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 for additional information.

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Students, staff, faculty, PLNU President Bob Brower, and a few members of PLNU’s cabinet spent their week of spring break building a new sanctuary and parsonage for the Rosarito Church of the Nazarene.

The project was an undertaking of Lazarian World Homes, and co-sponsored by PLNU’s International Ministries Office and the Center for International Development. Lazarian World Homes is a nonprofit organization that builds environmentally conscious, affordable, and long-lasting structures all over the world. The organization was born out of a partnership involving PLNU, Baylor University, and the Armenian Relief and Development Agency.

In Rosarito, the president of Lazarian World Homes, Ken Coil, trained and worked alongside the volunteers to construct the new sustainable structures. Both the church building and parsonage were built with polystyrene foam blocks, concrete, and steel rebar.

The Lazarian Insulated Concrete Form blocks do not absorb moisture, resist pests, and contain fire retardant materials. They are filled with concrete after being set, resulting in effective, low-cost, eco-friendly structures. Each structure has an estimated economic life of 40-50 years, and approximately 90 percent of the home can be recycled.

For pictures of other Lazarian World Homes building projects or information on how you can be involved, please visit

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Point Loma Nazarene University Director of Athletics Ethan Hamilton has announced the hiring of Bill Carr as men’s basketball head coach on Monday. Carr becomes the 13th head coach in the 66-year history of the PLNU basketball program. The Sea Lions currently compete in the NAIA but will apply for membership to the NCAA as a Division II member in June.

Carr brings over 20 years of coaching experience to his new position. He comes to PLNU from the University of San Diego where he spent five years as associate head coach for the NCAA Division I Toreros. As the lead assistant, Carr was involved with recruiting, scheduling, scouting, practice preparation and in-game decision making.

“I am thrilled to have someone of Bill’s character and ability lead our program,” said Hamilton, who gave up the men’s basketball position to become PLNU’s full-time athletic director. “This is a crucial hire as we begin to transition from the NAIA to the NCAA Division II level, and I am excited to have Bill lead us down this road.”

During Carr’s tenure at USD the Toreros won the WCC Tournament title in 2008 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. USD beat the University of Connecticut in the first round for the program’s first ever NCAA Tournament victory.

Prior to USD, Carr was at UC San Diego where he spent three years as head coach for the Tritons (2004-07). In his second season at the helm, Carr led UCSD to a 15-14 record. It was the first winning campaign for the Tritons since they moved to the NCAA Division II level in 2000.

“I’m excited to take over the PLNU basketball program,” said Carr. “This is a great opportunity for me to work at a terrific institution with quality people and student-athletes. I am looking forward to our remaining time in the NAIA and to helping this team become a power at the NCAA Division II level.”

Carr’s resume also includes two seasons as the associate head coach at Long Beach State, and three years as the head coach at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. He accumulated a career mark of 84-23 (.785) at Spring Hill and led the Badgers to three appearances in the NAIA National Tournament. In 2000 and 2001, Spring Hill advanced to the NAIA "Elite Eight". 

In his first season (1999-00) Carr led Spring Hill to a 29-8 mark, a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) championship and a trip to the NAIA Tournament, where it advanced to the final eight. Carr was named GCAC Coach of the Year that season and was a finalist for the NAIA National Coach of the Year.

As a player, Carr competed for two seasons (1985-87) at the University of San Francisco under coach Jim Brovelli. His first campaign at USF was the "Back to Basketball" group that marked the restart of the program after a three-year hiatus.

Carr earned a degree in accounting at USF and later began his coaching career there, spending nine years as an assistant for Brovelli (five years) and Phil Mathews (four years). He helped recruit and mentor 10 first team All-WCC performers, including the 1998 and 2000 WCC Freshmen of the Year. USF advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1998 after winning the West Coast Conference Tournament championship.

“I can’t wait to get started,” said Carr, who begins immediately. “I met the team and feel fortunate to have so many good players returning. I believe we are going to accomplish a lot of good things together.”

Bill and his wife, Pam, are the proud parents to three children: Allie, Madison and Paul. Allie currently attends USD, while Madison and Paul attend Santa Fe Christian School. The Carr family resides and attends church in Carlsbad.

“I want to commend our search committee for their time and efforts in this recommendation,” Hamilton added. “Bill’s basketball experience, coupled with his faith and his desire to help young men grow made him an ideal candidate for PLNU.”



1.    Do you have to be a Christian to go to PLNU?
          +    PLNU is a vibrant, active Christian community, but we don’t require that our applicants come from any specific faith backgrounds. 
2.    What if you don’t come from a strong faith background- will I still fit in?
          +    Excellent question.  We strive to be a community where students are challenged to grow in their faith, whether faith has always been a part of their lives, or whether students are still trying to figure out where faith fits into who they are.  We hope to be a community that welcomes students seeking that growth with open arms! 
3.    How is faith integrated into academics at PLNU?
          +    Faith is a part of life at PLNU.  One of our professors says it best: “What I came to learn, and what I still find true among my colleagues, is that they did not feel the need to integrate their faith and their intellectual lives because the two had never been separated. I found a community that took seriously the command to love God with all our minds. Thinking about faith seemed as natural to me as a student in this community as praying, as loving those in need, as worshiping together. It still feels this way now as a faculty member.” –Dr. Karl Martin
4.    Are your professors all Christian?
          +    Yes.  Professors’ faith background and Christian journeys are a big part of the hiring process here.  Click here for just a few of their stories!
5.    Are there faith-based requirements at PLNU?
          +    Every student at PLNU takes three courses from our School of Theology and Christian Ministry as a part of the general education: History of the Old Testament and History of the New Testament are the first two, and the third class can be selected from several other course offerings.   In addition to those three courses, students attend chapel a certain number of times each semester.
6.    Do you offer missions trips?
          +    Definitely…and so many!  In addition to our many Mexico ministries that arrange outreach work weekly, we also offer formal missions trips for students to get plugged into!  LoveWorks is a nationally recognized international missions program and has sent students to more than 60 world areas.  SALT Mission Camps pair PLNU students with high school students who are ready to serve in high need areas!

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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.

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