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Top 10 stories of 2015

Jan 14, 2016


Before we get too deep into 2016 here at University of the Pacific, we wanted to revisit some of our favorite stories from 2015. It's hard to choose just 10, but here are our picks, in chronological order:

1. We beat Wall Street.
An investment fund managed by University of the Pacific students reached the giddy height of $3 million. The fund, which routinely outperforms Wall Street indicators, started in 2007 with a $1 million donation by Pacific alumnus and Bank of Stockton CEO and President Douglass M. Eberhardt. That's 63 percent return.
SIF Students
2. The Moscone papers found a new home.
The family of George R. Moscone '51 made a gift of his papers to University of the Pacific, and the university hosted a celebration of his life that drew tributes from U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Jackie Speier; former U.S. Sen. John Burton; former San Francisco mayors Willie Brown Jr. and Frank Jordan; current Mayor Edwin Lee; and many other influential San Francisco civic and business leaders.
Moscone Pacific Review cover
3. A hero was hailed.
Rajul Patel, associate professor of pharmacy practice, received a well-deserved "hero" award from the American Red Cross. The honor recognized his student-run mobile Medicare clinic program, which has helped more than 3,665 Medicare beneficiaries throughout Northern California save more than $3.3 million, or an average of $895 per beneficiary each year, in out-of-pocket drug costs.
Associate Professor Rajul Patel with a patient
4. Meth made golf history.
Pacific's Byron Meth, one of the greatest golfers in Tiger history, was the top amateur player after the first round of the 2015 Masters in Augusta, Georgia.
Byron Meth
5. We discovered a dinosaur.
Desmond Maxwell, associate professor of biology, was part of a four-person team of scientists who discovered the oldest known species of horned dinosaur in North America, 40 million years older than triceratops. Above the size of a large crow, it weighed around 3.5 pounds and measured about 2 feet in length.
Artist rendering of horned dinosaur
6. Professor Kennedy defended marriage equality.
The Pacific community welled with pride at U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's role in the landmark June 26, 2015, decision on marriage equality. Kennedy, a Sacramento native and longtime professor at McGeorge School of Law, cast the deciding vote and wrote the majority opinion.
Rainbow colored white house
7. Justice Sotomayor paid a visit.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor inspired an arena full of Stockton youth when she visited Pacific as part of an Advancing Women's Leadership event. Pacific Regent Connie Rishwain and motivational speaker Amy Purdy also spoke. 
Justice Sotomayor speaking to the audience
8. We expanded.
Pacific marked one of the most important milestones in its long history when it launched new academic offerings in San Francisco and Sacramento. The San Francisco Campus now houses the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and innovative new programs in analytics, audiology, food studies and music therapy. The Sacramento Campus is home to McGeorge School of Law and exciting new programs in business, education, health and policy.
Pacific's San Francisco campus
9. We transformed dentistry.
Paul Glassman, professor of dental practice at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, has spent his career developing and testing a model of care he calls the "virtual dental home." Now his vision is taking hold. This summer, Glassman trained the first classes of hygienists in Stockton and Anaheim, and he introduced his teledentistry approach to a nursing home in Los Angeles. The teledentistry model pioneered at Pacific offers a solution for many millions of people who lack access to traditional dental care.
Professor Paul Glassman
10. And we rocked the opera world.
Four recent graduates of the Conservatory of Music have been vying for a place in opera history, a year-long journey that has taken twists and turns rivaling the most dramatic librettos. The goal: a place on the stage of the 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions grand finals in March.
Four Conservatory of Music alumni

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