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Our culture's messages and our own fears can contribute to stereotypes about aging that are quite contrary to a biblical view of growing older.

BY DR. MIKE MOORING Since 2009, PLNU’s Department of Biology has led a biennial neotropical ecology field course in Costa Rica that has garnered rave reviews by students. In 2010, Dr. Mike Mooring, professor of biology, began leading his summer research students to Costa Rica to conduct field research on...

BY SHARON AYALA Carol Kibler (87) recalls one clear indication that she was made for the medical field—
the thrill of her family’s biannual trip to Oregon to help friends bring their cattle in from pasture. Twice a year since the age of 10, Kibler and her family would administer shots...

Hall of Fame Honors New Inductees BY DANNY BARNTS The PLNU Athletic Hall of Fame will open its doors for the first time in five years to induct Bill Young (56), Mathias Sundberg (97), Erin Kellar-Hill (03), Jessica Mercado (05), Ashley (Strimple) (07) Bowman, Joe Prince (07), Amanda (Addie) (08)...

Experienced caregiver Allyson Ledsam wants people to know the difference their friendships and time can make.

BY NAZARÉ SIMAS I was not quite two years old when my younger sister, Lizzy, was born. She was tiny and fragile and came into the world quite likely surrounded by angels. I was too young to realize that my path as a caregiver was about to be set into...

Family caregivers face physical, psychological, and emotional challenges and many difficult decisions as they assist their loved ones. But there are also opportunities for deep joy and gratitude.

This year, Homecoming celebrates 40 years since PLNU moved from its Pasadena location to the oceanfront Point Loma campus. In that time, a lot has changed, but the important things have remained the same. PLNU’s commitment to providing students with a quality education in a community founded on faith, service,...

Q&A with Dr. Ron Benefiel BY BRIAN BECKER PLNU was founded by P.F. Breese and is affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, a holiness denomination birthed out of Wesleyan Methodism. PLNU’S dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry shares some of the ways this tradition informs life...

Dr. Jonathan Salgado (M.A. 73) Dr. Jonathan Salgado (M.A. 73) was born and raised in a Quaker home in Guatemala. Much of his education was completed at Nazarene institutions, however, and he was ordained as a minister in the Church of the Nazarene in Los Angeles in 1970. He earned...

BY SHARON AYALA To explain her field of study, Dr. Michelle Chen, PLNU associate professor of physics, refers to a ball on her desk. It is hand-sized and made up of hexagons, like a soccer ball you can see all the way through. She points to each part and explains:...

Honea Sweeps the Heptathlon For some athletes, the thought of specializing in more than one athletic event can be daunting. But for junior Lindsay Honea, it’s just another day at the track. Honea competes in the heptathlon, which is comprised of seven events: 100 meter hurdles, high jump, shot put,...

by Yessenia Soto-Roselle Senior Yessenia Soto- Rosselle has served at PLNU’s annual Festival of Health for the past three years. This free, community event is sponsored by the School of Nursing and held in San Diego’s City Heights neighborhood at Mid City Church of the Nazarene, which is also home to...

by Christine Spicer Dr. Alan Hueth, professor of communication, has helped launch PLNU grads into the media for the past 11 years. Q: Where did your interest in communication and film begin? A: It started out in high school—being one of the editors for my high school newspaper, the South...

by Sharon Ayala In junior high school, Dr. Nancy K. Murray, professor of fashion and interior design, took her first sewing class. She made a basic skirt and was one of two students to receive an A. For her 16th birthday, she received her first quality sewing machine, with which...

Joy Evans Peterson (60) teaches couples how to use gratitude to strengthen their relationships.