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Imparting Bits of Wisdom

Last week I was scrolling through Twitter and came across an interesting post thread. A woman, a wife and mother, decided to go back to school and get her college degree and was asking for advice for an incoming college freshman. After spending nearly ten minutes reading through the replies, some great, (actually attend your classes) and some a little less great, (don’t date the first attractive person you meet), I realized the faculty and staff at PUC have dedicated their careers to helping students reach their full potential and would likely love to impart some wisdom on this year’s incoming class! 

So here it is! Have some free advice from college professionals! 

“1) Talk to a teacher or staff member. Even if it is just a few words before or after class. Make contact more than once. We think you are interesting and want to get to know you! That is why we choose to work at PUC. 2) Get involved in something outside your department. Join a club, participate in a music ensemble, show up at SA events, make time to cheer for the Pioneers at home games, volunteer to help out with dorm worship, homeless ministries, vespers, The Twelve, Sabbath school, etc.” – Rachelle Davis, professor of music

“If you are interested in someday being a leader, find opportunities to serve today. Come see me and I can help!” – Kent Rufo, chaplain 

“My advice is to ask students! Other students are more than happy to help you out, so just ask! Who knows, you might even make some new friends.” – Jenn Tyner, vice president for student life

“I wish I had taken the time to learn about how the brain stores complex information. If Google had existed, I’d have researched “sleep and learning” and then proceeded to get way more guilt-free sleep than I did. You may also be surprised to find that time spent zoning out in PUC’s Back 40 (without a phone!) also helps your brain to solidify information that you have been studying.” – Maria Rankin-Brown, associate academic dean 

“Don’t let finances be a roadblock! Mark the finance deadlines on your calendar: Sep 15, 2019, for Fall, Dec 15, 2019, for Winter and Mar 15, 2020, for Spring. Plan ahead and don’t wait until the last minute to make sure you are financially cleared.” – Brandon Parker, vice president of financial administration (Of course the school’s CFO would give advice about finances!)

“Technology is an important resource but it’s not always easy to know how to use it most effectively for your studies. Talk to your professor about what they recommend. Practice unplugging from your phone and social media while you study until you can sustain 30 or 40 minutes of undistracted work followed by a 5 or a 10-minute break.” – Chantel Blackburn, professor of mathematics 

“It’s a fresh start. Reach outside your comfort zone to say hi to someone and meet new friends.” – J.R. Rogers, associate vice president of student life

 “Get Organized! In college, your success is up to you (not your parents or teachers any longer). This means you need to develop a study plan, be aware of homework/paper/finals deadlines, and communicate effectively/timely with your professor. Knowing, Who, What, When, Where, and How is invaluable!!!” – Stacy Nelson, associate vice president of human resources 

“It’s helpful to get into a mindset of being excited or at least curiously inquisitive about learning new material from every course you take.” – Elaine Neudeck, assistant professor of physical science 

“Your college years are when you are the freest you will ever be. Take advantage of this! Try new hobbies. Travel. Visit museums and attend events while you can still get student discounts. Ask lots of questions. Study abroad. Explore different ways of doing things. Take elective courses just to learn something new and fun. Be a student missionary. Say yes when new friends invite you out, or when your professor has a student dinner at their home. Whatever it looks like for you, don’t miss the plethora of opportunities to explore new aspects of life during college; it sets the tone for the rest of your life.” – Becky St. Clair, department of music office manager, PR writer

Keep these tips in mind as you begin your first quarter of college and remember, great advice is just a question away, so ask! 

 

10 People at PUC You Should Be Sure to Meet

The new school year is a few days away and you’ll be moving into your new digs this week! We are so excited to meet and welcome you into the Pioneers family and to jump into this new year together. While you’re getting acclimated to life at PUC, here are 10 people you should make sure to meet! 

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“The beginning of the year is probably my favorite time of year. Meeting all the new students and planning exciting events for our campus is the best part of my job! I can’t wait to see everyone!” – Doug Wilson, director of engagement and leadership

 

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“I realize that you have many concerns as you transition to PUC. As for me, I really only have one concern: creating opportunities for you to encounter Jesus Christ.” – Kent Rufo, chaplain

 

Bob Wilson

“Here at the Copy Center and Mailroom, we are excited to meet all of our new students and look forward to seeing our returning frequent flyer students also.” – Bob Wilson, Copy Center/Mail Services Manager

 

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“I got into teaching for my love of students and the energy they bring to each class, the intramural recreation program, and to my life in general. I think the phrase on this year’s intramural championship shirt says it all—Enthusiasm Inspires Greatness. I am excited to fire it up for another great year at PUC.”– Bob Paulson, Professor of Exercise Science/Intramurals Director

 

Nancy Jacobo

“Welcome to PUC! The start of the new school year is one of my favorite times of the year (yes, it’s right up there with Christmas). It puts an end to the quiet campus and opens new life—a chance for new acquaintances, successes, and discoveries. Inspiration and opportunities are everywhere. As director of the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) I have the opportunity to partner with you for your success. You’re not alone. Many students have found connecting with the TLC was vital for their academic success. Many mentioned they’ve wished to have connected with the TLC sooner. The TLC staff are here to be on your team. Best wishes for a great school year!” – Nancy Jacobo, TLC

 

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“Welcome to all of our new students! I am glad you are here. I am looking forward to meeting each of you. I wish you God’s blessings as you learn and grow here at PUC.” – Bob Cushman, president

 

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“School is stressful enough without getting sick or injured! Health Services is not only a place to be treated but a safe place where you can confidentially go, knowing you will not only be cared for but listened to. All services offered in the clinic (MD visits, diagnostics, medications, supplies) are free to you. Stop by and say HI, welcome to PUC, and as always … play safe!”– Sandy Sargent, director of health services 

 

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“Hello, new students! Welcome to the PUC family. I cannot wait to meet you all and enjoy this school year together. We have some exciting upcoming events and I hope you join in on the fun!!”– Megan Belz, SA president 

 

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“I love the excitement and newness of another year.  A chance to get to know new students, and a chance to continually improve our programs and events to better meet their needs.  I love the energy and fresh ideas that inspire us as well.” – Gena Philpott, Director of Residential Life

 

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Pioneers, both new and returning, I can’t wait until you are on campus. Summer on the Hill has been lonely without you! Once your suitcases are unpacked and you’ve purchased a year’s worth of paper towels from Target, you can focus on the things that really matter—making friends, finding your way around campus, and getting ready for your amazing journey ahead. I am counting on you to make this your best year yet at PUC. 

I encourage you to get involved and to take part in the array of opportunities and initiatives hosted by Student Life. During the year, you can also join me for a “Chat and Chew” session–an opportunity for me to learn more about you, your plans for your future, and to answer your questions. Looking forward to seeing you on Move-In Day!” -Jennifer Tyner, vice president for student life

Mark your calendars to arrive on Wednesday, September 18. Move-in begins at 9:00 a.m. In the meantime keep up-to-date on pre-arrival information: Visit the New Student Orientation website.

 

PUC in Pictures: Summer 2019

Even though summer is fun and filled with adventures, we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome everyone back to campus for another exciting year! Before the new year get’s underway, let’s take a look at some of our favorite moments over the past few months.

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Give us a follow on Instagram (@PUCNow) and browse through some of our hashtags for a closer look at student life at PUC. #PUCAdventures is a great place to start!

New Student Orientation is Next Week! 

We are so excited for you and your family to be joining our Pioneers Family! The beauty of the NSO program is that it is specifically planned to help your transition into our college community. 

Here are a couple of things to do while you are eagerly (or anxiously) awaiting the start of your new adventure:

Join the Class of 2023 Facebook Group: If you haven’t already, join the Class of 2023 Facebook group and start meeting your future classmates!

Start Packing: Don’t become overwhelmed thinking about all the things you will need to have in your dorm room throughout the year. To help you out, we’ve put together “Your College Packing List”  on our blog, so you can refer to as you start getting ready to move in. If you need some inspiration for how you can help make your dorm room look and feel more like home, check out our “Dorm Decorating on a Budget” and “Tips for an Organized Dorm Room” blog posts for some ideas to help get you started!

Mark your calendars to arrive on Wednesday, September 18. Move-in begins at 9:00 a.m. In the meantime:

Have questions? Our team of counselors can answer any you have. Call (800) 862-7080, option 2 or email admissions@puc.edu to get connected with a counselor now.

Set some reminders for these important dates! 

  • New Student OrientationWednesday, September 18 — Sunday, September 22
  • Classes BeginMonday, September 23
  • Week of WelcomeMonday, September 23 — Saturday, September 28

Hey transfer students, we didn’t forget about you! We have a special site with information regarding transfer student move-in time and Orientation. Visit the Transfer Student Orientation page.

ATTENTION PARENTS! We know this is a big adjustment, not just for your student but also for you, and we know you probably have questions. Well, we have a site for you too!

We are so excited to meet all of you, see you soon!

10 Ways to Make Your Dorm Room Feel Like Home

When I walked into my freshman dorm room with my arms full of my very favorite and prized possessions, I was a little apprehensive. I remember taking a moment to look around the room and noticing the horrible wallpaper covering every available surface. (Do not place wallpaper all over your dorm room. Just don’t do it!) My wonderful mother immediately jumped into action, forming a plan to remove it all. I remember feeling unsettled until that wallpaper was gone and my things were neatly placed where they would forever reside, my room started to feel more like home. 

So before you get here, before you even start packing, here is a list of 10 ways to make your dorm room feel more like home, and guess what? You can find all these things at Target, which happens to be just a short ride from campus, just in case you forget something! *praise hands* 

Photographs

The best and fastest way to make your room feel more like home is to put up photos of your family and friends. Seeing familiar faces every day can give you the boost you need to make your day great. Frame them, hang them, display them however you’d like! 

Throw pillows and blankets! 

Not only are throw pillows and blankets incredibly comfortable, since they come in so many different shapes, colors, and fabrics, they will also help make your dorm room look better. Toss them on your chair, over the bed, everywhere! You’re about to start college, you know how great pillows and blankets are, I don’t need to convince you! 

Succulents 

Succulents are all the rage, partially because they are cute and partially because they are so low maintenance. In fact, my trusty succulent Rufus is sitting next to me as I type. Basically, all you need is some sunshine and a little water from time to time and you’re set! 

Floor rugs

Some dorm rooms have tile floors. Who wants to get up in the middle of the night and walk on the cold tile? Not only are rugs cozy, they also will help make your room look nicer. 

Lighting

There’s nothing worse than harsh overhead lighting to cause a headache during an important study session or ruin a great selfie situation. Take your lighting into your own hands by bringing lamps for your desk or maybe a hanging lantern. A string or two of Christmas lights are also a popular addition to a lot of dorm rooms. 

Essential oils

People use essential oils to help with all sorts of things from sleep to anxiety, if I’m being honest, I just like my room smelling nice. Diffusers come in various sizes and designs and don’t cost a lot plus you can get essential oils in a huge variety of scents. My go-tos are rose and lavender. 

Favorite snack foods

What are your favorite snack foods? Candy? Chips? I personally love them all lol. Be sure to stock up on snacks! Always have your favorites handy! 

Floor cushions/ottomans  

You can never have too much extra seating in your room. For study groups or movie nights, it will always be helpful. What’s fantastic about many of them is that they open up for built-in storage, perfect for all those throw blankets you’re going to end up buying!

Organizers 

It’s important to keep organized. There are tons of options from ways to keep your desk in order to bathroom and closet organizers. My favorite thing to have were hanging shoe racks cause you can never have too many shoes! 

Your favorite movie and some microwavable popcorn

Nothing screams relaxation like a good movie and some popcorn. Bring a stack of your favorite Blu-rays with you. Pop some popcorn and enjoy. 

What’s great about your dorm room is … it’s yours! While these ten things seem like great additions to anyone’s room, they might not be for you, so make your own list! Did you know right now Target has a great College Checklist you can use to help you track the things you need! Check it out and get packing! 

 

Finish In Four: Stay On Track

Getting accepted into college is a great accomplishment! Now, you will want to have a plan to stay on track and graduate in four years. While that’s not always possible (lots of people take five!), here are some things you can do to ensure you stay on track.

 Meet Regularly With Your Academic Advisor

Your academic advisor is one of the most important individuals on your academic journey. They will help you plan your schedule each quarter and can walk you through your curriculum guidesheet and track your academic progress using the Student Planning tool to assure you’re registered for the right classes at the right time.

 Complete An Average of 16 Credits Per Quarter

To earn a baccalaureate degree in four years, you need to complete at least 192 college-level credits, which is about 48 credits per year, and an average of 16 credits per quarter. That means you should plan for 16 credits a quarter. If you get behind, don’t worry; your advisor can assist you in figuring out how to fit in some extra credits or apply for summer classes! 

 Follow Your Curriculum Guidesheets

Every program has what’s called a curriculum guidesheet, which lists the classes needed to complete the program and contains a sample four-year schedule you can refer to when planning your schedule each quarter. Visit puc.edu/academics/degrees-programs for a complete list of programs and the accompanying guidesheet. 

Note: Undeclared students can still plan to finish in four years if they take an average of 16 well-chosen credits per quarter! You may refer to the “Information for Undeclared Majors” guidesheet for a sample first-year schedule for deciding students.

Track Your Progress with the Student Planning Tool

This helpful tool (available through WebAdvisor) shows you which courses you will need to take to complete your degree. If you’re considering changing your major, you can also run a comparison for a new degree to see which requirements you have already met and how many credits you still need to complete. The Student Planning tool is available through your WebAdvisor account in the Academic Profile section (click on “Student Planning” and select “My Progress”).

 Avoid Transferring Schools

Don’t leave! Since different schools offer varying degrees and requirements, earning a chosen degree on time means committing to a school’s program and tenaciously working toward completing requirements. Plus, we’d miss you.

 Take Your Classes Seriously 

Attend your classes and take them seriously. Did you know if your cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0, you will be placed on academic probation? That could seriously slow you down. But not to worry, if you are struggling, we encourage you to seek help from your academic advisor and the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC). There are multiple resources available to you helping establish academic success. 

Just remember, while stressful at times, your years in college are going to be some of the greatest! By keeping the above steps in mind and accepting the support your Pioneers family offers, you’re setting yourself up for a successful and meaningful scholastic quest. 

 

What’s Your Favorite Class at PUC?

We often ask students to tell us what their favorite class is and why. We always get a variety of answers and it’s fun to get different takes. My favorite class was Organizational Communication taught by Dr. Tammy McGuire. Not only did I find it fascinating to take a deep look into the inner workings of various organizations but you also get to dissect episodes of “The Office” (Give me Michael Scott any day). But this time around we thought we might ask some professors what class was THEIR favorite to teach! 

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“My favorite class is Screenwriting. It is probably the clearest example of how much diversity we have at PUC. In order for students to dedicate two quarters, 20+ weeks to write a 100-page script, they have to really care about what they are writing about and very quickly the class gets personal. Hearing students develop ideas, which typically connect to their unique lives and upbringing is always inspiring. Each individual seems to have a different story and experience that we the class then get to support them in bringing to life. This might be an immigration story from another part of the world, a personal struggle with their parents, or just a unique take on the world. As a class, we all learn from one another and as we hear their stories unfold, work together to make each the best they can be. It never gets old for me because each year the class brings unique students with unique stories. That I can not only help but that in hearing them, I can become a better person myself. It is the one class where the students have as much to contribute to one another as myself.” ⁠— Rajeev Sigamoney, M.S., Professor of Film and Television Production

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“Of course I love all of my classes equally, but maybe I love my HNRS 380 ‘Science of Feeling’ more equally. It’s basically an opportunity for me to talk about embodiment and feeling—my favorite subjects—with clever, engaged students who enjoy wrangling with difficult texts. I also love ENGL 301 ‘Science & Culture’ because, in many ways, it’s the larger-class version of that same course.” ⁠— Peter Katz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English & Director of Honors

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“My favorite class to teach is Field Seminar. This class is taken by our senior social work majors all year long. It is my favorite because in this class my students share about their internship experience, and it is also where students synthesize theory and practice. There are many ‘a-ha’ moments, and I get to experience their growth in the social work field and witness the changes they are making in our community.” ⁠—Damaris Perez, M.S.W., Assistant Professor of Social Work & Field Practicum Coordinator

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“My favorite class to teach is History of American Art. Not only is it my area of specialization, but it gives me the opportunity to discuss in-depth two of my favorite artists, Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper. It also inspires me to encourage the diverse student body of the college to appreciate the artistic contributions made by artists of color.” ⁠— Jon Carstens, M.A., Associate Professor of Art

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“I think my favorite is World Civilizations II (1500 to present) because I get to talk about a broad range of topics pertaining to the world we all live in. It also helps that my specialty, modern India, is covered in this class.” ⁠— William Logan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History

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“CHEM 210 laboratory glassblowing. It is very fun to blow glass.” ⁠— Robert Wilson, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry

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“I love teaching all of my classes. Each class is special in its own way and the students in those class inspire me to enjoy every class I teach.” — Robert Paulson, Ph.D., Professor of Physical Science

 

Did you know PUC offers over 70 degrees and programs? Think of all the fun and exciting classes each offer. To learn more, simply visit our academics page on the PUC website or check out this great blog post about some of PUC’s most interesting classes