Faith Davies All-University Leadership Awards Given to Outstanding Students and Staff
When Dr. Pamela Eibeck took office as President of the University in 2009, she announced that one of her priorities for the school was building a sense of community among students and faculty. This year, five individuals from the College of Pacific were recognized with Faith Davies leadership awards as people who embody leadership in the community on the Pacific campus. While all five are all distinctly unique in their contributions, they share a love and commitment to service and community at Pacific that is outstanding.
Stephanie Jensen (left) and Elizabeth Youngberg
Elizabeth Youngberg and Stephanie Jensen were both awarded the Dochterman Outstanding Junior Scholarship-a prestigious scholarship given to students who have made significant contributions to the University. Elizabeth, a History major, is actively involved in the Pacific community as an academic Powell scholar, a helpful Pacific ambassador, and a fiercely spirited member of the Pacific Pep Band. In addition to her contributions on campus, she serves Pacific as a member of Phi Alpha Theta, a history honors society, community service chair of Sigma Alpha Iota, a music sorority, and academic chair of Tri Delta, a social sorority.
Like Elizabeth, Stephanie is also actively involved on campus through Greek life as a member of the social sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. In addition, she works to chair social events on campus through ASUOP, as well as charitable events, like this year's second-annual Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. Stephanie reaches out to the community, as well, in her work with the Downtown Stockton Alliance and for President Eibeck's Beyond Our Gates initiative.
Brandie Spencer is a recently graduated Sociology major whose time here at Pacific is also largely marked by a legacy of service to the community. The Jesse Marks Co-curricular Award, which he was given, demands the outstanding community involvement which Brandie has demonstrated throughout the past four years. Despite his role as president of the Mortar Board Honors Society and leader in both Pacific's Black Student Union and Pacific First Generation club, Brandie continues to find time to reach out the Stockton community from which he came.
Brandie Spencer with Jesse Marks, a former long-time Student Life staff member who initiated the Jesse Marks Co-curricular Award.
Most notably, he is the founding director of Empowering Youth Voices, a non-profit organization that provides opportunities and guidance for at-risk, low-income youth. Calling himself "an advocate for youth education, youth leadership, and social justice," Brandie uses EYV to teach life skills and leadership to disadvantaged students all over the area, empowering African-American youth. His leadership and outreach creates an outstanding role model for those he touches through EYV outreach events-from success workshops, to hip hop dance classes.
Outstanding role models, however, have role models of their own to learn from, and Carol Ann Hackley, a Communications professor of 26 years, is a prime example of faculty leadership at its finest. Having written a text book and led the Pacific Chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America during her years at Pacific, it would be easy for someone who did not know Dr. Hackley to be intimidated by her accomplishments. However, in the Communications department, she is lovingly referred to as "Dr. Mom" by her advisees for the guidance and care she gives each student.
One student writes "Aside from her devotion to the education of her students and involved chapter members, she is also one of the most caring, warm professors at Pacific... Not only does she challenge students in the Public Relations field, she is there, beside them." This year, Dr. Hackley retired, and it is with great pride that her students nominated her for, and the University acknowledged her with, the Outstanding Organization Advisor Award.
A similar award, the Podesto Award, recognizes faculty who have directly touched the lives of Pacific students. Professor Randall "Rand" Enlow, whose "office door is always open and cell phone always on," is one such professor who was nominated by his Theater Arts students for the award. Inside the classroom, he strives to include all students in the learning experience, regardless of whether they are beginning, intermediate, or advanced in the subject matter, pushing each individual to his or her highest potential. On the set, he helps his set design students bring ideas to fruition and is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that the dreams for the set can become a reality. One of his third-year students sums it up best, when she says:
"Rand is not only a mentor, but a friend...With him, our opinions matter. Because of this, he has gotten through to me in a way that no other teacher has before. I have never met anyone as willing to dedicate his life to his students because he genuinely wants to support them. His role in my education has impacted my life forever."
In addition, Professor Enlow received the Faculty/Staff of the Month Award in March from the National Residence Hall Honorary, an organization that Theatre Arts student and Resident Assistant Kristen Bloom participates in. She noted in her nomination submission the challenges he faced that month working on the set for "The Threepenney Opera" while his father fell seriously ill. She wrote, "Rand deserves nothing but a medal of honor for the dedication he showed to his family, the University, his students, and the show-all the time with a positive and professional attitude."