Pacific in the Press | Feb. 5, 2019
Quote of the Week
"He represented not only the best of the conservatory, but the best of Pacific."
— Peter Witte, The Record, Jan. 29, 2019
Examples of how University of the Pacific was represented in the news media in recent days:
"Eric Hammer, 'heart and soul' of Pacific music conservatory, dies suddenly at 68," The Record, Jan. 29, 2019: The Conservatory's Peter Witte and Dan Ebbers were quoted in this Front Page story on the death of Eric Hammer. "Musically he knew that the most important element of music was joy," Witte told The Record of Hammer. "He knew that music was an essential part of every child's education and he knew that teaching matters and that teachers matter. He represented not only the best of the conservatory, but the best of Pacific." Ebbers told The Record of Hammer, "When he walked in the room he lit the place up. He always had an optimistic attitude. He was a wonderful colleague, supportive, always reaching out to collaborate with others." Ebbers and Conservatory student Andrew Lu '19 spoke to Fox 40 about Hammer in a story that was broadcast at least twice:
"UOP mourns loss of professor," Fox 40, Jan. 29, 2019.
"UOP mourns loss of professor," Fox 40, Jan. 30, 2019.
"Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones sued by Black Lives Matter, ACLU over Facebook page," KCRA3, Jan. 30, 2019: McGeorge's Leslie Gielow Jacobs quoted in this story about the Sacramento County sheriff blocking vocal critics from social media page. "If he is allowing other people to come in and interact with him digitally in an official capacity, in this commenting way, then that is the part that probably is indeed a public forum, and he is not allowed to discriminate according to viewpoint," she told KCRA. She was also interviewed by KFBK in a story that aired several times Jan. 31.
"Will Tom Flores Get Hall of Fame Honor Many Say He Deserves?," GVWire.com, Feb. 1, 2019: Alumnus Tom Flores' bid for the NFL Hall of Fame was featured in this story, which mentioned that he attended Pacific. "After high school, Flores played two seasons at Fresno City College and then earned an academic scholarship to College of the Pacific in Stockton," reads a portion of the story. "In 1956, he led the NCAA in passer rating."
"SJEC 2019 Distinguished Service Award, Mrs. Jasmine Noriega Samano," CaravanNews.com, Jan. 30, 2019: Alumna Jasmine Noriega Samano '04, a transportation engineer with the California Department of Transportation, received the San Joaquin Engineers Council Award for Distinguished Service. "As an alumna of the University, Jasmine has represented the best of the University's mission: to serve as a responsible leader in her career and her community," reads a portion of the story. "She has given freely of her time and resources and expertise serving as a steward of the engineering profession and the community by encouraging young students to become future engineers and scientists.
"Listen: Pacific soccer's Camden Riley ready to go pro," Recordnet.com, Jan. 31, 2019: Pacific student-athlete Camden Riley '19 was drafted in the MLS to play for Sporting Kansas City. Riley told The Record of the teams coach, "Ryan Jorden is an exceptional person. His initial conversations to me were just 'let's start something new and let's make something great out of it.' That convinced me from the start."
"Lodi natives create a business organization on Pacific's campus," Lodi News-Sentinel, Feb. 1, 2019: Business students Maria Rios and Wajiha Tahir have created a network on campus called the Pacific Society for Women in Business. After taking a management and organizational behavior class with Professor Jeffrey Miles, Rios was motivated to create a club on campus for female students in the Eberhardt School of Business, with help from Miles. When asked what the mission of the organization was Rios told Lodi News "We created a mission that included three pillars of success: empowerment, equality and enrichment."
"Tribute to Aretha launches Stockton's Black History Month events," The Record, Feb. 2, 2019: Pacific Technology's Randall Ogans was quoted in this story about Black History Month events and the appearance of the Hamiltones for a tribute to Aretha Franklin. "To have the Hamiltones coming and performing for free is almost unheard of," Ogens told The Record. CaravanNews.com also posted a story: "Delta hosts tribute to Aretha Franklin: One of many Black History Month events presented by Delta, Pacific," CaravanNews.com, Feb. 1, 2019.
"Valley native Tom Flores not voted into Pro Football Hall of Fame," ABC 30 (Fresno), Feb. 2, 2018: Alumni Tom Flores was featured in a story about possible selection to the NFL Hall of Fame. Flores, a former NFL player and later coach, was not selected this year. "The Sanger (High School in Fresno) grad played quarterback for two seasons at Fresno City College in 1955-56 and then graduated from the University of the Pacific in 1958," reads a portion of the story. "It wasn't until 1960 that he got into the NFL, but that year he became the first ever Hispanic starting quarterback in professional football for the Oakland Raiders." Other outlets posted a story leading up the Hall of Fame announcement: "Will Tom Flores Get Hall of Fame Honor Many Say He Deserves?," GVWire.com, Feb. 1, 2019.
"Pacific staff undergoes emergency training," The Pacifican, Feb. 2, 2019: Pacific's Chief and Executive Director for Public Safety Mike Belcher was quoted in this story about emergency preparedness. "Even though it's been 11 years since Columbine, students have always had guidance from their school teachers," Belcher told The Pacifican. "They will look to (faculty and staff) for guidance. They will look to you on what to do next."
"Animals Today January 26, 2019: Animal News. Dental issues in dogs. Animal hoarding," AnimalTodayRadio.com, Jan. 29, 2019: McGeorge's Courtney Lee, who teaches animal law, was interviewed about animal hoarding. The segment begins at about 21:30. The segment was aired on WGCH-AM in Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut.