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Former Tiger Tennis ace helps celebrate new tennis complex

Former Tiger Tennis ace helps celebrate new tennis complex

Thirty years ago, Eve Zimmerman threw herself on newly resurfaced tennis courts at University of the Pacific – and kissed them. That passion brought her back to her alma mater recently to help celebrate the groundbreaking for what is planned as one of the finest tennis facilities on the West Coast, the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center.

Made possible by a $1.5 million gift from Zimmerman, the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center will include 12 courts, a 5,500-square-foot clubhouse, covered player benches, and a new electronic scoreboard. It will occupy a portion of the footprint of the former Amos Alonzo Stagg Memorial Stadium.

“This facility will enable Pacific tennis players to shine as Tigers should,” said Zimmerman, who played for Pacific from 1980 to 1984 and went on to become a world-ranked professional player. Returning to Pacific for Homecoming, she will be making her first visit to the campus since she graduated.

Oldest Pacific alum, 107, gives $300,000 days before his death

Oldest Pacific alum, 107, gives $300,000 days before his death

George Knoles, an esteemed historian whose family played a pivotal role in University of the Pacific’s past, contributed to future students’ success by giving $303,000 toward a graduate student scholarship at his alma mater just days before his death on Aug. 27 at the age of 107.

The Barker-Knoles Endowed Scholarship, established in 2000 by Knoles and his late wife, Amandalee Barker, provides scholarships for female graduate students in history and the humanities at University of the Pacific. Barker also graduated from Pacific.

“We are honored by the Knoles family’s great legacy at University of the Pacific,” said Pacific President Pamela Eibeck. “George and Amandalee deeply believed that women should enjoy the same academic opportunities as their male counterparts. They opened the door for more women to pursue graduate education by funding a scholarship endowment that will help students at Pacific for many decades to come.”

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.”

Modesto Pastor to Serve as Guest Chaplain in U.S. House of Representatives

Modesto Pastor to Serve as Guest Chaplain in U.S. House of Representatives

With the sponsorship of U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock), Pastor Glen Berteau of The House Modesto will serve tomorrow as the guest chaplain in the United States House of Representatives. Pastor Berteau will offer the opening prayer of the legislative session on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 12 p.m. ET.

“Pastor Berteau has been a great leader in our community,” said Rep. Denham. “I’m honored to share the floor of the House with him and to bring his talents as a speaker and evangelist to my colleagues.”

Germán A. Águilar Memorial Wednesday, July 2, 4 p.m., at Delta College

Germán A. Águilar Memorial Wednesday, July 2, 4 p.m., at Delta College

San Joaquin Delta College will hold a memorial for our beloved colleague Germán Andrés Águilar on Wednesday, July 2, 4 p.m. at Atherton Auditorium.

Germán passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 7th in Florence, Italy doing what he loved, performing with the Cal State Long Beach Conservatory Choir. He was on a three week tour performing in many of the iconic performance venues throughout Europe.

Germán was indeed one of the finest choral directors and teachers Delta College has had the privilege to work with. He touched the lives of students, faculty, staff and the community in a most profound way. You could never forget his joyful smile, his artistry and love for his work. As Germán directed his choral performances, you could see he was dancing with the angelic hymns of heaven.

Author Finds Success Through Poetry

Shamir Kali Griffin earned 4 AA degrees from San Joaquin Delta College including Social and Behavioral Sciences, Early Childhood Education and Humanities.