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  • 01 Jay Miller Enrollment Services 
  • 04 Brittany J Brown Athletics
  • 04 Marta Hayes Market
  • 04 John Tangen Albion
  • 05 Amy Cronk Visual Art
  • 05 Heather Reid English
  • 07 Harold Mills Facilities Management
  • 07 Beth Setterlund Records
  • 07 Debra S. Stewart Financial Administration
  • 08 Mark Dena Market
  • 09 Lisa Paulson Student Services
  • 10 Larissa Church Enrollment Services
  • 10 Ana M Saldana Discoveryland St. Helena
  • 11 Susan Spangler Albion
  • 12 Alexander R Betancourt Advancement
  • 12 Adugnaw Worku Library
  • 14 Tauva Hellie Academic Administration
  • 14 Heather J Knight President
  • 14 Debra L Murphy Education
  • 15 Dana Howard Public Relations and Enrollment Services
  • 15 Liss Leal Nursing
  • 15 Jessica Smeding Financial Administration
  • 18 Pablo C Hilario Chemistry
  • 18 Eric Logan Hardware
  • 19 Jessica Rivera Market
  • 20 Jean Sheldon Religion
  • 22 Jennifer Kendrick Health Services
  • 23 James A Bevins Facilities Management
  • 23 John Duncan Biology
  • 24 Gena B Philpott Women’s Residence Hal
  • 25 Folu Afolabi Records
  • 25 Wayne Buckhanan Computer Science
  • 25 Chip E Dillon Flight Center
  • 25 Tanya J Healy Academic Administration
  • 27 Laffit Cortes Campus Ministries
  • 28 Ross Winkle Religion
  • 31 Paul McGraw History

Off the Clock

Update Image Lance Bain, assistant professor of nursing, captured unique moments from a Nicaragua medical mission trip as well as his summer fishing on the Pacific Ocean.

Update ImageKirt Brower, athletic director for the PUC Pioneers, married Kelli Streelman on August 11 in Petoskey, Mich.

Update ImageByron Claiborne of the ITSS departent married PUC graduate Erica Jimenez on May 19 in Napa, Calif.

Update ImageDenise Lee-Haye of the department of biology and her husband Raulton Haye of the cogeneration plant visited the majestic Yosemite National Park. This summer outing included hiking, picnicking, and exploring beautiful locations such as Tuolumne Meadows, Mariposa Grove, and Glacier Point.

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Holly Jeske, of PUC’s Wellness Program, coached a Girls On the Run Team at PUC Elementary last spring. After a 10-week program, this team of 9 girls completed two 5k events and two community service projects. She plans to coach another team this fall in collaboration with Venita Espinosa, a senior exercise science major, and encourages more volunteers to lead a group from Howell Mountain Elementary in the spring.

Update ImageSara Kakazu, associate professor of English, and her husband Ronn welcomed Elliot James Kiyoshi Kakazu to their family this summer. Elliot was born July 10 at 8:01 a.m, to the delight of big sister Alice.

Biology department member Backil Sung, MD, Ph.D., spearheaded a mission trip to the Philippines from August 27 to September 11.  A 30-year graduate of Seoul Sahm Yook high school in South Korea, Dr. Sung collaborated with his fellow alumni to assemble a medical mission team. Additions to the team included PUC graduate Angelina Choi, along with a plastic surgeon, a general physician, and a dentist.

Thanks to this mission, hundreds of patients in remote locations, such as Cagayan de Oro and Valencia on Mindanao Island, received necessary treatments. Hundreds had tooth extractions, and were treated for conditions such as pneumonia and bacterial infections; 11 patients also received surgery for cleft lips. The mission team combined their forces with local SDA churches and the Nanuri International School. Students from this academy informed locals on how to improve their hygiene and health, while the mission team continued to be blessed by external support: food, clothing, shelter, medicine, etc. Dr. Sung plans to organize a similar trip to Bangladesh this next year, and is always on the lookout for volunteers and resources.

Update ImageDoug Wilson, student activities director, married Melody Albano on September 7 in Sonoma, Calif.

Aimee Wyrick’s eventful summer included accompanying the history tour to Eastern Europe, and afterwards joining forces with Doug Wilson to co-direct PacificQuest for a sixth year. After teaching the first summer Biological Foundations class with Drs. Sung and Ness, Dr. Wyrick has taken the opportunity to coordinate academic opportunities at Albion throughout the year. Those who are interested in teaching at Albion should contact her.

Q & A

What book accompanied you on your summer adventures?

Bonnie Anderson of the accounting department suggests A Three Dog Life, by Abigail Thomas, and Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire With God, by Lysa Terkeurst.

The chemistry department’s Denise Lee-Haye says, “the book that accompanied me this summer was The Cross and Its Shadow, by Stephen N. Haskell, which my student referred.  It showed me how rich, meaningful, and beautiful the sanctuary and its services are to us Adventists.”

Holly Jeske (Wellness Program) suggests The Dahveed Series by Terri Fivash, about the life of David.  “This biblical historical fiction is based on extensive biblical, cultural, linguistic and geographical research, elaborating on some of the puzzles of the scriptural accounts of David’s life. Devourable!”

Serhii Kalynovs’kyi, director of institutional research, reports, “the second edition of [Assessment for Excellence: The Philosophy and Practice of Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education] has become a classic . . . and is considered to be a leading authority on virtually all aspects of assessment in higher education. I highly recommend this book to any faculty member or administrator with serious intentions to collect and analyze the evidence of educational effectiveness.”

Dave Lawrence, vice president for financial administration, suggests Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough Results, by Drew Boyd and Jacob Goldenberg.

Chair of the department of modern languages, Sylvia Rasi Gregorutti recommends Storia della Bellezza (History of Beauty), and Storia della Brutezza (On Ugliness), both by Umberto Eco. Also, Little Girls Can be Mean: Four Steps to Bully-Proof Girls in the Early Grades, authored by Michelle Anthony and Reyna Lindert.

Jennifer Tyner (Enrollment Management and PR) spent her summer reading Noel Levitz’s Strategic Enrollment Planning: A Dynamic Collaboration, Strategy: Create and Implement the Best Strategy for Your Business, by Harvard Business School Press, and Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg.

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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