Briefly Noted, Fall 2013

Featuring news from the newest programs at Pacific University, plus an upcoming inspirational event promoting eye care for infants.

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PROGRAM GROWTH CONTINUES | Pacific University continues to expand its programmatic offerings for students with several new undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The College of Business, which opened July 1, will offer a master of science in finance, targeting working professionals with intensive weekend coursework. The College of Health Professions will provide an online program for students and professionals to complete a bachelor’s degree in health science. The College of Arts & Sciences is developing a master of social work program, only the second in Oregon, that will be based in Eugene. And the College of Education is launching a bachelor’s in elementary education and English language learning, targeting minority teaching candidates. The new degree will be offered in Woodburn, Pacific’s newest campus location, where the College of Education previously piloted a master of arts in teaching program for middle- and high-school science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers. That program is embedded in the Woodburn School District, one of the fastest growing, and most diverse, communities in Oregon.

PACIFIC EYECLINICS HELP INFANTS SEE | The Pacific University College of Optometry will host community and campus events Nov. 11 to promote InfantSEE, a public health program that provides free eye care to children under the age of 1. Actor and entertainer Tom Sullivan will bring a motivational message of his own experience with blindness. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber also has proclaimed November as InfantSEE Month in Oregon in support of the program. All Pacific EyeClinics and many alumni are InfantSEE providers. Find a participating optometrist by zip code.