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President's Corner WJU Lowers Tuition Student Profile - Monique Prince-Speights
Student Missions in Amsterdam and Belize Alumni Spotlight WJU Alumni & Community Choir
WJU Community Wind Ensemble Dr. Glen Gibson Alumni Phonathon and New Website
Admissions in Full Swing Warrior Athletics Update Study Abroad Opportunities
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President's Corner
President Bryce Jessup William Jessup University Named Among America's Best College Buys®
University one of Five Institutions Selected in California

Everywhere you turn these days, there are reminders of global economic challenges. America is no exception. It impacts the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the famous and those just starting to climb the ladder of success. Churches, businesses, governments, and for-profit and non-profit organizations are all feeling the pinch.

Schools are facing it too. Both public and private institutions are cutting expenses, seeking additional sources of revenue, looking for ways to balance the budget, and in many cases, just searching to survive the economic storm. Many private colleges and universities have raised their tuition to a level which has almost priced them out of the student market.

I was personally encouraged to have received word recently that William Jessup University has been named as one of America's Best College Buys® in the 18th annual National College Survey by the Institutional Research and Evaluation Inc., which recognizes institutions of higher education that provide exceptional educational opportunities. 1,453 U.S. regionally accredited colleges and universities were surveyed and WJU was one of five institutions in California to be selected.

Many families and prospective students may overlook the opportunity to attend a private Christian university like WJU, assuming that it is not affordable. However, in addition to the affordable tuition rates when compared with other private colleges in California, William Jessup University awarded more than $2.2 million in institutional aid to our students this year. Approximately 90% of our students receive some kind of financial aid...federal, state, private, or institutional.

The report was encouraging to us as we are doing everything we can to keep the cost of higher education for our students at an affordable rate, without sacrificing the quality of the excellent education we provide. At the same time, we need to balance that with the increasing financial needs of WJU. With diligence, careful planning for the future, and God's continued direction and provision, WJU is facing the future with confidence and hope as we continue to equip our students to become "world changers" for our Lord.

WJU continues its historic commitment to Christ, His church, His word, and passion to equip servant leaders to go forth globally and touch others with His love. We continue to stand in awe at how He led us through the wilderness and into the promised land...a land filled with great opportunity for growth and Kingdom impact.

If you know of students who desire a quality Christian higher education and want to grow and make a difference in the world for our Lord, we would love to have the opportunity to share with them our vision and program. Please invite them to see if God might lead them to continue their education and preparation at WJU. It IS affordable! They can find additional information at

Bryce Jessup
President, William Jessup University

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WJU Lowers Tuition For 2009-2010 Academic Year

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Student Profile - Monique Prince-Speights, 2010

"I personally love the curriculum, staff and professors at WJU and I believe that it is impossible for anyone to attend this school for any length of time and not leave a more informed and spiritually mature person."

Monique Prince-Speights Monique Prince-Speights served in the Air Force for five years after graduating from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan in 2001. Her time in the service as an aerospace ground equipment mechanic took her to many places around the world, but she now lives with her husband at Beale Air Force Base in Marysville.

She attended Yuba Community College upon her discharge from the military, and still serves in the Air Force Reserves one weekend a month. She found William Jessup University by, in her words, divine intervention. On a drive from Marysville one day, Monique, 25, passed the campus and was intrigued. When she researched WJU, she found that it was the type of university she wanted to transfer to.

Although being a commuter student finds her missing some of the best of college life, she feels connected with small class sizes and faculty and staff who know each student. "Students should know that the professors are more than willing to help with their academic and personal problems and they should not hesitate to seek their counsel," says Prince-Speights.

Monique Prince-Speights, Bev Wiens She is a Clinical Psychology major and uses her GI Bill benefits and other institutional scholarships to attend. Monique will begin working as a group counselor at juvenile hall this spring and hopes to become a counselor after graduate school. She and her husband, a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force, have a 3-year-old son.

Monique encourages those seeking a Christian college education to consider William Jessup University. "My experience at WJU has challenged me academically as well as spiritually. Any prospective student should come expecting the same."

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Preview Day 2009

A Season of Service: Student Missions in Amsterdam and Belize

Amsterdam Students from William Jessup used their winter break to share the Bible and educate travelers and other students overseas.

Jared Votaw, a senior pastoral ministries major, and Resident Director Stephanie Garber led a group of students to Amsterdam, The Netherlands to volunteer at Christian youth hostels on the west side of Amsterdam and in its infamous Red Light District.

While living and immersing themselves in the heart of the ministry through serving food and fellowship to over 100 travelers, WJU students and staff shared testimonies, music and scripture.

"A lot of people, when they travel, are open to ideas and perspectives on life," Votaw said. "We find out about their lives and where they've been and what they are going through. If the opportunity comes up, we tell them what God has done for them." It's Votaw's third trip to Amsterdam, where he influences European backpackers to avoid the draw of drugs and prostitution that has become notoriously legal.

It was a new and challenging opportunity for the teams to communicate God's word to people from different cultures, worldviews, and religious backgrounds. The hostel staff continually expressed their thanks for our assistance in the ministry because both hostels are currently short-staffed.

Beliz Another group of students and staff traveled to Belize, Central America, in January where they participated in teaching art and music. The team had the opportunity to reach over 500 Belizean students from three under-resourced schools the Cayo District of central Belize. Programs like art and music are an anomaly for most Belizean schools, challenged with tight budgets and few resources. Most Belizean teachers only have the equivalent of an 8th grade U.S. education. When the Jessup team offered water-color painting as one of the educational applications, many of the younger pupils appeared to have never used them before!

Led by Daniel Gluck, Director of Campus Ministries and wife Alyssa, the team had an opportunity to shine while they passed on creative educational principles learned during their time at Jessup. "It was a dream come true to see my passions for education and missions come to life in a setting like Belize," said Alyssa Gluck. A teacher herself, Gluck envisioned the trip along with former WJU Teacher Education instructor Heather Penny. Penny now serves as the Director of Education for Pathlight, a non-profit ministry in Belize. In addition to serving with Pathlight, the team also had an opportunity to serve at King's Children's Home, an orphanage in the city of Belmopan.

Beliz Highlights of the trip were watching the WJU students demonstrate their teaching skills in elementary and middle-school classes, seeing the joy on the faces of Belizean students as they participated in art, music and photography lessons, and a culminating Teacher In-Service event facilitated by Alyssa Gluck and Heather Penny at the end of the week to pass on sustainable ideas for continued education.

Upon return, both teams felt they accomplished all the Lord had given them to do and rested in the fulfillment of a kingdom building trip.

Thank you for your continued prayer and support for WJU's ongoing mission efforts.

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Warrior Golf Classic 2009

Alumni Update Justin and Amy VonSprecklesen

Justin VonSpreckelsen, BA Bible & Theology, Christian Education, 2005; Credentials with Character, 2007

Amy (Moga) VonSpreckelsen, BA Bible & Theology, Music & Worship, 2005

When Justin VonSpreckelsen graduated from high school he planned to become a youth pastor. Knowing that Dr. Les Christie, considered one of the leading experts in youth ministry, taught at William Jessup University (then San Jose Christian College), he moved from his hometown in Clay Center, Nebraska to California. "Soon after I started attending SJCC, I really grew to appreciate the love and family atmosphere the college had. Being so far away from home, it became my family, and still is."

Amy Moga recalls that family was also the reason she chose to attend. In fact, both her parents (Fritz and Kathy Moga, 1990) attended San Jose Christian College. "I know my parents valued their time there and made many good friends. I knew it would be a good fit for me."

They began dating in the spring of 2003, and were married exactly four years later in 2007. The time in between was a season of transition. Justin determined that his passion was to teach and work with younger children, and pursued a degree in Christian Education. The college moved from San Jose to Rocklin and became William Jessup University. Amy began working as a file clerk for an insurance company that would see her promoted through its ranks to become an underwriter in just two years.

Although she is not working in the field of her major, she believes her education from WJU comes into play constantly. She says, "The secular workplace is a great place to develop friendships and be a Godly example to others."

Justin also felt led to work in public education, where he could be a light and positive example to so many young children. With his degree in Christian Education and credential from WJU's teacher education program, he says, "It has been a huge benefit to me as I teach in a public school. I learned how to integrate my faith into how I teach, and appreciate the character education I was exposed to in the Teacher Education Program. The small class sizes and support I received from faculty and staff was what made WJU so special."

Justin and Amy just bought their first home in Roseville, CA. Justin teaches 2nd grade at Loomis Basin Charter School, an International Baccalaureate public school and Amy is an Underwriter at Financial Pacific Insurance Company. They attend Bayside of West Roseville and enjoy fishing, camping, fishing, cooking, fishing, visiting family, and, if there is enough time to do so, fishing. Anyone who knows Justin, knows this as fact.

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William Jessup University Alumni & Community Choir Returning to Recording Studio

WJU Alumni & Community ChiorThe William Jessup University Alumni & Community Choir is well into its second year. The choir, building on the success from last year's launch, will be returning to the studio to record their second CD scheduled to be released in March 2009. Under the direction of Tom Ruscica, chair of the music department, the choir will be performing at various concerts throughout the area including Pleasant Grove Community Church on February 22, and Lakeside Community Church on April 5. The choir will also be performing in the annual Spring Concert to be held in the Academic Warehouse at William Jessup University on April 23.

The Alumni and Community Choir is currently accepting new members through informal auditions and rehearses on Monday evenings from 7-9 pm on the WJU Campus (333 Sunset Blvd., Rocklin). Vocalists interested in joining the choir or for booking information can call Tom Ruscica at (916) 577-2274 or email

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William Jessup University Community Wind Ensemble Completes First Semester

Community Wind EnsembleThe William Jessup University Community Wind Ensemble celebrated a successful first semester and is looking ahead to spring. Under the direction of Van B. Crane, the Ensemble joined the Music Department in the Fall Concert and presented their own full concert in late November. Plans for the spring include concerts on campus as well as performances in the nearby communities of Yuba City, Lincoln, Vacaville and Napa.

Launched last September to provide performance opportunities for the instrumental music students at WJU, the ensemble has expanded to include instrumentalists of all ages from the surrounding community. When asked whether the Ensemble is seeking new members, Crane indicated that, while he was very happy with the current membership, there was always room for more. He further indicated that while there are opportunities for new musicians in all sections of the Ensemble, he is especially looking for those who play the Oboe, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, French Horn, Trombone and Clarinet. The Ensemble is open to adult musicians who have a desire to participate in a community ensemble that will perform some of the great band music of our era-marches, show tunes, classics, and other traditional music for band. Qualified high school musicians are also welcome to join with the permission of their Band Directors.

The Ensemble rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 pm on the WJU Campus (333 Sunset Blvd., Rocklin). Musicians interested in joining the Ensemble or simply desiring more information should contact Van Crane at or (916) 253-3718.

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Dr. Glen Gibson, Professor of Intercultural Studies
By David Nystrom, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs

Glen Gibson Reasons for hope and excitement abound on the William Jessup University campus this year: new majors in English and history; construction of a remarkable new student housing facility and parking garage; a victorious women's soccer team (they won the league and made it to the national playoffs - congratulations to our women!); growing strength and vitality in our adult degree completion program; our Community Choir and Community Band, comprised of alumni and a generous component of community members, offer praise through voice and instruments; our programs in Business and Psychology continue to thrive; and our Public Policy department has expanded its curriculum to include criminal justice and law.

Prominent among the reasons for enthusiasm is the addition of Dr. Glen Gibson, Professor of Intercultural Studies. With a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, (perhaps the premier program in the world in this field) his academic training is of the highest caliber. He has served the Lord as a youth pastor, a missionary to the Philippines for seventeen years, Vice President and Director of training for Team Expansion (a mission agency with world-wide reach), and as a field coordinator for several teams of missionaries throughout the world. He brings to WJU wide experience and savvy in all three major elements of the modern missions endeavor. In only one term at WJU he has established a glowing reputation. Here are some reasons:

  • Personal attention to his students. Students tell me regularly that they know Glen cares for them, listens to them, learns who they are, and then seeks to pass on to them not only the tools but the heart for ministry to unreached peoples. When I was a young youth pastor my supervisor once imparted a bit of sterling wisdom: the Christian life must be caught as much as taught. Glen embodies this proverb that was, after all, the hallmark of Jesus' life with his disciples.
  • Practical Experience: Already Glen has taken the lead in partnering with our student life program in organizing and promoting WJU mission trips to various parts of the globe. These are truly life-changing opportunities for our students, and Glen's has proven to be a rich resource that we cherish.
  • Quality Education: Our Intercultural Studies Department is clearly in the right hands. Students report that Glen is a gifted teacher, able to communicate not only with clarity and precision, but with passion and vision. Students report that they realize he is teaching them what they need to know, not just what might make them feel good. He meets each student where they actually are. He leads them with a gentle but firm hand with his eye not only on what he knows they need to know, but a heart open to what it is God is forming in them.
Get to know Glen Gibson, his passion for the unreached peoples of the world, and his desire to prepare our students to answer the call of Christ to reach them with the Gospel of God's love and forgiveness.

Glen is the husband of Wendy and the proud father of three daughters.

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Attention SJBC/SJCC/WJU Alumni!

Phonathon '09 2009 Phonathon

New Alumni Website -
New Alumni WebsiteWe are excited to have a new Alumni website with an improved Alumni Directory! The new directory features picture uploads, search functions, and a map of Alumni located across the globe.

All SJBC, SJCC, and WJU Alumni are encouraged to visit and register as an Alumni member.

The site also provides links to the WJU Job Board and Online Warrior Bookstore.

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The Admission and Financial Aid Season is in Full Swing!

Visit WJU! The following are important dates and links to sites that can give you more information:

For questions and assistance, please contact:
  • Admissions: 916.577.2222
  • Financial Aid: 916.577.2227

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Warrior Athletics Update

Women's Soccer Greetings from Warrior Athletics! We recently completed one of our most successful fall seasons ever, as we celebrate two Cal Pac Championships!

Women's soccer completed a terrific turn-around, going from last place in the conference in 2007 to first in 2008, playing in the opening round of the National Championships against Azusa Pacific University. The conference title was the first for the Lady Warriors, but with a young team and a great incoming class, it won't be the last! The team will be returning Cal Pac Newcomer of the Year Sandy Hanania, and all conference selection Jacque Cassell in 09, as well as several honorable mentions.

Cross ContryMen's Cross Country also won the Cal Pac title, earning the opportunity to compete in Nationals as well. Amanda Gillming and Kim Jennings, both seniors, qualified for Nationals as individuals on the women's side. The Warriors represented Jessup well in Wisconsin, despite the frigid temperatures. The Warriors had four All-Conference members, juniors Parker Daniells, Kyle Stair, Wazi Aguirre, and Chadd Baltzey. On the Women's team, Jennings and Gillming were all conference selections as well.

Men's BasketballMen's basketball is off to a great start this season, and stands at 8-1 in conference play, including double-digit victories over rivals Menlo, Simpson, PUC and Dominican. Senior Zach Sowers was recognized as Player of the Week in November and is averaging 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists per game. Lucas Birchard was selected as the California Pacific Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the dates of January 5th through 12th, 2009 and has averaged 15 points and 7 rebounds per game. Women's basketball endured a slow start, due to a grueling pre-season, but has rallied to get to 5-4 in Cal Pac play, including a thrilling come from behind win over Cal State East Bay in Hayward. Senior Rebekah Calvert was recognized as player of the week in November, and is currently the team's leading scorer and rebounder at 17 points, 3 assists, 3 steals and 7 rebounds per game.

Women's Basketball
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Warrior basketball is being played on campus for the first time at William Jessup University, so come join us for a game! The schedule can be found online, at the new athletics website: The website update is an exciting development that allows us to incorporate more pictures and features on our athletic programs.

Go Warriors!!!

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WJU Spring Semester Opportunities for Study Abroad
Professors Lead Excursions to Costa Rica, Greece, Israel, Jordan and China

Costa Rica Tropical Ecosystems Excursion: April 2 - 10, 2009
WJU's fourth annual Tropical Ecosystems excursion is planned to be held in Costa Rica from April 2 - 10, 2009. In association with EF Tours, the tour will be exploring the ecology and conservation of stunning Costa Rica at several different sites, including the rain forest, cloud forest and the Pacific coast. The trip is open to anyone in the WJU community at a cost of $2500, which includes airfare, lodging, and most meals. Contact Karen McReynolds at 916-577-2257 or for more information.

Greek Mainland, Islands and Ephesus: April 2 - April 14, 2009
Experience the ultimate spring break Epistle Extravaganza by visiting the Greek Mainland, Islands and Ephesus. This tour also includes a first-ever tour and class on "Corinthians in Corinth" with Jim Crain and Merilyn Copland providing commentary. Itinerary for the trip includes a walking tour of Athens, featuring a visit to the Acropolis, Mars Hill and the Agora. Day four of the trip finds you in Delphi, embarking on a cruise to the Island of Mykonos. From there travelers will explore Ephesus and Patmos, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini, Athens and Sounion, Corinth and Mycenae.

For additional information, please contact Professor Merilyn Copland (916) 577-2270, or Or the tour Website: Reference tour number 468704.

Israel and Jordan: May 20 - June 2 or 7, 2009
Stand at breath-taking vistas, view ancient crossroads, walk ancient Bible paths of the Patriarchs, Prophets, and those taken by Jesus highlight just a few of the marvels that this trip entails. In essence, these experiences will work together toward making the pieces of the Bible fit together. Sit and reflect in quiet moments in the Wilderness, Temple Steps, hillsides of Galilee, the Garden of Gethsemane or on the waters of the Sea of Galilee in a special boat like those used by fishermen in Jesus' day.

For more information on pricing and additional details, please contact Professor Merilyn Copland (916) 577-2270, or

Business in China: May 26 - June 6, 2009
Chart China's emergence as an economic power as you explore the inner workings of the local business environment in Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai. Visit local companies and manufacturing plants to learn firsthand why China is at the forefront of globalization. To truly understand the roots of China's business prowess, you also have to delve deep into its history and culture with visits to the Great Wall, the Museum of the Terra-Cotta Army and Jin Mao Tower.

The 12 to 15 day trip will feature travel to Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Yangzhou, Shanghai and includes a three day tour extension to Hong Kong. Included in the price of the trip is airfare from Sacramento, hotels, breakfasts, 10 dinners, a full time tour director, lectures, sightseeing and entrance fees.

The cost for students is $3375 and for adults is $3740. For additional information, please contact Professor Rhonda Capron, (916) 577-8023, or the tour Website: Reference tour number: 493680.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • First Friday of every month - Inside Out music and worship
  • February 11 - Community Lecture with Tony Campolo
  • February 12 - Spring Preview Day
  • February 16 - President's Holiday NO CLASSES
  • March 20 - WJU Friends & Neighbors Inspired Spring Conference
  • March 23-24 - Scholar Days
  • March 26 - Night of Classics & WJU Music Department Benefit Dinner
  • March 31 - Career Fair
  • April 4-13 - Spring Break NO CLASSES
  • April 24 - Transfer Day
  • May 2 - Public Policy Day
  • May 2 - Trout Derby
  • May 7 - National Day of Prayer
  • May 15 - Baccalaureate Ceremony
  • May 16 - Commencement Ceremony

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Supporting William Jessup University Students is Easier than Ever Before!

Here are some ways to give.

  • Donate securely online at
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  • Consider Planned Giving options through your Will, Living Trust, Life insurance policy, IRA or qualified retirement plan
  • Contact the University Advancement Office at 916.577.1800
Why support William Jessup University students Through Scholarship Assistance?
  • WJU relies on gifts to keep tuition affordable for our students
  • Your gift will help bridge the gap between what students pay in tuition and what it costs to educate them
  • WJU is a 501(c)3 organization, and all gifts are tax deductable
  • Your gift will help the University provide a Christ-centered education to our future church and professional leaders

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William Jessup University
Winter 2009 Broadcaster magazine

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