Soprano Krista Wilford (B.A., Music, 2014) was lauded for her debut as Belinda, sister of Queen Dido, in San Diego City Opera's "Queen of Carthage" this month, performed in a grove of eucalyptus trees on a bluff overlooking the ocean at UCSD. "Queen of Carthage" is the new opera company's adaptation of Purcell's early masterpiece "Dido and Aeneas." The role of Belinda, sister of Queen Dido, is the second female lead.

Local press hailed Wilford for her "commitment" and "sparkling soprano voice." The San Diego Union-Tribune noted that Wilford "hit a home run...[she] was on stage much of the time and her absolute commitment to her role, the way she inhabited her character, and her singing, held the production together." It noted that "even more than through the title character, in Belinda we see the opera’s trajectory from the triumph of love to the agony of rejection. And her presence kept us involved through every step in that journey."


Dr. Kugler and a group of PLNU Kinesiology students attended the Annual UC Davis Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Conference on October 10-11th. The students had options of attending over 350 dynamic pre-med and pre-health professions workshops and also had access to more than 400 physicians and representatives to directly answer questions during workshops and the Health Professions Fair. Dr. Kugler enjoyed time networking and sharing personal commitments, as well as fellowship and prayer.

 Dr. Sawyer had a chance to orally present at the Regional Chapter ACSM Conference as well as have a little fun with Student Jeopardy!  His topic was presented on the biological variability in fat change with exercise training.  Students Ross, Casey and Brett competed with a test of their anatomy and physiology knowledge against 14 other teams from CA, NV, AZ, and Utah.  They were in first place after the first round, but ended up finishing somewhere in the middle of the pack.  Awesome job!  Jenny Beers, Brett Baughman, Kai Pattison and Patricia Benedict all presented research posters presenting the work that was conducted over the past 2 summers in the lab.

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Contact: Jonathan Pickett (661) 433-5814 Point TV
Channel 23 Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358
Date: September 24, 2015

Written by: Jonathan Pickett

Point TV Film Forum to Feature Alum Filmmaker

PLNU alum Jared Callahan’s feature-length documentary marks the 21st film from a student or alum to get into a festival. In this case, it was an official selection in many festivals, including the San Diego Film Festival. Point TV’s upcoming Film Forum on October 5th will feature a screening of the documentary, entitled “Janey Makes a Play,” as well as a question and answer discussion with Callahan.

This is Callahan's debut feature documentary, though he has worked on other short and narrative films as director, producer and cinematographer. He was an assistant director on other PLNU alum’s films like Destin Cretton’s award-winning “Short Term 12” and “I Am Not a Hipster.” “Janey Makes a Play” follows a dynamic 90-year-old playwright as she produces and directs her new original community theatre production for the small town in which she lives. The production began in August of 2012, and Callahan took to Kickstarter in order raise funds to complete the film.

“Janey Makes a Play” will be screened at San Diego Film Festival on October 4th, the day before the film forum. It will also be shown as an official selection and LA Indie Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival and others.

Point TV Station Manager Caleb Daniels says that Callahan is a gifted storyteller who will speak truth and entertain those in attendance. “Having spoken with Jared, what he has learned in producing a feature-length documentary and working with film festivals is invaluable for those students hoping to enter the film industry,” he said.

PLNU’s film forums aim to engage film students, film enthusiasts and professors in insightful and inspiring conversations about media with industry-experienced individuals. Last semester’s forum hosted two time Emmy-winning actor Tony Hale (“Arrested Development,” “Veep”). Others in the past have included writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton (“Short Term 12”), producer Ralph Winter (“X-men” series, “Star Trek”) and many others.

Dean Treadway of the Atlanta Film Festival said, “Callahan's film stands as a testament to a woman with fiery spirit and a bottomless creative drive, yes, but it also serves as an ultimately touching ode to the adrenaline-pumping joys to be had in simply putting on a show. It's remarkably assured, sweet-natured stuff and not to be missed.”

Since 2005, PLNU student and alum films have been featured in over 30 festivals and have received 22 awards.

The forum is open to the entire PLNU community and will be held in Crill Auditorium on PLNU’s campus starting at 7:00pm.

For more information regarding the film forum or Jared Callahan, please contact Alan Hueth at or Jonathan Pickett at

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Contact: Jonathan Pickett (661) 433-5814

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Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: September 22, 2015

Written by: Jonathan Pickett


Broadcast and Media Com Students Strike Success in Job World

            Six Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) students were hired as full-time employees in media-related jobs at the end of the spring 2015 semester. Two broadcast journalism graduates, a media communication graduate and two broadcast journalism students who are still attending PLNU, were hired at One America News Network (OANN) in San Diego.

            Angel Zamora, a media communication graduate, was hired as a Production Assistant, broadcast journalism graduate Katie Seals is a News Writer and Greta Wall, also a broadcast journalism graduate, is a News Anchor for the 5, 7 and 9:00am weekend newscasts.

            “It feels awesome to actually be doing what I went to school for so quickly after graduation. I love it,Wall said.

            Ross Nederhoff and Sam Watkins were both junior broadcast journalism students when they were hired at OANN. They stayed in San Diego for the summer to work full-time and then switched to part-time when the fall semester started back to squeeze in their last semesters of college.

            Working at OANN while still in school taught Watkins and Nederhoff the value of newsroom experience and breaking news coverage.Im grateful for the opportunity and Im trying to learn as much as possible. It has definitely motivated me to chase my dreams of being a reporter,Watkins said.

            Hilary Zeber, a media communication graduate, was also hired full time upon graduation at a company called AwesomenessTV, which is owned by Dreamworks. She works as an Assistant Producer on a show called Top Five Live.

            “I just the love the job,said Zeber. Im so excited to have gotten a job right out of college in the field that I studied.Zebers favorite moment so far was working on AwesomenessTVs summer web series Beachin.” “We went to the beach every Wednesday to film and that was such a blast,she said. Its also been cool seeing how everything I learned at Loma is actually being applied at my job now.

            Professor of Media Communications Dr. Alan Hueth says the depth of what they worked on at PLNU, like the bi-weekly newscast Coastline, along with their diverse range of skills in many TV and film programs, is what most likely got these students jobs right out of, and during college.

            “I'm thankful and very proud of all of our students who obtain jobs in the media right out of college,said Hueth. It's a very competitive job environment, and it says a lot about them and our program.


For more information regarding this release or anything Point TV related, please contact Alan Hueth at or Jonathan Pickett at

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