The Fermanian Business & Economic Institute released their sixth Economic Outlook Study for the year of 2016. To view the report, go here.

Fermanian Business & Economic Institute

Join us for the Just Saying spoken word event Thursday, February 11th, 2016. Join us at 7pm in PLNU's Brown Chapel for an evening with Eugene Cho and other SoCal musicians and fellow slam poets. 

This event is sponsored by World Relief, PLNU's Center for Justice & Reconciliation, PLNU's Center for International Development, PLNU Spiritual Development, and San Diego Churches Against Trafficking. 

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Point Loma Nazarene University
Contact: Jonathan Pickett (661) 433-5814
Point TV: Channel 23
Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358
Date: January 30, 2016

Written by: Jonathan Pickett

Point TV Featuring Exciting New Show Line-up

Brand new shows and ongoing classic shows, are both in the works this semester at Point TV. Our students are already hard at work producing new content, as well as training new students. There are fourteen new faces in the TV workshop class who are fresh out of Introduction to TV & Film, and eager to learn the ropes. 

The Point TV leadership team is also gearing up to produce a successful semester of shows. Caleb Daniels is returning for his fourth semester as the station’s fearless manager. Madisen Steele will continue to bring dynamic new features to our veteran show, Coastline News. Brenna Ross will once again be producing Loma Sports Tonight, as well as two live PLNU basketball broadcasts. Nicholas Macedo is prepared to make sure every Point TV production is ready for take-off as the Production Manager. Jonathan Pickett will continue to produce bi-weekly Press Releases to keep you up-to-date on all Point TV happenings this semester, and Will Alvarado is returning as our Marketing and Promotions guru.

“We’re excited to see many new and familiar faces both on screen and behind,” said Alvarado. “Expect many laughs, hard-hitting stories and live basketball games.”

Two new shows will be hitting Channel 23 this semester, and one relatively new show will be returning. 

Professors in Cars Getting Coffee is a unique new talk show that was conceived in last semester’s Scriptwriting class by junior media communication major Victor Carno. It will feature various PLNU staff venturing to local coffee shops with our host as we learn what all students are dying to know: what do professors do with their lives outside of the classroom?

“I’m new to the whole producing and directing gig, so I’m appreciative for the opportunity and excited for some fun learning experiences this semester,” Carno said.

 The second new show is Movie Reviews with Johnny Montalvo. After Johnny’s passion for film critiquing became obvious to Point TV Supervisor Dr. Alan Hueth, he immediately pitched the idea to Montalvo, who was more than happy to share his ideas about what films he likes, and how the ones he doesn’t like could be better. 

Additionally, literature major Jordan Hill will be returning to produce the comedy news program The Bye-Weekly Show with his talented team of writers. Last semester they brought you segments like “Professors Read Mean Rate-my-professor Reviews,” as well as interviews with guests like PLNU president Dr. Bob Brower and Los Angeles-based musician Nick Leng. This semester, he’ll be interviewing best-selling author and speaker Bob Goff. Be on the lookout for the first episode of The Bye-Weekly Show in February. 

Another unique Point TV production this semester will be the broadcast of a TEDxPLNU conference on campus. This is an independently organized event based on ideas that are worth spreading. In this day-long conference, speakers and videos will come together to enlighten, as well as spark discussion. Be sure to tune into Point TV’s Youtube page for a live stream of the event.

Point TV will continue producing other classics such as Acoustic Showcase, where we highlight talented artists on campus, Reel Students, a program that showcases students short film work and interviews the filmmakers on their challenges, and The Beat, which is an in-depth look at some interesting topics on PLNU’s campus.

“We’re looking to bring more news, sports, music, comedy and short films to the PLNU community,” said Daniels. “As Point TV’s Station Manager, I’m excited to help shape the creativity of our student producers in ways that will serve that community.”

For information on programs and their air times, please follow @pointtv.23 on Instagram, @plnupointtv on Twitter, like Point TV on Facebook, or visit channel-23-schedule. Also, feel free to contact Alan Hueth at or Jonathan Pickett at regarding any other inquires related to Point TV.

Communications & Theatre

The groundbreaking study, “Measuring the Nature and Extent of Gang Involvement in Sex Trafficking in San Diego”[1] focused narrowly on one of the most understudied aspects of human trafficking in the United States: the relationship of street gangs as facilitators of sex trafficking. Researchers gathered and analyzed data from hundreds of current and former gang affiliated individuals, schools, law enforcement agencies, and victim service providers. In all, data was collected from 1205 individuals, making it one of the largest, most comprehensive human trafficking case studies in the United States to date: 156 gang affiliated persons and/or traffickers, 702 first-time prostitution offenders, 189 survivors from eight victim services programs, and 140 County School administrators and staff. The study is a large-scale model of collaborative research to impact policy and practice, and serves as a national model for future research on human trafficking more broadly. Click HERE for the full Executive Summary.

KEY FINDINGS Gangs and Human Trafficking

  • Sex trafficking is San Diego’s 2nd largest underground economy after drug trafficking. The underground sex economy represents an estimated $810 million in annual revenue
  • Our methodology has produced San Diego County’s first credible estimate of sex trafficking victims/survivors per year: 8,830 - 11,773 of whom 1,766 came into contact with law enforcement
  • At least 110 gangs are involved in commercial exploitation of people (CSEP). 85% of pimps/sex trafficking facilitators interviewed were gang involved
  • Pimps/sex trafficking facilitators are not primarily African American. Our sample of traffickers in prison contained roughly an equal number of white, black and Hispanic facilitators
  • 15 years old is the average age of entry into child commercial sexual exploitation (CSEC)
  • Sex trafficking facilitators control 4.5 victim/survivors on average
  • 42% of first-time prostitution arrests are in fact cases involving sex trafficking
  • Domestic trafficking accounts for the majority of CSEP
  • Transborder criminal networks are involved in trafficking minors and adults between Mexico and the United States. 20% of trafficking victims referred to service providers come from Mexico and 10 other countries
  • Female recruiters and pimp/sex trafficking facilitators are perceived to be a significant and growing feature of the underground sex economy
  • Significant CSEC recruitment is happening on high school and middle school campuses

[1] Hereafter “Gang Sex Trafficking in San Diego” .

Center for Justice & Reconciliation

Dear Friend:                                                                                                              November 2015

One year ago we stepped out in faith to launch The Beauty for Ashes Fund at PLNU, and with it came groundswell support, national media attention and growing awareness of human trafficking. As one of the first donors, you are a critical part of this effort. Thank you for your generosity!

A scholarship for survivors of human trafficking, The Beauty for Ashes Fund is the first of its kind, and PLNU is forging new territory to offer hope and an education for survivors. We are so thrilled to announce the acceptance of our first recipient to the University! She plans to begin next semester, and it is because of you that this moment is even possible. Our multi-disciplinary team will welcome each student and offer the support needed to succeed, while protecting privacy. We are committed to our students’ choice about whether they share their stories publicly.

Over the past year we have been working with several survivors, guiding them through the process of application. From sex trafficking victims to survivors of labor trafficking, each person brings a dream with them to the process. One wants to pursue a law degree to defend the helpless, one to pursue a career in nursing, another to be a minister.

There is a common theme – resilience. Refusing to let their pasts define their futures, they are building their dreams from the ground up. They are already leaders, some of them advocating on the front lines as influential local and national advocates for other victims. The tenacity in applicants gives us hope, too.

This next season is about building The Beauty for Ashes Fund for the future. We are closing in on $100,000 given to the Fund. While this is an incredible testimony to the generosity of our early donors, to sustain the Fund long term it must grow.

As human trafficking continues to dominate the headlines, PLNU’s Center for Justice & Reconciliation is in the middle of the work, providing leadership in research and community organizing, as well as stewarding the growth of The Beauty for Ashes Fund

We want to thank you for standing with us in the early days. We are asking you to consider partnering with us again to help grow the Fund. Your one-time or repeating gift can be made online at or with the enclosed donation envelope.

If you’d like to talk to us about how to get more involved in the work, please reach out. Thank you for being a part of making this dream a reality.

Jamie Gates, M.Div., Ph.D.

Director, Center for Justice & Reconciliation

Center for Justice & Reconciliation