All posts by Christian Martinez


Talking Point: Q&A with Dawne Page

Dr. Dawne Page, chair of the Department of Biology, holds a Ph.D. in immunology from the University of California, San Francisco, and teaches courses in genetics and immunology. Her research involves exploring B cell development and maturation in zebrafish, and she recently had her endings published in the medical journal Blood. We sat down with her to learn more about her journey in the sciences. Q: How did you first fall in love with science? A: My science professors drew me in—a fantastic chemistry teacher in…

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Seeing People Through the Eyes of Christ

This summer, I had the opportunity to travel with several other PLNU students and leaders on a LoveWorks trip to Selma, Ala.—a 17-day museum and mission trip with the primary goal of fulfilling a need at Selma high schools. “To look at people through the lens of Christ, I had to look at myself with the same lens.” Prior to leaving, our team led university-wide giving competitions and weight-lifting challenges, together dubbed the “Selma Strong Campaign,” through which we raised around $10,000 to upgrade and…

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Changing the Game on Physical Education

George Velarde (94) recalled his first draw into the world of physical education. “I was a cross-country runner in high school, and I remember watching my coaches and physical education teachers having so much fun while building this great rapport with students, and I knew that was what I wanted to do,” he said. In pursuit of that calling, Velarde attended PLNU, where he earned his bachelor’s in athletic training while also running on the cross-country and track and field teams, and went on to…

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Athletics: Fall 2016

Leveling the Playing Field—Literally This summer, PLNU made “America’s Most Scenic Ballpark” even better. The Carroll B. Land Stadium has long been lauded for its incredible view overlooking the Pacific Ocean, but recent improvements to the surface have garnered new pride for the field within the community—for professionalism and sustainability. Within just a week of the final game of 2016, the 40-year-old turf around home plate and the 60-year-old outfield grass were removed. More than 50 truckloads and 1,300 cubic yards of soil were brought…

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How to Mourn with Those Who Mourn

Dr. Reuben Welch, professor emeritus, served as university chaplain from 1968-83. Since then, he has been an integral part of our community, impacting many lives at PLNU and beyond through his classes, pastoral leadership, and genuine friendship. We sat down with him to learn from his years of experience coming alongside those grieving and mourning, and loving them. Q:  When people are in mourning, what might be helpful for them to hear? What might be harmful? A: Familiar words come to mind: “God is good,” “God’s…

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From Private Grief to Community Concern

On a Saturday evening in early January 2014, PLNU associate dean of education Dr. Conni Campbell’s 22-year-old son, Brady, was desert camping in Imperial County with old friends from Point Loma High School (PLHS). He was off-roading his truck with two of them. Brady’s friend made a sudden and too sharp turn. The truck rolled. Brady was ejected from the vehicle. Campbell’s phone rang that evening in San Diego, relaying the unthinkable, shattering news that Brady had died at the scene of the crash. By…

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Living with Loss: Walking Through Grief & Mourning

In early July, PLNU alumnus John Mark Slagle (84) was on the phone with his 26-year-old son, Jordan, discussing a speech Jordan had to give for a course at Trinity Western. The speech was to be a reflection on Jordan’s leadership style. Jordan was nervous about giving it and still needed to work some things out. Before ending the call, the two of them agreed to review the speech together the next morning at home. A few hours after John said goodbye to his son…

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Created Space

BY NICOLE FOUNTAS Each semester, PLNU’s discipleship ministries puts on Created Space, a large prayer and worship event that provides space for the student body to outwardly express creative means of spiritual growth and formation. More intimate manifestations of the event are monthly workshops that offer a small group of students the opportunity to develop a particular form of personal prayer. For December’s workshop, students gathered a few weeks before Christmas to express personal meanings of Advent through the medium of childhood arts and crafts.…

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Behind the Lens: Destin Daniel Cretton

BY ERIC YATES Storytelling and introspection is at the heart of everything that Destin Daniel Cretton (01) does. Whether it’s detailing the inner workings of a short-term foster-care facility, deep diving the San Diego indie music scene, or profiling the real-life coming-of-age saga about a 14-year-old living alternating lives as an emerging adolescent and a vassal in a medieval fantasy kingdom, the 35-year- old can see a story in just about anything. And he has used his gift of storytelling to produce a cadre of short and…

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Jeff Sullivan

BY TIFFANY MUSICK MATTHEWS When students ask PLNU professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology Dr. Jeff Sullivan for career advice, he tells them to find what they’re passionate about and distinctly gifted in and use that to partner with God in what He’s doing. For Sullivan, this is more than advice; these are the words he lives by. “I feel incredibly and uniquely called to be a teacher,” he said. “It wakes me up in the morning.” As blessed as he feels to teach,…

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From the Archives

In this issue, we continue to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the move of Pasadena College to Point Loma. While this watershed moment in the school’s history presented a time of excitement and possibility, it also brought with it uncertainty and discomfort. Dr. Shelburne Brown, college president at the time of the move, understood that reality. He knew the change wouldn’t be easy, but remained obedient to God’s call and hopeful for the school’s future. The letter featured here, which was published in the campus…

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