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Waves Gone By
MBA 60 Year Anniversary

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Chapter Reunions

January 2010

23 All Alumni and Former Staff

Modesto (CVCA)

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February 2010

12 Young Alumni

13 All Alumni and Former Staff

Walla Walla University

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28 All Alumni and Former Staff

La Sierra University

Loma Linda University

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April 2010

22-25 60th Alumni Weekend

Monterey Bay Academy

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May 2010

27 Class of 2010 Senior Reception

Monterey Bay Academy

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28-30 Graduation Exercises

Monterey Bay Academy

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July 2010

15-24 Soquel Campmeeting

Soquel Campgrounds

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More chapter reunions


Who's Considered an Alum?
If you've attended, worked, or taught at MBA we consider you alumni.



Alumni Weekend

April 22-25, 2010

60th Anniversary

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2010 Alumni Weekend Events

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From the Editor

Outlook for 2010

Happy Birthday
Happy New Year!

It’s a new year which makes me wonder how many of you made New Year’s resolutions. Anyone? Fact is, probably lots of us made them. There’s also just as many jokes out there about breaking them as making them. Here are my thoughts about a new year…

I love the optimism that comes with a new year—new beginnings, the hope of new opportunities. Don’t you like being around people who are optimists rather than pessimists? The bright side instead of the wet blanket? Here are a few optimist descriptions:

  • An optimist is a person who starts a crossword puzzle with a pen.
  • The pessimist may be right in the long run, but the optimist has a better time during the trip.
  • The optimist pleasantly ponders how high his kite will fly; the pessimist woefully wonders how soon his kite will fall.

Breaking News: Researchers have determined that it is impossible to develop eyestrain from looking on the bright side of things.

And here is my favorite… Remember the tea kettle. Though up to its neck in hot water, it continues to sing.

My final thought: Wouldn’t it be great to carry that hope for the future into February, March, April, May, June and so on? It’s all up to us individually. According to Helen Keller, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.” Personally, if Helen Keller could be an optimist, with all the rightful reasons she had to be pessimistic about life, why would I choose any other outlook.

Oops! Gotta run—I hear the tea kettle singing! Happy New Year everyone!! Have a great 2010!

Happy to be Serving You,

Where Land and Sea Unite to Inspire  (Quote of the Month)

“Become a ‘possibilitarian.’ No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities—always see them, for they are always there.” — Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993), Clergyman and Writer, Even More…the Best of Bits & Pieces

MBA Trivia Contest

Question for January 2010
What school year were jeans approved for school attire?

January Trivia

Answer to December Trivia Question

Q: When was the elite band named “Westwinds” and who was the band director at that time?
A: The name was given during the 1972-73 school year. Westwinds was under the direction of Mr. Archie Devitt at the time.

Winner: Bob and Betty Baerg, former faculty, are our December winners. Their names will be entered into the annual trivia question drawing.

Contest Details

What Goes Around, Comes Around

Winston Churchill
Ignacy Paderewski

Many years ago, two boys were working their way through Stanford University. Their funds got desperately low, and the idea came to them to engage Ignacy Paderewski for a piano recital. They would use the funds to help pay their board and tuition.

The great pianist’s manager asked for a guarantee of $2,000. The guarantee was a lot of money in those days, but the boys agreed and proceeded to promote the concert. They worked hard, only to find that they had grossed only $1,600.

After the concert, the two boys told the great artist the bad news. They gave him the entire $1,600, along with a promissory note for $400, explaining that they would earn the amount at the earliest possible moment and send the money to him. It looked like the end of their college careers.

“No, boys,” replied Paderewski, “that won’t do.” Then, tearing the note in two, he returned the money to them as well. “Now,” he told them, “take out of this $1,600 all of your expenses, and keep for each of you 10 percent of the balance for your work. Let me have the rest.”

The years rolled by – World War I came and went. Paderewski, now premier of Poland, was striving to feed thousands of starving people in his native land. The only person in the world who could help him was Herbert Hoover, who was in charge of the U.S. Food and Relief Bureau. Hoover responded and soon thousands of tons of food were sent to Poland.

After the starving people were fed, Paderewski journeyed to Paris to thank Hoover for the relief sent him.

“That’s all right, Mr. Paderewski,” was Hoover’s reply. “Besides, you don’t remember it, but you helped me once when I was a student at college, and I was in trouble.”

The Best of Bits and Pieces, The Economics Press. Inc.

Humor: a keen perception of the ludicrous


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Church Bulletin Bloopers

For those of you with children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

The Pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.

Weight Watchers will meet at 7pm at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use the large double door at the side entrance.

Humor for the Aging

The nice thing about being senile is you can hide your own Easter eggs.

Know how to prevent sagging? Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.

My memory’s not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory’s not as sharp as it used to be.

News Notes

  • Erik Wolfe
    Erik L. Wolfe, DDS, Class of 1980, of Porterville, CA, was taken ill in November ’09 with a MRSA staff infection, which affected his upper spinal cord. Erik has become permanently disabled with quadriplegia. This happened in a one-day time period, taking he and his family by total surprise. Erik’s daughter, Kaitlyn, is a sophomore at MBA.

    In January, Erik hopes to go to Craig Hospital in Denver, CO for rehabilitation. His insurance will NOT cover the cost of the ICU medical flight to Colorado. Anyone interested in helping Erik, can make a tax-deductible donation to:
       NTAF Southwest Spinal Cord Injury Fund
    Erik and Kaitlyn
       150 N. Radnor Chester Rd., Suite F-120
       Radnor, PA 19087
       Note: In Honor of Erik Wolfe, DDS

    or call 1-800-642-8399 for credit card donations. Please be sure and mention that this is for Erik Wolfe.

    You may follow Erik’s recovery at A guestbook is available there where friends and fellow alums can write their words of encouragement and hope for Erik to read. This year marks Erik’s 30th class reunion in April. MBA extends its thoughts and prayers for our dear alumnus. We promise to take care of his daughter, Kaitlyn, while he is away. God be with you all.
  • Nelson and Speyer
    Holiday Marriage! Arladell Nelson and Fred Speyer on their wedding day December 27, 2009
  • Calling All Oceanaires! Here are the first songs that Ms. Nelson-Speyer has selected for the Oceanaires Reunion Concert on April 24, 2010.
    • Soon-ah Will Be Done
    • Ride the Chariot
    • O When Shall I See Jesus
    • Children of the Heavenly Father
    • I Will Give You Thanks, Oh Lord (...I will tell of all your wonderful deeds...With my whole heart, with my whole heart I will sing and rejoice in your name.)
    There’s more to come so stay tuned!

    Mrs. Arladell Nelson-Speyer
    Do you have any old Oceanaires photos? Or maybe you can recall some memorable or humorous moments in class or on tour? Do you have any suggestions for the Alumni Weekend Reunion Concert repertoire? If so, contact the Alumni Office with your information, or questions regarding the concert.

    It's a “don’t miss” event, April 24, 2010. The Oceanaires Reunion Concert will be conducted by Mrs. Arladell Nelson-Speyer, former MBA choir director from 1968–1998. We look forward to Mrs. Nelson-Speyer and all our former Oceanaires returning to our campus for this concert.
  • Modesto Area Reunion Sabbath, January 23, 2010 All MBA Alumni and Former Staff. Come out and reminisce with us at the CVCA Tonge Auditorium. Potluck Luncheon (table service and drink provided) — 2020 Academy Pl, Ceres, CA — 12:30p Hosted by Alumni Director Charlotte Henderson.
  • Dr. Richard Hart
    Dr. Richard Hart, CEO, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center (hospitals and university), will be our guest speaker at the 11 o’clock hour on April 24, 2010 during the 60th Anniversary Alumni Weekend. Dr. Hart is the parent of three MBA graduates. Click photo for bio.
  • April 22-25, 2010 60th Anniversary Alumni Weekend Make plans now to attend.
  • Honor classes for 2010 – Class agents need to contact the alumni office so we can begin working with you in contacting your classmates, arranging parties, etc. If you are the one who makes it happen, give us a call today!

    Honor Classes for 2010 — 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005
  • Pastor José Rojas
    Pastor José Rojas, MBA 1978, Director of Volunteer Ministries, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, will be the Baccalaureate Speaker for the May 29, 2010 graduation. Click photo for bio.


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