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Staff of the Month

Doug Wilson is coordinating a Staff of the Month program to acknowledge the hard work of the non-academic employees at PUC. Each month, a staff member will be selected by the other staff members and recognized for their awesome work.

September’s winner was Terry Hanson. Terry works in Facilities Management and has been working at PUC since he was 17. As a one-man department, Terry is our campus painter extraordinaire. From buildings, offices, remodels, curbs, pavement, parking lines, etc., Terry is responsible for it all. Not only is he able to accomplish this by himself, he typically goes above and beyond to meet tough deadlines and needs. Terry is also a perfectionist. If you have ever seen his work, you understand that he doesn't just paint a room—he is an artist that is pouring his heart and soul into each job. It is clear by his work and efforts that he cares about providing the highest quality environment for all of us to work in. Thank you, Terry!


Update ImageLast month Nancy Lecourt, academic dean, flew to Calgary to meet with the Association of Adventist Academic Administrators.  These meetings were spent working on recommendations to the Adventist Accrediting Association.  She was also able to sightsee a little around Banff National Park, visiting the hot springs and a historic church.

Campus Ministries

Over the summer, Chaplain Laffit Cortes spent a couple weeks in intensive courses at Loma Linda for his master’s degree in chaplaincy.


Michelle Rai, chair, was recently profiled in the Napa Valley Register’s “10 Questions” feature. Read the interview about her transition from PUC student to staff member.


Update ImageJim Roy, professor, traveled to Beirut, Lebanon to give presentations to other teachers on choice theory.  His co-presenter was Dr. Ed Boyatt, former Dean of the School of Education at La Sierra.  The presentation was given to 150 teachers and staff members from three different schools: two from Beirut and one from Tyre.  Dr. Roy also visited these schools, learning more about their educational programs and staff.

Enrollment Services and Student Financial Services

Update ImageCelebrated the wonderful increase in new and transfer students on October 4 with President Knight. The group took a moment to gather for a photo after enjoying cake and sparkling cider.

Enrollment Services

Has been busy during October, travelling across the United States for college fairs, visiting Pacific Union academies, and processing piles of interest cards and applications. They’ve also hosted multiple visitation events.  Thankfully, Dana Howard, executive assistant for enrollment management and public relations, has been a wonderful organizational force in the office.

Emergency Services

Update ImageLevi Gore, instructor of nursing and emergency services, accompanied a group of Emergency Services students to Durango, Colorado, on a three week trip at the beginning of the school year.  PUC is in partnership with Wilderness Way Adventures/Rescue 3 International to provide the Technical Rescue and Survival Course, which helps students learn Swiftwater Rescue and Emergency Wilderness Survival.  The finale of the class is a 72-hour “solo survival” experience, during which students must be self-sufficient and live off the land until their “rescue” arrives.  This trip also builds leadership and communication skills, and results in spiritual and relationship growth for the students.

Facilities Management

After a year of searching for just the right candidate, Bradley Kirk has been hired to fill the Fleet Mechanic position.  With all the correct certifications and an excellent work ethic, his addition to the crew means that the mechanics shop is now fully staffed and working at optimum capacity. Brad and his wife, Cara, moved here from Ashburnham Massachusetts, where they both worked at Camp Winnekeag.  They have been married five years, and have a 13 month-old daughter named Chloe.


On October 28, Susan Allen successfully defended her doctoral project and dissertation.  Also, the nursing faculty transitioned to computerized testing for all nursing exams.  So far, this changeover has been a success.

Visual Arts and Public Relations

Update ImageMilbert Mariano, professor of graphic design and department chair, and Cambria Wheeler, director of college relations, went to the Society of Adventist Communicators Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, from October 24-26. At the conference Nic Hubbard, the college’s webmaster, was recognized with a Best in Class award for his work on the PUC mobile app.

The monthly faculty and staff newsletter of Pacific Union College, Progress aims to bring the 300-plus college staff together through shared news, birthdays, and profiles of various employees.

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