Half-Price Tuition and Housing: PUC Offers Summer Classes

By Becky St. Clair

Half-price tuition.

Half-price housing.

Over two dozen areas of study to choose from.

Hours and hours of NorCal sun.

If even one of those things sounds good, you need to register for summer classes at PUC, stat! Headed home for the summer? Good news–we’ve got 17 online courses for you to choose from, too. Of course, online means no “hours and hours of NorCal sun,” but no matter what floats your boat this summer, we’ve got you covered!

Summer classes last only 2-3 weeks, including full-year sequences for pre-med and pre-dent courses such as Biological Foundations and General Chemistry. Pre-nursing courses such as Human Anatomy and General Microbiology are also available during the summer.

PUC already offers smaller class sizes, even during the regular school year, but during the summer, those class sizes shrink even more, offering students even better access to their teachers and more room for open dialogue and class discussions.

“Rigorous” is definitely the name of the game in summer classes, but there are rewards to be had (besides getting course credits out of the way). Student Activities provides recreation options throughout the summer, such as weekly free food, Six Flags tickets, a San Francisco Giants game, and a pool party. Not to mention other local events such as the weekly farmer’s market in St. Helena, concerts in the park, sunrise fitness classes, Independence Day fireworks, the fair in Calistoga, artist and author meet-n-greets, the Flynn Creek Circus, Napa Porchfest, and more. Or, create your own adventure in the Back 40, San Francisco, the coast, or anywhere in-between.

Whether you choose to stay home or join us on campus, we look forward to spending our summer with you.

For details and to register, visit puc.edu/summer-classes or email enroll@puc.edu.

Meet Enrollment Counselor Janae Bowman

We have a great team of enrollment counselors here at PUC, ready to help you and your family with any questions you have, at any point throughout the admissions process. For the next few weeks, every Monday we’ll be introducing each one to you, to help you get to know them a little better.

This week, meet counselor Janae Bowman!

What made you decide to recruit for PUC?
I experienced PUC. I was a student and saw all of the opportunities it gave me. Whether it was spiritually, academically, or just life tips. I had a fantastic experience and by recruiting for PUC I get to share what I love about it.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve traveled for work?
I would say the most interesting place I have travel for work is to Miami. It’s such a beautiful place with amazing food!

What is the most rewarding thing about recruiting?
When I bump into my students that I have recruited and they tell me about how they love PUC! I love hearing all the stories and fun experiences they have!

If you were choosing a movie to be shown at New Student Orientation, what would you pick? Why?
“The Parent Trap” (1998) because part of it was filmed in the Napa Valley!

What is your favorite part about living here?
I’m so lucky to call this place home. I feel like it’s a community where you know everyone. There is always something to do; whether it’s going to the beach or San Francisco for the day or staying local and hiking or trying out one of the local restaurants.

What is your favorite spot on campus?
My favorite spot on campus is right outside the Campus Center. When it’s sunny outside it such a nice area to grab lunch and soak up some sun.

What is your favorite place to eat in the valley?
That changes monthly … but I guess this month it would be Bistro Jeanty. They have an amazing tomato soup!

What is the last book you read?
I’m currently in graduate school so it would be my last class textbook, which was a book on operations management.

What’s one thing you would like to accomplish in 2018?
I’ve started something called the two-minute rule. So any action that can be carried out in two minutes or less is completed right away. I want to accomplish a full year of doing this to help to maximize my time and help with procrastination.

What advice would you give to an incoming freshman?
Get involved and enjoy every moment! This is a place where you make lifelong friends and memories.

Meet Enrollment Counselor Chris Romero

We have a great team of enrollment counselors here at PUC, ready to help you and your family with any questions you have, at any point throughout the admissions process. For the next few weeks, every Monday we’ll be introducing each one to you, to help you get to know them a little better.

This week, meet counselor Chris Romero!

What made you decide to recruit for PUC?
I wanted to share my college experience with students. It was a crazy journey from beginning to end!

Where is the most interesting place you’ve traveled for work?
Oklahoma, I was in the middle of nowhere. First time in “The Dust Bowl” and just at the airport alone it had signs for tornado warnings. I’m a SoCal guy so that freaked me out a little the first time I saw those signs. I am used to earthquakes, fires, riptides from the ocean while at the beach … stuff like that, not tornados!

What is the most rewarding thing about recruiting?
Being able to see student’s faces as I say they have been accepted to Pacific Union College. Also, the after-expression of students who are worried about not knowing what to do with their life and me just saying “Trust me, I didn’t know either, but it’s alright.”

If you were choosing a movie to be shown at New Student Orientation, what would you pick? Why?
Disney’s “Hercules”—I can say because it shows the adversity of going from nothing to something, and how it can relate to a student going from freshman year to senior year and the growth of those years … But mostly because it’s my favorite movie!

What is your favorite part about living here?
The trees and nature. I can’t count the amount of times I have walked out my door in the morning and was greeted by a couple of deer.

What is your favorite spot on campus?
That last step after going up those stairs in front of flagpoles of Irwin Hall. *Cue the Rocky Balboa montage*

What is your favorite place to eat in the valley?
Gillwoods Cafe in St. Helena for breakfast, Giugni’s for lunch, and Pizzeria Tra Vigne for dinner, and then pistachio macaroons from Bouchon Bakery in Yountville for dessert.

What is the last book you read?
Comic books count too right? “Flashpoint” by Geoff Johns & Andy Kubert.

What’s one thing you would like to accomplish in 2018?
Travel around more of California! Go to more national parks, food joints, etc.

What advice would you give to an incoming freshman?
Don’t be a hermit! Socialize with people! Devote one day (whether Sabbath or not) to not doing any homework or classwork. Eat breakfast! Changing your major isn’t the end of the world! Make an effort to contact family at least once a week even if it’s through texting. Enjoy your college experience, go bowling in Napa, watch movies in Santa Rosa, go on late night In and Out runs every once in a while. Most importantly though, do not and I repeat DO NOT try and do a 12-page paper at 3:00 a.m. the day the paper is due … trust me it doesn’t work.     

Meet Enrollment Counselor Avery Lay

We have a great team of enrollment counselors here at PUC, ready to help you and your family with any questions you have, at any point throughout the admissions process. For the next few weeks, every Monday we’ll be introducing each one to you, to help you get to know them a little better.

This week, meet Avery Lay, the transfer student counselor!

You’ve had several positions at PUC. How do you feel that benefits you in your new position as an enrollment counselor?
Working around the campus has allowed me to learn a lot about PUC as a whole and the people that make this place a possibility for education and employment. It’s been fun getting all kinds of experience and learning things I never thought I would after college.

What do you like the most about working with transfer students?
Transfer students are very motivated which is really cool and inspiring. They also span a really large range of ages. It makes me feel good I’m not the only one still figuring out my life path or long-term career.

You once tried out for the basketball team at PUC, which is now the subject of a popular YouTube video. How did it go?
It was difficult, but I had a lot of fun trying out for the basketball team. I’m not an athletic person, but I wanted to support the athletic program since I enjoy it a lot. Aren Rennacker, who was on the team already, came up with the idea for a video and we both thought it would get a good laugh.

If you were choosing a movie to be shown at New Student Orientation, what would you pick? Why?
“Your Name (Kimi no Na wa)” because it can be enjoyed by all ages and it would trick people into thinking anime is cool.

What is your favorite part about living here?
The trees.

What is your favorite spot on campus?
The weight room.

What is your favorite place to eat in the valley?
Farmstead in St Helena.

What is the last book you read?
“Storm of Swords” by George R.R. Martin.

What’s one thing you would like to accomplish in 2018?
Explore more of Northern California.

What advice would you give to an incoming freshman or transfer student?
Try to have pride and confidence in yourself and in the things that make you happy.

Meet Enrollment Counselor Nick Lapido

We have a great team of enrollment counselors here at PUC, ready to help you and your family with any questions you have, at any point throughout the admissions process. For the next few weeks, every Monday we’ll be introducing each one to you, to help you get to know them a little better.

This week, meet the team’s newest member, Nick Lapido!

You already have a background in admissions. Where did you work previously?
I was at Southern Adventist University before coming to PUC. I was not a recruiter there, but I worked very closely with them as a prospective student finance advisor. That position had me working in the recruitment office, where I was involved in college days, giving campus tours, and meeting prospective students, among many other things. That background helped a lot when coming to the enrollment office here at PUC.

What brought you to PUC?
A lot of things kept falling into place and lining up. It became impossible to deny God wanted me here. I remember meeting Jennifer Tyner in Tennessee, where we got the opportunity to speak about PUC, and from that conversation God just started opening the doors to give me the privilege to be a part of this team.

You spent the last several months working as a student financial counselor here at PUC. How do you think that benefits you in your new position as an enrollment counselor?
It acquainted me with PUC, the great community that we have here, and really helped me to understand the inner workings of what it means to be a student here. I believe that insight and perspective will be of great use when it comes to being an enrollment counselor. I know I will be forever grateful for having had the opportunity to work side by side with the finance team and having been able to build lasting friendships with them.

So far, how are you liking living in Angwin and working at PUC?
I’ve really fallen in love with PUC and Angwin. I’ve been to about 40 of the 50 states, lived on both coasts, and I can tell you that there truly is no place like it! As soon as you start heading up the hill, you are completely immersed in what looks like a whole other world. The rich, dark green of the pine trees, the mountain air, and magnificent view are to die for! I remember the day my wife and I first got here, we pulled over to a lookout point on our way up the hill. Below us, you could see the forest scenery stretching out as far as the eye could see, and it was absolutely breathtaking! Being able to be a part of this community and live in this environment never gets old—it never ceases to amaze me. I definitely call Angwin “home” now, and wouldn’t trade it for the world!

What is your favorite part about living here?
Besides the sheer beauty of this area, I would have to say my favorite part about living here is that it has something for everyone. We are located just far enough away from big cities to where it feels like a mountain wonderland where one can escape to. On the other hand, San Francisco is just a quick drive away, and there seems to be more and more to explore every time!

What is your favorite spot on campus?
My favorite spot would definitely have to be the back 40. Almost every Sabbath, my wife and I hike the trails after church. Seeing the streaks of light go through the tall trees as you walk through the trail brings such beauty to Angwin. It feels like one is transported to a different place, and it’s crazy to think we get to enjoy all of it here!

What is your favorite place to eat in the valley?
This is a hard one! I don’t know if I can pick a “favorite,” there are so many options and places to explore that I’ve only made a very small dent on the list. I will mention, though, if you are looking for a great place to have breakfast in the valley close to PUC, look no further than Gillwoods Cafe! Also, if you have any suggestions as to where I should eat next, let me know, there are too many to count!

What is the last book you read?
I’m currently reading “Capital Gaines” by Chip Gaines. I am fascinated by books that give further insight into the lives and relationships of people, which is why autobiographies are my favorite types of books, I would much rather get to know people than deal with abstract facts on a page. Before that I was reading through “Total Recall” by Arnold Schwarzenegger and “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018, both professionally and personally?
I am looking forward to settling in more in the area and becoming a more active part of the community in Angwin. The biggest goal for me, both professionally and personally, is to grow. I know that sounds like a cliché, but what I mean by that is to step out of my comfort zone more, to not limit myself, and to establish and nurture relationships with others. I may not know exactly how “growth” will be manifested, but I hope to see positive differences in my life, and hopefully help make positive impacts in the lives of others.

What advice would you give to an incoming freshman?
The biggest piece of advice I could give an incoming freshman (or anyone for that matter) is to strive to grow in our relationship with God and to allow Him to lead our lives. Throughout life, we are going to experience a lot of change: we will grow (in age, literally, and as people), we will move, experience different places, work in different environments, and build relationships with people. Sometimes it can seem that the only constant is that there is no constant, and things can be in flux. However, when we make God that constant, when we grow closer to Him, we will be able to handle whatever life throws at us, and hopefully come out on the other side as people who were changed and grown for the better.