PLNU News

01
Dec

On Dec. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., PLNU will be hosting the annual Red Cross Blood Drive. Located in Cunningham, the blood drive exists for those capable of donating blood to help save the lives of others in need. According to the American Red Cross, blood is needed by someone in the U.S. every 2 seconds, and one donation can save up to three people. When asked what her personal reason for donating was, senior international studies major Kristina Martinez said, “Because I have a blood type that is in high demand, I feel more inclined to donate. The more people I can help, the better.”

Every year, PLNU hosts the drive where volunteers are able to give freely and lovingly in order to save the lives of many.

For more information and to sign up for the blood drive, please go to https://www.givelife.org/index.cfm?group=op or contact Chelsea Joanou at cjoanou@pointloma.edu.

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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."
 

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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
22
Nov

Drs. Carol Blessing and Bettina Tate Pedersen, professors of literature each recently published book chapters.

Blessing's chapter “Oh, That the Mantle Might Rest on Me!” is part of Exploring Church and Methodism edited by Geordan Hammond and Peter S. Forsaith and published by Wipf and Stock Publishers in 2011.

Pedersen’s “Are We Doomed? Why Christian Colleges and Universities Must Lead on the Issue of Gender Equity and Why They Don’t” is included in The Christian College Phenomenon: Inside America’s Fastest Growing Institutions of Higher Learning edited by Samuel Joeckel and Thomas Chesnes and published by Abilene Christian University Press also in 2011.

 
Literature, Journalism & Modern Languages, PLNU
18
Nov

 

 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.

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07
Nov

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 www.cdbaby.com/cd/vipproject. If bought from CB Baby, the greater percentage of sales is given directly to the choir.

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