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.”



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.

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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).

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