Two new solar systems were dedicated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at PLNU. The new 620kW DC photovoltaic (PV) system and 54 kW solar thermal hot water system on PLNU’s campus will provide a combined savings of up to $1.6 million over the next 20 years. The projects build on PLNU’s first solar PV system developed by SPG Solar in 2008. PLNU continues to show their commitment to sustainability with one of the highest ratios of solar power to students in the U.S. 

SPG Solar - a leading national solar energy company - designed, engineered and constructed the 620kW system that spans two rooftops and five solar carports, using Kyocera KD 235-watt solar panels. Perpetual Energy Systems financed the system through a Power Purchase Agreement under which PLNU will purchase the electricity produced at a predetermined rate over 20 years.   

Concurrent to the PV system’s construction was the installation of a 54 kW solar water heating system by Adroit Solar, an integrator of solar thermal systems. The system will provide an estimated 940 gallons of hot water a day to the student dorms and save the university $5,000 annually on utility bills. The project was financed by the Student Green Fund, a $5 semester fee initiated by students to provide funding for sustainability efforts on campus.

The two projects, which include more than 2,600 Kyocera solar panels, are expected to produce over 917,000 kilowatt-hours annually and provide a savings of up to $1.6 million over the next two decades. 


What the partners are saying about these innovative solar projects:

“PLNU strives to be forward thinking and take a leadership role in sustainability efforts and environmental stewardship,” said Dr. Bob Brower, president of PLNU. “The stewardship of resources is one of our core values. It was through the strong partnership with Kyocera, SPG Solar, Perpetual Energy Systems, and Adroit Solar that we were able to expand our solar portfolio.”  

“SPG Solar values its great partnership with Point Loma Nazarene University, to date installing nearly 1 megawatt (MW) of solar power on the campus,” said SPG Solar CEO & President Chris Robine. “Through the dedicated support from the students, faculty and staff, PLNU is a leader and preparing for the future – securing predictable energy rates and enriching the educational experience for the students with this cross campus solar power system.”

“PLNU is one of the most innovative universities, filled with students and faculty who are driven by energy, water and resource conservation. We applaud their decision to install a solar thermal system, which further showcases their sustainability efforts and provides consistent financial savings for years to come,” said Jim Backman, President of Adroit Solar.

“Recognized for its leadership in the area of sustainability, PLNU has joined a growing number of environmentally conscience academic institutions whose investment in clean solar generated-electricity will benefit future generations,” said Steve Hill, president of Kyocera Solar, Inc.  

“PES is proud to count PLNU among the ranks of universities that clearly understand the benefits of hosting solar energy through power purchase agreements,” said Michael Streams, Senior Vice President of Perpetual Energy Systems.

PLNU, Sustainability

Point Loma Nazarene University’s Voices in Praise Gospel Choir, or VIP Gospel Choir, has recorded an album that is now available to purchase immediately. Entitled the VIP Project, this new lively album encompasses a beautiful array of well-known worship songs, including “How Great Is Our God,” “Jesus Is The Light”, and “More Like Him”. Recorded live at the Church of Rancho Bernardo, this album is one of hopefully many more albums to come from PLNU’s VIP Gospel Choir.

The album is available to buy both on iTunes and on the website “CD Baby” at If bought from CB Baby, the greater percentage of sales is given directly to the choir.


The San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) announced the results of a report completed by PLNU’s Fermanian Business & Economic Institute (FBEI) today. The report quantifies the economic impact on the San Diego area that would result from the proposed Navy Broadway Complex Redevelopment proposed for the downtown area.

SDMAC and Dr. Lynn Reaser of PLNU presented the report at a press conference on Friday, October 28, at 10:30 a.m., at the Broadway View Room on the Broadway Pier, San Diego. Ruben Barrales, President & CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, also participated in the program.

John Pettitt, president of SDMAC, said, “The proposed Navy Broadway Complex Redevelopment project represents a major development effort for San Diego. The project will have a positive impact of great significance to jobs, income, and the San Diego region’s total output of goods and services. It is estimated that as a result of the redevelopment 7,400 total new jobs will be created, and over $350 million in income and nearly $850 million to the region’s total output would be generated. This redevelopment project would provide a highly productive use of now largely vacant land and generate sizable tax revenues.”

 The economic impact report was completed by PLNU's chief economist, Dr. Lynn Reaser, and FBEI research assistant, Dieter Mauerman.

Fermanian Business & Economic Institute, PLNU

Jessie Beauchaine (98) served as the associate producer for the documentary "I Came to Testify," part of the PBS series "Women, War & Peace." She started by researching, trying to “determine whether or not there was a story in Bosnia.” It quickly became clear that the information she was gathering was not just interesting, but deeply impactful. 

"I Came to Testify," narrated by Matt Damon, tells the story of the story of how rape and sexual enslavement was used as a weapon of war in Bosnia. Ultimately, the film became the story of a handful of women who testified at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Netherlands. Because of their testimonies, wartime rape and sexual enslavement were deemed crimes against humanity for the first time in history. This established a standard for how sex crimes would be prosecuted in future conflicts.

“I talked to all sorts of people – NGO administrators working with women victims of war, prosecutors at the Yugoslav Tribunal in The Netherlands, journalists who'd covered the war in Bosnia and the break-up of Yugoslavia, and in particular, anyone who had worked with or reported on the use of mass rape during the war and the women who'd survived it,” said Beauchaine.

Beauchaine calls her journey to documentary filmmaking “circuitous.” She graduated from PLNU with a B.A. in history. She began researching documentary filmmaking graduate programs after graduation, but shied away out of fear of inexperience. She went on to obtain a master’s degree in Christian ethics from Fuller Theological Seminary. It was there that she developed an interest in social justice work, but took a job as a writing and critical thinking instructor at Soka University in Orange County, Calif, an experience she says “gave me time to reflect on where I wanted to go next.” After five years there, she was accepted into Columbia University’s School of Journalism. She graduated with a print journalism degree and after freelancing in a bottomed out economy, she took an internship with "Women, War & Peace."

“The series involved history, social justice, obviously journalism – everything I wanted in a career. So I threw myself into it and was ultimately promoted twice over the almost two years I was there,” said Beauchaine.

Her seemingly meandering journey has led her to a place that has combined all of her experience and passion into the perfect mix.

“Until recently, I looked at my history degree, seminary training, scads of internships, five years of teaching – as false starts,” said Beauchaine. “And now I marvel at the fact that I ended up more or less where I'd wanted to be in the first place, only now I'm better prepared to assume the responsibility of telling what I think are important stories, and it's exactly because of those other paths I've taken. For the first time in my life, I'm deeply grateful for the learning experiences that have come to me throughout my different attempts at finding myself and my purpose.”

Watch Episode 1: "I Came to Testify" on the PBS website

Alum, History & Political Science, PLNU

On Oct. 22, over 6,500 people attended Point Loma Nazarene University’s annual Fall Festival, a free event for the San Diego community. One of the highlights of the event has become the presentation of the Presidential Community Service Award, given to individuals who express the university’s value of community service.

This year’s recipient was Malin Burnham, chairman of John Burnham & Company Insurance and Burnham Real Estate.

In addition to his involvement with the Burnham Companies, Malin has been active as a board member of several major corporations. His present involvements include: board member of Sanford|Burnham Medical Research Institute, UCSD Foundation, Rady School of Management, SDSU Campanile Foundation and the USS Midway Museum, and co-chair of the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine. Malin served as Trustee of Stanford University from 1985 to 1995. He also co-established the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego.

Malin has been a world-recognized sailor for five decades and has helped San Diego achieve prominence in both local and professional sports. At age 17, he became the youngest skipper to win a World Championship in the International Star Class.  In 1987, he played a leading role in bringing the America’s Cup to San Diego.  

Malin has received many awards for his community and professional work, including the Junior Achievement/San Diego Business Hall of Fame, Philanthropist of the Year, Civic Entrepreneur of the Year, Mr. San Diego and the Gold Spike Award.




Also recognized was Vincent Mudd, owner, president and chief executive officer of San Diego Office Interiors. Mudd has been recognized in the San Diego community for his leadership in entrepreneurship and sustainability. Mudd and San Diego Office Interiors have won numerous local and national awards including Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Cool California Award from the California Air Resource Board, Man of the Year, and a number of awards for sustainable design, construction and indoor air quality.  

He has also served as Chair of the Citizen’s Fiscal Sustainability Task Force, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the American Red Cross, numerous investment and audit committees, and is the current chairman of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

Mudd has been appointed to executive positions for a variety of local and statewide boards and commissions including: State Compensation Insurance Fund, Workplace Alliance, San Diego County Water Authority, City of San Diego Charter Review Committee, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, and SDSU’s Campanile Foundation.  

Very active in the community, Mudd has also served as Chair of the Citizen’s Fiscal Sustainability Task Force, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the American Red Cross, numerous Investment and Audit Committees, and is the current Chairman of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the largest Chamber of Commerce in the State. 

Mudd is a licensed general contractor, and teaches a course on Sustainable Design and Construction at SDSU’s College of Extended Studies. 

Office of Community & Government Relations, PLNU

On Oct. 15, 180 volunteers from PLNU participated in a collaborative community project to restore the urban Swan Canyon in City Heights. 

Each year, the locally-based FaceLift committee selects a one-block radius in the City Heights area to receive a makeover during a one-day event held in June and in the fall. 

The group spent the day weeding, adding mulch, and cleaning to create a safe entrance into Swan Canyon so children can walk safely to school. The group loaded truckloads of large rocks and boulders to outline a trail and dug holes and installed a fence around the mouth of the canyon so trucks can no longer back up and dump their trash there. 

They also weeded and cleared a large median to be ready for native plants to be planted. 

Another group worked in the front yard of one house with a landscape artist who donated a design for a low-income family. The students weeded and dug to create a path through the rocky yard.

"It’s inspiring to work with the younger generation and see their commitment to making the world a better place!” said Project Clean Coordinator Linda Pennington. 

 PLNU joined FaceLift City Heights, San Diego CanyonLands, CRASH, Inc. (Community Resources and Self Help), and the Ocean Discovery Institute in cleaning and beautifying the canyon. 

“As always, PLNU rocks!" said Amanda Moss, FaceLift co-chair. "I truly hope they know how much their efforts are appreciated.”

"It was a great day of working alongside each other and helping our neighbors in City Heights," said Becky Modesto, PLNU director of community ministries. "This event has always built a lot of bridges in the community.  Everyone joins in and works together and in the end strangers have become friends and a neighborhood is united."




Community Ministries, PLNU