As part of PLNU’s commitment to maintaining academic excellence and long-term student success, the university has spent two years completing a comprehensive self-study. This deliberate, data-driven process involved both faculty and staff while reviewing student interest in academic programs along with such factors as career outcomes and financial viability.

As a result of the study, over the coming four years, PLNU will be implementing a number of changes. Several departments will be altering their elective options and revising their budgets. A small number of majors will be phased out by the summer of 2018. However, all current and admitted students will be able to complete their degrees in their desired majors. Because the changes took into account upcoming faculty retirements and known departures, no full-time faculty personnel changes are necessary to implement these plans.

For more specific information about these changes and our self-study, you may visit If you have questions, please direct them to

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Twenty years in the making, a vision is becoming a reality. On Thursday, May 8, Point Loma Nazarene University will break ground on the long awaited science complex on the Point Loma campus. 

The new complex will accommodate the increasing number of students who want to study science at PLNU. “The current Rohr Science Building, built in 1962, is no longer equipped to meet the demands of contemporary science” says PLNU President Dr. Bob Brower. “The new, innovative facility will offer ample space and modern technology to ensure the growth of our program and the success of our PLNU science faculty and students.”

The 32,900-square-foot science complex will include a two-story laboratory, four attached classrooms, and a rooftop patio with an elevated walkway that connects to the existing Rohr building. The facility will enable the science program to reach new heights with collaborative research opportunities, the establishment of new majors, and modern technology to attract quality science faculty and students.


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PLNU’s Point TV will be host Short Term 12 director, Destin Daniel Cretton, at a film forum in Crill Auditorium on Monday, April 14th, from 7-9:30 p.m.  Cretton will attend the screening to discuss the success of his film and his journey as a filmmaker in the years since graduating from PLNU. 

What started nearly six years ago as a Master’s thesis project has since captured national attention, including those in Hollywood.  Cretton’s film has earned him recognition in multiple film festivals across the country, including Sundance and the South by Southwest Music Festival. 

The premise and story for Short Term 12 came to Cretton through personal experience.  Inspired by his own time working at facilities for troubled kids, the 2001 graduate wrote and directed Short Term 12, a story told through the eyes of Grace, a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Grace’s own difficult past is made all the more clearer with the arrival of a new intake at the facility: a gifted yet troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has an electric connection.

In 2009, the short-film version of Short Term 12 won best American Short at the Sundance Film Festival. Building on that success, Cretton turned it into a feature length film that continues to capture audiences across the country.  

“This is Daniel’s most-famous and most-viewed feature length film,” said Alan Hueth, professor of Communication. “It played at the Sundance Film Festival, won awards at others, and it got a lot of Oscar buzz this past season…Daniel and his journey into big-time filmmaking is just phenomenal.” 

Cretton has this advice for young filmmakers, “Don't believe anyone who tells you there is only one way to get somewhere. Just be true to yourself, follow your instincts, and tell the stories that move you.  As Woody Allen puts it, ‘It's not quantum physics.  It's storytelling.  It's a story and you tell it.  There's not much to it.’" 

The screening begins at 7p.m. and is open to the entire PLNU community in Crill Auditorium on PLNU's campus. All who attend will have the opportunity to not only view the feature film, but participate in a Q&A with Cretton after the forum.  

For more information on the film forum or on Destin Daniel Cretton, please contact Alan Hueth at
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(San Diego, Calif. – April 10, 2014) – The Special Olympics Regional Track Meet returns to the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University for the 21st consecutive year this Saturday, April 12th beginning at 9:00 a.m. 


The event is sponsored by Point Loma's Department Family & Consumer Sciences and the School of Education and will take place at the PLNU Track & Field. Partnering with PLNU to produce the regional event are; San Diego County San Diego Parks and Recreation and the Chula Vista and Harbor Kiwanis clubs. 


PLNU professor in the Department of Education, Dr. Jim Johnson will once again serve as the event director but credits PLNU students with the continued growth of the event. "The secret is we have a student leadership team does everything for the event and which we are progressively building on for the next year," said Johnson. "I'm basically a facilitator and give my signature where I need to, but it is the student leadership team that does everything. They handle publicity, they gather donations, they set up the website and they coordinate the volunteers. All of it is done by students here at Point Loma."


Saturday promises to be an encouraging and uplifting event for the athletes, spectators and over 500 volunteers, including PLNU students, faculty and staff.


Volunteers are still needed and welcome to register online with the group name and passwords: PLNU.


Volunteers can participate in the following ways:  

Track meet event assistants (timers, measurement tape assistants, etc.);

“Buddy” to the athletes;

Cheerlead events and athletes;

Assist athlete teams and team managers;

Set up and coordination of registration of athletes, teams, and volunteers;

Lunch set up and service; and 

General set up and tear down.


The event is free to everyone but parking is limited on the PLNU campus so show up early to support these great athletes! 

Alum, External Relations, Office of Community & Government Relations, PLNU

PLNU is pleased to announce that Dan Bothe has been selected as the new dean of the Fermanian School of Business (FSB) at PLNU.  

Bothe joined the FSB full-time as an Associate Professor of Finance in 2009 after having served as an adjunct faculty member at PLNU since 2005. 

Bothe earned a BS in Accounting from San Diego State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He is nearing completion of his Doctor in Business Administration (DBA) - Finance from Anderson University.  In addition, Bothe is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in the state of California.

To his role as dean, Bothe brings approximately 20 years of senior level management, management consulting, and accounting experience that includes capital market transactions, investor and lender relations, strategic planning, acquisition sourcing and due-diligence, process and procedures assessment and design, financial and operational forecasting, accounting and reporting, and risk management.  He has served as the Chief Financial Officer of several companies, has worked as a management consultant for both Ernst & Young and Paloma Advisors, and as an auditor at KPMG. 

Colleagues both internal and external to PLNU acclaim Dan as a man of deep faith with exceptional leadership skills, a capacity for creative and strategic thinking, and the ability to work well with people from a variety of audiences.   

“Dan has demonstrated excellence in teaching during his time at PLNU, and based on the passion and vision that he demonstrated throughout the interview process, I have no doubt that he will provide excellent leadership for the FSB,” said PLNU provost Dr. Kerry Fulcher. “I especially want to thank Dr. Ken Armstrong for stepping in as the interim dean and am excited to see where Dan will take the FSB and PLNU under his leadership” 

The Fermanian School of Business includes the Center for International Development and the Fermanian Business and Economic Institute. In addition, the FSB is the largest undergraduate school at PLNU, and also serves the business community by offering both part-time evening and one-year daytime MBA programs.

Bothe will begin his duties on July 1. 

External Relations, Office of Community & Government Relations, PLNU

On Wednesday, March 19th PLNU students celebrate the fact that 75% of the school year is complete. More than benchmark toward summer break, this celebration marks the remaining 25% of the school year that is covered by gifts from alumni, donors, churches, corporations, foundations and other sources. 

Tuition Freedom Day 2014 celebrates the fact that tuition currently covers only 75% of the education costs for a PLNU student.  Never in the history of PLNU has tuition covered the entire cost of a student’s education.  The remaining portion is covered through generous financial support PLNU receives as alumni contributions, donor gifts, corporate sponsorships, and foundation support.  

The Alumni Association established Tuition Freedom Day in 2008.  This year PLNU is partnering with Student Senate, ASB, Sodexo and Bartell Hotels to host the 6th annual event.  This celebration aims to increase awareness of generous gifts given to support PLNU students and also to provide an opportunity for students to express their gratitude.  After Chapel, students can enjoy coffee and pastries in the ARC (Activities and Recreation Center) while writing thank you notes to alumni, churches, corporations, foundations and other donors who have contributed to their education. 

In 2013, 518 thank you notes were written by students during Tuition Freedom Day.   This year the Alumni Office hopes to cross the 600 mark!  “Whether or not we realized it, each one of us who attended this university was helped by others who gave to subsidize the cost of our education” says Sheryl Smee, Executive Director of Alumni Relations at PLNU. “This has become an annual event to highlight the difference made in students' lives, through generous alumni support, and the impact we can make in the lives of countless future students through our faithful giving.”

For more information, visit

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