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New employees and notable changes - June 16, 2014

Jun 16, 2014

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Jonathan LattaJonathan Latta hired as assistant dean of the Conservatory of Music

Dr. Jonathan Latta '00 will join the Pacific Conservatory of Music as assistant dean on July 1. Latta was selected in a national search to fill the position vacated earlier this year by former assistant dean David Chase '94, '01, who accepted the position of vice dean of academic affairs at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles.

Latta is an alumnus of the Conservatory and also holds degrees from East Carolina University and the University of Arizona. For the past six years, Latta has served as director of percussion studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. He has directed the Percussion Ensemble and the Mallet Keyboard Ensemble as well as started the Skyhawk Strikeforce Drumline and the World Groove Ensemble. During this time these groups have given numerous performances throughout the Four Corners. Their new CD Blazing Trails will be released this fall. Latta also directed the musical theater pit orchestra, pep band, and jazz ensemble. He has served as artistic director over the Music in the Mountains Goes to School Program, an educational outreach program for the Durango 9-R School District.

He has performed as principal timpani/percussion with the San Juan Symphony and percussion/drumset with the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra and has been an invited soloist performing with ensembles throughout the United States.
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Chris Hill hired as head coach for men's golf

Vice President for External Relations and Athletics Ted Leland announced last week that Chris Hill has been hired as head men's golf coach. He will take over the program officially on July 1.

Hill comes to Pacific almost directly from the NCAA Championships, where he recently helped lead the University of Houston to a 10th place national finish at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Ks. He just completed his fourth season with the Cougars and second season as the associate head coach of the men's team. In addition to the outstanding performance at the NCAA Championships, Hill helped the Cougars to a third place finish at the American Athletic Conference Championships, and four regular season tournament victories.

He was honored in April as the recipient of the 2014 Jan Strickland Award, presented to the nation's top assistant coach by TaylorMade-Adidas Golf as selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). It marked the second straight season that Hill was recognized as one of the nation's top assistant coaches. He was also honored as one of eight semifinalists in 2013. He is a member of the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) and GCAA and earned his bachelor's degree in marketing from Wayne State University. Read the full news release>>

Cailean Bailey is a new assistant coach for men's soccer in Athletics.

Kaitlyn Goslinga is a new financial aid counselor I in Financial Aid.

Michael Habura is the new athletic facilities and event operations supervisor  in Athletics.

Linda Hughes is a new administrative assistant III in Research and Graduate Studies.

Somalin Loeng is a new administrative assistant I in Physical Plant.

Shani Richards is the new assistant director of Assessment, Training and Technology.

David Souligne is a new technical support specialist I in the Office of Information Technology.

Aaron Walburg is the new web content specialist in the Office of Communications.

Notable Changes

Breanne Beseda was promoted to marketing and communications manager in the Eberhardt School of Business.

Amy Martin was promoted to assistant director of donor relations in Development and Alumni Relations.

Stephen Perdicaris was promoted to director of operations and music camp in the Conservatory of Music.

Steven Shipes was promoted to craftsperson group II in Physical Plant.

Shelby Slaugenhaupt has been promoted to Procurement Analyst.  In her new role she will further develop University spending initiatives to support staff and faculty aligned with Pacific's 2020 vision. Slaugenhaupt joined the Purchasing Department six years ago and has served in the capacity of senior buyer, where she negotiated and implemented the Zipcar program, developed procurement-related training and identified strategic sourcing opportunities, among many other accomplishments.  Slaugenhaupt was recognized professionally by the National Association of Educational Procurement with the Young Professional in Procurement Award. She also co-authored an article on institutional beverage pouring rights, "The Wonderful World of Beverage Pouring Rights - Three Peer Perspectives," published in the Educational Procurement Journal, Spring 2013.

Laura Spellman was promoted to assistant field hockey coach in Athletics.