PLNU News

21
Jul

Joshua Romero, a junior Media Communication major, was selected to attend the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) Foundation’s Minority Career Workshop in March 2004.

Romero will be traveling to New York to participate in this two-day program with approximately 100 other students and recent graduates that were competitively selected for the program.

“There is no doubt in my mind that my work last semester with video and journalism, as well as my blossoming work in radio, had a lot of weight on my application,” said Romero.

The program begins with a comprehensive orientation to the electronic media industry.

On the second day, participants have an opportunity to be interviewed by recruiters from approximately 30 major media corporations. Past recruiters have included ABC, CBS, NBC, and Viacom.

According to www.irts.org, as many as 28 percent of those attending a recent career workshop were hired, or secured an internship as a direct result of the event.

“I’m really excited about this opportunity,” said Romero. “Ever since I switched to Media Communications this past fall, I have felt like I have found my vocational calling.”

Romero is actively involved in KPLR, the campus radio station, and filmmaking activities within his classes.

“The Communication and Theatre department does well in preparing us for life after college and this is proof of what the Media Communication program can do for its students,” said Romero.

The IRTS Foundation is a charitable organization which offers educational programs and career assistance to those interested in the communication industry.

Communications & Theatre
21
Jul

Glance up from the campus parking structure and you'll notice an addition to the PLNU skyline. A new satellite dish was recently installed to allow Point Loma students Broadcast Journalism students access to the full resources of Cable News Network (CNN).

The Atlanta-based CNN makes its news feeds available free of charge to more than 100 universities nationwide. This is not the CNN programming that home viewers see, but the hourly raw news feeds that go out to television stations around the world for use in their own newscasts.

In addition to the raw video, students also have access to script material online and if necessary, live breaking news.

The video will be used primarily in the Television News class where students present live newscasts each week for the campus audience. This class is the senior capstone experience for 30 students currently enrolled in the Broadcast Journalism major.

“This partnership with CNN puts incredible resources in the hands of our students,” said Randall E. King, co-advisor, Broadcast Journalism. “They’re using the same raw materials professional stations use to produce news programming. When we put that together with good editorial judgment and hands-on training, it greatly enhances the credibility of our graduates.”

PLNU had an agreement in place with CNN more than a year ago, but the greatest difficulty was finding the right location for the type of dish required. Fortunately, Physical Plant director Richard Schult was willing to allow access to the plant building near the parking structure. This will also be a likely site for future dishes as the campus installs cable television service for all students.

Network Services manager Robert Joslin has also been especially helpful in finding the location and setting up video cables to bring the signal back to the television studio in Ryan Library.

Consulting engineer, Rad J. Corn, who assists KPLR, completed the final dish installation in early October. Students expect to access CNN material by the end of the month.

Communications & Theatre
21
Jul

by Tracy Nelson


Published in The Point Weekly on November 17, 2003

The most recent production at Salomon Theatre, Arsenic and Old Lace, brings together some unlikely characters to produce one delightful play.

Arsenic and Old Lace, a comedy adapted from the play by Joseph Kesserling, tells the story of Mortimer Brewster, just an average guy, and his very quirky family set back in the 1940s.

Mortimer has always known that his family was not completely normal. One of his brothers believes himself to be Theodore Roosevelt, while the other brother, Jonathan, believes himself to be an escaped murderer who looks like Boris Karloff. His two aunts, Abby and Martha, are just as sweet as can be.

But soon, Mortimer discovers that his two aunts have been secretly poisoning old men who come to stay at their house  and then burying their bodies in the cellar. And they actually consider what they do to be charity. Let’s just say that Mortimer is less than understanding about the situation and stumbles about throughout the rest of the play trying to figure out how to protect his aunts.

The plot thickens even more when Mortimer’s convict brother, Jonathan, and his intoxicated German accomplice, Dr. Einstein, return home in the hopes of stashing their latest victim.

The cast delivers an outstanding performance by adding humor to a dark and twisted plot.

Matthew David Curley, a senior Theatre major, playing Mortimer, is beautiful as a confused and panicky nephew trying to make sense of his family’s eccentric behaviors.

Likewise, Don Keenan, a junior Theatre major delivers a hilarious performance as Jonathan’s drunken, anxious partner with a heart. With his added German accent, accentuated by a tremble in his voice, Keenan consistently sounds both scared and nervous by his current situation.

Lastly, Greg Good, a sophomore Psychology major, playing Jonathan, performs with confidence. He takes charge of the room as a frightening and intimidating bully with makeup that makes him look like Frankenstein.

The performance would not be complete without excellent set designs and costumes.

The set design, which consists of the inside of a two-story house, focusing on the dining and living room, allows the characters to appear like they are moving constantly throughout the house, when in actuality the whole play occurs in one room.

The characters’ costumes and makeup are completely believable, whether they are intended to look like they are 70 years old, like man who hasn’t showered in days, like a patient of one too many plastic surgeries, or like a former president.

The play ran from November 11-15 and November 22, 2003.

Communications & Theatre
21
Jul

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 Mandy.com, 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.”

Communications & Theatre
14
Jul

 

(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.

PLNU, Spiritual Development
08
Jun

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.

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