Pacific Accolades


Pacific faculty, staff and students received numerous accolades during the 2009-2010 academic year. To name just a few:

  • Mountains Ocean Valley Experience (MOVE), a University of the Pacific program for new students, was NASPA's 2010 Excellence Award Gold Winner for first year programs. It's the highest award given by the organization for a student program. NASPA is the largest organization in the United States for college and university student affairs employees.


  • The Pacific Speech and Debate Team had a stellar season. With the help of their coach, Communication professor Dr. Marlin Bates, the team finished 3rd in their division in the National Forensic Association Championships and 5th in the nation after the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence. Students Will Chamberlain '10 and Sarah Hamid '10 were among the top eight teams in the National Parliamentary Debate Association's Championship Finals, and Sarah was also the first debater from Pacific ever invited to join the 3-person team to debate the Irish National Debate Champions.


  • Early in 2010 the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education received a nearly $1 million grant from the California Postsecondary Education Commission for the Reading Plus Writing Equals Science Success project in the Marysville school district.


  • Pacific was recognized as a top national university by the 2010 Fiske College Guide; Princeton Review's annual "The Best 371 Colleges;" and U.S News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2010." The Fiske Guide and U.S. News also listed Pacific as a "best buy" or "best value" college where students get the most for their dollar.


  • The Penn Group named University of the Pacific the 5th most beautiful college campus in the nation.


  • Mountains Ocean Valley Experience (MOVE), a University of the Pacific program for new students, was NASPA's 2010 Excellence Award Gold Winner for first year programs. It's the highest award given by the organization for a student program. NASPA is the largest organization in the United States for college and university student affairs employees.


  • From the Office of Research and Graduate Studies: The University's grants and contracts for fiscal year 2010 totaled almost $47 million dollars.


  • Two of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences' student groups won awards at the American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting in March 2010. Our Student Pharmacists group was named Most Innovative Chapter of the Year and our Operation Heartburn Committee received the Region 8 Heartburn Awareness Challenge award, which recognizes students for their efforts to improve health in the community.