PLNU’s Speech and Debate Team won First Place Sweepstakes in the four year college and university division, and Third Place Sweepstakes in the Novice Division at PSCFA Spring Champs this past weekend at Moorpark College in Ventura County. 

Of special note were four gold medal efforts in Parliamentary  debate and Lincoln Douglas debate, four academic  honors for the PLNU students earning spots on the All PSCFA Academic team, and a very special award, called the Bovero Award and scholarship, given to Ashley Nuckels.  The Bovero award is presented to one first place recipient and one runner up out of all the university students in the entire PSCFA region for the graduating student that best exemplifies the blend between forensics excellence and service to her community.  PLNU Senior Ashley Nuckels won the top honor.  Here are the other awards won by our students.

All PSCFA Academic Team:

Daniel Nadal
Margeaux Flannery
Ben Carney
Brian Bentley

Lincoln Douglas Debate:

Brian Bentley – Gold Medal Junior Division
MacLean Andrews – Silver Medal Open Division
Daniel Nadal –Bronze Medal Open Division

Parliamentary Debate:

Open Division Team:

Ashley Nuckels and Ian Sharpels: Gold Medal
Daniel Nadal and James Wilson: Silver Medal
MacLean Andrews and Michelle Diaz: Bronze Medal
Barbara Gausewitz and Alex Pineda: Bronze Medal

Open Division Speaker Awards:

Daniel Nadal – 8th Place Speaker
Barbara Gausewitz – 10th Place
James Wilson – 14th Place
Ashley Nuckels – 20th Place

Junior Division Teams:

Brian Bentley and Hailey Courtney
Ben Carney and Kristi Wright

Junior Division Speaker Awards:

Kassi Sandstrom – 3rd Place Speaker
Brooke Rakes – 15th Place

Novice Division Speaker Award:

Emily Shaffer – 3rd Place Speaker

Individual Events:

Ashley Nuckels: 3rd Place Open Extemporaneous Speaking
Ashley Nuckels and Hailey Courtney: Fifth Place Open Duo Interp
Margeaux Flannery and Victoria Roth: 1st Place in Novice Duo Interp (no final round)
Christy Wright: 3rd Place Novice Informative, Finalist Novice Impromptu

Our regular season is now over, and we head out to Christian College Nationals over Spring Break at Azusa Pacific University, and National Parliamentary Debate Association Nationals the following week at Colorado College for our Senior Teams.  Your prayers, support and encouragement have been greatly appreciated.

Communications & Theatre

Dr. Kevin Fawcett takes his class to the indoor rock climbing gym for a lesson in perspectives. Dr. Fawcett teaches Psychology 101, as well as upper division Psychology courses at PLNU.


Kevin Fawcett, Ph.D., teaches psychology. But more than that, he's interested in getting to know his students outside the classroom. That's why he takes all his classes rock climbing at least once during the semester to facilitate conversation and new perspectives.


PLNU's annual Writer's Symposium by the Sea has brought quite a few eye and ear catching names to campus. This year is no different.

On Wednesday, Lynn Vincent, New York Times best-selling writer of books like Same Kind of Different as Me and Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue: An American Life, held an afternoon workshop on collaborative writing. In Wednesday's chapel, Mary Karr, author and memoirist of Lit: A Memoir and The Liars' Club, shared the story of her turbulent life.

On Thursday night, lyricist and musician Chris Hillman joined a conversation with Karl Martin and performed an acoustic concert. He has impacted, perhaps even defined, country rock by his work in The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers. Hillman also led a lyric writing workshop Thursday afternoon.

Friday, Rob Bell, founder of Mars Hill Church and a powerful voice in Christian spirituality, will have a conversation with Dean Nelson.


You can listen to more about the week's fascinating speakers featured on KPBS radio: 

Chris Hillman on KPBS

Mary Karr on KPBS


Learn more about the symposium: Click here.


PLNU is proud to host City of Hope’s annual San Diego Walk for Hope on Saturday, May 21. Walk for Hope is specifically dedicated to ending the devastation of breast and gynecological cancers. City of Hope is a leading research, treatment, and education institution for cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases.  Designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope’s research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation and the world.  It is ranked among America’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. Four of the world’s leading cancer drugs, including Herceptin for breast cancer, were developed from research conducted at City of Hope.
Registration begins at 7 a.m. and both the 2k and 4k walks begin at 9 a.m. The family-friendly day will feature special hosts Ruben Galvan, reporter for San Diego 6 morning news, and Geena the Latina, co-host of the “Frankie and Geena” morning show on Channel 933, along with live music, food, giveaways, a cancer survivor pavilion, and
much more! 


To register as a walker, become a sponsor or vendor, or volunteer to help, visit or contact Ellie Levine at (858) 452-6846 or

We look forward to seeing you at the 2011 Walk for Hope!

Office of Community & Government Relations

“The New Economic Reality: How New and How Real?”

Dr. Lynn Reaser’s original research paper “The New Economic Reality: How New and How Real?” appeared in the January 2011 (Vol. 46, Number 1) edition of Business Economics, published by Palgrave Macmillan. Business Economics is a refereed journal that serves as an essential resource and provides practical information for people who apply economics in their jobs, and a leading international journal of economics.

In the current issue, only six articles were selected and published including one by the current Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve Board; the Chief Executive of the Tenth District Federal Reserve Bank; a Senior Economist at Wells Fargo; and a Professor of Economics from the Villanova School of Business. Dr. Reaser’s article is her keynote address from the annual convention supplemented with many original charts and graphs created by Dieter Mauerman, FBEI Economic Research Assistant.

To view a copy of her article click here. FBEI_Business_Economics_Journal_2011.pdf

Fermanian Business & Economic Institute

At PLNU, Dave Bruno is the manager of online marketing.  Online, he is somewhat of a sensation. And recently, his new book, The 100 Thing Challenge: How I Got Rid of Almost Everything, Remade My Life, and Regained My Soul, is garnering some major attention.

In 2007, Dave and his family did some summer cleaning. When he looked around his garage, he started to feel swamped with stuff - stuff he rarely or never used. So he began to minimize, all the way down to 100 things. He vowed to keep his personal belongings (not counting his family's belongings) at or below that number. He called his undertaking "The 100 Thing Challenge" and began writing about it on his blog, From the echoing responses, it seemed like a lot of people all around the world felt trapped by things.

His blog has launched numerous opportunities for Dave to share his story and open up an important conversation about why we feel we need things and what freedom can be found when we minimize them. He's been featured in Time magazine, on, the 700 Club, and in numerous other media outlets.

He and his readers are still taking up the greater challenge "to fight American-style consumerism."

Check out Dave's latest interviews in print and on TV:


photo by Marcus Emerson