Category Archives: Fall 2014: Read to Succeed

My Journey Through the History of Mathematics

BY JONATHAN PAUL The day after graduation, Dr. Maria Zack, chair of the Department of Mathematical, Information & Computer Sciences, led me, along with four other students, on a two-week study abroad trip to England for a course on the history of mathematics entitled “Time, Space and Place: The History of Mathematics and Science in England from 1500-1800.” Everybody on the trip was pretty different, which made for a good experience and an interesting group dynamic. Before we left, we read books on the lives and works of Isaac Newton, Christopher Wren,…

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Q&A with Dean Nelson

  Dr. Dean Nelson, founder and director of the PLNU journalism program, has hosted the Writer’s Symposium by the Sea since its beginning in 1995. In celebration of the symposium’s upcoming 20th anniversary and the current anniversary of Nelson’s 30th year on campus, we caught up with him to learn more about the significance of both milestones. Q: What brought you to PLNU and has kept you here all this time? A: I was hired in 1984 to start the journalism program, but my wife and I didn’t plan on staying for more than a couple of years. The Literature Department needed…

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Worlds Woven Together

BY ANDRA JACQUES   Each summer for the past six years, a group of PLNU business students has traveled to the rural village of Akatsi, Ghana, West Africa for four weeks to take classes with PLNU economics professor Dr. Senyo Adjibolosoo. Dr. Adjibolosoo, who is from Ghana, founded the Human Factor Leadership Academy (HFLA), a Christian primary school currently serving pre-school through the fifth grade, with a high school opening this fall. Now known as the PLNU Ghana Study Abroad Program, this year marked the first summer that education, child and adolescent development, and nursing majors made…

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Michael Lodahl

BY CHRISTOPHER HAZELL As you step into Dr. Michael Lodahl’s office, you’re instantly immersed into the heart of academia. Shelves brimming with countless books, ranging from rabbinic theology to 18th century philosophy, adorn the quaint, scholarly room. Lodahl sits with a view of the Pacific stretched out before him. He is a lover of books, ideas, deep conversation, and, as any student of his will tell you, thoughtful questions. “I love reading and thinking about ideas,” said Lodahl. “And I’ve always loved writing.” It’s these inner proclivities that eventually led Lodahl to PLNU as a professor of…

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Annie Gerhart: Living and Working with an Open Heart

Annie Gerhart: Living and Working with an Open Heart BY SHARON AYALA Annie Gerhart’s mother was the first to have an inkling that her daughter would thrive as a nurse. But it was only after watching “Emergency!,” the 1970s TV show about a group of first responders whose stories collide at Rampart General Hospital in Los Angeles County, that Gerhart decided she wanted to be in emergency medicine. “I wanted to be like Dixie McCall [the show’s head nurse]—she didn’t take anything from anybody,” said Gerhart. The real Rampart General Hospital was actually Harbor…

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Athletics: Fall 2014

Sea Lions from Around the World PLNU’s athletic teams host a multitude of talent when it comes to everything from rebounds and free throws to goals, aces, and record-breaking relays. In addition to sports savvy, the Sea Lions boast quite a bit of diversity, with players hailing from across the country and the globe to join their teammates. Here is a glimpse of PLNU’s student-athletes not native to the West Coast.   Luke Lance Marion, Ind. – Men’s Soccer – Sophomore Earn PacWest All-Academic honors in his first season with…

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