William Jessup University http://www.jessup.edu Top Christian College in Northern California Mon, 27 Apr 2015 22:29:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Friends and Neighbors Inspired Conference http://www.jessup.edu/media/news/friends-and-neighbors-inspired-conference/ http://www.jessup.edu/media/news/friends-and-neighbors-inspired-conference/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 21:46:33 +0000 http://www.jessup.edu/?post_type=news-article&p=6375 William Jessup University will host their annual Friends and Neighbors Inspired Conference on Thursday, March 19 from 9am to 1pm.

Entitled “Bridging the Generations” this year, the popular conference brings together a panel of college students and senior adults to focus on ways to narrow the gaps of communication between old and new generations and discuss new ways to support each other in their journeys.

President Emeritus, Bryce Jessup, will moderate the event.

Keynote speaker is Lisa Olson, Director of Program Ministries and Marketing at Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center. “Our legacy is seen in the impact we have on the generations that follow us,” Olson said. “Whether we seek to impact our adult children and grandchildren or the younger people we influence in our churches, workplaces and neighborhoods, we must be intentional about understanding the culture in which they live.”

Olson pioneers innovative and intentional programming designed to create intergenerational spiritual dialogues within families. She has worked with children, youth and families, using Christian camp experiences to draw them closer to Jesus for more than thirty years.

In addition to the panel and keynote speaker, WJU’s choir will present an inspiring mini-concert. The conference is sponsored by Friends and Neighbors Inspired, a volunteer senior adult committee partnering with WJU to serve the region and provide quality conferences for adults and scholarships for WJU students.

Tickets for the event include lunch and cost $20. For ticket information, visit www.jessup.edu/fni


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American Philosopher and Author J.P. Moreland to Speak at WJU http://www.jessup.edu/media/news/american-philosopher-and-author-j-p-moreland-to-speak-at-wju/ http://www.jessup.edu/media/news/american-philosopher-and-author-j-p-moreland-to-speak-at-wju/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 21:41:32 +0000 http://www.jessup.edu/?post_type=news-article&p=6374 William Jessup University will host J.P. Moreland, a distinguished professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University on Wednesday, March 11 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the University’s Academic Warehouse.

The event is entitled, Real Answers to Tough Questions. Moreland is an American Philosopher, theologian and Christian apologist. He is a prolific author who has authored, coauthored, and contributed to more than 70 books, including his most recent, The God Question.

Moreland has earned four degrees: a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Missouri, a Th.M. in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, an M.A. in philosophy from the University of California-Riverside, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Southern California.

During the course of his life, Moreland has co-planted three churches, spoken and debated on over 175 college campuses around the country and served with Campus Crusade for Christ for 10 years.

Moreland’s ideas have been covered by both popular religious and non-religious outlets, including the New Scientist and PBS’s Closer to Truth, Christianity Today and WORLD magazine.

The event is free and open to the public. To register for the event, visit answerswithjp.eventbrite.com


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Jessup Hosts Placer County’s Fifth Annual STEM Expo http://www.jessup.edu/media/news/jessup-hosts-placer-countys-fifth-annual-stem-expo/ http://www.jessup.edu/media/news/jessup-hosts-placer-countys-fifth-annual-stem-expo/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:50:42 +0000 http://www.jessup.edu/?post_type=news-article&p=6337 William Jessup University will host Placer County’s Fifth Annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Expo on Saturday, March 7 beginning at 9 a.m. The Expo displays local student-generated work from grades 3-12 and connects students, educators and the community in a one-day event showcasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics as educational opportunities and viable career options.

The Placer County STEM Expo earned ‘affiliate status’ with the California State Science Fair, which is the final science fair of the academic year for students throughout the State of California in grades 6–12.

“This year we have augmented categories for entries related to computer science and agricultural innovation,” explained event coordinator and one of Jessup’s Teacher Education faculty members, Eric Bull. “Awards are presented in all of the categories, with the total value in excess of $12,000.”

Brook Dunn, founder of Printrbot and star of Science Channel’s All-American Makers is the keynote speaker and also provides an exhibit at the event.

The STEM Expo is an innovative alternative to a typical science fair offering workshops, presentations and hands-on science demonstrations, as well as robotics tournaments. The popular event allows students to explore how subjects that are often perceived as difficult can instead be challenging, interesting and fun, while connecting their interest with local businesses and industries that can partner with them in education and career preparation.

Students are encouraged to explore their interests and talents by offering seven elective categories from which they can choose: Rube Goldberg, Invention, Science Fiction, Environmental Innovation, Engineering [Reverse], Engineering [Robotics] and Scientific Inquiry. Awards will be given to first, second and third place winners.

Studies show students as young as third grade have started thinking of their career path which demonstrates the need and importance of helping kids to understand their options in science, technology, engineering and math. Studies also show that STEM classes and career planning should be built into school curriculum as early as possible, and that hands-on activities and visits with professionals in different fields are necessary for students to learn how their work in the classroom can be relevant to a future career.

Jet Blue is one of the sponsors of the event and will provide 10 winners round trip tickets valued at $900 each.

Other sponsors include HB Fuller, Aerojet Rocketdyne, William Jessup University, Parallax, California Writing Project, recreate, Placer County Navy League and Intel Education sponsor the event.

For more information visit: www.STEMexpo.org

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National Day of Prayer Tickets on Sale March 25 http://www.jessup.edu/media/news/national-day-of-prayer-tickets-on-sale-march-4/ http://www.jessup.edu/media/news/national-day-of-prayer-tickets-on-sale-march-4/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:07:51 +0000 http://www.jessup.edu/?post_type=news-article&p=6336 William Jessup University will host the 10th annual National Day of Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 7, 2015 beginning at 7 a.m. The event is made possible by William Jessup University and K-LOVE Radio.

The consistently sold out event features keynote speaker Bob Goff, the New York Times Best-Selling author of Love Does, as well as an attorney who founded Restore International, a nonprofit human rights organization operating in Uganda, India and Somalia. Bob has pioneered the vision of Restore International to fight for freedom and human rights and has worked with Uganda’s judiciary in bringing over 200 cases to trial, as well as pursuing justice, intervention and education for at risk women and children in Uganda, India and Somalia.

As an attorney, Bob shares leadership in a Washington law firm, Goff & DeWalt. He is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School where he teaches Nonprofit Law, and Point Loma Nazarene University, where he teaches Business Law.

“I’m so looking forward to the ‘National Day of Prayer’ breakfast,” said Mike Novak, President and CEO of KLOVE radio.  “It is one of those times where we all put down the things in life that draw our attention away from Christ, even if just for a moment and focus on Him.  The stories, the praise and thanksgiving that takes place at the Prayer breakfast is a ‘must do.’”

In addition to the keynote speaker, there will be nine prayer leaders representing the surrounding region from different walks of life that will offer their testimonies, experiences, and pray for those in their respective professions or spheres of influence. The theme for 2015 is “Lord, Hear Our Cry”, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator.

“Jessup is always pleased to sponsor the Prayer Breakfast for the Sacramento Region,” said Jessup’s President, John Jackson.  We believe that fresh winds of transformation are stirring among our churches and cities and we know that prayer is the foundation.  We are pleased to partner with our friends at KLOVE to make this an event of great unity and community support.  Please join us and expect something great to happen!”

Tickets are on sale Wednesday, March 25 online at www.praynorcal.org. Tickets to the event are $18. Sponsorships and table host packages also are available.

The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 when President Harry S. Truman signed a joint resolution of Congress into law.   In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a law declaring that the first Thursday in May would be designated as the National Day of Prayer each year.

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William Jessup Hires Associate Athletic Director to Support Continued Growth http://www.jessup.edu/media/news/william-jessup-hires-associate-athletic-director-to-support-continued-growth/ http://www.jessup.edu/media/news/william-jessup-hires-associate-athletic-director-to-support-continued-growth/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 20:17:42 +0000 http://www.jessup.edu/?post_type=news-article&p=5912 William Jessup University, the Sacramento area’s only residential four-year private university, has appointed Michael Harper to the newly formed position of Associate Athletic Director of Development. Harper begins work January 15 to focus primarily on donor stewardship while developing fundraising and capital campaigns for the Warrior athletics program.

“Michael will play a key role in identifying, cultivating and maintaining relationships as we continue to broaden our depth in the region and beyond,” said Jessup’s Chief Development Officer, Eric Hogue. “Entering the Golden State Athletic Conference enlarges our footprint and creates an increased need to support athletics and our new programs, including baseball.”

Harper received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Marketing from the University of Southern California where he played tailback for the highly ranked USC Trojan football team from1979-84 as a teammate of Heisman Trophy winners Charles White and Marcus Allen.

Harper was later drafted in 1984 into the NFL as a wide receiver by the Los Angeles Rams and continued to pursue his athletic career. He played four years with the New York Jets beginning in 1986 and retired in 1990.

Most recently, Harper was the former Development Director with Acres of Hope, a long-term housing program for homeless women with children located in Auburn, Calif. While there, he managed fundraising and campaign efforts to help raise over $1 million in capital funds and operating income while implementing organizational protocol and best practices throughout the organization.

In 2010, Harper became Director of Community Outreach for the Sacramento Mountain Lions Football Club and helped develop community fundraising programs. He led program fundraising efforts with various youth sports teams, churches and community organizations that raised awareness and provided a new professional sports entertainment venue for the greater Sacramento area.

Harper’s background also includes work in the IT business sales and marketing arena as well as regional and channel sales for Sun Microsystems and Hitachi Data Systems.

“I’m excited to be a part of the William Jessup Warrior Athletics Program and to help establish our presence as a major competitor in the NAIA and the GSAC as we build and expand our athletic programs,” Harper said.

Michael and his wife have four children, attend Bayside Church in Granite Bay and reside in Roseville, Calif.

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Jerry Manuel Foundation and William Jessup University to host baseball banquet honoring Derrek Lee and Greg Vaughn http://www.jessup.edu/media/news/jerry-manuel-foundation-and-william-jessup-university-to-host-baseball-banquet-honoring-derrek-lee-and-greg-vaughn/ http://www.jessup.edu/media/news/jerry-manuel-foundation-and-william-jessup-university-to-host-baseball-banquet-honoring-derrek-lee-and-greg-vaughn/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:31:43 +0000 http://www.jessup.edu/?post_type=news-article&p=5901 The Jerry Manuel Foundation and William Jessup University will host a Baseball Banquet at the growing university, honoring former Major League Baseball players and Sacramento natives, Derrek Lee and Greg Vaughn on February 27 at 6 pm.

The banquet is a celebration of Sacramento’s strong baseball heritage, honoring two of its most notable players. Both Lee and Vaughn began their baseball journey as Little League players in Sacramento and went on to enjoy long-lasting careers at the Major League level.

“We are honored to celebrate Sacramento’s proud baseball history and single out two of its greatest players – Derrek Lee and Greg Vaughn,” said Jerry Manuel, former New York Mets and Chicago White Sox manager, and founder of the Jerry Manuel Foundation. “They are both terrific examples of what can happen through hard work and dedication to the game of baseball.”

Lee is a former Major League Baseball first baseman who graduated from El Camino High School in 1993 and was a first-round draft pick (14th overall). Lee made his MLB debut in 1997 with the San Diego Padres.

Between 1997 and 2011, Lee played for the Padres, Florida Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburg Pirates. He had a highly successful career and was a two-time All-Star and a World Series champion (Marlins). Lee received the Rawlings Golden Glove award three times and the Silver Slugger Award once. He had a career batting average of .281 with 331 home runs and 1,078 runs batted in.

Vaughn attended Sacramento’s Kennedy High School and was a first-round draft (4th overall) for the Milwaukee Brewers. Between 1989 and 2003, he played with the Brewers, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Colorado Rockies. Vaughn is a four-time All-Star and a Silver Slugger Award recipient as a Padre. He had a career batting average of .242 with 355 home runs and 1,072 runs batted in.

Half of the banquet proceeds benefit the Jerry Manuel Foundation, a magnet charter school located in Elverta, Calif., that combines the principles of baseball with rigorous academic standards. Manuel oversees the new WJU baseball program, coached by Mike Hankins.

Other banquet proceeds will go toward building a baseball field for William Jessup University, which will be launching its inaugural baseball program this month. The University has already received donations from the San Francisco Giants and Dusty Baker, a Sacramento product who both played and managed in the Major Leagues.

Baird Private Wealth Management, an employee-owned, international wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm is the premier sponsor for the dinner event. The company will also sponsor a JMF baseball clinic at Raley Field in May 2015, featuring instruction from Manuel.

Other former professional athletes invited to attend the event include Steve Sax, Jerry White, Joe Morgan, Willie McGee, Ronnie Lott, Frank Robinson, Leron Lee, Leon Lee, Marquis Grisson, Fred Biletnikoff, and Jerry Royster.

An autograph session will be held during the evening as well as a silent auction and fashion show, exhibiting over 100 years of baseball uniforms and attire.

For table sponsorship contact Jessup’s Chief Development Officer at 916-577-1801. For ticketing information, visit jmfanighttoremember.eventbrite.com


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William Jessup University Announces Construction of New Dorms http://www.jessup.edu/media/news/william-jessup-university-announces-construction-of-new-dorms/ http://www.jessup.edu/media/news/william-jessup-university-announces-construction-of-new-dorms/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 00:27:17 +0000 http://www.jessup.edu/?post_type=news-article&p=5754 William Jessup University, the Sacramento area’s only residential four-year private university, recently announced a $10.5 million campus expansion to build a new dormitory to house 210 students.

The new, three-story 40,000-square-foot building will be constructed near the new University Avenue entrance to the Rocklin campus. The appealing design of the new dorms, coupled with the new University Avenue, will dramatically change the face of the growing university.

Groundbreaking for the new dorm is expected in February and construction slated to be completed by early 2016. Reeve Knight Construction and The Taylor Group Architects will oversee the project.

Made possible through generous donations from William Jessup University supporters, the dormitory will feature a substantial common area for study on each floor and a large overhanging deck that overlooks the entrance to campus.

There will also be a fire pit off the deck region that includes a barbecue area and benches that wrap around the triangular space. This area will be called the “Alumni Courtyard.”

“This latest expansion is a very exciting addition that will allow over 200 students the opportunity to live and learn on campus,” said Dr. John Jackson, President of William Jessup University. “Providing additional on-campus housing is a top priority of the university as we grow our enrollment and enhance our campus community.”

The dorm will feature attractive landscaping around the building and have a double-door entry, elevator, laundry facilities, additional storage lockers, wireless internet and basic television service.

This is the third major expansion project for the university, which transformed the former Herman Miller furniture factory into a vibrant campus in 2004.

“William Jessup continues to make impressive strides since relocating to Rocklin 10 years ago,” said Mike West, Chairman of the William Jessup University Board of Trustees. “We are thrilled to be breaking ground on what will soon serve as a beautiful new home for our students.”

Key features include:

  • An expansive overhanging deck
  • Wireless internet
  • Cable television
  • Laundry facilities
  • Large study areas
  • Storage lockers
  • Three common spaces
  • Separate male/female entrances
  • Fire pit
  • Barbecue area
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Bryce Jessup Honored by Placer County Board of Supervisors http://www.jessup.edu/media/news/bryce-jessup-honored-by-placer-county-board-of-supervisors/ http://www.jessup.edu/media/news/bryce-jessup-honored-by-placer-county-board-of-supervisors/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:33:38 +0000 http://www.jessup.edu/?post_type=news-article&p=5510 Placer County’s Board of Supervisors honored Dr. Bryce Jessup with a commemorative coin for his role in bringing William Jessup University to Placer County 10 years ago and the significant contributions he has made over the years.

The award was presented by Kirk Uhler, the 4th District representative of the Board of Supervisors.

Dr. Jessup served as president of William Jessup University for 26 years and retired in May 2010. He currently serves as president emeritus at the 75-year-old institution, where he now serves in a development role.

”Placer County has been an absolutely fantastic partner for William Jessup University,” Dr. Jessup said. “From the very beginning, they worked with us to provide a seamless transition from San Jose. I know of no other place in California where we would rather be!”

The Placer County Board of Supervisors created the commemorative coin program in 2002 to recognize acts of heroism, longstanding community service and exceptional acts that dramatically improved or impacted people’s lives.

The commemorative coins feature the county seal on one side. On the other side, it features the word “hero” and the image of an eagle with a star and sunrays in the background.

Senior Pastor Ray Johnston of Bayside Church, the 4th District’s 2008 coin recipient, attended the supervisors meeting and discussed some of Dr. Jessup’s many accomplishments.

“You’re the single best model and mentor that anybody has ever had,” Pastor Johnston said, noting that Dr. Jessup serves as a mentor to everyone from business chief executive officers to university students. “I have never seen you treat a CEO or student differently. You’re the same person with everyone.”

During Dr. Jessup’s presidency, the university substantially improved its financial position, achieved regional accreditation, significantly increased enrollment, broadened the curriculum, and moved to a beautiful new 125-acre campus in Rocklin.

William Jessup University has tripled its enrollment, reporting six straight years of record enrollment since relocating to Placer County from San Jose. The university has increased the number of majors to 20, with a total of 50 programs ranging from degrees in ministry to kinesiology to public policy.

In addition, Christian Universities Online last month listed William Jessup as one of the “50 Most Affordable Christian Colleges in the U.S.”

Dr. Jessup has worked as a professor, pastor, coach, and dean of students. He is a popular speaker for civic clubs, churches, and marriage and family retreats.

He has been a significant leader in Bay Area pastors groups, the Billy Graham Crusade, vice chairman of the Sacramento Luis Palau Festival, and ethnic reconciliation groups.

He has published numerous articles on leadership and church issues, including a book on WJU’s history entitled, City on a Hill, and serves on many non-profit boards.

Dr. Jessup also served on the elder board at Adventure Christian Church where he co-chaired a capital campaign, and currently is the leader of 55 Alive, a ministry to senior adults.

In addition, he serves as vice chair of Agape International Missions Board and Shoulder to Shoulder Board.  As president emeritus, he has created opportunities to engage senior citizens in the region with William Jessup University through the Friends and Neighbors Inspired programs.

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Jessup Partners to Support Rocklin’s Harvest Run http://www.jessup.edu/media/news/jessup-partners-to-support-rocklins-harvest-run/ http://www.jessup.edu/media/news/jessup-partners-to-support-rocklins-harvest-run/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 23:05:45 +0000 http://www.jessup.edu/?post_type=news-article&p=4962 William Jessup University welcomes local runners to its growing campus on Saturday, October 18 to participate in Up Capital Management’s inaugural Rocklin Harvest Run, a 5K run slated to begin at 9 a.m.

Originated by the investment-advising firm, the event was birthed out of the idea of giving back to local area schools. “We are excited about partnering with WJU and Rocklin Unified School District (RUSD) with this year’s first annual Up Capital Management Rocklin Harvest Run,” said Up Capital Management’s Owner and Founder, Anton Bayer. “One of our goals is to raise financial support for WJU and RUSD while promoting awareness on health and fitness as RUSD K-12 students work side-by-side with Jessup’s college students.”

Two-thirds of the proceeds will benefit Rocklin’s Unified School District while the remaining one-third will go toward student scholarships at William Jessup University.

The university expects involvement from over 50 students who will volunteer their time to support the event. Event sponsors include Dreambox Creative, Bayside Church, Rocklin City Council, Burton Law Firm, Fleet Feet and William Jessup University.

Six local schools have hung banners on their campuses and Rocklin High School is displaying a 16 by 5 foot banner on their fence located on the corner of Stanford Ranch and Victory near the entrance to the school. Flyers and promotional items can be found all throughout the community in theaters, sports stores and coffee shops, in a combined effort to promote the worthwhile event.

Runners are instructed to pick up registration packets on Friday, October 17 at William Jessup University in the Edrington Conference Room from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. At this time, participants will receive race gear t-shirts, bibs and a race bag provided by Fleet Feet. Runners are also encouraged to bring donated school supplies such as white copy paper, construction paper or #2 pencils.

“Most people don’t realize that many of our local area teachers take money from their own pockets, often totaling around $600-$1000 annually, just to keep their classrooms running smoothly,” said Eric Savell, a Jessup alum and Up Capital Management vice president. “We want to do all we can to help our teachers because we value what they do in our communities.”

Participants are welcome to run, walk or both. Walk-up registration on the day of the event is also accepted.

Once registered, runners can log into the Harvest Run website to obtain their race time and view their photo crossing the finish line.  Photos will be posted on the gallery page of the website.

For more information or to register, visit harvestrun.org

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Jessup Gala Raises Record-Breaking Funds for Student Scholarships http://www.jessup.edu/media/news/jessup-gala-raises-record-breaking-funds-for-student-scholarships/ http://www.jessup.edu/media/news/jessup-gala-raises-record-breaking-funds-for-student-scholarships/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:05:54 +0000 http://www.jessup.edu/?post_type=news-article&p=4712 On September 20, exactly 75 years to the date the growing university opened its’ doors with just 14 students, William Jessup University hosted the Jessup Gala, an event that raises funds for student scholarships. This year, the memorable event raised over $160,000 for student scholarships.

“This Gala represents a door to the future of WJU,” said Jessup’s President, John Jackson. “Not only were we able to honor our past and God’s abundant generosity, now we are ready to embrace what He has for our future.”

Over 425 people attended the commemorative evening festivities which took place in the Academic Warehouse creatively transformed to reflect an elegant ballroom; complete with ice sculptures, performance stages, a silent auction, ensemble bands and black, silver and gold details throughout.

The Jessup Gala program featured performances from the university’s Creative Arts and Music departments. Highlights included recognition of President Emeritus, Bryce Jessup’s, Dream Team that was instrumental in bringing the university to where it stands today in Placer County. Many original members were in attendance and reminisced with those who shared the initial dream for the university to grow beyond what it could imagine.

Some members of the Dream Team included Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware and current chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees, Greg Jamison, former general manager of hockey’s San Jose Sharks and current member of the university’s Board of Trustees, and Joe Womack, President of Northwest Christian University.

President John Jackson delivered the university’s specific vision and mission as a Christ-centered university and shared expectations of continued expansion and momentum for the next 75 years.

The Gala was also live streamed for those who were unable to attend the sold-out event. To view the festivities, visit: http://new.livestream.com/wju/2014gala

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