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May 30 2006

University of the Pacific
Minutes, May 30, 2006
Library Community Room

Call to Order: 2:12

Present: Brennan, Brodnick, Byl, Ensign, Frederick, Gilbertson, Griego, Lackey, Pearson, Sexton, Vierra

Not Present: Cavanaugh, Chi, King, Kreitzman, Leland, Miller, Perro, Spreer

Special Guests: Dr. Paul Glassman, Dental School; Dr. Phillip Oppenheimer, Pharmacy

Minutes: Minutes of the May 2 meeting were reviewed and approved.

Standing Reports:

Current Agenda Items:

Collaboration Vision Team Innovation Proposal: Center for Health Promotion and Advocacy

Glassman and Oppenheimer presented the proposal to develop The Pacific Center for Health Promotion and Advocacy (The Center) with the vision of being recognized as an important source of research, consultation, education, service and advocacy in California, dedicated to improving health for underserved populations. Several units of the university are already engaged in these types of efforts:

  • School of Dentistry has developed the Pacific Center for Special Care
  • School of Pharmacy has partnered with Valley Mountain Regional Center on many health related projects
  • The Psychology Department has teamed up with The San Joaquin Mental Health Services, Valley Mountain Regional Center, Stockton Unified School District, and Family Resource and Referral Center to provide mental health and behavioral intervention services

The Center will provide a resource for teaching patients, caregivers, students, and clinicians on how to advocate for health services with medical providers, insurance companies, government and elected officials. It will be managed by a Director and staff.

Collaboration Vision Team Innovation Proposal: Social Entrepreneurship Initiative

Social Entrepreneurship applies business and management skills to achieve social ends. It is exploding around the globe says Ensign. Pacific has two alumni, Martin Burt from Paraguay and Sakena Yacoobi of Afghanistan, who are at the forefront of this new field that is rapidly gaining worldwide attention.

Revenue will be generated through teaching short term courses in worldwide locations. The staff will consist of a Director, Martin Burt, and an assistant.  

Collaboration Vision Team Innovation Proposal: Undergraduate Concentration in International Law

Ensign pointed out that an International Law program could be a linkage of liberal and professional studies. Pacific would have the only undergraduate program in the US in international law taught by law faculty. Four courses would be developed by SIS part-time faculty to be held on all three campuses.

Collaboration Vision Team Innovation Proposal: Graduate Programs in International Development

An MA and PhD in International Development would be unique, visionary, and distinctive according to Ensign. All core courses on CD-ROM. Students both come to campus and attend courses taught in regional sites in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Libraries are also on CD-ROM. Both the Academic Affairs and Graduate Committee have passed the proposal unanimously. 

Because of the lack of time, remaining agenda items will be discussed at future meetings.

Next meeting: June 6, 2006, 2-4pm

Meeting adjourned at 4:33