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Darwin's Critic to Speak at PUC

By Julie Z. Lee on November 14, 2007

Widely acknowledged as the "principal lay critic of Darwinism," Dr. Phillip Johnson will speak for Pacific Union College's biannual Longo Lecture Series on Thursday, February 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Dauphinee Chapel. His lecture is entitled "The New Evolution Controversy and Where it is Going." Dr. Johnson is the Jefferson E. Peyser Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and has taught for the University's School of Law since 1968. A graduate of Harvard Law School (1961) and the University of Chicago (1965), Dr. Johnson served from 1966-67 as Law Clerk for Chief Justice Earl Warren of the United States Supreme Court. Many of his books have been national best-sellers, including Darwin on Trial (1993), Reason in the Balance: The Case Against Naturalism in Science, Law & Education (1995), Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds (1997), and Objections Sustained: Subversive Essays on Evolution, Law & Culture (1998). Furthermore, he has appeared on many television programs as a defender of creation science, including the PBS telecast In the Beginning: The Creationist Controversy and William Buckley's Firing Line. The Longo Lecture Series is made possible by a generous grant from Dr. Lawrence. D. Longo. Previous lecturers have included Chaim Potok, Martin...

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PUC Students Spend Christmas in India

By Julie Z. Lee on November 14, 2007

Working with Maranatha Volunteers International, PUC students constructed seven churches over their Christmas break in the remote region around Falakata, India, north of Calcutta. Based in school dormitories complete with mosquito nets and malaria pills, eight students travelled up to an hour and a half to their daily work sites in farmland areas, fording rivers in buses, and ferrying across waterways each day. Four students Osbaldo Gutierrez, Rayme Inae, Jessica Shine, and Noreen Yoshida are officers of PUC's Student Association and were joined on the trip by Tim Hill, Edmund Koh, Jorgan Pitts, and Heather Thomas. Thomas joined the medical team, treating local residents, while Inae assisted Maranatha with videography. The rest helped in Maranatha's construction crews, using their six days in the area to finish seven churches....

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Pacific Union College Gives Kids Their Own Day

By By Julie Z. Lee on November 14, 2007

Although some parents would argue that everyday's a kid's day, students at Pacific Union College have decided otherwise. Remembering the childhood complaint of "Why isn't there a special day for kids?" the college students put together a special holiday honoring people under the age of five. On December 2, Pacific Union College celebrated the second official Kids' Day on campus. Approximately one hundred pre-school children from local preschool programs gathered on the floor of the PUC gymnasium, each tyke paired with his/her very own college-age big brother or sister for the day. Divided into groups bearing names, such as the "lions" and "wolves," the coupled students, young and old, visited different stations scattered throughout the gymnasium. Between face painting, relay races, a petting zoo, and bouncing in a gigantic inflated castle, impromptu piggy-back rides and games of duck-duck-goose abound. "When planning the activities, we try to keep in mind the different ways we can stimulate the kids, whether it be physical, artistic, or educational," says Iram Leon, who is part of the organization commitee. "But the main goal is to have fun. If the kids have a good time, that's a great accomplishment." Kids' Day was organized by PUC's Lighthouse...

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Eric Anderson

By Julie Z. Lee on November 14, 2007

Eric Anderson, professor of history, has published his third book, titled Dangerous Donations: Northern Philanthropy and Southern Black Education, 1902 1930. Co-written by Alfred A. Moss, associate professor of history at the University of Maryland in College Park, the book explores the influence of northern philanthropy on southern black education. Believing they were bettering blacks' opportunities to become active members of southern society, these philanthropic foundations exercised profound influence over both the schools they funded and black education as a whole, ultimately helping shape U.S. race relations, with sometimes surprising implications for public and cultural values. This fascinating book will prove to be a major contribution to the history field, appealing to students and scholars of African American studies and Southern history, as well as to individuals interested in the history of American education and philanthropy. This is Anderson's second collaboration with Moss. Their first project involved coediting The Facts of Reconstruction: Essays in Honor of John Hope Franklin. Dangerous Donations is now available at local bookstores or directly from the University of Missouri Press. ...

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Jan Paulsen Receives the Weniger Award

By Julie Z. Lee on November 14, 2007

Pastor Jan Paulsen, world president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, is the latest recipient of Pacific Union College's Charles E. Weninger Award for Outstanding Achievement. In a ceremony at Pacific Union College (PUC) on April 14, Dr. Paulsen was presented with the award by Dr. Graham Maxwell, brother of PUC president Dr. Malcolm Maxwell, and Dr. Clinton Emmerson. Paulsen was on campus as the guest speaker for PUC's Alumni Homecoming Weekend. "We were very glad for Dr. Paulsen's visit, and for the chance to recognize his contribution to the Church and beyond by presenting him with this award for Outstanding Achievement," comments Dr. Malcolm Maxwell. "We are appreciative of his spiritual leadership and his extensive service to the Church in many areas. To have him with us at PUC for this weekend was a true delight." The Weniger award is named after Charles E. Weniger who graduated from PUC in 1918 and subsequently served at the college as professor and academic dean. Past recipients of the award include former word Church president Neil C. Wilson, Dr. C. Joan Coggin and Pastor Elton Wallace. [Michelle Velazquez Mesnard/Jonathan Gallagher]...

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PUC Launches New Educational Center for the Napa Valley

By Mike Mennard on November 14, 2007

It took two and a half years and a little help from the U.S. Congress, but yesterday, April 20, Pacific Union College presented the grand opening ceremonies for the new Napa Valley Community Resource Center. Located at the corners of Highways 12 and 29, the Center is a joint venture between PUC and the local community to provide educational opportunities for Napa and the surrounding communities.Approximately 150 people attended the opening, including educators from PUC and Napa Valley College, as well as civic leaders. Congressman Mike Thompson, who has actively supported the Center, was slated to speak for the ceremony, but was unable to attend.Allene Timar, vice president of instruction at Napa Valley College, officially cut the ribbon at the ceremony, signifying the important partnership between the Napa Valley's two colleges.Both Ms. Timar and PUC President Malcolm Maxwell cited how the new Center will provide continuing instruction for students who began their education at Napa Valley College. Céline Haugen, executive director of the Napa Valley Economic Development Corporation, cited how the new facility will provide technology training for employees in local business. In addition, the Center will partner with Napa educators to provide teacher credentialing (starting in the fall), adult...

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John Christian, Beloved Educator, Dies in Classroom

By Mike Mennard on November 14, 2007

On Friday, April 7, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Dr. John Christian, professor of history at Pacific Union College, collapsed from a massive heart attack and died while teaching. He was 64 years old. Verne Jeske, a former department head at PUC now completing his history degree, encouraged all students in the class to leave the room immediately while two students administered CPR until the ambulance arrived. Dr. Christian was a popular teacher on campus, a favorite among students and colleagues. He taught for PUC's history and liberal studies departments. Lisa Bissell Paulsen, vice president for student services, has arranged for counseling services to be made available to all students present at his death. A memorial service took on Tuesday morning, April 11, at 10 a.m. in the Pacific Union College Sanctuary in Angwin, followed by an interment at the St. Helena Cemetary. The 1,500 plus who attended the funeral heard heart-felt tributes from Dr. Christian's colleagues, former students, current students, family members, and long-time friends. Dr. Malcolm Maxwell, president of PUC and personal friend of Dr. Christian, said, "Today we celebrate a competent teacher, a good administrator, and, most important, a dear friend... He died doing what he loved--teaching."...

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PUC Surprises UC Davis, Wins in Four

By Heather Isaacs on November 14, 2007

If at first the PUC Men's Volleyball team merely aggravated the UC Davis Aggies Tuesday night in Pacific Auditorium, by the time the Pioneers had taken the first game, 25-21, they had become an actual threat. When the second game resulted in a 25-23 win for PUC, it appeared as if the Pioneers were in the position to mirror UC Davis' three game victory over PUC during the first game of the season. PUC began with several momentum-building plays. Two big blocks shut down UCD's attempts to get on the scoreboard, and an ace from junior outside-hitter, Justin Gatling, pushed PUC ahead 4-1. Nervous energy appeared to misdirect PUC's offense temporarily. After the team settled down and played with control, the defensive gaps were tightened and they were able to execute offensively. Chris Hansen, sophomore outside-hitter, nailed a short set from senior Dorian Silva for the first game-point. In the second game, PUC's scrappy defense kept them alive for the first few possessions. At the serve, defense-specialist Jeff Chamberlain caught UCD off-guard with a floater, the first of four aces for the senior. Jeff Gleason's exclamation-point kill put PUC up, 10-5. The Aggies rallied and tied 16-16. But a big...

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PUC Opens Napa Valley Community Resource Center

By Brydon Marks on November 14, 2007

Pacific Union College announces the grand opening of the Napa Valley Community Resource Center, a facility for educational resources located at 25 Executive Court, Napa, near the intersection of Highways 12 and 29. The center will provide educational opportunities for Napa and the surrounding communities, including teacher credentialing and adult education programs. The center, first proposed in 1996, is funded in part by a grant adminestered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It was made possible by the help of many members of congress including Congressman Mike Thompson. The resource center is already used nightly by PUC's degree completion program. It houses six groups of adult students who are completing degrees in business management or early childhood education. They have used classrooms in the building since the beginning of March. PUC is also working with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to supply credentialing programs for Napa area teachers. Beginning in the fall, the resource center will be a central site, providing course-work, classroom supervision, mentoring, and other more-more -more training necessary to equip community teachers-many of whom have been hired on an emergency basis-with the full credentials required by the state. The Napa Valley Resource Center...

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PUC Visits the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland

By Heather Lackey on November 14, 2007

The spirit of the Globe Theatre will live on in Ashland, Oregon, this summer during the town's annual Oregon Shakespeare Festival. This year's festival will feature the plays Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Henry V, and The Taming of the Shrew. For those who love William Shakespeare, Pacific Union College offers a unique opportunity to visit the Festival and receive college credit for the tour. Those joining PUC's Ashland tour will not only attend the plays, but will also enjoy a backstage tour of an Elizabethan theatre, meet with an actor, visit the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Exhibition Center, participate in helpful seminars on the featured plays, and share a farewell dinner. The tour will take place July 24 through 28. Those taking the tour will supply their own transportation to Ashland and will make their own arrangements for food and lodging. The tour can be taken for either 2 or 3 units of college credit. The cost is $225 plus the price of tuition (at $209 per credit hour). A non-credit tour is also available for $275 ....

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