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Pacific in the Press | April 24, 2018

Apr 24, 2018


Quote of the Week

[John Muir] saw a real that we need to think about these things. We need to continue to study our natural spaces so we understand them and share them and protect them.

-- Mike Wurtz, “Insight With Beth Ruyak,” April 17, 2018

Here are examples of how University of the Pacific was represented in the news media in recent days:

"University Of The Pacific Remembers John Muir's First Visit To California," "Insight With Beth Ruyak," April 17, 2018: In advance of the anniversary of John Muir's birthday, "Insight" rebroadcast a segment from the previous month in which Bill Swagerty, co-director of Pacific's John Muir Center, and Mike Wurtz, head of the Holt-Atherton Special Collections, talk about Muir on the 150th anniversary of his arrival in California and his first visit to Yosemite Valley. The world's largest collection of Muir papers, including letters, journals, notebooks, sketches and photographs, is held in Holt-Atherton Special Collections. The story was broadcast twice that day.

"14th annual Math Steeplechase," Fox 40 (KTXL, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), April 20, 2018: The annual Math Steeplechase at Alex G. Spanos Center was featured in several segments and teasers throughout the morning. Coordinated by Benerd's Greg Potter, the event was the idea of a then-student Tara (Runnels) Koelzer, now a teacher in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District. Potter and student volunteer Emma Winkler '20 were quoted the segments. CBS13 also cover the event: "Regional 5th graders compete in math competition," April 20, 2018.

"Sleeping outside for the homeless," KCRA3 (NBC, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), April 18, 2018: Members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity were featured in this story on "Hit of Reality," a fundraising effort to benefit the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless. Students Brandon Ruf and Sam Olmstead were interviewed for the story. Versions of the story were broadcast in the 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. newscasts.

"The true origins of 5 iconic 'American' foods," USA Today's 10Best blog, April 16, 2018: History and Food Studies Ken Albala commented throughout this blog entry. "Thanksgiving is entirely a medieval meal," Albala he told Eat Sip Trip. "The combination of bird with a sour fruit, the pumpkin spice, the carving ritual, the cranberry sauce, the pumpkin pie - all of those things are European." The story was picked up by several online media outlets and news aggregator sites.

"Mathletes divide and conquer," Lodi News-Sentinel, April 22, 2018: Benerd's Greg Potter and Pacific student Jessika Swanson were quoted in this story about the 14th annual Math Steeplechase. "It's really fun seeing how the kids approach all the problems. As a future teacher, I enjoy seeing them help their friends if they don't understand something. Some draw out the problem, some write it out, they all have a different approach," Swanson, a Tokay High School grad, told her hometown newspaper. Claudia Schwartz, Helene Flohic and Guillermo Barro were also mentioned in the story.

"Edison's Upward Bound already seeing results," The Record, April 20, 2018: Rosie Montes, director of Pacific's Upward Bound program at Edison High School in south Stockton, was quoted in this story about the launch of the program. "We want to make sure each individual student is able to succeed ... for (them) we are the second eyes and we make sure that students are on track to not only graduate high school by focusing on A-G requirements (English, science, social studies), but prepare them for applying to colleges," Montes told The Record. Several other Pacific officials were at the event and some of them are shown in the online photo gallery.

"Setting an example for his students," The Record, April 19, 2018: Conservatory alumni Erik Urbina '11 and Erin Wells '16 were featured in this story about a Sunday concert. "I always liked challenges and when my cello professor asked what piece I wanted to do for my senior recital, I asked, 'What Bach pieces aren't performed very much?' She said, 'No. 4,' and I said, 'that's the one I'll do.' I found out why," Urbina told The Record. "It's difficult for the cellist's left hand. The cello doesn't naturally boom or ring in the key it's written in, so you have to find a way to make the notes that are dead ring longer."

"Tokay grad helps make benefit album for Sonoma fire victims," Lodi News-Sentinel, April 17, 2018: Pacific student Gabriel Ojeda and Pac Ave Records, the university's student-run record label, were featured in this story about the benefit CD "Rose's Gold: Songs for Sonoma." "Any musical opportunity is fantastic, but I heard that all the revenue they were going to make was going to the people that suffered the Sonoma fires. I was 100 percent on-board once I heard that," Tokay High School grad Ojeda told the News-Sentinel. "I thought it was a great idea. I thought that I could use my music to help people out."

"Who's at Fault When Police Kill Your Pet?," The Crime Report, April 18, 2018: The forthcoming article by McGeorge's Courtney G. Lee in the University of New Hampshire Law Review calling for more police accountability for domestic pets gunned down by law enforcement each year was featured in the story on this online media outlet covering criminal justice news and research in the United States.

"Short film fest features UW-Stout professor," Leader-Telegram (Eau Clair, Wisconsin), April 18, 2018: Kevin Pontuti, director of Pacific's Media X program, was featured in this story about his success showing his series of short films, "Poetry of Penance," at international film festivals. Another story his tmovies also appeared on a magazine website: "Big Screen, Short Films,", April 18, 2018.

"UOP pursues documentary on Moscone," Central Valley Business Journal, April 18, 2018: Alumnus George Moscone '53 and the documentary being produced by Pacific were featured in this story on an opportunity for Pacific students, faculty and staff to hear from his son, Johnathan, the film's screenwriter, Steve Talbot, and Teresa Bergman, the film's producer. "In a way, Mayor George Moscone, I think really hasn't gotten his due," said Talbot during the event. "He really was the first modern mayor of San Francisco. He's the person that opened that city up, and it's never really closed."

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