PLNU News

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
15
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 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 Photo Credit: Google Images      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
10
Sep

Hola a todos!

Welcome to another wonderful school year at PLNU, both to those returning and those embarking on this journey for the first time. Thank you again for your desire and willingness to partner with Ministry with Mexico in our efforts to promote relationship with our brothers and sisters across the nearby border.

 As part of the collaborative work we do with the Niños de Fe orphanage in Tijuana, PLNU supports an English Sponsorship Program to provide funds for the children’s English classes and school supplies. If you have a desire to help out with Ministry with Mexico, but either don’t have a passport, aren’t permitted to go to Mexico, or simply don’t have the time in your schedule for a trip, this is a great way to get involved.

The sponsorship program consists of 20 children who will be supported for the coming year in school supplies, uniforms, English classes, etc., and the cost for sponsors is $55 (USD) for the entire year. Each child will be assigned to interested groups or individuals, and will exchange one letter a month with their sponsor/s. Letters are delivered through the Las Casas Ministry with Mexico, which also gives participants ample opportunities to visit their sponsored child. When writing letters, it is essential that only one person consistently build this specific connection with the child so as to avoid making them feel unimportant in any way.  

Those who do sign up to sponsor will receive a poster with a photo and fun facts about their child, as well as regular updates on them throughout the year. In addition, those who participate will get to make a videotaped introduction of themselves to send to the kids. 

To sign up or merely to express your interest, follow the link for the English Sponsorship Program. The $55 is not due until October 6, and, if you decide to sponsor as a group, you have plenty of time as well to decide who will be the designated writer of the letters.  

Again, thank you so much for expressing your interest in this vital part of our bicultural community here in San Diego. We are called to continually be in partnership with one another as the body of Christ, and what better way to fulfill that calling than to support each other in each endeavor we make. 

 

Bendiciones,

Morgan Carne

Coordinator of the English Sponsorship Program

International Ministries