Message from the President on JapanTo the University Community:
University of the Pacific joins the world in grief following the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan. We extend our deepest condolences to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy. Our University and our three cities have strong ties to Japan. Our thoughts are with the people of Japan, and their friends and family here at Pacific and within our surrounding communities.
The University's Office of International Programs and Services is in touch with the Pacific students currently on exchange in Japan. All are safe and well. Four Pacific McGeorge students have been studying in Japan through a Temple University program. Two have returned home and, for now, two have chosen to stay in Japan. All will complete their studies through an online offering made available by Temple. Seven undergraduate students have been studying in Japan. Three students elected to return to the US for semester break. Four have chosen to remain at their universities, which are located far away from the nuclear plant and the areas affected by the natural disasters. We will continue monitoring the situation closely and will recommend evacuation to all students if necessary.
Pacific is also committed to helping the victims and the rebuilding efforts in whatever way possible. I applaud our students on the Stockton and Sacramento campuses who took the initiative to set up fundraising efforts for the Japanese Red Cross and Direct Relief International. Students at the Stockton campus will also be holding a vigil for the victims on Friday, March 25, during the opening ceremony for Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The vigil will begin at 7 pm at the DeRosa University Center reflecting pool. I encourage University community members to attend. Coming together will help us through this painful time.
Pamela A. Eibeck