by Scott Heitman
Published in The Point Weekly, November 24, 2003

Plans are currently underway for a film that will be produced, shot, and edited by current PLNU students. Although the shooting isn’t planned until February 2004, pre-production for the project started several months ago.

The film, titled, “The Isle Nevis,” came about as a project for COM210, a communication practicum course. The class is structured to allow students to get hands-on experience through working independently on projects.

“We created and designed it through our practicum project,” said Lindsay Olson, junior.

Media communication majors Olson, Jason Carter and Chris Roberts, both seniors, chose to start a move production company, FallenROC Pictures, and have begun work on the film.

Carter acts as production director, Olson is the Chief Executive Officer, and Roberts is the director of business relations and finance.

With the script in the final stages, the details of the plot are still being worked out between the three.

“All I can say is that it’s an action/adventure period piece. It’s really a combination of Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones, and MacGyver,” said Carter.

Many other people are involved in the project besides the students participating in the communication practicum course. A group of more than 15 students from different majors have been invited to participate as part of the crew. These roles include camera operators, sound engineers, gaffers, grips and makeup artists.

Many of the students involved will be taking COM442 next semester, a field production course taught by Dr. Alan Hueth, professor of communication. They will be looking forward to gaining experience, as well as credit for the class.

Hueth, who has been a professor in the Communication and Theatre department since last year, said he is looking forward to working with the students on the film next semester.

“The students have a lot of creative skills,” said Hueth, referring to those who will be involved in the field production course. “It won’t be just me teaching the class, we’re going to learn a lot from each other.”

A casting call has been sent out to students on campus as well as throughout San Diego County. An ad in the San Diego Reader and an on, a website that advertises casting calls for production companies, has encouraged more than 30 people to audition so far.

FallenROC Pictures is looking for people to fill three main roles: the villain, the hero, and the hero’s love interest, as well as several people to play extras.

“There’s already been huge interest from the public,” said Jared Callahan, junior media communication major, who will be directing the film with Carter.

According to Callahan, hundreds of people from the community as well as those involved with the San Diego Actor’s Guild have responded to the ad.

“A lot of the scenes are going to include a ton of extras,” said Callahan. “I want to see all of Young Hall participate in that.”

Auditions are scheduled to take place on campus for the next two days. Try-outs are being held in the TV studio.

One of the biggest obstacles standing in the way between the students and their film career success is the task of generating funds.

Roberts has taken on the task of organizing the financial aspects of the film. According to Roberts, PLNU’s financial involvement with the film is still being negotiated.

“As far as the school is concerned, this is a student project for a class, which means that they (PLNU) can have their name on it, but we are on our own for fundraising,” said Roberts. “We’re looking to local businesses for support as well as asking friends and family for help.”

Because FallenROC has opened an account with PLNU’s business department, contributors are able to write off their donations as tax deductible. Those who supply money or equipment to the project will also be recognized in the film’s credits.

According to Carter, the estimated budget for the film is $12,000.

Many of the expenses are due to the fact that the students are starting this film from the ground up. Props and sets are needed to be built, wardrobe and makeup purchased, and the sets need to be catered, all of which cost money, said Carter.

FallenROC’s ultimate goal is to see a new film program develop at PLNU as a result of their movie. Currently, students with a film emphasis in the media communications department are required to spend a semester in Hollywood through a program called Los Angeles Film Studies Center (LAFSC).

“No one is being paid to being this movie or to work on it,” said Roberts. “Any money that is made will go into the program so that future projects will have a head start.”

As well as gaining valuable experience in filmmaking, students are looking forward to having a lot of fun with this movie.

“It’s going to be require a huge time commitment but it’s also going to be a blast. We’ll be shooting all the coast, in caves, and we’ve already got permission to use the Star of India,” said Carter, referring to the 140-year-old ship in San Diego’s harbor that holds the world record for “the oldest sea-going vessel,” according to The Guinness Book of World Records.

Carter also boasts that the film will have an originally scored soundtrack as well as professionally choreographed fight scenes. A representative from 20th Century Fox will also be on hand during the filming phase to make sure the set is safe and that electricity is readily available.

“Even though this is a student led project, we are trying to be as professional as possible,” said Carter. “This is something that we’ll be able to keep and enjoy, but it will also look great on a job resumé.”

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(San Diego, Calif. – June 29, 2010) – On June 6, more than a hundred students, alumni, faculty and staff returned from trips around the globe through LoveWorks at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU).

LoveWorks Short Term Mission Program, under the Office of Spiritual Development at PLNU, has sent more than 2,000 people to more than 60 world areas to serve churches and communities since its creation. 

This summer, the men’s soccer coach at PLNU, Tim Hall, led his team to the cities of Campinas and Americana in Brazil on a trip coordinated with Lazarian World Homes, a nonprofit organization committed to providing affordable, eco-friendly housing for developing areas. The trip was a memorial for Hall’s father, the late Rev. Maurice Hall. 

The team worked nonstop, practically 24/7: “We’ll sleep when we get back to the states,” Hall said. This work ethic helped local Nazarene churches care for their retired clergy with affordable housing.

Other teams held Vacation Bible School for Maetang Tribal Children’s Home in Thailand; constructed the first public restrooms in two Peruvian villages; worked at Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Washim, India; taught English at the Ashrafiya Nazarene School in Jordan; cleaned volcanic debris in Guatemala; worked with children’s ministries in conjunction with Mission Church of the Nazarene in San Salvador, El Salvador; planted a church in Lumbumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo; and raised awareness about HIV/AIDS for churches in Tanzania.

Two more mission trips to Jerusalem, Israel and Campinas and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are scheduled for late July through early August.

By the end of the summer, 153 people will have participated in LoveWorks programs.

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June 9 – Two Sea Lions, pitchers Chad Blauer and Steven Winnick, were selected in the 2010 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Blauer, a right-handed starter, was picked on Tuesday in the 30th round by the Kansas City Royals, the 899th player taken. Winnick went on Wednesday, just one round later - the 31st - to the New York Mets. Also a right-handed pitcher, Winnick was the pick number 931.

Blauer went 13-2 for the Sea Lions in 2010 to go with a 3.57 ERA and 103 strikeouts. The 6-3, 215 pound pitcher from Huntington Beach, Calif. held opposing hitters to a .235 batting average and threw five complete games. But what probably opens scouts' eyes was how he stepped up in the post season for PLNU.

Blauer helped No. 17-ranked PLNU finish tied for third at the NAIA World Series by throwing three complete games in the postseason. In the NAIA opening round championship game, he fanned 16 batters against No. 7-ranked British Columbia. He then and struck out 11 batters in both of his World Series triumphs versus No. 14 Belhaven (Miss.) and No. 6 Oklahoma City.

In two seasons at Point Loma, Blauer, who transferred from San Diego Mesa College, put together a 19-7 record and notched 158 strikeouts.

Moved from the bullpen to a starting role in 2010, Winnick responded by going 10-3 in 16 starts for PLNU.  The 6-2, 195 pound San Diegan registered a 2.92 ERA and 58 strikeouts, toeing the rubber for 101. 2 innings. He won two postseason contests; defeating Fresno Pacific in a NAIA Opening Round game and California Baptist in a World Series tilt.

A two-way player who transferred from the University of San Diego, Winnick also hit a team-best .373 (60-for-161), to go with 38 runs scored and 22 RBI. In 2009 he batted .311 with five home runs and 27 RBI. He started at three positions during his time at Point Loma: first base, outfield and DH. 

Winnick went 11-4 with eight saves during his two-season stint as a Sea Lion, helping the team make two World Series appearances.

Blauer and Winnick are the 25th and 26th university players selected since the draft's inception in 1965.

The two hurlers will await instructions by their organizations to see where and when they will begin their professional careers.


Press Release

Dept. of Defense provides essential catalyst for San Diego’s construction industry

(San Diego, Calif. – June 7, 2010) – The San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) announced the results of an economic impact report commissioned to quantify the role the Department of Defense’s military construction spending plays in San Diego’s economy. The report was presented at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Energy Industry Forum held on June 3, 2010, at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley by Lynn Reaser, Ph.D., chief economist of PLNU’s Fermanian Business & Economic Institute (FBEI) and the principle author of the report.

Tony Nufer, president of SDMAC, said, “Military spending in our region serves as a stabilizing effect during periods of economic recession. Gross sales or total output resulting from military construction and all of its ripple effects will reach $2.3 billion in 2010, and an additional rise to $2.6 billion is projected for 2011.”

Randy M. Ataide, executive director of the FBEI, said, “The final report underscores one more way in which our region benefits from Department of Defense investments. Dr. Reaser and the FBEI staff have done a superb job in researching, analyzing and presenting a complex topic in a clear and understandable way for decision makers to rely upon.”

SDMAC selected the construction sector as a singular area of focus for the report due to the significant increase seen in Department of Defense current and planned spending on construction projects in the San Diego region from 2007-2011. This increase is in sharp contrast to the significant downturn experienced in the civilian construction sector in the San Diego region and the rest of the country. The report, prepared by the FBEI for SDMAC, indicates military construction spending is creating about 15,500 jobs in San Diego County in 2010 after accounting for the total flow of contract money throughout the economy. Next year should see this total rise to 16,100 jobs, which represents an average annual increase of 33 percent since 2007.

Expenditures for the six military installations in the San Diego region – Naval Base Point Loma, Naval Base San Diego, Naval Base Coronado, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Marine Corps Air Stations Miramar, and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton – were included within the report.

For further information or for a copy of the report, contact Annette Peck at SDMAC at or (619) 299-3762 or Cathy Gallagher at the FBEI at or (619) 849-2564.

The feature story has run in several local news coverages as well… San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Daily Transcipt, San Diego Business Journal, and more.

Business, Fermanian Business & Economic Institute

(San Diego, Calif. -- June 7, 2010) On June 6, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego La Jolla opened an exhibition entitled "Here Not There: San Diego Art Now." Featuring the work of 45 contemporary artists from San Diego County, the exhibition includes work by David Adey, professor of art and design, and PLNU alumnus Andy Ralph (04).

Artists were chosen based on submissions and extensive research by curator Lucía Sanromán. According to the event website, the exhibition “emphasizes multiplicity and diversity” and includes a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, video, and performance art.

The exhibition will run through Sept. 19, 2010.


During the summer and fall of 2010, the Department of Communication and Theatre will again be offering courses of study in London.

The summer five week term will offer courses in British culture, communication theories and research, intercultural communication and independent study. The program will also allow students to experience numerous plays and musicals in London and Stratford upon Avon as well as providing the opportunity for independent travel..

A second course of study will also be offered in the Fall of 2010. Students on this trip will be guided in their studies and tours by PLNU faculty Ronda and Carl Winderl.

The intent of the Fall program is to allow PLNU students the opportunity to complete a semester of 12-17 credits in Great Britain (principally London) with the vast cultural resources of the country easily accessible and incorporated into their various courses. Creative scheduling will provide several long weekend breaks to facilitate travel throughout Great Britain and Europe, with more extensive independent travel possible after courses conclude in late November.

Courses will offer/include extensive exposure to the museums, concert halls, professional and fringe theatres, political and historic sites. Several overnight visits will be provided as part of the coursework, to locations such as Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick Castle, Hampton Court Palace, Bath and Stonehenge.

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