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Mamer Ajak Serves War-torn Communities in South Sudan

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South Sudanese people have experienced war, displacement, and destitution more than they have peace. We catch up with PLNU alum Mamer Ajak and hear about the ways he is working to bring healing and wellness to his country.
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Jessica Painter Fights Loneliness by Connecting Women to Community

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When Jessica Painter moved to Calgary, Canada she found herself far away from home with a much, much smaller social circle. It was a huge change, to say the least.
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Meghan Parsons: Digital Marketing Master

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Meghan Parsons decided that if she was going to be the best she could be in her field, she needed to go back to school and earn her MBA. She found her fit in PLNU's Evening MBA program.

Ben Maiava Ignites the Goals of Others at Passion Planner

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At Passion Planner, Ben Maiava is able to combine his creative and problem-solving skills to help people plan for the future, reflect on the past, and act on the present.
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The Female Athlete Mission

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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...

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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...

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“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

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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.