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The Magazine of California Baptist University Fall 2013 • Volume 58 • Issue 1 Editor: Dr. Mark A. Wyatt Managing Editor: Dr. Kathie Chute Associate Editor: Jeremy Zimmerman Art Director: Edgar Garcia Photography: CBU Athletics, Edgar Garcia, Jim Veneman, Grace Ferrell Contributing Writers : Kathie Chute, Gail Ronveaux, Carrie Smith, Jacob Breems, Amy Leonard, Micah McDaniel, Grace Ferrell

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PacWest Honors Lancers With Top Honors


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Campus News

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Coach Q&A


Homecoming Schedule


Alumni Focus - Sarah Horn


Alum News


ABOUT THE COVER: T-SHIRT DESIGN BY GARIBALDI The design you see on the cover will appear on the special edition homecoming t-shirt, which will be available at the Homecoming Block Party and through the Campus Store. The t-shirt was designed especially for CBU by David Garibaldi, the renowned artist who will be creating art during the Homecoming Awards Dinner. Tickets to the dinner are available on a first come/ first served basis by contacting the the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 951.343.4439 or More information about David Garibaldi and the Homecoming Awards Dinner begins on page 28.

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Fellow Lancers, During the summer months, California Baptist University’s facilities were filled with campers, as they are each year. CBU hosted 5,517 guests during 19 CBU athletic camps, 28 church camps and two external athletic camps, resulting in 15,503 bed nights in our residence halls. It’s an opportunity for students to be on a college campus—and many of them keep us in mind when they begin considering colleges. In fact, a number of those former campers enrolled for classes this fall. They can recall fond memories of friendly CBU staff, waffles in the ADC and activities with friends. They visualized what it would be like to be on our campus as students, and so—here they are! As president, I enjoy hearing the stories of how students chose CBU for their college experience. They are as varied as the students are, but nearly all point to a contact they had while they were on campus. Maybe they already knew current students or perhaps a faculty member talked them through their academic options. That contact, though, has proven to be important, and it’s a real measure of who we are as an academic institution. You’ll notice in this issue of The Roundtable that we have a lot to be proud of as a university. Recently, CBU became a full member of the NCAA, so competition in our athletic program will go up a notch. Zach Esquerra, a recent graduate who was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks, has received accolades for his athletic ability and his prowess as a scholar athlete. The cheer team, featured in the Mind, Body & Spirit spread, won their first national championship last spring. At homecoming, we will honor alumni who have made a difference in their communities. CBU was named one of the most beautiful Christian campuses, and we’ve once again been listed among U.S. News & World Report’s best colleges in the nation. All the awards and recognitions are marks of excellence for CBU’s programs, but they’re also reminders that there’s a lot going on behind the scenes, and there are people here working hard to make them all happen. CBU is not about new buildings, rapid enrollment growth, outstanding academic majors or even great food. Those things only support what’s really happening. California Baptist University’s success can be measured by the team here that works diligently, with commitment, to encourage students who walk onto our campus to become all they can be—to find their purpose in life and go forward. Paraphrasing what Dr. Micah Parker said in the NCAA story that begins on page 12, it’s really all about learning lessons here that will translate into real life. The influences, the mentoring and the friendships at CBU are what make the difference in this university. As we begin another successful academic year, I challenge you to look around and see the faces behind the recognitions. Pay attention to the contacts you have on campus, and remember we are truly family here as we work toward a common goal: to continue to build a university committed to the Great Commission. May the Lord continue to bless. Ronald L. Ellis, Ph.D. President



CBU honors 1,117 graduates at spring commencement ceremonies Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, president of California Baptist University, congratulated 1,117 graduating students May 3 and 4 during commencement ceremonies at California Baptist University (CBU). The graduates included 308 candidates for master’s degrees and 210 undergraduates completing degrees in Online and Professional Studies programs during May 3 exercises. Another 599 traditional undergraduates received diplomas on May 4. “Remember that the path you take largely will be determined by the choices you make,” Ellis said in his commencement address. “Not just directional choices, but spiritual choices, relationship choices, occupational choices and even recreational choices. The key is to make sure you demonstrate integrity in those choices as a fundamental expression of your character.”

Ellis reminded graduates that they needed to live the purpose for which God intended them. “The challenge that confronts all of us in life offers limitless possibilities that are as unique as each individual member of the Class of 2013,” he said. “It involves continually determining what it means to ‘Live Your Purpose.’… Whatever you determine that to be, the challenge is to use who you are — your unique character — and what you have — your talents and gifts — to serve others.”

Hangzhou, China received the Min Sung Kim International Student Award, and Gabriel Muhire Gihana, a biochemistry and molecular biology major from Kigali, Rwanda, received CBU’s Outstanding Senior Award. Combined with the 285 students who graduated last December, the Class of 2013 included 1,402 degree applications, the largest number of candidates for graduation for a single year in CBU’s history. It is the fifth consecutive year that the annual total exceeded 1,000.

Awards for student achievement were presented at both ceremonies. Donald Stolan, a nationally recognized loan officer, was honored as the Outstanding Online and Professional Studies Student. Leyi Ling, a music education major from

CBU cadet earns first place honors during Army physical fitness test Celeste Diamond, a CBU Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadet, took first place July 11 for the female category of the 13th Regiment’s Army physical fitness test at Joint Base Lewis in McChord, Wash.

The APFT is broken into three parts, including the two-mile run, two-minute push-up and two-minute sit-up. Each cadet completes all three and then receives a score based on the Army’s APFT score chart.

Diamond competed against 450 of her peers and achieved the highest women’s score of 369.

APFT scores are based on the Army’s standards for age and gender. Cadets must receive at least 60 points in each event to qualify for the Army.



Inaugural Grandparents’ Day draws more than 200 participants

More than 200 CBU students and their grandparents enjoyed a full day of activities during the inaugural Grandparents’ Day on April 5, beginning with breakfast and a campus tour. Grandparents accompanied their students to chapel services and chose from ceramics or a social media seminar in the morning, followed by a luncheon. In the afternoon, grandparents had the opportunity to visit student housing, attend a women’s choir performance,

watch the Lancer baseball team defeat Azusa Pacific University or participate in an estate planning seminar.

were receiving their education and a day of interaction and pride,” Cleveland said. “We are looking forward to next year’s event.”

The inaugural Grandparents’ Day was an opportunity for students to show appreciation for their grandparents’ support and love, according to Dr. Arthur Cleveland, vice president of Institutional Advancement. “Grandparents took away a better idea of where their grandchildren

The second annual Grandparents’ Day will be held on April 7, 2014. Information about the event will be made available online and invitations will be mailed to grandparents of current students. For more information, contact ssommers@ or

CBU campus newspaper wins third national recognition The Banner, campus newspaper of California Baptist University, was named the second best overall Christian college newspaper in the inaugural Advisors of Christian Collegiate Media awards announced May 18. The contest, held in conjunction with the annual “Awards of Excellence” competition run by the Evangelical Press Association (EPA), evaluates overall excellence in student publications throughout the United States and Canada. “We are honored to be in the company of such outstanding student publications,” said Dr. Michael Chute, program director for journalism and public relations programs and faculty advisor for The Banner. “Our staff is thrilled that their hard work has been recognized by such


a strong journalistic organization as the EPA.” Other newspapers honored for overall excellence included the Taylor University Echo (first place), the Liberty Champion from Liberty University (third place), the Union University Cardinal & Cream (fourth place), and the Campbell Times from Campbell University (fifth place). The Banner also won a first place award in the “Best of Show” awards at the National College Journalism, hosted by the Associated Collegiate Press, in April and placed in the top-10 among all colleges and universities in the nation at the annual College Media Advisors conference.

Hobby Lobby Donates $5.65 Million Gift to California Baptist University

CBU named a 2014 “Best Regional University” by U.S.News & World Report Baptist University

U.S. News & World Report has included California Baptist University on its list of the nation’s “Best Colleges” for the eighth straight year.

California Baptist University has received the largest gift in the history of the institution. The gift, Tahquitz Pines Camp in Idyllwild, Calif., is valued at $5.65 million and was generously donated by Hobby Lobby Stores. The 21-acre property has been used as a Christian camp and retreat since the 1930s and has been managed by CBU for the past year.

“CBU received confirmation on Aug. 26 of the recording of the deed for Tahquitz Pines, which is now officially the property of California Baptist University,” Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president, announced in a notice to university employees. “We are extremely grateful to Hobby Lobby Stores and reminded of the Scripture that states, ‘Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above...’. (James 1:17 NASB)”

CBU is ranked No. 42 in the West in the publication’s “Best Regional Universities” category for 2014, up from No. 58 the previous year. The ranking places the university in the top tier of educational institutions across the nation. “I am pleased that California Baptist University is once again recognized in this influential ranking of higher education institutions in America,” said Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president. “It is a strong affirmation of the quality and value of the CBU experience for current students and a significant factor for prospective students to consider when making their college choices.” U.S. News & World Report ranked the 1,376 institutions in their list using a quantitative system of 16 weighted indicators of academic excellence, including student selectivity, graduation rates, assessment by peer institutions, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. The category of Regional Universities includes those that offer a broad scope of undergraduate degrees and master’s degrees but few, if any, doctoral programs. “Best Colleges” rankings are featured in U.S. News & World Report’s each year to aid prospective students and their parents looking for the best academic values for their money. A full list of the rankings can be viewed at



Onward and upward! The CBU cheer team recently won its first National Cheerleaders Association championship. Earlier in the year, they also took their second west coast title at the USA Collegiate Cheer Championships.



1990 Women’s Basketball: GSAC Champions Men’s Soccer: GSAC Co-champions Softball: GSAC Co-champions

1992 Softball: GSAC Co-champions

1997 Baseball: GSAC Champions

1998 Men’s Cross Country: GSAC Champions

1999 1988

1956 Dewey H. Jones organizes first competitive basketball team



Men’s Cross Country inaugural season: GSAC Champions


Women’s Basketball: GSAC Champions

Men’s Tennis: NAIA Doubles Championship

Women’s Volleyball: GSAC Champions



Men’s Water Polo: Inaugural Season

Men’s Basketball: NAIA District III Champions

Women’s Volleyball: GSAC Champions

Men’s Track (Distance): NAIA Indoor National Champions



Men’s Volleyball: NAIA Champions Women’s Volleyball: GSAC Champions


2010 Membership approved in NCAA PacWest Conference Baseball: GSAC Champions Softball: GSAC Champions Men’s Volleyball: NAIA Champions

2011 Women’s Soccer: PacWest Champions Women’s Soccer: NCCAA National Champions Men’s Soccer: PacWest Champions

2005 Softball: GSAC Champions

Men’s Soccer: NCCAA National Champions

Softball: NAIA Region II Champions

Men’s Volleyball: NAIA Champions

Women’s Swimming & Diving: NAIA Champions

Women’s Volleyball: NCCAA Champions

Men’s Volleyball: NAIA Champions

Women’s Golf: NAIA Champions

Women’s Volleyball: NAIA Champions



Women’s Soccer: PacWest Champions

Men’s Swimming & Diving: NAIA Champions

Women’s Soccer: NCCAA National Champions

Women’s Swimming & Diving: NAIA Champions

Men’s Soccer: PacWest Champions

Men’s Volleyball: NAIA Champions

Men’s Soccer: NCCAA National Champions Baseball: PacWest Champions

2007 2000

Men’s Swimming & Diving: NAIA champions

Men’s Cross Country: GSAC Champions

Women’s Swimming & Diving: NAIA Champions Lancers Outdoor Sports Complex completed

2001 Men’s Volleyball: NAIA Champions


Men’s Volleyball: NAIA Champions Men’s Water Polo: CSPA/ NAIA Water Polo National Tournament Champions

Men’s Volleyball: NAIA Champions


Women’s Volleyball: NAIA Champions

Women’s Swimming & Diving: NAIA Champions



Men’s Cross Country: PacWest Champions Women’s Cross Country: PacWest Champions

2013 Men’s Cross Country: PacWest Champions Baseball: PacWest Champions

Softball: PacWest Champions

Baseball: NCCAA World Series Champions

Women’s Swimming & Diving: Team Scholar All-American Award

Women’s Basketball: PacWest Champions

Men’s Track (Distance): National Champion in NCCAA 800-Meter Run Women’s Track (Distance): National Champion in NCCAA 800-Meter Run Cheer: West Coast Championship at USA Collegiate Cheer Championships


Women’s Soccer: PacWest Champions Men’s Soccer: PacWest Champions Wrestling: National Collegiate Wrestling Association Champions Cheer: NCA Cheer and Dance National Championship





LANCERS COMPETING IN NCAA DII Fall athletes of California Baptist University arrived on campus Aug. 16 with a new goal in mind — reaching the NCAA national championships. Following a three-year application process, the new academic year marks the first time CBU has been a full member of the NCAA. For Dr. Micah Parker, athletic director, the NCAA membership and higher level of competition that comes with it allows student athletes to take part in an overall trend of growth at CBU, he said. While the transition does allow CBU to begin recruiting a higher level of student athlete, Parker said the department’s emphasis on academics will remain just as steadfast as it has been in the past. Currently, the average grade point average for a CBU student athlete is 3.0. All athletes are required to show progress toward a degree. Parker said he wants the athletes to be students first. “It isn’t about being eligible,” Parker said. “It is about being excellent.” With the new membership comes an entirely new and thicker rulebook. For example, a member of the Lancer Athletics Association will need general knowledge about NCAA rules regarding recruiting, donating and participating. “Part of my job is to educate everyone involved with our athletics program about what we can and can’t do under NCAA

regulations,” he said. “It’s an ongoing process to keep boosters, athletes and coaches informed.” New rivalries and higher athletic standards will challenge the face of CBU athletics. However, Parker hopes to keep student athletes accessible to the rest of the campus so they can remain “just the guy down the hall.” Fifty-five CBU teams have experienced a national championship game in past years with 30 winning and 25 garnering runnerup titles. However, NCAA membership raises the bar. “It will be exciting to see what (the student athletes) can achieve,” Parker said. That higher standard gives students another platform to honor Christ through excellence in their sport, he added. “We have a unique opportunity to model Christ though athletics,” Parker said. “It is something I think is needed in the overall athletic culture.” Participation in athletics shows future employers that students are able to juggle several activities and classes at once. “It is about getting a degree, excelling at a sport you love and about the lessons you learn in a sport that transfers into real life.” CBU’s new membership status will affect the university’s 415 student athletes, who participate in 20 teams.



PacWest Honors Lancers With Top Honors

Zachary Esquerra led the PacWest with 51 runs, and his 17 home runs landed him fourth in all of college baseball. At left: Esquerra was recognized as the Outstanding Player in the 2013 NCCAA National Championship, which CBU won last spring.


Former California Baptist University outfielder Zachary Esquerra of La Habra, Calif. won triple honors off the field while competing for the Hillsboro Hops, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Class A minor league team. Esquerra was named the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association West Region Scholar-Athlete of the Year in September, adding to a trophy case that already includes NCAA Division II Player of the Year, the PacWest Player of the Year and the PacWest Scholar Athlete of the Year. Esquerra is one of eight scholar-athletes being considered for the Division II Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor that will be selected from the regional winners.

College Sports Information Directors of America selected him to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team. CBU’s Bernadette Witz took home Scholar Athlete honors for women’s soccer, and Jennifer Mallen grabbed the honor for women’s cross country. Witz maintained a 3.60 grade point average last season as a marketing major, earning PacWest Women’s Soccer Player of the Year honors along the way. She was second in the conference with 12 goals and led the league with five game-winning goals. Mallen held a 3.95 grade point average through the course of the 2012-13 school year, graduating with a degree in psychology. After finishing third at the PacWest Championship meet, she was named the conference’s Newcomer of the Year. Mallen also won an individual NCCAA title last season.

A criminal justice major with a 3.88 grade point average, Esquerra led the PacWest with 51 runs scored while ranking second in hitting (.382) and third in both doubles (15) and runs batted in (47). Esquerra’s 17 home runs landed him fourth in all of college baseball, covering all three NCAA divisional levels and the NAIA. Esquerra’s 17 home runs landed him fourth in all of college baseball covering all three NCAA divisional levels and the NAIA.

Right page, from left: Bernadette Witz was named PacWest Women’s Soccer player of the Year, while Jennifer Mallen (#447 in the photo) was honored as PacWest NewComer of the Year. Both women were also recognized as scholar-athletes.



Wrestling, swimming and diving, water polo claim new affiliations

Not only did California Baptist University gain NCAA Division II active member status this summer, but five individual sports also secured conference homes, beginning this upcoming season. Wrestling and men’s and women’s swimming and diving both landed in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) while men’s water polo accepted an invitation for the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) and women’s water polo will be an inaugural member of the Golden Coast Conference (GCC). In its brief history as an intercollegiate sport, CBU wrestling has never had a conference affiliation. The Lancers will be one of two associate members in the nine-team conference that already included seven original RMAC members. The conference includes five schools from Colorado (Adams State, Mesa State, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State-Pueblo and Western State), one each from Nebraska (Chadron State) and New Mexico (New Mexico Highlands) along with fellow associate-member San Francisco State.


Meanwhile, the RMAC currently has four men’s swimming and diving programs and will gain a fifth (Lindenwood) in 2014-15. Women’s swimming and diving currently has five programs with Lindenwood also set to join as the sixth member in 2014-15. Adams State, Mesa State, Colorado School of Mines each have men’s and women’s programs, while Western State participates in women’s swimming and diving only.

and San Diego. The winner of the annual WWPA Men’s Water Polo Championships earns one of three automatic bids to the NCAA Men’s Water Polo Championships. “Having the ability to compete for a conference championship and a spot in the NCAA Tournament is very exciting,” said Parker. “We are very thankful to the commissioner and the membership for allowing CBU this opportunity.”

“We are thrilled to join the RMAC,” said Dr. Micah Parker, director of athletics “We look forward to competing against the best in the west region for both of those sports. I know this conference will help prepare our student athletes for national competition.”

In its 14-year existence, the Lancers, despite being consistently ranked in the Top 25 of the national coaches’ poll, have never been a part of a men’s water polo conference. The same goes for the Lancers’ nationally renowned women’s water polo program.

Back in February, CBU men’s water polo became the ninth program in the Western Water Polo Association. The WWPA is a combination of NCAA Division I, II and III teams throughout Southern California, Northern California and Colorado.

On June 3, it was announced that CBU will be one of seven universities in California that will form the Golden Coast Conference, a new collegiate women’s water polo conference set to begin play in the spring of 2014.

In the fall of 2013, the WWPA will consist of Air Force, CBU, Claremont-MuddScripps, Loyola Marymount, PomonaPitzer, Redlands, Santa Clara, UC Davis

The GCC features Azusa Pacific, Fresno Pacific, Loyola Marymount, San Diego State, Santa Clara and Pacific as well as CBU.

CBU welcomes new coaches for three Lancer teams “CBU has an outstanding reputation as an intentional Christian institution with excellent athletic programs,” said Hackney. “I was impressed with everyone I met during my visit, because faith was first and foremost on everyone’s list. I believe both teams here feature some talented players, so I’m anxious to get started.” Just two weeks after Hackney came aboard, Men’s Soccer Head Coach Ryan Jorden announced his resignation to take the head coaching position at NCAA Division I Pacific and Schroeder was announced as his replacement.

It was a busy five months for Director of Athletics Micah Parker, who had to replace three head coaches. In April, Parker landed Rick Croy for men’s basketball before landing John Hackney for golf in July and promoting Gregg Schroeder for men’s soccer in early August. Croy was introduced as the Lancers’ new men’s basketball coach on April 2, replacing the retiring Tim Collins. Croy spent the past three seasons as the lead assistant at NCAA Division I St. Mary’s, helping lead the Gaels to two NCAA Tournaments.

Georgia. Hackney spent 16 years as the head men’s coach at NCAA Division II Barton in Wilson, N.C. While at Barton, Hackney led the Bulldogs to 14 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, 45 total tournament wins and ranking in the NCAA Division II Top 25 in 12 of the past 13 seasons. He coached 11 AllAmericans, 11 scholar athletes and 32

In July, Hackney was tabbed to replace Lane Pace, who resigned for the head coaching position at Shorter College in

“We are excited to have Coach Schroeder continue as head coach and look forward to continued success,” said Parker. Schroeder, a 2003 graduate of Westmont, earned All-GSAC honors in 2002 with the Warriors. He started all 79 games in his four seasons. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach with the women’s program at Westmont, helping guide the Warriors to the Sweet 16 of the NAIA National Tournament.

No stranger to Riverside, Croy spent five years as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I UC Riverside in addition to one year at Concordia-Irvine. Croy also spent five years as the head coach at Citrus College in Glendora, Calif., winning a state junior college championship in 2008. “We had a tremendous pool of quality applicants but Rick fit everything we were looking for in fit to the university, head coaching experience, NCAA experience and Southern California ties,” said Parker. “I’m confident he will help us continue to honor Christ through excellence in athletics.”

A former professional soccer player, Schroeder spent three seasons assisting Jorden with the Lancer program, helping guide the Lancers to a 48-15-2 mark, three postseason appearances, a PacWest title and two straight NCCAA National Championships.

He then played professionally in the United Soccer League with the Charlotte Eagles Soccer Club for four seasons before joining Jorden’s staff. He also had professional stints in Sweden and India.

individual tournament medalists. Hackney, who was named conference coach of the year five times and regional coach of the year three times, also coached the women’s team for two seasons. He also served as the school’s sports information director for 17 years and was the cross country coach from 1997-2000.

“This is an exciting time for CBU soccer and for me,” said Schroeder. I’m thankful for the opportunity to coach such a talented group of young men. I’d like to thank CBU for entrusting the team to me and I’d also like to thank Coach Jorden for preparing me to lead them.”



Athletics by the numbers: Spring recap


CBU won its fourth straight conference championship in the most dramatic fashion possible, sweeping a doubleheader from Point Loma on the final day of the regular season. Both games were won with walk-offs, a two-out, two-strike, three-run home runs from freshman Antonio Chavarria in the opener and an extra-inning RBI single from Zach Esquerra in the nightcap. The Lancers went on to win the NCCAA World Series for the second straight year. Head Coach Gary Adcock was named NCCAA National Coach of the Year, while Esquerra was named NCAA Division II National Player of the Year.


Levi Cabral was named AVCA NCAA Division I/II All-American first team in the Lancers’ inaugural season in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). The Lancers finished a respectable 16-14 overall and were tied for sixth with Stanford in the MPSF with a 12-12 mark, which included wins over UCLA (twice), eventual national champion UC Irvine, Pepperdine and USC. The Lancers finished ahead of UC Santa Barbara, Hawaii, CS Northridge and USC among others.



Four Lancers earned NCCAA AllAmerican nods and Trevor Henson won the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCCAA National Championships. Naomi Van Setten finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Jennifer Mallen was second in the 10,000 meters and Chase Williams was second in the 800 meters. CBU had three PacWest individual champions and 12 AllPacWest performers, led by Williams (800), Mallen (5,000) and Van Setten (3,000 meter steeplechase).


On the men’s side, Micah Machado earned All-PacWest honors with a 10th place finish at the conference championships. As a team, the Lancers finished seventh. Meanwhile, the Lancer women finished sixth, while Samantha Peters became the first player in program history to earn All-PacWest honors, finishing 15th overall.


CBU compiled its 12th straight 30-win season, finished 31-18 overall. Savannah Miller and Jessica Avila were named NCCAA All-American first team and Avila was named freshman of the year in the PacWest. Miller and Rachel Meyer were All-PacWest first team while Avila, Sloan McHann and Mara Rodriguez were named to the second team.


CBU ran its streak of winning seasons to 14 straight years, finishing 18-17 overall while playing one of its toughest schedules to date. The Lancers played 12 nationally-ranked teams and finished the season winning 17 of their final 25 games, including victories over NCAA Division I Brown, Colorado State and Villanova. In addition to that, Laura Kocsis helped her native Hungary to a silver medal at this year’s World University Games in Russia this summer.


Men’s Basketball Head Coach WHY DID YOU BECOME A LANCER? CBU is a perfect fit for our family. We love the campus, the city of Riverside and the university’s vision for athletics. The opportunity for our family to come back to Southern California was truly the Lord’s timing. MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN YOUR CAREER? My high school basketball coach, Frank Allocco, inspired me to coach. John Masi gave me my first college coaching opportunity and is the most disciplined person I know. Ken Ammann showed me I could be a very demanding and positive coach and leader. Jody Wise presented me with my first head coaching opportunity, and she is one of the best leaders I know. My mother, Sandi Foster, has the best attitude I have ever been around – and building great teams starts with great attitudes. FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING AT CBU? The inspiration that is present all around campus, from the Alumni Dining Commons to the Recreation Center, along with unlimited opportunities and resources to pursue excellence. MOST IMPORTANT SKILL OR ATTRIBUTE YOU HAVE DEVELOPED IN YOUR CAREER? Attitude. I don’t think there is a more important life or leadership attribute worth working on daily than one’s attitude. THE BIGGEST GOAL FOR MEN’S BASKETBALL AT CBU? Build a basketball team that our students, faculty, staff, administration, community and alumni are proud to call their team! FAVORITE SPORTS MEMORY? Watching my kids Kayden (8) and Jrob (6) compete! PERSON YOU WOULD LOVE TO HAVE DINNER WITH? My father, James Robert Croy IV. FAVORITES: Place to Eat – Wahoo’s Fish Tacos Flavor of Ice Cream – Coffee Movie – Brian’s Song TV Show – House Hunters Music – Country Childhood Memory – Playing basketball in the backyard with my brother. Holiday – Christmas Best Gift I’ve Received – Meeting my wife!


From left: Aaron McCalmont, Levi Cabral, Guilherme Koepp, all members of the men’s volleyball team


LAA hosts Student Athlete Banquet, Lancer Golf Classic The Lancer Athletics Association (LAA) hosted two major events to close out the 2012-13 season: the 3rd Annual Senior Student Athlete Banquet on April 28, and the 23rd Annual Bruce Hitchcock Lancer Golf Classic on April 29.

were selected Philanthropists of the Year for donating funds for the putting green that allows CBU’s golf teams to work on their game. The Pimpanits are parents of Katherine Pimpanit, who plays with Lancer women’s golf.

The Senior Student Athlete Banquet honored 85 students who had completed their athletic eligibility as a Lancer. Ingrid Carmona of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, received the award for Outstanding Female Student Athlete of the Year. Carmona played opposite hitter for women’s volleyball.

Former NBA All-Star and coach, Paul Westphal spoke to attendees about how to judge excellence. Westphal played for the Boston Celtics and was selected five times as an All-Star. He also earned three All-NBA First Team selections. Later, he coached the Phoenix Suns and men’s basketball at Pepperdine University.

Matt Marnati of Yucaipa, Calif., was named Outstanding Male Student Athlete of the Year. Marnati played outfield for Lancer baseball.

The Bruce Hitchcock Lancer Golf Classic featured competition among 124 golfers at the Victoria Club in Riverside. The event generated record-breaking revenue to support CBU’s athletics fund.

Haynes Building Service LLC was honored as Corporate Sponsor of the Year, and Mr. and Mrs. Sean Pimpanit of Corona, Calif.

staffed the tournament events throughout the day, allowing participants to meet and mingle with the leaders of CBU Athletics. Tom Brisco’s team earned first place. Brisco, a board member of the Lancer Athletic Development Council, has supported CBU athletics since 2000. He is owner of Irvine Pipeline Company Inc. LAA expressed special gratitude to Provider Contact Food Services, who was the tournament title sponsor, and to C.W. Driver, the banquet dinner sponsor, as well as all of the sponsors and participants in the 2013 Lancer Golf Classic. CBU athletics strives to provide studentathletes with the best experience in the classroom, on the fields and courts and in the community. Generous donations from the Lancer Athletics Association make that goal possible.

The entire Lancer coaching staff participated in select foursome groups and



CBU professor represents Riverside in Sendai race Dr. Jeff Cate, professor of Christian studies at California Baptist University, represented the city of Riverside at the Sendai (Japan) International Half Marathon on May 12. Riverside is a sister city to Sendai, one of the areas affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Cate said he beat his own personal best time by nine seconds in the race. “I knew it was a highly competitive race with several Olympic athletes and other prestigious elite runners,” he said. “With cool weather, a favorable course and loud crowds lining the route, I managed to eke out my personal best time yet for a half marathon (1:23:50; 6:24/mile pace)by nine seconds. I was relieved to run well since I was representing our city and school.” The city of Sendai invites each of its nine sister cities to select a male and female runner to represent their city in the race each spring. This year’s marathon included Olympic runner Mizuki Noguchi, who won a gold medal for Japan in the 2004 games, as well as other elite athletes.


Besides Riverside, Sendai’s other sister cities participating in the race included Rennes, France; Acapulco, Mexico; Minsk, Belarus; Gwangju, South Korea; Dallas, Texas; Changchun, China; and Tainan, Taiwan. Oulu, Finland is also a sister-city but didn’t send runners this year. Riverside and Sendai have been sister-cities for 56 years, the second oldest such relationship in the world. Cate was not an athlete in high school or college. He picked up running in his late 20s to stay in shape and got hooked on it. Now, at age 45, he has run 22 marathons, including the Boston Marathon twice, and dozens of other races of varying distances. Cate said he did some of his training at CBU’s new recreation center. “Even though I can’t compete with the youngsters or the elites, I still like to train hard and do my best,” Cate said. “I think exercise should be an important part of the balance in our lives—our intellectual, social, physical and spiritual well-being, as Luke 2:52 indicates. I think it’s good that, as a New Testament professor, students

see that staying active and physically fit in whatever exercise we enjoy is not just something for CBU athletes or kinesiology students to pursue—it should be an important aspect of all our lives, and not just when we’re in our 20s.” As one of the sister-city runners, Cate received VIP treatment for the week in Sendai. For the race, the delegates were brought to the stadium in a luxury bus, provided access to the track and given a uniform with their city’s name written in Japanese. “The singlets (shirts) with “Riverside” in Japanese were great because the crowds along the route were cheering for me specifically,” Cate said. “And when I heard them cheer for me, I would smile and wave, and they loved it. I’m not used to receiving such treatment as a runner. Sendai did an amazing job as a host city.”

Top left: The runners observed a moment of silence before the race to remember the victims of the tsunami that hit Sendai two years ago. Top right: Dr. Jeff Cate ran his personal best time for a half marathon. Bottom right: William Tarpei, Yoko Boucher and Cate, all of Riverside, with the 2012-2013 Mayor’s Outstanding Service Award; Bottom left: Mizuki Noguchi, Japan’s gold medalist in the marathon at the 2004 Olympic Games; Theresa Hoag, who represented Riverside in the women’s race; and Cate. Noguchi won the Sendai Half Marathon for the women in 1:10.



FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 California Baptist University alumni and friends are invited to participate in the annual Homecoming & Family Weekend Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2. More than 6,000 people attended the weekend’s events last fall. This year’s schedule offers a wide variety of events that will appeal go guests of all ages. Chapel services at 10 and 11 a.m. on Friday will feature Dr. Jonathan Jarboe (’86), senior pastor of Pathway Church in Redlands, Calif. Lunch will be available in the Alumni Dining Commons, Brisco’s or Wanda’s, and a BBQ dinner will be served on the Front Lawn, accompanied by a jazz band performance. Later that evening, the annual Homecoming Awards Dinner takes place in the new Recreation Center’s gym. Awards will be presented to Damien (’00) and Jennifer O’Farrell (nee Schumm ’00), co-winners of the new Young Alumni Achievement Award; Jarboe, recipient of the Distinguished Service in Christian Ministry Award; Kelly Omari Suyenaga, Parent Volunteer of the Year; and Jack Hawkins Sr., the Lancer Medal for lifetime



achievement. The dinner will feature gourmet food presentations by Chef Brad Martin, and the classes of 1962, 1988 and 2003 will be recognized for milestone anniversaries. Entertainment will be provided by renowned performance artist David Garibaldi (see story on pg. 28), as well as the 55-Buck Art Sale, featuring 5”x7” works of art created by celebrities, CBU students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university. Contributors will be posted on the Homecoming website. Friday’s festivities will conclude with an alumni men’s water polo game at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, a meeting of the Alumni Association will be held in the Copenbarger Dining Room in the Yeager Center. Business will include elections for the Alumni Association Board. It will be followed by the opportunity to cheer for the men’s and women’s swim and dive teams as they compete against the University of Redlands and California State University East Bay. A block party scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. will feature an artisan walk, food trucks, inflatable attractions for

children, games, interactive activities, live entertainment and CBU department booths on the Front Lawn. Attendees may also participate in campus tours, parent and alumni receptions and reunions planned throughout the weekend. CBU’s men’s water polo team will compete against the University of Redlands at 3 p.m. Preceding the Fortuna Bowl, pre-game tailgating events for students and young alumni will begin on the Front Lawn at 5 p.m. The championship for men’s and women’s intramural football will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Last year, more than 3,000 people packed the bleachers. The weekend will close with a fireworks show immediately following the Fortuna Bowl championship game. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 951.343.4439 or alumni@calbaptist. edu, or visit the Homecoming website at

Homecoming & Family Weekend 2013 schedule FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 q 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Homecoming Information and Check-in – Welcome Tent

q 10 a.m. & 11 a.m.

Chapel – Van Dyne Gym (Jonathan Jarboe ‘86, speaker)

q 12 p.m.

Lunch around Campus – Alumni Dining Commons, Brisco’s, or Wanda’s *

q 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Campus Tours – Meet at Welcome Tent

q 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Homecoming BBQ – Front Lawn *

q 6 p.m.

Jazz Band Performance – Entertainment Tent – Front Lawn

q 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Homecoming Awards Dinner – Recreation Center Gym *

q 7:30 p.m.

Event to feature performance artist, David Garibaldi; 55-Buck art sale including works by alumni, faculty and friends of the university, as well as celebrity artists; gourmet food presentation by CBU’s own renowned Chef Brad Martin; distinguished alumni and parent award presentations; recognition of 10, 25 and 50 year reunions (classes of 2003, 1988 and 1963); and more!

Alumni Men’s Water Polo Game *


Cut along the dotted line to use this page as your self-guided tour and checklist through the weekend activities and events.

q 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Homecoming Information and Check-in – Welcome Tent

q 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Alumni Association all member meeting – Copenbarger Dining Room **

q 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Campus Tours – Around Campus Meet at Information Tent

q 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

School of Business Reception – Innovators Auditorium

q 11 a.m.

Men’s & Women’s Swim/Dive vs. University of Redlands & Cal State East Bay *

q 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Leadership Seminar hosted by School of Education

q 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Block Party – Front Lawn q Food Trucks (11 am – 7 pm) * q Little Lancer Land with Inflatable Attractions, Games and Petting Zoo q Live Entertainment (11 am - 6:30 pm) q Department Booths, Games, Interactive Activities q Reunions/Receptions - Share your CBC/CBU story! **

q 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Campus Tours – Meet at Welcome Tent

q 3 p.m.

CBU Men’s Water Polo vs. University of Redlands *

q 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Young Alumni Pre-Game Event – Entertainment tent **

q 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Fortuna Bowl Tailgate Party (Current Students) – Front Lawn

q 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Fortuna Bowl Football Games – Fortuna Field, Front Lawn

q 9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Fireworks! – Fortuna Field, Front Lawn

* Fees may apply/Paid admission ** RSVP requested





DAVID GARIBALDI their passion to benefit and inspire others,” Garibaldi said on his website. “That is music and color. That is rhythm and hue.” His large-scale paintings are created to the musical works of Stevie Wonder, U2, Kayne West, Lady Gaga and The Beatles, among others.

California Baptist University’s annual Homecoming Awards Dinner Nov. 1 will feature world-renowned artist David Garibaldi, known for transforming large blank canvases to art as the audience watches. Although Garibaldi’s interest in art began as a child, his life as a serious artist began with painting graffiti art in South Sacramento. While he admits his life could have taken a much tougher path, Garibaldi eventually discovered he could combine his love of color with his passion for music to create a completely unique performance. “I create images in an entraining way, and my hope is to inspire the audience to use

Garibaldi’s performances for Fortune 500 companies, including AT&T, Intel and Disney, and during charity events for groups like World Vision and the Special Olympics have all been inspired by his personal mission statement “living with passion and purpose.” At the age of 29, he has raised more than $1 million for charities and non-profits around the world. Garibaldi’s performance at the Homecoming Awards Dinner will take place at the Recreation Center gym from 6 – 8 p.m. The event also will feature the 55-Buck Art Sale, at which works by alumni, faculty, friends of the university and celebrity artists will be sold for $55. Contact Alumni & Parent Relations for ticket information.



Homecoming 2013 awards honor alumni achievements

Jennifer, Damien & Marleigh O’Farrell

to help individuals and families escape the cycles of poverty and homelessness for six years. He currently serves as vice president of operations. He is also founder and certified facilitator and strategic planning consultant at TheWay_Forward and director of community development with Today’s Urban Renewal Network. Damien served as the founding vice president and second president of The Pick Group: Young Professionals in Riverside, serves as the board chair of an international non-profit called Relational Tithe and is currently serving as one of five city co-chairs for Riverside’s economic development efforts called Seizing Our Destiny. He has also authored articles for youth ministry magazines and spoken at national events across the country.

Young Alumni Achievement Award

Damien (’00) and Jennifer O’Farrell (nee Schumm ’02) have been selected as co-winners of the new Young Alumni Achievement Award this year. The award recognizes extraordinary achievements of those who have been out of CBU less than 15 years. Damien has worked at Path of Life, a non-profit agency that provides shelter, transitional housing, life-coaching, childcare and a number of other services

In his own words, Damien is “a community organizer and social entrepreneur living in Riverside, Calif. as a person of faith seeking to foster a just and sustainable community by supporting, advising and developing initiatives of personal formation and community collaboration/ integration – especially those addressing barriers of dysfunction with a concern for the poor and marginalized.” Jennifer is the anti-human trafficking director at Operation SafeHouse, a nonprofit agency providing emergency shelter

Jonathan Jarboe (’86) will receive the Distinguished Service in Christian Ministry Award at the Homecoming Awards Dinner on Homecoming Weekend. Jarboe earned a doctorate in educational ministries from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a master of business administration degree from the University of Redlands and a master of arts degree in Christian education from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. At California Baptist College, he earned a bachelor of science degree with a double major in business administration and political science. Tammy & Jonathan Jarboe

Distinguished Service in Christian Ministry Award


For the past 20 years, Jarboe has served Pathway Church (formerly Temple Baptist Church) in Redlands, Calif., moving into the role of senior pastor after serving

and transitional living for youth and young adults in Riverside County. Jenn serves as the victim service provider for the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, alongside the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, to spearhead the county’s first anti-human trafficking Task Force in the county. She spends her time providing intensive case management to victims, and educating, collaborating and creating programs within Operation SafeHouse and the county to treat, prevent and intervene for victims of labor and sex trafficking. She served as president of the YWCA of Riverside County and secretary and civic involvement chair of the Pick Group. She is also a board member of the Riverside Community Health Foundation. In addition, she was a 2010 graduate of Riverside Chamber of Commerce Leadership Riverside Class, listed among 2010 Women of Distinction by Sen. Bill Emmerson, named 2012 Attorney General Citizen of the Year and was the 2013 Soroptimist International Ruby Award recipient for her work with empowering women. The Riverside County Commission for Women selected her as a 2013 Woman of the Year. Damien and Jenn are the proud parents of Marleigh, born May 12, 2013.

as associate pastor. He has worked in his community as a police chaplain and reserve officer with the Redlands Police Department, and he has served in various leadership roles with the Southern Baptist Convention and California Southern Baptist Convention since 1990. Jarboe married Tammy (nee Adams ’86) in 1987, and they have three children: Sarah Beth Paramo (’13), Nicole Ashley and Kyle David (both current students).

Jack & Gaye Hawkins

Lancer Medal for lifetime achievement

Jack Hawkins Sr. will be recognized as the recipient of the highest honor given by the CBU Alumni Association: the Lancer Medal for lifetime achievement. Hawkins was born in Levelland, Texas but relocated to Colton, Calif. in 1937, where he spent his childhood and teenage years.

The day after Hawkins graduated from high school, his father took him to the carpenters’ union, where he was hired as an apprentice. He worked his way through the industry as journeyman carpenter, carpenter foreman, area superintendent for Kaiser Engineers and estimator until 1963 when he went to work for J.D. Diffenbaugh Inc. After serving as vice president for seven years, he purchased the company in 1974. The company was known in the Southern California area for commercial and industrial construction. Jack Hawkins Sr. retired in 1996 and sold the business to his son, Jack Hawkins Jr. In the early 1980s, Hawkins was approached by CBU’s business chair, Dr. Robert K. Jabs, and asked for his input on how the college could help the business community. Hawkins suggested that a degree program be established for men and women who were already in the work force. As a result, the Evening College program

was formed. Hawkins enrolled and was a member of the second graduating class. Hawkins has served three terms as a trustee for California Baptist University. He has also been active in the Riverside Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Rotary Club. He and his first wife, JoAnn, had two children, Jack Jr. and Jenean. JoAnn died in 2003, followed by Jenean in 2010. Hawkins has four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Hawkins and his wife Gaye are members of Magnolia Avenue Baptist Church in Riverside, where he has served faithfully as deacon and trustee.


VOLUNTEERING? The Alumni & Parent Relations office is looking for additional alumni and parents who are interested in volunteering their time and talents to California Baptist University. If interested, please contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at 951.343.4439 or

Bryce, Kelly & Donald Suyenaga Parent Volunteer of the Year

Kelly Omari Suyenaga will be recognized as CBU’s Parent Volunteer of the Year at the annual Homecoming Awards Dinner. When her son, Bryce, came to CBU last fall as a freshman, Suyenaga immediately offered her time and talents to the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, commenting “volunteering is my thing.” Among other things, she volunteered to help CBU with Homecoming Weekend, Grandparent’s Day and early registration events this summer.

Suyenaga, born and raised in Southern California, currently lives in Oceanside with Donald, her husband of 27 years. The couple attends North Coast Christian Church in Vista, Calif. where she still volunteers with the K-1 Sunday School class, which she began when Bryce was in kindergarten. In addition, she and Donald assist with both the junior high and senior high ministries at the church. Bryce was the junior high intern at the church this summer and serves on the worship team.



CBU voice instructor performs at Hollywood Bowl “I wasn’t consciously thinking of the words, but they just came out, thankfully,” she said. “Because I had sung the song so many times in high school, it was muscle memory.” In fact, she had practiced harmonizing with friends so many times, it was no trouble at all to do so with Chenoweth, since she had already performed the duet in her imagination many times.

Sarah Horn sang with Kristen Chenoweth at the Hollywood Bowl.

putting the Horns and CBU student Mike Kestler closer to the stage. Just before intermission ended, Chenoweth came up to the audience and asked if someone could help her with a song. “I did something very out of character for me,” Sarah said. “I’m naturally very introverted, and I don’t speak out, but at that moment I stood straight up, hand in the air and said ‘I know the song.’” Chenoweth asked Sarah if she liked musicals and if she knew the song. Sarah answered that the song was her favorite. When Gary and Kay Horn took their daughter to see Wicked on Broadway 11 years ago, he prayed that Sarah (‘12) would one day be able to perform with Kristin Chenoweth, the star who played Glinda in the musical. Recently that prayer became reality when Chenoweth picked Sarah out of the audience to sing with her on stage at the Hollywood Bowl. It was a performance the family waited months to see. The family had tickets in the bleachers to see Chenoweth, but Gary Horn surprised the family and a friend with box seat tickets. The box ended up having six seats for the four of them, but another box had only four seats for its six occupants. The two parties changed boxes,


“I think that’s what turned her. She ended up going to one other person before coming back to me, so I thought ‘my chance is done, she’s going to a plant somewhere,’ but she ended up calling my name. I first thought I heard her wrong, and there was a little delay on my part. My dad said ‘Go on, honey,’ and I just shot up and ended up stage. In a little whisper into the microphone, I said ‘I’m on stage with Kristin Chenoweth.’ I couldn’t believe it. She’s my musical theater idol.” Sarah said she had performed the song many times in her bedroom, but as she got into it, the words completely left her.

“One motto I’ve chosen to adopt is ‘don’t just practice until you can get it right, practice until you can’t get it wrong,’ she said. “That’s what happened to me at the Hollywood Bowl. The words completely left me—my mind was blank—but I kept going. The right words and the right notes came out not by chance but because I was prepared.” Sarah says she will share that wisdom with her students as she continues this fall as a vocal instructor at California Baptist University and as musical director of the Riverside Youth Theater. A graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., she completed a master’s degree in vocal performance and conducting at CBU in May 2012. Within days, Kestler’s iPhone video of the performance on YouTube went viral, acquiring more than two million views in three days. Sarah’s Facebook and Twitter accounts were filled with comments from fans around the world, but the performance also caught significant media attention. Horn appeared on Good Morning, America, ABC World News Tonight, E! News and Fox and Friends, as well as other programs across the nation. “My father had a lot more faith than I did,” Sarah said. “I never thought in my wildest dreams his prayers would come true. I just remember at the end of the night hooking my arm into my father’s and asking him to continue to pray impossible prayers.”

Alumni Directory Scheduled for Release in 2014

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information, career overviews, photographs and family highlights. The Directory will help you reminisce about CBU’s past, hear what’s happening today and learn what’s in store for our future. To ensure our data is up-to-date and to verify what information you want to include in the Directory, Harris Connect will contact you in the near future. For additional details about the directory, please contact the Alumni & Parent Relations team at

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Introducing CBU’s New Alumni Director: Gail Ronveaux family tradition by working to keep people connected to the university long after they have passed through its halls. Ronveaux first joined the California Baptist University community in 1978 as the housing director of Simmons Hall before later transitioning into the admissions office. Her position dealing with alumni and parents is an integral one, she said.

Gail Ronveaux is deeply connected to California Baptist University. Her husband graduated from CBU, as did her three children and their spouses. With her new role as director of alumni and parent relations, Ronveaux will be continuing that

“I am a connector,” Ronveaux said. “My dream is to reconnect individuals back to the university so we can see how far we’ve come and celebrate that. Celebrating our heritage is huge.” Ronveaux hopes to achieve her goals by getting the word out about CBU’s achievements through social media platforms, bringing in speakers at regional

alumni chapter events and showing parents how they can volunteer and get involved. She said she hopes all graduates-including traditional students, Online and Professional Studies students, commuters and graduate students--can look back on their time at CBU and feel like true alumni of the university. “When most people think of alumni, they think of traditional undergraduate students,” Ronveaux said. “OPS students do not always consider themselves alumni when they graduate. How can we help them reconnect? We all have CBU in common.” All in all, Ronveaux said she hopes her new position can allow her to show people just how much influence CBU can have on an individual’s life — an influence she has seen in all of the people closest to her.



Reconnecting CBU Lancers through the years 1950 Lawrence D. Morrell, Ph.D. (’52) served for eight years in the Unites States Marine Corps (1952-1960). He retired from his role as an active clinical psychologist in 1987, retired from education in 2006 after serving as a high school counselor and professor of clinical psychology at University of New Mexico and retired from the New Mexico State Guard in 2012 with the rank of major general. Frederick Taylor (’59) is retired after working as a pastor and U.S. Army Chaplain (LTC). He earned a master of divinity degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in 1966, a master of theology degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1977 and a doctor of ministry degree from Luther Rice Theological Seminary in 1984.

1960 Terry Michael McGrew (’63) and his wife, Cindy, are enjoying retirement and spending winters in Palm Springs, Calif. They own several Subway Sandwich stores in Utah. Patrick McGrew (’66) worked at California Baptist College from 1966-1980 in a variety of roles, including accountant, assistant business manager and vice president for business. Later, he served at Utah State University as supervisory accountant from 1980-2001. McGrew retired in 2001 and makes his home in North Logan, Utah. Joan Chatham (’68) retired after 35 years of nursing and now lives in Antigua, Guatemala. She works as a volunteer with Nuestras Ahijados (Our God’s Children) which provides free education, medical and dental care to the poorest children in the area. She returned to the U.S. for vacation in June and was married to Barry Ackling, a teacher and writer from Australia she met while hiking in Scotland last year. John Howard Mcrae (’69) graduated from Golden Gate Seminary with master of divinity and master of religious education degrees. He served in churches throughout the Bay area and Stockton, Calif. Mcrae re-entered the military in 1977 as an army chaplain and retired in Nov. 2005 as the director of ministry and pastoral care at Walter Reed Army Medical


Center in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, OkHee, have been married for 40 years and have two daughters, three grandsons and one granddaughter.

1970 Robert Allen Hunn (’70) earned a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Seminary in 1975. He held various positions in his career, including pastor, youth director, minister of music and supervisor of maintenance operations and transportation. He is now retired and living in Pahrump, Nev. Mary Y. McElhannon (’73) is retired and makes her home in Oakdale, Calif. Diana Sue McKeen (nee Rendleman ’73) retired as environmental & regulatory compliance manager of the Town of Apple Valley in 2011. She now works part-time as a field representative for San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood. She and her husband, Steven, have been married since 2001. Their daughter, Jaime; son-in-law, Michael and granddaughter, Cailyn, live in Hawaii. Dr. Michael Lynch (ex ’75) serves as pastor to senior adults at Fellowship Baptist Church in Bakersfield, Calif. He works as a chaplain and holds the rank of major in the United States Air Force Reserves. In addition, he serves with the Tulare County Fire Department as a firefighter/engineer, a chaplain and a member of the critical incident stress management team, helping those with post-traumatic stress syndrome issues and assisting with trauma incidents.

Bob Hampton (’79) has enjoyed a career in education administration and resides in Oceanside, Calif.

1980 Mark Curts (’81) serves as pastor at First Southern Baptist Church in Hanford, Calif. He has one grandson and two granddaughters. Carole Flegal (nee Evenson ’84) works as a teacher and is affiliated with Mission Aviation Fellowship supporting MKs (missionary kids) and their families. She makes her home in Nampa, Idaho. Don Nason (’89) was honored as the 2012 recipient of the Harold K. Graves Award, given by the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary faculty “in recognition of individuals who have rendered faithful and sustained service in support of the Seminary and its purpose.” He retired in 2012 after working for the seminary for 24 years. Nason and his wife, Judy (’89), celebrated their 47th anniversary in June 2012, and make their home in San Pablo, Calif. They have three children who all serve in some type of ministry and nine grandchildren.

1990 Michelle Lea Heard (nee Monroe ’90) works in animal science/veterinary medicine in Mahomet, Ill. Elizabeth “Lisa” Rosales (nee Alexander ’91) works as a teacher with Riverside Unified School District. Her son, Jacob, is a current student at CBU.

Mark C. Pendleton, Th.M., M.Div. (’78) has launched a new evangelical ministry called Paradigm Ministries International. More information is available at:

Brian Ottawa (’94) currently resides in Vista, Calif.

Dennis Christian (’78) and his wife, Tracey, are semi-retired and living in Bayside, Calif., after more than 35 years in various aspects of ministry. He still fills pulpits where needed and is beginning a prayer ministry for the pastor at the church he attends. Christian is starting a woodworking business with his nephew as a way to minister to others and earn extra income.


Barbara Easton (’98) works in education administration in Riverside, Calif.

Jonathan (’00) and Stacey (nee Linder ’00) Ochs have four children: Cassie, 16; Corey, 14; Nathaniel, 7 and Jonah, 5. Ochs serves as president for Okaloosa/Walton Counties at Trustmark Bank in Niceville, Fla. He also leads worship at Coastline Calvary Chapel in Destin, Fla.

Ron Thomas Lisano Veach (’00) works as a senior systems engineer at Alder Biopharmaceuticals in Mill Creek, Wash. He and his wife, Brooke Arteman Lisano, have two sons and two daughters, aged 12, 10, 8 and 4.

Danielle Roane (’07) serves as donor stewardship programs analyst at University of California, San Diego.

Elizabeth Beach (’01) was married to Micah Hallin on Aug. 1, 2009 and lives in Encinitas, Calif. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2011.

Malika Bratton (nee Akins ’09) works as an information support operator at Riverside City College. She has two sons aged 7 months and 22 months.

Jennifer Bryant (nee Logan ’01) works as preschool director for One Love Ministries/ Ke Aloha Ho’okahi Preschool in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is also co-owner of South Shore Grill. Bryant is mother to Chloe and Asher and is pursuing a master’s degree in early childhood development.

Angela Rayfield (’09) works in business development for Team West Contracting Corporation. She resides in Moreno Valley, Calif.

Deniece O’Leary (nee Buehler ’01) has lived in Burlington, Ontario, Canada for the past four years. She serves as assistant professor in one of the first physician assistant programs in Canada and is working to promote the physician assistant profession in Ontario. She is also president of the Canadian Physician Assistant Educators Association. She is married to Sean O’Leary, and they have two children: Declan, age 5 and Liam, who is 2. Dustin Huffman (’02) serves as missions pastor at Shadow Hills Church in Las Vegas, Nev. Matthew Owens (’03) recently relocated to Hoboken, N.J., to work as a sales strategy manager for Pfizer.

Jared Matthew Stuhlmiller (’07) works as a consultant in Santa Ana, Calif.

2010 Darren Augustus Castillo (’10) serves as unit logistic sergeant for the United States Army in Long Beach, Calif. Christopher Jason Chubbic (’10) is attending Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Brea, Calif. He was commissioned in October 2012 as a second lieutenant in the Army Chaplain Corps and is stationed in Riverside. Chubbic is pursuing a master of divinity degree and the required training to become a full-time Army chaplain. Lisa Danielle Chubbic (nee Webster/Gulas ’12) works in educational administration in Eastvale, Calif. The couple has been married for six years, and they have three children: Adam,19; Alexandra, 8 and Lukas, 4.

Dr. K.L. Newhouse (’04) is working as a consultant in Orlando, Fla.

Calan Landreth (’10) earned both bachelor of science and master of science degrees in kinesiology, as well as a single subject teaching credential from CBU. He now teaches physical education and health classes at Arrowhead Christian Academy (ACA) in Redlands, Calif. He also serves as head coach for the ACA track & field team and as assistant football coach.

Traci Bulanek (’05) is a high school English teacher for Moreno Valley (Calif.) Unified School District.

Christina Martinez (nee Varela ’10) works as administrative assistant at Valley Bible church in Pinole, Calif.

Dr. Yxstian Gutierrez (’05) received a doctor of philosophy degree in special education: mild/moderate disabilities from Northcentral University in Prescott, Ariz. on May 14, 2013. Gutierrez works as a resource specialist for Moreno Valley Unified School District and as a professor at Moreno Valley College.

Alan Meyer (’10) works as a financial advisor for Wells Fargo Advisors in Riverside, Calif.

Rosemary Jarnagan (’04) works as a teacher for Horry County Schools in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

April Martin (’11) earned a teaching credential from Simpson University in January 2013. This fall, she will work as a substitute teacher for the Fall River School District in Burney, Calif.

Trevor Merrill (’13) works as a freelance video editor and film maker and also does part-time graphic design and videography consulting for Fountainhead Wealth Financial Planning. He was the featured filmmaker on the cover of Dead Cinema Magazine in August 2013. (

LITTLE LANCERS 1 Kaycee Gray Davidson was born on June 26, 2013 to Mary (nee Pryfogle ’05) and Kristopher Davidson. Mary is the administrative assistant for the College of Allied Health, and Kristopher is a current student in CBU’s Bachelor of Applied Theology (BAT) program. Kaycee joins big sisters Sadie Rose and Dani. 2 Timothy (’12) and Erin Smith welcomed their first child, Evelyn Grace, on Feb. 17, 2013. Evelyn Grace weighed 10 lbs. 4 oz. and measured 22 inches long. 3 Carissa Smith Rinner (’02 and ‘05) and her husband, Andy, welcomed Ethan James Rinner on May 27, 2013. Ethan measured 21.5 inches long and weighed 8 lbs. 2 oz. He joins big sister, Elsie, who is 5. Carissa is the daughter of Steve Smith, CBU’s director of facilities and planning services, and Kris Smith, administrative assistant for the vice president of enrollment and student services.

WEDDINGS Elizabeth Campbell (nee Edds ’08) was married to her husband, Tim, on March 8, 2013 in Austin, Texas. She works as administrative assistant in the College of Education, Dean’s Office of Student Affairs at University of Texas, Austin. 4 Nicole Troiano (’08 and ’09) and Adam Terry were married July 20, 2013 in Corona Del Mar, Calif. Sean (’11) and Emily (nee Ver Steeg ‘11) Bowman were married on May 19, 2012. Sean has completed his first year of medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Emily works at The Salvation Army as the Human Resources Manager for San Bernardino County. The couple lives in Redlands, Calif.



8 Brandon Steven Stoppe (’10) married Jessy Worster on May 19 in Redlands, Calif. CBU alumni in the bridal party included Allison Naylor (nee Ronveaux ’12) and Kristen Waters (’13). The Stoppes live in Antioch, Tenn.

5 Alexx Lomori (’11) and Robert Seipp (’11) were married on July 6, 2013 at The Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Granite Bay, Calif. They now reside in Citrus Heights, Calif. Alexx works as a junior high special education teacher, and Robert is a web developer.

Elizabeth Kloe “Lizzy” Garland (ex ’09) passed away peacefully on May 26, 2013 in Austin, Texas. She played softball at El Segundo High School and at CBU.



6 Cameron Malchow (’12) and Elizabeth Gerhartz (’12) were married on July 13, 2013 in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Their bridal party consisted of five other CBU alumni: Maria Roque (’12), Melanie Anderson (’12), Emily Bowman (’12), Paulin Hakizimana (’12) and Ryan Caruthers (’13).

The previous issue of The Roundtable reported the death of Wanda Agnes Whorton and incorrectly identified her as a former professor of mathematics at California Baptist College. Whorton passed away on Oct. 14, 2012 at her home in Riverside, Calif. and was the wife of the late Richard Calvin Whorton, former CBC professor of mathematics.

Bill Perdue (’55) went home to be with the Lord on March 7, 2013. He was interred at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. Willena Buchanan (’71) passed away on March 3, 2013.

7 Sarah Jarboe (’13) and Mitch Paramo (’13) were married on July 26, 2013 at Pathway Church in Redlands, Calif.

Rodney “John” Robinson (’75) passed away on Jan. 4, 2013 after years of service as a pastor.











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The Roundtable Magazine Volume: 58 Issue: 1  
The Roundtable Magazine Volume: 58 Issue: 1  

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