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?

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Need a little inspiration, enlightenment, or encouragement? Check out a few recent stories featuring PLNU staff and faculty:

Patricia Leslie, director of PLNU's social work program and member of San Diego's Regional Task Force on the Homeless board of directors, gives insight into the epidemic of addiction. (San Diego City Beat)

Eric Readinger is a familiar face in the Caf. He is also a part of Partnerships with Industry. Read about his day-to-day. (San Diego Union Tribune)

Lynn Reaser, PLNU's chief economist, joins a conversation about the national debt's effect on you. Learn more. (U.S. News & World Report)


Corey McKenna, Ph.D., has been busy. The associate professor of education and director of PLNU’s MAT multiple subject program published “Learning by Doing: A Constructivist approach

to Assessment and Collaborative Action Research Through the Lens of Professional Learning Communities” in the National Social Science Association Journal (2011) and presented on the
same topic at the association’s annual conference in Las Vegas in April.

He also presented on “How assessment and action research were used in preparing MAT candidates in the School of Education” at the Western Assessment Conference on March 18 at CSU Fullerton. McKenna received a $2,000 faculty alumni grant for his next research project, which will focus on the effects of exercise and academic achievement in elementary, middle, and high school students.

On a personal note, he was named USA Triathlon National Athlete of the Month for December 2010. In February 2011, he was named a member of the Team CF (cystic fibrosis) cycling team, which has special significance to McKenna because his wife has CF.

Education, Kinesiology, Student Development


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Contact: Nicholle Jaramillo

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Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: March 18, 2011

Written by: Nicholle Jaramillo


PLNU Alumnus Walks with God in Water and Film

            It started with a yearning to know God and has now evolved into a non-profit organization that seeks to share the Gospel with surfing communities.  Bryan Jennings, a 1998 PLNU alumnus founded the non-profit, Walking on Water, in 1995 with hopes he could share his faith with younger generations.  It started with an overnight surf camp in San Diego and has grown into an international ministry.

            Although the ministry started out with surf camps, the non-profit has expanded into surf films.  In the last eight years, nine movies have been released and audience numbers have grown in the thousands.  On February 19th, Jennings premiered his latest film he had a hand in, The Road Trip U.S.A., for PLNU students in Crill Auditorium.  The film follows Chris Krstevski, Troy Payne and Kuno Maliepaard on a 15,000 mile, cross-country journey to spread the Gospel. 

            “The producers of The Road Trip USA are great guys and God did amazing things along the way,” said Jennings.  “I wanted to help them with their world premiere and we decided to do the event at PLNU in hopes of inspiring some up and coming film makers and missionaries.”

            Jennings’s non-profit began as a surf ministry, but he has expanded it into a non-profit that also produces films.  He says that although not everyone is willing to go to church, most people will come to a movie theatre to see a film.  His initial project started with just a few outreaches and has developed into more than he ever anticipated

            “It was just one step of faith at a time, and God continues to do more than we ever thought or imagined,” said Jennings. “We produced the first surf movie and it was really encouraging to see people respond to the Gospel message through those movies and the outreaches.”

            Films and faith have extended Jennings the opportunity to tell stories and share personal testimonies.  This can be best seen in his own film—which happens to have the same name of his non-profit, Walking on Water.  In this film, he gives two young surfers the opportunity of a lifetime.  As they travel to different locations around the world, they learn about their faith in God, and their faith in others.  Jennings was taken on his own trip at age 14 that had a similar impact.

            “I wanted to return the favor. I knew a movie about two kids traveling the world would be a great way to share who God is with the kids and with those in the audience at the screenings,” said Jennings. “It has been amazing to see over 175,000 people in live attendance at the outreach events in over 25 countries.”


            Jennings is currently working on Promised Land, a film that focuses on the surfing community of Israel.  He has also written his own first feature film.  However his work does not stop her, as he has also been involved with promoting, Soul Surfer.  The film is based on the true story of teen surfer, Bethany Hamilton, who lost her left arm in a shark attack.  But with fight and determination, she became a champion surfer all over again.  The move is set to release in theatres on April 8th.

            This surfer and man of faith has come far since his time at PLNU.  However, he says that the university was a great place for him to grow in his faith, spend time with God on the campus and in the water surfing.  Jennings thanks faculty who encouraged him during his time there and has a piece of success advice for students.”

            “It was at PLNU where the Walking On Water ministry started and it will always be a special place to me,” said Jennings. “I encourage all current PLNU students to get busy doing what God has called you to do.  Don’t wait until after you graduate. Step out in faith now and see what HE does.”

For more information regarding Bryan Jennings’s ministry please contact him at


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Contribution for a guest commentary series entitled “Radical Economics.”

by Max Trzcinski

Jesus spent much his time ministering to the physical and spiritual needs of poor and marginalized people. Often these were the folks who were hurting, oppressed, addicted and overlooked. In a country defined by wealth and freedom it is likely that we avoid the places where visible suffering exists. In the small suburb I lived in before attending Point Loma, very rarely did I ever see people living under highway overpasses or in cardboard structures. Generally, our society has forced the oppressed, hurting and overlooked people to the margins of urban cities.

I do realize and I do not want to overlook the fact that suffering, oppression and hurting exist beyond the urban boundaries. In fact, suffering and pain exists in all of us. However, in suburban areas our suffering and addictions are not as visible as the pain seen in those living on the streets in urban settings, because we attempt to hide our sufferings by isolating ourselves from vulnerable relationships and as a result become dependent upon material consumption. Instead of asking where would Jesus live I think it is imperative that we ask how would Jesus live?

Jesus saw those who were pushed to the margins of society as being valuable and worthwhile. Regardless of where we find ourselves living, I think it is essential that we exercise hospitality, availability and solidarity to those among us, especially to those who are hurting, oppressed, addicted and overlooked. When we interact with people in pain we realize the pain in ourselves. This realization allows us to see the similarities in each other as being apart of the Human Race instead of identifying the differences between ourselves.

Jesus hardly had a permanent residence, which makes it difficult to describe where we would live now, North Park, South Park, Barrio Logan, City Heights or Tijuana. However, I do think the way in which Jesus practiced hospitality and availability has something bold to say about the necessary solidarity we share with folks, who are hurting, oppressed, addicted and overlooked wherever we reside.



To provide the PLNU community a wide variety of perspectives and experiences on economics, the CJR and the FBEI have coordinated a series of students, alums, and professors to share their ideas on a variety of topics, most of which can be found in the PLNU Weekly, the school newspaper. PLNU, the Center for Justice and Reconciliation (CJR) and the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute (FBEI) value different viewpoints on important topics, and therefore we have also posted the articles here in the News Section (to the right). The opinions expressed in these articles, as well as those of Ched Myer, are those of their individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of PLNU, the CJR or the FBEI. 



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