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Literary icon Alice Walker smiles to the crowd at the PLNU Writers Symposium

Lessons I Learned From Alice Walker

Literary legend Alice Walker came to PLNU for the 25th annual Writer's Symposium by the Sea.

Beautifully Bookish Bethany: An Unexpected YouTube Career

PLNU alum Bethany Pullen was inspired to create a YouTube channel driven by her love of reading.
PLNU student leaving the cliffs.

Combo Swell

Read about the historic sunset cliffs located at the edge of PLNU and the surfers who shaped the culture around this community.
Two couch chairs for the Writer's Symposium sit outside on a cliff edge.

Writing that Liberates: 2020 Writer’s Symposium By The Sea

Here’s what a colleague just asked me: “Has the Writer’s Symposium ever had a literary giant as big as Alice Walker?" It was a question that gave me pause, and it was great fun trying to think of an answer.
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It’s All Relational | The Legacy of Professor Dan Nelson

When music professor Dan Nelson was diagnosed with terminal ALS, he decided to spend his final months doing what he lived for: investing in students.
A choir looks at their music sheets and sings.

PLNU Hosts Community Christmas Concert, “Handel’s Messiah”

PLNU has its own longstanding Christmas tradition in the form of the annual performance of “Handel's Messiah,” an event celebrating Christ through music.
A artist stands on a ladder painting a building mural.

Channin Fulton Designs for Good

“I consider my work as an artist as more of a vocation than just a job. How am I serving my community with my gifts and hard work? And how do I design for good?"

PCT Portraits: Capturing Thru-Hikers On Their 2,650 Mile Journey

For the last year and a half, I have become more and more interested with the Pacific Crest Trail, and each hikers' unique journey walking from Mexico to Canada.
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Dirshu Adonai | Concert Choir Performs at Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue

In April 2019, PLNU's Concert Choir celebrated the beginning of the Jewish week of Passover with Congregation Beth Israel, San Diego’s oldest...

Music & Grit: How Music-Making Makes Us Tougher, Smarter, Braver, and...

It’s ancient, cross-cultural, universal. It’s present in our celebrations, our mournings, our worship. We speak it, make it, hear it, feel...
Kaena Kekoa As Jasmine in Disney's Aladdin

“A Whole New World” for Kaena Kekoa

A year after graduating PLNU, Kaena Kekoa (18) made her professional theater debut as Jasmine in Disney’s Broadway production of “Aladdin”.
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Musical Performances | PLNU Concert Choir

Watch the PLNU Concert Choir perform Wene Wedwa, a traditional Zulu song that translates to "You Alone." Arranged by Daniel Jackson and filmed on the beautiful campus of PLNU.