University of the Pacific has a storied history as the first chartered institution of higher learning in California. Today marks “Founders Day” — a day to recognize the establishment of the university on July 10, 1851.
Originally located in Santa Clara, University of the Pacific later moved to San Jose, then finally to Stockton in 1924, making it also the first private four-year university in the Central Valley. Pacific provided California with its first chartered medical school in 1858, its first coeducational campus in 1871, and its first conservatory of music in 1878. It was the nation's first to offer an undergraduate teacher corps program, the first to send an entire class to an overseas campus, the first to establish a Spanish-speaking inter-American college, and the first to offer a four-year graduation guarantee. Learn more about some university’s history and milestones.
While we look to the past today, we also look ahead to the future. One of the areas of change and progress in the immediate neighborhood of our school is the 5M project taking shape directly across Fifth Street from our campus.
For those not familiar, the 5M project is one of the major construction projects moving forward in downtown San Francisco. It will include apartments, condos, office space, a park, renovated space for non-profits, and more.
Here is a picture I took with my phone of the construction.
We have communicated with the project developers over the past two years to stay in touch about the construction activities and plans. One of the benefits is the creation of new park space along Natoma Street and the creation of a rooftop open area accessible to the public above the San Francisco Chronicle building. While this project will take years to complete, it will bring some new amenities to the Fifth Street corridor. It is encouraging to see the construction progress despite the pandemic.
Next week, as we start the new academic year, we will be holding orientation meetings for our continuing students as well as our clinical faculty to ensure that your questions are answered, and you have the most updated information. We will also begin our brown bags for the quarter with different classes and faculty/staff. Thank you to everyone who participated in our matriculation week online activities this week. It is exciting for our newest students to learn more about their school and program and meet so many members of the Dugoni School family. You are the magic of this school. Every time we are faced with a new challenge or problem because of this pandemic, you find a creative and positive solution.