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Pacific in the Press | Aug. 29, 2017

Aug 29, 2017

QOTW: There have been time [Ted Leland] has been a great leader for me individually - Brian Kolze, The record, Aug 23, 2017

Here are examples of how University of the Pacific was represented in the news media in recent days:

"Leland will step away from Pacific," The Record, Aug. 23, 2017: Ted Leland, Pacific's athletic director since 2006, announced his retirement from the position as of Oct. 23. "I happen to love sports, so that part of it is just really fun," Leland told The Record. "I'm not a big legacy guy. I don't think there's a legacy out there. I enjoyed what I did. I think I was pretty good at it."

"Archaeologists Are Recreating Recipes from 17th-Century Ships," Mental Floss, Aug. 22, 2017: Ken Albala, professor of history and food studies, was quoted in this story about a group of Texas archaeologists attempting to recreate the menu of a typical transatlantic ship voyage in order to learn more about sailor nutrition. "If they do it correctly, the food should still be palatable, but whether it's going to stand up to modern scientific standards of 'ok to eat,' I can't really guess," Albala told Mental Floss. "Of course, on many ships in the past, the food did indeed go bad. Sometimes they ate it anyway because they had no choice. It would have been a luxury to toss it."

"The Top-20 Coolest Schools," Sierra Magazine, Aug. 22, 2017: University of the Pacific came in No. 17 in the Sierra Club's annual "Cool Schools" ranking assessing the greenest colleges and universities in the country as measured by campus sustainability programs and curricula. This is the seventh year Pacific has been on the list and the second year straight being in the top 20. The story was also carried by various environmental websites and blogs.

"5 topics to watch at Stockholm World Water Week," Devex, Aug. 25, 2017: McGeorge's Stephen McCaffrey - and sharing freshwater - were listed as one of the five topics in this story. McCaffrey is this year's Stockholm Water Price winner and will be receiving the prize this week in Stockholm.

"University of the Pacific welcomes freshman with a color run," KCRA 3 (NBC, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Aug. 25, 2017: Student Cierra Williams was interviewed for this colorful story about the Weekend of Welcome color fun run. The run was just one in a weekend of fun events designed to welcome new students.

"Colorful tradition continues its run," The Record, Aug. 26, 2017: The Weekend of Welcome's color fun run was featured in a photo package in the local newspaper.

"Welcome Back Color Run at UOP," "Good Day Sacramento" (CW31, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Aug. 25, 2017: Linda Dempsey, Pacific's executive director of new student and family programs, was interviewed on this morning program about Weekend of Welcome and the color run. A story also ran on the CW 31's sister station: "UOP welcomes new students with color run," CBS 13 (KOVR, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Aug. 25, 2017.

"Stockton eclipse gazers 'wowed' at historic out of this world wonder," ABC 10 (Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Aug. 21, 2017: Shawn Kerns, a technology support provider and systems administrator for the School of Engineering and Computer Science, was interviewed along with others who attended a viewing of the Great American Eclipse. More than 150 people turned out for the event on the Wendell Phillips Center lawn.

"Amazon bringing facility, 1,000 jobs to Stockton," The Record, Aug. 22, 2017: Center for Business and Policy Research Director Jeff Michael commented on the significant impact that will come from Amazon bringing a new fulfillment center and 1,000 jobs to Stockton. "Ma­­ny Amazon fulfillment centers have ended up creating more than the 1,000 jobs that are typically announced with a new facility," Michael told The Record. "While Amazon is displacing traditional retail jobs, in this case, the majority of the displaced jobs are probably in the Bay Area." The story was picked up the following day by several other news agencies, including:
"Looking for work? Amazon warehouse to employ 1,000 in Stockton," The Sacramento Bee, Aug. 23, 2017
"Looking for work? Amazon warehouse to employ 1,000 in Stockton," Merced Sun-Star, Aug. 23, 2017

"Eclipse insanity 'totally worth it'," The Record, Aug. 24, 2017: Professors Lydia Fox and Jim Hetrick commented in this story on the "Great American Traffic Jam" that followed the Great American Eclipse. They were at separate locations in Oregon to take in the total solar eclipse and reported similar traffic snarls on the return trip. "Imagine the most epic concert you've ever been to, and you're trying to get through that (traffic)," Hetrick told The Record.

"20 under 40: Adrenna Alkhas," The Modesto Bee, Aug. 24, 2017: Two-time alumna Adrenna Alkhas, marketing and communications director for the Stanislaus County Fair in Turlock , was featured in this story. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in communications at Pacific.

"SJ County ag declines $900 million over past two years," The Record, Aug. 23, 2017: Jeff Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, provided context for a story about the decline of agriculture in San Joaquin County. Farm revenue went from $3.2 billion in 2014 to $2.3 billion in 2016. "It's definitely more challenging times for farmers," Michael told The Record. "There were a few years there where things were really going well for them, when the rest of the economy was pretty lousy in the county. Now the broader economy is improving, but times are getting more difficult for farmers."

"Bay Area adds 21,000 jobs in July," Santa Cruz Sentinel, Aug. 18, 2017: Jeff Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, comment in this story about the gains in employment in the San Francisco Bay Area. "The economy in the Bay Area is still strong and healthy, yet the pace of expansion is inevitably slowing down," Michael told the Sentinel. "There is no concern of a slowdown or recession in our near-term forecast."

"Facebook's Sandberg to highlight Sept. 12 Advancing Women's Leadership Forum," ABC 10 Myneighborhood, Aug. 22, 2017: Advancing Women's Leadership forum speakers - Facebook's COO and best-selling author Sheryl Sandberg, Bank of America California President Janet Lamkin, and classical pianist Jade Simmons - were featured in this story announcing the Sept. 12 event.

"Harmful Effects of an Energy Drink," Natural Solutions Magazine blog, Aug. 21, 2017:  Research by the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences' Sachin A. Shah was discussed in this story about the harmful effects of energy drinks. Conducted at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, researchers measured participants' blood pressure and heart electrical activity for 24 hours after drinks were consumed. A story was also broadcast on KMOX-AM in St. Louis, Missouri.

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