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Pacific in the Press | Feb. 12, 2020

Feb 11, 2020

Quote of the Week


"When you look at Pacific and the history, it’s one of the most innovative schools in our country.”

Christopher Callahan, Sacramento Business Journal, Feb. 6, 2020


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

Incoming University of the Pacific president wants to change university’s ‘speed of play’,” Sacramento Business Journal, Feb. 6, 2020: President Designate Christopher Callahan was featured in this Q&A interview. “When you look at Pacific and the history, it’s one of the most innovative schools in our country,” Callahan told the Sacramento Business Journal. “It was the first to found a conservatory, the first to go co-ed. It incorporated the McGeorge school. If you’re looking at the history, it’s a history of higher education innovation, which was a big draw for me.” This was one of two interviews that day. The other was with “Insight With Beth Ruyak” (Capital Public Radio, NPR). The Sacramento Business Journal story was republished by its sister paper: Former ASU exec dishes on plan of action in preparation for new job as California university president,” Phoenix Business Journal, Feb. 10, 2020

Pacific taking part in program that would pay for college through public service,” The Record, Feb. 11, 2020: Interim President Maria Pallavicini appeared with representatives of other colleges and universities at the news conference at the state Capitol announcing new fellowships that will help students better afford college in exchange for public service. Pacific’s participation was mentioned in stories by other outlets, including:
Getting Students to Give Back,” InsideHigherEd.com, Feb. 11, 2020
New program will provide college tuition through public service,” CBS 13, Feb. 11, 2020
Innovative program designed to help students pay for college launched,” KFBK, Feb. 11, 2020
New program lets California students pay for school with public service,” KCRA3, Feb. 10, 2020

“‘Huge shortage’: Bay Area clinics seek supplies of masks for coronavirus,” The San Francisco Chronicle and SFGate.com, Feb. 10, 2020: Dugoni Assistant Dean Eve Cuny was quoted in this story about clinics being concerned over possible shortages of surgical masks due to the coronavirus outbreak. “Masks from our vendor are temporarily on back order, but we do have enough masks on hand in our patient clinics for the coming weeks,” Cuny told the Chronicle. “We continue to use our existing supply in all patient interactions as required by health guidelines, so patient care is not being compromised.”

Ready to make a difference: Dome of Hope aims to help equip needy ‘from the cradle to the grave’,” The Record, Feb. 6, 2020: Pacific alumna and doctoral candidate Gwendolyn Dailey is featured in this story about her nonprofit Dome of Hope, “an open, nonprofit, individual-based one-on-one learning center that will teach independence, interdependence and individual sustainability through four components: education, technology, trade and the arts (ETTA). The acronym pays homage to her late mother, Etta Mae Ford.” The story documents her struggles getting the nonprofit off the ground. Pacific is among the donors to ETTA.

Black History Month: a brief overview,” The Medium (University of Toronto), Feb. 9, 2020: A portion of “ A Reason to Celebrate and Share Our History” by Cris Clay was quoted in this overview of Black History Month celebrations. A portion of the story reads, “As stated on the University of (the) Pacific website, Black History Month ‘is also an opportunity to correct many of the misrepresentations, misunderstandings and fallacies of African American culture. Black History month promotes opportunities for open dialogue and personal interactions between many cultures. These conversations and interactions can lead to a better understanding and appreciation for what experiences and daily dilemmas each of us goes through as we all try to make contributions to our families and our larger society.’”

With 31,000 job openings, California government ramps up recruitment in tight labor market,” The Fresno Bee, Feb. 5, 2020: The Center for Business and Policy Research’s Jeff Michael was quoted in this story about the state government increasing job recruitment. The government is growing and more new positions are being added even as vacancies are filled. “It’s something you’d expect to grow when state government is growing and the number of positions is growing,” Michael told The Bee. The story also ran in The Sacramento Bee, The Modesto Bee, Merced Sun-Star and the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

“S.J. students make progress in reading,” Lodi News-Sentinel
, Feb. 6, 2020: Mike Klocke was quoted in this story about the latest Beyond Our GatesSan Joaquin Literacy Report Card. “Key determinants for predicting long-term educational success are reading and mathematics by grade level and chronic absenteeism,” Klocke said. “We are heartened to see improvement and praise educators, parents and the students themselves for this consistent growth. While the county lags behind the state, the improvement is clear.” The story is behind a paywall, but is based largely on the release. The story was covered by The Record: SJ students make improvements in reading, math,” The Record, Feb. 9, 2020

Chinese American Pilgrimage in Historic Marysville, February 22 and 23,” California Genealogical Society blog, Feb. 6, 2020: History’s Jennifer Helgren and the Digital Delta project “Little Manila” were mentioned in this blog entry about events during the Chinese American Pilgrimage to coincide with the Marysville Bok Kai Parade and Festival to celebrate the Lunar New Year. “University of the Pacific history professor Jennifer Helgren and her team demonstrate their virtual reality recreation of Stockton’s ‘Little Manila’,” reads a portion of the blog entry.

Trumping the 9th: Lifetime appointees to federal courts will affect country decades after Trump leaves office,” Sacramento News & Review, Feb. 6, 2020: McGeorge emeritus professor John Cary Sims was quoted in this story about the shift over the past few years in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, one of the country’s “most famously liberal courts.” “The Obama administration got frustrated with the complete logjam on appointments, both to the courts and executive positions,” Sims told the N.&R. “Therefore, the Senate changed the rules.” The story goes on to indicate that now has backfired on the Democrats.

St. Mary’s College of California Recognizes Stocktonian for her Leadership and Service,” Latino Times, Feb. 8, 2020: The local Spanish and English newspaper profiled Pacific alumna Mary Ann Gomez Orta, who received the 2019 Leadership in Public Service Award from the Alumni Association. “I earned a scholarship from the Community Involvement Program at the University of the Pacific and graduated with a degree in Communications,” reads a portion of this Q&A. “Dr. Carol Ann Hackley was the professor who gave me wings there. She made me feel like all the other students. I decided to get involved at Pacific and start helping other students, so I helped with leadership conferences for high school students.”

New Generation at the Fore as Azerbaijan Heads to Polls,” International Policy Digest, Feb. 6, 2020: McGeorge alumnus Mikayil Cabbarov was mentioned high in this story about the next generation of politicians preparing to lead Azerbaijan. “A graduate of the McGeorge School of Law, Tax Minister Mikayil Cabbarov was promoted to economy minister last year,” reads a portion of the story. “He is also responsible for taxation and the privatisation of state enterprises. Azerbaijan’s customs system has been digitised to make it transparent by removing the need for the State Customs Committee to intervene in duty collection. This has provided a level playing field for import-export companies and has succeeded in breaking up monopolies.”

Pacific women’s hoops beat Portland, men’s beat Pepperdine in doubleheader sweep,” The Record, Feb. 9, 2020: Student-athlete Valerie Higgins, women’s basketball head coach Bradley Davis and others were quoted in this story about double-header victories for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. “I knew that we were going to come back because at the start of the game we had shown how much we can take control of the game,” Higgins told The Record. “I just didn’t know when that was going to happen. As soon as we came out at halftime, start of the fourth quarter. But I knew that we were going to get back on our feet.”

Pacific softball sweeps on opening day,” The Record, Feb. 8, 2020: The women’s softball team won two games Friday at a round-robin event in Fullerton.

Prewitt to enter NCSA Hall of Fame,” Gold Country Media, Feb. 6, 2020: Former Pacific student-athlete Larry Prewitt will be inducted into the Northern California Sports Association’s Hall of Fame. “He earned a baseball scholarship to the University of the Pacific, where he earned All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference honors in both 1974 and 1975,” reads a portion of the story. Prewitt was drafted by the New York Mets and played six years in the minor leagues before an injury ended his playing career.

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