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An online newsletter highlighting services, resources, programs, and other information relevant to Pacific students
Welcome From Vice President Elizabeth Griego
In This Issue: ‣ Welcome Back from the ASuop President ‣ Getting Involved @ Pacific
Welcome to the start of the 2012-2013 academic year and to this first edition of Tiger Tales, the Student Life online newsletter designed to highlight services and resources, programs and events, and information of interest to Pacific students and others. Tiger Tales consolidates several newsletters formerly published by separate Student Life departments to bring you information from across the University in an integrated perspective about learning, social, career, recreational, cultural, spiritual, experiential, and volunteer opportunities outside the classroom in Pacific’s “co-curriculum.” We have tried to make our content interesting and reader-friendly, but if you have any comments about format, content, or if you would like us to highlight other information, please let us know at email@example.com. We will respond to all inquiries!
‣ Student Activities ‣ Community Involvement ‣ Tiger Pause Commuter Lounge Profile ‣ Campus Safety Tips ‣ Wellness @ Pacific ‣ Pacific Recreation Preview ‣ Career Corner ‣ Campus Employment Opportunities ‣ Recent Graduate Success ‣ Fall Pacific Athletics
We hope you find Tiger Tales useful and we welcome you to the 2012-2013 academic year!
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Welcome From ASuop President Alรกn Hensley For many of us it is that time of the year where we must return to our second home that is University of the Pacific. For some, the end of August has been marked on the calendar for many months now as the beginning of an amazing college journey. While we may have to say goodbye to those long summer days as we return to the Pacific campus, those bittersweet goodbyes are subsided with the greetings of exhilarating days ahead. To the new students joining our Pacific community, I want to extend a warm welcome to our community and to my returning classmates, I would like to say welcome back and prepare yourselves for an exciting year. In this year of 2012, the world is the most technologically advanced to date. It seems as if every person has an iPhone or Droid and you can follow anyone on Twitter. It is argued that we are the most connected generation of students ever through the use of social media and the internet. Now, more than ever, we have the tools and ability as students to make a positive difference on our campus, in our community, and even the world. While it may be easy to sit in front of a computer screen watching an endless queue of Netflix movies,
Click to see the Block Party trailer!
we must remember that this technology has given us the opportunity to do so much more. We can get our statistics class surveys done in a matter of hours via Facebook, surveys that previously took us days to complete. Many of us considered a career as a professional photographer after first discovering Instagram. We can ask Siri about any research topic that catches our interest (or that our professors assign us). We can even raise awareness about local issues to the rest of the nation and the world. As we embark on this 2012-2013 school year, I not only welcome back my returning classmates and welcome those new students joining the Pacific family, but I also challenge us to make this an unforgettable year worth tweeting about. Best regards, Alรกn Hensley ASuop President
For weekly updates on campus and community events check out the weekly Weekends at Pacific Newsletter. Sign up for OrgSync and get a copy delivered to your email every Wednesday, starting Aug. 29 or visit our website to view the latest copy!
Getting Involved @ Paciﬁc
Campus Involvement is the Key to Success Getting involved at Pacific is essential for your college experience. Research indicates that by getting involved within the Pacific community, either through one of our 150 clubs and organizations, Greek Life, Interfaith Council or through an academic department, students increase their likelihood of graduating by 40 percent. Being involved on campus provides easy access to many campus-wide resources and lets you connect with others who are seeking cocurricular experiences. These opportunities outside of the classroom round out your college experience by providing you with valuable and life-changing connections. Getting involved is easy and exciting. Check out our organizations on OrgSync at asuop.pacific.edu. Or would you rather meet these people in person? Then come out to the DUC lawn on Sept. 6 for the Student Activities Fair - it’s a great chance to see the different groups that Pacific has to offer. You can also stop at our office and work with one of the wonderful Student Activities Center staff; they are your personal concierge to getting involved on campus and can help you find a group that fits you best, or can coach you through the process of starting your own.
Becoming involved in Greek Life at Pacific is a great way to take on leadership responsibilities and form long-lasting and sustaining relationships with your fraternity brothers or sorority sisters. Pacific is home to 13 social Greek organizations. All of these organizations place a high focus on academics, community service and relationship building. During the first week of the fall semester, the Greek community hosts a “Greek Welcome Week.” This event provides new students with the opportunity to meet all of the social Greek organizations and learn more about them. Along with daily tabling outside of the DeRosa University Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the community will be hosting the following programs: • Saturday, Aug. 25: Block Party hosted in partnership with ASUOP • Monday, Aug. 27: Meet the Greeks BBQ • Tuesday, Aug. 28: Movie on the DeRosa UC Lawn • Wednesday, Aug. 29: Speaker: Mari Ann Callais – “From Ritual to Reality” • Thursday, Aug. 30: Greek Life 101: Info Session We hope you’ll join us!
For More Information Check Out These Links: Connect with the Student Activities Center: asuop.pacific.edu Learn more about Greek Life at Pacific: www.pacific.edu/greeklife
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Getting Involved @ Paciﬁc
Community Involvement Beyond MOVE For some of you, MOVE is just around the corner; it’s a terrific opportunity to engage in community service. For others, it may have been two or three years since your MOVE experience. But now is the time to take the next step in becoming an active Pacific volunteer. • Register as a Pacific volunteer. After registration, it takes 24 hours until your account is set up and you can first log-in. • Keep track of your service hours. Start by logging your time doing service during MOVE. When you track your hours, we say “thank you” by offering Reach Out Rewards.
Still unsure of where to get started? Contact the Center for Community Involvement and a Reach Out student will help you find the service opportunity that is right for you!
Take advantage of MORE Service Opportunities • Voluntary Action Groups are a great way for students to get involved in the Stockton community on a regular basis, making friends, building relationships, all the while making a difference. If you join a group, you are committing to four hours of service per month with the group. We meet on campus and carpools are arranged. This is a great way to get started! • Ongoing opportunities are organized by theme. From animal care to youth mentoring there is something for everyone. • Special Events are a perfect way to get out into Stockton and check-out the community while making a difference at the same time.
Connect With Your President President Eibeck will hold open office hours for Pacific students on the following dates and times for Fall 2012. No appointment is necessary; first come, first served! Fall 2012 Office Hours for Students: September 11, 5-6 p.m. October 16, November 6, December 4, 4:30-6 p.m.
Paciﬁc Recreation Preview
Earn Your Stripes with Pacific Recreation Pacific Recreation made a lot of improvements last semester and while you were gone for summer. Here are some things that are giving the Baun Fitness Center (BFC) a fresh, new look: • Brand new pieces of equipment including a seated calf-raise, back extension, Roman chair-dip-pull up combo machine, horizontal leg press, and military press. • Fresh new painting, decals and a diamond plate • New stereo system installed in the rubber room to liven up your Tiger X group fitness classes • Marketing TV installed behind the RecDesk • to keep you up to date on all the latest Pacific Rec news and events
Click here for more information on Baun Fitness Center memberships and the benefits of being a member.
Try Something New... Tiger Escapes American River Tubing Come out and enjoy a relaxing day in the sun as Pacific Rec takes you tubing down the American River. Tube and lunch provided. Hurry and sign-up! Trip may sell out! Register at the Baun Fitness Center RecDesk by Monday, Sept. 17. Event Date: Saturday, Sept. 22 Event Cost: $15.00 (student, faculty, staff) $22.00 (non-Pacific guest) 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon Training Train for the Stockton Half Marathon & 5k on October 21 • • • •
FREE to Register Includes T-shirt and tote bag Get weekly motivational emails Get a training packet designed to your specific level • No experience necessary • Fitness Coach to help you and motivate you along the way
Other Events to Be On the Lookout For: Rec Sports Season 1
Check out all of the sports being offered in Fall here
Every Tuesday on the DeRosa Center Lawn
9/27, 10/25, 11/29
Tiger Jams 9/13, 10/11, 11/8, 12/6
9/2 - Brookside Field 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Tiger X Classess Get the schedule here
Click to see a video for BFC BlackOUT and Tiger Jamz
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Wellness @ Paciﬁc
Learn to Live Well at Pacific with PacWell A Spotlight on Physical Wellness
What is Wellness? Wellness is more than just an absence of disease and being physically fit. Good health, or being “well”, means having vitality in body, mind, and spirit. At Pacific we divide wellness into eight dimensions:
•Physical •Emotional •Social •Intellectual •Spiritual •Environmental •Occupational •Financial Information and resources about all of the eight dimensions can be found on campus.
PacWell, Pacific’s Wellness Program, is here to support your growth in multiple dimensions of health. PacWell focuses on you, and how you can better yourself through the Wellness Experience. When you focus on you, you not only improve your health, you enhance academic performance and personal productivity. Information about the other dimensions will be featured in future newsletters.
Physical Wellness Resources Physical wellness is maintained by exercising regularly, eating healthy, avoiding risky behaviors, getting sufficient sleep, and following recommended healthcare practices. Did you know that at Pacific you have access to the following great resources and services?
Pacific Recreation Take advantage of the wide variety of programs offered by Pacific Rec [highlighted on the next page]. If you need some extra motivation or help, you should consider a Tiger Trainer.
Pacific Health Services Have your cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure checked. Not sure if you need to sleep it off or be seen by a healthcare provider? Call and ask us at 209-946-2315.
Nutri-Cat Make an appointment with Pacific’s registered dietitian. She can help you achieve many of your health goals such as weight gain, weight loss or disease management.
Connect with PacWell on Facebook
Small Steps to improving your physical wellness: • Improve your overall health with just 30 minutes of physical activity a day • Take the stairs at least part or all of the way to your destination • Park at the back of the parking lot and walk • Add a vegetable to each meal • Reduce sugary drinks by one every week • Get sufficient sleep (aim for seven to eight hours each night) • Get tested for STI’s if you have been sexually active • Say a positive body image comment to someone or yourself at least once a day
Tiger Pause Commuter Lounge
A Home for Transfer and Commuting Students… • Comfortable seating including couches and recliners • 70” screen TV with a Playstation 3 and a Blu-Ray player • Computer stations with free printing • Wi Fi enabled • Day lockers available for use • Microfridge and microwave
Check out this short video on the effects of exercise
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Finding Employment While @ Pacific Looking for a part-time job to help with expenses? Want to gain experience in your chosen field? Consider finding an on-campus job, a part-time job in the local community, or an internship during the fall or spring semesters. These opportunities are a great way to develop professional skills and earn an income while in school. The Career Resource Center (CRC) provides both in-person and online services and support to help students navigate the process of finding jobs and internships. While there are a number of ways to identify these types of positions, as a student you have access to Pacific’s own Tiger Jobs.
Types of Tiger Jobs Opportunities: 1. On-Campus Employment
Tiger Jobs is the Career Resource Center’s online job board that offers postings for fulltime, part-time, and internship opportunities. These positions are located both on and off the Pacific campus. Students can access Tiger Jobs through insidePacific, and new students will have access to Tiger Jobs beginning on August 24th. For troubleshooting and instructions please visit TigerJobs FAQ.
These positions offer the opportunity to give back to the campus community, become involved, and learn professional skills. Federal Work-Study positions are also available for students who qualify through Financial Aid.
2. Part-Time Off-Campus Jobs These positions are a great way to connect with the local community and gain experience outside of the Pacific‘s campus. Most businesses are within a 5-mile radius of campus.
3. Internships Connect what you are learning in your courses with an internship outside of the classroom. Some employers offer monetary compensation for internships, while others offer academic credit. Also, learn more about the new “Internship Certificate Program.”
Career Resource Center Services To Take Advantage of... • Career handouts and resources • Our “Video Gallery of Careers” featuring Pacific alumni • Interviewing skills videos • Workshops
• On-line Career Assessments • The new “Internship Certificate Program” • Evening hours on Tuesdays from 5pm - 7:30pm
Your Future is Calling... Though the tough economy has been a factor in recent low employment figures, there is good news for Pacific’s recent graduates! In a recent survey of Pacific students who graduated in 2011, 92 percent indicated current employment or enrollment in graduate school. Additionally, 87 percent of alumni who are employed full-time indicated that they enjoy their work. The alumni surveyed encompassed a variety of entry level positions that range from researchers, legislative aids, and teachers, to designers, analysts, and retail managers. Employers alumni reported working for: Accenture; Bank of America; Merrill Lynch Europe; California State Assembly; Elk Grove Unified School District; Foster Farms; General Electric; Mexico’s Consulate; NASA; Nvidia Corporation; PG&E; Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics; Starbucks; Target; Teach for America; WholeSoy & Co; among other companies. Through the survey, several trends emerged regarding employed alumni’s use of the Career Resource Center that current students can benefit from: career services and events, job search timeline, and the value of internships.
Job Search Timeline The majority of employed alumni surveyed started the job search process early in their senior year. Regardless of class standing, the CRC career counseling staff can create a timeline and steps necessary to be successful in the career search. Early applications as well as weekly goal setting can help with managing stress and finding your career fit.
Utilizing Career Services No matter the student class standing, the Career Resource Center provides a variety of services for students to make their career search successful. The graph below illustrates the various career services and Career Resource Center (CRC) events employed alumni reported using.
Value of Internships Whether or not a student’s major has an internship requirement, the benefits of completing an internship have a direct correlation to employment and job satisfaction. The graph below indicates the satisfaction of alumni with comparison to Alumni who completed an internship compared with those who did not.
Enjoy my work Work I do is important Average Reported Annual Salary
Completed Internship 91%
No Internship Completed 75%
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Campus Safety Tips
Public Safety Works to Keep YOU Safe The Department of Public Safety serves University of the Pacific Stockton campus in a variety of functions from providing police services and special events management to educational programs in crime prevention and a student advocate program. The department is the only university function that operates 24 hours a day 365 days a year. The safety of the campus is the primary goal of Public Safety and the department uses the philosophy of campus-oriented policing. The main principle of this concept is that every member of the campus must be aware of their surroundings and notify the department when they observe something suspicious. The department is also the home of S.T.R.I.P.E. (Student Trained Resources for Interior Patrol & Escort), which is a student run cadet program. Members of the team are responsible for transporting students around campus at night and providing an added layer of security on the campus. Public Safety is also involved in the planning and management of more than 200 special events on campus each year. Crime prevention seminars are another tool the department uses to educate students. The purpose is to make our community aware of potential risks and how they can avoid becoming a victim of a crime.
Pacific is only of private universities in California where oﬃcers have full police oﬃcer powers.
Some programs offered are: • R.A.D. - Rape aggression defense • Officer Liaison Program - officers adopt a hall to increase their interaction with students • “Tiger Tips” - video safety messages • Apartment Watch - neighborhood watch program with apartment managers • Computer registration - students can download free anti-theft software • Bicycle registration
Tips to Enhance Your Safety @ Paciﬁc • Always lock your bike using the U-shaped security lock • Be alert and aware of your surroundings • If you go out for a late night snack or study break, go with a friend, not alone • Secure your valuables and keep doors locked
• Take advantage of the University's safety escort service • If you become aware of any suspicious circumstances or are a victim of a crime, call Public Safety immediately at 209-946-3911 or 209-946-2537
Show Your Paciﬁc Spirit
Tiger Athletics Back in Action As the school year gets underway, be sure to get out and support your Pacific Tigers. Pacific competes in NCAA Division 1 athletics and this is our final year in the Big West Conference. Just remember your Pacific ID to gain free admission to Tiger Athletic events. The sports currently in active competition at the start of the fall semester are: women’s cross country, women’s field hockey, men’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s water polo.
To stay up to date on all Paciﬁc Athletics news, click the following link.
Click to see a video highlighting Pacific Friday Spirit Days
Important Academic Calendar Dates Aug. 27 - Fall classes begin; Registration re-opens Sept. 3 - Labor Day (University Closed) Sept. 7 - Last day to add classes; Pass/no Credit or letter grade option; Drop classes without a record of enrollment Oct. 5 - Fall Break (No School)
To view the full 2012 - 2013 Academic Calendar, click here.
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