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Class of 2016 Honored at Senior Recognition Colloquy

By Emily Mathe on March 16, 2016

On Thursday, March 10, PUC’s Colloquy Speaker Series featured no famous orators, renowned authors, or awe-inspiring filmmakers, but rather its own hardworking class of 2016. Seniors marched down the aisle at the beginning of the program, tassels swinging, in a “practice run” for the long-anticipated graduation on June 12. After all the participating seniors were seated, professor of religion Young-Chun Kim played a brilliant special music, “Etude-Caprice Op. 18, No. 4” by Henri Wieniawski. Following the performance, vice president for academic administration Nancy Lecourt rose to present the senior class, recognizing the number of students graduating with each major, as well as the number of students who will graduate cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude. PUC President Dr. Heather J. Knight then introduced the Colloquy speaker chosen by the class of 2016: professor of communication Dr. Tammy McGuire, who was recognized as PUC’s Professor of the Year in 2011. Dr. McGuire’s message to the senior class focused on the importance of the “in-betweens” of life, and how to not fall prey to the deadly disease of “senioritis.” She said it’s easy to get bogged down in the long, dull stretches of life between day-to-day realities and the...

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Longo Lecture Features Speaker Marilyn McEntyre

By Emily Mathe on February 22, 2016

The 2016 Frank A. and Florine A. Longo Lecture featured celebrated writer and professor Dr. Marilyn Chandler McEntyre. Author of over a dozen books, McEntyre teaches medical humanities at UC Davis and the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, and is a frequent lecturer on issues of medicine and literature. On February 18 PUC’s Scales Chapel filled with students, faculty, and community members eager to hear McEntyre’s presentation. The program began with a special tribute to Dr. Lawrence Longo, PUC alum and sponsor of the lecture series, who passed away on January 5, 2016, in Loma Linda, California. Dr. Longo was a distinguished professor of Physiology, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Loma Linda University. PUC President Dr. Heather J. Knight spoke about Dr. Longo’s legacy as a researcher, mentor, teacher, missionary, innovator, and medical historian. Dr. Longo’s nephew, Kevin Longo, spoke briefly about his uncle and expressed his appreciation of how Dr. Longo’s accomplishments and his status as a distinguished alumnus continues to be honored at PUC. “Writing and being inquisitive were what he was about,” Kevin Longo said of his uncle. He also mentioned Dr. Longo’s passion to see the generation of youth make a difference. One of the pieces...

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World Missions Week Inspires Future Missionaries

By Emily Mathe on February 13, 2015

Pacific Union College’s emphasis on world missions has a long and distinguished history. Over 1,300 student missionaries have served in countries as diverse as Chile, the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Kenya, the Marshall Islands, and South Korea. In recent years, PUC has continued to send dozens of student missionaries to countries around the globe, providing much needed medical aid, construction assistance, education, and of course the messages of the Gospel. During the college’s recent World Missions Week, the focus is all on helping future missionaries understand why they should serve and how they can make it happen. World Missions Week, January 26-30, gave students a look at what is entailed by mission work abroad—the rewards, as well as the toil. During the week, there was a table at the front of the Dining Commons manned by the staff of the PUC World Missions office, ready to answer questions and share their student missionary experience. Elden Ramirez, director of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists’ office of volunteer ministries, visited campus to connect with future ministries. In addition, the world missions staff held a workshop on financing student missionary work, an important step for hopeful students ready to give of their...

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David Anthony Johnson Brings Martin Luther King Jr.’s Speeches to Life

By Emily Mathe on January 9, 2015

PUC’s Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Colloquy on January 8 featured musician and orator David Anthony Johnson. His presentation was entitled “Let Freedom Ring: The Speeches of Martin Luther King Jr.” Johnson intertwined narratives from his own childhood and anecdotes about King’s life with performances of iconic speeches from the civil rights leader. Johnson not only recited the words of King’s speeches, but emulated his tone, delivery, inflection, and rhythm, recreating a little bit of history from the platform of the PUC Church.Johnson recounted how his great-grandmother urged him to learn King’s speeches by heart; he grew up surrounded by King’s voice and words through his family members and developed his own desire to learn more about the prominent civil rights activist. At the Colloquy program, Johnson orated three of King’s speeches, including King’s own “eulogy,” which was a sermon he preached just two months before his assassination. Johnson concluded with “I’ve Been to the Mountain,” King’s last delivery, which was given the day before his life ended in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968. Johnson himself is not only known for his oratory, but for his musical ability as well. He began singing at the age of four, and...

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Season of Joy: PUC Celebrates Christmas

By Emily Mathe on December 10, 2014

The annual lighting of the PUC Christmas tree took place on the Monday of dead week, December 1. The campus mall was aglow with candlelight, and Christmas melodies wafted over the people in the crowd as they waited for the festivities to commence in front of the massive landmark tree. At 6:30 sharp, Student Association (SA)president Daniel DeCaires welcomed everyone to the tree lighting, especially thanking the rest of the SA officers for their hard work at the beginning of the holiday season. Josue Hernandez, SA religious vice president, gave a short prayer then turned the stage over to PUC President Heather J. Knight. President Knight provided the encouraging message that in a few short days, the quarter will be over and winter break will begin; until then, we have to keep up the momentum and power through finals. She then began the countdown to the light-up. After a momentous few seconds to take in the radiant tree, most of the crowd headed to the mall in front of the campus center for cookies and hot chocolate. As a surprise finishing touch to the evening, a snow machine blanketed the ground of the mall with fluffy white flakes to the...

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Poets and Friends: Rose and Rosenberg Read at PUC

By Emily Mathe on November 21, 2014

Pacific Union College’s department of English hosted a poetry reading on the evening of November 17 featuring adjunct English professor Judith Rose and her friend, Israeli poet and translator Betsy Rosenberg. The poets are accomplished writers as well as longtime friends, and in their presentation spoke about their shared childhood experiences and current creative collaboration to a full auditorium in McKibben Hall. After an introduction to the poets by Cynthia Westerbeck, chair of the department of English, Rose and Rosenberg alternated reading. Both have recently published books of poetry: Rose published Walking the Minefield in 2012 with Finishing Line Press, and Rosenberg’s A Future More Vivid with Sheep Meadow press this month. “It’s so wonderful to be able to look back on such a long time … and to share the perspectives of over a half century of friendship,” Rosenberg said of her friendship with Rose. As they read, they explored similar themes in their poetry, including descriptions of the Midwest (where they first met), animals, the passing of siblings, and the tensions of war and peace. To read more about Rose and Rosenberg’s longtime friendship and poetry, read the profile in the St. Helena Star....

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PUC Introduces the 2014 Maxwell Scholars

By Emily Mathe and Cambria Wheeler on July 22, 2014

Among the incoming freshman coming to Pacific Union College in September are five exceptional students who have been chosen as this year’s recipients of the Maxwell Scholarship. Named for PUC’s iconic presidential couple, Dr. Malcolm and Eileen Maxwell, this prestigious award is given to students who show outstanding academic achievement, exceptional leadership experience, and a commitment to Christian service. The Maxwell Scholar Program awards recipients a $15,000 renewable scholarship for all four years they attend PUC. Alexander Chang of Grass Valley, Calif., dedicated his high school career at Pine Hills Adventist Academy (PHAA) to scholastic, athletic, and extracurricular success. The Grass Valley, Calif., native was student association president his senior year, starting new programs like PHYSICS (Pine Hills Youth Spiritually Invigorating Campus Soldiers) and a Kicks 4 Kids shoe drive. During high school this natural leader also won awards in multiple sports and captained the basketball and flag football teams. Alex has been on six mission trips since 2006, assisting with construction projects, medical and dental services, Vacation Bible School, and Week of Prayer programs. He also succeeded scholastically as a member of the National and as the recipient of PHAA’s top academic awards in multiple subjects. Alex is looking...

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PUC Admissions Website Receives Awards

By Emily Mathe and Cambria Wheeler on May 28, 2014

Pacific Union College’s new mobile friendly admissions website, launched in February, has been recognized for achievement in both design and marketing. Most recently, the website garnered a 2014 American In-house Design Award from Graphic Design U.S.A., an organization that sponsors multiple graphic design competitions. The In-house Design Award spotlights the outstanding work by in-house designers, recognizing them both for their talent and for the challenges they face and the unique value they bring to their institutions. The In-house Design Award competition receives more than 4,000 submissions each year from design teams that work within the institutions they serve instead of at design agencies, with a very select 15 percent recognized with a certificate of excellence. Pacific Union College received a certificate for the admissions website as well as a congratulatory letter to the college’s administration. In addition, the website is eligible for publication in the In-House Design Annual, with a circulation of over 100,000 professionals. Earlier this year, PUC’s admissions website won a silver award from the 29th Annual Education Advertising Awards, sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report. Of nearly 2,000 entries, PUC was amongst the 146 institutions granted a silver award and was one of only 31 winners in...

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Exceptional Alumni and Professor Emeritus Honored at PUC Homecoming

By Emily Mathe on May 5, 2014

Since 1882, Pacific Union College has been preparing students for a lifetime of service to God and humanity. From April 25-27, the college welcomed alumni back to its Angwin, Calif., campus to celebrate that heritage, share special memories, and to recognize the impact of PUC graduates. During the Homecoming Weekend festivities, the college recognized a group of alumni that have made significant contributions as the 2014 Honored Alumni. The annual Honored Alumni awards are given to individuals who are truly representatives of the PUC Pioneer spirit, and this year’s recipients were no exception. During Sabbath morning worship service, PUC President Heather J. Knight, Ph.D., presented the first award to the 2014 awardees. First to be honored was Lawrence Longo, M.D., pioneering researcher and founder and emeritus director of the Center for Perinatal Biology at Loma Linda University. Longo graduated from PUC in 1949, and established the Frank A. and Florine A. Longo Lecture series at his alma mater in 1993. Though Longo was unable to attend the service, his daughter Celeste de Tessan came to accept the award on her father’s behalf. The next recipient was Joe L. Wheeler, Ph.D., a 1959 graduate of PUC’s history department and a beloved...

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College Days Immerses High School Students in PUC Atmosphere

By Emily Mathe on February 21, 2014

Hundreds of high school juniors and seniors visited PUC’s College Days to sit in on classes and worship services, meet professors and other students, and fully immerse themselves in Pacific Union College’s unique environment. The four-day event, held on February 13-16, also included a visit to the town of St. Helena, giving the College Days students a first-hand look at PUC’s scenic Napa Valley location. “College Days is a great event that connects students with the campus,” said J.R. Rogers, one of PUC’s enrollment counselors. “It gives them a look into what it would be like to attend PUC, meet with professors and students, sleep in the dorm, eat the food and attend the campus events. Traditionally students that visit campus have a higher probability of attending here, so these events are quite important and an opportunity for PUC as a whole to put its best foot forward.” The office of enrollment services coordinates the event in the hope that the visit will encourage students that the college is a perfect fit for them. The experience allows students to check out the departments that interest them, converse with college students with similar interests, and figure out what living at PUC...

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