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Department of Art and Graphic Design Office
Brett DeBoer, Daniel Kasser
Department Co-Chairs
College of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Outstanding Students

These Art and Graphic Design students not only exhibit academic excellence, but also serve as examples of the mission of College of the Pacific. They have excelled in the classroom and beyond, whether it's through multiple degrees, research, study abroad or service to their communities. They are the epitome of excellence and champions of the liberal arts. Take a glimpse at some of the Art and Graphic Design department's outstanding students:

Clarissa Franke

Clarissa Franke

Clarissa Franke is majoring in Studio Art and Computer Science. She is actively involved on campus as a Pacific Humanities Scholar, a member of the professional language fraternity Omega Eta Epsilon, and a member of the new TIES club. Learn more about Clarissa>>





Kyle Sabbatino

Kyle Sabbatino

Kyle Sabbatino is majoring in Graphic Design. He enjoys studying art and Graphic Design because it is a challenging yet rewarding field of study that draws heavily on imagination. Learn more about Kyle>>





Mia Arostigui Cabrera

Mia Arostigui Cabrera

Mia Arostigui Cabrera is majoring in Studio Art with concentrations in Drawing and Visual Arts Education. She is a Community Involvement Program scholar, and is involved in the Community Involvement Program Student Association. Learn more about Mia>>





Julia Nguyen

Julia Nguyen

Julia Nguyen is a graphic design student working for Pacific Wellness. She is responsible for creating the newest "PacWell" logo and designing the posters, banners, and postcards for Wellness Week. Her experience with PacWell has continued to strengthen her design skills, and she has learned how to use new tools and techniques. "The best part of this job is that it is a great learning experience," said Nguyen. "I love that I am getting real world experience in my field and it has taught me a lot about what it is like to be a graphic designer."  Learn more about Julia>>




Monica Odeh

Monica Odeh

Graphic design major Monica Odeh recently interned with a local nonprofit organization, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, where she put her artistic talents to work by designing the organization's logo and award certificates. Her work has not only helped the organization, but helped 150 deserving Stockton high school students attend prom. Learn more about Monica>>





Congratulations to our 2017 Outstanding Graduates

Each May, we recognize the exceptional work of our college's top seniors with the Outstanding Graduate award.

  • Andrew Ciminelli - Studio Art
  • Kellie Macauley - Graphic Design

Congratulations to our 2016 Outstanding Graduates

Each May, we recognize the exceptional work of our college's top seniors with the Outstanding Graduate award.

  • Margaret Brunet
  • Jana Burkard

Congratulations to our 2015 Outstanding Graduates

2015 Visual Arts Outstanding Senior

Each May, we recognize the exceptional work of our college's top seniors with the Outstanding Graduate award.

  • Alexis Ortega - Studio Art
  • Micaela Todd - Graphic Design

Outstanding seniors were recognized at the College of the Pacific Annual Awards Ceremony May 8, 2015.  Learn more about the Outstanding Seniors from the class of  2015. >>

Congratulations to our 2014 Outstanding Graduates

Each May, we recognize the exceptional work of our college's top seniors with the Outstanding Graduate award.

  • Morgan Andre
  • Dana Shiroma

2014 Outstanding Graduate Morgan Andre

Morgan Andre
receives her B.F.A. in Studio Arts, with an emphasis in painting and printmaking. In addition to serving as a department student representative, Morgan is also the 2014 Department of Art and Graphic Design Outstanding Senior for Studio Arts. She graduates with a 3.80 GPA and has been a member of the Dean's Honor Roll since her freshman year.

Morgan has remained quintessentially steady in her commitment to her professional goals. She has demonstrated a strong work ethic, artistic courage, and devotion to a spirit of inquiry. As an emerging artist, Morgan has begun to accrue a record of achievement with exhibitions and publications featuring her work.

Morgan's artworks have been featured in eight juried exhibitions, both regionally and here at Pacific. Her artworks have also been included in the 2012 and 2013 editions of Calliope, Pacific's literary and Arts magazine. Upon graduating Morgan will pursue exhibiting and residency opportunities as she prepares application to graduate school.

2014 Outstanding Graduate Dana Shiroma

Dana Shiroma
graduates from Pacific with a B.F.A in Graphic Design with an overall GPA of 3.75 and 4.0 in her major classes, she was accepted to Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. As a native of Maui, Hawaii, Dana became interested in ocean conservation, a recurring theme in her design work, and created award winning design works while still in high school.

She subsequently decided to study Graphic Design and joined Pacific in 2010. Dana has been a Department of Art and Graphic Design student representative since 2012, introducing prospective and incoming students to the inner working of the Graphic Design and Studio programs. You have seen her designs brighten the campus during her years as a designer for ASUOP and for the Office of Undergraduate Research. She served as an art editor and co-designer of the student run Calliope magazine in 2013 and oversaw the production of the publication. She is currently the Vice President for the Pacific chapter of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts). After graduation, Dana plans a career in graphic design by seeking work in an advertising agency or a design studio.

Congratulations to our 2013 Outstanding Graduate

Each May, we recognize the exceptional work of our college's top seniors with the Outstanding Graduate award.

2013 Outstanding Graduate Jessica Fong
2013 Outstanding Graduate Jessica Fong (center) with faculty mentors, Professors Trent Burkett and Merrill Schleier

Jessica Fong graduated from Pacific with a double major, a B.F.A. in Studio Art and a self-designed major in Visual Studies. As well as receiving the 2013 Outstanding Graduate Award, Jessica has been the recipient of several awards and grants, including the Pacific Undergraduate Research Fellowship Grant, Central Methodist Art Award, Carla Malone Ceramics Award and the Department of Art and Graphic Design Senior Award.

Among her accomplishments while at Pacific, Jessica exhibited her artwork nationally, served an awarded assistantship in Gatlinburg, TN and an internship in San Jose, CA. She presented a paper on the photographer Sally Mann at the National Council for Undergraduate Research and her poster on paper making and sustainability was featured at this year's Pacific Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference. She was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor's Society, served as the Art and Graphic Design Department representative, president of the Ceramics Club and participated in the CIP One Word Film project and the Pacific Film festival. Jessica now moves forward to seek a career as a practicing artist, an educator and an art administrator.

Upon graduation, Jessica accepted an artist in residence program at the Sonoma Community Center. As well as teaching printmaking and intermediate ceramics, Jessica is presenting a solo exhibition of her work. Starting in early 2014 Jessica will be interning in New York as the top choice for the Women's Studio Workshop's Winter Ceramics Internship. Congratulations Jessica, we can't wait to see what comes next.

Meet Our Outstanding 2012 Graduates

  • Amanda Zimmerman
  • Zac Bates

Zac Bates graduated from Pacific Summa Cum Laude with his B.F.A. degree in Art and Graphic Design majoring in Graphic Design. In addition to outstanding work in the classroom and studio, Zac has excelled at applying his knowledge and skill as a member of the student design team at ASUOP producing a variety of promotional design for ASUOP-sponsored campus events.

Zac's research paper "Behavioral Change Through Graphic Design" was accepted for presentation at the National Undergraduate Research Conferences this past spring at Weber State University. This project explored the influence that design has upon resolving cognitive dissonance when one is presented with visual images of equally compelling, but opposing, points of view.

Amanda Zimmerman transferred to Pacific from San Joaquin Delta College where she began her studies in the arts, with an interest in photography. In her junior year, under the direction of Dr. Merrill Schleier, Amanda produced an elegant series of still life photographs. She also collaborated with Professor Daniel Kasser on a commission from Arcadia Publishing to produce a second pictorial narrative on the history of Stockton. Stockton: Then and Now was released in January 2012.  An accompanying portfolio of twenty-five plates was exhibited at the Kress Legal Center in Downtown Stockton and is reappearing in an expanded form at the San Joaquin County Museum this summer.

For previous department Outstanding Students, please view Outstanding Students Archives.