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Pacific in the Press | June 25, 2019

Jun 25, 2019

Quote of the Week

"I went to the University of the Pacific’s library for the bulk of my research. They have all of Muir’s journals and other papers."

Mark Raddatz,, June 20, 2019

Examples of how University of the Pacific was represented in the news media in recent days:

"Former NASA astronaut shares his secrets to success at new Oak Park summer STEM academy," The Sacramento Bee,
June 25, 2019: Benerd's Nancy Shaw Elium and alumnus José Hernández were quoted in this story about the expansion of the Reach for the Stars STEM academy to Sacramento's Oak Park neighborhood with funding from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and support of the Sacramento City Unified School District. The four-week program will teach students from the neighborhood science, technology, engineering and math skills that will help when they return to school after the summer break. "We want your minds focused on staying in school, graduating from high school and going further," Elium told the students and their parents. "One of these days you may be the doctor that we have to go to if we have a headache or if we need an operation, you may be the dentist that we go to ... you may be the next José Hernández."

"'John Muir, Watch, Pray and Fight' treks to Lake Tahoe,"
, June 20, 2019: The John Muir collection of letters, notebooks, journals, photographs and more were mentioned in this story advancing an appearance by John Muir reenactor, Mark Raddatz. "I went to the University of the Pacific's library for the bulk of my research," Raddatz told "They have all of Muir's journals and other papers. Despite his having spoken before innumerable gatherings in the last 30 years of his life, I was assured that there were no actual printed speeches." The research helped him to find three speeches. The story continues: "Traveling to Stockton, California, where the University of the Pacific's Holt-Atherton (Special) Collections are housed, involved crossing and re-crossing the Sierra Nevada Mountains that Muir did so much to preserve. Raddatz took advantage of this to explore and camp where Muir did a century before."

"Energy Drinks Might Be Giving Your Heart a Jolt," Runner's World via, June 19, 2019: Research by Pharmacy's Sachin Shah continues to draw media attention. The study in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggested that energy drinks containing caffeine and other substances may raise blood pressure and temporarily alter the heart's electrical system. Other coverage included: "American Heart Association reports Energy Drinks may increase risk of Heart Function Abnormalities, Blood Pressure Changes," Clarksville TN Online, June 23, 2019
"Energy drinks may have side effects for the heart," KSEE (NBC, Fresno), June 24, 2019
"Energy drinks may have side effects for the heart," KGPE (CBS, Fresno), June 23, 2019

"I tried eating like Leonardo da Vinci,", June 21, 2019: History's Ken Albala is mentioned in this story about Leonardo da Vinci's vegetarian recipes. A recipe called for wheat and the story reads: "I wasn't sure what kind of bread to use. While food historian Ken Albala once decided to grow the wheat and make his own medieval bread - which is just amazing - I just went to the bakery department at Whole Foods. I used a whole-grain boule-style loaf and removed the crust (which I turned into bread crumbs for another use)."

"Damon Stoudamire and Kyle Lowry's relationship goes beyond sharing a jersey," ABC 10, June 17, 2019: Men's basketball head coach Damon Stoudamire was featured in this story about his former team, the Toronto Raptors, winning the National Basketball Association championship. Raptors' Kyle Lowry wore Stoudamire's jersey during the victory parade to honor him as the team's first-ever draft choice. Stoudamire and Lowrey were teammates on the Memphis Grizzles and later Stoudamire was an assistant coach for the team. "I see the whole process of how that Memphis team became grit and grime and were able to establish themselves as one of the best teams in the NBA," Stoudamire told ABC 10. "And it's kind of how I try to do my program here at Pacific."

"Pacific names new men's soccer coach," The Record, June 19, 2019: Adam Reeves was named head coach of the Pacific men's soccer team to replace Ryan Jorden, who built the program into a perennial playoff team. Athletic Director Janet Lucas told The Record of Reeves: "He is an experienced and talented soccer professional on and off the field with proven success in recruitment, player development, academic achievement and mentoring student-athletes. As a leader, Coach Reeves brings extensive championship coaching experience and an in-depth understanding of what it takes to build and sustain a winning culture. I have tremendous confidence in his abilities and his vision for the program."

"James Free II Signs with Cincinnati Reds,", June 22, 2019: Former student athlete James Free II was featured in this story about him signing a contract with Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds. Of his time at Pacific, the story reads, "Free II played three years for the Tigers as he slashed an impressive .320/.404/.543. He had 180 career hits; 34 of which were doubles and logged 29 home runs while earning triple-digit RBI totals with 121 to his name."

"Vice Adm. Robert Sharp, Director of NGA, Announced as Keynote Speaker for Potomac Officers Club's 2019 Intel Summit on July 31st,", June 21 2019: Alumnus Robert Sharp '88, a vice admiral in the U.S. Navy, the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, was featured in this story. He received a bachelor's degree in English when he was here.

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