parent connection

Congratulations to our incoming PLNU students and their families! 

Please join us for a valuable and fun Parent Connection social, designed just for you and hosted in the home of a fellow PLNU parent.  Network with other new PLNU parents, gather wisdom from those who have gone before, and get your personal questions answered by current parents and PLNU staff.

Our goal is to help you feel ready and excited about your student and their coming experiences at PLNU, along with a chance to build new relationships with other parents prior to your on-campus NSO experience.  Space is limited, so please RSVP quickly to one of the three dates and locations as we all share in this wonderful extended Christian community that we call PLNU Parent Connection.

Event Dates:

Thursday, July 21 | 6 pm - 8 pm | Denver, CO

Saturday, August 13 | 9 am - 11 am | Scripps Ranch, CA

Tuesday, August 16 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm | Cardiff by the Sea, CA

Saturday, August 20 | 9 am - 11 am | Orange County, CA

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Questions? Please email Dan DeSaegher at
Parents & Families

PLNU music undergraduate JACK FRENCH, baritone, stars as the young Woody Guthrie in INTREPID THEATRE COMPANY's production of WOODY GUTHRIE's AMERICAN SONG. Intrepid Theater Company is in Guest Residency for 2016 at LAMB'S Horton Grand Theatre. Tickets are available through the LAMB'S Box Office and website. This exuberant musical celebration of the life and songs of the American folk musician Woody Guthrie has proved so popular that its run has now been extended through July 17. "This Land Is Your Land"... "Nine Hundred Miles"... "Bound for Glory" Songs about the beauty of America, being on the open road, fighting for justice. Songs that gave America its communal voice. As he moved across the country, Woody Guthrie sang the stories of a people fighting to survive a Great Depression, and offered them the hope of a better day. Guthrie has been a profound inspiration to thousands of musicians from Bob Dylan and Joan Baez to U2 and Wilco.



So happy to be back in Point Loma after about 17 days in China on a British Parliamentary debate tour with recent PLNU graduates Jason Anderson, Olivia Neidhart, and Alan Jaques, and incoming transfer Hugo Avalos. Hugo comes to us from Cerritos College where two of our debate team alumni teach, April Griffin and Cynthia Lavariere Arellano. All four students were terrific and represented the school well as we travelled from Beijing, to Xian and Shanghai and several other cities. It was an amazing and exhausting intercultural learning experience for all concerned, as they were partnered with Chinese national students in the two major debate tournaments in which we participated.

Special congratulations go to Communication Major Jason Anderson, who along with his Chinese partner were advanced to the Grand Finals for the top four teams at the tournament in Xian, home of the famous Terracotta warriors, where the finalists debated whether Donald Trump would make a good President for the United States in front of a packed auditorium.

We appreciate the prayers from those back home, as our group, and the larger group of 45 American students and coaches with whom we travelled, escaped serious illness and injury throughout the trip.

I just learned this morning that yesterday, less than 24 hours after our return from Shanghai's Pudong International Airport, there was a terrorist attack in that airport, injuring four people from a home made explosive device.

We are so glad to have had the opportunity to experience the many wonders we encountered, and friends we made, but we are also very glad to be home. Thanks for your support in that effort.


Skip Rutledge, Ph. D. Voice 619.849.2391

Director of Forensics Fax 619.849.7015

Professor & Chair Department Communication and Theatre

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"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." Martin Luther King, Jr.


Congratulations to Kelly Kennedy POLS (13) Kelly will be graduating from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University this month and will be receiving a Law, Science, and Technology Certificate with a Specialization in Environmental and Sustainability Law. ~ Outstanding! ~

History & Political Science

Mezzo-soprano KIANA BELL (B.A., Music, 2015) stars in Lamb’s Players Theatre’s production of AMERICAN RHYTHM, June 10th – August 7th, 2016 at the Lamb's Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Avenue, Coronado. Kiana recently appeared in San Diego Musical Theater's production of RAGTIME. While an undergrad in the PLNU Music Department, Kiana began her operatic journey in the spring of 2011, appearing as Bess (Porgy and Bess) in an opera scenes concert. She also performed in scenes as Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), and Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel). Some of her full roles include Praskowia (The Merry Widow), Cleo (The Most Happy Fella), and Cendrillon (Cendrillon), all with Point Loma Opera Theatre, PLNU's student opera club. Kiana has performed as a soloist with the San Diego Youth Symphony (Aleko). She has been a prize winner at the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions (San Diego), La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Young Artists Competition, the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, and the Inaugural Messiah Soloist Competition at USD. She also sang with the San Diego Opera Chorus during its 2013 and 2014 seasons. Kiana recently completed a season as a Festival Artist with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre. Performances of AMERICAN RHYTHM at Lamb's Players Theatre will run Wed at 2pm, Tues - Thur @ 7:30, Fri @ 8pm, Sat @ 4pm & 8pm, Sun @ 2pm. Tickets are $28-$78. Half price tickets are available for Active Duty Military, and those under the age of 35 who join Lamb's Players' “Under 35” club. Tickets can be purchased at the LAMB’S Box Office at 619-437-6000 (Tues-Sat noon-7), or online at


PLNU Music Department undergrads baritone JACK FRENCH and soprano MCKENNA SLACK were among only four San Diego singers chosen to sing for legendary mezzo-soprano FREDERICA VON STADE on Saturday, May 14th, in a voice master class sponsored by San Diego Opera. The sold-out event garnered accolades for our participants -- who were "awestruck" by Ms. Von Stade's great advice and encouragement.