PLNU News

16
Oct

PLNU Debaters Atop Nation Wide Rankings

Although it is still very early in the season, and this is an incomplete set of data from parliamentary debater tournaments held thus far, I wanted to share with you the first set of nationwide sweepstakes rankings posted by the National Parliamentary Debate Association.  The season is very long and there are many more tournaments extending through March or April in the Spring, but the early nationwide rankings are very encouraging.

Point Loma Nazarene University is currently ranked in First Place, so I thought it might be a good time to pass this along. :-)  By tomorrow more tournaments could be entered that will vastly change these rankings.  But for now it is fun to see the hard work of the students, coaches and alumni recognized in this manner.  

Thanks for working with the students in your classes allowing them to participate in the tournaments, and teaching them valuable knowledge from which they can craft strong arguments on the many and varied topics we debate, which change from round to round.  Novices, Juniors and Seniors all contribute to this group effort.  I have just included the top 59 schools in this list as of this date, though hundreds of colleges and major universities participate across the nation.

In a time study of the aggregate results over the past nearly 20 years since NPDA started keeping such records of nationwide year end sweepstakes points, PLNU is in first place by a fairly substantial margin over the second place school (by about a third of the total points).  It is exciting to see this years' team take up the challenge of adding to that long and strong tradition of academic excellence in this challenging activity.

We appreciate the continued support of the school, the professors, staff, alumni and other contributors.

Communications & Theatre
13
Oct

PRESS RELEASE
Point Loma Nazarene University
Point TV: Channel 23 
Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: October 14, 2014
Written by: Ross Nederhoff

Point TV Hosts First Ever Live Show Taping

Point TV will be hosting a live comedy show taping this Thursday, October 30th, from 7 to 9 PM. The event, entitled Loma Live, will be formatted much like a taping of The Tonight Show and is the first of its kind to be arranged by the student-lead station. 

“We were looking into adding an event this year to better publicize to and interact with the student body. We were also wanting to reorganize the format of our semesterly ‘comedy show’. During one manager meeting, the idea came out to combine the two, and this event is the result.” explains Caleb Daniels, Point TV’s Station Manager and Loma Live Director. Although this is Point TV’s first live comedy taping, they hope this event will establish a tradition that will only grow larger in coming years. They also hope to form a strong bond with the student audience that will translate into more viewers, program interest, and overall involvement. Daniels went on to explain his excitement for the comedy show’s new format saying, “I’m looking forward to the interaction our actors and crew will get with a live audience. Some students will have hopefully already seen a Point TV production, but they may not know all the work that goes into one. This will give them a fun glimpse and a great night out!”

Audience members can expect to enjoy: sidesplitting monologues, live music, an interview with and performance by singer-songwriter Jack French, several short films, competitions, prize giveaways, and laughter throughout. There will also be free food provided by Chipotle. Loma Live Host, Ricky Zollinger, had the following to say about why students should attend: “Loma should come out to watch for a few reasons. First, it’s going to be a really fun time to just hang out and have some good laughs. Second, we are giving the audience the opportunity to enjoy some really neat things. Who wouldn't want to win free passes to a pre-screening of Dumb and Dumber To?”

Ultimately, Point TV’s main goal is to connect with the community through this production. It is their wish that the student body knows what they offer and what they are all about. This is their chance to communicate that.

Doors to the show open at 7pm, the last seating will be at 7:55, and the taping will begin at 8. For more information regarding Loma Live or Point TV in general, please contact Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu or Ross Nederhoff rossnederhoff1006@pointloma.edu

Communications & Theatre
09
Oct

To the PLNU Community:

In recent weeks, our community has experienced several bicycle thefts from the residence hall areas.  As always, Public Safety STRONGLY advises the use of a high-quality bike lock, particularly a U-Lock type mechanism.  Students are also advised to register bicycles with the Department of Public Safety online at this link.  

BICYCLE THEFT PREVENTION INFORMATION.

Please be alert and always lock your bike.  Thefts should be reported to the Department of Public Safety in a timely manner.

Thank you and be safe,

PLNU Department of Public Safety

Public Safety
02
Oct

PRESS RELEASE

Point Loma Nazarene University
Contact: Ross Nederhoff (505) 999-8662
Point TV: Channel 23 
Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358
Date: October 3, 2014
Written by: Ross Nederhoff

PLNU Students Participate in Private Studio Tour and Sitcom Taping

On Tuesday, September 23rd, a group of fifteen PLNU Broadcast Journalism and Media Communication students took part in an exciting educational opportunity in Los Angeles,

Students_Universal_studios.jpgCalifornia. The group traveled from San Diego to the Hollywood and Studio City areas in order to participate in a private tour of Universal Studios and the filming of ABC’s hit sitcom, Last Man Standing. The itinerary, coordinated by professor and advisor, Alan Hueth, was chocked full of opportunities for students to get a first hand look into some of the careers they may be considering as Communication majors.

The day began with a VIP experience on the backlot of Universal Studios. The group went on a tour of the studio’s sound department facilities, led by Executive Sound Supervisor, Andrew DeCristofaro. They were taken in to various editing bays, rooms used for automated dialogue replacement (dubbing), a large foley stage, and a sound mixing theater. Several employees took the time to share their expertise on sound design and to show the students their contributions to the larger audio process. “I really enjoyed learning more about sound from these professionals, but I think that my favorite thing about it was that I was able to understand what they were talking about when they were explaining their jobs. Its cool to see that the same things we are learning about are actually being used in these super professional environments.” explains Katie Seals, senior Broadcast Journalism major and field trip attendee. The journey at Universal ended with helpful information about internships and career opportunities.

Universal_Globe.jpgAfter, the group traveled over to the CBS Studio Center in Studio City, where they attended a live taping of one of ABC’s most popular sitcoms, Last Man Standing. Last Man

Standing, starring Tim Allen, Nancy Travis, and Hector Elizondo, tells the story of Mike Baxter’s (Allen) zany family, parenting fiascos, and workplace woes. It focuses on his life in a world of women. The students were a part of the audience and helped to create the show’s laughter soundtrack. Throughout the evening, a comedian acted as master of ceremonies, keeping the crowd informed and in a laughing mood. The crowd received a complete overview of the process used to produce a full length sitcom episode. They were also able to observe, firsthand, a television production’s miscellaneous crew positions, including makeup artists, lighting technicians, production assistants, script supervisors, and continuity crew.

last-man-standing.jpgThis was the thirteenth annual L.A. field trip. Dr Hueth commented on its success saying, “We’re in San Diego – not in L.A., so these kinds of field trips are important for students to understand how the different media industries work and how things are done in Hollywood and elsewhere.” Hueth also mentioned that some students have cashed in on substantial benefits from past tours. “Over the years several PLNU students have parlayed our L.A. field trip into an internship and even employment—two students ended up working at Dreamworks.” 

For more information regarding this release or anything Point TV related, please contact Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu or Ross Nederhoff rossnederhoff1006@pointloma.edu

Communications & Theatre
29
Sep

Point Loma Nazarene University Department of Music is proud to announce that music composition major James Bishop is the winner of the Green Dot Journey Composer Project competition. The competition took place in Spring 2014.

Music
29
Sep

The Point Loma Nazarene University Department of Music is proud to announce that music composition major Caspian Thackeray-Taylor and music major Aaron Burgett were winners in the MTAC Composers Today state contest, Division 6, this spring.

Music