Congratulations to Stephen Rinker, and Nik Top!

These wonderful pianists earned the following awards:

Stephen Rinker - 3rd Place, CAPMT State Contemporary Music Festival

Nik Top - 2nd Place, CAPMT State Honors Auditions



Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Ross Nederhoff (505) 999-8662

Point TV: Channel 23 

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: February 16, 2015

Written by: Ross Nederhoff


Point TV Brings Arrested Development Television Star Tony Hale to PLNU

Point TV will be hosting its second Film Forum of the 2014-15 school year this coming Friday, February 20th. The film forums are a time for film students, professors, and film junkies to engage in thoughtful and inspiring conversation about media with professionals from the industry. Past guests have included producer Ralph Winter (X-Men series, Star Trek, and others), Dean Batalli (That 70’s Show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and others), Jason Carter (PLNU 2004 alumnus), DreamWorks and Disney (Shrek, Monsters vs. Aliens, Planes and Planes 2), and Short Term 12 producer and director, Destin Daniel Cretton.

This year’s forum will be taking place in Crill Auditorium. The event will be focusing on the television show, Arrested Development. Tony Hale, one of the series’ principal actors, will be in attendance in order to present his work and guide discussion. An episode of Arrested Development will be shown, followed by guided and open question and answer sessions. Snacks will also be served.

Hale has recently gained a strong following while starring on Fox’s smart and scintillating Arrested Development the past several years. He is currently co-starring with Julia Louis Dreyfus in HBO’s Veep. Tony also won his first Emmy in 2013 for his performance in Veep. Hale’s film credits include The Heat, Happythankyoumoreplease, The Informant and Stranger than Fiction. Along with these, he has also acted in numerous other television programs such as Law & Order, Good Vibes, and About a Boy. He will soon be appearing in the upcoming films American Ultra and Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers.

Hale’s recent impacts on Hollywood have been far-reaching. His comedic and carefree  persona has captured the attention of many fans, directors, producers, and other creative individuals. His character and charisma have also impacted Caleb Daniels, Point TV’s current Station Manager. 

“Tony is a great Christian guy doing great work in Hollywood. I was lucky enough to meet him last year, so when it came time to plan this event, he came immediately to the top of my list of people I would like to have come speak. We're hoping that by bringing him in, he can speak into what it's like to try and be successful in the film industry and be Christian. For those that aren't hoping to pursue a career in the industry, we're hoping it'll be a night of entertaining dialogue.” Daniels explains. 

The screening is open to the entire PLNU community, and all who attend will have the opportunity to not only view the feature film, but participate in a Q&A with Hale after the forum. It will occur in Crill Auditorium on Friday, February 20th, from 6-8 pm. 


For more information on the film forum or on Tony Hale, please contact Alan Hueth at or Ross Nederhoff at

Communications & Theatre

Point Loma Nazarene University voice students and alumni from the studio of Dr. J. Craig Johnson again win big at the La Jolla Symphony Young Artists Competition 2015. Congratulations to Jack French, baritone, ENCOURAGEMENT, vocal;  Kiana Bell, mezzo-soprano, MOST PROMISING, vocal;  Christen Horne, soprano, SECOND PLACE, vocal; and Anthony Whitson-Martini, baritone, FIRST PLACE, vocal.


On Monday, February 9th PLNU students and faculty kicked off the trans-disciplinary Hello Friends! campaign on the San Diego campus.  A real-world sustainable collaboration among PLNU students, faculty, and staff, Hello Friends! received second place in the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries national competition focused on water justice. The team from PLNU was awarded an implementation grant for the campaign, along with $7,500 which they selected to use for a Beauty for Ashes scholarship at PLNU to support survivors of human trafficking.

Monday’s campaign announcement launched a week of activities aimed at connecting the PLNU community and Pastor Celestin Chishibanji from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “While listening and learning from the community in the DRC, our campaign also seeks to educate and inform the college community about global poverty, clean water obstacles, and hygiene/sanitation challenges experienced by our friends living in another part of the world,” says Dr. Rob Gailey, who directs PLNU’s Center for International Development and led the PLNU team in the project development.

Using web, social media, and daily programmed activities the campaign seeks to raise awareness about access to fresh water, hygiene and sanitation. The ultimate goal is to fund the completion of the first water well at Ep. Mutombo Primary School and Mutowa Institute in the DRC. According to Courtney Mayer, Assistant Professor, Graphic Design at PLNU, who guided her design students in design and branding, the campaign “will use a variety of technology and media: identity, print, web, built environmental space, and social media. We want to open hearts and minds and make a positive social impact in the lives of all who participate.”

During the course of the campaign, students hosted a variety of events focused on clean water access and hygiene; from soap making to a campus wide toothbrush drive. All items made and received will be delivered to the DRC this summer as a part of PLNU’s established LoveWorks program. Fundraising for the well is built into all programming and the week concludes with Friday’s community clean up at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, which borders the campus along the Pacific.

Both Gailey and Mayer recognize that, Hello Friends! clearly integrates the values expressed in the PLNU Mission. “We aspire to put faith into action by using our God-given gifts and talents and hope to see this sustainable trans-disciplinary model developed at other university campuses (and perhaps among local churches), with their own chosen linked communities, educational programming and philanthropy,” said Gailey.


For more information on Hello Friends!, 

External Relations, Office of Community & Government Relations, PLNU

PLOT had a successful fundraiser at Cicotti's Italian restaurant in North county where the group sang for 75-100 people. KUSI News came to the event to interview PLOT and film the group's performance. The fundraiser was an excellent publicity opportunity for PLOT and the PLNU Department of Music. 

Click here to watch the PLOT news segment on KUSI.



The primary format of debate we participate in at PLNU is NPDA (National Parliamentary Debate Association) debate, and they have two official reporting dates for posting their national rankings.  For the first official ranking period that ended December 15th, looking back on the Fall 2014 tournament results for the hundreds of schools across the country competing, regardless of school size, scholarship amounts, or institutional endowments, PLNU is ranked in the number 3 spot in the nation!  This includes much larger schools like SDSU, and CSULB, or UCLA, and highly prestigious research schools like Cal Berkeley, along with many large and highly competitive community colleges, and other strong Christian colleges and universities like Wheaton and Cedarville, not to mention (though I guess I will) other well respected colleges like Pepperdine and Rice universities. 


When you look over the last 20 years in a time line study for an idea on how schools consistently compete against one another in the NPDA, PLNU debate is ranked as the number one program in the nation by a fairly wide margin, having been named National Champions at the end of the year half a dozen times, including having earned multiple year long sweepstakes champion titles, National Tournament Sweepstakes Champions, Top two person team at Nationals out of over 300 teams competing, and Top Speaker in the nation at nationals competing with over 600 of the nations best debaters at Nationals.  By the way, many of these top honors were accomplished by home schooled recruits, with or without high school forensics experience prior to joining us. !

Communications & Theatre