The surprising findings of a three year study on gang-involved sex trafficking, funded by the Department of Justice was released on Monday, 10/26/2015. The groundbreaking study, "Measuring the Nature and Extent of Gang Involvement in Sex Trafficking in San Diego," led by University of San Diego Kroc School of Peace Studies Professor Ami C. Carpenter, PhD in partnership with Point Loma Nazarene University Professor Jamie Gates, PhD, gathered and analyzed data from hundreds of current and former gang members, schools, law enforcement agencies, and victim service providers.  For the complete story and video clip click here

Sociology & Social Work

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) 2015 Professional Award Winners Announced

Please join the Executive Director and I in congratulating Ms. Sarah Lauff, on her selection as 2015 AISES Award for Technical Excellence.

Ms. Lauff is being recognized for her role in providing new developments for execution of the Navy's Rapid Deployable Cargo Monitoring System (RDCMS).  RDCMS focuses on securing Naval munitions via a developed wireless monitoring system.  Additionally, Ms. Lauff is being recognized for her continued valuable STEM mentoring activities.

Ms. Lauff will be recognized at the Traditional Honors Banquet during the AISES Conference on Saturday, 21 Nov 15, in Phoenix, AZ.  Congratulations Ms. Lauff!

Thank you for your service to the Navy and Nation.

Sarah Lauff is an Alumni of PLNU in the Mathematics Major.
Mathematical, Information & Computer Sciences

Soprano Krista Wilford (B.A., Music, 2014) was lauded for her debut as Belinda, sister of Queen Dido, in San Diego City Opera's "Queen of Carthage" this month, performed in a grove of eucalyptus trees on a bluff overlooking the ocean at UCSD. "Queen of Carthage" is the new opera company's adaptation of Purcell's early masterpiece "Dido and Aeneas." The role of Belinda, sister of Queen Dido, is the second female lead. 

Local press hailed Wilford for her "commitment" and "sparkling soprano voice." The San Diego Union-Tribune noted that Wilford "hit a home run...[she] was on stage much of the time and her absolute commitment to her role, the way she inhabited her character, and her singing, held the production together." It noted that "even more than through the title character, in Belinda we see the opera’s trajectory from the triumph of love to the agony of rejection. And her presence kept us involved through every step in that journey."


Dr. Kugler and a group of PLNU Kinesiology students attended the Annual UC Davis Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Conference on October 10-11th. The students had options of attending over 350 dynamic pre-med and pre-health professions workshops and also had access to more than 400 physicians and representatives to directly answer questions during workshops and the Health Professions Fair. Dr. Kugler enjoyed time networking and sharing personal commitments, as well as fellowship and prayer.

 Dr. Sawyer had a chance to orally present at the Regional Chapter ACSM Conference as well as have a little fun with Student Jeopardy!  His topic was presented on the biological variability in fat change with exercise training.  Students Ross, Casey and Brett competed with a test of their anatomy and physiology knowledge against 14 other teams from CA, NV, AZ, and Utah.  They were in first place after the first round, but ended up finishing somewhere in the middle of the pack.  Awesome job!  Jenny Beers, Brett Baughman, Kai Pattison and Patricia Benedict all presented research posters presenting the work that was conducted over the past 2 summers in the lab.

PRESS RELEASE Point Loma Nazarene University
Contact: Jonathan Pickett (661) 433-5814 Point TV
Channel 23 Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358
Date: September 24, 2015

Written by: Jonathan Pickett

Point TV Film Forum to Feature Alum Filmmaker

PLNU alum Jared Callahan’s feature-length documentary marks the 21st film from a student or alum to get into a festival. In this case, it was an official selection in many festivals, including the San Diego Film Festival. Point TV’s upcoming Film Forum on October 5th will feature a screening of the documentary, entitled “Janey Makes a Play,” as well as a question and answer discussion with Callahan.

This is Callahan's debut feature documentary, though he has worked on other short and narrative films as director, producer and cinematographer. He was an assistant director on other PLNU alum’s films like Destin Cretton’s award-winning “Short Term 12” and “I Am Not a Hipster.” “Janey Makes a Play” follows a dynamic 90-year-old playwright as she produces and directs her new original community theatre production for the small town in which she lives. The production began in August of 2012, and Callahan took to Kickstarter in order raise funds to complete the film.

“Janey Makes a Play” will be screened at San Diego Film Festival on October 4th, the day before the film forum. It will also be shown as an official selection and LA Indie Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival and others.

Point TV Station Manager Caleb Daniels says that Callahan is a gifted storyteller who will speak truth and entertain those in attendance. “Having spoken with Jared, what he has learned in producing a feature-length documentary and working with film festivals is invaluable for those students hoping to enter the film industry,” he said.

PLNU’s film forums aim to engage film students, film enthusiasts and professors in in-sightful and inspiring conversations about media with industry-experienced individuals. Last se-mester’s forum hosted two time Emmy-winning actor Tony Hale (“Arrested Development,” “Veep”). Others in the past have included writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton (“Short Term 12”), producer Ralph Winter (“X-men” series, “Star Trek”) and many others.

Dean Treadway of the Atlanta Film Festival said, “Callahan's film stands as a testament to a woman with fiery spirit and a bottomless creative drive, yes, but it also serves as an ultimate-ly touching ode to the adrenaline-pumping joys to be had in simply putting on a show. It's re-markably assured, sweet-natured stuff and not to be missed.”

Since 2005, PLNU student and alum films have been featured in over 30 festivals and have received 22 awards.

The forum is open to the entire PLNU community and will be held in Crill Auditorium on PLNU’s campus starting at 7:00pm.

For more information regarding the film forum or Jared Callahan, please contact Alan Hueth at or Jonathan Pickett at

Communications & Theatre