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>>> On May 5, 552 undergraduates, including 163 graduating with honors, and 292 graduate students walked across the Greek Amphitheatre stage and accepted their diplomas. Congratulations to our 2012 PLNU grads!

>>> The PLNU Alumni Board recently welcomed eight new volunteer members. Emily Vaughn (10) is joining Kristin Long (93) as co-director for Southern California. Also joining the board are Lee Beaty (57), director-at-large; Rachelle Wong (94), director for Hawaii area; Jan Stone (68), director for Anaheim area; Sheriess Peters (12), class of 2012 representative; Debbie Ernst (75), director for Los Angeles area; Jim Manker (90), director for Sacramento area; and Ian McKay (2012-13 ASB president), student representative. To see a list of all the Alumni Board members, go to pointloma.edu/alumni.

>>> In March, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) announced reaccreditation for PLNU’s School of Education (SOE) and all its credential programs. “This continuing accreditation reflects the high quality of PLNU’s education programs and credentials as we develop and serve education professionals,” said President Brower.

>>> PLNU hosted the San Diego County Regional Special Olympics Track Meet on April 28. This was the 19th year the event has been held at PLNU, and more than 500 youth and adult athletes and volunteers participated.

>>> On May 11, PLNU professor Dr. Rebecca Laird presented at a conference at the University of Glasgow, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Nazarene pioneer Olive Winchester’s graduation and ordination. Winchester (1879-1947), as an American student in Glasgow, helped solidify the union between the Church of the Nazarene and the Pentecostal Church of Scotland. She was the first woman ordained in the United Kingdom for Christian ministry. As an expert in biblical languages and theology with four degrees, Winchester was a pioneer in theological education. She taught at three Nazarene colleges and was the first dean of the graduate school of Pasadena College, a post she held from 1935-1947. When she passed away, Winchester left her personal library of nearly 1,500 books and $50,000 to build Winchester Library on the campus of Pasadena College. Laird’s paper, “Olive M. Winchester: A Gentlewoman and a Scholar,” explored and celebrated Winchester’s memorable and meaningful life. Alumni with personal stories or memories passed on from parents who were Winchester’s students are encouraged to send information to rebeccalaird@pointloma.edu for an ongoing biographical project.

>>> PLNU’s School of Education is preparing to offer a new first-of-its-kind program in Bakersfield for working adults with the objective to earn their B.A. in cross-disciplinary studies: teacher education. Both the California multiple subject and mild/moderate special education credentials are embedded within the degree. The program will be offered using a cohort model to ensure collaboration. For more information, visit pointloma.edu/grad.

>>> From April 11-13, a group of 23 PLNU students participated in the Two Dollar Challenge, an educational movement that engages students in the fight against global and domestic poverty. The students spent three days and two nights on campus sleeping in cardboard shanties, boiling their drinking water, and simulating what it’s like to live on just $2 or less a day. This year marked PLNU’s third time participating in the annual challenge, a part of the Month of Microfinance movement. Spearheading the event was PLNU’s student microfinance club. Throughout the three-day event, students raised $427 toward the purchase of a motorcycle for Hope International, a Christian microfinance institution, so loan officers can reach clients in more remote areas of Haiti.

>>> Associate professor of biology Dr. April Maskiewicz is in the film From the Dust, which premiered June 2. Highway Media partnered with the BioLogos Foundation and director Ryan Pettey (After the Last Round) to create a documentary that discusses the relationship between science and faith. Scientists and theologians share their insight in an open dialogue about how we read the Scriptures and how we regard scientific discovery.

>>> PLNU senior Kyle Suess represented PLNU at the 6th annual Sustainable Brands Conference June 4-7. The conference was held at Paradise Point in San Diego, and hosted over 1,000 brand leaders from 19 countries. Each year, the conference aims to educate current leadership in businesses and organizations and encourage successful sustainability innovations. Suess led the Green Team – a team of volunteers that worked to make the event a zero waste conference. They achieved their goal of only one bag of trash by the end of each day – something unheard of at a conference of that size.

>>> Beginning in the 2012-13 academic year, the liberal studies major will be offered under a new name: cross-disciplinary studies. It will feature an additional track called integrated education that does not include the teaching methods courses. The new track will be designed for students who want an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree without the blended teacher education feature. This new track offers a diverse and broad education to the many students who have not chosen a specific career path. Students will be exposed to a number of departments and courses. Departments on campus worked collaboratively to offer 12-unit concentrations and a final capstone course that integrates each student’s emphasis of study, personal strengths, educational philosophies, and faith.

>>> PLNU students spent the 40 days of Lent working on a special goal: raising funds for a much-needed school in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Spiritual Development-led program was called 40 Days for Katwatwa. After many years of LoveWorks teams visiting the DRC and working closely with Pastor Celestin Chishibanji, the opportunity arose to help finalize his school-building project in Katwatwa. The Church of the Nazarene had already purchased the land, fabricated the bricks, and was ready to provide the labor to build the school. PLNU students set a goal of raising $8,000 to provide the iron sheets and cement needed to finish the project. In the end, $15,330.11 was raised, making it possible to provide the new school with furniture and school supplies as well.

>>> On June 16, Dr. Becky Havens, professor of economics, was an invited speaker at the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) national conference in Baltimore. The conference was entitled “Sustaining Excellence Through Quality Business Education,” and Havens spoke in a special thought leader track on “Empowering Women.” She presented her paper “Female Leadership Advantage in Economic Crisis.”

>>> Last December, Dr. Victor Labenske listened as 50 piano students each played one of his compositions and arrangements in a recital. The students studied under North County piano teacher Phyllis Bouck, who had the idea of introducing her students to a living composer. Labenske provided a written evaluation for each performance.

>>> On Feb. 25, PLNU freshman Emmy Merrill won first place at the International Surfing Association (ISA) Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship against women of different ages from many different countries. Merrill has won other highly competitive events as well, including national titles for her high school surf team in San Clemente, Calif.

>>> Senior Jedidiah Grooters, Christian ministry major, played a main role in the independent Christian film The Frontier Boys, which was released digitally and on DVD in March through Destiny Images. Though it was written and directed by Jedidiah’s father, John Grooters, the two came up with the initial idea for the film together. The makings of a sequel are in the works. To read an interview with Jedidiah, visit blogs.pointloma.edu.

>>> In April, San Diego Metro Magazine named PLNU one of “San Diego’s Most Trusted Brands.” This award represents local businesses and organizations that have earned the respect of their customers because of their dedication to excellence in professionalism, integrity, and accountability. “The credit for this award really goes to everyone in the PLNU community. The PLNU brand is created by all of the interactions people have with our faculty, staff, students, and alumni,” said Michele Corbett, PLNU director of marketing and creative services.

>>> Dr. Rob Gailey, associate professor of business and director of PLNU’s Center for International Development, was published in May 2012 in one of the top two entrepreneurship journals, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. He co-authored “Empowering Women Through Social Entrepreneurship: Case Study of a Women’s Cooperative in India” with Punita Bhatt Datt. The paper expands the current understanding of women’s entrepreneurship by analyzing a women’s social entrepreneurial venture in India and its effects.

>>> Dr. Kim Hogelucht, PLNU associate professor of business, was honored with the prestigious 2012 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Teaching Excellence Award for Region 7, which includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Alberta, and British Columbia. She received the award in Baltimore, Md., on June 14.

>>> In April, Dr. Clark Greer, professor of communication, presented two papers with co-author Doug Ferguson, professor of communication at College of Charleston, at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) conference in Las Vegas: “Tablet Computers and Traditional TV Viewing: Is the iPad Replacing Television?” and “Predicting the Adoption of Mobile DTV by Local Television Stations in the U.S.” The first paper was awarded first place in the open category of the Interactive Media and Emerging Technologies Competitive Paper Division, and the second was awarded second place in the Management, Marketing, and Programming Division.

>>> The Fermanian School of Business and the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute named Nitasha Stiritz (11) and seniors Arthur Cachero and Blake Harrison its “Student- Entrepreneurs of the Year” at the annual Entrepreneur Enrichment Program (EEP) banquet in April. The team’s innovative “Launch Pad” business plan will produce a web-based application to communicate critical firm startup information and allow small startups to utilize tools that typically have only been available to larger firms. They received $2,500 from the Entrepreneur Enrichment Endowment. In addition, senior business student Matt Joslyn received $1,000, including the $500 Dave and Dorothy Latter Free Enterprise Award, for his project, “Plane & Simple Tours.” His business plan is to provide students with inexpensive, customized trips and services. The Plane & Simple plan was also selected for a $15,000 comprehensive social media marketing plan provided by Zach Johnson’s (08) San Diego-based firm, ZBiz.

>>> School of Education faculty members Dr. Josh Emmett and Dean McGee presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in Vancouver, Canada, in April. They presented their paper, “Harnessing the Power of Extrinsic Motivation for Student Achievement: An Urban High School Improvement Effort.”

>>> PLNU’s student newspaper, The Point Weekly, won a first place award from the American Scholastic Press Association.

>>> PLNU has again been named one of the City of San Diego’s “Recyclers of the Year.” The winners of the 20th Annual Waste Reduction and Recycling Awards were honored April 12 at the San Diego Zoo. PLNU efforts include: solar panels for electricity and hot water heating; recycling and food waste composting in the cafeteria as well as composting pilot programs in the residence halls and office kitchens; water conservation through dual-flush toilets, waterless urinals, and filtered water for reusable water bottles; and raising awareness for sustainability efforts through “Creation Care Week” and months dedicated to not using paper cups or paper towels.

>>> On April 30, PLNU professor of music and department chair Dr. Paul Kenyon was honored as the University Music Educator of the Year by the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Southern Border Section in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education. Kenyon is a member of the San Diego Arts Network, a group of administrators who work together to build visual and performing arts and to help schools maintain those programs in good and bad times. This is his last year as the music department chair and the CMEA wanted to recognize his dedication to the arts.

>> Jene Johnson, sophomore composition major, won first place in the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) San Diego Chapter Centennial Composition Competition, with her wind quintet, “The House of Whaley.” The piece was performed in May at the centennial banquet and again at the MTAC state convention on July 2. Kirsten Shetler, junior composition major, won first place in the adult division of the MTAC Composers Today Composition Contest with her mixed ensemble, “Envisaged Dance.” Sophomore William Ah Sing won third place in the same contest, and Johnson received an honorable mention. Compositions by both Ah Sing and Shetler were featured at the MTAC State Convention on June 30. Meanwhile, senior Diane Tuiofu won a prize in the International Piano Guild Piano Composition Competition, at which senior Jonathan Seligman was a finalist, and music major Lauragrace Barnes received honorable mention.

>>> On May 12, nine PLNU graphic design students participated in the 15th annual AIGA San Diego Annual Portfolio Review and stood out. Out of the 56 students from graphic design programs such as San Diego State University, San Diego City College, and The Art Institute of California – San Diego, PLNU students represented three of the 11 total awards handed out. Libby Spangler took first place overall as well as the best branding category, and Kristina Micotti won the best illustration category. Sixty respected local design professionals judged the student portfolios. In April, PLNU held its own portfolio review on campus, where PLNU graphic design students displayed their work for public viewing and then participated in one-on-one reviews with a selection of distinguished design professionals in San Diego, including Scott Mires, partner and creative director of MiresBall; Tyler Blik of Blik Design (who hired a PLNU student at the review); and Bobby Buchannan of Buchannan Design.

>>> Adjunct business law professor Bob Goff’s new book Love Does was released May 1. Proceeds from Love Does will benefit Goff’s nonprofit organization, Restore International, which combats human trafficking.

>>> In May, Laurie Mikolaycik, adjunct professor of family and consumer sciences, received the Unsung Hero award for San Diego Community College Continuing Education, where she is also an associate professor and parent education department co-chair.

>>> Freshman Anthony Whitson-Martini was recently honored as the second place winner in the Carmel Music Society Vocal Competition. “To have a freshman place among the post-graduates at some of the nation’s finest schools of music is phenomenal,” said Dr. J. Craig Johnson, Whitson-Martini’s voice professor. Meanwhile, Christen Horne, a senior music major, won first place and $3,000 in the Virginia Hawk Memorial Scholarship competition. “PLNU had never had a student place in either competition before this, as it is very rare that students as young as Christen or Anthony would ever be considered ready to compete at this level,” said Johnson. First place winners at the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions this year included Horne, Karin Wilcox (09), and Christian Sanders (11). Austin Thompson (11) won two encouragement awards from the San Diego District. Five PLNU singers were selected for and will be attending prestigious summer programs this year: Whitson- Martini – OperaWorks Advanced Artist program; Michelle Law and Phillip Dannels – OperaWorks Emerging Artist program; and Horne and Genie Tjahjadi – Opera Academy of California.

>>> Dr. Karl Martin, professor of literature, recently published a chapter in Dark Faith: New Essays on Flannery O’Connor’s The Violent Bear It Away, titled “Suffering Violence in the Kingdom of Heaven: The Violent Bear It Away.” He also published a chapter in the book Sexual Ideology in the Works of Alan Moore: Critical Essays on the Graphic Novels, titled “The Love of Nationalism, Internationalism, and Sacred Space in Watchmen.”

>>> Three projects out of PLNU’s marketing and creative services office were honored with 2012 Awards of Excellence by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII. The award-winning projects included: “International Ministries Poster,” designed by Jill Chou, which won gold in the category “Excellence in Design – Posters”; “LoveWorks Video,” by Eric Hires, Dave Bruno, and Sharon Ayala, which won gold in the category “Video General Information Features”; and “And That’s PLNU,” by Hires, Bruno, Ayala, and student intern Madison Dyer, which won bronze in the category “Video Recruitment Features.” CASE is one of the largest nonprofit educational associations in the world. District VII includes institutions in Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Northern Mariana Islands, and Utah.

>>> The Concert Choir traveled on a church relations tour to Hawaii March 3-12. Meanwhile, Point Loma Singers toured northern California from March 2-5.

>>> On March 24, Dr. Kate Reid brought a day of fresh insight into vocal jazz performance to PLNU. After working with PLNU’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble for several hours, she adjudicated four local vocal jazz groups from various community colleges. A full concert featuring the PLNU Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Dr. Reid’s group, the Cypress Jazz Singers, was held that night.

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