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Holiday ROAR

Faculty and Staff Holiday Luncheon 

University of the Pacific faculty and staff are invited to join Interim President Maria Pallavicini for a festive luncheon to celebrate the holiday season from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 in the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center Ballroom.


Holiday ROAR Book Drive
The event also marks the university's annual Holiday ROAR book drive, which will benefit two programs: University of the Pacific's 
Community Involvement Program and Community Medical Centers. This year, attendees are also encouraged to donate non-perishable items for the Pacific Food Pantry.

The campuswide book drive benefits children from low-income backgrounds in San Joaquin County. Students, faculty and staff are invited to contribute new children's books geared to ages 3-9 at the collection area in the DeRosa University Center from Nov. 18 to Dec. 5. Books in Spanish are especially needed. Join with your unit or department and donate books on topics you're passionate about!

The Community Involvement Program (CIP) was established in 1969 to provide educational opportunities to the local community and diversify University of the Pacific. More than 1,500 Stockton-area students have graduated from the program since its inception. CIP students are very involved in literacy efforts throughout the year, and—dressed as superheroes—the students distributed thousands of books to children at the 22nd annual Record Family Day at the Park in September.

Community Medical Centers (CMC) was started in the 1960s, through the work of volunteers determined to provide medical services to migrant farm laborers and their families. Now encompassing 11 clinical sites, many serving San Joaquin County, CMC provides care to vulnerable and impoverished areas. With over 40% of their patients uninsured, CMC is dedicated to bringing medical care to those communities which are most in need.  

Here is a list of recommended age-appropriate titles that reflect our region's cultural diversity:

Picture books:

“Why?” by Adam Rex

“Just Because” by Mac Barnett

“The Little Guys” by Vera Brosgol

“Because” by Mo Willems

“Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” (Spanish version: “No Dejas que la Paloma Conduzca El Autobus!”) by Mo Willems

“Who Wet My Pants?” by Bob Shea

“Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons” by Eric Litwin and James Dean 

“The Bad Seed” by Jory John

“Stuck” by Oliver Jeffers

“No, David!” (“Spanish: No, David!”) by David Shannon

Chapter books:

“Lalani of the Distant Sea” by Erin Entrada Kelly

“Coraline” by Neil Gaiman

“Ella Enchanted” by Gail Carson Levine

“Charlotte's Web” by E. B. White

“Ellray Jakes is Not a Chicken” by Sally Warner

Bilingual or some Spanish:

“Maria Had a Little Llama/María Tenía una Llamita” by Angela Dominguez

“Counting Ovejas” by Sarah Weeks

“La Princesa and the Pea” by Susan Middleton Elya

“Oh No, Gotta Go!” by Susan Middleton Elya

“Oh No, Gotta Go #2” by Susan Middleton Elya

“Marta! Big & Small” by Jen Arena