Point Loma Nazarene University’s (PLNU) Fermanian & Business and Economic Institute (Institute) has released a new study on housing affordability in the San Diego region. The study, Opening San Diego’s Door to Lower Housing Costs, attempts to quantify and present an objective analysis of the cumulative economic impact of government fees, regulations, and requirements on the cost of new single and multi-family housing, including both purchased and rented units, in various jurisdictions in San Diego County. 


Chief Economist at the Institute, Dr. Lynn Reaser, unveiled the study’s findings at a press conference on April 29th.  “To put it simply, total cost of regulation amounts to approximately 40% of the cost of housing across the various price segments in all of San Diego County,” said Reaser. “These costs are essentially a ‘hidden tax’ on all residents and further limit the accessibility of San Diego’s housing supply.”


Joining Reaser at the release were members of “Housing You Matters”, a region wide coalition of non-profits, housing advocates and members of the business community. Speakers included; Past President of the San Diego City Council, Tony Young, Jerry Sanders, President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and Lori Holt Pfeiler, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity San Diego.


In addition to an assessment of cost drivers, the study researched the ripple effects of the regulatory environment, including the effect on households priced out of the market, the overall implications for population, business formation, jobs and economic growth.


 “At the San Diego Regional Chamber we know that making San Diego a place where businesses can succeed and grow, means ensuring our workforce can afford to live here and yet San Diego is one of the nation’s least affordable housing markets,” said Sanders. “We have known for some time that high housing costs are a major impediment to the region’s economic health and this study is a validation as it quantifies what we have been saying for years.”


According to the research, nearly 233,000 households throughout San Diego County are priced out of the market for owned or rented housing. Affordability is expected to further decline as home prices rise faster than wages. “The impact of regulation on housing is not fundamentally a builder or developer issue. It is about the policemen, school teachers, and others who provide us with goods and services every day who are being priced out of the housing market,” said Reaser.


During her presentation Reaser also discussed the potential economic benefits that could accrue from a relatively modest reduction in the regulatory costs restricting housing access. “A 3% reduction could open up housing alternatives to approximately 6,750 additional households in the course of one year,” said Reaser. “Ultimately, our desire is that the results of our work will have a positive impact on a local level and will be used by elected officials to affect change in our region.”


Opening San Diego’s Door to Lower Housing Costs, is the most recent report published by the Institute, which serves as a strategic unit of PLNU, providing expert business and economic consulting, commentary, studies and research. The study offers a series of best practices and recommendations for local government to simplify and standardizing the building permit review process, with the overarching objective to increase housing affordability for all housing types. Coalition members intend to actively support the adoption of recommendations identified through concerted efforts aimed at local government in the coming months.


The full study is posted on the Institute’s website, as well as the “Housing You Matters” coalition site,  



External Relations, Office of Community & Government Relations, PLNU


Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Ross Nederhoff (505) 999-8662

Point TV: Channel 23 

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: February 25, 2015

Written by: Ross Nederhoff


Point TV Hosts Its Annual Film Festival


On Thursday, April 30th, 2015, Point TV will be hosting their 12th annual TV & Film Festival in Salomon Theater on PLNU’s campus. The event, which will run from 6-8pm, will be a comprehensive review of projects produced this year by Broadcast Journalism and Media Communication students.


“The audience can expect to see everything from short promo-commercials to news to music shows, sports broadcasting, interview show, short films, there will be something for everyone,” explains Alan Hueth, professor of Communication and Point TV faculty adviser.


The evening will also include an awards ceremony honoring outstanding student work from this past year.  Some of the most notable awards that will be presented include the award for Outstanding Media Communication Major, and the Carol Lebeau award for excellence in broadcast journalism.  The award recipients for these two awards are selected based on student work over the past four years.  Awards for best film, best TV show, best film and TV director, editor, camera, and other awards will also be presented.  Recipients for these awards are selected by Hueth and Rick Moncauskas, PLNU’s Media Operations Manager, and the Point TV station manager.  The student leaders will also be recognized for their work this past year.


“This is my favorite part of the evening…students are accustomed to getting a grade or pat on the back or vocal recognition in class, and that’s nice.  But it’s fun to acknowledge them in a room full of their peers…the big smiles on their faces are fun to see,” says Hueth.

Final decisions on awards are set to be made by Wednesday, April 29th. More information on results and event highlights will also be released following the festival.


A bulk of the evening will include the screening of short films made in Point Loma’s Advanced Studio Production class.


“This is what we have all been waiting for! There’s been a lot of anticipation lately and it’s even worse now that our films are completed and ready to be shown. All of us have worked so hard, and the ultimate reward comes at the TV and film festival. There’s no better experience than watching how audiences react and hearing their thoughts. I can’t wait for the premiere of this project. I’m so incredibly proud of my film and department as a whole!” says senior Ricky Zollinger, producer of the highly anticipated film entitled “The Method”.


Doors will open at 5:45pm, and all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to come out and enjoy this special selection of projects. Complimentary pizza and drinks will be offered following the awards. 


For more information on the TV & Film Festival or Point TV, please contact Alan Hueth at or Ross Nederhoff at

Communications & Theatre

PLNU is pleased to announce the award of a $576,750 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support undergraduate scholarships for PLNU students in the STEM disciplines – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – who also minor in Computational Science while undergraduates at PLNU.


The project, entitled "Scholarships to Support STEM majors Computational Sciences Minors," is under the direction of PLNU faculty from the various STEM departments. Associate Professor of Chemistry, Katherine Maloney, Ph.D. will serve as Principal Investigator for the project which was officially awarded in April 2015 and expected to conclude in 2020.


Maloney is joined by Maria Zack, Ph.D. Professor and Chair of Mathematical, Information and Computer Sciences; Dawne Page, Ph.D. Professor and Chair of Biology, Lorinda J. Carter, Ph.D. Professor of Computer Science; and Paul Schmelzenbach , Ph.D. Professor and Chair Physics and Engineering.             


PLNU has been the recipient of previous NSF awards, however this award is unique. The "Scholarships to Support STEM majors Computational Sciences Minors," proposal was the first application by PLNU to the Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM), in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the NSF.


“This is part of what makes it surprising that we got the funding,” says Maria Zack Ph.D.. “As a new applicant, we were told to expect multiple attempts before qualifying for a funding award.” Although surprising, Zack admits PLNU was well positioned for the award.


“PLNU’s size allows for excellent faculty/student mentoring and faculty collaboration. Our STEM departments have been working together in the areas of research, curriculum development and student development for more than 40 years,” continued Zack.  PLNU’s application proposed to build on the existing pattern of collaboration in PLNU’s STEM community by providing scholarships to academically talented and financially needy STEM students interested in careers and graduate education that combine a STEM discipline with computational science (STEM-CS).


The NSF grant will provide significant scholarships to talented STEM majors who have high financial need and would not otherwise be able to pursue STEM education at PLNU. According to Dawne Page Ph.D., the hope is that, “by meeting most or all of these students’ financial need and giving them academic and career service support, we hope to graduate them into the STEM workforce or into STEM graduate education.”


Key features of this proposal build on the robust student experience in PLNU’s STEM disciplines. All students will participate in undergraduate research, conference presentations and/or publications on the research, and a senior capstone interdisciplinary project in computational science.

Established in 20011, PLNU’s Computational Science minor allows Mathematics or Computer Science students to gain limited knowledge in Biology, Chemistry or Physics to be able to help scientists with their computational needs; and to expose Biology, Chemistry or Physics majors to computational techniques they can collaborate with mathematicians and computer scientists to solve complex problems in science and engineering. This popular minor provides a natural cohort of academically-talented STEM students that take classes together and share a common interest – a key element to the objectives of PLNU’s S-STEM project proposal.


Computational science is the use of computational techniques (e.g. statistics, computer programming, modeling, data management) to help solve problems in the natural sciences, and it is one of the fastest growing areas of employment. The premise of computational science is that much of the current scientific research (particularly in industrial settings involving biotechnology, nuclear power and national security) is conducted by interdisciplinary teams. Each member of the team is an expert in their field of study but is sufficiently conversant with the other disciplines of their team members to be able to function effectively in a team.


The NSF grant award marks an exciting time at PLNU. The STEM population at PLNU has grown steadily over the past several years and continued growth is anticipated. To meet the needs of current and future students, PLNU launched the largest capital campaign in the institution’s history with the Campaign for the Sciences. The capstone of the campaign, PLNU’s new science building, is on schedule for completion in the summer of 2015, set to serve students in the coming fall semester. 



Learn more about PLNU’s STEM opportunities and the Computational Science minor.

Academics, Biology, Chemistry, External Relations, Mathematical, Information & Computer Sciences, Office of Community & Government Relations, Physics & Engineering, PLNU


Nicolson Commons- ARC.  Open to all Faculty/ Staff and Students. We're excited to be unveiling our new logo and a new App that will make using the rental center and booking Great Escapes trips a breeze.  There will be raffles and prizes, a photo booth and a delicious trail mix bar in addition to having our equipment out for you to see just what we've got (even some new stuff).  We'll also be showing a short video on PLNU student experiences with the program.  This is a great opportunity to meet Jonathan Morell, the new Director of Outdoor Leadership.   Please stop by!  We're very interested in getting Staff and Faculty out on trips with students.  We'd also love to brainstorm with you about creating trips for your class or department. We're looking forward to meeting you for the first time or reconnecting once again.

Outdoor Recreation

PLNU Voice students -- from the studios of J. Craig Johnson, Tina Sayers, and Mary MacKenzie -- once again dominated the 2015 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition in San Diego.  Baritone Jack French won First Place in both the College/Private Musical Theater Men's and Lower College/Private Classical Men's categories. Mezzo-soprano Kendall Barnes won Second Place in College/Private Musical Theater Women.  In the Lower College/Private Classical Women's category, soprano McKenna Slack took First Place and soprano Emily Templeton took Second Place, with soprano Rachel Newton earning an Honorable Mention. In the Upper College/Private Classical Women's category, soprano Michelle Law came in Second Place with Third Place going to mezzo-soprano Kiana Bell.


On Tuesday March 3, 2015, Point Loma Nazarene University business students Matt Herskowitz, Chad Krause, Blair Messner, Sam Sadler, and Trevor Shaw led their team in victory over SDSU, USD, and UCSD teams, winning the San Diego CFA Institute Research Challenge for 2015.  PLNU faculty advisor, Dan Bothe, Dean of the Fermanian School of Business, supported their countless hours of preparation and accompanied them to the competition, returning with an impressive team trophy, now on display at the Fermanian School of Business!

As a result of this victory, the PLNU student team will be traveling to Atlanta, Georgia on April 15, all expenses paid by the CFA Institute, to compete in the Americas Regional event against universities from across North America.  The winner from each regional competition - the Americas; the Asia Pacific; and the Europe, Middle East, and Africa regions - will advance to the Global Final, where one team will be declared global champion of the CFA Institute Research Challenge.

About the CFA Research Challenge:

As stated on their website, The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition that provides university students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis.  Students work in teams to research and analyze a publicly traded company - sometimes even meeting face-to-face with company management.  Each team writes a research report on their assigned company with a buy, sell, or hold recommendation and may be asked to present and defend their analysis to a panel of industry professionals.

About the Winning PLNU Team:

Matt Herskowitz is a senior majoring in Finance and he currently holds the position of Director of Finance for ASB.  He has accepted a position this summer at Stratford Partners Real Estate Investments.  Chad Krause is a senior majoring in Finance, having spent a summer internship at Lloyds of London in Great Britain.  Blair Messner is a senior with an Accounting and Finance double major in addition to being a Student Accounting Society officer.  She has accepted a full time position with Deloitte in their tax division.  Sam Sadler is a senior with an Accounting and Finance double major; he serves as president of PLNU's entrepreneur club in addition to playing baseball for the PLNU team.  Sam has accepted a full time position in public accounting with Ernst & Young.  Trevor Shaw is a senior majoring in Finance, while serving as PLNU's Finance & Investments Club president.

External Relations, Office of Community & Government Relations, PLNU