PLNU Composition Students Kirsten Shetler, Jonathan Seligman, Aaron Burgett, James Bishop, John True, Joseph Gabuya and William Unkefer will have their works performed on May 29th as a part of the Peninsula Pops Summer Series.  The composition students have been asked for a performance of their works because of the reputation of our composition program. Students are excited about hearing their works performed in the historic Liberty Station North Chapel.

If you are interested in attending this concert Click Here for ticket information.


Ivan Filby, currently the dean of PLNU’s Fermanian School of Business will leave PLNU to accept a position as president of Greenville College, Illinois, beginning July 1, 2013. Before coming to PLNU, Filby served as professor and chair of the management department at Greenville College from 2005-12.

While obviously excited about his new role, Filby said that it is hard to leave PLNU. 

“PLNU is an amazing institution and I am so proud to have spent a year here,” he said.  “And, I certainly will be no stranger to PLNU over the coming years as my daughter begins as a freshman in the fall.”

During his 12 months as dean, the Fermanian School of Business has made some important changes. It introduced new undergraduate majors in economics, finance, and marketing; a new minor in finance; and a new 5th year MBA program

Filby noted that he expects it will still be “full steam ahead” in the business school. “The Fermanian School of Business will stay true to its mission of preparing future business leaders who, literally not figuratively, are called to change the world.”

“Christian higher education institutions like PLNU and Greenville College play a unique role in our educational landscape,” said Filby. “Christian universities with strong majors and a stretching liberal arts core are very effective at preparing students to think critically, solve complex problems creatively and communicate clearly – skills that are so desperately needed in today’s and tomorrow’s world of work. More than that, a Christ-centered education helps students prepare for all of their lives, not just the time that they spend at work.”

With Filby's departure, Provost Kerry Fulcher announced that Dr. Ken Armstrong, who served as interim dean in the Fermanian School of Business during the 2011-12 academic year, will be rejoining PLNU to take over the reins again as interim dean for the 2013-14 academic year.

“It will be an almost seamless transition a much of what we have accomplished this year was initiated by Ken during his time as dean," said Filby. 

In the past, Armstrong also served as dean of the School of Business at Anderson University in Indiana and as interim dean during important transitions at George Fox University and Eastern Nazarene College. Fulcher indicated he was pleased that Armstrong “is willing to provide another year of excellent leadership as we search for Dr. Filby's replacement.”  

“We are grateful for the excellent leadership that Ivan has given us over this past year and we wish him well as he takes on the new challenge of leadership as the President of Greenville College," said Fulcher.

The PLNU accounting program continues to be among the very best in California. Recent CPA test results ranked PLNU second in California in both CPA pass rate and average test scores. The Fermanian Business & Economic Institute continues to be one of the premier business and economic consulting centers in the state while the Center for International Development effectively prepares students to use their business skills to serve “the least of these” throughout the world.

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Hesperia High School has named Amanda (Molina) Graley (04) its "Certificated Employee of the Year".  Amanda works as a teacher in the Visual and Performing Arts department at Hesperia High School in California and has had many successful choirs.  She graduated from PLNU with a degree in Music Education.


Study in London and beyond, July 30-November 14, 2013.

Ideal for second and third year students who still have GE requirements to fulfill, the London Semester offers a unique opportunity to study in the midst of the historical and cultural riches of the United Kingdom and European Continent with Drs. Carl and Ronda Winderl, Alan Hueth and Nigel Halliday. Especially suited for students interested in literature, theatre or communications, this program includes a 9-day UK tour at midterm and several long weekend breaks to allow for independent touring.

Cost is less than a semester at PLNU on a 15 meal plan, plus airfare. Contact the Study Abroad Office at (619) 849-2972 for more information. Apply now as spots are typically filled by the end of October.

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Kay M. Wilder graduated in 1967 from Northwest Nazarene University with a major in Home Economics Education. She continued her education in Boston, earning her Master of Science degree from Simmons College in 1972. She completed her Doctorate of Education at Northern Arizona University in 1986.

Dr. Wilder has dedicated 45 years of service in secondary and higher education, thoughtfully shaping and leading her students so that they, in turn, could positively impact the lives of individuals, families and communities. She has served the Point Loma Nazarene University Department of Family and Consumer Sciences for 32 years, chairing the department for 25 of those.

For many members of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Kay is one of the first persons who come to mind when thinking about California-AAFCS. Some of the leadership roles she has held within AAFCS include AAFCS Director-at-Large (2006-2009), CA-AAFCS President (2000-2002), and San Diego District President (1991-1993.)

Beyond the PLNU community, Kay has served actively on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Rescue Mission since 1996. She was awarded the prestigious Community Leaders Award from  the Administrators Association of San Diego City Schools in 1998 and 2002.

She is a loving mother to Anne and proud grandmother of Sarah and Matthew. In her impending retirement from academia, Kay looks forward to spending more time with family and fulfilling God’s new call to her. The rich legacy she leaves at PLNU and in the San Diego community at large is marked with great compassion for others, devoted and faithful service to Christ and an unwavering standard of excellence. Congratulations, Kay, and may God continue to shine His countenance upon you!

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Point Loma Nazarene University has become the first Christian university in the nation to vote to voluntarily raise tuition by $3 per student to support a campus Fair Trade Fund. The fund will allow PLNU students to show their strong support for fair trade initiatives and further the use of fair trade products on campus.  This is another step that PLNU has taken to become a certified “Fair Trade” campus. The vote passed the student body by 80 percent.

Andrew Schalin, PLNU student and an intern with PLNU’s Center for Justice and Reconciliation, decided to undertake this project to show that the students of PLNU are committed to fair trade in a dramatic way: “PLNU has voiced that it is important to our students to make strides towards a slave-free campus. This will bring visibility to the fair trade movement both in San Diego and across the nation. Our hope is that other Nazarene schools, Southern California Bible Schools, and Fair Trade Universities will take note and implement this fund at their own schools.”

This is the second tuition increase that PLNU students have initiated themselves.  In 2008, students assessed a $3 per student Green Fee to further campus sustainability efforts.  Projects paid for by the Green Fund have included adaption to low flow fixtures across campus, installation of solar thermal panels atop student dormitories, and increased sustainability measures within campus dining services.


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