Point Loma Nazarene University

School of Education

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

are proud to host once again the

San Diego County Special Olympics Regional Track Meet

This year we celebrate our 20th year as host campus as PLNU welcomes

Over 500 special athletes and volunteers participating in the event 

WHEN:      Saturday, April 12, 2014

TIME:         9am to 3pm

WHERE:   PLNU Track and Field


There will be over 500 special youth and adult athletes and volunteers participating in the event --AND YOU NEED TO BE THERE!!

Come and get involved and volunteer to work an event or be a “Buddy” and assist the athletes. Bring your family and friends -- this has become a real community event. All ages are welcome!!!


If you are planning to help volunteer:

Visit our website and sign up online:


(San Diego, Calif. – April 10, 2014) – The Special Olympics Regional Track Meet returns to the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University for the 21st consecutive year this Saturday, April 12th beginning at 9:00 a.m. 


The event is sponsored by Point Loma's Department Family & Consumer Sciences and the School of Education and will take place at the PLNU Track & Field. Partnering with PLNU to produce the regional event are; San Diego County San Diego Parks and Recreation and the Chula Vista and Harbor Kiwanis clubs. 


PLNU professor in the Department of Education, Dr. Jim Johnson will once again serve as the event director but credits PLNU students with the continued growth of the event. "The secret is we have a student leadership team does everything for the event and which we are progressively building on for the next year," said Johnson. "I'm basically a facilitator and give my signature where I need to, but it is the student leadership team that does everything. They handle publicity, they gather donations, they set up the website and they coordinate the volunteers. All of it is done by students here at Point Loma."


Saturday promises to be an encouraging and uplifting event for the athletes, spectators and over 500 volunteers, including PLNU students, faculty and staff.


Volunteers are still needed and welcome to register online with the group name and passwords: PLNU.


Volunteers can participate in the following ways:  

Track meet event assistants (timers, measurement tape assistants, etc.);

“Buddy” to the athletes;

Cheerlead events and athletes;

Assist athlete teams and team managers;

Set up and coordination of registration of athletes, teams, and volunteers;

Lunch set up and service; and 

General set up and tear down.


The event is free to everyone but parking is limited on the PLNU campus so show up early to support these great athletes! 

Alum, External Relations, Office of Community & Government Relations, PLNU


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 7, 2014

Written by: Kalyn McMackin

PLNU Filmmaker-Alumnus to Screen & Attend Film Forum April 14th

PLNU’s Point TV will be hosting Short Term 12 director, Destin Daniel Cretton, at Point Loma Nazarene University’s Film Forum on April 14.  Cretton will attend the screening and discuss the success of his film and what his journey as a filmmaker-- since graduating from Point Loma--has been like. 


What started nearly six years ago as a Master’s thesis project has since captured national attention, including those in Hollywood.  Cretton’s film has earned him recognition in multiple film festivals across the country, including Sundance and the South by Southwest Music Festival. 


“This is Daniel’s most-famous and most-viewed feature length film,” said Alan Hueth, professor of Communication. “It played at the Sundance Film Festival, won awards at others, and it got a lot of Oscar buzz this past season…Daniel and his journey into big-time filmmaking is just phenomenal.” 


“I met him when I first started working at PLNU in 2002.  Daniel was working on campus at that time, and making films on the side,” said Hueth. “I saw his first film, Longbranch, which was a funny and intriguing parable…it was obvious to me that he was quite gifted.”


The premise and story for Short Term 12 came to Destin through personal experience.  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.


In 2009, the short-film version of Short Term 12 won best American Short at the Sundance Film Festival. Since then, Cretton turned it into a feature length film that continues to capture audiences across the country.  Cretton also shared some sage advice for young filmmakers.


“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.’" 


Cretton’s talents and successes have now earned him a role in directing an upcoming film with Hunger Games star, Jennifer Lawrence. 


The screening is open to the entire PLNU community, and all who attend will have the opportunity to not only view the feature film, but participate in a Q&A with Cretton after the forum.  It will occur in Crill Auditorium on Monday, April 14th, from 7-9:30 p.m.


For more information on the film forum or on Destin Daniel Cretton, please contact Alan Hueth at

Communications & Theatre


On Saturday, April 5, 2014 PLNU's Health Promotion Center (HPC) will host its annual Festival of Health.  The festival will be held 10am-3pm at Church of the Nazarene in Mid-City, 4101 University Ave.  All nursing students participate, presenting on health issues and connecting with community members.  The HPC offers stipends to each congregation withing the church to prepare and sell food for the event.

In May 2000, PLNU’s School of Nursing established the HPC at the Church of the Nazarene in Mid City to provide health services for individuals and families in the area who could not afford healthcare. In the beginning, the center functioned in one large room in the church, partitioned by green privacy curtains.

Today, the HPC is complete with two exam rooms, a classroom, and an administrative office. The community has access to services like flu shots, whooping cough and tetanus vaccines, pregnancy testing, pap smears, and complete physicals. The center has plans to eventually expand their services.

This location places student nurses in the heart of one of the most diverse neighborhoods in San Diego. In fact, the church is home to six congregations, each with their own language: Cambodian, English, French/Creole, Spanish, Sudanese, and Samoan.

festofhealth2.jpgMary Margaret Rowe, MSN, RN, director of the HPC and adjunct professor of nursing, says being immersed in the culture of the HPC’s neighborhood and expressing genuine concern are vital.

“A lot of nurses have never seen patients in their own element,” said Rowe. “I want my students to know where people are coming from.”

Despite the differences in language or culture, Rowe said, “Our students realize the value of non-verbal communication, which includes kindness and respect for all who seek our care.”

These experiences are laying groundwork for PLNU nursing students to approach their future careers with professionalism and compassion.

Health Promotion Center, School of Nursing

PLNU is pleased to announce that Dan Bothe has been selected as the new dean of the Fermanian School of Business (FSB) at PLNU.
Bothe joined the FSB full-time as an Associate Professor of Finance in 2009 after having served as an adjunct faculty member at PLNU since 2005. 

Bothe earned a BS in Accounting from San Diego State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He is nearing completion of his Doctor in Business Administration (DBA) - Finance from Anderson University. In addition, Bothe is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in the state of California.

To his role as dean, Bothe brings approximately 20 years of senior level management, management consulting, and accounting experience that includes capital market transactions, investor and lender relations, strategic planning, acquisition sourcing and due-diligence, process and procedures assessment and design, financial and operational forecasting, accounting and reporting, and risk management. He has served as the Chief Financial Officer of several companies, has worked as a management consultant for both Ernst & Young and Paloma Advisors, and as an auditor at KPMG.

Colleagues both internal and external to PLNU acclaim Dan as a man of deep faith with exceptional leadership skills, a capacity for creative and strategic thinking and the ability to work well with people from a variety of audiences.

"Dan has demonstrated excellence in teaching during his time at PLNU, and based on the passion and vision that he demonstrated throughout the interview process, I have no doubt that he will provide excellent leadership for the FSB," said PLNU provost Dr. Kerry Fulcher. "I especially want to thank Dr. Ken Armstrong for stepping in as the interim dean and am excited to see where Dan will take the FSB and PLNU under his leadership."

The Fermanian School of Business includes the Center for International Development and the Fermanian Business and Economic Institute. In addition, the FSB is the largest undergraduate school at PLNU, and also serves the business community by offering both part-time evening and one-year daytime MBA programs.

Bothe will begin his duties on July 1.


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