PLNU News

20
Jul

The San Diego Point Loma Host Town will host athletes from Albania, Burkina Faso and Finland as they prepare for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015)


San Diego, Calif., July 20, 2015 – In less than 24 hours, PLNU will welcome 177 athletes and delegates to the San Diego campus in conjunction with the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015) which begins on July 25, 2015.

 

In advance of Saturday’s Opening Ceremonies, more than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will be welcomed to Southern California through the Host Town program. One hundred communities have the honor of being selected as an official Host Town, including seven in San Diego County. The San Diego Point Loma Host Town, under the leadership of Dr. Jim Johnson from PLNU and Mr. Michael Perry, Founder and former CEO of San Diego Trust Bank, will welcome athletes from Albania, Burkina Faso, and Finland for three days to prepare for the games. The university, through generous support of Geico San Diego and numerous individual donors, will provide housing, meals, and entertainment while in San Diego.

 

“PLNU has a long history of support for our local Special Olympics athletes and we consider it an honor to host each athlete as they remind us what true courage, joy and determination looks like,” said PLNU President, Dr. Bob Brower.  For the past 22 years, the Special Olympics Regional Track Meet has taken place on the track at PLNU, making the university a natural partner for the LA2015 Host Town program.  

 

During the athletes’ time on campus, PLNU will provide a variety of host responsibilities and services, from meals and lodging, to volunteer buddies for athletes while on and off campus. On Wednesday, July 22nd, multiple San Diego Host Towns will meet for an afternoon at the San Diego Zoo followed by a welcome dinner on PLNU’s campus for the San Diego Point Loma Host Town.  Thursday evening the San Diego Padres will host all 1500 athletes and sponsors in the San Diego Host Town delegations for an evening at the ballpark as they take on the Miami Marlins. Athletes and sponsors will be on hand to throw out honorary first pitches along with a parade of athletes during the pre-game ceremony as the entire San Diego region celebrates the inclusion and spirit of LA2105.

 

Athletes will depart from PLNU on Friday morning to continue their journey to north LA2015. It’s not too late to get involved. If you would like to volunteer with the San Diego Point Loma Host Town, please call (619) 849-2298 or email PublicAffairs@pointloma.edu. Donations in any amount are greatly apprecaite and can be made online to the LA2015 Host Town program. 

External Relations, Office of Community & Government Relations, PLNU
10
Jul

Dr. Keith Hubbard, an alumni of the PLNU MICS Department and an associate professor of mathematics and statistics at Stephen F. Austin State University, is the latest recipient of an endowed professorship established to reward faculty members who serve as excellent mentors and teachers.

The Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship recognizes professors who instill, foster and promote a mentoring culture at SFA.  The award is named for Dr. Jim Towns, a longtime SFA professor of communication studies.

Hubbard, who joined SFA's College of Sciences and Mathematics in 2005, teaches graduate and undergraduate classes, including algebra, calculus, geometry, trigonometry and finite math.  His research interests are vertex algebras and co-algebras, mathematical finance and mathematics education.

Hubbard received his bachelor's degree from Point Loma Nazarene University and his master's and doctoral degrees from Notre Dame University, all of which are in mathematics.

"Dr. Hubbard exudes caring and counsel for his students," Towns said.  "His commitment runs much deeper than connecting with students in the classroom.  He takes the time and makes the time to listen and lead.  His example is inspiring."

Hubbard said he's honored to follow in the footsteps of a professor who is well known for his commitment to student success, and he wants to continue Towns' legacy.

"A university education is more about an inclusion into a supportive community where students mature intellectually, emotionally and professionally," Hubbard said.  "That kind of growth requires a deep personal investment in students as individuals-not just in their acquisition of a body of knowledge, but in their growth as adults.  Mentoring is choosing to make that deep investment."

Funding for the mentoring professorship was largely raised by Towns with the help of former students, colleagues and friends.

For the article click here.

Mathematical, Information & Computer Sciences
07
Jul

The Inland Empire Regional Center will be closing as of August 2015.

For information on programs previously offered through the Inland Empire Regional Center, please visit: gps.pointloma.edu.

For questions regarding the closure of the center, please reference this document

Inland Empire Regional Center
01
Jun

PLNU alums Alex Rodrick (B.A., Music, 2011) and Christen Horne Ryerson (B.A., Music, 2012) continue PLNU Voice's stream of accolades, winning large cash awards in the 2015 annual competition of the Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego. The competition final round awards were announced in a concert on Sunday afternoon May 30th at First United Methodist Church in Mission Valley.  Founded in 1945, Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego (www.musicalmerit.org) now awards over $85,000 in prize money every year to young musicians in vocal and instrumental music who live in or attend college in the greater San Diego region.  Rodrick, a mezzo-soprano, receives a $7,000 cash prize; soprano Ryerson receives a cash award of $5,000. Both young vocalists, who studied while at PLNU with Dr. J. Craig Johnson, are pursuing professional careers as opera singers.

Music
22
May

Since 2004 PLNU has been participating in the City of San Diego’s recycling program.  Through the work of everyone across the campus we were fortunate enough to once again win the Director’s Recycling Award.  This is our ninth award from the City of San Diego Environmental Services Department.  Our recycling program includes single-stream recycle bins; electronic, battery, and ink recycling; donations;  on-campus composting for dorms and offices and off-campus composting for Sodexo food waste; shred recycling; as well as carpet and construction recycling.  Awards such as these are only possibly through the participation of our campus community so thank you for your support and continued sustainability efforts.  We look forward to continuing to  our sustainability initiatives together.

Sustainability