• November 04, 2016

Homecoming Weekend Events Announced For Nov 6,7

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2015) — California Baptist University will host alumni and friends at Homecoming and Family Weekend on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7. Approximately 8,000 people are expected to attend the weekend's festivities.

The activities kick off at chapel services on Friday at 9:45 a.m. Worship will be led by Christian recording artist, Danny Gokey, and the chapel speaker will be Daniel Bishop ('06), lead pastor of the Grove Community Church and the recipient of the 2015 Young Alumni Achievement  Award.  

Friday evening, the annual Alumni Awards Dinner takes place at the Recreation Center. Awards will be presented to 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. There will also be a ceremony to honor Dr. Gary Collins, professor of psychology, for 50 years of service at CBU. Gokey will provide entertainment for the evening.

Friday's festivities will conclude with a pair of sporting events. CBU's men's water polo will host the University of Redlands at 7 p.m. at the Lancer Aquatic Center and CBU's Wrestling will host Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at 7:30 p.m. at the Van Dyne Gym.

On Saturday, the Alumni Association holds their annual meeting at 9:00 a.m. in the Copenbarger Dining Room. At 9:30 a.m. at the Van Dyne lawn, the second annual FLAApjack Breakfast takes place hosted by the Athletics Association.

A Block Party scheduled from noon to 8 p.m. will feature events and activates for all ages including food trucks, inflatable attractions for children, games, live entertainment and interactive academic booths on the Front Lawn. Campus tours also will be available.

Food truck vendors will include Belly BomZ (Korean chicken wings and sliders); Rolling BBQ Barn (pulled pork and BBQ chicken); Classic Taco Truck (burritos, quesadilla and tacos); Big Wave Grill (cheeseburgers and fries); Sweet Stop (corn dogs and fruit juices); Cousin Maine (lobster rolls and lobster tacos); Frankie's (shaved ice) and Kettle Masters of America (kettle corn).

The CBU Lancers women's volleyball team will host Concordia University, Irvine at 1 p.m. in the gym.

There will also be a concert titled "Zestival" with Danny Gokey in Stamps Courtyard at 3:00 p.m. The concert will feature festival style seating—meaning spectators should bring a blanket or lawn chair.

The Fortuna Bowl kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday. The annual event, which features men's and women's championship intramural flag football games, is CBU's largest annual athletic event. Last year, some 4,000 people packed the bleachers.

The 2015 Homecoming weekend activities will close with a fireworks show immediately following the Fortuna Bowl championship game.

Some of the events require paid admission or a RSVP. For tickets and more information, contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 951-343-4439 or visit www.calbaptist.edu/homecoming.