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CBU’s School Of Business Receives Accreditation For 10 More Years

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in CBU News & Events on April 24, 2015.)

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Photo Credit: CBU News & Events

The Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business at California Baptist University received notification this week that it has been accredited for another 10 years.

The school has spent the past two years working on a self-study, documenting its adherence to six quality standards, said Dr. Steve Strombeck, interim dean and professor of marketing. The standards are set by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for its member universities to maintain. The standards are Leadership, Strategic Planning, Student and Stakeholder Focus, Measurement and Analysis of Student Learning and Performance, Faculty and Staff Focus, Educational and Business Process Management.

“It means that we are professionally accredited by one of the top business school accrediting bodies in the world,” Strombeck said.

ACBSP first accredited the school in 2005.

“We have maintained our national accreditation with ACBSP for the last 20 years” Strombeck said. “This is a significant thing.”

The School of Business offers a master of business administration degree, three bachelor degrees, three minors and has more than 560 students.

Accreditation is one of the top priorities when students are choosing a school to attend. CBU’s Business School accreditation makes not only the school of location of choice for students, but the entire city.

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LEED Certified Buildings And Sustainability Taking Forefront At UC Riverside Campus

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Mojgan Sherkat and published in UCR Today on April 23, 2015.)

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Photo Credit: UCR Today

These are not your father’s residence halls. Just in time for Earth Day, the latest housing addition at UC Riverside has recycled materials, all the latest water management, energy efficiency, and environmentally friendly features like
American-made cabinetry.

Glen Mor II celebrated its LEED Gold Certification Wednesday. What does LEED mean? Well, it stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and is a certification program focused on sustainable buildings. Facilities receive points based on meeting environmentally friendly criteria. The first phase of Glen Mor, which opened in 2007, achieved the LEED Gold in December 2014. When well-maintained, the buildings will produce fewer waste products and are more energy efficient than they would otherwise be.

Glen Mor offers single-occupancy rooms in two- and four-bedroom apartment style floor plans. It is home to more than 1,300 residents (sophomores and up).

“It’s very impressive,” said Jean Weiss, a Riverside community member. “I love the multi-aspects of it all – the landscaping, parking structure, the market, it’s very scenic and at the same time conductive for the studious mindset,” she explained.

The certification was unveiled by Andy Plumley, assistant vice chancellor of UCR’s Housing, Dining, & Residential Services.

“Obtaining LEED Gold certification along with being the largest LEED Gold Group Property is quite a milestone for UCR,” said Plumley. “Housing, Dining & Residential Services is proud of the Glen Mor project and thankful for our dedicated campus partners (Architects & Engineers, Capital Program, Environmental Health & Safety, Transportation & Parking Services, Computing & Communications) who contributed greatly to help us reach this achievement.”

The public was given the opportunity to tour the new facility. Eric Shuler, Assistant Director of Facilities Management gave one of three tours around the new UCR Campus Apartment, highlighting the sustainable features, which include:

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Photo Credit: UCR Today
  • Rock landscaping: to minimize water use.
  • Solar panels: used for heating the water and building.
  • Furniture: all made in the U.S. and out of sustainably harvested and manufactured wood.
  • Appliances: all Energy Star rated.
  • Irrigation: controlled system, when it rains the system will automatically shut-off.
  • Lighting: interior is automatically dimmed and brightened according to existing ambient light. Exterior is energy-saving LED.

Housing, Dining & Residential Services will continue to develop a robust energy and sustainability program for UCR.  The efforts will include:

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Photo Credit: UCR Today
  1. Building level energy and sustainability improvements to meet or exceed LEED Gold standards, UCOP standards and State requirements.
  2. Pursue additional LEED EBOM Certifications.
  3. Pursue minimum of LEED Gold on all new building projects.
  4. Develop programs for residents to educate on how they may contribute to the sustainability of their living environment.

Housing, Dining & Residential Services ultimate sustainability goal is to provide an optimized, balanced, living and learning experience with the least amount of impact on the environment.

UC Riverside’s green initiative is an outstanding example of the Seizing Our Destiny’s catalyst for innovation pillar. By constantly improving their infrastructure, UCR has established it’s self as a leader in sustainability. Creativity and innovation permeate all that we do in Riverside, which makes our community a trendsetter for the region, California, and the world to follow.

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UCR Extension Is The Next Move For College Graduates

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Elaine Regus and published in UCR Today on April 23, 2015.)

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UCR Extension is promoting a unique opportunity for recent graduates to earn a master’s degree in as little as one year for as little as $30,000 through its Master’s Pathways program in partnership with internationally recognized universities in Europe and Australia.

“Students can earn a specialized degree, advance their career, have an amazing life experience with a chance to live and work abroad, and save time and many thousands of dollars,” said Gina Finn, UCR Extension’s Master’s Pathways marketing coordinator.

Degree programs include:

  • M.B.A. in sports management from Universidad Europea de Madrid, Real Madrid Graduate School in Spain
  • Master of Science in international business from the University of Hertfordshire in England
  • Master of Science in international tourism management from Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland
  • Master of International Tourism and Hotel Management from Southern Cross University in Australia
  • M.B.A. from European University (coursework can be completed in Barcelona, Munich, Geneva or Montreux)

Students first complete nine months of coursework at UCR, enrolling in UCR Extension’s Postgraduate Diploma program. The Postgraduate Diploma includes a three-month unpaid internship in a related field, which provides students with on-the-job experience while completing their diploma.

Students who have significant work experience in the U.S. may be able to waive the internship requirement, which allows students to finish the full program and graduate with a master’s degree in as little as one year.

Those who opt to continue in the master’s programs in international business, international tourism management, tourism and hotel management or for an M.B.A. will then spend four to eight months at the partner universities completing master’s-level courses and a dissertation.

Those who choose the M.B.A. in sports management pathway will take courses offered online in English from the Real Madrid Graduate School after completing their Postgraduate Diploma at UCR Extension. Sports management candidates will spend a week in Spain, participating in master classes, meetings and seminars with executive managers from Real Madrid and other top sports companies.

The program is designed for recent graduates with little or no work experience. UCR Extension designed the program so that students could complete their studies for a professional diploma in the United States with credits transferrable to a master’s degree abroad. All master’s degrees will be awarded by the partner universities.

Scholarships are available and students have the option of beginning in September or January.

The GRE or GMAT are not required but students must have completed a bachelor’s degree.

“Our goal is to try and help students differentiate themselves and give them international experience outside the U.S. so when they come back to the U.S. they are far more competitive when they apply for work,” said Bronwyn Jenkins-Deas, associate dean and director of UCR Extension’s International Education Programs. “An international experience helps them stand out when they are applying for jobs and demonstrates they have the business and cross-cultural skills they need to work in today’s global business context.”

Programs 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 standout from other Graduates. These programs play a vital role in strengthening our community’s workforce and job growth.

For further information call Gina Finn at (951) 827-4111, email at or go to

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RCC College Drum Line Captures Sixth National Championship

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in the RCC Campus News on April 13, 2015.)

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Riverside City College Marching Tigers’ Drum Line captured its sixth consecutive national championship this past weekend in Dayton, OH, scoring 98.563 points and setting a new world record for marching percussion ensemble.

Competing in the WGI Independent Marching World Division, RCC bettered Rhythm X from Columbus, OH and Pulse Percussion from Westminster, CA. The national championship competition concluded an undefeated 2015 season for the Tigers.

The 41-member team of percussionists presented an ecologically themed show titled Guardians of the Breath, which Gary Locke, director of the Marching Tigers, called “a kind of musical wake-up call,” a warning of the dangers of the human lifestyle habits killing off trees.

“It was an amazing, sophisticated (performance), yet accessible to spectators, fans and judges,” said Locke. “The production often moved at break-neck speed. The performance included the felling of futuristic-looking steel trees and ended on a hopeful note with the introduction of a new, young tree.”

RCC’s constant achievements help make the college and Riverside a location of choice for students seeking the best education for a reasonable price and a college that supports their passion.

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Final Result for Independent Marching World

1.) RCC (Riverside, CA) 98.563
2.) Rhythm X (Columbus, OH) 96.950
3.) Pulse Percussion (Westminster, CA) 96.838
4.) Music City Mystique (Nashville, TN) 96.063
5.) Infinity (Orlando, FL) 94.750
6.) Cadets Winter Percussion (Allentown, PA) 94.100
7.) Matrix (Akron, OH) 93.550
8.) STRYKE Percussion Ensemble (Palm Beach, FL) 92.125
9.) Cavaliers Indoor Percussion (Rosemont, IL) 91.413
10.) United Percussion (Camden County, NJ) 91.225​​

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Engineering College To Launch Online Degrees

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Sean Nealon and published in UCR Today on April 9, 2015.)

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The University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering recently announced its partnership with Pearson to create a new online degree program in engineering, with specializations in bioengineering, electrical engineering (power systems), environmental engineering systems (water), materials at the nanoscale and mechanical engineering. The master’s degree program is scheduled to be launched in the fall of 2015 and hopes to enroll over 600 new engineering students by 2020.

Pearson’s online learning services will provide marketing, enrollment management, student support and retention services and help desk services. The collaboration allows the Bourns College of Engineering to extend its programs to working adults and other non-traditional students that may not have been able to attend an on-the-ground program. The new programs will help the college get one step closer to achieving its mission of producing engineers with the educational foundation and adaptive skills to rapidly serve evolving technology industries.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Pearson to offer this online program enabling employed engineers and scientists to advance their technical training as well as sharpen their engineering management skills,” said Reza Abbaschian, dean of the Bourns College of Engineering. “We believe the degree program will benefit them, their employers and our industrial community.”

Offering online engineering degrees is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny’s intelligent growth pillar. The Bourns College of Engineering is dedicated to educating the next generation of engineering leaders to discover and apply groundbreaking solutions and innovations that improve the quality of life. The college’s graduate and undergraduate engineering programs rank among the top schools in the nation in U.S. News & World Report.

Todd Hitchcock, Pearson’s senior vice president of online learning service said, “We are thrilled to have been selected as the University of California, Riverside, Bourns College of Engineering’s online degree program partner. The partnership is a perfect fit since the school’s ideals are in line with that of Pearson’s – a devotion to student success and a commitment to personal, one-on-one student attention.”

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Congrats To Our Remarkable Teens!

(This article was pulled from the RUSD news feed on April 7, 2015.)

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Congratulations to the 15 RUSD teens who are among Riversides’ 25 Most Remarkable teens. Our honorees are: Jessica Goehring – Arlington HS, Sydney Azpeitia – Poly HS, Karen Cuautle – Ramona HS, Tracy Doan – Ramona HS, Christine Flores – Ramona HS, Ivett Martinez – Ramona HS, Andy Meza – Ramona HS, Amanda Orantes – Ramona HS, Christopher Paz – Ramona HS, Juliana Tiscareno – Ramona HS, Leslie Vergara – Ramona HS, Nathan Williams – Ramona HS, Asia Suarez – John W. North HS, Connor Tom – John W. North HS, and Hannah Terao – University Heights Middle School. These students will be honored at a special City Council meeting, to be held at 4 PM Tuesday, May 12 at the Council Chambers at City Hall, 3900 Main Street. This program is coordinated by the Riverside Youth Council.

RUSD’s outstanding scholastic achievements make Riverside a location of choice for parents seeking the best education for their children.

Two Of CBU’s Publications Won Top National Awards

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in CBU News & Events on March 20, 2015.)

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Two of California Baptist University’s campus publications, The Banner newspaper and Pursuitmagazine, took home top national awards at recent journalism conferences in Los Angeles and New York City.

The Associated College Press awarded 1st place “Best of Show” awards to both The Bannernewspaper and Pursuit magazine, in those respective categories, and The Banner Onlineearned the 5th place award in the Best Website category. The 31st Annual ACP National College Journalism Convention was held in Los Angeles Feb. 26 to March 1. A complete list of winners is available by clicking here.

“This is really unprecedented in my experience that one program would be awarded 1st place Best of Show in both the newspaper and magazine categories,” said Dr. Michael Chute, director of the journalism & new media and public relations program. “It is the third year in a row that The Banner has been named the top ‘Best of Show’ newspaper at the ACP convention. This really speaks to the quality work our students do on the campus publications and the top honor three years in a row shows how consistent our students have been in producing quality publications.”

CBU’s constant achievements help make the university and Riverside a location of choice for students seeking the best education for a reasonable price.

In the California College Media Association convention Feb. 28, CCMA awarded seven CBU students for outstanding achievement in writing, photography and design. The Pursuit staff also earned an honorable mention in the Best Magazine category.

At its Spring National College Media Convention in New York City March 11-14, the College Media Association awarded Pursuit magazine 2nd place in Best Magazine Spread, as well as 3rd place in Best Overall Design for another magazine spread, which competed against design entries from newspapers, magazines, yearbooks and advertising.

Colleges and universities from across the U.S. enter publications in the ACP and College Media Association competitions each year.

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Inland Education Collaborative Awarded $5 Million

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Jeanette Marantos and published in UCR Today on March 20, 2015.)

Pamela Clute, special assistant to the chancellor at UC Riverside. Photo Credit: UCR Today
Pamela Clute, special assistant to the chancellor at UC Riverside. Photo Credit: UCR Today

The Federation for a Competitive Economy (FACE), a regional collaborative vision that began at UC Riverside, has earned a $5 million Governor’s Award for Innovation in Higher Education. It was selected as one of the top plans of the 57 submitted from around the state to improve college graduation rates in California, a committee of the California Department of Finance announced today.

Awards like the Governor’s Award for Innovation in Higher Education are great examples of Seizing Our Destiny’s intelligent growth pillar by not only embracing the universities and schools, but the entire Riverside economy.

The Governor’s Award proposal, prepared by California State University, San Bernardino in partnership with UC Riverside, multiple Inland Empire community colleges, school districts, governments, businesses, the Inland Empire Economic Partnership and the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, is fairly straightforward:

FACE and its subcommittees are tackling the problem from two sides: make sure inland high school students are ready for college when they graduate, and increase the number of inland college students who actually earn a bachelor’s degree.

The Governor’s Award proposal, submitted by Cal State University San Bernardino President Tomás Morales and Rachel Weiss, CSUSB’s director of research of sponsored programs, sets specific benchmarks for meeting those goals by 2020:

  • Use FACE and its 175 members to align educational policy and initiatives between the two counties to both improve college outcomes and keep those college graduates here, working jobs in the Inland Empire
  • Reduce the number of college freshmen who need remediation classes by 20 percent by increasing college readiness at the high school level, particularly in math.
  • Increase the number of bachelor degrees earned at inland universities by 15 percent
  • Increase the number of students completing their bachelor’s degrees within six years by 10 percent
  • Strengthen partnerships with Inland Empire industries to better align education with workforce needs, such as creating more college internship opportunities to give students a chance to better understand what employers need, and help them develop business relationships while they’re in college.

Beefing up math instruction at the high school level is a key part of the proposal, because math is one of the biggest hurdles to college completion, said Pamela Clute, a Ph.D. math instructor, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) advocate and UC Riverside’s special assistant to the chancellor.

Clute developed the FACE collaborative in 2009, at the behest of then-Chancellor Timothy P. White, who has since gone on to become president of the California State University system. UCR Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox has continued UCR’s support for the project, and now co-chairs the FACE-IEEP Educational Council with Morales.

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CBU Student Initiates Robotics Program

(This article contains excerpts from the article by Chanthou San and published in CBU Banner on March 6, 2015.)

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Photo Credit: CBU Banner

After a car accident five years ago caused a traumatic brain injury and numerous broken bones, Rebecca Trupp, senior mechanical engineering major at California Baptist University, was forced to relearn basic life skills.

Trupp dreamed of designing and working for NASCAR and felt she had to re-evaluate her career when she was no longer able to process mathematical and engineering concepts.

In 2012, Trupp developed an outreach program using NAO robots with guidance from Dr. Anthony Donaldson, dean and professor of the College of Engineering, and Dr. Liya Grace Ni, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering.

The NAO robots were first introduced when the College of Engineering received a W.M. Keck grant of $250,000. The money funds Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) hardware, as well as advanced computing and full-body robots and robotics equipment.

Trupp reached out to local schools to educate students on engineering along with other opportunities available with a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degree.

With a passion to serve her community, she accepted a challenge proposed by Donaldson to recruit K-12 students with programmed robots. It was then that the NAO Outreach program was implemented.

The NAO Outreach program serves as an example of the possibilities that come from engineering programs. Promoting engineering from CBU is only a portion of a nationwide campaign designed to educate and encourage more students to pursue an education in STEM. Programs like this are great examples of Seizing Our Destiny’s catalyst for innovation pillar. Encouraging students to pursue an education in STEM is no easy task, but for Rebecca Trupp robotics is her her vehicle to do so. Creativity and innovation permeate all that we do, which makes our community a trendsetter for the region, California, and the world to follow.

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North High’s Rich Davis Awarded County Certificated Administrator Of The Year Award

(This article contains excerpts from the article posted on the Riverside Unified School District website.)

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Congratulations to North High School Assistant Principal Rich Davis, who has been named the Riverside County Office of Education’s Certificated Administrator of the Year! Mr. Davis learned of the honor with a surprise visit from Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Kenn Young on Monday.

Awards like this demonstrate what makes Riverside a location of choice for residents seeking a great education.

Educators of the year are selected by a committee comprised of Riverside County educators—including former honorees—that review nominations, letters of recommendation, and other criteria. Committee members also conduct selected site visits and interviews as part of the awards process.