(San Diego, Calif. – Oct. 5, 2010) – On Sept. 27, Point Loma Nazarene University School of Education’s Master of Arts in special education had its substantive change review, the last step in the accreditation process, with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The master’s program was given interim approval, now being able to move forward with advertising and marketing the program. The degree was previously a master’s in education with a concentration in special education.

The School of Education’s school counseling program also fulfilled its program assessment standards and is awaiting final approval for accreditation upon the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) site visit scheduled for spring 2012.

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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.



(San Diego, Calif. – Oct. 4, 2010) – PLNU alumnus Destin Daniel Cretton was one of ten writers who were selected as finalists for the 25th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 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.”



The new season for the PLNU speech and debate team officially started this past weekend, at Whittier College.  In case Whittier college sounds familiar, Dr. James Jackson informs me that PLNU (back when we were located in Pasadena) met with success debating against a former Whittier Poet who went on to become U. S. President, Richard M. Nixon.

It is a bit early to say if we had any future presidents in our midst this Saturday, but there was some very good debate going on.  Congratulations to the following teams for outstanding performances at this scrimmage.

In Senior Division:

Certificates of Superiority for winning all four rounds were awarded to the teams of:

Kim Jensen and Alex Pineda, and

Mac Andrews and Michelle Diaz

A Certificate of  Excellence for winning three out of the four rounds was awarded to:

Barbara Gausewitz and Ciera Wilson

In Novice Division:

A Certificate of Superiority for winning all four rounds was awarded to the team of:

Benjamin Carney and Christine Wright

A Certificate of  Excellence for winning three out of the four rounds was awarded to:

Haley Courtney and Chris Huerta

This was the first tournament experience ever for about 16 of our students in the Argumentation and Debate class, many of whom will go on to join the speech and debate team. They all performed well and learned a great deal. 

Special thanks to those serving as judges including PLNU alumni and peer judges Chris Gutierrez, Caitlyn Burford, Jayme Fancher, Ashley Nuckels, Ian Sharples, and James Wilson.

Communications & Theatre

PLNU improved on last year’s highest ever ranking in the annual “America’s Best Colleges” edition of U.S. News and World Report, by jumping up six spots to rank No. 16 in the Regional Universities (West) category. 

PLNU has continued to climb the list of “America’s Best Colleges,” making one of the biggest leaps in the past few years. A broader awareness of PLNU’s academic excellence and quality education is quickly developing. 

The criteria for the ranking are peer assessment, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, and alumni giving.


We are currently lookign for adjunct faculty members who can teach classes in Excel, Internet Applications and Networking (including security).  If you are interested in teaching at least one of these classes, see the PLNU employmet website for further information (the job is listed in the Adjunct category and is show as an Adjunct Pool job in Computer Information Systems).

Mathematical, Information & Computer Sciences

(San Diego, Calif. – July 26, 2010) – A new and independent study on San Diego’s water sources was presented in a report researched and produced by the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute (FBEI) at Point Loma Nazarene University. The report, titled San Diego’s Water Sources: Assessing the Options, addresses the urgency to develop more local, reliable, and sustainable sources of water for the region, and in addition, provides economic analysis in order to establish options for different water sources.

Dr. Lynn Reaser, chief economist at PLNU and the primary author of the report said, “Water represents probably the biggest resource challenge faced throughout the world, including San Diego. Our study is an attempt to objectively compare the different water options, ranging from desalination and recycled water to conservation, to help guide policymakers and the public in decisions vital to our future.”

Main factors that the report examines are the different possible water sources for San Diego County, and projections for 2020 and 2030. The report also analyzes the energy intensity of the different sources in order to capture the impact on energy supplies and significance of the “carbon footprint.” It offers a feasibility analysis of the different water solutions based on legal, technical, safety, social and environmental factors.

A total of seven solutions are offered, and of the seven, conservation appears to be the most attractive of the solutions.

“The final research report was done with the intention to provide decision makers and the San Diego community with a written document that is clear and understandable,” said Randy M Ataide, executive director of the FBEI. “This is what we refer to as ‘actionable economics,’ and Dr. Reaser and the FBEI staff did a remarkable job researching, analyzing and presenting such a complex and potentially controversial topic.”

The report was sponsored and published by the Equinox Center, a San Diego-based research group that seeks find solutions to balance San Diego’s regional growth with sustainable natural resources.

For further information or for a copy of the report, contact Marion Paul at the Equinox Center at or Cathy Gallagher at the FBEI at or (619) 849-2564.

The feature story has run in local news coverage including Channel 10 News ( and KPBS radio ( 

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