Faculty Mentor Awards

The 2017 Faculty Mentor Awards Brunch will be held on Sunday, November 12th at 10:30am in the Alex & Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House. To receive an invitation to the awards brunch, or for questions, please call Janice Wagner at 209.946.2148.

View photos from the 2016 Faculty Mentor Awards Brunch.


Distinguished Alumni Awards

Recipients of the Pacific Alumni Association’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards include: Medallion of Excellence, Kathy Lagorio Janssen ’68 EDU; Honorary Alumni Awards, Dean J. Janssen and Patrick D. Cavanaugh; Distinguished Public Service Award, The Honorable Connie M. Callahan ’75 LAW; Distinguished Professional Service Award, Brigadier General (Ret.) Gerald Dieter Griffin MD, PharmD ’71 PHS; and Outstanding Family Award, Bodley-Reinelt-Payne Families.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize alumni whose outstanding achievements and services to humanity have brought credit to University of the Pacific. The Alumni Association is proud of this year’s recipients and the contributions they have made, accomplishments they have achieved, and the dedication they have shown to Pacific and the community.

Medallion of Excellence and Honorary Alumni Award- Kathy Lagorio Janssen ’68 EDU and Dean J. Janssen

For Kathy and Dean Janssen, the passion for education has always been a driving force. Now the owners and operators of Lagorio Family of Companies in Stockton, both were schoolteachers in the Stockton Unified School District. Kathy Lagorio Janssen grew up in Stockton, the daughter of “tomato king” George Lagorio. She came to Pacific to become a teacher and make a difference in children’s lives. Her passion for Pacific and her commitment to education and seeing people succeed has driven her to chair Pacific’s Board of Regents. Dean Janssen grew up on a family farm in Nebraska with a love for basketball and would attend university to receive his teaching degree. His passion for basketball and desire to watch students grow and succeed is shown through his involvement at Pacific focusing on athletic excellence. The Janssens, through their family foundation, funded the construction of the Janssen-Lagorio Gymnasium at Pacific in the early 2000s, and in December 2016 they broke ground on the Janssen-Lagorio Performance Center. The Janssens continue to show their passion for the Pacific community and Pacific Athletics through their generosity and constant support of athletes and students alike.


Distinguished Public Service Award- The Honorable Connie M. Callahan ’75 LAW

Consuelo Maria “Connie” Callahan has been a leader in the state and federal judiciaries. She currently serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. She was nominated in February 2003 by President George W. Bush to serve on that court and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in May 2003 by a 99-0 vote. Callahan began her career as a deputy city attorney for the city of Stockton before becoming a San Joaquin County deputy district attorney. In 1986, she became a Stockton Municipal Court commissioner and in 1992 she became the first Hispanic woman to be appointed to the San Joaquin County Superior Court. In 1996, Gov. Pete Wilson appointed her to serve on the 3rd District California Court of Appeal in Sacramento. Callahan’s passion for mentoring has been shown through her involvement and support on the Pacific campuses. She served as a regent for Pacific from 2005-2014. She previously served as president and board member of the McGeorge School of Law Alumni Association, as well as on the McGeorge Dean’s Council. Callahan is also one of the founders of Pacific’s Advancing Women’s Leadership Forum.


Honorary Alumni Award- Patrick D. Cavanaugh

Patrick Cavanaugh, a “champion for the students, faculty and staff,” served as Pacific’s vice president of business and finance from 1997 to 2014. During his tenure, Cavanaugh directed efforts that increased Pacific’s net assets from $185 million at the end of financial year 1997 to $616 million at the end of financial year 2013. The endowment also increased during his tenure from $70 million to $334 million at the end of 2013. He was also instrumental in increasing the university’s bond rating. Cavanaugh orchestrated the real estate deal that gave rise to the San Francisco Campus, home of Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and graduate programs in music therapy, analytics, audiology and food studies. He oversaw numerous renovations and expansions that transformed the Stockton Campus, including the Biological Science Center, the Janssen-Lagorio Gymnasium, the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center, the Chan Family Health Sciences Learning Center and clinics building, the John T. Chambers Technology Center, and the Monogan and Chan Family halls. In addition to all of these contributions, Cavanaugh and his wife, Janita, endowed the Cavanaugh Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes employees for outstanding service. Former President DeRosa said of Cavanaugh, “He has been a champion for the students, faculty and staff of this university, and they will benefit from it in perpetuity.”


Distinguished Professional Service Award- Gerald Dieter Griffin ’71 PHS

Retired Brig. Gen. Gerald Dieter Griffin, whose military service to this country spans four decades, continues to serve this country through a scholarship to Pacific students and teaching entrepreneurship and innovation in health care. Griffin became an Army medic after high school and enrolled at UC Berkeley as a German literature and zoology major. Having chosen the sciences as his calling, Griffin enrolled in Pacific’s Doctor of Pharmacy Program and graduated in 1971 before receiving a medical degree from the University of Juarez. He completed his residency in emergency medicine when he was nearly 42 years old. Griffin’s military career began August 24, 1968 and he retired after 41½ years of service. Griffin’s military medals include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device for Valor, the Purple Heart Medal and many more. He proudly wears the Special Forces combat patch. Griffin is currently medical director of a hospice, and a researcher for a biotech company focusing on immunology, infection, TBI, PTSD and vaccine development. In addition to his service to our country and contributions to the field of medicine, Griffin has created a scholarship called “Camouflage to White Coat” for Pacific students who served in the military and are now in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Dr Griffin is still fully engaged and has no plans to slow down.

 Outstanding Family Award- Bodley-Reinelt-Payne Family

Homer S. Bodley ’20 COP; John W. Bodley ’22 COP; Katherine (Christian) Bodley ’22 COP; J. Russell Bodley ’23 COP; Marjorie (Hixon) Bodley ’23 COP; Beatrice (Walton) Bodley ’27 MUS; Professor Emeritus Herbert Reinelt, PhD; Donald Payne ’50 COP; June (Brown) Payne ’51 COP; Elizabeth (Bodley) Day ’55 MUS; Walton H. Bodley ’60 COP; Henry W. Wegener, Jr. '60 COP; Margaret (Bodley) Wegener-Harrison ’61 COP; Richard Harrison ’61 COP; Glen (Ainslie) Payne ’65 COP; Janelle (Gobby) Reinelt ’69 COP; Margaret (Wise) Payne ’73 COP; James Payne ’75 COP; Jeanne (Dooley) Reinelt ’77 COP; Douglas Reinelt ’78 COP; Steven West DDS ’78 COP; Lorin Reinelt ’82 ENG; Derrill George Bodley ’00 EDU; Elizabeth Aaron '14 COP; Montana Pawek ’19 COP

The blended family of Bodley-Reinelt-Payne exemplifies an outstanding Pacific Family. Through university academic and philanthropic leadership, the Bodley, Reinelt and Payne families have extended exemplary service, made outstanding contributions and brought great honor to the university. The families’ impacts on the university go back several generations. They have provided support for Pacific and its students, shown through scholarships they have endowed, and the belief in what Pacific and its students evolve into over the years. The man at the center of the family is Dr. Herbert Reinelt, professor emeritus of philosophy. He has inspired in his family a culture of philanthropy. He and his wife, Barbara Bodley Reinelt, had four children who have continued the family’s connection to Pacific. Dr. Reinelt and family were able to create the Bodley, Payne and Reinelt Family Endowed Scholarships. These scholarships allow dedicated students to attend Pacific. It is because of families like this – who give to others and lead through example – that Pacific is able to thrive.

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Pacific Tiger Award

The Pacific Tiger Award is presented annually by the Pacific Alumni Association to recognize a registered student organization that exhibits and promotes school spirit, encourages student participation in activities and events and/or provides students with knowledge of Pacific's heritage, traditions and history.