Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Incoming Pioneer Creates Community on Instagram

Midway through the spring quarter during some daily social media perusing, I came across an Instagram account I didn’t recognize. It was called PUC Class of 2024. It’s bio said “Welcome PUC class of 2024! Follow to find future pioneers💚💛 DM to be featured 🤩”. Intrigued by this I decided to DM the account assuming one of our great Admissions Counsels had started it. What I discovered was the account was run by a senior from Lodi Academy. Her name is Ashley Garner and she’s about to start her first year as a PUC Pioneer! She wanted a way to get to know her fellow classmates before arriving on campus. We loved the idea so much we decided to chat with Ashley to learn a little more about her! 

Where are you from?

I’m from Lodi, California

What are you planning to study?

I’m planning to study psychology.

What about college are you most excited to experience?

I’m most excited about meeting new people and having new experiences!

Are you planning on joining any campus clubs at PUC?

I would love to be involved in campus ministries and/or praise teams.

What made you decide to start the class of 2024 IG page?

I created the 2024 class because I wanted incoming freshmen, as well as current students, to have the opportunity to get to know each other and to start creating a community.

Who can join?

Anyone is welcome to join! Any incoming freshmen are welcome to be featured! 

What is your goal for the page?

My goal is to create a safe and fun family-like community for the class of 2024!

What’s been the most fun part about running it?

I’ve had many great interactions with other future PUC students, and I’ve even made new friends.

Favorite movie?

My favorite movie is 50 First Dates.

Last book you read for fun?

The last book I read for fun was Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens by Becky Albertalli.

Favorite meal?

My favorite meal is probably anything from Chick-fil-a.

Tortilla chips or Fritos for your haystacks?

Both, but probably Fritos.

Favorite place to shop?

My favorite place to shop is definitely Target and I also love going to thrift shops!

 

Are you about to join the PUC Pioneers family this fall quarter or are you a current student excited to get to know your new classmates? Head over to Instagram and follow @pucclassof24

 

 

Making Mental Health A Priority  

By Ally Romanes

We are living in strange times. As we are sheltering at home, some find it difficult not to be able to be outside moving around and others really miss interacting with people. It’s not only important to check on your friends and family, but it’s also important to check on yourself as well. Here are some ways to prioritize your mental health during this time. 

Set A Routine 

You’ve heard this over and over already but its good advice so I’ll say it again! Making a daily routine for yourself will keep you on top of things and help you stay motivated. It can be as simple as making your bed every morning or setting a time to eat lunch. Making a routine will keep you productive and remind you of what you need to accomplish.

Stay Connected With Friends 

It’s important to stay in touch with your friends. through FaceTime, phone calls, and texting. While we may not know what will happen next, we need to be there for one another to help ease the stress we may be going through. 

Get Fresh Air 

Just because we are being asked to stay home doesn’t mean you can’t go outside. Go out and get some fresh air and clear your mind. 

Do Activities You Enjoy

It’s important to keep doing the things you enjoy. Whether that be watching your favorite show or exercising, keep doing the activities you enjoy every day.  

At-Home Exercises 

Even without access to a gym, you can still workout at home. Go for a run, take or walk, or go on a bike ride. If you need some at-home exercise inspiration, ask your friends or look-up workouts on Pinterest or Youtube. It’s important to stay active for your physical and mental health. 

Sleep

Make sure you get enough sleep each night to restore your energy. Getting enough hours of sleep will help you think clearly and feel better during the day. 

Look-Up Pictures Of Animals 

Who doesn’t like seeing cute photos of animals? Follow a few on Instagram or YouTube some cat videos. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a sea otter cam that allows you to watch the sea otters during the day. You don’t want to miss out on the cuteness! 

Focus On Things You Can Control 

With the uncertainty we are living in, it’s important to focus on things we can control. Don’t overthink or obsess about the things you don’t have power over, but instead focus on the things you can control.

Read A Devotional

One of the best things we can do for our own mental health is turn to God. Open your Bible or sign up to get a Bible verse of the day. You can also join us here on the blog every Friday for a devotional thought from one of our own Pioneers.

With the challenges and changes we are dealing with, don’t forget to take care of yourself, and know, your PUC family is here for you!

 

Use The Nelson Memorial Library … Online!

While we are apart, the team at the Nelson Memorial Library is doing everything they can to bring as many of the resources you’re accustomed to, straight to your home!  

Here are some of the resources you can access from your computer!

Virtual Spaces 

We are available online! We can answer questions and assist with research frequently throughout the day. 

        CHAT:   look for the “Ask a Librarian” chat button on the library home page

        EMAIL:  reference@puc.edu

        TEXT:   (707) 948-6639

        VOICE: (707) 965-6241

Information Literacy Instruction (research) 

Each of the Library staff is available by appointment (or even spontaneously sometimes) for joining any online class to answer questions, assist with assignments, or to lead out in the best use of the library resources. They consider themselves fairly interchangeable but here are their specialties:

Patrick Benner (pbenner@puc.edu) 

– Aviation, Chemistry, Data Science, EMS, Math, Nursing, Health Sciences, Physics

Allison Fox (adfox@puc.edu) 

– Biology, Education, English & Literature, Kinesiology

Jason St Clair (jstclair@puc.edu) 

– Business, Music Psychology & Social Work

Katy Van Arsdale (kvanarsdale@puc.edu) 

– Communication, History, Honors, Theology, Visual Arts, World Languages

Streaming Video Collections 

https://puc.libguides.com/az.php?a=all&t=34235

Ebook Collections 

https://puc.libguides.com/az.php?a=all&t=34254 

Online Newspapers

 – https://puc.libguides.com/az.php?a=all&t=41202

Interlibrary Loan

 Link+ is shut down at least until July 1 but the team is actively processing ILL requests for books every day. Fill out the form:  http://library.puc.edu/ill

Guide for Accessing Off-Campus Library Resources 

https://puc.libguides.com/off-campus   

For those of you on campus, the physical library will now be staffed for assisting faculty, staff, and students. Hour hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon. – Thurs. and 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fri.  

Shelter-In-Place Weekend Activities

By: Ally Romanes

Hey everyone, it’s Ally! I, like you, suddenly find myself at home spending a lot of time sitting around. School is online, my go-to-entertainment (sports games) aren’t on, and I’m not being able to hang out with friends in person. We are living in ‘unprecedented times’ as we keep hearing, where we are literally being begged to stay indoors. Have you been trying to figure out how to pass time or how to stay occupied during self-isolation? Here are some things you can do to make your weekends more interesting at home.

Facetime Friends & Family 

Check-up on your friends and family to make sure they’re doing well. Seeing the faces of those we love can make it seem like we’re right there with each other. So thankful for technology!

Complete A Puzzle 

What could be more time-consuming than working on a puzzle? The more pieces, the better!

Catch-Up On Movies & Shows

Thankfully we have streaming sites to get us through. All those long movies or shows you said you’d watch later, well later is now. Spend your weekends checking off movies and shows from your list.

Need ideas on what to watch? Look-up movies and shows that have won awards or ask your friends for recommendations.

Throw A Netflix Party 

Have a Netflix Party with your friends. Since you can’t be together in the dorm or your friend’s homes, Netflix Party lets everyone synchronize the movie or show you’re watching. Tell your friends, set a time, and enjoy a Netflix Party!

Self-Care

You not only need to check-in on your friends and family, but you also need to check-in on yourself. Treat yourself by indulging in dessert or having a spa night. Of course, both can include watching a show or movie.

Get Fresh Air 

We are all aware we shouldn’t be going out, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting some fresh air. It’s perfectly ok to take a walk, run, or bike ride around your neighborhood. Don’t coop yourself inside all day. Go outside and get some fresh air.

Play Board Games 

Dig out your board games from the back of the closet and relive your childhood. Want to play games with your family and friends from afar? Download the app Houseparty where you can play games with whoever you want, no matter how far.

Finally Read That Book 

If you have a book you’ve been meaning to read but never got the chance too, now is the time. Stop avoiding that book. Dust it off and start reading!

Clean & Organize

This may not be fun for some, but it’s a task many procrastinate on. Go through your clothes and other things, and get rid of what you don’t need or want. Doing some cleaning will help you stay productive and will also help you get rid of stuff. You got this!

Learn A New Skill 

Ever wanted to learn how to cook or draw? Google some recipes and see what you can with the ingredients you have at home. YouTube drawing tutorials to learn the skill of sketching and drawing. What better time to learn a new skill than now.

Bake Those Goods 

Pass the time while getting messy in the kitchen as you make cookies, brownies, or even a cake. The work will be worth it once your baked goods are done and you can enjoy your dessert!

Do At-Home Workouts 

You may not have all the equipment you need to work out, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting a workout in. Common household items like a gallon of water or a backpack full of books can help you with your workout.

If you need at-home workout ideas, go to Google. There are endless articles and videos online.

Have A Zoom Party 

Do you or your friends have birthdays coming up? Bring your snacks and have a Zoom party with your friends.

Update Your Resume or Portfolio

It may not be the best time to find a job, but it shouldn’t stop you from updating your resume. You’ll be saving yourself time for when you actually need to apply for a job.

Go Through Your Photos 

Do you have hundreds, maybe even thousands of photos on your phone? Go through them and see which photos you want to keep. I’m sure you have some old screenshots you don’t need anymore that are just taking up space on your phone.

Make A List of Post-Isolation Activities

On the first day of self-isolation, I already started making a list of places I wanted to go once I could. I wrote down restaurants I couldn’t wait to indulge in again, the places I missed going too, and replanned the trips I was supposed to take this year.

Nap 

After a week of school and work, you deserve to nap on the weekends. Spend your weekend relaxing in bed to recharge for a new day.

It may be hard staying home all day, every day, but hopefully, some of these ideas will keep you occupied.

 

Keeping Current: Some Dos and Don’ts

“I don’t really have time to watch the news.”

“I don’t think this stuff really affects me.”  

“I don’t really understand it so why bother?”

I’m sure we’ve all said some version of these at one point in our lives. I get it, we’re busy, we have a lot on our plates, and there really is A LOT going on in the world. It can be difficult to keep up, especially in an election year. But the truth is, staying informed doesn’t have to be that hard. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to help you out. 

Do make the choice to stay informed

It might be easier to just focus on your schoolwork or your job and not worry about anything else. However, it’s actually pretty important to know what’s going on in the world. Even the things you don’t think directly affect you, probably do, or at least someone you care about so it’s essential to know what is taking place in our country and around the world and to understand your rights.

Don’t rely on hearsay

It’s totally ok to seek other’s opinions, especially people who you trust and respect, but don’t just take someone’s word for granted, educate yourself and form your own opinions. 

Do read newspapers and watch the news 

make sure you are getting your news from a legitimate news source. There is a lot of misinformation out there. If you don’t enjoy watching the news, and you don’t get the newspaper, there are other ways to learn about what’s happening around you. Visit some news sites online every few days or follow accounts like the BBC or your hometown news station on Twitter.

Don’t rely on headlines

Don’t trust yourself to gather information from headlines or simple tweets. As someone who writes a lot of headlines and tweets for work, they’re created with the intention to be catchy or shocking, to grab your attention. So …

Do dig deeper 

As I said above, don’t rely on headlines and simple tweets to give you the facts. Dig deeper and learn a bit more. If you don’t understand a topic, do a little research for an informed opinion 

Author’s favorite tip

Do check in on yourself

Right now more than ever, the news is full of some overwhelmingly scary information. If you find yourself feeling anxious every time you open your Twitter app, take a break. Limit yourself to 15 min. of news each night and follow it up with some great cat videos on Youtube!

 

God Is In Control

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” Psalms 62:5-8

A few kayaking excursions on the East Coast taught me something important. The days were sunny and pleasant and the scenery was awesome. There was no hint that things would suddenly change to foreboding skies and fierce winds. I fought hard to paddle myself back to shore wondering if I would make it before being engulfed by the waters. I cried out to the heavens for help, remembering the boat story (Luke 8:22-25) when Jesus calmed the storm and even the winds and the water obeyed him. I did make it safely to shore by persevering and by God’s grace. It was a reminder to me that in the midst of the storms and uncertainties of life, we can be at peace, knowing God is in control. Let’s trust God and make him our rock in our everyday lives, allowing him to perform wonders on our behalf.

Crista Peterson,

Executive Assistant for Student Life
International Student Advisor

PUC Coloring Page Partie Deux

It’s time for another edition of coloring with PUC!

Download this coloring page and color away. feel free to send us photos of the final product!

 

Pioneers Coloring Sheet 2

Eight Must-See Museums in San Francisco 

Ally Romanes

The Bay Area is filled with a ton of museums. In fact, there are 55 museums just in San Francisco alone. If you’re like me, that’s an overwhelming number AND you want to see all of them! Not quite sure where to begin? Let me help! Here are eight must-see museums to get you started.  

California Academy of Sciences 

The California Academy of Sciences is one of the most popular museums in San Francisco. With an aquarium, planetarium and a natural history museum, you’ll be able to see and learn all sorts of cool things. The museum will immerse you into a four-story rain forest, a trip to see the penguins, and shows that transport you through our planet.  

Ticket prices vary due to the date you want to visit. The museum does have a student discount, so bring your school ID with you! 

For hours and admission fees, click here for more information. 

de Young Museum 

Home to modern art, contemporary art, American art, African, art and so much more. You will be able to see different kinds of art from all over the world and from different time periods. Also, a very popular Instagram spot, make sure you visit the ninth floor to enjoy a 360 view of the city. 

The best part is that admission for students is only $6! Bring your student ID, your friends, and your camera to enjoy part of your day at the de Young Museum. 

For hours and ticket purchases, visit their website

Exploratorium 

The Exploratorium is an interactive museum with over 600 exhibits to choose from. You’ll be able to learn and experience the world of science, art, and human perception. The Exploratorium also has a great view of the city from Pier 15. 

Ticket prices with student discount cost $24.95. For more information, visit their website

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

With over 33,000 modern and contemporary artworks on display, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) houses works by artists from all over the world. From Frida Kahlo to Andy Warhol, you will be able to explore the different artwork from different artists. There is also an outdoor sculpture garden for you to stroll through and nice views of the city. 

Tickets for students from ages 19-24 cost $19. Ages 18 and below are free but still needs an admission ticket. To purchase tickets and have more information, visit their website

Legion of Honor 

The Legion of Honor is a beautiful museum built to pay tribute to the soldiers that died in World War 1. The museum features over 4,000 years of ancient and European art. They also have public concerts on Saturday and Sundays with performances playing Bach, Gershwin, and great film scores. 

Ticket prices with student discount are only $6. For hours and information, visit their website

Museum of Ice Cream 

If you haven’t been to the Museum of Ice Cream, you need to book a visit soon! How can you miss out on a museum dedicated to ice cream? Here’s the scoop: you get free ice cream, there are ten interactive rooms with cool photo opportunities and you get to jump into a pool of sprinkles.

Tickets cost $38. To purchase tickets and get more information, visit their website.  

Asian Art Museum 

Capturing the beauty of Asian culture, the Asian Art Museum has collections of historical and contemporary Asian art to showcase. Their exhibitions are interesting and change year-round, so make sure to check their website to know what exhibits are going on when you plan to visit. 

Tickets with student discount cost $10 and $20 if you want to see the special exhibitions. To get more information about the museum, visit their website.  

The Walt Disney Family Museum

If you’re a huge Disney fan, this museum is for you. You will be able to go back into history and learn about the famous Disney stories and about Walt Disney’s life. There are lines of photos, drawings, and props used throughout many years of Disney. They also have film screenings for you to enjoy. 

Tickets with student ID cost $20 and $30 if you want to view the Mickey Mouse Exhibition Combo. To purchase tickets, visit their website

Now get out there and check these museums out! 

 

Meet Your Student Chaplain

Lorenzo Pena is one of PUC’s student chaplains this year and he’s more than happy to help you in any way you need whether it’s praying for you when you’re in need of extra help, chatting with you about your spiritual journey, or just a smiling face around campus. Lorenzo is passionate about God’s love and serving others. Here’s your chance to get to know a little about Lorenzo and next time you see him around campus, say hi! 

What made you want to be a student chaplain? 

My family has always instilled in me the value of serving God and to share my gifts to be a blessing to those around me. One of the most important things in life is to serve others. I wanted to be able to share the blessings God has given me with PUC in order to bring others closer to God or to walk with them on their own journeys. 

What are you responsible for as a student chaplain? 

 As a student chaplain, my most important task is to be a huge supporter of the spiritual life on campus. This means not only to help plan the big spiritual events on campus, but to also help students in their own ministry whether it be helping students start a bible study or small group, doing devotions with people, or just being a listening ear for someone going through any kind of situation. 

What are the challenges you have as a student chaplain? 

My biggest challenge as a student chaplain is I am not always able to reach people on this campus in a way that fits in with their spiritual walk, but that is perfectly fine. A person’s journey with God is unique and the ways people like to worship are different, but this is why it is important for me to be a supporter for those who are trying to fill a need or gap that they see in the spiritual life on campus. It is my job to help everyone to be able to find or access whatever it may be that enables them to grow with Christ. 

What would you like to do to strengthen spiritual life on campus? 

I would like to strengthen the spiritual community here on campus not only with the students but also with the faculty and staff. I want to have PUC be known as a safe place where anyone can feel completely comfortable sharing their life experiences and testimonies with others. Everyone deserves to have a safe place to be able to open up to others and be met with open arms. 

What advice do you have for someone that is struggling with their spiritual life? 

I have had many struggles in my spiritual life and I still have struggles in my life now, but the best thing I have found is I cannot do anything alone. It is important to know God is always with me, but even more than that, He surrounds me with so many wonderful people, including my friends, family, teachers, and a church family that are there to support me and care greatly about me. I used to think I could do everything on my own and that is just not the case. I need to be able to lean on those around me whenever I am feeling lost or alone and I need to be there for someone else to lean on whenever they need it. God puts people in our lives for a reason. 

What do you love about PUC? 

I love that PUC has so many wonderful students that are so passionate about loving God and serving others. I see this not only in the faculty, staff, and student leaders, but in all the students I see finding ways to get involved in ministry, hanging out with their friends, helping other students with studies, and so many other things. We have great people here at PUC and I am proud to be one of them. 

Where is your favorite place to eat in the Napa Valley? 

My favorite place to eat in the Napa Valley is Giugnis Deli. 

What shows are you watching right now? 

The shows I am watching right now are 911, Hawaii 5-0, and Chicago Fire/Med/PD. 

What is your favorite class that you have taken at PUC? 

My favorite class I have taken at PUC was History of Western Art. 

What is your favorite weekend activity? 

My favorite weekend activity is taking a trip down to Napa and go to Target, Home Depot, and Taco Bell.

 

Faces of PUC: Nephtali Marin

Nephtali Marin has been at PUC for the past four years seeking a BFA in film and tends to leave a lasting impression on everyone he meets. While forgetting him is not likely to happen, he wanted to make sure he didn’t slip your mind while he spends the year serving as a student missionary in Brazil. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder but just in case you’re starting to forget our friend Nephta, or haven’t had the pleasure of meeting him just yet, we asked him a couple of questions to help everyone get to know him better. And since he’s busy acclimating to life in a different country, try not to judge him for his short answers (even though we might just a little🤣). 

What is your dream job?

DoP (Director of Photography) for narrative films. But honestly, I’m still figuring this out …

How does that compare to what you wanted to be when you were young?

Well, I wanted to be a doctor so I’d say it’s pretty different. I probably won’t be saving lives, but hey you never know! 

What is your favorite thing about being a part of the Pioneers family?

We are all equal. Whether you are a 4th year, 1st year, or faculty, I’ve never felt like there is a hierarchy. We all experience similar ups and downs which help us become close.  

Where is your favorite place in the world?

My Abuelitas house on thanksgiving. 

What show are you binge-watching right now?

My Hero Academia 

What is something you’re passionate about?

Making people laugh.

Recommend a place in the Bay Area to visit on a weekend.

Dolores Park in San Francisco.