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In April, communication professor Clark Greer, Ph.D., presented the paper “Following Local Television News Personalities on Twitter: A Uses and Gratifications Approach to Social Networking” at the annual convention of the Broadcast Education Association in Las Vegas. The paper, co-authored with Douglas Ferguson, a professor at the College of Charleston, was awarded first place in the open category of the News Division. The paper reports the results of a study that surveyed people who follow the Twitter sites of local television news personalities in the U.S.

Communications & Theatre

Student Life

1.    What sports do you have?
          +    PLNU offers Men’s Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis and Track and Field, and Women’s Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field and Volleyball, all of which offer scholarships to students who are recruited!

2.    Are jobs available for students on campus? Are they based on need?
          +    Jobs are definitely available!  Students can do anything from planting flowers to filing to making coffee in Bobby B’s Coffee Shop.  Check out the Student Employment site.  Many jobs do qualify for Federal Work Study, but students aren’t hired based on that status. 

3.    What clubs do you have at PLNU?
          +    So. Many. Clubs.

4.    How can I be involved in community service?
          +    PLNU’s student body is dedicated to serving our community, and does so in countless ways!  We have more than 30 Student Ministry groups like Homeless Ministries, Tutoring groups, Surf and Serve…everything!  We also have on campus Discipleship Ministries that will connect you with small groups to support your own growth, and for the musically inclined, Worship Ministries too!

5.    How much does it cost to park on campus?
          +    Good news…parking on campus is FREE!!!

6.    Do you have ROTC?
          +    We do, and accept all ROTC financial aid!  We work with Navy, Marines, Army and Air Force ROTC programs.  Here’s more info!

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Rip, Shred, Tear.  To some, these three words may sound like a papier-mâché project.  For one PLNU junior, though, these three words have evolved into a project that has received global recognition.  Madison Dyer, a film studies major, spent his summer working on a 30-minute surf documentary, Rip Shred Tear,  in conjunction with San Diego’s Captain Fin Surf Company and Hurley.

A standard surf movie takes about a year to film.  Dyer and his crew took a different approach by completing all filming in a two-month period.

“I started shooting in May and we had it all wrapped up by August,” said Dyer. “The whole point of it was to showcase surfing and the long board alternative community in that summer.”

Dyer was in charge of shooting and editing the film.  Although he had some creative input, the concept alone came from Mitch Abshere, Captain Fin Surf Company owner.  With over 20 hours of footage, a lot of behind the scenes work had to be done to complete a successful project.

“It was a really good learning experience—especially for the other side of shooting,” said Dyer.  “The scheduling and contacting people was the part I haven’t dealt with, so it was a really good experience.”

The film has had its premieres across the globe, most notably three in Japan with distribution by Hurley.  With a country geared towards surfing and ‘60s culture, most surfing companies have a Japan branch. 

Although Dyer spent his summer in the realm of surfing, he has turned his interests toward the more sophisticated side of film in marketing.  As a PLNU marketing intern, Dyer has been responsible for making mini documentaries and commercials that focus on alumni profiles, departmental profiles, professors, business events and even television commercials.

“Ideally, the stuff I am interested is mostly short stuff, commercials, music videos,” said Dyer.  “I’ve made a few connections with people in  the commercial world, and hope I can try to get away from surfing and get to a strictly professional marketing base.”

As for personal side projects, Dyer has a couple in the works.  After a successful completion of last year’s short film, Rungs, which won best film at PLNU’s film festival, Dyer is embarking on another short adventure.  The film is being produced in one of the film production courses, and focuses on a guy who secretly cheats on his girlfriend and accidentally sends a text that might get him in trouble.  In an attempt to save himself, he tries to erase the text message while a close friend documents the whole process.  In addition to this, he will also be working with Captain Fin Surf Company on another surf project that will be pitched to Fuel TV.

It is evident that Dyer possesses the drive and talent to be successful.  Although he has already gained some notoriety for his work, he says that his ethic has started with class projects.  They have inspired him to produce quality work and continue to drive him to expand his mind creatively.    

“Having professors and peers that have pushed you to do stuff out of your comfort zone--as repetitive as a lot of school projects can get--really pushes you to work under a deadline and learn the whole process,” said Dyer.  “Really, I have both of those to be thankful for.”

Written by Nicholle Jaramillo


Dr. Lynn Reaser speaks to Fox News about how the federal government keeps trying to kick the budget can down the road and if it is time for the U.S. to show the world it’s serious about fiscal responsibility and implement necessary spending cuts and reforms?

Fermanian Business & Economic Institute

ISF - Integrated Semester for Freshman

1.    I-S-what??  What’s ISF?
          +    ISF stands for Integrated Semester for Freshmen, and it’s an AMAZING PLNU exclusive program!     ISF is a unique first semester experience that allows students to experience learning together, as a group.  Students selected to be in the program enroll in five general education courses (all required as a part of PLNU’s general education curriculum for all students), and takes those courses together, with a core group of students and professors who focus on connecting each subject.  Trying to connect your faith to tough scientific issues?  Interested on how literature influences our world view?   Want to research connections between health and the Bible?  The ISF learning community is the place to do that.  Students are able to establish links in their classes, with each other, and outside of the classroom, with various activities together throughout the semester.  ISF alum Kathryn Louw describes it perfectly: “Overall, ISF was the best decision I made, regarding coming to Point Loma.”

2.    Can any major be a part of ISF?
          +    Good question.  Because some of our majors have specific prerequisite classes that you have to take in your first semester, not everyone can be a part of ISF…but MOST of you can!  Here’s the complete list of majors that can participate.

3.    What are the classes you take in ISF?
          +    ISF sets you up to be right on the four-year graduation track!  As a part of the program, you’ll take College Composition, Human Biology and Bioethics, Old Testament history,   New Testament history and Optimal Health.  All are general education classes that are required to be completed while you’re here, so you’re starting off on track!  Here are more details about the whole plan.

4.    How long has ISF been around?
          +    This will be ISF’s 15th year!

5.    What are the benefits of being in ISF?
          +    There are a lot of benefits.  Educationally, ISF really sets you up for a successful four years at PLNU with the critical thinking and integration components that are the foundation of the program.  Also, there are plenty of tutoring opportunities for students through ISF.  And on top of that, since you’re working with a team of faculty instead of just random professors, they’re really connected to you, and each other, so they keep close tabs on how every student is doing, and can personally address any academic challenges that arise with you.  Socially, ISF is the perfect setting in which to make life-long friends!  You’re in classes with your peers, you get to go on retreats with them, be a part of activities, go to tutoring…or just hang out with a group of people that you already know have things in common with you. ISF alum Brad McConnell says it best: “I would recommend this program to incoming freshman because it helps them to become situated to college by fostering growth spiritually, academically, and relationally. I would go through this program every semester if I could. You develop some of your longest-lasting relationships while in this program.”

6.    What’s the main reason people join ISF?
          +    So many reasons!  But the program faculty members say it best: “While we believe that all students can experience the benefits…through their education at Point Loma, this program intentionally focuses on these benefits in the student's first semester of college in a way not possible by taking the courses as individual classes.  Rather than experiencing these as five separate classes, as all non-ISF students do, the program is specifically designed to use a cross-disciplinary approach that allows them to identify and discuss issues at the interface of these disciplines. By approaching these issues from a variety of angles, students are challenged to critically integrate their studies and everyday lives.  Activities, assignments and group discussions are specifically designed to foster this type of integration. As students practice integration in ISF, they prepare a framework for more effective learning throughout their college career.”

7.    Am I missing out on a typical freshman experience by joining ISF?
          +    Definitely notISF takes the best of the freshman year and arranges it FOR you!  Your course load is the same as a typical freshman (16 units), and you take classes that are required for every student.  Also, ISF organizes outside of the classroom activities and experience to allow you to put what you learn into practice…and to just have fun together!  Be prepared for your ISF classmates and professors to become some of your closest friends here.  Also, you won’t live with only ISF students, so don’t think that they’ll be your ONLY friends.  ISF alum Lauren Schade says it best: “The bonds I made with the other ISFers were extremely strong and I did not feel like ISF limited my social circle at all.”

8.    Does ISF have any outside of class components?
          +   Yes!  ISF students get to go on a retreat together mid-year, which is another fun way to connect.  There are also cultural events that you go to together that connect with your learning in the classroom.  There is also a Spring ISF reunion that, once the program ends, you’ll be counting down the days until!

9.    How do I apply??
          +   It’s easy!  Click here

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