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Noteworthy accomplishments and scholarly activity

Honors and awards, scholarly publications and presentations and recognition of service by members of the Pacific community
Jul 14, 2014

Honors and Awards

Judge Consuelo CallahanRegent and alumna Consuelo M. Callahan to receive the 2014 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award
The Honorable Consuelo M. Callahan '75  has been selected to receive the prestigious 2014 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Ninth Circuit. The award will be presented in July at the Ninth Circuit's Annual Judicial Conference in Monterey.

Judge Callahan was the first judge from the Eastern District of California to sit on the court of appeals since the elevation of longtime McGeorge faculty member Anthony M. Kennedy to the U.S. Supreme Court in February 1988. She was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President George W. Bush in 2003, previously serving as a justice on the Third District Court of Appeal for the State of California and as a judge for the San Joaquin County Superior Court. She was the first San Joaquin County judge in 73 years elevated to the Court of Appeal and was the first San Joaquin County judge to be appointed to the federal bench.

Callahan has devoted many years to public service, holding various roles in the City of Stockton and San Joaquin County. She served as court commissioner of the Municipal Court of Stockton and judge of the Superior Court of the State of California before being appointed to the federal bench. She served as president of the Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court from 2000 to 2003, and continues to serve as its Master of the Bench. An alumna of Pacific McGeorge School of Law, she delivered the commencement address to McGeorge's 2014 graduating class in May. She has served on the University's Board of Regents for nine years and is chair of the Academic Affairs/Student Life committee.

Pacific student selected to participate in 2014 Hispanic College Quiz
Angelica Aguilera '16, majoring in Health Exercise and Sport Sciences in College of the Pacific, was selected to compete in the 2014 Hispanic College Quiz show. Twelve students from member institutions of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) were selected from 50 applicants to compete in the annual televised quiz show this fall where students compete for scholarships by demonstrating their knowledge of Latino history. Martinez and her coach Ines Ruiz-Huston, Latino Community Outreach Coordinator, will attend the taping in Chicago in July, and the show will be broadcast nationally during Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15.

Medicare Part DPharmacy's Medicare Part D Program garners national community service award
The Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Medicare Part D program, overseen by faculty advisor Rajul Patel, was one of only four student-led community engagement programs to be selected to receive the 2013-14 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Student Community Engaged Service Award. The national award is sponsored by Teva Pharmaceuticals and will be presented on July 29 at the closing banquet of the 2014 AACP Annual Meeting. Winning programs were selected because they deliver important information about medication use to consumers and have been proven to expand access to affordable healthcare and improve public health. Read more>>

In addition to receiving a commemorative prize, the school will receive $10,000 to be used exclusively to support the expansion of the recognized program or new community engaged service projects at the school, a $5,000 financial stipend for enhancing or sustaining the recognized program or for travel support to attend and present their projects at professional meetings, a $1,000 stipend for the faculty advisor and up to $2,500 to cover travel, lodging, and registration expenses for one designated student and one faculty advisor to attend the 2014 AACP Annual Meeting. Read more>>

Pacific MESA team takes national championship
Four Stagg High School students emerged as national engineering champions at the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) National Engineering Design Competition held June 19-22 at Portland State University in Portland, Ore. The competition is part of MESA Days, an annual showcase of students' math and science know-how. Through MESA and MESA Day competitions, students explore future careers in science, engineering and other technical fields. The competition required the team to develop a prosthetic device to complete pre-defined tasks, which requires them to learn design principles, implement problem-solving techniques and think like mechanical engineers. The Stagg team, led by Stagg MESA teachers Andrew Walter and Kathy Sady, is served by the University of the Pacific School of Engineering and Computer Science MESA Center, directed by Maria Garcia-Sheets. Read More>>

Women's Volleyball Team Recognized for Academic Progress
The Pacific women's volleyball team earned the NCAA Public Recognition Award based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) as announced by the NCAA on Jun. 20. The award is bestowed to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent of their sport nationally for the four-year period ending with 2012-13. This is the second consecutive year the Tiger volleyball team has earned the award from the NCAA. This recognition is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports.

Scholarly Presentations and Publications

Ashland  O. Brown, Jiancheng Liu, Kyle Watson, Engineering and Computer Science, and Rachelle Hackett, Gladys L. Benerd School of Education, presented a poster at the National Science Foundation Grantees Poster Session and presented the paper "Finite Element Active Learning Module Assessment of Student Improvement, Learning Styles, Gender Differences and Ethnic Differences" in a Mechanical Engineering Division Session at the Annual American Society for Engineering Education Conference in Indianapolis, Ind.

Lydia Fox, director of Undergraduate Research, presented "Preparing the Mentors-'How to Get Started' Workshops at Professional Society Meetings" at the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) 2014 National Conference in Washington, D.C.

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