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Homecoming Events Attract Large Crowds to Campus

Riverside, Calif. (Nov. 10, 2015) – Homecoming activities at California Baptist University drew an estimated 7,500 alumni and friends to campus on Nov. 7-8.  

Friday evening, the annual Alumni Awards Dinner hosted a sold-out event to recognize several alumni who span decades of achievements: Bill Pierpoint ('68), recipient of the Lancer Medal for Lifetime Achievement Award; Todd Knowles ('85), Alumnus of the Year Award; Daniel Bishop (‘06), recipient of the Young Alumni Achievement Award; and Randy McWhorter ('78), recipient of the Distinguished Service in Christian Ministry Award.

"While it has been a great honor and encouragement for me to be selected as an honoree for 2015, it's even more encouraging to see the blessing being poured out by the Lord as He leads and guides the vast number of faculty, staff, students and benefactors of CBU," said Knowles, who was unable to attend, in a letter that was read to the audience.

Bishop reflected on his time at CBU. "I'm thankful that in the Lord's sovereignty. He brought me to California Baptist University to learn from professors like Dr. Chris Morgan and Dr. Dan Wilson. I can't imagine learning from people who I respect and trust more than them."

On Saturday, the festivities shifted outside with a Block Party featuring games, activities, live music, food and academic displays for the whole family.

"I had so much fun out there," said Mitchell Collard, freshman, who played the drums for CBU's Jazz group that performed at the Block Party. "I love playing jazz and I also love church music. At CBU I get to put these two loves together and seek to glorify God. That's just awesome."

Senior Brittany Ferrier volunteered at the Associated Students' display, handing out free T-shirts to students who voted for Mr. and Ms. CBU.

"This was the event that made me want to come to CBU," Ferrier said. "The event really shows CBU has a lot of school spirit and a strong sense of community."

At 3 p.m., hundreds of Homecoming attendees filled Stamps Courtyard for the inaugural "Zest"ival music event, featuring Christian recording artist Danny Gokey.

The annual Fortuna Bowl championship games on Saturday evening drew an estimated 4,500 spectators. Bombshell won the women's game and Goon Squad came out on top on the men's side after five overtime periods. Katelynn Liddell was crowned Ms. CBU and Luke Henderson was crowned Mr. CBU during the evening's festivities. The night also featured a firework show during a break in the men's overtime thriller.