2011-2012 Overall Accomplishments
Undergraduate Admissions recruited the most new students from California and Oregon, and the third most from Hawaii, in Pacific University’s history. Pacific’s student body now is the most ethnically diverse group in the University’s history.
The Student Health Center expanded its hours from two to four days a week at the Hillsboro clinic to accommodate College of Health Professions students.
In October 2011, the College of Optometry celebrated the grand opening of the new Pacific EyeClinic Beaverton, the world’s first 3D performance eye clinic. In October 2012, Pacific EyeClinic Cornelius is moving into a new, expanded space as part of the brand new Virginia Garcia Wellness Clinic. The new facility will offer comprehensive vision services as well as an all-new eyewear dispensary.
Through the efforts of Catherine Kim, Karren Timmermans and Kevin Carr, the College of Education was awarded a $1.34 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to target STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) instruction for students with limited English proficiency.
Graduate Admissions processed 4,100 applications to graduate programs in the Colleges of Education, Health Professions and Optometry. In addition, Admissions staff and faculty conducted 1,446 interviews.
Pacific University became the only NCAA Division III school in the West to have an indoor facility with an artificial turf surface when FieldTurf was installed in the fieldhouse.
The College of Education recently was accepted by the Chalkboard Project to be involved in two projects with local school districts exploring ways to prepare diverse teachers.
Pacific EyeClinic Forest Grove screened 20 children visiting from Burundi for trachoma and other vision issues during a one-day stop by the children’s choir.
More than 1,000 undergraduate students now live in campus housing, the largest number ever, and Residence Life has implemented a revised programming model for its Resident Assistants.
The College of Education celebrated the graduation of its first cohort of science and math teaching candidates embedded in the Woodburn School District. The College opened a satellite office in Woodburn to support the continuation of the program.
In 2012, Pacific University opened two new centers: the Center for a Sustainable Society, under the direction of John Hayes, as well as the Center for Peace and Spirituality, under the direction of Dave Boersema.
The incoming Occupational Therapy class was the most prepared ever, with an average GPA of 3.6. The audiology and speech-language pathology classes also are stellar and larger than anticipated.
Pacific University hired a founding dean for a future College of Business, Howard Smith, who is developing a proposal for a new college and shepherding that proposal through the University governance processes.
Learning Support Services serves 135 clients, 85 in the College of Arts & Sciences and 50 in the College of Health Professions.
The College of Arts & Sciences launched several new majors and minors, including majors in applied theatre, art history, dance, environmental studies: policy, culture and society, and public health, as well as a self-designed interdisciplinary major, and minors in editing & publishing, indigenous studies and outdoor leadership.
A total of 73 Pacific student-athletes qualified for the Northwest Conference All-Academic team. The women’s lacrosse team was recognized as a team of Academic Merit by the Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association, with the third highest GPA in all of NCAA Division III. The men’s and women’s cross country teams were also recognized for academic achievement by their selection as NCAA Division III All-Academic teams.
The Early Learning Community (ELC) provided a model learning environment for 60 young children and more than 100 adults. Work in the ELC led to two national conference presentations, three senior capstone research projects and the development of a best practices website, as well as supporting coursework fore more than a dozen courses from Pacific and two high schools.
The College of Health Professions launched its new doctorate program in audiology in 2012, as well as a new online graduate certificate in healthcare compliance. It also laid the groundwork for a new master’s of science in athletic training and a doctorate in clinical psychology, opening to students in Fall 2013.
A Free Bike Program was established, allowing students to access bikes for free.
Pacific University was accepted into the National String Project Consortium, becoming its only member in Oregon. In the Strings Project, college students teach school-age children how to play string instruments under the supervision of University faculty.
The Intercollegiate Athletic program finished with its highest point total ever in the Northwest Conference All-Sports Standings in 2011-12. The baseball team finished as co-champions of the Northwest Conference, their first conference championship since 1979. The men’s tennis team had its most successful season in more than 20 years. The women’s soccer team posted its second highest win total in program history. The women’s basketball team had its highest victory total since 1995-96. The football team won its first game since the return of the program with a 44-25 victory over Puget Sound.
The Chemistry Department purchased two new nuclear magnetic resonances (NMRs), which will allow students to complete research with state-of-the-art technology.
Student Activities, in collaboration with the Student Senate, approved cocurricular applications for a variety of projects, sponsored hydration stations across the Forest Grove campus, supported a Stoller Center monitor position to allow after-hours recreation, developed new clubs, including rugby, dance and pre-health, sponsored 12 study abroad scholarships, and developed open forums to connect administrators with students.
The College of Education opened the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, which established an undergraduate minor in communication sciences and disorders, as well as a new master’s program in speech-language pathology, which opened in September with 35 students.
Orientation and Student Activities & Multicultural Interests held its second “Faces of Pacific” orientation activity for new students to foster inclusivity for Pacific’s diverse study body.
Freshman swimmers Amanda Clark and Katie Porter became the first women’s swimmers in Pacific history to qualify for the NCAA championships.
The College of Education developed partnerships with Beaverton, Woodburn and Eugene school districts to place student teachers in year-long practica with master teachers.
Voyages welcomed 100 participants this fall.
The Health Professions Campus named the atrium in CHP2 in honor of Sara Hopkins-Powell, who served as vice provost and executive dean of CHP from 2005 to 2010.
The College of Education received authorization from the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission to offer the communication sciences and disorders endorsement at the graduate level, the special education endorsement at the undergraduate level and the world languages—Chinese endorsement at the graduate level.