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Sharon Donahue
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3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211
sdonahue@pacific.edu

Outstanding Students

Congratulations to our 2014 Outstanding Graduate

Each May, we recognize the exceptional work of our college's top seniors with the Outstanding Graduate award. This year, the 2014 Outstanding Graduate is Kyle Sassai.
Kyle has been an exemplary leader in the classroom and in the community. During his time at Pacific, Kyle developed and lead the HopeStreet program, which is designed to encourage middle school students to receive their high school diploma and aim for a college degree. Kyle and fellow HopeStreet students distributed backpacks filled with school supplies and spoke to local middle school students in small groups, giving them words of advice about high school, college and reaching for their dreams. (Read the full profile here >>)

In 2014, Kyle was one of two students recognized with the Elizabeth Griego Outstanding Student Leader Award in recognition for his service. He was also recognized with the The Harold Jacoby Citizen Leader Award, named after the first Dean of the College of the Pacific, which is awarded to a student who has given responsible and exemplary public service to the community. During his time at Pacific, Kyle was also a Pacific Legal Scholar. He is one of the founders of Pacific's chapter of Beta Theta Phi fraternity and the organization's philanthropy/community outreach chair. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for Kyle!

Meet Our Outstanding 2011 Graduate

Chelsea KelleherChelsea Kelleher graduated magna cum laude, completing minors in English and Art History as well as her major in Political Science. She is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science honor society. Chelsea worked with Professor Jeffrey Becker as a writing mentor in several of our Writing in the Disciplines courses. As a member of Pacific's Speech and Debate team during her first three years at Pacific, Chelsea was a nationally ranked competitor and earned an avalanche of trophies.

Chelsea developed a keen interest in public policy research. A project she conducted under Professor Keith Smith's direction on the impact of certain housing policies on crime rates in Stockton garnered her an award for outstanding oral presentation at the recent PURCC Conference. Chelsea will be doing a research internship at the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco, and she plans to do graduate work in public policy.


Pearson Prize Semi-Finalist

Ty-Licia Hooker (center) with Stockton Mayor Ann Johnston (left) and University of the Pacific President Pamela Eibeck.
Ty-Licia Hooker (center) with Stockton Mayor Ann Johnston (left) and University of the Pacific President Pamela Eibeck.

Political Science major Ty-Licia Hooker has been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2011 Pearson Prize to be awarded by the Pearson Foundation. The Pearson Prize recognizes students who give back to their community. Over 20,000 students applied for the coveted prize; 70 finalists will be notified in July.

Ty-Licia has initiated and participated in numerous community programs. Through Pacific's Washington Semester Program, Ty-Licia was a Youth and Leadership intern for the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) in Washington D.C.


Kyle SasaiFreshman Kyle Sasai Delivers Hope to Local Students

Kyle Sasai, a freshman Political Science major who is in the Pacific Legal Scholars program, has spent much of the last year developing HopeStreet, a program that came to fruition on March 24, when Kyle and several other Pacific students delivered backpacks with school supplies to 64 eighth grade students at Cleveland School in Stockton.

Kyle and his fellow Pacificans spoke to the Cleveland students in small groups, giving them words of advice about high school, college and reaching for their dreams.

HopeStreet is intended to encourage middle school students to receive their high school diploma and aim for a college degree. Kyle credits much of the success of his HopeStreet project to the support he received from the Pacific Legal Scholars Program, particularly from his advisor, Dr. Dylan Zorea, and the program Director, Dr. Cynthia Ostberg.


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