Two CBU Parent t-shirts Two CBU Parent license plate frames 10% off all imprinted items in the CBU Bookstore Discounted tickets to Homecoming/Parent Weekend $2 off admission to all regularly scheduled home athletic events

How Can I Be Involved? Are you interested in hosting a college intern at your worksite? Every fall, spring and summer, students from all majors are looking for internship opportunities. If you work for a company or organization that regularly employs college interns, or you would like to learn more about how to host a CBU intern, contact: Kushi Jones Director of Career Services

Join the CBU Parents Association today for a one-time fee of $50 to get all these benefits and more! For information on how you can become a CBU Parents Association member, please contact us at or 951.343.4439. Liz Jorden Assistant Director of Career Services

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Richard Bruce Jarvis (’60) and his wife, Mildred Wier-Jarvis (’55), moved to the central Oregon coast following Richard’s retirement from 26 years of service with the California Department of Corrections. He opened a clinical hypnosis practice and began teaching at the local community college. In 1997, they shifted their focus to volunteer work with the Oregon State Police and have remained active with the organization. Dr. Curtis E. Smith (‘62) published two new books: “See, Point, and Say,” a communication guide book designed to be used by individuals working with speech, hearing and writing impaired, handicapped persons; and “When It’s Time,” which explores terminally ill patients’ struggles with life, death and spirituality. Reva Reece (nee Strickland ’62) is director/administrator at Fallbrook Child Development Center in Fallbrook, CA, where she has served for 25 years. She went on from CBU to study child development and early childhood education at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA. Reva also holds a lifetime Texas teaching credential and a lifetime California teaching credential, both for grades K-8. Carrol Whisler (’62) went on to graduate from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in 1966. He then pastored two churches bi-vocationally: Mission Hills Baptist Church in Fremont, CA (1966-1968) and Gualala Baptist Church in Gualala, CA (1969-1981). While pastoring at Gualala Baptist Church, he was commissioned and served as USAF Auxiliary Chaplain at the 776 Radar Base at Point Arena, CA. He and his wife, Virginia Charlene (nee Netherton ‘62), were selected as home missionaries in 1982, and Carrol served as director of missions for Mendo-Lake Baptist Association until he retired in 1994 to do volunteer mission work. Carrol and Virginia volunteered at Jenness Park on several occasions and served on staff there from 1997-1998. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July 2008. Randy Thompson (’67) serves as superintendent of the Woodcrest Christian School System in Riverside. He has been with Woodcrest for more than 40 years. Randy went on from CBU to earn a M.A. in educational administration from Pepperdine University in 1975. He and his wife, Phyllis (nee Kirby ’68), have been married for 44 years. They have two grown children, Julie and Kirby, and seven grandchildren.


Sharon Squyres (’71) and her husband, Dewey F. Squyres (’71), have two children, both of whom attended CBU, and eight grandchildren. She works at Santa Clara University and is studying American Sign Language. Jeanie Garrett (nee Chism ’72) worked for Salinas Christian Schools, Lyon County (NV) Schools and was the assistant librarian for Lyon County, NV. Jeanie is married to Robert 26 I 27

Garrett and is employed by Garrett’s Sierra Machinery. She became a licensed real estate agent in 1997. The Garretts have four children, ages 31, 30, 28, and 26. Jeanie and Robert attend Yerington Vineyard Fellowship, and Jeanie sings on the worship team. Harold L. Hendricks (’72) serves as president and CEO of Christian Asset Resource Educational Services in Tulsa, OK. After graduating from CBU, he went on to study Biblical studies and counseling at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He has published a book titled, “So You Think You Want to Follow Jesus: 7 Lessons to Help You Decide.” Roberta (nee Roth ’72) and Fred DeBerry (’74) met while attending CBU and were married in 1973. Fred went on to attend Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. They make their home in Renton, WA, where Fred has been the pastor to the deaf at Calvary Baptist Church since 1978. Roberta is a retired kindergarten/preschool teacher. Their son, David, attended CBU and met his wife, Karen (nee Castle ’04), while they were both students. David and Karen live in Norco, CA. Their daughter, Laura, graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with her teaching degree. Laura and her husband, Adrian Inzerillo, make their home in Vancouver, WA. Teri Goree (nee Thompson ‘74) finished recording a new album of hymns in 2011. “Hymns from a New Heart,” along with all of Teri’s other works, are available on her website at David Iverson (’74) assumed the position of executive director of Columbia County Cares Inc. in October 2011 after serving with the Red Cross Disaster Services for two years. Columbia County Cares is the primary food pantry in Columbia County, GA, servicing more than 580 families (more than 1,500 individuals) each month. Diane Rowe (nee Armstrong ’75) lives in Oklahoma and works for Seagate Technology. She completed a degree in 2004 at Mid-America Christian University. Z. Gordon Davidson (’76) went on to complete a master of divinity degree from Biola University in La Mirada, CA, and a certification in turfgrass management from the University of California, Riverside. He has earned additional certifications, including: certified arborist, International Society of Arboriculture (ISA); certified commercial pesticide applicator, California Department of Pesticide Regulations; and certified landscape irrigation auditor from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Gordon now serves as president of Z. Gordon Davidson & Associates Inc., Golf & Resort Properties. Virginia “Ann” Pedroso (nee McDoniel, nee Crotinger ’77) has retired from the Yucaipa-Calimesa Unified School District. After graduating from CBU, she went on to earn a master’s degree in education from Cal State San Bernardino. She and her family reside in Yucaipa, CA.







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Stephanie Hanson (nee Dario ’78) and her husband have been married since 1979. They have four children and one grandson. Stephanie worked as a legal secretary for her husband, who is now in the Nevada State Supreme Court.

Jonesboro, GA, where they now reside. They have three teenagers: two girls and a boy. Gina is a school teacher and also teaches horsemanship and barrel racing. She leads children’s musicals and is a Sunday school teacher.

Sara A. Johnson (nee Olmos ’78) married David L. Johnson in March 1989. They have two children at CBU: Matthew, a senior, and Elizabeth, a freshman. Sara and David sing and participate in the choir and orchestra at First Baptist Community Church in Los Gatos, CA. She enjoys working as a substitute teacher for the Union School District in San Jose.

John Chestnut (’88) completed a master of divinity degree in 2009 at Denver Seminary. He 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.


Dan Goldsmith (’80) retired from law enforcement in 1994 and has been a private investigator since 1995. He and his wife, Janine (nee Murray ’99), celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. Dan and Janine have four adult children. David Burckhardt (’81) came to California from New Mexico in 1963 to attend CBU. David worked driving a school bus for the Riverside Bus Co., and at the Arlington Theatre, where he met his wife. He joined the Air Force and returned to CBU in 1978 to finish his degree. David left the Riverside area to attend Golden Gate Baptist Seminary and then served churches in Grand Terrace, Modesto, Auburn and Sacramento. Jack Denton (’83) resides in Westminster, CA, where he works as a therapist intern at Psychological Consulting Associates. Walter Lee Stout (’83) makes his home in Newkirk, OK, where he serves as a special judge of the District Court of Kay County, OK. Jim Sandoval (’84) recently co-edited a book about baseball scouts titled, “Can He Play: A Look at Baseball Scouts and their Profession.” He serves as a history teacher, freelance writer and an associate scout for the Minnesota Twins. Greg Baird (’87) went on to earn his teaching credential in 1989 from the University of California, Riverside. He also obtained a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Cal Poly Pomona in 2004. He has worked at Murrieta Valley Unified School District as a social science teacher for the past 22 years. Gina Blackaby (nee Merriam ’87) and her husband, Dr. Melvin Blackaby (’87), have been married for 23 years. Melvin has pastored churches in Fort Worth, TX; Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada; Cochrane, Alberta, Canada; and


Scott Longwell (’90) serves as lead pastor at the First Baptist Church of Worland, WY. Johnny “Boon” Khaleet (’91) is pursuing a master of arts degree in Christian education at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. Keanon Alderson, Ph.D. (’92) has published a four-part series of articles addressing family business governance structures. He is a member of the faculty in the Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business at CBU. His book, “Understanding the Family Business,” was published in May 2011. Geoff Stacks (’94) completed his Ph.D. in English from Purdue University. He teaches at the University of Denver and lives in the Denver area with his daughters, Lizzie and Julia. Stephanie Burkhart (’95) has published a book titled, “Budapest Moon Book Two: The Count’s Lair.” In addition to writing, Stephanie works for the LAPD as a 911 dispatcher. April Schrokosch (nee Rienks ’98) works as a lead payroll technician at San Juan Unified School District and is the creative arts ministry director at El Camino Baptist Church. She also leads music once a month for the children’s worship (Kings Kidz). April and her husband, Mark, adopted Joseph (age 3) and Marina (age 1) on Aug. 29, 2011. Scott Barber (’99) has been named city manager by the Riverside City Council.

Janine Murray (’99) works as a licensed marriage family therapist. She has been married to Dan Goldsmith (’80) for 30 years. They have four adult children. Janine and Dan have done four mission trips to Rwanda, where she speaks on forgiveness and reconciliation, domestic violence and Christian marriage.

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Angela Bonnell (nee Peters ’02) and her husband, Remy, make their home in Confluence, PA with their two children. Remy works as a correctional officer at a local maximum security penitentiary, and Angela is a stay-at-home mom. Felipe Lopez (’01) completed a certificate in accounting for governmental and nonprofit organizations. He is attending UCR to obtain an MBA. Felipe was promoted at Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Co. LLP, giving him the title of audit supervisor. Shannon Olsen (’01) has been married since 1998 and has two children and four dogs. She earned a master of education degree and teaches high school students with moderate to severe disabilities. Corey Cox (’02) went on to attend the Allan Hancock College Police Academy. After he graduated, he was hired with the Lompoc Police Department. He currently holds the rank of corporal and works on a nighttime patrol shift. He is also a member of the department SWAT team and a use of force, chemical agent and less lethal munitions instructor. Corey is an active member of a local Four Square Church, where he assists with events and leads a life group. Elgin Ford (’02) is president/CEO of Veterans Assistance Project of America Inc., which provides mental health, outpatient drug/alcohol, family therapy, readjustment services and life coaching treatment to veterans, active/reserve duty service members and their families. Ingrid Serban (’02) earned a master’s degree in vocal performance from California State University, Fullerton. She now sings and tours with Painted Sun Records. Bryan Stever (’02) and his wife, Dannette (nee Ledbetter ’02), have three children: Liam, age 5; Eamon, age 3; and Maive, age 2. Bryan works as a production coordinator with Litigation Support Professionals in Riverside. He is also the owner of Best Nutrition and Body, where he conducts health coaching for youth and adults. Bryan completed the holistic health coaching program through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2011. He is enrolled in sports nutrition and personal training courses through the International Sports Sciences Association. Joshua Moss (’03), assistant principal of Villegas Middle School in Riverside, was named Certified Administrator of the Year by Alvord Unified School District. Candace Wilmoth (nee Brewer ’04 & ’07) and her husband, Jason, have two sons: Jake, age 5 and Jonny, age 1. Candace is a stay-athome mom and plans to one day return to teaching.

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Araceli Ambert (’05) works at the Superior Court of Maricopa County as a Court Operations Supervisor in the Juvenile Court Administration Office. Ashley Keeny (nee Anderegg ’05) was married on Sept. 22, 2007, to Nathan Keeny. On Feb. 12, 2010, they welcomed a daughter, Addisyn Marie. The Keenys make their home in Beaumont. Carissa Ann Potter (’07) relocated to Fayetteville, AR to continue her work with the U.S. Center for World Mission. She now works in the Mobilization Division, helping build a new team focused on children’s mobilization. Through Perspectives, NVision seminars, speaking workshops and more, they seek to engage, equip and connect children and their families to their most strategic role in fulfilling the Great Commission. Taylor Seeger (nee Villarreal ’07) was married to Bryan Seeger in 2008. On March 25, 2011, they welcomed a daughter, Hayden. Taylor is a development coordinator with Noah Homes, a nonprofit residential care facility for adults with developmental disabilities. She earned a master’s degree in library and information science from San Jose State University in December 2011. Erin Wright (nee Horner ’07) is a stay-at-home mom to Taylor Grace, who turned 3 in December 2011. Her husband, former CBU student Raymond Wright, is a worship leader at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside and recently signed a record contract. Raymond’s new album is scheduled to be released in spring 2012. Lauren Potter (’10) works at the Veteran’s Hospital in Loma Linda as a nurse in a med-surg unit. She remarried and lives in Winchester, CA, where she loves spending time with her husband and kids. Molly Powers (’10) had a paper published in the Holocaust Conference (held at the University of Portland, April 2010) proceedings, M.M. Hogan & J.M. Lies (eds.), History (19331948): What We Choose to Remember, released in 2011 from the University of Portland Press. The paper, titled “The Art of Survival: Art as a Response to the Holocaust”, appears on pages 387-397. Temitayo Opeoluwa Peters (’10) had a paper published in the Holocaust Conference (held at the University of Portland, April 2010) proceedings, M.M. Hogan & J.M. Lies (eds.), History (1933-1948): What We Choose to Remember, released in 2011 from the University of Portland Press. The paper, titled “1 Man’s Flight: 1,200 Saved”, appears on pages 151-159.







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Amanda (nee Teune ’09) and Tomás Solares (’10) were married on Sept. 3, 2011. They served on the same ISP team in 2009. Tiffany Rund (’10) married Jason Winans on June 12, 2011 at Keyways Vineyard in Temecula. Tiffany and Jason make their home in Temecula.

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Matt (’95) and Christine (nee Graves ’96) Musselmann celebrated the birth of their first child, Jacob Robert Musselmann on Oct. 10, 2011. Matt is an officer in San Jose for the California Highway Patrol, and Christy is a P.E. Teacher for the San Jose Unified School District. Shaun (’03) and Erica (nee Paajanen ’04) Higgins welcomed their third child, Blake Tyler, on August 18, 2011. He joins big brothers, Isaac and Parker.

In Memoriam

Lyle H. Chappell (’65) passed on to his heavenly home on Jan.16, 2011. He and his wife, Barbara Sue Graham, were married in 1956. After graduating from CBU in 1965, he pastored Southern Baptist churches in Missouri and California for 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; four sons: Larry (Vanesa), Steve (Jennifer), Randy (Ann), and Tim (Margaret); eight grandchildren: Dustin (Emily) and Danita; Chris and Katie; and Jessica, Justin, Logan and Jacob; three sisters: Phyllis Dixon, Francis Green, and Carol Noel. Lyle was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Stewart and Leon, and one sister, Euphora Crane. Billy Roy Bolander (’74) passed away on Feb. 29, 2012, in La Verne, CA. He was born July 2, 1929, in Lubbock, TX, to Roy and Jamie Bolander. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years before retiring in 1971. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie and four children: sons Ron and Kerry, daughter and son-in-law Brenda and Willie Hamlett, daughter and son-inlaw Judy and Eric Pawlawski. He was the proud grandfather of six grandchildren: Shannon Foster, Taylor, Lauren and Brian Hamlett, Luke and Alyx Pawlawski, and one great-grandson, Jacob Foster. He is survived by one sister, Glenda King, and countless friends and family who loved him dearly. He is preceded in death by his brothers Carl and Duane.

Earl C. Edwards (‘02) passed away Jan. 28, 2012, at the age of 59 years. Earl was a Vietnam War veteran, serving in the U.S. Army. He taught at Van Buren Elementary School for seven years. He was a loving father of Tyler, Keith, Erica, Leah and Jasmine Edwards, and the son of Heather Edwards. Faith Kimbell Barto Ruddell (’64) passed on to her eternal home at the age of 98, on Jan. 21, 2012 in Riverside. Faith was adored by her children: Jerry and Janice Barto of Anacortes, WA and Newport Beach, CA; Connie and Jim Taylor, Riverside, CA; Kathy Finnecy, Saratoga, CA; and seven step-children. She was affectionately known as Nana to grandsons Craig and Eric Barto, Jeff, Scott, Kevin and Shawn Taylor, Darren, Ryan and Brendon Finnecy, and granddaughters Rochelle Rabago, Wendy Logan-Root and Heather Finnecy. She lovingly followed the lives of 23 greatgrandchildren, 14 step-grandchildren, and 14 great-greatgrandchildren. Faith is also survived by brothers Dale Kimbell of Alamo, CA; Virgil Kimbell of Hemet; and Earl Kimbell of Sioux City, IA; and sisters Velma Luhr of Sioux City, IA; and Alice Holcomb of Riverside. Polly Anna McNabb passed from this life to her everlasting reward with her Savior Jesus Christ on Dec. 12, 2011. She was awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree in May of 1992 from CBU. Polly was preceded in death by her beloved mother, Opha McNabb, and her father, Everett Reed McNabb. She is survived by a brother, Everett Reed McNabb, Jr. of Kirkwood, MO; a sister, Kathleen Lucille Ricard of North Port, FL; and five loving nephews, Mark and Randy Ricard, and Mike, Terry and Scott McNabb. Heather Joy Davis (’89) passed away on Oct. 19, 2011 from complications of an early onset of Parkinson’s disease. She is survived by her mother, Sharon; two sisters, Jennifer (Ammar Siddiqi) and Pamela; and niece, Brittany. Raymond Frank Rueckert (’72) went home to be with the Lord on May 23, 2010. He served with the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and retired with 20 years of service. Raymond is survived by his wife, Elida, and three daughters: Valerie Rueckert of Birmingham, AL; Cindy Davey and her husband Ron of Burt, MI; Kathy Flores of Appleton, WI; five grandchildren: Samantha and Rachel Reikowski; Alicia Ducklow, Amanda Tennyson and Amber Flores; two great grandchildren, Aiden and Carter; a sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Keith Comeaux of Marinette, WI; and several nieces and nephews.

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California Baptist University’s College of Engineering has received a grant of $250,000 from the W.M. Keck Foundation that will be used to purchase equipment and develop an advanced “green” computing, teaching and research laboratory. The high-tech lab will feature field programmable gate array (FPGA) hardware and advanced robotics equipment. FPGA are integrated circuits designed to be configured by the user, after manufacturing, for customized use. Dr. Anthony Donaldson, founding dean of the College of Engineering, said the new “green” lab advances the university’s growing engineering program.“This grant will continue CBU’s development of a first class engineering curriculum and solidify our relationship with an industry leader in compact high-speed computing,” Donaldson said. “It enables our engineers, both faculty and staff, to have amazing scalable and computation power for advanced development in robotic sensors, bioinformatics and other applications.” Undergraduate engineering students will study topics such as bioinformatics, directed toward ongoing cancer research, as well as robotics, including the specialty areas of enhanced recognition, ethics-based decisionmaking and sensor interface development. Use of the

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laboratory, FPGA hardware and other equipment, and concepts and applications will be integrated into all four years of the undergraduate electrical and computer engineering degree curriculum. Existing courses are being augmented and new laboratory equipment will be integrated into those classes in fall 2012. Established in 2006, the CBU College of Engineering’s enrollment has grown more than five-fold from its initial 53 students to 290 in fall 2011.

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Developed by the Division of Institutional Advancement, the “Love a Donor” campaign aimed to raise student awareness of the role philanthropy plays in advancing the university.

Secondly, faculty and staff members that gave to CBU the previous year were provided buttons that said, “I Am Loved,” so that students could personally thank them throughout the day.

Kim Cunningham, manager of donor relations and stewardship, first saw the idea for “Love a Donor Day”at a national conference. She brought the idea back to campus and crafted it into an event that fits CBU’s needs. Feb. 14 was the perfect day to implement the three-fold plan.

Finally, students were asked to write a handwritten thank-you note to a donor and were given Valentine’s cupcakes at the letter-writing stations. The response was overwhelming. In just four hours, 442 students took the time to personally thank CBU donors. The cards were then mailed to alumni and friends who gave to the university in 2011.

First, with the goal of raising awareness of donor support, a heart was placed on everything on campus that had been donated. It gave the CBU students an incredible visual of how blessed CBU has been over the years by many generous donors.

CBU is grateful for our donors who make a quality education possible for students at this growing campus.

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Top Row: From left to right, Rev. Ralph Neighbor, Rev. Tom Holladay, Mrs. Cindy Cook, Mrs. Margaret Hollis, Mr. Richard Phillips, Dr. Robert Gates, Dr. Steve Bass, Dr. Walter Price, Dr. J.T. Reed Center Row: From left to right, Dr. Richard Yu, Mrs. Janneth Russell, Mr. Tom Hixon, Dr. E.W. McCall, Dr. L. Dean Lowe, Mr. Jerry Todd, Dr. David Gill, Rev. Gil De La Rosa, Dr. Ronald Ellis, Dr. Marilyn Blackaby, Dr. William K. Hall, Rev. Wayne Reynolds, Mr. Tai Byun, Mr. Jim Williams, Dr. Bob Byrd, Dr. Fermin Whittaker, Mr. Kyung Yi Front Row: From left to right, Dr. Walt Carney; Mr. Chuck Doremus, Mr. Michael Poma, Mr. Don Nichols, Mr. Walter Crabtree, Rev. Anthony Dockery, Dr. Phoebe Lambeth, Mr. Gary Vick, Rev. Phil Neighbors

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