PLNU News

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
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.

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
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