Sharing the CBU Experience

California Baptist University equips students to have a balanced perspective on diverse communities. Students receive training in spiritual literacy, including Biblical Christian faith and practice, and also learn to respect diverse religious, cultural, philosophical and aesthetic experiences and perspectives.

These funds below support programs, projects and activities that are part of the CBU experience.

  • Offering a helping hand at community health clinic
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    California Baptist University students and faculty offered their clinical and educational assistance at a free community health clinic hosted at Arlanza Elementary School on Sept. 30.

    Jennifer Zamora, assistant professor of physician assistance studies at CBU, helped coordinate the event. She said the fair provided health screenings such as blood pressure and blood sugar exams led by CBU physician assistant students. Additionally, CBU communication disorder students offered hearing screenings and exercise science students offered physical activities to attendees.

    More than 40 CBU students and seven faculty members volunteered for the event.

    “We want to serve the community and be the hands and feet of Jesus,” Zamora said.

    Zamora said that the principal at Arlanza Elementary School told her that nothing like this has ever been done in their community.

    “The event allowed students to practice having contact with patients, which is important; but on a larger level it's teaching our students the importance of serving the underserved populations in our community,” Zamora said. “I hope our students develop a passion to serve the underserved through events such as this one.”

  • School of Nursing 10th anniversary
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    The California Baptist University School of Nursing, which marks its 10th anniversary this fall, has developed a prescription for success: qualified and caring faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and vision to improve healthcare outcomes in the community.

    Dr. Geneva Oaks, dean of the School of Nursing, has been with the school in various roles since its beginning. She noted the school has a reputation that faculty are committed to student success.

    "Students say faculty invest in them personally and care about them as people," Oaks explained. "It inspires them to be the best nurses they can be."

    This fall, approximately 720 students will be pursuing degrees in five nursing programs, including CBU's inaugural doctoral program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice. This is dramatic increase from the inaugural 62-student class that enrolled in two programs in 2006.Since its founding, the School of Nursing has graduated more than 760 students.

    Oaks said that during the past decade, the university has provided needed resources for learning such as the state-of-the-art Nursing Annex, which opened in 2014.

    The annex includes faculty offices, skills laboratories, classrooms and a computer laboratory. There is also a state-of-the-art simulation studio that places students in virtual reality scenarios such as administering aid in a village in Thailand or helping patients during in an emergency waiting room after a disaster.

    "It is like a wow factor, the innovation and state-of-the-art technology we have," said Dr. Juliann Perdue, professor of nursing. "The student learning [becomes] evident as they can take their experience in simulation into the patient-care setting."

    Oaks is also mindful of the impact the School of Nursing can have on the community and sees the opportunity to accomplish the university's mission through service. CBU is the only university in Riverside County that offers a bachelor's degree and above in nursing.

    "Research supports that the [higher] level of education of the nursing workforce translates into better outcomes for patients," Oaks said. "CBU is here to offer that higher level of education."

  • Practicing health care overseas
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    Two teams from the College of Health Science at California Baptist University spent three weeks serving communities in China and the Philippines in various healthcare roles.

    The trips were part of the Global Health Engagement (GHE) program, which provides students an opportunity to serve in a global healthcare setting while gaining course credit.

    “The purpose is to teach the students how their personal and spiritual gifts line up so that they can live their purpose in the world and in the kingdom of God,” said Erik Salley, assistant professor of exercise science and coordinator of GHE.

    A team of 12, including nine students, went to the Philippines (June 3 – 24). The team broke up into three groups and each rotated among various health centers, including the Philippine Heart Center, a remote health clinic and a community-based rehab clinic for children with disabilities. The students observed medical professionals and helped staff with physical therapy, speech and language pathology, occupational therapy and athletic training.

    Another team of two faculty and five students went to China (May 26 – June 15). This team worked with children with autism and trained teachers, parents and college students how to respond to their specific needs. The team also attended to children who were cancer survivors.

    “God opened up so many opportunities for the students to work with children with autism, to use the skills and abilities I don’t even think they knew they had,” said Maggie Appenzeller, visiting professor of communication disorder and a member of the China team. “[The team taught] the kids to play again and to have joy (in the process).”


Community Impact Fund

Giving to this fund will provide financial resources to establish and sustain social work partnerships in the community. The fund will benefit Masters of Social Work students, who will profit from training received at partnership locations. Additionally, the funds will aid various populations in our community through direct client services, advocacy, housing, food, educational and medical support CBU students will be able to offer.

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Health Science Clinic Fund

Donations will help the College of Health Science to continue offering cutting-edge training facilities. In 2015, the Health Science Campus moved into a new campus located across the street from the Lancer Baseball Complex. It is now home to several newly remodeled classrooms, laboratories and clinics. Students experience innovative facilities, equipment and technology designed to enhance the educational experience and help prepare students for leadership roles in the many health professions.

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Literature Journal - Dazed Starling Fund

Your financial assistance will help offset the costs associated with the creative writing journal published by the English department. The journal is published largely by student entries and offers students an opportunity to get their work published.

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CBU Leadership Institute Fund

Your financial support of this fund will allow the university to create various leadership modules, seminars, camps and retreats for local, regional, national and international leaders serving in a variety of ministries, organizations and governmental agencies.

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School of Behavioral Science
Lecture Series

Your support of the lecture series will allow this important resource for students to continue and be expanded. This series brings professionals in behavioral sciences and community development related fields to share their experiences and insights into current trends, practices, and research with our students.

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Mobile Nursing Clinic

Your generous support will help expand the CBU nurse managed health clinic beyond the four walls where they currently provide healthcare to the vulnerable population in our community. It will allow CBU nursing students to go where they are most needed to provide healthcare services, while also providing an additional future interprofessional faculty practice site and student practicum site for graduate and undergraduate students.

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Collins Endowed Scholarship Fund

Dr. Gary Collins, emeritus faculty member, faithfully brought Christ-centered education to our campus during his 50 years of service. We are now honoring him by establishing a scholarship in his name. Your gift to the Collins Endowed Scholarship provides support for students in the School of Behavioral Science, which Dr. Collins was an integral part and long time faculty member.

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