MOBILE, Ala. - PLNU senior Kristin Strimple was undefeated in singles play at the USTA/ITA Small College National Championships, winning the NAIA national title Saturday morning by defeating Yi Ching Chen of Embry-Riddle (FL) 6-2, 6-4. 

She then swept through a pair of matches  in the ITA "Super Bowl" bracket, topping the Juco and NCAA Division II champs to advance to the ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championships held at the USTA Billie Jean Tennis Center in Flushing-Meadows, New York. That tournament starts on November 4.

Strimple, a 2-seed in the NAIA championship bracket, defeated Trina Slapeka of Lindsay Wilson 7-5, 7-6 [4] on Thursday in a quarterfinal match and then rallied to top the 3-seed, Oklahoma Christian's Hermon Brhane, 6-7[4], 6-2, 6-4. The PLNU three-time first team All-American, then challenged #4 seed Chen in the title match. Chen reached the finals by blanking Ana Veselnovic (Auburn Montgomery) 6-0, 6-0 and upsetting #1 seed Ana Veselnovic (Auburn-Montgomery) in the other semifinal tilt.

The two finals opponents met the day before; in the doubles championships.

"Seeing her (Chen) before helped a little," said Strimple. "She played a bit different in doubles, but there were some similarities. She was tough and did me a big favor by beating the Auburn-Montgomery girl. I knew I had to play solid to beat her, and I did."

Not through by a long-shot - though as a rare American player in competition - Strimple might have been considered a long-shot, she nevertheless avanced to the "Super Bowl" bracket, which features the winners of the NAIA, Juco, NCAA DII and NCAA DIII brackets. Strimple topped Juco champion Sun When (Tyler), 6-3, 6-3 and then wrapped up play with a win over NCAA DII champ Alida Muller-Wehlau (Armstrong Atlantic), (7-6 [4], 3-6, 6-4).

Strimple becomes the first PLNU player to win both brackets.  Mathias Sundberg won the NAIA’s ITA  men's title back in the early 1990's but fell in the "Super Bowl" round.

"I came here with no expectations," said Strimple, who was battling a pulled hamstring injured on Thursday. "I wanted to play my best and see what happens and it worked out. It feels great."

In addition to a pair of singles titles, Strimple and partner Ashley Litchfield posted a 2-1 record in the NAIA doubles flight; winning in the quarterfinals and semifinals before falling in the title match to third-seed Chen/ Strom (Embry-Riddle), 7-5, 6-3.

Strimple and Litchfield, the fourth seeded doubles team, posted a win on Thursday when they defeated Delk/Massey of Indiana Wesleyan 6-1, 7-5. They then topped #1 seed Curtis/Hajkova of Auburn Montgomery 7-5, 7-6[5] Friday afternoon before losing in the finals.

"We had our chances," Strimple said. "Once we lost that first set, it was tough to come back. They played well, though. They are a good team."



Event October 15-17, 2010

In a tournament, hosted this past weekend at Azusa Pacific University by APU and Concordia  Irvine, we sent a smaller squad of five of our senior teams to compete in debate against 38 other senior teams. Of those five PLNU teams, three teams advance into the elimination rounds.  Barbara Gausewitz and Ciera Wilson advanced to Octa Finals.  Daniel Nadal and James Wilson advanced further to Quarter Finals.  Kim Jensen and recent transfer student Alex Pineda advanced further still to Semi Finals.  MacLean Andrews and Michelle Diaz just missed advancing to the Octa Finals (top 16 teams) on a tie breaker.

Out of nearly 80 individual competitors in this senior division, the top 20 debate speakers were recognized.  Daniel Nadal received 5th place.  Barbara Gausewitz received 6th place.  And Kim Jensen received 12th place.   Special thanks to the coaches and alumni that showed up to help out.

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(San Diego, Calif. – Sept. 8, 2010) – Andrea Liston, professor of education at Point Loma Nazarene University, has committed to rappel down from the 33rd story of the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego on Nov. 6, 2010 in order to raise money for “Over the Edge,” an event put on by Kids Included Together, “a non-profit organization specializing in providing best practices training for community-based youth organizations committed to including children with disabilities into their existing recreational, social and child care programs,” according to KIT’s website.

“Being a professor in the area of special education, I have a soft spot for the inclusion of kids with disabilities in what we call the normal cycles of life,” said Liston.


PLNU’s student operated channel has officially kicked off its 2010-2011 academic year with a new name and a set of fresh faces.  Point TV, previously Channel 3, welcomes an all-senior staff.
Jessica Bobik succeeded Erika Roberts as the new General Manager for the station.  She has worked with various television studios, and hopes other students will get a feel for what it is like to work in a real studio.  Bobik wants staff and students alike to utilize their time and creativity to the best of their abilities. 
“We want to make sure shows being produced are of the highest possible quality, always improving and avoiding backsliding at all costs,” said Bobik. “To experience is to learn, and that’s what we’re all here for.”
 Point TV’s student newscast, Coastline News is now under the leadership of senior Sarah Willer.  Willer collaborated with Coastline’s director Mike Spear in revamping this year’s set.  Every other week viewers can catch a glimpse of the new rectangular mahogany stained tabletop that sits in front of reporters.  The news duo is also expecting a modern backdrop within the next couple of months that will feature a three-panel snapshot of PLNU’s very own sunset cliffs.
“We’re hoping to give the future broadcast journalism students as realistic work experience as possible for the future,” said Willer.
In addition to serving as Coastline’s director, Mike Spear is also Point TV’s Production Manager.  With an updated budget, Spear is responsible for creating various set designs for future and existing shows. In conjunction with the restoration of Coastline’s set, Spear’s next project will be and updated design for this semester’s Reel Students segment.
    "I've done a lot of work with channel management in the past, so coming in on staff gives me great hopes for what we have planned,” said Spear. “We hope to create a current and relevant atmosphere for the community of Point Loma."
       With the merge of Channel 3 and Channel 2, Channel 23 needed a tweak in programming. Senior Jen Hassen is this year’s Programming and Trafficking Manager.  Hassen puts shows in order, and ensures that the line-up runs smoothly across campus.   She also worked closely with the studio’s Technical Assistant Director, Rick Moncauskas to ensure that Coastline newscasts air live Wednesday’s at 8p.m.  Hassen is one of four students that work as a studio technical assistant.
    “I'm working to manage shows as well as lead and mentor younger students,” said Hassen.  “There are so many new things that I learn each day and I am looking forward to where this will propel my future.”
    Point TV staff looks forward to the year and a few opportunities that lie ahead of them.  The team will head to Los Angeles this month to see a taping of the new sit-com “Better with You.”  Staff members have also been extended the chance to attend January’s 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

If you have any inquires regarding Point TV promotions please contact Nicholle Jaramillo at, or if you want to get involved with Point TV please contact General Manager Jessica Bobik at

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(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.”