PLNU News

18
Oct

(San Diego, Calif. – Oct. 18, 2010) – On Oct. 23, over 120 PLNU faculty, staff, students and their families gave the community a facelift.

They worked at Wilson Middle School, a school that has been deeply hit by the budget cuts and needs help in a variety of ways.  They also worked with a local park to help paint out graffiti, plant new plants, and help make it a safer place for kids to play. Painting and landscaping projects were also a part of the day.

Over the past 15 years, 5,000 FaceLift volunteers have helped about 17,000 people clean and beautify their houses.

FaceLift is funded by the City of San Diego Redevelopment Agency with support from the City Heights Project Area Committee and Councilmember Todd Gloria. Other financial sponsors include State Farm, Home Depot, CDC Small Business Loans, City Heights Town Council, and Point Loma Nazarene University.

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Point Loma Nazarene University is a selective liberal arts university located in San Diego, California, and sits on a 90-acre campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In addition to more than 50 undergraduate areas of study, PLNU offers graduate program regional centers in Bakersfield, Arcadia, Mission Valley (San Diego) and the Inland Empire. Founded in 1902, PLNU serves more than 3,500 students.

Spiritual Development
18
Oct

(San Diego, Calif. – Oct. 18, 2010) – At 95 years old, Col Everett (Penny) Penrod, class of 1940, took home two gold medals and one silver medal at the Huntsman World Senior Games. He competed in the 50-meter dash, standing long jump, and the discus throw.

Penrod is a regular competitor in the World Senior Games. In 2005, he took the gold in running long jump, setting a world record, while also taking home a bronze in shot put that year.

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Point Loma Nazarene University is a selective liberal arts university located in San Diego, California, and sits on a 90-acre campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In addition to more than 50 undergraduate areas of study, PLNU offers graduate program regional centers in Bakersfield, Arcadia, Mission Valley (San Diego) and the Inland Empire. Founded in 1902, PLNU serves more than 3,500 students.

Alum
18
Oct

 

(San Diego, Calif. – Oct. 18, 2010) – Point Loma Nazarene University emerged victorious again this year at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Six current voice majors and two alumni entered the competition. 

Out of 35 singers who auditioned, three were passed on to the Western Regional Finals and five were given commendations for outstanding singing in the form of monetary encouragement awards.  

Four of the five encouragement awards went to current PLNU singers:

  • Christian Sanders, tenor – Dorothy Greiner Memorial Award, the highest encouragement award given
  • Elisa Rose Jordan, soprano – T. Davis Encouragement Award
  • Austin Thompson, bass-baritone - Dr. Charles Henkelmann Memorial Award (Thompson won this award last year as well.)
  • Vlad Bgatov, baritone - National Association of Teachers of Singing (San Diego Chapter) Award

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Point Loma Nazarene University is a selective liberal arts university located in San Diego, California, and sits on a 90-acre campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In addition to more than 50 undergraduate areas of study, PLNU offers graduate program regional centers in Bakersfield, Arcadia, Mission Valley (San Diego) and the Inland Empire. Founded in 1902, PLNU serves more than 3,500 students.

 

Music
15
Oct

 

MOBILE, Ala. - PLNU senior Kristin Strimple was undefeated in singles play at the USTA/ITA Small College National Championships, winning the NAIA national title Saturday morning by defeating Yi Ching Chen of Embry-Riddle (FL) 6-2, 6-4. 

She then swept through a pair of matches  in the ITA "Super Bowl" bracket, topping the Juco and NCAA Division II champs to advance to the ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championships held at the USTA Billie Jean Tennis Center in Flushing-Meadows, New York. That tournament starts on November 4.

Strimple, a 2-seed in the NAIA championship bracket, defeated Trina Slapeka of Lindsay Wilson 7-5, 7-6 [4] on Thursday in a quarterfinal match and then rallied to top the 3-seed, Oklahoma Christian's Hermon Brhane, 6-7[4], 6-2, 6-4. The PLNU three-time first team All-American, then challenged #4 seed Chen in the title match. Chen reached the finals by blanking Ana Veselnovic (Auburn Montgomery) 6-0, 6-0 and upsetting #1 seed Ana Veselnovic (Auburn-Montgomery) in the other semifinal tilt.

The two finals opponents met the day before; in the doubles championships.

"Seeing her (Chen) before helped a little," said Strimple. "She played a bit different in doubles, but there were some similarities. She was tough and did me a big favor by beating the Auburn-Montgomery girl. I knew I had to play solid to beat her, and I did."

Not through by a long-shot - though as a rare American player in competition - Strimple might have been considered a long-shot, she nevertheless avanced to the "Super Bowl" bracket, which features the winners of the NAIA, Juco, NCAA DII and NCAA DIII brackets. Strimple topped Juco champion Sun When (Tyler), 6-3, 6-3 and then wrapped up play with a win over NCAA DII champ Alida Muller-Wehlau (Armstrong Atlantic), (7-6 [4], 3-6, 6-4).

Strimple becomes the first PLNU player to win both brackets.  Mathias Sundberg won the NAIA’s ITA  men's title back in the early 1990's but fell in the "Super Bowl" round.

"I came here with no expectations," said Strimple, who was battling a pulled hamstring injured on Thursday. "I wanted to play my best and see what happens and it worked out. It feels great."

In addition to a pair of singles titles, Strimple and partner Ashley Litchfield posted a 2-1 record in the NAIA doubles flight; winning in the quarterfinals and semifinals before falling in the title match to third-seed Chen/ Strom (Embry-Riddle), 7-5, 6-3.

Strimple and Litchfield, the fourth seeded doubles team, posted a win on Thursday when they defeated Delk/Massey of Indiana Wesleyan 6-1, 7-5. They then topped #1 seed Curtis/Hajkova of Auburn Montgomery 7-5, 7-6[5] Friday afternoon before losing in the finals.

"We had our chances," Strimple said. "Once we lost that first set, it was tough to come back. They played well, though. They are a good team."

 

Athletics
15
Oct

Event October 15-17, 2010

In a tournament, hosted this past weekend at Azusa Pacific University by APU and Concordia  Irvine, we sent a smaller squad of five of our senior teams to compete in debate against 38 other senior teams. Of those five PLNU teams, three teams advance into the elimination rounds.  Barbara Gausewitz and Ciera Wilson advanced to Octa Finals.  Daniel Nadal and James Wilson advanced further to Quarter Finals.  Kim Jensen and recent transfer student Alex Pineda advanced further still to Semi Finals.  MacLean Andrews and Michelle Diaz just missed advancing to the Octa Finals (top 16 teams) on a tie breaker.

Out of nearly 80 individual competitors in this senior division, the top 20 debate speakers were recognized.  Daniel Nadal received 5th place.  Barbara Gausewitz received 6th place.  And Kim Jensen received 12th place.   Special thanks to the coaches and alumni that showed up to help out.

Communications & Theatre
11
Oct

(San Diego, Calif. – Sept. 8, 2010) – Andrea Liston, professor of education at Point Loma Nazarene University, has committed to rappel down from the 33rd story of the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego on Nov. 6, 2010 in order to raise money for “Over the Edge,” an event put on by Kids Included Together, “a non-profit organization specializing in providing best practices training for community-based youth organizations committed to including children with disabilities into their existing recreational, social and child care programs,” according to KIT’s website.

“Being a professor in the area of special education, I have a soft spot for the inclusion of kids with disabilities in what we call the normal cycles of life,” said Liston.


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