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Over the past few months, a number of new faces have joined the Pacific Union College faculty and staff.  Progress took the opportunity to ask them a few questions as they’ve settled in to their new roles on campus.

What’s your favorite part of your job?
“My student interaction, and just being a helpful hand or listening ear.  The students have been very patient and I think that’s pretty cool.”
--Folu Afolabi
Assistant Registrar

“This is my dream job and I believe this is God’s will for my life to be here.  I love seeing God’s hand move here.”
--Susan Allen
Assistant Professor, Nursing and Health Sciences

“Meeting and interacting with the students here.  Each one has an interesting story, talent, personality.  It makes my work here exciting, every day! Also, working with the deans’ council here has been great.  I get to work closely with God-fearing, experienced, knowledgeable people who care about the well-being of our students.  It’s been a blessing.”
--Lunelle Bertresse
Assistant Dean, Graf Hall

“The favorite part of my job so far has been interacting with all the new (to me) faces.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the people I’ve interacted with: students, staff, faculty, community members—from incoming freshmen to Madame President and everyone in between!”
--Wayne Buckhanan
Assistant Professor, Computer Science

“As a nursing professor, I’ve been working at PUC since January.  It is interesting watching the students grow professionally. I’ve enjoyed working closely with my students and getting to know them really well.”
--Serah Choi
Assistant Professor, Nursing and Health Sciences

“For Enrollment, I love being able to meet and help new students.  On the Public Relations side, I love being creative and able to help in any way I can.”
--Dana Howard
Executive Assistant, Enrollment Management & Public Relations

“Teaching is one of the most rewarding experiences. I love showing students the beauties of biology, especially showing them little wiggly organisms through the microscope, or the intriguing features of a insignificant-looking plant. Seeing students' faces light up and hearing them say something like, ‘Ooh that's cool! It's moving!’ is very rewarding. Students instill the joy of teaching in me. Many of them keep encouraging me to pursue this career by letting me know that I have done a great job. A few have even told me they want me to teach their future kids. I really owe it to them for inspiring me, and without them, I might have been suffering though medical school right now, not realizing that there is a career that is so much better than being a doctor.” 
--Haruka Ito
Laboratory Coordinator, Biology

“My favorite part of my job is the team I get to work with.  Everyone here is really motivated and a lot of fun to be around”
—Avery Lay
Admissions Specialist, Enrollment Services

“Seeing a student excited about ideas.”
--Alex Noguchi
Instructor, Computer Science

“Being part of a community that is educating future professionals.  There are so many fantastic people up here and if I meet a student who needs something I can’t offer, I can find someone to connect them with that does.”
--Tim de la Torre    
Resident Artist, Visual Arts

What has surprised you most the most about working at PUC?
“Everyone’s friendliness and eagerness to get acquainted! I think it is very nice and shows a sense of community here on campus and a welcoming spirit.”
--Folu Afolabi

“The night we moved here, we got here just before Sundown on Friday night.  On Saturday night I decided to go to town to get a pizza.  There was no place open! It was Saturday night in a college town, and coming from L.A. I thought there would be something open.  That was a big surprise!”
--Susan Allen

“How everyone remembers your name or at least your face! We have so many faculty and staff members, I expected that people would forget.  I was wrong, and happily so!”
--Lunelle Bertresse

“I never thought about how teachers work so hard! As a PUC graduate, I never understood that they were working so hard, especially at the beginning of the year and the beginning of the quarter.  Also, the library is so nice! I just went there for faculty orientation, and it’s so different from when I was a student.”
--Serah Choi

“I have been surprised by how everyone, even from different departments, works together to get things done.”
--Dana Howard

“The number of my classmates from PUC also working here.”
--Alex Noguchi

“How many familiar faces are still here since I graduated in 2006! It almost feels like coming back home to family!”
--Tim de la Torre

Where is your favorite place on campus so far?
“I haven’t had the opportunity to visit other places on campus much, but I am hoping to do so very soon! So far I have enjoyed the outside café seating area, especially during lunch in the summertime.”
--Folu Afolabi

“Is my house considered on campus? Looking out my kitchen window and watching the birds is great.  I love seeing all the wildlife here.”
--Susan Allen

“My favorite place is the little gazebo area, near the library, especially in the evening.  It is so peaceful.  I’ve gone down there to process or decompress this summer.  I’m still trying to explore the campus; we have so much land here!”
--Lunelle Bertresse

“Right now, it’s my office in Davidian Hall.  It’s great to have an office where I can focus.”
--Serah Choi

“I love sitting anywhere outside and enjoying my lunch.  It’s such a beautiful campus, you really can’t go wrong anywhere you go.”
--Dana Howard

“My favorite place on campus is definitely the ‘Back 40.’ Every season, there’s something different to enjoy. Every time I go out there—whether it’s a hike, bike ride, run, or picnic—it’s a new adventure.  I look forward to the rainy season that brings out the brightest, happiest green moss that not only covers the Back 40 but also carpets the entire campus.”
--Haruka Ito

“Newton’s sauna.”
--Alex Noguchi

“Fisher Hall.  It’s where the magic happens.”
--Tim de la Torre 

The following folks also began their PUC service recently:
Lawrence A. Graack--Enrollment Counselor
Sheri L. Miller--Financial Services Counselor, Student Finance
Walter E. Collins-–Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations
Sarajean M. Velez--Angwin Discoveryland Teacher
Jeremy A Hadley--Media Services Technician
Ben Speegle--Administrative Assistant, Service, Justice, and Missions
Carrie Moore--Executive Assistant, Advancement and Alumni Relations
Sydney Johnston--Tutoring Coordinator, TLC
Bradley Kirk--Fleet Mechanic, Facilities Management

“My favorite part of my job is the team I get to work with. Everyone here is really motivated and a lot of fun to be around” —Avery Lay

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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