Faculty & Staff

Progress | May 2011

May 2011

By Larry Peña

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When someone is giving advice, it’s nice to be able to assume that they know what they’re talking about. But if you’re like most people (including me) you might find hardcore health nuts a bit intimidating. Fortunately, the woman in charge of encouraging you toward wellness takes personal value in both health and moderation.

Ever since she was a little kid, Holly Jeske has been fascinated with health. “My family would get Reader’s Digest, and everyone else would go straight for the jokes,” she says. “I was the one looking through the health section for the latest news.”

In college her curiosity about health led her to pre-med studies, but the rigorous academic discipline conflicted with her personality. “I was too social,” she says. “I couldn’t make myself study enough.”

After working for several years a probation officer, Holly loves that her current job allows her to focus on health and wellness—for herself and for others. Coordinating a diverse array of wellness opportunities is a perfect fit for someone who enjoys variety in her own health habits.

“I love to try new things,” she says. “And now research is starting to show that that variety is the best thing.” For Holly, that means getting involved with as many of her own wellness opportunities as possible.

Yoga was one of those new experiences. “People were asking for it, and I was excited to try it,” she says. She worked out an arrangement with a local yoga instructor to come to campus and lead a class twice a week. It has quickly become one of Holly’s favorite physical activities. “It’s amazing to be both rigorous and peaceful at the same time.”

But most often, Holly takes her exercise from regular old daily activity, like gardening, playing vigorously with her two small children, and walking—either recreationally or with a purpose. “I tend to run late for things, which can be nice because it forces me to always walk at a brisk pace,” she jokes.

But that’s only half of the equation. When it comes to diet, Holly aims for fresh fruits and vegetables—but admits a strong attraction toward sugary treats, and like many, overeating. “I have a few tricks that I use,” she says. “First, consciously reminding myself that the first bite tastes as good as the last makes it easier to cut myself off at the first bite. Second, smaller plates help me eat less, because they take less food to fill.”

Holly’s biggest single piece of advice on making lifestyle changes to improve health and wellness: Ease into it. “Change one thing per month, and build upon it the following month with another,” she says. “Start with an easy one and build your confidence with a month of success. It will become a habit and you’ll feel the difference in small but significant ways.”

A few words from HR...

Human Resources will be staring a new section in Progress to highlight new information about benefits, wellness opportunities, employment transitions, and tips on making the most of your time at work. They want your help choosing a title for the section. E-mail your suggestions to Cathleen Ordoñez by May 16. The winner will be announced in next month’s Progress, and will receive a $20 gift certificate to the restaurant of their choice!

Do you like pie? Do you like prizes? Want to learn more about your benefits and how federal changes in health insurance will affect you? Come to the 2011 Employee Benefit Fair, May 5 in the Dining Commons Side Rooms from 9 am to 4 pm, with pie and live music available at high noon! Call Cathleen at ext. 6231 for more information.

Colleagues & Departments

Business Administration & Economics
Wally Lighthouse led a group of 10 PUC students on a business-oriented tour of London and Paris over Spring Break. He reports that the group had a great time, learned a lot, walked a lot and got some great photos.

Julie Yamada reports that the pre-school students at Discoveryland St. Helena rode a Trike-A-Thon to raise $1,670.25 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The teachers talked about bike safety the week before and talked about helping the sick children at St. Jude’s with the funds that would be raised.

Paul McGraw is excited to announce that his 13-year-old son Evan and his hockey team, the Santa Clara Blackhawks, won the second place in the USA Hockey National Championships. After winning the Tier II state championship last month, the team traveled to Amherst, New York where they faced a team from Pennsylvania on April 3.

Bruce Ivey recently participated in a day-long writing workshop in San Francisco sponsored the U.S. Department of Energy. The task was to edit and clarify curriculum guidelines for the fields of energy use, generation, and conservation. At the end of the day Ivey and Robert Ordonez continued on to Dallas to attend the annual convention of the Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education (SIGCSE). This gathering is one of the activities of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the main professional organization in the field. Among the activities and presentations was a refresher workshop in the use of the Scheme programming language to introduce the principles of programming to incoming students.

Psychology & Social Work
On March 19, Greg Schneider attended sessions of the Annual General Meeting of Amnesty International in the USA, held in San Francisco’s historic Fairmont Hotel. This meeting was one of many events marking the organization’s 50th anniversary. The Fairmont was the location where United Nations delegates hammered out the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1947. Greg attended a session launching the new “Amnesty International Global Ethics Series,” a series of short books to be published by W. W. Norton. He also attended a session on “Security with Human Rights: Amnesty International’s New Campaign to End Torture and Terror,” a session that will help inform an upcoming (April 20) local PUC Amnesty International educational meeting about the status of the Guantanamo prison and its detainees.

Public Relations
In case you hadn't heard yet, webmaster Nic Hubbard developed and released a new PUC Mobile, a new app for iPhone. The app is aimed especially at the campus community, with features like an interactive map of campus and the surrounding area, live Dining Commons menu, and news stories and photo galleries of recent events. Nic is also working on adapting the app for the iPad. You can download PUC Mobile for free online at the iTunes App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/puc/id424617272?mt=8&ls=1