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This Weekend at Pacific Union College

By Staff Writer on October 11, 2016

This coming weekend is full of plenty exciting events. If you are on campus or in the area, we invite you to attend the following events.PUC Volleyball GamePUC Pioneers vs. La Sierra University Golden EaglesFriday, October 14, 2016 2:30 p.m., Pacific AuditoriumSupport your Lady Pioneers as they engage in some friendly competition with the La Sierra University Golden Eagles.Fall Revival VespersPastor Michael B. Kelly IIFriday, October 14, 20168 p.m., PUC Church SanctuaryExhibition: Just Travlin’Mira WhiteSaturday, October 15, 20167 p.m., Rasmussen Art GalleryAn extraordinarily diversified and skillful artist, Mira works and teaches in several media—oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolor, and graphics. Her work demonstrates both her sensitivity to nature and a deep felt affinity for color in both mood and expression. She exhibits widely in the Bay Area and is represented in collections both in the United States and in Europe.Reception held until 9 p.m.; exhibit runs through November 5.PUC Volleyball GamePUC Pioneers vs. Providence Christian College Sea BeggarsSaturday, October 15, 2016 8 p.m., Pacific AuditoriumCome cheer on the Lady Pioneers as they play their 19th game of the season. Only five more matches remain until the Cal Pac semifinals.2016 Pioneers Invitational Academy Volleyball Tournament Championship MatchTBDSaturday, October 15, 2016 10 p.m.,...
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PUC and Land Trust of Napa County Working Together to Protect Angwin Forestland

By Staff Writer on September 9, 2016

Pacific Union College and the Land Trust of Napa County have announced a joint effort to permanently protect, preserve, and manage 856 acres of forestland in Angwin, adjacent to the college’s campus. This forest is part of a larger ownership of land in the Angwin area held by PUC for over 100 years as an asset for its educational mission and is one of the most significant forests in Napa County. The Land Trust is working to raise the estimated $9 million needed to purchase a conservation easement under the Forest Legacy Program administered by California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), which would preserve and protect 40 percent of the college’s land in Angwin and the majority of the college’s forest land, ensuring ongoing sustainable management of the forest into the future. The partnership is pleased to announce over $6.3 million has already been raised, in large part due to a $2.85 million grant from the State of California’s new Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. PUC President Dr. Heather J. Knight said, “Our ultimate objective is that the PUC forest will be protected and preserved permanently and operated for the benefit of the college, its students, and the...
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PUC Collaborates with King’s College London to Authenticate ‘Bounty’ Mutineer Hair

By Staff Writer on August 24, 2016

Ten pigtails of hair thought to be from seven mutineers of “Mutiny on the Bounty” fame and three of their female Polynesian companions will be analyzed in a collaboration between the Pitcairn Islands Study Center at Pacific Union College and the forensic DNA group at King’s College London, one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities. The Pitcairn Islands Study Center (PISC) holds the world’s largest collection of information about the 1789 mutiny on the British ship H.M.S. Bounty and its aftermath. Strands from the pigtails, currently on display at the PISC, have been sent to King’s College London for testing. As the pigtails purportedly date back to the pre-1800s, the King’s team will first attempt to extract DNA from the historical hair samples after cleaning the outside, and then digesting the hair matrix using a chemical process. Nuclear DNA is not found in hair shafts, only the roots which are not available here; however, mitochondrial DNA may be present. If sufficient mitochondrial DNA can be collected, the first step will be to investigate the ancestral origins of the owners of the pigtails. Herbert Ford, director of the Center, says, “If the tests and genealogical studies of this hair...
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Early Bird Registration Open for Angwin to Angwish

By Staff Writer on July 28, 2016

Runners of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in the annual Pacific Union College Angwin to Angwish trail run on October 30, 2016. This year, the event features a half marathon and 10k race, as well as the ever popular 4k fun run. Early bird registration is open until August 1, and special discounts are available for PUC alumni, faculty and staff, and students. The Angwin to Angwish trail run was started in the 1970s and revived in 2013. Several hundred runners participated in the past few runs, and the race is expected to continue to grow. The course will take place on smooth to medium-rough trails and service roads with double and single track. A challenging run over hills, the run includes intense climbs (1,000 feet vertical) at the longer distances, on a rugged terrain that eventually leads to the infamous Angwish Hill. Awards will be given to the top male and female winners for both the half marathon and 10k races. Additionally, awards will be given to the top three finishers for both races in various age groups, by gender. For the 4k run, awards will be given to the top three finishers for both male...
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Solo Pianist Roy Bogas Concert This Sunday

By Staff Writer on April 26, 2016

Pacific Union College Fine Art Series features renown solo pianistRoy Bogas on Sunday, May 1 at 4 p.m. in Paulin Hall Auditorium.An accomplishedmusician, Bogas was trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and received hischamber music training from the Alma Trio and the Griller Quartet. Bogas wasonly 14-years-old when he debuted with the San Francisco Symphony. By 19, hewas the accompanist for violinist Yehudi Menuhin, and proceeded to play over100 concerts alongside him around the globe. In 1962, he was a prize winner atthe Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Russia, and made his debut in New Yorkand London the following year. He was also awarded a special prize at the Queen Elizabeth Competition inBrussels, Belgium.Bogas has played with several otherinfluential artists, including Jaime Laredo, Zara Nelsova, Michael Rabin,Ruggiero Ricci, and Joseph Szigeti, with whom he made a number of recordingsfor Mercury Records. In addition to his recitals, he has performed as a soloistwith close to every orchestra within the state, and countless other orchestrasthroughout the country and around the world.Bogas is the founder and director of theMasterGuild Series of chamber music concerts at Holy Names College in Oakland,Calif., where he also serves as artistic director. He is the director of...
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Cellist Cicely Parnas in Concert this Sunday

By Staff Writer on January 22, 2016

American cellist Cicely Parnas performs for Pacific Union College’s Fine Art Series on Sunday, January 24. Parnas is recognized for bringing “velvety sound, articulate passagework and keen imagination” to her performances (The New York Times). She has studied with cellists Peter Wiley and Ronald Feldman, and earned an Artist Diploma from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Ms. Parnas performs on a 1712 Giovanni Grancino cello. Parnas, the granddaughter of renowned cellist Leslie Parnas, began playing at age four. Seven years later, she made her concert debut with the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra. In 2012, she was the first prize winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Ms. Parnas has appeared at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Vanguard Concerts, the Jewish Community Alliance, and the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. She has performed with the Long Bay Symphony, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, and the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, where she gave the world premiere of Jim McGrath’s Concertino for Cello. In 2012, Parnas made her Carnegie Hall concerto debut, performing the Saint-Saëns Concerto with the New York String Orchestra under the baton of Jaime Laredo. She has soloed in...
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PUC offers new and improved scholarship opportunities

By Staff Writer on January 6, 2016

Providing for a college experience is one of the largest single investments a family will make. Pacific Union College’s resolve to make a Seventh-day Adventist liberal arts education accessible and affordable to all admitted students is stronger than ever. Last year, PUC awarded students over $40 million in aid. We’re excited to announce a new scholarship program for first-time freshmen entering Fall 2016. The PUC Legacy Scholarship recognizes families who have made a PUC education part of their family tradition. Legacy students will receive a $1,500 renewable scholarship if their biological parent or legal guardian attended PUC (see for criteria). Also beginning in Fall 2016, PUC will offer improved scholarship opportunities to high achieving students. The Maxwell Scholarship, PUC’s highest recognition, will award five first time students renewable full tuition awards (worth approximately $112,000 over four years). PUC’s most prestigious and selective scholarship is based on a combination of academic success, leadership experience, and a commitment to Christian service. Details can be found at In addition, PUC’s Academic Achievement and Mostert Christian Leaders scholarship amounts have been increased. All eligible incoming students must have their application materials submitted to the college by March 2 in order to be...
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Astronaut Encourages PUC students to Reach for the Stars

By Staff Writer on November 11, 2015

Pacific Union College welcomed back former NASA astronaut Jose Hernández as guest speaker for the November 5th Colloquy Speakers Series. Students from PUC, PUC Preparatory School, and PUC Elementary were inspired by Hernández’s personal journey from the strawberry fields of California’s Central Valley all the way to his 5.7-million-mile voyage with the International Space Station in 2009. Hernández encouraged students to persevere in their lifelong pursuit of ambitious goals. “It’s ok to dream big. It is ok to set very high standards, very high goals for yourselves,” he said to a packed PUC Church. The son of migrant farm workers who traveled with the growing seasons from Michoacán, Mexico to the farmlands of California, Hernández grew up picking fruits and vegetables alongside his brothers and sisters. He didn’t learn to speak English until he was 12. His parents, despite having only a third-grade education themselves, did their best to keep the children in school as much as possible as they moved with the crops. At the age of nine, Hernández discovered his dream of becoming an astronaut when he watched the final Apollo lunar mission on TV. “I would go outside and see the moon in its full glory. Then,...
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Valley Fire Threatens Lake and Napa Counties

By Staff Writer on September 13, 2015

On Saturday, September 12, a fast moving wildfire broke out about 1:24 p.m. in the Lake County area of Northern California. Known as the Valley Fire, it continues to advance, and currently 50,000 acres have been burned with zero containment. On Sunday, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for the areas impacted by the fire. Overnight, the fire moved into Pope Valley (Napa County) and created a mandatory precautionary evacuation in parts of North Angwin. The college and the town of Angwin have not been evacuated and are not in immediate danger at this time. Remaining under mandatory evacuation are the communities of Cobb, Hidden Valley Lake, Loch Lomond, Middletown and Seigler Canyon; Highway 29/Highway 53 in Lower Lake to Highway 29 at Tubbs Lane in Calistoga in Napa County; Butts Canyon Road to the Napa County line, including Berryessa Estates; and Butts Canyon Road to Pope Valley. According to the Sheriff's Office, advisory evacuations are in effect for Livermore Road, Summit Lake Road and north of the community of Angwin. An incident Command Center opened at Pacific Union College in the parking lot located beside the Advancement Office last night. Winning Hall is open to offer temporary...
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Pacific Union College Graduates 350 Students

By Staff Writer on June 11, 2015

Pacific Union College will host its annual commencement weekend Friday, June 12 through Sunday, June 14 in Angwin, Calif. Approximately 350 degrees will be awarded during the PUC ceremony: 150 associate degrees, 225 bachelor degrees, and 5 masters degrees. Departments with the largest graduates include nursing and health sciences (191), business administration (31), communication (18) and biology (17). Students and family members are invited to attend. The ceremonies will take place at Pacific Union College Church and Commencement Grove located on the college campus. PUC President Heather J. Knight will host a reception for graduates, parents and faculty on Saturday, June 13 at 5:30 PM. The reception will be held in the campus Dining Commons. Jonathan Henderson, campus chaplain at Pacific Union College, will speak for the Consecration Service, scheduled at 8 p.m., Friday, June 12 at the Pacific Union College Church. The Baccalaureate Service will begin at 11:15 a.m. Saturday June 13, with Pacific Union College senior pastor Mark Witas, M.Div., addressing the graduates. Susan Stanton, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa will deliver the address during the Nursing Graduate Recognition Service, scheduled for 4 p.m....
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