News Briefs March 11, 2011

March commemorates and pays tribute to the generations of women who have proved invaluable to society. Riverside is one of many cities in the United States taking part in celebrating these women by hosting “Gather the Women 2011.”The Gather event kicked off with a “Join Women on the Bridge” event on March 8, which spread news about the Gather the Women Conference on March 26. The “Gather the Women” is “A women’s conference celebrating 100 years of International Women’s Day. The inspiring, empowering day will be filled with workshops on subjects such as creativity, activism, movement and sustainability, and will feature a women’s marketplace,” according to the City of Riverside website. It will take place in downtown Riverside and admission is $35 regular ticket price and $25 for students and seniors. For more information visit

Members of California Baptist University’s journalism program attended the 2011 Associated Collegiate Press National College Journalism Convention in Hollywood. The convention presents college journalism students all over the country with the opportunity to speak to industry professionals and peers in their field. Students viewed a screening of Robert Redford’s upcoming film, “The Conspirator,” due out in April. They were then given the chance to be part of a press conference, interviewing Robert Redford after the showing of the film. “The Banner,” won third place in the four-year, non-weekly newspaper category.

Dirk Davis, Academic Dean of CBU Division of Online and Professional Studies in partnership with School of Education Dean, Mary Crist, announced the release of a new program starting this semester: The Autism Spectrum Disorders Added Authorization Certificate. The ASDAA certificate coursework may be taken for professional development units, or may be taken for degree applicable credit. The ASDAA classes equip students with the knowledge of the learning and behavioral characteristics of those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). It teaches special skills to educate individuals with ASD. The format is online/hybrid with classes offered in an eight-week format.