Our Universities Receive Blessings—Plus a Prestigious Honor!
La Sierra University and Pacific Union College have received various grants and gifts, students have received scholarships, and two biology students have been published in a prestigious international peer-reviewed journal! What an incredible blessing for these students and schools!
To add to these blessings, The U.S. News & World Report 2022-2023 Best Colleges guide was released on September 12, and we are proud to announce that Pacific Union College (PUC) ranked #19 out of 102 Regional Colleges West and La Sierra University ranked #50 within Western Regional Universities.
Read about each of their rankings by clicking on the links below!
*Update corrects the previous mistake stating that both universities ranked within the top 50 of the same category Western Regional Universities.
La Sierra University News
Students Receive $15k in STEM Scholarships from Edison International
Six students enrolled in computer science and chemistry programs received a leg up on tuition costs during their last quarter of the school year, thanks to a scholarship grant from Edison International.
Allan Villamor, Brandon Reid, Yonghe Li, Jeharli Jimenez, Harine Park, and Sunny Zhou were each awarded $2,500 in Edison STEM scholarships, for a total of $15,000 from the energy conglomerate.
Biology Undergrads Publish Paper in Prestigious International Journal
It was a significant achievement for undergraduates and capped three years of work. A scientific paper by two La Sierra University biology students under the guidance of virologist Arturo Diaz was published in June in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.
The article, titled “Characterization of Phages YuuY, KaiHaiDragon, and OneinaGillian Isolated from Microbacterium foliorum” appeared June 14 in a special journal issue titled “Bacteriophages as Tools in Applied Sciences.”
Pacific Union College News
Local Community Donation Supports PUC’s Growing Nursing Program
The exceptional nursing program at Pacific Union College is being rewarded with an increase in student enrollment. PUC recently received high praise and an additional five-year approval on its accreditation from the Board of Registered Nursing. That recognition has also allowed the college to welcome more nursing students.
Following this exciting news, PUC’s nursing program received a sizable donation of $200,000. Angwin Community Ambulance, a former local nonprofit organization, made the contribution, in large part because of its close connection with the college.
$5M Cal Fire Grant Awarded to Napa Firewise for Forest Restoration in Angwin
In the fall of 2020, the Glass Fire burned nearly 70,000 acres of land in Sonoma and Napa Counties. The fire blazed its way up Howell Mountain, through several of its communities, and nearly reached the summit where the college sits. PUC and the small town of Angwin were narrowly spared.
Now, significant new funding will help the college reduce that danger. A $5 million Cal Fire Forest Health Grant was recently awarded to the Napa Communities Firewise Foundation, with PUC as a primary partner. Nearly $3 million will go to PUC Forest for wildfire mitigation—mainly fuel reduction.