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


PLNU learned of an isolated incident in early February in which one of our students was victim of an alleged assault off-campus that involved an off-duty police officer and one other individual. We are committed to act with compassion toward the student who was involved and to respect her right to privacy and to allow for due process of anyone accused. With this in mind, PLNU has issued the following memo to students, faculty, staff, parents, and the board of trustees. We have also provided the following press release for local media. 

Press Release - February, 9 2011 (PDF Download)

Internal memorandum to students, faculty, staff, and parents - February, 9, 2011 (PDF Download)



Christine Spicer
(619) 849-2925

PLNU School of Education students are eligible to apply for the 2011 Education Associates Scholarships.  The application deadline is February 25, 2011.  Follow this link to the web application. For further information contact Dr. Laura Amstead ( Applicants submitted completed applications by the deadline will be invited to in person interviews at the PLNU Regional Centers in Arcadia, Bakersfield and Mission Valley. 


Event Date - February 4-6, 2011

On behalf of the Pt Loma Speech and Debate team, I wanted to send out a belated thanks to the entire PLNU campus community for your help and patience in hosting the Sunset Cliffs Classic and Round Robin Tournament of Champions recently.  These two tournaments were held on our campus Feb 4-6.  The 44  Colleges and Universities listed below came out and seemed to have a wonderful time enjoying our beautiful campus.  We greatly appreciate the assistance of so many of the staff, faculty and alumni that make this possible.  As you can imagine many envied us the ability to come here every day, and several of those folks are looking into applying here for future years. Students that it.  I don’t think any of the other coaches are putting in for my job yet. J


Two of our Pt Loma teams advanced at this competitive event, which has been nicknamed the blood bath at the beach due to the high caliber of competition.  Congratulations to Ian Sharples and Ashley Nuckels for reaching the first elimination round and to Daniel Nadal and James Wilson for advancing to the second elimination round.  Our other four senior teams entered had enough earned wins to advance to elimination rounds, but they missed advancing on the speaker point tie breaker.  This speaks well of our chances at the National Championships coming up soon.


And in the burying the lead category we just recently learned that PLNU is once again ranked in the top 10 colleges and universities in the nation competing for the year long sweepstakes race.  We are  currently ranked in the #7 spot, against all  competitors, like UCLA, Ca Berkeley, etc. . . regardless of school size or division.


Thanks again for your continued support and encouragement.

Communications & Theatre