This great article published in the fall of 2013 in Point Loma Nazarene University's Viewpoint publication talks about why she became a Physics & Engineering professor, her research, her passion for what she teaches and her students, and how much she loves working at PLNU.  Check it out here

Physics & Engineering

dedication ceremony for the new science building

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The new 32,900 square foot science facility in the heart of PLNU's campus, opened August 2015, provides much needed space for teaching and research to continue to prepare the finest science graduates. 

Our state-of-the-art Science Center really wowed the Golden Nugget judges, who recognized the projects’ exceptional contributions to campus and community and excellence in design, planning and development.  Publication

Dedication November 20, 2015

Research Associates construction and research photos

Learn More About the Campaign for the Sciences

Watch a time lapse of the construction.

Check out Dr. McConnell's funny video regarding our science building.

Drs. Martin and Choung from Chemistry excited about our new science building.

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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:

Planning for our 2017 event schedule is currently underway. Stay tuned for new dates!


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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