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Noteworthy - May 20, 2013

May 20, 2013

Two Honored for Distinguished Service at Years of Service Luncheon

More than 115 staff members were honored at the annual Years of Service Luncheon on March 15 in the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center. Staff recognized were celebrating anniversaries of service from five to 40 years. Also at the event, Police Chief Mike Belcher and IT staff member Penny Mak were honored with the Cavanaugh Distinguished Service Award.

The award, which includes a cash prize of $500 was endowed by Vice President Pat Cavanaugh and his wife Janita, and recognizes two staff members on the Stockton campus who have demonstrated exceptional service and commitment to the vision and mission of University of the Pacific. The Cavanaugh Award is also presented to a staff member on the Sacramento and San Francisco campuses at different times during the year. 

Police Chief Mike Belcher receives Cavanaugh Distinguished Service Award

Vice President Pat Cavanaugh, President Pam Eibeck and Vice President for Student Life Elizabeth Griego congratulate Police Chief Mike Belcher upon receiving the Cavanaugh Distinguished Service Award.

Penny Mak receives Cavanaugh Distinguished Service Award

Vice President Pat Cavanaugh, President Pam Eibeck and Provost Maria Palavicni congratulate Penny Mak upon receiving the Cavanaugh Distinguished Service Award. Mak is employed in the Enterprise Applications Department of the Office of Information Technology.


College of the Pacific

Ken Albala, History, gave a keynote talk about the first cookbook published in Canada, The Cuisinère Canadienne of 1840, at the How Canadians Communicate about Food Conference in Banff, Alberta.

Teresa Bergman, Communication, had her book, Exhibiting Patriotism: Creating and Contesting Interpretations of American Historic Sites, published by Left Coast Press (January, 2013). Bergman analyzes exhibits, interpretive materials, and orientation films at major U.S. historical sites, from Mt. Rushmore to the USS Arizona Memorial, where controversy has erupted over the stories they tell about the past.

 She shows how historic narratives are the result of dynamic relationships between institutions and the public.

Kurt Burmeister, Earth and Environmental Science, and his colleagues were awarded the 2013 Geological Society of America/ExxonMobil Field Camp Excellence Award at the Wasatch-Uinta Geological Summer Field Camp. The Wasatch-Uinta Field Camp is a six-week course designed to prepare students for careers in the geosciences. The program focuses on scientific methodology and traditional techniques that provide a strong foundation for the broad range of modern technologies used by today's industry, academic, government and private workforces. The $10,000 award will go toward replacing equipment and obtaining new items that will help support the department's strong safety record.

Jennifer Helgren, History, received a Sophia Smith Travel-to-Collection Grant for 2013-2014 for her book project, Peace, Global Responsibility, and Girlhood in the United States, 1945-1960.   

Sharmila King, Economics, presented the paper "Debt Contagion in Europe: A PVAR Analysis" at the European Union Studies Association (EUSA) in Baltimore, Md.

Stacy Luthy, Biology, co-authored "Nutrient subsidies from nekton in salt marsh intertidal creeks," published in the journal Limnology and Oceanography

Merrill Schleier, Visual Arts, presented the paper, "Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin: the Convergence of Cinema and Architecture" at the Society of Architectural Historians conference in Buffalo, New York.

Caroline Schroeder presented "Raiders of the Lost Corpus" and "Monks and Their Children" at the Institute for German Language and Linguistics at Humboldt University in Berlin. She also organized and directed an international symposium on Digital and Computational Scholarship in Coptic at Humboldt University, which was attended by more than 20 scholars from five countries. Her efforts were made possible by SAAG and Pacific Fund grants.

Keith Smith, Political Science, will have his article, "Proposition 14 and California's Minor Parties: A Case Study of Electoral Reform and Party Response," published in the California Journal of Politics and Policy.

Sport Management students RJ Aitken '13, Collin Grant '13, Curran McCauley '13, and James Roberts '13 finished fourth in the national case study competition held by the College Sport Research Institute in Chapel Hill, NC.

The following Sociology students were inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society, on April 20: Tya Allred '13, Mekleet Aytenfsu '13, Chad Fraga '14, Veronica Lerma '13, Katherine Perales '13, and Gwendolyn Primous '13.

Conservatory of Music

Francois Rose, Music Theory and Composition, had his work "Rosée du matin, flocons du soir, for violin and cimbalom" performed in a world premiere at the Miller Theatre in New York by members of Either/Or, the progressive New York City-based contemporary music ensemble.

Robert Coburn, Music Theory and Composition, was invited to participate in a one-month summer residency at the Yaddo Artists Colony in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he was invited to compose music for pianist Satoko Inoue from Tokyo, Japan.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Ove Peters, co-chair of the Department of Endodontics and director of endodontic research, was honored by the French Society of Endodontics with the prestigious International Louis I. Grossman Award. The award recognizes Peters' contributions to the field of endodontics and his numerous research efforts. The award is given annually to an international endodontist for significant research efforts. This year it was awarded during the Society's reception held during the Annual Session of the American Association of Endodontics in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Two members of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry community were honored at the Northern California Section of the American College of Dentists (ACD) Awards Dinner on May 11. Founded in 1920, the American College of Dentists is the oldest national honorary organization for dentists.  

Ben Shimel '13 received one of two Outstanding Student Leader awards, recognizing his high levels of achievement in academia as well as superior leadership qualities. Shimel has held several student leader roles at the school including Associated Student Body president and class president during his second year of school. He has also been a leader and member of various school study clubs, committees, honor societies and organized dentistry groups.

Allen Wong received a Distinguished Faculty Member award in recognition of his outstanding service to the school and dedication to dental education. Wong is the director of the school's Advanced Education in General Dentistry program, director of the school's Union City Dental Care Center, and director of the school's Hospital Dentistry Program. He is extremely active with community service activities and regularly participates in the school's outreach events and international mission trips.

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Scott Larwood, Mechanical Engineering, presented the poster and paper "Strength Testing an Embedded Sensor Blade Bolt for Wind Turbine Applications" at the American Wind Energy Association's WINDPOWER 2013 Conference in Chicago.

Student Life

Sandy Mahoney, Assessment and Student Development Services, presented the webinar "Assessment of Service Learning: Understanding and Communicating the Value of Student Experience," which was hosted by NASPA Knowledge Communities.


Ryan Redondo, director of Tennis and head coach for Men's Tennis, has been named Wilson Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northwest Region Coach of the Year. Redondo drastically improved the Pacific program this year, also earning Big West Coach of the Year honors. After finishing 8-15 in 2012, the Tigers bettered their win total by eight, finishing 16-9 overall in 2013. Redondo's Tigers entered the national rankings at No. 66 on March 12 and stayed in the ITA poll for the majority of the season's final two months. He led the Tigers to a 4-2 mark in Big West play, tying for third place, and guided them to the championship match of the Big West Tournament as the No. 3 seed.


Four Tiger Softball players received All-Big West awards as the 2013 regular season closed. Nikki Armagost '13 and Megan Hom '13 each earned first team honors while Amy Moore '13 and Megan Foglesong '14 picked up second team awards. It was the fourth straight season that Armagost and Hom had won All-Big West first team awards, the only only four-time first team award winners for 2013. While posting 20 doubles and three home runs, Armagost drove in 39 RBI on the season, finishing No. 5 in the Big West in run production. Hom scored 38 runs on the season, fourth-most among all Big West players. Moore earned her third-consecutive all-conference honor for her play both at the plate and behind it. In just Big West contests, Moore tallied 15 RBI, ranking her just outside of the top-10 and second among catchers. A candidate for defensive player of the year, Foglesong excelled on the field and at the plate en route to her first all-conference honor. Her 38 runs ranked No. 4 in the conference alongside teammate Hom, while her 54 hits put her inside of the conference's top-10.


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