Loma Talks 2021: The Road Trip Series

Loma Talks 2021


This year, we’re going on a virtual road trip to highlight alumni from all around the country who are doing amazing work in their communities. Check out our list of regional events happening alongside each Loma Talk to keep the celebration going all week long!  Can’t wait to see you there!

Stop #1: East Coast 

In-Person Event: PLNU Alumni Summer Celebration

Saturday, July 17th

East Coast alumni, join us for lunch and Loma family fun at Bull Run Park to celebrate the start of our summer alumni road trip! We'll be close to a bathroom & a playground for kids. Bring your own lunch or let us provide you a sandwich from McAlister's Deli! Chips, cookies, and drinks will be provided for everyone. Don't forget to sport your Loma gear! 


Stop #2: San Diego

Virtual Event: Feeling "Inside Out" with Tiffany Rodrigues (18)

Wednesday, July 21st at 12 PM (PST)

Join us as we connect with Tiffany Rodrigues, who received her M.A. in Clinical Counseling from PLNU in 2018. As we face the realities of a post-pandemic world, Tiffany will share tangible tips for going back to "normal."


In-Person Event: San Diego Community Gathering

Saturday, July 24th at 6:30 PM (Movie begins at 8 PM)

San Diego alumni and friends, we want to welcome you back to campus for a movie under the stars! Join us for food, lawn games, family fun, and a screening of Inside Out as we celebrate our alumni who have been caring for our mental health during this unprecedented season. Admission is FREE, but don't forget to bring some cash for a food truck, and concessions to support student scholarships!


Stop #3: Seattle

Virtual Event: Real Estate Today with Mary Herzog (05)

Wednesday, July 28th at 12 PM (PST)

Curious about the challenges and changes in the housing market over the past year and half? Wondering what it's like to jump into a career in realty? Join Mary Herzog (05) as she answers your questions on investing in property in 2021. 


In-Person Event: Seattle Area Community Gathering

Saturday, July 31st at 10 AM

We can't wait to gather with our fellow Seattle area alumni and friends at Washington Park Arboretum UW Botanical Gardens! Join us for complimentary coffee, pastries, and good conversation. If you had the chance to join us for our Real Estate Loma Talk with Mary Herzog, now is the chance to meet her in person and talk shop on any questions pertaining to the Seattle Area real estate market.


Stop #4: Sacramento

Virtual Event: The Local and Global Face of Trafficking - Agape International Ministries with Matt Robertson (92)

Wednesday, August 4th at 12 PM (PST)

Join us as we hear from Matt Robertson (92), Alumni Board President and 2021 Hope Rising Award Recipient for the PLNU Center for Justice and Reconciliation, who currently serves as the Director for Relational Advancement for Agape International Ministries (AIM).  Matt will share about the work of AIM and give us an opportunity to learn more about the face of human trafficking, and how you can get involved both globally and in your own backyard.


In-Person Event: Sacramento Community Gathering

Saturday, August 7th (Time TBD)

Sacramento Alumni & Friends! Join us on August 7th for a river float & picnic. Look forward to lunch, lawn games, and good company.


Stop #5: Arizona

Virtual Event: Honoring Culture through Music & Film with Scott Stevens (11)

Wednesday, August 11th at 12 PM (PST)

Whether you are a professional musician or just a lover of movies and music, this Loma Talk is for you! Join film composer Scott Stevens (11) as we explore the ways that the diverse cultures and musical instruments of the world have shaped his approach to writing music. Hear more about how music plays a vital role in how we react emotionally to the films we see.


In-Person Event: Arizona Community Field Trip

Saturday, August 14th (Time TBD)

Join Scott Stevens (11) and fellow PLNU alumni and friends for a field trip to the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix! Come explore its collection of over 8,000 instruments from 200 different countries around the world, and celebrate the rich history of many world cultures through music. Don't miss out on special PLNU pricing! 


Stop #6: Bay Area

Virtual Event: Keeping the Arts Alive during a Pandemic with Jessica Bird Beza (09)

Wednesday, August 18th at 12 PM (PST)

While all industries have been impacted by the pandemic over the past year and a half, one industry seemed to be hit harder than most: performing arts. Jessica Bird Beza (09) is a theater director based in the Bay Area who has seen firsthand the impact of Covid-19 on her career and on the arts as a whole. Hear how artists, directors, actors, and others worked together to think outside the box to keep the arts alive during such a challenging season. 


In-Person Event: Bay Area Community Gathering

Saturday August 21st (Time TBD)

Join us in the Bay Area for family fun and an outdoor screening of a theater performance. More details to come!

Event link coming soon!

Stop #7: Orange County

Virtual Event: Uniting to Protect our Oceans with Vipe Desai (91)

Wednesday, August 25th at 12 PM (PST)

This Loma Talk is for businesses, families, and individuals alike! We are all key players in conserving our oceans not only to save our wildlife, but also to keep our economy moving forward. Hear from Vipe Desai (91), entrepreneur and philanthropist, about how he fell in love with the ocean, and how we can work together to protect our oceans for future generations. Orange County Alumni, join Vipe and the PLNU community following our Loma Talk for a day at the Ocean Institute on August 28th.


In-Person Event: Orange County Community Field Trip

Saturday August 28th (Time TBD)

Bring your families and join fellow alumni for a field trip to the Dana Point Ocean Institute. More details to come!

Event link coming soon!

Stop #8: Colorado

Virtual Event: The Secret Life of Zookeepers with Kelsey Eggers (14)

Wednesday, September 8th at 12 PM (PST)

Get a first-hand look at the life of a zookeeper with Kelsey Eggers (14), who cares for predators at the Denver Zoological Foundation. Hear about how zookeepers care for, train, and protect animals, and get the inside scoop on amazing creatures such as lions, rhinos, otters, and hyenas!


In-Person Event: Denver Alumni Field Trip to the Zoo

Saturday, September 11th (Time TBD)

Join your fellow Colorado alumni and friends as we take in all of the sights and sounds at the Denver Zoo! You don't want to miss this event, complete with a meet and greet with Zookeeper Kelsey Eggers (14) and special PLNU pricing. Schedule and more information coming soon!

Event link coming soon!

Stop #9: Hawaii

Event information coming soon!