Event Date November 20-21, 2010

The PLNU speech and  debate team won First Place in Tournament Sweepstakes for Debate, and Overall Tournament Sweepstakes First Place for both individual events and debate at the Grossmont Griffin Invitational Tournament this Saturday and Sunday, November 20-21, 2010.  Three of our Senior Division Debate teams tied for First place in a three way closeout of the Final Round.  Daniel Nadal and James Wilson triumphed over the only non PLNU team in the Semi Finals in the Senior Division of Parliamentary Debate, and Daniel was also named as the top speaker in the division.  The other

Thanks to McKayla Carpenter for providing the details on the awards below. Special thanks to the coaches, alumni and team officers for helping other team members reach their goals.

It was also nice to be able to speak with some very talented students from several different community colleges in the area all hoping to transfer to Point Loma next year.

Communications & Theatre

SAN DIEGO – On November 19, the Point Loma Nazarene University Board of Trustees voted to proceed with application for membership to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II in June 2011. The board’s recommendation was preceded by a report from the Athletic Advisory Committee, which studied the future of athletics at the university. PLNU currently competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

“With the many changes occurring in our current athletic affiliations, we believe making application to NCAA Division II will be a long-term benefit to our athletes and PLNU as we continue a strong tradition of intercollegiate competition,” stated University President Dr. Bob Brower.

PLNU will submit its application by the June 1, 2011 deadline and should know of the NCAA’s decision by mid-July.  If accepted, the transition to full Division II membership will be three years. PLNU’s athletic program would remain in the NAIA as a member of the Golden State Athletic Conference through the first year of the transition process and over the next two years complete the additional NCAA requirements to become a full NCAA DII member in the 2014-15 academic year.

According to President Brower, “The timing of our application is good as it provides PLNU the opportunity to work with other NAIA universities in this transition process as we work with Division II and explore conference affiliations together.”   

PLNU will join fellow GSAC institutions Azusa Pacific University, California Baptist University, and Fresno Pacific University in the application and transition process from the NAIA to the NCAA Division II. CBU recently was accepted into the NCAA and both APU and FPU plan to apply in June 2011.

“We are excited to be taking the next step towards Division II application,” said Sea Lion Athletic Director Ethan Hamilton. “We believe the long term benefits of NCAA membership will enhance our already strong institutional profile.”


SAN DIEGO The Fermanian School of Business at Point Loma Nazarene University has been reaffirmed of their accreditation.  On Thursday, November 18, 2010, The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) communicated to the Fermanian School of Business that,  "The Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners voted to grant reaffirmation of accreditation to Point Loma Nazarene University. ..We look forward to presenting you with your accreditation certificate during the 2011 Annual Conference being held in Indianapolis, IN from June 24-27, 2010."

Dr. Bruce Schooling, Dean of the Fermanian School of Business, congratulated and thanked the school of business faculty and staff in an email communication shortly after receiving the official response from ACBSP.  He stated, "This is an important achievement for us at both the undergraduate and graduate level and I want to take this opportunity to thank each one of you for your contribution, not only in this endeavor, to the work that is done. "





For PLNU alumni and students, fall is a time of celebration and gathering as a community during Homecoming Week, Nov. 15-20, 2010.

This year, PLNU kicked off homecoming week with guest speaker, Rev. Dr. John Polkinghorne, who left a successful career as a physicist at Cambridge University to become an Anglican priest. He writes books and speaks about the intersections between faith and science and was invited to PLNU as a part of the annual Wiley Lecture Series.

Point Loma Theatre Opera (PLOT), a student-led club with a passion for opera, kicked off their much-anticipated opera production, Cendrillon by Massenet.

On Fri., PLNU will present Alumnus of Point Loma Awards to graduates Bryan Jennings, Kathryn Vaughn, J.D., Michael McConnell, Ph.D., and Bob Sutton, Ph.D.

Also on Fri., PLNU will hold the annual variety show, which features comedic routines, musical performances, and people with unique talents and names PLNU’s homecoming court.

On Sat., PLNU alums and students will perform the last show of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

PLNU’s women’s basketball team will face Trevecca Nazarene University at 6 p.m. on Nov. 20, and the men’s basketball team will face Black Hills State, South Dakota at 8 p.m.

With a wide range of lectures, class reunions, music and theatre productions, and sports games, homecoming week is sure to please everyone with a connection to PLNU.


Seeking Alpha

Lynn Reaser: Significant Profit-Taking Ahead

Harlan Levy from Seeking Alpha asks Dr. Lynn Reaser for her opinion on current and future economic issues. To read the full interview click here!

Fermanian Business & Economic Institute

Conservation-based study by Fermanian Business and Economic Institute

to be shared at San Diego Zoo event


A conservation-based field may be the next economic trend for San Diego, according to an impact report to be released next week.  The report, commissioned by the San Diego Zoo from the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute (FBEI) at Point Loma Nazarene University, works to quantify the burgeoning field of biomimicry and its effect on San Diego.  Details of the report will be announced by Dr. Lynn Reaser, chief economist of the FBEI and principal author of the report, at an event at the San Diego Zoo on November 18.
Biomimicry is the discipline of studying nature’s best ideas and then applying these designs and processes to solve human problems.
Notable examples of biomimicry-inspired products include Velcro, wind turbines inspired from whale flippers, bullet trains based upon a kingfisher’s beak, and many others. Companies that are currently working in this field include QUALCOMM, Proctor and Gamble, and PAX Scientific, as well as entrepreneurial startups.

             “The completed report organizes many existing efforts in this field by significant companies across the globe, then develops in greater detail the potential economic and investment implications on the global, U.S., and regional economies, and finally articulates a compelling case for making the San Diego region a global biomimicry hub,”  said Randy M. Ataide, executive director of the FBEI.  ““Biomimicry could represent a revolutionary change in our economy by transforming many of the ways we think about designing, producing, transporting and distributing goods and services.”

            The San Diego Zoo’s effort to build biomimicry as a new approach to solving technical and economic challenges arises from its mission to conserve endangered species.  “The key to biomimicry is the value we place on natural systems and species,” said Paula Brock, chief financial officer for the San Diego Zoo.  “Biomimicry offers an opportunity to bring successful economics together with conservation.  We hope this study will inspire new companies and entrepreneurs to focus upon the development of this field.”

A key finding of the report is that biomimicry holds the potential to attract sizable capital inflows, driven by the prospects of rapid growth and high rates of return, and that venture capital potential could flow into the field at a pace at least equal to that of biotech, estimated to be about $4.5 billion in the U.S. in 2010. Modeling done by the FBEI projects that a San Diego biomimicry hub could add $325 million to San Diego’s gross regional product and $162 million in total personal income on an annual basis, with an initial 2,100 new jobs created for San Diego.

The study also analyzed the multi-year efforts of the San Diego Zoo, administered by San Diego Zoo Global, in encouraging the viability of biomimicry and concluded that this work and investment in the field has successfully positioned the region to now lead in the formation of a global biomimicry hub composed of critical regional stakeholders including for-profit and non-profit firms, government agencies, private and public universities, scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs. The study determined that “The Zoo is currently the only facilities-based provider of biomimicry services in the world” and also that “The Zoo plans to build the first biomimicry research and education network to drive major biomimicry research and commercial applications.”

Attendees at the upcoming event will receive a copy of the entire report. Registration is required to attend. To RSVP for the November 18, 2010, event at the San Diego Zoo, visit or call 619-231-1515, extension 5477. For further information or a copy of the report, contact Helen Cheng at  or  619-552-3927 or Cathy Gallagher at the FBEI at or 619-849-2564.


The 100-acre San Diego Zoo is dedicated to the conservation of endangered species and their habitats. The organization focuses on conservation and research work around the globe, educates millions of individuals a year about wildlife and maintains accredited horticultural, animal, library and photo collections. The Zoo also manages the 1,800-acre San Diego Zoo Safari Park (historically referred to as the Wild Animal Park), which includes a 900-acre native species reserve, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. The important conservation and science work of these entities is supported in part by The Foundation of the Zoological Society of San Diego. 

 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.

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