PLNU News

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

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04
Oct

 

(San Diego, Calif. – Oct. 5, 2010) – On Sept. 27, Point Loma Nazarene University School of Education’s Master of Arts in special education had its substantive change review, the last step in the accreditation process, with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The master’s program was given interim approval, now being able to move forward with advertising and marketing the program. The degree was previously a master’s in education with a concentration in special education.

The School of Education’s school counseling program also fulfilled its program assessment standards and is awaiting final approval for accreditation upon the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) site visit scheduled for spring 2012.

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Point Loma Nazarene University is a selective liberal arts university located in San Diego, California, and sits on a 90-acre campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In addition to more than 50 undergraduate areas of study, PLNU offers graduate program regional centers in Bakersfield, Arcadia, Mission Valley (San Diego) and the Inland Empire. Founded in 1902, PLNU serves more than 3,500 students.

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03
Oct

 

(San Diego, Calif. – Oct. 4, 2010) – PLNU alumnus Destin Daniel Cretton was one of ten writers who were selected as finalists for the 25th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was selected based on his script, “Short Term 12.”

The finalists were chosen out of 6,304 submitted scripts. All the scripts will be read and judged by the Academy’s Nicholl Committee, which awards up to five esteemed $30,000 fellowships. The committee is made up of film producers, writers, actors, cinematographers, executives, agents, and producers.

Previous fellowship awardees include Mike Rich, writer of the upcoming movie “Secretariat;” Susannah Grant, Oscar-winning writer of “Erin Brockovich;” and Andrew W. Marlowe, who created and executive produces ABC’s “Castle;” along with Terri Miller, who is a writer-producer for “Castle.”

According to the academy’s website, “Fellowships are awarded with the understanding that the recipients will each complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year.”

 

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29
Sep

PLNU improved on last year’s highest ever ranking in the annual “America’s Best Colleges” edition of U.S. News and World Report, by jumping up six spots to rank No. 16 in the Regional Universities (West) category. 

PLNU has continued to climb the list of “America’s Best Colleges,” making one of the biggest leaps in the past few years. A broader awareness of PLNU’s academic excellence and quality education is quickly developing. 

The criteria for the ranking are peer assessment, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, and alumni giving.

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14
Jul

 

(San Diego, Calif. – June 29, 2010) – On June 6, more than a hundred students, alumni, faculty and staff returned from trips around the globe through LoveWorks at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU).

LoveWorks Short Term Mission Program, under the Office of Spiritual Development at PLNU, has sent more than 2,000 people to more than 60 world areas to serve churches and communities since its creation. 

This summer, the men’s soccer coach at PLNU, Tim Hall, led his team to the cities of Campinas and Americana in Brazil on a trip coordinated with Lazarian World Homes, a nonprofit organization committed to providing affordable, eco-friendly housing for developing areas. The trip was a memorial for Hall’s father, the late Rev. Maurice Hall. 

The team worked nonstop, practically 24/7: “We’ll sleep when we get back to the states,” Hall said. This work ethic helped local Nazarene churches care for their retired clergy with affordable housing.

Other teams held Vacation Bible School for Maetang Tribal Children’s Home in Thailand; constructed the first public restrooms in two Peruvian villages; worked at Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Washim, India; taught English at the Ashrafiya Nazarene School in Jordan; cleaned volcanic debris in Guatemala; worked with children’s ministries in conjunction with Mission Church of the Nazarene in San Salvador, El Salvador; planted a church in Lumbumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo; and raised awareness about HIV/AIDS for churches in Tanzania.

Two more mission trips to Jerusalem, Israel and Campinas and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are scheduled for late July through early August.

By the end of the summer, 153 people will have participated in LoveWorks programs.

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08
Jun

June 9 – Two Sea Lions, pitchers Chad Blauer and Steven Winnick, were selected in the 2010 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Blauer, a right-handed starter, was picked on Tuesday in the 30th round by the Kansas City Royals, the 899th player taken. Winnick went on Wednesday, just one round later - the 31st - to the New York Mets. Also a right-handed pitcher, Winnick was the pick number 931.

Blauer went 13-2 for the Sea Lions in 2010 to go with a 3.57 ERA and 103 strikeouts. The 6-3, 215 pound pitcher from Huntington Beach, Calif. held opposing hitters to a .235 batting average and threw five complete games. But what probably opens scouts' eyes was how he stepped up in the post season for PLNU.

Blauer helped No. 17-ranked PLNU finish tied for third at the NAIA World Series by throwing three complete games in the postseason. In the NAIA opening round championship game, he fanned 16 batters against No. 7-ranked British Columbia. He then and struck out 11 batters in both of his World Series triumphs versus No. 14 Belhaven (Miss.) and No. 6 Oklahoma City.

In two seasons at Point Loma, Blauer, who transferred from San Diego Mesa College, put together a 19-7 record and notched 158 strikeouts.

Moved from the bullpen to a starting role in 2010, Winnick responded by going 10-3 in 16 starts for PLNU.  The 6-2, 195 pound San Diegan registered a 2.92 ERA and 58 strikeouts, toeing the rubber for 101. 2 innings. He won two postseason contests; defeating Fresno Pacific in a NAIA Opening Round game and California Baptist in a World Series tilt.

A two-way player who transferred from the University of San Diego, Winnick also hit a team-best .373 (60-for-161), to go with 38 runs scored and 22 RBI. In 2009 he batted .311 with five home runs and 27 RBI. He started at three positions during his time at Point Loma: first base, outfield and DH. 

Winnick went 11-4 with eight saves during his two-season stint as a Sea Lion, helping the team make two World Series appearances.

Blauer and Winnick are the 25th and 26th university players selected since the draft's inception in 1965.

The two hurlers will await instructions by their organizations to see where and when they will begin their professional careers.

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