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Higher Ed Headlines: PUC Land Sale Could Conserve Redwoods (and More!)


Pacific Union College Preserves Redwoods with Land Sale Creating Conservation Easement. Pacific Union College wants to sell the development rights to its 856-acre redwood forest near Angwin, California, by establishing a conservation easement, a common land preservation tool. PUC would still own the land, but neither it nor any future owner could cut down the forest. Community members are being asked  to help out with the last fundraising push. Another $2.7 million is needed to finish establishing an $8 million conservation easement and $1 million endowment to manage the forest. The college will use money from the conservation easement to build its endowment for tuition and scholarships, Walter Collins, vice president for advancement at PUC, said. From Napa Valley Register, “Effort underway to protect 856-acre forest in Angwin.”

La Sierra University Ranked among Best Universities for Value. U.S. News and World Report has named La Sierra University among the top ten western regional universities for value. The ranking, 9th among western region schools, is based on academic quality and the net cost of attendance last school year for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. La Sierra was the only Seventh-day Adventist school to make any of the best value lists and the only western regional university in California's Inland Empire to make the cut. From La Sierra University, “La Sierra University moves up in Best Colleges rankings, 9th for best value.”

Andrews University President Andrea Luxton Among "A Journey to Healing" Speakers. Andrews University’s newly-appointed President Andrea Luxton will serve as one of the speakers for "A Journey to Healing and Understanding," an event co-sponsored by the Lake Union Conference and Andrews University. Last year, Lake Union Conference President Don Livesay apologized for the racism that led to the formation of regional conferences in the Adventist denomination. Livesay announced the "Journey to Healing and Understanding" as a way to promote listening and conversation. The event takes place October 1 at the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church in Berrien Springs. More from Andrews University.

Adventist University of Health Sciences Focuses on Faith and Loss. The Adventist University of Health Sciences in Orlando, Florida, has announced its 2016 – 2017 University Colloquium Series Public seminars, which will focus on the theme “Faith and Loss.” The series is designed to engage the community in conversation around a chosen theme. Five speakers will address the topic, most notably acclaimed author Philip Yancey, whose presentation “The Question That Never Goes Away: Why?” will take place April 6, 2017. More from PR Newswire here.

Jared Wright is Managing Editor of Pam Dietrich contributed to this report.

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