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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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PUC Welcomes New Students

Phaidra Knight’s first class doesn’t start until nine in the morning on Monday, but the new Pacific Union College freshman is already making PUC home. Like the rest of her peers in the PUC Class of 2018, Knight arrived on campus with a car full of boxes on September 17 for new student orientation ready to join the PUC community.

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Meet Your New SA President: Daniel DeCaires

Daniel DeCaires has a passion for Pacific Union College and is ready to lead. DeCaires, a senior from Benicia, Calif., majoring in business administration, will be serving as the president of PUC’s Student Association (SA) during the 2014-2015 school year, which begins September 22.

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Craig Church: Part of the FTV Family

Lainey S. Cronk, August 8, 2008
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Craig Church has a collection of over 2,300 movies. So it’s no huge surprise that he’s a film & television production major (and an English writing major) and that he was the executive producer, writer, and director for the short film The White Abyss, filmed at PUC with professional actors and a RED digital film camera and premiered at the Cameo Cinema.

He didn’t start out in such a lofty place. “Like most visual art students arriving fresh out of high school, I was revved up to create the next deep, meaningful project that would floor everyone. … Two weeks later, I slowly sank lower in my chair as my first college film production effort played to unintentional laughter, confused glances, and my professor struggling to find the nicest way to tell me how horrible it was.”

But Craig became a part of the supportive “FTV family,” which allowed him to grow and learn. “It’s that closeness and empathy that enables us to look at the mistakes we all make and help each other become better filmmakers,” he explains. With a lot of work and support from peers and mentors, he got past the “horrible film” stage — as demonstrated by the way he came together with classmates and teachers to produce The White Abyss.

“These days, my classmates and I spend our summers working at Hollywood prop houses, television stations, and directing music videos for platinum-selling bands. I guess you could say we’ve gotten a bit better over the years.” Now, whatever project he delves into, he knows he has both the skills and the friends to make it happen.