Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Nicholle Jaramillo

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Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: May 13, 2011

Written by: Nicholle Jaramillo


Sharia law…Sharia what?  To some, the word has little meaning or significance. However to the 2,869,000 Muslims living in the United Kingdom, as reported by the Pew Research Center in 2010, this code of conduct and Islamic religious law means everything. During a study abroad trip to London, England, two PLNU students produced a documentary that explored the subject head on.

Every other year, PLNU’s Communication and Theatre department offers a study abroad program in London, England.   Media communication majors Andrew Norbeck and Harris Smith were two among the pack.  Prior to the trip, the men were approached by professor Alan Hueth about making a documentary for their media literacy class’ final project.  

“Hueth gave us the idea about Sharia law, I thought it was really cool and knew a little about it,” said Norbeck.   “I said ‘yeah let’s do it’…I didn’t know what I was getting into.”

Sharia Law is the religious law of Islam, and comes from their holy book which is called the Qur'an.  Muslims believe that the Qur’an is Allah’s (God’s) words to all people on earth, and was delivered to us through the Islamic prophet Muhammad.  The law addresses a variety of topics including crime, politics, economics, sexuality, prayer and more.

Although the documentary was shot in London last fall, 2010, Norbeck was inspired the summer before during a mission trip abroad in Tanzania.  Following a soccer game with locals, Norbeck was approached by a goalie of Muslim faith.

“After the game we were talking and he was bashing on me and on America because he is Islamic and viewed Americans in the blackest light because of 9/11,” said Norbeck. “It sparked more interest, and I was more stoked to start studying and start researching the topic.”

While abroad in London, the two kept in touch with Hueth who served as executive producer on the project.  By use of Skype, drop box and various other technologies, the group was able to toss ideas and suggestions around.  They decided that they wanted to take an objective look at the subject, so Dr. Hueth connected them with two Christian experts on Islam in London: Leslie Griffths, a Methodist pastor and House of Lords Life Peer Leader, and Jay Smith, a Muslim scholar and Christian evangelist.  They also contacted and interviewed several Muslim Sharia council leaders in London.

“I really enjoyed sitting down, talking with and interviewing subjects while shooting b-roll at mosques without fear in their area,” said Smith.

Filming was not always smooth sailing.  From script writing to filming footage of local Muslims, the process was a challenge.  However, the largest issue they faced was finding an unbiased point of view.  Griffith’s and Jay Smith’s perspectives were polar-opposites in some ways.  Griffith had a liberal, more tolerant view of Islam and Sharia law, while Smith held a much more conservative and cautious view on the subject.

The result was a ten-minute documentary entitled Creeping Sharia, Ridding the Fear by Stating the Facts.  The documentary depicts these colliding perspectives, and ends with one fact which both experts could agree to: Sharia laws concerning women are unjust from a western-democracy perspective.  They treat women as second-class citizens, and western societies should stand against this aspect of Sharia-law being practiced in western democratic societies.  The two made it a point to express this, while also showing how Sharia law is gaining an ever-increasing presence in London.  

Creeping Sharia, Ridding the Fear by Stating the Facts was shown at PLNU’s Film Festival on May 5th and won an award for outstanding production in documentary


For more information on the film and where you can see it please contact Andrew Norbeck at, Harris Smith at, or Dr. Alan Hueth at 

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On May 14, PLNU celebrated the accomplishments of 565 undergraduate and 259 graduate students at Commencement. During the convocation ceremonies, 23 seniors were recognized for completing honors projects. In addition, an honorary Doctor of Laws degree was awarded to David Latter. Latter became president of Morehouse Foods in 1969, and he has guided the company to its current position as a multi-million dollar international business, specializing in mustard and horseradish. Latter has an undergraduate degree from PLNU.

Watch Commencement 2011


On Apr. 28, the third annual San Diego Microfinance Summit was held at the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice. 

The event was produced by the San Diego Microfinance Alliance (SDMFA), which Dr. Rob Gailey, PLNU professor of business and director of the Center for International Development, helped found. Gailey has helped plan the summit in previous years, and this year, PLNU alumnus Travis Vaughan (09) helped plan in his role as main facilitator for SDMFA. 

Gailey is also involved in planning SDMFA’s microfinancing courses. In fall 2010, PLNU hosted SDFMA’s course MF101. 

Keynote speakers of the summit included Gina Harman, CEO, ACCION Network, Giovanna Masci, Regional Director for the Americas, KIVA, and Claudia Viek, CEO, CA Association for Microenterprise Opportunity (CAMEO). 

Center for International Development

Luke Harmon, a 2010 business administration graduate from PLNU, was named the 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Fermanian School of Business (FSB) at Point Loma Nazarene University. Harmon was one of five finalists in the FSB’s Entrepreneur Enrichment Program (EEP).

Harmon’s project, EHipp, is developing medical records software for overlooked sectors of the health care industry.

“Thank you so much for providing a platform for me to work on this project,” said Harmon. “This experience has been incredibly challenging but at the same time amazing, and I have loved every second of it!” 

Following a nearly yearlong process that began with the annual EEP Exposition and “pitch” last September, five student entrepreneurial ventures received mentoring throughout the 2010-11 academic year while developing a detailed business plan. There were three experienced entrepreneurial mentors for each venture from a wide variety of business interests throughout the western U.S. The mentors also served as judges for the plans. The plans were completed and submitted by April 15, 2011. The judges then had two weeks to review the plans on a secure online site. 

“In the past year, I have dove fully into eHipp,” said Harmon. “I have read books and articles, interviewed physicians, nurses, and medical students, attended classes and conferences, job shadowed venture capitalists, and met with recognized leaders and thinkers of medical innovation. Through this process, I have felt like it was up to me to find a place where this software could work and succeed. You will see from the business plan that I believe I have done that.” 

Randy M. Ataide, the EEP advisor and PLNU professor of entrepreneurship said, “Each year presents a different variety of projects and entrepreneurial interests, and this year was no exception. What stands out in this year’s program was the dedication of most of the entrepreneurs to maximize the opportunity to be mentored.”  

The FSB announced Harmon’s award at a banquet attended by approximately 85 entrepreneurs, mentors, students, and supporters on Wednesday evening, April 27, 2011. 

Harmon earned a total of $3,000 in funding from the EEP Endowment towards supporting his entrepreneurial endeavors, and was mentored by Stephen Thesing, Robert Harp and Bart Grunau, all experienced EEP mentors.

Other honorees included brothers Derek Jackson, a senior double major at PLNU in business administration and music, joined by his brother Marcus Jackson, a PLNU business administration alumni from 2007, for their project Forte Gigs, a musician promotion and management company for student musicians, who earned an additional $1,500 from the EEP Endowment as well as winning the Dave and Dorothy Latter Free Enterprise Award. PLNU MBA John Cosby earned $1,500 from the endowment as well as nabbing the Social Entrepreneur Award of another $200 for his project,

The other completed projects were by Carl Gardner, a 2010 business administration graduate, who created Gardner BioFuels and Reid Sund, a 2010 accounting graduate, who developed Care Connection. All participating projects that completed the EEP received $500 each, and additional projects were announced for the 2011-12 EEP.

Craig Van Hulzen, CEO of Van Hulzen Asset Management in Jackson, Ca., and a co-founder of the EEP and the EEP Endowment, stated “ While not a year of large numbers in the EEP, the quality of the completed plans is the best by far in the history of the EEP. It reflects the evolving nature of the EEP and the rising expectations of quality among the participants.” 

Fermanian Business & Economic Institute, PLNU

Wednesday is the 2010-2011 Entrepreneur Enrichment Program Banquet. The Entrepreneur Enrichment Program (EEP) seeks to encourage, stimulate, and nourish the entrepreneurial process in any full or part-time student and in all academic disciplines at PLNU by providing specific personal, business, and professional counsel for student-entrepreneurs' business plans from recognized industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and financiers.  

This year's participants displayed their ideas at the expo on October 6 in the School of Business.  Following the expo they each gave a three-minute pitch to the business review team who judged their projects.  The finalists have been announced and have been paired with mentors to assist the students in developing a solid business plan for their specific project.  Winners will be announced at the EEP Banquet.


Entrepreneur Enrichment Program (EEP) Banquet
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Fermanian School of Business & Conference Center

Email Courtney Hamad to reserve your spot at