PLNU honors alumni at homecoming weekend
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
San Diego, California
Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) honored six alumni at its homecoming, held November 17-23.

Recipients of the Alumnus of Point Loma Award included:
  • Bill Hetrick, Ph.D., professor of psychological and brain sciences at Indiana University
  • Julie Hudson, M.D., associate professor of clinical anesthesiology and assistant professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Tennessee
  • Pastor Shawn Mitchell, who overcame a brain hemorrhage earlier this year and who pastors the 4,000-member New Venture Christian Fellowship in addition to serving as the San Diego Chargers' team chaplain
  • Joy Straub, highly accomplished teacher and administrator
PLNU's Distinguished Achievement Award was given to:
  • Fred Forster, a missionary to Japan for 22 years, as well as a Nazarene pastor
  • David Haney, Ed.D., an accomplished education administrator and the founder of PLNU's Bakersfield and Inland Empire Regional Centers
According to PLNU Alumni Director Sheryl Smee, Alumnus of Point Loma awardees are selected for their strong Christian testimony; outstanding professional, academic, or service accomplishments; and their impact on the lives of others. The Distinguished Achievement Award has similar criteria, but is considered a lifetime award.

In addition to honoring the awardees, more than 60 events were offered during PLNU's 2008 Homecoming Weekend. Included were class reunions, men's basketball, the athletics Hall of Fame dinner, and the annual Homecoming variety show and coronation, as well as a concert, play, photo exhibit, and psychology symposium.
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