(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.

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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.


Press Release

Dept. of Defense provides essential catalyst for San Diego’s construction industry

(San Diego, Calif. – June 7, 2010) – The San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) announced the results of an economic impact report commissioned to quantify the role the Department of Defense’s military construction spending plays in San Diego’s economy. The report was presented at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Energy Industry Forum held on June 3, 2010, at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley by Lynn Reaser, Ph.D., chief economist of PLNU’s Fermanian Business & Economic Institute (FBEI) and the principle author of the report.

Tony Nufer, president of SDMAC, said, “Military spending in our region serves as a stabilizing effect during periods of economic recession. Gross sales or total output resulting from military construction and all of its ripple effects will reach $2.3 billion in 2010, and an additional rise to $2.6 billion is projected for 2011.”

Randy M. Ataide, executive director of the FBEI, said, “The final report underscores one more way in which our region benefits from Department of Defense investments. Dr. Reaser and the FBEI staff have done a superb job in researching, analyzing and presenting a complex topic in a clear and understandable way for decision makers to rely upon.”

SDMAC selected the construction sector as a singular area of focus for the report due to the significant increase seen in Department of Defense current and planned spending on construction projects in the San Diego region from 2007-2011. This increase is in sharp contrast to the significant downturn experienced in the civilian construction sector in the San Diego region and the rest of the country. The report, prepared by the FBEI for SDMAC, indicates military construction spending is creating about 15,500 jobs in San Diego County in 2010 after accounting for the total flow of contract money throughout the economy. Next year should see this total rise to 16,100 jobs, which represents an average annual increase of 33 percent since 2007.

Expenditures for the six military installations in the San Diego region – Naval Base Point Loma, Naval Base San Diego, Naval Base Coronado, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Marine Corps Air Stations Miramar, and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton – were included within the report.

For further information or for a copy of the report, contact Annette Peck at SDMAC at or (619) 299-3762 or Cathy Gallagher at the FBEI at or (619) 849-2564.

The feature story has run in several local news coverages as well… San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Daily Transcipt, San Diego Business Journal, and more.

Business, Fermanian Business & Economic Institute

(San Diego, Calif. -- June 7, 2010) On June 6, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego La Jolla opened an exhibition entitled "Here Not There: San Diego Art Now." Featuring the work of 45 contemporary artists from San Diego County, the exhibition includes work by David Adey, professor of art and design, and PLNU alumnus Andy Ralph (04).

Artists were chosen based on submissions and extensive research by curator Lucía Sanromán. According to the event website, the exhibition “emphasizes multiplicity and diversity” and includes a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, video, and performance art.

The exhibition will run through Sept. 19, 2010.


During the summer and fall of 2010, the Department of Communication and Theatre will again be offering courses of study in London.

The summer five week term will offer courses in British culture, communication theories and research, intercultural communication and independent study. The program will also allow students to experience numerous plays and musicals in London and Stratford upon Avon as well as providing the opportunity for independent travel..

A second course of study will also be offered in the Fall of 2010. Students on this trip will be guided in their studies and tours by PLNU faculty Ronda and Carl Winderl.

The intent of the Fall program is to allow PLNU students the opportunity to complete a semester of 12-17 credits in Great Britain (principally London) with the vast cultural resources of the country easily accessible and incorporated into their various courses. Creative scheduling will provide several long weekend breaks to facilitate travel throughout Great Britain and Europe, with more extensive independent travel possible after courses conclude in late November.

Courses will offer/include extensive exposure to the museums, concert halls, professional and fringe theatres, political and historic sites. Several overnight visits will be provided as part of the coursework, to locations such as Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick Castle, Hampton Court Palace, Bath and Stonehenge.

Communications & Theatre

Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Nicholle Jaramillo

Point TV-Channel 23 Marketing & Promotions Mgr. Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: May 17, 2010

Written by: Nicholle Jaramillo


The Communication and Theatre Department held its 12th annual PLNU TV and Film Festival on May 6 in Salomon Theatre. Students and faculty filled Salomon to screen some of this year’s best film and television student work. Awards were handed out in 19 different categories.

The short film, Rungs, stole the show as it earned five awards throughout the night. “I forgot how much fun it is to make movies,” said Rungs Producer Jordan Olberg. “It reawakened my passion for the field, reanimated a once discarded passion.”

Olberg and Rungs Director, sophomore Madison Dyer won “Best Short Script” and “Best Film.” Dyer also picked up two awards for “Best Film Directing” and “Best Film Editing” for Rungs. Lastly, actor and student, Austan Wheeler was awarded for his “Outstanding Acting” in the film.

Seniors Chris Alexander received “Best Cinematography” and Josh Marble took home “Best Film Producer” for their film, Hotline. Marble also received “Outstanding TV and Film Performance for 2006 to 2010.”

Film majors were not the only ones recognized for their hard work. Senior broadcast journalism major, Katie Conner, received the “2010 Carol LeBeau Award for Outstanding Broadcast Journalism Student.”

“I am really proud to win the Carol LeBeau award,” said Connor. “I have worked really hard this past year trying to improve Coastline News and sharpen my own skills in reporting. I've had such great professors who constantly challenged me to do better.”

Andrea Adams, a junior broadcast journalism major also took away
“Best TV News Package” and “Best Radio Feature Story.” Adams is also KPLR’s Station Manager and received “Outstanding Leadership and Service in Radio.” Channel 23 Station Manager Erika Roberts received the “Outstanding Leadership and Service in TV” award.

Point Loma 2009 alum, Shelby Martin, attended the festivities from her Dreamworks AKG studio desk by Skype to accept the “2009 McGaw Family Trust Award for Best Student Documentary.” Martin’s 25-minute documentary, Eyes of Denial, focused on her personal journey into the subject of Holocaust denial. Martin has been working at Dreamworks as an assistant producer since December, 2009.

Senior Kaley Hearnsberger received the “2010 Best Student Documentary” for her 20 minute project titled Collaborative Capital. The documentary was a runner-up for this year’s PLNU Best Senior Honor’s Project, and will be shown at a microfinance conference in San Diego later this year.

Two students shared the 2010 Award for Excellence in Media Communication. First, NBC sports anchor, Kyle Stanley, took a break from his sports anchoring job in Grand Junction, Colorado, to join the festival by webcam to receive the award.

“It was an honor to get the award. I was a little surprised because I know I'm not the typical Media Com student,” said Stanley. “Most people in my major follow film, so I expected a film student to receive the award. It was nice to see that my work was recognized, and I am very grateful for all of the doors that PLNU opened for me.”

Stanley distinguished himself as a leader in both radio and TV for the past several years--especially in the area of sports broadcasting. He is also the creator, writer, and anchor for San Diego’s NBC College Sports Desk show, a program that is aired weekly on San Diego’s local NBC station affiliate.

Senior Bryan Bangerter was the second senior to receive the “Excellence in Media Communication” award. Bangerter helped create PLNU’s Guerilla Film Society, and produced (or worked on) several outstanding short films while at PLNU-- including the award-winning musical/comedy She Sang, She Directed. She Sang…recently won first place in the comedy genre in the BestFestAmerica student film competition.

Other awards included:

Best Intro Project-Comedy: Stuck, Katherine O’Sullivan
Best Intro Project-Drama: Awake, Taylor Miller and Austan Wheeler
Best TV Show: Loma Lovin’, Erika Scopelli and Jessica Bobik
Outstanding Feature-Length Screenplay: Bottle Cap, Nicole Andelfinger

Congratulations to this year’s winners and graduating seniors.

Communications & Theatre