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For the eighth year in a row PLNU students, or recent alums, have won major awards through the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) Auditions. This year the auditions were held Saturday, October 5th, at Crill Performance Hall on PLNU’s campus.
Soprano Christen Blair Horne (2012, B.A. Music) and mezzo-soprano Alexandra Rodrick (2011, B.A. Music in Ministry) were named co-winners at the 55th Annual MONC Auditions for the Western Region, San Diego District. Both women were awarded $1000 and will advance to the regional auditions held in Los Angeles on October 26th at the Colburn School of Music’s Zipper Hall.
Horne, who has won first place and advanced to the Regional Finals twice before, sang last in a program of twenty-eight singers. She began her audition with a spellbinding performance of Giuletta's aria "O quante volte" from Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi. The panel of internationally recognized adjudicators then requested to hear Gretel's aria "Wo bin ich?" from Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel. For her performances, Horne also garnered the Lynne Friedmann and Eileen Chatterton Audience Choice Award of $200.
Horne, 23, took first place in the prestigious Virginia Hawke Scholarship Competition before graduating with honors from PLNU. She was a student of Associate Professor of Music, John Craig Johnson, D. M. A. and continues to study with him and coach with Ines Irawati, the department’s staff piano-vocal coach. Horne has performed numerous productions and currently sings with the San Diego Opera Chorus and will appear this year in their Verdi’s Requiem.
Joining Horne on the winners' podium was mezzo-soprano Alexandra Rodrick. She was the recipient of two previous MONC awards: the Robert Faulk Memorial Encouragement Award in 2012 and the Dorothy Haugh Greiner Encouragement Award in 2009.
Rodrick, singing ninth in the lineup of singers, began her audition with an energetic performance of Rosina's aria "Una voce poco fa" from Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia. The adjudicators then requested to hear Octavian’s aria, “Wie du warst” from Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. After an exquisite technical display, the adjudicators then asked for yet another piece, this time “What a movie!” from Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti.
Rodrick, 24, also continues to study with Dr. John Craig Johnson and coach with Ines Irawati at PLNU. This spring she will return for her fourth season as an American Guild of Musical Artists chorus member with San Diego Opera's L’elisir d’amore, Un ballo in mashera, Don Quichotte, I Pagliacci, and Verdi’s Requiem.
Horne's and Rodrick's wins mark the sixth first-place finishes, in addition to twelve encouragement awards given by MONC to current students or recent alumni of PLNU in the past eight years, an outstanding achievement for any university. In addition to the excellent performances from PLNU alumni, four current PLNU undergraduate students competed in Saturday’s competition; Michelle Law, Phillip Dannels, Jonathan Lacayo, and Kiana Bell.
Since 1954, MONC has been holding auditions to discover and help support upcoming opera singers. This year's adjudication panel was comprised of David Gately, Carol Kirkpatrick, and Harry Silverstein.
Homecoming Variety Show & CoronationFri., Nov. 22, 8 p.m. You don’t want to miss this! Laughter, Music, Talent!
Homecoming ExtravaganzaSat., Nov. 23, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Campus Mall Join Women’s Auxiliary, Student Clubs and Ministries, and Alumni Auxiliaries on “Caf Lane” to reminisce and celebrate!
Class ReunionsIf you graduated in ’08, ’03, ’98, ’93, ’88, ’83, ’78, ’73, ’68, or ’63, you have a reunion this year!
Click here to register. Everyone who attended in 1962 and earlier is invited to the Most Fabulous reunion!
Spoken HistoryCOOPER MUSIC CENTER | SAT 3:15 p.m. From Pasadena College to PLNU’s Campus Dr. James Jackson, Dr. Reuben Welch, Dr. Warren Brown, and Dr. Ronald Kirkemo Hear the stories of risk, dedication, vision and faith involved in “the move.”
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The Main EventSAT 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Come Congratulate this year’s Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients: Dr. Jonathan Salgado & ‘73 Rich Skiles ‘53 Special music by PLNU Alums Amanda Graley (’04) & Chris Tweedy (’06)! Both events are FREE!
Athletic Hall of FameSun., Nov. 24, 1:00 p.m. Liberty Station Conference Center (LSCC) The PLNU Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducting Erin (Kellar) Hill, Jessica (Mercado)Walton , Amanda(Addie) Dyla , Joe Prince, Mathias Sundberg, Ashley (Strimple) Bowman , Bill Young and the 1991 men's cross country team as the ninth Hall of Fame class in school history. Tickets are $50 per person and can be reserved by contacting Dianne Rabello at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 619.849.2265. For more info on each inductee, click here.
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$5 gets you Hamburgers, Pizza, Salad Bar, Dessert, and Beverages!
Get decked out for…
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL GAME Saturday, November 23, 6 p.m. Golden Gym PLNU vs. Concordia
MEN’S BASKETBALL GAME Saturday, November 23, 8 p.m. Golden Gym PLNU vs. Olivet Nazarene University
Join Dr. Brower and a small group of university friends next summer on a very special river boat cruise through a fascinating portion of southern France.
Dr. Hadley Wood, retired PLNU professor of French and Literature, will serve as our personal guide as we travel from Lyon to Avignon on board the brand new Uniworld ship, the S.S. Catherine. Click HERE for more information.
PLNU has 15 Auxiliaries within the PLNU Alumni Association, which provide a way to network with other alumni and university friends who share common interests and career fields. They also offer an opportunity to support specific areas of the university.
One such group is Business Alumni. PLNU Business Alumni was created to facilitate business connections among alumni, as well as to foster and grow connections between alumni and students pursuing careers in business. This group of alumni also supports PLNU through scholarships and meaningful connections with university students, faculty, and staff.
Throughout the school year, Business Alumni puts on several events to connect alums to alums, alums to current students, and all of the above to the business community. One such event is the Annual Business Alumni Homecoming Breakfast. This year the breakfast will be Friday, November 22nd at 8:30am in the Fermanian Conference Center on PLNU’s campus. Tickets are just $20, and may be purchased here. The featured speaker is Class of ’68 alum Daryl Nicholson. Daryl has been a successful businessman, and most importantly he loves the Lord. He and his wife, Vicki, have both been very involved PLNU alums. You may recognize their names from the Daryl & Vicki Nicholson Commons!
We would love to see as many alums as possible take advantage of this fantastic event. Please contact Danielle Lawson, email@example.com or Audrie Peveler Hill, firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
An update from Danny Barnts, Director of Athletic Communications:
The Point Loma athletic teams have combined to go 20-2-4 this season in conference play and all three have at least a share of first place in the Pacific West Conference.
Volleyball: The volleyball team leads the league with a perfect 10-0 record in conference contests. They have also won 10 straight matches at home, during which they have won 23 straight sets. Alyssa Dwyer leads the conference with a .374 hitting percentage and ranks seventh with 3.2 kills per set. Savannah Wedemeyer also leads the PacWest with 11.33 assists per set. Heather Leavitt leads the Sea Lions and ranks third in the league with 3.94 kills per set.
Men's Soccer: In Coach Phil Wolf's second season at the helm of the PLNU men's soccer team the Sea Lions are already reaping the benefits of those rewards. After picking up just two wins last season, PLNU has already gone 6-4-3 on the season and stands in a tie for first place in the PacWest conference with 15 points (4-1-3).
Women's Soccer: The Point Loma women's soccer team, coached by Tim Hall (’84), is tied for first place in the PacWest with Dixie State as both teams have collected 19 points this season. The Sea Lions are 7-4-1 on the year and 6-1-1 in the PacWest. Goalkeeper Lupe Herrera is tied for the conference lead with five shutouts.
Basketball begins: Tuesday, October 15th marks the first official day teams may begin basketball practice for the upcoming 2013-14 season under the NCAA guidelines. Both the Point Loma men's and women's basketball teams took the floor for the first time as a team on Tuesday. The women took the early morning practice session and the men went in the afternoon.
We are so proud of our teams and look forward to more victories this season!
Res Life, the Alumni Association and ASB teamed up on a project to introduce the person for whom each Residence Hall is named. The stories about Dr. Nease, Dr. Hendricks, Dr. Wiley, and Donna Finch, along with pictures of each are now on four specially designed plaques for each of those halls. Each of these plaques is proudly displayed in the first floor of each building. We are in process on the remaining plaques!
The narratives were written by Professor Emeritus Dr. Ron Kirkemo (’65) and Professor Emeritus Dr. Jim Jackson Sr. (’40) Both of these men are alumni of PLNU. Their rich and informed perspective on the institution gives us meaningful and inspirational signs. When you come visit during Homecoming or throughout the year, stop in where you used to live and check them out! Each of these heroes contributed to this university through their life and dedication.
The artwork was created by alumnus Justin Skeesuck (‘97). Justin, a graphic designer here in San Diego, has collaborated with the university on multiple projects over the years. Most recently, he has launched "The Disabled Traveler", which is dedicated to inspiring and teaching those living with physical disabilities how to successfully navigate and overcome the many challenges they face in their lives and when traveling. You can learn more about Justin and his work at http://the-disabled-traveler.com/
Last month Bob & Betty Nease along with Brad & Holly Nease stopped by Nease Hall to see the new plaque honoring Dr. Orval Nease, Bob’s father and Brad’s grandfather. Dr. Nease served as president of this institution from 1929 to 1933. They were greeted by very proud Nease residents!
We always look forward to hearing back from our LoveWorks teams. The LoveWorks Short Term Mission Program functions within the Office of Spiritual Development at Point Loma Nazarene University. The goal of LoveWorks is to walk alongside pastors, missionaries, and congregations who serve Christ in various domestic and international settings. Through LoveWorks, over 2000 students, faculty, staff, and alumni have traveled to almost 60 world areas to serve with our sisters and brothers in Christ.
We asked Brian Becker, Director of International Ministries, to re-cap the summer for us. Thank you to the 2013 Benin team for the beautiful pictures.
103 PLNU students and leaders ministered on LoveWorks teams this summer. It was a truly blessed summer of ministry and we give praise and glory to God. Teams were invited to partner in our hosts' ministry in Benin, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Sri Lanka. A team went to learn about and engage in the work of Mission Possible, a Christian community nonprofit in Downtown Eastside Vancouver, BC, Canada. The team was hosted by executive director and PLNU alum Brian Postlewait. The women's soccer team ministered in Swaziland and President and Mrs. Brower joined in. LoveWorks partnered with the PLNU School of Nursing and Heart to Heart International for a very successful medically focused trip in Haiti. The team was divided into three subgroups and ministered simultaneously, serving over 400 patients.
We are always looking for PLNU alums who would like to serve as volunteer LoveWorks team leaders. To learn more, click here!
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 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 professors in our e-newsletter who have been given grants from the Alumni Association so you can stay informed.
Dr. Rick Kennedy is a regular jack-of-all-trades. As a history professor at PLNU since 1997, he teaches a variety of classes, but that does not always mean sitting in a classroom with him. For the past 10 years Dr. Kennedy has taught a California history course, which often takes place on a sailboat! Kennedy was quoted in the Spring 2013 Viewpoint as calling the course “intense” and “experimental,” while his students call it “extraordinary.”
“I have a deep love of sailing. It’s a way to commune with creation,” he said.
Kennedy is also extremely well-published. Journals, books, reviews, encyclopedia sections…you name it. One of those in-process writings listed on the PLNU website is John and Acts, vol. 8 in Cotton Mather’s Biblia Americana, 10 vols. In August, Kennedy reported on his progress during Faculty Scholarship Day, relating the journey of how he became involved with such an enormous project, from the influence of the Wesleys, to the history of Harvard university, all describing the world Mather lived in during that time.
“I spend my life studying how people think ‘Christianly,’ and Christianity is often about thinking in old ways,” he said in his Viewpoint interview.
Dr. Kennedy was awarded an Alumni Association Faculty Grant in 2012. Eastern Nazarene College professor (and PLNU alum of ’02!) Ben Cater praises Kennedy for his work, and also his character, “…In sum, I am grateful that I know Rick as a model scholar, churchman, citizen, husband, and father.”
We eagerly anticipate the publication of John and Acts, and are once again proud to tell our alumni about the important research being conducted by our PLNU professors.
Fri. Oct. 25 7 p.m.
Monterey Peninsula College Music Hall
980 Fremont St., Monterey, CA 93940
Sat. Oct 26 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Fall Festival and Concert Cupertino Church of the Nazarene 20900 McClellan Rd., Cupertino, CA 95014.
Sun. Oct 27 8:30 a.m. / 11 a.m. Services Sutter Creek Church of the Nazarene 14050 Ridge Rd., Sutter Creek, CA 95685