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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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.

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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.