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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 | Paige Nielsen

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm

It’s starting to get cold at PUC again, my personal favorite time of the year up on this hill. Scarves and boots are starting to come out and pumpkin-flavored drinks are being served down at the campus center. This weather is just one small part of my life that is incredibly different from last year.

A year ago, I was getting accustomed to a nine-month stay in Argentina; I had decided to take a year to learn the Spanish language through Adventist Colleges Abroad (ACA) and lived in a small town with a pretty large school. While PUC was enjoying winter, I was starting to get used to having another summer instead. The year was spent learning 17 new verb tenses, traveling to five different South American countries, and making countless new friends.

So being back on this campus a year later is extremely different for me, and it may only be our third week back at PUC, but I feel as if I am a completely changed person. From the sophomore who was simply taking interesting classes such as clowning and puppeteering to the senior that has two completely new majors that I will be trying to grasp this year: a BA in Spanish and an AS in theater and film.

This year is about chasing goals and wrapping up the incredible experience that, for me, has spanned the last four years at Pacific Union College (and in Argentina, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, and Brazil). All of these past adventures count as an experience that this wonderful college has provided, making it possible for students to go practically anywhere on the planet, either for school or for missionary work.

As another year at PUC begins, all of the students here try to find ground to stand on in this rather indecisive part of life, and I am happy to say that PUC tries to help every single one of them when needed. I am very fortunate to attend school at Pacific Union College, and being back has shown me how much I love it here … well, that is until midterms start. Happy fall, everyone!

Paige Nielsen
Senior, pre-OT/Spanish/theater and film