Our departments and Centers have initiated many programs that benefit the local and regional communities of which Pacific is a part. Our students play a vital role in these programs, and gain practical experience by serving as tutors, mentors and interns.
In addition, some of our students have taken on projects of their own, volunteering their time and providing resources to local school children and neighborhood organizations.
Below are a few examples of how our students and faculty engage with members of the community. You will find other examples of community outreach noted on the College's department websites and news features.
Tiger P.R.I.D.E. After-School Physical Activity Program
Our Sport Pedagogy program has gone "beyond our gates" and into the playground. Sport Sciences Professors Lara Killick and Darrin Kitchen piloted a new after-school physical activity program at nearby El Dorado Elementary School. The program, which is staffed by Pacific students majoring in Sport Pedagogy, received a $25,000 grant from the Health Plan of San Joaquin's Community Wellness Funding Program. Read more in this article
High School Mathematics Competition
Pacific's Mathematics department and Math Club hosts an annual High School Mathematics Competition. Students from several local high schools compete in the areas of Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus and Calculus. In addition to individual winners, prizes are awarded for combined team scores.
Another event hosted by the Math Club was an appearance by Dr. Art Benjamin performing his one-man show "Mathemagics." A renowned mathematician and magician, Dr. Benjamin is one of the world's fastest human calculators. The event was free and open to the public.
|Victor Inzunza with Professor Camille Norton|
Veterans Writing Circle
English major and poet Victor Inzunza '11 and Professor of English Camille Norton initiated a veterans writing circle—a writing workshop and discussion for veterans, family members and friends who are coping with the trauma of the war. Among the initial participants were veterans of World War 2 and the Vietnam and Iraq Wars, including students from Pacific. Victor served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq and has been involved in veterans' activities on campus. He started the Student Veterans Organization to support fellow veterans and advocate for veterans' issues at Pacific and the community at large.
|Ty-Licia Hooker (center) with Stockton Mayor Ann Johnston (left) and University of the Pacific President Pamela Eibeck.|
Pearson Prize Semi-Finalist
Political Science major Ty-Licia Hooker was selected as a semi-finalist for the 2011 Pearson Prize awarded by the Pearson Foundation. The Pearson Prize recognizes students who give back to their community. Ty-Licia was one of only 70 finalists from a pool of over 20,000 students who applied for the coveted prize. Ty-Licia has initiated and participated in numerous community programs while at Pacific. Through Pacific's Washington Semester Program, she was a Youth and Leadership intern for the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) in Washington D.C.
The Midtown/Magnolia Project exemplifies the goal of the College's Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership of bringing the University, students and the community together for common good. The Jacoby Center administers a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant to revitalize the Magnolia neighborhood, which boasts historically significant houses built in the early 1900s. The area was in decline, and the Jacoby Center has worked jointly with various city and county agencies in the revitalization effort. Pacific faculty and students are involved in projects that include researching the history and culture of the area to promote community awareness. The Magnolia district is transforming into a desirable area to live, walk and work.