On Wednesday, March 19th PLNU students celebrate the fact that 75% of the school year is complete. More than benchmark toward summer break, this celebration marks the remaining 25% of the school year that is covered by gifts from alumni, donors, churches, corporations, foundations and other sources. 

Tuition Freedom Day 2014 celebrates the fact that tuition currently covers only 75% of the education costs for a PLNU student.  Never in the history of PLNU has tuition covered the entire cost of a student’s education.  The remaining portion is covered through generous financial support PLNU receives as alumni contributions, donor gifts, corporate sponsorships, and foundation support.  

The Alumni Association established Tuition Freedom Day in 2008.  This year PLNU is partnering with Student Senate, ASB, Sodexo and Bartell Hotels to host the 6th annual event.  This celebration aims to increase awareness of generous gifts given to support PLNU students and also to provide an opportunity for students to express their gratitude.  After Chapel, students can enjoy coffee and pastries in the ARC (Activities and Recreation Center) while writing thank you notes to alumni, churches, corporations, foundations and other donors who have contributed to their education. 

In 2013, 518 thank you notes were written by students during Tuition Freedom Day.   This year the Alumni Office hopes to cross the 600 mark!  “Whether or not we realized it, each one of us who attended this university was helped by others who gave to subsidize the cost of our education” says Sheryl Smee, Executive Director of Alumni Relations at PLNU. “This has become an annual event to highlight the difference made in students' lives, through generous alumni support, and the impact we can make in the lives of countless future students through our faithful giving.”

For more information, visit

External Relations, Office of Community & Government Relations, PLNU


Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Kalyn McMackin (760) 685-3312

Point TV: Channel 23 

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: March 5, 2014

Written by: Kalyn McMackin

Media Comm and Broadcast Journalism Programs Partner with International Corporate Media Association

Have you ever wondered who makes the job orientation or training videos used to inform or train employees in businesses?  Or what about the promotional videos on business’ internet sites?  Point Loma Nazarene University’s media communication and broadcast journalism majors have recently partnered with MCA-I, Media Communication Association-International—considered to be the main professional association of corporate and educational media producers in the world.

MCA-I is an “international, member-driven organization that offers media professionals the connections and advanced training opportunities needed to succeed in a quickly changing and highly competitive communications environment,” as stated on their website.

With the help of Communications professor, Dr. Alan Hueth, the partnership began in the summer of 2013 when he requested access to MCA-I’s award-winning videos in their annual video competition.  Dr. Hueth wanted to include links to these projects in his scriptwriting text-book and the book’s website.  This led him to the MCA-I YouTube website—which needed some updating.  Hueth offered MCA-I upload services, and it took off from there.  

Now, media com and/or broadcast journalism students (working with Point TV’s Media Operations Manager, Rick Moncauskas) have been uploading projects onto the internet since this past summer.  This gives students the chance to see, first hand, the best of corporate TV/film media in the world.  MCA-I provides a one year student membership to MCA-I for the uploading services—which includes attending monthly writing and production seminars and workshops at MCA-I’s  San Diego chapter meetings (or any other chapter meeting in the world).

This opportunity greatly expands students’ horizons of the potential job market for their skills once they leave PLNU.

“A lot of students come in with the idea that they want to be the next Steven Speilberg or be like some great news anchor, and that’s all they know,” said Hueth. “They don't know about this gigantic source of job opportunities—probably more jobs available than all of cable and broadcast television and the film industry combined.  And these videos reveal and highlight what corporate media production is about.”

Connie Terwilliger, the president of the MCA-I San Diego chapter, believes that this op-portunity provides students with endless benefits in learning more about video production. 


“Experience with the technology of downloading and uploading videos, the opportunity to see award winning videos and a chance to attend local MCA-I chapter meetings for free will really enhance students’ college experience,” Terwilliger explained. 


To view award winning videos from the 44th Annual MCA-I Media Festival, check out


For more information, please contact Dr. Alan Hueth, or Kalyn McMackin at

Communications & Theatre

The 2014 theme for Social Work month ties to the mission and purpose of the accredited Social Work program at PLNU. 2014 is the year that "All People Matter".  The Social Work profession in America has a strong history focused on ensuring that immigrants and other vulnerable people are able to escape economic and social poverty and lead productive and fulfilling lives.  At PLNU all people matter.  As a Christian Social Work program, this is particularly important.

“Christian professional social workers contribute to the functioning of the ‘whole’ person,” said Patricia Leslie, director of PLNU’s social work program. “Our grads engage in caring, curing, and changing so that the world is a more grace-filled place to live.”

PLNU's accredited B.A. program is one of only 23 in the CSWE Western region.  National accreditation validates that PLNU’s social work program can meet high level professional standards while preserving and integrating a clear foundation in faith. Accreditation also provides an opportunity for “advanced standing” in graduate social work programs as well as validates the quality of the program and enhances PLNU students’ applications to graduate study at other high caliber programs.

Sociology & Social Work

The Fermanian School of Business and those affiliated with the school encourage students to actively pursue networking opportunities.  There is a consistent emphasis put on effective business communication and the details of how we ought to dress, what we should say, and who we should say it to.  As a student, I have heard many of my peers dismiss the idea of networking with comments like, "That's too much work."  We have heard spiels advocating for these professional social interactions, but we haven't heard a lot from the perspectives of students.  Is networking really as important as the professors say it is?  My answer to that: absolutely. 

When I first came to Point Loma Nazarene University, the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute was still located on-campus.  Their focus on undergraduate students at this time filled the year with events that we were encouraged to attend.  Even as a freshman I made valuable connections.  At the very first event I went to my freshman year I met a small business owner, Kim Jones.  Initially the connection seemed irrelevant to me because she was in marketing and I was an Industrial Organizational Psycholoy major interested in Human Resources.  Regardless, I connected with her on LinkedIn and the summer before sophomore year she became an extremely valuable connection to me -- since I had switched my major to marketing.  After reaching out to her I scored an awesome marketing internship working as her intern at Canopy Marketing.  An internship obtained thanks to attending a networking event.  But this isn't the only time my presence at a networking event benefited me.

On February 6, 2014 the Office of Strengths and Vocation sponsored a 'Succesful Branding' event that I went to.  The event featured 5 professional panelists that I had the pleasure of conversing with afterwards.  Having already gotten a great internship, I was not really interested in hunting for a job.  Though this was not my pursuit, a few days following the event one of the panelists, Scott Schimmel, contacted me with a job opportunity as a PR/event planning intern for his company, YouSchool.

Clearly events faciliate a great environment to make great connections.  The good news is that one of these exciting opportunities is coming up.  The annual "Dealmakers of the Year" Business Breakfast is going to be held April 10, 2014 at the Liberty Station Conference Center.  Although the primary purpose of the event is to recognize individuals and businesses that display honorable practices for the San Diego region, it is also strategically set up to be the premiere networking event for us students.  The way this is designed is for students to be seated with one of our top industry choices.  They have set it all up for us, now all we have to do is register, show up, and network!

Click here and register for your seat at #Dealmakers2014 and choose your top three industries to build your network! 

(Written by Alicia Wagoner)


(San Diego, Calif. – February 19, 2014) – Thursday, February 20th PLNU will kick off the 19th Annual Writer’s Symposium by the Sea on the Point Loma campus with featured guest, Samuel Freedman. 


An award-winning author, professor and New York Times columnist, Freedman is a master storyteller, known for his insightful, well-researched writing that creates powerful narratives of people engaged with the issues of race, faith, and other issues of social justice faced by modern American culture. Books include Breaking the Line, Jew vs. Jew, Small Victories, Letters to a Young Journalist, and more.


Thursday’s event begins at 7p.m. with a conversation between Freedman and PLNU Journalism Professor, Dean Nelson in Salomon Theatre on PLNU’s main campus. Freedman is also presenting an afternoon workshop on Thursday at 1:30, “Trust Me, I’m A Writer”. Full details and registration information can be found here. The Writer’s Symposium continues with full force into the following week and runs through February 27th. The 19th annual event features a number of workshops and key note conversations with Siddhartha Mukherjee, Jeannette Walls and Anne Lamott. 


Writer’s Symposium by the Sea is an annual event that brings interviews with cutting edge creators, life stories, examples of great writing, and evocative conversation that will inspire the reader and writer alike. The evening interviews, conducted by symposium founder Dean Nelson, feature lively conversations about the stories behind the author’s stories. The audience gets to eavesdrop on these exchanges and even interact with the writer during a Q&A session that follows. Specialized afternoon workshops, conducted by published writers, provide tips and insight into the writing process. You are invited to join us and listen in on what some of today’s cutting edge writers have to say! Past guests have included Ray Bradbury, Anne Lamott, Philip Yancey, Dave Eggers, Amy Tan, Bill McKibben, Donald Miller, George Plimpton, and many more.


The offices of Strengths and Vocation put together another successful evening of networking which gave our students the chance to meet and learn from professionals in their fields of interest.  This event allowed them to learn more about what the professionals do, where they work, and how they got started - all at an event that was  small enough to promote real conversations.