Faculty & Staff

Progress | April 2009

April 2009

By By Joe King, Administration

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Photo: NTSRRC members Scott Callender (recruiting and marketing) and his wife Jenn (who just finished her PUC nursing studies) enjoy a tour on one of the early models of the ecovillage Burrobile.

For the past year and a half, the 43 members of the PUC Natural Transportation Solution Resource Research Committee have been discussing transportation options for the ecovillage plan.

"We've been very efficient in exploring this very complex situation," said committee chairperson Junior Artigas, who is known to drive a fast car. "There were three different animals we had to consider - camels, donkeys, and the indigenous tapir - and to have carried out a study of this size in a mere 17 months is truly an accomplishment."

In the end, the committee recommended donkeys to the ecovillage planners. The recommendation was accepted almost unanimously (vice president for marketing and enrollment services Julie Z. Lee protested that the alternative nomenclature for referencing a "donkey" would lead to negative press for PUC).

"The donkey is perfect on so many levels," reports committee publicist Craig Philpott, who already rides a Burrobile to work. "We will not only be using the fleet of donkeys as ride-share vehicles, we'll also use them for mail delivery and nativity scenes. Also, there will be zero waste since we'll use their 'byproducts' as fertilizer for community gardens and college landscaping and also making fuel pellets for use in conjunction with the cogen plant."

Committee member Doug Ermshar favored the tapir, but he feels that the donkey also provides a positive solution to the ecovillage's needs. "This really completes the project," he says. "I think many people who were hesitant about the plan are now pretty much super-excited. Even SRA is starting to reconsider."

Music artist in residence Asher Raboy, one of many advisors to the committee, remarks that the irresistible nature of the donkey is not just its darling face. "The soothing tonalities of the donkey's voice are not only expressive of great kindness, but somehow instill in people the desire to speak to each other without malice or deceit," he says. "The music department can hardly wait to integrate the braying of our own eco-donkeys into our evensongs and performances, and I can't help but feel that these docile creatures will create a revolution in our campus community."

The first donkey in our preliminary Burrobile fleet arrived on campus in February and was dubbed the "Brownsbergerburrobile" in honor of Professor and Mrs. Brownsberger, the first two teachers at Healdsburg Academy (which eventually became PUC). The Brownsbergerburrobile was introduced at Ad Council. "The Brownsbergerburrobile will become a symbol of success on our campus," Richard Osborn said. "We're looking into changing our logo from the outdated pine tree to something based on the donkey, which is naturally iconic."

Osborn rode the Brownsbergerburrobile around for a day, making surprise visits to classes and offices so everybody could meet "B-dawg," as some have started calling the Burrobile. Norma Osborn reports that its braying also serves very well to awaken her at 3 a.m., 5 a.m., and sometimes in between. "It's much more effective than an alarm clock," she says.

To learn more about the Burrobiles or to acquire one for campus use, you can contact Craig or the Chevron station.

(Depart)Mental Happenings

Degree Completion Programs
This January, new cohorts started for both the BSM and ECE programs in Napa. This past month was also the celebration of the mid-way point for two of our other Napa groups and the completion of our first BSM group at Travis Air Force Base. There are around 90 students currently enrolled in the BSM and ECE programs and their enthusiasm is simply contagious. A strong group of prospects and applicants are also preparing to start next year in Santa Rosa, Clearlake, and Napa and we look forward to welcoming these future students. This entry was verified Not-Foolish by the editor.

Exercise Science, Health & Nutrition
In late February the department hosted the Napa-Solano Koi Festival. Looking for a use for the pool and area during its "closed" season, ESHN rented the space to local koi (ornamental carp) farmer Glen Fieldham. He raised such a large koi, at 312 pounds, that transportation was problematic and the Koi Festival held its ceremonies at PUC. In May, a grant from the Society for the Preservation of Massive Non-tetrapod Chordates will pay for the fish to be released at Berryessa.

Steve Waters gave the Sunday night keynote address at the Pacific Union Inservice for Secondary Mathematics Teachers held at the end of January in Ontario, California. He then led out Monday morning in two group discussions on integrating faith and learning in mathematics courses. This entry was verified Not-Foolish by the editor.

In September the nursing department started planning quarterly events for nursing students and faculty, so that students could share in the larger community of nursing students outside of their cohorts, be collectively inspired by presenters, and enjoy informal interaction with faculty. The first event was a Progressive Dinner in December. During the winter quarter, the faculty hosted a luncheon in the Fireside Room, where three faculty shared the most memorable experience from their nursing careers. The Department Colloquy in May will be the spring event, and three students will describe how they interpret the "Spirit of Nursing." This entry was verified Not-Foolish by the editor.

Social Work Department
The department recently started the new Angwin Community Food Pantry, which has been serving a lot of people and is looking for some volunteer help for Thursday nights (setting up, manning the pantry, and closing). You can contact Megan Lish at melish@puc.edu or 707-684-0667, or Monte Butler at mbutler@puc.edu or 6546. This entry was verified Not-Foolish by the editor.

Wellness Program
The Wellness Program is introducing "Unhealthiness Month" in May. The goal is to revolutionize our individual and communal health by using reverse psychology. Events will include an all-you-can-eat Saturated Fat Buffet; a Meat-Eating Contest; campus-wide Bring Your Couch & TV to Work days; and presentations on how to avoid exercise, how to spend a whole paycheck on junk food, and how to turn healthy recipes into ones that make you sick instantly.


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