Tag Archives: Viewfinder

Hike for a Home: 2,185 Miles of Compassion

BY ADAM (AJ) WOLF (14) Last year, from June 11 to October 31, PLNU alums AJ Wolf (14) and Tavis Robertson (14) and Wolf’s father, Eric, set out on a journey to change the lives of abandoned children in Jusarang, Seoul, South Korea. Their campaign, Hike for a Home, was a journey of faith along the Appalachian Trail, a nearly 2,200-mile hike stretching from Maine to Georgia. During their adventure, the three raised more than $8,000 toward the construction of a rescue center for South…

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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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If Walls Could Talk

BY GORDON CARRIER with SHARON AYALA In 2008, PLNU partnered with CarrierJohnson + CULTURE, a San Diego-based architecture and interior design firm, to facilitate design of what would be PLNU’s new science facility. Gordon R. Carrier, FAIA, the firm’s design principal, quickly understood this building would be different. This commission could not merely solve space efficiency issues or be limited to aesthetic imaging. It was clear this building required a larger story. We spoke with Carrier, who articulated his desire to seek a deeper meaning…

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Created Space

BY NICOLE FOUNTAS Each semester, PLNU’s discipleship ministries puts on Created Space, a large prayer and worship event that provides space for the student body to outwardly express creative means of spiritual growth and formation. More intimate manifestations of the event are monthly workshops that offer a small group of students the opportunity to develop a particular form of personal prayer. For December’s workshop, students gathered a few weeks before Christmas to express personal meanings of Advent through the medium of childhood arts and crafts.…

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PLNU in Costa Rica

BY DR. MIKE MOORING Since 2009, PLNU’s Department of Biology has led a biennial neotropical ecology field course in Costa Rica that has garnered rave reviews by students. In 2010, Dr. Mike Mooring, professor of biology, began leading his summer research students to Costa Rica to conduct field research on the large mammals of the Talamanca cloud forests. At the same time, Mooring and his colleague Dr. David Cummings began teaching in the spring semester program run by Southern Nazarene University (SNU) at its Costa…

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Festival of Health

by Yessenia Soto-Roselle Senior Yessenia Soto- Rosselle has served at PLNU’s annual Festival of Health for the past three years. This free, community event is sponsored by the School of Nursing and held in San Diego’s City Heights neighborhood at Mid City Church of the Nazarene, which is also home to PLNU’s Health Promotion Center. As part of the senior leadership team for the School of Nursing this year, I was privileged to help plan this year’s Festival of Health, which brings the community together to…

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Bonds Without Borders

by Lucy Rojas “La Posada” is a tradition that has been celebrated in Mexico going back as far as 400 years, where people go from door to door asking for lodging and being denied, recreating the journey of Joseph and Mary. La Posada Sin Fronteras (sin fronteras means “without borders”) is held each year at Christmastime at Friendship Park along the San Ysidro/Tijuana border. Friendship Park is a unique place along the border where people can interact and even touch through the fence. La Posada Sin…

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Viewfinder: Our Olympic Reunion

by Jim Crakes with Liz Green The connection retired PLNU track and field coach Jim Crakes has with British Olympians spans nearly three decades and two continents. First, Crakes brought British athletes to PLNU. More recently, he took a group from PLNU to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Point Loma Nazarene University’s all-weather track In 1983, Frank Dick, the head British athletic coach for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, contacted me after he had traveled up and down the California coast looking…

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