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PUC Releases Financial Aid Workshops Dates

Pacific Union College will host 16 financial aid workshops across Northern California and Hawaii, in a special collaboration with La Sierra University, during October and November. For the first time, the college will also be holding several online workshops throughout the fall. 

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PacificQuest Inspires Middle School Students to Pursue Higher Education

Pacific Union College held its annual PacificQuest program July 9-14, welcoming 16 high-achieving middle school students to campus. The program is designed to provide gifted students with the opportunity to explore college-level courses and encourage them to pursue a college education. 

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Pacific Union College Introduces the 2017 Maxwell Scholars

Pacific Union College proudly announces the 2017 recipients of the Maxwell Scholarship, the college’s most prestigious scholarship. Incoming freshmen Bethany Erb, Victoria Gabardi, Alex Nelson, Emma Tyner, and Justin Youn were selected as the newest Maxwell Scholars, joining a group of 35 students awarded since the establishment of the scholarship in 2010.



Susan Bussell: Following the Example of the Great Nurse

Susan Bussell remembers being a freshman business major at PUC, insisting to her mother that she would never, ever become a nurse.  Now she teaches many of the nursing classes at PUC, having started in 2003 as a clinical adjunct professor and then becoming a full time assistant professor in 2005.
Published: Jan 29, 2014 09:10am

Greatest Fear: Public Speaking

There are some classes that students avoid because of their difficulty, some due to their length, and some because of time constraints.
Published: Jun 02, 2010 02:35pm

Theology of the Sanctuary: A Living Parable

The students of religion professor Ross Winkle's Theology of Sanctuary class at Pacific Union College wrestle with the symbolism in the Biblical tabernacle and how it affects their understanding of modern-day Adventist theology.
Published: May 27, 2010 09:31am

Progress: The Question of Ethics

Human progress has been an obsession of thinkers of both the modern and the ancient worlds. It is a question posed in the literature, art, sciences, religion, philosophy, and politics of world culture and is, indeed, the premise of the Honors class Progress, taught by Dr. John McDowell. 
Published: Apr 16, 2010 10:09am

Surprise! Entertainment is Informative

If you've ever wanted to spend a class period watching the news or discussing current movies with one of the liveliest professors on campus, it's time for you to sign up for Rosemary Collins' Mass Media Communication.

Published: Oct 19, 2009 10:21am

La Caballera

Most people (other than Charo) don't fulfill career goals they had when they were eight years old.
Published: Apr 13, 2009 02:31pm


Whether it's skiing, windsurfing, backpacking, caving, rock and mountain climbing, kayaking, telemarking, ice climbing, or sauntering through a quick10k without breaking a sweat, assistant professor of communication Tammy McGuire doesn't need instructions.
Published: Feb 23, 2009 10:07am

Honesty: Nancy's Policy

Nancy loves to laugh, loves the absurd, the ironic, the clever - and it shows in her writing. 
Published: Jan 12, 2009 11:31am

The "Deathly" Biking Adventures of Monte Butler

When he isn't cycling, Monte Butler is a professor of social work as well as the social work program director and the chair of the psychology and social work department.
Published: Dec 01, 2008 01:11pm

Robert Kurtz: What NOT to Do?

Robert Kurtz is an assistant dean of men, serving as dean for Newton Hall.
Published: Oct 27, 2008 12:00pm

Samosas and Memory Photos: Maria's Explorations

Maria Rankin-Brown, assistant professor of English, joined the English faculty at PUC in 2006. She teaches classes such as composition, global perspectives, and TESL.
Published: Oct 03, 2008 10:22am

Tom Lee: From Thermal Vents to Poets Laureate

Tom waxes thoughtful on oceanographic research, poets laureate, and dogs.
Published: Sep 05, 2008 12:13pm

Cynthia Westerbeck: For Emphasis

Cynthia Westerbeck is emphatic about the things she is not: I do NOT improvise,” she says. “I cannot draw to save my life.” And, “I am not a Shakespeare scholar.”
Published: Aug 11, 2008 11:22am

Steve Waters: Skagway and Jazz, Sometimes in Shoes

If it’s cold, he puts on shoes. He also puts a pair on when he goes in the Dining Commons. And sometimes for walking through the woods.
Published: Apr 29, 2008 10:15am