Point Loma Nazarene University
Contact: Jonathan Pickett (661) 433-5814
Point TV: Channel 23
Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358
Date: April 25, 2016

Written by: Jonathan Pickett

PLNU TV & Film Festival

Point TV will host its 13th annual Department of Communication and Theatre Television and Film Festival in Salomon Theatre on Thursday, April 28th. Student projects made throughout the 2015/2016 year will be screened, food will be provided, and awards will be presented for outstanding student work and projects. 

Point TV Station Manager Caleb Daniels has been hard at work programming content for the festival.

“We’re incredibly excited to have a chance to formally show off all the work our student producers have put in this year,” said Daniels. “I believe 2015/2016 has been a particularly strong content year for us, so I believe this year’s TV and Film Festival will be especially great as well.”

The program will include a variety of short films and television shows that were produced this year. Three of these films were produced by PLNU’s advanced field production class; they were shot locally, as well as beyond San Diego county.

The first of the advanced field production films is “Riding Forward,” a romantic drama from first-time director Lindsey Vertullo about a young woman and her boyfriend who own a farm and fall into unexpected tragedy. “Nanobots at the DMV” is a dark comedy/drama about a teenager on hold with the DMV while an erratic conspiracy theorist holds the DMV clerk at gun point. Lastly, “Therefore I Am” is a psychological drama about paranoia, hallucinations and a young woman’s existential crisis. 

“I’m excited to show off my directing debut,” said William Anthony, director of “There-fore I Am.” “I’ve worked many hours on this film and am excited to share this story with every-one.”

The students also produced a wide range of television shows including news, sports, music-documentary, interview shows, reality shows, and even a TEDx talk series. Clips of these shows will be screened throughout the festival. The festival will also include an annual sizzle reel which includes some of the highlights from this year’s productions, as well as a bloopers reel. 

A number of awards are being considered now - many of which will be presented at the end of the night. These include Best Intro Project, Best Film, Best Editing, Directing, Cinematography, Acting and Screenwriting. There will also be awards for outstanding television projects.

Recognition will also be given to students in the media communication and broadcast journalism majors for demonstrating excellent work throughout the year. Awards for these students include Outstanding Achievement in Media Communication award and The Carol LeBeau Award for Outstanding Broadcast Journalism. These will be announced at the end of the night by Professor of Communication Dr. Alan Hueth. 

“I’m quite proud of this group’s effort this year,” said Hueth. “Our students produced the highest number of hours of film and television programming in many years. I’m proud of them all, and always look forward to honoring and celebrating the fruit of their hard work.”

The film festival will run from 7:00pm to 8:30pm on Thursday the 28th. All are welcome to attend.

For information on the upcoming TV and film festival, feel free to contact Alan Hueth at or Jonathan Pickett at

Communications & Theatre

For the 23rd consecutive year the Special Olympics Regional Athletics Meet returned to PLNU’s campus on Saturday, April 23rd to celebrate the joy of sport for all athletes.

Sponsored by Point Loma's Department Family & Consumer Sciences, the School of Education and the PLNU Athletics Department, nearly 300 PLNU students, faculty and staff and countless community members from across San Diego joined together to serve 250 athletes and their families.

In addition to PLNU’s leadership, this year’s event received large community support. As the Gold Medal sponsor, Geico Insurance provided invaluable support for the day’s activities. According to event director, PLNU’s Susan Rogers, “Their support wasn’t limited to a monetary donation; Geico employees joined with PLNU volunteers to serve athletes and their families to make this event memorable for each individual.” A regular presence at the annual event, police officers from the cities of Coronado and San Diego were on hand to encourage and congratulate each athlete. The Chula Vista Kiwanis Club provided a barbeque lunch and San Diego County Parks and Recreation were also on hand to support the event.

"Personally for me, one of the best Athletics Meets ever, once again our students are the key,” said longtime event organizer, and Special Olympics supporter, Jim Johnson Ph.D.. “Comments about their love and genuineness reflect why this event is indeed a premier banner for what PLNU represents to the community and who are students really are as servant leaders.”

This year’s event was especially significant to PLNU as it was dedicated to the life and memory of Beryl Pagan who passed away on April 18th. As an instructional services librarian at PLNU, Pagan was the heartbeat of Ryan Library. A Point Loma alumna, she was an advocate for persons with disabilities and a true friend to everyone she met. “It was a glorious day,” said Rogers. “Moreover, we were able to honor our dear friend, Beryl Pagan. She was honored in the opening ceremony with a tribute and bowls of candy in her memory.”

An encouraging and uplifting event for athletes, spectators and volunteers alike, this year’s Athletics Meet was yet another testament to PLNU’s commitment to the mission and vision of the Special Olympics. In addition to the annual track meet, this past summer, PLNU joined with one hundred other communities across Southern California as a part of the Special Olympics World Games Host Town program. In advance of the Opening Ceremonies in July 2015, more than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries were welcomed to Southern California. The San Diego Point Loma Host Town welcomed athletes from Albania, Burkina Faso, and Finland for three days to prepare for the games.

PLNU looks forward to the 24th Annual Athletics Meet in April of 2017 and you are invited to join us!

External Relations, Office of Community & Government Relations, PLNU

A team of top scientific researchers, including PLNU’s own Assistant Professor of Biology, Walter Cho Ph.D., discovered an unusual swarm of tuna crabs on a seamount off the coast of Panama. This is the same species spotted washed up in a massive stranding along Southern California beaches last year. Typically found only along the coast of California, Baja California, and the Gulf of California, this swarm of red crabs discovered at the Hannibal Seamount was quite startling; this discovery represents a new southernmost range for the species. The team’s findings were recently published in PeerJ, an online academic journal dedicated to biological and medical sciences. 


Formed by volcanic processes, underwater seamounts rise hundreds to thousands of feet underwater from the seafloor, and form ecological "hotspots” that provide a home to many communities of unique species. 


However, less than 1% of these seamounts have been studied. To discover more about the rich, productive ecosystem surrounding the Hannibal Seamount near Panama, Dr. Cho joined team of scientists on a month-long expedition aboard the M/V Alucia in April 2015. They utilized two manned submersibles and an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to collect biological samples, map the seafloor, and collect images of the seamount. "This study is an example of how we can effectively use the multiple tools now available to study the deep-sea habitat," said Cho. “The fact that we could combine the use of submersibles to explore, observe and sample, and then use an AUV to follow-up those observations of the crab aggregation and get quantitative data is really powerful."


As part of PLNU’s undergraduate summer research program, student researchers for PLNU also played a role in discovering more about the red crabs and the seamount: Led by Dr. Cho, a team of students helped analyze seafloor images of these crabs from the Hannibal Seamount. “The ocean is still a mysterious place,” said PLNU researcher and senior biology major, Kelsey Miller. “I’m thrilled to be a part of a constantly expanding field that discovers new things every day. Not many students get an opportunity to be this involved in research.” 


The researchers of the Hannibal seamount expedition hope to return to the “hotspot” to further learn why high levels of biodiversity exist in these types of areas.  Together with his team of students, Dr. Cho plans to continue his research on seafloor communities of marine organisms this summer. 

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

We are pleased to announce that political science senior, Jacci O'Keefe, has been selected for a 2016-17 Fulbright Student Award in India. Jacci will spend 11 months in India as a cultural ambassador and as part of Fulbright's English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) program.

History & Political Science

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Fermanian Business & Economic Institute

On Monday, February 15, 2016 the Center for International Development (CID) at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) hosted the San Diego Global Poverty Forum on Point Loma’s campus.

The engaging half-day event brought leading speakers from around the world to discuss and debate cutting edge ideas and research in the field of global poverty alleviation. “The CID exists to mentor students, support faculty, and engage the external community in the study and application of holistic business practices to alleviate global poverty,” said CID director Rob Gailey, PhD. “Today’s dialogue between experts in the field, our PLNU community, non-profit leaders and other members of the San Diego community is a tangible example of that mission.”

Kicking off the afternoon’s speaker series, Bruce Wydick, PhD, professor of economics at the University of San Francisco and author of Games in Economic Development and The Taste of Many Mountains, provided an analysis of the top 10 most cost-effective poverty alleviation methods according to economists. Wydick went a step further to break down those 10 methods into two groups; those providing the most benefit and those with limited to no impact on the individuals intended to serve. The immeasurable benefits of simple mosquito nets and the negligible impact of fair trade coffee surprised many in the audience.

Building on Wydick’s introduction of effective giving mechanisms, University of California, San Diego professor of economics, Paul Niehaus, PhD, provided an in-depth analysis of direct person to person giving. As president and co-founder of GiveDirectly, Niehaus brought unique insight into the challenges of traditional giving and unique opportunities of direct transfers to poor people. “Traditional ways of giving internationally are complex,” explained Niehaus. “Advances in payments technology have drastically cut the costs of direct transfers and new research also supports the powerful impacts this has on recipients. At GiveDirectly we see these trends converging to make direct giving the benchmark against which the old, top-down models are evaluated.”

Dianne Calvi, president and CEO of Village Enterprise, wrapped up the individual speaker presentations with an evaluation of the data on micro-entrepreneurship and its impact on poverty and the role of hope in the individual experience. Village Enterprise, which was the inspiration for the founders of, has trained more than 130,000 micro-enterprise owners and helped start more than 30,000 small businesses in Kenya and Uganda. Following the presentations, the panelists convened for a robust conversation with the audience facilitated by Gailey.

The day's events concluded with a private dinner reception for friends and supporters of the CID. Guests were joined by Wydick, Niehaus, Calvi, PLNU's President Bob Brower, PhD, and recent PLNU alumni who remain active with the CID. “Our passion at the CID is to help young people who want to make a difference in the fight against global poverty, but may not be sure where to start,” explained Gailey. “Your support allows us to connect those students who want to make a difference in the world, with the latest innovation and ideas about business and entrepreneurship as a way of breaking the cycle of global poverty.”

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The Center for International Development (CID) is a key initiative of the Fermanian School of Business at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. We believe breaking the cycle of global poverty in a sustainable way requires more than just handouts and foreign aid, and that business and entrepreneurship can play a key role in this process. Our focus is to connect people concerned about global poverty with key organizations, resources and thought leaders in this field who share our passion.

External Relations, Office of Community & Government Relations, PLNU