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Noteworthy - March 24, 2014

Mar 24, 2014

College of the Pacific

NutsKen Albala, History, had his latest book, Nuts: A Global History, published by Reaktion Books. Tracking these fruits and seeds through cultivation, harvesting, processing and consumption—or non-consumption, in the case of those with nut allergies—it is the first book to tell the full story of how nuts came to be in almost everything. Much of the topic concerns the local nut industries. This is Albala's second book published in Reaktion's The Edible Series.

Zhou Xiaojing, English and Ethnic Studies, has published the chapter "Arthur Yap's Ecological Poetics of the Daily" in Common Lines and City Spaces: A Critical Anthology on Arthur Yap (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies), 2014.

Conservatory of Music

The Pacific Jazz Ensemble, directed by Patrick Langham, is one of six finalists chosen to compete in the college big-band division of the Monterey Jazz Festival's 10th Next Generation Festival. The 15-member group will perform March 30 at the Monterey Convention Center. It's the fifth Monterey appearance in the group's eight-year history.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

During the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's 115th Annual Alumni Meeting March 7-9, Pacific Regent Jim Mair was recognized with the school's highest honor, the Mediallion of Distinction. Two faculty members were also honored posthumously with the honor and local businessman Mike Carroll. The award honors individuals for their service, support and dedication to the dental school, the Alumni Association, the dentistry profession and the community.

Jim MairUniversity of the Pacific Regent Jim Mair '68 is CEO/founder of South Bay Development Company, specializing in Northern California commercial real estate. In that capacity, he was instrumental in the process of selecting, acquiring and renovating the new campus facility at 155 Fifth Street. The building's acquisition was called "the best office real estate deal in San Francisco in 2011" by the San Francisco Business Times. His sage advice was crucial to the success of each phase taken by the University and School of Dentistry to accomplish the successful completion of our new home in downtown San Francisco, beginning with his guidance and facilitation regarding the divesting of both the Post Street housing building and the Webster Street school building. In addition, he has assisted with many other financial operations of the Board of Regents and the University. Mair holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Eberhardt School of Business and an MBA from Santa Clara University. He and his wife, Gretchen '68, a graduate of College of the Pacific, have two grown daughters, also Pacific graduates.

The late Joseph Levy (1928 - 2009) was a distinguished faculty member who began his career at Pacific in 1973 as a professor in pharmacology. At the time of his passing, he was professor and chair of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and was well-known for being a passionate and brilliant teacher. Levy possessed an in-depth knowledge of pharmacology, therapeutics and human physiology and is greatly missed in our school community. Although he did not seek recognition, he was a sought-after lecturer throughout the world and received numerous scholarships, award and fellowships during his career, including Pacific's Eberhardt Teacher-Scholar Award. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, his master's degree from UCLA and postdoctoral training at the University of Washington. Levy is survived by his wife, Joanne, two daughters and a grandson.  

The late Shannon Wong (1937-2013), hired by thedental school in 1975 to teach in the Department of Endodontics, was associate professor in the department at the time of his passing. A graduate of Fresno State College, he earned his DDS degree from the University of California, San Francisco in 1962. He served thirteen years in the Air Force, earning a Bronze Star and reaching the rank of Colonel. During his time of service, he earned an MS and an Endodontics degree at the University of Texas, Houston. Wong won a number of teaching awards during his Pacific career, including the AEGD Award, the IDS Award, and twice, the Lucien Szymd Memorial Award for teaching excellence. Wong was a deeply dedicated instructor, a respected colleague among faculty, and was known throughout the school for his warm and caring nature. He is survived by his wife, Taylor Wilcox.

Also honored was Mike Carroll, the founder of Carroll & Company, a business firm that provides consulting services to professionals in Northern California, specializing in the appraisal, sale and acquisition of professional practices. Through business relationships with Dugoni alumni, Carroll became involved with the dental school and served for ten years as a board member of the Pacific Dugoni Foundation. He chaired numerous fund-raising activities over the years, including events to benefit the Kids in the Klinic endowmenti, which supports care for underserved children. He helped raise more than a half million dollars for the endowment, which now has surpassed $2 million. 


The Pacific Field Hockey team has placed seven players on the 2013 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Malia Robertson '15, Lauren Peterson '15, Molly Macierz '15, Hannah Bettencourt '16, Kyleigh Morrison '17, Nicole Laskosky '17 and Alexandra Kachakji '17 earned the recognition for the Tigers. The National Academic Squad designation is awarded to student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2013-14 academic year. In addition, the team received the 2013 Gladiator Division I National Academic Team Award after accumulating a team GPA above 3.0 for the first semester of the 2013-14 academic year.

Track Team OutreachAthletes In Service
On Friday, March 14, the Pacific Track team headed to the Walton Special Center, a school specializing in special education for children and young adults aged three to 22 with severe disabilities. The Tigers helped take part in the school's 10th annual "Day in the Dirt" 5K fun run and walk, where students from the Walton Special Center spent the morning with students from Kohl Open School next door. The yearly tradition has become an integral part of the education community in Stockton. The Tigers helped lead Walton students westward along the levee, where they were joined by Kohl students who had made their way eastward along the Calveras River path. The event culminated in a BBQ lunch and musical entertainment on Kohl Open School's campus.


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