News Briefs – Dec. 6, 2013

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Sigma Delta Pi

California Baptist University has been admitted to the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi.

The non-profit organization was founded by University of California, Berkley, in 1991, and CBU’s chapter, Omega Phi, is working to raise funds to promote language acquisitions for local primary schools.

Becoming a member of the honor society is difficult and membership requires certain criteria from applicants. Currently, six CBU students have been inducted into Omega Phi.

Meetings will be held monthly on Wednesdays at 5 p.m.

LAX shooter court appearance

Paul Ciancia made his first public appearance in court Wednesday.

He was charged with killing a Transportation Security Administration officer and wounding three others at Los Angeles International Airport Nov. 1. Ciancia confirmed that he understood the charges against him.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 18 unless he is indicted by a grand jury.

CBU president on NCAA Council

California Baptist University’s president, Dr. Ronald J. Ellis, has been selected to serve as a member of the NCAA Division II President’s Council.

The council is composed of 16 presidents or chancellors of Division II members from the association. Ellis will serve a term as the first PacWest president selected since the conference reformed during the 2006-07 competition season.

The term length is four years and will conclude after the 2018 NCAA Convention.

New Allied Health degree offered

California Baptist University’s College of Allied Health announced a new master’s of public health degree.

The degree is designed for health care practitioners, administrators, policy makers and others. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges gave the degree final approval this week.

The MPH degree starts September 2014, bringing the total number of programs in the college to 13.

The program will allow students an opportunity to serve the community.

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