PLNU News

27
Apr

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, BorderTraffic.com.

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
26
Apr

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 CourtneyHamad@pointloma.edu   

PLNU
26
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
25
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
25
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
25
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