PLNU News

01
Apr

PRESS RELEASE

Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Kalyn McMackin (760) 685-3312

Point TV: Channel 23 

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: April 1, 2014

     Written by: Kalyn McMackin

 

“Pulling Strings” and “The Best Day of Your Life” Make it into 2013 Film Contests

Two student film projects, “Pulling Strings” and “The Best Day of Your Life”, were accepted into two local San Diego area film festivals this past fall, 2013.  “Pulling Strings” was selected by the Oceanside International Film Festival and “The Best Day of Your Life” was accepted into the San Diego City Beat Shorts Festival in 2013—both being rare yet rewarding accomplishments in student film production.

Marinna Martens served as the writer of “Pulling Strings,” a webisodes series about a group of teen girls who are actors and musicians in various bands and TV shows.

“The inspiration just came from taking their real desire to make it big in Hollywood and putting it on screen,” said Martens. “The series is about them starting a band and trying to get noticed by a big Hollywood producer. There's a cute, geeky love-interest in there as well which I added for their mainly preteen girl fan-base.”

Martens film was promoted by local media outlets, including the Jeff and Jer radio show and  San Diego’s KUSI news. Although her film did not win overall, she said that the experience was a reward in itself because of how much she learned. 

“I had written for myself before but not much for others so it helped me write with a certain goal in mind which is a great skill to have,” said Martens. “I was also the Production Designer on the set so I was involved with the entire production and working on a professional project taught me a lot about filmmaking as a business instead of just an art.”

 “The Best Day of Your Life”, created by Josh Vandermeer and Gerrit Hoeks, is short film about a bride on her wedding day who receives a message no bride ever wants. 

“As she's anxiously beautifying herself for her big day she receives a text from her ‘future hubby’ saying ‘I can't believe I'm doing this to you, but I'm just not ready to get married,’” said Hoeks, who wrote and directed the film. “Furious, she destroys her dress; ripping it, soiling it and eventually burning it. As she calms down next to the burning ashes that was once her wedding gown she receives another text: "Jk babe. Can't wait to marry you!" The bride screams. The end,” said Hoeks.

The short was inspired by a popular photo shoot idea “trash the dress” which consists of brides destroying their wedding dresses after the big day as a statement that they wont be need the dress again, an idea that Hoeks’ own wife participated in. 

Vandermeer served as the director of photography and said that, like every project, he learned something new. 

“We shot the film on a very pressing time-crunch, so it helped teach me how to make compromises and create a quality product in an efficient manner,” said Vandermeer. “Perfection isn't always possible when you're racing to keep light with the sun setting.”

For more information, contact Dr. Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu or Kalyn McMackin at kmcmackin1052@pointloma.edu 

Communications & Theatre
29
Mar

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.

Family & Consumer Sciences
29
Mar

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

Family & Consumer Sciences
28
Mar

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
28
Mar

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

Family & Consumer Sciences
26
Mar

PRESS RELEASE

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 erau474@pointloma.edu or Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu

Communications & Theatre