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University of the Pacific • Division of Student Life • August 20, 2013

An online newsletter highlighting services, resources, programs and other information relevant to Pacific students.

In this Issue: »» Get Involved on Campus »» Six Steps for Academic Success »» Center for Community Involvement »» Tiger Jobs »» Wellness at Pacific »» Stay Safe on Campus »» Religious and Spirtual Life »» Ask NutriCat: The Importance of Cooking »» Pacific Rec Ambush Guide »» West Coast Conference: Know Your Rivals »» Housing Check-in and Resolving Roommate Conflicts

As your newly appointed Vice President for Student Life, I am extremely excited to begin the 2013-2014 school year as a Tiger! I would particularly like to take a moment to welcome our new freshman and transfer students to Pacific and welcome back our returning students. I am sure that you will soon realize that Pacific is a truly wonderful and special place as I have since arriving at the university. As you begin and continue your journey at Pacific, I encourage you to take full advantage of all the services, resources, programs, and events we have to offer. It is up to you to decide how you interact with us! I remember when I was a first year student attending orientation, the vice president for student affairs told us, “Look to your left and look to your right. One of these students will not be here next year.” This statement made such a profound impact on me that I have worked tirelessly throughout my career to alter this perception. I am proud to let you know that this is not our philosophy here at Pacific. We are committed to your success and will partner with you to ensure that you achieve your academic goals. The only thing we ask of you, is that you fully engage and are committed to your own success. Since I am also new at the university I ask that when you see me on campus, come up and say hello. I would love to meet you and hope to see more of you in the future. Good luck and have a wonderful year!

Patrick K. Day

Dates to remember August

»» 8/24 Block Party 9PM-1AM, Greek Circle »» 8/25 Convocation & Tiger Roar 2PM, Faye Spanos »» 8/25 UCC & Interfaith Council Student Club Expo 3PM4:30PM, Knoles Lawn

»» 8/26 First Day of Classes »» 8/26 CRC drop-in hours 1PM4PM, McCaffrey Center »» 8/26 ASuop Meet & Greet 12PM-1PM, McCaffrey Center »» 8/29 President Eibeck’s Welcome Back Town Hall

Undergraduate & Graduate Academic Calendar Pharmacy & Health Sciences Academic Calendar


»» 9/1 Movie on the DUC lawn @ 9PM: Great Gatsby »» 9/2 Labor Day Holiday »» 9/6 Last day to add classes »» 9/6 Student insurance waiver & enrollment deadline »» 9/16-9/21 Wellness Week


»» 10/4 Fall Student Break »» 10/18-10/21 Homecoming

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Hello Pacific, Summer is now coming to a close and it is the time for us to head back to school. As we pack our bags and complete our school shopping, we begin the trip back to the University of the Pacific. It is my hope that all of you had a great summer full of experiences that you will share with your friends when you reunite with them on campus. Like many of you, I can’t wait to see classmates and staff that I have missed over the summer. To one of the largest freshman classes in Pacific’s history, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the Pacific family. Here at Pacific you will have access to over 160 clubs and organizations, dozens of professional and social fraternities and sororities, and you will get to attend events put on by one of the best programming boards in our region. Your first year will be full of excitement and experiences that will allow you to learn and grow in many ways. My advice to you is to keep an open mind to the many opportunities that will arise throughout the year, both academically and socially. To our returning students, let’s show the new freshman class what Pacific is all about. I am very excited as we enter the 2013-2014 school year. We will have many things to look forward to as a university. As such, it is more important now than ever to communicate the many happenings here at Pacific. I pledge to do my best to serve you, the students. Please know that myself, and ASUOP as a whole, are a resource made for the students and by the students. With the help of you all, I know that we can make this the best year that Pacific has had. Best, Marselus Cayton ASUOP President

Don’t miss this party. It’s going to be epic! 2

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campus involvement Increase Your Chances of 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 forty percent. Being involved provides easy access to many campus-wide resources and lets you connect with others who are seeking co-curricular experiences. These opportunities outside of the classroom round out your college experience by providing you with valuable life-changing connections.

Connect with Organizations Via ASuop

Check out our organizations on OrgSync at Would you rather meet people in person? Come out to the DUC lawn on September 19 for the Student Activities Fair; it’s a great chance to see the different groups Pacific has to offer. You can also stop by our office and work with one of the knowledgeable 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 they can coach you through the process of starting your own.

Get to Know Greek Life 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 thirteen social Greek organizations. All of these groups 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 opportuniy to meet all the social Greek organizations and learn more about them.

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9PM - 1AM Block Party hosted by ASuop and Greek Life in Greek Circle Greek chapter tabling from 11am to 2pm. Greek Info Night at 7pm in the DUC Ballroom Greek BBQ and Yard Games from 3pm to 6pm on the DUC Lawn Greek Dance Floor in between Fraternity and Sorority Circle. Yard games will take place from 2pm until 7pm. The dance will begin at 9pm with a s’mores station, fire pits, the food truck, and more! For weekly updates on campus and community events, check out the Weekends at Pacific Newsletter. Sign up for OrgSync and get a copy delivered to your email every Wednesday starting August 28, or visit our website to view the latest copy!


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Steps for Success




Prioritize Your Commitments


Ask for Help if You Need it


Be Eager to Learn & Try Something New


Understand Your On-Campus Resources


Take Care of You!

Sounds simple, right? It's easy to get wrapped up in the social aspects of college, and you have this new freedom of choice to not go to class. Don't fall into that trap! Classes at Pacific are rigorous, and missing even one session can make your grades suffer. Set an alarm and go. Brush up on those time management skills! Use a planner so you don't forget assignments or upcoming exams. Make room for all of the fun activities going on, but don't leave studying and papers until the last minute. Plan ahead so you never have to pull an "all-nighter". You won’t be pleased with the results! If you feel like you're not understanding one of your course subjects, use the resources available to you. Professors have office hours so you can talk to them one on one. Tutoring services are available at the Educational Resource Center and the Writing Center. Services for Students with Disabilities can help you obtain accommodations if you have a documented disability. Not sure which source is best for you? Contact the Referral Center. Learning is why you're here! Be a sponge in and out of the classroom. There's so much knowledge you can gain all around campus if you allow it. Experience new cultures, learn about different forms of spirituality, volunteer in the community, get on-the-job experience, eat different foods, travel, join a club, and take that course you’ve always wanted to learn more about.

Within the Division of Student Life there are numerous departments that can help you through a variety of issues: Pacific Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Public Safety, Pacific Recreation, Multicultural Affairs, Center for Community Involvement, Career Resource Center, Academic Support Services, Chaplain’s Office, Housing and Greek Life, ASuop, Student Leadership Development, Women’s Resource Center, and the PRIDE Resource Center. Check within your program of study for additional services that are right for you. Manage your physical wellness effectively. Get plenty of sleep, drink a lot of water, exercise, and eat regular, healthy meals. Don’t rely on fast food and caffeine to keep you fueled. If you do get sick, stay out of class if you have a fever, and seek medical care when necessary.

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Stay Safe on Campus Follow these simple tips from the Department of Public Safety to have a better year!

Tiger Tips with Chad and Chelsea »» Value your safety and the safety of others. »» Secure your valuables and keep doors locked. »» Employ common sense and be aware of your surroundings. »» Plan your route. Take well-lit, busy walkways whenever possible. »» Never take shortcuts through poorly lit areas. »» Don’t walk alone. »» Take advantage of the University’s free escort service, STRIPES. »» If you must walk alone, walk near the curb. »» Have your keys ready before you get to your apartment or car. Check your car for intruders before entering and lock your door immediately after getting into your car or apartment. »» Never accept a ride from a stranger. »» On campus students should not allow anyone into their residence halls or apartments without first asking for proper identification. »» For individuals who commute to the campus, we discourage you from keeping valuables in view in your car including clothing, loose change or other personal items. Secure


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valuables in the trunk/out of sight. »» Be alert and cognizant of your surroundings. »» If you go out for a late night snack or study break, go with a friend, not alone. »» Walk purposefully. Look confident. Watch where you are going. Be alert to your surroundings. »» Lock all doors and close all windows when leaving your car, whether it is for a few minutes or for several hours. »» Always lock your bike or motorcycle when leaving it unattended, even if it is only for a few minutes. Use the U-shaped high security lock whenever possible. »» List only first initials and last name in telephone directories. »» Hang up immediately on obscene telephone calls. »» Don’t keep large sums of money in your office, residence hall, study area or apartment. »» If you are a victim of a crime or become aware of any suspicious circumstances, call Public Safety immediately at 6-3911 or 209.946.2537.

center for community involvement making a difference in your new home 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 service time during MOVE. When you track your hours, we say “thank you” by offering Reach Out Rewards. »» 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 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. Still unsure of where to get started? Contact us at the Center for Community Involvement and a Reach Out student will help you find the service opportunity that is right for you!

You’re in this world to make a difference… so get started and we’ll see you out in Stockton!


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Career Resource Center: Get Connected to Tiger Job $

Tiger Jobs is your online connection to employers and Pacific alumni! On Tiger Jobs, you can find postings for: »» On-campus jobs (both federal work-study and non federal work-study positions) »» Career opportunities for recent graduates and alumni »» Internships for all majors »» Co-op positions »» Part-time off-campus jobs for students You can also find: »» A comprehensive list of Pacific’s employer partners »» A list of alumni mentors who want to connect with students »» Information about Career Resource Center workshops and events »» A schedule of when employers will be visiting


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campus to conduct interviews or company information sessions »» Job search resources All students automatically have a Tiger Jobs account that they can access through insidePacific. Having Trouble Logging into Tiger Jobs? If you are a returning student, and are having difficulty logging into Tiger Jobs, please try resetting your password with Locksmith. If you are still not able to log in, please call the Career Resource Center and we will be happy to assist you.

How do you stay WELL at Pacific? Each week, on Wednesdays from 4-6PM, the Baun Fitness Center will host an event dedicated to the eight dimensions of Wellness: Emotional, Physical, Spiritual, Social, Environmental, Occupational, Intellectual, & Financial. Rotating topics include: healthy cooking demonstrations with NutriCat, free fitness assessments from Pacific Rec’s personal trainers, Meditation classes, Health Fairs & more! Wellness Wednesdays are open to all, regardless of whether you are a member of the Baun Fitness Center or not.

Wellness Wednesday Schedule: 9/4 9/11 9/18 9/25 10/2 10/9 10/16 10/23 10/30 11/6 11/13 11/20 12/4

Nutricat’s Healthy Cooking Series: Mexican Cuisine The 411 on Cholesterol: How much cholesterol is in your favorite foods; better food options (and samples!); how to improve your score Wellness Wing Showcase! Give-a-ways, healthy snacks, & more! Yoga on the Lawn: Our 5:05pm yoga class moves outdoors Which Protein Powder is Best? Discuss and sample different protein powders Think Pink! Breast cancer prevention fair Free Fitness Assessments: Muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, body composition Meditation Class: 30-minute class focusing on breathing exercises Nutricat’s Healthy Cooking Series: Packing a Lunch Diabetes and Blood Pressure Checks Nutricat’s Healthy Cooking Series: Chili Cookoff Free Fitness Assessments: Muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, body composition Nutricat’s Healthy Cooking Series: Holiday Favorites

In addition to Wellness Wednesdays, the Wellness Wing is a new place on campus to relax & learn. Two WellPads will be stationed in the wing, with a rotating list of Wellness apps, games, & articles. 8

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University of the Pacific’s first annual Wellness Week, sponsored by PacWell, will take place from Monday, September 16th through Saturday, September 21st. Events during the week are designed to provide students with fun, creative ways to learn about the 8 dimensions of Wellness, including services provided by the Division of Student Life. Everyone is welcome to participate in the events! A wide variety of campus departments are working in partnership with Wellness Week, including Pacific Health Services, Pacific Recreation, Counseling Services, Sustainability, Leadership and Student Involvement, Chaplain’s Office, and more.

For a full schedule of events, with details, please visit PacWell online.


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Wellness Week Kick Off! 11:30AM-1:30PM @ DUC Lawn T-shirt giveaway, flyer distribution, prizes & more!

Behind Happy Faces: Talking About Mental Health 7PM @ DUC Ballroom Talking about emotions can be a challenge, but Ross’s brutally honest, relatable and humorous approach puts audiences at ease as they confront a difficult topic.

Check up from the Neck Up! 12-2PM @ DUC Porch

Team Pacific Recruitment 6:00-7:00PM @ DUC 215

Tame the Tiger 11:30AM-1:30PM @ Pharmacy Lawn Stress getting to you? Come ‘Tame your inner Tiger’ with this fun event all about stress-reduction! This fair focuses on ways to reduce and combat stress.

Meditation Walk 1:30PM, immediately following Tame the Tiger

Tame the Tiger! 11:30-1:30PM @ DUC Lawn Stress getting to you? Come ‘Tame your inner Tiger’ with this fun event all about stressreduction! This fair focuses on ways to reduce and combat stress.

Student Activities Fair 4PM-6PM @ DUC Lawn

Team Pacific Recruitment 6:00-7:00PM @ DUC 215

Meditation Walk 1:30PM, immediately following Tame the Tiger

Career Resource Center Open House 4-7PM @ CRC McCaffery Center Curious what the Career Resource Center is all about? Come to this Open House party to learn more about what occupational wellness resources are available to you!

Feel Good Friday 12-1PM outside the DUC

Backyard Games 3-6PM @ DUC Lawn

Tiger Prep 1-4PM @ Grace Covell If you are looking to be well equipped with the knowledge and tools it takes to navigate through your first year experience at Pacific, Student Academic Support Services is hosting the event just for you. Tiger Prep, will consist of mini workshops including; time management, test-taking skills, study & note-taking skills, & more. Attendees will have the option to pick what workshops they would like to attend, and participate in the One Word Project. Questions:

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The Importance Of Cooking I’ll be honest; I am constantly surprised by the lack of cooking skills that most of my students possess. Boiling water for cup o’ noodles? Check. Adding milk to cereal? Double check. Sautéing vegetables as a side for baked chicken? No freaking way. I’ve said this many times over the years and I still believe it: the key to healthy living is knowing how to cook. Of all the things I teach my students, I hope they take with them a few basic kitchen skills they can use to improve their current diet. Why? Cooking is creative, boosts social skills, and is a life-long skill everyone needs to know how to do.

Cooking makes you self-sufficient:

If you have to run to Chipotle every time your stomach growls, you’re not as independent as you think. Learn how to make 3 of your favorite meals and grow from there.

Cooking saves you money:

Eating out is one of the biggest drains on a college student’s budget. The more clueless you are in the kitchen, the stronger the temptation to go out to eat. Keep honing your skills and soon you’ll be able to recreate a favorite restaurant meal in no-time! Bonus points if you put those new skills to the test… by cooking for a date ;)

Cooking keeps you healthy:

Even so-called healthy fast food is loaded with fat, sodium, calories, and few nutrients. Eating out not only damages your wallet, it also does a number on your waistline. Want to avoid the freshman 15? Avoid Carl’s Jr. and cook at home instead. Cooking allows you to create healthy meals that still taste great; plus you know exactly what’s going into your meals. As you start a new academic year, make time to learn the basics. Need help? Come to the Wellness Wing, located in the Baun Fitness Center, on Wednesday from 4-6PM. Starting September 4th, NutriCat will be there to provide healthy cooking basics, favorite recipes, and much more. Check out the full schedule here. Want a head start? Check out the numerous Pacific Cooks e-books, available for free here: Pacific Cooks.


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Spotlight on Diversity & Inclusion:

Religious & Spiritual Life We all come from different backgrounds and each one of us is on a unique journey. Some of us are people of faith; some of us are religious; some of us are not. Our goal in Religious and Spiritual Life at Pacific is to facilitate religious life in all its many forms and to provide a safe place for students to ask questions about meaning and purpose in life, whether in relation to a supreme being, the world, or others around you. We also hope to encourage all people, whether religious or spiritual, of faith or no faith, to think intelligently about religion and how it affects society, and to promote healthy dialogue between people of all religious and philosophical positions. As a student, we encourage you to get involved by joining one of our student groups. If you do not see one that fits you, let our department help you start another. Join us at the UCC & Interfaith Council Student Club Expo on Sunday, August 25th from 3-4:30pm on the Knoles Lawn to find out more. We’ll also have information there about services, events, and other activities in which you can take part. Joel N. Lohr, Ph.D. Multifaith Chaplain and Director, Religious and Spiritual Life


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e f i L k e e r G & Housing Check-In 2013

As the academic year rapidly approaches, Housing and Greek Life is ready to welcome, or welcome back, nearly 2,700 students who live on-campus or are involved in the social Greek community. This time of year is full of energy and excitement, but it is also filled with items that need to get done to be ready to start the year. For those of you moving into a residence hall, apartment community or University-owned Greek facility, this means knowing when you can arrive.

Check-In times for Fall 2013: Transfer Students Wednesday, August 14: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM * Check-in will occur at Grace Covell Hall International Students Sunday, August 18: all day * Check-in with International Programs and Services in Bechtel International Center First-Year Students Attending August Orientation 3 Monday, August 19: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM * Check-in location is determined by hall assignment. Pick-up PacificCard prior to check-in First-Year Pharmacy Students Tuesday, August 20: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM * Check-in location is determined by hall assignment First Year Students Who Attended June Orientation 1 or 2 Thursday, August 22: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM * Check-in location is determined by hall assignment Returning Students Saturday, August 24: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM * Check-in location is determined by hall assignment

For information or questions about your check-in time/location refer to the Welcome to Pacific! newsletter sent to you from Housing and Greek Life or contact For those of you arriving on Monday, August 19, or Thursday, August 22, the Greek Move-In Crew will be present at check-in stations to help you move into your room.


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Roommate Rift Resolutions For most of you this time will mean sharing a space with a new roommate or maybe even roommates. This experience can be one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences of living on-campus, but it can also come with some challenges. Remember that conflicts are bound to occur, even in the best roommate relationships. Do not be afraid of conflict. Resolving conflicts can lead to a better relationship and a more harmonious environment and community – remember, community is unity through communication. If problems and conflict do occur with your roommate or others, you may find it helpful to follow these steps:

Define the problem. Take turns stating what is bothering you, how you feel about the problem, and what you want. Generate possible solutions. Once you agree on what the conflict is, take turns describing possible solutions. Decide on a mutually acceptable solution(s). Come to an agreement on one or more of the solutions and commit to carrying them out. Can the solution work? Is it fair to all parties involved? Implement the solution. Develop a plan of action to achieve the desired solution and set a time frame in which to implement it. Evaluate the result. Determine whether everyone is satisfied with the solution. If there are still problems, try to make necessary changes. Remember, all parties involved must be willing to compromise in order to find a viable solution. If a compromise seems impossible, don’t give up. An objective third party may be needed for resolution. Your Resident Assistant or Residence Director are available to help. Please feel free to call on them! The success of your Pacific experience depends on YOU! We challenge you to be an active participant and learner in your new living community by taking part in the programs and services provided.


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pacific returns to the

West Coast Conference

The West Coast Conference was formed in 1952 and has evolved and grown to become a nationally recognized and competitive force in Division I intercollegiate athletics, with 13 conferencesponsored sports: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, women’s rowing, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis and women’s volleyball. The WCC is characterized by the stability of its membership and its unique emphasis on combining excellence in athletics with excellence in academics.

athletics and will fit right in with our other WCC schools. We look forward to competing with them and working with them to build an even stronger conference whose teams regularly participate in post-season tournaments and national championships.”

“We are delighted to be part of the West Coast Conference once again,” said University of the Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck. “This is a conference that celebrates the values we hold dear at Pacific: high-quality academics; great teaching; serious athletic competition; and developing the Pacific will field a team in 10 of the Conference’s whole student, including their intellectual, social, 14 sponsored sports – including softball, which physical, and spiritual growth.” will be played under the West Coast Conference Pacific will join in the WCC in 2013-14 in baseball, banner for the first time in 2014. men’s and women’s basketball, women’s cross “The West Coast Conference is delighted to country, men’s golf, women’s soccer, softball, welcome back University of the Pacific as our 10th men’s and women’s tennis and women’s volleyball. member institution,” said University of San Diego Men’s Soccer will be added as a varsity sport at President Mary E. Lyons, PhD. “Pacific has a rich Pacific beginning in 2014. tradition of strong academics and competitive


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Who will we beat?




MARK YOUR CALENDAR Cross Country Field Hockey Men’s Golf 17

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Men’s Water Polo Women’s Socer Women’s Volleyball

CONTACT US: Division of Student Life Hand Hall, 1st Floor 209.946.2356


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