April 2012 - Parent E-Newsletter
Parent E-Newsletter – April 2012
• Note from the Parent’s Council
• PLNU Dates to Remember
• Chapel & Time-Out Schedule
• PLNU News
• Offices of Strengths and Vocation
• Student Financial Information
• Senior Impact 2012
• Tutoring Center Information
Can you believe that the end of the school year is just a few weeks away? I certainly can’t! We have a plethora of information for you this month, from senior art exhibitions to scholarship information and everything that falls between.
I want to extend my personal congratulations to all of the parents of graduating seniors! I would like to encourage you to take part in Senior Impact 2012. Each family of a graduating senior received a letter inviting you to join the senior class in their effort to impact the classes behind them through supporting departmental scholarships. To learn more, read the article below or visit www.pointloma.edu/SeniorImpact.
This will be the last Parent E-Newsletter of the Spring 2012 semester, so have a great summer and we will see you back this coming Fall semester!
Parent Connection Manager
Note from the Parents Council
Hello Point Loma Parents!
It is hard to believe we are coming to the close of another school year! For our family, we are coming to the close of our college years. Our son graduated from PLNU in 2011 and now our daughter is set to graduate from Loma in just a few short weeks. What an incredible season of emotional ups and downs this is for us! We have so much to be thankful for--the education of a lifetime, the blessing of good friends and fun times, all of the resources and networking skills for success, the bestowment of the best of Loma's brilliant teaching minds...well, just your basic epic gratitude for this grand Point Loma adventure!
After our kids have climbed Mount Everest, though, it will be necessary for them to climb back down--off the mountain top and back down into the valley, so to speak. We are just trying to make this transitional season as healthy and manageable as possible for our daughter, while also trying not to get our own toes stepped on!
As all of our kids are returning home, let's remember to support this tumultuous time in their year. At our house, we call it 'reentry' and it's important not to let anyone become a fireball during reentry! While we, parents, are so thrilled to have our kids back home, we need to empathize (and not take it personally) that our kids will need to adjust to being back under our roofs. Let's face it, you and your dog can never rise to the 24-hour a day entertainment that a dorm full of young adults can generate. They've had a lot of freedom for midnight burrito runs and solving all the world's problems in raucous 3:00am debates. Your 10:00pm bedtime might burst that bubble a bit. Help them adjust by treating them with respect while stressing the importance of your house rules. Remember that they have had plenty of responsibilities these past few months, so honor their hard work by communicating tactfully with them in an effort to blend smoothly back into one household. Some students are going to need help finding internships or summer work. Support their desire to be independent by giving them guidance from the sidelines. Your sacrifices will really be worth it when you witness your son or daughter becoming mature and taking control of their own circumstances. Sometimes the best thing we can offer our hard working kids is a safe harbor where they can rest their weary minds and restore their energy.
Congratulations, Point Loma parents! You've really done a great job raising these incredible kids! God's blessing on each and every one of you!
Nancy and Ted Ballou
Parent Council Members
PLNU Dates to Remember
April 2-12 – Senior Art Exhibition: Dani Adams
April 11 – Brewed Awakening
April 11 – PLNU Cultural Events: Road Work Ahead, Jazz Concert
April 12 – Senior Dessert
April 13 – Study Abroad Global Dinner
April 13 – Pointless CD Release Concert
April 14 – “Swingin” – PLNU Vocal Jazz Ensemble Concert
April 15 – Study Abroad Scholarship Deadline
April 16-21 – No Exit – Theatre Production
April 20 – Choral Spectrum Concert
April 20 – The Show. PLNU’s Annual Fashion and Art Show
April 22 – Women’s Auxiliary Golf Tee
April 22 – PLNU Choral Union and Orchestra Concert
April 27 – PLNU Chamber Orchestra Concert
April 28 – Jazz at the Point: The PLNU Jazz Band Concert
April 28 – San Diego County Regional Special Olympics Track Meet
May 5 – Undergraduate Convocation
Chapel & Time-Out Schedule – All Things New
4/2 – Chapel: Lauren Winner, Author
4/4 – Chapel: Tenebrae
4/6 – Chapel: No Chapel
4/9 – Chapel: No Chapel
4/11 – Chapel: Amos Yong
4/11 – TimeOut: President Brower
4/13 – Chapel: Brian Becker, PLNU Director of International Ministries
4/16 – Chapel: Matt Jenson
4/18 – Chapel: Mary Paul, PLNU Vice President of Spiritual Development
4/18 – TimeOut: Faith Stories
4/20 – Chapel: Mark Carter, PLNU Chaplain
4/23 – Chapel: Faculty Reflections
4/25 – Chapel: Senior Reflections
4/25 – TimeOut: Tony Wright, ASB Director of Spiritual Life
4/27 – Chapel: Senior & Faculty Communion
View Chapel via the Live Stream.
More information about Chapel.
Stay up to date by visiting the PLNU website. You can always find recent information about what is going on around campus HERE.
Finals Week begins Monday, April 30, and goes through Friday, May 4. Travel arrangements for the summer break should therefore be made beginning after your last final, not before, in order to maintain the integrity of the Academic Calendar. Thanks for planning ahead! To check the final exam schedule visit: http://www.pointloma.edu/experience/academics/class-schedules.
Summer School Courses
If your student is planning to take a course this summer at another college/university, please have them stop by the Records Office with the course description and fill out the course approval form. This form needs to be submitted to and approved by the Records Office before the end of the spring semester. If your student takes any courses that are not pre-approved, they may not receive the credit they anticipated. Please make sure the course is being offered where they plan to take summer school PRIOR to bringing the course description to Records.
PLNU Golf Tee
This year Women’s Auxiliary steps outside the box and onto the green with their first ever Sunday Afternoon Golf Tee and annual meeting. We are hoping to raise some “green” (money, that is) for our new project, .“The Residential Life Enhancement Program”. This is a “wish list” for all 9 dorms to finally get some much needed items not in the budget that will enhance the lives of every student living in the dorms.
Join us at Talega Golf Club for a fun afternoon, some good food, a wonderful time of devotions with Dr. Benefiel and the first ever Helicopter golf ball drop. You can help us raise some much needed funds for the students, mix and mingle with your University leaders, learn more about Women’s Auxiliary and possibly walk away with our Grand prize of $250! Other prizes include rounds of golf from Talega, a stay at The Dana hotel with breakfast, a family 4-pack at Sea World, restaurant gift certificates and lovely gift baskets. Each additional golf ball you purchase directly supports our project and increases your opportunity to take home a fabulous prize. Prizes will be given for the golf ball that lands the closest to the pin and the farthest from the hole-plus many more!
You must be present to win the Grand Prize. See you there!
To reserve your spot or participate, please visit http://www.pointloma.edu/womens-auxiliary or call 619-588-5855.
PLNU Honors Student Entrepreneurs of the Year
The Fermanian School of Business of Point Loma Nazarene University named its “Student-Entrepreneur of the Year” at the annual Entrepreneur Enrichment Program (EEP) Banquet on Wednesday, April 4, 2012.
To read the full article, visit http://www.pointloma.edu/news/point-loma-nazarene-university-honors-student-entrepreneurs-year.
Point-TV and Alumnus Bryan Bangerter Pair Up for Launch
On Monday, April 2nd, 2011 at seven p.m., PLNU’s Point-TV Channel 23 will be teaming up with PLNU’s revived Guerilla Film Society (GFS). The GFS was operating from 2007 to 2010. But media communication major, Andrew Norbeck, is the new President of GFS, and feels like the time has come to revive it.
To read the full article, visit http://www.pointloma.edu/news/point-tv-and-alumnus-bryan-bangerter-pair-launch.
School of Education Reaccredited by CTC
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) recently announced reaccreditation for PLNU’s School of Education (SOE) and all of its credential programs.
“This continuing accreditation reflects the high quality of PLNU’s education programs and credentials as we develop and serve education professionals,” said Dr. Bob Brower, PLNU president. “Congratulations to Dr. Gary Railsback [SOE dean] and all the members of the School of Education for a job well done!”
To read the full article, visit http://www.pointloma.edu/news/school-education-reaccredited-ctc.
PLNU Freshman Takes National Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship
Freshman Emmy Merrill is a PLNU student to watch. As a young, breakout, competitive and championship surfer, she’s on fire.
From February 19-25, 2012, Emmy was in Peru where she competed in the ISA Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship against women of different ages from many different countries. She won first place.
To read the full article, visit http://www.pointloma.edu/news/plnu-freshman-takes-national-stand-paddle-and-paddleboard-championship.
PLNU Celebrated Tuition Freedom Day
At PLNU, tuition currently covers only 76 percent of the education costs for a PLNU student. In fact, never in the history of our university has tuition covered the entire cost of a student’s education. Who's paying the other 24 percent? PLNU receives generous financial support, both large and small, from alumni contributions, donor gifts, corporate sponsorships, and foundations. That means each student who attended PLNU was helped by others who gave to subsidize the cost of education.
To read the full article, visit http://www.pointloma.edu/news/plnu-celebrates-tuition-freedom-day.
Social Work Program Celebrates Social Work Month & Accreditation
Just in time for March’s National Professional Social Work Month, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), “the sole accrediting agency for social work education in [the U.S.],” recently voted to grant initial accreditation to PLNU’s social work program until February 2016.
To read the full article, visit http://www.pointloma.edu/news/social-work-program-celebrates-social-work-month-accreditation.
Pointless CD Release Concert
Pointless is holding its annual spring concert Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Crill Hall. Tickets are on sale all week outside Nicholson Commons during lunch and dinner. Presale tickets are $3 or $5 Friday at the door. You can also preorder our latest CD, Pointless VI, for only $9 (regular $13) which you can pick up the day of the concert! Come hear songs by Adele, Michael Bublé, Kansas, Usher, Bruno Mars, and more! It’s going to be an evening filled with great music, bad dancing, glow sticks, wigs, gorillas, monks, time travel, sports and dorky outfits! Visit http://pointlessmusic.com/#/ or contact email@example.com for more information.
PLNU Week in Pictures
Do you ever wonder what is happening on campus? Check out the Week in Pictures to see photos that students have taken throughout the current week.
You can also find the Week in Pictures on the www.pointloma.edu homepage, just look for the Week in Pictures box located on the bottom right side of the homepage.
Offices of Strengths and Vocations- How to Write a Resume
The average employer spends 10 seconds looking at a resume. Does your student have a resume? If so when was the last it has been updated? Easter break is the perfect time for you to sit down and collaboratively update or create a resume. A resume can be used for a summer job, internship or permanent employment.
Below are a few key items that should be included in your resume:
Heading: At the top of the page, list your name, address, daytime telephone (cell) number where you can be reached and email address. (Caution: Be sure to review the professional quality of your outgoing message on voice-mail, check regularly for messages.)
Education: List education before experience when education is your strength, and list experience first when it is your greatest asset.
Experience: Your experience is not limited to paid positions. Also include non-paid volunteer work and internships. A separate section listing internships is ok.
References: Type your references on separate sheets of paper and take them along to the interview. Do not put “references available upon request.” It is already assumed that you have references and if the employer wants to see them, they will ask.
For a detailed description, templates and examples of resumes please visit the following links.
To better serve our students we provide resume reviews, one on one resume analysis, as well as video resources. When you have completed the resume we welcome you to schedule an appointment with one of our staff members at OSV.
Student Financial Information
Important Student Financial Services Dates
Month of April: Housing room draws begin for 2012-13 school year
April 2: Priority registration begins for Summer and Fall 2012
April 4/5: Maundy Thursday and Good Friday (Offices will be closed)
April 9: SFS Named Scholarship application due
May 3: Cap & Gown Distribution begins
May 5: Commencement
2012-13 SFS NAMED SCHOLARSHIP
The SFS Named Scholarship application allows current students to apply for multiple endowed scholarship funds with one easy application. The application is now available to students through their portal. This is one application for dozens scholarships! Be sure to have your student take advantage of this scholarship opportunity. Your student can also talk to his/her academic department to see if they have any other scholarships available.
Financial Holds have been placed on all delinquent accounts as of March 16th. Students with a financial hold on their accounts will not be able to register for summer or fall classes or participate in Housing Draws, or Commencement. All financial aid should have already posted to student accounts; therefore any pending aid will most likely need your attention at this point.
Is your student participating in Commencement this Spring? Congratulations, you made it! In order to pick up graduation tickets, caps and gowns, and participate in commencement, your student’s account balance must be paid in full. Please contact us if you have any questions about your student’s account.
1098-T TAX FORMS
PLNU has contracted with ECSI to provide 1098-Ts electronically for 2010, and these tax forms are now available through your student’s portal. Form 1098-T is a tax summary issued by PLNU to all students registered during a specified tax year, and includes tuition and required fees, adjustments made for prior years, and scholarships or grants received by the student. Room & board, living expenses, and textbook costs are not included.
Information on Form 1098-T is reported to the IRS and can be used by students to claim certain tax credits or deductions. More information is available on our 1098-T telephone line: 619.849.2799.
To view and print the 1098-T, students will login to the student portal and click on the “Students” tab.
• Click on “Financial Services”
• Click on “1098-T” on the left hand side navigation bar.
• Follow the instructions to access the 1098-T tax form through ECSI’s website.
If you run into any difficulties, please call ECSI at 866.428.1098.
Note that Box 2 of your 1098-T will reflect amounts billed for qualified tuition and related expenses during the 2010 calendar year. Box 1 should be blank. We recommend that you provide this form to your tax preparer, as neither PLNU nor ECSI is able to provide you with any tax advice.
If you have any questions regarding your student’s statement of account, please feel free to contact the Student Financial Services Office at 619.849.2538 Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM- 5:00 PM and Friday 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to serve you!
Senior Impact 2012 – Attention Parents of Graduating Seniors!
The day that we have all been waiting for is almost here! Commencement for the Class of 2012 is just around the corner, and sure you are so proud of your student!
A couple of days ago, you should have received a letter from me sharing about Senior Impact 2012!
In an effort to show our appreciation to PLNU, the Class of 2012 has just launched this fundraising effort - Senior Impact 2012 to impact the future students at PLNU and actively provide scholarships for the students. So, we would like to invite you, as parents, to join our class in our efforts!
All it takes is a small gift of $20.12! Your donation will be directed to the University Fund (main student scholarship fund) allowing you to directly impact the students that will continue at PLNU! How incredible is that?
As our way of saying thank you for your gift to our Senior Impact 2012, you will be able to make a special written tribute in the Commencement Program.
Please join us by contributing to Senior Impact 2012 in celebration of the Class of 2012’s accomplishments.
Donate today and receive a tribute at www.pointloma.edu/seniorimpact!
*The tribute deadline is Wednesday, April 18 at 4pm., so act fast!
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The Tutorial Center is located in Bond Academic Center next to Study Abroad Office.
Students can stop by and make a FREE tutoring appointment today, call 619-849-2593, or email at email@example.com for more information!
Study Tip of the Month
Mind Over Matter. Improve Your Performance with Mental Conditioning.
Winning a race takes both physical and mental conditioning. The race to the academic finish line involves many sprints and some marathons. Mental conditioning is crucial for focus and endurance.
• Visualize it! Imagine going through the steps and finishing the academic task. Visualization will help you believe you can do it. It will also relieve stress.
• Sharpen your focus! Find a study space as free of distractions as possible, but also train yourself to focus. Take a few deep breaths and give yourself a pep talk. Remember to focus on things you can control, rather than all the unknowns.
• Set realistic goals! Break the task into small steps and make sure your goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic and Time-sensitive.
• Give yourself a prize! It’s important to reward yourself every time you reach a goal. Do the hard work first; then take a break to do something you enjoy.