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Pacific in the Press | March 24, 2020

Mar 24, 2020

Quote of the Week


“We are taking these steps to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 across our communities.”

Maria Pallavicini, The Record, March 12, 2020


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

University of the Pacific moving classes online as coronavirus precaution,” The Record, March 12, 2020: Interim President Maria Pallavicini, Athletic Director Janet Lucas and student Piper Christopher were quoted in this story about Pacific transitioning to remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “After consulting with public health experts and following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, we are taking these steps to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 across our communities,” Pallavicini said. “We understand that some resident students will need to continue living on campus. Residential, dining and other essential services (e.g., health and counseling) will remain available; however, other services may be limited.” Other COVID-19-related coverage in which Pacific or its response to the coronavirus were mentioned:
Scott Boras: MLB players already in best ‘isolation’ situation,” New York Post, March 14, 2020
On-campus University of the Pacific students told to move amid COVID-19 concerns,” KCRA3, March 15, 2020
University of the Pacific Vice President for Student Life’s Message on the Coronavirus,” YouTube.com, March 16, 2020
Dental schools take proactive steps in response to coronavirus outbreak,” New Dentist News, American Dental Association, March 16, 2020
Local schools, colleges cancel classes, go online,” Lodi News-Sentinel, March 13, 2020

With coronavirus spreading, L.A. moves to ban evictions, add protections for homeowners,” Los Angeles Times, March 17, 2020: McGeorge’s John Sprankling was quoted in this story about the city of Los Angeles working to provide protection for renters and homeowners during the coronavirus pandemic. “There would undoubtedly be litigation about this,” Sprankling told the Times. “Some landlords are going to lose a significant amount of money. But it’s pretty easy to predict that courts are going to say they’re not entitled to compensation from the state.” The story was distributed by the Times and republished by other news outlets.

Why are these foods named after places?,” National Geographic Magazine, March 18, 2020: History’s Ken Albala was quoted in this travel story about how some foods were named. “You want something that resonates with your consumers’ values, and you want to stand out from your competitors,” Albala told the outlet. “Association with place is a strong marker of identity — even if you make it up. … You brand a product with a place so there’s an instant association in consumers’ minds.” Some food names come from misunderstandings. “For example, people initially thought turkey came from Turkey,” he said.

Free ADA webinar offering answers to pressing COVID-19 questions,” American Dental Association, March 17, 2020: Dugoni’s Eve Cuny, director of environmental health and safety, was one of the presenters for a webinar on COVID-19. Dugoni is mentioned and a brief bio provided: “Ms. Cuny is the director of environmental health and safety and associate professor at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, where she is also assistant dean for global relations. She serves as a consultant to the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs and is an expert reviewer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” The notice was shared widely.

Coronavirus Spreading: Doctors Ask For More Supplies As Californians Urged To Stay Inside,” CBS 13 (Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), March 20, 2020: Biological sciences’ Eric Thomas posted on Facebook that Pacific had donated at least 20,000 gloves and hundreds of glasses and goggles to Kaiser Permanente. That post was used as part of this online story and it was shared on CBS 13’s sister station, CW 31.

Inside the effort to keep home construction going in California during the coronavirus crisis,” The Sacramento Bee, March 21, 2020: The Center for Business and Policy Research’s Jeff Michael was quoted in this story on the effect the pandemic is having on the construction industry. He said construction is not essential to day-to-day life, such as grocery stores or medical offices, but “is absolutely a critical sector of the economy ... that was the biggest effect of the Great Recession — that industry shutting down,” Michael told The Bee. He said the state needs construction to continue if it is going to end its housing shortage. The story was also published in The Fresno Bee. Michael was been quoted in other stories on the impact COVID-19 is having on the regional economy:
Shutdown not: California builders win COVID-19 ‘essential’ exemption,” California Construction News, March 22, 2020
California saved billions for ‘rainy day.’ But two economic hurricanes are headed our way,” The Sacramento Bee, March 23, 2020. The story was reprinted in The Fresno Bee.
Sacramento Region Will See ‘Major Impact’ From Coronavirus Shut Downs. Here's How Workers Can Get Assistance,” Capital Public Radio, March 19, 2020
About 75,000 people work in Sacramento restaurants and bars. They face economic disaster,” The Sacramento Bee, March 17, 2020
California economy braces for hit from coronavirus panic. ‘We don’t know how to control it,’ The Sacramento Bee, March 9, 2020. This story also appeared in The Fresno Bee.

Pandemic upends college experience,” The Pacifican, March 19, 2020: The Pacifican published several stories on the university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The main front-page story quoted student Angela Salazar ’20: “To say I’m disappointed is an understatement. I do appreciate and support the school’s decisions to take precautions, but it (an internship that included going the Cannes Film Festival) would have been an amazing opportunity to meet the best of the best in the film industry at one of the biggest film festivals in the world.”  Other stories in the edition:
“Crisis in Italy hits home for student,” The Pacifican, March 19, 2020
“COVID-19 results in crisis few could see,” The Pacifican, March 19, 2020
“Saying goodbye without closure is hard,” The Pacifican, March 19,  2020

Fighting for the future, Lynch receives honor from county,” The Record, March 23, 2020: Alumna Veronica Lynch ’14 was featured in this story on her being named the 2020 San Joaquin County Office of Education Classified Employee of the Year. “I feel so strong about our mission that our students graduate and attend at least a two-year college,” Lynch said in recounting a home-invasion robbery shortly after she moved to Stockton from Lodi. “I wouldn’t want any of our students to do something like that, where they feel compelled to do that. … They were so sorry they had to do that, but they had a family.”

Profile: Pakistani President Arif Alvi,” Xinhuanet.com (Beijing, China), March 16, 2020: Pakistani President Arif Alvi, a Dugoni alumnus, was featured in this short profile ahead of his visit to China. A portion of the story reads, “Alvi, born in July 1949 in Pakistan’s Punjab province, has obtained master degrees in prosthodontics from the University of Michigan and in orthodontics from the University of the Pacific, San Francisco.”

Learning music as an adult,” KPLA-FM, March 15, 2020: The Conservatory’s Ruth Brittin was cited in this story told on The John Tesh Show. The host paraphrased Brittin’s comments about learning a musical instrument as an adult. While it may be more difficult as an adult than learning as a child, it’s still possible. She suggested doing what Jimi Hendrix did and start with a simple instrument, such as a ukulele, which is portable and inexpensive. And when ready, jam with other musicians.

Main Street: A Corner Fixture,” Comstock’s Magazine, March 11, 2020: Mother and daughter Pharmacy alumnae Lisa Shelley ’79 and Sara Shelley ’08 were featured in this story about the Corner Drug Co. in Woodland. “(But) during my third year (at Pacific), one of my friends had gone to the college counseling center and told me that we had taken all the courses we needed to get into pharmacy school,” Lisa Shelley told Comstock’s Magazine. “My dad always said I could be a pharmacist, but he never pushed me.” She then went to Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy to become a pharmacist.

Op-Ed: Nile Dispute: Taming The Elephant In The Room,” Addis Standard (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), March 12, 2020: McGeorge doctoral candidate in international legal studies Mahemud Tekuya authored this Op-Ed on the use of Nile River water. The piece concluded, “Ethiopia should make it abundantly clear that it will and should use the Nile waters for consumptive purposes, including irrigation, and that the scope of the forthcoming treaty should be restricted on the GERD (Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam). In particular, Ethiopia should avoid any treaty that will give recognition of the Nile Water Treaties and lead to allocation of waters between the three countries.”

New Commissioners Appointed at Port of Stockton,” Maritime-Executive.com, March 12, 2020: Pacific alumna and former Benerd professor Elizabeth Blanchard was given an additional two-year term on the Stockton Port District Commission. A portion of the story reads, “Blanchard, who has been on the commission since 2008, holds a doctorate in psychology from the University of the Pacific and is professor emeritus of San Joaquin Delta College Psychology Department and the University of the Pacific School of Education.”

Food Fit for a King? A Historian Reviews AZ Ren Fest and Medieval Times Menus,” Phoenix New Times, March 11, 2020: History’s Ken Albala critiqued the food offerings at the Arizona Renaissance Festival in this story. “This is just completely ordinary American food,” Albala told the New Times. “Everything here is off. Turkeys begin to come in in the early 16th century. So I guess that’s okay. But corn? Absolutely not. New England clam chowder? There is no New England then. Obviously. You know, this is just like carny fair food.” Pacific and two of Albala’s books, “Eating Right in the Renaissance” and “Food in Early Modern Europe,” were mentioned in the story.

Focus On: Teledentistry for Private Practice,” DentistryToday.com, March 11, 2020: Dugoni alumnus Paul Labbe authored this piece on teledentistry in which Dugoni and its Project Homeless Connect were mentioned. Labbe is the co-founder of Planet Dental and Orthodontics, a pediatric group practice with four locations in Laredo, Texas, and was recently awarded the 2019 Teledentistry Innovators Award for his pioneering use of teledentistry.

Gary Chivichyan: Armenia’s Rising Basketball Icon,” Yahoo! News, March 20, 2020: Student-athlete Gary Chivichyan was featured in this story and men’s basketball head coach Damon Stoudamire mentioned. A portion of the story reads, “The University of Pacific Men’s basketball team finished with a 23-10 record (11-5 WCC) and achieved the highest net ranking in school history. Pacific finished tied for 3rd in the West Coast Conference rankings (schools best), which boasts some of the most successful college basketball programs in the nation such as Gonzaga, St. Mary’s and BYU.”

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