National Girls & Women in Sports Day

University of the Pacific student athletes and coaches hosted more than 150 Stockton-area girls for clinics in various sports to celebrate the 32nd annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Feb. 3. The annual event has empowered women and girls to embrace physical activity and build their courage, confidence, and character through participation in sports. The event was covered by the Stockton Record with a story and photos.

Physician Assistant Students Celebrate White Coat Ceremony

Faculty, family and friends gathered in support of the inaugural cohort of Physician Assistant (PA) students at University of the Pacific in Sacramento, celebrating their White Coat ceremony and I filmed this news story at the event. For more information about the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program visit

Stockton Mayor wants you to go to college

A fantastic announcement from Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs at the Bob Hope Theater today: Stockton Scholars will provide scholarship money to every student who decides to go to college or trade school, starting with the SUSD class of 2019. I wrote this story for the University of the Pacific newsroom after attending the event.

Hundreds of area high school students and local officials packed Bob Hope Theater in Stockton on Jan. 16 for a special event where the mayor announced a new initiative to increase the number of youth who earn a college degree.

Mayor Michael Tubbs said he secured a $20 million grant to launch “Stockton Scholars,” a new program modeled after similar successful endeavors in cities like Long Beach and Oakland. Tubbs said the goal of this new city-wide scholarship program is to triple the number of Stockton students who both enter and graduate from college over the next decade – and retain them in the community. Through Stockton Scholars the city is providing students in the Stockton Unified School District with scholarships focused on local institutions, including University of the Pacific.

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Christmas Lecture Was a Blast

It was fun to be there as University of the Pacific faculty members Balint Sztarary and Liang Xue presented the 7th Annual Faraday Christmas Lecture at Pacific campus in Stockton. The annual Faraday Lecture featured the chemistry professors dressed as 19th century chemists, carrying out experiments that delighted audiences of all ages. The tradition comes from the Royal Institution of Great Britain’s Christmas Lecture, which has offered a science lecture to children in the London community since 1825. The famous scientist Michael Faraday presented more of these lectures than any of his contemporaries, and the series was eventually named after him. The annual lecture pays homage to Faraday while also entertaining Stockton youth and teaching them about chemistry. Here’s my video story from the event.

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