Q&A with Brandon Sawyer

Dr. Brandon Sawyer, assistant professor of biology and kinesiology, has been on faculty at PLNU since 2013. We sat down with him to find out more about his background and recent research in maximal exercise and weight loss. Q: You graduated from PLNU with a degree in kinesiology and athletic training. What first sparked your interest in these fields? A: I first became interested in sports medicine during my senior year of high school after I fractured my pelvis in football and my knuckle in basketball.…

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Heather Ross

BY WENDY ROBINSON When you sit in a classroom during a discussion led by Heather Ross, associate professor of philosophy, you’ll most likely sit in a circle, surrounded by peers and Ross herself. Ross intentionally chooses a circle of chairs for learning so every participant is both teacher and learner. Accountability is formed, trust is earned, and respect is fostered, she explained. Because of the deep nature of the subject of philosophy, she added, a strong sense of community is not just helpful but necessary. “It’s…

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Romani-Meets-World: Racing to Serve

Romani-Meets-World: Racing to Serve BY TIFFANY MUSICK MATTHEWS After graduating from PLNU with a degree in athletic training, Nikki Romani (10), like so many students, began her pursuit of a graduate degree. With her heart set on becoming a physical therapist, Romani found work in a local physical therapy clinic, took prerequisite courses at a community college, and sent in applications to several grad programs. As she waited for responses, she prayed that God would open the right door. Little did she know then, a door…

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Athletics: Spring 2015

Tim Whetstone & the Green Sea BY DANNY BARNTS Among the sea of painted faces at the 2014 Homecoming basketball games—though hard to spot at first through all the green paint—was PLNU university chaplain Tim Whetstone. Whetstone’s familiar face caused quite a few double takes as attendees walked by the Green Sea, a designated student cheering area of the gym. “The students were just awesome to be with, especially with that amount of energy,” Whetstone said. “It was great to see the guys go away…

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Rhapsody from the Ashes: The Music-Making of J.R. Bishop

BY JAMES BISHOP I don’t know why or how the notes came when they did, but it happened at 2 a.m. I had stared at the piano, seriously disappointed that I wasn’t in bed. I’d been frustrated and perplexed for hours, clunking out good but unsatisfying notes, melodies, chords, and themes that felt more forgettable to me than worthwhile. I was in the basement of Cooper Music Center after hours, falling asleep on a piano in one of the practice rooms.   As I drifted…

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Hike for a Home: 2,185 Miles of Compassion

BY ADAM (AJ) WOLF (14) Last year, from June 11 to October 31, PLNU alums AJ Wolf (14) and Tavis Robertson (14) and Wolf’s father, Eric, set out on a journey to change the lives of abandoned children in Jusarang, Seoul, South Korea. Their campaign, Hike for a Home, was a journey of faith along the Appalachian Trail, a nearly 2,200-mile hike stretching from Maine to Georgia. During their adventure, the three raised more than $8,000 toward the construction of a rescue center for South…

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