The largest of the women’s residence halls, Winning Hall is one of the main information points of the campus. The front desk is open 24 hours a day, providing information and assistance to people on and off campus. Winning lobby is a popular gathering place for male and female students alike, who can enjoy the fireplace and downstairs kitchen far into the evening. The hall is four stories tall with 120 rooms housing an average of 220 to 230 women each year. Bathrooms are shared between two rooms. In addition to the kitchen and lobby on the ground floor, fourth floor Winning has its own kitchen and lobby. There is a study and prayer room on every floor, and laundry facilities are provided for the residents.
Winning Hall is also the center of guest housing for PUC, reserving 14 of its rooms for visitor use. Connected to Winning’s lobby, Dauphinee Chapel is used frequently for college assemblies and performances.
If you are interested in living in Winning Hall or want more information about residence hall life at PUC, contact Winning Hall at (707) 965-6313.
Sometimes it seems like people don't last long in their careers anymore. One notable exception is Janice Wood. PUC's Associate Dean of Students and Dean of Women has been a fixture in the women's residences on campus for 35 years. "Every step of the way when you make a change in your life, you pray about it and you ask the Lord to lead you," she says, "and where other options have become available, I never felt led to do anything else."
Wood's favorite aspect of the job is the fact that as a dean, no two days are ever the same. "This is a very unusual type job in which you get to use a variety of skills," she says. "You get to be a mentor to students, you get to be an advisor or counselor, you have an opportunity to provide a support in their lives as they're going through their college years, and it's a very rewarding experience. You are constantly having new and interesting people and things that you're working with, and it's never dull."
After graduating from PUC with a degree in history and elementary and secondary teaching credentials, Wood taught at Rio Lindo Academy before returning to her alma mater and beginning a lifelong career in student resident services. Over the years, she gradually worked her way from an assistant residence hall dean to second in charge of the residence life of all students on campus. Compared to her earlier positions, her daily tasks now involve more administrative duties, so Wood makes a concerted effort to stay grounded in the heart of her profession. "I always have decided that I wanted to maintain a deaning relationship," she says. "To me that's the most fun part of the job, being able to work with the students."
Have you ever met someone whose optimism is so contagious that you can't help but walk away with a smile? That's new Winning Hall dean Denise Grant. She brings humor into all areas of life, saying, "If you can't have humor about something, what's the point?"
The Maryland native attended Columbia Union College, as well as Andrews University, but spent most of her college career at PUC. She graduated with a bachelor's in biology in 1978 and earned her master's in 1983. For 32 years, she taught just about every subject in public, private, and alternative education.
She uprooted her life upon receiving the call for this job — she retired from teaching, put her house on the market, and moved across America all within a month. "I felt very led to take the position when it was offered," the alumna says. "It felt like coming home. … I had no second thoughts about it."
So far, she's enjoying the job. She believes that her years of teaching and raising her daughter, Jamie, who is in her twenties and still living in Virginia, have prepared her for this job. Still, she's up for the challenges it will inevitably bring. "My colleagues are amazing mentors," she says humbly. As time goes on, she looks forward to getting to know more of the students in her dorm and helping them grow in all areas of their college experience, especially the dorm life aspect. "I'm amazed by the quality of the young ladies in my dorm," she remarks.
Aside from deaning, Grant has enjoyed getting reacquainted with the Napa Valley. She also likes social and outdoor activities, reading, and board games. However, there is one exception to the outdoor activities: Going from being a homeowner to living in the dean's apartment, she says, "I'm so thrilled not to have to deal with yard work anymore."
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