PLNU News

06
Apr

PRESS RELEASE

Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Kalyn McMackin (760) 685-3312

Point TV: Channel 23 Public Relations Manager. 

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: April 7, 2014

Written by: Kalyn McMackin

PLNU Filmmaker-Alumnus to Screen & Attend Film Forum April 14th

PLNU’s Point TV will be hosting Short Term 12 director, Destin Daniel Cretton, at Point Loma Nazarene University’s Film Forum on April 14.  Cretton will attend the screening and discuss the success of his film and what his journey as a filmmaker-- since graduating from Point Loma--has been like. 

 

What started nearly six years ago as a Master’s thesis project has since captured national attention, including those in Hollywood.  Cretton’s film has earned him recognition in multiple film festivals across the country, including Sundance and the South by Southwest Music Festival. 

 

“This is Daniel’s most-famous and most-viewed feature length film,” said Alan Hueth, professor of Communication. “It played at the Sundance Film Festival, won awards at others, and it got a lot of Oscar buzz this past season…Daniel and his journey into big-time filmmaking is just phenomenal.” 

 

“I met him when I first started working at PLNU in 2002.  Daniel was working on campus at that time, and making films on the side,” said Hueth. “I saw his first film, Longbranch, which was a funny and intriguing parable…it was obvious to me that he was quite gifted.”

 

The premise and story for Short Term 12 came to Destin through personal experience.  Inspired by his own time working at facilities for troubled kids, the 2001 graduate wrote and directed Short Term 12, a story told through the eyes of Grace, a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Grace’s own difficult past is made all the more clearer with the arrival of a new intake at the facility: a gifted yet troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has an electric connection.

 

In 2009, the short-film version of Short Term 12 won best American Short at the Sundance Film Festival. Since then, Cretton turned it into a feature length film that continues to capture audiences across the country.  Cretton also shared some sage advice for young filmmakers.

 

“Don't believe anyone who tells you there is only one way to get somewhere,” said Cretton. “Just be true to yourself, follow your instincts, and tell the stories that move you.  As Woody Allen puts it, ‘It's not quantum physics.  It's storytelling.  It's a story and you tell it.  There's not much to it.’" 

 

Cretton’s talents and successes have now earned him a role in directing an upcoming film with Hunger Games star, Jennifer Lawrence. 

 

The screening is open to the entire PLNU community, and all who attend will have the opportunity to not only view the feature film, but participate in a Q&A with Cretton after the forum.  It will occur in Crill Auditorium on Monday, April 14th, from 7-9:30 p.m.

 

For more information on the film forum or on Destin Daniel Cretton, please contact Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu

Communications & Theatre
04
Apr

 

On Saturday, April 5, 2014 PLNU's Health Promotion Center (HPC) will host its annual Festival of Health.  The festival will be held 10am-3pm at Church of the Nazarene in Mid-City, 4101 University Ave.  All nursing students participate, presenting on health issues and connecting with community members.  The HPC offers stipends to each congregation withing the church to prepare and sell food for the event.

In May 2000, PLNU’s School of Nursing established the HPC at the Church of the Nazarene in Mid City to provide health services for individuals and families in the area who could not afford healthcare. In the beginning, the center functioned in one large room in the church, partitioned by green privacy curtains.

Today, the HPC is complete with two exam rooms, a classroom, and an administrative office. The community has access to services like flu shots, whooping cough and tetanus vaccines, pregnancy testing, pap smears, and complete physicals. The center has plans to eventually expand their services.

This location places student nurses in the heart of one of the most diverse neighborhoods in San Diego. In fact, the church is home to six congregations, each with their own language: Cambodian, English, French/Creole, Spanish, Sudanese, and Samoan.

festofhealth2.jpgMary Margaret Rowe, MSN, RN, director of the HPC and adjunct professor of nursing, says being immersed in the culture of the HPC’s neighborhood and expressing genuine concern are vital.

“A lot of nurses have never seen patients in their own element,” said Rowe. “I want my students to know where people are coming from.”

Despite the differences in language or culture, Rowe said, “Our students realize the value of non-verbal communication, which includes kindness and respect for all who seek our care.”

These experiences are laying groundwork for PLNU nursing students to approach their future careers with professionalism and compassion.

Health Promotion Center, School of Nursing
02
Apr

PLNU is pleased to announce that Dan Bothe has been selected as the new dean of the Fermanian School of Business (FSB) at PLNU.
Bothe joined the FSB full-time as an Associate Professor of Finance in 2009 after having served as an adjunct faculty member at PLNU since 2005. 

Bothe earned a BS in Accounting from San Diego State University and a Master of Buiness Administration from the University of Southern California. He is nearing completion of his Doctor in Business Administration (DBA) - Finance from Anderson University. In addition, Bothe is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in the state of California.

To his role as dean, Bothe brings approximately 20 years of senior level management, management consulting, and accounting experience that includes capital market transactions, investor and lender relations, strategic planning, acquisition sourcing and due-diligence, process and procedures assessment and design, financial and operational forecasting, accounting and reporting, and risk management. He has served as the Chief Financial Officer of several companies, has worked as a management consultant for both Ernst & Young and Paloma Advisors, and as an auditor at KPMG.

Colleagues both internal and external to PLNU acclaim Dan as a man of deep faith with exceptional leadership skills, a capacity for creative and strategic thinking and the ability to work well with people from a variety of audiences.

"Dan has demonstrated excellence in teaching during his time at PLNU, and based on the passion and vision that he demonstrated throughout the interview process, I have no doubt that he will provide excellent leadership for the FSB," said PLNU provost Dr. Kerry Fulcher. "I especially want to thank Dr. Ken Armstrong for stepping in as the interim dean and am excited to see where Dan will take the FSB and PLNU under his leadership."

The Fermanian School of Business includes the Center for International Development and the Fermanian Business and Economic Institute. In addition, the FSB is the largest undergraduate school at PLNU, and also serves the business community by offering both part-time evening and one-year daytime MBA programs.

Bothe will begin his duties on July 1.

Business
02
Apr

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Discipleship Ministries
01
Apr

PLNU is pleased to announce that Dan Bothe has been selected as the new dean of the Fermanian School of Business (FSB) at PLNU.  

Bothe joined the FSB full-time as an Associate Professor of Finance in 2009 after having served as an adjunct faculty member at PLNU since 2005. 

Bothe earned a BS in Accounting from San Diego State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He is nearing completion of his Doctor in Business Administration (DBA) - Finance from Anderson University.  In addition, Bothe is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in the state of California.

To his role as dean, Bothe brings approximately 20 years of senior level management, management consulting, and accounting experience that includes capital market transactions, investor and lender relations, strategic planning, acquisition sourcing and due-diligence, process and procedures assessment and design, financial and operational forecasting, accounting and reporting, and risk management.  He has served as the Chief Financial Officer of several companies, has worked as a management consultant for both Ernst & Young and Paloma Advisors, and as an auditor at KPMG. 

Colleagues both internal and external to PLNU acclaim Dan as a man of deep faith with exceptional leadership skills, a capacity for creative and strategic thinking, and the ability to work well with people from a variety of audiences.   

“Dan has demonstrated excellence in teaching during his time at PLNU, and based on the passion and vision that he demonstrated throughout the interview process, I have no doubt that he will provide excellent leadership for the FSB,” said PLNU provost Dr. Kerry Fulcher. “I especially want to thank Dr. Ken Armstrong for stepping in as the interim dean and am excited to see where Dan will take the FSB and PLNU under his leadership” 

The Fermanian School of Business includes the Center for International Development and the Fermanian Business and Economic Institute. In addition, the FSB is the largest undergraduate school at PLNU, and also serves the business community by offering both part-time evening and one-year daytime MBA programs.

Bothe will begin his duties on July 1. 

External Relations, Office of Community & Government Relations, PLNU
31
Mar

PRESS RELEASE

Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Kalyn McMackin (760) 685-3312

Point TV: Channel 23 

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: April 1, 2014

     Written by: Kalyn McMackin

 

“Pulling Strings” and “The Best Day of Your Life” Make it into 2013 Film Contests

Two student film projects, “Pulling Strings” and “The Best Day of Your Life”, were accepted into two local San Diego area film festivals this past fall, 2013.  “Pulling Strings” was selected by the Oceanside International Film Festival and “The Best Day of Your Life” was accepted into the San Diego City Beat Shorts Festival in 2013—both being rare yet rewarding accomplishments in student film production.

Marinna Martens served as the writer of “Pulling Strings,” a webisodes series about a group of teen girls who are actors and musicians in various bands and TV shows.

“The inspiration just came from taking their real desire to make it big in Hollywood and putting it on screen,” said Martens. “The series is about them starting a band and trying to get noticed by a big Hollywood producer. There's a cute, geeky love-interest in there as well which I added for their mainly preteen girl fan-base.”

Martens film was promoted by local media outlets, including the Jeff and Jer radio show and  San Diego’s KUSI news. Although her film did not win overall, she said that the experience was a reward in itself because of how much she learned. 

“I had written for myself before but not much for others so it helped me write with a certain goal in mind which is a great skill to have,” said Martens. “I was also the Production Designer on the set so I was involved with the entire production and working on a professional project taught me a lot about filmmaking as a business instead of just an art.”

 “The Best Day of Your Life”, created by Josh Vandermeer and Gerrit Hoeks, is short film about a bride on her wedding day who receives a message no bride ever wants. 

“As she's anxiously beautifying herself for her big day she receives a text from her ‘future hubby’ saying ‘I can't believe I'm doing this to you, but I'm just not ready to get married,’” said Hoeks, who wrote and directed the film. “Furious, she destroys her dress; ripping it, soiling it and eventually burning it. As she calms down next to the burning ashes that was once her wedding gown she receives another text: "Jk babe. Can't wait to marry you!" The bride screams. The end,” said Hoeks.

The short was inspired by a popular photo shoot idea “trash the dress” which consists of brides destroying their wedding dresses after the big day as a statement that they wont be need the dress again, an idea that Hoeks’ own wife participated in. 

Vandermeer served as the director of photography and said that, like every project, he learned something new. 

“We shot the film on a very pressing time-crunch, so it helped teach me how to make compromises and create a quality product in an efficient manner,” said Vandermeer. “Perfection isn't always possible when you're racing to keep light with the sun setting.”

For more information, contact Dr. Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu or Kalyn McMackin at kmcmackin1052@pointloma.edu 

Communications & Theatre