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Jose Hernandez was interviewed on campus for a PBS special that aired Sept. 28

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A Week of Literacy

Special programming on NPR and PBS, along with campus and community events, highlights Pacific's ongoing focus on boosting literacy and school retention.
Sep 30, 2013

Efforts at University of the Pacific and in the Stockton community to improve literacy and reduce high school dropout rates were brought into the public eye during a week of events and broadcasts that zeroed in on these issues nationally and in our region.

Most recently, on Saturday, Sept. 28, a 7-hour outreach event broadcast on PBS stations, "American Graduate Day," focused on stemming the dropout crisis. The program included a brief testimonial by Pacific alumnus and Regent José Hernández '85 which was taped on campus earlier this month. Hernández's remarks can be viewed on YouTube>>.


Capital Public Radio broadcast it's program "Insight" with Beth Ruyak live from Pacific's Long Theatre on Sept. 20. Among those interviewed were Dean Lynn Beck of Gladys L. Benerd School of Education and CIP student Jennie Kwan

On Sept. 20, Capital Public Radio's "Insight" with Beth Ruyak was broadcast "on the road" live in Long Theatre on the Pacific campus. The show followed the airing of the station's original documentary, "The View from Here: Class Dismissed," which explored issues behind the high school dropout problem in the Central Valley.

During the show, Ruyak interviewed Gladys L. Benerd School of Education Dean Lynn Beck, as well as Jenny Kuan '16, one of the young people featured in the documentary. Kuan is a Pacific student majoring in psychology in the Community Involvement Program.

The University also reported on progress in local literacy and school retention efforts with the release of its San Joaquin Literacy Report Card on Sept. 19. The report card, now in its second year, is a component of the Tomorrow Project, an initiative of Beyond Our Gates. Pacific has been working with school districts and community organizations to improve factors that impact school success, and this year's report showed signs of progress.

Pacific basketball players promote literacy at Family Day in the Park

Pacific basketball players promote literacy at Family Day in the Park

At a Beyond Our Gates Dialogue held at the San Joaquin County Office of Education on Sept. 20, community stakeholders and University representatives explored challenges and opportunities in early childhood education and heard from keynote speaker Alison Gopnik, psychologist and author. Read coverage in the Stockton Record of the dialogue.

Pacific also had a presence on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the citywide literacy event, "Family Day in the Park." Pacific alumnus and children's author Matthew Gollub '82 read to and entertained children, and President Pamela A. Eibeck and the entire Pacific men's basketball team also read to the youngsters during the festivities.