Pacific To Honor 2011 Amos Alonzo Stagg Award of Merit Recipients This Saturday

Jan. 14, 2011

Stockton, Calif. - Pacific Athletics will honor distinguished alumni Karen Jacobsen ('83), Will Keim ('75) and Fred Miller ('53) at the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award of Merit Recognition Luncheon on Saturday, Jan. 29. Tickets are still available for the event by contacting Pam at 209-946-3945.

The Amos Alonzo Stagg Award of Merit was established in 1981 by former Graduate Manager of Athletics Bob Breeden, Pacific Alumni Director Kara Brewer, and Director of Athletics Elkin Isaac. The award recognizes an alumnus who participated in athletics at Pacific and who has gone on to achieve distinction in his/her life through the notable examples of integrity, dedication, idealism, and team spirit that Mr. Stagg personified and to which Pacific is dedicated.

Award Honoree: Karen Jacobsen
Class: 1983
Sport: Basketball, Volleyball
“There (are) so many wonderful athletes that have gone on to do tremendous things in their post-Pacific world that I’m deeply honored and I know it spans many generations.”
In her senior season, Karen was captain of the volleyball team before graduating in ‘83 from the School of Business. She subsequently returned to her hometown of Sacramento, where she obtained her law degree from McGeorge School of Law at University of the Pacific in 1986. After being a partner of Thompson & Keller, Jacobsen started the law firm of Jacobsen & McElroy in 1998, where she continues working today. She graduated with distinction, and was Order of the Coif, and a lifetime member of the Traynor Honor Society, as well as a staff writer and editor of the Pacific Law Journal. Karen was selected in 2010 as a “Super Lawyer”. 

Karen is very active in legal organizations.  She is the 2010 President of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada and she has been on the Board of Directors since 2002.   This organization has 900 plus attorneys who handle civil litigation matters defending individuals and businesses in business disputes, employment, construction, public entity, transportation, medical malpractice and other specialized areas.  She is also a member of the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court and she is on the Inn’s Executive Committee.  This organization is made up of Federal, State and Appellate Judges/Justices and civil and criminal attorneys and is dedicated to increasing professionalism, civility and ethics among members of the bench and bar.

During her 24-year legal career Karen has handled the defense of complex legal matters including construction defect, premises liability, product liability, motor vehicle accidents and other commercial matters. Jacobsen’s personal interests include: snow skiing, water skiing, cycling, traveling and theater.
“While I was at Pacific playing both volleyball and basketball, it required a lot of team work, competition and perseverance. The lessons of life, trials and tribulations of winning and losing, and participating at a high level are things that greatly benefit you in the business world. In my current world, it’s that way practically running a business as well.”
Award Recipient: Will Keim
Class: 1975
Sport: Baseball
“Amos Alonzo Stagg was a hero and was instrumental in the collegiate athletic movement. He was just a tremendous person and we are fortunate to have him part of Pacific. I am just really humbled to receive the award.”
Before receiving a Ph. D at Oregon State University, Keim earned his BA and MA in Communication Arts & Religious Studies in 1975 and 1980, respectively.
Will is a well-known public speaker and has spoken to over two and a half million students, faculty, and professional staff from 2,500 collegiate and corporate campuses in all 50 states in The United States and most provinces in Canada.

Keim’s Conference Keynote Speaker, appearances include: United States Air Force Academy National Symposium on Character and Leadership, Southern California Anti-Defamation League, Children's Miracle Network, ACUHI-I, NACURH, IACURH, Mid America Greek Council Association, ACUI, NODA, Swiss Army, Bushell, AT&T, IBM, Delta Airlines, Eye Med, Luxottica, Lenscrafters, Boys and Girls Club, Western Regional Greek Association, Northeast Interfraternity Council Association, Georgia Employment Council, Southern California, Economic Development Association, Montana State Employment Council, Ohio Employers Council, and others Keim has published a variety of publications including: The Wit & Wisdom of Dr. Will Keim; Keys to Success in College and Life; Fan Etiquette: How did the Burning Desire to Win Become the Desire to Burn; The Tao of Christ: The Way of Love for a World of Hurt; The Truth About College: 50 Lessons for Parents Before They Start Writing Checks; Life After College: Lessons for Students in Transition; Spirit Journey: A Walk Through Matthew; and The Education of Character: Lessons for Beginners.
In 2003, Keim founded The Character Institute, which empowers individuals and organizations to be more productive, operate in concert with personal and organizational values and beliefs, and make character-driven decisions in daily life. Keim is also currently: President of Will Keim Speaks! Inc and Intercollegiate Chaplain of First Christian Church. Will was honored in 2001 with the Jack Anson Award from the Association of Fraternity Advisors. Keim enjoys cooking, gardening, fishing, watching sports and spending time with family.
“Pacific was a very instrumental place in my development as a person. The nice thing about Pacific and one of the things that makes it unique is that the word ‘student’ and the word ‘athlete’ were equal. As players, we wanted to compete but the emphasis was always on taking care of your business in the classroom. I think that’s one of the rare things about (Pacific) is that it really did believe in the student-athlete concept.”
Award Honoree: Fred Miller
Class: 1953
Sport: football, track, tennis, rugby
While at Pacific, Fred was awarded varsity letters in football, track, tennis and rugby. After graduating in 1953 with a BA from then-College of Pacific, Miller was commissioned as an officer in the Navy and saw duty in Korea aboard an LST. In 1955, after receiving an honorable discharge, Miller played professional football for the Washington Redskins. He went on to become director of athletics at Arizona State University, Long Beach State University and San Diego State University.
Miller was chosen by the Officers and Executive Committee of NACDA as the recipient of the 41st James J. Corbett Memorial Award in 2007. The Corbett Award is presented annually to the collegiate administrator who "through the years has most typified Corbett's devotion to intercollegiate athletics and worked unceasingly for its betterment."
In 1971, Miller was hired as director of athletics and a professor of physical education at Arizona State. While at Arizona State, he added 10 women's varsity sports to what was an 11-sport, all-male program and initiated the private funding necessary for the renovation and/or development of six campus sports facilities. As a result of Miller's fund raising efforts, there were no tax dollars expended for any of these facility improvements.  Additionally, at Arizona State, Miller initiated the development of 10 acres of practice athletics fields as well as the land acquisitions for the Karsten Solheim Championship Golf Course.  He also coordinated the development of the Arizona State University Activity Center, their $23 million recreational complex and the Sun Devil Stadium Expansion project. In 1980, while maintaining his professorial responsibilities at ASU, Miller joined ESPN as a consultant and sports analyst where he acted as the primary negotiator for ESPN's contracts with NCAA Football, NCAA Championships, C.F.A. Football and Thursday Night Football.

He has served on the NCAA's TV Committee, Committee on Committees and the Volleyball Tournament and Rules Committee.  Furthermore, he chaired the NCAA Medical Aspects of Sports and Competitive Safeguards as well as the NCAA High School All-Star Committee.  He has also served as the chief administrative officer for a variety of NCAA regional and national championships.  Miller is a founding member of the Fiesta Bowl.