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10 Stepping Up

CBU’s military population seeks new career opportunities

16 CBU’s new Boeing 727

FedEx donates plane to aviation science program



The Magazine of California Baptist University Spring 2013 • Volume 57 • Issue 3 Editor: Dr. Mark A. Wyatt Managing Editor: Dr. Kathie Chute Associate Editor: Jeremy Zimmerman Art Director: Edgar Garcia Photography: Tom Householder, CBU Athletics, Grace Ferrell, Kathie Chute, Edgar Garcia, Hillary Coy, Kelsie Markoski, Ted Craig Contributing Writers : Kathie Chute, Carrie Smith, Jacob Breems, Christina Gordon, Micah McDaniel, Grace Ferrell, Kevin Royse


CBU dedicates new Recreation Center

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From Army Green to CBU Blue


Top Chef

CBU’s military population seeks new career opportunities.


Campus News


Rec Sports


Fly Away With CBU


Fall Commencement


Coach’s Corner




Alumni Focus: Andrew Shirley

CBU is listed as a “military friendly” university by G.I. Jobs website, which details the university’s ROTC program. The CBU offers advisors to assist veterans with academics and career placement and a veteran-specific page on the CBU website. Currently, 213 active military, veterans or their dependents are enrolled at CBU to broaden their opportunities in the future. Read about some of the challenges the military population experiences as they transition to our campus.

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Dear Alumni and Friends: Each time we put together an issue of The Roundtable, I marvel at the way God has blessed CBU in the past months. This spring edition is no exception. In fact, you’ll notice the magazine is a little heavier than usual, which only reflects the activity on our campus. This issue marks the debut of the redesigned magazine, which features a new look and more feature articles for your enjoyment. As you read about all that is occurring at CBU, it is also our hope that you get to know a little more about the people behind the news. We have dedicated three new facilities recently. The recreation center in Lancer Plaza has added fitness, fellowship and training space to our campus, not to mention another beautiful building. The art gallery expands our visibility in downtown Riverside and provides an opportunity to showcase student and faculty work. The Online & Professional Studies Temecula Center increases our educational offerings and makes CBU more convenient for students in that area. In addition to those new facilities, major gifts from foundations and corporations have allowed us to expand learning opportunities for students. Recently, CBU opened more efficient green lab space in the School of Engineering, thanks to the generosity of the Keck Foundation, and the Boeing 727 donated by FedEx Express will serve as laboratory space for the new aviation science program that begins in the fall. We continue to enjoy the high quality food service that Provider Contract Food Services offers the CBU community. Recently, Provider held a Top Chef competition that really showcased the culinary aptitude of the chefs. Students, faculty and staff voted for their favorite of four dishes shown on pages 20-21. In our third year of NCAA D-1 candidacy, the Lancers continue to perform well in competition. The men’s volleyball team, which was ranked 14th, defeated top-ranked University of California Irvine. Men’s and women’s basketball both defeated Azusa Pacific University, renewing the rivalry from previous years. Men’s and women’s cross country both won PacWest titles for the second time, and men’s and women’s soccer earned NCCAA national titles. Another focus of The Roundtable is the success of CBU alumni. I hope you will enjoy the feature story about Andrew Shirley, who plays guitar with Switchfoot. Shirley is a former Mr. CBC, so it was a special treat when the band performed at Homecoming and Family Weekend in the fall. More than 5,000 alumni and parents came to campus that weekend, and it was a pleasure to welcome them all. We appreciate your prayers and your support for CBU in its commitment to the Great Commission. May the LORD continue to bless, Ronald L. Ellis President



U.S. News & World Report ranks CBU No. 25 in best online bachelor’s programs

California Baptist University earned the no. 25 spot among online bachelor’s programs in the 2013 Top Online Education Program rankings by U.S. News & World Report. CBU entered the online education market in the spring of 2010 with programs offered by the university’s Division of Online and Professional Studies. It is the first time those online programs have been

ranked by U.S. News & World Report. CBU now serves more than 2,500 students online throughout the United States and offers 26 online undergraduate majors, eight master’s degrees and two certificate programs.

were used to evaluate online programs. To be eligible for the rankings, online degree programs needed to have at least 80 percent of their course contact available online. U.S. News collected data from 237 for-profit and not-for-profit institutions.

“It is gratifying to be ranked in the top 25 of best online bachelor’s programs after two short years,” said Dr. David Poole, vice president for Online and Professional Studies at CBU. “We are all thrilled to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report. I am particularly pleased that CBU ranked no. 2 overall in faculty credentials and training and no. 15 in student services & technology. This validates that quality and experience of faculty; innovative, cutting edge technology and student support are at the heart of what we do.”

Online bachelor’s degree programs were ranked by U.S. News & World Report according to weighted indicators in three different categories: student engagement and assessment, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology. There was also separate indicator ranking for admissions selectivity. For more information on the U.S. News Top Online Education Program rankings, please visit education/online-education.

The rankings were created by U.S. News in response to today’s high demand for education provided in a flexible manner. While U.S. News has applied some of its rankings used for traditional schools, many new measures have been developed and

Joni Eareckson Tada tells students ‘Passion for God results in passion for people’ “No five-year plan that you embark on will be more important than the people put before you to serve,” Joni Eareckson Tada told students at California Baptist University during a Nov. 5 chapel service. “If you have a passion for God, you will have a passion for people.” Tada, who became a quadriplegic after a diving accident in 1967, said that at times, her life seemed without purpose. “I could not kill myself, since I was a quadriplegic, so I tried to be dead emotionally and spiritually. But hardships are what will press you against the heart of Jesus, and eventually I knew that if I would grow closer to Christ, I would grow closer to His passion.” Today Tada is involved with Joni & Friends, a foundation to help the disabled, which also includes a radio station. She challenged students not to live their

lives on automatic pilot, assuming they have the concept of a Christian life down pat as they proceed with their day. “If you live life on automatic pilot, God is against you,” she warned. “Too often, we consider ourselves the iPhone, with Jesus like our charger. We let Him charge us up, then we disconnect until we need the charge again. We are branches, part of the vine. We don’t become disconnected.” Tada said that many of us are not attracted to the cross of Jesus because it asks so much of us. “Yet that’s what gives us the passion of Christ,” she said. “Look at hardship in life as intimacy with Jesus. By developing a passion for Him, you can serve the people He loves. And you don’t have to break your neck to do it.”



SBC president challenges CBU chapel audience to live their faith when tough times come

Zach Merrill makes CBU wrestling history at prestigious meet Zach Merrill secured a seventh place finish in the heavyweight class Dec. 1, 2012 in the 32nd Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational, the premier tournament on the CBU wrestling schedule. The tournament lineup featured seven top-10 NCAA Division I teams. “It means a lot for him to place” Head Coach Lennie Zalesky said. “This is a really tough (NCAA) DI tournament.” Merrill was 5-2 in the tournament, including an 8-5 decision over Henry Chirino from Northern Colorado, which secured his seventh place finish. In their fourth year at this event, the Lancers now have an individual placer.

The Rev. Fred Luter Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Convention and senor pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, said his faith was shaken during Hurricane Katrina.

“It doesn’t matter what age you are or what your vocation is, sooner or later tough times will come into your life,” the Rev. Fred Luter Jr. said during a chapel service at California Baptist University. “One of these days when you least expect it, your life will be turned upside down.” Luter, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, spoke Nov. 26 to a CBU chapel audience about his experiences during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He has served as senior pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans for 26 years. “I lost my church, lost my salary, our 8,000 church members were scattered,” he said. “I could look on television and see that everything I knew—my home, my church—was all under water. I asked God ‘why would you let this happen? If you wanted Bourbon Street to be destroyed, why didn’t you just destroy Bourbon Street?’ But Bourbon Street stayed dry on high ground.”


Luter said he sat in his daughter’s home in Birmingham and watched as his city struggled with the aftermath of the hurricane. “For the first time in my life, my faith was shaken,” he said. “Faith is the first area that the enemy works on, and fear is the opposite of faith. Anybody can preach about faith, but every once in awhile, something happens to where God asks ‘do you believe what you preach?’” Luter told the audience that in times of trouble, they need to remember the three P’s: the promises of Jesus, the presence of Jesus and the power of Jesus to overcome anything. “If God brings you to it,” he said, “He will bring you through it.”

“There were many tough Division I schools to compete against which gives me a much better idea where I stand as opposed to facing deadwood,” Merrill said. “It really means that coaches Arsen (Aleksanyan) and Zalesky are doing a superb job with coaching me and helping me to improve against higher level competition, and I am very sure that they will continue to help me make me become a better wrestler than CBU has ever seen.” Merrill has anchored the Lancers wrestling squad this year. Through the first half of the season he has a 17-6 record, including a 6-2 record in duals and six overall wins by fall. His 32 dual points (through Jan. 5) are the second most on the team.

CBU campus mobilized to help Operation Christmas Child ministry reach goal More than 100 California Baptist University students gathered Nov. 14 to pack 185 shoeboxes for the Operation Christmas Child ministry. Participants in the packing party, organized by CBU’s Office of Spiritual Life, combined hundreds of items donated over the previous weeks. The effort involved volunteers on and off the campus.

A campus-wide effort at California Baptist University to collect items for Operation Christmas Child culminated in a packing party Nov. 14th.

During the collection process, residence complexes planned events to help gather items from their assigned categories, which included school supplies, hygiene products, toys, clothing and hard candies. Riverside Christian School and Air 1 Radio, a Christian music network, also contributed items.

The university is uniquely connected with the Operation Christmas Child ministry. Huda W. El-betjali, senior public administration graduate student, received a box as a 9-year-old girl growing up in the Middle East. That gift began a continuing outreach from the ministry that eventually led her to become a believer. Begun in 1993, Operation Christmas Child is sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief and evangelism organization that provides spiritual and physical aid to victims of war, poverty, natural disaster and disease. The organization expected to surpass the 100 million mark in the number of shoeboxes collected since the program’s beginning.

CBU cheerleading coach named California College Cheer Coach of the Year California Baptist University’s Tami Fleming, head cheerleading coach, has been named California State College Cheer Coach of the Year by Cheerpros, the host of the California State Cheer Championships. “I want it to help grow the program,” Fleming said. “I don’t necessarily want it to be glory for me and my hard work. I just want it to be like ‘Hey, CBU now has the coach of the year working for them. It is just another reason for students to come to this school and join this program.’” Fleming was nominated for the award in November and then sent in three letters of recommendation and her resume. She was awarded the title on Jan. 27. Before Fleming came to CBU, the cheerleading team’s highest ranking at the National Cheerleading Association Collegiate Nationals was 10th. After guiding the squad for one year, Fleming helped the women earn the 5th ranking. Last year the team brought home the 2nd place title at the championship. While initially embarrassed by the recognition, Fleming welcomes the award as an opportunity to promote CBU’s cheer

CBU cheer coach Tami Fleming works with cheerleaders during a practice session in their new Recreation Center space.

program as a serious contender in the state and for prospective students considering CBU. “It is another way to get the name of CBU out into the community and cheer world more and let people know that we are serious about our program,” Fleming said. Fleming has spent three years of her 16year career as a coach at CBU. Prior to working at the university, she owned an all-star cheerleading gym. She sold the

gym after accepting the position as CBU’s head cheerleading coach. “God totally knew what he was doing, because (CBU) has been a great fit for me,” Fleming said. “God is such a huge part of our program. He is so real here.”



Onward and upward! CBU students try out the rock climbing wall in the new Recreation Center.


FROM ARMY GREEN TO CBU BLUE CBU’s “military friendly” campus offers step up in career opportunities


or CBU’s military population, entering college means a different type of transition than other traditional students might experience. Moving from camouflage and

barracks to textbooks and research papers represents a shift in purpose and focus. Currently, 213 active military, veterans or their dependents are enrolled at CBU, and 38 are participating in the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program. Some students can be included in both categories, such as Jarad Armstrong, who served in the Army and hopes to re-enlist as an officer. Above: Lt. Col. Evan Wollen, professor of military science, administers the oath of office during a commissioning service. Right: Master Sergeant Danford Elliott, senior military instructor, prays during the ceremony.

“It is harder trying to get back into the swing of things as far as studying goes,” said Armstrong, sophomore communications studies major. “My focus is there, but there is an age difference.”

Cadet Anthony Walsh was commissioned into the U.S. Army during a ceremony on CBU’s campus Dec. 13. Pictured with Walsh are his grandparents, who assisted in pinning the insignia to his uniform.

Armstrong came to CBU following eight years spent in the Army and a 15-month deployment in Iraq. Through it all, however, Armstrong kept his goal of obtaining a degree, leading him to apply for CBU’s Army ROTC. CBU also offers Air Force and Marine Corps ROTC programs. His service in the military affected his attitude toward life and entering college again, Armstrong said. “That was a life-changing experience,” Armstrong said. “People tend to take things for granted. Once you spend time in a hostile environment, like you sometimes face during deployment, your whole perspective on life changes.” Armstrong said college life is different since his last venture into higher education in the early 2000s. However, his academic performance will directly affect the Army job options he is given upon graduation. “I have to stay focused and keep my eye on the prize,” Armstrong said. Will Acosta, a junior nursing major, served as a medic in the U.S. Air Force for four years. Once he completed his military service, he decided to attend college while he was still young. He chose CBU because the campus is close to his home in Huntington Park. He enjoys the class sizes at CBU, as well as the student-teacher ratio. Acosta said his deployment involved being attached to the Navy.


“I was attached to the Navy to assist humanitarian operations in Haiti, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Suriname and Guyana,” he said. “On that mission I functioned as both a medic providing medical care/preventive medicine and an interpreter for a traveling biomedical engineering team.” Like Armstrong and Acosta, Lorelyn Lucas, fourth-year engineering student and ROTC cadet company commander, also entered the Army with the hopes of one day pursuing an education and career in engineering. After two years of training in the military, she came to CBU and now serves as a type of “liaison” between the ROTC leadership and her fellow cadets. “My third year was very different because that is when you are put on the spot and your leadership capabilities come out,” Lucas said. “Because I am put in this position, it has been a huge growing experience. I am forced to be leading from the front. It is helping me with my confidence level and also with speaking in front of groups.” Being an ROTC company commander and an engineering student is a balancing act, said Lucas, and places her into two maledominated fields. “I grew up mostly around guys anyway, and I played sports in school,” Lucas said,

“but it’s definitely nice having the girls there in civil engineering, because you get to study with them and get a break from the guys.” Both Lucas and Armstrong will become commissioned officers upon completion of the ROTC program and their degrees. Graduation week will mean a diploma and military service orders. CBU is listed as a “military friendly” school by G.I. Jobs website, which details the university’s ROTC program, full-time advisors to assist veterans with academics and career placement and a veteran-specific page on the CBU website. Information about military benefits at CBU is available at veterans/benefits.aspx.

Cadet listed among top 10 ROTC seniors nationally The greatest part is that you have fellow cadets and friends who are right beside you. This builds camaraderie and a shared experience that not everybody gets to experience in college.” Feldman, a criminal justice major at CBU, considers his work in the Society of Pershing Rifles team a highlight of his time in the ROTC program. “I have trained for and participated in drill and ceremony competitions throughout the country,” Feldman said. “The Pershing Rifles team is given the opportunity to demonstrate discipline to and compete against fellow cadets from around the nation.” Upon graduation in May, Feldman will enter the U.S. Army Reserves as a second lieutenant. He has elected to be a military intelligence officer and hopes to transition into psychological operations. “Psychological operations is a field that requires officers to be culturally aware and provides our military an opportunity to interact with civilians from around the world,” he explained. “The goal is to foster and improve relationships between Americans and the rest of the world, shaping how they see us and hopefully allowing a better environment for our soldiers and civilians.” As a senior, Feldman says his final goal in the ROTC program is the development of underclassmen into confident, competent leaders.

The 2012 Cadet Command list of top 10 ROTC seniors in the nation featured California Baptist University’s senior Kyle Feldman at number six. The top 10 listing represents highest honors from the U.S. Army Cadet Command, which ranks all Army ROTC seniors across the nation. This year the list includes 1,119 Distinguished Military Graduates out of 5,579 cadets. “It was an unexpected honor,” Feldman said. “I put a lot of hard work into everything I did, and I was glad that it showed in my ranking. But I never set out with points or ranking in mind, I just did

my best in everything I attempted, and I followed the advice of the Cadre here at CBU.” A cadet’s National Order of Merit standing is determined by a number of criteria, including grade point average, strong athletic performance in the Army Physical Fitness Test, ROTC training performances and leadership evaluations. “It’s not easy waking up around 5 a.m. for physical training,” Feldman said. “It’s even harder going to class, doing homework and being involved in extracurricular activities all at the same time. But as a cadet, it’s expected.

“We explain to them that the Army needs quality officers, not quantity,” he said. “We push them to be the best because the country deserves the best.” At CBU, Feldman serves as Army ROTC cadet battalion commander. He is considered a distinguished military graduate, a designation maintained on his military records. A high ranking makes a ROTC student more competitive for occupations, duty stations and military specialty schools.



Center is ‘first step in making dream come true’ Students, faculty and staff at California Baptist University gathered Jan. 14 to dedicate the new 40,682-square-foot Recreation Center. The ceremony preceded the official opening of the facility, which has been eagerly anticipated for more than a year.

center with the idea that we would one day convert the space to use for student facilities,” he said. “The dedication of the Recreation Center is one of the first steps in making that dream a reality.”

“It’s always a good day to be Lancers,” said Kent Dacus, vice president for enrollment and student services, “but on a day like today, we’re especially fortunate.”

An athletic performance training center opened next door last August to the Recreation Center to train CBU’s student athletes. Both facilities are located in Lancer Plaza, formerly a shopping center on Adams Street.

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president, said the dedication was the culmination of work that began in 2005. “We acquired the property in this former shopping

The recreation center features a rock climbing wall plus a changeable court space that allows for two intramural basketball courts, a collegiate basketball court or

three volleyball courts. In addition, the space includes lounge areas, racquetball courts, workout rooms, men’s and women’s locker rooms and a cheerleading practice space. The roof features a running track and a soccer field covered with synthetic turf. Hours for the center include Monday through Thursday: 6 a.m. to midnight; Friday: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday: 1 p.m. to midnight. CBU students, faculty and staff will be admitted with current CBU identification.







Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president, cuts the ribbon during the dedication ceremony for the Recreation Center. Participating in the ribbon cutting were (left to right) the Honorable Chris MacArthur, Riverside city council member representing CBU/ Ward 4; Stefani Plummer, Recreation Center director; Dr. Ellis; Kent Dacus, vice president for enrollment and student services; Chris Hofschroer, assistant dean of students-community life; Alex Wright, CBU student body president; and Mel Mercado, project manager. 1 Rooftop soccer field 2 Main entrance 3 Equipment floor 4 Basketball courts 5 Spin room



“Although this aircraft has reached the end of its useful life in commercial service after 33 years, it is beginning a new life here at the Riverside Municipal Airport as a working lab for CBU aviation science students.” - Dr. Daniel Prather


CBU presented a plaque to FedEx Express in appreciation for the donation of the Boeing 727. Pictured from left: Dr. Mark Wyatt, CBU vice president for marketing and communication; Dr. Daniel Prather, founding chair of the CBU aviation science department; David Sutton, FedEx managing director of aircraft acquisition and sales; and Mark Ripley, director of the Riverside Municipal Airport.

FedEx Express donates Boeing 727 to CBU aviation science program FedEx Express has donated a Boeing 727200F to California Baptist University for use by its new aviation science program. The cargo jet made its final taxi Jan. 10 after landing at Riverside Municipal Airport. The aircraft will be on permanent display at the airport and will provide a working laboratory for aviation science students. “Although this aircraft has reached the end of its useful life in commercial service after 33 years, it is beginning a new life at the Riverside Municipal Airport as a working lab for CBU aviation science students,” said Dr. Daniel Prather, founding chair of the CBU aviation science department. “CBU could not be more pleased with this generous donation from FedEx and appreciates the role of Women in Aviation International in making it possible.” Before its final flight, the aircraft with registration number N266FE provided FedEx with 20 years of service, transporting packages to destinations throughout the United States. FedEx named the jet “Steven,” after the son of Michael R. Fleming, a dispatcher in Memphis, Tenn. who has worked for the company for 30 years. FedEx has a tradition of naming aircraft after the children of their employees.

The plane is the 60th donation of a Boeing 727 aircraft to various organizations for educational purposes. Prior to its service with FedEx, the aircraft served as a passenger plane for Air Canada. “FedEx is always proud to give back to the communities where we live and work, and this donation of a 727 from our fleet is a good example of the company’s community spirit,” said David Sutton, managing director of Aircraft Acquisition and Sales for FedEx. “This marks the 60th aircraft we have donated coast to coast, reflecting the community pride shared by all FedEx employees in support of educational endeavors.” Prather expressed his gratitude to FedEx, and to Women in Aviation International, who opened up this opportunity to its members. “Starting a program with a B727 already on hand is more than I could have ever expected,” Prather said. “Thank you, FedEx, for making this a reality!” CBU’s aviation science program opens this fall with majors in aviation flight and aviation management.



CBU opens art gallery in downtown Riverside


Although the CBU Gallery officially opened in downtown Riverside in October, the College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design (CAVAD) invited local dignitaries to dedicate the space at a reception Nov. 27. Dr. Ronald Ellis, university president, and Dr. Mark Roberson, dean of the College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design, welcomed about 30 guests, including Riverside Mayor-elect William Bailey. Dr. Mark A. Wyatt, vice president for Marketing and Communication, offered a prayer of dedication.


“We look forward to the new gallery being a bridge between the university in general and CAVAD in particular, and the arts community of Riverside,” Roberson said. “For the first time, the creative efforts of both CBU students and faculty will be on view to the general public. We hope to express to our community who we are as Christians and as artists and thereby create dialogue about the greater purpose of our creative expressions.”



OPS Temecula Center marks milestone for area’s adult education learners

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis cuts the ribbon on the Temecula Education Center Nov. 30. From left, front: Ted Meyer, dean of OPS enrollment services; President Ellis; Dr. David Poole, vice president of CBU Online and Professional Studies; Maryann Edwards, City Council member, City of Temecula; John Wells Sr., pastor, Mountain View Community Church; back: Mark Howe, vice president for finance and administration; Dr. Jonathan Parker, CBU provost; Adam Burton, vice president and general counsel; Dr. Mark A. Wyatt, vice president for marketing and communication; Dr. Larry Linamen, vice president for global initiatives.

California Baptist University dedicated its new Temecula Education Center Nov. 30. More than 100 faculty, staff and members of the community attended the ceremony at the Promenade Temecula. “Today marks a milestone for California Baptist University and the adult education learner in the Temecula Valley,” said Dr. David Poole, CBU Online and Professional Studies Division vice president, at the grand opening. “This center was established by CBU to respond to the very different needs of the ‘new normal’ generation of students – the non-traditional student that balances professional and family responsibilities while advancing their education.” Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president, said the growth is part of the university’s response to changes in the local, regional and global job market. He noted that CBU has grown from six students in 1950 to more than 6,000 this fall, seven times the enrollment when he became president in 1994.

“All indicators point toward continued growth in enrollment in the coming years, in particular the adult student market,” Ellis said. The new education center in Temecula is part of more than $200 million CBU has invested since 2001 to improve its main campus facilities and extend learning off campus in the online and hybrid environment.

John Wells Sr., pastor of Mountain View Community Church, offers a prayer of dedication.

The new location features state-of-the-art classrooms, a WebEx conference room, staff and faculty offices, a student Internet café and lounge area and staff and student break room. Ted Meyer, dean of enrollment services for CBU online, said “the Temecula education center provides access to local students and business leaders as a one stop shop for enrollment services, hybrid courses close to work or home and a welcoming location for online student study groups or meetings with faculty.”

Instrumental in the center’s launch were Steve Smith, director of facilities and planning services; Mark Howe, VP for finance and administration; Calvin Sparkman, director of financial services; Adam Burton, VP and general counsel




IRON CHEF CBU competition focuses on culinary talent in ADC

Chef Ismael Gomez was crowned CBU’s Iron Chef in stiff competition that unfolded in the Alumni Dining Commons Nov. 8. His dish, Pork Loin Two Ways, proved to be the favorite among those who sampled the dishes and then registered their votes. The other creations included Beef Adobo Wrapped in a Banana Leaf, prepared by Chef Sergio SantaMaria; Cioppino on

a Bed of Linguine, by Chef Giuseppe Pitruzzello; and Chicken, Pear & Gorgonzola Pizza, prepared by Chef Lisa Cabrera.

“The Iron Chef Competition was designed as an opportunity to showcase the culinary talents of our Provider Contract Food Service team on the CBU campus,” stated Provider’s Owner Rodney Couch. “The buzz of excitement was unmistakable in the ADC, with everyone so excited to sample the specially-prepared entrees. The comments were tremendously positive, and the Provider chefs were thrilled to hear such wonderful praise for their creations. We will be adding this competition as an annual event!” More than 250 students, faculty and staff participated in the vote after tasting all four dishes. In addition, students could enter a drawing for a $25 gift card. The winner was Delaia Fedrico.



Lance challenges 2012 CBU graduates to make a difference wherever God places them

Dr. Thomas Lance, senior pastor at the Grove Community Church in Riverside, urged fall commencement candidates at California Baptist University to commit to a life of significance wherever God placed them in their careers. “Many of you will be getting jobs soon and they may or may not be the career job you hoped for as you start out,” Lance said. “But you can make a difference in your very first job if you believe God orchestrates your life, doesn’t make mistakes wherever he places you and desires for you to have influence right where He places you.” Lance delivered the commencement address to undergraduate and graduate students of the Class of 2012 during fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 13 in the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. During his remarks, Lance said he often encounters people who wish they had made different choices in life or who were never sure if their lives made a difference at all. “As I have talked with people who feel this way,” he said, “it became clear there was never a time in their lives when


they purposed to make their life count or a time when they drew a line in the sand so to speak and said, with God’s help, this is how I am going to live my life.” Lance charged graduates to make a commitment that their life would count and make a difference in a suffering world. “You will never know when God will take an ordinary day and turn it into a day that will change the lives of those around you,” he said. Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president, conferred degrees on 92 graduate students and 225 undergraduate students for a total of 317 graduates. Ellis also presented an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree to Lance in recognition of his positive work ethic and steadfast commitment to serving Christ through service to others.

Broyles attributes career success to CBU education With the help of California Baptist University professors, alumna Abby Broyles used her college career to tackle her life ambitions through internships and landing her dream job as a news reporter in her hometown of Oklahoma City. “(CBU is) an environment that encourages young people to find their calling,” Broyles said. “I knew what I wanted to do, I worked hard, and it’s paid off. I feel incredibly blessed to have found my passion early on, and I’m doing what I’ve always wanted to do in my career.” The reporter graduated from CBU in December 2009 with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and political science. Broyles said that as a broadcast student, she chose CBU for its close proximity to Los Angeles, the second largest television market in the United States. While at CBU, Broyles completed internships with KCBS in Studio City, Calif., KNBC in Burbank, Calif. and CBU’s athletic program as a sideline reporter.

“(My professors) tailored my degree program so that I could receive credit for the multiple TV internship programs I got into in Los Angeles,” Broyles said. “They always offered encouraging words and were excited to hear about the stories I got to cover the day before in L.A.” Her hands-on experiences during internships and working with the campus newspaper, The Banner, helped Broyles enter the fast-paced newsroom as a professional broadcast journalist. No two days are alike, she said. One day might take her to a crime scene and the next to interview a family experiencing a tragedy. However, Broyles said she does not shy away from big stories, citing her CBU experience as one of the foundations behind her storytelling skills. “I’m always compassionate,” Broyles said. “I care about people and maintaining a high level of journalistic integrity is especially important to me. I believe that’s rooted in my faith, and I think being

involved in a strong faith-based community at CBU served as an invaluable launching pad for my television career.” Broyles said one of the highlights of her life remains a trip to New York City she took with fellow CBU journalism students for a conference. Armed with an intern press pass from her CBS station in Los Angeles, Broyles hopped on the subway toward the CBS Broadcast Center in hopes of meeting her role model Katie Couric. She was allowed into the studio with her press pass and ended up having the opportunity to sit down and talk with Couric. “Professor (Maryann) Pearson was elated when I told her I got to meet Katie,” Broyles said. “To this day, that trip to New York is one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Being at CBU, getting involved with the journalism department and having the unwavering support of my professors fostered experiences like that for which I will always be thankful.”



Lancer sports wrap-up

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country

Both men’s and women’s cross country teams experienced highlights in the 2012 season. The men won their second straight PacWest conference title, with Talal Khan leading the way for CBU, winning the individual championship and taking home Newcomer of the Year honors. Head Coach Ben Gall was named PacWest Coach of the Year, and CBU had three All-League first team runners. The CBU women finished second at the conference meet, and Jennifer Mallen was also named Newcomer of the Year and AllLeague first team. Both teams then traveled to the NCCAA National Championships


in Cedarville, Ohio, and it was Mallen stealing the show with a superb individual performance to earn her the national title. The men and women placed third and fourth respectively.

Women’s Soccer

The Lancer women outscored their three opponents 12-1 en route to their second straight NCCAA National Championship, defeating Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.) 5-1 in the quarterfinals, Grace (Ind.) 4-0 in the semifinals and Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 3-0 in the championship game. CBU finished 2012 18-2-1 overall, matching the program record for wins in a season and finishing the season with a programrecord 14-game winning streak.

Daelyn Paul was named the NCCAA National Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Kelly Jenks was named the tournament’s most outstanding offensive player and Chantel Cappuccilli was named the tournament’s most outstanding defensive player. Lindsay Vesling was named to the all-tournament team.

Men’s Soccer

The Lancers won the NCCAA Soccer National Championships, trailing 2-0 with 34 minutes left. They roared all the way back and scored three goals in the final 28 minutes, capped by Marc Hope’s stunning winner with 7.8 seconds left to beat topseed Fresno Pacific University and win the 2012 NCCAA National Championship in

Alumni game welcomes back Lancers Softball To kick off the CBU softball season, the Lancers hosted their alumni game welcoming back all of the former softball student-athletes. The rains that lead to a cancellation of the game did little to dampen the spirits of these Lancers as their reunion pressed on Saturday, Jan. 26th. Old friends and new families were brought together with a reception in the Van Dyne Gymnasium. Lots of pictures and hugs filled the gymnasium as the alumni were reunited. The current Lancer student-athletes were able to meet and connect with the alumni who were eager to share stories from their days of competition, and they also offered words of encouragement as the current roster of Lancers continues their tradition of excellence.

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dramatic fashion. The men, who finished their season 16-5-2 overall, got to the finals with wins over Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) (4-0) in the quarterfinals and Union (Tenn.) (1-0) in the semifinals. Anderson, Hope, Carlos Figueroa and Rob White were all named to the all-tournament team.

Men’s Basketball

In the first PacWest Conference meeting between CBU and Azusa Pacific University, the men’s team nearly led wire-to-wire in an 81-69 win. The Lancers shot 55.8 percent and had three in double figures. The win snapped the Lancer men’s sevengame losing streak to the Cougars dating back to 2008 and was their first over Azusa Pacific at home since Feb. 23, 2007.

Women’s Basketball

CBU women’s basketball renewed its 34-year-old rivalry with Azusa Pacific on Jan. 15 and picked right up where they left off, defeating the Cougars in a thrilling 67-65 overtime game. The two teams last met in 2011 when CBU defeated APU in the GSAC tournament final.

Men’s Volleyball

The first conference match in the history of CBU men’s volleyball was one for the ages Jan. 16, as the No. 14-ranked Lancers knocked off top-ranked and defending NCAA Champs UC Irvine in a thrilling five-set comeback. CBU fell behind 2-0 before storming back for the stunning 22-25, 19-25, 25-16, 25-22, 15-13 victory,

opening the flood gates for a raucous celebration in the Van Dyne gym.

Women’s Volleyball

Women’s volleyball finished 19-8 overall and 12-4 in the PacWest. The Lancers nabbed their second straight third place finish in the conference and had Ingrid Carmona and Malika O’Brien named to the All-PacWest Team.

Men’s Water Polo

Men’s water polo played their toughest schedule to date, ending with a 17-12 record, with wins over a pair of ranked opponents. CBU swept through the Collegiate Water Polo Association invite and had Austen Ramer named tournament MVP.





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Leonard Zalesky CBU Wrestling Head Coach

Why did you become a Lancer? I have wanted to coach at a private Christian school for quite some time. The UC Davis wrestling program was dropped from all the state budget cuts, so I was looking for a job. I was a finalist for another coaching position (a place that I have wanted to coach for a long time), but I took my name out of the hat when I visited CBU. I really felt like CBU was the perfect setting for me at this point in my life.

Favorite CBU Wrestling memory? We’ve had so many great experiences in training, traveling and competing that I’m not sure I could pinpoint just one. I can say it has been a lot of fun coaching here. Fun to be around these wrestlers and fun to watch them grow in the sport and watch them succeed beyond the mat.

Most influential people in your career? Dan Gable, Dave Schultz, along with many of the University of Iowa coaches and wrestlers when I was there from 1977-1990. Also, many Russian wrestlers and coaches have also had a great impact on my coaching and technique.

Favorite part about being at CBU? Being at a smaller school with the Christian emphasis in education. I really enjoy the community atmosphere on campus.

Most important skill or attribute you have developed in your career? Patience.

Advice for those looking to secure a head coaching position? You need to put in the time and really study all aspects of the sport. Conduct all of your affairs with integrity and wait for the right time. Learn what motivates athletes.

Dream Job? CBU Wrestling Coach!

Who would you choose to switch places with for a day? Harley McMann- a bush pilot and friend of mine in Alaska

Three people you would love to have dinner with? James Taylor, Morgan Freeman and Andrea Bocelli.

Favorites: • • • • • • •

Place to eat: Good sushi restaurants Flavor of ice cream: Chocolate mint Sports memory: Winning the Iowa High School State Tournament Movie: The Shawshank Redemption TV show: Seinfeld Music: Soft rock and classical Childhood memory: Fishing and hunting with my family back in Iowa • Holiday: Christmas • Gift I’ve received: Rounds of golf


CBU engineering students benefit from Keck grant Thanks to a $250,000 grant from the William M. Keck Foundation in 2012, the College of Engineering purchased equipment that allowed for the integration of cutting-edge technology. Today that technology benefits all CBU engineering students across the curriculum. The equipment, which is installed in various laboratory spaces within the College of Engineering, includes NAO robots, the leading research robotics tools in the world; field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), reusable electronic chips (programmable “in the field” by engineers using a computer) that perform simple to complex electronic functions; and an FPGA-based high speed computer system. This provides CBU engineering students with a learning environment that uses the new technology to break down complicated ideas so everyone can understand the more fundamental concepts.


“It’s about placing this exciting new technology for students to encounter throughout our curriculum,” said Dr. Anthony Donaldson, dean of the College of Engineering. “We have been able to introduce innovative curriculum, robotic systems and a working supercomputer into several of our labs and classes.” Dr. Grace Ni and Dr. Rod Foist, both associate professors of electrical and computer engineering, are two of several professors making use of this equipment as they work with students. Ni is using the advanced NAO research robot to teach a technical elective on advanced robotics after using one in a capstone project last year. Foist has incorporated FPGAs into a new hands-on lab for math classes, illustrating to students the concepts of derivates and integrals in simple ways. He also developed and taught a senior technical elective on FPGAs.

“The technology is actually being integrated not only into one special FPGA lab but also into all four years of the undergraduate electrical and computer engineering degree curriculum,” Foist said. The FPGA-based high speed supercomputer, purchased from Pico Computing, resulted in the company partnering with CBU faculty and students to conduct research using a known bioinformatics algorithm with guidance from a Pico expert in this area of business development. Bioinformatics uses computers to do rapid DNA sequence comparisons needed for cancer research.

working simultaneously,” Donaldson said. “It can literally process millions of pieces of information at the same time.” The effect has been a catalyst for learning, according to Donaldson. More advanced students benefit by using the technology in classes and projects, but even freshmen entering the engineering programs are affected when they see its capabilities. “When you take a complicated piece of technology to a freshman lab, they get excited about more advanced courses,” Donaldson said. “It’s a source of enthusiasm in the College of Engineering.”


“The supercomputer makes decisions as fast as hundreds of desktop computers 1





On this page, from left: 1 Alex Muganza, David Kari, Dr. Grace Ni, Andre Zebaze and Bertrand Dushime 2 Mary Hanson, Dr. Ni, Jim DeVore with the NAO robots 3 Virtex 5 FPGA board, funded by Keck 4 Alex Muganza, David Kari, Dr. Grace Ni, Andre Zebaze and Bertrand Dushime 5 Zach Taylor with the FPGA board




CBU Homecoming and Family Weekend attracts 5,000 alumni and friends to campus celebration About 5,000 people attended California Baptist University’s Homecoming and Family Weekend celebration Nov. 1-3. The change of date to the fall meant that CBU hosted two homecoming events in a single calendar year—the first in February, when about 4,500 people attended. The fall homecoming weekend began Thursday evening, Nov. 1, with a “Switchfoot” concert that packed out the Van Dyne Gymnasium with 1,600 attendees in standing room only space. Switchfoot includes guitarist Andrew Shirley (‘96), who is an alumnus of CBU. Homecoming continued on Friday, with an alumni chapel led by Hector Jimenez (‘09) and Pastor Tom Holladay (‘77). Other Friday activities included a parent and family barbeque on the front lawn and a

Jazz Band concert. The Alumni Awards Banquet that evening recognized the classes of 1962 and 1987, as well as professional and athletic achievement. The CBU’s women’s volleyball team played Fresno Pacific University Friday evening in Van Dyne Gymnasium, losing the game with a score of 3-1. Saturday featured the fourth annual Block Party. The program included the third annual Lancer 5000 5k Walk and Run, an artisan walk, live entertainment, gourmet food trucks, interactive booths and children’s activities that included inflatable attractions and pony rides.

Saturday night’s program featured the crowning of seniors Brandon Fries as Mr. CBU and Aubree Worrell as Ms. CBU. Led by the Lancer cheerleaders and CBU Crazies, about 3,000 people cheered for men’s and women’s intramural teams competing in the Fortuna Bowl. Both games went to teams considered underdogs: the Bus Drivers women’s team beat SWAT, 14-0, while in the men’s contest, Beast Mode won over Dynasty, 7-6.

In the weekend’s second women’s volleyball contest, the Lancers defeated Azusa Pacific University, 3-0.



Alumni honored at annual awards banquet








The Alumni Awards Banquet honored the class of 1962 as it celebrated its 50th anniversary and the class of 1987 for its 25th The banquet also recognized CBU alumni for outstanding professional and athletic achievement. Those honored included: Marilyn Crabtree, a 1962 graduate, received the Alumni Service Award for her work with the Sacramento Area Alumni & Parents Regional Network. Crabtree was instrumental in organizing the network and continues to spearhead and coordinate area events. Tom Holladay, a 1977 graduate, was honored with the Distinguished Service in Christian Ministries Aware. Holladay serves as a teaching pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest and also teaches a daily 10-minute podcast called DriveTime Devotions that covers a Bible chapter each week. Dr. Richard Phillips, an alumnus from the class of 1985, received the Alumni Philanthropy Award for his work as founding chairman of CBU’s board of visitors and his help in organizing the university’s Oxford international business studies program. During the banquet, three former CBU athletes were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. They included Verania Willis Lindo, 2005-07 women’s volleyball; Russell Thompson, 2004-07 swimming; and Candice Thomas, 2004-07 softball.




1 Marilyn Crabtree 2 Dr. Richard Phillips 3 Candice Thomas 4 Tom Holladay 5 Class of 1962, from left: Ted Campbell, Walt Crabtree, Marilyn Crabtree, Paul Sherrill 6 Class of 1987, from left: Jayne Gayles, Renee Miller, Abayomi Sonuyi 7 Verania Willis Lindo 8 Russell Thomas

More than 3,000 attended Fortuna Bowl during Homecoming This year’s Fortuna Bowl attracted 3,000 people to the weekend event.

Fortuna Bowl 2012

The intramural championship evolved into a bowl game in the late 1980s, under the leadership of Guy LeCompte, then intramural director. However, the event’s growth can be attributed to Chris Hofschroer, director of community life, according to Kent Dacus, vice president for enrollment and student services. “He has been the driving force in making the event really special,” Dacus explained. “It has been under Chris’ leadership that we have seen the involvement explode and have seen so many features added to the game.” Hofschroer came to CBU as a student in the fall of 1999 and was impressed that the Fortuna Bowl featured “a couple of bleachers, lights and a microphone.” He returned to CBU in 2007 as director of recreational sports with the goal to make intramurals even bigger. “It already had a little bit of steam,” he said. “At first, we added a few more bleachers, an actual announcer and painted lines in the end zone.” At Homecoming, the Fortuna Bowl included bleachers, lights, referees with microphones and free concessions, paid for by Community Life, Hofschroer said. This year’s match-up for the women was between SWAT and The Bus Drivers. The men’s game was a rematch of last year’s Fortuna game between Dynasty and Beast Mode.




CBU alumnus comes home to play on homecoming stage Two years after beginning his education at California Baptist University in 1992, Andrew Shirley was still an undecided major but resolved to take the advice of his father to pick something the student felt passionate about — communication arts and music. His father “nodded hopefully and smiled,” said Shirley. Two decades later, Shirley is a guitarist with the world-renowned band, Switchfoot. “It’s something that I always loved to do but not something I thought would actually pan out,” Shirley said. “It is a rare thing.” Shirley returned to his alma mater Nov. 1 to perform with Switchfoot for CBU’s homecoming kickoff concert. The musician said the visit left him very nostalgic. “I was telling the guys that I was actually Mr. CBC one year,” he said. “It was kind of like a stage during homecoming just like this. Here I am now in a band getting paid to play here. It is like coming full circle. Shirley said he grew more than academically as a student at CBU. “I learned a lot about who I am as a person,” Shirley said. “As most college students know, much learning occurs outside of class. The environment on campus was manageable to me; I wasn’t just a number. I was able to grow and fail in a community of people that I trusted.”

After graduating in 1996, Shirley remained in Riverside and played for eight years with the band All Together Separate, a group comprised and managed by Shirley’s fellow CBU alumni and friends. A week after ATS decided to dissolve, Shirley was approached to play for Switchfoot by the group’s lead singer, Jon Foreman. Shirley has now been performing with the band for nine years even after it was initially dropped from its label shortly after the guitarist joined. “I just knew I liked the guys, believed in their music and loved playing guitar live,” Shirley said. “Two years later, we had sold two million records and the label picked us up again.” For Andrew Shirley, being a Christian in the music industry is more about “who you are, not what you do.” “When entering the music industry, I was told by a famous musician to ‘navigate the valley of distraction,’” Shirley said. “There are certainly a lot of distractions in the entertainment industry. I have to surround myself with like-minded people who really know me for me and whom I trust. You tend to become like the friends you choose, right? Honestly, I know that my faith maintains me. I would be tossed so easily by the waves in this industry.”



Reconnecting CBU Lancers through the years 1960

From left: Joan Chatham, Mary Bowerman and Sharon Phillips McElwain

Three former classmates reunited after nearly 40 years, enjoying a week of reminiscing and seeing the sights and sounds of Angel Fire, N.M. • Joan Chatham (nee Lapa ’68) retired from her position as director of quality and risk manager at North Crest Medical Center in Springfield, Tenn., after 35 years as a registered nurse. She recently received certification to teach English as a second language. Chatham plans to relocate to Antigua, Guatemala and serve as a volunteer in medical missions and as an English teacher. She has two children, Desiree and Stephen. • Mary Bowerman (’67) retired in 2001 after 34 years with the Boeing Company as a cost and schedules manager. She relocated to Kingfisher, Okla. in 2002, where she is active in First Baptist Church mission projects, as well as the Kingfisher and Oklahoma Federation of Republican Women. • Sharon Phillips McElwain (’65) lived in France for seven years and now makes her home in Estes Park, Colo. She works in

missions by telling Bible stories to people in the 10/40 window. The 10/40 window refers to those regions of the eastern hemisphere, plus the European and African part of the western hemisphere, located between 10 and 40 degrees north of the equator. She also teaches English and quilting. Sharon has one daughter, Chimene. Dr. Jane Rogers Vann (nee Ellen Jane Rogers ’67) received praise for her book Worship Matters: A Study for Congregations. The book, published by Westminster John Knox Press in 2011, attempts to tear down the barrier between pulpit and pew by examining the various elements of worship. The Academy of Parish Clergy announced in May 2012 that her book was among its “Top Ten Books of the Year” for 2011. Vann, the Rowe Professor of Christian Education, Emerita, earned an M.A. from Marquette University and an Ed.D. from Columbia Teachers College. She retired from a career in teaching Christian education and worship at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va. She is married to Dr. J. Daniel Vann III who taught history at California Baptist University. They have two married sons and live in Asheville, N.C. Charles V. Woody (’68) served as a US-2 missionary in Chicago. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1973 and went on to serve as pastor for the deaf at churches in Forth Worth, Texas; Little Rock, Ark.; Denver, Colo.; and New York, N.Y. He also served as the pastor of churches in Anchorage, Alaska and Lincoln, N.D. where he retired. Woody worked as a U.S. Air Force Chaplain (reserve, retired) for 20 years and presently serves as a school bus driver in the

Bismarck district. He and his wife, Irene, have two daughters and one granddaughter. Barbara Ann King (nee Hudson ’68) married her husband, John, after graduating from California Baptist College in 1968. She went on to teach elementary school for five years in San Bernardino, Calif. From there, Barbara joined her husband in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he was attending medical school. She taught kindergarten and music at The American School while living in Mexico. Upon John’s graduation, they moved to Glendale, Calif. where he did a fifth Pathway internship year at White Memorial Hospital and Glendale Adventist Medical Center. They have since lived in Takoma Park, Md.; Morgantown, W.V.; Alameda, Calif.; Bremerton, Wash. and Scottsdale, Ariz. They currently make their home in Lakeside, Ariz. Barbara and John have four grown children and three grandchildren with two more on the way. Barbara is a member of The White Mountain Chorale and enjoys scrapbooking, cooking, and painting.

1970 Dean Kershaw (’74) has served in a variety of positions in and out of the church. He was the minister of music and organist at Hampton Baptist Church in Hampton, Va., the director of education and music/organist at Crenshaw United Methodist Church in Blackstone, Va., and the program director at Trinity United Methodist Church in Jensen Beach, Fla. Kershaw worked as assistant manager at S & K Famous Brands in Newport News and Williamsburg, Va. then as organist/ choir director at Grace Episcopal Church in

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Yorktown, Va. He has served as organist and choir master at West End Baptist Church in Suffolk, Va. for 26 years as well as working as a sales associate at Dillard’s Department Store in Norfolk, Va. Jesse Blasongame (’75) earned an MBA from the Drucker School of Management, and a Ph.D. from Aston Business School. He makes his home in Murrieta, Calif. Larry B. Woodruff (’75) was widowed in 2010. He has two children and two grandchildren. Woodruff retired from MCI/ Worldcom/Verizon Business in August 2010 after 25 years. He attends First Baptist Church of Richardson, Texas and plays in the church orchestra, brass ensemble and jazz band. Stephanie Ann Hanson (nee Dario ’78) has been married for 35 years. She and her husband have four children and one grandchild. She is working to complete her degree through CBU’s online program.

1980 Elias Bracamonte (’80) serves as pastor of Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida in Topeka, Kan. He is the current president of the National Hispanic Baptist Fellowship. Linda Renee Hagen (nee Foster ’80) taught at Goldenwest Christian School in Westminster, Calif. from 1980-1982. She continued her teaching career at Leffingwell Christian School in Norwalk/Paramount, Calif. from 1982-1992, and Coleman Junior High School in Van Buren, Ark. from 1995-2012. She currently teaches oral communications at Van Buren Freshman Academy in Van Buren, Ark. H. Michael Young (ex-’79-’84) has been appointed to the board of directors for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). SSH is an international non-profit organization that services healthcare simulation modalities from a variety of domains, including medical, nursing, allied health, dentistry and veterinary professions. More information can be found at Young earned a B.B.S. (’93) degree and a M.Div. (’01) at Hardin-Simmons University. He works as a simulation technology specialist at Tarleton State University’s Center for Instructional Innovation, assigned to the department of nursing’s simulation program.

Mike Staver (’84), CEO of The Staver Group, published his second book, Leadership Isn’t for Cowards, in June 2012. The book “offers straightforward, practical advice for leading courageously and driving performance–while also creating a great place to work.” His other publications include the book Do You Know How to Shut Up? And 51 other life lessons that will make you uncomfortable, as well as a chapter in Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul. Michael Anthony Markowich (’87) has been married for 45 years and has two children, five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He serves as president of Williams Furnace and Phoenix Manufacturing with headquarters in Colton, Calif. Laura Quattlebaum (nee Lewis ’88) received a promotion in August 2012 from lieutenant to captain with the California Highway Patrol.

1990 Peter Thompson (’92) served for 11 years as associate pastor of worship and music in Central Illinois. He and his wife, Margie (nee Sherrill ’87), now serve as missionary staff with Campus Crusade for Christ, assigned to FamilyLife in Little Rock, Ark. They are part of the Homebuilder Coaching team, helping individuals and churches start and/or grow ongoing marriage ministries. Philip Read (’95) and his wife, Hope, have been married for 16 years, and they have a 7-year-old daughter. Philip is a product manager for Kerr Laboratory/Danaher Corporation in Orange, Calif.


From left: CBU Alumni Nicole Haggerty (’07), Leisa Moore (nee Mahaffie ’00), Ashley Tuttle (nee Anders ’10) and James Tuttle (’10), all teachers at Valley Christian Junior High School in San Jose, Calif., showed CBU pride during Spirit Day on Nov. 9, 2012.

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Nicole Haggerty (’07) teaches 7th grade life science and leadership Leisa Moore (nee Mahaffie ’00) teaches 8th grade physical science Ashley Tuttle (nee Anders ’10) works as administrative assistant to the principal and vice principal. She also coaches 8th grade girls basketball. She is married to James Tuttle. James Tuttle (’10) teaches 6th grade math and pre-algebra, as well as coaching sixth grade flag football and basketball. He is married to Ashley Tuttle.

Felipe R. Lopez (’01) completed a certificate in Accounting for Governmental and Nonprofit Organizations from the University of California, Riverside. Shortly after graduating from CBU, he joined Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Co. LLP (VTD). He spent nearly 10 years with VTD and was promoted to audit supervisor. Felipe left VTD in May of 2012 and became the chief business officer at the Compton Community College District. Gary Herdman (’01) was named Teacher of the Year for 2012 in the Stonewall (Okla.) School District. He earned a master of arts degree in instruction and curriculum from Azusa Pacific University and a master of arts degree with a reading specialization from East Central University. Previously, Herdman served in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft mechanic and as a dietician. At Stonewall, he has been involved in Literacy Night distributing free books for students. Chris Collver (’03) is manager of research and information for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues. His responsibilities include tracking and analyzing federal and state legislation and regulations of importance to credit unions. In addition, he works with the leagues’ advocacy teams to provide data, analysis and recommendations on new and proposed legislation and regulations. Collver joined the Leagues in 2000 after working for 15 years at a credit union in Omaha, Neb. Steve Sanchez (’07) was hired by the Willmar Stingers (Willmar, Minn.) as an assistant coach for the 2012 season. Steve works as an assistant baseball coach at San Diego Mesa College and as an instructor of health and physical education.

Janice “Kushi” Jones (’08) serves as director of career services at CBU. She has a passion for



working with university students to help them discover inherent skills and gifts, equipping them to become “Skilled to Serve,” the motto of the CBU Career Services Center.

Desert Hot Springs. He is responsible for financial planning, fiscal control, purchasing, risk management, human relations and informational technologies.

John H. Helms III (’09) works for Chickfil-A as a grand opening supervisor. He travels throughout the country, helping to open new Chick-fil-A stores.

Samantha Johnson (’10) serves as an online marketing coordinator for Plastic Surgery Studios in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

2010 Enock Francois (’10) joined the army wrestling program at West Point in New York. He spent two seasons as a graduate assistant in the wrestling program at the University of the Cumberlands, where he helped coordinate practices, aided with recruiting and assisted with daily strength and conditioning activities. After graduating from CBU with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, he earned a master’s degree in teaching from the University of the Cumberlands in 2012. Terrence B. Beaman (’10) works as finance and administration director for the City of

Jeffrey Kubel (’10) was promoted to the rank of captain with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, where he commands the Court Services West Operations. Kubel and his wife, Angie, and their four daughters live in Murrieta, Calif. Mike Fine (’10) deputy superintendent of Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) was named the 2012 Outstanding Education Administrator by the Inland Empire Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. Previously, Fine was assistant superintendent in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District in Orange County, Calif.

married for 27 years to a pastor in Chino Hills, Calif. She specializes in marriage and family, child development, parenting, youth and young adults. Her mission is to provide professionally competent and personally compassionate care for the individuals, couples and families who come to her for counseling services using sound biblical principles and Christian values. David A. Helms (’11) has relocated from Laguna Niguel, Calif. to Cumming, Ga. Samuel Fragoza (’12) works part-time with the CBU wresting team. His first children’s book was published in December and is available on Josh and the Sock Army is a tale about a boy who goes looking for his missing red sock. His imagination takes over, and he ends up in a secret cave under his house where he encounters a giant sock army, bent on revenge for all the stinky feet that people have put in them. Sam’s second book is underway and seeking publication.

Mary B. Garcia (’11) has been a practicing biblical counselor for 10 years. She has been

Future Lancers



1 Randy Beck (’92) and his wife, Hayley, welcomed Lachlan Bishop into the world on Sept. 6, 2012. Lachlan joins big sisters LilyKate Adele, age 4; Elese Claire, age 3 and Olivia Hayley, age 2.

3 2 Megan Mauds Storhaug (nee Lockridge ’09) and her husband, Brook, welcomed their son, Easton Hunter Storhaug, on Oct. 27, 2012.

3 Meagan (nee Tucker ’06) and Kendall (’07) Lloyd welcomed their son, Simon Hamilton Lloyd on Jan. 6, 2012. Shortly afterward, Kendall completed his MFA in acting at the University of Iowa, and they relocated to New York City so he can pursue his acting career. Meagan has been teaching and spending time with their son. Becka and Paul Burke (’03 and ’05) celebrated the birth of their second child, Maggie Beth Burke on Jan. 14, 2011. Their third child, Anderson Taylor Burke, was born on Jan. 25, 2012 and entered the presence of our savior the same day.

In Memoriam

Melba Louise DellaSanta (ex-’61) Winifred Alberta “Peach” Smithee (nee Bass, ex-’58) Wanda Agnes Whorton, former CBC professor of mathematics Allen D. Wagner (’77)


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