Pacific’s interactive booth was a favorite at the day-long "Region Rising" conference, and guests took advantage of a photo booth where they could customize their shot with Pacific flair.

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Pacific has strong showing at Sacramento’s Region Rising event

Dec 8, 2015

Pacific faculty and staff members from schools and departments across the university were part of an innovative new conference in November that fostered a regional conversation about the future of California's capital region.

 The "Region Rising" event at the Sacramento Convention Center drew more than 1,000 community and business leaders from throughout Sacramento and northern San Joaquin County to network, collaborate and brainstorm ideas to help shape the region's present and future. 

More than 30 Pacific faculty and staff were part of the conversation, representing Eberhardt School of Business; Center for Business and Policy Research; College of the Pacific; Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry; McGeorge School of Law; Gladys L. Benerd School of Education; Center for Professional and Continued Learning; and the offices of the president, external relations and admission. 

Stacy McAfee, Pacific's associate vice president for external relations, took center stage to share the Pacific Experience and Pacific's involvement in the Sacramento region, which includes the launch of two new professional programs this summer, with three more on the horizon. The Brubeck Institute Jazz Quartet also performed, and three students in a new course that brings together business and engineering students were at Pacific's booth for part of the day to showcase a device they created. Their device, called an EON, allows for low cost screening of hearing loss.    


Conference founders include Valley Vision and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. Bill Mueller, the CEO of Valley Vision, spoke at the conference about how to make the region the most livable in the nation. "To see University of the Pacific so well represented among our region's institutions of higher education and to hear what the university is doing to help us meet the needs of our communities in the decades to come was a crucial part of our conversation," he said.

Find out more about Region Rising here >> 

Region Rising photo booth group photo

Region Rising photo booth group photo

           Dean Jay Mootz and Professor Clark Kelso at Region Rising 

Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet      

TOP LEFT: Left to right: Maria Orosco, Jocelyn Chavez, Katie Uhlhorn and Jesus Margarito, Office of Admission
TOP RIGHT: Top l. to r.: Rod Githens, assistant dean in Gladys L. Benerd School of Education; Vernon Smith, vice provost for distributed learning; Dean Lewis Gale, Eberhardt School of Business; and Rick Hutley, director of the Analytics Program. Bottom row: Alyse Patterson, Office of Admission; Interim Dean Linda Webster, Gladys L. Benerd School of Education; and Heidi Pyle, Office of Admission. 
BOTTOM LEFT: Dean Jay Mootz and Professor Clark Kelso, McGeorge School of Law
BOTTOM RIGHT: The Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet performs