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.
Meet Our Outstanding 2013 Graduate
Scott began his education in the school of life, working as a small engine repair man in and right after high school for a couple of years. Then he delivered and installed appliances for Lowes home improvement stores for four years. After an injury, Scott began taking classes at San Joaquin Delta Community College, while also working in Lodi School District's Special Education Program as a paraeducator.
Scott transferred to Pacific from Delta in the Fall of 2011 and declared himself a Religious Studies major. Scott's work in the classroom exemplified curiosity, intellectual rigor, self-awareness, and humility, all of which characterize great scholar-teachers.
Scott has applied for a Fulbright/ Hellenic American Educational Foundation Fellowship to teach English in Greece for a year. His application has made it to the last stage of consideration in the acceptance process, and we all anxiously and hopefully await to hear of its acceptance very soon.
Scott will apply to graduate programs in religion in the near future with plans ultimately to teach at a community college.
Meet Our Outstanding 2011 Graduates
Dr. Carrie Schroeder with Nick Perkins at the Phi Beta Kappa induction.
Nick Perkins: Outstanding Graduate in Classical Studies. Nick entered Pacific as a member of the Honors Program, and tried a couple of different majors before settling on the self-designed program in Classics. He is graduating magna cum laude and has been admitted to the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. Nick's professors consider him as a quiet genius, noting that he's an outstanding writer, adept at synthesizing scholarly materials, and is a creative thinker. He also has a sense of adventure—he studied abroad in Greece last spring. Nick will be going on to UC Hastings College of Law. We wish him the best!
Monica Estiandan: Outstanding Graduate in Religious Studies. Monica began her undergraduate studies in Pacific's pre-dentistry program, but discovered her love for religious studies during fall 2009, so she stayed a fifth year and is leaving the College with two degrees—a B.S. in Biological Sciences and B.A. in Religious Studies. An exceptional student, Monica's independent research in Scientific and Spiritual Properties of Sage and Unified Theory of Life are fine examples of her high potential contributions to the new field of Religion and Medicine. We wish Monica well as she moves on to new challenges!
Meet Our Outstanding 2010 Graduate
Susanna Dergee earned her B.A. in Religious Studies with minors in Gender Studies and Child Psychology. She was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and graduated magna cum laude. Susanna was an enthusiastic and diligent student, excelling in courses as diverse as Classical Hebrew and Asian Religious Traditions. She was a tremendous asset to the department as its Student Representative.
Among her academic endeavors, Susanna wrote a research paper about women in leadership roles in the early Methodist movement and the implications for women today. After graduation, she began a 10-week internship with the Director of Children's Ministry at Los Altos United Methodist Church. She planned to teach at the church's preschool center while working toward a certificate in child development.