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Homecoming 2013 Recap

The largest Homecoming event in CBU history drew an estimated 7,000 alumni, students, faculty, staff, family, and friends to campus on November 1 & 2. View a short video summarizing the weekend's activities below  

Friday Events
Homecoming and Family Weekend began Friday morning with chapel speaker Dr. Jonathan Jarboe ('86), senior pastor of Pathway Church in Redlands, Calif.


Later in the day, current men's and women's water polo teams challenged former players in an alumni game.

David Garibaldi, entertainer for the Homecoming Awards Dinner, spent Friday morning interacting with students and faculty in the College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design.  Garibaldi, 31, shared his journey as an artist, which, not surprisingly, aligned with CBU’s motto "Live Your Purpose".


Garibaldi designed the 2013 Homecoming t-shirt, which was popular with alumni, faculty, staff, and students, who patiently stood in line to receive their annual shirts.


A limited number of Homecoming 2013 t-shirts are still available for sale, and can be ordered by contacting the Alumni & Parent Relations office at alumni@calbaptist.edu, (951) 343-4439 or through the campus bookstore.  Shirts are available for $20, which includes shipping and handling. 

Friday Night Homecoming Awards Dinner
The Homecoming Awards Dinner, featuring the theme CBU and the Arts, was sold out with more than 260 guests in attendance!  Garibaldi’s presentation was both entertaining and inspiring as he shared even more of his story and his talent. CBU’s own Chef Brad Martin (showcased on ABC’s The Taste, airing January 2014) and his team of talented epicureans showcased food as art, with an amazing array of tastes and sights. Guests were offered the opportunity to purchase art work by students, alumni, faculty, staff, friends, and celebrities. Proceeds from the art sale went to benefit a scholarship fund established for art students.  The evening was, by all accounts, a rousing success.


The classes of 1963, 1988 and 2003 were recognized as having milestone anniversaries, and five individuals were recognized for personal and professional achievement: Kelly Omori Suyenaga was honored as the Parent Volunteer of the Year; Dr. Jonathan Jarboe received the Distinguished Service in Christian Ministry Award; Damien (’00) and Jennifer Schumm O’Farrell (’02) were honored as co-recipients of the new Young Alumni Achievement Award; and Jack Hawkins, Sr. (’84) was recognized as the recipient of the highest honor given by the CBU Alumni Association: the Lancer Medal for Lifetime Achievement.


Saturday Events
Saturday’s annual Block Party was held on the front lawn. The day included live entertainment, alumni reunions, interactive academic booths, inflatable attractions, games, a petting zoo and gourmet food trucks. A surprise visit by our beloved friend and former employee, Wanda Price, made the day extra special.


 Reunions were held for the class of 1983, and for former members of Les Chanteuses and Rhapsody.  Men’s water polo competed against the University of Redlands, winning 6-5.  In addition, Men’s and Women’s Swim and Dive teams competed against Redlands, Cal State East Bay and alumni.

Led by the Lancer cheerleaders and CBU Crazies, about 3,500 people cheered for men’s and women’s intramural teams competing in the Fortuna Bowl.


In a rematch of the women’s championship game last year, the Bus Drivers beat SWAT, 22-0, while in the men’s contest, Stealth 2.0s won over The Webelos, 18-12.  Saturday night’s events also featured the crowning of seniors Joshua Siemens as Mr. CBU and Ivy Paramo as Ms. CBU.  A new addition to the halftime show featured the airing of the winning entry to the “I (heart) CBU” video contest.

CBU students were given the opportunity to create a commercial about why they love their school.

This is the winning video.  It was featured during the halftime break of CBU's Fortuna Bowl.

Save the Date:   Homecoming 2014 is November 7 & 8!!

Date: 01/15/14Written By: Category: News and Events

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