University of the Pacific: A college with an East Coast feel, but California weather

I was hired a year and a half ago as the media relations coordinator at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, with campuses in Sacramento and San Francisco. It was founded in 1851 and is the oldest chartered university in California. Read more about University of the Pacific at www.pacific.edu.

The university is known for – among other things – the beautiful campus in Stockton, where it moved in 1924. Lots of brick buildings that give it a definite East Coast/Ivy League look and feel. It also reminds me of the Gorham campus of University of Southern Maine where I attended college before moving to California. Take a look at Pacific’s campus:

A popular photo spot is on the east side of campus near Pacific Avneue. That’s Smith Gate – I believe it is named so because mountain man Jedediah Smith once camped along the Calaveras River that flows through campus – in the foreground, Faye Spanos Concert Hall (left), and Robert E. Burns Tower. The visitor center is located on the first floor of Burns Tower.

A popular photo spot is on the east side of campus near Pacific Avneue. That’s Smith Gate – I believe it is named so because mountain man Jedediah Smith once camped along the Calaveras River that flows through campus – in the foreground, Faye Spanos Concert Hall (left), and Robert E. Burns Tower. The visitor center is located on the first floor of Burns Tower.

Faye Spanos Concert Hall is the home of Pacific’s Conservatory of Music, the oldest conservatory in the Western United States. Conservatory students perform concerts for the community in Fay Spanos Concert Hall.

Faye Spanos Concert Hall is the home of Pacific’s Conservatory of Music, the oldest conservatory in the Western United States. Conservatory students perform concerts for the community in Fay Spanos Concert Hall.

Robert E. Burns Tower is a landmark for the campus and surrounding community.

Robert E. Burns Tower is a landmark for the campus and surrounding community.

Robert E. Burns Tower seen from Knoles Lawn.

Robert E. Burns Tower seen from Knoles Lawn.

Morris Chapel is the site of many weddings, memorial services, holiday concerts and other events.

Morris Chapel is the site of many weddings, memorial services, holiday concerts and other events.

Morris Chapel is the site of many weddings, memorial services, holiday concerts and other events.

Morris Chapel is adorned with lovely stained-glass windows.

Knoles Hall was one of the first buildings on campus when the university was moved to Stockton in 1924. it was featured recently – for the second time in recent years – on the cover of a Pottery Barn catalog.

Knoles Hall was one of the first buildings on campus when the university was moved to Stockton in 1924. it was featured recently – for the second time in recent years – on the cover of a Pottery Barn catalog.

Weber Hall is home of the award winning Eberhardt School of Business.

Weber Hall is home of the award winning Eberhardt School of Business.

These columns, found between Knoles Hall (background) and the University Library, were salvaged when a library in Stockton was being torn down. This is another popular photo spot or simply to sit and relax.

These columns, found between Knoles Hall (background) and the University Library, were salvaged when a library in Stockton was being torn down. This is another popular photo spot or simply to sit and relax.

Not all the buildings on campus are old. The DeRosa University Center, home to dining facilities, gathering places, conference center and the bookstore, is one of several LEED-certified buildings on campus.

Not all the buildings on campus are old. The DeRosa University Center, home to dining facilities, gathering places, conference center and the bookstore, is one of several LEED-certified buildings on campus.

The Alex and Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House is another.

The Alex and Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House is another.

And the John T. Chambers Technology Center is certified LEED Gold.

And the John T. Chambers Technology Center is certified LEED Gold.

Not far from the DeRosa University Center is a small redwood grove that includes art and picnic tables. It’s a perfect place for a quiet lunch or time for reflection.

Not far from the DeRosa University Center is a small redwood grove that includes art and picnic tables. It’s a perfect place for a quiet lunch or time for reflection.

The trees along this walkway on the south part of campus turn bright orange later in the fall. It is a nice reminder of New England.

The trees along this walkway on the south part of campus turn bright orange later in the fall. It is a nice reminder of New England.

There are several rose gardens on campus. They add color and fragrance to the campus beauty.
There are several rose gardens on campus. They add color and fragrance to the campus beauty.

About University of the Pacific

Established in 1851 as the first chartered university in California, University of the Pacific prepares students for professional and personal success through rigorous academics, small classes, and a supportive and engaging culture. Widely recognized as one of the most beautiful private university campuses in the West, the Stockton campus offers more than 80 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, music, business, education, engineering and computer science, and pharmacy and health sciences. The university’s distinctive Northern California footprint also includes the acclaimed Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco and the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. For more information, visit www.pacific.edu.

Other links:

Pacific Mission and History:

http://www.pacific.edu/About-Pacific/History-and-Mission.html

Pacific has been the backdrop for several Hollywood films:

http://www.pacific.edu/About-Pacific/History-and-Mission/Hollywood-at-Pacific.html

Pacific’s alumni of distinction include many respected business owners, scholars, athletes, writers, artists … and an astronaut:

http://www.pacific.edu/About-Pacific/Success-Stories/Alumni-of-Distinction.html

Here are some of Pacific’s success stories:

http://www.pacific.edu/About-Pacific/Success-Stories.html

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