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The Female Athlete Mission

The Female Athlete Mission (or The FAM as it’s more often referred to) is a blog and podcast founded by Natalie Lawrence to address the specific mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of female athletes.

Creating Connection Through Aira: An App for People Who Are Blind...

Aira is a local start-up company transforming the way people who are blind, low vision, or experiencing age-related vision loss experience daily life and connection with others.
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Distinguished Achievement Awardee: Mendell Thompson

Mendell Thompson’s life was influenced by PLNU from his childhood. His parents both devoted their careers to the university. When it was his time to go to college, PLNU (then Pasadena College) was the natural choice.
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Alumnus of Point Loma (APL) Awardee: Cindy Outlaw

Being a mountain climber, Cindy Outlaw knows a lot about perseverance. She also knows the value of many small steps in the right direction. She has impacted thousands of lives around the world through her work with Plant With Purpose.
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Alumnus of Point Loma (APL) Awardee: Michelle Murphy

The commendation from the United States President was a wonderful encouragement, but Michelle Murphy worked to improve her school district’s technology access and offerings not for accolades but for students.

Lauren Kim: Empowering Others to Reverse Poverty

“I want to be someone who people know they can be heard by, who is a voice for the voiceless. The international development major pushes me to personally step out of my comfort zone and into those places that aren’t fully served."

Alum Trains NFL Star: Decker Davis and Seattle Seahawks QB Russell...

“It was the weirdest day of my life,” said PLNU alumnus Decker Davis on the day he was hired as the personal trainer for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

The Rise of the Social Media Influencer

A relatively new phenomenon has been the rise of the social media influencer. A social media influencer is exactly what it sounds like: someone with significant influence over online followers.
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PLNU Honors Retiring CFO

At this May’s Commencement, PLNU bestowed an honorary doctorate degree on George Latter, Jr., senior vice president of finance and CFO. Latter,...

Bringing Play and Happiness to Children One Smile at a Time

Mark Wassmer and Matt Montell have a desire to serve communities by bringing health, wellness, and play to children — especially those from the poorest and most disadvantaged backgrounds.

No — A “Work-Life Balance” Isn’t Possible and Here’s Why

It seems that life is getting harder and harder to balance, to make time for the many pressing and important demands...
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From Hoops to Hope: The Story of Hope Leadership Academy

Growing up without a father in the home, Willie Briscoe started Hope Leadership Academy, a ministry that helps youth break the cycles of divorce, poverty, and hopelessness.