PLNU News

27
Mar

PLNU ANNOUNCES GIFT THAT WILL

CUT ENERGY COSTS BY 17% AND FURTHER

SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES ON CAMPUS

 

(San Diego, Calif. – March 26, 2013) –PLNU is happy to announce it has received a gift of $51,000 dollars that was used to encourage energy efficiency by retrofitting the central processing plant on campus. 

Donated by PLNU supporters Steve and PJ Bothwell, this gift will save PLNU energy costs of over 17% per year for 10 years, with an overall savings of $171,000.  It is the Bothwell’s hope that their gift towards energy efficiencies on PLNU’s campus will encourage other donors to give in this area and allow PLNU to further their already substantial work towards sustainability.  

PLNU has long been committed to ensuring a sustainable environment.  PLNU President Bob Brower was one of the first presidents in the nation to sign the President’s Climate Commitment, which seeks to take steps to make the campus climate neutral and to fully integrate sustainability into the educational experience.  Over the past 5 years, PLNU has installed a solar photovoltaic system just under 1 megawatt, with the equivalency of powering 115 San Diego homes per year.  Their extensive recycling program is consistently recognized by the City of San Diego as ‘Recycler of the Year’ and for the past two years PLNU has been recognized by the Sierra Club as one of the top 100 greenest schools in the nation. 

PLNU students have taken on the cause as their own, electing to assess themselves a student green fee used to fund energy efficient projects on campus.  Initiatives over the last three years have included installation of a solar thermal heating system on the largest freshman dorm, the exchange of dorm fixtures to low flow efficient equipment and the conversion of campus service vehicles to electric. 

 

“PLNU strives to reflect our core values by taking a leadership role in environmental stewardship,” said Brower. “While the financial impact of this gift is substantial in itself, it will be instrumental in encouraging additional gifts towards sustainable initiatives in the future.”

info-center, Office of Community & Government Relations, PLNU
18
Mar

~ 2013-14 Scholarships Winners ~

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Front - Lidiya Kravchuk, Kyla Sabado, Kayla Cook, Victoria Moon, Justin Gilmore
Back - Brian Bentley, James Vaughn, Emily Gardner, Frank Daniel,
Austin Flanagan, Jeana Holman, Daniel King.

 

History & Political Science
18
Mar

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: March 14, 2013
Written by: Kalyn McMackin


Alumnus Using Film Skills in Los Angeles


 Since graduating Point Loma Nazarene University in 2011, alumnus Jessica Bobik has used her skills and knowledge of film and television production to earn a job at Base Productions, a productions company located in Los Angeles.


 “I'm an office production assistant so I'm at the bottom of the totem pole but working my way up,” said Bobik.  “I'm also working on writing a screenplay with a friend of mine which has made it to the hands of some fairly credible people in this town, so that's pretty awesome.”


 In her time at PLNU, Bobik served as a Technical Assistant and General Manager of Point TV. She used her leadership skills in television workshop courses and was responsible for promotions, news and supervising other managers. 

 
 Upon graduating as a Media Communications major, Bobik became a summer camp counselor for The New York Film Academy where she worked with middle school and high school film and acting students.


 Soon after, she began to work on-screen as a background actor for movies such as “The Hangover Part III” and television shows including “90210,” “Dexter” and “Community.”


 With almost two years of experience under her belt, Bobik has learned much about what the entertainment industry involves and the lessons and sacrifices it demands.


 “I learned how important it is to be an excellent team player,” said Bobik. “I also learned how essential it is to have balance in your life… spiritually, emotionally, socially, and physically.  A healthy person is a happy and productive person.”


 After having worked on the production side of entertainment, Bobik has realized that in front of the screen is where she is meant to be. 


 “I have realized I want to host,” said Bobik.  So now I begin my adventure to try and pursue that passion of mine by being an on-air personality again!  Whether it’s through radio or some small budget hosting gig, I'm taking any and every gig I can get to get where I want to be.” 


 Bobik encourages students at PLNU to take advantage of the time and the resources provided, because as she explains, getting a job in the “real world” isn’t easy.


 “Learn all of the equipment, even if it doesn't interest you and work on as many shows as you can, doing different jobs,” said Bobik. “At Loma you have a plethora of opportunities to work on shows; in the real world you fight for even just one opportunity to work on a show.”

Communications & Theatre
13
Mar

PLNU alumnus Destin Cretton was awarded Austin music, film, and technology festival South by Southwest (SXSW)'s biggest prize for film - the Narrative Feature Grand Jury Award.

"Short Term 12" has already won a variety of awards and accolates. Previsouly, Cretton and his film was awarded the U.S. Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Cretton was also one of five writers selected as winners of the 2010 Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Read the full article on Cretton's SXSW win on The Hollywood Reporter.

Communications & Theatre, info-center, PLNU
13
Mar

On Feb. 19, PLNU hosted the annual Report Card on the Media. Sponsored by the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, this event featured panelists who recently made headlines in the media.

This year’s participants were: Michael Shames, formerly of the Utility Consumers’ Action Network; Jan Caldwell of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department; and Darren Pudgil, former spokesman for Mayor Jerry Sanders. The panelists discussed the media’s coverage of the news-breaking events with which they were involved, and gave grades accordingly.

Cox Communications’ Dennis Morgigno moderated the event.

‪The Report Card on the Media will be aired on ‪Cox 4, March 18 and March 22 at 5 p.m.

info-center, PLNU
04
Feb

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: February 4. 2013
Written by: Kalyn McMackin


An Evening with Producer Dean Batali


Dean Batali, writer and producer of That 70’s Show, recently visited Point Loma Nazarene University to share with students how he has dealt with being a Christian not only in the television industry, but in Hollywood. 

“That 70’s Show is damaging to our culture,” said Batali. “It was rated the third worst show on television in terms of morality and it would have been rated number one had a Christian not been working on it.”

Batali offered advice, insight and reflection to both fans and students about one of the most popular television sitcoms in the ‘90s while also adding his experience as being a Christian in Hollywood. 

“Most people in Hollywood have no perception of who we [Christians] are,” said Batali. Furthermore, Batali said that people in Hollywood have declared Jesus as “irrelevant” and noted that not many Christians can be found in the writer’s room.

“I was the only guy who could make any dirty joke clean,” said Batali, the only Christian writer on the show. “I challenge every Christian writer of any piece of art to question, ‘How would I, as a Christian, have done that differently.”

Batali admitted to his own shortcomings as a follower of Jesus Christ when emphasizing the influence that sitcoms have on popular culture. He stressed that as Christians, we are to bring light and truth to corruptible workplaces and in Batali’s case, that meant Hollywood.

 
 Katie Callahan, a sophomore Journalism major, especially enjoyed Batali’s words of wisdom to those interested in going into the television and film industry. 

“Dean Batali came to PLNU and challenged us to be believers in the industry, be prepared to be knocked down, to take a stand, to be challenged, and to be faced with compromise,” said Callahan. “He reminded me that I need to look for God's truth and redemption in the media, and think on how Christ can change and move in any setting.”


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

Communications & Theatre