PLNU News

13
Apr

A team of top scientific researchers, including PLNU’s own Assistant Professor of Biology, Walter Cho Ph.D., discovered an unusual swarm of tuna crabs on a seamount off the coast of Panama. This is the same species spotted washed up in a massive stranding along Southern California beaches last year. Typically found only along the coast of California, Baja California, and the Gulf of California, this swarm of red crabs discovered at the Hannibal Seamount was quite startling; this discovery represents a new southernmost range for the species. The team’s findings were recently published in PeerJ, an online academic journal dedicated to biological and medical sciences. 

 

Formed by volcanic processes, underwater seamounts rise hundreds to thousands of feet underwater from the seafloor, and form ecological "hotspots” that provide a home to many communities of unique species. 

 

However, less than 1% of these seamounts have been studied. To discover more about the rich, productive ecosystem surrounding the Hannibal Seamount near Panama, Dr. Cho joined team of scientists on a month-long expedition aboard the M/V Alucia in April 2015. They utilized two manned submersibles and an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to collect biological samples, map the seafloor, and collect images of the seamount. "This study is an example of how we can effectively use the multiple tools now available to study the deep-sea habitat," said Cho. “The fact that we could combine the use of submersibles to explore, observe and sample, and then use an AUV to follow-up those observations of the crab aggregation and get quantitative data is really powerful."

 

As part of PLNU’s undergraduate summer research program, student researchers for PLNU also played a role in discovering more about the red crabs and the seamount: Led by Dr. Cho, a team of students helped analyze seafloor images of these crabs from the Hannibal Seamount. “The ocean is still a mysterious place,” said PLNU researcher and senior biology major, Kelsey Miller. “I’m thrilled to be a part of a constantly expanding field that discovers new things every day. Not many students get an opportunity to be this involved in research.” 

 

The researchers of the Hannibal seamount expedition hope to return to the “hotspot” to further learn why high levels of biodiversity exist in these types of areas.  Together with his team of students, Dr. Cho plans to continue his research on seafloor communities of marine organisms this summer. 

Biology, External Relations, Office of Community & Government Relations, PLNU
29
Mar

We are pleased to announce that political science senior, Jacci O'Keefe, has been selected for a 2016-17 Fulbright Student Award in India. Jacci will spend 11 months in India as a cultural ambassador and as part of Fulbright's English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) program.

History & Political Science
23
Mar

To view the executive summary of the report SDMAC Military Economic Impact Study, go here. The full report is available for purchase here.

Fermanian Business & Economic Institute
18
Feb

On Monday, February 15, 2016 the Center for International Development (CID) at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) hosted the San Diego Global Poverty Forum on Point Loma’s campus.

The engaging half-day event brought leading speakers from around the world to discuss and debate cutting edge ideas and research in the field of global poverty alleviation. “The CID exists to mentor students, support faculty, and engage the external community in the study and application of holistic business practices to alleviate global poverty,” said CID director Rob Gailey, PhD. “Today’s dialogue between experts in the field, our PLNU community, non-profit leaders and other members of the San Diego community is a tangible example of that mission.”

Kicking off the afternoon’s speaker series, Bruce Wydick, PhD, professor of economics at the University of San Francisco and author of Games in Economic Development and The Taste of Many Mountains, provided an analysis of the top 10 most cost-effective poverty alleviation methods according to economists. Wydick went a step further to break down those 10 methods into two groups; those providing the most benefit and those with limited to no impact on the individuals intended to serve. The immeasurable benefits of simple mosquito nets and the negligible impact of fair trade coffee surprised many in the audience.

Building on Wydick’s introduction of effective giving mechanisms, University of California, San Diego professor of economics, Paul Niehaus, PhD, provided an in-depth analysis of direct person to person giving. As president and co-founder of GiveDirectly, Niehaus brought unique insight into the challenges of traditional giving and unique opportunities of direct transfers to poor people. “Traditional ways of giving internationally are complex,” explained Niehaus. “Advances in payments technology have drastically cut the costs of direct transfers and new research also supports the powerful impacts this has on recipients. At GiveDirectly we see these trends converging to make direct giving the benchmark against which the old, top-down models are evaluated.”

Dianne Calvi, president and CEO of Village Enterprise, wrapped up the individual speaker presentations with an evaluation of the data on micro-entrepreneurship and its impact on poverty and the role of hope in the individual experience. Village Enterprise, which was the inspiration for the founders of Kiva.com, has trained more than 130,000 micro-enterprise owners and helped start more than 30,000 small businesses in Kenya and Uganda. Following the presentations, the panelists convened for a robust conversation with the audience facilitated by Gailey.

The day's events concluded with a private dinner reception for friends and supporters of the CID. Guests were joined by Wydick, Niehaus, Calvi, PLNU's President Bob Brower, PhD, and recent PLNU alumni who remain active with the CID. “Our passion at the CID is to help young people who want to make a difference in the fight against global poverty, but may not be sure where to start,” explained Gailey. “Your support allows us to connect those students who want to make a difference in the world, with the latest innovation and ideas about business and entrepreneurship as a way of breaking the cycle of global poverty.”

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The Center for International Development (CID) is a key initiative of the Fermanian School of Business at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. We believe breaking the cycle of global poverty in a sustainable way requires more than just handouts and foreign aid, and that business and entrepreneurship can play a key role in this process. Our focus is to connect people concerned about global poverty with key organizations, resources and thought leaders in this field who share our passion.

External Relations, Office of Community & Government Relations, PLNU
18
Feb

 

On Monday, February 15, 2016 the Center for International Development (CID) at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) hosted the San Diego Global Poverty Forum on Point Loma’s campus. 

 

The engaging half-day event brought leading speakers from around the world to discuss and debate cutting edge ideas and research in the field of global poverty alleviation. “The CID exists to mentor students, support faculty, and engage the external community in the study and application of holistic business practices to alleviate global poverty,” said CID director Rob Gailey, PhD. “Today’s dialogue between experts in the field, our PLNU community, non-profit leaders and other members of the San Diego community is a tangible example of that mission.”  

 

Kicking off the afternoon’s speaker series, Bruce Wydick, PhD, professor of economics at the University of San Francisco and author of Games in Economic Development and The Taste of Many Mountains, provided an analysis of the top 10 most cost-effective poverty alleviation methods according to economists. Wydick went a step further to break down those 10 methods into two groups; those providing the most benefit and those with limited to no impact on the individuals intended to serve. The immeasurable benefits of simple mosquito nets and the negligible impact of fair trade coffee surprised many in the audience.

 

Building on Wydick’s introduction of effective giving mechanisms, University of California, San Diego professor of economics, Paul Niehaus, PhD, provided an in-depth analysis of direct person to person giving. As president and co-founder of GiveDirectly, Niehaus brought unique insight into the challenges of traditional giving and unique opportunities of direct transfers to poor people. “Traditional ways of giving internationally are complex,” explained Niehaus. “Advances in payments technology have drastically cut the costs of direct transfers and new research also supports the powerful impacts this has on recipients. At GiveDirectly we see these trends converging to make direct giving the benchmark against which the old, top-down models are evaluated.” 

 

Dianne Calvi, president and CEO of Village Enterprise, wrapped up the individual speaker presentations with an evaluation of the data on micro-entrepreneurship and its impact on poverty and the role of hope in the individual experience. Village Enterprise, which was the inspiration for the founders of Kiva.org, has trained more than 130,000 micro-enterprise owners and helped start more than 30,000 small businesses in Kenya and Uganda. Following the presentations, the panelists convened for a robust conversation with the audience facilitated by Gailey. 

 

The day's events concluded with a private dinner reception for friends and supporters of the CID. Guests were joined by Wydick, Niehaus, Calvi, PLNU's President Bob Brower, PhD, and recent PLNU alumni who remain active with the CID. “Our passion at the CID is to help young people who want to make a difference in the fight against global poverty, but may not be sure where to start,” explained Gailey. “Your support allows us to connect those students who want to make a difference in the world, with the latest innovation and ideas about business and entrepreneurship as a way of breaking the cycle of global poverty.”

 

# # #

 

The Center for International Development (CID) is a key initiative of the Fermanian School of Business at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. We believe breaking the cycle of global poverty in a sustainable way requires more than just handouts and foreign aid, and that business and entrepreneurship can play a key role in this process. Our focus is to connect people concerned about global poverty with key organizations, resources and thought leaders in this field who share our passion.

 

Center for International Development, External Relations, Fermanian Business & Economic Institute
18
Feb

PRESS RELEASE 

Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Jonathan Pickett (661) 433-5814

Point TV: Channel 23

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: February 18, 2016

Written by: Jonathan Pickett

 

Two special guests visit Media Communication course

Students were treated to two guest appearances on Monday, February 15th in their Field Production course - both who have work experience and insight that were beneficial for students to hear about.

The first guest speaker was Director of the Los Angeles Film Studies Center, Rebecca Ver Straten-McSparran. After students fueled up on coffee and cupcakes, courtesy of Rebecca and her husband, she went on to explain the inner workings of LAFSC, as well as show the stu-dents their facilities and the community apartments where students stay when they spend a se-mester in the program.

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Following Rebecca’s appearance was former PLNU student Hilary Zeber, who is now a producer at AwesomenessTV, a media and entertainment company owned by Dreamworks. She talked about the path that led to her working for a show called “Top 5 Live” and being promoted to associate producer in less than year - all starting with a simple online application and an inter-view in LA. 

Jacob Boyd is a senior Media Communication major with a concentration in Film Studies, who will be heading to LAFSC in the fall to study for a semester. 

“Having Rebecca come to class and talk about the program was a great way for film stu-dents to get excited for what’s in store,” said Boyd. “Not only do they have top-notch facilities and technology for the students, but it seems like they genuinely care about the lives of LAFSC alums.”

The art of collaboration is a huge focus at LAFSC, among the other film production-related classes. According to Rebecca, this is because working collaboratively in Hollywood is such an important skill to have if you want to go into the film industry. 

“In our Hollywood Production workshop, students choose teams and collaborate in order to make budgeted, film festival-ready short films,” Rebecca said. 

Additionally, Rebecca talked about the LAFSC’s role in the students lives once they graduate from the center, because according to her, that is when her job is just starting. 

“We offer all sorts of post-graduate resources for our students like short film grants, connections in the industry, referrals to production companies, mentorships - we just want to maintain that relationship with our students to ensure their success.” 

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Hilary Zeber was also getting students excited for the future as she talked about her expe-rience so far as a Dreamworks employee. After being hired as an assistant producer, Zeber real-ized that many of the things she did with Point TV benefitted her by giving her the edge and ex-perience over other candidates.

“Lots of what I’m doing with AwesomenessTV is just like what I did here, just on a larger scale,” Zeber said. 

She didn’t come without specifics though. According to Zeber, students should always do more than was asked of them, and then ask to do some more, because that is the kind of work ethic that professional television and film producers see value in students who are just starting their careers. And for positions like Assistant Producer, when they see someone step up and they see their strengths, they’ll give more responsibilities, which is how she landed her recent promotion to Associate Producer. 

Zeber ended on another note of encouragement: “We have lots of good internships, plus there’s room for growth within Dreamworks, so if you apply, I’ll make sure to put in a word for a fellow Point TV student!”

For information regarding Point TV, contact Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu or Jonathan Pickett at jonathanpickett888@pointloma.edu.

Communications & Theatre