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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

Story by Tyler Wehr

Often, coaches move from college program to college program quite frequently. Some coaches leave because they see greener pastures somewhere else; some coaches leave because of the chance to build something different and new; finally, other coaches are given no option but to leave because of the nature of collegiate sports and its need for immediate success. But, as with most rules, there is an exception. This is where we find Point Loma Nazarene University women's head basketball coach Bill Westphal. He has spent the last 17 years building one of the most successful programs in Point Loma's history, amassing an incredible record of 350-176, and making the playoffs in each season. 

As with all good things, however, they must come to an end at some point. Westphal has announced, prior to the 2015-2016 year, this will be his final season at the helm of the PLNU women's basketball program. This marks a significant conclusion to a portion of Westphal's life that has been immersed in the world of basketball since his early childhood days, but he appears ready to let the game go.

"Golf, God, and Grandkids," he says in his typical easy-going manner when asked what he is going to do when he retires. "Although, probably not in that order," he adds quickly with a wink.

There will be a Recognition Night for CoachBill Westphal prior to the Sea Lions' game on Wednesday, Feb. 3. The game will tipoff at 7:00 p.m., and coach Westphal will be honored prior to the contest. 

Bill Westphal began his basketball career at Aviation High in Redondo Beach, California. He was recruited to play his collegiate years at the University of Southern California (USC), and went on to tour the country with the original Athletes in Action basketball team. From there, Westphal decided to do what he had wanted to do since high school, and got into the world of coaching.

"It was really my high school basketball coach that got me to have the desire to coach," Westphal explained. I was a teacher's assistant for him my senior year of high school, and I asked him a ton of questions about basketball and coaching. He told me to get a Physical Education degree and then I could be a teacher and a coach just like he was, so that's what I did when I was at USC." After the Athletes in Action stint, he accepted his first job as a high school teacher and coach.

Westphal then went on to coach at the college level and the professional level, with his most successful seasons coming at the helm of the Grand Canyon University men's basketball team. He led the Lopes to a two-year mark of 55-15 and a birth in the NAIA National Championship game both seasons. Those teams were also ranked No. 1 in the NAIA polls for multiple weeks during his tenure.

After years of coaching at all different levels, and running one of the most successful basketball camps in the state of Arizona, the Westphal Brothers Basketball Camp, which he ran with his brother Paul, Westphal decided to make the move out to a small college in San Diego named Point Loma. 

He accepted the job of men's associate head coach in 1999, but then later went on to take over the women's program in 2000, where he has spent the last 16 years. He has made the playoffs in each one of his years at the helm of the women's basketball team, even doing so in the few years of the probationary period when PLNU was moving from the NAIA to the NCAA.

Westphal, though, is a reflective man. He does not dwell on his accomplishments nor does he share them often. He says he has learned many things over his incredible career, most of which having to do more with life and less with basketball. When asked what the three most important lessons he has learned as a coach over the years were, he did not rush to an answer, but instead took a moment to think.

"The first thing I would have to say I have learned is that it is always about more than winning," Westphal explained. "Win/loss records are nearly always forgotten, but relationships that are built throughout the season are lasting. The relationships I build with my players, the relationships they build between one another, and the relationship the team and the individual players build with Lord are always the most important things."

"A lot of my players come back to visit me from time to time and it is so exciting for me to hear about what they are doing now, where they are living, and their new families," he says with a smile. "I always love to see them interacting with their children; that is what matters."

He does not rush to the second lesson, but instead lingers on the lessons of the first. Eventually he begins to describe a journey he has been on for his entire career, but especially at PLNU. "I have spent my years coaching trying to discover what it means to be a Grace Based Coach. Every year, I discover a little bit more about what this looks like and how it should be implanted in his life. Now, I can't give you an exact definition of what a Grace Based Coach is because I am still discovering the answer to that myself, but I can tell what it is not. It is not being legalistic or dictatorial," he smiles as he says this. "A lot of the girls think I am too easy on them or don't push them as hard as I should, but I just tell them 'Well, you should have seen me 20 years ago. You would have hated me.' I used to think fear was the greatest motivator, but over time I have realized that is not the case at all. Love is the greatest motivator."

Madison West, a junior guard on the PLNU women's basketball team, affirmed this. "Coach Westphal always tells us to live loved. For the last two seasons, he has always emphasized this. Often, during the season in the middle of the heat of league, he reminds us basketball is just a small portion of life; it is something he has realized over the years and thus emphasizes it with us. It all stems from a verse in 1 John 4:16 that he wants to live by, and challenges us to live by. The verse talks about how God is love, and whoever lives in love, lives in God. So in everything we do, we should abide in God, therefore living loved."

Finally, Westphal arrives at the last of the three lessons. Fittingly, it is a quote from one of the most successful basketball coaches of all time, John Wooden. "Your players are good enough if you are capable of showing them how," Westphal says as if recalling a good friend. "Last year, our team started out 1-6 amidst great expectations. I tried different line-ups, different strategies, whatever. None of it seemed to be working over those seven games. But I would sit in my office and tell myself my players are good enough as long as I can show them how. I didn't blame them or point out all of their mistakes, I just constantly worked to figure out how to show the team they were good enough."

He constantly tinkered with the line-up until finally he found a formula that seemed to be working and eventually received at an at-large big to NCAA Regional, where the Sea Lions upset the No. 1 team in the nation, Alaska Anchorage, on their home floor, 64-63.Your players are good enough if you are capable of showing them how.

Westphal appears ready to let go of the game that has shaped him, and allowed him to shape so many others over the last 45 years. With a few more games before the end of the season, he is going to give his team everything he has before he says goodbye for one final time.

But, regardless of the outcome of the season, it has never been wins and losses that have defined a successful season for Westphal. That, as Westphal says, is always forgotten.

What will not be forgotten is the impact Westphal has had on PLNU's campus and with his players. "Live loved," Madison West says. That, above everything else, is the legacy Westphal will leave once he retires.

Live loved.