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

We participated in three tournaments in two states last weekend, and are preparing for hosting two large tournaments of our own next weekend. 

The first two tournaments were national circuit parliamentary debate events hosted on the campus of Colorado College.  They are referred to collectively as the Mile High Swing, and we sent three of our top six senior division two person debate teams to compete in those two tournaments. 

The remainder of the team competed in a combined speech and debate tournament in Irvine, hosted by Concordia University.  Although I hate to split the squad and attend different events on the same weekend, the team rose to the challenge and excelled at each tournament. 

Special thanks to recent PLNU alum Katie Lucas and her family for hosting the debate teams in Denver, and coaching/judging for the traveling squad this past weekend.

·         Mile High One Debate Results:

The team of Daniel Nadal and James Wilson won four of their five preliminary rounds and advanced to the second elimination round before dropping to Whitman University, the school that won nationals last year.  The other two teams (Barbara Gausewitz and Ciera Wilson; and MacLean Andrews and Michelle Diaz) each missed breaking to the elimination rounds by just one decision.


·         Mile High Two Debate Results:

Again, Wilson and Nadal won four of their five preliminary rounds and advanced to the second elimination round before dropping once again to Whitman University, I believe in the same room as the previous tournament loss to Whitman.  Ouch.  However, the other two PLNU teams each improved their records from Mile High One and advanced to the elimination rounds in Mile High Two.  Andrews and Diaz dropped in the first elimination round, and Gausewitz and Wilson won their first elimination round to drop in the next out round to Oregon State University one of the other top teams in the nation.  Both of these tournaments are considered extremely competitive, and to advance 4 of our 6 slots is an encouraging sign for the National Championship tournament to be held on the same campus in two months.

·         Concordia Irvine Speech and Debate Tournament:

In a somewhat smaller, but still significant and competitively rigorous regional  tournament with colleges and universities from Southern and Northern California, PLNU won First Place in overall sweepstakes for the 4 year college division, and third place Debate Sweepstakes, even though three of our top debate teams were in Colorado.  Here are some of those results.

Concordia Individual Events:

Kim Jensen: 3rd Place Open Informative & 2nd Place Open Extemp

Kassi Sandstrom: 6th Place Open Extemp

Ben Carney: 5th Place Novice Extemp

Margeaux Flannery and Victoria Roth: 2nd Place Duo (no final round)

Brooke Rakes: 6th Place Novice Impromptu

John Morris: 6th Place Open Impromptu

Alex Pineda: 2nd Place Open Impromptu

Concordia Invitational Parliamentary Debate Results:

Ashley Nuckles and Ian Sharples: Silver Medal Open Parliamentary Debate

Kassi Sandstrom and Brooke Rakes: Silver Medal Junior Debate

Ashley Nuckles: 2nd Place Open Speaker

Alex Pineda: 11th Place Open Speaker

Ian Sharples: 15th Place Open Speaker

Kassi Sandstrom: 6th Place Junior Speaker

Brooke Rakes: 7th Place Junior Speaker

Haley Courtney: 19th Place Junior Speaker

Margeaux Flannery: 4th Place Novice Speaker




Communications & Theatre

Dave Adey, associate professor in the Department of Art and Design, is always turning out art that is thought-provoking. With installations like "Flock," a uniform formation of ceramic lamb figurines sporting glowing pink neon halos, along with a uniquely diverse body of work, Adey has developed a solid presence in the California art scene. In May, Adey was selected to be one of 40 California artists featured in the 2010 California Biennial at the OCMA, where “Flock” is on display through March 13, 2011.

“I think art is better at asking questions than giving answers,” Adey said. “A great work of art can change our point of view and reveal complexity, often leaving a viewer with more questions than answers.” - Dave Adey

Art & Design, PLNU

The Daily Transcript - San Diego Source

Top Influentials 2011 - Dr. Lynn Reaser

Our very own Dr. Lynn Reaser was named one of San Diego's Top Influentials for 2011.
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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. 

Communications & Theatre

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