Student Life bids farewell to four staff members
Vice President for Student Life Patrick Day announced pending departures of four student life staff members.
"It is with mixed emotions that I announce the departure of a few important members of the Student Life team as they transition to some new and exciting opportunities," said Day. "These valuable members of the Pacific family have made significant contributions to enhancing the lives of our students and their fellow colleagues. Please join me in recognizing and honoring the following individuals."
Joanna Royce-Davis, Dean of Students
Dr. Joanna Royce-Davis, Dean of Students will leave Pacific on July 16 to join Pacific Lutheran University as vice president for Student Life/Dean of Students. Joanna came to Pacific in 1999 as a member of the Career Resource Center. In 2003, she transitioned to the Student Life leadership team as Dean of Students.
In her role as Dean, Joanna's reach, influence, and expertise benefited the entire Pacific experience for staff, faculty, and students. Joanna's aim has always been to cultivate the strength and potential of every department, program and person by maximizing opportunities for student learning and student success. During her tenure, Joanna served as the co-chair on both of the University's First Year Experience (FYE) committee and the Retention Analysis Network (RAN). Her faculty status in the Benerd School of Education and service as the director of Pacific's graduate program in Student Affairs has allowed her to collaborate together with fellow faculty and Student Life colleagues to support the development of future higher education leaders.
"I'm grateful to have been a part of the learning community that is Pacific - a community with deep investment in student success, collaboration, and whole student learning - for the past 15 years," said Joanna. "I will continue to appreciate and value the Student Life and faculty colleagues who have enriched my experience, as well as the Pacific students and alumni from whom I have learned so much. I look forward to staying in touch through opportunities for continued partnership and shared learning that I am confident will develop in the future."
Her contributions to Pacific are nothing less than legendary and the entire campus must come together to continue serving our students in her absence. A reception in her honor will be held in July with details being shared at a later date.
Corrie Martin, Director of the Women's Resource Center
Corrie Martin, the founding director of the Women's Resource Center, is leaving Pacific effective June 1 to accompany her spouse, Profesor Marisela Ramos, who has accepted a position at the Phillips Andover Academy in Massachusetts. Corrie originally joined Pacific in October 2007 as Assistant Director for Alumni Relations, then in 2010 joined Student Life and has been a staunch champion for training, education and raising awareness about prevention and response to campus sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence and harassment.
Among her many accomplishments, Corrie taught courses in Gender Studies, directed multiple independent studies on gender issues from masculinity to rape culture, and mentored and supervised undergraduate and graduate students with a view towards whole-person success. She has been highly successful in fundraising and outreach to community partners and alumni on the center's behalf, not to mention her skill in the development, analysis and improvement of policies and protocols that support advancement of gender equity and diversity and inclusion at the University.
Corrie says she would like to hug or high-five every single person who has made her laugh, jump up and down, or inspired, encouraged or challenged her to become a better colleague, mentor and educator. "My Pacific years have been truly the most rewarding of my professional and personal life so far," said Corrie. Orange will always be her favorite color!
The University community is invited to congratulate Corrie and her family on their new journey with a luau-themed reception on Friday, May 30, 2014, from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Multicultural Center. Don't forget to wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt!
Micah Mori, Assistant Director for Pacific Recreation Member Services and Marketing
Micah Mori, assistant director for Member Services & Marketing in Pacific Recreation will leave Pacific on August 1 to pursue a new career path as an EMT/Firefighter. While at Pacific, Micah played an integral role in the significant revitalization of Pacific Recreation's services and facilities.
Due in large part to Micah's leadership, the department experienced record participation for both its fitness and sports and competition programming. Additionally, Micah was responsible for launching a new member management system to improve the guest experience for all Baun Fitness Center members.
As a strong advocate for emergency readiness, Micah has taught a myriad of CPR/AED/First Aid Classes throughout campus ensuring safe programs and facilities for our Pacific community members. Finally, Micah has mentored countless students at Pacific and throughout the country as he's actively serving on NIRSA regional and national basketball officiating committees.
"It has been an absolute pleasure serving University of the Pacific for the past 5 years, as I have truly felt a part of the Pacific Rec and Pacific families throughout my tenure," said Micah. "It is obviously a bittersweet feeling leaving a place and organization that I love so much and have had so many memorable experiences. However, in my heart of hearts I know moving into the Fire Service is my 'why' and it is absolutely what I'm meant to do in life."
Reception details will be forthcoming.
Rachel Luna, Assistant Director of the Center for Community Involvement
Rachel Luna, assistant director for the Center for Community Involvement (CCI) will be leaving Pacific effective June 19 to pursue a new professional opportunity coordinating student services for Samuel Merritt University's San Francisco Peninsula Learning Center. Rachel's many contributions during her time at Pacific includes supporting the division's transition to a consolidated graduate assistant search process, serving as a Visions Inc. and Safe Zone trainer, and representing Pacific in many capacities through the Association of College Personnel Administrators (ACPA). Rachel's legacy also includes continued intentionality around issues of access and social justice.
"I appreciate all members of the Student Life team for the awesome experiences of collaboration and learning during the past three years," said Rachel. "It has been great working with such dedicated people who are committed to student success. Thanks for allowing me to contribute to this community."
Rachel would like to encourage everyone to find her at an upcoming Stockton Ports game!
Please congratulate these fabulous Pacificans on their next big step on their chosen career paths.