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2021
ANNUAL DONOR
IMPACT REPORT
Because of You, Jessup students are living in Christ, learning in community and leading in culture, to the glory of God.

CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT & EXPANSION

During the pandemic, our campus remained open for business serving 1,899 students on-campus and online ensuring that each student continues to receive a transformative Christ-centered education.

New Campus Updates and Additions

Turf Field Complex

The turf field complex is a game-changer for our university programs. Our campus will now have a green space that all students will be able to enjoy. Our soccer programs will be playing on an NFL-quality surface; making our facility one of the best in the NAIA. This partnership with the Blues FC connects us with our local sports community in a very special way. —Lance VonVogt, Jessup Athletics Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach

Ridgeline Landscape

The Ridgeline project creates a space that fosters community. This space enhances the university atmosphere for our students and a place to create new memories. For our campus as a whole, the Ridgeline project represents growth as the university continues to expand in order to accommodate a vast academic community. Thank you. —Christion Seymour, Student Body President

Cross Country Course

“It was important for us in athletics to lead our student-athletes and join our university in modeling positive action during the pandemic,” said Athletics Director Lance Von Vogt. “This cross country course was one of the first tangible examples of that mindset and action.”

Chapel Improvement Progress

The chapel is the most visited space on campus for students, faculty and the regional community. Thanks to the generosity of donors, we entered into the first renovation phase of the chapel warehouse for overall improvement. We are grateful for the impact it will have on our students and the 10,000 plus community members that use this space for performing arts & community events.

Finding the Bigger Picture

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“Jessup helped me refocus my life and think on a much deeper level”

John Kazel | Student Story

ACCESSIBLE, CHRIST-CENTERED EXCELLENCE

Affordability and accessibility made possible through Jessup Fund supporters
  • Ranked as the #2 Best Value by U.S. News & World Report
  • $16M given in Institutional & Donor Scholarships
  • The average Jessup traditional student receives $23,000 in grants and scholarships
  • 100% of eligible traditional students receive some type of Financial Aid.
Christ-centered programs fostering spiritual growth through generous Jessup Fund donors.
Gifts made to the Jessup Fund makes spiritual formation possible through your generosity.
  • 868 students enrolled in School of Theology Courses
  • 418 students participated in Spiritual Formation Groups
  • 86% of students say they know the gospel
  • 61% involved in ministry
  • 7% of students said, “I am a new Christian.”
Achieving academic excellence for future leaders through Jessup Fund support.
  • 79 Program offerings
  • New Endowment Fund for Aviation program
  • Food Pantry and Hungry Warrior program established
  • BSN program received full Feasibility Study approval; moving forward with Self Study. Secured direct MOU’s and placement agreements with Dignity Health, Kaiser correctional institutions.
  • Received a Mobile Health Clinic donation from John Muir Hospital. Working alongside the Placer County Public Health Department to facilitate services to the underserved.
  • 13 new programs launched in 2021 Including: • 3 new undergraduate certificate programs: Biblical Studies, Theology, Biblical and Theological Studies • 3 new graduate certificate programs: Executive Coaching, Leadership, Ministry • Project Management Certification Program launched
“I am so thankful to be here! God is using this university to fuel my fire for Him more and more. The Lord is using Jessup to reach the nations and I am so thankful for all the support.”
-Jessup Student Leader

$16M Institutional & Donor Scholarships

The Jessup Fund Academic Scholarship: $5.9M

The Jessup Fund Athletic Scholarship: $3.6M

The Jessup Fund Need Based & OTHER Scholarship: $4.5M

Church Partner Scholarship: $1M

Visual and Performing Arts Scholarships: $800K

Ministry Worker Scholarship: $250K

Donor Designated Scholarships: $200K

Staying on Track: From Jessup to the Marketplace

“The feeling of making history with like-minded women
is something I will never forget”

Joelle Hameister | Student Story

THE CLASS OF 2021

489 newly minted graduates commissioned to articulate the relevance and authority of Christ
through their vocational posts to the glory of God.

489 Graduates

26 Birth Countries Represented

279 Bachelor’s Degrees

210 Master’s Degrees

Average Traditional Bachelor’s Degree Age: 23

Average Master’s Degree Age: 34

30 Languages Spoken other than English

15 Home State Outside California

64% Immediately Employed Upon Graduation

What our 2021 graduates are saying about Jessup…

Graduates by Schools

How has your experience at Jessup changed you?

Jessup 2021 Graduate Quotes

Internship Turned Inspiration

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“My involvement allowed me to see all components of the campaign, especially behind the scenes.”

Clair Hackett | Student Story

JESSUP ATHLETICS

Your support actively develops student athletes who model Christ
on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community.

287 Student Athletes

16 Teams

GSAC Champions: Track and Field

15 Teams Achieved NAIA All-Academic Honors

3.3 - Student Athlete Accumulative GPA

16 GSAC Player of the Month and Week Recognitions

9 NAIA GSAC National Championship Appearances

VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS

Delivering immersive artistic experiences that cultivate
God-given talent for the glory of God.

Secret Garden & Night of Classics - Presented Live

1st Music Video Produced: My Feet Are on the Rock

Student Spotlight: Curious Theatre Works Launch

Delivering immersive experiences to enable students to grow God-given talents

294 VAPA Students

55 VAPA 2021 Graduates

First Film Production: BETHLEHEM, A Nativity Rock Opera

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Your support is shaping future generations
through our aspiring teachers.

Aspiring teachers in the classroom ready to make an impact

253 School of Education Students

100% Teacher Employment Rate

800 Active Credentialed Teachers

95 Future Teacher Graduates

Lorie McCann - M.A. Teaching ‘19

“My favorite thing about Jessup is that it is a God-led University with a faith-based program,” said McCann. The interpersonal relationships between fellow students and staff were immeasurable. The leadership inspired me to keep going and to know it was worth the struggles.”

McCann works for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Solano Men’s Prison in Vacaville, California teaching classes and curriculum geared toward adult male inmates with 4-7th grade academic knowledge.

Lorie McCann - M.A. Teaching ‘19

“My favorite thing about Jessup is that it is a God-led University with a faith-based program,” said McCann. The interpersonal relationships between fellow students and staff were immeasurable. The leadership inspired me to keep going and to know it was worth the struggles.”

McCann works for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Solano Men’s Prison in Vacaville, California teaching classes and curriculum geared toward adult male inmates with 4-7th grade academic knowledge.

Lorie McCann - M.A. Teaching ‘19

“My favorite thing about Jessup is that it is a God-led University with a faith-based program,” said McCann. The interpersonal relationships between fellow students and staff were immeasurable. The leadership inspired me to keep going and to know it was worth the struggles.”

McCann works for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Solano Men’s Prison in Vacaville, California teaching classes and curriculum geared toward adult male inmates with 4-7th grade academic knowledge.

NATURAL AND APPLIED SCIENCES

Your support makes it possible for the next generation to discover and reveal the glory of the Lord
through scientific research for the betterment of humanity and our world.

Building a distinctively Christ-centered science program

  • 258 Natural and Applied Sciences Students
  • Pre-Nursing Biology track for future BSN students.
  • BSN program received full Feasibility Study approval; moving forward with Self Study. Secured direct MOU’s and placement agreements with Dignity Health, Kaiser correctional institutions.
  • Received a Mobile Health Clinic donation from John Muir Hospital. Working alongside the Placer County Public Health Department to facilitate services to the underserved.
  • Coming: Nursing Simulation Labs - December 2021, certification programs for VA Hospitals in Northern California, Engineering program —December 2023

SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY AND LEADERSHIP

Your ministry of generosity develops transformational leaders that produce change and build lives
through authenticity, inspiration, empathy and innovation.
  • 1099 Enrolled in School of Theology Courses (SOTL)
  • 868 School of Theology Students (Minor Program)
  • 14 Bible/Theology Majors
  • 81 Leadership Majors
  • Awarded $302,156 grant from Kern Family Foundation to build accelerated Pastoral Degree Program - Casa Latina, Hispanic and Latino Center.
  • After 48 years in the classroom, Jim Crain transitioned to be part-time faculty/staff chaplain and liaison to Alumni.

“Being a part of the SOTL program has helped me grow spiritually because I have faculty and other leaders around me that challenge me and desire to see me grow. The faculty do not only invest in my education, but in my personal life as well. Overall this program has helped shape me into a stronger and more competent leader while helping grow my faith.”

—Benjamin Banducci, Christian Leadership

“Being a part of the SOTL program has helped me grow spiritually because I have faculty and other leaders around me that challenge me and desire to see me grow. The faculty do not only invest in my education, but in my personal life as well. Overall this program has helped shape me into a stronger and more competent leader while helping grow my faith.”

—Benjamin Banducci, Christian Leadership

“Being a part of the SOTL program has helped me grow spiritually because I have faculty and other leaders around me that challenge me and desire to see me grow. The faculty do not only invest in my education, but in my personal life as well. Overall this program has helped shape me into a stronger and more competent leader while helping grow my faith.”

—Benjamin Banducci, Christian Leadership
Preparing for the Future Together:

Since March of 2020, our lives have been flipped upside down. Even today our lives have yet to be flipped right side up. The unpredictable state of our culture is in turmoil in so many spheres of society. 

Through it all, the Lord has and will continue to see us through. He told us that He will never forsake us and not to give up, because He has overcome the world. 

While the volatility of the world continues to threaten our normalcy, we press forward with strength for today and a bright hope for tomorrow because He is sovereign. Your generosity is a symbol of God’s grace on our mission during these challenging times. Thank you for continuing to pray and give when it has been difficult to do so. Because of your love for us, we have seen the Lord provide in miraculous ways that has ensured transformation in the lives of our students. 

Today, we still face challenges, but we do so with a Kingdom perspective. As the Church, we continue to fix our gaze upon Jesus, the King, who is the victor, our strength, our hope and in whom we are anchored to…regardless of the circumstances we face.

We know the world is in desperate need of those who know Christ, love Christ and share Christ with all those they come in contact with. Thank you for investing in the next generation of transformational leaders to the glory of God.

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John Kazel
Featured Alumni

Photo by Rob Ryan at Jessup

Finding the Bigger Picture

Throughout his impressive career in the field of medical imaging, John Kazel can’t ignore the fact that doors continuously opened for him. As Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s Operations Director of Diagnostic Imaging and Interventional Radiology, Kazel began his career in the medical industry as a patient transporter in the radiology department. The environment sparked Kazel’s desire to learn more about the field, resulting in him applying to a highly competitive radiologic technology program. He was selected as their third alternate, later leading to his acceptance and eventual completion after much hard work and academic rigor. Doors opened once again and eventually he landed a coveted graveyard shift doing what he loved.

As a gifted communicator and “big” picture kind of guy, Kazel gained more leadership and professional experience and quickly moved up the ranks. “I’ll be the first to say that I was fortunate to be at the director level without a graduate degree let alone an undergraduate degree,” Kazel said. “As a director, completing my degrees was something I knew I needed to do to further my career.”

Kazel applied to a variety of online programs but had trouble finding one that would stick. His relational nature and learning style were better suited to an in-person learning environment. As a Rocklin resident, Kazel drove by the Jessup campus frequently but didn’t think about exploring what the growing university had to offer until he started to gather information online and ask around. “Most of the people I asked about Jessup had great things to say, so I decided to check it out,” Kazel said.

Kazel enrolled in Jessup’s Adult Degree Completion program, an accelerated cohort-based program allowing students to attend courses one night a week. Within 18 months, he earned his bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership. “Once I got started in the program, I knew I would be in it for the long haul not just earning my bachelor of arts but my master’s degree as well,” he said. 

By the time commencement for his undergraduate degree came around, Kazel was already enrolled in Jessup’s master’s in leadership program with a concentration in sports management. “I’ve always had a love for sports and strive to apply many of the same qualities sports often display: strategy, good communication, efficiency, teamwork and perseverance. In so many ways, healthcare is a team sport that works to develop people, so Jessup’s program appealed to me,” Kazel said.

Attending Jessup also strengthened Kazel’s spiritual side. Raised in a Jewish family, Kazel became a Catholic later in life and found he had a lot of questions about his faith. At Jessup, he had professors who provided a safe space for him to learn as they supported his purpose and drive to grow his faith. “Jessup helped me refocus my life and think on a much deeper level,” Kazel said. “It’s not just me driving my life, it’s a partnership with God.”

 One specific tactic Kazel learned while in the undergraduate Adult Degree Completion program is the process of Lectio Divina, a prayerful way of becoming personally immersed in scripture. “This process helps me to be more in the moment and realize that whatever challenge I face, it is not solely up to me to solve. It helps to bring some levity to the way I think, bring in information and process it. As a leader, you need to think bigger than yourself and faith-based learning at Jessup has helped me to see there is a bigger picture.”

Joelle Hameister
Featured Alumna

Photo by Miranda Gatto on Google

Staying on Track: From Jessup to the Marketplace

For recent graduate Joelle Hameister, winning the GSAC title for women’s track and field was the icing on the cake during her senior year. As a heptathlon participant, she represented the Warriors in seven events: 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-meter dash, long jump, javelin, and the 800-meter run. During the championships, she took third in the event as she set a new personal record of 3,128 points. Hameister also set personal records in the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, and javelin. Not a bad way to end her collegiate athletic experience!

“At the GSAC Conference this year, we were no longer a group of individuals but a team of women who knew that every event mattered,” said Hameister. “The feeling of making history with like-minded women is something I will never forget. The fact that every single woman on our team scored points is very rare and made the championship even more special.”

Hameister received her bachelor’s degree in business with a marketing concentration and is employed at LYSI, a consulting firm specializing in logistics and system integration. She received a job offer as a direct result of an internship she had last fall semester while working remotely due to COVID-19. 

“Something distinctive about Jessup is that students are required to do an internship,” Hameister said. “I have so many friends who graduated and don’t have any work experience to put on their résumé. In my case, my internship was key in helping me land my job.”

Working at LYSI, Hameister assists with all sides of the business including human resources, business development and various project management assignments. She continues to gain experience in system integrations and how small businesses operate.

While at Jessup, one of the classes Hameister took was a marketing research course that required students to market a specific product. She chose Eagles Nest Outfitters hammocks because hammocking is one of her favorite hobbies, along with her love of rock climbing in her spare time. As a way to create excitement about her product, she set up a hammock on campus to get students’ attention. The strategy created the perfect opportunity to ask students to fill out a survey she created and later analyzed the data to reveal recommendations about the best way to market and increase product sales. 

Now that Hameister has graduated, she will put her track and field participation behind her but anticipates pursuing her new love of rock climbing, particularly in the Auburn, California area. 

I started rock climbing the summer before coming to Jessup so I have been climbing for about four years now,” she said. “It’s a great way to get out in nature and it’s a huge community sport where everyone wants to help one another become a better climber.”

Clair Hackett
Student Story

Photo by Rob Ryan at Jessup

Internship Turned Inspiration

Jessup is a campus laden with opportunity for students. Digital Design and Communication student Clair Hackett recently had the opportunity to put her communication skills to work when she served as an intern for Jessup’s unique online day of giving, Give:24.

Partnering with fellow student Alyssa Madsen, Hackett shared the responsibility of gathering momentum for the first student-led campaign in which the duo oversaw social media content for various departments throughout campus. In support of the groundbreaking effort, Hackett was responsible for her department’s social media and content for Jessup athletics. She also was a familiar face on March 24 as she provided live video feeds keeping Give:24 supporters up-to-date with the impact their giving makes and the status of various projects.

“What surprised me the most was how much collaboration is involved in executing a campaign of this magnitude,” Hackett said. “My involvement allowed me to see all components of the campaign, especially behind the scenes. From developing themes to creating messages that would directly impact our audience, the experience was eye-opening and really helped me understand how important each of the elements involved in running a campaign are.”

She was also able to get a better understanding of the variety of career fields available in her major. “I never really thought about furthering my career in fundraising and advancement until I had this opportunity,” Hackett said. I’ve always wanted to find the best way I could engage people. This internship helped me to learn that fundraising is a powerful way to achieve that goal.” 

When the 2021-22 academic year begins, Hackett will have an opportunity to gain more experience as she steps in to assist Jessup’s advancement department serving as a digital communication intern to support the 2022 Give:24 campaign. In this role, she hopes to grow in her communication, writing and interpersonal skills.

Spencer Gayden
Featured Alumni

Photo by Jorge Gordo on Unsplash

The Show Goes On

Jessup student Spencer Gayden officially became a Company Member of Placer Repertory Theater last June. When he isn’t performing in Placer Repertory productions, he will be the Digital and Social Media Director responsible for shooting and editing digital projects, as well as maintaining the theatre company’s presence on social media platforms.

With just six units left to complete his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre, Gayden secured his job shortly after his audition for the Placer Repertory Theater last April. His audition coupled with his cover letter, video and headshot helped to seal the deal. “The moment I read Spencer’s very professional and thoughtful cover letter, and watched the digital recording of his monologue, I knew we’d work together on some production in the future,” said Placer Repertory Theater’s Producing Artistic Director, Teresa Stirling Forsyth.

Gayden landed the role and was cast in Placer Repertory Theater’s production called New Beginnings, held on Jessup’s Rocklin campus in the Lecture Hall this summer. He credits his education and theatre experience with helping him obtain the new position. “Working with professional guest actors in Jessup’s productions was a great learning opportunity to work with those who are at the top of their career,” Gayden said. “Jessup’s theatre professors actively research and know (not only as academics but as professionals) what casting directors and other industry professionals are looking for.”

During the fall of 2020, Gayden fell on tough times resulting in the inability to make his tuition payments. “If I hadn’t been helped by our donors, it is very likely I may not have been able to continue my Jessup education,” he said. Fortunately, Gayden reached out to one of his professors who provided support and encouragement during a difficult time. His business professor helped him secure scholarships and other means of support from generous Jessup donors who continue to make a difference in the lives of our students every day. For that, Gayden remains incredibly grateful as he continues his journey, anxious to see where God will lead him.

Maryn Weightman
Featured Alumna

Photo by Unkonwn at Jessup

More Than a Major

Math is the foundation of logic and science, yet many students shy away from the math major. While many students enjoy math, some fear it may become too difficult and others don’t know how a math major translates into a successful career.

Growing up in a small agricultural town in Northern California, Jessup alumna Maryn Weightman (‘19) always loved math and knew she wanted to be a math major. Leaving her hometown was a huge step out of her comfort zone but Jessup’s supportive atmosphere was why she ultimately chose the university for her undergraduate math degree. “The math program was full of professors who invested in their students’ success in and out of the classroom. They were not just my professors, they were mentors and friends,” said Maryn.

This support continued throughout her time at Jessup. “There were several times in which life became complicated for me, as a military wife to an active-duty United States Marine,” said Maryn. “My professors were not only flexible with helping me come up with different ways to complete my degree, but they were also a constant force of encouragement and support. Being a part of the Jessup math family was the best thing I took away from Jessup.”

Today, Maryn makes it her mission to help other students see that struggling with math is not a reflection of their success. “As I help more individuals in math education, I realize it is a stumbling block for many,” said Maryn. While not every student wants to be a math major, she encourages them to take a math class at Jessup and reach out to professors when they need extra help. “Professors will make it a personal mission to help you,” said Maryn.

She also points out the importance of math majors in the workforce. “Math majors provide businesses and organizations with alternative perspectives to their decision-making processes. Their experiences in critical thinking, foundations of logic, and math literacy make them important analytical members of any team.”

Maryn is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Data Science and will graduate in August 2021. She is fielding offers from several government agencies and consulting firms for data analyst positions.

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