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Pacific in the Press: "Creative ferment in higher education"

Mar 16, 2015

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Here are examples of how University of the Pacific was represented in the media in recent days:

Summaries
Sacramento Business Journal
UOP plans Sacramento graduate programs in business, public policy, health
March 13, 2015
Front-page story reports that University of the Pacific is "a new player in the suddenly hot market for private higher education in the capital region. " Said President Pamela A. Eibeck: "The goal is to bring our business, our law and our health expertise to help the Sacramento region. We'll offer the education that's needed in this region." Story also reports that the Business Forecasting Center, overseen since 2008 by economist Jeffrey Michael, has opened an office at the Sacramento campus and has a new name: the Center for Business and Policy Research. Law school Dean Jay Mootz is also quoted.
Read story: http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/blog/morning-roundup/2015/03/uop-plans-sacramento-graduate-programs-in-business.html

Capitol Public Radio "Talk Business with Jack Robinson"
University of the Pacific announces new Sacramento graduate programs
March 13, 2015
News that Pacific is planning graduate programs in public policy, public administration and health in Sacramento was the top story in "Talk Business with Jack Robinson," a weekly business report that airs Fridays during "Morning Edition" in the 7 a.m. hour and "All Things Considered" in the 5 p.m. hour. In addition, excerpts from the report aired in hourly newscasts throughout the day, at 6:45 a.m., 8:45 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 3:35 p.m., 6:46 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. Jack Robinson is editor of the Sacramento Business Journal.
Hear full report:
http://mms.tveyes.com/PlaybackPortal.aspx?SavedEditID=47d8d6ac-df09-4b4f-bef7-d17fcc4cfcc27:40 pm
Hear all eight reports: http://mms.tveyes.com/NetReport.aspx?ReportHash=1e95c192acb52d211056bf559ac89d19

Sacramento Business Journal
Creative ferment in higher education
March 13, 2015
In his opinion column, editor Jack Robinson had this to say about changes in Sacramento: "I'm sorry to see Drexel University pull out of Sacramento. It created a community of young professionals here and trained hundreds to compete in the rapidly evolving world of work. But the world of higher education also is evolving rapidly. And Drexel's departure can be seen as part of a kind of creative ferment that could some day make Sacramento a far richer place to live and build businesses. Just days after the Drexel news, a kind of cosmic coincidence occurred: The University of the Pacific today announced it is adding graduate programs in business, health and public policy on its Sacramento campus for the McGeorge School of Law." It concludes: "The inescapable reality is that Sacramento is gaining new higher-education options, attracting more intellectual resources, and diversifying into a true center of knowledge."
Read more: http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/print-edition/2015/03/13/creative-ferment-in-higher-education.html

The Record
Gift to Pacific means an endowed chair of economics
March 11, 2015
University of the Pacific has received a gift to make possible an endowed faculty chair in economics, the school announced Wednesday. A gift of $2.09 million from alumnus John C. Beyer, who earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy from College of the Pacific in 1962, will be met with $2 million in matching funds from the university's Powell Fund to bring the endowment to $4.09 million, which will finance not only the John C. Beyer Chair in Economics, but also will establish an internship program for economics students. "This is a tremendous moment of celebration," President Pamela A. Eibeck said.
Read more: http://www.recordnet.com/article/20150311/NEWS/150319893

KCRA-TV (NBC Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto)
Big gift for University of the Pacific
March 11, 2015
A $2 million gift will make possible a $4 million endowed chair and internship program in economics.
Watch clip: http://mms.tveyes.com/PlaybackPortal.aspx?SavedEditID=9c4b14e0-3ef7-4c17-b36b-bd6f6f48abdd

The Record
Pacific renames economic research program
March 13, 2015
University of the Pacific's Business Forecasting Center changed its name to Center for Business and Policy Research to better reflect the full scope of its work and addition of a Sacramento location. Since 2004, the center has produced widely cited economic forecasts for California as well as its major metropolitan areas, particularly in the north state and Central Valley. But a majority of its work now involves other research, said Jeffrey Michael, the center's director. "The forecast has been our signature publication and product for a decade, but for the past seven years we've been diversifying the work that we do and expanding."
Read more: http://www.recordnet.com/article/20150313/News/150319813

Sacramento Business Journal
McGeorge falls from top tier in U.S. News & World Report law school rankings
March 10, 2015
In an online story, McGeorge Dean Francis "Jay" Mootz said the drop reflects a way the magazine calculates its rankings. A school's job-placement record now has greater weight, and California is taking longer than other states to climb out of the recession. But Mootz expects the situation to improve as the Sacramento economy ramps up and McGeorge focuses on a variety of career path programs that have yet to graduate students or affect employment numbers. Mootz also urged students to look beyond general rankings to specific areas of expertise. McGeorge ranked No. 10 this year in trial advocacy and No. 20 in international law. It was No. 45 on the list of top 100 most diverse schools and No. 35 on the list for part-time juris doctor programs.
Read more: http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2015/03/10/mcgeorge-falls-from-top-tier-in-u-s-news-world.html

Capital Public Radio "Insight"
Panel takes on culture of violence on school and college campuses
March 16, 2015
A panel discussion in Modesto this week called "Ending the Culture of Violence on School and College Campuses" will explore crime, high school dropouts, sexual assault, substance abuse, breakdown of the family unit and mental health. Two of the panelists, Patrick Day, vice president for student life, and Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson discussed the issues.  "It's something we have to take a harder stand around, and that's really what we've been doing on college campuses around the nation," Day said.
Hear interview: http://www.capradio.org/news/insight/2015/03/16/insight-031615c/

The Record
Heroes to be honored at breakfast
March 9, 2015
Rajul Patel, associate professor of pharmacy and health sciences, is being honored by the American Red Cross Gold Country Region for his outreach work bringing health clinics to the community.
Read more: http://www.recordnet.com/article/20150308/NEWS/150309701?template=printart

The Independent (London)
Sigma Alpha Epsilon: 5 things to know about the fraternity aside from racist chant
March 10, 2015
Among the famous members of the fraternity are former U.S. President William McKinley (Mount Union College), golfer Bobby Jones (Georgia Tech), Super Bowl-winning NFL coach Pete Carroll (University of the Pacific), Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Troy Aikman (UCLA), and author William Faulkner (University of Mississippi).
Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/sigma-alpha-epsilon-5-things-to-know-about-the-fraternity-aside-from-racist-chant-10099208.html

And more ...

Modesto Bee
Modesto man charged with murder for Knights Ferry crash
March 9, 2015
Michael Vitiello, professor of law, said murder can be charged in traffic cases in which the defendant shows extreme indifference to human life. "There are cases involving Russian roulette, which is risk-taking, or drag racing, where the conduct is so extreme given the circumstances, but most of the classic cases involve some type of intoxication," he said.
Read more: http://www.modbee.com/news/local/crime/article13150700.html#storylink=cpy

Idaho Statesman
How ESPN reporter Heather Cox makes a life in Boise
March 7, 2105
As an ESPN reporter who covers college football and men's professional basketball (NBA), Pacific alumna Heather Cox interviews coaches and players on set and the sidelines. She played for the U.S. national women's volleyball team and was captain of the Sacramento Stars professional team. Cox received several scholarship offers to play collegiate basketball and volleyball, including one from Stanford University to play both sports. But she decided to focus on volleyball and chose to play for the university that had just won back-to-back national women's volleyball championships: University of the Pacific. "It was a small private school, with small (teacher-student) ratios, so it was a really good fit," her mom said. "We were really happy." Cox studied marketing and public relations - and met her future husband in the university weight room.
Read more:  http://www.idahostatesman.com/2015/03/07/3677270/how-espn-reporter-heather-cox.html#storylink=cpy

Capitol Weekly
Influencing lawmakers: A primer on special interests' muscle
March 12, 2015
This explanatory essay on lobbying was written by Chris Micheli, a lobbyist with Aprea & Micheli Inc., and Tom Nussbaum, former chancellor of the California Community Colleges. Both are adjunct professors at McGeorge School of Law where they teach "Introduction to Capital Lawyering."
Read more: http://capitolweekly.net/special-interests-lobby-legislature-influence/

The Record
Jobs picture brighter despite seasonal layoffs
March 10, 2015
Seasonal layoffs in retail employment pushed San Joaquin County's unemployment rate up to 10.6 percent in January 2015, from a revised 10 percent in December 2014, state employment officials said Tuesday. "It's hard to find negatives in this monthly report," said Jeffrey Michael, director of the Business Forecasting Center at University of the Pacific.
Read more: http://www.recordnet.com/article/20150310/NEWS/150319950

The Sacramento Bee
Sacramento unemployment up to 6.7 percent on seasonal layoffs
March 10, 2015
Five hundred jobs disappeared in January in construction, the smallest January decline in 25 years. "Overall, I would say it looks pretty good for Sacramento," said economist Jeff Michael, director of the University of the Pacific's Business Forecasting Center. "We continue to be in a solid recovery."
Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/news/business/article13217822.html

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