(San Diego, Calif. – May 14, 2014) – On May 29, 2014, Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) will commemorate the 50th anniversary of a historic speech given by the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Point Loma campus. Dr. King visited San Diego on May 29, 1964 as he traveled the country to gather support for the National Civil Rights Act which was to be signed into law later that year.  Dr. King gave several speeches that day across the city of San Diego.  The largest of these gatherings was in Golden Gymnasium located on the campus of what is now PLNU. 

The event will be held at 2 PM on May 29th at the very site in Golden Gymnasium where Dr. King addressed an estimated crowd of 5,000. Since moving to the campus in 1973, PLNU has maintained a collection of memorabilia from the significant day in San Diego’s history. In 2006, through the support of PLNU alumni and campus departments, an interactive kiosk was constructed to memorialize the event. This kiosk will be re-dedicated as this milestone anniversary is celebrated to honor the memory of both Dr. King and the civil rights movement. San Diegans who were in attendance in 1964 will share their reflections and a plaque will be installed in Golden Gymnasium to commemorate the 50th anniversary.   The ceremony will begin at 2:00 P.M. and include refreshments and music.

Individuals who attended Dr. King’s speech in 1964 are encouraged to contact PLNU and are welcome to attend the event where they will be recognized. To confirm your attendance, please contact the Office of Diversity at (619) 849-2484 or email  

President's Office


Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Ross Nederhoff (505) 999-8662

Point TV: Channel 23 

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: May 15, 2014

Written by: Ross Nederhoff


PLNU’s 11th Annual TV and Film Festival Caps Off The Year.

The Communication and Theatre Department hosted its 11th annual TV and Film  Festival on Thursday, May 1st, 2014. Students, parents, faculty, and friends gathered in PLNU’s  Salomon Theater to watch many of the media projects that were created throughout the year.


The night, which kicked off around 8pm, began with a word from Professor of Communication, Dr. Alan Hueth who stated the overall tone of the year. “It has been great to see the ongoing teamwork and dedication in our students’ projects. That will definitely pay off for them in the long run,” Hueth said.


A collection of samples from several of Point TV’s shows were the first to be shown. These included the best of Coastline News (a bi-weekly live newscast), Acoustic Showcase (a live musical performance program), Reel Students, a a behind-the-scenes look at the making of PLNU student films, and Loma Sports Tonight, a monthly sports show.


The evening continued with screenings of multiple student films. The first was Parallax, a film that was chosen as the best of the introductory level course, which tells the story of a stalker who eventually finds out that he is stalking a criminal. The next films, which were produced by Media Communication majors in an upper  division course, featured a number of different plot lines. These included movies such as Tuition, the story of a boy who must perform an incredible task to stay in school, Loud and Clear, a touching story of loss and healing, Nocturne, a chilling experimental piece, and No Strings Attached, a fun and meaningful take on one man’s destiny. After the content had been displayed, the awards ceremony took place. Awards in every category from concepts, to directing, to visuals, to production were given out. A complete list of winners can be found for reference at the bottom of this page.

The last two awards were especially significant, though, as they honored the work of one student in each major (Media Communication and Broadcast Journalism) who was particularly outstanding throughout their time at PLNU. Senior Josh Vandermeer was awarded the “Excellence in Media Communication Award,” and expressed gratitude and blessing for the award. “It's been a complete blessing to be able to work, learn, and grow into a more wise person through the past four years. I don't see the award as an affirmation of personal achievement, but simply a reminder that I have been blessed with the opportunity to strive my hardest alongside other great students,” Vandermeer said. 

Senior Jacob Roth was awarded the "Carol LeBeau Award for Outstanding Student in Broadcast Journalism Award”. Carol LeBeau, a former San Diego news reporter, anchor, and personality has been applauding PLNU students for the past nine years with this unique accolade. “It was a pretty wonderful feeling to win the award and to hear the applause from my classmates and friends. I've worked very hard the last few years, and it's good to know that I have the support of the people I've been blessed to work with.” said Roth in regards to his distinction. 


Best Film Director: Caleb Daniels for Tuition!

Best Screenplay: Amy Nordberg for Loud and Clear!

Best Editing: Angel Zamora, Caleb Daniels, and Josh Vandermeer for Tuition!

Best Director of Photography: Juan Iniguez for Loud and Clear!

Outstanding Film Scoring: James Bishop for Tuition and Loud and Clear!

Best TV Performer: Nikki Holguin!

Best News Anchor: Kalyn McMackin!

Best Reporter: Greta Wall!

Best Intro Project: Ross Nederhoff, Ricky Zollinger, Mackenzie McCullough, and Jenna Hussey for Parallax.

Best Film: Tuition (Caleb Daniels, Angel Zamora, Ricky Zollinger, and Josh Vandermeer)

Outstanding TV Writing: Caleb Daniels for Motion Capture Promo

Outstanding TV Editing: Macy Douglas for Journeys: Evie Anderson

Best TV Director: Jacob Roth

Best TV Show: Sea Lions Basketball

Leadership and Service: Greta Wall for Coastline News, Erich Rau for Point TV, and Julie  McKibben for Point Radio

Excellence in Media Communication: Josh Vandermeer

Carol LeBeau Award for Outstanding Student in Broadcast Journalism: Jacob Roth


For more information regarding the Film Festival or for more details on awards, please contact 

Alan Hueth at or Ross Nederhoff

Communications & Theatre


to our 2014 graduating class

History, Political Science, International Studies, & Social Science majors!


Joshua Bordy, Christopher Danks, Ryan Fuentes, Justin Gilmore, Jeana Holman, Daniel King, Thomas Metcalf, Stephanie Nelson, Corianne Ransbury, Alexander Rogers, Jonathan Strauss,  James Vaughn, Luis Pallera, Laura Hunter, Victoria Moon, Jasmine Maleche, Hayley Swan, Elena Townsend, Kyle Olson, Brandon Beck3er, Brian Bentley, Zoe Carr, Kayla Cook, Emily Gardner, Lidiya Kravchuk, Christina Marcial, Daniela Pelayo-Beckwith,
Antoinette Vitale, Paige Woodward Holleigh Riemer, Kyle Straeter

History & Political Science

Twenty years in the making, a vision became a reality on Thursday, May 8th, as Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) broke ground on the long awaited science complex on the Point Loma campus. 

University President, Dr. Bob Brower, was joined by members of the PLNU Board of Trustees, faculty, students, alumni, donors and community leaders to mark the occasion. With participation from a number of individuals across the PLNU community, the ceremony recognized the success of the sciences at PLNU and the many individuals who have worked tirelessly to see the fruition of the project, including the Sator family, major donors after whom the complex will be named.  

The new complex will accommodate the increasing number of students who want to study science at PLNU. “The current Rohr Science Building, built in 1962, is no longer equipped to meet the demands of contemporary science” said Brower. “This new, innovative facility will offer ample space and modern technology to ensure the growth of our program and the success of our PLNU science faculty and students.” 

Designed by San Diego based firm, Carrier Johnson + Culture, the 32,900-square-foot science complex will include a two-story laboratory, four attached classrooms, and a rooftop patio. The facility will enable the science program to reach new heights with collaborative research opportunities and modern technology to attract quality science faculty and students.

With nearly forty percent of PLNU’s undergraduate students majoring in one of the science-related disciplines, and all undergraduate students required to complete a laboratory science course during their time at PLNU, the new building is a desirable addition to campus. “Every student at PLNU will benefit from this investment” said Dr. Ken Martin, longtime chair of the chemistry department. “This much-needed facility will better reflect the quality of the faculty and students, further strengthening the undergraduate research programs which offer students the ability to conduct faculty mentored research – a hallmark of the science programs at PLNU”

Thursday’s groundbreaking marks PLNU’s commitment to both current and future students, faculty and the surrounding community as an institution known for excellence in academic preparation, wholeness in personal development, and faithfulness to mission. 

Learn more about the Campaign for the Sciences at PLNU and how you transform the future. For good. 

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(San Diego, Calif. – May 6, 2014) – She has been called “the quintessential water-woman,” and on May 6th, PLNU Junior, Emmy Merrill proved her dominance once again.  

On the final day of the StandUp Paddle (SUP) surfing portion of the 2014 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship (WSUPPC) in Nicaragua, Emmy took home the gold in the women’s SUP Surfing event.  

With 27 countries representing five continents, the 2014 ISA Championship events in Nicaragua kicked off on Sunday, May 4th.  The 2014 Men’s and Women’s SUP Surfing Gold Medalists were decided on Tuesday with excellent performances from the best men and women SUP Surfers in very contestable waves in La Boquita, Nicaragua.

Emmy, the 2012 ISA WSUPPC Gold Medalist, came out of qualifying rounds with a strong performance, posting the highest total heat score of the round. She took the gold on Tuesday with a score of 13.50. The 2014 ISA WSUPPC victory is the latest achievement for the talented Merrill who has been a fierce competitor since her days at San Clemente High School. We had a chance to sit down with Emmy after her 2012 gold, read the Q&A on PLNU’s blog

Photo credit ISA/Rommel 

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As part of PLNU’s commitment to maintaining academic excellence and long-term student success, the university has spent two years completing a comprehensive self-study. This deliberate, data-driven process involved both faculty and staff while reviewing student interest in academic programs along with such factors as career outcomes and financial viability.

As a result of the study, over the coming four years, PLNU will be implementing a number of changes. Several departments will be altering their elective options and revising their budgets. A small number of majors will be phased out by the summer of 2018. However, all current and admitted students will be able to complete their degrees in their desired majors. Because the changes took into account upcoming faculty retirements and known departures, no full-time faculty personnel changes are necessary to implement these plans.

For more specific information about these changes and our self-study, you may visit If you have questions, please direct them to

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