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Pacific in the Press | Nov. 12, 2019

Nov 12, 2019

Quote of the Week

"I wanted to do this, and the only thing I want in return is for the students who receive the scholarships is to give back to the communities from which they came."

John ChaseThe Record, Nov. 4, 2019

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

University of the Pacific college will launch school for health sciences in Sacramento,” The Sacramento Bee, Nov. 8, 2019: Interim President Maria Pallavicini was quoted in this story about the university’s new School of Health Sciences. “Retiring baby boomers have increased health care needs, resulting in a demand for more health care professionals,” Pallavicini told the Bee. “These new programs include hybrid and online learning and were developed after extensive conversations with our community partners and others in health care. They identified a need for nurses, social workers, clinical nutritionists and occupational therapists, and we are set to prepare health care leaders for generations to come.” The story includes a line that new programs will be on the same campus as “the university’s well-respected McGeorge School of Law,” that Pacific had the first medical school in California and Dugoni School of Dentistry is in San Francisco. Other coverage included:
University of the Pacific expanding in Sacramento with new health school,” Sacramento Business Journal, Nov. 7, 2019
University of the Pacific launching new health programs,”, Nov. 8, 2019

John Chase donates $10M to Pacific program that helps low-income students earn degrees,” The Record, Nov. 4, 2019: John Chase’s $10 million gift benefiting Pacific’s Community Involvement Program (CIP) was featured in this online story about the donation. KCRA broadcast the story at noon and during its evening newscast. The best version of KCRA’s story was in the 5 p.m. newscast. “The CIP program is a jewel at University of the Pacific,” Chase told The Record. “With this gift, imagine how many lives we will change in 20 years ... in 100 years. I’ve been very fortunate in my life and have the opportunity to give back to my community. I can’t really put it into words. It’s something that comes from the heart. … I wanted to do this, and the only thing I want in return is for the students who receive the scholarships is to give back to the communities from which they came.” Other coverage included:
John Chase donates $10M to Pacific program that helps low-income students earn degrees,” The Record, Nov. 4, 2019
Stockton businessman gives $10 million (to) University of the Pacific,” Central Valley Business Times, Nov. 4, 2019
Businessman, philanthropist John Chase donates $10 million to University of the Pacific,” Latino Times, Nov. 8, 2019

Stockton City Council Plans To Spend Half Of $3M Surplus On Addressing Homelessness,” CBS 13 (Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Nov. 7, 2019: Eberhardt’s Lewis Gale commented in this story about the city’s budget surplus. “The fact that the city of Stockton has rainy day fund built up on reserve, is certainly better than the position they were in eight or nine years ago,” Gale told CBS 13. … The first step is putting some funds away to provide services and be able to chip away at the homeless issue so that one day, we have less people sleeping outside overnight.”

Family of woman killed by California deputy to receive $7 million settlement,” The Modesto Bee via, Nov. 7, 2019: McGeorge’s Mary-Beth Moylan provides context for this story about a settlement in which Stanislaus County will pay $7 million to the family of a woman shot by deputies. The city of Ripon was also sued, but did not agree to settle. “One would think Ripon would want to get in on (the) settlement,” Moylan told the Bee. “They will say it’s all the county’s fault and that’s why they settled. Ripon is making a strategic decision not to settle but it is risky because if a jury wants to punish someone, they might not go for the empty chair response.”

“Singer-songwriter Sandra Dolores returns to Lodi for concert at the Square,” Lodi News-Sentinel, Nov. 7, 2019: Conservatory’s Sandra Dolores Swanfeldt was featured in this story in which she talks about teaching Pacific students songwriting. Of the students, she told the News-Sentinel: “They’re brand-new songwriters. They want to write the perfect song. … You’ve really got to just shut up the inner critic and do it.” (Paywall. Subscribers can read he entire story at

Pacificans in San Joaquin Magazine: There are a least two Pacific-related stories in this month’s San Joaquin Magazine.
“Ready for the Uproar,” Page 25-26: Profile on men’s basketball coach Damon Stoudamire with a focus of the post-sanctions team.
“The State of Religion,” Page 71: Psychology’s Scott Jensen is also the president of the Stockton California Stake, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He answered questions about the religion in a series that covered seven major religions in the area and focused on similarities more than differences.

Pacific pharmacy students help seniors navigate Medicare Part D plans,” The Record, Nov. 7, 2019: Pharmacy’s Ed Rogan and student-pharmacists Sienna Opara and Yesenia Gutierrez were interviewed for this story. “I’ve seen many patients struggle trying to pay for their medications. At that cost, they don’t take them. So it’s really helpful to be able to sit down with them, have a conversation and understand what the struggle is with the medications, whether it’s paying for them, or what the purpose is for, or how to use them, or any side effects they may be experiencing,” Opara told The Record.

Garden Club Talk on Native Plants,” The Independent (Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and Sunol), Nov. 6, 2019: Biological sciences’ Mark Brunell spoke to the Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club on “California native plants in the home garden.” A portion of the story reads: “Brunell is associate professor of biological sciences at the University of the Pacific. His formal training is in botany. He is past-president of the California Botanical Society and the Alameda County Master Gardeners advisory board. He … maintains a food garden, giving him firsthand knowledge of the challenges of local soils and climate.”

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