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Fall commencement yields record number of graduates

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Flying high at CBU


Fall Commencement features record number of candidates


Sister Act


Homecoming and Family Weekend brings record number to campus


CBU News

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Coach Q&A

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ABOUT THE COVER: FIRST FLIGHT CBU freshman Ryan Rosales of Riverside expressed joy as he completed his first solo flight. Rosales is an aviation flight major.

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Fellow Lancers, Spring semester classes are now in full swing, and I am pleased to report that California Baptist University is experiencing an incredible year. CBU saw increases in student enrollment and graduation numbers, the athletic teams are successfully competing as full members of NCAA Division II, new programs continue to be added to the university’s academic offerings and a record number of students, faculty and staff have volunteered for service through International Service Projects, United States Projects and Summer of Service. God has blessed California Baptist University in so many evident and significant ways. Fall enrollment of 7,144 students was up 18 percent over fall 2012, the largest one-year numerical increase in university history and an increase of more than 1,000 students. It was the 13th year CBU announced at least a triple digit increase since 1995 and the first year to register a four-digit increase. The increases were not focused on any one area of the university, either, but were proportionally distributed among undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as the Online and Professional Studies programs. Already, these new students have made quite an impact on our campus. Also, fall commencement included a record number of degree candidates, with a total of 359 students participating in the ceremony. That is a 12 percent increase over the 2012 fall commencement. Aside from the numbers, these graduates represent a significant goal of our programming and efforts at California Baptist University: to make an impact on the communities where they now live and serve throughout the world. In its semester of eligibility for NCAA Division II post-season action, CBU sent three teams to compete in NCAA championships: men’s soccer, women’s soccer and men’s cross country. The men’s cross country team won their third PacWest title in a row, and head coach Ben Gall was named PacWest Coach of the Year. In addition, soccer players Kelly Jenks and Bernadette Witz became the first female Lancers to earn All-American status when they were placed on the Daktronics All-America teams. This issue of The Roundtable features the brand new aviation science program, one of several at CBU experiencing rapid growth. Dr. Daniel Prather, chair of the department of aviation science, has worked diligently over the past 18 months to ensure that students have the necessary resources to become pilots or aviation managers. The Office of Mobilization is working with more than 400 volunteers who are preparing to serve in teams around the world. We are ever prayerful that the Lord will move in mighty ways as they go out this summer in a spirit of service to others. God’s favor continues to rest upon this University that we love and serve. We thank God for the faithful friends who support our efforts to build a premier comprehensive university impacting the world for Christ.

May the Lord continue to bless. Ronald L. Ellis, Ph.D. President



Recreation Center recognized for outstanding design California Baptist University’s Recreation Center was one of 145 projects profiled in the 2013 American School & University magazine’s Architectural Portfolio issue, which “celebrates the best in education design” and was published in late November. The Recreation Center was one of 30 facilities recognized for Outstanding Design-Post-Secondary. American School & University annually awards education organizations and architects for their accomplishments and are considered “idea books for education design and construction.”

CBU ranked no. 13 among Best Colleges for Veterans U.S. News & World Report has ranked California Baptist University No. 13 in the West among its inaugural list of America’s Best Colleges for Veterans. The new rankings provide data and information on schools that offer federal benefits, including tuition and housing assistance, to veterans and active service members. All of the Best Colleges for Veterans scored well in terms of graduation rate, faculty

resources, reputation and other markers of academic quality in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges. To qualify for the new rankings, the schools had to be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium. “While all prospective students seek a good education from a reputable institution, our military veterans can take advantage of expanded educational benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer for U.S. News.

“We developed these rankings to help them find a top-quality institution that also offers federal benefits that ease the burden of applying, paying for and completing a college degree. ”In total, there were 234 ranked schools across all 10 U.S. News ranking categories. In May, U.S. News published comparable rankings of the Best Online Programs for Veterans to help veterans and service members find and complete a quality online bachelor’s or master’s program regardless of their location. CBU was ranked No. 5 in that list.



CBU announces new graduate programs

Pursuit magazine and The Banner newspaper win awards

CBU’s student publications earned top honors at the National College Media Convention in New Orleans, La. Oct. 23-27. Students in the College of Allied Health practiced skills on other students at a recent campus event.

California Baptist University will offer a master of public health degree (MPH) beginning fall 2014 and a master of science in communication disorders degree that will launch in the fall 2015. The MPH degree program is designed for health care practitioners, administrators, policy makers and others, while graduates of the communication disorders program will be able to apply for certification in speech language pathology, one of the fastest growing careers in health care today. CBU’s College of Allied Health (CAH) received notification of final approval for both programs from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

“We are very excited to have received final approval from WASC for these degrees,” said Dr. Chuck Sands, dean of the College of Allied Health. “The MPH will allow us to impact the local community in a number of areas. The communication disorders degree will train future speech/language pathologists who will be able to transform the lives of their patients through communication. We look forward to the launch of both programs.”CBU’s College of Allied Health seeks to ‘transform lives through the health professions’ and includes programs ranging from sport management to health science to communication disorders. The new degrees brings to 14 the number of programs offered by the CAH.

Jordanian king presents humanitarian award to Rick Warren CBU alumnus Rick Warren (’77), pastor of Saddleback Church, was awarded Jordan’s highest humanitarian award recently. King Abdullah II, who is a Muslim, presented the award because of Warren’s humanitarian efforts in convening a conference on the violence and persecution of Arab Christians. More than 60 churches have been burned in Egypt, as well as in other countries. About 80 Arab Christian leaders from 22 nations met for the twoday conference.


“I was deeply honored to be given that nation’s highest award by the king for the humanitarian efforts of the PEACE plan,” Warren said in a recent Facebook post. PEACE is a movement to mobilize Christians in churches working together to • Plant churches that promote reconciliation • Equip servant leaders • Assist the poor • Care for the sick • Educate the next generation

The Best of Show competition featured publications from both public and private institutions around the world. Pursuit magazine won first place in the feature magazine category, while The Banner campus newspaper won second place in the four-year, non-weekly newspaper category. The University of Texas at Dallas ranked first. The Banner also won first place for its website, which features an online version of the newspaper. “We are very proud of the work our students do on CBU’s campus publications, and these Best of Show honors are further indication of the excellent work our students are producing for the CBU community,” said Dr. Michael Chute, professor of journalism and director of the Journalism & New Media and Public Relations program. “The competition at the national convention is always at an extremely high level as students from the best college journalism programs in the United States, Canada and other countries place their entries in the Best of Show categories.” The National College Media Convention is the largest gathering of college journalists and advisers in the world, hosted by the Associated Collegiate Press and the College Media Association. Only publications and broadcast teams with students in attendance are eligible to enter ACP’s Best of Show contest. Approximately 2,300 delegates attended the New Orleans meeting, with 376 publications entered in competition.

‘Who you are is always changing,’ Tuskegee Airman tells CBU audience to a California Baptist University audience of about 350 on Oct. 14. The AfricanAmerican group of pilots flew combat missions from 1941 to 1949 during World War II. “Once the Tuskegee experiment had begun, we weren’t happy with that,” he said. “African-American pilots trained diligently to be able to fly. They made the test really hard, but no one scored less than a 98. We wanted to be ready to go whenever we were asked to go.”

Buford A. Johnson served with the Tuskegee Airmen

What you are never changes,” said Buford A. Johnson, a retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant who served with the Tuskegee Airmen. “Who you are is always changing.” Johnson spoke about his experiences with racial segregation, obstacles and accomplishments as a Tuskegee Airman

As an example, Johnson recalled Col. Charles Magee, a fellow Tuskegee Airman, who accomplished 1,600 flight hours and flew 409 combat missions in three wars. “He was one of the ones told he wasn’t courageous enough or that flying was too complicated for him,” Johnson said, “but he flew more combat hours than anyone else.” More than 900 pilots graduated from the Tuskegee program before President Harry Truman signed a bill to integrate the

military. Six of them, including Johnson, were sent to mechanic school. Johnson became a crew chief to help maintain the aircraft. “Most people had never seen a black mechanic,” he said. “First thing, they gave me an airplane that had been cannibalized for parts for other planes. It couldn’t fly, so they called it a hangar queen.” Johnson ordered parts, fixed up the plane and painted it. “After a month, I thought it was ready to go,” he said. “I got a test pilot to take it up, and it was in better shape than the ones they had been flying.” Johnson said the legislation to desegregate the military only made sense to him. “There was no need to have a black Air Force and a white Air Force,” he said. “Why couldn’t we just have a U.S. Air Force? You can’t tell a person’s character by the color of his skin.”

Ellis begins NCAA II President’s Council role Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president, has been selected to serve a four-year term as a member of the NCAA Division II President’s Council. The term began in January 2014 and will conclude following the 2018 NCAA Convention. The NCAA Division II President’s Council is comprised of 16 presidents or chancellors from active Division II members from around the association. Ellis is the first PacWest president selected to serve a term on the council since the conference reformed for the 2006-07 competition season. “This is a prestigious honor with tremendous responsibility,” said Ellis, who is known for his passion for collegiate

athletics and support of the student-athlete. “When California Baptist University as an institution made the decision to move to Division II, the members of the CBU family knew it would take the entire institution to make it a reality. We were diligent in our process and it showed as we smoothly transitioned to active status this year. At the NCAA Convention last January, CBU was called ‘a model program for other transitioning schools to follow.’” That successful transition has led to his peers asking Ellis to take one of 16 key leadership roles in Division II. “Now I have been asked to give back by serving on the President’s Council and to represent not just California Baptist

University, but all of the student-athletes and institutions of the Pacific West Conference, as well as Division II,” he added. “I am excited about this opportunity and sincerely welcome the challenge.” The NCAA II President’s Council has a myriad of duties and responsibilities, including implementing policies adopted by the Association’s Executive Committee, establishing and directing the general policy for Division II, and developing a strategic plan for Division II. Matters relative to legislation, finance and committee structure fall under the purview of the council as well. “The PacWest is thrilled that Dr. Ellis has been selected to the NCAA Division II President’s Council,” said Bob Hogue, PacWest commissioner. “Because his institution is a new active member in the NCAA, he will bring a fresh perspective and a tremendous enthusiasm to the council.”



MIDNIGHT MADNESS! CBU students display Lancer spirit at Midnight Madness, which kicks off basketball season each year.



New aviation science program expands its options When Dr. Daniel Prather arrived at California Baptist University in the summer of 2012, he was the first faculty member in the new department of aviation science. His task was a basic one on the surface: build an aviation program at CBU. “The reality of this challenge became very salient as I stared at a blank computer screen on my first day, realizing I was solely responsible for getting this department ‘off the ground’,” Prather explained. Now in its first year of operation, the department has expanded to include a flight school with a 9,000 sq. ft. flight operations center, a fleet of airplanes, its own flight instructors and 23 students. Prather, an Accredited Airport Executive and Certified Aviation Manager, brings experience in airport operations, aviation safety and security, as well as airport consulting. He holds a doctor of philosophy degree from the University


of Nebraska, a master of public administration degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and a bachelor of commercial aviation degree from Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss. Prior to coming to CBU, Prather served as associate professor of aerospace at Middle Tennessee State University. “This is a great location for a collegiate aviation program,” Prather said. “With the number of airports, aviation manufacturing companies and other businesses related to the industry, this region will bring a lot of opportunity for graduates.”

Students can now choose majors in either aviation flight or aviation management (with aviation dispatch planned for Fall 2014) or minors in aviation management or missionary aviation. More program options are being developed as opportunities arise. For example, FedEx Express donated a Boeing 727-200F aircraft last January for use by the program as a working laboratory for students. Originally a passenger plane for Air Canada, the aircraft provided FedEx with 20 years of service, transporting packages to destinations throughout the United States. It was the corporation’s 60th donation of a Boeing 727 to various organizations for educational purposes. “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. The plane, which now sports CBU colors and logos, is permanently parked at the Riverside Municipal Airport. Prather says the plane will be used in a turbine systems course for aviation flight students and will also be useful to aviation management students as they experience different aspects of the plane, including payload capabilities and loading, in his airport planning and design class.

buy. It has definitely given us a boost.” The possible future program would allow students to obtain an airframe and powerplant (A&P) certificate that opens doors for them to work on planes and aircraft engines. The opportunity to open a flight school grew with the decision not to contract flight instruction locally, but to offer it at CBU. “We made the decision to offer flight instruction, because it gives us control over the quality of flight training,” Prather explained. “We have our own flight instructors, our own aircraft and oversight of the whole operation, including maintenance of the planes. That gives us complete control of the flight school and enables us to conduct training exactly like we know it should be done.” Of the 23 students enrolled in aviation science in the fall 2013, 11 are concentrating on the flight portion of the program, while 12 more are studying aviation management.

we’ll go to a more typical three times per week.” He explained that acquiring the planes and the instructors took time at the beginning of the semester, so the four times per week makes up for the time students may have missed during this phase of program development. Prather said CBU has acquired three Cessna 172 single engine planes that will be used in the flight school as well as the CBU aviation science program. His plans include the addition of several twin-engine aircraft, several smaller single-engine planes and a flight simulator. Staffing includes Maria LeBlanc, chief flight instructor, and four part-time flight instructors, as well as several student workers. “Although this department survived the first year with only one person, having our team of 11 in place today has been integral in meeting student needs and growing the programs we offer,” Prather said. The CBU Flight School operates six days per week, Monday through Saturday, and offers instruction to CBU students majoring in other areas, as well as faculty, staff and the general public.

“Students flew four times per week in the fall semester,” Prather said. “In the spring,

Another donation may pave the way for an aviation maintenance program. George and Helene Galik presented the university with two hangars and a 1954 twin-engine Piper Apache airplane after seeing the Boeing 727 aircraft parked just a short distance from the couple’s hangars at the Riverside Municipal Airport. The jet aircraft led the Galik’s to research how they could donate the contents of the hangars to the budding aviation science program. “It is another example of how the 727 has opened doors for (the program) and the university,” Prather said. “That hangar, twin-engine aircraft and the tools in the hangar we see as the beginning foundation of developing an aircraft maintenance program. Now we have assets we didn’t have otherwise and would have had to go out and

Chief Flight Instructor Maria LeBlanc and Dr. Daniel Prather, professor of aviation science, stand next to one of the program’s four Cessna 172 aircraft.



FIRST FLIGHT “I went to see if I could take a flight lesson every two weeks or so,” he said. “Once I checked it out, I was hooked. I knew I had to come to CBU.” -Ryan Rosales

Right: Ryan Rosales gives a thumbs-up as he prepares to fly solo. Far right: Instructor Asher Sherburne and Ryan Rosales


CBU freshman flies first student solo for new aviation science program CBU freshman Ryan Rosales accomplished another first for the university’s new aviation science program: he became the first student to fly solo. “It was exciting,” he said about the Oct. 23 experience. “Once my instructor left the plane, I was on my own. The takeoff was pretty easy; the landing was the hardest part.” Flight instructor Asher Sherburne says he experienced his own nervousness when he removed his headset and stepped out of the plane to watch Rosales take off. “As he rolled onto the taxiway, I scanned my memory to see if there was anything I had neglected to show, teach, talk about,” he said. “It wasn’t too late. I could always call the tower and tell them not to let him take off.” But Sherburne knew Rosales was ready. “Before we solo a flight student, they must have received flight training covering many maneuvers and perform several challenges which we give them,” he said. “They must demonstrate the ability to glide the airplane to a place to land and land without engine power—and, of course, demonstrate the ability to safely land the airplane.” Still, Sherburne paid close attention to Rosales’ progress that day.

previously saw himself in that role, too. His interest in flight came gradually. “I used to go to air shows when I was small,” he said. “I watched big planes doing cool things, and I always thought I’d like to do that, too.” Then, as an ROTC student at Martin Luther King High School, a scholarship put him behind the controls of a plane for 20 hours of free flight time. “I thought I could just fly from time to time once I got my pilot’s license,” he said. “I still planned to be a firefighter.” After high school graduation, he enrolled at Riverside Community College in the fire tech program, hoping to continue his interest in flying as a hobby. Then he heard that CBU was starting a flight program. “I went to see if I could take a flight lesson every two weeks or so,” he said. “Once I checked it out, I was hooked. I knew I had to come to CBU.” The next four years could determine quite a bit for Rosales’ future, but he only knows he wants to fly. “I love the sense of freedom,” he said. “There are a lot of regulations, but when you’re up in the sky, you feel like you can do anything. You look down and see the world like very few people get to see it.”

“I watched the pitch attitude of the airplane,” he said. “That looked good, his speed looked good, and I relaxed for a minute. I got a surge of adrenaline as I watched the world’s newest pilot take to the skies for his first solo flight. That’s a proud day in the life of a pilot—one we never forget.” The solo flight is the first accomplishment toward Rosales’ goal of being an airline pilot, a career outside family tradition. He comes from a family of firefighters: both his father and grandfather were fire captains for the City of Riverside—and he

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FALL COMMENCEMENT 2013 Nolen urges CBU graduates to pursue God’s purpose Dr. Michael Nolen, senior pastor of Southwinds Church in Tracy, Calif., urged fall commencement candidates at California Baptist University to pursue the purpose God put on their hearts and to be the people God meant for them to be. “Maybe truly living your purpose in the 21st century seems overwhelming,” Nolen said. “To live your purpose, you must remember it is God’s purpose, not ours.” Nolen delivered the commencement address to undergraduate and graduate students of the Class of 2013 during fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 13 in the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.


During his remarks, Nolen said he believes this generation—the Millennials—may be the most influential generation in America’s history. “Research says that as a generation, you are hopeful,” he said. “You are realistic. You know that not all is well with the world. My generation, the Boomers, knew this and protested it. The Gen X generation knew that and was depressed about it. Millennials know but you believe you can have a role in changing it.” Nolen charged graduates to live their purpose with boldness. “We can live with confidence because the God who gave us that purpose

is sovereign,” he said. “He rules over the affairs of this world. No one can stay his hand. Nothing can thwart his plans. This is your moment. More than ever, our world needs men and women who live their purpose.” Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president, conferred degrees on 95 graduate students and 264 undergraduate students for a total of 359 graduates. Dr. Ellis also presented an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree to Nolen in recognition of his positive work ethic and steadfast commitment to Christian service.

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LANCER ATHLETICS CBU Athletics Fall Roundup by the numbers

Jenks, Bernadette Witz and Kristen Witchey became the first CBU women’s soccer players to be named to the Daktronics All-West Region teams. The trio was then voted by NCAA college coaches to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire NCAA Division II All-West Region teams, adding to the three’s accolades. After picking up first team recognition in the region, Witz and Jenks became the first female Lancers to earn All-American status after being placed on the Daktronics AllAmerica teams.

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country

Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams had successful seasons, with the men grabbing their third PacWest championship title in a row and the women finishing third in the conference. As a testament to the Lancers’ success, head coach Ben Gall was named the PacWest Coach of the Year for the second-straight year. Bryton Reim earned two elite statuses as the PacWest Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. Five men were named to the All-PacWest conference team, led by Reim. Kim Rabenstein received the PacWest Women’s Cross Country Freshman of the Year, leading the women’s five all-conference honors. After conference play, both the men and women competed in their first-ever NCAA Division II West Region meet, with the men placing fifth to move on to the national championship. Reim placed seventh overall to add All-West Region to his name, along with Tyler Dutchover. On the women’s side, Natalie Ball finished 15th overall to help the women place ninth out of 23 teams and earn herself All-West Region. At the NCAA Division II Championship Meet, the men finished 22nd out of 32 teams. Reim once again led the Lancers and finished 36th overall in the 10K race to earn All-American status, clocking in at 31:12.30.


Women’s Soccer

Men’s Soccer

In their first year eligible for NCAA Division II post-season action, the Lancers grabbed an automatic berth to the championship tournament as the PacWest team with the highest points. CBU went on to face Cal State San Bernardino in the first round, with the Coyotes advancing on penalty kicks. The Lancers finished the season with a 12-5-1 record, taking second in the PacWest with a 10-2 conference record. Offensively, the Lancers ended the season ranked seventh in NCAA Division II for scoring offense, averaging 2.94 goals per game, led by Kelly Jenks’ 0.889 goals per game average—eighth-best in DII. CBU outscored its opponents 53-12 in 18 games to hold a 0.65 goals against average.

The Lancers finished third in the PacWest with a 9-3 conference record and grabbed an at-large berth in their first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship appearance with an overall record of 10-6-1.

Nine CBU players—the most in the conference—were placed on the AllPacWest teams, led by PacWest Player of the Year Jenks. Sylvia Sanchez earned the PacWest Defender of the Year as the conference’s defender with the most votes.

CBU faced scoring powerhouse Simon Fraser—the second-best offense in all of DII with a 3.35 goals per game average— ultimately losing in the first round to cut their post-season campaign short. Seven Lancers earned spots on the AllPacWest teams—the most of any school in the conference—led by PacWest Player of the Year Alex Anderson. Marc Hope, Cole Shmit and Paul Oliver joined Anderson on the all-conference first team. Anderson went on to pick up the program’s first Daktronics All-West Region honor, finding a spot on the second team.

LIGHT IT UP FOR THE LANCERS! CBU Athletics has recently completed a three-phase lighting campaign that included new stadium lighting for the aquatics, softball and baseball complexes. Generous donations to the Lancer Athletics Association have enabled CBU athletes to step up their training in top-notch facilities and compete later in the day, when nighttime hours used to be a hindrance. Softball lighting at the John C. Funk Softball Stadium was the first to be completed, followed by the Lancer Aquatics Center in 2012, which also included a new scoreboard. Lighting for the James W. Totman Baseball Stadium was finished in 2013. More than $650,000 has been donated or pledged to complete the project. Since completing their transition to NCAA Division II, CBU now has more flexibility in being able to schedule events for the community and CBU studentathletes, which means potential for larger crowds. CBU Athletics is thankful to all those who supported these campaigns, as well as those who continue to support student-athletes. The “Light it Up for the Lancers� lighting ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 7, 2014, and everyone is invited to attend.



Women’s Basketball

Men’s Basketball

Women’s Volleyball

CBU opened the 2013-14 campaign in dramatic fashion, defeating Cal State San Bernardino with a buzzer-beating shot from Erin Asher. With 5.6 seconds left on the clock, Asher sent a lobbed shot toward the basket, sending it through the hoop to lift CBU 65-64 over the Coyotes. In its last home game, the team defeated Hawaii Pacific 74-60 to stay in front of the Sea Warriors in the PacWest standings.

CBU’s winning ways continued to make history, as its 17-game winning streak to start the year stands as a new program best. The Lancers, who were 23-1, 17-1 in the PacWest after the season’s last home game Feb. 16, entered the top-25 rankings in NCAA Division II after their 12th win against Dixie State at home, 100-90. Ryan Berg has continued to lead CBU as a newcomer, grabbing three PacWest Freshman of the Week awards this campaign.

CBU tied for third in the PacWest, ending the year with a 17-11 overall record, 14-6 in conference. The Lancers picked up to upset victories over ranked teams, including a three-set sweep over thenranked No. 15 Fresno Pacific. CBU also defeated Point Loma-the No. 25 team at the time-on the road, taking the match 3-1. Four Lancers picked up All-PacWest honors, led by Kim McCalmont and Malika O’Brien’s second team selections.

Men’s and Women’s Swim & Dive


Men’s Water Polo

CBU has been on a roll with the men winning their first five meets and the women winning all but one of their first six meets. Nolan Brown became the first CBU swimmer in history to automatically qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championship in the 200 back.

The Lancers set a program record of 11 wins in a season, achieving 11-4-1 overall and 3-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Ranked 7th in their division on the Basford list, the team moved into third place in the RMAC, with a 2-1 conference record.

The Lancers battled throughout the season, facing 14 ranked teams. CBU finished the season with four upsets and an overall record of 15-17, 0-5 in conference. The Lancers grabbed their highest ranking of 17 after upsetting No. 19 Air Force 9-7 at home on Oct. 18.

His time of 1:44.63 at the Colorado Mesa Invite broke the pool and school records and put him second among DII 200 back swimmers. At the meet, the Lancers grabbed a total of 31 “B” standards for NCAA Division II.

Two CBU wrestlers—Bryden Lazaro and Brady Bersano—are ranked a respective first and second individually in their division II weight classes.

Four CBU players were named to the AllWestern Water Polo Association teams, led by first team selection Matt Puig. Joey Moorman picked up second team honors to add to his All-WWPA Freshman Team honor.



Women’s Basketball Head Coach What is your favorite thing about being at CBU? The people at CBU are great. Amazing people. What are you most proud of during your time as a coach or as a player yourself? That’s like asking someone which of their kids is their favorite. What is the most valuable skill or attribute you’ve developed over your career? Patience What’s in store for us this season? Unpredictability, and promise. We have a lot of young players with potential. It will be fun watching them grow during the season and throughout their careers at CBU. What’s the biggest goal for Women’s Basketball here at CBU? I want our team to represent the school in a way that makes all Lancers proud. Sometimes that will be in victory and other times in defeat, but it is most important that we honor Christ in all we do. Favorites Holiday: Christmas. It’s the only time of year my family is together. Food: pepperoni pizza or a taco from California Taco in Omaha, Neb. Movie: Star Wars, but I just watched that yesterday, so if you asked me next week it might be something else… TV Show: the only current shows I watch are the Blacklist and Shark Tank. Place to visit: anywhere with my wife. Hobby: “I am a big fan of the English soccer team, Chelsea. Music: Coldplay is my favorite current band. Childhood memory: I played a lot of sports growing up. The yard at my house was both the baseball and football field, and our driveway was the basketball court.




SISTER ACT “[Soccer has] been a part of our family ever since we were little,” said Bernadette Witz, the fourth of the family’s six children. “We played from the very beginning.”


Soccer has always been a part of the Witz family; it’s practically in the blood. Five siblings within a seven-year age range means there was always a pick-up game to be played in the family’s backyard or enclosed trampoline growing up. “[Soccer has] been a part of our family ever since we were little,” said Bernadette Witz, the fourth of the family’s six children. “We played from the very beginning.” Somewhere along the way, California Baptist University women’s soccer became another key association with the Witz family. Three Witz daughters—Jacquelyn (24), Bernadette (21) and Rachel (18)—have donned the Lancers’ blue and gold with at least one sister on the team in each of the past seven seasons. “It’s been pretty special to have three sisters now,” said CBU head women’s soccer coach Kristen St. Clair, who took over the Lancers in 2007, when the first Witz, Jacquelyn, also arrived. “We’ve had three different families who have had two sisters in the past, but this is the first time for three sisters.” This is the second year a pair of Witzes have played on Lancer Field together. Bernadette opened her collegiate career in 2010 with Jacquelyn and this year, she plays in the midfield alongside Rachel. Much like Bernadette, Rachel chose CBU because of her familiarity with the



program. She watched both her older sisters go through the program and saw it as something she wanted to be a part of, too. “I think the [commitment] process got easier as I cut down my options, weighing out pros and cons,” Rachel said. “At the start of it, you have a bunch of schools and then you start cutting it down. Toward the end, it was a lot easier to figure out where I wanted to go.” Bernadette’s recruiting process was a little more cut and dry. “There were a couple other schools that I was looking at, but I think it was always going to be CBU,” Bernadette said. “Even my dad said, ‘I’ll let you look at these schools, but I already know what school you’re going to choose.’” The biggest thing Rachel knew she could not find anywhere else, besides CBU, was the chance to play a full season with Bernadette. Although both are goal scorers, rediscovering the chemistry they had in the backyard wasn’t too difficult. “It’s been really cool [to play with Rachel] just because I think we have a bit of a different connection than with other girls on the team,” said Bernadette. “We’ve been playing together since we were young. We kind of know what each other’s going to do, what the other wants us to do.”

From left (top) Rachel, Lindsay, Justin, Bernadette and Jacqueline; (bottom) Laura, the mom; Morgan; and Greg, the dad.

Since the Lancers have had a Witz on board, they have accumulated a 109-30-9 record, 60-13-4 in conference (32-4-1 in PacWest, 28-9-3 in Golden State Athletic Conference), in the process. Coming off a sixth and seventh-place finish in the GSAC in 2006 and 2005, respectively, CBU has not finished outside of the top three in its conference since Jacquelyn joined the team in 2007, with four runnerup and two conference championship campaigns. Both titles came in the PacWest in 2012 and 2011. “I obviously first saw the school when Jacquelyn was here,” Rachel said. “I’ve seen how much it’s grown from that time to now, how the competition has gone up and everything. It’s exciting to be a part of it.” When Jacqueline first started at CBU, the Lancers were members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). During Bernadette’s sophomore year, CBU made the transition to NCAA Division II, starting a two-year probationary period. During the transitional phase, the Lancers couldn’t compete in the NCAA championship tournament. Instead, CBU participated in the National Christian College Athletic Association Championship, grabbing back-to-back national titles in 2011 and 2012.

The 2013 campaign, Rachel’s first year, marked the inaugural season the Lancers were eligible for NCAA Division II postseason play. To make history, CBU clinched an automatic berth in the NCAA playoffs as the top PacWest school eligible for post-season action—the first time any program in the school had grabbed an automatic qualifier. “I think being one of the first teams to reach the NCAAs is even more exciting because it kind of sets the bar for the other teams—something they want to reach for now,” said Bernadette. “It’s exciting to have the chance to go out there and do it.” While CBU’s playoff run was cut short with a penalty kick loss to Cal State San Bernardino in the opening round, the year was filled with success, with the Witz sisters playing a dynamic role in the Lancers’ triumphs.

second-team honor for Rachel this year— four academic/scholar athlete accolades and four more all-tournament nods. In addition, Bernadette was named to the Daktronics NCAA Division II AllWest Region first team and the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America )/Continental Tire NCAA Division II All-West Region first team. In 86 career games, including 84 starts, Jacquelyn scored 34 goals (seven gamewinners) and tallied 23 assists for 91 points. “It’s been really cool to see how Rachel’s grown in the four months we’ve been playing together at school,” Bernadette said. “It’s definitely added to the excitement of playing just because I know it’s my last year. Seeing she has three more years to go excites me.”

It’s not just a coincidence the Lancers’ development has come with the Witz family. The trio of sisters has combined for a total of 190 points in 177 games (153 starts) on 75 goals and 40 assists, while providing the team with 22 gamewinning goals.

Even when Rachel’s career with the Lancers is over, it may not be the end of the relationship between the Witz family and California Baptist University women’s soccer. The youngest Witz, Morgan, can often be seen in the crowd at CBU games, taking shots on goal at halftime or following the conclusion of the game.

Other schools have noticed the sisters’ impact for CBU as the three have combined for six all-conference honors—including a first-team selection for Bernadette and

“She’s the same way [as us],” Rachel said of Morgan. “She plays soccer and loves it. I wouldn’t be surprised if she came here, too, in the future.”



David Garibaldi finishes his painting of Jesus during the Homecoming Awards Dinner.

CBU HOMECOMING AND FAMILY WEEKEND Homecoming brings record number to campus

Wanda Price visited with well-wishers as she celebrated her birthday on campus. She is pictured with Trent Ward, ASCBU president, and Luke Baldrica, ASCBU vice president.

The largest homecoming event in CBU history drew an estimated 7,000 alumni, students, faculty, staff, family and friends to campus on Nov. 1 and 2.

inspired as he shared his story and his talent. Provider Food Service chefs showcased food as art as they offered a variety of flavors in the foods cooked on-site.

Homecoming and Family Weekend began Friday morning with chapel speaker Dr. Jonathan Jarboe (’86), senior pastor of Pathway Church in Redlands, Calif. Later in the day, current men’s and women’s water polo teams challenged former players in an alumni game.

In addition, guests were offered the opportunity to purchase art work by students, alumni, faculty, staff, friends and celebrities. Proceeds from the art sale benefit a scholarship fund established for art students.

David Garibaldi, entertainer for the Homecoming Awards Dinner, spent Friday morning interacting with students and faculty in the College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design. Garibaldi, 31, shared his journey as an artist. Garibaldi designed the 2013 Homecoming t-shirt. The Homecoming Awards Dinner, featuring the theme “CBU and the Arts”, was sold out, with more than 260 guests in attendance. Garibaldi’s presentation entertained and


The classes of 1963, 1988 and 2003 were recognized as having milestone anniversaries, and five individuals were recognized for personal and professional achievement: Kelly Omori Suyenaga was honored as the Parent Volunteer of the Year; Dr. Jonathan Jarboe received the Distinguished Service in Christian Ministry Award; Damien (’00) and Jennifer Schumm O’Farrell (’02) were honored as co-recipients of the new Young Alumni Achievement Award; and Jack Hawkins Sr. (’84) was recognized as the recipient of the highest honor given by

the CBU Alumni Association, the Lancer Medal for Lifetime Achievement. Saturday’s annual Block Party was held on the Front Lawn and included live entertainment, alumni reunions, interactive academic booths, inflatable attractions, games, a petting zoo and gourmet food trucks. Reunions were held for the class of 1983 and for former members of Les Chanteuses and Rhapsody. Men’s water polo competed against the University of Redlands, winning 6-5. In addition, men’s and women’s swim and dive teams competed against Redlands, Cal State East Bay and alumni.

Led by the Lancer cheerleaders and CBU Crazies, about 3,500 people cheered for men’s and women’s intramural flag football teams competing in the Fortuna Bowl. In a rematch of the women’s championship game last year, the Bus Drivers beat SWAT 22-0, while in the men’s contest, Stealth 2.0s won over the Webelos 18-12. Saturday night’s events also featured the crowning of seniors Joshua Siemens as Mr. CBU and Ivy Paramo as Ms. CBU. The halftime show featured the winning entry to the “I (heart) CBU” video contest.

Alumni and friends renewed acquaintances as they enjoyed interactive academic booths.

Activities for children included inflatable attractions and games.

From left, top: Damien O’Farrell, Dr. Jonathan Jarboe, Jack Hawkins Sr.; front: Jennifer Schumm O’Farrell and Kelly Omori.

Homecoming participants enjoyed the gourmet food trucks at the annual Block Party.

Guests at the Homecoming Awards Dinner were able to purchase art work during the 55-Buck Art Sale.

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California Baptist University dedicated its new Food Innovation Center Nov. 7. The state-of-the-art center is the focal point of the College of Allied Health’s nutrition and food services program and will be used as a laboratory for students, for service projects and for food industry research and development. “I’m very excited about what this program is going to do and the people who are going to utilize it,” President Ronald L. Ellis said. “Not only will people in this area learn in this facility, but there will be international students who come to study here.” The grand opening featured appetizers by Provider Food Services and were served by students in the nutrition and food services program.


Rusty Bailey, mayor of the City of Riverside, quipped that he was inspired to create a new program: dinner with the mayor. On a serious note, Bailey commented that when people are healthy, the city is healthy. “I’m always amazed and inspired by your president and your school, because you’re visionary,” he said. “You’re always looking for those new trends out there to connect you and support, especially in our community and in our city.” Riverside City Council member and Mayor Pro Tem Mike Gardner complimented the CBU program for the service projects it has already developed with the city’s ministries.

“I’m really pleased to see the partnership that you’re forming with Path of Life and the homeless ministries,” he said. Dr. Chuck Sands, dean of the College of Allied Health, expressed gratitude for the support the community has shown in opening the new center. “We are thrilled to be able to open this new facility,” he said. “We are very excited about how we will be able to use this to continue to transform lives on our campus and in the local area.” The nutrition and food sciences major, directed by Dr. Margaret Barth, prepares students to live their purpose through careers in health and wellness organizations and food, beverage and nutrition professions.

Brad Martin, former chef for Provider Food Services, explained preparation techniques at the Food Innovation Center dedication.

Dr. Ronald Ellis and Dr. Margaret Barth (center) cut the ribbon that signaled the center’s grand opening. Also pictured, from left: Dr. Wayne Fletcher, chair of the department of health sciences; Dr. Jonathan Parker, provost; Dr. Chuck Sands, dean of the College of Allied Health; Tracy Fitzsimmons, chief operating officer of Path of Life Ministries; Dr. Mark Wyatt, vice president for CBU marketing and communication; and Mike Gardner, Riverside mayor pro tem.



After the teams for 2014 were announced, each group gathered to discuss their new assignments.


CBU VOLUNTEERS WILL SERVE 17 COUNTRIES IN 47 TEAMS DURING 2014 California Baptist University’s Office of Mobilization launched a new season of volunteerism Dec. 4 by revealing the makeup of 47 teams who will serve in 17 countries this summer. Of the more than 400 students and team leaders selected, 73 percent are participating for the first time.

“We do mobilization 365 days a year. It’s one of the ways CBU shows its commitment to the Great Commission.”

“We’re about men and women called to be world Christians,” said Jared Dobbins, assistant director of global mobilization. “Our theme this year is Stand: Stand on, stand up and stand fast.” In addition to identifying the teams, the university commissioned one student and an alumna who will serve a two-year term with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board as journeymen. Candace Berg, a liberal studies major who graduated in December commencement services, and Kaitlyn Kirchmann, a recent graduate, will

both serve in Africa. Berg will be teaching English among refugees, and Kirchmann will be working with an unreached people group. Both said their calling began with an ISP/USP trip at CBU. “On my first ISP trip, God confirmed he wanted me to go farther,” Berg said. “Let me tell you that Satan will do everything possible to stop you, but the power of God will see you through.” Team members immediately began training for their new assignments, which will continue through the spring semester. “We don’t do mobilization a few days a year,” Dobbins said. “We do mobilization 365 days a year. It’s one of the ways CBU shows its commitment to the Great Commission.”


OUR BIGGEST FAN Alzheimer’s patient enjoys student contact

California Baptist University nursing student Kaylin Fitz leans in and whispers to 58-year-old Debbie Gardner, who is sitting next to her in the University Choir and Orchestra (UCO) rehearsal room. Gardner doesn’t respond but focuses instead on the music produced by the students’ voices and instruments. Occasionally, she smiles slightly at a melody and taps a foot. Debbie suffers from early-onset Alzheimer’s. For the past two years, she has attended the UCO rehearsals each Thursday. “She loves the hugs and smiles she gets when the music students greet her, and the music speaks to her soul,” said Rebecca deVries, music coordinator for the Collinsworth School of Music. “She will sit and smile, tap her toes and rock in her chair to their music.”

CBU student Kaylin Fitz leaves the UCO rehearsal with Debbie Gardner.


Before 2007, Gardner worked as a medical assistant and volunteered her spare time to work with the homeless. Six years ago, she began having difficulties at work and doing some quirky things, like confusing her eating utensils. In May 2010, doctors diagnosed her with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Rich Gardner said his wife of 16 years is in the last of seven stages of the disease, defined by the Alzheimer’s Association as “very severe cognitive decline.” After a bad experience when Debbie was committed to institutional care for 10 weeks, Rich took early retirement from his job and took out a mortgage on their home so he could devote himself to her fulltime care.

Debbie Gardner poses with CBU cheerleaders

For Rich, the decline of his wife’s mental health has been an agonizing process. “I’m watching the person I love so much die a horrible death,” he said. The couple’s connection to CBU began several years ago, when Debbie Gardner attended UCO concerts at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside. “I never used to go,” Rich said. “But then a small group from CBU performed at our church about two years ago. Debbie really enjoyed it, so I found out about UCO rehearsals and we started going.” Once UCO member Joanna Porraz got to know the couple, she volunteered to spend about 15 hours a week with Debbie. Last summer, Fitz agreed to an additional 15. “Whenever I go see Debbie, my primary goal is to love her,” she said. “[Rich] needed people to help him carry the load of being a full-time caregiver for such a devastating disease. This was an excellent way for me to serve in the way that God is calling me. I am going through nursing school for the purpose of developing skills and a heart for serving. As a nursing student,

Debbie listened intently as the UCO rehearsed for a performance.

I grow from every opportunity I have to serve the Lord by serving others.” Others at CBU also have stepped in to help. The cheer team supported Debbie in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s held last October in Ontario. Since then, cheer team head coach Tami Fleming has welcomed the couple to attend the team’s practices on Tuesdays. Often Fitz or Porraz accompany Debbie to UCO rehearsals or cheer practices.

Cheer coach Tami Fleming gives Debbie a hug

“The students at CBU have an incredible ability to love those in need by simply doing what they do with excellence,” Fitz commented. “In Debbie’s case, their smiles and hugs mean more then they realize.”

Mara Gates and Seja Hancock pin a cheerleader bow in Debbie’s hair



CBU nursing students participated in the Long Night of Arts & Innovation. From left, top: Grace Martinez, Sierra Bertola, Denisha Phillips, Daevyn Crouch, Jonathan Gomez and Christina Gomez; front: Kristin DePinho

CBU DEMONSTRATIONS HIGHLIGHT LONG NIGHT OF ARTS & INNOVATION California Baptist University faculty and students demonstrated their work to Riverside residents who participated in the Long Night of Arts & Innovation Oct. 10. CBU was represented at the event by the College of Engineering, the department of kinesiology, the School of Nursing and the College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design. “I’ve been to all the engineering booths,” said David Lynley, an 8th grader who attended with his grandmother. “I came last year and was really fascinated by the robots, so I’m glad they’re back this year. They’re really a highlight for me.” The robot demonstration was only one of those offered. Other CBU presentations included high-speed imaging, apps for smart living, building with Legos, Leonard LIVE YOUR PURPOSE | 30

Da Vinci machines, hearing protection, 3D sensing, suspension of belief, concussion testing in athletic training, 3D printing, using muscle impulses to control technology and an art exhibit. CBU was a sponsor of the event, which began in 2012. The Long Night of Arts & Innovation was inspired by a similar event in Riverside’s sister city of Erlangen, Germany.

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1. Kimberli Graham (center) holds a water balloon while a LNAI attendee pops it. Engineering students filmed the phenomena with a high-speed camera capable of capturing 17,000 frames per second and allowed the audience to watch video of the balloon popping in slow motion. Also pictured at right and far right are Eric Lee and Austin Ng. 2. CBU engineering student Isaak Juntunen demonstrates the Archimedes Screw (water pumping) project. 3. Engineering students Ryan Ridley (dressed in red), Nicholas Johnson (in light blue), and Ruthie Muqatach (wearing the black jacket) prepare for the next setup for the exhibit “Super Resolution Digital Microscope Imaging in Engineering.�




Faith DeLaRosa Fuller and Shadow work with children in the Be A Reading Kid (BARK) program each Thursday at Riverside’s Marcy Library. Photo by Jody DeLaRosa

CBU professor and dog involved in library reading program If Shadow could talk, he could tell lots of stories. Literally. Shadow is part of the Be A Reading Kid (BARK) program each Thursday afternoon at Riverside’s Marcy Library on Magnolia Avenue. As a licensed therapy dog, he helps provide a non-threatening atmosphere for children to practice their reading skills. “Some children just want to visit with Shadow, but when they see how easy it is to interact with him AND a book, they get excited,” said Nicole DeLaRosa Fuller, who teaches English composition at CBU. “I think it helps foster and/or further develop their love for reading. Being a part of that is a truly blessed experience.”


Each week, about a dozen children between the ages of 5 to 8 come to the library to participate in the program. As they read to Shadow, they don’t worry about mispronouncing words or rushing to finish the page. Three other branches of the Riverside Public Library system also utilize therapy dogs. Therapy Dogs International (TDI), which certifies the dogs, calls them “tail waggin’ tutors.” According to the organization’s website, many of the children chosen for the program have difficulty reading and as a result have self-esteem issues. They are often self-conscious when reading aloud in

American Kennel Club. The Therapy Dog course was another six weeks, and both Fuller and Shadow had to pass an exam together with an official TDI evaluator. “From the time I started the first Canine Good Citizen course until we were set to start volunteering at the library was almost six months,” Fuller said. “Since we’re working with children at the library, I also had to do a live-scan through the City of Riverside and have a background check. Additionally, it took some time to receive our processed paperwork from TDI.” TDI is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registering therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals, schools, other facilities and wherever therapy dogs are needed. front of other classmates. By sitting down next to a dog and reading to the dog, all threats of being judged are put aside. The child relaxes, pats the attentive dog and focuses on the reading. Shadow is a 3 ½ year old terrierChihuahua mix, rescued off the street by Fuller and her husband in May 2011. “He was running down Chicago Avenue in Riverside, and we pulled over to get him off the street,” she said. “He was dirty, scared and clearly uncared for. We put up “found dog” signs and contacted all the local shelters, but no one ever claimed him.

As I spent more time with him, I quickly realized how unique he was.” Fuller said she observed “a tremendously kind spirit I’d never seen with any of my other animals.” When she found out about the therapy dog program, she thought Shadow might be a match. “Last year, I saw a post on Facebook that the Ruff House Pet Resort would be offering therapy dog classes, so I looked into it and followed my heart,” she said. To begin the process, Shadow had to be certified as a Canine Good Citizen, a six-week program administered by the

For Fuller, the program allows her to pass on a love for books to the next generation. “Books have always been an important part of my life, and I want to pass that enthusiasm on to as many people as I can,” Fuller said. “Being a part (of the BARK program) is a truly blessed experience.” Fuller said Shadow seems to benefit from the interaction at the library, too. “He gets to meet new people and he gets a lot of attention,” she said. “He walks in the library doors with his head high and his tail wagging.”



Reconnecting CBU Lancers through the years 1960 Arlie McDaniel, Jr. (’63) celebrated his 50th anniversary at this year’s Homecoming & Family Weekend, along with other members of the class of 1963. He currently lives in Honolulu, Hawaii and is enjoying his semiretired lifestyle. Timothy W. Groza (’68) retired from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 2003, after 36 years of service. Since retirement, Tim and his wife, Maureen, have led or participated in mission trips to Brazil, Thailand, Mexico and Cuba. They make their home in Hiawassee, Ga.

1970 G. Richard Travis (’70) is a retired Army chaplain. He has served on mission trips to India, Nepal and Philippines. Richard received a doctor of divinity degree in 2009 from Evangelical Bible College in Nagercoil, India, where he will preach a commencement service in March 2014. He currently lives in Silverton, Ore. Woodrow Larry Watson (’70) moved to Saucier, Miss., in 2012, following the 2009 passing of his wife, so he could be closer to his son’s family. He has three grandchildren, ages 19, 15 and 2. James Wallace Bray II (’74) works as a teacher at Waianae Elementary School in Waianae, Hawaii. Dale Rogers (’76) serves as a pastor in Sacramento, Calif. He resides in Sacramento with his wife, Ruth Rogers (nee Sidener ’77). Lee C. Hansard (’77) has returned to California after a 10-year sojourn to Arkansas. He now makes his home in Grass Valley, Calif.

1980 Harry Smead (’80) works as a staff biologist at Tierra Data Inc. He lives in Lemon Grove, Calif.

1990 Shelly Cobb (nee Kay ’90) earned a master of arts degree in secondary education from California State University, San Bernardino and


received the Student of the Year award while there. She taught for a brief time until she and her husband started a family. Shelly and her husband, Randy, reside in Temecula, Calif. and have six children: Hannah, Elisabeth, Trevor, Rebekah and twins, Andrew and Timothy. She recently returned to school and became a certified natural heath professional and certified personal trainer. She is enrolled as a graduate student to earn an M.S. in holistic nutrition and works in a doctor’s office as a nutritionist and personal trainer. Christopher (‘97) and Jessica (nee Velarde ‘97) Winters have served with the Network of International Christian Schools (NICS) for more than nine years. During their time with NICS, they were in Caracas, Venezuela for four years and have been in Nairobi, Kenya, for the past five years. Christopher works as a principal with NICS, and Jessica is a third grade teacher.

Kristen Marie Miller (nee Tonissen ’05) was married to Chris Miller in 2010. Their daughter, Moriah, was born in April 2012. After attending seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, the couple moved to Johnson City, Tenn., to plant churches. Frank Amendola (’07) works as a project manager and mining/environmental compliance analyst for Lilburn Corporation. He lives in Yucaipa, Calif. Rachael Davis (nee Meier ’07) works as a product analyst at Evangelical Christian Credit Union. She makes her home in Anaheim, Calif. Heidi Joy Harriss (nee Rotz ’07) and her husband, Jay, live in Bakersfield, Calif., with their children: Israel, Isaiah, Matthew and Leahannah, who was born on Nov. 11, 2013. Heidi homeschools the three boys, ages 11, 7 and 3.

Romonia Simpson (’00) is employed in the Riverside Unified School District. She lives in Riverside, Calif.

Antoinette Murray (nee Archer ’08) and her husband, Cliff, live in Honolulu, Hawaii. The couple has one son, Jacob, who is almost 2 years old. Antoinette teaches voice and piano lessons. Cliff is a Navy musician. The couple performs in concerts and other venues. Antoinette’s website is:

Andrew Tufano (’00) has written a book titled “Conflict Management for Security Professionals.”

Jeffrey Kevin Murray (’08) works as an LCN representative with Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

Dennis W. Fuller (’01) retired on July 15, 2012. After graduating from CBU at the age of 54, Dennis and his wife went to the island of Maui to work for a private Christian school. Dennis was a full-time 6th grade teacher and taught 7th and 8th grade math. The Fullers later moved to South Carolina, where Dennis spent one more year teaching before returning to his former career as a quality specialist/quality engineer. He reminds us all that, “It’s never too late to finish college. Thanks to CBU, I was able to complete my dream of being a college graduate.”

Matthew Nissen (’08) moved back to his home state of Arizona in May 2013. He works at Food for the Hungry as the customer service manager.


Ron Thomas Lisano Veach (’01) and his wife, Brooke (nee Artman), have four children ages 12, 10, 8 and 4. Ron works as a system network engineer (tier 2-3) dual environment for Alder Biopharmaceuticals. The Veach family lives in Mill Creek, Wash. April Joy Canifax (’03) entered graduate school in 2003 at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, where she is pursuing a doctor of physical therapy degree.

Kristin Mason (nee Lorenz ’09 and ’12) is enrolled in the physical therapist assistant program at Loma Linda University. She and her husband recently purchased a home in Riverside, Calif.

2010 Stephanie Coravel Gorsuch (nee Paver ’10) attends graduate school at the University of Southern California, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in social work. Alan Meyer (’10) works as a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors. He makes his home in Riverside, Calif. Andrew Nicely (’10) is employed at Morgan Stanley in Columbus, Ohio.

Remember when? Nicole Chansler (nee Dausend ’11) works as customer service assistant supervisor at Turning Point Ministries with David Jeremiah. She also enjoys working as a parttime professional flute player. Nicole and her husband, Kyle (’11), were married on March 9, 2012. They make their home in Lakeside, Calif. Kory Oberlies (’11) works as a supervising probation officer with San Bernardino County Probation Department. Kory developed and implemented a narcotics detection canine unit and is in the process of developing an asset forfeiture unit within the department. Camile Sidoti (nee Henderson ’11) serves as a branch manager with SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union. She lives in Grand Terrace, Calif. Trevor Merrill (’13) works as a freelance video editor and film maker. He also does part-time graphic design and videography consulting for Fountainhead Wealth Financial Planning. Trevor was recently a Featured Filmmaker on the cover of Dead Cinema Magazine (http://

WEDDINGS Ryan Benhamn (’04) was married on Sept. 14, 2013 to Rachel Louise Shoemaker of San Clemente, Calif. They make their home in San Jacinto, Calif.

IN MEMORY Jack Tewalt, Jr. (’74) Joanna March Turner (’95) Helen Clark English Walker (former CBU Music Faculty) Robert “Bob” Allen Hunn (’70) Earl Franklin Stevens (ex ’50-‘52) Anna Fabisak (’62)


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From left, top row: Mr. Mike Poma, Mr. Jim Williams, Mr. Mike Staver, Dr. Walter Price, Rev. Steve Davidson and Mr. Brian Chelette; second row: Dr. J.T. Reed, Rev. Wayne Stacks, Mr. Don Nichols, Mrs. Cindy Cook, Mr. Richard Phillips and Mrs. Margaret Hollis; third row: Dr. E.W. McCall, Mrs. Eydie Miskel, Dr. Steve Bass, Rev. Wayne Reynolds and Dr. L. Dean Lowe; fourth row: Rev. Gil De La Rosa, Dr. Marilyn Blackaby, Mr. Kyung Yi, Mr. Chris Arledge, Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, Dr. Phoebe Lambeth, Rev. William Eng, Mr. Richard Yu and Dr. Bob Byrd; front row: Dr. Walt Carney; Dr. Phil Neighbors, chair, Student Services Committee; Mr. Walter Crabtree, chair, Board of Trustees; Mr. Bart Shifter, chair, Institutional Advancement Committee; Dr. Robert Gates, chair, Academic Affairs Committee; and Mr. Tom Hixon, chair, Business Affairs Committee

The Roundtable Magazine Volume: 58 Issue: 2  

California Baptist University quarterly magazine.

The Roundtable Magazine Volume: 58 Issue: 2  

California Baptist University quarterly magazine.