PLNU News

27
Aug

August 28th through 30th, PLNU will host New Student Orientation (NSO) on the Point Loma campus and officially kick off the Fall semester on Tuesday, September, 1st. NSO is a weekend experience designed to help students and parents/guests become acclimated to university life. Recognized as one of the premier orientation events for new students, PLNU has spent the past seventeen years refining and enhancing their campus welcome for students and parents alike. “The purpose of NSO is really about student success,” says PLNU President, Bob Brower Ph.D.. “We've found that when new students and their families experience an informative, helpful, and engaging welcome by hundreds of students and staff, the transition into the university creates a strong start for students and erases many unknowns in their adjustment to college.” Following a weekend of festivities for both new and returning students, classes begin on Tuesday, September 1st. The new semester not only welcomes nearly 800 incoming students to main campus, but also represents an exciting time of growth in the broader university system as a result of new programs in PLNU’s Graduate and Professional Education Programs through the College of Extended Learning. Over the past several months PLNU has entered into partnership with a number of San Diego County’s community colleges to offer bachelor’s degree completion programs across the region. These partnerships seek to serve new populations of students and allow PLNU to further meet workforce development needs in the San Diego region and beyond. “PLNU is a proud partner with our robust community college network in San Diego County to provide increased access to students across the region who wish to pursue their bachelor’s degree,” said Brower. “These partnerships speak to the collaborative relationships that exist among San Diego’s robust and diverse higher education community and affirms our respective institutions’ commitment to educational quality for the benefit of all students.” The flagship program offered through the innovative partnerships is the RN to BSN program which enables community college students who earn an associate degree in Registered Nursing to earn their Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from PLNU within 15 months – all on their local community college campus. The RN to BSN program is available to students at the following community colleges in the region; San Diego City, Grossmont, Mira Costa, Palomar and Southwestern Colleges. The partnership at Southwestern College in San Diego’s South Bay is the largest partnership to date, with multiple degree options for students. Students who are accepted into PLNU partnership programs at Southwestern can earn bachelor degrees in Nursing, Criminal Justice, Organizational Management, and Child and Adolescent Development without having to leave the district. Continued growth in PLNU’s Graduate and Professional Education Programs is anticipated during the coming academic year, both at community college campuses and PLNU’s Mission Valley satellite campus. For more information on PLNU’s Graduate and Professional Education Programs, please visit http://gps.pointloma.edu/

External Relations, Office of Community & Government Relations, PLNU
18
Aug

For the third time in the last four years, Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) ranked among the top three California universities for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination results as reported by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).

“These results are particularly satisfying because PLNU has consistently placed among the top three universities in California,” explained Dan Bothe, Dean of the Fermanian School of Business. “Results like this speak to exceptional caliber of PLNU’s accounting students who are sought after by the most prestigious national, statewide and local accounting firms.”

PLNU graduates ranked 3rd in both pass rate and average score among sixty colleges in California for 2014. PLNU candidates had a 61.9% pass rate and 75.6 average score, finishing behind Claremont McKenna College and Pepperdine University respectively.

In addition to success statewide, nationally, PLNU ranked in the top 5% among Medium Programs for candidates taking the exam for the first time. NASBA classifies universities by size of program based on number of candidates. There were 265 institutions in the Medium Program category (21 to 60 candidates).

“Such consistent results are a testament to the dedication and hard work our alumni take into the business community. The PLNU accounting program does not “teach to the test”, rather we emphasize a rock-solid accounting foundation enhanced by personal values articulated throughout the PLNU liberal arts-based curriculum” commented Associate Accounting Professor Carl Hammond. “Our goal is to prepare our students to “add value” where ever the accounting profession may lead them.”

External Relations, Office of Community & Government Relations, PLNU
18
Aug

For the third time in the last four years, Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) ranked among the top three California universities for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination results as reported by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).

"These results are particularly satisfying because PLNU has consistently placed among the top three universities in California," explained Dan Bothe, Dean of the Fermanian School of Business. "Results like this speak to exceptional caliber of PLNU's accounting students who are sought after by the most prestigious national, statewide and local accounting firms."

PLNU graduates ranked third in both pass rate and average score among sixty colleges in California for 2014. PLNU candidates had a 61.9% pass rate and 75.6 average score, finishing behind Claremont McKenna College and Pepperdine University respectively.

In addition to success statewide, nationally, PLNU ranked in the top 5% among Medium Programs for candidates taking the exam for the first time. NASBA classifies universities by size of program based on number of candidates. There were 265 institutions in the Medium Program category (21 to 60 candidates).

"Such consistent results are a testament to the dedication and hard work our alumni take into the business community. The PLNU accounting program does not "teach to the test", rather we emphasize a rock-solid accounting foundation enhanced by personal values articulated throughout the PLNU liberal arts-based curriculum" commented Associate Accounting Professor Carl Hammond. "Our goal is to prepare our students to "add value" where ever the accounting profession may lead them."

Business, MBA
13
Aug

Beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year, bicycle registration is now mandatory for all student, staff, and faculty bikes on campus. Unregistered bikes may be impounded by Public Safety. For more information and to register, click here.

Public Safety
10
Aug

After a brief illness, PLNU professor, colleague and friend, G.L. Forward passed away on Tuesday, August 4th in San Diego.

Dr. Forward was known for his love of old Humphrey Bogart movies, murder mysteries, and trips to the mountains – especially Big Bear. A self-described "hopeful cynic," he is remembered by the PLNU community for his love of teaching and care for his students.

The memorial service for Dr. Forward is scheduled for: Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Crill Performance Hall, Cooper Music Center Point Loma Nazarene University 3900 Lomaland Drive San Diego, California A reception will immediately follow the service on the Cooper Portico.

In lieu of flowers, the friends and family wish to direct donations to the "Dr. G.L. Forward Memorial Fund," created to directly benefit his Management and Organizational Communication (MOCM) students at Point Loma Nazarene University.

 - Gifts by Mail: Please make checks payable to PLNU and reference “Dr. G.L. Forward Memorial Fund” in the memo PLNU, Office of University Advancement, 3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, California 92106

- Online Giving: Visit www.pointloma.edu/giving Simply select “Other Designation” and reference “Dr. G.L. Forward Memorial Fund” with your contribution

For assistance, please contact Dan DeSaegher – PLNU Development Director at 619-849-2992

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family:

c/o: Kathleen Czech Communication & Theatre Point Loma Nazarene University 3900 Lomaland Drive San Diego, CA 92106

Thank you for your prayers and concern.

Communications & Theatre, External Relations, Office of Community & Government Relations, PLNU
20
Jul

The San Diego Point Loma Host Town will host athletes from Albania, Burkina Faso and Finland as they prepare for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015)


San Diego, Calif., July 20, 2015 – In less than 24 hours, PLNU will welcome 177 athletes and delegates to the San Diego campus in conjunction with the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015) which begins on July 25, 2015.

 

In advance of Saturday’s Opening Ceremonies, more than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will be welcomed to Southern California through the Host Town program. One hundred communities have the honor of being selected as an official Host Town, including seven in San Diego County. The San Diego Point Loma Host Town, under the leadership of Dr. Jim Johnson from PLNU and Mr. Michael Perry, Founder and former CEO of San Diego Trust Bank, will welcome athletes from Albania, Burkina Faso, and Finland for three days to prepare for the games. The university, through generous support of Geico San Diego and numerous individual donors, will provide housing, meals, and entertainment while in San Diego.

 

“PLNU has a long history of support for our local Special Olympics athletes and we consider it an honor to host each athlete as they remind us what true courage, joy and determination looks like,” said PLNU President, Dr. Bob Brower.  For the past 22 years, the Special Olympics Regional Track Meet has taken place on the track at PLNU, making the university a natural partner for the LA2015 Host Town program.  

 

During the athletes’ time on campus, PLNU will provide a variety of host responsibilities and services, from meals and lodging, to volunteer buddies for athletes while on and off campus. On Wednesday, July 22nd, multiple San Diego Host Towns will meet for an afternoon at the San Diego Zoo followed by a welcome dinner on PLNU’s campus for the San Diego Point Loma Host Town.  Thursday evening the San Diego Padres will host all 1500 athletes and sponsors in the San Diego Host Town delegations for an evening at the ballpark as they take on the Miami Marlins. Athletes and sponsors will be on hand to throw out honorary first pitches along with a parade of athletes during the pre-game ceremony as the entire San Diego region celebrates the inclusion and spirit of LA2105.

 

Athletes will depart from PLNU on Friday morning to continue their journey to north LA2015. It’s not too late to get involved. If you would like to volunteer with the San Diego Point Loma Host Town, please call (619) 849-2298 or email PublicAffairs@pointloma.edu. Donations in any amount are greatly apprecaite and can be made online to the LA2015 Host Town program. 

External Relations, Office of Community & Government Relations, PLNU