PLNU News

22
Nov

Founded in 1902, PLNU has rich history on which to reminisce. Homecoming provides that special time each fall when alumni return to campus to celebrate and honor their PLNU heritage together with current students. 

Homecoming Chapel on Friday, November 22nd celebrated the careers and testimonies of five outstanding alumni. Students, alumni and members of the PLNU Board of Trustees were on hand to celebrate. The Alumnus of Point Loma Award is given to recognize outstanding professional and/or academic accomplishments, a strong Christian testimony, and an impact on the lives of others. This year’s recipients included: Dr. Randy Skidgel (74), Dr. Kathy McConnell (B.A. 70, M.A. 71), David Clouse (77), Dr. Dan Lopez (B.A. 92, M.A. 96) and Damen Lopez (B.A. 94, M.A. 98).

This year’s homecoming theme,  A Tale of Two Cities celebrates the 40th anniversary of the move from Pasadena College to PLNU’s Campus in Point Loma. In addition to numerous events throughout the weekend, a special Spoken History event on Saturday, November 23rd will take place in Cooper Music Center from 3:15 - 4:00 p.m. The event will feature interviews with Dr. James Jackson, Dr. Reuben Welch, Dr. Warren Brown, and Dr. Ronald Kirkemo about the move from Pasadena to Point Loma. 

Immediately following the Spoken History event the Main Event will celebrate the lifetime achievements of two PLNU alums. The Alumni Association of Point Loma Nazarene University presents the Distinguished Achievement Award annually to two graduates who have exhibited outstanding lifetime accomplishments in a profession, in an academic field, or in service to a nonprofit organization. These are alumni with a strong Christian testimony who have had an impact on the lives of many. The 2013 Distinguished Achievement award recipients are Richard Skiles (53) and Dr. Jonathan Salgado (73). 

Saturday’s events culminate in the Homecoming Men’s and Women’s Basketball Games in Golden Gymnasium beginning with the Women’s game against Concordia at 6pm. The Men’s Basketball team will take on Olivet Nazarene University at 8:00 p.m.

For the full Homecoming 2013 schedule: http://www.pointloma.edu/life/alumni/alumni-events/homecoming  

Office of Community & Government Relations
11
Nov

PLNU’s Department of History and Political Science welcomes Robert Donia Ph.D. on Tuesday, November 12th, at 3:30pm, in Colt Forum, as he discusses the current crisis facing human rights enforcement. 

An historian specializing in Southeastern Europe and human rights, Donia has been called to testify as an historical expert witness in fifteen war crimes trials at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) the United Nations court of law dealing with war crimes that took place during the conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990’s. Specifically, Donia has testified at the trials of former Yugoslav President Milošević and, in August of this year, the former commander of the Bosnian Serb army, General Ratko Mladić.  

During Tuesday’s event, which is free and open to the public, Donia will make the case for relying less on international judicial redress while increasing legislative and executive actions to deter human rights abuses and intervene swiftly to end them when the occur. “The international human rights movement is facing a crisis of enforcement, a crisis brought on by the collapse of the key enforcement mechanisms that proponents of human rights have relied upon since the Second World War” says Donia.”

Donia’s lecture, “Confronting the Crisis in Human Rights Enforcement” argues that several acquittals at the ad hoc UN tribunals for Yugoslavia and Rwanda have shown international courts to be unreliable instruments of justice. According to Donia, “ambivalence and deadlock among the world’s leading powers have precluded an effective response to recent human rights abuses in the Middle East.” He encourages policy-makers and citizens alike to recognize the gravity of this crisis and explore alternative means of promoting human rights objectives around the globe.

After three years in the US Army in Germany, Korea, and Vietnam, Donia received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan in 1976. He has been visiting and studying Southeast Europe since the 1960s. He is the author or editor of five books, most recently Sarajevo: A Biography, a history of the city published in 2006 by the University of Michigan Press; and Excerpts from the Bosnian Serb Assembly, a collection of speeches by Bosnian Serbs published in 2012 and used in evidence at the ICTY. He has most recently been a Visiting Professor of History at the University of Michigan. A resident of San Diego, Donia lives in La Jolla with his wife, Jane.

Office of Community & Government Relations
05
Nov

PRESS RELEASE

Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Kalyn McMackin (760) 685-3312

Point TV: Channel 23 

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: November 5th 2013

Written by: Kalyn McMackin

 

 

Point TV Welcomes New Sports Talk Show, ‘Loma Sports Tonight’ 

Jacob Roth has always had a passion for sports. Whether being an athlete or a spectator, Roth enjoys the action, the stats and the overall atmosphere that sports create. As a senior Broadcast Journalism major, Roth recognized a need within Point TV for a show dedicated simply to sports. 

“Sports are what I’m most passionate about as far as journalism goes,” said Roth. “  I’m doing it because it’s what I’m interested in, it’s fun and it’s a way for me to prepare for my future.”

Loma Sports Tonight will preview different sports teams at PLNU and bring the latest news and statistics to viewers. The show offers highlights of different games including volleyball, basketball, golf and will be a source for updates on different players throughout the year. 

“Basically it’ll be like Sports Center --just Point Loma centric,” said Roth. “Everything you need to know about Point Loma sports, you should be able to find on the show.”

Dr. Alan Hueth, professor of Communication, has known Roth for nearly four years now and believes that he has what it takes to lead such a demanding project.

“I’m a big fan of Jacob,” said Hueth. “Whatever Jacob wants to do, he can do. I’m in full support of this idea.”

However, Roth’s sports show isn’t the first of its kind at Loma. Alumnus Kyle Stanley created Sports Entertainment Tonight, the first real sports show Point TV offered. 

“The best parts of Sports Entertainment Tonight were the visuals,” said Hueth. “They had great b-roll, good writing, good graphics, and it was just a higher quality, a step or two above what students normally produce.” 

The show quickly faded upon Stanley’s graduation in 2010 but, thanks to Roth and the assistance of Media Communication and other Broadcast Journalism students, PLNU will now have a place to tune in for the latest on Sea Lion Sports. 

To get involved with Loma Sports Tonight, contact producer Jacob Roth at jroth2014@pointloma.edu.

Communications & Theatre
05
Nov

PRESS RELEASE

Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Kalyn McMackin (760) 685-3312

Point TV: Channel 23 

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: November 5th 2013

Written by: Kalyn McMackin

 

Students Prepare to Produce LIVE Television Broadcast of Basketball Games

Point Loma Nazarene University students will resurrect live sports coverage of both the men and women’s basketball games against Cal Baptist on February 26th. 

These games will be the first to be broadcasted in nearly three years. Communications professor, Dr. Alan Hueth, saw potential in Jacob Roth, Point TV’s Sports Director, and other current television production students to carry out this challenging task.

“In this case we have four or five students who are interested in sports and are considering sports production as a profession.  So, they’re interested in getting some experience and building their reel,”  said Hueth. For all the others not as interested, Hueth said “ this kind of production provides an additional avenue in terms of future employment.”

Roth, a senior Broadcast Journalism major, will serve as producer, meaning he is tasked with the responsibility of overseeing the success and follow through of the entire production. In addition, he thinks that an experience like this is invaluable for students participating in the production.

“I truly believe this kind of production is the best experience film and television students can get while they're at PLNU,” said Roth. “Producing a live event, especially one as unpredictable as basketball, will help everyone learn how to handle the various technical positions on the fly. The best way to learn a skill is to practice it.”

 

PLNU students do get experience producing live and live-to-tape television through Coastline News and others shows, and this provides an additional but very different challenge.  With three different camera angles, court side play-by-play, color, and on-court reporting, and a crew of nineteen capable and talented students, this production is sure to enhance their professional preparation.

“Experience with these kinds of events will help our students be better prepared to get jobs in television after they graduate,” said Roth. 

 

Basketball presents a unique challenge in that most of the show is not scripted.  So, Hueth challenges his students in his scriptwriting and production courses to base their plan and production on the focus on the viewer’s interest and need as they watch, and the premise of the power and importance of pathos.  

“We’re not in the entertainment business, but in the ‘transportation’ business,” Hueth said.  Then he added “Our goal is –through picture and sound—to transport the viewers into the action and emotions of the game….This is the key not only to sports broadcasting, but to all television and film programming.”

Despite that only a handful of students are pursuing careers in sports broadcasting, the live taping is an experience in which all television students can learn from. 

Be sure to tune into Channel 23 for live coverage starting at 5:30 p.m. for the Sea Lion women and 7:30 p.m. for the men. 

For more information regarding this event, please contact Kalyn McMackin at kmcmackin1052@pointloma.edu or Dr. Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu. 

Communications & Theatre
10
Oct

For the eighth year in a row PLNU students, or recent alums, have won major awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) Auditions, held Saturday, October 5th, at Crill Performance Hall on PLNU’s campus.  

Soprano Christen Blair Horne (2012, B.A. Music) and mezzo-soprano Alexandra Rodrick (2011, B.A. Music in Ministry) were named co-winners at the 55th Annual MONC Auditions for the Western Region, San Diego District. Both women were awarded $1000 and will advance to the regional auditions held in Los Angeles on October 26th at the Colburn School of Music’s Zipper Hall.  

Horne, who has won first place and advanced to the Regional Finals twice before, sang last in a program of twenty-eight singers.  She began her audition with a spellbinding performance of Giuletta's aria "O quante volte" from Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi. The panel of internationally recognized adjudicators then requested to hear Gretel's aria "Wo bin ich?" from Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel.  For her performances, Horne also garnered the Lynne Friedmann and Eileen Chatterton Audience Choice Award of $200. 

Horne, 23, took first place in the prestigious Virginia Hawke Scholarship Competition before graduating with honors from PLNU.  She was a student of Associate Professor of Music, John Craig Johnson, D. M. A. and continues to study with him and coach with Ines Irawati, the department’s staff piano-vocal coach. Horne has performed numerous productions and currently sings with the San Diego Opera Chorus and will appear there this year in Verdi’s Requiem.

Joining Horne on the winners' podium was mezzo-soprano Alexandra Rodrick, a classmate of Christen’s who also served as her Maid of Honor in January 2012.  Rodrick was the recipient of two previous MONC awards: the Robert Faulk Memorial Encouragement Award in 2012 and the Dorothy Haugh Greiner Encouragement Award in 2009.  

Rodrick, singing ninth in the lineup of singers, began her audition with an energetic performance of Rosina's aria "Una voce poco fa" from Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia.  The adjudicators then requested to hear Octavian’s aria, “Wie du warst” from Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier.  After an exquisite technical display, the adjudicators then asked for yet another piece, this time “What a movie!” from Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. 

Rodrick, 24, also continues to study with Dr. John Craig Johnson and coach with Ines Irawati at PLNU.  This spring she will return for her fourth season as an American Guild of Musical Artists chorus member with San Diego Opera's L’elisir d’amore, Un ballo in mashera, Don Quichotte, I Pagliacci, and Verdi’s Requiem.

Horne's and Rodrick's wins mark the sixth first-place finishes, in addition to twelve encouragement awards given by MONC to current students or recent alumni of PLNU in the past eight years, an outstanding achievement for any undergraduate university.  In addition to the excellent performances from PLNU alums, four current PLNU undergraduate students competed in Saturday’s competition; Michelle Law, Phillip Dannels, Jonathan Lacayo, and Kiana Bell.  

Since 1954, MONC has been holding auditions to discover and help support upcoming opera singers. This year's adjudication panel was comprised of David Gately, Carol Kirkpatrick, and Harry Silverstein.

info-center, Music
06
Oct

PRESS RELEASE

Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Kalyn McMackin (760) 685-3312

Point TV: Channel 23 

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: October 6th 2013

Written by: Kalyn McMackin

 

 

Communication and Theatre Department Hosts 14th Annual Television and Film Festival 

 

The Communication and Theatre Department held its 14th annual PLNU TV and Film Festival on April 26 in Solomon Theatre. Sponsored by Point TV-Channel 23, PLNU’s student operated cable television station and TV-film production company, the festival highlighted the best student television and film work from the past year. Awards were handed out in several categories of both television to film. 

“This is a chance to recognize and honor above average to outstanding work and to encourage students to work hard…and raise the bar,” said Alan Hueth, professor of Communication Studies.   

The award for “Best Film” was given to Samantha Laurenti, Peter Varberg, and Melissa Gunter for their work on the film Stages, a story about a young man tormented by loss and tragedy leading him to endure the five “stages” of grief.  

“It was Sam Laurenti’s brainchild,” said Varberg, Director of Photography. “ She was sharing this idea [while we were attending PLNU’s Sundance Film Festival program] of how it would be cool to watch a protagonist go through his or her last 24hrs of life and that’s what we did.”

Taking home the award for best TV Writing was the new series “Tea Time with Betty and Lou Lou,” a show that highlights conversation between two ladies all over the world. Amy Cyr and Casey Rae-Maier both co-produced and wrote the series as freshman.

“It was a learning experience,” said Rae-Maier. “Everything was up to us and we had to figure everything out for ourselves unlike having a team and a crew to work with.”

Senior Annie Miller took home the award for “Best Overall TV Performer” for her work in news, drama and comedy productions during the past several years. Her work with Coastline News also won her the award for Best Consumer Reporter.

Julie McKibben, Gerrit Hoeks and Hannah Faria received awards for outstanding management of Coastline News, Point TV-Channel 23 and Point Radio. 

Other awards included:

Best TV Directing: Cory Clifton 

Outstanding TV Editing: Joshua Vandeermeer ( Late Night Loma comedy show)

Best News Anchor: Greta Wall (Coastline News)

Best News Package: Jacob Roth (“Mother Goose Parade” news package)

Best Sports Reporter: Amanda McCord (Coastline News)

Best Weather Reporter: Hannah Faria (Coastline News)

Best TV Technical Director: Shelby Escobedo (a variety of shows)

Best Screenplay: Olivia Mowry (Into Rough Waters, film)

Best Film Director: Caleb Daniels (All The Difference)

Best Film Actor: Grant Douglas (multiple films and TV shows)

Best Film: Stages, Samantha Laurenti, Melissa Gunter & Peter Varberg

Best Overall TV Performer & Best Consumer Reporter: Annie Miller

 

For more information, please contact Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu

Communications & Theatre