PLNU News

26
Apr

 

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On Saturday, April 16, a team of 4 dietetic majors from Point Loma Nazarene University traveled to CSU Northridge to participate in the 9th Annual Nutrition College Bowl.  It was the first time PLNU was invited.  There were 15 teams from 3 western states.  PLNU's team members were Kristen Conner (captain), Merri Metcalfe, Quynh-Nhu Nguyen and Dana DiBlasi.  Unfortunately, our first round was against the team that ultimately won the whole contest!  The top three finishers this year were, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (3rd), UC Davis (2nd) and the 9th Annual Nutrition College Bowl winners, California State University, San Bernardino.

Family & Consumer Sciences
22
Apr

Stats and Numbers

1.    How many students go to PLNU?
          +    Point Loma’s enrollment is capped at 2,400 students…and we’re at that cap.  We’ll never have any more than 2400!
2.    What is the student to faculty ratio?
          +    Because PLNU’s enrollment is capped, we maintain a very low student to faculty ratio: 14 to one!
3.    What is the male to female student ratio?
          +    PLNU is right around the national average for colleges and universities—we’re about 60% female, 40% male.
4.    Average class size?
          +    An average class here is 19 students.
5.    How big is PLNU?
          +    Campus is 93 beautiful oceanfront acres!  Want to see more?
6.    How many people are in a room when you live on campus?
          +    There are a variety of ways students can live on campus.  Typically, you’ll be in a room with one other person, but you can live in a room alone, you can live with two others, or in the apartments on campus, you could live with four others!
7.    How many applications do you get every year?
          +    Admissions at Point Loma is competitive, but not impossible.  Last year we received around 4,000 applications.
8.    What is your FAFSA/SAT/AP/ACT code?
          +    FAFSA: 001262
          +    SAT and AP: 4605
          +    ACT: 0370

Admissions (Undergraduate)
21
Apr

PLNU student and children with Down syndrome and their families celebrated Easter early on Tuesday.

DS Action, a San Diego Down syndrome advocacy group, along with PLNU's School of Education, Department of Family & Consumer Sciences, and Department of Kinesiology, helped put on the DS Action Easter Egg Hunt and Parents Reception on the Alumni House Lawn. Children and their families participated in games and activities, an Easter egg hunt, and a visit from the Easter bunny. Each child was paired with a PLNU student-volunteer, "special friends" who spent time playing with the children while families enjoyed the reception.

This event supported of the Pediatric Down Syndrome Center at Rady Children’s Hospital, a center that DS Action advocated for.

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Education, Family & Consumer Sciences, Kinesiology, PLNU
19
Apr

Friday is Earth Day. PLNU observes the spirit of Earth Day all through the year, with the diverse activities during the annual Creation Care Week in the fall and Bike the Jam once a month. On Friday, PLNU will be joining in on the observance and festivities by holding a special edition Bike The Jam, where participants will get free coffee if they bring a reusable mug.

PLNU has been ramping up efforts to care for creation for years. Residence halls produce limited waste and are energy efficient. In 2010, Finch Hall was completely remodeled with sustainability in mind, adding recycled-content carpet, a filtered water filling station, a sink-to-toilet grey water recycling system, and natural lighting.

The Green Fund, a student-initiated fee of five dollars per semester, was set up to increase funds for energy, water, and resource conservation efforts on campus. It provides about $25,000 for projects each year. In 2010, the fund provided for a bike service station, more fruit trees on campus, and a community garden expansion.

The Octopus Garden, affectionately named by its founders at Students for Environmental Awareness (SEA), offers plots for green or brown-thumbed students, faculty, and staff to try their hands at tending a small crop. Sprouting this season are quinoa, corn, lettuce, grapes, and carrots, just to name a few.

PLNU students also have the opportunity to engage more deeply in the academic side of creation care by signing up for PLNU’s sustainability studies minor, which began in fall 2010. The interdisciplinary program brings together perspectives from business, biology, theology, sociology, and other areas.

Other creation care highlights from around campus include:

  • A tray-less cafeteria that ensures 30 percent of its food is from local sources
  • Composting of cafeteria waste
  • A growing solar panel system that will provide more than 40 percent of the university’s peak period electricity consumption when completed
  • Hydration stations around campus where reusable water bottles can be refilled for free
  • Water-saving shower switches that allow water flow to be reduced by 75 percent while maintaining water temperature
  • Waterless urinals and low-flow or dual-flush toilets that save approximately 40,000 gallons of water a year
Creation Care, PLNU, Sustainability
19
Apr

Remember the excitement of your own graduation from high school or college? Do you recall the thrill of coming to the end of a challenging season of your life into one that promised new open doors and experiences? That same excitement and anticipation will soon visit the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University.

The activities surrounding PLNU’s commencement begin Thursday, May 12, and culminate with the actual commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 14. The university understands that these events will create traffic and parking congestion for our closest neighbors.

It is anticipated that the heaviest traffic and congestion will occur in the hours leading up to and following the commencement ceremonies. On Saturday, May 14, graduate student commencement begins at 10 a.m. Undergraduate ceremonies begin at 1 and 4 p.m. To assist in easing any traffic problems, PLNU is contracting with the San Diego Police Department’s traffic division to provide traffic services following the ceremonies. These services will allow a more expedient flow of vehicles from campus. This departure process is usually completed within one hour.

Thank you for your patience during the upcoming commencement activities. Please visit our website at www.pointloma.edu/commencement for additional information.

Office of Community & Government Relations
19
Apr

Students, staff, faculty, PLNU President Bob Brower, and a few members of PLNU’s cabinet spent their week of spring break building a new sanctuary and parsonage for the Rosarito Church of the Nazarene.

The project was an undertaking of Lazarian World Homes, and co-sponsored by PLNU’s International Ministries Office and the Center for International Development. Lazarian World Homes is a nonprofit organization that builds environmentally conscious, affordable, and long-lasting structures all over the world. The organization was born out of a partnership involving PLNU, Baylor University, and the Armenian Relief and Development Agency.

In Rosarito, the president of Lazarian World Homes, Ken Coil, trained and worked alongside the volunteers to construct the new sustainable structures. Both the church building and parsonage were built with polystyrene foam blocks, concrete, and steel rebar.

The Lazarian Insulated Concrete Form blocks do not absorb moisture, resist pests, and contain fire retardant materials. They are filled with concrete after being set, resulting in effective, low-cost, eco-friendly structures. Each structure has an estimated economic life of 40-50 years, and approximately 90 percent of the home can be recycled.

For pictures of other Lazarian World Homes building projects or information on how you can be involved, please visit
www.lazarianworldhomes.com.

Office of Community & Government Relations