Past Outstanding Students
Meet Our Outstanding 2011 Graduates
At the end of the year, each of the academic departments and interdisciplinary programs in the College of the Pacific honors a truly exceptional graduating senior or group of seniors with the Outstanding Graduate Award. This award is given to students who have not only earned a consistently high academic record, but who have also been actively involved in the discipline through activities, research, or special projects.
Chris Brown - Environmental Science
Chris Brown completed a double major in Environmental Science and Music. He participated in the Honors Program at Pacific and graduated cum laude. Chris is a member of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the earth science honor society. As a double major, he had to carry very high course loads (often 19 units and solo classes on top of that). Chris has a deep love of learning and is intensely curious. During an internship with the City of Stockton, he compiled the city's Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory. He conducted a similar audit for Pacific, presenting the results at PURCC last year. Chris is very active on campus-a member of the pep band and Phi Mu Alpha, the music fraternity. This year, he served as the Peer Advisor for the REELL program, a learning community focused on environmental issues. After graduation, Chris will enter a credential program at CSU East Bay, and he plans to become a high school science teacher.
Luke Crawford - Geology
Luke Crawford spent 6 years in the Navy after high school and was a student at Modesto Junior College before transferring to Pacific. While working on his AA, he interned with the Civil Engineering office of the City of Modesto. Luke is a very dedicated, hardworking student who is graduating magna cum laude. He was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the earth science honor society. Luke undertook a daunting undergraduate research project with Dr. Burmeister to develop a method of turning traditional paper-based maps into new, cutting edge GIS geospatial databases. He presented his research at the 2010 Geological Society of America meeting. His presentation attracted the attention of the USGS and several state geologic surveys, in addition to ESRI, the software developer. Luke plans to pursue a Master's degree in hydrogeology.
Robyn Mendoza - Environmental Studies
Robyn Mendoza transferred to Pacific from Delta College and she has been a welcome addition to our program. Robyn is a single mother and has a job, yet carried a full course load and managed it all with a smile. Despite this heavy schedule, she took on an undergraduate research experience with Dr. Rademacher, looking at acid mine drainage issues in Oakland. Last summer, Robyn had an internship with Calaveras Big Trees, in which she developed educational programs and demonstrated her gift for explaining environmental issues to all ages. The experience convinced her that she wants to work as a park ranger and, having excelled on the preliminary tests and interviews, she is well on her way!
Student-Faculty Team Present at Geological Society of America Meeting
Luke E. Crawford '11 and Dr. Kurtis Burmeister presented their paper "Compiling a GIS-based geologic map from multiple legacy formatted data sources" at the 2010 annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver, Colorado (October/November).
Meet Our Outstanding Seniors for 2010!
Kaitlen 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
During spring break, 19 people, including 14 students, ventured to the Chilean Patagonia. The trip was planned by Professors Laura Rademacher (Geological & 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.