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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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Praise Project: Spiritual Initiative

By Julie Z. Lee on November 13, 2007

May the people praise You, O God; may the people praise You. -- Ps 67:3 The youth of today have been pummeled with accusations of tepid spirituality and terminal apathy. For a generation that represents the future, hope is said to have dissipated. However, these rumors are weightless, and the truth resounds louder than . . . an electric guitar? A little over a year ago, Daneen Akers, former assistant student chaplain at PUC, had listened to the frustrations of students who wanted to be involved in campus ministries, but had no suitable outlet. A group of freshmen, they were a new generation of young adults who had found spirituality in Christian rock bands. "They had musical talent and were on fire for God," says Akers. "So we decided to create an atmosphere where they could have the freedom to play whatever type of praise music they wanted." Students quickly formed committees and carefully sketched out agendas. Within a short time, they had made a Sabbath School program, and the worship meetings, aptly named Praise Project, became a regular event. Praise Project now welcomes 100-150 students each week. "Our main objective is to create an environment where people can get...

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Representative Frank Riggs Donates Historical Papers to PUC

By Julie Z. Lee on November 13, 2007

A slice of American history has found a home at Pacific Union College. U.S. Representative Frank Riggs recently donated his congressional papers to the PUC archives. The framed documents were ceremoniously presented at a luncheon at PUC in December. The contribution also includes official papers on CD-rom, along with Riggs' political and personal memorabilia. Most of the collection will be available to the public, although the details for display and accessibility have yet to be worked out. This is Riggs' second major collaboration with the college. Earlier this year, Riggs helped PUC with a community project, securing a $500,000 grant for the college's ground-breaking of the Napa Valley Community Resource Center. The center, to be based in Napa, will offer various courses to the public at reduced costs, in hopes of providing educational opportunities to a wide audience. Riggs called the project an "exciting new chapter in PUC as it continues its outreach to the community."...

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PUC Students Celebrate Valentine's by Babysitting

By Julie Z. Lee on November 13, 2007

This Valentine's weekend, instead of a fancy night of roses and chocolates, a group of college students opted for a romantic evening of . . . babysitting.Faculty, staff, and married students of Pacific Union College dropped off their children for a free night of babysitting at the Student-Association-sponsored "Couple's Night Out." Starting at five on Saturday evening, twenty children, ranging from six weeks to two years old, arrived at the college's Campus Center, where they were greeted by student volunteers, loaded up with games and movies for the long night ahead.With roughly two kids per volunteer, the S.A. started out smart by appeasing future hunger pangs first. Each child was handed a bag of snacks, which included crackers and juices, to sustain any sort of cravings during the next few hours. They then introduced the children to several games. A separate room with a big screen television and plenty of couches was also set up to show various g-rated movies throughout the night."Everyone paid attention during the first movie," says Janis Chang, student association president. "But by the middle of the second one, we had a lot of kids running all over the place. Thank goodness we had volunteers who...

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Longo Lecture Speaker Selected

By Julie Z. Lee on November 13, 2007

The 2000 Longo Lecture Series will feature Phillip E. Johnson, professor of law at the University of California, Berekely. Dr. Johnson, called "our age's clearest thinker on evolution" and the "principal lay critic of Darwinism," is the author of numerous best selling books, essays, and articles. One of his more famous works, Darwin on Trial, examines the scientific evidence for and against Darwinistic evolution, arguing that the hotly debated theory is based more on faith than on evidence. The Longo Lecture, made possible by a generous grant from by Dr. Lawrence D. Longo, is scheduled for February 2000....

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Student Association Holds Auction

By Julie Z. Lee on November 13, 2007

As part of their campaign to beautify the campus, the Student Association held a student auction at the annual Spring Festival on May 4. More than 40 local businesses donated certificates, services, and gifts to be sold to the highest bidder. Several students were able to purchase fine dining opportunities at a lower cost, but the bargain of the night was a $270-valued teeth-whitening procedure, donated by Dr. Darleene Hemmerlin, sold for only $150. The event raised more than $2000. The proceeds will go toward picnic tables to be placed outside the Campus Center, a popular hangout for the students....

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