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August 2014 E-Newsletter

In this issue:

New Science Facility Under Construction

Cinema Under the Stars August 16

Alumni Merchandise

Homecoming Dates & Reunions

Pray for PLNU August 24

Alumni Spotlight: John Dally

Career Opportunities at PLNU

Faculty Grants

Athletics Update

Alumni Association Student Scholarships



New Science Facility Under Construction

 

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For this month’s construction update video, Dr. Mike McConnell dons a hard hat and shares his excitement while standing where the new biochemistry lab will be constructed!  

We’re excited to report that for this $24.5 million facility, we need to raise just $3.7 million more - and we need YOUR help! We're at the point where every gift counts. Please give to help us wind up this campaign and stay on track to hit our move in date of Fall 2015. [GIVE NOW]

San Diego Event

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Click the picture to get your tickets!

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Alumni Merchandise


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Homecoming Dates & Reunions


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Pray for PLNU August 24


Pray for PLNU
Sunday, August 24, 5:00 p.m.
Brown Chapel

Please join us for a time of worship & prayer as we prepare for a new academic year.  

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Alumni Spotlight: John Dally recognized by PLHS


By Edie Chapman, PLNU Professor and Proud PLHS Band Mom

To those of us at PLNU, John Dally is the director of our bands and overseer of our Music Education program.   But before he came to us as a professor, John was investing his life in the students of Point Loma High School and other San Diego schools.John_Dally.jpg

From 2004-2008, John served as Music Director at Point Loma High School.  During his tenure, the program underwent a transformation, growing from a single band with less than 30 members to a multi-tiered program that included over 75 students in band, an orchestra, color guard, jazz band and AP Music Theory Class, all of which still thrive to this day.  His leadership, discipline, and hard work created a music program at PLHS that continues to be a cornerstone of the entire Point Loma community.  

On Friday, May 16, John was honored at the PLHS Rhapsody on the Point Gala, which was held at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay… the evening included performances by all PLHS music groups, an alumni band, and special guest Dr. Kelly Thomas who is one of the elite euphonium and tuba players alive today in addition to being a world class pedagogue.

Congratulations, John!

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Career Opportunities at PLNU


Thinking about the next step in your career path?  PLNU is hiring!  We are looking for great candidates who are passionate about the spiritual mission of our university.

Visit pointloma.edu/jobs to learn more about employment at PLNU and check out the most current job postings.


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Faculty Grants


Congratulations to the following PLNU Faculty members for receiving Alumni Association Faculty Grants for the 2014-2015 academic year!

Dr. Rebecca FlietstraBiology | Real Bones for Human Anatomy Labs

Dr. Senyo AdjibolosooFermanian School of Business | Developing Course Reading Materials for Business 632: Human Factor Foundation of Action

Dr. Robert ElsonBiology | Redesigning course structure and developing instructional strategies in the teaching of Anatomy and Physiology

Susan RogersFamily & Consumer Sciences | The Sensory Integration Center

Dr. Lori CarterMathematical, Information & Computer Sciences | Development of a Platform in Support of Computational Science Education and Research

Dr. Ariane JansmaChemistry | Understanding the structure/function relationship of viral proteins and PDZ domains

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Athletics Update


PLNU wins PacWest Make-A-Wish Award: 
For the first time in school history, Point Loma received the Pacific West Conference Make-A-Wish award.  The award recognizes PacWest institutions and their Student Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC) for excelling in their efforts to enrich the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
 
Showing a tremendous commitment to this worthy cause, PLNU raised $5,752.17 for Make-A-Wish throughout the year. The amount was the fourth-highest ever for a PacWest school, trailing only Grand Canyon's three award-winning totals from the last three years.
 
"With the departure of reigning Make-A-Wish Award champion Grand Canyon, this award was up for grabs this year and Point Loma rose strongly to the top," said PacWest Commissioner Bob Hogue. "The outstanding effort by the Sea Lion student-athletes showcased the school's community involvement, hard work, compassion and commitment to this important and worthy cause."
 
PLNU volleyball and tennis programs have new head coaches: 
In a bittersweet Spring, the Sea Lions said goodbye to a pair of great coaches as both tennis coach Rich Hills and volleyball coach Sarah Gustin will be accepting other positions. After 33 years roaming the tennis courts and accumulating over 750 wins, coach Hills has stepped down and will now be focusing on his faculty role with the Kinesiology Department. Sarah Gustin resigned to accept the role of Assistant Volleyball Coach at Georgetown University and pre-doctorate fellow in the Sports Leadership Institute.

To take their places the Sea Lions have promoted within. Jonathan Scott will move up from his role as Associate Head Coach with the volleyball team into the top spot. Curt Wheeler will do the same as he takes over leadership for the tennis programs. 

PLNU Baseball: 
The Point Loma baseball team finished their season with a 24-25 record and in sixth place in the PacWest (15-17). The seniors were the leaders for the Sea Lions, but many of their freshmen also stepped up. Senior third baseman Tyler Nordgren collected numerous postseason accolades including being named to two All-American teams after he hit .356 and led PLNU in home runs (5) and RBI (41). Clinton Harwick also grabbed multiple all-region awards. The Sea Lions also got to see what is in the pipeline with its freshmen. Two-way player Kellen Sheppard and second basemen Matt Jervis both earned third team All-PacWest honors, and Ryan Garcia and Kevin Lillicrop picked up PacWest Newcomer of the Week honors during the season.  

PLNU Women's Tennis:
The PLNU women's tennis team went 13-13 in Rich Hills final season, but had some big wins throughout the season. They defeated Fresno Pacific twice this season when they were ranked No. 10 and No. 14, after never having defeated the Sunbirds in Hills' 25 years as the head coach. PLNU also earned big wins over No. 17 UC San Diego and No. 4 Vanguard (NAIA). 

PLNU Men's Tennis:
The men's tennis team went 7-17 on the season, and upset No. 2 seed and No. 9 nationally ranked Fresno Pacific in the first round of the PacWest Conference tournament to place fourth in the conference. The Sea Lions also upset No. 14 UC San Diego. Brooks Baldinger and Michael Zablan were both named all-conference in both singles and doubles, while Martin Blaho picked up honors in singles.  

Women's Track & Field : 
Eight PLNU track & field student-athletes earned NCCAA All-American honors this season. Lindsay Honea picked up three of those as she won the heptathlon, placed second in the 100m hurdles and third in the 400m hurdles. Chloe Soremekun also collected a national championship when she leapt nearly 39 feet, to set a new career-high. Honea also earned a prestigious CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 selection for her outstanding accomplishment on the track as well as her 3.56 GPA in the classroom. 

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Alumni Association Student Scholarships


This year the Alumni Association awarded $16,000 as eight scholarships to current students for the 2014-2015 academic year.  These scholarships are supported by your stay in the Alumni House and purchases at the PLNU Bookstore!

Megan Arriola - Nursing | Grant Abass - Biology-Chemistry

Kelsey Kammeraad - Music, MOCM | Hannah Goeglein - Liberal Studies

Frank Daniel - Political Science | Jake DeSaegher - Accounting, Finance

Katelyn Mazza - Dietetics | Emily Lehman - Spanish & Psychology

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