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Geological and Environmental Sciences
Kathy Giottonini
Administrative Assistant
Pacific Geosciences Center
1051 West Mendocino Ave
Stockton, CA 95211


Meet Our Outstanding Seniors for 2010!

ReplenishKaitlen Colafrancesco, graduating with a B.S. in Environmental Science, has demonstrated great leadership through her involvement with environmental groups on campus. Kaitlen was the Peer Advisor for the first year of REELL, Pacific's Residence for Earth & Environmental Living, and she developed the highly successful "Tap That" campaign to reduce the use of bottled water on campus. She has been President of the Students for Environmental Action (SEA) club for the past two years and was pivotal in implementing its Earth Day programs. Kaitlen has been on the Dean's Honor List every semester. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the national honor society for earth sciences, and the academic honor society Phi Kappa Phi. Kaitlen is entering Pacific's Master's program in Biological Sciences to study behavioral ecology of acoustic communication in frogs.

Danielle Rockley is graduating with a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Policy. Danielle started taking summer classes at Pacific a few days after her high school graduation, and she completed her degree in three years. During this time she worked—sometimes two jobs at a time—in addition to taking a full course load each semester, including summers. Despite the full schedule she has been on the Dean's Honor List nearly every semester. Danielle is entering Pacific's Master's program in Communication.

Kimi Matsushima is graduating with a B.S. in Geology. She has been an active member of the department and achieved a strong academic record, making the Dean's Honor List every semester. Kimi is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a highly selective academic honor society, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Gamma Epsilon (SGE), the national honor society for earth sciences. She served as president of Pacific's SGE chapter and has been an active member of the League of Extraordinary Geologists club at Pacific. In addition to her studies in geology, Kimi has developed expertise in taxidermy. Kimi is returning home to Hawaii and plans to go to graduate school.

Students Rave About Spring Break Trip to Chilean Patagonia

Chilean PatagoniaDuring spring break, 19 people, including 14 students, ventured to the Chilean Patagonia. The trip was planned by Professors Laura Rademacher (Earth & Environmental Sciences) and Traci Roberts-Camps (Modern Languages & Literature) as a way to meld studies of culture and geology. The Spanish and Geology students who went had the experience of a lifetime.