SAN DIEGO - The day has arrived for Point Loma Nazarene University to proudly call itself an active member of the NCAA. PLNU passed the final step of the NCAA Management Council approval process and will officially join the NCAA on Sept. 1, 2014 as full-fledged Division II members.


"I am so impressed and proud of the high quality, collaborative work done by several individuals and departments on our campus in achieving this significant milestone," explained Point Loma Athletic Director Ethan Hamilton. "PLNU is truly a special place, and the NCAA made regular mention of this.  I am very excited for the future experiences of our student-athletes, and look forward to continued opportunities to help them grow in every facet of their life."


All 11 Point Loma athletic teams are now eligible for the postseason in both the Pacific West Conference and the NCAA, as well as all NCAA individual and team awards.


"The three-year transition process has strengthened our athletic program and prepared us for full participation in NCAA DII," said PLNU president Bob Brower. "Completing the full admission process to NCAA is an exciting step for PLNU athletics. The PacWest Conference is a leading NCAA DII conference and I'm looking forward to PLNU's full participation at the NCAA level."


The Sea Lions have had 2014-15 in their sights since the beginning of the transition process. Despite, not having the opportunity to participate in the NCAA playoffs, PLNU thrived across multiple sports at the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Championships. Eight teams participated in NCCAA postseason play and both the men's basketball and women's volleyball teams brought home national titles. Point Loma student-athletes also collected 23 All-American honors and 31 NCCAA Scholar-Athlete awards.


The 2014-15 year will also mark the third year for PLNU as members of the Pacific West Conference, the largest NCAA Division II conference in the West Region. The Sea Lions saw a 44-game turnaround in their team's PacWest records from year-one to year-two as they posted a .570 winning percentage in 2013-14 (131-99). Point Loma also improved from ninth to sixth (out of 13 schools) in the PacWest Commissioner's Cup standings and its student-athletes accumulated a 3.3 grade point average during the academic year.


Point Loma will be part of an eight-school class that will bring the NCAA Division to 300 active members. PLNU was joined by fellow Nazarene universities Southern and Trevecca, along with longtime Golden State Athletic Conference rival Azusa Pacific. 


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INDIANAPOLIS- Point Loma Nazarene University revieved notification from the NCAA Membership Committee that it has been recommended to the NCAA Management Council to become an active NCAA Division II member beginning in the 2014-2015 season.


To see the complete NCAA release and a list of all the universities that advanced in their transition to the NCAA click HERE.


The Sea Lions will now await the final step of confirmation, on July 21-22, before they are formally accepted into the NCAA.


Upon approval, there will be recognition of this landmark achievement on the Point Loma campus over the week of September 1-6 when all the students return to mark the first week with PLNU as a fully-fledged NCAA member.

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May 10th, 2014 marked the 109th Commencement at PLNU. There were three ceremonies, honoring 598 graduating students, held throughout the day in the university's historic Greek Amphitheatre. 

The celebrations began at 10am with the Graduate Convocation. Ron Benefiel, Ph.D., Dean of Theology and Christian Ministry at PLNU, offered a special prayer to the 235 graduate students.  

The first of two undergraduate ceremonies began at 1p.m., for the 275 students graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Nursing. 323 students from the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies walked across the Greek Amphitheatre stage at 4p.m. to accept their diplomas in the final, and largest, event of the day.

The keynote "Making the Point" address for both undergraduate ceremonies was given by Kim Hogelucht, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Business in the Fermanian School of Business at PLNU. The two ceremonies also honored each student with the highest GPA in work done at PLNU.  Biology Major, Dawn Michelle Gorel was honored during the 1p.m. ceremony for her 4.000 GPA and Accounting and Business Administration Major, Nicholas Michael Erze was honored at 4p.m. for his GPA of 3.997.

See pictures from the day’s events here

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(San Diego, Calif. – May 6, 2014) – She has been called “the quintessential water-woman,” and on May 6th, PLNU Junior, Emmy Merrill proved her dominance once again.  

On the final day of the StandUp Paddle (SUP) surfing portion of the 2014 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship (WSUPPC) in Nicaragua, Emmy took home the gold in the women’s SUP Surfing event.  

With 27 countries representing five continents, the 2014 ISA Championship events in Nicaragua kicked off on Sunday, May 4th.  The 2014 Men’s and Women’s SUP Surfing Gold Medalists were decided on Tuesday with excellent performances from the best men and women SUP Surfers in very contestable waves in La Boquita, Nicaragua.

Emmy, the 2012 ISA WSUPPC Gold Medalist, came out of qualifying rounds with a strong performance, posting the highest total heat score of the round. She took the gold on Tuesday with a score of 13.50. The 2014 ISA WSUPPC victory is the latest achievement for the talented Merrill who has been a fierce competitor since her days at San Clemente High School. We had a chance to sit down with Emmy after her 2012 gold, read the Q&A on PLNU’s blog

Photo credit ISA/Rommel 

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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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