PLNU News

27
Mar

PRESS RELEASE
Point Loma Nazarene University Contact:
Scott Brown (559)765-6854
Advisor: 
Alan Hueth (619)849-2358

Date: Sunday March 26, 2017
Written By: Scott Brown

INTERNSHIPS TAKEN ON BY POINT LOMA STUDENTS FA2016 - SPR2017

One of the biggest opportunities that university students have when looking to move forward from college life to the professional world after they graduate is through internships, and students at Point Loma are no exception to that rule.

Media Communications and Broadcast Journalism majors all look for internships that will help them with what they potentially want to do with their careers in the future. Media Communications majors typically try to find internships at production companies so that they can learn the business first-hand, while Broadcast Journalism majors try to work at news stations, magazines, or newspapers, so that they can learn how a newsroom operates and how the editorial process works.

During this school year alone, several Media Communications majors have had internships that range from working with a marketing team to working in post-production. Brady Haycock is one such student who has had an internship this past year, which was working with the production and post-production processes at Byron Main Productions. Haycock talked about how this internship allowed him to do things most students aren’t able to do at this level.

“This internship is unique because I am the first internship at a new production company. I’m actually doing a lot of things that most people would be doing after years of experience.” Haycock said.

An internship like this is rare for students to get, but is all the more helpful when moving onto the professional world.

Broadcast Journalism majors have also had a large variety of different internships during this past school year, ranging from internships at magazines to internships in a newsroom, as well as with San Diego Padres’ announcer Dick Enberg before his retirement at the end of the last baseball season. Tigist Layne is currently interning with San Diego Magazine, which covers everything San Diego.

When asked about what she thinks that this internship helps her with, Layne said, “It helps me get published, as well as provides experience on meeting deadlines. Just being in the environment I good experience because it helps me learn from professionals and get hands on experience to help with my writing.”

Internships are essential for students to do while in college in order to learn what they can about the industry that they are about to enter after they graduate. With the internships that Point Loma students are getting, they are well on their way to being professionals after they graduate.

For more information about the Media Communication program contact Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu or Scott Brown at scottbrown3223@pointloma.edu. For more information on the Broadcast Journalism contact Dean Nelson at DeanNelson@pointloma.edu.

Communications & Theatre
27
Mar

PLNU Music graduate (2015) Kiana Bell, mezzo-soprano, was profiled in the Arts section of the San Diego Union-Tribune on Sunday, March 27th, 2017. Currently singing with San Diego Opera's Opera Exposed program, Kiana attributes her success to the mentoring of her PLNU voice professor, Dr. J. Craig Johnson, who encouraged her to commit fully to her dream of a professional singing career.

March 26th 2017 – San Diego Union-Tribune Spring arts: Singing the praises of young mezzo-soprano Kiana Bell Beth Wood As a senior at San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts in Paradise Hills, Kiana Bell attended a free after-school program introducing youth to opera. Although she played piano and guitar and was toying with the idea of becoming a singer-songwriter, opera was new to her. Enthralled, she immediately began investigating on YouTube.

A few months later, in early 2012, Bell attended San Diego Opera’ production of “Salome.” The sex and violence were unexpected, but it was how the music affected her that was the real surprise. “I was in the back of the room, with the sound of the voices washing over me. It blew my mind,” she recalled. “I could feel the singers’ vibrations. It was eye-opening and affirmed the fact that I want to do this.” A mezzo-soprano, Bell is now involved with San Diego Opera’s Opera Exposed! It partners with local universities to offer student artists opportunities to perform and learn about the inner workings of a professional opera company. Q: You’ve won several operatic competitions and earned awards three years in a row in the local Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions. Is there one you’re especially proud of? A: The Audience Choice award at the Met is the prize I value most. There’s so much doubt: ‘What if I don’t do the works justice?’ ‘What if I don’t sing well?’ That reaffirmed to me that I’m making a connection with the receivers of this art. Q: How did you get started in music? A: As a kid, every place we moved to, we’d join a church and my dad (Cory Bell) would become the choir director. As early as age 4, I was singing along to choral music. He would say: ‘Pick out the alto. Pick out the soprano.’ I learned how to harmonize. He was into jazz, so I emulated jazz and gospel. Q: In 2016, you performed in five shows. What were some of the highlights? A: I was an ensemble character in ‘American Rhythm’ (Lamb's Players Theatre). It seems like we did a thousand different styles in that show. I played Sarah in ‘Ragtime’ (San Diego Musical Theatre). I loved it, but it was difficult. I had to figure her out from musical cues. Another favorite role was playing Cinderella for ‘Opera on Track’ (San Diego Opera). We played at trolley stops. I’m a sucker for rags-to-riches stories when rewards go to a good character. Q: What are your plans for the near future? A: The next step for me would be a graduate program. I’m not in a rush. Right now, I’m committed to taking voice lessons and being coached regularly. I’d love for my career to have a lot of variety. However, to be good at opera, I have to commit to it right now, in my 20s. Opera requires an insane amount of training and practice hours. Q: Does being African-American help, hurt or even matter in your chosen field? A: There’s positive and negative. It’s nice to stand out and have a voice quality that’s different from other mezzo-sopranos. I find in musical theater more than opera, that I may be cast in roles because of my race. It’s great there are roles written for people of color. But I want to get a role because I sing it well. I struggle with that a little. Race is important in ‘Ragtime.’ If I can tell a story about race relations in America, that’s something I want to do. But I also want to be considered for Carrie Pipperidge in ‘Carousel.’ Audra McDonald played her on Broadway, so it’s possible. Blind casting is starting to happen more and more, so that’s good. The funny thing about race is that people don’t let you forget it. It’s great for standing out, but it also can be a little annoying. Thankfully, operatic roles are determined by what voice type you are. That’s what’s important. I'm also half Filipino — my mother (Emily Bell) emigrated from the Philippines and gained citizenship in her 20s. That adds another layer to the feeling that I may stand out. I identify as either or both. Q: What was your experience at Point Loma Nazarene University like? A: My undergraduate voice teacher, Craig Johnson, has been so important in my career here in San Diego. He instills confidence in his students and has taught me a few things that really shaped me. In my first lesson: he said: ‘Do you want to do this as a career?’ ‘Absolutely,’ I said. He asked me if I had other plans and I said I didn’t have a plan B. He said: ‘Good, Plan B is a plan to fail.’ He tells students that they really have to commit to the career path in order to be successful. He sees a quality in each of his students and nourishes it. His students end up sounding unique. A colleague described him as a voice therapist, someone who smooths out the relationship between the student and the voice. Q: Was not having a specific opera program at PLNU a problem? A: PLNU is a positive community. The vocal department offered tons of opportunities. On campus, we had an opera club. We had help from former club members and Craig Johnson was our adviser. I was vice president for two years. We put on fundraisers and put together performances at community centers to raise money. It was on-the-job training. I learned a lot about how to act as a professional in order to be taken seriously. What the pros say about Kiana Bell Kerry Meads, Lamb’s Players Theatre Associate Artistic Director: “I felt so honored to watch her grow in ‘American Rhythm’ from a shy young lady to a woman who felt she deserved to be out there like everyone else. “Kiana will go places because of her versatility. She uses her voice so well, she won’t blow it up. She stays with her voice lessons and continues to train. She’s a beautiful, open spirit. Watch for that young woman — if not at the Met, on Broadway.” Nicolas Reveles, San Diego Opera Director of Community Engagement, Opera Exposed! coordinator: “Lots of young artists can sing well. Not all of them have a natural gift for stagecraft, acting or moving well onstage as a character. Kiana has that. It's a natural gift and doesn't need to be taught to her. “She’s a charming and delightful person when you first meet her, but as you get to know her you realize Kiana's actually quite a deep thinker. I appreciate the fact she thinks about what she does as a singing actress and then acts on it. That's rare. And it's what attracts audiences to her.” Kiana Bell Age: 23 Born: San Diego Residence: Being from a military family, all over. Now in San Diego. High school: Ninth grade in Japan; 10th and 11th at Mission Bay High School; 12th at San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, Paradise Hills. College: Bachelor’s degree in music from Point Loma Nazarene University, 2015. Upcoming role: Marceline in Mozart’s "The Marriage of Figaro" with the alumni branch of Point Loma Opera Theatre. Various venues, from June 17-28.

Music
14
Mar

Congratulations to the 2017 Inamori Scholars from the Mathematical, Information & Computer Science and Physics & Engineering Department Michelle FreedGabe GarciaEstifanos Mekuria and Alex Mathews!

Physics & Engineering
24
Feb

PRESS RELEASE Point Loma Nazarene University Contact:
Scott Brown (559)765-6854
Advisor:
Alan Hueth (619)849-2358
Date: Friday, February 24th, 2017

Written By: Scott Brown

LOST AND GREY’S ANATOMY DIRECTOR TALKS WITH STUDENTS

On Thursday, February 16th, Point TV held a forum with television and film director, Bobby Roth. The session included screening two episodes that Roth directed: Lost and Grey’s Anatomy. He has also directed films, such as Heartbreakers and Berkeley, as well as directing for several other shows, which include Prison Break, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Revenge, The screening was followed by a Q&A session in Skype with Roth.

Roth answered questions about the industry and the process of television drama and filmmaking -- which gave those in attendance a better idea of what it is like to be a working director.

“I thought it was really interesting,” said Dylan Walch, a junior Business major, “I didn’t know how intricate the process was or anything about the film industry, so it was interesting to learn about.” The majority of those that were in attendance at the event were media communications majors, but there were also several business, broadcast journalism, and science majors in attendance as well.

“I thought it was great that I could pick the brain of someone who works in the industry,” said Jonathan Pickett, a senior broadcast journalism major. “And, it was nice to hear thoughts from a professional.”

Those in attendance heard a myriad of stories from Roth’s own experiences trying to break into the industry, as well as the advice that he had to give to young filmmakers.

“I thought it was a great opportunity for us,” said Nick Macedo, Point TV’s Station Manager. The opportunity to talk to anyone in any industry is an important thing for young college students. It gives them more of a perspective of the industry they will be entering and provides them with a look at it from more experienced eyes. All who attended appreciated the chance to talk and listen to a director in the industry provided, and hear about the struggles and great experiences that are a part of the filmmaking and TV industries.

For more information on events held by Point TV, feel free to contact Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu or Scott Brown at scottbrown3223@pointloma.edu.

Communications & Theatre
15
Feb

PRESS RELEASE Point Loma Nazarene University Contact: Scott Brown (559)765-6854 Advisor: Alan Hueth (619)849-2358 Date: Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 Written By: Scott Brown

CHANGES TO COASTLINE NEWS IN SPRING 2017

Coastline News has been a staple among the Point TV lineup for years, but several big changes are coming its way in the spring of 2017.

“The only thing that’s the same about Coastline is the name,” says Producer Davis Bourgeois, “Talent is new, crew is new, and even the setup is new.”

These were not the only things that Bourgeois said is going to be new about Coastline this semester though, “we have new graphics, new backgrounds, reporters in the field, and even Twitter handles [for the talent].”

To many, these changes may seem superficial, but to those who work on this show, whether they be broadcast journalism majors or media communications majors, these changes can possibly help them get a job in the future. “It pushes people early on to be more professional,” says Bourgeois, “which is why I think that Point Loma has such a successful rate of people getting jobs right out college.

“A handful of us have been offered jobs during senior year because of how much this show has done for us and our future,” continued Bourgeois. Students that work on Coastline and other shows like this are able to use their work on their reels, which they submit to employers as an addition to their resume.

“We don’t go into the professional world and make our mistakes there,” Assistant Producer Dana Williams added on, “We spend four years here [at Point Loma] making all of our mistakes.” Making mistakes during shows like Coastline is something that is absolutely necessary for a student in the broadcast journalism and media communications fields and it is better to learn and make mistakes while producing Coastline, than in the professional world.

Students don’t only learn about one or two jobs though, they go through the process for everything in the studio. “We get to do everything,” says Bourgeois said with more enthusiasm than she previously had. “We get the hands-on experience,” Williams added, “we get to do it live and learn from our mistakes.”

Coastline News has been a constant in the Point TV programming schedule and with all of the changes that it is going through this semester; students are able to learn even more about what it takes to become a professional.

For more information regarding the Coastline News and what students and alumni are doing, feel free to contact Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu or Scott Brown at scottbrown3223@pointloma.edu.

Communications & Theatre