During these turbulent economic times, securing your financial future is more important than ever. If you want to ensure your family’s financial security now and in the future, a well-developed estate plan can help. As a service to our community, Point Loma Nazarene University is presenting free, informative, estate planning seminars. For several years, we have provided this complimentary service to alumni and friends of PLNU. We are pleased to extend this service, for the first time, to our local community. Enjoy a relaxing setting and find out, in simple terms, how a living trust works and how it will protect against probate, creditors, and taxes. We will also briefly discuss other tax-wise estate planning opportunities that may benefit you and your family. For more information about attending one of these seminars, please contact Sandy Liarakos at (619) 849-2992.

Office of Community & Government Relations

Students from the Principle of Marketing (BUS332) class will be putting on a Trade Show of New Ideas. They were asked to develop new products that can contribute to either a green environment or a healthier lifestyle. The students are looking forward to the opportunity of sell their ideas to the PLNU community. Please come out and support these students!

WHEN: December 6, 2010 from 7:45 - 9:15 a.m. & 11:00 - 12:30 p.m.

Nicholson Commons in the cafeteria lobby


Fermanian Business & Economic Institute

Event Date December 3-5, 2010

The PLNU Speech and Debate Team Won First Place in the four year college division at the Fall 2010 PSCFA Fall Championship Tournament hosted at Mt SAC this past weekend (December 3-5).  Despite losing many of our competitors and a judge during the event to the quick acting flu sweeping the PLNU community, 5 of our 6 senior teams advanced to the elimination rounds, with two of those teams winning Gold Medals.  Senior Daniel Nadal was named Top Speaker in debate for his second consecutive tournament.  One of our sickest competitors managed to hold on until she and her partner won their Gold Round for the Junior Division of Parliamentary Debate.  Then she let a family member drive her home.  The specific awards the students won are referenced below.  Thanks for the continued support of PLNU’s faculty, staff, administration and alumni that allows us to represent the school in this important academic arena.

PSCFA 2010 Fall Champs Tournament Results

Debate Results:

Senior Division

                        Team results:

Gold Medals:               Daniel Nadal and James Wilson

                                    Ashley Nuckels and Ian Sharples

Silver Medals:             Mac Andrews and Michelle Diaz

Bronze Medals:           Kim Jensen and Alex Pineda

                                    Barbara Gausewitz and Ciera Wilson

                        Speaker Awards:

1st Speaker:                 Daniel Nadal (Tournament Champion for the second consecutive tournament)

5th Speaker:                 Kim Jensen

6th Speaker:                 Ashley Nuckels

9th Speaker:                 Barbara Gausewitz

10th Speaker:               James Wilson

Junior Division

Gold Medals:               Benjamin Carney and Christy Wright

Novice Division

Bronze Medals:           Shannon Baucom and Margeaux Flannery

Individual Events Results:

Daniel Nadal               Finalist - Senior Impromptu

Brian Bentley –           Finalist Novice After Dinner Speaking

Ciera Wilson –            Fourth Place Senior Extemp

Kassi Sandstrom -        Second Place Junior Extemp

                                  Finalist Novice Persuasion

Molly Schengel -         Finalist Novice Persuasion in her first tournament

Communications & Theatre

This is the conclusion of a recent study conducted by MOMC Professors' Dr. Kathleen Czech and Dr G.L. Forward. This is the third article dealing with communication and leadership published by the pair although this paper utilizes a brand-new data set.

The article entitled "Leader Communication: Faculty Perceptions of the Department Chair" was published in the most recent issue of Communication Quarterly. This journal is widely considered to be a top-tier, peer-reviewed journal with a submissions acceptance rate of approximately 8%.

Czech and Forward have already begun work on their next research projet which will continue their investigation of communication and leadership with a different sample population. The authors would be happy to provide a copy of their article to interested persons by making a request to:


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Adjunct communication professor Melissa Lazaro and Dr. G.L. Forward just received word that their paper: "Predicting the Power of the Pulpit: The Effect of Verbal and Nonverbal Immediacy on Perceptions of Pastoral Effectiveness and Parishioner Commitment" was accepted by the Organizational Communication Division of WSCA. The conference is scheduled to convene in February 2011 in Monterey, CA.

In addition, recent MOCM graduate COM465 TA, and SDSU graduate student Natalie Daugherty-Sadler, will be presenting her work to the Rhetoric Division. This represents the third year in a row that Ntalie has had original work accepted for presentation at WSCA.


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(San Diego, Calif. – Nov. 30, 2010) – PLNU alumnus Destin Daniel Cretton was one of five writers  selected as winners of the 25th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Each writer will receive a $30,000 prize, the first installment of which was distributed at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills on November 4.

In October, Cretton was one of ten writers who were selected as finalists for the fellowship. He was selected based on his script, “Short Term 12.”

The finalists were chosen out of 6,304 submitted scripts. All the scripts will be read and judged by the Academy’s Nicholl Committee, which awards up to five esteemed $30,000 fellowships. The committee is made up of film producers, writers, actors, cinematographers, executives, agents, and producers.

Previous fellowship awardees include Mike Rich, writer of the upcoming movie “Secretariat;” Susannah Grant, Oscar-winning writer of “Erin Brockovich;” and Andrew W. Marlowe, who created and executive produces ABC’s “Castle;” along with Terri Miller, who is a writer-producer for “Castle.”

According to the academy’s website, “Fellowships are awarded with the understanding that the recipients will each complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year.”

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