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CBU Again Receives National Ranking For Online Programs For Veterans

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in CBU News & Events on June 2, 2015.)

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California Baptist University’s online programs have earned the No. 20 spot in the 2015 Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs for Veterans rankings by U.S. News & World Report. CBU was also ranked in the top 100 nationwide for their Online Graduate Education and Online MBA Programs for Veterans.

“I’m delighted that once again we have been ranked by U.S. News as a Best Online Programs for Veterans,” said Dr. David Poole, vice president for Online and Professional Studies at CBU.  “Online courses offer our service men and women the flexibility and convenience to complete their college education, regardless of where they may be stationed or live. This national ranking is a strong testament to the University’s continued commitment to our nation’s veterans and active military personnel.”

CBU entered the online education market in the spring of 2010 with programs offered by the university’s Division of Online and Professional Studies.  Also named by G.I. Jobs magazine as a 2015 Military Friendly School, CBU Online offers 21 bachelor degree programs with 30 major concentrations, and 14 master degree programs. Degree and course offerings are accessible fully online or in a hybrid format (virtual and synchronous) at educational service centers near some of California’s largest military bases.

To help veterans choose affordable, accessible and reputable distance education, U.S. News has launched its annual rankings of the Best Online Programs for Veterans, according to its website. All of the ranked programs belong to institutions that are certified for the G.I. Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, two federal initiatives that help veterans reduce the cost of school.

Representing Seizing Our Destiny’s location of choice pillar, CBU attracts students and veterans from across the country due to their great reputation and their outstanding scholastic achievements.

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UC Riverside Accepted As Yellow Ribbon Campus

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Mojgan Sherkat and published in UCR Today on May 28, 2015.)

UCR students and veterans join Chancellor Kim Wilcox as he signs the Yellow Ribbon agreements. Photo Credit: UCR Today
UCR students and veterans join Chancellor Kim Wilcox as he signs the Yellow Ribbon agreements. Photo Credit: UCR Today

The University of California, Riverside has been accepted as a Yellow Ribbon institution by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The program is designed to help students avoid up to 100 percent of their out-of-pocket tuition and fees associated with educational programs.

How does it work? The Post-9/11 GI Bill pays 100 percent of in-state tuition and fees for fully-eligible veterans attending public colleges and universities. But, non-resident supplemental tuition is not covered. Veterans and their families who have residency in other states are then forced to pay those fees out of their own pocket, at least until they have established residency.

Chryssa Jones, the veteran’s services coordinator at UCR says military families tend to be more transient than others, and many veterans have found themselves excluded by residency policies.

Last fall Congress attempted to fix this issue by passing Public Law 113-146: The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 explained Jones. The law essentially required public institutions to allow all eligible veterans to attend academic institutions at in-state rates. But, still she said, some students were excluded by the eligibility rules under this law, particularly the children of active-duty military service members who are stationed outside of California.

Chancellor Kim Wilcox jokes with UCR veteran students as he signs the Yellow Ribbon paperwork. Photo Credit: UCR Today

UCR decided to fill in the gap for these students by signing up to participate in the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program, which is a supplement to the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Charles Kim, a veteran and senior at UCR said this is a monumental step forward for veterans and active duty service members.

“This program benefits those who serve but cannot claim California Residency due to their service. California has many major military installations and draws service members from all over the country but they could not attend our prestigious university without taking student loans,” Kim explained.

The Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions and the VA to share the cost of nonresident tuition for students who qualify and are not already covered under the new law. As a result, all fully-eligible veterans, and their dependents, will have their tuition and fees fully covered by the VA and Yellow Ribbon.

Other UC campuses have participated in Yellow Ribbon in the past, but only for specific colleges or majors, and with a limit on funding.  UCR has decided to cover all students in all majors, with no limit. “With the signing of the new yellow ribbon program UCR can attract the best and brightest from our military,” said Kim. Participating in Yellow Ribbon helps make UCR and Riverside a location of choice for veterans by providing a great education at a great price.

CBU Ranked 4th For Best Intramural Sports School

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in CBU News & Events on May 26, 2015.)

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Almost 1,300 California Baptist University students participated in intramurals during the 2014-15 academic year. Thirty teams – 19 men’s and 11 women’s – competed in flag football. Several thousand came to watch the last games of the season at the Fortuna Bowl during Homecoming in November 2014. recently named CBU as one of the best colleges for intramural sports. Colleges were vetted based on the number of intramural sports they offered, the qualities of team management and coaching, and student surveys, which assessed how enjoyable intramural sports were to play at each school, according to the website.

Flag football, volley, basketball and soccer are the main intramural sports offered at CBU. Wiffle ball, kickball, ping pong, racquetball and dodge ball are available for one or two weeks or a single day event.

Intramural sports are popular for several reasons, said Tyler Cox, director of recreation programs. Students spend more time out of class, than they do in, so intramurals give them something to do. Athletes who do not play at the collegiate level enjoy the competitive outlet.

“The No. 1 thing, it just builds relationships,” Cox said. “People are going to have a more enjoyable experience while they’re here because they feel a part of something. They’ve made some deeper connections. I think that’s going to overall just enhance the students’ experience while they’re here.”

One of the most popular options is flag football. The season culminates with the Fortuna Bowl, which includes fireworks and brings an exciting end to Homecoming Weekend. Students often join a flag football team because they hope to make it to the end and be part of the event, Cox said.

At new student orientation, students learn about different opportunities for participation, from service projects to clubs to intramural sports. Sports is a popular activity that draws people together, Cox said.

“We’ve seen those connections last throughout the four years,” he said.

Representing Seizing Our Destiny’s location of choice pillar, CBU attracts students and athletes from across the country due to their great reputation, scholastic achievements, and athletic programs.

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Celebrate Dance Taking Center Stage At Landis

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in The Press Enterprise on May 23, 2015.)

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Photo Credit: RCC

Innovation and expression will take center stage when the Riverside Community College Dance Department presents Celebrate Dance, the annual student-choreographed showcase, at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 28, 29 and 30.

The concert features pieces choreographed by RCC Dance students, as well as guest artist Daniel Cruz, from Seattle. The event features original music by Odesza with remixes by Ambassadeurs, Mazde & Hermitude. Cruz was a guest teacher and adjudicator in February, and returned in April to set the new work on the eager choreographers.

The students based their choreography on responses to the questions: What inspires you? What makes you move? What pushes you back? What stops you in your tracks?

Celebrate Dance will be staged in the Landis Performing Arts Center on the Riverside City College Campus, 4800 Magnolia Ave.

Tickets are available at the box office, 951-222-8100, or at General admission tickets are $15. The price for students, senior citizens, RCC staff and faculty, and children, 3 and older, is $10. Parking on campus requires a permit, however, park-by-hour spots are available.

Events like this help make Riverside a location of choice for people seeking a city that supports that arts. Our community provides an abundance of opportunities to be amazed, inspired and entertained, including arts and cultural offerings.

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CBU Wins Third PacWest Commissioner’s Cup

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in CBU News and Events on May 7, 2015)

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For the second year in a row, California Baptist University has won the PacWest Commissioner’s Cup by a good cushion, according to an announcement by the PacWest Conference today.

Since joining the conference during the 2011-12 season and winning their first Commissioner’s Cup, the Lancers have won the Cup three times, becoming the first program to do so. CBU is also just the second school to take home back-to-back awards after claiming the Cup last year and has never finished outside of the top two in the standings.

“Winning the Commissioner’s Cup for the third time in four years is a big accomplished for our student athletes, coaches and staff members,” said Director of Athletics Dr. Micah Parker. “We’ve had to continue to improve as a department because the PacWest has become so much stronger than when we won this for the first time four years ago. This accomplishment reflects the hard work of our coaches who are recruiting the right student athletes for CBU and then developing them each year. I’m proud to work with so many people who want to Honor Christ through excellence in athletics.”

CBU ended the winter in the top spot in the race for the Cup, leading rival Azusa Pacific by .429 of a point (12.429 to 12.000) heading into the spring. In the last standings, the Lancers had increased their lead to almost a full point, 12.611 to 11.677, after capturing their third PacWest conference title in women’s golf by a dominant 34 strokes. With the conclusion of both baseball and softball’s regular seasons, CBU finishes the year with a score of 12.682, towering over the Cougars’ 11.091 mark.

The PacWest Commissioner’s Cup was established in 2007-08 to honor the athletic program with the best overall performance in that academic year. The competition is based upon average finish in PacWest sports. Each school’s points are totaled and then divided by the number of PacWest athletic programs it offers, giving an overall average finish for the school. Since not every team in the conference sponsors the same sports, the PacWest Commissioner’s Cup Standings are based upon average finish instead of point totals. Each school’s points are totaled and then divided by the number of PacWest athletic programs it offers, giving an overall average finish for the school.

CBU’s outstanding scholastic and athletic performance makes it a location of choice for students seeking not only a great education but a first-rate sports program.

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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 1995.

“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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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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Photo Credit: Marchingbuzz

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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Arbor Day Celebration Set For May 9th

Photo Credit: Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful
Photo Credit: Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful

Adopt a Tree in honor or in memory of a loved one.

If you would like to participate and plant the tree with Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful (KRCB) volunteers, please contact Ronald Liu at or (951) 683-7100 x212.

KRCB will present you with a certificate listing the type of tree and its location so you may visit the tree for years to come. Please click this link for more details.

This tree planting event is a partnership project between the City of Riverside Public Works Department and Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful.

Events like this not only help Riverside stay clean, but also creates a beautiful city for people to visit and live in. With our already outstanding landscape, year-round activities, and ample recreational options, Riverside has another reason for it to be a location of choice for people seeking a clean and beautiful place to live.

Have you signed up for the Great American Cleanup?

KRCB is recruiting volunteers for the Great American Cleanup (GAC) – a citywide cleanup throughout all 7 Council Wards.

 Date: Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Time and Place: From 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. volunteers work at their designated cleanup site.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. volunteers return supplies and reports to City Hall and enjoy a celebration lunch!

Be a Team Leader: KRCB is seeking individuals to lead GAC volunteers in a community cleanup! View page 2 of the flyer or contact Ronald for more details.

Contact: Ronald Liu at or 951.682.7100 x 212 to confirm your participation in the:

  • Tuesday, May 5th – Team Leader Luncheon
    • 11:30am – 1:00pSaturday, May 9th – Great American Cleanup
    • 9:00am – 11:30am

 Click here to sign up for The Great American Cleanup

 Click here to sign up as a photographer at The Great American Cleanup

Click here to Adopt-A-Tree as part of our Arbor Day Celebration

Congrats To Our Remarkable Teens!

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

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Photo Credit: RUSD

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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Photo Credit: CBU

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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