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Positively Pacific | April 24, 2020

University of the Pacific community members continue to support one another and the community during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Have some good news to share? Submit a story idea.

Professor ImhofKyra Christmas eyes 2021 Olympics with help of new DIY hay-bale pool (with video) 

Kyra Christmas ’20, a sport management major, and her father built a pool out of hay bales after Canadian health officials shut down swimming facilities because of COVID-19. Christmas was poised to compete for Canada in the 2020 Summer Olympics.

David Chayka and his son MatthewUnderstanding cultural humility during the coronavirus 

Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi ’89 sees the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as a call to action to apply cultural humility during a worldwide crisis.

Savannah RobinsonCuriosity never stops: OLLI quickly adapts to transition to remote learning  

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at University of the Pacific has adapted to the realities of the coronavirus pandemic by continuing to serve its mostly 50-year-old-plus members with a toned-down but significant array of online learning opportunities.

Tell fellow Pacificans 'you matter' in a TikTok challenge (with video) 
The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (RSL) welcomes all Pacificans to the #YouMatterChallenge on TikTok, an opportunity to reach out to fellow Tigers with messages of encouragement, gratitude and hope. View more >

Pacific tennis player handles 2 a.m. classes — from South Korea
Pacific student-athlete Dohee Lee ’21 is doing her distance learning from South Korea, where her family now lives. And while the time difference can make class attendance and course work challenging, she has not missed a class yet. View more >

Pacific police Lt. Wayne takes you above and below ground on his latest campus tours (with videos) 
"Tour guide" Lt. Wayne Germann with Pacific’s Department of Public Safety — and his new finely honed accent — takes you to places most Pacificans have not seen as part of his video series “Lt. Wayne’s Journeys.” View more >

McGeorge students impress judge in virtual trials 
Judge Allan Hardcastle ’77, ’79 was left very impressed with Pacific McGeorge School of Law students recently when he held two remote trials for the McGeorge Trial Advocacy course. View more >

Dugoni professor keynotes international COVID-19 conference 
Dr. Eve Cuny of University of the Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry was the keynote speaker for an international online conference titled “The Future of Dentistry: Challenges and Opportunities Post COVID-19.” View more >

Pacific alumni directors Zoom in for first virtual board meeting
The Pacific Alumni Association Board of Directors, communicating remotely from coast to coast, worked and had fun during their first virtual board meeting on April 25. View more >

Pacific leadership guides three-county effort to produce medical equipment
The collaboration led by Dr. Nabeel Cajee, a graduate of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, has picked up considerable momentum in working on a request to produce 10,000 medical face shields for use in San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties in battling the coronavirus pandemic. View more >

Alumnus Matt de la Peña shares a stay-at-home read with ‘tiny tigers’
Award-winning children’s book author Matt de la Peña ’96 loves to read to children. He recently held a special live reading session for “tiny tigers.” View more >

Stay fit with online classes
Gymnasiums may be closed, but Pacific Recreation is helping you stay fit, practice good nutrition and promote overall wellness with a series of online classes free to faculty, students and staff. View more >