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$1 Million Grant Will Help South Sacramento Tackle Obesity

$1 Million Grant Will Help South Sacramento Tackle Obesity

Kaiser Permanente has given a $1 million dollar grant to the Health Education Council to continue its healthy eating and active living work in South Sacramento as it works with an alliance of community groups focused on improving community health.

The grant is part of Kaiser Permanente's new two-year, $4 million Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) investments across Northern California that focus on addressing chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension that are related to obesity.

According to Jennifer Slovis, M.D., a Kaiser Permanente physician and a regional spokesperson for HEAL, these diseases are more prevalent in underserved communities, and providing people access to healthy foods and opportunities for exercise are not enough to turn the trends around.

2014 rankings: University of the Pacific is diverse, smart and cool

2014 rankings: University of the Pacific is diverse, smart and cool

University of the Pacific awards more doctoral degrees to Asian American students than any other college in the country. Pacific alumni have the sixth-highest salaries among recent graduates who earned diplomas at West Coast colleges. And the university counts among the 15 most popular, 50 most beautiful, 50 smartest and 100 “coolest” campuses in the nation.

Those are just some of the rankings Pacific chalked up this year in assessments from popular magazines and websites, including Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Payscale.com, PolicyMic.com, Lumosity, Sierra Magazine and more.

“It’s wonderful when these rankings emphasize what we already know about Pacific,” said Provost Maria Pallavicini. “Pacific is a special place that prepares students for success through rigorous academics and superior teaching. While no ranking should be taken too seriously, we appreciate being recognized in so many areas.”

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University of the Pacific launches Northern California’s first audiology doctoral program

University of the Pacific launches Northern California’s first audiology doctoral program

Californians who may have lost some hearing listening to the Grateful Dead at The Fillmore have new assurance that they'll be able to see an audiologist when they need one.

University of the Pacific is launching the first audiology doctorate program in Northern California, one that is expected to educate nearly half of the estimated 55 new audiologists who will be needed each year to keep pace with anticipated statewide demand.

The program will be offered at Pacific's new downtown San Francisco campus at 155 Fifth Street, where the university is also opening new audiology patient clinics. When fully staffed, the state-of-the-art clinics will offer comprehensive diagnostic and rehabilitation services to some 3,500 adults and children each year.

California now has only one other program that grants a doctorate in audiology (Au.D.) degree, a joint program of San Diego State and UC San Diego that turns out about 10 audiologists a year.

MLK Student Essay Contest

MLK Student Essay Contest

In conjunction with the 17th anniversary of the Sacramento Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration event, the MLK Committee is sponsoring a student essay contest with the winners to be announced prior to the celebration dinner on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Sacramento.

University of the Pacific gears up for Black History Month celebration

University of the Pacific gears up for Black History Month celebration

University of the Pacific’s annual Black History Month celebration includes activities that honor the history and heritage of African-Americans and the African Diaspora. Throughout the month of February, students, faculty and staff put on numerous events, including a keynote speaker, gospel concert, poetry reading, roundtable discussions and various guest lecturers.

Activists Dr. Melba Beals and Dr. Angela Davis, gospel legends The Clark Sisters, and nationally recognized poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips will be featured as University of the Pacific celebrates Black History Month in February. The theme for this year’s celebration is “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.” 

Former Tiger Tennis ace helps celebrate new tennis complex

Former Tiger Tennis ace helps celebrate new tennis complex

Thirty years ago, Eve Zimmerman threw herself on newly resurfaced tennis courts at University of the Pacific – and kissed them. That passion brought her back to her alma mater recently to help celebrate the groundbreaking for what is planned as one of the finest tennis facilities on the West Coast, the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center.

Made possible by a $1.5 million gift from Zimmerman, the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center will include 12 courts, a 5,500-square-foot clubhouse, covered player benches, and a new electronic scoreboard. It will occupy a portion of the footprint of the former Amos Alonzo Stagg Memorial Stadium.

“This facility will enable Pacific tennis players to shine as Tigers should,” said Zimmerman, who played for Pacific from 1980 to 1984 and went on to become a world-ranked professional player. Returning to Pacific for Homecoming, she will be making her first visit to the campus since she graduated.

Eibeck tapped for NCAA Division I Committee on Academics

Eibeck tapped for NCAA Division I Committee on Academics

Pamela A. Eibeck, president of University of the Pacific, has been appointed to serve on the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Committee on Academics. 

The new committee is chaired by Roderick McDavis, president of Ohio University, and comprises academic and athletics leaders from 18 other institutions of higher education, including Georgetown, Northwestern and Texas A&M. 

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve the NCAA and the student-athletes it represents,” Eibeck said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the committee to advance the NCAA mission of supporting student-athlete success in the classroom and on the playing field.”

The new committee replaces two previous NCAA bodies: the Committee on Academic Performance and the Academic Cabinet.