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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.  

Brothers sentenced in deadly shootout in front of Sacramento barbershop


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A judge has sentenced two brothers to more than 50 years to life in prison each in a shootout at a Sacramento barbershop that killed two people, including a mother shielding her toddler.

The Sacramento Bee reports that a judge issued the sentences against 28-year-old Lonnie Mitchell and 23-year-old Louis Mitchell on Friday.

Authorities say the Mitchells and a rival group headed by a man named Marvion Barksdale got into a shootout at the Fly Cuts & Styles barbershop on Dec. 14, 2010. Thirty-year-old Monique Nelson was killed while protecting her 2-year-old son. Barksdale also died.

A man on the Barksdale side who fired the bullet that killed Nelson, 35-year-old James Leo Carney III, was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 21 years in prison. Carney claimed he shot in self-defense.

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.”

Drexel University Sacramento’s Michael Marion Appointed to California Student Aid Commission

Drexel University Sacramento’s Michael Marion Appointed to California Student Aid Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Michael Marion, Executive Director and Associate Vice Provost of Drexel University Sacramento, was recently appointed to the California Student Aid Commission, where he will support the mission to make higher education more accessible for California students.

Appointments to the Commission are made by California Governor Jerry Brown and the position requires State Senate confirmation. As a commissioner, Marion will represent private and secondary education schools. He’ll attend his first Commission meeting in November.

“It’s a huge honor to be considered by Governor Brown for this role and be able to join some of the outstanding individuals who are already serving as commissioners,” Marion said. “This is a great opportunity to give back to students to make sure they can access financial aid and have the opportunity to be successful in college.”

Sacramento Police: Man allegedly attacks woman with ax


SACRAMENTO - Sacramento Police arrested a man after he allegedly attacked a woman with an ax.

The woman suffered serious injuries.

Jamaal Ringgold, 25, was booked on attempted homicide and domestic violence charges.

The incident happened just after 6 p.m. on the 7800 block of Center Parkway.

According to police, officers responded to a report of a female calling for help. When they arrived, they found a female with significant injuries from an ax.

Ringgold was later located after fleeing on foot.

In addition to homicide and domestic violence charges, he faces another charge of resisting arrest.

One officer sustained minor injuries during the pursuit.

It is unknown what prompted the attack.


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.