For the second year in a row, soprano Christen Blair Horne (12) has won a major opera competition, capturing the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) Audition for the Western Region, San Diego District, held Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Crill Perfomance Hall on the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University. Joining Horne on the winners' podium was mezzo-soprano Alexandra Rodrick (11), who won the Robert Faulk Encouragement Award. Winners of the district auditions advance to the Western Region Finals on Sunday, November 4, at The Colburn School in Los Angeles.

This is the fifth consecutive year PLNU students or recent alumni have won awards from the MONC. Horne’s achivement marks the fourth first-place finish for PLNU and Rodrick’s is the twelfth encouragement awards in the past six years

“This is an outstanding achievement for an undergraduate university,” said PLNU associate professor of music, Dr. John Craig Johnson, who taught and mentored both Horne and Rodrick.

Last spring, Horne took first place in the prestigious Virginia Hawke Scholarship Competition before graduating with honors from PLNU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. She contines to study with Johnson. This spring she will debut with the San Diego Opera as an American Guild of Musical Artists member in the chorus of Samson et Dalila and Assassinio nella cattedrale, and she will appear with Point Loma Opera Theatre on November 2, 5, 7, 9, and 11 as "Valencienne" in the student-led company's production of Die Lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow).
Rodrick earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in music and ministry from PLNU in 2011. Rodrick was most recently seen with Wolf Trap Opera in productions of Rake's Progress and Don Giovanni. She was one of two mezzo-sopranos chosen to be a member of the highly selective Wolf Trap Studio Artists, working with leading directors, coaches, and teachers in the field of opera. She is now a graduate student on full-tuition scholarship to Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, California State University, Long Beach, studying with internationally renowned soprano and teacher Shigemi Matsumoto.

Since 1954, MONC has been holding auditions to discover and help support upcoming opera singers.

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Dr. Lynn Reaser assumes role of Chief Economist of Controller’s Council of Economic Advisors

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – (Oct. 1, 2012) Point Loma Nazarene University is pleased to announce that its Fermanian Business and Economic Institute (FBEI) has beenawarded a year-long economic forecasting and consulting contract with the State of California. The forecasting contract will position the FBEI as one of the leading economic voices in California beginning Oct. 1, 2012. During the contract year, the FBEI will provide economic forecasting services to the CaliforniaState Controller’s Office, enabling the controller to fulfill his constitutional duties as the chief fiscal officer of the State.
“This contract is an affirmation of the reputation that PLNU has developed over the past few years,” said FBEI executive director Randy M. Ataide. “Our recent work in the field of business and economic consulting, forecasting and education addresses some of the most critical local, regional and national issues.”

 The FBEI’s chief economist, Dr. Lynn Reaser, assumes the role of the chief economist of the Controller’s Council of Economic Advisors. She has served the council as a member since 2010 and has advised the controller on economic issues related to California’s economy, the state’s fiscal health, and the most efficient use of state resources. She has also authored many economic articles for the controller’s website. In her role as chief economist, she will conduct special sessions for the controller and his executive staff on critical economic topics, issues and trends. Prior to joining PLNU in 2009, Reaser served in a wide variety of industry roles over many years and is a past president and fellow of the National Association for Business Economics.
While the role of providing these services is multi-faceted, it is primarily centered on providing high-level independent macro-economic analysis to the Honorable John Chiang, the California State controller. Some of the critical responsibilities for the FBEI team which is composed of not only Ataide and Reaser but also director Cathy Gallagher and research assistant Dieter Mauerman, will be to provide data and analysis to the California State controller’s executive staff, analysis and verification of state cash flow estimates, as well as assist in the research, data preparation, analysis and display of economic and fiscal conditions. This new role will supplement the far-reaching work of the FBEI, which has encompassed a number of the most important economic topics in the San Diego region, the state and the nation.

It is clear that the new responsibilities will build on the strong relationship between the FBEI and the State Controller’s office. In addition to Reaser’s work for the state, Chiang will be a keynote speaker at FBEI’s annual Economic Outlook Forum to be held on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Liberty Station Conference Center.
“The date of the Economic Outlook Forum immediately follows important elections,” said Ataide. “This timing enables Mr. Chiang and Dr. Reaser to analyze and comment on the economy in the context of a new political reality.”

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PLNU was ranked 17th in the category Regional Universities - West in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 Best Colleges guide. This ranking is representative of the university's academic quality, strong graduation and retention rates, selectivity, and alumni giving rate, among other factors. PLNU was also ranked 15th in the Best Value category for Regional Universities - West. The Best Value category takes into consideration an institution's academic quality, cost, and available financial aid.

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On Tuesday, September 11, the Associated Student Body will be hosting a 9/11 Memorial  in front of the Golden Gymnasium. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to take a few moments  to visit the memorial for a moment of prayer and reflection and to consider praying for the families affected by the attacks, for our police, fire departments, military, and other groups that serve us daily offering thanks for their sacrifice and for our freedom and liberty.

The memorial will be on display from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Office of Spiritual Development also sent the campus community prayers to be used on 9/11:

Prayer for those who grieve:

God of all mercy,

We look to you on this day which is marked with sorrow and bereavement. Comfort all whose hearts are heavy and sad. Draw near to all who cry out, may your healing flow to the broken places, may your sustaining and guiding presence mark their day. Grant, O Lord, that they would know the fullness of your love, the peace that passes understanding, the new mercies you offer each day.

“May the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, make you complete in everything good so that you may do his will, working among that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory forever and ever. AMEN (Hebrews 13: 20-21)


Prayer resources from Book of Common Prayer according to the usage of the Episcopal Church, Church Hymnal Corporation, 1979. (These prayers are in the public domain and may be printed here and used by Christians of any denomination)

For the Human Family

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us, through Jesus your Son:

Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Peace

Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love:

So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and forever. Amen.

For Peace Among Nations

Almighty God our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world into the way of justice and truth, and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

For Our Enemies

O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies:

Lead them and us from prejudice to truth; deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the President of the United States and All in Civil Authority

O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world:

We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that, being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to the President of the United States, the Governor of this State (or Commonwealth), and to all in authority, wisdom, and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen


SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Point Loma Nazarene University Athletic Director Ethan Hamilton announced today that Danny Barnts has been named the department’s Director of Athletic Communications. His start date at PLNU will be September 17.

Barnts replaces Jorge de la Torre, who left last month to become the Athletic Director at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Wash.

Barnts comes to Point Loma from Western Oregon University where he has served as the Sports Information Director for the past four years. Prior to that he worked for two years at Boise State while also earning his master’s degree in athletic administration. The Crescent City, Calif. native completed his undergrad work at Washington State University.

"First I want to thank Ethan Hamilton and PLNU for this opportunity,” Barnts said. “I am very excited to join their team during this time of transition to NCAA Division II. There is great potential in PLNU athletics and I look forward to being a Sea Lion."

In his new position, Barnts will be in charge of PLNU’s athletic website (, media relations and social media.

“We are very excited to have Danny join our department,” Hamilton said. “We believe he will be a great fit in every facet and are eager for him to begin work with our coaches and staff.”    

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Originally from King’s Lynn, a small village 30 miles outside Cambridge, England, Dr. Ivan Filby attended the prestigious Aston University for both his undergraduate and doctorate degrees. During his schooling, he lectured at the University of Dublin: Trinity College. At Dublin, Filby was able to create and oversee 30 international partnerships for the School of Business Studies. Later, as the university’s first director of international student affairs, he oversaw the university’s 150 exchange partnerships as well as the recruitment of students from outside of the European Union. He traveled extensively, representing the university and the Republic of Ireland in many different venues. As part of his protocol function at the university, he met frequently with ambassadors, government ministers, and occasionally with country presidents and vice presidents. Filby has developed many educational programs at multiple institutions, expanding educational opportunities for many people, and has been published in a variety of journals for his writings on business, education, and religion.

After eight years, he left the University of Dublin for Greenville College in Illinois, feeling God’s prompting to work in Christian higher education.

Filby said that many questioned his choice to leave his highly esteemed position and travel budget for “a lower income and minimal resources.” But Filby followed where he felt the Holy Spirit was leading so that he could contribute his international business expertise to Christian higher education. During his time at Greenville College, Filby developed a master’s program for the business school; created a music business major; directed AgapeFest, a Christian music festival, transforming it from a high cost expenditure into a profitable event; and worked to more than triple the enrollment in Greenville’s business school.

Filby is now transitioning to PLNU with hopes to expand the possibilities within PLNU’s Fermanian School of Business. He hopes to grow the MBA program and develop more courses for students to study and intern internationally. His passion is to supply Christian students with the tools they need to excel in the competitive business market while maintaining fair practices and Christian values.  

Aside from academic growth, Filby is dedicated to his students’ spiritual growth. He prays openly in the classroom and invites students into his home for worship nights. His desire to develop students professionally, academically, and spiritually will benefit PLNU students and the community.

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