Fun fact about Graeme McKelvie, his real name is Kenneth and he has a brother also named Kenneth which might be confusing so he goes by Graeme (pronounced Gray). Graeme is one of PUC’s student ambassadors which means not only does he love PUC, but he loves to show visitors around campus. It also means he has to know a lot about the college so feel free to ask him tons of questions next time you see him, (don’t do this, he’ll be mad at us!) When Graeme is not busy giving campus tours and loving PUC, he’s working towards his B.S. in management for medical professionals.
What is your dream job?
My dream job is to become a pediatrician. When I was young, I was always interested in different fields of medicine, particularly veterinary and physical therapy. It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I changed my mind and settled on becoming a pediatrician.
What is your favorite thing about being a part of the Pioneers family?
My favorite thing about being a part of the pioneers family is the sense of community that’s always present. People are always so friendly, even if it’s just a nod or a smile, you never really feel alone.
Where is your favorite place in the world?
My favorite places in the world are the white sand beaches of Pagudpud, Philippines and Tokyo, Japan.
What show are you binge-watching right now?
A couple shows that I am currently bingeing are ‘The Rain’ on Netflix and ‘Fresh Off the Boat’.
What is something you’re passionate about?
Something I am passionate about is my path towards my desired career. I am really trying to accomplish my goals and set up a life for myself and family that I can be proud of.
Recommend a place in the Bay Area to visit on a weekend.
A place in the Bay Area I recommend visiting is Japantown in San Francisco because there is a lot of good restaurants and dessert cafes there which are always nice to enjoy.
Dale Withers has worked at PUC for 35 years and currently holds the title of director of facilities management. But Dale is a lot more than just the director, Dale is a PUCite through and through. He honestly just might know everything there is to know about PUC! Did you know under the PUC campus sits a bunch of secret tunnels? He does! And I can guarantee he’s been in all of them.
We asked Dale to answer a few questions so we can get better acquainted with him.
What brought you to PUC? How/Why did you decide to work here?
Was working for Dwight Shogren in Texas before he came to PUC. He called me a few months later telling me he needed me at PUC. I wanted out of Texas so bad I never even asked about the benefit package, just asked what day I needed to be there!
What is the best thing about being a part of the Pioneers family?
Working with students and getting to help people.
Where is your favorite place to eat in the Valley and why?
Haciendas in Cloverdale, because it’s not in the busy Napa Valley so it’s quiet like restaurants used to be.
What is something you can do/want to do that might be surprising for people to learn?
Some days I wonder if I am actually making a difference but then someone brightens my day with a compliment.
What is one song you’re listening to on repeat lately?
Sunshine on my Shoulders.
Who is someone you admire and why?
My crew because they are my feet and legs. Without them I could not get what we as a team get done here at Facilities. I am blessed to have good people that work for me and care deeply about this institution. And as an added bonus they know how to laugh, which makes for happy times.
Finish this sentence: On Sunday mornings you can find me …
Working mostly lately. Hopefully we can get back to Kayaking and cabin trips again soon!
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!
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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.