PLNU News

26
Aug

 

Dr. Kathryn McConnell has agreed to accept the role of Dean of Arts and Sciences, after serving as interim dean for the past year. 

McConnell joined PLNU in 1979 as a professor of Spanish, eventually serving as chair of the Department of Literature, Journalism and Modern Languages. She has also served on the executive board of the North American Foreign Language Association (NACFLA).

McConnell has spent the bulk of her time at PLNU guiding students in the Spanish language, literature, and culture. She has traveled extensively in Spanish speaking countries, principally in Spain, where she has conducted research in Madrid’s major libraries: the Hemeroteca Nacional and Municipal, the Prado library, Biblioteca Nacional, Filmoteca Nacional, and the Biblioteca José Ortega y Gasset. She has also been a visiting professor in Baoding, China where she lectured on film theory and language proficiency.

In making the announcement, Kerry Fulcher, PLNU’s provost and chief academic officer, said, “Kathy’s diverse set of experiences as a faculty member, department chair, faculty council member, membership on several major committees and her many years of service to the university have made her an invaluable member of the academic leadership team.  I can think of no other person I would rather have in this role at this key time in the life of our university.” 

 

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01
Jul

Ron Benefiel, Ph.D., has accepted his election by the faculty as dean of PLNU’s School of Theology and Christian Ministry, effective July 1. Benefiel and his wife, Janet, are moving back to San Diego from Kansas City where Benefiel served as president of Nazarene Theological Seminary for the past 11 years. The move back to PLNU is a “homecoming” for Benefiel as he served on the PLNU faculty before being elected president of NTS.  Janet’s ongoing fight against cancer is part of the reason for their return, as it will allow them to be closer to their three children who live in San Diego. Ron, Janet, and their daughters, Leanne and Robyn, are PLNU alumni and their son, Tim, is a current student. 

“In returning to PLNU, I am thankful for the opportunity to be faithful as a Christian educator to this generation of students as so many have been faithful to me,” said Benefiel. “My first priority will be to re-engage the PLNU community. I plan to do 
a lot of listening in my first few months.”

Under Benefiel’s presidency, NTS embraced the challenge of becoming a “missional seminary serving a missional church.” The school expanded its focus globally and began offering courses in new formats, including online and video 
conferencing.  This past year, the seminary developed collaborative partnerships providing the opportunity for NTS coursework to be offered at several Nazarene college campuses.

While serving as a PLNU professor from 1996 to 2000, Benefiel 
co-founded and co-pastored Mid City Church of the Nazarene with John Wright, Ph.D., and David Whitelaw, D.Th. Mid City is now a thriving multi-congregational church.

From 1982 to 1996, Benefiel served as pastor of the First 
Church of the Nazarene in Los Angeles, a multi-congregational church. He also founded and served as the executive director 
of the P.F. Bresee Foundation, a nonprofit community center 
in LA’s Mid-Wilshire district.

Benefiel has always had a passion for serving his community, and his name has been highly respected within the Church of the Nazarene. Over the past 40 years, he has served the denomination on numerous councils and boards related to education, research, and youth ministry.  His work in the community has included serving on the board of directors of 
the Kansas City Urban Youth Center and of rescue missions 
in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Kansas City.  

Benefiel received his B.A., M.A., and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from PLNU. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology 
from the University of Southern California.  

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16
May

PLNU puts Ghana's Human Factor Leadership Academy at bat. Students and a community bring baseball to this school in Ghana.

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Two PLNU students are turning T-shirts into aid for Uganda. Read how sophomore Kristin Klein and junior Amanda Cook "Love Uganda."

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14
May

On May 14, PLNU celebrated the accomplishments of 565 undergraduate and 259 graduate students at Commencement. During the convocation ceremonies, 23 seniors were recognized for completing honors projects. In addition, an honorary Doctor of Laws degree was awarded to David Latter. Latter became president of Morehouse Foods in 1969, and he has guided the company to its current position as a multi-million dollar international business, specializing in mustard and horseradish. Latter has an undergraduate degree from PLNU.

Watch Commencement 2011

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28
Apr

Luke Harmon, a 2010 business administration graduate from PLNU, was named the 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Fermanian School of Business (FSB) at Point Loma Nazarene University. Harmon was one of five finalists in the FSB’s Entrepreneur Enrichment Program (EEP).

Harmon’s project, EHipp, is developing medical records software for overlooked sectors of the health care industry.

“Thank you so much for providing a platform for me to work on this project,” said Harmon. “This experience has been incredibly challenging but at the same time amazing, and I have loved every second of it!” 

Following a nearly yearlong process that began with the annual EEP Exposition and “pitch” last September, five student entrepreneurial ventures received mentoring throughout the 2010-11 academic year while developing a detailed business plan. There were three experienced entrepreneurial mentors for each venture from a wide variety of business interests throughout the western U.S. The mentors also served as judges for the plans. The plans were completed and submitted by April 15, 2011. The judges then had two weeks to review the plans on a secure online site. 

“In the past year, I have dove fully into eHipp,” said Harmon. “I have read books and articles, interviewed physicians, nurses, and medical students, attended classes and conferences, job shadowed venture capitalists, and met with recognized leaders and thinkers of medical innovation. Through this process, I have felt like it was up to me to find a place where this software could work and succeed. You will see from the business plan that I believe I have done that.” 

Randy M. Ataide, the EEP advisor and PLNU professor of entrepreneurship said, “Each year presents a different variety of projects and entrepreneurial interests, and this year was no exception. What stands out in this year’s program was the dedication of most of the entrepreneurs to maximize the opportunity to be mentored.”  

The FSB announced Harmon’s award at a banquet attended by approximately 85 entrepreneurs, mentors, students, and supporters on Wednesday evening, April 27, 2011. 

Harmon earned a total of $3,000 in funding from the EEP Endowment towards supporting his entrepreneurial endeavors, and was mentored by Stephen Thesing, Robert Harp and Bart Grunau, all experienced EEP mentors.

Other honorees included brothers Derek Jackson, a senior double major at PLNU in business administration and music, joined by his brother Marcus Jackson, a PLNU business administration alumni from 2007, for their project Forte Gigs, a musician promotion and management company for student musicians, who earned an additional $1,500 from the EEP Endowment as well as winning the Dave and Dorothy Latter Free Enterprise Award. PLNU MBA John Cosby earned $1,500 from the endowment as well as nabbing the Social Entrepreneur Award of another $200 for his project, BorderTraffic.com.

The other completed projects were by Carl Gardner, a 2010 business administration graduate, who created Gardner BioFuels and Reid Sund, a 2010 accounting graduate, who developed Care Connection. All participating projects that completed the EEP received $500 each, and additional projects were announced for the 2011-12 EEP.

Craig Van Hulzen, CEO of Van Hulzen Asset Management in Jackson, Ca., and a co-founder of the EEP and the EEP Endowment, stated “ While not a year of large numbers in the EEP, the quality of the completed plans is the best by far in the history of the EEP. It reflects the evolving nature of the EEP and the rising expectations of quality among the participants.” 

Fermanian Business & Economic Institute, PLNU
27
Apr

Wednesday is the 2010-2011 Entrepreneur Enrichment Program Banquet. The Entrepreneur Enrichment Program (EEP) seeks to encourage, stimulate, and nourish the entrepreneurial process in any full or part-time student and in all academic disciplines at PLNU by providing specific personal, business, and professional counsel for student-entrepreneurs' business plans from recognized industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and financiers.  

This year's participants displayed their ideas at the expo on October 6 in the School of Business.  Following the expo they each gave a three-minute pitch to the business review team who judged their projects.  The finalists have been announced and have been paired with mentors to assist the students in developing a solid business plan for their specific project.  Winners will be announced at the EEP Banquet.

 

Entrepreneur Enrichment Program (EEP) Banquet
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Fermanian School of Business & Conference Center


Email Courtney Hamad to reserve your spot at CourtneyHamad@pointloma.edu   

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