Student Research Profile: Jessica Edens

Here at PUC, biology students have countless opportunities to get involved with research, oftentimes working alongside professors on projects. Programs are specially curated to not only prepare students academically but also to equip them with real-world experience for success in future endeavors.

Here’s one student’s experience and how they feel PUC helped prepare them.

Who are you?

My name is Jessica Edens, and I’m a senior environmental studies major. After graduation from PUC, I plan to pursue law school and get my J.D.

What did you do?

My internship is with the Bureau of Reclamation within the Department of Interior as a park ranger. While there are many duties, one is working with local non-profits and other organizations to educate youth groups or perform community outreach programs. There are a lot of natural resource activities involved, like trail building and maintenance, invasive species prevention program for quagga and zebra mussels, re-planting of native trees, conservation, and water management.

When and where did you do this work?

My internship is at Lake Berryessa, California. I have worked there since July 2018.

What did you learn?

A big part of being a park ranger is working with the environment while educating people in the hopes of creating or maintaining good conservation practices. It’s trying to spread the idea we only have one earth and we should be preserving what we have.

How did your experience at PUC help prepare you for this experience?

Being an environmental studies major, I took a lot of classes about biology and the environment. There were many classes I took at PUC I am able to use in this internship. So much of the material and topics I learned in the classroom have proven invaluable in aiding my ability to speak knowledgeably on a subject.

Academic Spotlight: Visual Arts

As one of our most interactive departments, visual arts is known for producing student work of the highest quality. This artistic and collaborative community strives to provide real-world experiences, preparing students for their future careers. Learn more about PUC’s department of visual arts at puc.edu/visual-arts and discover the creative pathways available to you in a career in the arts.

Programs offered:

  • A.S., B.A. in Art, Photography Emphasis
    • B.F.A. in Photography
  • A.S., B.A. in Design, Graphic Design Emphasis
    • B.F.A. in Graphic Design
  • A.S., B.A., B.F.A. in Film
  • B.A. in Art, Fine Art Emphasis
    • B.F.A. in Fine Art

A Student’s Perspective

“I picked visual arts because it is something I have been passionate about since seventh grade. Originally, I thought photography was simply a hobby, but as time progressed, I realized it is something I want to gain a deeper education in. One thing I really appreciate about the department of visual arts at PUC is its flexibility. Everyone is open to new ideas and the overall mindset of the department fosters individual creativity. Someday, I definitely want to start a business and have my own studio. I think it is something I will be able to do after graduating from PUC.” — Keren Castro, freshman, photography

Fast Facts

  1. Career Preparation. Visual arts programs provide an intensive approach to studying and creating art in multiple mediums and prepares students for success. Students have interned at Obey, Disney, Airbnb, Buzzfeed, the Napa Valley Film Festival, and Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope.
  2. Artistic Excursions. The department of visual arts takes students on quarterly trips to museums in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as tours of companies like Apple, YouTube, and Pinterest; field trips to historic design spots such as the Eames Ranch and M&H Type; and longer trips to events such as the Sundance Film Festival.
  3. On-Campus Culture. The Rasmussen Art Gallery at PUC presents a variety of art exhibitions each year, where students, faculty, and guest artists showcase their latest work. Additionally, film students premiere their projects at the historic Cameo Cinema in St. Helena every year at the annual Diogenes Film Festival.
  4. Accomplished Graduates. Recent grads have gone on to work with many prestigious companies, such as Pixar, DreamWorks Animation, Legendary Films, Facebook, Apple, Netflix, Lucasfilm, LinkedIn, RipCurl, Williams Sonoma, and Martha Stewart Living. There are also many alumni working for large ministries like 3ABN, Amazing Facts, and Maranatha Volunteers International.

What You Can Do With This Major

You’re only limited by your imagination for what you can do with a visual arts degree! Here are just a few ideas to help get you thinking about your options.

  • Art professor
  • Artist
  • Film editor
  • Filmmaker
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • UX/UI designer

Our team of admissions counselors can answer any questions you have about the department of visual arts or any of PUC’s other programs. Call (800) 862-7080, option 2 or email admissions@puc.edu to get connected with a counselor now and start learning about all the options available to you!

Class Registration For Fall 2019 Has Started!

Class registration for Fall 2019 officially started on April 8. If you’re an accepted student, you can register for classes after paying your $200 enrollment fee, and if you pay your fee before May 1, $100 goes towards your fall tuition bill! You can pay the enrollment fee online or call PUC’s cashier at (707) 965-7530 to pay over the phone.

Once this fee is paid, you’re eligible to register for classes with your academic advisor to plan your perfect class schedule—maybe without an 8 a.m. class! For example, if you’re planning to study business, your advisor will be a professor in the department of business (helpful, right?). Your advisor knows the ins and outs of their department’s programs and will be a valuable source for any questions you have about what classes you should take, what major you should consider for your career path, and more. Every quarter your advisor will need to approve your schedule, which is a great safety net for making sure you stay on track to complete your degree! For undecided students, the TLC has an undeclared student advisor who will work with you on what general education classes to take while you explore your options.

If you’re a transfer student …

Transfer students, you will work with your academic advisor for what you should register for, based upon the degree audit completed by the records office. Don’t hesitate to ask your advisor for their input if you aren’t 100 percent sure about what to register for. You can also contact Kharolynn Pascual Smith, our transfer student counselor, for assistance as well. She can be reached at kharolynn@puc.edu.

One more thing!

One other important thing you can do as an accepted student is to fill out the housing information form to reserve your room in the residence halls. If you are an unmarried student under the age of 22, you will be expected to stay in one of PUC’s residence halls, with some exceptions.

Questions?

If you have any questions about registering for classes or the status of your application, you can talk with one of our admissions counselors in the Admissions office. Email admissions@puc.edu or call (800) 862-7080, option 2 to get connected with a counselor now. We’re here to help throughout the entire admission process, and we can’t wait to have you on campus this fall!

Student Research Profile: Emma Payne

Here at PUC, biology students have countless opportunities to get involved with research, oftentimes working alongside professors on projects. Programs are specially curated to not only prepare students academically but also to equip them with real-world experience for success in future endeavors.

Here’s one student’s experience and how they feel PUC helped prepare them.

Who are you?

My name is Emma Payne, and I am a biochemistry major looking to go into biomedical and pharmaceutical research after graduating before going to medical school.

What did you do?

Under the guidance of Dr. Sung, I participated in research of Alzheimer’s disease from a physiological standpoint before continuing on to biochemical experiments. In our experiments, we collected data based on C. elegans worm behavior and its attraction to chemoattractants that replicated the smell of food. I was responsible for making more batches of E. coli food for the worms, incubating new batches of worms, and carrying out new behavioral tests based on the diet and age of worms.

When and where did you do this work?

I was able to work with Dr. Sung in Alzheimer research here at PUC in the research labs of Clark Hall during my freshman year.

What did you learn?

In my research experience, I learned to cement process and create consistent procedures to limit the amount of error in data results. I feel as though my experience in my research with Dr. Sung has been foundational to any future opportunities in research or in my practice in medicine later in life. By experiencing research and the process of exploring what causes biological mechanisms I learned to think abstractly and use information I was learning in my chemistry and biology classes to apply in our experiments. Additionally, I learned by reading the articles of others’ work I was able to see how useful it is to use the research of other’s to the furthering the understanding of diseases like Alzheimer’s by working as a community.

How did your experience at PUC help prepare you for this experience?

Previously I curated a love for lab research in high school when I took survey chemistry classes. I have also gotten the opportunity to intern at a clinic in Houston and interact with individuals who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. In having experience and a background in chemistry, however introductory, lead to my ability to look at biological research on a fundamental and chemical level as well as have skills to understand laboratory procedure and tools.

Academic Spotlight: Business Administration

The department of business is another popular choice at PUC and is often combined with the pre-medical program as students seek a well-rounded college experience.

PUC’s department of business prepares students for careers in all facets of the business world with practical training and multiple specialties to pursue. No matter what business program you choose, you will be equipped with problem solving and interpersonal skills that prepare you for graduate school, and the challenges of the workplace beyond.

Programs offered:

  • B.B.A., Emphasis in Accounting
  • B.B.A., Emphasis in Finance
  • B.B.A., Emphasis in Healthcare Management
  • B.B.A., Emphasis in International Business
  • B.B.A., Emphasis in Management
  • B.B.A., Emphasis in Marketing
  • B.A. or B.S. in Business Administration
  • B.S. in Computer Information Systems
  • B.S. in Management for Medical Professionals
  • M.B.A., Business Administration

A Student’s Perspective

“I decided to major in business mostly due to the advice of many physicians that are members of my home church who all wished they had taken business classes when they were in college. After graduating from PUC and medical school, I hope to use my business management degree to help start up my own pediatric clinic. I feel confident the skills I will have gained during my time at PUC will prepare me well as I look toward my career.” — Kenneth Grae McKelvie, sophomore, honors student

Fast Facts

  1. Of PUC’s departments, the department of business consistently graduates the largest number of students with bachelor’s degrees.
  2. The department of business gives out over $10,000 in business student scholarships every year.
  3. The curriculum for all business degrees has recently has been updated and revised and internships are now required for all degrees, helping equip students with real-world experience to succeed after graduation.
  4. The Enactus Club engages in social entrepreneurship, utilizing entrepreneurship skills developed in business classes for service learning projects. Local businesses have recently implemented a number of suggestions from these projects.
  5. Distinguished business department alumnus Loree K. Sutton, ’81, earned the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army in 2005. Less than 1% of all general officers in the Army ever earn this title. She has also received numerous awards, including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Order of Military Merit and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

What You Can Do With This Major

With a business degree from PUC, your career path options are endless. Here is just a short list of some of the many opportunities available to graduates.

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Banking
  • Fraud examination
  • Human resources
  • Insurance
  • Law firm associate
  • Marketing
  • Real estate
  • Small business owner
  • Stock brokering

Learn more about the department of business at puc.edu/academics. Our team of admissions counselors can answer any questions you have about PUC’s business programs, or the other majors the college offers. Call (800) 862-7080, option 2 or email admissions@puc.edu to get connected with a counselor now and start learning about all the options available to you!

Student Research Profile: Tom Borecky

PUC students Tom Borecky, Lauren Chang, and Mick Borecky presented their research project as a poster presentation at the American College of Gastroenterology national convention in Philadelphia, Oct 7, 2018.

Here at PUC, biology students have countless opportunities to get involved with research, oftentimes working alongside professors on projects. Programs are specially curated to not only prepare students academically but also to equip them with real-world experience for success in future endeavors.

Here’s one student’s experience and how they feel PUC helped prepare them.

Who are you?

My name is Tom Borecky, and I am a senior biology major. I will be attending medical school in the fall and hope to get a master’s degree in public health as well.

What did you do?

I had the privilege of participating in a research project examining the impact of the Affordable Care Act on colonoscopy cancellation rates. I was responsible for organizing and collecting data from over 400 cases to analyze the specifics of the reasons for cancellations, such as demographic information and insurance type.

When and where did you do this work?

I did this work when I returned home from my gap year as a student missionary in Uganda in March 2018. This research was done at the Sierra Nevada Gastroenterology practice in Grass Valley, California. We spent a few weeks collecting and organizing all the data, and had the opportunity to present a poster of the findings at the American College of Gastroenterology annual conference in Philadelphia the following October.

What did you learn?

Throughout my experience, I learned the intricate process of research, which can be extremely detail-oriented and tedious, is essential to produce accurate information that will guide and help people. Also, the skill of learning how to work with others as a team to accomplish a goal was a major achievement from my research experience. These skills have impacted my life beyond the research in tremendous ways.

How did your experience at PUC help you prepare for this experience?

Throughout my time at PUC in the department of biology, the basic skills I have developed through lab such as organizing and processing data in Excel was extremely useful in aiding me in the research process. Also, classes such as Systems Physiology and BIOL 113 allowed me to have a sufficient understanding of the digestive system, which helped guide the conceptual understanding of “why” this research was meaningful.

Academic Spotlight: Interesting Classes at PUC

While you will obviously take many classes for the major you end up studying, one thing you may not know about college is you will also need to take general education classes as well. What are general education requirements? Essentially, it’s classes that cover basic ideas and concepts PUC wants all of its graduates to know, like English, history, religion, etc. It amounts to approximately 23 courses (68-79 hours) for students studying bachelor of science degrees and 24-27 courses (72-97 hours) for those studying bachelor of arts degrees. You can read “What on Earth are General Education Requirements?!” to learn more.

We thought it would be fun to highlight some of the different and unique classes at PUC students may be able to take to fulfill their GE requirements or simply take as an elective.

  • AVIA 101: Intro to Aviation
  • AGRI 212: Home Greenhouse Gardening
  • AGRI 213: Organic Vegetable Gardening
  • BIOL 227: Natural History of California
  • BIOL 331: Marine Science
  • BUAD 118: Personal Money Management
  • CHEM 210: Laboratory Glassblowing
  • COMM 105: Introduction to Communication
  • JOUR 110: Current Issues in the Media
  • JOUR 350: Campus Chronicle Production
  • ECED 181: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • EDUC 101: Introduction to Teaching
  • DRMA 229: Acting Fundamentals
  • ENGL 210: Bay Area Theater
  • ENGL 212: Shakespeare in Performance
  • WRIT 313: Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ESAC 160: Fencing
  • ESAC 178: Canoeing
  • ESTH 365: Outdoor Experience
  • HIST 360: Adventist Heritage
  • PLSC 124: Introduction to American Government
  • MUHL 105:Survey of Music
  • EMER 104: Emergency Medical Technician
  • EMER 180: Fundamentals of Technical Rescue I
  • NURS 110: Introduction to Nursing
  • HLTH 101: Introduction to Allied Health Professions
  • PSYC 121 – General Psychology
  • SOWK 121: Introduction to Social Work
  • RELB 180: Introduction to the Old Testament
  • RELB 190: Introduction to the New Testament
  • RELB 230: Psalms and Wisdom Literature
  • RELB 250: Parables of Jesus
  • RELB 328: Jesus and the Gospels
  • ARTD 130: Fundamentals of Graphic Design
  • ARTF 212: Ceramics I
  • ARTH 260: History of World Cinema
  • ARTP 150: Black & White Photography Fundamentals
  • MDIA 152: Introduction to Filmmaking

Hopefully, you’re getting excited about college and the prospect of taking classes more aligned with your interests. This list should give you some great ideas of classes you could take your first year at PUC, or options for future years. Class registration starts in just a few days on April 4, so start thinking now about what you want to take. If you haven’t paid your $200 enrollment fee yet (it’s required before registering for classes), visit puc.edu/alreadyaccepted or call (707) 965-7530 to pay now so you can be ready to register!