Category Archives: Spring 2017: The Healing Power of Art

Learning Through Leadership: Zach Lickteig Jumps Into Great Escapes

It was evening when freshman Zach Lickteig finally made it back to his residence hall. After slowly walking to his room, he tossed his bags and immediately flopped down on his bed and didn’t move; every muscle in his body ached. He could still smell the bay on his clothes as memories of the day flashed through his mind. They had left an imprint on him and he was grateful. Lickteig led a kayaking trip to Coronado last semester with Great Escapes, PLNU’s outdoor leadership…

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Ines Irawati

Ines Irawati, vocal coach and pianist, has a long list of impressive musical credentials. But it’s the less tangible elements of her career, the experiences beyond those offered by any degree, program, or performance, that have impacted Irawati’s life the most. Irawati’s musical journey began at the age of three, after being separated from her parents overnight to undergo surgery. Unable to have them by her side, she was left fearful of being apart from them. To help deal with the anxiety that resulted from…

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Athletics: Spring 2017

PLNU Student-Athletes Win Top Honor in Academics PLNU has won the 2016 President’s Award for Academic Excellence — claiming the top honor for the first time since joining the NCAA Division II three years ago. The Sea Lions have climbed through the university rankings over the past three years, from taking third place in 2014, to placing second in 2015, and now finishing first in 2016. The award is a direct reflection of the hard work of PLNU student-athletes, who increased their Academic Success Rate…

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44 Years Advocating for the Arts: Q&A with Dr. Karen Sangren

“ … the arts have been an inseparable part of the human journey; indeed, we depend on the arts to carry us toward the fullness of our humanity. We value them for themselves, and because we do, we believe knowing and practicing them is fundamental to the healthy development of our [students’] minds and spirits. That is why, in any civilization — ours included — the arts are inseparable from the very meaning of the term ‘education.’” — National Standards for Arts Education Dr. Karen…

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Making a Musical: A Glimpse Into the Life of Hamilton Resident Director Hannah Ryan

{ SCENE 1 } Morning light breaks. Before getting ready for the day, Hannah Ryan (08) makes her way to her computer, where she edits notes she took from the previous night’s performance of Hamilton: An American Musical. On the subway ride to the theatre, she reads scripts for other projects she is developing. She arrives at the theatre for a “put-in” rehearsal, or dress rehearsal for new company members. The actors get into costume, after which she meets with them to go over dance…

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No Longer Isolated: Art Therapy’s Effect on Older Generations

Many older adults in our society are being diagnosed with psychological brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — and the number is growing. Many suffering with these illnesses also experience mental health stigma, a fear of being judged or misunderstood, which almost inevitably leads to silence, and even isolation. Over the last decade though, researchers have tried non-traditional therapy methods to assist patients in healing and connecting with others. Art therapy, a form of psychotherapy involving the encouragement of self-expression…

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The Mystery and Power of the Creative Arts

Perhaps most of your experience with the creative arts stems from when you were younger, whether that was learning to play the piano after school, constructing a vibrant collage during art period, or studying British literature in college. Unfortunately, for many of us, that might be our only experience with the artistic world. As we grow older, some of us put aside the easel and metronome and stop participating — both as active creators and observers — in the creative arts. Erwin Raphael McManus, artist, author,…

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Q&A with Dana Hojsack

On Oct. 29, in collaboration with the School of Theology and Christian Ministry and the Office of Spiritual Development, Dana Hojsack, director of community ministries, accompanied faculty and staff members Dr. Mary Paul, Dr. Rebecca Laird, Dr. Kara Lyons-Pardue, and 14 female students to the SheLeads: Reclaiming the Blessed Alliance for Faithful Mission regional summit at Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene (PazNaz). The students heard from expert speakers and a panel of female pastors, and were led by an on-site worship team that featured…

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