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Eibeck tapped for NCAA Division I Committee on Academics

Eibeck tapped for NCAA Division I Committee on Academics

Pamela A. Eibeck, president of University of the Pacific, has been appointed to serve on the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Committee on Academics. 

The new committee is chaired by Roderick McDavis, president of Ohio University, and comprises academic and athletics leaders from 18 other institutions of higher education, including Georgetown, Northwestern and Texas A&M. 

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve the NCAA and the student-athletes it represents,” Eibeck said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the committee to advance the NCAA mission of supporting student-athlete success in the classroom and on the playing field.”

The new committee replaces two previous NCAA bodies: the Committee on Academic Performance and the Academic Cabinet.

University of the Pacific launches Bay Area's first music therapy program

University of the Pacific launches Bay Area's first music therapy program

Until now, becoming a music therapist in California has meant competing for limited seats each year in music therapy programs at University of the Pacific’s Stockton campus or Cal State Northridge, the only two institutions statewide that have been accredited by the American Music Therapy Association.

But starting next fall, Pacific will launch the Bay Area’s first music therapy program at the university’s new state-of-the-art San Francisco campus at Fifth and Mission. Applications are being accepted now for the Music Therapy Equivalency Program.

McGeorge students make law – and history

McGeorge students make law – and history

Revenge porn victims can get offensive material taken off the Internet using a pseudonym. Child care centers can consider job applicants' arrest warrants in hiring decisions. Prisoners can seek a new trial if the scientific evidence that convicted them is later discredited. And police will get training to recognize signs of elder abuse.

Californians won these new rights and protections thanks to four bills developed by students at Pacific McGeorge School of Law and signed into law by Gov. Brown.  

"It is rewarding to have our students not only studying the law on the books in the nation's most important state capital, but also helping to put those laws on the books," said Francis J. Mootz III, dean and professor of law at McGeorge.  

University of the Pacific Pres. Pamela A. Eibeck named AICCU chair

University of the Pacific Pres. Pamela A. Eibeck named AICCU chair

Pamela A. Eibeck, president of University of the Pacific, has been named the new chair of the executive committee of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, an organization that has represented the state’s 77 private nonprofit colleges and universities since 1955.

Eibeck’s two-year term begins Oct. 24. She succeeds Pepperdine University president Andy Benton.

“California’s partnership with its private nonprofit colleges and universities has played a pivotal role in making our state a symbol of innovation across the globe,” Eibeck said. “Over the course of nearly 60 years, AICCU has made tremendous strides for higher education, and I look forward to the challenges and rewards of continuing that effort during my tenure.”

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.

The Sacramento Bee reported Saturday that Caltrans is installing GPS tracking devices on its 7,500 sedans, snow plows, trucks and other vehicles. The devices will report where vehicles are traveling, how long they idle and their speed among other things.

The devices will also track which employee is driving.

In July, the California Highway Patrol found a stolen Caltrans vehicle and arrested a thief within an hour of it going missing because of a GPS tracking device.

The devices cost $2.5 million and Caltrans will spend another $1.5 million on a reporting system annually.

Police: Man kidnapped estranged wife, tried driving to Mexico

Lodi police said they arrested a man who is accused of kidnapped his estranged wife Monday and trying to drive her to Mexico.

Javier Martinez, 46, is charged with kidnapping and false imprisonment.

Police said the victim threatened to jump out of the moving car on Highway 99 near Ripon. She got out and ran when Martinez stopped the car to try and move her into the back seat, police said.

However, Martinez re-captured her and continued driving south, police said. Eventually, the victim was able to convince Martinez to return to Lodi. Once there, she called police.

Dog napped pooch returned; owner to build new fence

ACAMPO - JoJo the dog is back with his owners after an apparent dog napping Sunday night.

JoJo, a half-pit bull, half-Queensland heeler, was kept on a chain attached to a 120-foot tether on one of his owner's properties on Woodson Road in Acampo. A man who lives near property felt that JoJo was being treated badly and started a Facebook campaign highlighting the dog's living situation on Facebook.

On Sunday night, JoJo's owners received an ominous Facebook post from a unknown person. By Monday morning, JoJo was gone.

"We've been following the posts and there was somebody that posted saying [Sunday] night that they had the bolt cutters, the food, the leash, the truck and they were gonna come get JoJo," JoJo's co-owner Mary Arnaiz said.