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Order of Pacific recipients recognized during Commencement ceremonies

May 21, 2015

Associate Dean Louise Stark, Associate Professor Simalee Smith-Stubblefield '63 and the late Professor Caroline Cox were honored with the Order of Pacific during the University 2015 Commencement Ceremonies on May 9.

The Order of Pacific was established by the Board of Regents in 1952 and is the highest award the University can give. It is intended to honor members of the University, Regents, faculty, administration and staff who have given distinguished service and made outstanding contributions to the University over a significant number of years. It is awarded to express the University's esteem and appreciation for the recipient's dedication to the University. To be considered for this award, nominees normally have a minimum of 15 years of service to the University.

The following were recognized during the 2015 Commencement Ceremonies.

Dr. Louise Stark with President Pamela EibeckLouise Stark
Associate Dean and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the School of Engineering and Computer Science
23 Years of Service


Louise Stark joined the faculty in the School of Engineering and Computer Science in 1992 as its first female faculty member. Throughout her tenure at Pacific she has made contributions which have extended significantly beyond her role as a teacher/scholar, faculty advisor to student organizations, department chair, associate dean, and member of countless school and University committees. 

The twenty-one letters submitted as part of her nomination packet by current and former students, faculty and administrative colleagues within and beyond the School of Engineering and Computer Science speak eloquently of her contributions.  

Current and former students, as well as faculty colleagues repeatedly mentioned her "dedication to student learning" and "devotion to student success" as well as her skills and the countless hours she put in as the faculty advisor to Pacific's Supercomputing team and to the Pacific chapter of the Society of Women in Engineering (SWE), a position she has held since 1992. In 2010, she was named the Faculty Advisor of the Year by the SWE national organization.

Faculty and staff colleagues commented on her extraordinary skills as a leader, citing the Dr. Stark's role in establishing the San Joaquin Expanding Your Horizons Conferences, as well as her significant roles in facilitating ABET accreditation reviews and development of the M.S. in Engineering Science. Most recently, she received the 2014 Podesto Award for Excellence in Student Life, Mentoring and Counseling, which recognizes members of the Pacific community who have played a significant role in enriching the student experience. 

She has been honored by Pacific for both her teaching and research, receiving the Eberhardt Teacher Scholar Award and being named the 2001 Distinguished Faculty Research Lecturer. Stark served on the Athletics Advisory Board for four years and as Faculty Athletic Representative since June 2014.She has also published more than 40 papers and a seminal textbook.

Students, faculty and staff repeatedly commented that Dr. Stark had been a role model in their academic and professional lives.  Words used to describe her included: dedicated, brilliant, sincere, unflappable, honest, kind, patient, transformative, selfless, inspirational, and motivator.

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Professor Simalee Smith-Stubblefield and President Pamela EibeckSimalee Smith-Stubblefield '63
Associate Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology of Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
31 Years of Service

Professor Simalee Smith-Stubblefield joined the faculty in the Speech-Language Pathology department in 1983. She holds a B.A. in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Wyoming and an M.A. in communication disorders from Pacific. 

She has distinguished herself among her peers by providing service, scholarship, and teaching that extend beyond what is expected of faculty members at University of the Pacific. She began her Pacific career in the environment of a Department of Speech-Language Pathology that was in danger of closing. The Department is now in a period of high demand and growth, as well as high pass rates for graduating students on national certification examinations. 

Current School and Department administration and faculty credit Professor Smith-Stubblefield's transformative leadership as past Department Chair and Director of Graduate Studies as strong contributions to the Department's current strength. Professor Smith-Stubblefield also provided high quality leadership on several important University-level committees. Her scholarly contributions have been varied, sustained, and high-quality.

It is in the classroom and clinical settings that Professor Smith-Stubblefield truly shines in providing a superior student-centered learning environment for her students and serves as a role model for faculty colleagues. Her average teaching evaluation scores are extremely high, and open-ended comments from past students also support her expertise, commitment, patience and grace as a teacher. Professor Smith-Stubblefield's teaching truly has helped to attract some of Pacific's brightest students to the field of speech and language pathology, as well as to retain them within the Department and University. She is very highly respected in her professional environment, and she has been a superior ambassador to the community for University of the Pacific.

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Professor Caroline CoxCaroline Cox
Professor of History and former Interim Dean of College of the Pacific
16 Years of service

Cox joined the Pacific faculty in 1998 as an assistant professor of history. She earned her PhD in History at The University of California, Berkeley. She served for 16 years, becoming a full professor in 2010 and serving as interim dean of the College of the Pacific from June 2012 until February 2013. 

As a university citizen, Professor Cox served as the History Department's Chair, as Interim Dean of the College, and as Special Projects Advisor to the Provost.  She served on two important search committees for the Dean of COP and for the University Provost. Her contribution to the History Department's curriculum and her stellar teaching evaluations describe a career of excellence as a professor. She received both the Distinguished Faculty Award and the Eberhardt Teacher/Scholar Award. 

Dr. Cox's contributions to Pacific and to her profession as an historian are indisputably outstanding in all categories of teaching, scholarship, and service, and extend significantly beyond her role as a teacher/scholar. Among her published works, she is the author of three books: The Fight to Survive: A Young Girl, Diabetes, and the Discovery of Insulin, Opening Up North America, 1497-1800, which she co-authored with Pacific colleague Ken Albala, and A Proper Sense of Honor: Service and Sacrifice in George Washington's ArmyVictor Ninov accepts Order of Pacific for late wife, Caroline Cox

Beyond her academic and professional achievements, Cox was known for her personal investment in the lives and successes of her students. She was integral to forming Pacific's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and served as one of its first presidents (2007-10).  

Dr. Cox passed away on July 11, 2014, at the age of 59, finally succumbing to a battle with cancer. Her award was accepted by her husband, Dr. Victor Ninov.  Read more>>

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