PLNU News

11
Apr

Congratulations to the Family and Consumer Sciences T-shirt Design contest winners, Michael Hartshorn (t-shirt front) and Malorie Grove (t-shirt back).   Both students received a $25.00 cash prize and a free t-shirt.  Thank you for a great job.  The shirts look fabulous!

Family & Consumer Sciences
05
Apr

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: April 1, 2013
Written by: Kalyn McMackin


PLNU Alumni Wins at SXSW Film Conference and Festival


Point Loma Nazarene Alumni, Destin Daniel Cretton, was recognized as the audience award winner in the “Narrative Feature” competition at the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas.


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.


 “Short Term 12 is about the workers and kids in a group home,” said Cretton. “There are many facilities like this still operating today, so it was a challenge to make sure that everything was represented with as much authenticity as possible.”


 While the subject matter is complex, this film finds both truth and humor in unforeseen places.


 The PLNU Mass Communication major was “filled to the brim with joy” at receiving the award. He attributes much of the success to the team he was a part of in making this film.
 “Short Term 12” is not Cretton’s first film. His previous film, “I AM NOT A HIPSTER,” which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012, will be playing at the Digital Gym, a San Diego independent theatre.


 “I AM NOT A HIPSTER” is based upon a young singer-songwriter who is reminded of the former self he left in Ohio and confronted to deal with who he has become now. Based around San Diego’s indie music and art scene, the film features original performances while exploring what it means to be “creative in the face of tragedy.”


 Having been in the film making industry for nearly 12 years now, Cretton’s biggest piece of advice to PLNU students is simply believe in yourself.


 “Don't believe anyone who tells you there is only one way to get somewhere,” said Cretton. “Just be true to yourself, follow your instincts, and tell the stories that move you.  As Woody Allen puts it, "It's not quantum physics.  It's storytelling.  It's a story and you tell it.  There's not much to it."


 If you would like to meet Cretton or check out his film “I AM NOT A HIPSTER”, go to www.digitalgym.org/i-am-not-a-hipster/ for more information.
 

Communications & Theatre
04
Apr

PLNU’S SCHOOL OF NURSING HOLDS

13TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF HEALTH FOR MID-CITY COMMUNITY 

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On Saturday, April 6, PLNU’s School of Nursing, in partnership with PLNU’s City Heights Community Classroom, will host the 13th annual Festival of Health through thePLNU Health Promotion Center at Mid City Church of the Nazarene.

The festival will be held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Event exhibitors will be stationed inside the church fellowship hall, while the outside parking lot will house a family activity area with a bounce house, games, face painting for the children, an interactive exercise area led by Annullo Training Center, Jamba Juice, various ethnic food vendors, music, games and an hourly prize drawing.

Organized by PLNU students, this festival is open to the community and is designed to promote health through the provision of culturally sensitive health education, to provide a vehicle for non-profit health organizations to offer available services to the Mid-City community and to foster unity within the neighborhood by providing a fun, safe, and educational venue for residents to meet and build relationships. 

This year’s event exhibitors include Arroyo Paseo High School, American Red Cross WIC Program, Bridge of Hope, Copley Family YMCA, Consumer Center for Health and Advocacy, Mid-City Community Adult & Pediatric Clinics, Mother’s Nutritional Center, Southwestern Dental College, American Diabetes Association, Women’s Temperance Union and the La Maestra Mobile Dental Clinic.

For more information about this year’s Festival of Health contact Mary Margaret Rowe, director of the Health Promotion Center at 619-849-2524 or MRowe@pointloma.edu.

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01
Apr

Special Olympics Southern California Hosts San Diego Regional Track Meet

With Point Loma Nazarene University

Meet to Draw More Than 150 Athletes and will Commemorate
Special Olympics’ 20-Year Partnership with PLNU

Special Olympics Southern California is holding its annual San Diego Regional Track Meet on Saturday, April 6 in partnership with Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU). More than 150 athletes, 50 coaches and 200 volunteers from San Diego and throughout Southern California are expected to participate in the track meet taking place at PLNU. Athletes will compete for the gold, silver and bronze medals in running, throwing and jumping events as families, friends and volunteers cheer them on at one of San Diego’s most anticipated competitions of the year.

This year’s track meet also celebrates Special Olympics’ 20-year partnership with PLNU. The university has handled the logistics for this event for the past 20 years and provides a well-respected venue for individuals with intellectual disabilities to showcase their talents, display their camaraderie and overcome barriers as they compete.

"The partnership with Point Loma Nazarene University epitomizes the spirit behind Special Olympics: community members joining together to support, empower and focus on the abilities of our population." said Kelcie Kopf, Regional Development Manager of Special Olympics San Diego County.  "It's also a special partnership because Point Loma Nazarene University engages so many students in the event as volunteers and leaders.  For 20 years they have been exposing thousands of students and faculty to the Special Olympics movement and equipping them with the knowledge and compassion to go out into the world outside of PLNU and be an ambassador for individuals with intellectual disabilities."

Jim Johnson, Ed.D., professor in the PLNU School of Education as well as the Psychology Department, agrees. “In the 20 years PLNU has hosted this event it has truly moved from a community event to a "family gathering".  It provides one of the stellar opportunities for our students, faculty and staff to serve in an outreach to our community and more specifically to the disabled community of San Diego.  We have enjoyed a deep and long-lasting relationship with our dear friends at Special Olympics Southern California-San Diego County Region.”

The track meet will begin with an opening ceremony at 9:00 a.m. on the track and the competition will start at 9:15 a.m. Award ceremonies will be held throughout the day to honor the athletes as they receive their medals. Each athlete who competes will receive an award.

Harbor Kiwanis and Chula Vista Kiwanis will also be on hand to cook and serve lunch for athletes, coaches and volunteers. Entrance to the track meet is free and the community is encouraged to attend. 

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01
Apr

Are you interested in a career in fitness and exercise? Do you want to help people get healthy? Then consider the new major in Exercise and Sport Science, now offered in the Kinesiology department. The health and fitness industries are poised for huge growth as the public demand for a healthier lifestyle has propelled careers in health and fitness to some of the top job opportunities in 2013.  As understanding grows of the need for alignment between fitness, nutrition, stress-management, and the treatment of preventable diseases like diabetes and heart disease, the fitness industry and the medical field is collaborating like never before to improve people’s life and health. The Kinesiology department will provide the scientific basis for you to achieve professional fitness certifications, and specialized training to serve this growing need. For more information, contact anndavis@pointloma.edu or jeffsullivan@pointloma.edu. You can find the 4-Year Academic Plan for this newest major HERE.

Kinesiology
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.”

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