PLNU News

20
Nov

Largest capital campaign in university history, science center is at the heart of scientific mission, fusing faith with service and scientific inquiry. 

 

More than twenty years in the making, vision became reality on Friday, November 20th, at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) with the dedication of Sator Hall and Latter Hall on the San Diego campus.

 

University President, Dr. Bob Brower, was joined by members of the PLNU Board of Trustees, faculty, students, alumni, donors and community leaders to celebrate the significance of this addition to the university.  With participation from a number of individuals across the PLNU community, the ceremony recognized the success of the sciences at PLNU and celebrated the many individuals who worked tirelessly to see the fruition of the project, including the Sator and Latter families and pioneering faculty members in the STEM disciplines.  

 

The new complex accommodates the increasing number of students who want to study science at PLNU. “Excellent teaching, careful mentoring, and hands-on learning have been a hallmark of the PLNU Science Program” said Brower. “These inimitable characteristics, coupled with this new, innovative facility, will enable the science program to reach new heights and support the continued success of our PLNU science faculty and students”

 

Designed by San Diego-based architectural firm, Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, and constructed by Rudolph and Sletten General Contractors, the 36,000-square-foot complex sits at the heart of the San Diego campus. The innovative design, marked by a curved stainless-steel environmental screen and its prominent coastal site, becomes a memorable home for the university’s rapidly growing and acclaimed interdisciplinary science program, unifying Christian values with a broad curriculum and state-of-the-art technology, laboratories, and classrooms. 

 

The building project is an important addition, both academically and architecturally, according to Ray Varela, architect in charge for Carrier Johnson + CULTURE. “Through the long arc of a perforated stainless-steel wall, the building subtly consecrates its Christian foundations in a salient design feature,” Varela adds. “This unique screen filters sun and shade into the common area in a subtle echo of the qualities one finds in a cathedral space,” 

 

With nearly forty percent of PLNU’s undergraduate students majoring in one of the science-related disciplines, and all undergraduate students required to complete a laboratory science course during their time at PLNU, the new building is a desirable addition to campus. “Every student at PLNU will benefit from this investment” said Dr. Sara Choung, chair of the chemistry department. “This much-needed facility better reflects the quality of the faculty, students and alumni who have stretched PLNU’s science program in remarkable directions.”

 

Friday’s celebration marks PLNU’s commitment to both current and future students, faculty and the San Diego region an institution known for excellence in academic preparation, wholeness in personal development, and faithfulness to mission.

External Relations, Office of Community & Government Relations, PLNU
18
Nov

For the second straight season Point Loma Sea Lion student-athletes were honored with the NCAA Division II Presidents' Award for Excellence. This year Point Loma Nazarene University moved up to second place in the country with an Academic Success Rate of 98 percent.

"I'm proud of the strong academic achievements of PLNU student-athletes and the support they receive from coaches, faculty, and staff," said Point Loma President Dr. Bob Brower. "The discipline of excelling in sports and academics will prepare students well for their future, and I'm pleased to offer my congratulations." 

This was the second consecutive year that Point Loma has posted an Academic Success Rate of 98 percent. In the previous, report PLNU tied for third on the Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence. Only 27 institutions in the country earned this prestigious honor.

"All the accolades go to the student-athletes," said Point Loma's seventh-year Athletic Director Ethan Hamilton. "This is a mark that recognizes multiple years in a row of our student-athletes developing a reputation of having success in the classroom. I am extremely thankful to the coaches, staff and the faculty that have made this work."

Point Loma was the lone representative from the PacWest Conference to earn the Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence, and one of just three teams in the West Region. UC San Diego and Seattle Pacific tied for seventh in the standings with a 94 percent Academic Success Rate.

"This award is a culmination of everything," continued Hamilton. "You talk about our student-athletes graduating and that is why college athletics was initially formed; to create an avenue for people to come to college, compete in a sport, and graduate. It is great to see the well-roundedness of our entire athletic program this year."

The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia led all of NCAA Division II with an Academic Success Rate of 99 percent. PLNU's 98 percent Academic Success Rate tied it for second in all of NCAA Division II with Saint Michael's College and Bentley University. 

"Our student-athletes have figured out the good of PLNU's mission as a whole," explained Point Loma Faculty Athletic Representative John Wright. "Such data witnesses to the thriving environment that PLNU's athletic department and its staff have provided.  It shows what we can do when we commit to embody PLNU's mission together. 

The Academic Success Rate is the percentage of student-athletes who graduate within six years of initial enrollment in college and includes virtually all Division II student-athletes, including transfers and those not receiving athletics scholarships.

The Division II ASR also captures about 51 percent more college athletes than the federal graduation rate. Unlike the federal graduation rate, the ASR also counts student-athletes who transfer to a school after initial enrollment elsewhere and removes from the rate student-athletes who leave school while academically eligible. The national ASR is 71 percent for student-athletes who entered college from 2005 through 2008.

Regardless of which measure is used, Division II college athletes graduate at a higher rate than the general student body. The federal rate for the 2008 entering class of student-athletes was 55 percent, compared to 49 percent for the general student body.

To see the NCAA release on the 2015 Presidents' Awards for Academic Excellence click here

Athletics
12
Nov

 

Dr Ron Kirkemo

Ronald Kirkemo, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus at PLNU, passed away on Wednesday, November 4th, at the age of 71.

Born in Eureka California in 1944, Ronald Kirkemo Ph.D., or "Dr. K" as he is remembered by students, graduated from Pasadena College in 1965 with a degree in history and later from American University in Washington D.C. in 1969 with a Ph.D. in international politics. That same year, in 1969, Ron returned to Pasadena College as a faculty member for a career with Pasadena/Point Loma that would span more than four decades and impact countless lives. 

On campus, throughout San Diego, and in the broader Nazarene Church, Dr. Kirkemo was known for his commitment to students, academic excellence and public service. He consistently pushed individual students and the broader university to think higher and be more ambitious about serving God and to be engaged in the world through service.

Dr. Kirkemo’s influence extended beyond the Department of History and Political Science to the broader university and the community beyond. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Wesleyan Center 21 years ago with the chief goal that the center would support and inspire scholarship within the Wesleyan tradition. Similarly he launched the Institute for Politics and Public Service at PLNU with the intent to nurture and inspire public service in the minds of students and support engagement in the San Diego region, the nation and the world.

He is author of several books on foreign policy, including Between the Eagle and the Dove about diplomats caught in difficult choices. He has also written three histories of the university, For Zion’s Sake, Promise and Destiny and Moving Stories, as well as a daily devotional called Soulcraft. "His writings on the university’s history shaped our understanding of God’s blessings, grace and protection over the generations," said PLNU’s President, Dr. Bob Brower. "A friend to all of us, Dr. K will be deeply missed."

The memorial service for Dr. Kirkemo is scheduled for: Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in Brown Chapel at Point Loma Nazarene University 3900 Lomaland Drive San Diego, California.

In lieu of flowers, the friends and family wish to direct donations to the "Dr. Ron Kirkemo Student Scholarship Fund," created to benefit students with an interest in political science at Point Loma Nazarene University.

- Gifts by Mail: Please make checks payable to PLNU and reference "Dr. Ron Kirkemo Student Scholarship Fund" in the memo and address to: PLNU, Office of University Advancement, 3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, California 92106.

- Online Giving: Visit www.pointloma.edu/giving select "Other Designation" and reference "Dr. Ron Kirkemo Student Scholarship Fund" with your contribution.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family:

c/o: Patti Kirkemo, Office of the President Point Loma Nazarene University 3900 Lomaland Drive San Diego, CA 92106

Prayers for his wife of 48 years, Patti Kirkemo, their children and grandchildren are greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History & Political Science
11
Nov

Ronald Kirkemo, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus at PLNU, passed away on Wednesday, November 4th. He was 71.

Born in Eureka California in 1944, Ronald Kirkemo Ph.D., or “Dr. K” as he is remembered by students, graduated from Pasadena College in 1965 with a degree in history and later from American University in Washington D.C. in 1969 with a Ph.D. in international politics. That same year, in 1969, Ron returned to Pasadena College as a faculty member for a career with Pasadena/Point Loma that would span more than four decades and impact countless lives.

On campus, throughout San Diego, and in the broader Nazarene Church, Dr. Kirkemo was known for his commitment to students, academic excellence and public service. He consistently pushed individual students and the broader university to think higher and be more ambitious about serving God and to be engaged in the world through service.

Dr. Kirkemo's influence extended beyond the Department of History and Political Science to the broader university and the community beyond. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Wesleyan Center 21 years ago with the chief goal that the center would support and inspire scholarship within the Wesleyan tradition. Similarly he launched the Institute for Politics and Public Service at PLNU with the intent to nurture and inspire public service in the minds of students and support engagement in the San Diego region, the nation and the world.

He is author of several books on foreign policy, including Between the Eagle and the Dove about diplomats caught in difficult choices. He has also written three histories of the university, For Zion’s Sake, Promise and Destiny and Moving Stories, as well as a daily devotional called Soulcraft. “His writings on the university’s history shaped our understanding of God’s blessings, grace and protection over the generations,” said PLNU’s President, Dr. Bob Brower. “A friend to all of us, Dr. K will be deeply missed.”

The memorial service for Dr. Kirkemo is scheduled for: Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in Brown Chapel at Point Loma Nazarene University 3900 Lomaland Drive San Diego, California.

In lieu of flowers, the friends and family wish to direct donations to the "Dr. Ron Kirkemo Student Scholarship Fund," created to benefit students with an interest in political science at Point Loma Nazarene University.

- Gifts by Mail: Please make checks payable to PLNU and reference “Dr. Ron Kirkemo Student Scholarship Fund” in the memo PLNU, Office of University Advancement, 3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, California 92106

- Online Giving: Visit www.pointloma.edu/giving select “Other Designation” and reference “Dr. Ron Kirkemo Student Scholarship Fund” with your contribution.  

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family: c/o: Patti Kirkemo, Office of the President Point Loma Nazarene University 3900 Lomaland Drive San Diego, CA 92106

Prayers for his wife of 48 years, Patti Kirkemo, their children and grandchildren are greatly appreciated.

External Relations, Institute for Politics & Political Service, Office of Community & Government Relations, PLNU
06
Nov

SAN DIEGO, CA – The surprising findings of a three-year study on gang-involved sex trafficking, funded by the Department of Justice, was released at 11 a.m., Monday, October 26 at a press conference at the University of San Diego in the Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre.  The groundbreaking study, “Measuring the Nature and Extent of Gang Involvement in Sex Trafficking in San Diego,” lead by University of San Diego (USD) Kroc School of Peace Studies Professor Ami C. Carpenter, PhD, in partnership with Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) Professor Jamie Gates, PhD, gathered and analyzed data from hundreds of current and former gang members, schools, law enforcement agencies, and victim service providers.  Sheriff Bill Gore, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, Generate Hope Founder Susan Munsey, and San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten also participated in Monday’s press conference. 

 

“This study is the first long-term, comprehensive collection of data on the Commercially Sexually Exploited People (CSEP) industry ever conducted in San Diego County,” said Carpenter.  “Our research combines the intelligence we gathered through hundreds of interviews with gang members, law enforcement representatives, school administrators and other community members with critical information we collected by reviewing incident, arrest and contact data provided by law enforcement agencies. The result is a report that accurately measures the various facets of San Diego’s growing human trafficking problem.” 

 

Dr. Carpenter and Dr. Gates designed the study in collaboration with survivor service providers, law enforcement, prosecutors, County schools, and other researchers. In addition to the comprehensive collaboration with the broader community, the partnership between both universities was no accident.  

 

“Our universities each have deep roots in the Christian traditions,” said Gates when discussing the motivation behind their work. “Both USD and PLNU have a deep concern for the poor and oppressed and a deep faith that societies are judged best by how they take care of the most vulnerable in their midst.” 

 

According to the study, in San Diego County, the underground sex economy represents an estimated $810 million in annual revenue and involves more than 100 area gangs. The study estimates the minimum number of CSEP at 1,766 per year with an average age of entry between 14 to 15 years old. 

 

Other key findings included:

 

Number of “prostitution” arrests which are actually cases of sex-trafficking;

Proportion of CSEP victims who are U.S. citizens versus those trafficked from other countries;

Cities & neighborhoods most at risk for commercial sexual exploitation

The number of gangs in San Diego involved in sex-trafficking, and their characteristics;

Demographics of traffickers and trafficked individuals (age, ethnicity, etc.);

Key “hotspots” where sex-trafficking occurs;

Recruitment tactics; and

Recruitment activity within local public schools.

 

This collaborative research is a landmark study that is already shaping public action and policy. In response to the study’s comprehensive quantitative and qualitative data, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore praised the authors, “The inter-agency collaborative nature of Dr. Carpenter and Dr. Gates’ work will be invaluable to San Diego’s law enforcement community.” All participants echoed the importance of the study’s data which will further inform their work across multiple platforms and jurisdictions. 

 

Looking forward, the study highlights future trends, which include the need for cross-sector approaches to community problems and sustainable capital for nonprofits. In addition, the study provides victim service providers with the data needed to justify substantial improvements in the size and scope of support services. 

 

This latest study builds upon years of work by Dr. Gates at PLNU through the Center for Justice and Reconciliation (CJR) at PLNU. The CJR’s mission is to “study poverty and oppression and teach Christian means of social engagement.” The contemporary global abolition movement is one specific arena where faculty and staff of PLNU have taken responsibility for getting involved.

 

“In the last year we have seen great strides in this effort against human trafficking at PLNU and in the broader San Diego region,” said Gates. “From the establishment of the Beauty for Ashes scholarship fund established to support the education of survivors of human trafficking at PLNU, to the communitywide resource www.abolishhumantrafficking.com, inertia continues to build around these efforts.”  

 

A product of the CJR, the Abolish Human Trafficking site is a contribution to the growing need to understand and engage locally, nationally and internationally around the issues related to human trafficking. Monday’s presentation, key facts and resources in San Diego’s fight against human trafficking can all be found on this site

 

This project was supported by Award No. 2012-R2-CX-0028, awarded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this study are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Justice. In addition, members of the San Diego County Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Advisory Council supported the study. 

External Relations, Office of Community & Government Relations, PLNU
03
Nov

The surprising findings of a three year study on gang-involved sex trafficking, funded by the Department of Justice was released on Monday, 10/26/2015. The groundbreaking study, "Measuring the Nature and Extent of Gang Involvement in Sex Trafficking in San Diego," led by University of San Diego Kroc School of Peace Studies Professor Ami C. Carpenter, PhD in partnership with Point Loma Nazarene University Professor Jamie Gates, PhD, gathered and analyzed data from hundreds of current and former gang members, schools, law enforcement agencies, and victim service providers.  For the complete story and video clip click here http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/San-Diego-Sex-Trafficking-an-180M-Underground-Industry-Study-337293541.html

Sociology & Social Work