PUC Hosts Critically Acclaimed Author Maxine Hong Kingston

By Giovanni Hashimoto on June 1, 2012

Critically acclaimed author Maxine Hong Kingston spoke at Pacific Union College, May 31, on the “Woman Warrior's Journey to Peace” in the latest and final installment for the year of the Colloquy Speaker Series. Kingston spoke about how she became involved in anti-war activism during the Vietnam War and protested against military action before the 2003 U.S. Occupation of Iraq. Speaking on how she and her husband aided AWOL soldiers in Hawaii during the Vietnam War, Kingston noted the important role one’s conscience plays in life. “I truly believe that what protects us from harm are our values, and our conscience, and being able to know what that conscience is saying.” Kingston said that peaceful values can be traced back through the history. “These values of non-violence, we can trace them to Martin Luther King, Jr., and before him, to Ghandi, and before Ghandi, to the American Transcendentalists,” she said. Thoreau opposed the First American Intervention (Mexican-American War) and even refused to pay taxes in protest, Kingston noted, but he could not get away from the signs of war. “Even in the quiet of Walden Pond, he could hear the music coming from his neighbors, and it was Marshall Music...
Read Story

Social Work Major Receives $30,000 Scholarship from PG&E

By Larry Peña on May 31, 2012

When PUC social work major Erica McCray went in to the PG&E office in Napa, Calif., on May 30, she thought she was interviewing for a chance at the company’s Bright Minds Scholarship. She was in for a surprise—PG&E had already selected her from a pool of 8,000 as one of ten statewide recipients of the $30,000 scholarship, renewable for four years of education. “When I walked in, there were balloons, cake, and a giant check with my name on it!” says McCray, emotion still ringing in her voice a day after the surprise award ceremony. “I just started praising the Lord…It blows my mind, and I still can’t stop smiling.” To McCray, the moment seems to be a turning point after many difficult years. When her husband abruptly left her six years ago, he took everything but their three children. McCray suddenly found herself without a partner, a significant income, or even access to what had been their joint bank account. Despite the sudden, unexpected hardships, McCray never stopped trusting God to sustain her through the most difficult times. “I had just been walking on faith,” she says. “I thought that the lessons I had to learn were how...
Read Story

Pastor Elizabeth Talbot at PUC: "Where Sin Abounded, Grace Abounded Even More"

By Lauren Armstrong on May 29, 2012

Elizabeth Talbot, former associate speaker for the Voice of Prophecy radio broadcast, spoke at PUC May 18 and 19 about God’s abounding love and the Holy Spirit’s calling for each person. At Friday night Vespers, Talbot focused on the story of the Samaritan woman’s encounter with Jesus at the well, found in John chapter 4. “She had never met anybody who loved her more than her failures,” Talbot said of the Samaritan woman. Talbot outlined five obstacles the Samaritan woman had to overcome before Jesus could reach her. First came the obstacle of prejudice. Talbot said that this woman had an inferiority complex that prevented her from understanding how Jesus’ love transcended society’s prejudice. “God never spoke the prejudice language and never will,” Talbot declared. Second was superiority, seen in verse 12. The woman asked Jesus if He compared Himself to her ancestor Jacob as a way of giving herself false superiority. “Religious superiority is the worst kind,” Talbot said. “It’s when you bully other people with your religious heritage.” Third was her use of superficial truth, rather than the whole truth. In John 4:17, the woman told Jesus she had no husband, saying nothing of the five husbands she...
Read Story

Award-Winning Author Maxine Hong Kingston to Speak at Pacific Union College

By Staff Writer on May 21, 2012

Critically acclaimed author Maxine Hong Kingston will present at Pacific Union College’s Colloquy Speaker Series May 31. In her well-known book The Woman Warrior, Kingston tells of her experiences growing up as an Asian-American in Stockton, Calif. She also wrote the National Book Award-winning China Men and is the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature and a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition to her writing, Kingston was a long-time professor of creative writing at the University of California, Berkeley, before her retirement in 2006. Kingston will present at 10 a.m. in the PUC Church Sanctuary.View additional information about the event...
Read Story

REVO 2012: Not Waiting on Our World to Change

By Lauren Armstrong on May 14, 2012

On April 29, PUC’s fifth annual REVO event raised money for Project Pueblo—an organization working to eradicate global poverty. PUC has partnered with Project Pueblo twice just this year, taking student mission trips during Christmas and spring breaks to aid underdeveloped communities in Arizona’s Navajo Nation. Sunday evening on the campus mall, paper lanterns and handmade tissue flowers hung from the trees and pictures from Project Pueblo were suspended from clotheslines. A band made up of PUC students welcomed attendees with live music. Once the event was in full swing and guests had the chance to fill up on corndogs, quesadillas, rice and beans, and cupcakes, the main band took the stage, opening with The Boys are Back in Town by Thin Lizzy. As the students performed a concert, guests browsed the silent auctions, the Stuff Sale, and food options. The Stuff Sale was a big part of this year’s event. For months, students have been donating their nearest and dearest items—clothes, shoes, accessories, and more—to help the cause. Clotheslines formed a web among the trees on the mall, holding a multitude of hanging clothes. Shoes and accessories filled up nearby tables. Christmas lights suspended between tree trunks flickered on...
Read Story

PUC Students and Faculty Present at Western Psychological Association Convention

By Giovanni Hashimoto on May 10, 2012

Twenty-one students and four professors from PUC’s department of psychology presented the conclusions from six research projects at the 92nd annual convention of the Western Psychological Association (WPA) in San Francisco, April 26-29. In addition to presenting research, the convention offered students the opportunity to attend lectures by prominent psychologists, learn about recent research in the field, network with professionals from throughout the region and otherwise prepare themselves for careers in psychology. Participating in and staying up to date on cutting-edge research is critical for students of psychology, explains Charlene Bainum, one of the PUC professors who was involved. The annual convention allows students to put everything they’ve learned from the field together, she says. Attendees at the convention present their independent research giving students a chance to learn about the most cutting-edge developments in the field. “You go from poster session to symposium to invited address,” Bainum adds. “They’re all talking about the latest thing that they’ve been doing.” For PUC students, however, the WPA convention is not only an opportunity to interact with leading psychologists and hear about their latest research; it is an opportunity to make their own contributions to the field in a professional setting. Presenting...
Read Story

Journalist Christof Putzel to PUC students: "Tell every story with passion"

By Giovanni Hashimoto on May 9, 2012

An award-winning documentary filmmaker and TV journalist gave a presentation on his work and career at Pacific Union College’s Communication Honor Society Symposium, May 4. Christof Putzel, a correspondent for Current TV’s Vanguard documentary series, spoke about his motivations and experiences as a young filmmaker to over 100 attendees at his afternoon presentation in PUC’s Scales Chapel. Recounting the start of his career as a documentary filmmaker, Putzel spoke about how the summer before his senior year, he took advantage of a school program that gave students $3,000 to spend exploring career interests. He spent half the money on a camcorder and the other half on a plane ticket to Kenya. ​​The end result was Left Behind, a documentary about Kenyan AIDS orphans, which he completed while still an undergraduate in college. "I had no idea what I was doing," he said, recalling that he did not even know how to operate the camcorder before leaving on the trip. "I just knew I wanted to go do something." Putzel spoke about how he arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, and began filming without any training except what he got through a chance meeting with a National Geographic employee who sat next to...
Read Story

Alumnus and Congressional Candidate Visits PUC

By Staff Writer on May 4, 2012

One week after Pacific Union College’s annual Homecoming event, Justin Kim, class of 2001, made it back to Angwin for an unofficial homecoming of sorts. While there was not a Diogenes Lantern flower or class party in sight, it was still a weekend of much activity and reunion. Kim’s April 27 visit came at the invitation of multiple groups on campus, both academic departments and student groups. Kim is currently running for Congress as a Democrat in California’s 31st District, which includes the Southern California cities of Loma Linda and Redlands. Kim started his morning as a guest lecturer in an American government class, where he shared his experience of working in all three branches of government. Kim, who graduated from Yale Law School in 2004, worked as a law clerk for a federal district judge in Riverside, Calif. He also worked for the Department of Justice litigating civil tax cases in California and other western states. Most recently he has served as a legal counsel for Democratic legislators in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Following the class, more than 60 people attended a meet-and-greet luncheon with the candidate, sponsored by the newly formed student club, College...
Read Story

Sister Helen Prejean at PUC: "End the machinery of death"

By Larry Peña on May 4, 2012

At a campus wide program at Pacific Union College May 3, Sister Helen Prejean, the noted social activist and author of Dead Man Walking, called for the end of the death penalty and a shift in focus from retributive to redemptive justice. Prejean’s appearance in the Napa Valley comes less than two weeks after an initiative to end the death penalty in California qualified to appear on the ballot in the upcoming November election. “The Supreme Court says that the death penalty should only be reserved for the worst of the worst murder cases—but how in the Sam Hill do we know which is the worst of the worst?” said the Louisiana-born nun who was portrayed by Susan Sarandon in a 1995 film based on her book. “Every murder is the worst of the worst…we don’t even know how to apply the standards.” A nun in the Congregation of St. Joseph, Prejean called attention to what she sees as an extreme paradox—the religious justification for executing criminals and the merciful figure of Jesus Christ found in the Bible. “We have gotten ourselves to a point in this country where we try to make violence redemptive,” she said. “Nothing could be...
Read Story

College Focuses on Sustainability in Fifth Annual Green Week

By Giovanni Hashimoto on April 24, 2012

Pacific Union College celebrated its annual Green Week, focusing on sustainable living in all aspects of life through a full week of programming, April 15-20. This is the fifth year of the event—a partnership between the PUC Green Club and the office of student services. The week features events designed to help the campus community shift to more sustainable practices. The week was scheduled to lead up to worldwide celebrations of Earth Day 2012 on April 22. “Earth Day is an international event to promote safeguarding the environment,” explains Darlene Teddy, president of the PUC Green Club and a junior environmental studies student. “Green Week is PUC’s way of being involved; we use the week to educate students about being green and to be aware of the environment. It's all about education and awareness.” Themes were planned for each day promoting sustainability. On Monday, hundreds of students across campus wore green to celebrate the kickoff of Green Week. The next day, students were encouraged to unplug unused chargers and turnoff light switches for "Turn-off Tuesday." The club also used silk-screen printing to create free reusable tote bags imprinted with “Going Green—Pacific Union College,” as an effort to reduce plastic waste....
Read Story