Q&A with John Calhoun

Since 1907, the Church of the Nazarene has held general assemblies every four years. These global family reunions serve as times for worship, fellowship, training, and decision-making. We sat down with Dr. John Calhoun, director of PLNU’s Center for Pastoral Leadership, to learn highlights from this year’s General Assembly, key decisions made as resolutions to the church manual, and what those changes mean for the church today. Q: Were there any new general superintendents elected to the leadership this year? A: We have two new…

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Athletics: Life Beyond Soccer

It’s hard not to notice the posters that cover the north-facing wall of Tim Hall’s office. Prominently displayed next to his door and emphasizing his passion for people and relationships are photos of every soccer team Hall has coached at PLNU. More than 500 student-athletes, 22 years of coaching, and a career marked by ministry, mentorship, and athletic success are represented within these posters. As he prepares to retire from his head coaching position at the end of this soccer season, the Viewpoint sat down…

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Full STEAM Ahead

As a young girl, Jasmine Sadler took a dance class for the first time and immediately fell in love with the finesse, expressiveness, and artistry of the movement. As a middle school student, she found she enjoyed tutoring her peers in math and was constantly sought out to help with their algebra homework. And in high school, after witnessing the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, she became inspired to pursue a career in aerospace engineering. With age, Sadler, who studied as an engineering student at the…

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Austin Kino: Wayfinder

The welcome home celebration for the voyaging canoe Hokulea was three years in the making. It took 245 crew members working in rotating groups of 14 or so to complete Hokulea’s historic circumnavigation of the globe, and PLNU alumnus Austin Kino (10) was one of them. Kino joined the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) when he was in high school. He sailed on the Hokulea for the first time in 2005 on a voyage from Kauai to Niihau. According to the PVS, the Hokulea, which means…

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A Balanced Diet[itian]

As Cindy Swann, associate professor and director of PLNU’s Didactic Program in Dietetics, recaps her academic and professional journey, she recognizes the unorthodox nature of it all. Initially drawn to the field of nutrition in high school, she could have never foreseen how pursuing that interest — or agreeing to a cycling expedition — would impact her life so greatly and propel her into the career she has now. After graduating with a nutrition degree from State University College in Buffalo, N.Y., Swann embarked on…

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