Dr. Jody L. Roubanis, part-time faculty member in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Point Loma Nazarene University was installed as incoming President of the California Affiliate of Family & Consumer Sciences for 2014-2016.

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Dr. Nancy K. Murray who teaches Fashion & Interiors in the Family & Consumer Sciences Department gave 3 peer-reviewed presentations at the AAFCS Western Region Biennial Conference on March 29, 2014, in San Franciso, California.

Breakout Session 2: Community Building which included the example of Fantasy Football at PLNU

Breakout Session 3: The New Syllabus which centered on including Outcomes Assessment and making the syllabus user-friendly

Breakout Session 3: The ABC's of PowerPoint which focused on some common sense guidelines developed over 10 plus years of teaching students how to get the most out of their PowerPoint slides

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Congratulations to PLNU students Josh Lam, Josh Burgner, Kelsey LeFrenz, and Jenora Cadieux for moving on to the semi-finalist round of the USD Social Innovation Challenge (SIC). Make sure to look at Josh Lam and Josh Burgner's Projects 2 People, Kelsey LeFrenz's Spring Cleaning Challenge, and Jenora Cadieux's Reconnect Farm on their SIC challenge page. All three of these projects have been thought up by undergraduate students and are moving into the semi-finals of the challenge with the hopes of continuing on to the finals. Also dont forget to check out and "Like"  Projects 2 People and Spring Cleaning Challenge on Facebook. 

Center for International Development, External Relations

The AAFCS Western Region Biennial Conference took place in San Francisco, March 28-29, 2014. Several PLNU Department of Family and Consumer Sciences students presented at this year’s conference.

Professor Susan DeCristofaro Rogers and Dr. Kay M. Wilder, along with students Rachel Baird, Jamie Scott, and Courtney Woo presented Preparing FCS Professionals to be Marketable in a Technology Savvy World in Breakout Session 1. The students shared their ePortfolios and LinkedIn files. They articulated their professional philosophy and professional code of ethics as well as examples of their body of work and practical application of their ePortfolios as developed in FCS 497 - Family and Consumer Sciences Senior Seminar.

Dr. Jody L. Roubanis and Adjunct Professor Toni Myers advised PLNU FCS students who presented undergraduate posters tied to their majors of Child and Adolescent Development, Interior Design, and Fashion Merchandising.

Presented Student Posters:

Early Metaphors in Faith Development: Mystics, Activists, Sages, and Holy Fools by Kendra Hennegen and Kathryn Carruthers

Implications for the Restructuring of CA-AFCS: What is in it for me? by Riley Rozeboom

Accessible to Mom: Making a House a Home for an Aging Parent by Danielle Sylvia

Morally Conscious Consumerism: Do We Think Before We Buy? by Madison White, Christy Wright and Payton Planiden

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Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Kalyn McMackin (760) 685-3312

Point TV: Channel 23 

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: March 26, 2014

Written by: Kalyn McMackin


TV Studio Open House for Students, Faculty and Staff

Point TV will soon open its studio doors to students, faculty, staff,  and administrators this coming Thursday, April 3rd, from 3-6 p.m.  Dr. Alan Hueth, professor of communication, thought that it was “high time” for this to happen.

“We’re an unknown entity on this campus…We have been for quite a while and I thought that now that we have the new HD studio, and students have been doing really great work and doing stuff for on campus and off-campus entities—it’s time.”

Point TV’s studio is located in the back of Ryan Library, a place not many students know exists. However, it is Hueth’s hope that with an open house, more students and faculty will become interested in the opportunities that the studio has to offer.

“The goal is to heighten the awareness of the studio and how we’re impacting not only our broadcast journalism and media communications programs, but how we’re getting into professional production and/or support for both on and off-campus businesses” said Hueth.  

Hueth added “It’s also to help faculty administrators see that we have a facility that can be used for enhancing PLNU’s present hybrid and distance learning initiatives.  We can contribute and do high quality work because of the equipment and the skilled students we have.”

Some PLNU faculty and students have already begun shooting videos for local businesses and non-profits--reeling in more than $20,000 over the last eight years. 

“Although, one of the main reasons for the event is for increased student interest, we are also hoping to inform professors and other guests about Point TV productions that we do for off-campus entities,” said Erich Rau, Point TV station manager. “One particular goal is to get PLNU professors excited about producing videos for ‘distance learning.’”

The open house will allow all visitors a rare first-hand experience into the world of film and television production.   All attendees will have the chance to see what their professor-colleagues are doing with video for their distance learning courses and other purposes.  

“Students, faculty, and other guests can expect to see the best of Point TV productions running on monitors throughout the studio,” said Rau. “We will also be giving visitors a tour, and will be operating the green screen so that guests can see themselves on camera with the weather forecasts behind them.”

The event will be held from 3-6pm, and the TV studio is located in the back hallway of Ryan Library on the first floor. 

For more information, please contact Erich Rau at or Alan Hueth at

Communications & Theatre

On March 22, The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences partnered with San Diego Reggio Roundtable to host a conference at Liberty Station called, “A Sense of Wonder: Cultivating an Ecological Identity in Young Children and in Ourselves.” There were 250 early childhood educators from California and Arizona in attendance. The students of PLNU course FCS 460 - Administration and Supervision in Early Childhood Education, taught by Aleta Slater, conducted action research at the Early Childhood Learning Center and presented during the poster session of the conference. Each project was based on creating natural outdoor learning environments that promote curiosity and academic learning. The research was well received by conference participants. The work currently done at the Early Childhood Learning Center was highlighted at the conference for the laboratory aspect and the ways natural learning experiences are created through the curriculum.

Presented Student Posters:

Exploring Water Play by Ali Ruhnke and Jenora Cadieux

Ramps of Fun by Dottie Engel and Prudence Torian

Leaves, String & Ribbon by Nyawech Jock and Jamie Olsen

The Flying Fence by Bridget Freeman and DeAnna Fuery

Musical Mix-up by Karina Bunten and Michaela Karickhoff

Inspired to Create by Sarah Musgrove and Makayla Rutsch

Learning As We Go by Paige Mothershead and Heather Reppert

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