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    President Eibeck to Announce New Initiatives From Beyond Our Gates

    Oct 20, 2010

    In the first year of her presidency at University of the Pacific, Pamela A. Eibeck set out on a listening campaign to find the best ways Pacific can help address some of the most critical issues facing the Stockton community. She met with residents, business owners, local organizations, local government leaders and regional and national experts during a series of community forums titled "Beyond Our Gates...Into the Community."

    On Nov. 12, Eibeck will hold a presentation called "Celebrate Our Shared Future" to announce new initiatives that were inspired by the community feedback. "Celebrate Our Shared Future" takes place on Friday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. in the DeRosa University Center on Pacific's Stockton campus. It is free and open to the public. Stockton Mayor Ann Johnston will attend, as well as other local community leaders. A light lunch will be served afterwards.

    "Since day one, President Eibeck has shown a commitment to ensuring Pacific continues to strengthen its partnerships with the Stockton community," said Bob Benedetti, director of The Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership. "Eibeck recognizes the potential impact a strong, engaging relationship can have in addressing some of the most important issues facing our region today."

    The announcement will feature several new or enhanced programs the University will pursue together with community leadership. Eibeck will also unveil a new University impact report by the Business Forecasting Center at the Eberhardt School of Business, detailing economic and other impacts of the University in all three cities where it has campuses (Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco). Finally, Eibeck will highlight some of the existing programs that serve the community and the faculty members and students who run those programs, such as health clinics, reading mentor programs, arts events, business services, environmental studies, and college access programs for underprivileged students.

    Pacific held six Beyond Our Gates community forums from January to May 2010, featuring comments by leaders in healthcare, education, the economy, diversity, energy and the environment, and arts and culture. After the forums, steering committees made recommendations for new ways Pacific can partner with community organizations to address each area. Over the summer, the recommendations were reviewed and consolidated into the recommendations that Eibeck will discuss on Nov. 12.

    Since becoming president on July 1, 2009, Eibeck has made community engagement one of her top priorities. The Beyond Our Gates series was part of a number of interactive events designed to encourage feedback and ideas from members of both the campus and Stockton communities.