Kirsten Shetler, a senior PLNU composition major, is the winner of the Southwest Division Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Composition Competition in the Young Artists’ Division (ages 19-26). The Southwest Division includes musicians from California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. To reach the division level, Shetler previously won first place in the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) composition competitions for San Diego and the state of California.

Shetler’s composition, “Envisaged Dance,” will now advance to the national level and will be evaluated with all seven regional division winners. The national winner will be asked to perform at the MTNA National Conference, which will be held in March 2013 in Anaheim, Calif. Cash awards and plaques are presented to national winners.

The purpose of the MTNA Composition Competition is to encourage creativity and self-expression in student musicians through the art of composing and to recognize their achievements, as well as the significant work of their teachers. Shetler is taught by PLNU music professor Dr. Victor Labenske.

Music, PLNU

PLNU's chief economist, Dr. Lynn Reaser, joined State of California Controller John Chiang on Thursday, Nov. 15, at PLNU’s Economic Outlook 2013 to discuss "Will the fiscal fog clear?" This timely forum discussed jobs, housing, recovery, recession and sequestration. Invaluable insights were provided through analysis of the local, state, national and global economies in the year ahead, with a special focus on technology, military and tourism. 

The forum was put on by PLNU’s Fermanian Business & Economic Institute (FBEI) and held at the Liberty Station Conference Center in Point Loma. Torrey Pines Bank was pleased to be this year’s title sponsor.

Reaser, who was recently named chief economist for the Controller’s Council of Economic Advisors and also recently received the National Association of Business Economics (NABE) Outlook Award for the most accurate economic forecast in 2011-12, discussed the 2013 outlook for the global, national, and local economies and financial markets. The Honorable John Chiang provided unique insights into the effect of the elections on California’s economy. At this time of heightened anxiety, and as crucial political and financial decisions are being made, Reaser concluded the event with meaningful strategies for business and personal planning and investing for the year ahead. Each attendee received Reaser’s extensive economic forecast in published form.

Business, Fermanian Business & Economic Institute, PLNU

After the significant campaigns of Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton in 2008, women are not center stage in the current election, but women voters remain a critical target for both campaigns. In her book, Framing Sarah Palin: Pit Bulls, Puritans, and Politics, co-authored with Rhonda Kinney Longworth, Point Loma Nazarene University political science professor Linda Beail looks at what the frames applied to Palin during her campaign tell us about the state of American politics—and about the status of American women in politics in particular.
Palin’s 2008 vice presidential candidacy garnered tremendous levels of interest, polarizing the American public—both Democrats and Republicans alike. Using the notion of "framing" as a way of understanding political perception, the authors analyze the narratives told by and about Sarah Palin in the 2008 election – from beauty queen, maverick, faithful fundamentalist and post-feminist rolemodel to pit bull hockey mom, frontier woman, and political outsider. They discuss where those frames are rooted historically in popular and politicalculture, why they were selected, and the ways that the frames resonated with the electorate.
While many have wondered who Palin “really” is, trying to cut through the persona she projects and the one projected by the media, Beail and Longworth analyze why she touches such a nerve with the American electorate. Why does she ignite such passionate loyalty – and such loathing? How did her candidacy mobilize new parts of the electorate? What do the debates engendered by these images of Palin say about the current roles and power available to women in American society? What are the implications of her experience for future candidates, particularly women candidates, in American politics?
“We examine media and popular culture portrayals of Palin, looking at the implications for party and gender politics. The book also has a good examination of evangelicals in American politics,” said Beail.
Beail gave a lecture on the book on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 3:30-5 p.m. In addition to serving as political science professor, Beail is director of the Margaret Stevenson Center for Women’s Studies at PLNU.

History & Political Science, Margaret Stevenson Center for Women's Studies, PLNU

In October, Point Loma Nazarene University’s School of Education received national accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council of Higher Education Accreditation to accredit education programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel.

In addition to meeting the NCATE gold standard of excellence, PLNU’s School of Education credential and certificate programs were recently reaccredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

“This is a reflection of the high quality of all the programs in the School of Education and the hard work of our faculty, staff, and community partners,” said Dr. Carol Leighty, interim dean of PLNU’s School of Education.

Achieving national accreditation was a big milestone for the School of Education, which received both California and national accreditation this year. From start to finish, the national accreditation process took nearly five years of research, preparation, application, and site visits.

“We decided to go through NCATE accreditation because it’s the right thing to do,” said Leighty. “Not only that, but NCATE really looks at the entire function of the unit. They not only look at the knowledge and skills of our educators, but how we assess our students and faculty, governance, diversity, our relationship with the community, etc. They step back and get a bigger picture.”

With NCATE accreditation comes national recognition, but also greater marketability for PLNU School of Education graduates entering careers and better reciprocity for graduates who go on to teach in other parts of the U.S.

In the past six months, only 60 schools nationwide have earned this level of accreditation.

“We also wanted to prove with reports and substantive data that we produce quality students,” said Andrea Liston, associate dean for accreditation, assessment & Mission Valley programs, who worked extensively on the accreditation application process.

“In our classrooms, we all have to model being reflective educators,” said Liston. “This accreditation truly models that.”

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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.

Music, PLNU

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.”

Fermanian Business & Economic Institute, PLNU