During Homecoming festivities this year, we will celebrate the extraordinary contributions our students are making through experiential learning. These opportunities are often made possible by our donors and alumni who generously give their time, money and company resources.
This allows students to make a difference by doing meaningful work in Northern California, across the country or abroad. At the end of their projects, they have impressive experience to add to their resumes and the knowledge that their learning has purpose. Here are some examples from this summer:
- Nathan Scholars: Donovan Hambley ’17 and Sarah Jenkins ’19, worked as analysts at the economics consulting firm, Nathan Associates in Washington, D.C. Hambley prepared documents for the Panama Canal Authority’s cost-benefit analysis for possible expansion of the canal. Jenkins worked on projects concerning exports and the economy in Mozambique.
- Federal Housing Finance Agency: Miguel Perez ’18 and Dallas Phillips ’19 worked for the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees federally backed home loans in Washington, D.C. Perez organized data for the Federal Housing Finance Agency and created a data warehouse to streamline the process.
- Internships in Uganda: Chris Yankowski ’19, Brianna Tracy ’18 and Lonnae Hohman ’19 worked at the Uganda Bureau of Statistics in an internship where they assisted with research and had the opportunity to go on safari.
- Summer Immersion program: Isela Molina ‘20, Chloe Ferguson ‘20, Hannah Lampkin ‘20, Monica Kott ‘19, Giulianne Pate ‘19 and Jessica Alcantara ‘19 spent six weeks in Italy as part of the Department of Modern Languages’ Summer Immersion program. Students visited Italian sites of historical and artistic significance, tried new foods and took a deep dive into the Italian language, completing a year of college Italian in six weeks.
- Digital Delta Summer Fellowships: Hannah Tvergyak ’18, Kyle Sabbatino ’18, Sarah Kuo ’17 and Danielle Thomasson ’19 helped preserve the history of Stockton’s displaced Little Manila community through the university’s new Digital Delta Project. During their summer fellowship, students combined digital technology with the arts and sciences to build a virtual model of the neighborhood that was destroyed nearly 50 years ago to make way for Stockton’s Crosstown Freeway.
Alumnus John Beyer ’62 established the Nathan Scholars when he was chairman and CEO of Nathan Associates to mentor students, help them network and aid them in developing analysis skills to address practical, real-world problems. He says he’s been impressed with the students who have come to his firm from University of the Pacific.
“All of them were people we would have employed, if I were left with the decisions, as entry-level analysts at Nathan Associates,” Beyer said.
We hope to see you Oct. 20-22 for Homecoming. COP’s newest innovations will be on display at the Discovering Pacific Showcase at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21 at Faye Spanos Concert Hall.
Be sure to make it to our This.Is.Big event at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21. It promises to be one of the biggest moments in Pacific’s history and we want you to be there for entertainment, desserts under the stars, Pacific swag giveaways and a multimedia spectacular!