Category Archives: Fall 2016: Mourning

Life Izz Beautiful

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE The people who make up PLNU intend for this to be a place where both celebrating and mourning can happen freely, so that those experiencing either would be supported, comforted, and not left to do so alone. For those in mourning, shared community is a necessity, especially when a loss is felt so widely. Oct. 11, 2015 was a day that marked a deep loss for the PLNU community. It was the day freshman Isabella “Izzy” Ofsanko died in a car accident—a day…

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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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