Use your social networks and ask people questions, says Mike Geraci '91. The first in his family to attend college, Geraci chose Pacific, where he went on to become an associate professor in the Department of Media Arts.
Jaye Cee Whitehead '00 came to Pacific from rural Wyoming. 'I got here and I had no idea what I was doing," she said. Today, she is an associate professor of sociology, ready and willing to help other first-generation students find their way.
When Mike Steele was told he should go to college, he named the best he'd heard of: Notre Dame. One of the most beloved professors at Pacific University, Steele went from being the first in his family to attend college to earning a PhD and living a career in academia.
Pacific University well honor current students, alumni, faculty, staff and partners of the university for their work in civic engagement at the Community Collaboration Celebration event April 26.
Mark Loomis OTD '17 joined the military after 9/11, called to follow his grandfather's military footsteps and serve his country in a time of need.
Students spent April 2-3 renovating a bedroom at Monika's House, the only domestic violence shelter in Washington County.
The first in his family to attend college, Bob Fitzmorris '08 is a recent Pacific University graduate — who's a visiting professor at his alma mater.
A high-school counselor once doubted Jennifer Hardacker's ability to attend college. Hardacker was the first in her family to go to college and has gone on to earn a master of fine arts, become an award-winning filmmaker, and teach at Pacific University.
Jeff Grundon '80 was the first in his family to attend college. Today, he recruits other students to Pacific University.
Mia Prohaska '16 will travel to Thailand, where she hopes to help start an after-school education center.