Dr. Keith Hubbard, an alumni of the PLNU MICS Department and an associate professor of mathematics and statistics at Stephen F. Austin State University, is the latest recipient of an endowed professorship established to reward faculty members who serve as excellent mentors and teachers.

The Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship recognizes professors who instill, foster and promote a mentoring culture at SFA.  The award is named for Dr. Jim Towns, a longtime SFA professor of communication studies.

Hubbard, who joined SFA's College of Sciences and Mathematics in 2005, teaches graduate and undergraduate classes, including algebra, calculus, geometry, trigonometry and finite math.  His research interests are vertex algebras and co-algebras, mathematical finance and mathematics education.

Hubbard received his bachelor's degree from Point Loma Nazarene University and his master's and doctoral degrees from Notre Dame University, all of which are in mathematics.

"Dr. Hubbard exudes caring and counsel for his students," Towns said.  "His commitment runs much deeper than connecting with students in the classroom.  He takes the time and makes the time to listen and lead.  His example is inspiring."

Hubbard said he's honored to follow in the footsteps of a professor who is well known for his commitment to student success, and he wants to continue Towns' legacy.

"A university education is more about an inclusion into a supportive community where students mature intellectually, emotionally and professionally," Hubbard said.  "That kind of growth requires a deep personal investment in students as individuals-not just in their acquisition of a body of knowledge, but in their growth as adults.  Mentoring is choosing to make that deep investment."

Funding for the mentoring professorship was largely raised by Towns with the help of former students, colleagues and friends.

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PLNU alums Alex Rodrick (B.A., Music, 2011) and Christen Horne Ryerson (B.A., Music, 2012) continue PLNU Voice's stream of accolades, winning large cash awards in the 2015 annual competition of the Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego. The competition final round awards were announced in a concert on Sunday afternoon May 30th at First United Methodist Church in Mission Valley.  Founded in 1945, Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego ( now awards over $85,000 in prize money every year to young musicians in vocal and instrumental music who live in or attend college in the greater San Diego region.  Rodrick, a mezzo-soprano, receives a $7,000 cash prize; soprano Ryerson receives a cash award of $5,000. Both young vocalists, who studied while at PLNU with Dr. J. Craig Johnson, are pursuing professional careers as opera singers.


Since 2004 PLNU has been participating in the City of San Diego’s recycling program.  Through the work of everyone across the campus we were fortunate enough to once again win the Director’s Recycling Award.  This is our ninth award from the City of San Diego Environmental Services Department.  Our recycling program includes single-stream recycle bins; electronic, battery, and ink recycling; donations;  on-campus composting for dorms and offices and off-campus composting for Sodexo food waste; shred recycling; as well as carpet and construction recycling.  Awards such as these are only possibly through the participation of our campus community so thank you for your support and continued sustainability efforts.  We look forward to continuing to  our sustainability initiatives together.


SustainPLNU has just had a new DERO bike service station installed on campus.  There is already a bike pump station outside of Ryan library, however this new bike service station is more than just a pump.  The new service station located at the bike racks on the north side of Cooper also includes several tool items and a QR Code that will direct users to a bike manual allowing PLNU community members to make minor bike repairs on campus.