PLNU News

15
Jul

Irwin Herman has been known as “the Bookman” in San Diego for the past 23 years. During the past two-plus decades, he and his nonprofit organization, The Bookman, have given away more than 8 million books. His quiet but expansive work has garnered media attention in the past, and now his journey has been chronicled in a new book, The Bookman, by Art Seamans, professor emeritus at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU). 

Seamans’ book will be presented to Herman at a literary tea held on the PLNU campus on Thursday, July 18 at 2 p.m. at the Bond Academic Center patio. Media and interested community members are invited to attend and to celebrate the great philanthropic efforts of this local hero. Both Herman and Seamans will be available for interview and comment. 

Herman freely gives out new and used books to charitable organizations, teachers, active duty military, students, homeless shelters, prisons, and other individuals and organizations in need of reading materials. San Diego City College alone receives approximately 5,000 books a week. Donations have been made in all 50 states and many foreign countries. The Bookman operates his charity out of a 5,000 square foot warehouse at El Cajon Boulevard and 37th Street in City Heights, the space and electricity having been donated by San Diegan Jack Grace. The Bookman is an entirely volunteer-run, 501(c)3 organization.

Seamans is a retired professor and author of six books. Despite having lost his vision, he continues to read and write prolifically.

info-center, Literature, Journalism & Modern Languages, PLNU
15
Jul

PLNU is pleased to welcome Dr. Deborah Erickson as the new dean of the School of Education. Erickson has extensive experience in Christian higher education. She will be coming to PLNU after serving 11 years at California Lutheran University as a faculty member, interim department chair, and, since 2007, assistant dean in the Graduate School of Education. In addition to her work at CLU, she has served on numerous state and national education boards and committees in key leadership roles. She was the president of the California Association of Professors of Educational Administration in 2006-07 and is currently a member of the executive board of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. She is well versed in both state and national accreditation issues and is currently serving in multiple roles with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Prior to joining CLU, Erickson served as a teacher, vice principal, principal, and district curriculum director in several K-12 districts throughout California.

Erickson received a B.A.E. (elementary education) and an M.A. (integrated study in business and psychology) from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. From there, she went on to earn another M.A. (educational administration) from CSU San Bernardino and her Ed.D. (educational administration) from University of the Pacific.

Erickson brings to PLNU a reputation as a tireless worker and skilled leader as well as an excellent record of scholarship, professional engagement, and community service.

“We are very grateful to the faculty and staff in the School of Education for continuing during this interim period to build on the progress that we have made over the past few years leading up to our NCATE accreditation,” said PLNU provost Dr. Kerry Fulcher. “I especially want to thank Dr. Carol Leighty for stepping in as the interim dean and doing much more than maintaining our programs and processes but actually moving us forward in them. It is on this good foundation that we welcome our new dean. I am excited to have Dr. Erickson joining us at PLNU and look forward to her strategic leadership that will help our School of Education to continue to offer quality programs that meet the needs of the K-12 communities that we serve.

Erickson will begin her duties at PLNU on August 19.

Education, info-center, PLNU
28
Jun

For the third year in a row, Point Loma Nazarene University ranked among the top three California universities for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination results as reported by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).

Ivan Filby, Dean of the Fermanian School of Business explained, “These results are particularly satisfying because only PLNU and UCLA have placed in the top three each year for the last three years.”

 PLNU graduates ranked 2nd in both pass rate and average score in California for 2012. PLNU candidates had a 67.5% pass rate and 76.8 average score. Pomona College was first with 86.7% and 82.2 score. UCLA finished third with 62.5% and 75.3 score.

 Nationally, PLNU ranked 13th (top 5%) among Medium Programs for candidates taking the exam for the first time. NASBA classifies Universities by size of program based on number of candidates. There were 260 institutions in the Medium Program category (21 to 60 candidates).

Associate Professor of Accounting, Steve Cosentino, noted that “PLNU has exceptional accounting students that are sought after by the most prestigious national, statewide and local accounting firms.”   This year for example, 50% of the graduating class have job offers from accounting firms in both tax and audit.  Five of the 19 accounting graduates already have offers from the Big 4 firms. 

 Associate Professor Carl Hammond, faculty advisor for the Student Accounting Society, added “These results continue to be a testament to the dedication and hard work our alumni take into the business community. The PLNU accounting program does not “teach to the test”, rather we emphasize a rock-solid accounting foundation enhanced by personal values articulated throughout the PLNU liberal arts-based curriculum.” 

Business
24
Jun

July 26-28, PLNU professor of literature Dr. Bettina Tate Pedersen will present a workshop sesson entitled "Reading the Bible, Reading Literature: Becoming a Feminist Christian Reader of the Bible" at the Christians for Biblical Equality international conference in Pittsburgh.

According to their website, "Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) is a nonprofit organization of Christian men and women who believe that the Bible, properly interpreted, teaches the fundamental equality of men and women of all ethnic groups, all economic classes, and all age groups, based on the teachings of Scriptures such as Galatians 3:28:

'There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.'"

Pedersen will present one of "twenty-two sessions [that] will consider how misinterpreting Scripture contributes to a worldview that devalues women and fosters injustice."

For more information, visit cbeinternational.org.

Literature, Journalism & Modern Languages
06
Jun

On May 28, the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute at Point Loma Nazarene University presented its original research report, “San Diego’s Food Bank Population: Profile, Analysis, and Solutions.” The report was commissioned by The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. The FBEI report involved the first comprehensive survey and analysis of the 350,000 San Diego County’s residents who depend on the region’s Food Bank. Field research was conducted at many distribution sites served by the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and included interviews with more than 550 households receiving food assistance during October 2012.

“It is our intention to provide regional leaders a highly readable economic analysis of a critical topic to all within our community,” said FBEI executive director Randy M. Ataide. “The report draws a portrait of the people needing food assistance and seeks to understand the demographic, economic, and social factors driving that need.”

The vital demographic data in the report helps “puts a face” on the population that the food bank serves. According to PLNU chief economist Lynn Reaser, the face of hunger in San Diego County includes working families living in poverty, seniors, and tens of thousands of children. Unemployment is a factor for many seeking assistance, but most families using the food bank have at least one working adult in the household.

In October 2012, teams of staff and students from Point Loma Nazarene University visited food bank locations throughout San Diego County and surveyed clients while they waited in line for food assistance. The communities included: Central San Diego, San Ysidro, Borrego Springs, Warner Springs, Encinitas, Escondido, Ramona, Fallbrook, Oceanside, Lemon Grove, Ocean Beach, Poway, Campo, Descanso and Pine Valley.

On May 28, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and PLNU’s Fermanian Business & Economic Institute held a joint press conference to launch the groundbreaking, 30-page report. Speakers at the press conference included: PLNU’s Chief Economist Dr. Lynn Reaser; Malin Burnham, philanthropist, and joint-funder of the survey; U.S. Congressman Scott Peters; County Supervisor Dave Roberts; and James A. Floros, president & CEO of the San Diego Food Bank.

The full study is available here.

 

 

Business, Fermanian Business & Economic Institute, info-center, PLNU
17
May

With our fiscal year drawing to a close, we thought we'd reflect back on the 2012-2013 year at PLNU. From New Student Orientation to the commencement ceremonies, each moment has brought  new adventures and new opportunities.

For a glimpse into all that's happened this year, please watch this short video:


This exciting year was made possible by our faithful supporters! By giving to PLNU, you are ensuring that future students have the same chance to forge lasting friendships and grow in their relationship with Christ while pursuing a faith-centered education.

Please consider making your gift to the University Fund for student scholarships today!

Thank you for supporting the future of PLNU!

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