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Soprano Rosa Lamoreaux to perform

By Amy Bauer-Heald on December 18, 2007

Soprano Rosa Lamoreaux, an internationally recognized vocal artist who has been hailed for her radiant, engaging, and effortless singing, will perform at Pacific Union College, on Sunday, February 3 at 7 p.m. Ms. Lamoreaux has given recitals in Germany, Italy, Austria, Denmark, England, and Brazil, as well as throughout the United States. Acknowledged as one of the finest Bach soloists of her time, she has been critically acclaimed for her performances at Bach festivals in the United States and Germany. Ms. Lamoreaux is also an active chamber music performer. Singing with “Musicians from Marlboro,” Hesperus, and the award winning Vocal Arts Quartet, she has performed at music festivals throughout Europe and had her performances broadcast on National Public Radio. Truly an accomplished and versatile musician, Ms. Lamoreaux also enjoys teaching master-class sessions and private students....

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Symposium and Inauguration at PUC

By Amy Bauer-Heald on December 18, 2007

The inauguration of Pacific Union College’s 20th president, Dr. Richard C. Osborn, will take place on Thursday, February 7, 2002, in the Pacific Union College Church sanctuary from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The ceremony will be followed by a reception in the Fireside Room of the PUC Church Complex. Richard Osborn has been a multidimensional educator with vast experience as a teacher, administrator, writer, researcher, and historian. He obtained his early education in Montevideo, Uruguay. He attended Monterey Bay Academy for four years before attending Columbia Union College, where he majored in history and graduated magna cum laude in 1969. In graduate school at the University of Maryland, Osborn continued his studies in history, obtaining a Master’s degree in 1975 and a doctorate in 1990. Before assuming the role as Pacific Union College’s 20th president, Osborn was Vice President for Education of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. In the fall of 2001, Osborn was elected President of the Council for American Private Education (CAPE), an organization representing about 80 percent of private schools (grades K-12) in America. The presidential inauguration ceremony follows the Higher Education Symposium taking place at Pacific Union College on Wednesday, February 6, from...

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Lodi Week of Prayer Rescued by PUC Students

By Amy Bauer-Heald on December 18, 2007

Pacific Union College students presented a week of prayer for nearly 130 students at Lodi Academy (LA) in mid-January after a scheduled speaker canceled, leaving the school without a week-of-prayer program. Kelli Fessler, a sophomore physical therapy major at PUC, helped organize the program together with six other members of her family group. Fessler’s family group, like others on the PUC campus, is a small group of students who meet regularly on Sunday evenings to fellowship and interact—a sort of counseling session in which the students can talk openly about what’s happening in their lives and turn to prayer and scripture as a source of encouragement. The idea, initiated by PUC student Jason Decena and headed by group leaders like Kelli Fessler, has spread across the PUC campus. Decena’s suggestion that the leaders try to do something unique for their respective groups prompted Fessler to contact Samir Berbawy, the principal of Lodi Academy. The goal of the project was to plan something that would help make each group and its members stronger. “I called the principal to see whether there was anything we could do,” said Fessler, a graduate of LA. “ He asked if we would put on their...

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"New Work" at Pacific Union College Features Faculty Artists

By Amy Bauer-Heald on December 18, 2007

Rasmussen Art Gallery hosts some of its own with “New Work,” the art department faculty exhibition beginning on February 16 and showing through March 17. “New Work” will feature the art of seven Pacific Union College faculty members and include everything from photography to calligraphy. “It is a privilege to work with such talented faculty and artists,” says designer and assistant professor of art, Milbert Mariano. Mariano’s work will be shown along with the creations of Jerry Dodrill, Rita Hoshino, Thomas Morphis, Cliff Rusch, Bob Seyle, and art department chair, Tom Turner. Despite busy teaching schedules, the latest ceramics, paintings, photographs, and graphic designs showcase the artists’ continued exploration of new concepts and materials. Many of the them have also been featured in solo and group shows around the country. The faculty show sets a high standard for aspiring student artists at Pacific Union College. “It’s great that the students can see their professors active in creating new work,” explains Mariano. Student art will be featured in an upcoming exhibition....

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A Tribute to Leadership at Pacific Union College

By Amy Bauer-Heald on December 18, 2007

The inauguration of Pacific Union College’s 20th president, Dr. Richard C. Osborn, on Thursday, February 7, drew distinguished educators and delegates from across the country. Lyn Behrens, president of Loma Linda University Adventist Health Science Center, spoke for the ceremony, which included tributes from students, community members, and colleagues, as well as musical performances by PUC ensembles. District 3 Napa County Supervisor, Mel Varrelman, represented the community in extending a welcome to the incoming president. Varrelman challenged Osborn to lead the school in its continued efforts to educate service oriented students who are actively involved in leadership. “My wish for PUC,” Varrelman said, “is that it become a center for learning about democracy in action.” The new president responded to the challenge by emphasizing the college’s “commitment to the broader Napa Valley community as [PUC] serves the citizens of this valley.” Osborn accepted the PUC presidential medallion in recognition of his new role, but he was clear in asserting, “Today is a celebration of PUC, not an individual.” Responding to the prayer of dedication offered by PUC President Emeritus, Malcolm Maxwell, and Behrens’ keynote address, Osborn pledged that “this morning, we rededicate ourselves to productive lives of service and uncompromising...

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Pacific Union College Plans for the Future

By Amy Bauer-Heald on December 18, 2007

he Board of Trustees at Pacific Union College met Thursday to discuss the school’s budget and outline future goals for ensuring the long-term success of the institution. In the past few months, PUC has experienced challenges common to most colleges in America: including rising energy and health care costs and reduced investment income due to the economy. The final board report was presented at a special College Assembly meeting for faculty and staff on Thursday afternoon. Outlining benchmarks for excellence based on averages at similar-sized colleges was a major goal of the meeting. “In a number of areas,” said president Richard Osborn, “PUC has been spending more generously than these benchmarks indicate a college such as ours should to maintain long term strength. While not reducing the excellence of the college, we are attempting to bring our costs into better alignment so that we can aggressively implement strategic goals of even greater excellence.” Academically, PUC continues to hold its own on a national level. For the eighth year in a row, the college has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top ten western comprehensive colleges—a regional ranking that measures PUC against institutions in 14...

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Math Science Workshop at PUC

By Amy Bauer-Heald on December 18, 2007

Academy students from throughout Northern and Central California recently attended the 37th annual Math Science Workshop hosted by Pacific Union College. During the last weekend of February, more than 100 students participated in demonstrations highlighting the fields of math, biology, chemistry, physics, and computer science. Sitting in the chemistry classroom waiting for a presentation to begin, Max Keller, from PUC Preparatory School, echoed a sentiment shared by many of the visiting students: “There is so much to learn. It goes too fast!” In the course of the afternoon, Max’s group of about 30 students participated in three of the Workshop’s five presentations, each one organized by a different department. Bill Hemmerlin, professor of chemistry, is excited about what the Workshop offers students. One benefit of the weekend is the opportunity to see what college life is really like. PUC students in white lab coats lined the back of the chemistry classroom, and they did more than simply provide beakers and pour solutions, “The instructors model for the academy kids what this is all about,” says Hemmerlin. Like the other departments—which had students taking polygraph tests and rolling dice to simulate the spread of contagious diseases—chemistry sought to involve the students...

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Nursing Students Host Wellness Fair at St. Helena High

By Amy Bauer-Heald on December 18, 2007

St. Helena High School students wearing goggles to simulate blood alcohol levels of .16 were forced to walk the line on Friday, March 1, at a Wellness Fair hosted by nursing students from Pacific Union College (PUC). There was no alcohol present, but using a pair of goggles to distort vision and balance, students got a feel for the kind of control drunk drivers really have—not much. The drug and alcohol awareness booth was only one of over a dozen booths, each focusing on a different wellness issue; from skin cancer and stress to depression and diabetes. Each booth was designed and hosted by one or more nursing students from PUC, who received clinical credit for the research and work they put into the project. St. Helena students were encouraged to visit as many booths as possible, collecting samples and literature with information that could someday save their lives. PUC sophomore Josh Moldre and Shelby Talbert, a junior, worked with St. Helena students at the Walk the Line booth. “It’s all fun and laughs until something happens,” Moldre said, referring to the often casual attitude students have toward drinking. “But at our booth they’re having a good time—and if they’re...

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Nobel Prize Winner at Pacific Union College

By Amy Bauer-Heald on December 18, 2007

Nobel Prize winner Stanley Prusiner, M.D., will present the 5th annual Breakthroughs in BioScience Lecture at Pacific Union College (PUC) on Monday, April 15, at 8 p.m. in Dauphinee Chapel. The topic of Prusiner’s lecture is “Mad Cow Disease: Prion Biology and New Therapeutic Approaches.” Dr. Prusiner won the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for his pioneering research on the unusual infectious agent of this disease. He is currently a member of the department of neurology at the University of California, San Francisco. Prusiner is the fourth Nobel Prize winner to speak for the Breakthroughs in BioScience series....

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Educator of the Year Presents Goals for PUC

By Amy Bauer-Heald on December 18, 2007

Bill Hemmerlin, Educator of the Year for 2000-2001, presented his goals for Pacific Union College’s teaching environment in a lecture to his colleagues during faculty and staff college assembly on Tuesday, April 2. Hemmerlin is a professor of chemistry who has taught at PUC since 1979. Last year’s award marked the second time he has been recognized as Educator of the Year for his excellence in teaching at PUC. Hemmerlin spent much his presentation recalling the significant teachers who shaped his educational experience. From elementary his days through graduate school, Hemmerlin noted the devotion, inspiration, and challenges his teachers presented, highlighting the specific impact each teacher made on his life. Hemmerlin concluded his lecture by outlining his goals for the teaching environment at PUC. He suggested mentors for new teachers, to be chosen from more experienced faculty, and an open policy of visitation by teachers between classrooms. Hemmerlin also noted the advantages of a videotaping service whereby a faculty member can record a class for later observation of his or her teaching style. This, together with an independent teaching evaluation system, will allow educators better insight into how they are perceived by students. He concluded the lecture by calling for...

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