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PLNU News

24
Jan

Point Loma Nazarene University is helping the San Diego Foundation cast a vision for the future of the greater San Diego region.

PLNU is a participating partner in the foundation’s Our Greater San Diego Vision program that is surveying San Diego residents to help create a plan for San Diego’s future. In addition, PLNU’s director of community outreach and governmental relations, Megan Ekard Collins, is one of only 100 people selected from the San Diego region to sit on the Our Greater San Diego Vision council as an ambassador.

“We want to plan for San Diego’s future to help ensure that future generations can enjoy America’s Finest City as much as we do today. We expect 1.3 million more residents in San Diego County in the next 40 years, so now is the ideal time to cast a vision for the way we want our community to grow,” said Ekard.

Survey participants voice their opinions on issues such as education, jobs, housing, the environment, and future amenities such as parks, sports and entertainment venues, libraries, museums, and the arts.

Thus far, PLNU is reporting a survey rate that is eight times higher than most other participating organizations.

PLNU encourages students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, parents, and friends to participate in the survey and help shape our community’s future. Please visit www.ourgreatersandiegovision.org/PLNU before Jan. 31.

PLNU
05
Jan

Point Loma Nazarene University had the 3rd highest pass rate in California on the 2010 certified public accountant (CPA) exam, according to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). PLNU was number one among private and Christian universities. PLNU graduates also had the highest average score on the exam.

“I am pleased and proud of our PLNU accounting alumni,” said accounting professor Carl Hammond. “It is rewarding to see their hard work pay off, so they are able to build valuable careers. It is an honor to teach at a university that recruits this caliber of students.”

The University of California, Berkeley ranked number one with a 60.2 percent pass rate while UCLA took the second spot with 58.6 percent. PLNU was just a tenth of a point behind UCLA with 58.5 percent. Rounding out the top five were the University of Southern California and Chapman University.

There were 57 schools in California ranked in NASBA’s report.

Business, PLNU
07
Dec

The PLNU Speech and Debate Team finished the fall semester by winning first place overall sweepstakes in the four-year college division at the PSCFA Fall Championship held Dec. 2-4 at Cerritos College.  

“This effort was helped a great deal by having five of our six teams entered in the senior division of parliamentary debate advancing to the bronze round,” noted coach Dr. Skip Rutledge. 

PLNU team and individual accomplishments at the tournament included the following:

Senior Division NFA Lincoln Douglas Debate:

  • Frank Daniel, Gold Medal
  • McKayla Carpenter, Bronze Medal
  • Sydney Awakuni, Bronze Medal

Junior Division Parliamentary Debate:

  • Sam Mercaldo and Ryan Willey, Bronze Medal
  • Sam Mercaldo, 5th Place Speaker in Junior Division

Senior Division Parliamentary Debate:

  • Frank Daniel and Kasey Graves, Gold Medalists
  • Sydney Awakuni and McKayla Carpenter, Bronze Medalists
  • Haley Courtney and Kayla Cook, Bronze Medalists
  • Ben Carney and Christy Wright ,Bronze Medalists
  • Brooke Rakes and Andrew Schalin, Bronze Medalists
  • Frank Daniel, 2nd Place Speaker in Senior Division

Individual Events Results:

  • Sidney Awakuni, Fourth Place Senior Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Kayla Cook, First Place Novice Extemporaneous Speaking, Second Place Novice Impromptu Speaking
  • Frank Daniel, Third Place Junior Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Stephanie Haas, Finalist Informative Speaking
Communications & Theatre, PLNU
05
Dec

PLNU was recently ranked No. 28 in the Washington Monthly's 2011 College Guide, in the category of master’s universities. Their rankings rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). 

To view the complete list, click here.

PLNU
29
Nov

On Nov. 28, 2011, the Point Loma Nazarene University Board of Trustees reported that the contract for Dr. Bob Brower, PLNU president, was renewed for the years 2012-2016, by an overwhelming vote of support.
 
During recent weeks an assessment and review of the president was conducted in preparation for the November 2011 board of trustees meeting. According to the president’s contract, a renewal must be authorized by the board at least 90 days in advance of the contract expiration. The assessment and review included responses to an online survey, in which 80 surveys were submitted from 136 randomly selected participants from the following groups:

  • Administration
  • Board of Trustees
  • President’s Cabinet
  • President’s Community Council
  • Faculty (including department chairs, undergraduate, graduate, main campus, regional centers)
  • Student leaders

The assessment and review was conducted and summarized by an appointed committee of the board of trustees, including Carol Van Buskirk, Jan Stone, Craig Furusho, and board chair Steve Scott. With the assistance of Dr. Joyce Falk and the Office of Human Resources, the survey responses were compiled, and then the committee submitted their report to the full board of trustees for official action.
 
"We are grateful for the manner in which Dr. Brower has served the Point Loma Nazarene University community over the past 14 years with integrity and distinction," Scott wrote in an email to the campus. "We anticipate a great future with his leadership and are grateful to serve alongside him as we continue to affirm and develop the mission of Point Loma Nazarene University."
 

PLNU
22
Nov

Drs. Kathleen Czech and G. L. Forward presented their paper “Communication Climate, Leadership, and Job Satisfaction: Perspectives on Superior – Subordinate Communication” at the recent National Communication Association (NCA) conference in New Orleans. NCA is the largest academic association for communication scholars and practitioners and routinely attracts 7,500 to 8,000 participants to its annual conventions. 

The paper reported on original research conducted by Czech and Forward that confirms that relational satisfaction, leader effectiveness, and employee job satisfaction can be accurately predicted by a combination of specific communication behaviors. Additionally, the research provides empirical support for the instrument used to measure these supportive and defensive behaviors.

This is the ninth co-authored conference paper for Forward and Czech and is part of an ongoing project studying communicative aspects of leadership and employer-employee relationships. One of these papers was named a top paper in organizational communication and four have been published in peer-reviewed, academic journals, including Communication Quarterly, Human Communication, The Journal of Communication and Religion, and Communication Research Reports.          

 

 

Communications & Theatre, PLNU