PLNU News

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
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.

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