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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 PLNU; favorite food is Hot Cheetos and favorite football team is the Indianapolis Colts.     Joseph Elmquist Minneapolis, Minn. – Men’s Basketball – Freshman Lists this as the best advice he ever received: “Keep pushing. You don’t even know what will happen.”     Matt Rose High Point, N.C. – Men’s Soccer – Senior Played for the Portland Timbers U23s team during the summer of 2014; had three assists during the season while starting on defense.     Jonathan Tiggs Fort Worth, Texas – Men’s Soccer – Sophomore Member of both the PLNU men’s soccer team and track & field team; will forever rank in the top 10 in Sea Lions’ history in the 100m and 200m dashes.     Jessica Escorza South Riding, Va. – Women’s Basketball – Senior Recorded the second triple-double in PLNU women’s basketball history when she scored 16 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and had 10 assists in a win over Cal Baptist; earned NCCAA All-American honors.   Lauren Levenson Waimanalo, Hawaii – Track & Field – Junior […]

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 General Hospital in Torrance, Calif., a jaunt up the 110 freeway from her hometown of San Pedro. Fiction or not, what happened inside the walls of Rampart was inspiring to Gerhart. She craved the fast pace and the drama. She was a nursing assistant in high school when she decided to apply to PLNU because of the nursing program’s esteemed reputation. In college, she thrived. “I was always studying, doing clinicals or labs,” said Gerhart. “I really enjoyed the camaraderie of all the nursing students. [In PLNU’s nursing program], there is a compassion toward people and a desire to strive for excellence—and to balance both.” During her college years, she also held a preceptorship—a mentoring experience with a practicing physician—at Sharp Cabrillo Hospital (now Sharp Memorial Hospital) in San Diego. “That’s when I was taught to love the profession,” said Gerhart. “It’s fun but it’s also an extreme responsibility.” She graduated in 1983 and took her first full-time job on the night shift in Sharp Cabrillo’s emergency room. “I received excellent teaching from nurses who really cared about people,” said Gerhart. The very next year, the trauma system as it is known now found its start. The timing was apt—Gerhart had become […]

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 theology and world religions. Surprisingly, he initially planned on majoring in psychology at Northwest Nazarene College. However, any plans to pursue this science of the mind were derailed once he took a Biblical interpretation course with professor C.S. Cowles (with whom he would later work as a professor at Northwest Nazarene College and PLNU). This class, and the lasting relationship he developed with Cowles, awakened in him a passion for theology and religious studies. “It was C.S. who got me so excited about religion and theology,” said Lodahl. “It’s impossible to exaggerate the impact C.S. Cowles had on me.” The encouragement he received from his friend and mentor spurred him to get his master of divinity at Nazarene Theological Seminary and eventually a Ph.D. in theological studies from Emory University. Although a deep love for Christian theology was instilled in him during his undergraduate years, it was during his graduate and doctoral studies that he became fascinated with the way other religious traditions not only attempt to understand the transcendent, but also seek to engage it. Lodahl fell in love with unearthing the ways different religious traditions offer a diagnosis of the […]

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 the trip, led by Dr. Conni Campbell, Dr. Larry Rankin, and professor Carrie Black. All students took courses in their respective departments and gained hands-on experience in either the classroom or local hospitals and clinics. The program ran for two four-week sessions, with the students living in a small hotel in the village. Monday through Friday, they learned about international development in the region and taught classes or did rounds at the hospital. Each weekend, the groups went on excursions around Ghana, including visits to the Kakum National Park canopy, the Wlui Waterfall, the Monkey Sanctuary, and the Cape Coast Slave Castle. Andra Jacques is a PLNU alum (08) and the study abroad coordinator, overseeing the PLNU faculty-led study abroad programs. Jacques performed onsite coordination and program development for the Ghana program in 2013 and 2014. What follows is a look at her experience in Ghana this past summer. Our Arrival It’s 4:30 a.m. and the roosters are crowing. They’re telling me it’s time to get up, but it’s still dark and way too early. As I roll […]

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 someone to get it going, and now the department is called Literature, Journalism & Modern Languages. Students who get accepted into journalism schools all over the country come here because of the quality of education they know they’ll get; the attention we’ll give them; the professional contacts we will share with them; and the fact that we will know them by their names, love them, and complicate their thinking. It became very easy to dig my well here. Q: You played a key role in the creation and development of the Writer’s Symposium. How did it first begin? A: The symposium began with the idea that our students could benefit from hearing directly from the many great journalists and other kinds of professional writers in town. We started it as a one-day thing, with several writers coming in and giving talks about what they did. There was great interaction with the students, and it was very inspiring. Then we broadened it. I asked local crime writer Joseph Wambaugh to come, and instead of giving a talk about writing, he preferred me to ask him questions. I owe a great deal to Joe, because the interview format is one of the […]

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, and the history of the longitude problem. We wrote short papers on these books and their relevance to the history of mathematics and our trip. In addition to reading these works, we also each chose a topic to research independently. Like the books, our topics had historical, mathematical, and cultural significance. We each presented on our topic in an appropriate setting. Since I researched Wren’s involvement with dome building techniques, it was only appropriate that I present underneath his magnum opus and one of the most recognizable domes in the world, St. Paul’s Cathedral. This was one of the most unique presentations I’ve ever given. For one, I was presenting to Dr. Zack, who not only knows the topic very well, but also has written about the very same subject. It is very difficult to wing anything under these conditions. The presentation was also unique in that I had never given one where the subject had such a tangible presence. I could easily make connections for the class based on our collective experience. Rather than point to a photograph of the cathedral and hope my ideas got across, I could just […]

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