In 2010, alternative travelers biked more than 2,000 miles to and from campus, and the number of bikers and miles are quickly growing.

This Friday is another Bike the (Traffic) Jam, a sustainability department-hosted, monthly bike-to-campus day. Commuters are encouraged to make their way to campus by bicycle rather than car. 

Riders are greeted with refreshments when they reach PLNU, and prizes are given by raffle and to the commuter traveling the furthest. Bike the Jam was inspired by San Diego’s Bike to Work Day, which is held each May. Because of positive feedback, PLNU made biking to work a monthly event.

Inspired? Dust off your bike (or walking shoes) and visit




On Feb. 24, PLNU held the annual Report Card on the Media, presented by the San Diego Society of Professional Journalists, a chance for local newsmakers to reminisce on how they were treated and portrayed by the media and then pass out grades. 

This year’s panelists included California State Rep. Nathan Fletcher, most noted recently for his authorship of “Chelsea’s Law” intensifying sentences for those who commit sex crimes against children; Lorena Gonzalez, secretary-treasurer/CEO of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO; Steven Kane, one construction worker-turned-hero who tackled a shooter at Kelly Elementary School in Carlsbad; and Robert Pincus, former San Diego Union-Tribune arts critic whose layoff ignited upheaval in the arts community.

Dennis Morgigno, Cox Channel 4 station manager and programming host, moderated the panel. 

The event was filmed by students and will air on Channel 4, air date to be announced.


Literature, Journalism & Modern Languages

The Cooper Music Center is named after Gladys Cooper who donated the proceeds from her ranch and prize winning bulls to PLNU in order to build a music building on our campus.  For the past fifteen years the Cooper Music Center and Crill Performance hall has been the home to PLNU's music students.

Gladys also donated her King Louie 1918 Steinway B to our music department and it has resided in the Cooper Music Parlor along with the rug and furniture from Mrs Cooper's parlor.  Two years ago the Steinway was sent away for some much needed restoration and returned today in mint condition with a new sound board and quite frankly, almost new everything.  What is still the same is the ornate carved piano case which was refinished by Paul Robinson of Acme Piano Company who also restored most of the piano and arranged for a new sound board for the piano.  The results have been gratifying.

Pianists have been in and out of the parlor all day to test the action and sound of this beautiful instrument.  A link to some of the video of the arrival of the Steinway and some of the music made today will be on this page soon.  In the meantime, the thrill of having such a remarkable piano back in its Cooper home, remains.


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.