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PUC Seniors Score High on National Test

By Julie Z. Lee on November 13, 2007

Pacific Union College senior business administration majors recently tested in the 96 percentile for the 1998-99 Major Field Achievement Test (MFAT), placing the department among the top ten schools tested. This indicates the PUC business department that 96 percent of the 244 schools tested during this exam period ranked below the PUC business department. The MFAT is an end-of-curriculum assessment test taken by college and university seniors all over the United States. It examines the graduate's knowledge in their field of study, and compares them to students at other institutions. The test results continues to demonstrate the high quality of graduates and academic programs at PUC. The college's recent institutional average on the MFAT was above the 90th percentile in a number of other areas as well, including biology, computer science, history, literature, math, and psychology....

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Psychology Workshop to be Held at PUC

By Julie Z. Lee on November 13, 2007

Pacific Union College, in cooperation with the Institute for Behavioral Healthcare, will be offering a one-day clinical workshop entitled, "Addiction and Mental Health: Introduction to Drug Treatment for Mental Health Professionals." The session will be held at PUC's Paulin Hall on September 17, 1999. Led by S. Alex Stalcup, M.D., a professional lecturer on drug abuse treatment and relapse prevention, the workshop will focus on the application of the principles of community-based drug treatment for mental health clients. Dr. Stalcup provides participants with a practical, systematic approach to individualized drug treatment. The session has specially been designed for psychologists and other mental health professionals, with seven CE/CME credit hours being awarded to those attending....

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Ginger Ketting Announced Educator of the Year

By Julie Z. Lee on November 13, 2007

Ginger Ketting has a ritual. It involves purchasing a bag of M&Ms to eat on the plane, every time she flies. Although it is a habit that only travelling companions may have been aware of, it was made public at a recent chapel honoring Ginger Ketting. On May 20, Ginger Ketting was named Educator of the Year, an award introduced at PUC in 1984 as a means of recognizing excellence in teaching. Selected by a collaborative effort between students and faculty, the award represents quality in teaching and respect among peers. As is tradition, students, colleagues, and family members gave their own special tributes at the ceremony, but there was one accolade that will most likely be remembered for years to come. Sandra Balli, associate professor of education, brought a basket of peanut M&Ms to share with the audience, claiming to have found them in Ketting's office. In honor of the Ginger Ketting tradition, yellow bags of M&Ms began whizzing through the air, one even catching Warren Ashworth, professor of religion, on the head. Candy covered chocolates aside, the ceremony also included a slide show of Ketting's earlier teaching experiences, narrated by her parents, who flew in from Kennewick, Washington...

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Faculty and Staff Volunteer to Renovate Albion

By Julie Z. Lee on November 13, 2007

It's hard to imagine what would improve the natural beauty of Albion; yet in its 52nd year, the Pacific Union College field station had evidence of aging that even the lush Redwood trees couldn't compensate for. With camping spaces becoming crowded by shrubbery and building roofs falling apart, Albion was in need of a renovation. In response to a call for help from the President's Office, nearly thirty members of PUC faculty and staff, along with their families, ventured out to Mendocino from July 2-11, for the Albion Beautification Project. Volunteering their services and vacation hours, the PUC-ites spent the days painting, weeding, cleaning, and reroofing the field study center grounds. The work day began shortly after an eight-o'clock breakfast and finished up about five or six. Afterwards, the volunteers were free to spend the evening kayaking, canoeing, or taking trips to the coast. While the only compensation for the intense physical labor was free room and board, all found the trip to be worth their while. "It was great to mingle with people from other departments that you would not see otherwise," said Terry Trivett, professor of biology, who helped with the reroofing. "It was a perfect atmosphere to...

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Caedmon's Call Brings their Modern Rock Gospel to PUC

By Julie Z. Lee on November 13, 2007

On November 9, 1999, the award-winning Christian band, Caedmon's Call, will be performing at Pacific Union College. Their first Napa Valley appearance will be part of their 62-city fall college tour. The concert features music from Caedmon Call's latest album, "40 Acres," which has been described by Billboard Magazine as "acoustic folk/rock music with intelligent lyrics and sensitive performances." The Houston-based group made a splash in 1997 in the Christian music industry when their first national release, "Lead of Love," from their self-titled album leaped to number one, breaking airplay records. Since then, they have been nominated for numorous awards, and their debut album won the 1998 Dove Award for "Modern Rock Alternative Album of the Year." ...

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Student Association Receives Environmental Grant

By Julie Z. Lee on November 13, 2007

On January 24, Upper Valley Waste Management (UVWM) granted the Pacific Union College Student Association and student senate $2,980 to start a waste reduction and a recycling program on campus. The grant was developed to help UVWM meet a government mandated 50 percent landfill diversion goal, in addition to encouraging north Napa Valley residents to recycle and reduce waste. $1,980 of the grant will be used to recycle white paper on campus. Four hundred wastebaskets exclusively for recylcing white paper trash will be purchased for each faculty and staff office. PUC plant services will dispose of and bale the white paper. Proceeds from the recycling will help fund student financial aid. $1,000 of the grant will fund a campaign to reduce the use of styrofoam trays in the cafeteria. PUC students use approximately 250,000 styrofoam trays each year. The styrofoam, which is not recyclable in the Napa Valley, is not biodegradable and is an ecological threat. Students Against Waste, a student committee for the program, was formed to oversee the use of the grant money. SAW's goal is to encourage the reduction of styrofoam use and the recycling of white paper trash on campus. "The use of these funds is...

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Warren Miller Celebrates Fiftieth Anniversary with New Film

By Julie Z. Lee on November 13, 2007

On November 7, Pacific Union College presents "Fifty," the latest Warren Miller film extravaganza to hit the big screen. "Fifty," named for Miller's fiftieth anniversary in snow-sport film-making, has already been labeled by film critics as the crown jewel of the Warren Miller collection. From the mesmerizing opening montage to the spine-tingling ending, "Fifty" takes the viewer on a rollicking ride through a dozen exotic locations. The film will be shown at the PUC Dauphinee Chapel. The first show will begin at 7:30 p.m., and the second at 9:30 p.m. The later showing will also feature the annual snow-wear fashion show, sponsored by the Board Garden and Snowdrift in Napa. Tickets are $8 a person and are available at the PUC campus center, Palisades Mountain Bike in Calistoga, St. Helena Cyclery in St. Helena, and the Board Garden, Snowdrift, and Bicycle Madness in Napa....

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Art Exhibition to be Held for Local Artists

By Julie Lee on November 12, 2007

The Pacific Union College presents "Premiere," a juried art exhibition that will feature the work of artists in the Howell Mountain area. The showing will open with a reception on Saturday, January 10, from 7-9 p.m., and will continue through Sunday, February 8. Premiere's goal is to demonstrate the existence of an artistically creative community living and/or working in the Howell Mountain area of the Napa valley. Thomas Morphis, an art professor at PUC and director of the Rasmussen Art Gallery, hopes that the exhibition will bring more exposure to lesser-known individuals while also profiling the more well-known artists from the area. "To my knowledge, this is the first exhibition to feature the artists within the Howell Mountain area," says Morphis. "I'm very excited about it, and I hope we get a lot of entries." The artwork to be displayed will be chosen by three professional artists from outside the area. There is no entry fee, and the gallery takes no commission on sales. Interested buyers will be referred directly to the artist. To be eligible for the exhibition, entrants must live and/or work in the area of Howell Mountain, bordered by the Silverado Trail on the west and Pope...

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Support Waits at Home for Returned Student Missionaries

By Julie Z. Lee on November 12, 2007

In the midst of the jumbled conversations of antsy freshmen and the imposing banners of various clubs, a tiny voice called out from behind a small, white poster which read the same message the voice was pleading: RETURNED SMs, COME HERE! Crammed into a corner and overwhelmed by the larger clubs, the newly formed Student Missionaries Club was almost drowned out by the chaos of registration day; but the relentless shouting and flailing arms managed to sign sixty names. The organization formed this year in hopes that individuals returning from the mission field would have a support group to rely on. "Most people don't know this, but many returned SMs suffer from a sort of reverse culture-shock," says Michiko Miyajima, a former student missionary and director of World Missions. "You have had an experience that allows you to see life from a whole new perspective, and you want to share this with someone who will understand -- a fellow returned missionary. Hopefully, this club will help us to find each other." The club plans on holding several worship services and Bible study groups. They have already had a pre-vespers program that welcomed close to thirty attenders. "It was really encouraging...

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PUC Student, Julie Hill, Co-Hosts Net '98 Kickoff

By Julie Z. Lee on November 12, 2007

For Julie Hill, trusting God means expecting the unexpected. Julie, a junior nursing major at Pacific Union College, was shocked and honored to find she had been chosen to give the worship call at the official Net '98 kickoff program to be broadcasted all over North America. Then two days before she flew out to Andrews University for the filming, she received a phone call from the executive committee of Net '98. The co-host for the program had taken ill, and Julie had been chosen as the replacement. The next thing she knew, she was at Andrews University's Pioneer Memorial Church, meeting her co-host, Cedric Belcher of Andrews University, eating lunch with North American Division President Al McClure, and rehearsing her lines for the national broadcast. If that wasn't overwhelming enough, she was further astonished to discover that evening that "hosting" Net '98 involved more than a few minutes of chat at the start of program. "I thought that I'd just be giving a short welcome and maybe opening prayer," says Julie. "But I ended up staying on the stage throughout the entire hour, introducing every speaker." Although it was an experience that tested her improvisational skills, Julie was thrilled...

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