Office of the President

President’s message regarding local fires

Dear PUC campus family,

It has been a difficult week in many Napa and Sonoma communities and throughout the state of California as we have watched wildfires leave devastation and heartbreak in their wake. But through tragedy, we find comfort in our faith in God and in one another. The outpouring of love and support we have received from our students, families, alumni, and neighbors during this stressful time has been truly humbling as our campus has pulled together during this crisis. We are grateful the fires have not reached PUC and we continue to pray for everyone who has been impacted by this catastrophe.

On Tuesday evening, due to health concerns related to air quality and the safety of our students, the senior leadership team made the decision to cancel classes for the remainder of the week. PUC plans to resume classes on Wednesday morning, October 18. The decision was made based on student safety and staff availability due to impact from the wildfires in the area. This is based on a presumption that the Northern California fire situation and air quality will continue to improve and staff are ready to serve students. If that is not the case, we will inform you of any changes to the plan through email and the PUC Facebook page.

The Dining Commons will close tonight, Thursday, October 12 at 8:00 p.m. and plans to open at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 18. Students registered as remaining in the residence halls will be able to use their ID cards at the College Market to purchase food. The President’s Cabinet will provide meals for Friday night and Sabbath lunch. Currently there are less than 50 students who remain on campus, along with residence hall deans and other campus support staff, including the senior leadership team.

In the event an evacuation order is issued, we are mobilized and ready to go as needed. Several PUC vans are parked by Winning Hall as a precautionary measure with designated drivers to transport students to the appropriate locations. Please be assured PUC continues to work closely with local authorities to monitor the situation and we will follow their directives if the need to evacuate arises.

Unfortunately, there has been a lot of misinformation about the fires on the internet, particularly on Facebook and other social media channels, and we urge you to only look at official sites for updates and to remain calm. We have been posting regular updates on the PUC Facebook page and will continue to share updates as they become available over the next few days.

We lift up in prayer and offer our deepest gratitude to all of the emergency crews working to protect us and the surrounding communities; Cal Fire, the Napa Sheriff’s Office, our own Angwin Volunteer Fire Department, and the thousands of other rescue and relief workers. The coming days, weeks, and months will be challenging as our valley communities begin to rebuild, but together, with God’s help, we will.


Bob Cushman