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Pacific in the Press | May 17, 2016

May 16, 2016

Quote of the weekHere are examples of how University of the Pacific was represented in the media in recent days:


The Record
Like father, like son: Astronaut's son uses ceremony to reveal next frontier - space
May 14, 2016
Jose Hernandez, a former astronaut and current Pacific regent, had the honor of hooding his son, Julio Hernandez, who earned a bachelor's degree in engineering management and a master's degree in engineering science, during Saturday's commencement ceremonies. Julio is preparing to enroll at Purdue, where he has a full scholarship to pursue a Ph.D. He hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father, who served as the flight engineer aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in 2009. "One small step toward a larger goal of becoming an astronaut," the new graduate said.
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The Seattle Times
Degrees for foodies: Programs tap into students' passion
May 6, 2016
This story reports on a "widening trend at American colleges and universities to channel students' foodie passions into classrooms, labs and campus gardens." An estimated 30 U.S. colleges and universities have formal interdisciplinary food studies programs that offer degrees or minors. New ones opened this fall at UC Berkeley, University of the Pacific and Syracuse University. Pacific established its food studies master's program "in restaurant-obsessed San Francisco and enrolled 14 students last fall." Colleges are catching up to public interest in food, says program director Ken Albala, a historian. "You can talk about food from an intellectual standpoint and not just what tastes good," he says. The story was originally published in the Los Angeles Times last year.
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New American Media
Moms say dental care tops list for Medi-Cal kids - dentists are MIA
April 27, 2016
In the last couple of years, California has come up with innovative ways to change its "bleak dental health landscape," one of which is the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's Virtual Dental Home Demonstration Project. The six-year program operates in 50 mostly underserved locations throughout the state.
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The Record
Education leaders highlight anti-dropout programs
May 12, 2016
President Pamela Eibeck spoke about the importance of education at a Community Leadership Breakfast presented by the Leadership Stockton Alumni Association. "As a citizen of Stockton, I truly want to help every one of you, every day, to think about what actions you can take to help our young people succeed in school," she said. Story is accompanied by a video of Eibeck's remarks.
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Sacramento Business Journal
Sacramento is seeing growth in its small-business sector
April 29, 2016
When it comes to the vitality of our small-business climate, Sacramento ranks in the top half of the country, says a new study of 106 major metropolitan areas.
The metro area ranks 44th in the study, which used a 16-part formula to assess the climate for small business. "Small business does well here because of the lack of big business," said Jeff Michael, an economist with University of the Pacific. "There are not a lot of big Fortune 500 companies in Sacramento, so it's natural (to have a) higher percentage of small businesses. It reflects a service-oriented economy and a relatively small manufacturing economy."
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Los Angeles Times
What to watch for in tonight's U.S. Senate debate
May 10, 2016
Writing about a new debate among California candidates for U.S. Senate, LA Times political reporter Phil Willon, who covered the April 25 debate at Pacific, referenced that first debate: "Del Beccaro and Sundheim went after Harris in the first debate, held last month at University of the Pacific in Stockton, so expect them to try again on the following ..."
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