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Riverside Named Most Affordable Major City In The Country

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Nick Wallace and published in on April 19, 2016.)

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According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a household that spends over 30% of its income on housing is considered “cost-burdened” and could find themselves under financial stress, unable to purchase basics like clothing, medical care and even food. Yet, for too many families, that 30% — which includes rent (or mortgage payments), utilities and maintenance — would be an improvement over what they currently pay.

In a growing number of cities, a significant portion of the population spends 40% or even 50% of income on rent alone. Indeed, SmartAsset’s analysis of rent data across the country found that in many places, a family would need to earn six figures to afford average market rents.

Riverside, California

Average rent for two bedroom apartment: $1,185; Income needed to pay housing costs: $50,786

At least by one measure, Riverside is the most affordable major city in the country. SmartAsset’s analysis found that an income of $50,786 is required for fair market rent on a two bedroom apartment in the city to be affordable. That is just 91% of the city’s median income ($55,636), which means that the typical Riverside household could actually afford an apartment that is slightly more expensive than average.

Inland Southern California continues to see a spillover as potential homebuyers from coastal areas seek more affordable housing here than they can get there. Affordability and amenities continue to make Riverside a location of choice for people seeking the California lifestyle at an affordable price. An unmatched landscape, year-round outdoor activities, ample recreational options and attention to healthy living make Riverside one of the most inspiring, livable, healthy and adventurous cities to live in or visit.

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Lancers Win Commissioner’s Cup For Third-Straight Year

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in CBU News & Events on May 13, 2016.)

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For the third-straight year and the fourth in the program’s 5-year history, California Baptist University Athletics have been declared the best in the PacWest by winning the Commissioner’s Cup. Since joining the PacWest in 2011, CBU has won four of five Commissioner’s Cups — becoming the first school to accomplish this feat.

The Lancers clinched the Commissioner Cup when CBU’s baseball team claimed the PacWest title on the last day of competition. In total, the Lancers have captured nine conference crowns this academic year – men’s and women’s basketball, women’s golf, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, wrestling, baseball and men’s and women’s cross country.

“I’m proud of our student-athletes, coaches and staff for winning the cup three years in a row,” said Dr. Micah Parker, CBU director of athletics. “Particularly, this group of senior athletes has been consistently outstanding in PacWest competition. The PacWest Conference continues to get better each year, so we’ve had to keep improving also. This accomplishment is a true blessing.”

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 finishes. Each school’s conference finishes 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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Lancer Baseball Wins Pacwest Conference Title

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in CBU News & Events on May 9, 2016.)

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The California Baptist University Lancers baseball team won its third ever PacWest conference title on May 9 by beating Azusa Pacific University, 6-5.

CBU, with a 38-11 season record and ranked sixth nationally in NCAA Division II, needed to win one of the double header set against APU on the last day of the regular season to claim the conference crown. The Lancers did not risk a second game showdown as they took care of business in the first game, their bats coming alive for an explosive late two-inning rally in the sixth and seventh. Trailing 2-0 going into the sixth, the Lancers scored six runs on six hits including a home run by Antonio Chavarria, his 10th of the year.

Jeremy McDonald, a senior lefty, navigated through seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, but more importantly limited APU from stringing together a flurry of runs. McDonald improved to 7-0 on the season.

The Lancers now await the regional play-off announcement to learn of its pairing at the NCAA Division II West Regionals, which will be held May 19–May 23 at a site to be determined.

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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La Sierra University Enactus Team Wins National Championship

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Darla Martin Tucker and published in La Sierra News/Events on May 17, 2016.)

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Approximately 20 La Sierra Enactus team members, led by a six-member presentation team, competed May 15-17 against 118 universities and colleges from around the United States. During the final round, La Sierra took first place with second place going to John Brown University, third place going to Flagler College, and Heritage University in fourth place.

La Sierra will represent the United States during Enactus World Cup competitions in Toronto Sept. 28 – 30.

This is the La Sierra team’s seventh national title during its 25-year history, an unprecedented string of national wins. The team last brought home the national trophy in 2007, going on to win the world cup that year in New York City.

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During competition, teams from each school give 24-minute, multi-media presentations on the impact of their school’s Enactus projects which aim to economically empower and sustain communities locally and in other parts of the globe through entrepreneurial endeavors. Panels of judges comprised of executives from America’s leading corporations decide winners during opening, semi-final and final rounds.

Watch a video of the La Sierra team in their Enactus National Expo final round presentation at this link:<wbr />watch?v=8SLyeuqp2UU

The La Sierra Enactus team’s projects included:

• Mobile Fresh, a partner project with Family Service Association in Riverside involves use of a renovated Riverside Transit Agency commuter bus that functions as a mobile grocery store bringing reduced-rate fresh produce and dry goods to areas with few supermarkets. The team, which manages marketing and educational programming for the project, took the Mobile Fresh bus to 40 locations throughout the Riverside area. They achieved 1,800 customer transactions per month this school year with 3,824 people directly impacted. Customers saved up to 50 percent on food costs.

• Enactus Field Station, Denkanikottai, India, where an Enactus Cow Bank micro-lending program started in 2013 has more than doubled the income of participating families who receive milk cows on loan from the team, sell milk, repay the loan and ultimately buy the cow while earning significantly higher income. The team has purchased and loaned 117 cows thus far. Cow Bank entrepreneurs have invested $154,740 into the local economy and none have defaulted on their loans. The field station last November also established a new micro-lending program involving sewing machines and a sewing school. Thirteen young women will complete the program in June, ready to earn additional income with their new skills.

• Innovation Camp in California schools impacted 840 high school students with lessons in innovation and human-centered design. Since 2012, more than 3,500 students from Canada, Mexico, India, China and the United States have experienced the program, creating new ideas and prototypes.

The team is also launching this spring a Riverside Water Project focused on the water crisis and a new program for the Family Justice Center Project that will provide financial literacy, training and employment assistance for victims of domestic violence.

“What a moment for La Sierra Enactus. We are so very proud of these students who have invested so many volunteer hours on significant projects that are continuing to impact hundreds of people in the local region and in India,” said La Sierra University President Randal Wisbey. “We are gratified and thankful that leaders from America’s top corporations also see the value in our students’ projects and have rewarded them for their superb work.”

La Sierra’s Enactus team is based out of the university’s Zapara School of Business. John Thomas, business school dean and an instrumental founder of La Sierra’s first team accompanies the Enactus teams to their competitions. He described how proud he was of the team’s achievement and their efforts to live out the business school’s slogan, ‘Create Value. Make a Difference.’

“These projects are making a difference and the students are doing it on their own time,” he said. “We were nervous, but our strategy worked out. We wanted to make sure the students believed in their projects. It was totally student empowered. We let the students lead.”

The business school is named after entrepreneurs and education philanthropists Tom and Vi Zapara who have supported the school and its Enactus teams for more than 20 years. This year, for the first time Tom Zapara, at age 93, attended the team’s national competition and had the opportunity to witness their first-place win. In a meeting with the team afterward he told them he believed he was divinely inspired by God to attend this competition.

The team’s first-place win caps a two-day competitive event that brought the team additional prizes and scholarships. These include first place in the Unilever Bright Future Partnership Competition and first place in the Johnson & Johnson Care Enables Progress Topic Competition. La Sierra student presenter Joe Rees won the $5,000 RILA/Unilever Retail Scholarship and the $10,000 Jules and Gwen Knapp Ambassador Scholarship, and was interviewed for a St. Louis Public Radio story on May 15 about the competition:

In addition, John Razzouk, La Sierra’s Sam Walton Faculty Fellow, an Enactus designation, was named Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow of the Year during the national expo. Two La Sierra Enactus students were also offered jobs by the Walmart corporation.

Razzouk, a business school alum who as a student led the team to its 2007 national and world cup victories, shepherds the Enactus teams through their projects and competitions.

“I was kind of speechless,” said Razzouk, describing his reaction when the team was announced national champion. “I was so proud. I felt kind of like a dad. We set out to prove what students are capable of,” and achieved that goal.

The team has come close to nabbing the top spot several times during the past nine years, placing second in the nation last year, third in the nation in 2009, and landing among the top eight teams in 2010.

Winning competitions like this helps La Sierra University and Riverside become a location of choice for students seeking a great education at an affordable price.

Enactus, an international organization, has 533 universities and more than 16,800 students participating in its U.S. division. The organization began in 1975 as SIFE, or Students in Free Enterprise and changed its name in 2012 to Enactus.

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CBU Claims Multiple Awards At National Competition

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in CBU News and Events on April 20, 2016.)

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California Baptist University racked up several communication awards at the Wilmer C. Fields Awards Competition hosted by the Baptist Communicators Association (BCA) on April 15. CBU students and the university’s Marketing and Communication Division combined for nine, top-three finishes in various categories.

The BCA awarded first place to Pursuit magazine in the Total Package category for student entries.  Lauren Koski, a senior journalism major and the Pursuit editor-in-chief, won first place in the Feature Writing Division category for her story “The Quartet of the Vulnerable,” a story that depicts society’s most marginalized. Koski also won second place for her photographs accompanying a story of a CBU aviation student in flight.

“Through all three of CBU’s journalistic platforms — Pursuit magazine, The Banner newspaper and Angelos yearbook — I have been challenged to seek and release truth through journalistic means, no matter if that is a beautiful truth or an ugly one,” Koski said. “In writing ‘The Quartet of the Vulnerable,’ I sought to explore the deeply convicting truths of what it means to love ‘your neighbor as yourself’ as Christ has commanded of us.”

Students Conner Schuh and Makenna Sones won second place for a photo series and an opinion/editorial piece respectively that were featured in the Banner newspaper.

CBU’s Marketing and Communication Division won five awards including second place in the Communication and/or Marketing Strategy category for “Put Faith in the Journey” campaign.

The BCA awards are the latest communication recognitions for CBU. In March, students, faculty and staff won 29 awards, 17 for students, from the American Advertising Federation-Inland Empire chapter.

Winning competition like this helps CBU and Riverside become a location of choice for students seeking a great education at an affordable price.

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CBU Golf Team Earn Bids To NCAA Regional Competitions

(This article contains excerpts from the article posted in CBU News & Events on April 25, 2016.)

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Both the men’s and women’s golf teams advanced to postseason play after strong showings at the PacWest Championships. 

For the second year in a row, the women Lancers won the PacWest Championship. Additionally, freshman Erica Wang won the individual championship on a playoff hole and four other CBU golfers earned All-Tournament honors. The Lancers dominated the eight-team competition securing first place by 40 strokes (Read the full story here).

The Lancers will play at the Brookside Country Club in Stockton, Calif., May 2-4 for the NCAA Division II postseason.

The Lancer men’s golf team earned its second-ever bid to the NCAA Division II postseason, after a fourth-place finish at the PacWest Championships (Read the full story here). They were selected as one of 10 teams in the West to compete at the regional competition. The event will be hosted by Western New Mexico University at the New Mexico State University Golf Course in Las Cruces, N.M., May 2-4.

The Lancers are led by two standout and PacWest All-Tournament golfers Kavan Eubank and Greg Gonzalez, who lead the team with respective 18-hole scoring averages of 72.83 and 73.62. Eubank took fourth at the conference championships and Gonzalez took seventh.

Winning competitions like this help CBU and Riverside become a location of choice for students seeking a great education and highly competitive athletics program.

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CBU Cheer Wins Fourth Straight National Championship

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Sammi Sheppard and published in Lancers News on April 4, 2016.)

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California Baptist University made history last year by becoming the first All-Girls Division II cheerleading team to win its third-straight National Cheerleaders Association Championship title. Friday afternoon got the job done once again to grab their fourth consecutive crown, becoming the first Division II program (coed or all-girl) to do so.

“This team has worked extremely hard and we have told them all year long that the work is worth it,” said Coach Tami Fleming. “Today they proved that. What an honor to make history by winning our fourth national title. I am so proud.”

CBU finished with 95.08 points, but had a few deductions to drop its final score down to 92.33. Columbus State put in a strong finals performance and only had a 0.75-point deduction to move up from third place in the prelims to second place, while Oklahoma Baptist took third overall.

“We did have a few mistakes in our routine today, but despite those moments, the team worked together as a family and overcame the struggles,” said Fleming. “That’s what happens when teammates truly trust each other. We are proud to be Lancers!”

CBU was the last All-Girl Division II squad to compete after scoring the highest in Thursday’s prelims, saving the best for last.

All six squads in the finale finished with the maximum 10 points of their 45 second game-day cheer and collegiate image. From there on, however, the Lancers took the top points in the remaining eight categories, including a 9.70 in baskets and two 9.58’s in tumbling and choreography. CBU was the only team to get more than nine points in the overall effect category, which eventually led it to be the only team with over 90 total points after the two days.

The win also keeps CBU’s unbeaten streak, dating back to the 2013 season, very much alive.

Winning competitions like this help CBU and Riverside become a location of choice for students seeking a great education and highly competitive athletics program.

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Lincoln High Declared Model Continuation School By State Superintendent

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in RUSD News on March 30, 2016.)

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California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson has declared RUSD’s Abraham Lincoln High School a “Model Continuation School”. According to a California Department of Education press release, Lincoln High was recognized for its “innovative teaching approaches that enable students with diverse needs to complete their high school education.”

“This is big and we could not be more pleased,” said Superintendent of Riverside Unified School District (RUSD), Dr. David Hansen. “While we have seen firsthand our efforts to help at-risk students graduate, to be one of only 37 schools statewide to receive this prestigious designation is a great indication that what we are doing here in Riverside is being recognized in Sacramento as pioneering.”

Lincoln is a school for students 16 years or older at risk of not graduating from high school. School attendance is compulsory and students benefit from a wide range of programs and services, including study courses, career counseling, job placement and apprenticeships.

“We are overjoyed to see all the hard work on the part of our teachers and staff is being recognized by the state’s top education official,” said Lincoln’s Principal Dr. Pamela Mshana. “But it is our students who are especially grateful, knowing that they are not being left behind. That we are doing everything we can to ensure their future success.”

The “Model Continuation School” designation lasts for a period of three years, with the school required to file an Annual Assurance of Services Form for the second and third years of designation. Lincoln will be recognized at the 2016 California Continuation Education Association (CCEA) State Conference, April 29–May 1 held in Riverside.y grateful, knowing that they are not being left behind. That we are doing everything we can to ensure their future success.”

Representing Seizing Our Destiny’s location of choice pillar, Lincoln High demonstrates what makes Riverside a location of choice for families seeking the best education.

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Five Students Qualify For The National SkillsUSA Competition

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in Riverside City College Campus News on April 7, 2016.)

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Five Riverside City College students have qualified for the 52nd Annual National Leadership and Skill Conference in Louisville, KY June 21-24. At the state SkillsUSA competition, which was held at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego, RCC students captured five gold and two silver medals. Students capturing gold medals advance to the national competition.

      Students advancing to the national competition are: Emily Riddell (advertising design); Martin Alvarez (auto service technology); Cassandra Caldwell (photography); and Mason Rosenquist and Ariel Cornejo (3D animation). Silver award winners include: Roza Keshvari (advertising design) and Megan Moore (graphics imaging sublimation).

The SkillsUSA Championships in Kentucky are competitive events, showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. The event, which is held at the Kentucky Events Center, occupies a space equivalent to 16 football fields. Last year saw more than 6,000 contestants compete in 100 events. Nearly 1,500 judges and contest organizers from labor and management make the national event possible.

SkillsUSA is the largest demonstration career annual competition in the nation. Over 300,000 high school and college-level students participate in regional, state and national competitions each year. The philosophy of the national competition is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance, and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs.

At the state competition students also participated in various events: orientations, vocational workshops, mock interviews, portfolio reviews, and career-specific competitions. Some students competed as individuals while others competed as a team. Soft skills also played an integral part of SkillsUSA competitions; our CTE students excelled in time management, punctuality, dress code adherence and teamwork. Overall the team exhibited an exemplary level of professionalism, said Patrick Sullivan, associate professor, Applied Digital Media director.

“SkillsUSA offers not only recognition of your abilities, but the also the chance to make invaluable connections with industry professionals and fellow students,” said Riddell.
RCC’s outstanding scholastic achievements makes Riverside a location of choice for students seeking a great education at an affordable price.

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Three UCR Scholars Win Guggenheim Fellowships

(This article contains excerpts from  the article written by Bettye Miller and published in UCR Today on April 6, 2016.)

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A novelist, a poet and an evolutionary biologist from the University of California, Riverside have been awarded prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships. They are Laila Lalami, professor of creative writing; Fred Moten, professor of English and poetry; and David Reznick, distinguished professor of biology.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded 175 Guggenheim Fellowships (including three joint fellowships) today to a diverse group of 178 scholars, artists, and scientists from a group of nearly 3,000 applicants. The fellowships are awarded “on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise,” the foundation said in announcing the recipients in New York City. This year marks the 92nd year of competition for the awards.

“These artists and writers, scholars and scientists, represent the best of the best,” Edward Hirsch, president of the foundation, said in a statement. “Each year since 1925, the Guggenheim Foundation has bet everything on the individual, and we’re thrilled to continue to do so with this wonderfully talented and diverse group. It’s an honor to be able to support these individuals to do the work they were meant to do.”

Each of the three UC Riverside recipients will receive a $50,000 award to support their research.

Laila Lalami, professor of creative writing, was a finalist in 2015 for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for her novel “The Moor’s Account” (Pantheon, 2014). The work of historical fiction  – the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America, a Moroccan slave whose testimony was left out of the official record of the 1527 expedition of Spanish conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez – has won many additional awards, among them the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award for Fiction, an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, and was a co-winner of the Arab American Book Award for Fiction. It also was shortlisted for Italy’s The Bridge Book Award, and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and Dublin International Literary Award. She is a regular columnist for The Nation. A recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a Lannan Foundation Residency fellowship, last week she was named a Los Angeles Times Critic at Large. The Guggenheim Fellowship will support work on her novel, which is currently titled “The King of All Things.”

Fred Moten, professor of English, is a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award – which honors a poet at mid-career – for his poetry collection “The Little Edges” (Wesleyan University Press, 2014), and was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award in Poetry and the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for poetry for another collection, “The Feel Trio” (Letter Machine Editions). He was recognized as one of 10 New American Poets by the Poetry Society of America, and is co-founder and co-publisher of a small literary press called Three Count Pour. The Guggenheim Fellowship will support a literary criticism project, “Hesitant Sociology: Blackness and Poetry.” “I’m trying to show that the logic of poetry, at the level of form and content, is a social logic; and that the theory of blackness, which is given and constantly enriched in social practice, is absolutely necessary for understanding, and for feeling, and for enacting that logic,” he explained.

David Reznick, distinguished professor of biology, is an evolutionary biologist whose groundbreaking research found that an individual’s response to environmental conditions may predict evolutionary changes in future generations. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences whose research has been supported by numerous grants from the National Science Foundation. He is the recipient of the E. O. Wilson Prize and is the author of “The Origin Then and Now: An Interpretive Guide to the Origin of Species” (Princeton University Press, 2009). The Guggenheim Fellowship will support his research project, “The Causes and Consequences of Contemporary Evolution.” Specifically, he said, the award will enable him to spend a year at Oxford University “developing some new quantitative skills and writing papers about the unheralded paradigm shift that has happened in our thinking about evolution. It used to be thought of as a historical process, meaning that it was too slow to see in action, so we learned about it from its footprints. It is now viewed as a contemporary process that can be studied in real time, but is also active in real time.”

Since its establishment in 1925, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has granted more than $334 million in fellowships to over 18,000 individuals, among whom are scores of Nobel laureates, Fields Medalists, Turing Award winners, poets laureate, members of the various national academies, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, and other important, internationally recognized honors.

This year’s recipients represent 50 scholarly disciplines and artistic fields, 71 academic institutions, 27 states and the District of Columbia, and two Canadian provinces. They range in age from 31 to 84.

According to the foundation, the Guggenheim Fellowship program remains an important source of support for artists, scholars in the humanities and social sciences, and scientific researchers. The foundation was established by U.S. Sen. Simon Guggenheim and his wife, Olga, as a memorial to a son who died April 26, 1922.

Representing Seizing Our Destiny’s location of choice pillar, UCR provides a great education at an affordable price.

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