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New faculty and staff - February 2015

Feb 6, 2015

Welcome new employees to Pacific

Anthony Alcaraz and Risa Fujishige are records coordinator IIs in the Office of Admission.

Nathan Biggerstaff is the new program coordinator for the SUCCESS TRIO program in Student Life. Biggerstaff comes to Pacific from Kaskaskia College in Centralia, Illinois where he was the TRIO Learning Specialist and Tutoring Supervisor for the last two years. At Kaskaskia, he conducted a comprehensive tutor training program, developed a tutoring manual and taught study skills classes.  Nathan also has three years' experience as an adjunct instructor both at Kaskaskia and at Rend Lake College. He has a master's degree in Interpersonal Communication and a bachelor's degree in English, both from Southern Illinois University. He began in the new position effective Monday, Feb. 2. His office is in the McCaffrey Center 1st floor, Rm. 104.

Claudia De La Cruz is an account collections specialist for Student Services in Business and Finance.

William Dusenbury is the new assistant coach for men's golf in Pacific Athletics. Dusenbury, a graduate of the University of Houston, was most recently spending his playing days in the professional ranks of the Adams Pro Tour. Prior to turning pro, Dusenbury had a distinguished career as a Cougar helping to guide Houston to the NCAA Regionals in back-to-back years as a junior and senior. He was named the Conference USA Newcomer of the Year in 2011 after transferring to Houston from Dallas Baptist as a sophomore. Prior to that, he was named the Heartland Conference Freshman of the Year and was named to the league's First Team.

Matthew Gow is a new assistant coach for Men's Soccer in Athletics.

Diana McKenzie is an administrative assistant III in the Office of the Provost.

Miguel Medrano is an administrative assistant II in Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences in College of the Pacific.

Mickel Paris is the new health sciences librarian for the University Library

Fernando Reyes is a Behavior Specialist in the Community Reentry Program in College of the Pacific Department of Psychology.

Notable Changes

Chaplain Joel LohrJoel Lohr, who has been serving in the capacity of University Multifaith Chaplain, has assumed the position of dean of Religious Life for the University. As dean of Religious Life, Lohr will provide moral, ethical and spiritual leadership for the University as a whole, in addition to overseeing the work of the Department of Religious and Spiritual Life in the Division of Student Life. He will serve as the University's primary liaison between the University and the United Methodist Church, representing the University to the Board of Higher Education and the Cal/Nev Conference of the UMC. He will provide leadership and support for University-wide initiatives integrating learning and life skills in scholarship related to religion, religious literacy and whole student learning, serving as liaison between Student Life and Academic Affairs.  In addition, Lohr has been appointed associate professor of Practice in the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education with concentrated efforts in the ethical and spiritual formation of students. He will teach courses and advise and supervise graduate students. 

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