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PLNU News

27
Apr
Each year, PLNU seniors have the opportunity to go above and beyond and showcase research projects of their choice. The topics range from the sciences to the arts and professional studies, and are often created by the students themselves. With every project comes extensive, demanding and laborious research.

In the spring of their junior year, students who have maintained a cumulative 3.5 GPA and are able to resourcefully and seriously research may apply to do a senior honors project under the sponsorship of the Honors Program. With guidance from professors, students complete the honors projects during their senior year, meeting with fellow honors scholars and their advisers to discuss their projects and maintain progress.

By early May, students are expected to prepare two formal presentations: one to their committee and the second to the Honors Conference. Upon graduation, these scholars are each recognized for their extensive efforts and are given a special tassel.

Mark Mann, director of the Honors Program, said it allows students the opportunity to explore subjects they have a passion for more deeply.

“It demonstrates that a student can succeed at a higher level than is expected of the typical undergrad, that a student can take on and complete a large, and perhaps, multi-year, project and take self-initiative,” said Mann via email.

Here is a sample of some of the students who decided to take on a honors project this year:

Kalika Kastein

Kastein, a senior double majoring in graphic design and philosophy/theology, chose to do a project on something she enjoys, she said. “My project is about the social construct of gender as it relates to our bodies and how by looking critically at expectations within gender roles it begins to break down and reveal inerrancies in itself,” said Kastein via email.

Kastein explores how art “subversively creates an inversion of the realistic and the fanciful, thus providing space for a hybrid, multi-faceted understanding of gender.”

Although art can portray women and their gender roles through photoshopped magazine ads, Kastein emphasizes that “art has the potential to present gender issues in a neutral and thought-provoking way,” therefore initiating dialogue that can challenge us to think.

Kastein found that narrowing down what she wanted to say became very difficult due to the abundance of research but that this allowed her to challenge her own conceptions of gender. She hopes her project will bring about awareness and dialogue about gender.

Allyse Kramer

Kramer, an athletic training major, has spent the last eight months researching how the pressures of being a collegiate athlete may affect the development of disordered eating. Kramer conducted her research using two pre-created surveys.

One survey identifies “at risk” athletes for developing an eating disorder. The other identifies where possible sources of pressure that an athlete might feel are coming from. Though her research is still in progress, Kramer has compared results from the surveys and found several correlations.

Kramer’s interest in nutrition and experience with athletes has shown her how important it is for athletes to eat correctly, she said.

“I have had many friends that have struggled with this issue and have also been able to see a lack of information reaching our athletes in this area,” said Kramer.

Kramer hopes to identify pressures that lead to the development of eating disorders with collegiate-level athletes and use that information to prevent further disorders from occurring.

Caleb Bryce

Bryce, an environmental science major, spent a summer researching and analyzing data in Costa Rica last summer. When he returned, he knew he had ample material for a honor’s project.

Bryce’s project used photo traps to monitor rainforest carnivores. He analyzed the presence of large predators such as jaguars and puma’s in neo-tropical forests and how they indicate a stable ecosystem due to the fact that these animals require “intact populations of prey lower on the food chain for survival,” he said.

“My honors project focuses not only on the results we attained last summer but also methods for improving the protocol we use for camera placement and data analysis with the hope of refining the process and improving the success of subsequent summers,” said Bryce.

Bryce, who will be the only returning member of the research group to Costa Rica this summer, has recently accepted an offer to UC Santa Cruz to earn his Ph.D. in comparative physiology.

Written by Kalyn McMackin

This story originally was published by The Point Weekly, the student newspaper for PLNU.

Wesleyan Center
26
Apr

PRESS RELEASE

Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Nicholle Jaramillo

Point TV: Channel 23 Marketing & Promotions Mgr.

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: April 22, 2011

Written by: Nicholle Jaramillo

 

 

Student Short Film makes it to Cannes, FR

           

            The French Riviera, the world’s oldest and prestigious film festival, the Cannes Film Festival.  The non-public event gives Europeans the chance to market their films on the basis of artistic quality.  For most, it is hard to imagine what attending and participating in the festival would be like.  However, for two PLNU media communication students, this dream is not so far fetched.

            Almost every semester, a group of PLNU media communication students study for a semester at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center.  During their time there, each student works on the production of several short films.  On April 7, 2011, Ashley Gulden, a senior media communications major, and Lucy Peterson, a senior media communications major received an email from L.A. Lyles, a fellow student from their fall, 2010, semester at the LAFSC.  She informed the two that their short film, Camp Death, would be shown in the “Short Film Corner” of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

            “It’s your classic tale of a man with a mask and a machete out to kill a group of campers,” said Peterson.  “For some reason, people like that stuff no matter what way you tell it.”

            Camp Death is a classic 1980’s slasher-film, and follows troubled teens at a rehabilitation camp.  During their stay, they are hunted by an urban legend, ex-camper “Ethan,” in the woods. Each teen is followed as they struggle to stay alive in the woods.    

            When both Gulden and Peterson, they were both shocked and gratified.  The film process took a total of about four months to develop—with the actual shooting being completed over two weekends of night-time shooting.

            I was pleased that I was apart of a team that is gaining international recognition,” said Gulden.  “It was a wonderful experience that has paid off for my career.”  

            As for why the team thinks that it was picked, there are mixed reactions.  The average LAFSC film might not be deemed “Oscar worthy,” but many film students tell tales of sleepless nights and dedication. 

            “I think it was selected because it is different from other current short films in the horror genre,” said Gulden. “It has artistic layers within the film including the lighting, production design, and camera angles.”

            On set, Peterson was both script supervisor and editor.  Editing a 10-minute short film is both a lengthy and time-consuming process. As the lead production designer, Gulden, scouted locations, designed the costumes, gathered the props, created the special effects and was in charge of visual elements.  Although the end product was something to be proud of, that is not to say the crew did not face challenges along the ways.

            Dealing with locations and the crew was sometimes difficult,” said Peterson. “Plus it was really cold both nights we filmed.  At one of the locations I even saw a coyote try to wander up to our set.”

            Everyone knows gratification can come from hard work.  For these two women, this recognition is went far beyond their expectations.

            “When you put that much time into something, it becomes important to you,” said Peterson. “I guess it would be sort of like if you had a kid and you saw your kid make it into the school they wanted.”

 

For information on LAFSC and Camp Death please contact Lucy Peterson atlucypeterson007@pointloma.edu, Ashley Gulden at agulden123@pointloma.edu, and Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu.

Communications & Theatre
26
Apr

PRESS RELEASE

Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Nicholle Jaramillo

Point TV: Channel 23 Marketing & Promotions Mgr.

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: April 22, 2011

Written by: Nicholle Jaramillo

           

 

Students Travel to City of Lights for Annual Convention

 

            The “Superbowl” of broadcast conventions in the world is the National Association of Broadcasters/Broadcast Education Association convention that happens each year at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  This year, a group of media communication and broadcast journalism students and representatives from PLNU’s  KPLR radio and Point TV made the trek to the city of lights April 9-13th to get a taste of the professional world of television and radio.   

            For some, the convention has been a great opportunity to network and mix in with professionals.  During last year’s convention, Katie Conner, a 2010 broadcast journalist major, unknowingly met her future employer.  She is now a reporter for CBS in Medford, Oregon.  In hopes of making a similar connection, seniors, Andie Adams, KPLR general manager and Jessica Bobik, Point TV general manager, attended the career fair and said it was their favorite event.

            “One of the most valuable experiences during my time at BEA was hearing from employers from Paramount, Warner Bros and CBS and what they had to say about what they’re looking for in potential employees,” Bobik said. “Each employer had almost the exact same thing to say, they harped on how important it is for passion and heart.”

            A passion for broadcast is something that student attendees have in common.  While networking is a huge part of the annual convention, the four-day event’s main focus was on “Tomorrow’s Media.”  A variety of workshops, sessions, panels and more honed in on where media was heading and what can be expected of future journalists.  For Christina Grijalva, KPLR promotions director, it was the different sessions that taught her the most during her time in Vegas.       

            “It was great to listen to others that have been in the industry or are teaching about the industry,” said Grijalva. “I really like getting as much insight as I can, especially from people who have had different experiences and who I can learn from.”

            Although a large portion of the group consisted of upperclassmen, younger students were given a preview of what’s to come.  Leah Murphy, a freshman media communication major, also realized the importance of looking ahead in regards to media.

            “The people presenting and the people who are showcasing new products are thinking forward,” said Murphy.  “They're ahead of the game and are introducing things that aren't necessarily widely recognized yet, but they will be. It's a great chance to get a look into the future of your major and career.”   

            PLNU students were not alone in representing the university.  Dr. Clark Greer, professor of communication, presented a research paper on Twitter trends and acted as the Festival Chair for the faculty audio competition. The university connection was a sense of comfort for students in attendance.  However, the conference forced students out of the PLNU bubble.   

            It allowed them to step out of their comfort zone and see what else is out there,” said Grijalva. “Especially coming from such a tight-nit community like PLNU, being exposed to other people and experiences is healthy so that way it won't be such a culture shock when students are making that transformation into the job world.”

            Students and professionals alike will attend BEA for years to come in hopes of gaining insight into broadcasting, film, and journalism trends.  It is a great chance to learn about new products, techniques and expectations of the different career fields.

            “It was cool to see the overall emphasis on storytelling-in film, TV, broadcast journalism, print journalism,” said Murphy. “It was exciting to see the power of the story and to know that I have the chance to be a storyteller for the rest of my life.”

 

Other PLNU attendees included Sophomore Katelyn Rose, Senior Erika Scopelli and Senior Ashley Gulden.  For more information regarding the convention please contact Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu.

Communications & Theatre
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
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