PLNU News

03
Dec

Event Date December 3-5, 2010

The PLNU Speech and Debate Team Won First Place in the four year college division at the Fall 2010 PSCFA Fall Championship Tournament hosted at Mt SAC this past weekend (December 3-5).  Despite losing many of our competitors and a judge during the event to the quick acting flu sweeping the PLNU community, 5 of our 6 senior teams advanced to the elimination rounds, with two of those teams winning Gold Medals.  Senior Daniel Nadal was named Top Speaker in debate for his second consecutive tournament.  One of our sickest competitors managed to hold on until she and her partner won their Gold Round for the Junior Division of Parliamentary Debate.  Then she let a family member drive her home.  The specific awards the students won are referenced below.  Thanks for the continued support of PLNU’s faculty, staff, administration and alumni that allows us to represent the school in this important academic arena.

PSCFA 2010 Fall Champs Tournament Results

Debate Results:

Senior Division

                        Team results:

Gold Medals:               Daniel Nadal and James Wilson

                                    Ashley Nuckels and Ian Sharples

Silver Medals:             Mac Andrews and Michelle Diaz

Bronze Medals:           Kim Jensen and Alex Pineda

                                    Barbara Gausewitz and Ciera Wilson

                        Speaker Awards:

1st Speaker:                 Daniel Nadal (Tournament Champion for the second consecutive tournament)

5th Speaker:                 Kim Jensen

6th Speaker:                 Ashley Nuckels

9th Speaker:                 Barbara Gausewitz

10th Speaker:               James Wilson

Junior Division

Gold Medals:               Benjamin Carney and Christy Wright

Novice Division

Bronze Medals:           Shannon Baucom and Margeaux Flannery

Individual Events Results:

Daniel Nadal               Finalist - Senior Impromptu

Brian Bentley –           Finalist Novice After Dinner Speaking

Ciera Wilson –            Fourth Place Senior Extemp

Kassi Sandstrom -        Second Place Junior Extemp

                                  Finalist Novice Persuasion

Molly Schengel -         Finalist Novice Persuasion in her first tournament

Communications & Theatre
02
Dec

This is the conclusion of a recent study conducted by MOMC Professors' Dr. Kathleen Czech and Dr G.L. Forward. This is the third article dealing with communication and leadership published by the pair although this paper utilizes a brand-new data set.

The article entitled "Leader Communication: Faculty Perceptions of the Department Chair" was published in the most recent issue of Communication Quarterly. This journal is widely considered to be a top-tier, peer-reviewed journal with a submissions acceptance rate of approximately 8%.

Czech and Forward have already begun work on their next research projet which will continue their investigation of communication and leadership with a different sample population. The authors would be happy to provide a copy of their article to interested persons by making a request to: glforward@pointloma.edu

 

Communications & Theatre
02
Dec

Adjunct communication professor Melissa Lazaro and Dr. G.L. Forward just received word that their paper: "Predicting the Power of the Pulpit: The Effect of Verbal and Nonverbal Immediacy on Perceptions of Pastoral Effectiveness and Parishioner Commitment" was accepted by the Organizational Communication Division of WSCA. The conference is scheduled to convene in February 2011 in Monterey, CA.

In addition, recent MOCM graduate COM465 TA, and SDSU graduate student Natalie Daugherty-Sadler, will be presenting her work to the Rhetoric Division. This represents the third year in a row that Ntalie has had original work accepted for presentation at WSCA.

 

Communications & Theatre
30
Nov

(San Diego, Calif. – Nov. 30, 2010) – PLNU alumnus Destin Daniel Cretton was one of five writers  selected as winners of the 25th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Each writer will receive a $30,000 prize, the first installment of which was distributed at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills on November 4.

In October, Cretton was one of ten writers who were selected as finalists for the fellowship. He was selected based on his script, “Short Term 12.”

The finalists were chosen out of 6,304 submitted scripts. All the scripts will be read and judged by the Academy’s Nicholl Committee, which awards up to five esteemed $30,000 fellowships. The committee is made up of film producers, writers, actors, cinematographers, executives, agents, and producers.

Previous fellowship awardees include Mike Rich, writer of the upcoming movie “Secretariat;” Susannah Grant, Oscar-winning writer of “Erin Brockovich;” and Andrew W. Marlowe, who created and executive produces ABC’s “Castle;” along with Terri Miller, who is a writer-producer for “Castle.”

According to the academy’s website, “Fellowships are awarded with the understanding that the recipients will each complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year.”

Communications & Theatre
20
Nov

Event Date November 20-21, 2010

The PLNU speech and  debate team won First Place in Tournament Sweepstakes for Debate, and Overall Tournament Sweepstakes First Place for both individual events and debate at the Grossmont Griffin Invitational Tournament this Saturday and Sunday, November 20-21, 2010.  Three of our Senior Division Debate teams tied for First place in a three way closeout of the Final Round.  Daniel Nadal and James Wilson triumphed over the only non PLNU team in the Semi Finals in the Senior Division of Parliamentary Debate, and Daniel was also named as the top speaker in the division.  The other

Thanks to McKayla Carpenter for providing the details on the awards below. Special thanks to the coaches, alumni and team officers for helping other team members reach their goals.

It was also nice to be able to speak with some very talented students from several different community colleges in the area all hoping to transfer to Point Loma next year.

Communications & Theatre
19
Nov

SAN DIEGO – On November 19, the Point Loma Nazarene University Board of Trustees voted to proceed with application for membership to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II in June 2011. The board’s recommendation was preceded by a report from the Athletic Advisory Committee, which studied the future of athletics at the university. PLNU currently competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

“With the many changes occurring in our current athletic affiliations, we believe making application to NCAA Division II will be a long-term benefit to our athletes and PLNU as we continue a strong tradition of intercollegiate competition,” stated University President Dr. Bob Brower.

PLNU will submit its application by the June 1, 2011 deadline and should know of the NCAA’s decision by mid-July.  If accepted, the transition to full Division II membership will be three years. PLNU’s athletic program would remain in the NAIA as a member of the Golden State Athletic Conference through the first year of the transition process and over the next two years complete the additional NCAA requirements to become a full NCAA DII member in the 2014-15 academic year.

According to President Brower, “The timing of our application is good as it provides PLNU the opportunity to work with other NAIA universities in this transition process as we work with Division II and explore conference affiliations together.”   

PLNU will join fellow GSAC institutions Azusa Pacific University, California Baptist University, and Fresno Pacific University in the application and transition process from the NAIA to the NCAA Division II. CBU recently was accepted into the NCAA and both APU and FPU plan to apply in June 2011.

“We are excited to be taking the next step towards Division II application,” said Sea Lion Athletic Director Ethan Hamilton. “We believe the long term benefits of NCAA membership will enhance our already strong institutional profile.”

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