The San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) commissioned PLNU's Fermanian Business and Economic Institute to create their 2012 San Diego Military Economic Impact Study. PLNU Chief Economist Dr. Lynn Reaser was the primary author of the report. 

The report highlights the vital role the military plays in San Diego -- the defense industry will contribute more than $20 billion to San Diego's economy in 2012 and provide more than 300,000 jobs. Through avenues such as employment, retiree and veteran benefits, contracts, grants, purchasing, and tourism, the military plays an important role in keeping San Diego's economy healthy.

Reaser reported that military spending in San Diego is likely to "hold steady" in 2013. Though the specter of sequestration raises some concerns, she said that San Diego enjoys some safeguards such as existing contracts. 

The report is being distributed to both civilian and military leaders of the Navy and Marine Corps and to elected officials in San Diego and Washington D.C.

Copies of the full report can be obtained through SDMAC at


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June 18 through July 13, PLNU is hosting Hume SD, a Christian summer camp for high school and junior high students. The original Hume Lake Christian summer camp is in Ponderosa Pines, northern Calif., and has now expanded to new sites in San Diego and New England. This year’s speakers include Chris Simning, Chuck Bomar, and Mike Smith.

Recreational activities offered to the campers include a climbing wall, air soft, basketball and volleyball, the rec room, beach access and transportation, surfboard rentals and surfing lessons, kayaking, and more. Students gather for chapel and small group discussions two times a day and enjoy free time the rest of the day. During free time, campers can put what they’re learning at camp into practice through outreach opportunities. Campers can partner with different ministries to reach out to the homeless in San Diego and even with Vacation Bible School in Mexico.

This summer’s theme is “The Phantastical Journey of the Wandering Lites.” The messages will reflect the Israelites’ story “as they literally followed the visible presence of God out of Egypt, yet still rejected, replaced, and simply forgot His provision and guidance.” The speakers will emphasize God’s sufficiency even in our “wavering faith.” 

For more information on speakers, outreach opportunities, and theme promos, visit



SAN DIEGO – PLNU catcher Ricky Gingras was taken by the Houston Astros in the 18th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday, the 549th overall pick. 

Gingras hit a team-best .357 for the Sea Lions in 2012, collecting 56 hits in 157 at-bats.  The 6’2” slugger also belted six doubles with seven homeruns and 36 RBI. He earned All-Golden State Athletic Conference honors at season's end.

“I had no idea what round I’d be taken in,” said Gingras who got the call from the Astros shortly after his selection. “It’s been a dream of mine to play baseball professionally since I was a little kid. I’m excited to get that chance.”

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PLNU professor of music and department chair Dr. Paul Kenyon was recently honored as the University Music Educator of the Year by the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Southern Border Section in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education.

The CMEA and County honored city and county music educators and site administrators for their exceptional work on April 30 at an event called "Fortissimo: Awards of Excellence in Music Education."

Ron Jessee (78), visual and performing arts coordinator and California Region 9 arts lead for the San Diego County Office of Education presented Kenyon his award.

“During his tenure as music department chair at Point Loma Nazarene University, Paul Kenyon has been an avid advocate of the California Music Educators Association,” said Jessee. “Through his leadership, PLNU has been a partner in supporting the production of the CMEA annual conference, yearly honor choir, band and orchestra events, and other academic arts gatherings that are related to the work of CMEA. Paul is a member of the San Diego Arts Network, a consortium of administrators who work together to build capacity in all the arts and to help schools maintain programs in good and bad times. He is in his last year as the music department chair, and CMEA believes he is uniquely deserving of this recognition.”

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In April, PLNU was announced in San Diego Metro Magazine as one of “San Diego’s Most Trusted Brands.” This award represents local businesses and organizations that have earned the respect of their customers because of their dedication to “high standards of professionalism, integrity and accountability.” 

PLNU prepares students not only for the local workforce, but also for global impact. PLNU students are equipped with intellectual and spiritual strength, as they get involved with local ministries and overseas missions – and this makes all the difference.

“The credit for this award really goes to everyone in the PLNU community. The PLNU brand is created by all of the interactions people have with our faculty, staff, students, and alumni,” said Michele Corbett, PLNU director of marketing and creative services.

Marketing & Creative Services, PLNU

Point Loma Nazarene University has been named one of the City of San Diego's "Recyclers of the Year." The winners of the 20th Annual Waste Reduction and Recycling Awards were honored April 12 at the San Diego Zoo. 

The awards are given to recognize businesses and nonprofit organizations that help reduce waste, especially waste that would have otherwise ended up at the Miramar Landfill.

PLNU was honored alongside other environmentally savvy organizations such as the New Children's Museum, Sea World, the San Diego Zoo Global, Qualcomm, Albertson's, and the San Diego Padres.

Among PLNU's many green efforts are a solar panel system providing nearly a megawatt of photovoltaic solar power; solar powered hot water heating in the residence halls; wide scale recycling; food waste composting; water-saving efforts such as dual-flush toilets, waterless urinals, water-saving shower switches, filtered water "hydration stations" on campus where students can fill up reusable water bottles; and educational and awareness building efforts such as a minor in sustainability and an annual "Creation Care Week."

"We are honored to be one of San Diego's Recyclers of the Year," said campus sustainability coordinator Alexandria Bennett. "Caring for God's creation is one of the university's core values, and we are committed to continually striving to be wise stewards of the earth and its resources."

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