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After Mass Tragedy: Moving Beyond Our Initial Response

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In December 2017, the fires in Ventura, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Diego, California, were still burning when the vast majority of news...

Outreach Clinic at Wesley Co-Op | PLNU Nursing

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PLNU nursing students put their education into practice by serving the community.

Return to Cerro Kamuk: Perspectives from the Research Trail

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Our first trek (more like an expedition) up Cerro Kamuk was arduous and painful yet still incredible. The sites were breathtaking, but our packs were heavy. I remember the very first day when we came to a fork in the road...

Understanding the Loneliness Epidemic

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Today, we have greater access to other people than perhaps any time in history. Yet the access and constant connection has not diminished loneliness. In fact, today many people are deeply lonely.

The Hospitality of Being Present

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“Does everyone at your company feel like a failure because all of your patients die?” My eighteen-year-old son genuinely wanted to know. I explained to him that for people in the hospice industry, death isn’t failure; it’s the completion of life.

From RN to BSN: Allison Gold’s Journey of Vocation

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Each day on my way to work, I call my mom just to hear her simple, loving words: “I hope you have a nice day.”...
Dean Nelson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have a conversation at the PLNU Writer's Symposium.

Writing that Imagines: 2019 Writer’s Symposium By The Sea

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The Writer’s Symposium By The Sea brings in top novelists, essayists, poets, journalists, songwriters, screenwriters and others each year to interact with our students...

Changing the Game on Physical Education

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George Velarde (94) recalled his first draw into the world of physical education. In pursuit of that calling, Velarde attended PLNU, where he earned his...

Why Are We So Lonely? “Connection” at the Cost of Community

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Things worsened. Dave Cummings, Ph.D., PLNU professor of biology, struggled to hold any food down, his body shaking, weak, and aching, head pounding. He...

Bringing Play and Happiness to Children One Smile at a Time

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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.

Faculty Spotlight: Michelle Chen, Ph.D.

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To explain her field of study, Dr. Michelle Chen, PLNU associate professor of physics, refers to a ball on her desk. It is hand-sized...

Autism: Education & Intervention

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You may have heard of Temple Grandin, Ph.D., university professor, famed expert on the humane treatment of livestock, bestselling author, and one of Time...