Troy Hinds, PLNU Alumni, co-authored the "Don't let California's solar intiative go dark" article in the Union Tribune recently.


In this article Hinds and SPG Solar speak about the importance of extending the California Solar Initiative and how it is the fastest way to continue this type of clean energy innovation. They also speak of how it will drive down costs, create jobs and spur immediate investment to help our economic recovery.


Troy Hinds is the Project Development Manager for SPG Solar and manages their Oceanside office.


Fermanian Business & Economic Institute

Jeff Church, valued FBEI business partner and creator of eco-friendly bottled water Nika, was named one of San Diego Magazine's 10 North County People to Watch in 2011.



Nika water has helped bring clean water to more than 4,500 people!

Congratulations Jeff!

Business, Fermanian Business & Economic Institute

FAQ Friday—Dual Enrollment

1.    I’m in high school, but I’m also taking classes at a community college.  Do I get credit at PLNU for the college classes?
          +    Way to be proactive!  You can certainly get college credit for college classes, and just about every class that your high school will give you credit for will also get you credit at PLNU.  Most high schools offer dual-enrollment credit for intro style classes—Intro to Biology, College Calculus, etc.  If those are the types of classes you’re taking for college credit, odds are, you’ll get credit here too!  There are a few exceptions, like if your PLNU major requires that you take a class here on campus as a prerequisite for upper division courses, but even in cases like those, you’ll generally get elective credit (which you also need to graduate) for those classes. 

2.    My school is a part of Running Start.  Do I get PLNU credit for those classes?
          +    Definitely.  We have a ton of students who apply with Running Start units, and we offer PLNU credit for those units!

3.    How do I make sure PLNU knows that the classes on my high school transcripts are college classes, so I can get credit?
          +    If you’re admitted to PLNU and decide to attend, once all of your college classes are completed, you’ll need to request an official transcript from the other college offering you credit to be sent to PLNU.  Even if those college classes are on your high school transcripts, we’ll need to see the official college transcripts so we are able to see where the credit is from, how many units of credit you got, and the college course number (all of which are crucial in determining how many credits you get here at PLNU).  Once those college transcripts come in, the Office of Records will evaluate them, and you’ll get credit here at PLNU, based on your units and grades!

4.    How are college classes taken in high school figured into my overall high school GPA?  Are they weighed?
          +    We weigh college classes like your high school does.  If they’re on your high school transcripts as Honors or AP classes, we’ll weigh them accordingly.  If your high school records them as general classes, that’s how they’ll be weighed here.  Check with your high school for more information about how they record these classes!

5.    I have taken XX number of college units as a high school student.  Will I enter PLNU as a freshman, or based on my college credits, as a sophomore or junior?
          +    We don’t want you to miss out on any opportunity for financial aid here at Point Loma, so if you’re a high school senior with enough units to be a college sophomore or junior, you’ll be treated as both!  That means for scholarships and admission, you’ll be treated as a first-time freshman applicant (based on when you graduate high school—if you haven’t graduated, you’re a first-time freshman), because only first-time freshmen can be considered for our highest academic scholarships.  However, that doesn’t mean that you won’t get your college credit!  All of your transferrable classes will still transfer to Point Loma, and you’ll be considered a college student based on the number of units you bring in.  So that means you could be a first-time freshman AND a college sophomore at the same time!   Best of every world!!

6.    What counts for more credit—college classes or AP classes?
          +    It all depends on which subject you're looking to fulfill. For example: if you take a 4 unit college calculus course and receive at least a D-, those units will transfer (BUT- a bad grade will affect your GPA at PLNU!). If you take the AP Calculus test and get a 2, you won't receive credit for any courses here at PLNU. But if you score at least a 3 on the Calculus exam, you will receive 4 units of "CR" (credit). Before choosing a test subject, take a look at our AP Credit Guide to see which tests we accept and what score you will need. Also, make use of our GE Transfer Guide to select transferable college courses. If you were thinking of taking both (the AP exam and the equivalent college course)... we can only give you credit for the same course once, so we will favor the college course with the grade over the AP score.

7.    I’m coming to PLNU in the fall, but want to take college classes in the summer before I start.  Will they count toward PLNU?
          +    You can definitely take classes that can transfer to PLNU before you start here, but we would recommend that you check in that they will transfer BEFORE you take them.    The General Education Transfer Guide is a great place to start—it will help you pick classes that are most likely to be compatible.  Also, if you’re at a local SoCal community college, you can check out our Transfer Guides, which are lists of classes that are already guaranteed to transfer to PLNU!  If you have specific questions about specific classes, contact your Admissions Counselor!

8.    Can I take college classes at another college while I’m a PLNU student for PLNU credit?
          +    You can!  Once you’re here, you’ll want to meet with the Office of Records to find out when, where you can take classes, and which classes you can take!

Admissions (Undergraduate)


Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Nicholle Jaramillo

Point TV: Channel 23 Marketing & Promotions Mgr.

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: May 13, 2011

Written by: Nicholle Jaramillo


Sharia law…Sharia what?  To some, the word has little meaning or significance. However to the 2,869,000 Muslims living in the United Kingdom, as reported by the Pew Research Center in 2010, this code of conduct and Islamic religious law means everything. During a study abroad trip to London, England, two PLNU students produced a documentary that explored the subject head on.

Every other year, PLNU’s Communication and Theatre department offers a study abroad program in London, England.   Media communication majors Andrew Norbeck and Harris Smith were two among the pack.  Prior to the trip, the men were approached by professor Alan Hueth about making a documentary for their media literacy class’ final project.  

“Hueth gave us the idea about Sharia law, I thought it was really cool and knew a little about it,” said Norbeck.   “I said ‘yeah let’s do it’…I didn’t know what I was getting into.”

Sharia Law is the religious law of Islam, and comes from their holy book which is called the Qur'an.  Muslims believe that the Qur’an is Allah’s (God’s) words to all people on earth, and was delivered to us through the Islamic prophet Muhammad.  The law addresses a variety of topics including crime, politics, economics, sexuality, prayer and more.

Although the documentary was shot in London last fall, 2010, Norbeck was inspired the summer before during a mission trip abroad in Tanzania.  Following a soccer game with locals, Norbeck was approached by a goalie of Muslim faith.

“After the game we were talking and he was bashing on me and on America because he is Islamic and viewed Americans in the blackest light because of 9/11,” said Norbeck. “It sparked more interest, and I was more stoked to start studying and start researching the topic.”

While abroad in London, the two kept in touch with Hueth who served as executive producer on the project.  By use of Skype, drop box and various other technologies, the group was able to toss ideas and suggestions around.  They decided that they wanted to take an objective look at the subject, so Dr. Hueth connected them with two Christian experts on Islam in London: Leslie Griffths, a Methodist pastor and House of Lords Life Peer Leader, and Jay Smith, a Muslim scholar and Christian evangelist.  They also contacted and interviewed several Muslim Sharia council leaders in London.

“I really enjoyed sitting down, talking with and interviewing subjects while shooting b-roll at mosques without fear in their area,” said Smith.

Filming was not always smooth sailing.  From script writing to filming footage of local Muslims, the process was a challenge.  However, the largest issue they faced was finding an unbiased point of view.  Griffith’s and Jay Smith’s perspectives were polar-opposites in some ways.  Griffith had a liberal, more tolerant view of Islam and Sharia law, while Smith held a much more conservative and cautious view on the subject.

The result was a ten-minute documentary entitled Creeping Sharia, Ridding the Fear by Stating the Facts.  The documentary depicts these colliding perspectives, and ends with one fact which both experts could agree to: Sharia laws concerning women are unjust from a western-democracy perspective.  They treat women as second-class citizens, and western societies should stand against this aspect of Sharia-law being practiced in western democratic societies.  The two made it a point to express this, while also showing how Sharia law is gaining an ever-increasing presence in London.  

Creeping Sharia, Ridding the Fear by Stating the Facts was shown at PLNU’s Film Festival on May 5th and won an award for outstanding production in documentary


For more information on the film and where you can see it please contact Andrew Norbeck at, Harris Smith at, or Dr. Alan Hueth at 

Communications & Theatre

PLNU puts Ghana's Human Factor Leadership Academy at bat. Students and a community bring baseball to this school in Ghana.

PLNU is the best place to catch waves between classes. Check out Surfer Magazine's list of the Top Ten Surf Colleges.

Two PLNU students are turning T-shirts into aid for Uganda. Read how sophomore Kristin Klein and junior Amanda Cook "Love Uganda."


On May 14, PLNU celebrated the accomplishments of 565 undergraduate and 259 graduate students at Commencement. During the convocation ceremonies, 23 seniors were recognized for completing honors projects. In addition, an honorary Doctor of Laws degree was awarded to David Latter. Latter became president of Morehouse Foods in 1969, and he has guided the company to its current position as a multi-million dollar international business, specializing in mustard and horseradish. Latter has an undergraduate degree from PLNU.

Watch Commencement 2011