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

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


 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.

PLNU, Sustainability

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 If bought from CB Baby, the greater percentage of sales is given directly to the choir.


The San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) announced the results of a report completed by PLNU’s Fermanian Business & Economic Institute (FBEI) today. The report quantifies the economic impact on the San Diego area that would result from the proposed Navy Broadway Complex Redevelopment proposed for the downtown area.

SDMAC and Dr. Lynn Reaser of PLNU presented the report at a press conference on Friday, October 28, at 10:30 a.m., at the Broadway View Room on the Broadway Pier, San Diego. Ruben Barrales, President & CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, also participated in the program.

John Pettitt, president of SDMAC, said, “The proposed Navy Broadway Complex Redevelopment project represents a major development effort for San Diego. The project will have a positive impact of great significance to jobs, income, and the San Diego region’s total output of goods and services. It is estimated that as a result of the redevelopment 7,400 total new jobs will be created, and over $350 million in income and nearly $850 million to the region’s total output would be generated. This redevelopment project would provide a highly productive use of now largely vacant land and generate sizable tax revenues.”

 The economic impact report was completed by PLNU's chief economist, Dr. Lynn Reaser, and FBEI research assistant, Dieter Mauerman.

Fermanian Business & Economic Institute, PLNU

Jessie Beauchaine (98) served as the associate producer for the documentary "I Came to Testify," part of the PBS series "Women, War & Peace." She started by researching, trying to “determine whether or not there was a story in Bosnia.” It quickly became clear that the information she was gathering was not just interesting, but deeply impactful. 

"I Came to Testify," narrated by Matt Damon, tells the story of the story of how rape and sexual enslavement was used as a weapon of war in Bosnia. Ultimately, the film became the story of a handful of women who testified at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Netherlands. Because of their testimonies, wartime rape and sexual enslavement were deemed crimes against humanity for the first time in history. This established a standard for how sex crimes would be prosecuted in future conflicts.

“I talked to all sorts of people – NGO administrators working with women victims of war, prosecutors at the Yugoslav Tribunal in The Netherlands, journalists who'd covered the war in Bosnia and the break-up of Yugoslavia, and in particular, anyone who had worked with or reported on the use of mass rape during the war and the women who'd survived it,” said Beauchaine.

Beauchaine calls her journey to documentary filmmaking “circuitous.” She graduated from PLNU with a B.A. in history. She began researching documentary filmmaking graduate programs after graduation, but shied away out of fear of inexperience. She went on to obtain a master’s degree in Christian ethics from Fuller Theological Seminary. It was there that she developed an interest in social justice work, but took a job as a writing and critical thinking instructor at Soka University in Orange County, Calif, an experience she says “gave me time to reflect on where I wanted to go next.” After five years there, she was accepted into Columbia University’s School of Journalism. She graduated with a print journalism degree and after freelancing in a bottomed out economy, she took an internship with "Women, War & Peace." 

“The series involved history, social justice, obviously journalism – everything I wanted in a career. So I threw myself into it and was ultimately promoted twice over the almost two years I was there,” said Beauchaine.

Her seemingly meandering journey has led her to a place that has combined all of her experience and passion into the perfect mix.

“Until recently, I looked at my history degree, seminary training, scads of internships, five years of teaching – as false starts,” said Beauchaine. “And now I marvel at the fact that I ended up more or less where I'd wanted to be in the first place, only now I'm better prepared to assume the responsibility of telling what I think are important stories, and it's exactly because of those other paths I've taken. For the first time in my life, I'm deeply grateful for the learning experiences that have come to me throughout my different attempts at finding myself and my purpose.”

Read the Point Weekly's Q&A with Beauchaine.

Watch Episode 1: I Came to Testify on PBS. See more from Women War and Peace.

Alum, History & Political Science, PLNU