PLNU News

04
Mar

San Diego leaders received actionable economic analysis recommendation on how to move forward in an ever-changing economy at the 2011 Fermanian Business & Economic Institute's (FBEI) annual economic outlook forum, "Sustaining the Expansion." Dr. Lynn Reaser, FBEI's chief economist, presented her economic forecast for the national, state, and regional economy. 

In addition, George Chamberlin, executive editor of the San Diego Daily Transcript, chaired a panel discussion of industry leaders, including Cyrus Mirsaidi, CEO of Molecular Response; Mary Lewis, CFO of the City of San Diego; and Tom Wetherald, director of business development & strategic planning for General Dynamics NASSCO. They each gave an analysis of their organizations and industries, particularly relating to the San Diego economy.

 

According to the outlook, 2011 will be a year in which...

  • The U.S. economy gains momentum, with the private sector seizing the growth baton.
  • Job growth will be double the pace of 2010, although the drop in the unemployment rate will be slow.
  • High commodity prices will affect both consumers and businesses, but overall inflation will remain in check.
  • Interest rates will move higher and stocks will outperform bonds. 
  • California will parallel the nation with better economic performance in 2011. 
  • San Diego will see moderate, but broad-based, gains.

But we also believe that...

  • All levels of government—federal, state, and local—must address budget deficits in order to achieve a sustainable economic expansion.

 


 

To read an electronic version of the entire economic outlook publication, click here.

To learn more about FBEI events, click here.

 

PLNU
17
Feb

PLNU's annual Writer's Symposium by the Sea has brought quite a few eye and ear catching names to campus. This year is no different.

On Wednesday, Lynn Vincent, New York Times best-selling writer of books like Same Kind of Different as Me and Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue: An American Life, held an afternoon workshop on collaborative writing. In Wednesday's chapel, Mary Karr, author and memoirist of Lit: A Memoir and The Liars' Club, shared the story of her turbulent life.

On Thursday night, lyricist and musician Chris Hillman joined a conversation with Karl Martin and performed an acoustic concert. He has impacted, perhaps even defined, country rock by his work in The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers. Hillman also led a lyric writing workshop Thursday afternoon.

Friday, Rob Bell, founder of Mars Hill Church and a powerful voice in Christian spirituality, will have a conversation with Dean Nelson.

 

You can listen to more about the week's fascinating speakers featured on KPBS radio: 

Chris Hillman on KPBS

Mary Karr on KPBS

 

Learn more about the symposium: Click here.

PLNU
09
Feb

At PLNU, Dave Bruno is the manager of online marketing.  Online, he is somewhat of a sensation. And recently, his new book, The 100 Thing Challenge: How I Got Rid of Almost Everything, Remade My Life, and Regained My Soul, is garnering some major attention.

In 2007, Dave and his family did some summer cleaning. When he looked around his garage, he started to feel swamped with stuff - stuff he rarely or never used. So he began to minimize, all the way down to 100 things. He vowed to keep his personal belongings (not counting his family's belongings) at or below that number. He called his undertaking "The 100 Thing Challenge" and began writing about it on his blog, guynameddave.com. From the echoing responses, it seemed like a lot of people all around the world felt trapped by things.

His blog has launched numerous opportunities for Dave to share his story and open up an important conversation about why we feel we need things and what freedom can be found when we minimize them. He's been featured in Time magazine, on Oprah.com, the 700 Club, and in numerous other media outlets.

He and his readers are still taking up the greater challenge "to fight American-style consumerism."

Check out Dave's latest interviews in print and on TV:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jan/08/local-author-learns-to-live-with-100-things/

http://www.cbn.com/700club/guests/bios/Dave_Bruno_020111.aspx

 

photo by Marcus Emerson

PLNU
09
Feb

PLNU learned of an isolated incident in early February in which one of our students was victim of an alleged assault off-campus that involved an off-duty police officer and one other individual. We are committed to act with compassion toward the student who was involved and to respect her right to privacy and to allow for due process of anyone accused. With this in mind, PLNU has issued the following memo to students, faculty, staff, parents, and the board of trustees. We have also provided the following press release for local media. 

Press Release - February, 9 2011 (PDF Download)

Internal memorandum to students, faculty, staff, and parents - February, 9, 2011 (PDF Download)


 

Contact: 

Christine Spicer
PLNU
(619) 849-2925
PLNU
01
Feb

 

(San Diego, Calif. – February 1, 2011) – In March, students from Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) will officially begin spring break. Instead of heading for the beach, some students will be building sustainable buildings in Rosarito, Mexico.

Students, staff, faculty, university president Dr. Bob Brower, and a few members of PLNU’s cabinet will join Lazarian World Homes to construct a new sanctuary and parsonage at Rosario Nazarene Church out of Lazarian Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) polystyrene foam blocks. The polystyrene foam blocks, which can be filled with concrete after they are placed, provide effective, low-cost, eco-friendly structures.

Lazarian World Homes was born out of a partnership involving PLNU, Baylor University, and Armenian Relief and Development Agency. Lazarian World Homes builds environmentally conscious, affordable, and long-lasting shelters all over the world. 

 

Read more & register at:  www.pointloma.edu/springbreakbuild

For questions, contact Melissa Tucker:  mtucker@pointloma.edu.

 

PLNU, Spiritual Development
12
Jan

Dave Adey, associate professor in the Department of Art and Design, is always turning out art that is thought-provoking. With installations like "Flock," a uniform formation of ceramic lamb figurines sporting glowing pink neon halos, along with a uniquely diverse body of work, Adey has developed a solid presence in the California art scene. In May, Adey was selected to be one of 40 California artists featured in the 2010 California Biennial at the OCMA, where “Flock” is on display through March 13, 2011.

“I think art is better at asking questions than giving answers,” Adey said. “A great work of art can change our point of view and reveal complexity, often leaving a viewer with more questions than answers.” - Dave Adey

Art & Design, PLNU