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Angwin to Angwish Run Continues Revival

On October 26, runners of all ages and abilities will enjoy the fun and challenge of Angwin to Angwish, Pacific Union College’s annual trail run in the heart of the Napa Valley.

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Pioneers Athletics Start Season Strong

Four of the six Pioneers athletic teams—women’s volleyball, men’s soccer, and the men and women cross country team—began their seasons this fall, representing PUC with their promising talent at both home and away games.

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Convocation Features Pioneering Surgeon Leonard Bailey

PUC’s student body, from excited freshmen to seasoned seniors, packed into the PUC Church on September 25 to attend the first gathering of fall quarter’s Colloquy Speaker Series.

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Student Blogs | Marcus Helmer

Posted on May 29, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Everything about these last few weeks feels like a mad dash. From school projects, extra activities, and all the other things I have planned, it’s hectic but starting to come together in great ways.

I have put a lot of work into helping my friend Paige Nielsen with her senior thesis, a play called “Houses.” It’s been great to look back at what we started with and where we are now with this play. Everything about this seems to be coming together right now and it’s a deeply satisfying and rewarding experience.

This Thursday is the play’s opening night! Friday all my projects are due and I’m heading out on a one day mission trip with the Gathering Fund Committee. Saturday is the second showing of the play and Sunday I’m back to the homework grind.

It seems to be all running together. The next few weeks will be filled with bittersweet goodbyes to friends I’ve made this freshman year and soon I’ll have my private pilot license. It’s been hard to keep things straight sometimes for sure.

I look back at the year and the quarter and I think about what one of my heroes said to me, “I spent the whole rest of college trying to make up my freshman year, maybe even a little bit of my sophomore year.” When the college experience has gotten in the way of my college academics this year, I think it may have been worth it. The times spent with friends to get away from what’s hectic are what I will take away when I leave. And who says college students can’t build blanket forts? And since when did Calistoga get a Thai restaurant? Questions are getting answered.

Even if it’s hard, I just have to slow everything down for a few more weeks.

Marcus Helmer
Freshman, Math, Education, and Aviation Major