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Gifts to help University of the Pacific expand gardens

Gifts to help University of the Pacific expand gardens

STOCKTON – Whole Foods Co. CEO Walter Robb has given the University of the Pacific a $400,000 gift to increase the on-campus garden he established in 2012. The new gift will triple the footprint of the Ted and Chris Robb Garden, named after his sons, and create the Abigail Robb Plaza in honor of his daughter.

A separate gift from the Bon Appétit Management Company, which operates more than 650 cafés in 33 states, including at University of the Pacific will help create an accompanying native garden.

The Robb and Bon Appétit Native Gardens will help educate students and the community about locally grown produce and sustainable practices. The gardens will also teach lifelong wellness skills... Read More

University of the Pacific alumni among top earners

University of the Pacific alumni among top earners

STOCKTON – Graduates of the University of the Pacific earn a median annual salary of $66,400 a decade after starting class, according to newest White House College Scorecard. That earns the school a ranking of eighth among public and private nonprofit universities in terms of alumni salaries.

On average, Pacific graduates earn more than their peers from USC, UC Berkeley or UCLA.

The average annual cost of attending the University of the Pacific is $30,318, and students graduate with an average debt of $23,500. Forty percent of students receive Pell grants and 57 percent graduate on time.

The school has tried to help students reduce costs by pledging to pick up the cost of coursework beyond four years for undergraduates who agree at the outset to declare a major on time, meet regularly with academic advisers, enroll in necessary courses and meet certain conditions... Read More

New scholarship to honor William K Chase

New scholarship to honor William K Chase

STOCKTON – A new endowment at the University of the Pacific will honor the memory of William K Chase and establish a new scholarship to support the academic pursuits of students in its Community Involvement Program (CIP).

The family auto dealership’s gift of $250,000 was matched by the school’s Powell Fund, bringing the total endowment to $500,000.

“My father was a kind and generous man who passionately believed in paying it forward,” John W. Chase, the third-generation owner of Chase Chevrolet in Stockton said in a press release. “I wanted to pay tribute to him in a way that reinvests in the community and creates opportunities for local youth – with tremendous potential – for generations to come.”

The William K. Chase Scholarship will be awarded each year to two CIP students who exhibit a strong work ethic and noteworthy achievements despite socio-economic challenges... Read More

Living Independent, Productive Lives Through UCP

United Cerebral Palsy's Applied Abilities Program is helping individuals with disabilities live independent and productive lives.

Training in employment, social skills, health, education, and behavior management rounds out this diverse and successful program. Individuals are able to be integrated into the community with access to these resources that help them gain employment.

Contact: 209-956-0290


University of the Pacific ranks among best private colleges in California

University of the Pacific ranks among best private colleges in California

STOCKTON — The University of the Pacific ranked sixth among private colleges in California by U.S. News in its annual Best Colleges ratings of national universities, released Wednesday.

The university also rated high for ethnic diversity.

“University of the Pacific is deeply committed to our wonderfully diverse and engaged student body, and proud of the superb education we offer them,” said Pacific’s President Pamela A. Eibeck. “Today’s rankings reflect our commitment and our students’ success.”

Nationwide, Pacific ranked No. 108 among 268 institutions in the category, tied with USF, Illinois Institute of Technology, Iowa State University, University of Dayton, University of Oklahoma, and University of South Carolina... Read More

Program Without Walls- UCP of San Joaquin

Everyone wants fulfillment, and UCP of San Joaquin's Program Without Walls is working every day to help individuals with disabilities achieve that goal.

Based on an individual's interests, UCP provides the service that'll best enrich the client's life. By offering micro business classes, personal goals can be met, and clients can live independent and productive lives.

Contact: ucpsj.org

Program adds 11 entrepreneurs to its ranks

Program adds 11 entrepreneurs to its ranks

STOCKTON – Eleven women graduated from the Women Entrepreneurs program of the Northeastern California Small Business Development Center San Joaquin Delta College (SBDC) on Wednesday. The graduation ceremony took place on Wednesday at the WorkNet building.

The graduates completed strategic and operational business plans and learned ways to increase their financial independence, personal development and self-confidence while strengthening their communication and presentation skills. The program included 20 hours of  training on core aspects of business management such as marketing, financial management and planning.

The Women Entrepreneurs program began in 1991 and is underwritten by Citibank, as well as the Small Business Deputy Sector Navigator San Joaquin Delta College. In its 14 years in existence, 380 graduates have passed through the program... Read More