Pacific in the Press | April 14, 2020
Quote of the Week
“I really do appreciate the concept. I appreciate that the administration and our Board of Regents took the students into consideration.”
— Karina Jimenez, Fox 40, April 8, 2020
Examples of how University of the Pacific was represented in the news media in recent days:
“UOP Board of Regents approves COVID-19 grant for students,” Fox 40, April 8, 2020: Board of Regents Chair Kevin Huber and student Karina Jimenez, an aspiring physician’s assistant, were quoted in this story that highlighted the board’s recent decision to provide student relief grants due to the added financial burden caused by COVID-19. “Everybody is going through a lot and we know that our students and their families are facing some difficult financial situations right now. And so, it was important to us to be able to address that,” Huber told the outlet. “We want to be doing everything we can to support a student, encourage them to come back, to enroll and to support them in that process to, ultimately, reach their goal and dream of achieving a degree.”
Jimenez told Fox 40: “I really do appreciate the concept. I appreciate that the administration and our Board of Regents took the students into consideration. I know it’s a sacrifice that has to be made and to me, I can’t imagine dedicating my life to anything else.” Other outlets covered the story:
“Pacific to fund grants to help students hit by pandemic,” The Record, April 8, 2020
“Nugget Markets requiring shoppers to wear face masks | Local coronavirus update,” ABC 10, April 8, 2020 (The student relief grant was listed under “Latest developments” in this story and links to Pacific.edu.)
“Yields and Admit Rates Are in Flux: Colleges face realities of recruiting students who have more financial pressures on them,” Inside Higher Ed, April 13, 2020
“Briefs: CDC issues new mask recommendations,” Lodi News-Sentinel, April 9, 2020 (The student relief grant was covered in a news brief under the subheadline, “Pacific creates COVID-19 relief grant for students.”)
“Latest On Coronavirus Pandemic, Campus Impact,” Capital Public Radio’s “Insight with Beth Ruyak,” April 9, 2020: Pacific’s Interim President Maria Pallavicini was a guest on this program for the region’s NPR station. She spoke about the impacts COVID-19 is having on Pacific students, including remote learning, missing friends and Pacific traditions, and increased financial burdens. “It’s a very broad impact,” she said. “It affects so many aspects of everybody’s life in many different ways.”
“Bay Area coronavirus job losses will top 800,000: report,” The Mercury News, April 8, 2020: A story citing the Center for Business and Policy Research and quoting the center’s Jeff Michael began, “The Bay Area faces job losses in May that could top 800,000, according to a brutal assessment released Wednesday that suggests the coronavirus could bludgeon the region’s economy in the months ahead.
“In addition, California job losses are expected to be in the region of 3.9 million during May, as measured by non-farm payroll jobs, the Stockton-based Center for Business and Policy Research said Wednesday in an early assessment of the employment effects of the coronavirus.”
The story quoted Michael: “May is the month when we expect the job losses to peak. We expect that after May, people are going to start returning to their jobs.” Versions of the story were carried by the newspaper’s sister outlet, The East Bay Times, and other outlets, including:
“Bay Area coronavirus job losses could top 800,000, report says,” Napa Valley Register, April 8, 2020
“Bay Area coronavirus job losses will top 800,000: report,” USA-Newsposts.com, April 8, 2020
“Bay Area coronavirus job losses will top 800,000: report,” RocketNews.com, April 8, 2020
“Will California job losses equal the Great Recession? This economist says it will be worse,” The Fresno Bee, April 8, 2020. The story was also posted on The Sacramento Bee website.
“1 in 5 San Joaquin County workers will be unemployed in May, report says,” The Record, April 8, 2020
“Coronavirus Unemployment Report: Sacramento-Area Unemployment Could Reach 18.6% Next Month,” CBS 13, April 8, 2020
“Coronavirus Pandemic,” Fox 40, April 9, 2020
“Study: 800,000 Bay Area jobs could be lost,” Fox 2 (San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose), April 9, 2020.
“3 million Californians could be unemployed,” KNX (Los Angeles), April 9, 2020
“Report: Napa County could see peak unemployment rate of 22%,” KPIX, April 12, 2020
“Report: Sacramento unemployment could hit 18.5% by May,” Sacramento Business Journal, April 9, 2020
“Santa Clara County launches one-stop hotline for residents facing financial hardship,” KQED-FM (NPR), April 10, 2020
“Coronavirus updates: California nearing 20,000 cases; 1 million file for unemployment,” The Fresno Bee, April 9, 2020. The Sacramento Bee version of the story was shared by the Daily Republic (Fairfield).
“Sacramento’s heading toward ‘unprecedented levels of unemployment.’ But there’s still hope,” ABC 10, April 9, 2020
“Stockton, Lodi region could see a 20% unemployment rate next month,” Lodi News-Sentinel, April 9, 2020
“UOP researchers estimate record-high unemployment in May,” KCRA3, April 9, 2020
“California unemployment claims soar as coronavirus batters state’s economy,” East Bay Times, April 9, 2020
“California dairies dump milk, crops may be left to wither as coronavirus pandemic disrupts food system,” The San Francisco Chronicle, April 12, 2020: The Center for Business and Policy Research’s Jeff Michael was quoted in this story on the impact COVID-19 is having on the food supply system. “When your product has limited shelf life and it’s prime season, it’s a very difficult situation,” Michael told the Chronicle.
“3D printing face shield parts,” KCRA3, April 11, 2020: Pharmacy alumnus David Chayka was featured and Pacific mentioned in this story by KCRA3 about Chayka making parts for protective face shields for medical personnel. The story was shared on its sister station, My 58.
“A New Way for Californians to Serve,” The Atlantic, April 7, 2020: Pacific was mentioned in this story about the partnership in the state Civic Action Fellowship. A photo with the story shows Interim President Maria Pallavicini.
“Can A School District Implement Online Learning Without The Blessing Of Its Teachers Union?,” Capital Public Radio News, April 8, 2020: McGeorge’s Robert Hawley was quoted in this story about the Yuba City Unified School District’s effort to move to online learning without the support of the Yuba City Teachers Association. Hawley said that the district can respond to emergencies without union approval, but the district may have broken the law since it spoke with only 80 teachers and not the union in developing online lesson plans. “They can make decisions … and respond to emergencies,” Hawley said. “Even though it’s mid-term of a (memorandum of understanding) or collective bargaining agreement, they have to meet and confer with the union and negotiate or talk to the union about the effects at least on the employees.”
“Making #MeToo Matter,” Comstock’s Magazine, April 7, 2020: McGeorge’s Jay Mootz III was quoted in this story about state legislation in the wake of the #MeToo movement and the impact on businesses. “A legitimate problem for employers is every employee who leaves their employ, they’re going to have to make sure they maintain the proper records for three years, because two years and 300 days later, someone could file a claim,” Mootz told the outlet. “It’s going to be kind of a hassle.” Later in the story, he said that the biggest changes will not come through legislation, but ongoing societal shifts. “I think we’re now reaching a point where there’s going to be much greater recognition,” he said. “You don’t have to change the law but just better understand what gendered power dynamics are in the workplace and how to prevent it.” The story was also shared by NationalCyberSecurity.com.
“APhA2020: Outstanding federal pharmacists recognized for contributions,” Pharmacist.com, April 7, 2020: Student-pharmacist Sandra Le was honored with an annual Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Award, which “recognizes 10 student pharmacists from across the country for their innovative and impactful efforts to address current public health challenges.”
“Case Study: Give Up Control To Build A Learning Culture,” HR People + Strategy Blog, April 7, 2020: Benerd College’s Rod Githens authored a piece for this blog on how he and his team helped a health care system with 12,000 employees build a learning culture. “Employees and leaders widely heralded the process as being one of the highest-profile learning initiatives in the history of the organization,” reads a portion of his piece. “The internal communication plan that led to that awareness continued in elevating the visibility of learning throughout the system.”