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Broadcaster Web Magazine - William Jessup University
President's Corner WJU Freezes Tuition Presidential Search Committee Update
Student Profile - Rachel Jackson, 2012 A Season of Service: Student Missions in Amsterdam and San Francisco Alumni Update
William Jessup University Women's Volleyball Raises Money to Help End Human Trafficking Intercollegiate Conference on Faith and Justice Alumni Homecoming
Alumni Website - Have You Visited? The Admission and Financial Aid Season is in Full Swing! Tremendous Increase in Admission Applications
Veterans Day Flag Ceremony Warrior Athletics Update Warriors Participate in National Literacy Program
WJU Spring Semester Opportunities for Study Abroad Calendar of Upcoming Events Supporting William Jessup University Students is Easier than Ever Before!

President's Corner
President Bryce Jessup

On the last Tuesday of 2009, I had the privilege of hosting a number of dignitaries from Cambodia. They were here to thank Don Brewster (a WJU graduate) and Agape International Missions (I serve on its Board) for the ministry of delivering little girls out of the brothels of Cambodia and giving them hope through Agape Restoration Center in Phnom Penh. Recently this model ministry caught the attention of the Cambodian government. The Cambodian Secretary of State wanted to come to the USA and to WJU to thank us for our part in helping to rebuild their country and to award Don Brewster a distinguished service award for what AIM has meant in helping them rebuild the country of Cambodia.

This opened the door for Moses Samol Seth to build a relationship with the Secretary of State, Ministry of Cults and Religions. Moses led our work at SJCC among the Cambodians, graduating over 70 Cambodians during the 15 years of his leadership in our Multi-Cultural Bible Institute. Under his leadership, many of them have returned to Cambodia to help plant over 800 churches during the past 10 years through AIM. Moses accompanied the Cambodian delegation to Rocklin.

The exciting thing that happened is that Moses, who is a marvelous evangelist, shared with the Secretary of State his need to commit his life to Jesus. The Secretary of State received Jesus, along with one of his Cambodian leaders, and I had the privilege of baptizing them at the Staybridge Hotel in Rocklin on Tuesday following the award ceremony in my office. It was an amazing day of God demonstrating the fruits of our labor together at WJU as many of the people who are making a difference in Cambodia are graduates of WJU. Who would have predicted this would happen 20 years ago when missionaries started working in San Jose through the Multi-Cultural Bible Institute with the desperate refugees from the Cambodian “killing fields” of Pol Pot. What a great and rewarding way to finish the year.

As we celebrate our 70th year of equipping students to become world changers, I thank God for the global impact of our partnership in the gospel. The future looks even better as we continue to grow. We expect another record enrollment in the fall, as our applications are more than double what they were at this time last year.

My prayer for all of us for 2010 is that it will be a year of tremendous progress and Kingdom growth. May you personally have the best year yet in your journey with our Lord. Words fail to express the depth of my appreciation for your friendship, love, and support through the years. May God bless you abundantly in the year which lies ahead!

Bryce Jessup
President, William Jessup University

By the way, I left the baptism and switched from “fishing for men” back to “fishing for fish”…Steelhead…wore the same waders as in the above picture, but in the Trinity River west of Redding. Thought you would enjoy the picture of the results. Actually, integrity requires that I not tell you a fish son Jim caught the fish, I’m just holding it for him! However, it was due to my skillful partnership that we landed it…oh the power of a team!

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WJU Freezes Tuition For 2010-2011 Academic Year

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Presidential Search Committee Update

The Board of Trustees has been quite faithful to develop and implement a search process that has, with the assistance of a professional search consultant, yielded over 200 names (either nominees or applicants) for our presidency. The search committee has diligently reviewed the candidate names and credentials and is right on schedule with the selection timeline as presented last fall. Preliminary interviews have been conducted and the search is being narrowed to a handful of candidates for further review. The quality of the pool is substantial and we are on track to present a candidate who will successfully serve as the sixth president of the University.

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Student Profile - Rachel Jackson, 2012

“My delight is in You as Yours is in me. You took my shame, so I could see You called me by name, and whispered softly of Your love for me.” (lyrics by Rachel Jackson)

Rachel jacksonShe loves to write her own poetry, music and lyrics. She is a gifted vocal performer who has been performing in community musical theater since she was a child. Someday, she would like to use her gifts to teach musical theater to underprivileged children.

Rachel Jackson is an 18-year-old sophomore at William Jessup University majoring in music. Raised in Genoa, Nevada, her father, John, a pastor and friend of the Jessup family, suggested she attend WJU. She was not interested in attending a private, Christian university, but once she visited, she was hooked. “The sense of community that you experience here is not something you would find at a larger or public school,” said Jackson, “I love the personal relationship students can have with their teachers.”

The life of a music major is a busy one, with not only class work, but obligations to perform and practice that take up many additional hours in a week. Rachel is unfazed by the extra work, and even looks forward to it saying, “I was prepared for it, knowing you need to spend those hours in order to be a performer.” Tom Ruscica, chair of the WJU Music Department says, “One of the joys of working with Rachel is her willingness to push herself and to work outside of her comfort levels - she is always willing to do whatever is asked of her and brings a wonderfully positive attitude to the department.”

Rachel also benefits from a partnership between WJU and Bayside Church. As a Bayside worship arts intern, the church helps her with scholarship assistance while she sings, plays keyboard and helps the worship team ten hours each week. It is a partnership that has provided many ministry students with both the work experience and scholarship assistance they need to make college a reality. “Rachel holds a very promising future in her growth in the music department as well as her future career,” said Ruscica.

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Preview Day 2010

A Season of Service: Student Missions in Amsterdam and San Francisco

YWAM in San Francisco On a chilly November weekend, a group of 31 WJU students and faculty served the homeless of San Francisco. Youth With A Mission (YWAM) hosted the team and brought to light the city’s history and current needs. The YWAM base is located in the heart of the Tenderloin District which is where the students spent most of their time. The Tenderloin received its name because the police who worked in that area received a “hazard pay” due to higher crime so they were able to purchase the more choice cut of meat, the tenderloin. In this area of the city the team cleaned the streets and storefronts, handed out hot chocolate, shared sack lunches with the homeless, heard stories of people’s lives and prayed with them.

AmsterdamLeah Anderson, a senior year psychology student, described her experience as “both heart breaking and hopeful. Prostitution, drugs, hunger and sadness where literally right outside the YWAM base door. It was such an amazing experience to get to talk to the homeless and find out that a lot of them had a strong faith in God and a hope for their future.” It was a privilege to share the love of Jesus Christ in a place that most would avoid. The weekend impacted the lives of each student as they encountered people who are hurting, and shared joys and challenges with each of them. After an authentic Indian meal of naan and curry, the team returned home with a new perspective of homelessness, what it means to listen to those hurting and appreciation for the blessings they live with every day.

From December 27 through January 7, seven students and staff embarked on a European journey that they will never forget. For the third consecutive year, WJU engaged in incarnational ministry in The Shelter hostels in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This year’s team divided into two groups, serving in The Shelter City (adjacent to Amsterdam’s infamous “Red Light” district) and The Shelter Jordan in another part of the city. A key part of the ministry was working regular shifts in the hostels - cooking, cleaning and doing other chores. In the evenings, the team assisted in hosting Bible studies for the hostel guests, many of whom come to Amsterdam to engage in partying, drugs and other activities. The team also hosted “Hostel Night”, an event which included time of worship, in-depth interaction and Bible study.

AmsterdamA second unique opportunity for this year’s team was to help in a renovation project in the Shelter City facility. Students served for the later part of the trip painting, cleaning and sprucing up the hostel for future guests. Run by Christian staff, the Hostel’s mission is to provide housing for travelers while exposing them to the hope of Christ. The staff is very intentional about coming alongside their guests to try and represent the light of Christ within the hostel community. Team leader and WJU graduate Allison Greene said the trip "was an amazing experience; to get to meet people from all over the world as well as serving both the guests and the staff of the hostels.” It was another successful trip and we look forward to continued partnership with The Shelter’s ministry. Thanks to all of you who supported our students and staff on this team!

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

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Warrior Golf Classic 2010

Alumni Update
Brett Neal & FamilyBrett Neal, BA Bible & Theology, 1985

Brett Neal began his college career in 1981 at San Jose Bible College and graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Theology. While attending SJBC, Brett married his high school sweetheart, Karen Willibrand, in 1982.

Following graduation, Brett and Karen returned to their home town of Lancaster, CA, where he began a ministry at Central Christian Church with children and youth. In 1989, he went back to college to finish his teaching credential, and in 1990 began his high school teaching career at his alma mater, Antelope Valley High School.

While Brett loved teaching high school students and considered the classroom a tremendous ministry field, he felt led to use his gifts in the area of administration. After six years of classroom teaching, Brett completed his Master of Arts degree in Education Administration. For the past 14 years, Brett has served students in the Antelope Valley as Principal and Director of School Improvement.

Brett and Karen have two children – their son, Chris, is currently a student at WJU, and Kelsey, their daughter, a senior in high school.

Brett and his family have been active in ministry at Central Christian Church in Lancaster. Brett plays the drums in the worship ministry, while Karen and Kelsey serve in worship and nursery ministries.

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William Jessup University Women's Volleyball Raises Money to Help End Human Trafficking

Justice is ServedOrangevale native Morgan Saunders recently brought her passion for a cause she believes in to the volleyball court where she and her team could make a difference. The William Jessup University junior is credited as the driving force behind the WJU’s women’s volleyball team and their recent benefit entitled, “Justice is Served.”

The fundraiser benefited the university’s Justice Coalition which consists of organizations that include Agape International, International Justice Mission and Invisible Children. All proceeds from the event went to provide support for these organizations that work to eradicate human trafficking, sexual slavery and forced labor.

The event was held on October 30 when Jessup’s women’s volleyball team hosted Mills College and defeated them 3-1. Statistics took on added importance because each “Kill”, “Dig” or “Ace” raised support from individual sponsors to help end these horrors. “This is just one way that we can come together using our God-given talents to put an end to tremendous evil,” said Morgan Saunders, Jessup’s right-side hitter and event organizer.

Horrifically, statistics report that as many as 10 million people are victims of human trafficking each year. “Our goal is to raise awareness and support for the organizations fighting to stop these heinous crimes. The night was centered on bringing hope to the many children who are trafficked and abused every day,” Saunders explained.

“When Morgan approached me to do this fundraiser, I knew we needed to be on board,” said Terry Stafford, Jessup’s women’s volleyball coach. “We are a university that is committed to developing the whole person, heart, mind and spirit. “We can make a difference, and welcome the opportunity to do so by serving our community in this capacity.” Saunders was featured on Fox 40’s morning news show as well as Eric Hogue’s radio show heard on 710 KFIA and NewsTalk 1530 KFBK’s news program.

Saunders produced a video on You Tube designed to promote awareness of the event and cause. To see the video and learn more about the volleyball team’s involvement with “Justice is Served,” please visit

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Intercollegiate Conference on Faith and Justice

The Public Policy Department in conjunction with the newly formed WJU Justice Coalition hosted a first of its kind Intercollegiate Conference on Faith and Justice on Saturday, November 21. This event was designed specifically to engage and equip students from high schools and colleges around the region on social justice issues and how faith and prayer can make an impact. Issue specific workshops on single parent families/at-risk youth, teen pregnancy/alternatives to abortion, human trafficking/sexual slavery, and regional conflicts/child soldiers were facilitated by featured presenters Bill Coibion of Shoulder to Shoulder, John Ficker of Teens for Life, Clayton Butler of Agape International Mission, and Andrew Tillman (Public Policy, Class of 2008) of the US Army who recently returned from deployment in Kosovo.

The program included student Q&A, prayer groups and a lunch forum with featured speakers Bill Leonard of the Board of Equalization and Eloise Anderson of Anderson Management Consulting who inspired students to pursue Christ-centered leadership in the public sector. Following the lunch forum, Public Policy senior, Gabrielle Jackson presented an exceptional senior research paper on the impact of a new conservative movement among the millennial generation. The program closed with a prayer vigil with conference participants and speakers.

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Attention SJBC/SJCC/WJU Alumni!


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Alumni Website - Have You Visited?-

New Alumni WebsiteWe are excited to have our Alumni website with an improved Alumni Directory! The 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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Tremendous Increase in Admission Applications

WJU Traditional Undergraduate Admissions, in partnership with the entire campus community, has seen a tremendous increase in applications over the past year. Thanks to our partners for your support in referring students to William Jessup University who are interested in a Christ-centered higher education!

Enrollment Chart

  • 262% ahead of last year
  • 145% ahead of this year’s goal
Looking forward to the work ahead…

"He pours out His strength to the ones who know that they cannot accomplish the goal but believe that He can do so through them." (Dr. Charles Stanley, In Touch Ministries Daily Devotional, October 28, 2009)

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Veterans Day Flag Ceremony

Veterans DayIn recognition of Veteran’s Day on November 11th, the Public Policy Department hosted a special Flag Ceremony honoring student veterans on our campus as well as the many veterans in our community.

This event brought together over 100 community members and students who watched as the US flag was raised on campus by student veteran Jeremy Glenn (Junior, Public Policy) and Trent Arrington (School of Professional Studies) while a trumpet solo of the Star Spangled Banner was played by Jonathan Gee (Sophomore, Pastoral Ministry).

The program was facilitated by Sosamma Samuel-Burnett, Chair of the Public Policy Department and wife of veteran Maj. Zack Samuel-Burnett. In addition to recognizing the commitment of our veterans, she offered a moment of silence for our fallen veterans as well as recognition of the 20 student veterans at WJU. Robert Laurie (veteran and Public Policy adjunct faculty) provided an overview of the significance of Veteran’s Day. Featured speakers Rocklin Mayor-elect, Scott Yuill, and Maj. Gen. Douglas Stone recognized the courage of our veterans and the on-going sacrifice of servicemen and women in our world today.

Opening and closing prayers were provided by veterans Tim Capron (Lt. Col, Army) and Hon. Larry Gaddis (2nd Lt., Air Force). The ceremony was covered live by FOX40 News and also covered by WaveCable and K-Love.

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Warrior Athletics Update

Women's VolleyballWilliam Jessup University athletic teams continue to make their mark in the California Pacific Conference. The 2009 fall sports teams competed at the top of the league and the men’s and women’s basketball teams will make a run at the conference championship this winter.

After winning six games in the last two years, the woman’s volleyball team exploded for 15 wins. They finished 15-8 overall and 9-3 in the CALPAC. Head Coach Terry Stafford was named the conference coach of the year. Senior Carissa Jacomini and sophomore Jennifer McNamara earned first team All-Conference honors. Junior Geanna Foster earned second team All-Conference honors, while senior Kelsey Buchanan and junior Rachelle Russell made honorable mention All-Conference. Senior Melissa White was named as a 2009 NAIA Scholar-Athlete.

Womens soccerThe women’s soccer team finished off another successful season. The Lady Warriors finished the year 9-5-2 overall and 7-2-1 in the CALPAC. Sophomore goalie Lindsey Cesena earned a spot on the NAIA All-American Team. She also was named co-player of the year in the CALPAC. Junior Angela Lira and sophomore Jacque Cassell earned first-team All-Conference. Freshman Taylor Rose Greasley and Elli Tremblay earned second team All-Conference, while freshman Chelsea Aberson received honorable mention honors.

Men's SoccerThe men’s soccer team made their statement in ending Holy Names University's 44-game CALPAC winning streak. The Warriors finished the year 8-8-1 overall and 7-4-1 in the conference. Seniors Alex Barclay, Curtis Griffin and Ricky Ward earned first team All-Conference honors. Senior Noel Bati and freshman Jeff Dunn earned second team All-Conference honors, while Pat Barclay, Tyler McKean, Mark Creamer and Jordan Nakasone received honorable mention honors. Griffin and senior Luke Morency were named as 2009 NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Cross CountryThe cross country teams continued their success this season. On the men's side, the Warriors were represented on the All-Conference team by senior Juan Aguirre, sophomore Chadd Baltzley and freshman Ben Burchett. Sophomore Kimberly Spencer was the lone representative on the women's side. The Warriors men's team finished in second place at the Cal Pac Conference Championship. Spencer finished in second place at the Cal Pac Championships. Baltzley, Burchett and Spencer wrapped up the season by competing in the NAIA National Championships in Vancouver, WA.

Men's BasketballThe men’s and women’s basketball teams are at the halfway point of their seasons. After playing a tough non-conference schedule, both teams are prepared to begin CALPAC play in January. The Men’s team (currently 7-10) was picked to finish second in the preseason poll, while the women’s team (5-13) was picked to finish fourth.

Warrior basketball is being played on campus at William Jessup University, so come join us for a game! The schedule can be found online, at the new athletics website: The website allows us to incorporate more pictures and features on our athletic programs.

Go Warriors!!!

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Warriors Participate in National Literacy Program

Mens BballThe William Jessup University Men's Basketball team temporarily traded in their high-tops for the morning and instead took the opportunity to read to local area elementary students in support of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Reading Program. The Warriors took part in NABC Reading Program when the 16 member team visited Coyote Ridge Elementary School in Roseville on January 13th.

As part of the annual national literacy program sponsored by the NABC, players and coaches from the NCAA, NAIA and junior college ranks visit selected elementary schools in their area to promote the importance of reading and education to elementary aged children.

"This proved to be a great occasion for our athletes and coaches to make an impact in our local community," said Jessup's head coach Aaron Muhic. "We had the opportunity to serve as role models and give back to the next generation. It was great to inspire and instill the value and importance of reading during the time we spent with these students."

The NABC Reading Program was founded to assist the literacy movement in America. The program hopes to motivate and encourage children to read for enjoyment as a lifelong practice.

The Warriors visited eight third grade classrooms while at Coyote Ridge. The agenda in the classrooms included player introductions as well as sharing their favorite book, activities as a child, and tips for students to improve their reading skills.

Players read aloud to students and also participated in a reading related activity selected by the teacher. All sessions included a question and answer period and provided students with a certificate of completion.

"I had such a great time with the students," stated Jessup freshman forward Greg Giron. "In the first class I had the opportunity to read a book about goal setting and then help the students set their new year's resolutions. The students were full of energy and very engaging."

Founded in 1927, the NABC currently claims approximately 5000 members from NCAA Divisions I, II, III, NAIA, junior college, and high school.

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WJU Students Take Advantage of Opportunities for Study Abroad

An exciting option available to WJU students is the opportunities of study abroad. There are two broad categories of such: those sponsored by WJU and those available to WJU students through our affiliation with the Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities.

This spring term there are two WJU sponsored education abroad excursions.

March 29-April 5, 2010:
"When in Rome," a 10-day excursion to Rome with professors Merilyn Copland, Rex Gurney, Sherry Forkum, Portia Hopkins and Rhonda Capron. The trip includes tours of greater Rome, Vatican City, Florence and Pompeii and students can choose course credit from a variety of offerings: the literature of the Italian Renaissance, Mythology, Renaissance history, the book of Romans, or the role of Italy within the European Union.

March 23-April 3, 2010:
“Tropical Ecosystems” includes a trip to Belize as part of a course that is a three unit lecture and one unit lab course (SCI 299). Students will join Professor Karen McReynolds in an exciting and unusual excursion studying the rainforest for five days and then the coral reefs for five days. This is truly a unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience. Professor McReynolds knows her stuff, and participants regularly praise the experience as well worth the time, money and effort.

For more information about these trips please call 916-577-2256 to speak with a faculty member or email

WJU’s affiliation with the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) affords its students many opportunities to enrich their coursework and deepen their educational experience through domestic and abroad academic study programs. is the portal for the off-campus study programs offered by the CCCU. There are several semester programs and one summer program designed to serve the academic interests of CCCU institutions.

These programs include:

  • American Studies (Washington D.C.)
  • Australia Studies Centre
  • China Studies Program
  • Contemporary Music Center (Martha’s Vineyard)
  • Latin American Studies Program
  • Los Angeles Film Studies Center
  • Middle East Studies Program
  • Oxford Summer Programme
  • Russian Studies Program
  • Scholars’ Semester in Oxford
  • Uganda Studies Program
  • Washington Journalism Center
We encourage students to make the world their classroom and broaden their horizons by studying with one of twelve incredible off-campus programs. For more information about the programs, contact Student Programs, Washington, D.C. Office at 877-946-9373 or

This year two of our students, Mia Sasaski and Amy Sept, traveled to England to study at Oxford University, the stomping grounds of C.S. Lewis and an institution commonly regarded as one of the five finest universities in the world. Mia kept a blog detailing her experience which you can check out on the web at

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • First Friday of every month - Inside Out music and worship
  • February 6 - Homecoming
  • February 11 - Spring Preview Day
  • February 15 - President's Holiday NO CLASSES
  • February 18 - The Future of the Financial Markets Lecture Series featuring Scott Hanson
  • February 25 - Night of Concertos
  • February 27 - 3rd Annual Mission Banquet
  • March 12 - WJU Friends & Neighbors Inspired Spring Conference
  • March 18 - Spring Music Concert
  • March 22-23 - Scholar Days
  • March 23 - Career Fair
  • March 29-April 2 - Spring Break NO CLASSES
  • April 8 - The Future of Business in California Lecture Series
  • April 16 - Transfer Day
  • April 23 - 12th Annual Warrior Golf Classic
  • April 29 - Wind Ensemble Concert
  • April 30 - Night of Classics & WJU Music Dept. Benefit Dinner
  • May 6- National Day of Prayer Breakfast
  • May 7 - Public Policy Day
  • May 13 - Finishing Strong Event for President Jessup
  • May 14 - Baccalaureate Ceremony
  • May 15 - Commencement Ceremony

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William Jessup University
Winter 2010 Broadcaster magazine

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