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Health Plan of San Joaquin hires customer service director

Health Plan of San Joaquin hires customer service director

FRENCH CAMP —  Mike McCarns has been appointed director of customer service for Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ), the organization announced Wednesday.

McCarns’ appointment follows a nationwide search.  He comes to the Central Valley from Nashville where he was executive director at health care technology company, Cognosante... Read More

mail theft in morada a growing problem


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STOCKTON - Residents of Morada, near Stockton, are convinced not only that their mail is being stolen, but that the person or persons responsible has a master key.

Tom Patridge said that's what he was told by a mail carrier when he noticed the group mailbox, which is often left wide open, didn't have any obvious break-in marks.

"They'll come out tonight at 4 or 5, get the mail and drive off, " Patridge said. He also said there's no answer from the post office when he calls to report the thefts.

University of the Pacific program will help meet nationwide demand for data scientists

University of the Pacific program will help meet nationwide demand for data scientists

University of the Pacific this fall will begin showing working professionals not only how to crunch data, but how to use the information to help their organizations prosper.

Pacific’s School of Engineering and Computer Science is offering a new master of science degree in analytics, a high-paying field facing an acute shortage of professionals. The program will be based at the university’s new, state-of-the-art campus in San Francisco.

With courses such as Data Engineering, Machine Learning and Data Visualization, the program will combine rigorous academic training in analytics along with the practical experience of working on real-world case studies of issues facing industries today.

University of the Pacific’s Student Investment Fund climbs to $3 million

University of the Pacific’s Student Investment Fund climbs to $3 million

An investment fund managed by University of the Pacific students that routinely outperforms Wall Street indicators reached a monumental benchmark of $3 million.

The Student Investment Fund portfolio – valued at roughly $2.5 million just a year ago – is managed by students in Pacific’s Eberhardt School of Business and is one of the largest student-run funds in the western United States.

The SIF hit $3 million for the first time in early October, but market fluctuations caused the fund to dip below that benchmark. The fund returned to the $3 million mark this month.

University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music announces new music industry studies degree

University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music announces new music industry studies degree

Beginning in the fall, University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music will offer a bachelor of science in music industry studies designed to prepare students for success in today's music industry. The program is the first of its kind in the region.

"The Music Management Program has been very successful over the years in preparing students for careers in the music industry because the type of courses and experiences we offer has adapted as the industry has evolved," said Keith Hatschek, Music Management Program director who designed the music industry studies degree for the program.

Mayor, commission take on Stockton homeless problem


STOCKTON - Mayor Anthony Silva said Thursday it's in the city's best interest to help solve Stockton's homeless issue.

"I don't believe as a human being that we can let others suffer without trying to do as much as we can to make their lives a little bit better. Not only for them, it makes the city healthier in general, when you recognize the needs of the less fortunate," Silva said.

Silva ran the first meeting of the year for his Commission on the Homeless. A large group gathered at Stockton City Hall to hear evidence of problems, and discuss solutions.

It will be a difficult job, considering the streets near downtown attract so many people like 42-year-old Tabitha Melton.

"I smoke a little marijuana, smoke a little methamphetamine. I love my mom but we don't get along and been out here since. (How long?) Three and a half years," Melton said.

University of the Pacific names new vice president for external relations

University of the Pacific names new vice president for external relations

Stacy McAfee, an academic leader with broad experience in higher education, has been appointed associate vice president for external relations at University of the Pacific. She will split her time among the university’s campuses in Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco.

“I am so pleased to welcome Stacy to the Pacific family,” said Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck. “She understands how important it is for us to demonstrate shared values and responsibility to stakeholders within our communities. Her background, skills and passion will help to strengthen the support and engagement we will need as we develop into a more vibrant three-city university.”

McAfee will facilitate and strengthen ties between university leaders and corporate and community leaders and elected officials in the three cities, helping to ensure that the university understands and is a constructive member of each region.