PLNU News

31
Aug

The new 32,900 square foot science facility in the heart of PLNU's campus will provide much needed space for teaching and research to continue to prepare the finest science graduates. 

Learn More About the Campaign for the Sciences

Completion set for August 2015.

Check out Dr. McConnell's funny video regarding our science building.


Drs. Martin and Choung from Chemistry can't wait for our new science building.

Biology
01
May

Point Loma Nazarene University’s (PLNU) Fermanian & Business and Economic Institute (Institute) has released a new study on housing affordability in the San Diego region. The study, Opening San Diego’s Door to Lower Housing Costs, attempts to quantify and present an objective analysis of the cumulative economic impact of government fees, regulations, and requirements on the cost of new single and multi-family housing, including both purchased and rented units, in various jurisdictions in San Diego County.  

Chief Economist at the Institute, Dr. Lynn Reaser, unveiled the study’s findings at a press conference on April 29th.  “To put it simply, total cost of regulation amounts to approximately 40% of the cost of housing across the various price segments in all of San Diego County,” said Reaser. “These costs are essentially a ‘hidden tax’ on all residents and further limit the accessibility of San Diego’s housing supply.”

Joining Reaser at the release were members of “Housing You Matters”, a region wide coalition of non-profits, housing advocates and members of the business community. Speakers included; Past President of the San Diego City Council, Tony Young, Jerry Sanders, President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and Lori Holt Pfeiler, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity San Diego.

In addition to an assessment of cost drivers, the study researched the ripple effects of the regulatory environment, including the effect on households priced out of the market, the overall implications for population, business formation, jobs and economic growth. 

 “At the San Diego Regional Chamber we know that making San Diego a place where businesses can succeed and grow, means ensuring our workforce can afford to live here and yet San Diego is one of the nation’s least affordable housing markets,” said Sanders. “We have known for some time that high housing costs are a major impediment to the region’s economic health and this study is a validation as it quantifies what we have been saying for years.”

According to the research, nearly 233,000 households throughout San Diego County are priced out of the market for owned or rented housing. Affordability is expected to further decline as home prices rise faster than wages. “The impact of regulation on housing is not fundamentally a builder or developer issue. It is about the policemen, school teachers, and others who provide us with goods and services every day who are being priced out of the housing market,” said Reaser. 

During her presentation Reaser also discussed the potential economic benefits that could accrue from a relatively modest reduction in the regulatory costs restricting housing access. “A 3% reduction could open up housing alternatives to approximately 6,750 additional households in the course of one year,” said Reaser. “Ultimately, our desire is that the results of our work will have a positive impact on a local level and will be used by elected officials to affect change in our region.”

Opening San Diego’s Door to Lower Housing Costs, is the most recent report published by the Institute, which serves as a strategic unit of PLNU, providing expert business and economic consulting, commentary, studies and research. The study offers a series of best practices and recommendations for local government to simplify and standardizing the building permit review process, with the overarching objective to increase housing affordability for all housing types. Coalition members intend to actively support the adoption of recommendations identified through concerted efforts aimed at local government in the coming months.

The full study is posted on the Institute’s website, as well as the “Housing You Matters” coalition site, HousingYouMatters.org.  

 

 

Fermanian Business & Economic Institute
30
Apr

This year's portfolio review is just around the corner. Check out some of the graphic design portfolios from our class of 2014 to see what you can expect! 

View some of our 2014 portfolios

Join us for our Portfolio Review Reception on Thursday, April 30th from 6:30–8:00pm. 

Art & Design
30
Apr

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Point Loma Nazarene University has one of the top Nutrition programs in the United States. In 2012, obesity-related diseases, disabilities and deaths cost Americans billions of dollars. It is clear that being educated about food sciences is more crucial than ever before. In order to help the growing population of students find the very best programs, Public Health Online recently examined hundreds of fully accredited degrees and Point Loma Nazarene University ranked in the Top 30 in the nation. 


The Best Nutrition Programs of 2015-2016 can be found here.

Family & Consumer Sciences
30
Apr

Point Loma Nazarene University’s (PLNU) Fermanian & Business and Economic Institute (Institute) has released a new study on housing affordability in the San Diego region. The study, Opening San Diego’s Door to Lower Housing Costs, attempts to quantify and present an objective analysis of the cumulative economic impact of government fees, regulations, and requirements on the cost of new single and multi-family housing, including both purchased and rented units, in various jurisdictions in San Diego County. 

 

Chief Economist at the Institute, Dr. Lynn Reaser, unveiled the study’s findings at a press conference on April 29th.  “To put it simply, total cost of regulation amounts to approximately 40% of the cost of housing across the various price segments in all of San Diego County,” said Reaser. “These costs are essentially a ‘hidden tax’ on all residents and further limit the accessibility of San Diego’s housing supply.”

 

Joining Reaser at the release were members of “Housing You Matters”, a region wide coalition of non-profits, housing advocates and members of the business community. Speakers included; Past President of the San Diego City Council, Tony Young, Jerry Sanders, President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and Lori Holt Pfeiler, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity San Diego.

 

In addition to an assessment of cost drivers, the study researched the ripple effects of the regulatory environment, including the effect on households priced out of the market, the overall implications for population, business formation, jobs and economic growth.

 

 “At the San Diego Regional Chamber we know that making San Diego a place where businesses can succeed and grow, means ensuring our workforce can afford to live here and yet San Diego is one of the nation’s least affordable housing markets,” said Sanders. “We have known for some time that high housing costs are a major impediment to the region’s economic health and this study is a validation as it quantifies what we have been saying for years.”

 

According to the research, nearly 233,000 households throughout San Diego County are priced out of the market for owned or rented housing. Affordability is expected to further decline as home prices rise faster than wages. “The impact of regulation on housing is not fundamentally a builder or developer issue. It is about the policemen, school teachers, and others who provide us with goods and services every day who are being priced out of the housing market,” said Reaser.

 

During her presentation Reaser also discussed the potential economic benefits that could accrue from a relatively modest reduction in the regulatory costs restricting housing access. “A 3% reduction could open up housing alternatives to approximately 6,750 additional households in the course of one year,” said Reaser. “Ultimately, our desire is that the results of our work will have a positive impact on a local level and will be used by elected officials to affect change in our region.”

 

Opening San Diego’s Door to Lower Housing Costs, is the most recent report published by the Institute, which serves as a strategic unit of PLNU, providing expert business and economic consulting, commentary, studies and research. The study offers a series of best practices and recommendations for local government to simplify and standardizing the building permit review process, with the overarching objective to increase housing affordability for all housing types. Coalition members intend to actively support the adoption of recommendations identified through concerted efforts aimed at local government in the coming months.

 

The full study is posted on the Institute’s website, as well as the “Housing You Matters” coalition site, HousingYouMatters.org.  

 

 

External Relations, Office of Community & Government Relations, PLNU
29
Apr

PRESS RELEASE

Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Ross Nederhoff (505) 999-8662

Point TV: Channel 23 

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: February 25, 2015

Written by: Ross Nederhoff

 

Point TV Hosts Its Annual Film Festival

 

On Thursday, April 30th, 2015, Point TV will be hosting their 12th annual TV & Film Festival in Salomon Theater on PLNU’s campus. The event, which will run from 6-8pm, will be a comprehensive review of projects produced this year by Broadcast Journalism and Media Communication students.

 

“The audience can expect to see everything from short promo-commercials to news to music shows, sports broadcasting, interview show, short films, there will be something for everyone,” explains Alan Hueth, professor of Communication and Point TV faculty adviser.

 

The evening will also include an awards ceremony honoring outstanding student work from this past year.  Some of the most notable awards that will be presented include the award for Outstanding Media Communication Major, and the Carol Lebeau award for excellence in broadcast journalism.  The award recipients for these two awards are selected based on student work over the past four years.  Awards for best film, best TV show, best film and TV director, editor, camera, and other awards will also be presented.  Recipients for these awards are selected by Hueth and Rick Moncauskas, PLNU’s Media Operations Manager, and the Point TV station manager.  The student leaders will also be recognized for their work this past year.

 

“This is my favorite part of the evening…students are accustomed to getting a grade or pat on the back or vocal recognition in class, and that’s nice.  But it’s fun to acknowledge them in a room full of their peers…the big smiles on their faces are fun to see,” says Hueth.

Final decisions on awards are set to be made by Wednesday, April 29th. More information on results and event highlights will also be released following the festival.

 

A bulk of the evening will include the screening of short films made in Point Loma’s Advanced Studio Production class.

 

“This is what we have all been waiting for! There’s been a lot of anticipation lately and it’s even worse now that our films are completed and ready to be shown. All of us have worked so hard, and the ultimate reward comes at the TV and film festival. There’s no better experience than watching how audiences react and hearing their thoughts. I can’t wait for the premiere of this project. I’m so incredibly proud of my film and department as a whole!” says senior Ricky Zollinger, producer of the highly anticipated film entitled “The Method”.

 

Doors will open at 5:45pm, and all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to come out and enjoy this special selection of projects. Complimentary pizza and drinks will be offered following the awards. 

 

For more information on the TV & Film Festival or Point TV, please contact Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu or Ross Nederhoff at rossnederhoff1006@pointloma.edu.

Communications & Theatre