5 Tips for Having the Best Move-In Day Possible

With New Student Orientation just a few days away, we hope your packing and planning is well underway! Once you arrive on-campus, it can quickly become overwhelming when you think about everything you need to do. Here is a short list of what you can start with to get the important things taken care of first.

Unload Your Car and Meet Your Roommate

First things first: get your car unloaded and meet your roommate! If possible, schedule your arrival times together so your parents can meet too. Keep an eye out for PUC faculty, staff, and students in PUC shirts, helping students move in. That’s called Porter Power and there’s always a great group of helpers every year! Don’t get caught up in unpacking and getting your room organized just yet though because there’s plenty you need to take care of!

Go to the Finance Office

If you haven’t already, you will need to get financially cleared before classes start on the 24th. The longer you wait, the longer the lines get at the Finance office, so it’s a good idea to head there first thing on Wednesday (especially if your parents come up with you!) to get this out of the way.

You may be able to get everything taken care of before you even get to campus. Talk with your financial counselor ahead of time to see what you need to do to get cleared. Call (800) 862-7080, option 1 or email studentfinance@puc.edu to talk with a counselor now.

Get Your ID Card

Your ID card is going to be one of your most important PUC possessions. You will use it to buy books, pay for meals in the cafe, buy beverages and snacks at The Grind, and check in and out of Colloquy. Once your stuff is unloaded, head down to the Dining Commons to get your photo taken and receive your brand new, shiny ID card!

Get Your Textbooks

You can find all your textbooks for the quarter at the PUC Bookstore. You can even pre-order them ahead of time so all you’ll need to do is stop in and pick them up. Get started now at puc.bncollege.com.  

Organize Your Room

You’ll have several days to get your dorm room organized, so don’t feel like you have to do it all right away if you like to take your time. If you need some inspiration for how you can help make your dorm room the best on your hallway, check out the “Dorm Decorating on a Budget” and “Tips for an Organized Dorm Room” blog posts for some ideas to help get you started! Make sure you coordinate with your roommate ahead of time to know who’s bringing what so you don’t end up with duplicate items like two toasters (because who needs that?).

New Student Orientation is going to be packed full of new friends and fun. For the full Orientation schedule, visit puc.edu/orientation. Get ready for your best year yet!

We’ll see you on the 19th!

Meet Dean Rebecca Seibert

When you arrive at PUC and begin exploring your new home away from home, you’ll likely want to know just who is in charge of your living space. We’ve made that easy for you! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring all of our residence hall deans here on the blog so you can get to know them all. And if you need to contact them, feel free to reach out!

Name: Rebecca Seibert
Dean of: Winning Hall
Phone: (707) 965-6285
Email: rseibert@puc.edu
Dean since: 2016

Let’s start at the beginning: What were you doing before you became a dean here?

I actually worked in Winning Hall as a resident assistant from 2005-2008, but just prior to starting as PUC staff, I was serving as the chaplain at Thunderbird Academy in Arizona. Prior to that, I was a teacher and assistant dean at Fletcher Academy in North Carolina for seven years.

So what does your day typically look like?

Being a dean means there isn’t a set pattern for the day, but most days I get to the office and do the daily paperwork, and then I tackle whatever task I need to for that day, whether it be following up on student issues, making sure dorm maintenance is getting taken care of, scheduling my staff, or planning residence hall programming. I also serve on several committees so my afternoon may have meetings as well. Then, if it’s my night off, I head home to hang out with my husband and pets (two cats and two dogs). If it is one of my nights on, then I take a little personal time in the afternoon and head back to the office between 6 and 7 to be available for students until around 11 p.m. or midnight.

And what is it that you love about your job?

When you are able to make a breakthrough with a student that struggles, and see their life change for the better, especially when it comes to their relationship with the Lord, that is one of the best things.

We know deans are constantly on the job, but when you have spare time, what are some of your hobbies?

I love reading and watching movies.

What do you love most about PUC?

PUC feels like home to me. I have loved it from the moment I became a student here in 2004, and I have been incredibly blessed the Lord brought me back here. I love my coworkers and I love being a part of something that has the power to change lives.

When you were a kid, what was it you thought you’d be when you grew up?

I remember wanting to be a math teacher when I was a kid. I got to be that for a while at Fletcher, but by the time I was in college, I wanted to a dean at the college level, and the Lord brought me back to PUC to do just that.

So what was your major here at PUC?

I got a B.S. in natural science with an emphasis in physics.

All right, let’s get a little personal: Tell me something you obsessively collect.

My husband and I collect movies. We have over 350 now and almost 100 seasons of various TV shows. One of the reasons I love to collect movies is because there are so many different things you can enjoy about a good movie, and I love to watch my favorites over and over again. It’s also a nice hobby to have because my husband has some major health issues, so we can’t go out a lot. Movies give us a way to escape for a bit and enjoy something new and exciting.

Wow, that is a lot of movies! Do you have a favorite?

One of my favorite movies is the older BBC Pride and Prejudice mini-series. I love the era, and I love that it has such a wonderful story without all the nonsense Hollywood seems to think is necessary for “good” storytelling. It is just a clean and beautiful look at a time when things were less complicated. Plus, Austen was such an amazing writer, and I love how she developed the characters and their interactions, and the BBC production really held true to that.

Get to Know PUC’s Health Services Clinic

Did you know PUC has a free* health clinic available to students? It’s true! Health Services is located on the lower level of the Education building past the Student Finance office, and provides students with a wide array of services, including appointments with a physician, physician’s assistant, or a nurse, along with medications (both prescription and over-the-counter), medical supplies, and diagnostic in-clinic testing. (See the services provided page for more information about the types of care offered.) The Health Services clinic strives to be a welcoming professional place offering the highest quality of care possible, and wants your experience here at PUC to be a happy and healthy one! We are so thankful to have the clinic on our campus to provide our students with excellent care when they need it.

Health Services is open Monday-Thursday from 9-4 p.m. and Friday from 9-12 noon. Anytime the office is closed (evenings, weekends, or school breaks) students can reach an on-call nurse 24/7, which is also a free service. In the event the clinic does not have the resources needed to assist you (such as an x-ray), Health Services will assist you in obtaining an affordable outside service. In these instances, your insurance will be used to cover the cost of any outside services utilized, and your paperwork and follow-up care will be handled by Health Services.

During business hours, you can reach the clinic by calling (707) 965-6339. Appointments with a physician or a physician’s assistant are by appointment, while walk-ins are always welcome to see the nurses on duty. After hours, to reach an on-call nurse, call the answering service at (707) 965-6789. You can also email healthservices@puc.edu if the matter doesn’t require immediate attention. Need help deciding what qualifies as an emergency, and what doesn’t? See the “What is an emergency?” page to learn more.

For new students, there are several items you are required to show proof of that Health Services needs to have on file for you, including the following: the Health Information form; a tuberculosis skin test within the last year; a record of childhood immunizations; and either enrollment in or waiving out of the Aetna Student Health Insurance plan. See the registration requirements page for more information.

The Health Information form is a four-page document that must be completed before your arrival on campus. You will need to make an appointment with your physician to have a physical examination and they will need to complete most of the form. You can also schedule your TB test to be at this time if needed. You can attach your immunization record to the Health Information form along with the results of your TB test and submit all documents to Health Services.

All students taking six units or more are required to carry their own insurance coverage. For students who are under-covered or don’t have an existing policy, the Aetna Student Health Insurance plan is available and will automatically be purchased for them. If you have adequate coverage, you are required to waive out of the Aetna plan by midnight 10/6/18, otherwise, the plan will be purchased for you. Visit the Aetna Student Health website for more information and to start the enrollment or waiver process now.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the clinic if you have any questions about the registration requirements for new students; call (707) 965-6339 or email healthservices@puc.edu. Once you arrive on campus, please stop by to meet these very special individuals here to serve you!

*Currently there is no charge for being seen by the nurses in the clinic but some visits may incur a nominal fee for supplies and/or medications. You will be made aware of any charges at the time of your visit. Please refer to our website for more details.

Get to Know PUC’s Career & Counseling Center

By Becky St. Clair

For most of us, major life changes (such as starting college) bring stress, anxiety, uncertainty, and fear. This is normal. So is not really knowing what to do about it.

For PUC students, help is only a short walk across campus. The Career & Counseling Center provides students with a variety of services to help you get your feet under you, regain your confidence, and step bravely into the next phase of your life. Here’s what you need to know:

There’s nothing wrong with seeing a counselor.

Most students who utilize counseling services at PUC do so in order to work through some problem areas that are disrupting their lives in some way. There’s nothing embarrassing about seeking guidance from someone who can help you find sure footing in an unsure situation; in fact, it’s wise to utilize the resources available to you.

Seeking counseling isn’t a sign of weakness.

Those of us raised in individualistic societies (such as the U.S.) find it very difficult to seek help, even when we know we need it. Confronting (or even admitting) problem areas and taking responsibility for your life takes a great deal of emotional and psychological strength.

Counseling isn’t expensive.

In fact, at PUC, it’s free! While the usual rate for counseling services is $75-$125 per hour (or more!), the Career & Counseling Center provides short-term counseling (1-6 sessions) free of charge to PUC students.

PUC counselors are professionals.

They’re not just pretend, and they’re not here for show. All of the counselors in the Career & Counseling Center are certified and have legitimate counseling experience out in the “real world” beyond the borders of PUC and Angwin.

The Career & Counseling Center can help you look good to employers.

The “career” part of the center’s name comes into play in a huge way. PUC’s career counselor is available for students to discuss career options, self-assessments, goals, and job-seeking strategies. The center provides resources for developing effective interview and resume-writing skills, how to write cover letters, and more.

They can also help you get a job.

The career counselor arranges for recruiters from professional schools, businesses, industries, technological firms, and other organizations regularly visit PUC to interview graduating seniors for work opportunities. The annual internship fair connects students with potential internships both locally and at home—internships that could potentially turn into jobs.

You can decide on a career path.

It’s not a lost cause, and it’s not impossible. Our career counselor can administer several assessments for personality, skills, interests, and potential career tracks. With this information in hand, you and your counselor can determine the future that best suits your passions, values, and skills.

You’re still in control.

The counselors’ job is to listen to your concerns, frustrations, and struggles, then help you explore solutions or directions. Once you have chosen your goal, your counselor will help you get there.

To schedule an appointment or to simply learn more about the resources available to you, contact the Career & Counseling Center by calling (707) 965-7080 or emailing either career@puc.edu or counseling@puc.edu.

Get to Know PUC’s Teaching & Learning Center

By Becky St. Clair

What do you think when you hear the acronym “TLC”? Back in the day (and today in the real estate business) it meant “Tender Loving Care.” Those of you old enough to remember the 90s (or who know a lot about music) may recall a 1990s girl band out of Atlanta called TLC, and there’s also a cable television channel by that name—The Learning Channel.

Here at PUC, we have our own TLC, and while we can’t promise any 90s hip-hop (and we promise, no cheesy reality shows!), we can promise some super useful services there. Here on campus, TLC is short for the Teaching & Learning Center. As we get ready to begin another school year, we thought it might be handy for you to know what kinds of services the TLC can provide for you.

Mentoring

Starting college can be challenging for some students. For many, it’s their first time away from home for an extended period of time, and the realities of #adulting are starting to hit home (and dorm!). The TLC has a great team of professionals who will help you keep up with the demands of classes combining with the rest of your life without feeling overwhelmed. To get started with your personalized support, fill out the “Contact an Academic Mentor” form.

Study Groups

We’re not gonna lie, some of your classes will be hard. That’s part of the “blessing and curse” situation of attending a school known for its academic rigor: You’re going to be challenged, but we promise, it’s for your own good, and you will survive. Still doubtful? Join one of the many free study groups in the TLC! They meet twice each week for a lot of those tough classes you’ll encounter because trust us—you’re not the only one finding them hard!

Disabilities Services

If you’re facing additional challenges, such as learning disabilities, injuries or illness, or psychological needs, you won’t be left behind! The TLC has an office specifically for working with students who need special support due to temporary or long-term/permanent disabilities. Reach out to our disabilities coordinator to get the help you need to ensure your academic success here at PUC.

College Skills Workshops

Let’s face it, whether you found your high school classes a breeze or barely muddled through to graduation, in many ways, college is harder. In order to make the cut for whatever your career goals may be, you’ll need solid tools in-hand to make it happen. That’s why the TLC offers dynamic and fun-filled seminars on study skills and time management. These workshops will teach you to capitalize on your personal passions, using the learning and organizational strengths you already possess. Email Michelle Kendrick, who oversees tutoring, at mkendrick@puc.edu for more information.

Academic Advising

One of the biggest stressors on a college student is deciding on a major. Did you know the average college student changes their major six times between freshman year and graduation? And yet they still do graduate, and they still embark on a career. So there is hope, and the TLC, once again, is here to save the day. If you aren’t sure about what you want your major to be, don’t worry! Talk to the TLC’s academic advisor, who can offer a strengths inventory, a personality assessment, and walk you through the results to determine what kinds of jobs might be right for you. Then, they can help you figure out what classes to take and how to get started. All of this—for free*! Make an appointment with the academic advisor and start your future today.

If you have other concerns about your academic success at PUC, the TLC can help. Call (707-965-7688), email (tlc@puc.edu), or stop by any time; the TLC is located between the Dining Commons and Chan Shun/Davidian Halls. Let’s talk!

*Fees may be incurred for some tests; counselors will advise you prior to taking the test whether or not it will incur a fee.

Meet Dean David Ringer

When you arrive at PUC and begin exploring your new home away from home, you’ll likely want to know just who is in charge of your living space. We’ve made that easy for you! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring all of our residence hall deans here on the blog so you can get to know them all. And if you need to contact them, feel free to reach out!

Name: David Ringer
Dean of: Grainger Hall
Phone: (707) 965-6490
Email: dringer@puc.edu
Dean since: 2018

So you just started working here this summer. What were you up to previously?

I have actually been working as a resident hall dean since July of 1993—just not at PUC!  Prior to that, I was a missionary in South Korea teaching English and Bible.

I know you’re new to PUC, but you have a lot of experience being a dean, so tell me what a typical day looks like for you.  

Every day is completely different, which is why I love being a dean so much. The common activities that dictate my time include building relationships with the resident hall deans, students, staff, faculty, and administration; managing the facilities and student personnel; committee meetings; residence life needs; and working on the spiritual atmosphere of the dorm.

It sounds like you really like what you do. What challenges do you face as a dean?  

Limitations that prevent me from accomplishing all my visions and dreams for the students and the dorm.

What do you find most rewarding?  

One-on-one interactions with students and the opportunity to share Jesus with them.

So, when you’re not taking care of the students and residence hall, what do you enjoy?

Some of my hobbies include racquetball, ping pong, geocaching, scuba diving, camping, biking and spending time with my family.

Besides the students, what do you like most about PUC so far?

The weather!

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?  

I didn’t really think about what I wanted to be—I just wanted to play!

So where did you go to college?

I studied psychology at Southern Adventist University. I also had a double minor in sociology and religion.

What are some things on your bucket listsome you’ve checked off and some you’re still working toward/hoping for?   

Probably my number one accomplished bucket list item is successfully providing Christian education for my sons. Our youngest has one final year of undergrad. I’m also pleased to have raised children that are God-fearing, respectful, and hard-working, and to continue to be loving and supportive of my bride of 27 years.

Bucket list desires I hope to achieve and are working toward include obtaining my masters in educational leadership and visiting Denmark. My mother is 100 percent Danish and I would love to visit the country my grandparents immigrated from. And perhaps most important is convincing those I interact with to meet me at the Tree of Life.

As a dean, you often become a mentor not only to your student employees but to all the men in your residence hall. Tell me about a mentor who has been invaluable to you.

Sam James—my academy English teacher—had a huge influence on me. He demonstrated respect, love for family, how to have fun, professionalism, the love for the outdoors, and love for Jesus.

There’s Still Time to Be Here for Fall 2018!

New Student Orientation for this fall is just two weeks away, but if you’re a student considering being here but haven’t yet applied or registered for classes, it’s still doable! Orientation begins on Wednesday, September 19, and here’s a quick list of what you can get done to be here in just a few days.

Need to apply?

PUC’s application is always free and takes about 10 minutes to fill out. Apply now!

Why should you apply to PUC? Consider these reasons:

  • PUC is a fully accredited Seventh-day Adventist Christian liberal arts college, located in the beautiful Napa Valley in Northern California, 70 miles north of San Francisco. Our graduates are working throughout Silicon Valley and in other exciting industries in the Bay Area, including Stanford, Buzzfeed, Lucasfilm, Airbnb, and more.
  • PUC offers more than 70 different degrees and programs to choose from—whatever your passion, we’ve got a program for you! Our five largest programs are nursing, biology, business, visual arts, and psychology and social work. Some of PUC’s more unique programs include biotechnology, health communication, and global development studies.
  • Last year alone, PUC awarded over $30 million in financial aid to over 1,250 students, with the average financial aid package being around $22,483.

Don’t wait—apply now!

Need to register?

If you’re already accepted to PUC, but still need to get registered for classes, here’s what you can do:

  • Pay your $200 enrollment fee at puc.edu/reserve. This is required before registering for classes.
  • Fill out your housing form, also available at puc.edu/reserve, to let us know your housing plans.
  • Talk with your admissions counselor about what you’re planning on studying, and they will work with you to get you registered.

If worrying about affording college is holding you back, we encourage you to use our net price calculator to receive a preliminary estimate of your aid eligibility, including grants, loans, and PUC scholarships. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete and can give you an idea of how much PUC will cost.

Need help?

If you have questions about what needs to be done, don’t hesitate to talk with one of our admissions counselors for help. They can walk you through things step-by-step and help you stay on track. Call (800) 862-7080, option 2 or email enroll@puc.edu to get connected with a counselor now.

Get ready for the best year yet!