PLNU News

11
Nov

PLNU’s Department of History and Political Science welcomes Robert Donia Ph.D. on Tuesday, November 12th, at 3:30pm, in Colt Forum, as he discusses the current crisis facing human rights enforcement. 

An historian specializing in Southeastern Europe and human rights, Donia has been called to testify as an historical expert witness in fifteen war crimes trials at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) the United Nations court of law dealing with war crimes that took place during the conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990’s. Specifically, Donia has testified at the trials of former Yugoslav President Milošević and, in August of this year, the former commander of the Bosnian Serb army, General Ratko Mladić.  

During Tuesday’s event, which is free and open to the public, Donia will make the case for relying less on international judicial redress while increasing legislative and executive actions to deter human rights abuses and intervene swiftly to end them when the occur. “The international human rights movement is facing a crisis of enforcement, a crisis brought on by the collapse of the key enforcement mechanisms that proponents of human rights have relied upon since the Second World War” says Donia.”

Donia’s lecture, “Confronting the Crisis in Human Rights Enforcement” argues that several acquittals at the ad hoc UN tribunals for Yugoslavia and Rwanda have shown international courts to be unreliable instruments of justice. According to Donia, “ambivalence and deadlock among the world’s leading powers have precluded an effective response to recent human rights abuses in the Middle East.” He encourages policy-makers and citizens alike to recognize the gravity of this crisis and explore alternative means of promoting human rights objectives around the globe.

After three years in the US Army in Germany, Korea, and Vietnam, Donia received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan in 1976. He has been visiting and studying Southeast Europe since the 1960s. He is the author or editor of five books, most recently Sarajevo: A Biography, a history of the city published in 2006 by the University of Michigan Press; and Excerpts from the Bosnian Serb Assembly, a collection of speeches by Bosnian Serbs published in 2012 and used in evidence at the ICTY. He has most recently been a Visiting Professor of History at the University of Michigan. A resident of San Diego, Donia lives in La Jolla with his wife, Jane.

Office of Community & Government Relations
05
Nov

PRESS RELEASE

Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Kalyn McMackin (760) 685-3312

Point TV: Channel 23 

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: November 5th 2013

Written by: Kalyn McMackin

 

 

Point TV Welcomes New Sports Talk Show, ‘Loma Sports Tonight’ 

Jacob Roth has always had a passion for sports. Whether being an athlete or a spectator, Roth enjoys the action, the stats and the overall atmosphere that sports create. As a senior Broadcast Journalism major, Roth recognized a need within Point TV for a show dedicated simply to sports. 

“Sports are what I’m most passionate about as far as journalism goes,” said Roth. “  I’m doing it because it’s what I’m interested in, it’s fun and it’s a way for me to prepare for my future.”

Loma Sports Tonight will preview different sports teams at PLNU and bring the latest news and statistics to viewers. The show offers highlights of different games including volleyball, basketball, golf and will be a source for updates on different players throughout the year. 

“Basically it’ll be like Sports Center --just Point Loma centric,” said Roth. “Everything you need to know about Point Loma sports, you should be able to find on the show.”

Dr. Alan Hueth, professor of Communication, has known Roth for nearly four years now and believes that he has what it takes to lead such a demanding project.

“I’m a big fan of Jacob,” said Hueth. “Whatever Jacob wants to do, he can do. I’m in full support of this idea.”

However, Roth’s sports show isn’t the first of its kind at Loma. Alumnus Kyle Stanley created Sports Entertainment Tonight, the first real sports show Point TV offered. 

“The best parts of Sports Entertainment Tonight were the visuals,” said Hueth. “They had great b-roll, good writing, good graphics, and it was just a higher quality, a step or two above what students normally produce.” 

The show quickly faded upon Stanley’s graduation in 2010 but, thanks to Roth and the assistance of Media Communication and other Broadcast Journalism students, PLNU will now have a place to tune in for the latest on Sea Lion Sports. 

To get involved with Loma Sports Tonight, contact producer Jacob Roth at jroth2014@pointloma.edu.

Communications & Theatre
05
Nov

PRESS RELEASE

Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Kalyn McMackin (760) 685-3312

Point TV: Channel 23 

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: November 5th 2013

Written by: Kalyn McMackin

 

Students Prepare to Produce LIVE Television Broadcast of Basketball Games

Point Loma Nazarene University students will resurrect live sports coverage of both the men and women’s basketball games against Cal Baptist on February 26th. 

These games will be the first to be broadcasted in nearly three years. Communications professor, Dr. Alan Hueth, saw potential in Jacob Roth, Point TV’s Sports Director, and other current television production students to carry out this challenging task.

“In this case we have four or five students who are interested in sports and are considering sports production as a profession.  So, they’re interested in getting some experience and building their reel,”  said Hueth. For all the others not as interested, Hueth said “ this kind of production provides an additional avenue in terms of future employment.”

Roth, a senior Broadcast Journalism major, will serve as producer, meaning he is tasked with the responsibility of overseeing the success and follow through of the entire production. In addition, he thinks that an experience like this is invaluable for students participating in the production.

“I truly believe this kind of production is the best experience film and television students can get while they're at PLNU,” said Roth. “Producing a live event, especially one as unpredictable as basketball, will help everyone learn how to handle the various technical positions on the fly. The best way to learn a skill is to practice it.”

 

PLNU students do get experience producing live and live-to-tape television through Coastline News and others shows, and this provides an additional but very different challenge.  With three different camera angles, court side play-by-play, color, and on-court reporting, and a crew of nineteen capable and talented students, this production is sure to enhance their professional preparation.

“Experience with these kinds of events will help our students be better prepared to get jobs in television after they graduate,” said Roth. 

 

Basketball presents a unique challenge in that most of the show is not scripted.  So, Hueth challenges his students in his scriptwriting and production courses to base their plan and production on the focus on the viewer’s interest and need as they watch, and the premise of the power and importance of pathos.  

“We’re not in the entertainment business, but in the ‘transportation’ business,” Hueth said.  Then he added “Our goal is –through picture and sound—to transport the viewers into the action and emotions of the game….This is the key not only to sports broadcasting, but to all television and film programming.”

Despite that only a handful of students are pursuing careers in sports broadcasting, the live taping is an experience in which all television students can learn from. 

Be sure to tune into Channel 23 for live coverage starting at 5:30 p.m. for the Sea Lion women and 7:30 p.m. for the men. 

For more information regarding this event, please contact Kalyn McMackin at kmcmackin1052@pointloma.edu or Dr. Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu. 

Communications & Theatre
05
Oct

PRESS RELEASE

Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Kalyn McMackin (760) 685-3312

Point TV: Channel 23 

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: October 6th 2013

Written by: Kalyn McMackin

 

 

Communication and Theatre Department Hosts 14th Annual Television and Film Festival 

 

The Communication and Theatre Department held its 14th annual PLNU TV and Film Festival on April 26 in Solomon Theatre. Sponsored by Point TV-Channel 23, PLNU’s student operated cable television station and TV-film production company, the festival highlighted the best student television and film work from the past year. Awards were handed out in several categories of both television to film. 

“This is a chance to recognize and honor above average to outstanding work and to encourage students to work hard…and raise the bar,” said Alan Hueth, professor of Communication Studies.   

The award for “Best Film” was given to Samantha Laurenti, Peter Varberg, and Melissa Gunter for their work on the film Stages, a story about a young man tormented by loss and tragedy leading him to endure the five “stages” of grief.  

“It was Sam Laurenti’s brainchild,” said Varberg, Director of Photography. “ She was sharing this idea [while we were attending PLNU’s Sundance Film Festival program] of how it would be cool to watch a protagonist go through his or her last 24hrs of life and that’s what we did.”

Taking home the award for best TV Writing was the new series “Tea Time with Betty and Lou Lou,” a show that highlights conversation between two ladies all over the world. Amy Cyr and Casey Rae-Maier both co-produced and wrote the series as freshman.

“It was a learning experience,” said Rae-Maier. “Everything was up to us and we had to figure everything out for ourselves unlike having a team and a crew to work with.”

Senior Annie Miller took home the award for “Best Overall TV Performer” for her work in news, drama and comedy productions during the past several years. Her work with Coastline News also won her the award for Best Consumer Reporter.

Julie McKibben, Gerrit Hoeks and Hannah Faria received awards for outstanding management of Coastline News, Point TV-Channel 23 and Point Radio. 

Other awards included:

Best TV Directing: Cory Clifton 

Outstanding TV Editing: Joshua Vandeermeer ( Late Night Loma comedy show)

Best News Anchor: Greta Wall (Coastline News)

Best News Package: Jacob Roth (“Mother Goose Parade” news package)

Best Sports Reporter: Amanda McCord (Coastline News)

Best Weather Reporter: Hannah Faria (Coastline News)

Best TV Technical Director: Shelby Escobedo (a variety of shows)

Best Screenplay: Olivia Mowry (Into Rough Waters, film)

Best Film Director: Caleb Daniels (All The Difference)

Best Film Actor: Grant Douglas (multiple films and TV shows)

Best Film: Stages, Samantha Laurenti, Melissa Gunter & Peter Varberg

Best Overall TV Performer & Best Consumer Reporter: Annie Miller

 

For more information, please contact Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu

Communications & Theatre
18
Sep

PRESS RELEASE
Point Loma Nazarene University
Contact: Kalyn McMackin (760) 685-3312
Point TV: Channel 23 Public Relations Manager.
Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358
Date: September 16, 2013
Written by: Kalyn McMackin

Students Attend Alumnus Film in Local Theaters


    The San Diego community welcomed the local debut of PLNU alumni Destin Daniel Cretton’s film “Short Term 12” Friday at La Jolla’s ArcLight Cinemas. What started five years ago as a Master’s thesis has since captured national attention, including those of Point Loma Nazarene University students.


    “I had heard great things about Short Term 12, from individuals I knew as well as prominent film critics,” said Erich Rau, Point TV’s station manager. “I thought this would be a great opportunity for us, as PLNU students, to be encouraged and uplifted by the quality work of an alumnus.”


In 2009, Cretton won “Best American Short Film” at the coveted Sundance Film Festival later followed by achieving the Nicholl’s Fellowship, a $50,000 cash prize awarded to select applicants. In March of 2013, Cretton entered his film into the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival and won the prestigious Grand Jury and Audience Awards for a narrative feature. Since then, his film has hit 63 theaters across the country.


    Inspired by his own time working at facilities for troubled kids, the 2001 graduate wrote and directed “Short Term 12,” a story told through the eyes of Grace, a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Grace’s own difficult past is made all the more clearer with the arrival of a new intake at the facility: a gifted yet troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has an electric connection.


    “The writing was spectacular. I've scarcely heard more intimate, authentic dialogue, and the pacing of the film was near perfect,” said Rau. “Cretton has a deep understanding of how to develop characters and plot simultaneously.”


    Similarly, Film Studies major Marinna Martens, was moved by the film’s emotional yet powerful message.


    “It inspired me to care more about people who are hurting emotionally and because of their past are unable to trust and love others,” said Martens.


    For Rau, it was Cretton’s work ethic and determination that stood out.  “I was inspired by Cretton himself and the hard work and dedication he put into Short Term 12,” said Cretton. “I love to see filmmakers who still care about the art and care about the people they are working with.”

    The continued and accruing success of Cretton’s film is reason enough to attend a local showing of the film.
   
    “Short Term 12” is now playing at La Jolla’s ArcLight Cinemas and Hillcrest’s Landmark Theatres.

Communications & Theatre
17
Sep

Viewpoint Notables
Submitted by G. L. Forward, PhD
August 19, 2013

Leadership is a Communication Phenomenon
    This is the conclusion of a recent research project conducted by Management and Organizational Communication professors Dr. Kathleen Czech and Dr. G. L. Forward. The article entitled “Communication, Leadership, and Job Satisfaction: Perspectives on Supervisor-Subordinate Relationships” was published in the most recent on-line issue of Studies in Media and Communication. 
    This is the fourth research article dealing with leadership and communication published by these PLNU professors.  “In an era when leadership is much studied and little understood, and when job satisfaction has reached an all-time low,” the authors note, “ investigating factors that contribute to job and relationship satisfaction, as well as more effective leadership, becomes a critical task.” The authors used an assessment instrument designed to measure 6 supportive and 6 defensive communication behaviors.  Based on data from 154 adults working full-time, supervisors rated higher in effectiveness and higher in relational satisfaction utilized all six supportive communication behaviors more, and all six defensive behaviors less, than their more negatively evaluated peers. 

The print version of the journal will be published in December. However, since SMC is an open access journal, you can find and print the article using any internet search engine.

Communications & Theatre