[ alumni news & notes ]
Passings Continued from page 21
Daniel C. Nelson (’74), 57 of San Diego, California passed away November 1, 2010. Dan served as former Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Point Loma Nazarene University. He was honored as MNU’s 2004 Alumnus of the Year and served as the Director of Heritage Choir from 1985-1986. He is survived by his wife, Jann (Adams ’75), his daughter, Lauren, his parents and two brothers, David Nelson and Dean (’76) Nelson.
Jill Renee (Britt ’92) Richardson, 43 of Fremont, Neb., passed away September 28, 2010. She was an elementary school teacher and a supportive student ministries pastor’s wife. She is survived by her husband, Darrin (’93), her children, Gabrielle (9), Kade (8) and Titus (5), her parents and three sisters. ❡
Follow MNU Alumni on: Grand Canyon Hike a Victory
Brian (’77) and Jeannie (Brown ’74, ’93) Patterson completed a 22-mile, 12-hour, rim-to-rim hike of the Grand Canyon in October, to raise money for the Foundation for Blind Children. Jeannie, a nurse with special needs children, learned she was going blind in 1996. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa while a U.S. Air Force nurse, she has completed extensive rehabilitation through the Veterans’ Administration.
“Learning that I was going blind was quite a shock,” Jeannie says. “This experience has given me more than it has taken. I am more aware of the way in which all things can be beneficial to us by making us stronger. We can choose to look at every new day as an opportunity.”
The Pattersons trained extensively for the Grand Canyon hike which they took with a group called the Canyon Crawlers. Sighted volunteer guides assisted each hiker.
for links to more information, photos and a video about the trip. ❡
Savvy Alum Keeps Clients Accountable
Justen Wack (’06) is the founder and CEO of Saavi Accountability, an instant personal accountability software for online activity. Saavi monitors any activity the user chooses, such as pornography, gambling sites, or time spent doing social networking or playing online card games.
Users set a list of specific categories, rankings, web sites, and keywords
to create personalized standards. The user can then visit any sites they want, but if he or she visits a web site that contains content violating those standards, the user’s accountability partner or parent receives instant text
and email notification. Under development for the last five years, Wack has consulted with therapists, parents and pastors to determine the best approach to accountability software.
MNU counseling professors Dr. Todd Frye and Dr. Todd Bowman appear in a video explaining Saavi’s use in cases of addiction, saying that therapists will appreciate its relational approach and the choices it provides clients.
Wack will donate $1 per month for each MNU alumnus who signs up for the service using the following promotional code: MNUALUM. For more information on Saavi Accountabilty, visit www.saaviaccountability.com
Admissions Upcoming Events
Students Checking Out University Turf – SCOUT January 27-28, 2011 Learn more at www.mnu.edu/
Junior Visit Days Feb. 5, March 5 and April 2, 2011 Register at: www.mnu.edu/
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