PLNU News

09
Feb

At PLNU, Dave Bruno is the manager of online marketing.  Online, he is somewhat of a sensation. And recently, his new book, The 100 Thing Challenge: How I Got Rid of Almost Everything, Remade My Life, and Regained My Soul, is garnering some major attention.

In 2007, Dave and his family did some summer cleaning. When he looked around his garage, he started to feel swamped with stuff - stuff he rarely or never used. So he began to minimize, all the way down to 100 things. He vowed to keep his personal belongings (not counting his family's belongings) at or below that number. He called his undertaking "The 100 Thing Challenge" and began writing about it on his blog, guynameddave.com. From the echoing responses, it seemed like a lot of people all around the world felt trapped by things.

His blog has launched numerous opportunities for Dave to share his story and open up an important conversation about why we feel we need things and what freedom can be found when we minimize them. He's been featured in Time magazine, on Oprah.com, the 700 Club, and in numerous other media outlets.

He and his readers are still taking up the greater challenge "to fight American-style consumerism."

Check out Dave's latest interviews in print and on TV:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jan/08/local-author-learns-to-live-with-100-things/

http://www.cbn.com/700club/guests/bios/Dave_Bruno_020111.aspx

 

photo by Marcus Emerson

PLNU
09
Feb

PLNU learned of an isolated incident in early February in which one of our students was victim of an alleged assault off-campus that involved an off-duty police officer and one other individual. We are committed to act with compassion toward the student who was involved and to respect her right to privacy and to allow for due process of anyone accused. With this in mind, PLNU has issued the following memo to students, faculty, staff, parents, and the board of trustees. We have also provided the following press release for local media. 

Press Release - February, 9 2011 (PDF Download)

Internal memorandum to students, faculty, staff, and parents - February, 9, 2011 (PDF Download)


 

Contact: 

Christine Spicer
PLNU
(619) 849-2925
PLNU
01
Feb

 

(San Diego, Calif. – February 1, 2011) – In March, students from Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) will officially begin spring break. Instead of heading for the beach, some students will be building sustainable buildings in Rosarito, Mexico.

Students, staff, faculty, university president Dr. Bob Brower, and a few members of PLNU’s cabinet will join Lazarian World Homes to construct a new sanctuary and parsonage at Rosario Nazarene Church out of Lazarian Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) polystyrene foam blocks. The polystyrene foam blocks, which can be filled with concrete after they are placed, provide effective, low-cost, eco-friendly structures.

Lazarian World Homes was born out of a partnership involving PLNU, Baylor University, and Armenian Relief and Development Agency. Lazarian World Homes builds environmentally conscious, affordable, and long-lasting shelters all over the world. 

 

Read more & register at:  www.pointloma.edu/springbreakbuild

For questions, contact Melissa Tucker:  mtucker@pointloma.edu.

 

PLNU, Spiritual Development
27
Jan

(San Diego, Calif. – Jan. 27, 2011) – In 2005, the Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) Research and Data Advisory Roundtable (RADAR) group helped design methodology for the Point in Time Count (PITC), a way to count those who are homeless and describe who they are. 

On Friday, Jan. 28, over 500 volunteers – students from PLNU, representatives from the community, media, churches, schools, businesses, police and fire, veterans, environmentalists, and formerly homeless persons – will participate in San Diego County’s annual PITC. 

Volunteers will make up count “teams” who have been trained and assigned responsibility for certain census track maps. Under the direction of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless (RTFH), volunteers will count sheltered and unsheltered homeless people, as well as gather demographic information that will help the task force better understand the issue of homelessness.

Students at PLNU have long been involved in homeless outreach in the community, so working alongside the RTFH is a natural fit. Patricia Leslie is a major channel for that relationship. Leslie is a member of the RTFH’s board of directors, as well as director of PLNU’s social work program and associate professor of sociology and social work. One of her roles at PLNU is connecting students with homelessness in San Diego.

“PLNU was the birthplace of the research method for the PITC.  Being involved means much on many levels. It shows how a place of learning is also the hands of action inspired by the heart of Christ. Our students get to learn research methods in action; macro-level community social work (who is involved and how they are motivated, welfare policy and politics); what a federal mandate ‘looks and feels’ like at the implementation level; not to mention a chance to come along side our neighbors,” said Leslie.

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Point Loma Nazarene University is a selective liberal arts university located in San Diego, California, and sits on a 90-acre campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In addition to more than 50 undergraduate areas of study, PLNU offers graduate program regional centers in Bakersfield, Arcadia, Mission Valley (San Diego) and the Inland Empire. Founded in 1902, PLNU serves more than 3,500 students.

PLNU, Sociology & Social Work
12
Jan

Dave Adey, associate professor in the Department of Art and Design, is always turning out art that is thought-provoking. With installations like "Flock," a uniform formation of ceramic lamb figurines sporting glowing pink neon halos, along with a uniquely diverse body of work, Adey has developed a solid presence in the California art scene. In May, Adey was selected to be one of 40 California artists featured in the 2010 California Biennial at the OCMA, where “Flock” is on display through March 13, 2011.

“I think art is better at asking questions than giving answers,” Adey said. “A great work of art can change our point of view and reveal complexity, often leaving a viewer with more questions than answers.” - Dave Adey

Art & Design, PLNU
05
Oct

 

(San Diego, Calif. – Oct. 5, 2010) – On Sept. 27, Point Loma Nazarene University School of Education’s Master of Arts in special education had its substantive change review, the last step in the accreditation process, with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The master’s program was given interim approval, now being able to move forward with advertising and marketing the program. The degree was previously a master’s in education with a concentration in special education.

The School of Education’s school counseling program also fulfilled its program assessment standards and is awaiting final approval for accreditation upon the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) site visit scheduled for spring 2012.

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Point Loma Nazarene University is a selective liberal arts university located in San Diego, California, and sits on a 90-acre campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In addition to more than 50 undergraduate areas of study, PLNU offers graduate program regional centers in Bakersfield, Arcadia, Mission Valley (San Diego) and the Inland Empire. Founded in 1902, PLNU serves more than 3,500 students.

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