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A Heritage of Excellence in Christian Higher Education

On September 18, 1950, the Los Angeles Baptist Association opened the doors of California Baptist College in El Monte. The college began operations with 42 students in Fall 1950; 120 were enrolled during the 1950-51 academic year. In 1955, after four years of continued growth, the college relocated to larger facilities in Riverside.

Today, the Spanish-style buildings, which include classrooms, campus housing, a library, offices, maintenance and athletic facilities are located on the 131-acre campus. In the midst of dynamic growth, California Baptist University continues the tradition of liberal arts education in a Christian environment.

Historical Events and Milestones

1920s

  • 1921: Building that currently houses the Annie Gabriel Library constructed
  • 1927: Administration Building constructed

1930s

  • 1934: W. E. James Building constructed

1950s

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  • 1950: P. Boyd Smith named first President
  • 1950: September 18 - Classes began for 42 students at First Southern Baptist Church El Monte, CA
  • 1951: Olie T. Brown named first dean of students
  • 1953: California Baptist Convention assumes full responsibility for California Baptist College
  • 1953: First Angelos yearbook published
  • 1954: College chartered by the State of California
  • 1954: Eight students become first to earn undergraduate degrees from CBC
  • 1954: CBC We'll Love You, composed by Dr. S.E. Smith, adopted as the official Alma Matter
  • 1955: CBC moved to Riverside campus
  • 1955: Magnolia Avenue Baptist Church organized by faculty, staff, and students
  • 1955: Lancer Mascot named
  • 1956: Dewey H. Jones organized the first competitive basketball team
  • 1958: Dr. Loyed Simmons named second President

1960s

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  • 1960: Annie Gabriel Library dedicated
  • 1960: The Roundtable became the official campus publication for alumni
  • 1961: CBC receives full regional accreditation granted by the Western College Association
  • 1964: First Candle Lighting ceremony takes place
  • 1964: Lancer Arms Apartment buildings constructed
  • 1964: CBU enrollment reaches 500
  • 1968: Simmons Hall and Smith Hall constructed and dedicated
  • 1968: Van Dyne Field House constructed and dedicated
  • 1968: Dewey H. Jones appointed first academic dean
  • 1969: California Chapter of Beta Alpha Chi installed

1970s

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  • 1971: Dr. James R. Staples named third President
  • 1971: Annie Gabriel Library adds 100,000th volume
  • 1973: The Wallace Book of Life Building dedicated
  • 1975: Physical Plant/Maintenance building constructed
  • 1979: $800,000 note for the Riverside campus paid

1980s

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  • 1984: Dr. Russell R. Tuck named fourth president
  • 1984: First graduate degree granted
  • 1984: Accreditation granted by National Association of Schools of Music
  • 1986: Board of Trustees voted to create the California Baptist College Development Foundation
  • 1987: S.E. Boyd Smith contributed P. Boyd Smith Hymnology Collection to the Annie Gabriel Library
  • 1989: Bob and Dorothy Pentz Tennis Center constructed

Photos courtesy of the Annie Gabriel Library

1990s

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  • 1990: First Evening College classes offered in High Desert
  • 1994: Dr. Ronald L. Ellis named fifth president with enrollment at 808
  • 1995: First students enrolled in Master of Education degree program
  • 1995: Enrollment reached 1,000
  • 1996: California Baptist University becomes first college on West Coast to receive accreditation by Association of College Business Schools and Programs
  • 1996: Metcalf Art Gallery opened
  • 1996: Enrollment reached 1,500
  • 1997: Mission Hall, Fitness Center, Training Room, and Athletic Offices constructed
  • 1997: Enrollment reached 2,000
  • 1998: Lambeth House purchased
  • 1998: Willow Wood Apartments, Pine Creek Villas purchased
  • 1998: California Baptist College officially became California Baptist University
  • 1998: The U.S. News and World Report listed California Baptist University among the top five regional liberal arts college for student-faculty ratio
  • 1998: Aquatic Center constructed

2000s

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  • 2000: 50th Anniversary celebrated
  • 2001: Willow Wood Apartments and Pine Creek Villas officially became University Place Apartments
  • 2003: Eugene and Billie Yeager University Center completed
  • 2003: Graduate students participate in Inaugural Graduate Commencement (separate from undergraduate exercises)
  • 2004: Phase I of The Cottages completed
  • 2004: First "Spirit of Excellence" gala held
  • 2005: Woodman of the World Building purchased
  • 2005: Royal Rose and Rose Garden Apartments purchased
  • 2005: Evening College Program officially became Adult Degree Completion Program
  • 2005: First Adult Degree Completion Program classes offered in Beaumont
  • 2005: School of Nursing established
  • 2005: Van Dyne Gym renovation completed
  • 2005: Adams Villas Apartments purchased
  • 2005: Phase II of The Cottages completed
  • 2005: James Complex North Wing/Garrett Room renovation completed
  • 2005: JoAnn Hawkins Music Building completed
  • 2005: CBU named “Business of the Year” by Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce
  • 2006: Magnolia Hacienda Apartments purchased
  • 2006: Lutheran Church of the Cross purchased
  • 2006: Adams Plaza purchased
  • 2007: Lancers Outdoor Sports Complex completed
  • 2007: School of Engineering established
  • 2007: Organic Chemistry lab renovation completed
  • 2007: Army ROTC program added
  • 2008: Lambeth House (School of Nursing) renovation completd
  • 2009: Bourns Engineering Lab established
  • 2009: 1,000 students graduated in a single year for the first time in school’s history

2010

  • 2010: 60th Anniversary celebrated
  • 2010: Surpassed 400 participant-mark and 200th team for International Service Projects since 1997 founding of program
  • 2010: College of Allied Health established
  • 2010: Division of Online and Professional Studies established
  • 2010: Enrollment reached 4,715
  • 2010: CBU is named for the fifth straight year as a top-ranked university by U.S. News & World Report and is listed as a 2011 “Best Regional University”
  • 2010: Membership approved in NCAA Division II, Pacific West Conference
  • 2010: Inaugural "Block Party" added to homecoming

2011

  • 2011: Wellness Center opened
  • 2011: Adams Plaza renamed “Lancer Plaza”
  • 2011: First-ever 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation received from Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • 2011: Parkside Village Apartments renamed "The Colony @ CBU"
  • 2011: College View Apartments renamed "Lancer Palms Apartments"
  • 2011: Groundbreaking for School of Business building
  • 2011: Enrollment reached 5,413
  • 2011: For the sixth straight year, CBU is named as a top-ranked university by U.S. News & World Report and is listed as a "Best Regional University"
  • 2011: First certificate program (Autism Spectrum Disorder) offered
  • 2011: ISP celebrates 15th anniversary
  • 2011: CBU became inaugural collegiate division of the CSBC disaster relief program
  • 2011: Microbiology and general chemistry lab renovations completed
  • 2011: New classrooms added to the Village, Mission Hall and the School of Engineering
  • 2011: Discovery U summer academic camp program introduced
  • 2011: Campus expanded to 128 acres
  • 2011: 1000 parking spaces added
  • 2011: 100 undergraduate majors and concentrations offered
  • 2011: College of Architecture, Visual Art & Design established
  • 2011: School of Engineering becomes College of Engineering
  • 2011: Fall and spring commencement combined yielded 1,147 graduates—the largest number of graduates in a single year
  • 2011: Approved for 2nd year candidacy in NCAA Division II

2012

  • 2012: The class of 2012 numbers 1,365, the largest in the 62-year history of CBU.
  • 2012: CBU sends out 300th ISP team
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  • 2012: School of Business building dedicated
  • CBU's bachelor degree programs in civil engineering (BSCE), electrical and computer engineering (BSECE) and mechanical engineering (BSME) accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET , http://www.abet.org.
  • Enrollment for fall 2012 tops 6,000 for the first time in CBU history, with 6,031 students.
  • Campus expands to 131 acres
  • Online and Professional Studies Temecula Service Center Opened

2013

  • Recreation Center dedicated
  • FedEx donates Boeing 727 to Aviation Science program
  • CBU honors 1,117 graduates at spring commencement
  • Online and Professional Studies ranked #25th in the nation for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report
  • Online and Professional Studies ranked #10 in best online programs for veterans
  • CBU granted full membership in NCAA Division II

 


Lancers Athletics Legacy

California Baptist University athletic teams regularly compete at a high level in the NCAA-DII's Pacific West Conference. Great accomplishments in Lancer history include the following:

Baseball

  • 1997 - GSAC Champions, 3rd place at NAIA World Series
  • 2001 - NAIA Region II semifinalist
  • 2003 - Tony Orozco selected in the 34th round of the MLB Draft
  • 2004 - NAIA Region II runner-up, fourth straight winning season
  • 2005 - Finished 2nd in GSAC
  • 2006 - GSAC Champions, Aaron Hartsock selected in the 23rd round of MLB Draft
  • 2007 - Finished 2nd in GSAC, Aaron Seuss selected in the 27th round of the MLB Draft
  • 2008 - Program-record fifth straight playoff appearance
  • 2010 - GSAC Champions; Brian Sharp named GSAC Player of the Year; Drew Madrigal is GSAC Pitcher of the Year; Gary Adcock earns GSAC Coach of the Year honors.
  • 2010 - GSAC Champions; Brian Sharp named GSAC Player of the Year for the second time; GSAC Pitcher of the Year: Taylor Siemens; GSAC Coach of the Year: Gary Adcock
  • 2012 - PacWest Champions; PacWest honors include Matt Marnati, Player of the Year; Jon Bengard, Pitcher of the Year; Kevin Odom, Newcomer of the Year; and Gary Adcock, Coach of the Year
  • 2013 - PacWest Champions; won NCCAA World Series; Zach Esquerra named 2013 Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Player of the Year

Basketball - Men

  • 1976 - District III Champions, 28 wins, First NAIA Tournament appearance
  • 1988 - Tied for second in the GSAC
  • 2003 - Third straight winning season
  • 2005 - NAIA Tournament Sweet 16 (first since 1976)
  • 2007 - NAIA Tournament appearance
  • 2008 - NAIA Tournament Sweet 16
  • 2008 - Mark Roussin named GSAC Player of the Year and All-American first team

Basketball - Women

  • 1988 - GSAC Champions, 27 wins (team record)
  • 1990 - GSAC Champions
  • 1991 - Sonja Akkerman earns third straight GSAC Player of the Year award
  • 1996 - Head coach Dave King records his 300th win (326-237 all-time)
  • 2003 - Angela Romagnoli earns Kodak All-American honors
  • 2008 - Nicole Davis earns All-American first team honors
  • 2013 - PacWest Conference champions

Cross Country - Men

  • 1998 - GSAC Champions, 9th at NAIA Championships
  • 1999 - GSAC Champions, 10th at NAIA Championships
  • 2000 - GSAC Champions, 8th at NAIA Championships
  • 2001 - GSAC & Region II Champions, 3rd at NAIA Championships
  • 2012 - PacWest Champions
  • 2013 - PacWest Conference Champions

Cross Country - Women

  • 1999 - 10th at NAIA Championships
  • 2000 - 16th at NAIA Championships
  • 2012 - PacWest Champions
  • 2012 - 2nd place in NCCAA Cross Country Championships
  • 2012 - Ashlee Cervantes, Malaysia Alexander, Naomi Van Setten earn All-American honors

Soccer - Men

  • 1990 - GSAC co-champions
  • 2003 - Augustine Rodriguez becomes four-time All-GSAC selection
  • 2010 - Tyler Aagard and Chris Dierker named NAIA and GSAC Scholar Athletes
  • 2011 - PacWest Champions
  • 2011 - NCCAA National Champions
  • 2012 - PacWest Champions
  • 2012 - NCCAA National Champions
  • 2013 - PacWest Conference Champions; coach Ryan Jorden named coach of the year by National Soccer Coaches Association of America

Soccer - Women

  • 1999 - Received first-ever NAIA national ranking at No. 25
  • 2003 - First-ever NAIA Tournament berth, reached quarterfinals
  • 2003 - Amy Harris earns All-American second team honors
  • 2007 - Regional finalists, Jacqueline Witz earns All-American honors
  • 2010 - Fabiola Zanella da Silva and Kylee Nicassio earn All-American honors
  • 2010 - Amanda Lammers named NAIA Scholar Athlete
  • 2011 - PacWest Champions
  • 2011 - NCCAA National Champions
  • 2012 - PacWest Champions
  • 2012 - NCCAA National Champions
  • 2013 - PacWest Conference champions; coach Kristen St. Clair named coach of the year by National Soccer Coaches Association of America

Softball

  • 1990 - GSAC co-champions
  • 1992 - GSAC co-champions
  • 1996 - Diane Stark earns All-American Honors
  • 2003 - Rachael Bermudez appears in Sports Illustrated for her pitching streak of 35 innings without allowing a run 2004 – GSAC co-champions, first-ever NAIA Championships appearance, tied for seventh in NAIA
  • 2005 - GSAC champion, Region II Champion, NAIA national runner-up. All-Americans include Candice Thomas, Amanda Xavier, Kristen Hernandez (2nd team), and Tami Trujillo (2nd team)
  • 2006 - NAIA National runner-up. All-Americans include Candice Thomas, Tami Trujillo, Chantal Millard, and Sarah Sherman (2nd team)
  • 2007 - Finished 3rd at NAIA National Championships, Amy Thomas earns NAIA Pitcher of the Year honors. All-Americans include Amy Thomas, Candice Thomas, Chantal Millard.
  • 2008 - Finished 4th at NAIA National Championships, fifth straight GSAC championship, Amy Thomas earns second straight NAIA Pitcher of the Year honors. All-Americans Include Amy Thomas, Chantal Millard, and Sara Goforth.
  • 2010 - GSAC Champion
  • 2010 - Ashley Boyd named NAIA All-American
  • 2011 - Emma Holden named NAIA Pitcher of the Year
  • 2011 - Mara Rodriguez, Kendall Gorham, Emma Holden, Tory Ferreira, and Lindsay Henry earn All-American honors
  • 2012 - PacWest champions

Swimming - Men

  • 2000 - 2nd place at NAIA Championships
  • 2001 - 2nd place at NAIA Championships, Rick Rowland earns NAIA Coach of the Year honors
  • 2002 - 2nd place at NAIA Championships, Felix Sutanto is NAIA Outstanding Swimmer
  • 2003 - 2nd place at NAIA Championships, Felix Sutanto is NAIA Outstanding Swimmer
  • 2004 - 2nd place at NAIA Championships
  • 2005 - 2nd place at NAIA Championships
  • 2006 - NAIA Champions, NAIA Outstanding Swimmer honors include Brad Terwilliger, Jan Tichy and Russell Thompson
  • 2007 - NAIA Champions, Jan Tichy is NAIA Outstanding Swimmer
  • 2008 - NAIA Champions, Rick Rowland earns NAIA Coach of the Year honors
  • 2010 - 2nd place at NAIA Championships
  • 2011 - Trevor Graifman named an Academic All-American
  • 2012 - Trevor Graifman, Chris Toy, and Mary Hanson named to Academic All-District Team
  • 2012 - Trevor Graifman earns Academic All-American honors for second year

Swimming - Women

  • 2000 - 2nd place at NAIA Championships
  • 2001 - 2nd place at NAIA Championships, Rick Rowland earns NAIA Coach of the Year honors
  • 2002 - 3rd place at NAIA Championships, Lyndsay Devaney & Jessica Wild are co-Outstanding Swimmers
  • 2003 - 2nd place at NAIA Championships, Lyndsay Devaney is NAIA co-Outstanding Swimmer
  • 2004 - 2nd place at NAIA Championships
  • 2005 - NAIA Champions, Kimie Cook is NAIA co-Outstanding Swimmer
  • 2006 - NAIA Champions, Rick Rowland earns NAIA Coach of the Year honors, Kimie Cook is NAIA co-Outstanding Swimmer
  • 2007 - NAIA Champions
  • 2008 - NAIA Champions
  • 2010 - 2nd place at NAIA Championships
  • 2012 - 2nd place in PCSC Championships
  • 2012 - Team earns Team Scholar All-American Award
  • 2012 - Jamie Flynn and Trevor Graifman both named PCSC Diver of the Year

Volleyball - Men

  • 1999 - Inaugural season, NAIA champions
  • 2000 - 2nd Place at NAIA Tournament
  • 2001 - NAIA champions, Rafael Paal named Tournament MVP
  • 2004 - NAIA champions, Shaun Dyk named Tournament MVP and appears in Sports Illustrated
  • 2005 - NAIA champions, Shamsu Awudu named Tournament MVP
  • 2006 - NAIA champions, Shamsu Awudu named Tournament MVP
  • 2007 - NAIA champions, Donald Baliaba named Tournament MVP
  • 2008 - 2nd Place at NAIA Tournament
  • 2010 - NAIA champions, Adiel Tiedjop named Tournament MVP
  • 2010 - Blair Penner named AVCA/NAIA Player of the Year; Ryan McGuyre honored as AVCA/NAIA Coach of the Year; Blair Penner and Levi Cabral earned AVCA/NAIA All-American honors
  • 2011 - NAIA champions, Levi Cabral named Tournament MVP and AVCA/NAIA Player of the Year; Blair Penner, Levi Cabral and Ricky Brazee earn AVCA/NAIA All-American honors

Volleyball - Women

  • 1988 - GSAC Champions
  • 1989 - GSAC Champions, 5th place at NAIA Championships
  • 1992 - 2nd place at NAIA Championships
  • 1999 - GSAC Champions, quarterfinals at NAIA Championships
  • 2004 - NAIA Champions, Ryan McGuyre earns NAIA Tournament Coach of the Year
  • 2005 - NAIA Champions, Verania Willis earns NAIA Player of the Year, Ryan McGuyre earns NAIA Tournament Coach of the Year
  • 2006 - NAIA Championship Semifinals
  • 2007 - NAIA Championship Runners-up
  • 2011 - NCCAA Champions
  • 2011 - Blair Penner named AVCA/NCCAA Assistant Coach of the Year

Water Polo - Men

  • 1999 - Inaugural season
  • 2000 - Ended season ranked No. 15 in the nation by the Collegiate Water Polo Association
  • 2001 - Ended season ranked No. 14 in the nation by the Collegiate Water Polo Association
  • 2002 - Ended season ranked No. 17 in the nation by the Collegiate Water Polo Association
  • 2004 - Ended season ranked No. 19 in the nation by the Collegiate Water Polo Association
  • 2006 - Ended season ranked No. 20 in the nation by the Collegiate Water Polo Association
  • 2007 - Hosted and won inaugural CWPA/NAIA Water Polo National Invitational Tournament, Ryan Steiger earns National Tournament MVP.
  • 2011 - 10 team members earn All-Academic honors: Scott Burbach, Chris Vanjoff, Chris Toy, Brandon Duck, Jeremy Atkinson, Jake Jizmejian, Keith Jizmejian, Trevor Rowland, Danny Mundy and David Rodriguez

Water Polo - Women

  • 2000 - Inaugural season
  • 2000 - 6th Place, National Collegiate Select Championships
  • 2003 - Ended season ranked No. 20 in the nation by the Collegiate Water Polo Association
  • 2004 - Ended season ranked No. 20 in the nation by the Collegiate Water Polo Association
  • 2005 - Ended Season ranked No. 20 in the nation by the Collegiate Water Polo Association
  • 2008 - Hosted and won inaugural CWPA/NAIA Water Polo National Invitational Tournament, Whitney Shaw earns National Tournament MVP.

Wrestling

  • 2013 - National Collegiate Wrestling Association championship

Golf - Men

  • 2007 - Finished 14th at NAIA National Tournament
  • 2010 - Carl Johan-Stjarnfalt and Fredrik Hannson earn All-American honors
  • 2012 - Steven Watson named to Academic All-District team.

Golf - Women

  • 2007 - Finished 20th at NAIA National Tournament
  • 2008 - Finished 8th at NAIA National Tournament, Malin Thorberg finishes fifth and earns NAIA All-American honors
  • 2011 - NAIA Champions

Tennis - Men

  • 1974 - Bengt Anthin & John Blomberg win NAIA Doubles' Championship, NAIA All-Americans include Bengt Anthin, John Blomberg, Dave Lucky, and Henri Elkins
  • 1990 - NAIA All-Americans include Frank Ofori and Tamer El Sawy
  • 1992 - Frank Ofori earns NAIA All-American honors
  • 2007 - Alessandro Ventre earns NAIA All-American honors
  • 2008 - NAIA Quarterfinals, NAIA All-Americans include Alessandro Ventre and Carlos Cirne-Lima (first team) and Patrick Olobo (second team)

Tennis - Women

  • 2008 - NAIA Quarterfinals. Marcela Montanha and Barbara Oliveira earn All-American honors.

Track (Distance) - Men

  • 1999 - NAIA Indoor National Champions (first national title in school history)
  • 2012 - Chase Williams becomes national champion in NCCAA 800-meter run
  • 2012 - Chase Williams, Sergio Rodriguez and Mitchell Moore earn NCCAA All-American honors

Track (Distance) - Women

  • 2012 - Ashlee Cervantes wins NCCAA 800 meter run, setting a new school record
  • 2012 - Ashlee Cervantes, Naomi Van Setten and Jacquie Lutz earn NCCAA All-American honors

Cheer

  • 2012 - West Coast championship at USA Collegiate Cheer Championships
  • 2013 - Coach Tami Fleming named California State Coach of the Year
  • 2013 - NCA Cheer and Dance National Championship
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