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PLNU in Costa Rica

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 the large mammals of the Talamanca cloud forests. At the same time, Mooring and his colleague Dr. David Cummings began teaching in the spring semester program run by Southern Nazarene University (SNU) at its Costa…

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Intensive Care

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 to the cows as well as tag and brand them. “The blood never bothered me,” said Kibler. When the cardiac field first began using parts of cows’ hearts in human transplants in the early ’80s,…

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Athletics: Fall 2013

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) Dyla, and the 1991 men’s cross country team as the ninth Hall of Fame class in school history. “Many athletes, coaches, and support people have helped shape the storied history of PLNU athletics,” said Ethan…

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Balancing College with Being a Caregiver

Balancing College with Being a Caregiver

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 place but also at the perfect age where I wouldn’t know the difference. I became the big sister to a beautiful baby girl whose disabilities would help to formulate my life’s path. Prenatally, Lizzy was…

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From the Archives

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, and relationships is still the heartbeat of the school. Prescott Prayer Chapel is a symbol of that consistency. Originally built on the Pasadena campus, Prescott Prayer Chapel made the move to San Diego in 1973…

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Q&A with Dr. Ron Benefiel

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 at PLNU today. Q: What are some distinctives at PLNU that are formed by Wesleyan/ Holiness thought? A: For me, it is really important to see the Methodist movement and the American Holiness movement, this Wesleyan tradition, as part of a larger Church…

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Distinguished Achievement Award Winners: Fall 2013

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 his master’s degree in religion from Pasadena College three years later. “Because I was attending school while a young pastor, I was eager to learn all I could,” Salgado said. He was strongly influenced by…

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Michelle Chen

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: each intersection of lines symbolizes a carbon atom and each line is a bond between them. It’s a visual representation of a carbon buckyball—the angstrom-sized (one ten-billionth of a meter), perfectly round molecule. If that…

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Athletics: Summer 2013

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, 200 meter, long jump, javelin throw, and the 800 meter. “It puts together all aspects of: Can you control your body? Are you strong enough to throw? Can you jump? Are you fast? Do you…

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Festival of Health

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 PLNU’s Health Promotion Center. As part of the senior leadership team for the School of Nursing this year, I was privileged to help plan this year’s Festival of Health, which brings the community together to…

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Q&A with Alan Hueth

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 Pasadena Tiger, and getting some stories published in the local newspaper, the South Pasadena Journal. In college, I explored radio, film, and TV at Cal State Chico—where I did radio news for the local PBS…

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Nancy K. Murray

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 she made a dress and jacket for her grandmother’s 50th anniversary party. She was captivated. Her first job in fashion was as a sales associate for Horne’s Department Store in Pittsburgh, where she later took…

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