SAN DIEGO – PLNU catcher Ricky Gingras was taken by the Houston Astros in the 18th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday, the 549th overall pick. 

Gingras hit a team-best .357 for the Sea Lions in 2012, collecting 56 hits in 157 at-bats.  The 6’2” slugger also belted six doubles with seven homeruns and 36 RBI. He earned All-Golden State Athletic Conference honors at season's end.

“I had no idea what round I’d be taken in,” said Gingras who got the call from the Astros shortly after his selection. “It’s been a dream of mine to play baseball professionally since I was a little kid. I’m excited to get that chance.”

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PLNU professor of music and department chair Dr. Paul Kenyon was recently honored as the University Music Educator of the Year by the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Southern Border Section in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education.

The CMEA and County honored city and county music educators and site administrators for their exceptional work on April 30 at an event called "Fortissimo: Awards of Excellence in Music Education."

Ron Jessee (78), visual and performing arts coordinator and California Region 9 arts lead for the San Diego County Office of Education presented Kenyon his award.

“During his tenure as music department chair at Point Loma Nazarene University, Paul Kenyon has been an avid advocate of the California Music Educators Association,” said Jessee. “Through his leadership, PLNU has been a partner in supporting the production of the CMEA annual conference, yearly honor choir, band and orchestra events, and other academic arts gatherings that are related to the work of CMEA. Paul is a member of the San Diego Arts Network, a consortium of administrators who work together to build capacity in all the arts and to help schools maintain programs in good and bad times. He is in his last year as the music department chair, and CMEA believes he is uniquely deserving of this recognition.”

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In April, PLNU was announced in San Diego Metro Magazine as one of “San Diego’s Most Trusted Brands.” This award represents local businesses and organizations that have earned the respect of their customers because of their dedication to “high standards of professionalism, integrity and accountability.” 

PLNU prepares students not only for the local workforce, but also for global impact. PLNU students are equipped with intellectual and spiritual strength, as they get involved with local ministries and overseas missions – and this makes all the difference.

“The credit for this award really goes to everyone in the PLNU community. The PLNU brand is created by all of the interactions people have with our faculty, staff, students, and alumni,” said Michele Corbett, PLNU director of marketing and creative services.

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Point Loma Nazarene University has been named one of the City of San Diego's "Recyclers of the Year." The winners of the 20th Annual Waste Reduction and Recycling Awards were honored April 12 at the San Diego Zoo. 

The awards are given to recognize businesses and nonprofit organizations that help reduce waste, especially waste that would have otherwise ended up at the Miramar Landfill.

PLNU was honored alongside other environmentally savvy organizations such as the New Children's Museum, Sea World, the San Diego Zoo Global, Qualcomm, Albertson's, and the San Diego Padres.

Among PLNU's many green efforts are a solar panel system providing nearly a megawatt of photovoltaic solar power; solar powered hot water heating in the residence halls; wide scale recycling; food waste composting; water-saving efforts such as dual-flush toilets, waterless urinals, water-saving shower switches, filtered water "hydration stations" on campus where students can fill up reusable water bottles; and educational and awareness building efforts such as a minor in sustainability and an annual "Creation Care Week."

"We are honored to be one of San Diego's Recyclers of the Year," said campus sustainability coordinator Alexandria Bennett. "Caring for God's creation is one of the university's core values, and we are committed to continually striving to be wise stewards of the earth and its resources."

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The Fermanian School of Business of Point Loma Nazarene University named its “Student-Entrepreneur of the Year” at the annual Entrepreneur Enrichment Program (EEP) Banquet on Wednesday, April 4, 2012.  

The team of 2011 alum Nitasha Stiritz and current seniors Arthur Cachero and Blake Harrison received the top entrepreneur award for their innovative ‘Launch Pad’ business plan, which will produce a web-based application to communicate critical firm startup information via enhanced video in 1-2 minutes to a prospective investor or backer. The Launch Pad product will allow small startups to utilize quickly and efficiently tools that typically have been available to only larger firms. From the Entrepreneur Enrichment Endowment, created concurrently with the launching of the EEP in 2007, a cash award of $2,500 was provided to the Launch Pad team.  

Receiving $1,000, including the $500 Dave and Dorothy Latter Free Enterprise Award, was senior business student Matt Joslyn for his project, “Plane & Simple Tours.” His business plan is to provide students with inexpensive trips and services that cater toward their liking. By equipping all travelers with the basic tools to create their own unique adventure at low cost, he plans to attract a broader range of travelers.   The four other participating projects each received smaller cash awards. In addition, Phil Herbig, chief financial officer of WesPak Sales in Dinuba, Calif., received the “Inspirational Mentor Award” chosen by his peers and entrepreneurs, and the Plane and Simple Plan he co-mentored with Robert Harp and Stephen Miller will receive a $15,000 comprehensive social media marketing plan provided by the San Diego-based firm ZBiz, founded by PLNU alum Zach Johnson.  

"Over the past five years, I have had the privilege of being a mentor and a friend to young men and women who have a vision for the future,” said Herbig. “I have found the mentor process to be reciprocal as these young men and women force me to think outside the box."  

The banquet represented the completion of the fifth year of PLNU’s Entrepreneur Enrichment Program. The business plans this year represented a diversity of for-profit and non-profit interests from students and recent graduates from both the undergraduate and MBA programs at PLNU. Each fall semester, students are encouraged to present their business ideas in early stage form at the EEP Exposition, where the projects are evaluated by experienced entrepreneurs, including past EEP participants. Continuing projects were then assigned a team of mentors comprised of three, experienced business professionals, including the past PLNU Entrepreneurs of the Year, who provided counsel and advice to the projects and entrepreneurs. The EEP is unique in that it allows both undergraduate students from all disciplines and also MBA students to participate in the same entrepreneurial program.  

EEP co-founder and mentor Craig Van Hulzen, CEO of Van Hulzen Asset Management in Folsom, Calif., reflected on the mentoring process.   “The extraordinary effort of the student participants, using their free time to build on a dream, to work with peers, willing to learn from mentors, and to create opportunity for themselves is highly commendable.  It speaks well of their character, their families, and PLNU’s Fermanian Business School.  These are the qualities of successful entrepreneurs.”   All of the plans were privately reviewed and then scored by a group of twenty mentors and EEP judges, and the results were kept confidential until the announcement at the banquet on Wednesday night.   Additional information on the EEP and related activities of the Fermanian School of Business and the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute at Point Loma Nazarene University can be found at

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The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) recently announced reaccreditation for PLNU’s School of Education (SOE) and all of its credential programs.
“This continuing accreditation reflects the high quality of PLNU’s education programs and credentials as we develop and serve education professionals,” said Dr. Bob Brower, PLNU president. “Congratulations to Dr. Gary Railsback [SOE dean] and all the members of the School of Education for a job well done!”
PLNU’s School of Education offers undergraduate degrees, master’s degrees, credentials, and certificates. The programs are designed to help students grow professionally and personally, resulting in the capacity to think critically, engage issues with their minds and hearts, and make decisions that make a difference. All this happens within the context of a highly supportive Christian community, where faculty members serve as mentors. The SOE’s district partnerships help serve local education communities and PLNU education students at the same time. Graduate program regional centers are located in Arcadia, Bakersfield, the Inland Empire, and San Diego (Mission Valley).
PLNU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and the School of Education credential and certificate programs are accredited by the CTC. PLNU's School of Education is also a candidate for accreditation by NCATE.

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