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In this issue:
- Alumni Spotlight: William Koon
- PLNU Job Board
- Homecoming Re-Cap
- Auxiliary Spotlight: Education Associates
- Black Student Union Pilgrimage
- Alumni Survey
- Reach Your Potential - Test Prep Course Offerings
- Forensics Update
- 2014 Area Events
- Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Senyo Adjiboloso
- 19th Annual Writer’s Symposium & Donald Miller Conference
Did you know drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide? Furthermore, “in many countries lower socioeconomic status, being a member of an ethnic minority, lack of Higher Education, and rural populations may be associated [with an increased risk of drowning].” (WHO 2013) That’s why the International Surf Lifesaving Association (ISLA) is so important. William Koon, a Class of 2013 Sociology & Spanish alumnus, became involved with ISLA while studying abroad in the Dominican Republic.
“I was in the Caribbean during hurricane Irene, and had the chance to use my years of ocean lifeguard experience at Huntington State Beach to get involved in some of the hurricane recovery efforts, specifically the aquatic rescue and recovery operation. After the Irene mayhem, officials from the Dominican Civil Defense shared the country’s horrifying open water drowning statistics with me and asked if I would be willing to teach them some lifeguard techniques. I called up several Huntington Beach Lifeguards, the founders of ISLA who had been working in Nicaragua for some years, and invited them to help me teach a course.” The founders of ISLA include two PLNU alums, Scott Hunthausen (’08) and Olin Patterson (’08)! “Thanksgiving weekend 2011, five lifeguards met me in the DR to teach a three day, basic open water lifeguard course to over 50 Dominican Civil Defense volunteers. When I got home, the ISLA guys asked me to head up their development operations.”
Just like that, Will began flying all over the world to train locals in lifeguarding. The goal of ISLA is to empower natives in developing countries to continue the work after the courses are completed. They have taken several steps to ensure this, including translating their handbook into native languages. ISLA developed and launched the world’s first web-based Global Drowning Tracker, showing where drownings occur on an interactive map.
While at PLNU, Will found staff, faculty, and friends who challenged and encouraged him – “Three people immediately come to mind: Melissa Tucker, Dr. Jamie Gates, and Dr. Galen Yorba-Gray. All three people had a huge impact on me personally and professionally as I tried to balance ISLA and school, and constantly sought ways to improve myself and the organization. I would not be where I am today without Melissa’s wisdom and guidance in organizational leadership, Jamie's profound depth and perspective on social and cultural issues, and Galen’s incredible example of a compassionate heart that never stops caring or expressing joy. I would have to throw Charlie Merritt (’13) in that bunch too; even though she is a peer, she taught me what collaboration and healthy, honest teamwork really is.”
Combining his knowledge of the ocean (he has been a lifeguard at Huntington Beach since he was 16 years old) with his love for travel and empowering others, Will has had the privilege of traveling all over the world to combat drowning. He says he is one of the luckiest people he knows, “Last year – half of which I was still at Point Loma – I planned and got to help lead projects in Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Chile, Argentina, México, England, Germany, Spain, and Michigan. I also got to attend conferences in Miami, Washington D.C., and Berlin. Coming up next is our big Semana Santa (Easter Week) project in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, a time where we run two simultaneous projects teaching and lifeguarding alongside local volunteers for the national Easter Holiday… ISLA is the perfect combination of what I absolutely love to do.”
The PLNU Alumni Association is proud to have alums representing PLNU all over the world in ways that are truly making a difference. As William put it, “I am meeting people all over the world, making a difference teaching something I love, challenged by interesting and unique opportunities and situations, and ultimately I am helping save lives in some way shape or form. Drowning is preventable, much more so than most of the world believes, and I get to play a huge role in changing that reality for many different people in many different places.”
Looking for a fresh start in 2014? PLNU is hiring! Check out the job board for the most up-to-date postings: pointloma.edu/jobs
The 2013 Homecoming celebration was a huge success! With over 52 events, there was certainly something for everyone. We enjoyed seeing all of you who were able to make it out to San Diego, and hope to see many more of you at this year’s Homecoming: November 17-24. Be sure to read the Homecoming Re-cap in the upcoming Viewpoint!
PLNU has 13 Auxiliaries within the PLNU Alumni Association, which provide a way to network with other alumni and university friends who share common interests and/or career fields. They also offer an opportunity to support specific areas of the university.
An important aspect of being an educator is to never stop learning. The Education Associates auxiliary provides PLNU alumni working in Education with opportunities for professional development, making connections with others in their field, and providing support to the students and faculty of the PLNU School of Education. Members of Education Associates have given over $100,000 in the last 24 years for students wanting to enter the field of education,.
Join the PLNU Education Associates as they host Fran Hjalmarson this Saturday, January 25th, at a professional development event for educators across Southern California. Have a chance to meet other and also meet the new Dean of the School of Education, Dr. Deborah Erickson!
Fran has been an educator for ten years. Her book Differentiated Parent Support: Engaging Parents in Unique Ways to Increase Their Involvement in School has gained widespread attention. This seminar will challenge you to analyze how your staff defines and prioritizes parent involvement. It will give you insights on connecting with that hard-to-reach parent, and provide innovative and creative approaches for enhanced parent programs to help increase parent participation.
$25 Conference Fee includes: a continental breakfast, a copy of Fran's book (a $25 value!) and a FREE one year membership in Education Associates (a $25 value!); space is limited so register TODAY!
2014-2015 Black Student Union President, Allison Kendrix, shares about the club’s upcoming pilgrimage.
The Black Student Union is hosting the school's first Civil Rights Pilgrimage, where we will travel to Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee this Spring. Our objectives for the trip are to embrace the mission of the school which is to teach, shape and send. By visiting these states that housed the most important parts of the movement, and being able to interact with people who lived through these experiences, we hope to come away with a better understanding of the time, the culture, and what it means to live in the United States today.
We will visit the MLK Memorial, and Spelman and Morehouse Colleges in Atlanta, Georgia. We will then head to Montgomery, Alabama to visit the Rosa Parks museum. After that we will visit Selma where we will participate in a commemoration of the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the site of "Bloody Sunday" when a peaceful march turned into a violent attack by the local police. Our group has the opportunity to connect with the local schools in Selma and provide a service day. We will also visit Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church where the four little girls were killed in the terrible bombing in 1963. The pilgrimage will end with a visit to the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee where Dr. King was shot and killed.
We know that this trip will be extremely emotional for faculty, staff and students and our hope is to form relationships with each other and those that live in those communities, to enhance our work in this diverse nation and kingdom of God.
Our group of 20 students and 5 leaders will be meeting every week to prepare ourselves for this amazing trip. Our hope is to give context to the places we will be visiting and start conversation on how we believe we will benefit and learn from this trip.
The support from our PLNU community is greatly needed and appreciated. We will be holding a benefit concert for this trip on February 22, 2014 at 5pm. Various choirs will be performing at North Park Apostolic Church 2515 Lemon Grove Ave, CA 91945. You can also stay updated about the trip by liking our Facebook Page called "Point Loma Nazarene University Black Student Union". (facebook.com/plbsu)
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An update from Dr. Skip Rutledge on the PLNU Speech and Debate team:
Two of our top debate teams just competed at a high level in two very difficult tournaments at the University of Utah over the holiday weekend.
Team President and Senior Chris Danks and his Freshman partner Caleb Moore barely missed advancing to the elimination round of the first tournament, and went on to advance to and win in the elimination bracket at the next tournament, the next day.
Returning Sophomore debaters Joshua Gilbert and Brandon West advanced to the elimination rounds in both of these contests. Advancing to the elimination rounds in three of the four opportunities to compete this past weekend is the best showing for PLNU debate in many years at this extremely tough national circuit tournament with almost a hundred teams competing in the Senior division. This is a great way to begin the Spring semester.
Special thanks to graduate student MacLean Andrews who helped in the coaching, judging and driving.
PLNU Alumni & Friends Event The Music & Excitement of PLNU is Coming to YOU! Sunday, March 23, 2014
Mingle with current students, dinner with PLNU friends and classmates, and a FREE concert by the PLNU Concert Choir!Mingling, Dinner & Door Prizes – 4:30pm PLNU Concert Choir Concert – 6:00pm
Olive Knolls Church of the Nazarene 6201 Fruitvale Ave Bakersfield, CA 93308
Purchase tickets by March 10th At www.pointloma.edu/AreaEvents Or call (800) 478-5662
Thank you to alumna Sondra Kounter (‘86) for leading this spectacular event!
Other 2014 Alumni & Friends Area Event dates:Denver, Colorado: July 26th Phoenix, Arizona: August 2nd San Diego, California: August 16th Albuquerque, New Mexico: October 11th
We can’t wait to see you! Don't forget to put it on your calendar!
We all know that PLNU has fabulous professors, but unless you’re still on campus you might not hear about the incredible research they’re conducting. The Alumni Association helps sponsor faculty research and curriculum development through grants awarded each spring. If you’ve ever stayed in the beautiful Alumni House, your nightly suggested rate has helped support these grants! We now feature in our e-newsletter these professors and their projects which received grant funds from the PLNU Alumni Association.
One of the great parts about taking classes from professors who are conducting research or working on curriculum development, is there are often opportunities to come alongside them in their work. Dr. Senyo Adjibolosoo has been a Professor of Economics in the School of Business at PLNU since 2000. If you’ve taken a class with Dr. Adjibolosoo (or just Senyo, as his students refer to him) you know that there are rarely simple yes or no answers to his questions. Senyo presents economics through the lens of his experience in the developing world.
Senyo comes to us from a small village in Ghana. Every year Dr. Senyo Adjibolosoo conducts a summer study abroad program in Ghana, Africa to visit The Human Factor Leadership Academy (HFLA). The HFLA is an international transformational development education program of the International Institute for Human Factor Development (IIFHD) which he founded in 1992. The primary intent of this program is to produce men and women who will be honest and compassionate leaders in their own countries. Every year, he takes current PLNU students back to that village to assist teachers in various educational capacities while simultaneously earning credit towards upper-division Economics coursework.
With the Faculty Grant he received, he has been conducting research on The Human Factor. You can read about part of this research in his latest book, Spiritual Capital. Here is an excerpt from the book’s introduction:
"...This book is written to serve as the primary source of the reading materials for a course I designed and titled: Introduction to Spiritual Growth and the Leadership Walk in Business. I acknowledge the financial contribution of the Alumni Association of Point Loma Nazarene University toward the development of this course and the publication of the materials I have put together for it. I extend my gratitude to Sheryl Smee and her team members for the award of the Alumni Research Grant to me to pursue my research proposal."
Once again this summer PLNU will be sending students to Ghana to volunteer and research. We are grateful to Senyo for opening up these doors for amazing opportunities!
February 20, 25-27, 2014 & February 27-March 1
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!
This year’s guests include Samuel Freedman, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Jeannette Walls, and Anne Lamott. You can read their bios here.
Following the Writer’s Symposium:Donald Miller’s Storyline Conference February 27-March 1
Brown Chapel, PLNU Come and plan a meaningful life. Three days of mayhem, strategizing, and fun. It’s like no other conference on earth. Join us! Click to Learn more about Storyline
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