Riverside Water Polo players, parents and coaches achieved a club record when they packed 572 sack lunches for the homeless Thursday, Nov. 19 on the pool deck at the Riverside Aquatic Center at Riverside City College.
Each lunch consisted of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a bag of chips, an orange and water, all of it donated by Riverside Water Polo families.
Charlie Koosed of Riverside Water Polo said in an email the club has been packing sack lunches for the homeless for many years as a way to give back to the community. The number of lunches packed this year exceeded last year’s total by 84.
The group topped off the packing event with a scrimmage pitting coaches and parents against athletes.
Riversiders commitment to making one-other’s life a little better is a great example of Riverside acting as a unified city. The actions of all the students and parents demonstrates that Riverside is a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.
Residents of King Arthurs Mobile Home Estates who were up early Saturday morning, Nov. 21, might have noticed the hum of activity emanating from the area around the clubhouse.
A little before 8 a.m., some 90 volunteers were in the process of gathering to clean, trim, rake and paint – in general, spruce up – 15 residences at the mobile home park which sits just a stone’s throw from the I-60 freeway.
The project was coordinated by Habitat For Humanity, which is no stranger to the neighborhood.
“This is one of the parks we regularly work in,” said Kathy Michalak, executive director of the local Habitat for Humanity chapter. “We have a really good relationship with this park.”
More than half of the volunteers were employees of local Lowe’s stores. Myrna Vega, a Lowe’s store manager, helped coordinate the project and gather the volunteers.
“We love going out into the communities, not only where we work but also where we live,” Vega said. “So we can help people love where they live.”
Other volunteers came from Habitat for Humanity chapters at Ramona High School and UC Riverside. Funding for the project included a $25,000 grant from Lowe’s for Habitat’s Women Build Week program.
Organizations such as Habitat for Humanity are great examples of Seizing Our Destiny’s unified citypillar. We are a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.
Hundreds of California Baptist University students, staff, faculty and their families worked diligently to pack more than 550 gift shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) on Nov. 12.
OCC is a project of Samaritan’s Purse that has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 124 million children affected by war, poverty, natural disasters and other crises. The gift boxes have reached approximately 150 countries and territories since 1993. Some of the gifts items include hygiene products, clothes, school supplies and toys.
More than 750 participants packed the CBU Recreation Center gym to fill boxes with donations that were spread out on tables.
Planning and organizing the event was a months-long effort that included help from many departments on campus, said Julie Dobbins, assistant director of chapel and compassion ministries and event organizer. Schools and departments provided donations for the shoeboxes as well, she said.
Efforts like this truly demonstrate why Riverside is such a unified city. Riverside is a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants and beyond.
At Image One Camera and Video, there is more to business than just making money. Owner Shadi Sayes came to the United States from Jordan 14 years ago with drive and passion. After managing a handful of industry leading camera stores, Sayes assembled his dream team of professionals he had met over the years to bring Image One Camera and Video to Riverside.
A true photo service camera store, Image One Camera and Video offers everything one would need for photography, videography and cinematography. With a state of the art facility, including the first 4K editing station by GoPro in the country, there are a lot of things that set Image One Camera and Video apart from other photography dealers. Sayes’ dedication and commitment to philanthropy in the Riverside community is inspirational. Through event sponsorships, giveaway contests, discounts, training courses, and one-on-one advising, Sayes works tirelessly to capture the heart of photography in the community; especially with students. Image One Camera and Video holds student photo contests with local Universities and Riverside students to catalyze creativity and spark passion. Starting as young as elementary school, Shadi encourages the youth in our community to follow their passion, while helping them learn.
Shadi’s kindness and passion to make a difference in his community is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny’s unified city pillar. Shadi demonstrates that we are a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.
(This article contains excerpts from the article published in CBU News & Events on October 30, 2015.)
California Baptist University nursing faculty and students sprang into action to help a local rehabilitation center when the power went out on Oct. 30 shortly after 11:00 am.
A collapsed tree fell onto power lines on Magnolia Avenue in front of CBU’s front lawn and caused power outages in the surrounding areas. The Mission Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located across the street from CBU, lost its power as well. This facility takes care of nearly 30 individuals that depend on power-operated ventilators to breathe.
The Riverside Fire Department initially responded to the scene.
Dr. Geneva Oaks, dean and associate professor of nursing, said that her office received a call stating that they could use some help.
“We responded immediately, probably around 30 – 40 of our staff and students went down the street,” said Oaks. “There were students running to the center.”
Oaks said that Jeff DeLaurie, battalion chief, wanted skilled hands available in case they needed to use manual devices to help patients breathe.
The center’s backup generators failed to turn the power back on. As a result, more than 10 fire engines and ambulances were called in to provide the power needed to allow the ventilators to keep running.
Oaks said the fire department requested that CBU faculty and students observe patients to ensure they were breathing correctly.
“They were asked to make sure the patients were receiving everything they needed to preserve life,” Oaks said.
The fire department was extremely thankful, Oaks said.
“It was a blessing to see the heart of our staff and students,” said Dr. Susan Drummond, associate dean and associate professor of nursing. “They want to do good and have a heart for service.”
These nurses truly demonstrated what makes Riverside such a unified city. Riverside are working together everyday to not only address local issues, but also have a positive impact on the region, nation, and world.
A newreport from the Institute for Higher Education Policy includes UC Riverside among universities doing the most to accept and graduate low-income college students.
The report, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is called “Serving Their Share: Some Colleges Could Be Doing a Much Better Job Enrolling and Graduating Low-Income Students.” It was issued Oct. 29.
Those schools identified as “access improvers” include the UC campuses in Riverside, Irvine, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara, as well as Indiana Wesleyan; Stetson University in Florida; Grand Valley State in Michigan; the University of Tennessee in Knoxville; Florida State and the University of Florida.
“Almost all of the institutions on our Access Improvers list offer summer bridge academic programs, use early warning systems to identify and intervene with struggling students, provide academic maps to help students take the right courses and hit key milestones on time, and run learning communities geared toward helping students succeed,” according to the report, authored by Colleen Campbell and Mamie Voight.
Nearly 2/3rds of incoming freshmen participate in specialized first year learning communities. Today it is clear that support programs are paying off. UCR has nearly equal graduation rates across all racial and ethnic groups — a rarity among colleges and universities. For UC Riverside, that shift happened about 10 years ago, after the student population became more diverse and almost doubled, from abut 9,000 students in the mid-1990s to about 17,000 students in the mid-2000s. UCR is now at nearly 22,000 students.
UCR’s consecutive achievements help make the college and Riverside a location of choice for students seeking a great education at an affordable price.
“Like the GhostBusters said in the movies ‘We’re Baaack!’ We could not have done it without the support of the community so THANK YOU!” the post read.
From the “Halloween House” to the Festival of Lights, Riverside is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny’s location of choice pillar. Our community provides an abundance of opportunities to be amazed, inspired and entertained.
When Annette Ramsey thinks back to her childhood, it is her teachers that she remembers as her greatest inspiration.
“My teachers made me feel important,” she said.
Ramsey waited until after her children were grown and had moved out before she decided to return to school so that she could follow a longtime dream and become a teacher. Leaving a successful 23-year career as a designer, Ramsey got her A.A. in education from Riverside City College before transferring to UC Riverside, where she earned a B.A. in liberal arts.
“I went through several years of focusing on the one goal of becoming an elementary school special needs teacher,” Ramsey said. “I realized toward the end that I did not like the way they said I had to teach. I’m a rebel and have been since my early days. I still wanted to teach, but I wanted to teach something I was good at and something that would really benefit a child who struggles in a regular class setting. I believe with all my heart that art is the answer for these children and adults.”
The 62-year-old Ramsey struck out on her own. She began teaching art classes for low-income children at the Cesar Chavez Community Center in Riverside’s East Side neighborhood. It was the first class of what would become the Riverside Art Academy. She currently operates Studio 38B in downtown Riverside’s Life Arts Center and teaches classes for children at the Orange Terrace Community Center and Starting Gate Educational Services, both in Riverside, and for developmentally disabled adults at Corona’s Peppermint Ridge.
Although she lives in Redlands, Ramsey’s work is primarily in Riverside. Her young students have been exhibited in China and Mexico, as well as several locations in Riverside, including the Riverside Community Arts Association and Riverside Art Museum. In addition, their work has appeared in three exhibitions in U.S. Rep. Mark Takano’s Riverside office. Ramsey is also assisting Congressman Takano’s staff with the annual congressional art competition.
“It’s an honor to help with something that can have such an important impact on a student’s life,” she said.
If a program can be said to be dearest to Ramsey’s heart, it would be Starting Gate, a non-public school housed on the former campus of Riverside’s Grant Elementary School. The program serves multiple school districts that refer students who are currently not able to be enrolled in public schools.
“This is my calling,” Ramsey said. “I see a huge difference in these students. The teachers and staff are amazed at the students’ response. I wasn’t. I know that the arts can make a difference in their lives. These are children who are going to be lost if we don’t do something to make them feel like there is a future in something they do well.”
Ramsey is a mother of two and a grandmother of seven. She is also a tireless advocate for the community and will be recognized as the November Arts and Innovation Honoree of the Month at the Riverside City Council meeting Nov 10.
In addition to the classes she teaches at various sites, Ramsey runs the Art Masters Academy out of her studio in downtown Riverside’s historic Life Arts Center. She hopes to build up a scholarship fund for students and to create an art masters curriculum that she can share with other teachers.
Ramsey’s kindness and passion to make a difference in her community is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny’s unified citypillar. Ramsey demonstrates that we are a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.
For more information on Annette Ramsey, visit her Facebook page, Heart Enterprise.
The Salvation Army Community Center in Riverside honored California Baptist University President Dr. Ronald L. Ellis for his leadership in higher education.
“Dr. Ellis has elevated the city of Riverside when it comes to educational opportunities,” said Dan Vaughn, CEO of Gallant Risk & Insurance Services. Vaughn read a statement on behalf of the Salvation Army Community Center at its “Soup-er Stars” luncheon on Oct 23.
“Residents are enriched because of Dr. Ellis’ innovative leadership,” Vaughn said.
When Ellis became president of California Baptist College in 1994, enrollment totaled 808 students. This fall, CBU surpassed an enrollment goal of 8,080 five years earlier than anticipated, with a record enrollment of 8,541 students. It is the largest enrollment in CBU history and an increase of more than 1,000% in the past 21 years. Ellis is a testament to the intelligent growth of our community.
Academic offerings also have increased during the Ellis presidency. In 1994, CBC offered 22 academic majors and one graduate program. Today CBU offers more than 150 majors, minors and concentrations through traditional and online programs. CBU also offers more than 40 graduate programs through traditional and online programs. In the current academic year, CBU will offer its first two doctorate programs, one in nursing practice and the other in public administration, delivered online.
California Baptist University faculty and students showcased some of their innovative work at the Long Night of Arts & Innovation in downtown Riverside on Oct. 8.
The event stretched over several blocks, allowing event-goers an opportunity to browse through the latest developments in arts, science and education.
CBU’s Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering presented several exhibits, including a high-speed camera, the electronic design of the Pong video game, a NAO robot and a 3-D printing device.
Events like this are great examples of Seizing Our Destiny’s intelligent growth pillar. CBU is dedicated to educating the next generation of students and helping them succeed. These events play a vital role in strengthening our community.