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Issue 10 - March 2014

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Dear Members of the Academic Division,  

I want to thank everyone involved in the Academic Planning and Alignment Process, from those who participated in planning the process, to those who compiled data, collaborated on reports, the unit ratings teams who provided careful analysis and ratings, the comprehensive academic review team's role in reviewing for consistency, and all who will and have engaged in thoughtful discussions. Your work is vital to ensure that we move forward and provide the excellent education our students expect and deserve.

These are exciting times with the dedication of our new building in San Francisco on March 7th.  I look forward to seeing many of you there.  Not only will the new building house the School of Dentistry, it also provides space for new academic programs. The Masters in Food Studies, the Doctor of Audiology Program, and our existing Music Therapy certificate-equivalency program will all have a presence on this campus. Faculty from these programs will be on hand at the dedication to share information about these programs.  I am looking forward to this wonderful event. As we approach the middle of the spring semester, here are some key dates and celebrations to hold on your calendar.

  • The Annual Faculty retirement dinner will be held on April 16th. Details and invitations will be forthcoming shortly.
  • My recommendations for the Academic Administrative reviews will be available on Friday March 7. There will be an opportunity for comments March 7-16th. Academic Administrative Reviews.
  • I will hold Townhalls in April on all three campuses to share my Provost recommendations on Academic Programs and Academic Administrative Reviews: April 11th in San Francisco at 1pm in room 103; April 15th in Stockton at 12pm in the DeRosa University Ballroom and; and April 18th in Sacramento at 12pm in Classroom B.
  • I welcome all faculty in your participation during Pacific's 2014 Commencement ceremony that will be held on Saturday, May 10th at 9am in the Alex G. Spanos Center. As mentioned in the Faculty Handbook (section 10.3), "Faculty members are expected to attend commencement exercises and to participate in the academic processions." We look forward to sharing this wonderful day of celebration with all of you in honor of the Class of 2014.

 Thank you again for all that you contribute to make Pacific a vibrant academic environment.  Best wishes,


Maria Pallavicini

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