Point Loma Nazarene University has accepted the invitation to join the Pacific West Conference (PacWest), pending acceptance into the NCAA Division II. PLNU, which currently competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), has applied for NCAA Division II membership and will know of the NCAA’s decision by July 12th. Establishing a conference association is an important step in the application process.

“We are pleased to be invited into membership by the unanimous vote of the PacWest Conference,” said PLNU President Dr. Bob Brower. “We believe our application to the NCAA and the invitation for membership in PacWest will provide exciting opportunities for the future of PLNU and our student-athletes.”

PLNU plans on remaining in the NAIA and the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) for the 2011-12 season and joining the PacWest starting in 2012-13. The Sea Lion athletic program will immediately be eligible for regular season conference championships and awards but will not be able to compete in regional or national play until awarded full NCAA membership in 2014-15.

PacWest Commissioner Bob Hogue said that the conference was “excited and thrilled” that PLNU chose the PacWest and that “adding a school with the Sea Lions' athletic tradition and academic stature, along with its incredible campus in the San Diego area fits right in with our image as 'the most beautiful destination conference in the entire NCAA'."

The Pacific West Conference is the largest geographically diverse conference competing at the NCAA Division II level. In 2011-12, the PacWest will consist of 10 schools located in Arizona, California, Hawai‘i, and Utah. Beginning with the 2012-13 campaign, the PacWest will grow to 14 institutions in seven major metropolitan areas spread over four states and four times zones. The major metro areas include Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, Oakland, San Diego, Fresno and Honolulu.

Current PacWest schools are: Academy of Art (Calif.), Dominican (Calif.), Notre Dame de Namur (Calif.), Grand Canyon (Ariz.), Dixie State (Utah), Hawai’i Pacific, Chaminade (Hawai’i), Hawai’i-Hilo and BYU-Hawai’i. California Baptist is leaving the GSAC for the PacWest this upcoming fall.

Two other GSAC schools, Azusa Pacific and Fresno Pacific, will also announce that they are joining the PacWest, as will fellow NAIA institution Holy Names University (Calif.) Pending NCAA approval, this expansion would push the league’s membership up to 14.

"The PacWest has come a long way in a few short years, building its reputation as a powerful West Region conference in many sports,” said Hogue.  “We believe the addition of Point Loma Nazarene University, along with three other outstanding universities, positions us as one of the fastest rising conferences in the nation.  We are proud that PLNU will be with us in the PacWest!"

PLNU Athletic Director Ethan Hamilton responded enthusiastically to the PacWest invitation while also acknowledging the history of competition enjoyed in the GSAC. The university has been a member of the conference since 1986 and won 41 regular season titles during that time.  

"As one of the founding members of the GSAC, we are thankful for our longstanding relationship in the NAIA's top conference,” he said. “In taking this next step forward, we desire to also be a strong contributor in the PacWest for years to come. I believe our new home will be a good fit for our institution in many ways and that we can continue to honor our Christian commitment and holistically develop our student-athletes.”


Alan Hueth, Ph.D., professor of communications wrote and co-produced 15 short cooking videos for the Cuisinart company in May and June. Media communication alumni Mauricio Perez (09) and Jennifer Hassen (11) and current student Madison Dyer were also involved in the videos’ production. The shows will be exhibited on the Cuisinart and/or Pascoe Publishing websites beginning this summer.

Art & Design, Business, Communications & Theatre, Media Services

G. L. Forward, Ph.D., and Kathleen Czech, Ed.D., from the Department of Communication & Theatre, and Carmen Lee, Ph.D., from SDSU, had an article published in the most recent issue of Communication Research Reports. The article, entitled “Assessing Gibb’s Supportive and Defensive Communication Climate: An Examination of Measurement and Construct Validity,” is part of their ongoing research program on leadership as a communication phenomenon. This article was the most highly ranked paper in the volume in which it appeared.

Communications & Theatre

Computer science major Noor Potrus won a $750 scholarship from California Internship and Work Experience Association (CIWEA) for writing an essay about her internship experience
as part of the information systems department at Gen-Probe Incorporated, a diagnostics company in Mira Mesa.

Mathematical, Information & Computer Sciences


PLNU's Arcadia regional center offers Autism Spectrum Disorders and the associated fieldwork course at the Arcadia center.  

Further information on the Educational Specialist Clear Credential is available online or by contacting your enrollment counselor


Registration for the Autism course is now available online. Students enrolling in the Autism course that desire to complete a crednetial through Point Loma would need to contact the admissions counselor to be admitted to the credential or degree program.  

Fermanian Business & Economic Institute