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The Dennis and Carol Troesh Engineering building, a three-story 100,000-square-foot structure is scheduled for completion summer 2018.



CBU CONFERS FIRST DOCTORAL DEGREES Doctor of Nursing Practice students receive first doctoral degrees at CBU.





DR. CHRIS MORGAN CBU dean of the School of Christian Ministries is one of three general editors of a new study Bible.


CBU FACULTY DOCUMENTED AN AFRICAN LANGUAGE Three professors team up to document sign language of Malawian residents.


LifeWay Worship Partnership School of Music produces new music for LifeWay Worship.


New Fleet

Flight School purchases 13 new aircrafts.


CBU SECURES FIRST PATENT Professors’ research lead to CBU acquiring technology patent.


GOING PRO A pair of Lancers land professional basketball spots overseas.

Lancer to MLS

Aiden Apocado drafted by Philadelphia Union, becoming first Lancer to join a MLS team.

Go Fund

Alumnus Luke Womack starts nonprofit to help missionaries tackle student loan debt.




Dear Alumni and Friends,

Springtime at California Baptist University is marked by significant changes in the season. Often, scenic snowy mountains are still in view on the horizon as we welcome the beautiful array of blossoming flowers across the CBU campus. And as the weather warms up, students break out their flip-flops, shorts and other items of apparel that are popular with many Southern California residents.

As we look back over the fall semester at CBU, we see that the institution continues to flourish under God’s faithful provision. The fall 2017 commencement ceremonies in December concluded two days of celebrating the inaugural graduation activities held in the CBU Events Center. An estimated 8,000 individuals attended the three ceremonies.

Homecoming festivities held Feb. 9-10, 2018, were another great success, drawing an estimated 5,000 alumni and friends to campus. The multi-day event offered enjoyable activities for alumni, students and the community around CBU.

Lancer athletics teams enjoyed a historic fall as California Baptist University became the first program in PacWest history to win five conference championships during the fall 2017 athletic season. This helped boost CBU to its first No. 1 national ranking in the NCAA D-II Learfield Directors Cup standings. In this issue of The Roundtable you will read about alumni, students and faculty who are pursuing excellence in a variety of endeavors. For instance, a team of faculty members has helped to document a deaf sign language in Malawi, Africa. Additionally, a CBU alumnus has created a nonprofit organization to aid missionaries with their student debt. And the School of Music is fulfilling an impressive licensing agreement with LifeWay Worship to provide a range of worship options to congregations throughout the U.S.

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As you read these and other inspiring stories, I hope you will get a sense of the positive direction and many blessings that are evident at California Baptist University .

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Events Center Inaugural commencement ceremony Fall commencement at California Baptist “During the past year, a number of important pursuing academic excellence, Ellis sepaUniversity marked two days of celebra- building blocks have been put in place or rately honored Assembly Member Jose tion as the Fall Class of 2017 held the further reinforced to enhance the CBU expe- Medina and state Sen. Richard Roth with first commencement ceremonies at the rience for the members of this year’s grad- “Champion of Students” awards. Events Center. Students received recogni- uating class and for those who will follow tion in front of cheering friends and family in the years, even generations to come,” Ellis said that their year long advocacy on members on Dec. 14-15, 2017. Ellis said in his commencement address. behalf of students to continue funding Cal “A prime example of campus development Grants was a significant commitment to An estimated 8,000 individuals attended is this wonderful new Events Center. Since higher education. the three ceremonies at CBU. In the fall its opening this fall, the center has hosted 806 students were eligible to participate student orientation activities, banquets and Drawing a parallel from CBU’s strategic in commencement ceremonies—a signifi- chapel services. growth model, Ellis encouraged students cant number considering the total enrollto use their educational experience as a ment was 808 students in 1994, the year “It is the new home of Lancer men’s and foundation for continuing personal growth. Dr. Ronald L. Ellis became president of women’s basketball. And thanks to this then-California Baptist College. venue, for the first time in years, commence- “May your CBU experience and your CBU ment ceremonies are proudly back at home degree serve as rock-solid building blocks In his commencement address, Ellis noted on the CBU campus.” in a strong foundation for your future goals that the ceremonies in the Events Center and dreams. And may the Lord continue to were an example of the many components During the ceremonies, Ellis commended bless!” Ellis said. CBU has assembled over the years that the students and their families for their benefit students. commitment to education. In that spirit of 4 | RO UNDTA BL E M AGA ZIN E


Thousands of Lancers attend 2018 homecoming celebration


CBU earns high ranking for top online education programs The Division of Online and Professional Studies (OPS) at California Baptist University earned a No. 23 national ranking in the 2018 Best Online Bachelor’s list released by U.S. News & World Report (USN&WR). CBU Online, which placed in the top 40 for the sixth consecutive year, is the only California college nationally ranked in the top 25. “The latest rankings support our mission and goal to build and deliver quality, relevant and affordable programs online,” said Dr. David Poole, vice president for the division of OPS at CBU. “In addition to being the only California school in the top 25 nationwide for best online bachelor’s programs, we are also one of only four private institutions in that group.”

Homecoming weekend at California Baptist University drew an estimated 5,000 alumni and friends to campus on Feb. 9-10, 2018.

“Homecoming Weekend included alumni attending from all over the country who gathered to share memories, celebrate reunions, engage with current students, and cheer both men’s and women’s basketball teams to victory,” said Josh Moss, director of alumni and parent relations at CBU. “We’re always happy when Lancers come home.” The Alumni Awards Dinner recognized several alumni: Dr. Gary Collins, recipient of the Lancer Medal for Lifetime Achievement Award; Gail Ronveaux and her late husband, Roy (’79, ’96), recipients of the Alumni Service Award; Dr. Kristen Ferguson (’09), recipient of the Distinguished

Service in Christian Ministry Award; Dr. Dean and Sheryl Hane, recipients of the Alumni Philanthropy Award; Trevor Hoehne (’05), Alumnus of the Year recipient; and Emmanuel Karemera (’10), Young Alumni Achievement Award recipient. On Saturday, the festivities shifted outdoors with a Homecoming Celebration that featured games, live music, food, academic displays and activities for the whole family.

Additionally, there was a homecoming pregame party before the men’s and women’s basketball games. Both teams enjoyed blowout victories over Biola University, with the men’s team winning 96-59 and the women’s team triumphing 80-35. There was a combined attendance of more than 6,000 for both games.

In the USN&WR rankings, CBU Online earned a No. 1 spot in the faculty credentials and training category for the MBA, online graduate education and online graduate business programs. Additionally, CBU Online ranked No. 6 for bachelor’s program in faculty credentials and training. CBU Online serves approximately 4,000 students, offering 24 undergraduate majors and concentrations, 14 graduate majors and specializations and two doctoral programs in business administration and public administration.

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“I appreciated that the staff and faculty were so open and approachable and easy to get in touch with.” Dr. Christy Cotner


CBU confers first doctoral degrees Three California Baptist University students grate humanitarian efforts with a Great made university history in December 2017, Commission calling. as they became the first to graduate with doctoral degrees. “In my profession, I want to do more to reach the nations,” Toro said. Stacey Toro, Cynthia Cain and Christy Cotner each earned a Doctor of Nursing As a result of her research, Toro is now Practice (DNP) degree from the College of exploring how CBU could offer a global Nursing at CBU. disaster response graduate program in the future. The doctoral program aims to prepare students for leadership and service in the Cain said celebrating her accomplishments discipline of nursing through integrating with her family in the Events Center courtChristian principles and practices with yard after the ceremony was amazing. research and scholarly inquiry. “My father-in-law is a physician and he Toro said attending the commencement helped me through my program—he was ceremony made some of her own personal really proud of my accomplishment,” Cain history. said.

“I actually decided to walk for the first and final time,” said Toro, who is an assistant professor of nursing at CBU. “It was really special to do it in front of 20 friends and family members who were so supportive and proud of my accomplishments.”

Cain said she appreciated the biblical focus of the program.

ment and guiding me through the program.”

Cain, who comes from a family of nurses, created a social media channel for her capstone project that was geared at providing content to foster self and spiritual care for nurse practitioners. Cotner, who is an assistant professor of nursing at CBU, said she wants to change how mental health and primary care is administered. During her capstone project, she created a pilot project for Riverside Medical Clinic that worked on treating the physical and mental aspects for patients suffering from heart failure.

“I’ve enrolled in the DNP program to further my education but I also enjoy helping others,” Cotner said.

“CBU instructors know how to convey Cotner said she was grateful for the supportcomplex issues,” said Cain, who is a clinical ive care during her DNP program. practice specialist at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. “I will forever “I appreciated that the staff and faculty were Toro said her research during her DNP be grateful to Dr. Susan Drummond (profes- so open and approachable and easy to get in program consisted of learning how to inte- sor of nursing at CBU) for her encourage- touch with,” Cotner said.




Mobilization at CBU seeks to advance the Great Commission through service In the summer of 2018, California Baptist University will send out more than 30 teams comprising nearly 300 volunteers to serve in 25 countries for the International Service Projects (ISP). This year’s efforts will mark the 23rd year of global outreach by students, staff and faculty members at CBU.

The theme for 2018 ISP is “Advance.” Jeff Lewis, director of Mobilization at CBU, explained that when deciding on the 2018 theme, he felt led to a continual need to emphasize the gospel in service.

“We used a reference from Philippians 1:1213 where the Apostle Paul relays the idea of advancing of the gospel,” Lewis explained. “We can focus on gospel development and the idea that as a follower of Christ, we’re to be strategic participants in the advancement of the gospel.” Lewis said this will be the first trip overseas for some students.

“We want them to be prepared for what life looks like outside of the U.S.,” Lewis said.

A large part of training talks place during the Intensive Training Weekends. Lewis’ office hosted its first training weekend on a cold, windy evening on Jan. 26, 2018.

Groups of students at CBU arrived at a and marginalized populations, such as the brightly lit Stamps Courtyard with suitcases, homeless, disabled and refugees. backpacks and even a favorite pillow in hand. A sign in the courtyard read: “Welcome to “We want to get students into authentic Ispland International Airport. When your situations and not just simulation,” Lewis flight has arrived, please proceed to the said. “Everything we do overseas is to fit appropriate check-in counter.” into the strategy of the local church or field worker. We want to be a blessing to them. Stamps Courtyard was transformed into a This opportunity with New Vision Church makeshift international terminal to help is similar in that we want our students to simulate a trip abroad. For the airport simu- be flexible and mold to their ministry needs.” lation, CBU students had received a letter before the Intensive Training Weekend Lewis indicated that working with urban listing what items would be appropriate ministries is one of the new strategies for to pack for an ISP trip. Multiple individu- the ISP Intensive Training Weekend. als, who played the role of airport security, checked students’ bags. Several students “I believe that some of the cultural interacwere found bringing items in violation of tions that the students received over the airport security; as a result, they were taken weekend will mirror what they will see in into a classroom for an “interrogation.” their ISP trips,” Lewis said. Lewis said the first evening of the training is more about simulation and receiving relevant information on their trip.

The next two days, students traveled to San Diego to work with New Vision Church to gain hands-on ministry experience.

New Vision Church operates an urban mission ministry that aims to serve low-income families, at-risk children and youth

For more information on Mobilization efforts visit www.calbaptist.edu/go

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School of Music collaborates with LifeWay Worship to provide musical resources for U.S. churches When Dr. Joseph Bolin, dean of the Shelby and Ferne Collinsworth School of Music, assumed his position in August 2016, he began networking with influential leaders in the areas of worship arts and worship ministry. He aimed to find collaborative partners that would enable CBU to provide musical resources to the greater church community.

Bolin’s outreach resulted in the University Choir and Orchestra (UCO) at CBU landing a contract to write, arrange and record for LifeWay Worship, the worship arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.

In January 2018, UCO recorded 11 new songs and arrangements on campus with LifeWay executives, technicians and producers from Nashville. The songs will be part of an album called “Your Words, Your Songs.”

believe in training our students to engage and impact our global community by developing new music for the church.”

School of Music faculty members and the worship degree’s steering and development board wrote the songs produced for the LifeWay project.

prepared to meet the demands of their own musical careers.”

Anthony Baker, a music education junior, said the students had a couple weeks to learn the music, giving them real-life experience.

“It stretches our music ability,” Baker said. The songs represent a broad cross-sec- “It shows us how professionals work. As a tion of worship styles such as contempo- music major, it shows me what my future rary, virtuosic choir and orchestra anthems, could be like.” The new tracks will be part of LifeWay’s Red congregational and presentational. Box program that ships out a quarterly “box” Bolin said he is grateful to CBU’s administracatalog of new musical arrangements with “The unifying factor is that it’s to the glory of tion for the support and the vision to engage listening demos. God and it’s theologically accurate and done in these type of collaborations and expand with excellence,” Bolin said. “But it’s meant the impact and influence of the School of Churches can then purchase the written to express the breadth of everything that we Music. music, a full recording or partial recording, are and do in the School of Music.” depending on their needs, to use in their “We’re thrilled to be walking through these corporate worship settings. Don Koch, an award-winning record substantial doors that the Lord has opened producer and songwriter, served as the for us,” Bolin said. “The work and mission The Red Box program is distributed to more producer of the project. of CBU is continuing to advance and we’re than 20,000 churches across the U.S. By so privileged to be part of its global impact.” collaborating with LifeWay, CBU is provid- Bolin said working with industry profesing the larger church community with new sionals is something he wants students to and relevant music for worship. experience.

Additionally, the music complements the “The recording sessions also provided our school’s new worship degree program, students the opportunity to work with Bolin said. industry professionals, which is a big hallmark of our vision,” Bolin said. “We want “The scriptures say sing a new song to the to consistently expose our students to the Lord,” Bolin said. “We, in the School of Music, best in the music industry so they can be 8 | RO UNDTA BL E M AGA ZIN E

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The sounds of the Shelby and Ferne Collinsworth School of Music will be available to thousands of U.S. churches in 2018 thanks to a partnership with LifeWay Worship. N E W TRACKS BY U CO

The Lord of Hosts

The Reason for Your Hope

Your Words, Your Songs

Oh, My Jesus


I Will Lift Up Your Name

His Glory, Our Reward

I Am Resolved

Greater than Great

A Carol Fantasia

One Day

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MIND. BODY. SPIRIT. “Then God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them’; and it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.” GENESIS 1:11-12 (NASB)


CALIFORNIA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY’S $4.5 MILLION INVESTMENT IN NEW AIRCRAFT WILL HELP TAKE THE AVIATION SCIENCE PROGRAM TO THE NEXT LEVEL. Laura Walker (’17) eagerly climbed into a shiny, new Piper Archer aircraft on a chilly day at Vero Beach Florida Regional Airport. As she popped her head into the cabin, she immediately noticed a technological upgrade to the cockpit setting. Walker is an aviation science graduate and now a flight instructor at California Baptist University. She was one of five flight instructors and four students who, in December 2017, were tasked with flying the newly acquired Piper fleet from Florida to Riverside Municipal Airport, home for CBU’s Flight School. In total, CBU purchased 12 new aircraft—eight Piper Archers, two Piper Arrows and two Piper Seminoles—to replace most of the older fleet.



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The university’s $4.5 million investment in new aircraft will help take the Aviation Science program at CBU to the next level, said Dr. Daniel Prather, chair of the aviation science program at CBU.

Walker, who was an undeclared major when she enrolled at CBU, said after meeting with Prather several times to learn about the aviation program, she decided to become a pilot. Prather encouraged her throughout the program, Walker added.

“With the new acquisitions, we now have some of the newest aircraft of any colle- “He has created a great atmosphere within D R . D A N I E L P R AT H E R giate program in the country,” Prather said. the school. It’s like a family over here and “I first noticed the upgrade in technology getting the new aircraft is like icing on the in the cockpit with a bigger GPS system, The Piper fleet’s fuel-injected engines cake,” Walker said. two big digital screens along with digital will benefit students by cutting down on instruments,” Walker said. “It was also very aircraft maintenance and therefore allow Prather said that the growth he seeks at comfortable in there.” for more flight time, said Prather. the Flight School at CBU revolves around honoring God. As Walker took flight for the 2,000-plus “Newer aircraft will provide much more mile trip back to Riverside, the glass cock- aircraft uptime for our students, allowing “The new aircraft are important, but we pit of her Piper aircraft allowed her to take them to complete FAA ratings and certifi- are also interested in the development of in large unobstructed sights of the deep cates faster,” Prather said. aviation professionals to stand boldly for blue waters off the coast of Florida. Christ,” Prather said. “I desire that God’s Walker said that the new aircraft at CBU hand be on our program as we train the “The views were amazing,” Walker recalled. has created a buzz within the program. next generation.” “Students are excited by the new aircraft,” “I also flew over Sedona, Arizona and I was Walker said. “As a teacher, I’m also excited blown away by the beauty of the area from to train students on some of the finest above.” aircraft out there.”

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CBU dean one of three general editors of new study Bible “The Bible is inspired. We’re not. We’re just doing the best we can to interpret it.”

Dr. Chris Morgan, dean of the School of Christian Ministries, has a goal for those who read the latest theology study Bible from Crossway—that Christians would learn how to appropriately live out their faith.

“The reward would be for people to read their Bible and learn about who God is and what He’s like and what does it mean to be saved and live in the church,” Morgan said.

Morgan was one of the three general editors of the Systematic Theology Study Bible in English Standard Version published by Crossway in October 2017.

“It is aimed at Christians who want to study the Bible,” Morgan said. “Small group leaders, Sunday school teachers, people who read their Bible and want to understand more than what they’re understanding.”

Along with the general editors, there was also an Old and New Testament editor along with 26 total contributors, who are among some of the best contemporary theologians and biblical scholars, Morgan said.

“We oversaw the whole project,” Morgan said, referring to the general editors. “We oversaw that the content was even and solid, that it was faithful and clear, that it was written at the right level, that it had application.”

The Systematic Theology Study Bible features an introduction and overview of the theological message of each book of the bible. The volume also contains more than 400 brief doctrinal summaries connecting Christian beliefs to specific Bible passages. For example, themes in Genesis include God, creation, humanity, sin and covenant. Longer articles explain important theological topics in greater depth. Morgan, who began working on the project in September 2014, wrote two of the theological articles featured in the Bible. Morgan said it was an honor to be an editor but also humbling and intimidating.

“The Bible is inspired. We’re not. We’re just doing the best we can to interpret it,” Morgan said. “People are in ‘learn’ mode, they’re not in filter mode when they’re reading their Bible, so you better be spot on.”





CBU faculty team up to document an African language The Republic of Malawi, a landlocked country in southeast Africa, is more than a 25-hour flight from California Baptist University. Despite being oceans away from Riverside, several members of the CBU teaching community were drawn to the small impoverished country to help with an often-overlooked group of residents in thirdworld economies—the deaf community. The United Nations Human Development Index lists Malawi as one of the least developed areas in the world. Dr. Carol MintonRyan, professor of sociology at CBU, noticed these factors firsthand in 2001 as she conducted research for her doctoral dissertation in Malawi. Minton-Ryan returned to Malawi more than a decade later, preparing for the Fulbright Scholar International Program. It was during this trip that she learned the deaf community of Malawi has no documented sign language. She longed to help in some way. Back at CBU, Minton-Ryan learned she

had a shared burden. Jackson Brown (’14) and Mary Sorola (’10), both adjunct professors of American Sign Language (ASL) at CBU, likewise shared a desire to help countries without an established sign language system. As Minton-Ryan shared her heart on Malawi, a special bond was formed among the peers. The trio formed a team with the goal of observing and documenting the sign language of Malawi. The team ended up making two trips to Malawi. Brown, who is pursuing a Master of Arts in Counseling Ministry at CBU and is himself deaf, brought a unique and personal aspect to the research.

“I’ve always been fascinated with language, so it seemed like a natural fit to contribute as an active researcher, not only for the language but also behavioral science and anything I can get involved with,” Brown communicated through a sign language interpreter.


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Ryan said. This will provide the foundation for other researchers to develop the Malawian Sign Language further, she added.

“Jackson provided an insider’s perspective Brown said he believes that documenting on deaf culture and was accepted as an the sign language will empower the people. insider by the members of the deaf community of Malawi,” Minton-Ryan said. “There “I see the documentation of the language as a was an immediate acceptance and willing- start to building a pride for the deaf people ness to help us when the people involved group,” Brown said. learned that there would be someone who was deaf that would be part of the project.” Sorola has been a sign language interpreter for a number of years and has a graduate Malawi sign language is significantly differ- degree in English linguistics. For her, the ent from American Sign Language. The team research project brought the worlds of sign first communicated with the deaf commu- language and documentation together. nity in Malawi by learning how they sign basic words such as car or food. The team “I think as Christians we want to pursue documented more than 430 Malawi signs. justice, and maybe language isn’t always the typical way that we might go; but for The professors are now creating a photo this community, I believe it’s very importdictionary of the signs they observed. ant,” Sorola said. The team is also putting their video recordings of Malawi sign language into a computer software program that will enable the work to be archived at the Endangered Language Archive at the University of London, Minton-


CBU professors help secure first patent for the university Dr. Matthew Rickard, chair of the bioengi- the first one awarded to CBU, with Rickard neering department, and Dr. Creed Jones, and Jones both receiving inventors’ credit. associate dean of graduate programs in Dr. Charles D. Sands, provost of CBU, said the Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engi- the university is committed to supporting neering, are on a journey to help prevent its faculty’s innovative pursuits. the spread of glaucoma, a common form of eye disease. Glaucoma affects a person’s “At CBU we are interested in the innovaoptic nerve and once the disease reaches a tion and societal change that our faculty certain point, it can become irreversible and are pursuing. Dr. Rickard and Dr. Jones’ lead to vision loss and blindness. research represent the type of scholarly work we support at our university,” Sands Rickard is no stranger to eye care. Before said. “Their work has the potential to bless coming to California Baptist University, he a large population.” DR. MATTHEW RICKARD worked at Alcon, an American global medical company that specializes in eye-care Jones said he and Rickard envision placing products. He witnessed glaucoma first- an electronic sensor, similar to a contact hand while working at Alcon and always lens, into the eye. The sensor would moniwondered to himself how the disease could tor pressure within the eye and relay the be prevented. It is estimated that more than information to a microchip in a patient’s 2.2 million Americans have glaucoma, but eyeglasses. The chip, in turn, would transonly half of those are aware of it, Rickard late the sensor’s findings and report relesaid. Complex equations are scribbled vant readings to a mobile device. throughout the white boards in the lab at CBU where Rickard and Jones conduct Rickard said glaucoma is characterized their technology trials. Those equations are by excessive intraocular pressure, which patented, Rickard jokes. causes damage to the optic nerve. Most recommended treatments for glaucoma Rickard places a minuscule, tubular shaped come after in-patient monitoring with DR. CREED JONES sensor under a microscope. The smaller, devices typically operated by a trained the better, he indicated. This device is the physician. Rickard hopes preventative brainchild of Rickard and Jones. Rickard action can take the fight against glaucoma professors continue to test their technolstarted researching approaches to glau- beyond the doctor’s office. ogy, they are optimistic about the future. coma prevention at CBU in 2012. Soon afterRickard said they have meetings scheduled ward, Jones introduced Rickard to advanced “This project is all about fostering innova- with medical companies who are interested computing data analytics to help take his tion,” Rickard said. “We’re trying to do what- in their concepts. The professors have also research to the next level. The pair, along ever we can to empower people who suffer teamed up to start a company that will focus with a team of additional scholars, have from glaucoma.” on the commercialization of their new techreleased various research findings that nology. point toward an ability to not only moni- Rickard said he envisions patients having tor glaucoma but also to regulate it beyond alerts set up on their smartphone or a loved Jones said the project’s end goal is to have traditional in-care treatments administered one’s phone. When alerted, the patient will restorative value for the potential patients by physicians. CBU applied for a “Systems then know what they need to do to get their who would use their product. and Methods for Monitoring Eye Health” eye-pressure values back to a safe area. patent on Aug. 20, 2015, based on the “At CBU, we are striving for Great Commisresearch that Rickard and Jones had been Research indicates that exercise plays a sion impact on our community,” Jones said. conducting. The patent (US 9.770,169 B2) significant role in regulating intraocu- “Helping patients get control and reclaim was approved on Sep. 26, 2017, and became lar pressure, Rickard said. While the two their health has a redeeming value in itself.” SPR I N G 201 8 | 1 9




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California Baptist University surpassed games more than doubled from previous 50,000 attendees during the inaugu- years, rising to an average of 606 per ral season in the state-of-the-art Events game when classes are in session. CBU’s Center. According to the NCAA Division women’s basketball attendance topped II figures, CBU men’s basketball finished out at 10,142 for a 20-percent increase over second in Division II in total home atten- the previous year. dance and fifth in average home attendance. “This is really a credit to our men’s and women’s teams, the 794 season ticket “We simply could not have imagined the holders, students, faculty, the community response we received from the commu- and groups who came out and supported nity,” said Dr. Micah Parker, director of us all season long,” Parker said. “We put a Athletics. “We had no way to predict this huge emphasis on in-game fan engagetype of attendance. We sold out our floor ment and additional in-venue amenities seats within a week when they went on that our fans really enjoyed.” sale last fall, so we were thinking that we were on the right track.” With the 2018 home basketball season over, CBU will focus on the transition to The Lancers opened the basketball season NCAA D-I play in the Western Athletic with a home win over California State Conference (WAC) in the fall. University, Dominguez Hills in front of a near-capacity crowd of 5,050. The game “Our goal is to grow our fan base within the was also broadcast on FOX Sports Prime Inland Empire. Our new campaign is ‘The Ticket. The Lancers tripled men’s basket- Rise to DI’, and we’re excited about that,” ball attendance from 2016-17 to 2017-18 Parker said. “It’s all about providing family and averaged 2,318 fans, while compiling friendly entertainment, connecting with our an impressive 19-2 record at the Events fans, students and season ticket holders.” Center. CBU student attendance at home






During their time at California Baptist University (2013-2017), Cassidy Mihalko and her teammate Kamille Diaz helped create a culture of winning unprecedented in Lancer women’s basketball history. CBU was one of the most dominant teams in NCAA Division II with Mihalko and Diaz on the court.

Mihalko ended her career at CBU as the all-time leading scorer (2,231) for CBU and the PacWest Conference and earned all-conference, all-region and All-American honors. In her last season, Mihalko led CBU in points, rebounds and steals per game at 19.8, 7.8 and 2.13, respectively and posted 12 double-doubles.

The Lancers logged a 109-25 record, qualified for the postseason in three consecutive years (2015-2017), won two West Region Championships, reached two NCAA Division II Final Fours – including a championship game appearance in 2015, and were routinely ranked in the Division II top-three.

Diaz also made a dent in the record books at CBU. She ranks first in assists (688) and three-pointers made (398), third in threepoint percentage (.391), fourth in points (1,926) and assists per game (5.13). She also set the single-game record for points in a game (43) and three-pointers made (9).

Now, the two highly decorated athletes hope to take their success to the next level. Mihalko landed a contract with the Ringwood Hawks of Melbourne, Australia, for the 2018 season, and Diaz signed up for the 2018 season with CB Igualada, a professional basketball team that plays in Spain.

“It’s always been a dream to play professional basketball; words can’t even describe how rewarding this is for me,” Diaz said. “I am glad I have the opportunity to fulfill my dream.” Diaz said she hopes that her journey will pave the way for future Lancers to play professional basketball.

“Overall, I feel so blessed that I am able to continue playing basketball,” Mihalko “Hopefully, future Lancers will see Cass said. “After our last season ended [at CBU], (Mihalko) and myself playing professionally I knew I would miss it, and I wasn’t sure if and will say, ‘I want to go play overseas I would ever get to play on a team again. and that’s possible for me,’” Diaz said. Being able to play at a higher level and “Anything is possible if you have the right travel the world is a dream come true!” mindset.”

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LANCERS SCORE HISTORIC SWEEP OF PACWEST FALL CHAMPIONSHIPS California Baptist University became the first program in PacWest history to win five conference championships during the fall 2017 athletic season. All five PacWest championship teams qualified for the NCAA Division II postseason, with men’s soccer and volleyball earning host bids. The historic fall season helped propel the Lancers to a No. 1 seeding in the NCAA Division II Learfield Director’s cup winter standings a first for CBU. In all, CBU received five Coach of the Year honors, 11 conference top honors, 42 all-conference honorees, 26 All-West Region honorees, 16 All-Americans and a national player of the year, along with four top-six national rankings.



Women’s cross-country won its fourth consecutive PacWest championship. The team also went on to win the West Region Championship—a first in program history—and advanced to the NCAA D-II championship. Emeline Delainis placed 5th at the national championships, while teammates Anett Somogyi placed 17th and Caroline Barkechir earned a 30th place finish. The three Lancers runners earned All-American honors with their top-40 placings.



The men’s cross-country won the PacWest championships for the fourth year in a row. The men’s squad also qualified for a trip to the NCAA D-II championship for the second time in program history. McMarshall Hartzenburg and Simon Bedard secured All-American honors at the national championships by securing 20th and 31st overall finishes. Additionally, head coach Ben Gall, who coaches both men’s and women’s teams, earned the PacWest Coach of the Year award for each team.



The men’s soccer team, which earned a No. 4 national ranking during the season, won its first conference championship since 2011. The Lancers hosted the NCAA D-II West Region playoffs as the No. 1 seed. Aidan Apodaca became the first Lancer to be named the Ron Lenz National Player of the Year. Additionally, Abe Placito joined Apodaca by earning a first team All-American recognition, while Hugo Gutierrez picked up Honorable Mention honors. Furthermore, head coach Coe Michaelson won PacWest Coach of the Year. Both Apodaca and Joey Chica became the first Lancers to sign professional contracts with a Major League Soccer team. 2017-2018 MEN’S SOCCER TEAM


The women’s soccer team won its third straight PacWest championship and earned a trip to the NCAA D-II West Region playoffs. Four women’s soccer players were named to the All-West Region team. Sara Escobedo and Desarae Felix were named to the second team, while Symone Mack and Jordan Dow picked up third-team honors. Additionally, head coach Kristen St. Clair earned PacWest Coach of the Year.



Women’s volleyball had a perfect 28-0 regular season and went on to host the NCAA D-II West Region playoffs. Four Lancers earned All-American awards. Lauren Hackett and Madison Witt earned first team honors, while Sydney Kralj grabbed third team recognition and McKenna Witt was named with an Honorable Mention award. Additionally, head coach Branden Higa earned the PacWest Coach of the Year award.

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“I WOKE UP EARLY THAT MORNING THINKING TODAY COULD BE THE DAY” Aidan Apodaca became the first Lancer to be drafted for a Major League Soccer (MLS) team. On Jan. 21, 2018, Apodaca got the exciting news that the Philadelphia Union of MLS’ Eastern Conference acquired his rights with the 55th overall pick in the draft. Aidan learned of his draft status through a family group text message. “I woke up early that morning thinking today could be the day,” said Apodaca, the youngest of three brothers. “I got a text from my brother congratulating me on the accomplishment… [I responded] with a scream of excitement.” Coe Michaelson, head coach for the CBU men’s soccer team, was just as excited to hear the news.

a career (four), consecutive games with a goal (nine) and multigoal games in a single season (eight). The awards poured in for Apodaca after his senior season. He was named the Division II Player of the Year, Division II Statistical Champion for points per game and goals per game, D-II West Region Player of the Year, and PacWest Player of the Year. He also garnered All-PacWest, All-West Region and All-American first-team honors. Apodaca indicated that the dividends of this season came after specialized off-season training. Michaelson laid out a fitness plan for him that included an intensive running routine, Apodaca said. He would run 2 miles, then practice ball work and then do a sprint program.

“We are so proud of Aidan,” Michaelson said. “His development and growth over these past two years is a huge testament to his “I got into the best shape of my life during that time,” Apodaca work ethic. The Union is getting a guy who is only beginning to said. Although the soccer season at CBU has ended, his hard discover his potential and who has the commitment to continue work ethic continues to push him ahead. improving and become something special. This is the beginning of a special journey for him and his family and we will be his “I can’t wait to play at the next level,” Apodaca said. biggest fans back here in Riverside. Hopefully, he is the first of “I’m working hard at my game every day.” many future Lancers in the pros.” Apodaca is on track to graduate at the end of spring semester This past 2017 season, Apodaca led all of NCAA Division I, II and with a degree in biology through the Online and Professional III with goals scored at 29. Apodaca averaged 1.45 goals per Studies Division at CBU. He looks back at his time at CBU with game and 3.10 points per game in the team’s most successful fondness. NCAA season (17-1-2) which included hosting the NCAA Division II West Regional. “At CBU I always felt cared for as a student and a person. I never felt like a number,” Apodaca said. Apodaca also broke multiple Lancer records in the process, including all three scoring records: five goals in a single game, “CBU soccer became a brotherhood. We’re in it together; we 29 goals in a single season and 48 goals in a career. He also set bought into each other and were willing to do whatever it took new records for hat tricks in a single season (three), hat tricks in to get the job done.”

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att and Evelyn, a young married CBU. After graduating, Womack felt that he couple, worked happily as wanted to pursue a Great Commission callmissionaries in East Asia with ing but had not figured out how to accomhopes of continuing their overseas mission- plish that purpose. ary work for many years. However, the couple had to return to the U.S. for a variety “I didn’t feel I was obeying God’s mandate of reasons. The financial ones, in particular, to make disciples of all nations, whether left them in a real bind. through sending or going,” Womack said.

The couple desired to continue their missionary service but was unsure how to make that happen since Evelyn had more than $25,000 remaining in student loan debt. Their modest income just wasn’t enough to provide living expenses and cover the debt. (Matt and Evelyn are pseudonyms used to protect their privacy working abroad.) Then the couple got a lifeline from a nonprofit group called The GO Fund, a non profit ministry that helps pay off student loans for missionaries.

Womack set out to find out what factors were keeping college graduates from entering the mission field. He sent out a survey to about a hundred of his CBU peers, asking if they had ever considered a career in long-term missions work. If the answer was yes, the follow-up question asked, “Why were they not there now?” Responses to the survey showed that student loan debt was the primary reason for not entering the mission field, Womack said. Few schools help repay the student loan debt for their alumni entering the mission field, Womack observed.

FUNDING THOSE WHO GO Womack created The GO Fund in 2012. The name came from the two components missionaries need to launch: the going and the funding. The sender is just as important as the goer, Womack said. “In God’s economy, everyone who participates in his global plan for redemption has the same value,” Womack said. Womack developed prerequisites for Go Fund applicants that include commitments to serving the unreached, a long-term mission plan, partnering with a church and a sending agency, and student loan debt load between $20,000 and $100,000.

The fund starts paying the loans when the missionaries are in their place of assignment. The goal is to pay off the student loans in a decade.

The first missionary team to partner with Go Fund went out August 2015. As of March 2018, 11 missionaries were on the field with 10 more conditionally approved. Missionaries currently serve in China, Oman, Tanzania, Turkey and Papa New Guinea.

“Without The GO Fund’s help, our only other option would be to spend all our savings to pay off as much as we could,” Matt said. “It was through that experience that God “For us, this is the Lord’s provision to do the spoke to me (and said), ‘Do you really work He has called us to do.” want to make an impact through sending because if you do, this is what I have for The couple, along with their son, will return you,’” Womack said. Missionaries are partnered with sendto East Asia in June 2018 to continue to live ing agencies including the International their purpose. Sixty-two percent of college graduates from Mission Board (IMB), which is part of the four-year private institutions walk away Southern Baptist Convention. The GO Fund was founded by CBU alumnus with an average of $32,000 in student loan Luke Womack (’11). After Womack gradu- debt, according to College Board, a not-for- Dr. Paul Akin, team leader of assessated from CBU with a degree in business profit organization that seeks to expand ment and deployment at IMB, said he administration, he landed a sales job and access to higher education. appreciates the vision and support of then married his wife, Allison. The couple Go Fund. lives with their two young children in River- Womack said that most missionary agencies side. Allison works as a nurse and as a clin- will only accept applicants who have less “One of the increasing challenges we expeical instructor for the College of Nursing at than $20,000 in student loans. rience in the sending of young adults to the SPR I N G 201 8 | 29

David Peery (’89), a developer in Riverside, and his wife, Melody (’89), also support Womack and GO Fund financially.

Additionally, the Perrys and their business partners provide Womack and his team with office space.

“We feel everyone’s called to be involved somehow to bring forth the message of the gospel,” Melody Perry said. Sharing office space also provides a unique experience.

mission field is the high amount of debt they carry with them after they graduate from college,” Akin said, whose organization works with more than 45,000 churches in the U.S. “As a result, we praise God for initiatives that directly address this roadblock. It is our desire to utilize generosity exercised through groups like The GO Fund in increasing measure to send more qualified college graduates to engage in the Great Commission.”

Alumni Russell (’06) and Katherine (’06) have served as missionaries in Central Asia since March 2016. The married couple have leaned on their training received at CBU to focus on making an impact within the sport, health and wellness community. (Russell and Katherine are pseudonyms used to protect their privacy working abroad.) The GO Fund is paying both of their loans, which totaled more than $50,000.

“The GO Fund is helping us to fulfill God’s calling by literally equipping us to be here,” Russell said. “God has used our partnership with The GO Fund to send us to the unreached, specifically to a nation where the soil is hard and where there has yet to be a large and indigenous movement to Jesus. We are hopeful that God will use our partnership and endurance together to bring that about.” 30 | R O UNDTA BL E M AGA ZIN E

“I get to hear of all their little victories every SUPPORTING THE VISION day,” David Perry said. “Even though I don’t GO Fund raises funds online in addition to work at The GO Fund, I feel like I’m riding hosting Vision dinners. During these events, along with them.” guests learn about the fund’s vision and hear stories from missionary partners. At Brian Zunigha, director of discipleship the first Vision dinner in 2015, donors gave ministries at CBU, mentored Womack $91,000; two years later, donors gave more during his time at CBU. When he heard than $200,000. One-hundred percent of the Womack’s idea, Zunigha said he was thrilled funds raised goes toward paying student that someone wanted to tackle this challoan debt. lenge. Zunigha is a financial supporter and also a member of The GO Fund’s board. This means that Womack and four other fulltime staff raise their own support for their MAKING AN IMPACT salaries. There is also a part time employee Womack has big hopes for GO Fund. His goal paid out of the operating revenue, such as is to collaborate with 125 missionaries by application fees. 2020.

The GO Fund’s revenue is also supple- “Big God, big vision. I think God probably mented by a group known as The Seed, looks at our goal of 125 and asks, ‘Why do which represents three families who cover you have such little faith?’” Womack said. non-labor operating costs. “We’re serving a God who has promised that He will redeem representatives from every Chris and Lori Huisken support Womack tribe, every tongue and every nation. I’m and The GO Fund. They met the Womacks trying to think from His perspective.” when they attended the same church in Pasadena, California. “For me, that is leaving a legacy—impacting someone, not just temporarily but eternally,” “At the most fundamental of levels, this is a Womack said. unique way for us to support the spreading of the gospel to all nations. We are helping in a small way to bring down a barrier (debt) that often prevents missionaries from doing what they are called by God to do,” Chris Support The Go Fund at Huisken said. thegofund.com



George Johnson, CBU alumnus, living his purpose For nearly 30 years, George Johnson (’14) has served in various roles within the County of Riverside. On May 23, 2017, Johnson was promoted by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors to his most prominent role yet—the chief executive officer. Johnson, who officially started his role as CEO on June 8, 2017, now serves in the county’s top staff position. He oversees more than 20,000 employees with an annual budget of more than $5 billion.

at the state level.” Johnson said his respon- “I appreciated that CBU was able to incorposibilities at the county motivate him to be a rate a faith-based approach to leadership,” studious public servant. Johnson said. “They made sure we understood what key Christian values are in the “At the county, we’re in the business of workplace and how we can reflect them.” improving lives and trying to create a Johnson took over during difficult financial community where people want to be and With his solid work experience and educatimes, after a drop in the county’s revenue live. This responsibility inspires me,” John- tional training, Johnson has boldly stepped over several years resulted in a budget son said. Reflecting on his career path, John- into his position with a confidence about a shortfall. son said each step has prepared him for his bright future for the county. Johnson said current role. his priorities and goals for his first year in Supervisor John Tavaglione (‘87) said Johnoffice revolve around forming structural son’s promotion was a solid choice for the “I’ve embraced leadership challenges along and financial balances. county in the midst of tough times. the way,” Johnson said. “I started out as an engineer and now in my position, I’m work- “I have a vision to restructure county depart“George knows the organization well and ing to engineer positive outcomes in groups ments that allows for more value of shared brings stability as we work to transform of people.” resources and talent,” Johnson said. county operations during difficult financial times. I could not be happier with his selec- In 2012, Johnson also returned to academia The county is also keeping close tabs on tion,” Tavaglione said in a news release at to shape his leadership perspectives when the costs of program and service offerings, the time of Johnson’s promotion. he enrolled in the Master of Arts in Organi- Johnson said. zational Leadership program at CBU. As the county faces economic challenges, “We’re working to balance the budget by the population continues to rise. Riverside “I had worked in leadership for quite some minimizing services and programs until County was the third largest growing county time, but the program gave me an opportu- our revenues can catch up,” Johnson said. in the nation from 2016-2017 with a popu- nity to bring the academic learning perspeclation of more than 2.4 million according to tive into focus,” Johnson recalled. “The Additionally, Johnson said as a leader he a 2018 U.S. Census Bureau report. Further- program helped me to better understand strives to encourage his employees to work more, the county estimates its population the implications of leadership. as a team to find innovative ways to tackle to grow another million by 2040. the challenges ahead. “I’ve also learned more about how to impleAs CEO, Johnson said he is thrilled to hold ment change management, communicate “I’m working to build trust in the county and a position that enables him to foster long- and craft a vision for my organization. Addi- also to have constant communication on a term change in a growing county. tionally, the program helped me grow in my daily basis,” he said. “I’m in a dream job. I leadership style.” enjoy working closely with great employees. “Riverside County is the fourth-most popuThey inspire me to help them be successful.” lous county in California and 10th in the As a man of faith, Johnson said he also U.S.,” Johnson explained. “We have to take appreciated CBU’s emphasis on a Christian ourselves seriously and use our size and worldview. influence to advocate for policies changes SPR I N G 201 8 | 31


Alumni helping to direct nonprofit support for CBU School of Christian Ministries Baptist Foundation of California, an entity of the California Southern Baptist Convention, manages the SoCal funds. Philip Kell, president of the Baptist Foundation of California, said he is confident in the leadership within the School of Christian Ministries at CBU.


“We are excited to be a financial partner with CBU. Most of all we are excited to know that this new endowment fund will be used to support the great work being done by the School of Christian Ministries until Jesus returns,” Kell said.


Robert Langley, a 1970 California Baptist College (CBC) graduate, remembers his college days fondly.

“The college was a safe place for me to live and grow in my Christian faith,” recalled Langley of his time at CBC, the previous name for California Baptist University. “Every time I drive by campus now, my heart starts to race with excitement.”

Langley serves as the president of SoCal Baptist Ministries, a nonprofit organization that offers grants to California Southern Baptist churches and ministries. Since January 2017, SoCal has pledged $900,000 to the School of Christian Ministries at California Baptist University.

SoCal was founded in September 2013 by earnings from the $20 million sale of a retirement home and apartment building established by a former pastor of First Baptist Norwalk. The building was built in the ’70s, and was operated as a housing and urban development for seniors.

The property was sold in 2013 and SoCal Baptist Ministries was born. Langley said George Jacques, a 1969 alumnus of CBC, who serves as vice president of the SoCal board, provided invaluable counsel as a semi-retired attorney in the area of nonprofit law. He was instrumental in ensuring the legality of the selling of the church property, Langley added. Langley said SoCal always had the desire to help the larger church body with revenue generated from the sale of the building.

“After graduating from CBC, I would never have imagined that I would be in a position to help out CBU,” said Langley, who also served as the senior pastor at First Baptist “The mindset of Baptists is to help out the Church in Norwalk, California. “It was by church and to be involved in mission work,” God’s grace that I am in a position to help Langley said. “That is the heart of Baptist life.” out the university, and it’s a great feeling. CBU has a great reputation and will be good Since its inception, SoCal has awarded stewards of these gifts for future genera- more than 300 grants to churches and tions to come.” organizations throughout the state. The 32 | R O UNDTA BL E M AGA ZIN E

Due to several generous gifts and CBU’s matching contributions, more than $7.8 million in new endowment funds have been established for the School of Christian Ministries since 2017.

In January 2017, SoCal gave $250,000 to CBU and that amount was matched by another generous and anonymous friend of CBU. Both donations were then matched by CBU institutional funds to create a $1 million endowment fund in perpetuity.

In May 2017, the Baptist Foundation of California, along with the same anonymous donor, each donated $250,000. This $500,000 was also matched with CBU institutional funds to create a second $1 million endowed fund at the School of Christian Ministries. In November 2017, SoCal Baptist Ministries agreed to commit a further $650,000 to CBU over the next five years.

Yet again, the anonymous donor agreed to match this amount. CBU will once again match the combination of these two commitments to yield a new endowed fund. SoCal has also recently agreed to establish a permanent $2.8 million endowment in perpetuity in conjunction with the Cali-

fornia Baptist Foundation for the benefit of CBU’s School of Christian Ministries, with an annual distribution of $112,000.

Moreover, in March 2018, parents of a Christian Ministry student at CBU made a $100,000 pledge to the School of Christian Ministries that was then dually matched by an anonymous donor and by CBU institutional funds. Dr. Chris Morgan, dean of the School of Christian Ministries at CBU, said the new endowments will support the School of Christian Ministries’ lecture series, two professorships, an excellence fund and a double-major scholarship.

Paul Eldridge, vice president for University of Advancement, said the gifts shows tremendous support for the university.

“The generosity of these donors is a great blessing to CBU, the School of Christian Ministries and most importantly, our students. These gifts and commitments have gone above and beyond anything we might have anticipated and we are deeply grateful for their generosity,” Eldridge said.

“The ripple effects of their investment in the students will be far reaching,” Morgan said. “We are grateful for the privilege of serving Christ’s church alongside our friends and partners in the gospel.”

Alumni share leadership experience at seminar Four prominent alumni from California

When asked how to help employees

Baptist University shared their life

become more engaged in their work,

experience and offered advice

Daniel Bishop said a leader needs to

on leadership to students at the

help workers feel valued.

Leadership Seminar Series on Jan. 29, 2018.

“Everyone wants to make a difference and wants to know their life counts and

The event titled “How They Made It,”

their job counts,” Bishop said. “As a

was hosted by the Bonnie G. Metcalf

leader, [I try to] help them identify that

School of Education and moderated

what they’re doing counts and draw

by Mike Bishop, director of the CBU

their attention to that. It’s a win for the

Career Center. The panel consisted

organization and a win for them.”

of Daniel Bishop (’06), lead pastor at The Grove Community Church in

Lopez said she seeks to identify

Riverside; C.L. Lopez (’03, ’16), human

employees’ strengths and then offers

services communication officer for San

ways for them to grow.

Bernardino County; Joshua Moss (’03, ‘06), director of CBU alumni and parent

“We focus on something positive we

relations; and Michele Nissen (’15), city

can build on,” Lopez said. “If there

manager of Eastvale, California.

are weaknesses or opportunities for growth, we do everything we can to

Moss said when he received a

get them training and resources and

promotion as a school administrator in

mentoring so they can make their

his twenties, he had to prove he was

weaknesses strengths.”

capable. To land a dream job, advice from the “It was about listening and working

panel members included seeking help,

really hard and showing people I was

taking advantage of the resources at

here to support them. It wasn’t about

CBU, making connections and being

me,” Moss said.


Lopez said when hiring, she looks for

“Be true to who you are, what your

someone who is skilled and prepared

passion is, what your calling is and

for the interview but also shows a

what God has asked of you to do,”

servant’s heart.

Moss said.

“We want to find somebody who has

“Step out in faith. Stretch yourself

a humble spirit, who we know will be

beyond what you think you’re capable

able to take directions,” Lopez said.

of doing,” Nissen said.

“They also need to come in with a plan

Donations to CBU Contact: Dan Westermann Dwestermann@calbaptist.edu

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Alumni Updates 1970’s

Donald Easter (’73) works as a science and math teacher at Capistrano Valley Christian High School in San Juan Capistrano, California. Harry (’82) and Chrystal Y. (nee McElfresh ’76) Kern reside in Stafford, Virginia. Chrystal has practiced public relations for more than 30 years including a decade with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, an advocacy group lobbying on behalf of a stronger U.S.-Israel relationship. She now runs the consulting firm Cyhak Strategies that helps small start-up companies.


Bob Hampton (’80) and his wife, Louise, reside in Vacaville, California. Bob is a retired school superintendent. He is also an educational consultant and has recently published a book titled “The Millennial’s Dilemma” (June, 2017). Sandy Lee (nee Hom ’85) and her husband, Howard, reside in Rancho Cordova, California. Sandy is a senior pension administrator at Nicholas Pension Consultants.


Dana (’94) and Cindy Bratton (’00) live in Desert Hot Springs, California. Dana is a retired pastor. He also is an author and has written two books: “The Perfect Storm: A Christian’s Struggle with Depression and Legacy” (December, 2017) and “Legacy and Ministry Adventures” (January 2018). Andrew C. (‘97) and Jane (nee Yarbrough ‘97) Dirkes reside in Monterey, California, with their two children, Kate and Daniel. Andrew retired from the U.S. Marines as a major after 20 years of service. Richard Lewis (’97) retired from his information technology job at Boeing. He and his wife, Sue, reside in Corona, California.


Brad (’00) and Danielle Calhoun (’00) reside in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Brad works as the chief retail and marketing officer for First Tech Federal Credit Union. Brad secured a corporate partnership with the Portland Trailblazers, the first of its kind between the two organizations.


James (’10) and Ashley (nee Anders ’10) Tuttle both work at Valley Christian Junior High School in Cerritos, California. Ashley is a history teacher and James is a math teacher. They have two daughters.


Christina Osborne (’12) is pursuing her doctorate in mathematics from the University of Virginia. Ryan T. Corbin (’14) is a juvenile corrections office for Yuba County, California. Colton von Pertz (’15) is an aerial photojournalist for KTLA, covering news across Southern California. He resides in Riverside. Adam Jaynes (’16) is creative director at Wildwood Calvary Chapel in Yucaipa, California. He also volunteers as a youth leader and sound engineer in the church’s high school ministry.


Natalie O’Toole (’15) married Tyler Van den Akker (’17) on June 11, 2017 in Temecula, California.


Lila Gentry (’58) William Dodson (’64) Ray Hindman (’68) Dona Coultas (’78) Linda Lessard (’97) Ariana Johnson (’09, ’14)

Friend of CBU, Donor Eugenia Paden (D Jerry Penner James Simmons

Michael (’09, ’16) and Breanna Jewell (’11) welcomed their third child, Ariana Noelle Jewell, on Jan. 31, 2017. She joins her brother, John (5) and sister, Joelle (3).


Daniel and Raquel Cavalieri-Leon (’14) welcomed Ariella Zyana Leon on Feb. 14, 2018. Cavalieri-Leon is a Spanish adjunct professor within the Division of Online and Professional Studies at CBU.

To submit an item for the Alum News section please contact Joss Moss, director of parent and patient relations, at jmoss@calbaptist.edu.

California Baptist University BOARD OF TRUSTEES | JANUARY 12, 2018




Dr. Tom Lance, Student Services Committee Chair Dr. J.T. Reed, Board Development Committee Chair Mr. Richard Yu, Secretary Dr. Michael Nolen, Vice Chair Dr. Steve Davidson, Chair Dr. Robert Gates, Academic Affairs Committee Chair Mr. Brian Chelette, Business Affairs Committee Chair Mr. Bart Shifter, University Advancement Committee Chair

Mr. Glenn Gaines Mr. Gary Vick Dr. Gus Reyes Dr. Nathan Granillo Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, President Rev. David Gill Mr. Tom Hixson Mrs. Heather Dean Dr. E.W. McCall

Mr. Chuck Doremus Rev. R. Wayne Stacks

ROW 2 SEATED Mrs. Nancy Mellinger Dr. John Wells Rev. Josh Daffern Mrs. Eydie Miskel Mrs. Hilda Kennedy Dr. Phoebe Lambeth Mrs. Chrystal Kern Rev. William Eng

ROW 4 Mr. Mike Staver Mr. Mike Poma Mr. Walt Crabtree Dr. Walter Price Mr. David Kennedy Mr. Jim Williams Mrs. Cindy Cook Dr. Mike Procter Rev. Wayne Reynolds Dr. Anthony Dockery SPR I N G 201 8 | 35



Diversity The program emphasizes individual and cultural diversity.

Peer Reviewed Coursework focuses on the peer-reviewed psychology literature.

Christian Students will explore the intersection between psychology and Christianity.

Earn your Doctor of Psychology from California Baptist University Learn how to respond to suffering with a servant’s heart through kindness and compassion. Introducing the new Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from California Baptist University’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. CBU’s PsyD program is taught from a faith-based perspective and uses science and the practice of clinical psychology to prepare candidates for state licensure.

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