More than 300 middle and high school students from across Riverside and San Bernardino counties competed to build the best terrestrial drones at the MESA Robotics Invitational competition, on Saturday, Nov. 21 at the University of California, Riverside.
This year’s theme, “Attack of the Drones: The Revenge,” challenged students to design drones that out-perform the competition in agility tests and combat simulations. Middle and high school students competed at different levels, with the middle school teams using Lego robotics kits and the high school teams using the Vex robotics platform.
The event was hosted by the Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA) Schools Program at the UCR Bourns College of Engineering. MESA provides academic enrichment services and opportunities to teachers and students in engineering and science, while focusing on serving disadvantaged and underserved student populations. Now in its 8th year, the event will draw 33 teams from 12 schools in Moreno Valley, Colton, Rialto, Corona, Ontario and Victorville.
“The MESA Robotics competition is one of our most popular events among students and teachers alike,” said Carlos Gonzalez, director of UCR’s MESA program. “While the students are having fun designing, building and programming their robots, they’re also learning important concepts about engineering, computer science, and, of course, teamwork.”
The top three teams in each competition received awards, with additional distinctions going to teams that demonstrate the best sportsmanship and the most creative design.
Competitions like this are great examples of Seizing Our Destiny’s intelligent growth pillar. UCR is dedicated to educating the next generation of students and helping them succeed. These competitions play a vital role in strengthening our community’s workforce and job growth.
A three-member team from Riverside City College won the 2015 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Southern California Programming Competition.
Joshua Camacho (Riverside Poly High School), Alex Farfan (Chaparral HS, Temecula) and international student Tsz Kwan won the Two-Year College Division after solving more problems than 24 other community college and 40 university teams. The three students also tied the all-time record for the number of problems solved. A team from California Institute of Technology won the Four-Year College Division, beating the likes of Harvey-Mudd College, USC, each of the University of California institutions, the Cal State universities and a number of private colleges in attendance. With its victory in the Four-Year College Division, Caltech advances to the world competition in Thailand.
Winning competition like this helps RCC and Riverside become a location of choice for students seeking a great education at an affordable price.
California Baptist University has received high rankings for programs and other offerings—including two “No. 1” recognitions—on websites that compare colleges and universities nationwide.
Niche.com and Christian Universities Online both included CBU in rankings released this month on numerous “Best” lists for 2016.
Niche ranked CBU No. 1 in California and No. 6 nationally for “Best College Food.” In the site’s “Best College Campus” list, CBU placed No. 2 in California and No. 13 nationally.
Additionally, Niche ranked CBU No. 1 in California and No. 7 nationwide in its “Best College Dorms” list.
CBU placed No. 3 in the Niche list of “Best Christian Colleges” in California.
The Niche 2016 Best College rankings are based on numerous statistical analysis, according to the site. For instance, in the Best Food category, Niche used an analysis of 1,713 colleges to assess significant factors such as average meal plan cost along with student reviews of food quality. The Best College Campus standings take into account the quality of housing, food services and students’ reviews of the campus.
Christian Universities Online ranked CBU No. 32 in the nation among “Top Christian Colleges and Universities Exceeding Expectations in 2016.” The ranking methodology was based on gathering data on each college’s predicted graduation rate compared to its actual graduation rate and then ranking the colleges based on the difference between those two variables.
Earlier this year, CBU earned several top-40 rankings by U.S. News and World Report in the categories of “Best Regional University,” “Best Colleges for Veterans,” and “Best Online Degree Programs.”
Offering superior food is just another way that CBU helps make Riverside a location of choice for college students from around the globe.
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.
Dr. Heather Williams, California Baptist University adjunct professor of education, was awarded the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) 2015 Professor of Education of the Year award for her work in training the next generation of educational leaders. Williams received the award at the ACSA’s Leadership Summit on Nov. 5-7 in Sacramento.
Williams also serves as director of human resources for the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. Previously she worked as director of human resources, director of special education and principal in the Chino Valley Unified School District.
“Dr. Williams is as committed to the growth of her college students as she is to the growth of the students she serves in the K-12 public school system,” wrote Dawn Nishanian, human resource manager at San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, who nominated Williams for the award.
Dr. Williams and CBU promote intelligent growth through their commitment and dedication to providing an outstanding education to their students.
(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.
A team of students from the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency for a reusable storm drain filter that is less costly and more environmentally friendly than currently available models.
The key innovation is the calibrated indicator and filter system. The filter is made of 100 percent recycled textiles. The indicator is a 3-D printed device made with the same material as the filter and a translucent biodegradable plastic that includes a polymer that changes from a powder to a gel when it is saturated with oil and/or heavy metals and needs to be replaced.
The team received the $15,000 as a phase one winner of EPA’s P3 (People, Prosperity and the Planet) competition. Team members are: Franklin Gonzalez, Karim Masarweh, Johny Nguyen, Diego Novoa, Kenneth Orellana and Taljinder Kaur. With the exception of Kaur, who is an MBA student, all the students are seniors and either environmental or chemical engineering majors. Kawai Tam, a lecturer at the Bourns College of Engineering, advises them.
Bourns College of Engineering is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny’s catalyst for innovation pillar. The people and educational institutions of Riverside cultivate and support useful and beneficial ideas, research, and scholars.
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.