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PUC Visits the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland

By Heather Lackey on November 14, 2007

The spirit of the Globe Theatre will live on in Ashland, Oregon, this summer during the town's annual Oregon Shakespeare Festival. This year's festival will feature the plays Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Henry V, and The Taming of the Shrew. For those who love William Shakespeare, Pacific Union College offers a unique opportunity to visit the Festival and receive college credit for the tour. Those joining PUC's Ashland tour will not only attend the plays, but will also enjoy a backstage tour of an Elizabethan theatre, meet with an actor, visit the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Exhibition Center, participate in helpful seminars on the featured plays, and share a farewell dinner. The tour will take place July 24 through 28. Those taking the tour will supply their own transportation to Ashland and will make their own arrangements for food and lodging. The tour can be taken for either 2 or 3 units of college credit. The cost is $225 plus the price of tuition (at $209 per credit hour). A non-credit tour is also available for $275 ....

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Pacific Union College Sponsors "Wealth Creation" Seminar

By Heather Lackey on November 14, 2007

Money, or the lack thereof, is a common concern to most Americans and often leads to problems such as anxiety, divorce, and stress. Everyone faces monetary issues on a daily basis, but many people have no clear-cut or workable financial plans. In fact, statistics show that eighty percent of all Americans have not even had one hour of financial education. The "Wealth Creation and Wealth Preservation" seminars, taught by Paul S. Damazo and David A. Roth, offer an educational opportunity on financial matters. The seminars, which will be held at the Pacific Union College Church, from 7 to 9 p.m. on May 14, 15, and 16, offer a Christian perspective on money management. However, the seminars are non-denominational and are open to anyone interested in participating. According to the presenters, the information is pertinent to "Busters, Boomers, and Pre- and Post-retirees ages 14 to 100." Special attention will also be paid to the financial issues facing engaged and newlywed couples, as well as students and single parents. Paul S. Damazo, the main presenter, is a noted businessman and philanthropist with considerable and profitable experience in both business and investment strategies. He has taught his financial principles to thousands over the...

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PUC's Elmer Herr Adventure Series Presents Faces of Italy

By Heather Lackey on November 13, 2007

The Elmer Herr Adventure Series and Pacific Union College present "The Faces of Italy," a vibrant and personal travelogue by Dale Johnson. This film explores the homeland of many of the world's most brilliant and imaginative individuals, including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Galileo. Johnson's film reveals the intricate and rich history of this intriguing country fused with the energy of Italy today. The warmth of the Italians shines throughout this comprehensive tour of the memorable sites of Florence, Milan, Rome, and Naples. Let the locals take you to the Colosseum, the Forum, and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Join them in a gondola in Venice or at the Leaning Tower of Pisa....

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PUC Presents the Intriguing Mystery Tales of Europe

By Heather Lackey on November 13, 2007

The Elmer Herr Adventure Series presents an investigative travel film entitled Mystery Tales of Europe. This film was created by prize winning journalist Hal McClure and features four puzzling European mysteries set against the backdrops of London, Bavaria, Vienna, and Transylvania. We will visit the London Tower, possible site of the deaths of the "Little Princes." Were they really murdered by their uncle, Richard III? Bavaria is the home of fairy tale castles, several of which were built by the mad King Ludwig II. Was his death an accident or murder? The famous Vienna Woods are the site of an old mystery as well. Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria and his mistress were found shot to death in his hunting lodge. What really happened? Finally, we will visit Romania to investigate the Transylvanian legend. How did folk hero Prince Vlad Tepes Dracula become the fictional and famous Count Dracula? While searching for the answers to these historical questions, Hal McClure also shows us many of the beautiful and interesting sites of England, Austria, Bavaria, and Romania....

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PUC's Elmer Herr Adventure Series Presents Europe's Small Wonders

By Heather Lackey on November 13, 2007

On January 23, the Elmer Herr Adventure Series will present Europe's Small Wonders, a travelogue by Jim McDonald. This film features Europe's tiniest nations: Andorra, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein. Although these countries are often overlooked because of their diminutive size, each contains a fascinating microcosm of traditional splendor and modern glory. McDonald's presentation will illuminate the hidden enchantment of these miniature kingdoms. His tour will show ancient towers, ageless castles, charming villages, and towering alpine vistas. He will also explore some of the modern achievements of these nations....

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PUC Presents "4HIM" in Concert

By Heather Lackey on November 13, 2007

On Thursday, March 4, Pacific Union College presents the contemporary Christian recording artists, 4HIM, in concert. The concert will feature the exciting sounds of their new album, Obvious, which will be released in April. 4HIM, one of Christian music's most popular groups, features pop vocal harmonies with purposeful lyrics and fresh instrumentation. 4HIM's music has always been strongly focused on God, and displays that focus through well-crafted harmonies and inspirational lyrics. Their latest album is titled Obvious to convey their message: that one's beliefs and faith should be obvious to all. They feel that this is the Christian believer's responsibility and quest, and they strive to use their music to fulfill that commitment. The group formed in 1990, and since then has produced seven albums and nearly twenty number one hit singles. They have also received many awards, including a Grammy nomination in 1997, multiple Dove Awards, and a CCM Magazine "Song of the Year" Award in 1994. The sound of 4HIM shows influences from such groups as Chicago and Kansas. Throughout the years, the sound of their music has changed and matured. Their latest album features more guitar sounds, and it is more natural than previous recordings. The theme...

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PUC Offers Three Degree Completion Programs

By Heather Lackey on November 13, 2007

Pacific Union College is now offering a Degree Completion Program (DCP), which allows a working adult to continue his or her education, while still working full-time, and receive a bachelor's degree. This accelerated program enables the student to obtain a degree in twenty to twenty-two months by attending an evening class only one night a week. The classes are located close by, based in either Napa or Santa Rosa. The Degree Completion Program is especially designed for the student trying to balance family, career, and education by providing easily accessible classes which meet only once a week. There are currently three programs offered by the DCP, Early Childhood Education, Management, and Criminal Justice. The course in Early Childhood Education qualifies students to meet the new State guidelines for day-care and pre-school professionals. This program emphasizes the process of planning, administering, and developing programs for young children. Many core topics, including speech and language development, behavior, and counseling, will be covered by the course. This class will convene in Napa on Monday, February 15. The Management program is designed to help develop the administrative and leadership skills necessary to assume a business leadership position. Classes are taught in seminar or workshop...

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Make Your Talent Pay Up: Getting Your Writing Published

By Heather Lackey on November 13, 2007

The time has come to fan those latent sparks of creative genius that have been smoldering quietly ever since you discovered, whether in high school or in English 101, that you really could write. Even though you know you have talent, you still haven't done anything about it. Maybe you thought you weren't good enough for publication, or maybe you didn't think any magazines would be interested in your work. But, in fact, there are magazines actually begging for young writers to submit quality stories and articles. Your time has come. Why write for a magazine? Besides the intrinsic exhilaration you experience when your work is published, there are practical reasons to share your ingenious gift with the printing press. First of all, whether or not we like to admit it, we all have a little mercenary streak. For indigent college students, the money the magazine will give for a story is a definite advantage. But even if you already enjoy the benefits of affluence, there are still reasons to start submitting your writing. If you are published, then you have the start of a great writing portfolio. This is an advantage, even if you don't plan to be the...

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PUC Presents Soprano Soloist Maurita Phillips-Thornburgh

By Heather Lackey on November 13, 2007

Pacific Union College's Fine Art Series is proud to present Maurita Phillips Thornburgh, a soprano soloist, in concert on February 27. Phillips-Thornburgh is renowned throughout the West Coast area for her exquisite musicianship and artistry and has an impressive repertoire, ranging from fourteenth century works to the latest compositions. She has considerable experience, having performed extensively in the U.S., and internationally in Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. She has also recorded several albums and has participated in recording sound-tracks for television and film, including Beauty and the Beast and Amistad. Besides her impressive and much admired standing as a soloist, Maurita Phillips Thornburgh has extended her talents to conducting and serving as an artistic director for several programs. She founded and conducts the group CANTORI DOMINO, a multi-faceted group of artists that strives to perform and educate in many of the fine arts; and she participates in several other programs as well....

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PUC Visits the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland

By Heather Lackey on November 13, 2007

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, has grown into a national phenomenon in recent years. Even passive Shakespeare fans make the pilgrimage and leave as die-hard enthusiasts, with visions of iambic pentameter dancing in their heads. The experience, however, can be even more meaningful, educational-and fun-when enjoyed on a stimulating study tour with a knowledgeable guide and a whole group of fellow devotees. This summer, Pacific Union College will offer individuals the chance to visit the festival with just such a tour. For students and others continuing their education, the trip will supply the perfect opportunity to meld scholarship, merriment, and college credit. Those who don't need the credit but still wish to experience the fantastic festival are also welcome. The Shakespeare in Ashland study tour provides a unique chance to experience Shakespeare in an immediate and colorful way: through authenPe reproductions of his plays. In addition, there will be seminars, a backstage tour, and a meeting with an actor. This year's festival will feature the plays Much Ado About Nothing, a comic favorite; Pericles, a magical romance; Othello, the classic tragedy; and Henry IV, Part II, which will be performed in the Elizabethan tradition-with an all-male cast. The...

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