Event Date - January 7-9, 2011

Part of the PLNU Debate team traveled to Salt Lake City Utah this past weekend (Thursday through Sunday) to participate in two parliamentary tournaments hosted by

the University of Utah and Northern Arizona University attended by approximately 30 universities from Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Indiana Washington, Oregon, California and no doubt other states as well.


Our three teams missed advancing to the elimination round of the first tournament by just one decision for each team, but two of the three advanced to the elimination rounds in the second tournament.  The two advancing teams were Ashley Nuckels and Ian Sharpels, and Kim Jenkins and Alex Pineda, though McKayla Carpenter and John Morris again came within just one ballot of advancing in this extremely tough field.  Caitlyn Burford did an outstanding job of judging and coaching.


Some of you have inquired at times about what topics we debate at these tournaments.  Traditionally they have been the type of topics that a generally well read student keeping up on current events should be expected to know about.  They are only given 15 minutes to research and formulate their arguments once the topic is read and five minutes then to find their classroom, and the topic changes every round.  There is a trend in some of these national circuit tournaments to select extremely hyper specific topics that in my opinion not many students should be expected to have any depth of knowledge about, or be prepare to debate upon.   But despite these challenges our students represented the school very well.


Here are the resolutions that the tournaments presented for the students to debate this weekend.  There are some other problems with topic or resolutional hyper specificity.  For example.  In Round Four at NAU, the International Criminal Court is not the body hearing the dispute between Australia and Japan on whaling.  And when asked about the meaning of the letters “IHS” in the first elimination round for the Great Salt Lake tournament, the debate director reading the resolution admitted he had no idea, that he was just reading the resolution.  Needless to say we learned a lot this weekend and enjoyed some snow. J 


Northern Arizona University- Friday/Saturday

Round 1: The United States Federal government should decrease economic ties with China.

Round 2: The World Trade Organization should rule against Brazil in Dispute DS409.

Round 3: The United States Supreme Court should rule stop and frisk procedures unconstitutional.

Round 4: The International Criminal Court should rule in favor of Australia in its dispute over Japanese whaling.

Round 5: The United States Federal Government should recognize the sovereignty of its unincorporated organized territories.

Elimination 1: The United States Federal Government should substantially reform its immigration policy.

Elimination 2: The United States Federal Government should adopt the US-Panama Free Trade Agreement.

Elimination 3: India should relinquish all control of Kashmir to Pakistan.

Elimination 4: The United Nations should significantly increase access to education in conflict-affected fragile states.

Elimination 5:  The Economic Community of West African States should use force to remove Laurent Gbagbo from power.



Great Salt Lake Invitational –Saturday and Sunday

Round 1:This house should use a Low Orbit Ion Cannon.

Round 2: Free Bradley Manning!

Round 3: The United States Federal Government should significantly strengthen its diplomatic relations with Venezuela.

Round 4: The People’s Republic of China should significantly increase its development assistance toward Pakistan.

Round 5: This house believes that children of undocumented immigrants should not be denied the opportunities of higher education.

Elimination 1: This house should expand IHS services to include funding for abortion services for American Indian women.

Elimination 2:The United States Congress should reintroduce and implement the Disclose Act as a legislative fix to Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

Elimination 3:The United Nations High Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing should replace the trustee of the Green Climate Fund.

Elimination 4: The International Commission Against Impunity should reject the siege mentality.

Elimination 5: The United States Congress should nullify the Supreme Court's ruling in Carcieri v. Salazar. 

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The PLNU Music Department is pleased to announce the Bach Collegium San Diego, PLNU’s new “Early Music Ensemble-in-Residence.”


The PLNU Music Department is very excited to have musicians of the quality of those in BCSD willing to engage our students in exploring early music performance practice.  We believe strongly that an on-going relationship will open our students to educational experiences that even single master classes and workshops cannot provide.  In addition, concerts and clinics by BCSD and its personnel will give depth to early music experiences and study and for our music students and the general community.


This mutually beneficial relationship provides BCSD with an academic home and PLNU with access to world-class early music educational experiences and performances.


Bach Collegium San Diego at PLNU 2010-2011


FALL 2010


October: Messiah solo coaching by Ruben Valenzuela and Anne-Marie Dicce

November: Two coachings by Rodolfo Richter, one of Europe’s leading early music practitioners, on Messiah orchestra and Baroque violin performance.




April 17, 7:00 pm.  JS Bach’s St. John Passion, performed by the Bach Collegium San Diego in PLNU’s Crill Hall with soloists, chorus and orchestra.


Click here to buy tickets and to learn more about Bach Collegium San Diego


San Diego Business Journal

Professional Profile - Lynn Reaser

The San Diego Business Journal featured Lynn Reaser's professional profile. The segment entails a brief resume, professional philosophy, true confessions, and much much more! To see Lynn Reaser's full professional profile click here!

Fermanian Business & Economic Institute

Biomimicry - A New Economic Driver for California

Dr. Lynn Reaser contributes to the December 2010 Summary Analysis for the California State Controller’s Office To read her contribution on Page 6 click here!

Fermanian Business & Economic Institute


Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Nicholle Jaramillo

Point TV: Channel 23 Marketing & Promotions Mgr.

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: December 16, 2010

Written by: Nicholle Jaramillo



PLNU Graduate Gets Padres TV Opportunity


One PLNU graduate is making the most of his recent internship experience.  Ryan Pavin, a 2010 broadcast journalism graduate, recently interned with Cox Channel 4 for Padres games.  Over a dozen PLNU students have interned with the Padres baseball cablecast over the past ten years.  Pavin worked alongside director Tom Ceterski and producer Ed Barnes.  Ceterski is considered one of the top sports broadcasting directors on the west coast.

            During his time with Channel 4, Pavin was given the opportunity to run camera for pregame and, occasionally, was given a shot at live games and replays.

Every day was something new and exciting,” said Pavin.

            As a broadcast journalism graduate, Pavin has always enjoyed camera work.  To be extended this opportunity has made him think about a career in television.  Despite the stress of the internship, it has taught him a lot.  

Shooting something that was going out live always adds a ton of pressure because their is no retake,” said Pavin. “So there was pressure on me to produce. I was having 4-5 shots making it on air every night.”

With on camera experience and other knowledge of the job, Pavin has high hopes for employment.

“I believe that there is a good chance that I could become the scoreboard operator for next season with Channel 4 but I have also been able to work three Chargers games this year,” said Pavin. “That is very cool and shows where opportunities can take you.”

 In the end Pavin hopes to get into sports broadcasting and eventually direct or produce something in the sports world.


For more information regarding Ryan Pavin and his internship, please contact him directly at

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Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Nicholle Jaramillo

Point TV: Channel 23 Marketing & Promotions Mgr.

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: December 16, 2010

Written by: Nicholle Jaramillo



Media Communication Students Wrap Up Semester at LAFSC


Every year, PLNU’s Communication and Theatre Department sends media communication-film study majors to the Los Angeles Film Studies Center.  The center is a comprehensive, one-semester film program which is sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) based in Washington, D.C.  

While in Los Angeles, students are given an opportunity to gain insight into the industry by interning with development companies, agencies, personal management companies, production offices and many more.   This past fall, 2010 semester included the largest number of media communication students that have ever attended the LAFSC in a single semester.  They included Jordan Olberg, Andrew Price, Ashley Gulden, Erika Scopelli, Lucy Peterson, Jackie Hile and Samantha Melhaff are currently attending the film center. 

Some of the companies that this semester’s students interned at included: The Dr. Phil Show, Langley Park Pictures and Carousel Productions and Gordonstreet Pictures. 

Senior media communications major Lucy Peterson worked as a talent supervisor for The Dr. Phil show.  

I supervised the guests that came on the show and made sure they got through hair, makeup and wardrobe,” said Peterson. “It was sort of like a glorified babysitting job but it was tons of fun!” 

Not only did Peterson intern during her time at LAFSC, but she also worked on a film as a part of the curriculum.  She learned about what goes into the production of a film, and how to develop a character for a script.  Her biggest challenge was dealing with professor critiques and working on a horror film.

 “We would have to make changes according to their critiques and hope it was what they wanted,” said Peterson.

            Senior media communication major Andrew Price interned with Langley Park Pictures and Carousel Productions. Price worked with script coverage, wrote synopses of films and script change comments. In addition this, he often did little tasks and errands such as getting coffee for executives, arranging scripts on a shelf, or putting together a Google map with L.A. Weekly's “99 Places To Eat”.

            “I learned a lot about what scripts are chosen for projects and the importance of making connections,” said Price. “Also I got experience on short films, heard from some influential people in Hollywood such as Doug Jones, Tony Hale, Ralph Winter and a couple others.”

            While Peterson struggled with professor feedback, Price ran into an issue of time management.  Procrastination seemed to slowly creep up the list of this semester’s challenges.      

There was about four weeks at the beginning of the semester where we were doing almost nothing, so I got used to that, and then they sprung everything on us at once.” 

            Price felt that he took a lot away from the experience as a whole.

            “If you want a semester entirely devoted to film, then I would recommend it because you get a lot of hands on experience,” said Price. “Getting an internship in Hollywood is also a very good experience.”

Junior media communications major Jackie Hile interned with Gordonstreet Pictures, an independent film production company. She read scripts, helped with a side business of transferring tapes to DVDs, captured footage and made DVD labels.  Although interning with the company was one of the highlights of her semester, Hile also enjoy components of the LAFSC program.

“My favorite part about the program was having guest speakers,” Hile. “We got to meet lots of people in the industry who are successful and it was helpful to hear their stories and advice.”

Hile learned more than just production design, she also learned a lot about herself. 

“My biggest challenge was not getting discouraged when my internship wasn't going how I expected,” said Hile.  “I didn't start until October so I felt like I was missing out.”

Similar to other students in the program, and despite frustrations with her internship, Hile also gained a lot of valuable experience during her time in L.A.

            “I would recommend going to LAFSC not for the academic part, but more for just the experience of being in Hollywood and working in the industry.”

            Students recently concluded their fall semester at PLNU and most will be returning to PLNU for the spring, 2011, semester.

Students interested in attending the Los Angeles Film School Center can contact Alan Hueth at for more information.


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