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Past and Present Dinner, a rainy commencement and Pacific's expert on the hoarding disorder.

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Save the Date: Past and Present Dinner, Nov. 14  Forest Grove-area alumni and parents are invited to host current students in their homes for the Past and Present Dinner on Sunday, November 14, 6-8 p.m. This dinner gives students a chance to enjoy a home-cooked meal and to engage in conversation with other Pacific community members. Interested in hosting a group of students for dinner? Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 503-352-2057 or  For a look at past event photos, please go to the Alumni page. For updates on the event go to the Pacific Calendar.


Wet, But Joyous Approximately 274 bachelor’s degrees, 74 master’s and 207 doctoral degrees were conferred May 22 at the first outdoor graduation since 2001. The weather mostly cooperated, with only a few raindrops for the morning undergraduate ceremony at Lincoln Park. The grad students, though, endured a serious downpour at the afternoon ceremony, ironic since it was the undergrads who wanted to have the event outside to accommodate more people.

Hands Across the Water Pacific strengthened its ties with England’s York St. John University in York, England with an Internet signing ceremony May 11. Pacific President Lesley Hallick and York St. John Acting Vice Chancellor David Maughan Brown signed an agreement via videoconference that expands a student exchange agreement signed in March 2008 to include a visiting faculty exchange, the development of joint research programs, conferences and other academic offerings to enhance the research and educational processes at both schools, which have similar liberal arts and healthcare curricula.

Text Book Rental is now an option in the University Bookstore run by Barnes & Noble. Instead of buying, students can rent their books for half the purchase price of a new printed text, either at the bookstore or on the store’s website:

Understanding Hoarding Clinical psychologist and associate professor Johan Rosqvist, an expert on compulsive disorders such as hoarding, has been in the news lately. Rosqvist provided analysis to The Oregonian in its coverage of a West Linn, Ore. nurse who committed suicide and was found among numerous animals in her garbage-filled home. Rosqvist also appeared on The Learning Channel's “Hoarding: Buried Alive” April 18 and Discovery Health Channel's “Anxious” Sunday, May 2, and the pilot episode of “Anxious” in which he treats a patient with severe panic disorder. A clip, titled "Shelly's Panic Attacks," is available on the “Anxious” web page. TLC lists the School of Professional Psychology as a therapy resource.

Photo Real Dean of the School of Professional Psychology Michel Herson is popping up everywhere these days—at least his photography is. Hersen had his photo of the Toutle River in the Mount St. Helens Wilderness Area published on the cover of the February-March 2010 issue of the American Psychologist, a shot in the Camping News and in the Portland Japanese Garden’s 2010 calendar. In addition, Hersen has a one-person exhibition of his Oregon photographs at the Hallie Ford Museum at Willamette University Aug. 7-Oct. 10.

IVAN Meets IRENE? The College of Optometry’s famed mobile eye clinic, naturally known as IVAN, has lugged Pacific students and faculty all over the area helping the homeless and uninsured with eye health. Now the IVAN has a companion, a new 16-foot fully insulated and carpeted trailer, thanks to John Rush O.D. ’69. The roomy trailer has a TV/DVD for patient education, eye examination equipment and is wheel-chair accessible. All eyes are on the trailer’s new name, with IDA, ILENE and IRENE under consideration.

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