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“An attitude of thankfulness is a sign of spiritual health.� Steve Whitten Devotional 9

New Airline Partnership 8

Alumni Spotlight 6

Homecoming Recap 10

Class Notes 15

April 2014 Issue #1

Greetings SDC alumni! I am thrilled to share what God is doing in the community of SDC. January 20th was an historic day in the life of SDC. I was blessed to see 2,000 people join us in celebrating the move of the college to the City of Santee. This move is essential as

Dr. Paul and Lorri Auge

we advance our mission to engage Christians in an academic thriving community. We have begun and will continue to prepare the next generation of Christian leaders to impact the wolrd for Chirst. Thank you for paving the way for both our current and future students to have the opporutnity to pursue a liberal arts education in an institution that is founded on TRUTH, PURPOSE and IMPACT. I am constantly reminded of God’s goodness and am humbled that he has chosen SDC to be that vessel. SDC is flourishing and I thank you for your continued prayers and partnership as we remain committed to honoring our Biblical heritage and advancing our future.

“I am constantly reminded of God’s goodness and am humbled that he has chosen SDC to be that vessel.”


Paul Ague, Ph.D. President

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20 / SPRING MUSICAL SDC Performing Arts presents Little Shop of Horros

Jordan Trementozzi(‘07) introduces her passion for photography and how her business got started.

Alumni and committed faculty member, Steve Whitten (‘79) provides an encouraging devotional.

San Diego Christian to add Tennis in 2014-2015. Priscilla Jensen hired as Tennis and Cross Country coach.

8 / AVIATION NEWS SDC partners with American Eagle to ensure a career pathway for SDC Aviation students.



View highlights from thisyear’s Homecoming Heritage Day.

See how you can remain involved and what benefits you can receive.


Take a look at where SDC alumni are today!

Office for Advancement and Alumni Relations 619-201-8788

Welcome to our very first issue of SDC Alumni Connection! It is my passion to include the voices and faces of those who have walked through SDC as students. This is your college and we value the time you spent pursuing a liberal arts education in an environment that is committed to a Christian worldview, community, and excellence. As you look through these pages, I hope you will be inspired by each others’ stories, informed of news and upcoming events, and encouraged by the impact your fellow alumni are having in the world today. We appreciate your support and are so happy to have you as an SDC alumni. With many thanks,

Robert Jensen

Robert Jensen Vice President for Advancement and Administration


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Esther Pulcipher (‘11) Being an Alumnae of San Diego Christian College, it really is a pleasure to create these pages with the faces of those who have not only passed through these doors, but have left lasting change and impact for those following after. It really is

inspiring to see God’s work in your life today and the leaders he has created you to be. In this magazine, I hope to celebrate you and highlight the ways in which you are making a difference in the lives around you as a result


of the work of the Gospel in your life and secondly, by your education. We want to celebrate you and how God is using you to create lasting impact.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT How did your passion for photography begin? I have always loved taking pictures and documenting my life and the lives of my friends and family. In 2004, my friends pulled their money to buy me my first digital camera and from then on I was all about photography. A couple years later I traded that camera for my first DSLR (a Canon Rebel), and began really learning how to work with exposure and aperture and everything that goes into taking a picture without just setting it on auto. In 2009, my husband joined me in this endeavor and we began taking family portraits together for our friends who were beginning to have kids.

Photography by:

Jordan Trementozzi (‘07) Degree:

Interdisciplinary English and Communication

When did you open “Next to me Studios”?


8th Grade Math Teacher

We began seriously contemplating moving into wedding photography when a friend of ours asked us to cover parts of her wedding day. The photographer she hired was only going to be there for a few hours, and she wondered if we’d take the pictures of her getting ready and the reception afterward. Chris and I fell in love with shooting weddings after that experience. On February 14, 2011 we officially started Next to Me Studios and began expanding to wedding photography. Chris and I have had a blast the last few years, getting to be part of so many great weddings. We’ve made some really good friends along the way, which is an added bonus of being so intimately part of a couple’s wedding day. Both of us love to create beautiful images, and we are constantly striving to find new and unique ways to capture memories.

What is one of your favorite memories from SDC? So many memories! Off the top of my head I loved being part of intramurals, especially ultimate frisbee, random Saturday morning flag football games, going to the Price is Right during sophomore year, and little events like city wide scavenger hunts and GetYour-Roommate-a-Date nights. 6


CAREER FAIR: APRIL 3 Interested in participating on April 3 or an upcoming Career Fair? Please Contact Career Services. Sara Aguilar, Career Services | |



COMMENCEMENT: MAY 17 Spring Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May seventeenth Two thousand fourteen Ten o’clock in the morning 2100 Greenfield Drive, El Cajon, California

Celebrate Bright Futures and Accomplishments!

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SDC Partners with American Eagle Airlines

San Diego Christian (SDC) announces an agreement with American Eagle Airlines that will allow our aviation students a direct pathway to a career with commercial airlines. A recent agreement with American Eagle Airlines will give graduates of SDC’s Aviation program more opportunities to launch their airline careers by creating a “pipeline” from collegiate aviation - through flight instructing - to a guaranteed job with the regional airline. After flying two years with AEA, pipeline pilots get a guaranteed interview with parent company, American Airlines.

Captain Denny Breslin, SDC Director of Aviation, and a former American Airlines pilot, announced the new agreement where American Eagle will hire SDC’s graduates who meet requirements ranging from college GPA and excellence in flight skills, to flight time minimums for its Intructor Pipeline Program. “The program helps ensure we have the airline-qualified pilots we need for the future and eases the transition from school to the airline for program participants,” said Nicholas Brice, who negotiated the deal for Eagle’s pilot recruitment. “The participation of schools like San Diego Christian in our program is a win-win for both us and graduates looking for careers as commercial pilots.” The so-called pipeline program allows pilots with commercial and instrument ratings to interview with the ariline and be accepted as undergraduates. Upon graduation, pipeline pilots would be paid to flight instruct SDC students until they reach the minimum flight hours for employment as a first officer with AEA.


Qualfications: *Graduate from SDC with a Bachelor Degree in Aviation. *Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 *Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in aviation courses. *Complete the following certificates at SDC - Instrument Rating - Pilots may substitute the CFII certificate obtained at SDC if they completed their Instrument rating elsewhere. - Commercial Certificate *Multi-Engine Rating


Thanksgiving in April Steve Whitten (‘79)

As I sit here in my office on our new campus at San Diego Christian looking north to the mountains I am struck by a deep and abiding sense of gratefulness. God has been so good. San Diego Christian has been a part of my life both as a student and as a faculty member. Now I am looking out of my window to the mountains in the north and see the bustling activity on the campus below, I am so grateful, what an amazing God we serve. I know this is the month of April, but I am overcome with a spirit of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. After all, Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday. It harkens back to a time when William Bradford wrote these words “ I now your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye pilgrims, with your wives and little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the daytime, on Thursday, November ye 29th of the year 1623, and the third year since ye pilgrims landed on ye Plymouth Rock, there listen to ye pastor, and render thanksgiving to ye almighty God for all His blessings.” Those pilgrims had suffered through 2 harsh winters and would not likely have lived through a third if not for the kindness of the Native Americans who took pity on them and provided them with the means of

survival. The difficult time that they had endured gave them a perspective that they would not have had otherwise. The same is true for us today. As we reflect on all that we have been through and where God has brought us we give thanks, not just for his provision, but for the journey as well. God is faithful. Giving thanks is a choice we make. It requires us to take our eyes off of ourselves for a moment and direct them outward.

complain, be negative or covetous or depressed. A grateful heart will drive out all of these negative elements that can dominate our lives and replace them with the fruits of the spirit. So, I am declaring every Thursday of every month for the rest of the year to be a day of thanksgiving. As one of my best friends is always careful to remind me, “we have a lot to be thankful for.”

Giving thanks is a choice we make when we stop focusing on what we don’t have and give thanks for all that God has provided. If we are not thankful for what we have we are not likely to be thankful for what we hope to get. Giving thanks is a choice to accept, nay embrace the circumstances in our lives that we do not have the power to change and look at them as opportunities for growth. Giving thanks is a continuing attitude of acknowledgement that every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights. An attitude of thankfulness is a sign of spiritual health. We cannot be thankful and simultaneously


Right to Left: Steve, Marguerite, and their grandson Lee. Steve married Marguerite in April of 1981 and God has blessed him with four children and one grandchild. He loves shepherding and mentoring SDC students so that they can impact the world for Christ.

February 15, 2014 Jumper

Pony Rides

Carnival Games

Homecoming heritage day

Petting Zoo


Ferris Wheel Baseball Challenge

Photobooth Fun

Cotton Candy



San Diego Christian to Add Tennis in 14-15 SANTEE, Calif. – San Diego Christian College athletics is pleased to announce the addition of Men’s and Women’s Tennis starting in the 2014-2015 academic year.

“With the campus relocation to Santee, we are blessed to utilize the Lake Murray Tennis Club,” Ferguson said. “We are thankful to the LMTC President Ernie Kovaks and the LMTC board for their willingness to partner with us as we call this beautiful facility our home.”

move overseas, until she accepted Christ and decided to attend Biola University instead. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Intercultural Studies/International Business from Biola and played tennis and soccer. Jensen was seeded No. 1 in singles and doubles on the team.

“We will continue to place the spiritual growth of our athletes as our top priority. That does not, “With the addition of men’s and however, mean we sacrifice success women’s tennis, we continue to in the classroom or on the athletic move our athletic department for- courts,” Ferguson continued. “We ward,” said SDC Athletic Director look to tennis to provide another Kyle Ferguson. “Tennis is a natuavenue where we can allow the ral fit in Southern California and Lord to use SDC to develop these GSAC competition is at the highest young men and women in their level in the NAIA. Most imporspiritual life, academics, and athlettantly, however, is the opportunity ics.” to use athletics to help spiritually develop men and women to impact SDC Athletics is also welcoming the world for Christ.” Priscilla Jensen as the coach for the Men’s and Women’s Tennis team. The two teams will be playing their Jensen will be doing double duty as matches at Lake Murray Tennis she was also named the Men’s and Club (pictured) in San Diego. Lake Women’s Cross Country coach. Murray Tennis Club is a non-profit corporation that includes 10 tennis Jensen was born and raised in the Netherlands where her famcourts owned by the city of San ily still resides. She won various Diego. tennis tournaments and leagues in Europe while also being on the Varsity High School tennis and cross-country team. She was named MVP and seeded No. 1 in High School in singles, doubles and mix doubles and reached second place in the ISST that governs 22 schools in Europe and The Middle East.

San Diego Christian is looking for interested athletes and will host an open tryout in conjunction with a College Visit Day on April 11.

SDC will now have 11 competitive teams in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) and National Association Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Lake Murray Tennis Club photo Courtesy of Tommy DeMalignon

Jensen was recruited by NCAA Div. I schools and was ready to 12

To fill out a recruit questionnaire, and to register for an open tryout, visit

Tennis Coach Priscilla Jensen

SDC offers 11 Division I NAIA Athletic Teams. For highlights and a full schedule of games, visit


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SDC ALUMNI CARD The SDC Alumni Card provides opportunities for alumni to connect with each other and their Alma Mater by encouraging Hawk Pride and involvement in the daily acitivites at San Diego Christian (SDC).



* Free admittance to athletic home games (Excludes playoff games) * 10% discount on SDC branded apparel and gifts * 10 meal tickets to the SDC cafeteria * Discounts at local Santee businesses

* Free admission to the Joyous Sounds Dinner (A musical Christmas event in December)


Cost: $20

Per calendar year.

Blue Card: Email with your first and last name, address, and phone number.

Blue Card * Free admittance to athletic home games (Excludes playoff games) * 10% discount on SDC branded apparel and gifts

Gold Card: Send a check paid out to San Diego Christian College. On the memo line, please include that the payment is for the Alumni Card.

* 2 meal tickets to the SDC cafeteria

In addition, please send us the following information: - First and Last Name - Address - Phone Number

Cost: $0

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3. 4. 1. Michael Silva (‘09)

Since graduating from SDC , Mike has graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Dentistry in May 2013. He was given an army scholarship and did direct ascension after graduating. He is now a Captain and a dentist in the US Army and is stationed at Fort Drum, NY in upstate NY.

2. Luke Valenti (‘08)

Luke Valenti had the joy of marrying Lydia Hoffman on

January 4th, 2014. Luke and Lydia are now missionaries in Albania where Luke has been previously serving for 4 years. Back in Albania as a married couple, their focus is to plant churches where there are no Christian witnesses. They are currently leading a church planting team in the Muslim village of Plasa, Albania where Luke is focusing on discipling young men and facilitating the outreach to the village.Lydia is focusing on learning the language and culture, being a missionary wife, and reaching out to the women of the village.

3. Ed Gross (‘73)

The first SDC alumnus, Ed and his wife, Maxine, have 6 grown children and 13 grandchildren. He is now CEO of Vanguard Global Network, a missions group headquatered in the Columbia, SC area. After pastoring churches in CA and PA for 22


years, ED went into world missions in 1998. Vanguard’s mission is to equip the world’s pastors to fulfill the Great Commission. They have worked across the globe, and are currently concentrating on East/Central Africa plus China, India, Nepal and Himalayan areas. They are one of 2 evangelical pastoral training missions allowed by the government in China. They focus pastoral training on evangelism, discipleship, leadership development and theology.

4. Manny Sanchez (‘02)

Manny is married to Jen and they have three children with one on the way. They have been active in church ministry and recently began the planting of the downtown church, Catalyst. Manny was Alumnus of the Year 2014 and continues to remain involved in impacting the lives of students at SDC.

Johannes (‘06) and Lai Cardenas (Saephan) (‘04) with their sons Josiah and Elijah.

Nathan (‘08) and Livvy Craig (Barkley) (‘08) with their boys Silas and Noah.

Family Moments. Smile! Rich (‘89) and Teresa Burt (Aubery) with their children Kyle and Lauren.

Colin (‘09) and Janessa McDonald (Goodhart) with their little one, Callie.


Tying the knot. Newlyweds.

Luke (‘08) and Lydia Valenti Jan 2014

Brad (‘08) and Esther Pulcipher (Cardenas) (‘11) Nov 2013

Tyler (‘13) and Sadie Sanborn (Boettner) (‘14) Jan 2014

Michael and Felicia Herring (Moore) (‘10) Sept 2011 17

Alumni and Friends Dinner 3.16.2014 Destination: Fresno

In this picture: Angel and Bonnie Aguiar, Robert Jensen (VP for Advancement), Adam Peterson, Lorri Ague (Dean of Adult and Professional Studies), Kate Jones, Melanie Lewis, Jon and Abby Lorente, Brad (Director of Student Life) and Esther Pulcipher (Alumni Office), Priscilla Jensen (SDC Tennis and Cross Country Coach), Rich and Teresa Burt, and Dr. Paul Ague (SDC President).

This month, the Alumni team, headed up by Robert Jensen, VP for Advancement and Administration, with Dr. Paul Ague, President of SDC, traveled to Fresno, CA to share the vision of SDC and to update Alumni on the recent changes and location of SDC. The event was intimate and enjoyable as alumni from different years were able to come together, get to know each other, and share in the excitement of where the institution is headed.

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Ways to Give: 1. GENERAL FUND: Gifts to the General Fund provides more flexibility for how SDC can take advantage of beneficial opportunities.

There are several reasons for why we think you should give to San Diego Christian (SDC.) Each year, 95% of students receive financial aid assistance to receive an education in a learning environment that believes in the foundation of a Christian worldview. Staff and faculty are committed to investing in the lives of each student that passes through these doors in order to equip them with truth and the professional tools they need to impact the world for Christ.


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