PLNU News

15
Jul

 

(San Diego, Calif. – June 29, 2010) – On June 6, more than a hundred students, alumni, faculty and staff returned from trips around the globe through LoveWorks at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU).

LoveWorks Short Term Mission Program, under the Office of Spiritual Development at PLNU, has sent more than 2,000 people to more than 60 world areas to serve churches and communities since its creation. 

This summer, the men’s soccer coach at PLNU, Tim Hall, led his team to the cities of Campinas and Americana in Brazil on a trip coordinated with Lazarian World Homes, a nonprofit organization committed to providing affordable, eco-friendly housing for developing areas. The trip was a memorial for Hall’s father, the late Rev. Maurice Hall. 

The team worked nonstop, practically 24/7: “We’ll sleep when we get back to the states,” Hall said. This work ethic helped local Nazarene churches care for their retired clergy with affordable housing.

Other teams held Vacation Bible School for Maetang Tribal Children’s Home in Thailand; constructed the first public restrooms in two Peruvian villages; worked at Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Washim, India; taught English at the Ashrafiya Nazarene School in Jordan; cleaned volcanic debris in Guatemala; worked with children’s ministries in conjunction with Mission Church of the Nazarene in San Salvador, El Salvador; planted a church in Lumbumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo; and raised awareness about HIV/AIDS for churches in Tanzania.

Two more mission trips to Jerusalem, Israel and Campinas and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are scheduled for late July through early August.

By the end of the summer, 153 people will have participated in LoveWorks programs.

PLNU, Spiritual Development
09
Jun

June 9 – Two Sea Lions, pitchers Chad Blauer and Steven Winnick, were selected in the 2010 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Blauer, a right-handed starter, was picked on Tuesday in the 30th round by the Kansas City Royals, the 899th player taken. Winnick went on Wednesday, just one round later - the 31st - to the New York Mets. Also a right-handed pitcher, Winnick was the pick number 931.

Blauer went 13-2 for the Sea Lions in 2010 to go with a 3.57 ERA and 103 strikeouts. The 6-3, 215 pound pitcher from Huntington Beach, Calif. held opposing hitters to a .235 batting average and threw five complete games. But what probably opens scouts' eyes was how he stepped up in the post season for PLNU.

Blauer helped No. 17-ranked PLNU finish tied for third at the NAIA World Series by throwing three complete games in the postseason. In the NAIA opening round championship game, he fanned 16 batters against No. 7-ranked British Columbia. He then and struck out 11 batters in both of his World Series triumphs versus No. 14 Belhaven (Miss.) and No. 6 Oklahoma City.

In two seasons at Point Loma, Blauer, who transferred from San Diego Mesa College, put together a 19-7 record and notched 158 strikeouts.

Moved from the bullpen to a starting role in 2010, Winnick responded by going 10-3 in 16 starts for PLNU.  The 6-2, 195 pound San Diegan registered a 2.92 ERA and 58 strikeouts, toeing the rubber for 101. 2 innings. He won two postseason contests; defeating Fresno Pacific in a NAIA Opening Round game and California Baptist in a World Series tilt.

A two-way player who transferred from the University of San Diego, Winnick also hit a team-best .373 (60-for-161), to go with 38 runs scored and 22 RBI. In 2009 he batted .311 with five home runs and 27 RBI. He started at three positions during his time at Point Loma: first base, outfield and DH. 

Winnick went 11-4 with eight saves during his two-season stint as a Sea Lion, helping the team make two World Series appearances.

Blauer and Winnick are the 25th and 26th university players selected since the draft's inception in 1965.

The two hurlers will await instructions by their organizations to see where and when they will begin their professional careers.

PLNU
07
Jun

(San Diego, Calif. -- June 7, 2010) On June 6, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego La Jolla opened an exhibition entitled "Here Not There: San Diego Art Now." Featuring the work of 45 contemporary artists from San Diego County, the exhibition includes work by David Adey, professor of art and design, and PLNU alumnus Andy Ralph (04).

Artists were chosen based on submissions and extensive research by curator Lucía Sanromán. According to the event website, the exhibition “emphasizes multiplicity and diversity” and includes a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, video, and performance art.

The exhibition will run through Sept. 19, 2010.

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