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Update ImageLast week Advancement began its annual Phonathon campaign, seeking to raise funds for a new PUC bus. The student volunteers could use the support of the campus community as they make thousands of calls on behalf of PUC. If you would like to donate snacks or sign up to provide a devotional for the students, contact Connie Philips at ext. 6414.


In August, Heather Reid earned her Ph.D. at the University of Victoria in Canada, successfully defending her dissertation: “‘The Story of Asneth’ and its Literary Relations: The Bride of Christ Tradition in Late Medieval England.” Heather has already given several presentations based on her dissertation research, including at the International Congress on Medieval Studies and at a conference held at Queens University in Belfast, Ireland.

Update ImageMaria Rankin-Brown spent time in Japan this summer, continuing her Herber Grant research on the important thematic role of nature in Japanese culture and literature. She visited the cities of Kagoshima and Matsue, where she studied the literary works of Koizumi Yakumo. She also visited the Chiran Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots, where she studied the pilots’ final letters home written before their suicide missions. She plans to publish some of her research this year.


Craig Philpott attended the west coast convention of colleges using the Datatel Colleague suite of software products. The event was held at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles July 20 and 21. Presentations focused on best practices in using current software and demonstrations of very exciting upgrades for the future. Colleague is the software suite that operates behinds the scenes at PUC, managing everything from admissions to residence halls to grades.

Over the summer, the department welcomed four new enrollment counselors for the new school year. J.R. Rogers, ’07, has been working at PUC in media services. Brennan Puuia and Daniel Zurkic both graduated last June. Larissa Church, ’08, will be PUC’s special off-site recruiter based in Southern California.


Asher Raboy was invited back home to Maine to guest conduct the performance of a march he and his brother wrote in junior high school, for the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the town’s community band. The march is creatively titled, “Maine Community Band March.” Unfortunately, other commitments prevented him from attending. Also, in July Asher conducted a performance of Pirates of Penzance at the Raven Theater in Healdsburg.


The nursing department spent the summer preparing for this month’s National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and California Board of Registered Nursing visits. On October 11-13, an accreditation team from the NLNAC arrived campus to review the AS degree nursing program. Reviewers gave PUC’s overall nursing program a glowing evaluation. The BRN review is currently in progress and the program administrators will receive its findings this week. Not that they’ll need it, but wish them luck!

Bonnie Baer worked at Pine Springs Ranch as the summer camp nurseā€”an experience she described as an “awesome pleasure.” “What a great way to stay connected with the community and see how God is working in the lives of our young people,” she says. “It feels like I have some of my PUC campus here as many staff members are current and past PUC students. I am feeling rejuvenated already and am looking forward to another great year at PUC Nursing Department.”

The nursing department also welcomed two new faculty members over the summer: Tammy Barbe and Roxanne Josse.


Holly Jeske attended two webinars in July to get new insight into the business of Wellness. The first webinar discussed proven methods to motivate people to change their health practices for the better.  The second presented research on interventions that net the greatest benefit for employees with better health and life satisfaction, as well as employers with lower healthcare costs and absenteeism. “Watch for exciting, simple, and subtle changes in the Wellness Program this year to keep us healthy and motivated!” she says.

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