California Baptist University

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California Baptist University
Calbaptist.png
Motto Live your purpose
Established 1950
Type Private
Religious affiliation California Southern Baptist Convention
Endowment $14 Million USD[1]
President Ronald L. Ellis, PhD
Students 7,144 (as of fall 2013)
Location Riverside, California, United States
Coordinates: 33°55′48″N 117°25′30″W / 33.93000°N 117.42500°W / 33.93000; -117.42500[2]
Campus Suburban, 156 acres (63 ha)
Former names California Baptist College
Colors Navy Blue / Gold
Athletics NCAA Division II
Sports 19
Nickname Lancers
Affiliations PacWest Conference
MPSF: men's volleyball
Website www.calbaptist.edu

California Baptist University (Cal Baptist or CBU) is a private, Christian, liberal arts university located in Riverside, California, United States. Originally founded in 1950 as California Baptist College, it is controlled by the California Southern Baptist Convention, an organization affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. CBU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

History[edit]

1950s[edit]

Founded in 1950 as California Baptist College in El Monte, California, the new college enrolled 120 students during its first year under the leadership of the first president, P. Boyd Smith. In 1953, the college moved under the wing of the Southern Baptist Convention, the same year that the first edition of the Angelos, the college yearbook, was published.

In 1954, the college received its charter from the state of California.

CBU James Complex

Soon, the college outgrew its facilities, and, in 1955, moved its campus to the then rural city of Riverside.

The college moved to a more spacious 75.6 acre campus which already had constructed buildings that could be used for offices, classrooms, and living areas. What is now known as the Annie Gabriel Library, was the first to be built in 1921. In 1927, the original administration building was constructed whereas the W.E. James Building was built in 1934. The building which now houses the ceramics studio and boiler was constructed in 1938.

In 1958, the college named its second president, Dr. Lloyd Simmons.

1960s and 1970s[edit]

In 1961 CBU received full accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. In 1964, the college began expanding with the construction of the Lancer Arms apartment complex and the student population reached 500.

In 1968, Smith and Simmons residence halls were built and named in honor of the college's first two presidents. These new dorms allowed for higher enrollment at the college.

In 1971, Dr. James R. Staples was named as the third college president. Two years later, the Wallace Book of Life Theater was built. In 1978, the college's $800,000 note for the Riverside campus was finally paid and was burned in a college-wide celebration.

1980s and 1990s[edit]

Dr. Russell R. Tuck became the college's fourth president in 1984. The same year, the first graduate degree was granted and accreditation was received by the National Association of Schools of Music.

In 1991, Wanda's Place was established, an on-campus cafe named in honor of a popular long-time college employee. Three years later, Dr. Ronald L. Ellis was installed as the fifth college president and the next year school enrollment reached 1,000.

California Baptist College became the first college on the West Coast to receive accreditation by Association of College Business Schools and Programs in 1996. The next year enrollment reached 2,000.

In September 1998, California Baptist College officially became California Baptist University.

2000s[edit]

CBU Yeager Center Entrance

In 2000, the school's 50th anniversary was celebrated. The campus again expanded in 2001 with the addition of the University Place Apartments.

The School of Music was established in 2002 with the new Dr. Bonnie G. Metcalf School of Education following in 2003. The same year, the new university complex, known as the Yeager Center, was opened housing classrooms, administration offices, the cafeteria, computer labs, and professors' offices.[3]

The summer of 2004 saw new housing complexes built, and in the fall the university enrolled its first students in the Masters of Music degree program.

The School of Engineering was established in 2006. The inaugural class in the fall of 2007 had 55 students.

CBU added its College of Allied Health in the fall of 2010 when enrollment exceeded 4,700 students.[4] Also in September 2010, CBU also opened its third campus restaurant, Brisco's Village Café.[5]

On August 30, 2011, nursing student Domaine Javier was expelled from California Baptist University for being a transgendered woman.[6] The reason given for Javier's expulsion was that she was accused of "committing or attempting to engage in fraud, or concealing identity" by having applied and being accepted as a woman to the school. As a private institution, laws restricting gender discrimination do not apply to California Baptist University.[7]

On August 22, 2012, CBU’s bachelor degree programs in civil engineering (BSCE), electrical and computer engineering (BSECE) and mechanical engineering (BSME) were accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

On August 23, 2012, CBU dedicated a new building for its Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business.

Undergraduate programs in Applied Statistics, Architecture, Aviation Science, Chemical Engineering and Software Engineering were added for Fall 2013. New MBA concentrations in Accounting, Healthcare Administration and Construction Management were added, as well as Master of Arts in Education concentrations in Science Education and Leadership.

Campus[edit]

Annie Gabriel Library[edit]

CBU Annie Gabriel Library

The Annie Gabriel Library is named in honor of Miss Annie Gabriel, whose gifts enabled the initial development of the collection.

Holdings

In addition to more than 110,000 print volumes and 150,000 e-book holdings, the library provides access to over 30,000 journals titles and 79 databases. The library has a growing collection of more than 17,000 DVDs and streaming videos. Along with a research computer lab, the library is equipped with wireless service throughout the building.

Special Collections
  • The Southern Baptist Depository and Archive offers books, journals, convention and association annuals, state newspapers, Sunday school curriculum materials and other Southern Baptist publications.
  • The California Baptist University Queenie Simmons Archive provides access to information on the history of CBU through its collection of yearbooks, campus publications, photographs and other historical documents, in addition to the collected papers of S. G. Posey, Lawrence Nelson, and Melodie Yocum.
  • The P. Boyd Smith Hymnology Collection contains more than 2,100 volumes spanning three centuries and representing more than twenty languages. It is a valuable resource for hymnologists and musicologists, as well as historians of church music.
  • The Wallace Collection of more than 2,400 volumes comprises a personal collection of evangelism materials given to the institution in remembrance of Dr. D. E. Wallace, former Professor of Bible and Religious Education.
  • The Nie Wieder! Collection is a growing collection of resources for students researching the Holocaust and its implications for Jewish-Christian relations.

School architecture[edit]

California Baptist University is known in the city of Riverside for its Mission Revival style architecture. Many of the older structures on campus were built during the 1920s and 30s, a time when this particular style was popular. The Mission Inn in downtown Riverside is also built in the Mission Revival style. Buildings that have been built on campus have followed this architectural tradition.

In 2004, CBU was recognized in a November 2004 article in the American School and University magazine, which recognizes education design excellence, for the construction of the Yeager Center, by Kroh/Broeske Architects in Riverside. The university also won honors from the city of Riverside.

2005 saw the building and completion of the JoAnn Hawkins Music Building, which houses the Collinsworth School of Music.

A new building for CBU's Jabs School of Business was dedicated and opened for use in August 2012.

A new Recreation Center building was dedicated in January 2013 offering a wide range of physical fitness options to students and employees.

Student activities[edit]

Annual Campus Traditions[edit]

CBU's Campus Activities office hosts a range of annual social and recreational events, including Fortuna Bowl, an intramural flag football season with men's and women's teams that culminates in championship games on the campus front lawn in November, Yule, a formal dinner and night of entertainment at the Disneyland Hotel where the year’s Mr. & Ms. CBU are revealed and TWIRP (The Woman Is Required to Pay), a week-long event where female students invite male students to fun activities and events throughout the week. Highlights of the week include a Barn Dance, complete with a caller, square dancing, and costume contest, as well as a trip to Magic Mountain.

International Service Projects[edit]

International Service Projects, or ISP, is the CBU-based program through which students can serve overseas for 3 weeks during the summer. An ISP team is generally made up of 8–10 students and is led by a CBU faculty or staff member. Since being established in 1997, ISP teams have served in more than 40 countries on 6 continents. While overseas, the teams participate in a variety of ministries that may include music, drama, sports, ethnography, children's ministry, and teaching English. Student can also participate in United States Service Projects, or USPs, which are arranged similarly to ISPs but target U.S. destinations.

Athletics[edit]

CBU Lancers Logo

California Baptist University is a joint member of the NCAA at the Division II level, and a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA)[8] CBU competes in the Pacific West Conference in most sports and in 2012–13 the university joined the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) for men's volleyball.[9] CBU offers 19 sports for men and women:[10] For men, California Baptist sponsors baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling. For women, California Baptist sponsors basketball, cheerleading, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, volleyball, and water polo.

Academics[edit]

Schools[edit]

  • College of Allied Health
    • Department of Kinesiology
    • Department of Health Science
  • College of Architecture, Visual Art and Design
  • College of Arts and Sciences
    • Department of Aviation Science
    • Department of Communication Arts
    • Department of History, Political Science & Criminal Justice
    • Department of Modern Languages & Literature
    • Department of Natural & Mathematical Sciences
  • College of Engineering
    • Department of Biomedical Engineering
    • Department of Chemical Engineering
    • Department of Civil Engineering
    • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Department of Mechanical Engineering
    • Department of Software Engineering
  • Dr. Bonnie G. Metcalf School of Education
  • Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business
  • Online and Professional Studies Division
  • School of Behavioral Sciences
  • School of Christian Ministries
  • School of Nursing
  • Shelby and Ferne Collinsworth School of Music

Accreditations[edit]

California Baptist University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. In March 2011, WASC awarded a 10-year accreditation reaffirmation to the university, the maximum accreditation period granted by WASC.[11] It is the first time in CBU's more than 60-year history that the institution has received the maximum accreditation extension.

In addition, CBU's various schools and colleges hold accreditations from and memberships with organizations related to their specific disciplines. These accreditations and memberships currently include:

  • CBU's Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business is nationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
  • CBU's Shelby and Ferne Collinsworth School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
  • Teacher education programs offered by CBU's Dr. Bonnie G. Metcalf School of Educations are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Approval has been given for both multiple-subject and single-subject credential programs.
  • The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program offered by CBU's Department of Kinesiology is accredited by the CAATE[12]
  • CBU's nursing program offered by CBU's School of Nursing is approved by the Board of Registered Nurses (BRN) and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • CBU’s bachelor degree programs in civil engineering (BSCE), electrical and computer engineering (BSECE) and mechanical engineering (BSME) are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)[13]

The University is a member of the American Association of Higher Education, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges.

California Baptist University is incorporated under the laws of the State of California as a university of arts and sciences, and as such grants the degrees of Bachelor of Applied Theology, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Music, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration.[14]

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Dustin-Leigh Konzelman 2005 Miss California contestant in the 2006 Miss America Pageant. Also a contestant on season 10 and the All-Star edition of the CBS reality show The Amazing Race. [1]
Rick Warren 1976 author of The Purpose Driven Life and founding and senior pastor of Saddleback Church [2]
Drew Shirley 1996 guitarist of the Christian rock band Switchfoot. All Together Separate originated at the university and was made up of members of the student body, including Drew Shirley [3]
Nathan Fletcher 1997 member of the California State Assembly (R-San Diego) [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Endowment Values and Performance" (PDF). California Baptist University. 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: California Baptist University
  3. ^ "California Baptist University & La Sierra University". 951 Magazine. July 23, 2005. Retrieved January 30, 2008. 
  4. ^ September 27, 2010 "CBU Fall enrollment posts new record, historic one-year" from university website http://www.calbaptist.edu/news/2010enrollment.aspx
  5. ^ September 2010 "Brisco's Café opens at California Baptist", from university website http://www.calbaptist.edu/news/brisco_s_opens.aspx
  6. ^ "Riverside Cal Baptist expels transgendered student". 
  7. ^ Wong, Curtis (October 30, 2011). "Domaine Javier California Baptist University student". Huffington Post. 
  8. ^ "CBU Rejoins NCCAA". California Baptist University. March 25, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  9. ^ "CBU To Joins MPSF". California Baptist University. January 2011. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Lancers to join PacWest". California Baptist University. October 15, 2010. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  11. ^ California Baptist University. "CBU earns first-ever 10-year accreditation reaffirmation". CBU Website. CBU. Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
  12. ^ Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
  13. ^ www.abet.org ABET
  14. ^ CBU School of Christian Ministries

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