Briefly Noted, Spring 2013

Featuring Pacific University's new Hawai'i Office, recognition of faculty, Legends 2013, the new College of Business, Pacific EyeClinic Cornelius and Pacific EarClinic, and feedback opportunities for alumni.

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EXTENDED FAMILY | In January, Pacific University opened its Hawai‘i Office in Honolulu. Led by Director Gary Pacarro ’74, the office will provide a connection point for prospective and current students, families, alumni, donors and friends. Pacarro will work with the education and business communities on the Islands to provide support for students and alumni. For example, as part of the opening celebration of the office, University President Lesley Hallick signed a new articulation agreement with the community college system in Hawai‘i to create a more seamless transition for students pursuing their bachelor’s degrees at Pacific. 

BEST PROFESSORS | Pacific University is among 25 colleges and universities deemed to have the best professors in the nation, according to an annual list compiled by the Center for College Affordability & Productivity. The university is the lone institution in Oregon to make the list. 

GALA OF THE SUMMER | Support Pacific’s student-athletes at Legends 2013 on Aug. 25, at the Waverley Country Club in Portland. This year’s Legends promises to be the most elegant event yet. Hosted by Tommy Thayer, KISS guitarist and Pacific University trustee, Legends will feature star-studded company, fine dining, a lively auction and the one-of-a-kind concert only Legends can deliver. 

GET DOWN TO BUSINESS | The new College of Business at Pacific University officially opens July 1. Initial offerings include undergraduate degrees in the areas of marketing, finance, accounting, international business, and business administration — programs previously offered within the College of Arts & Sciences — with graduate programs starting soon. About 13 percent of undergraduates at Pacific University major in business, and the new college will enhance their learning experiences as curriculum focuses on a rich liberal arts base complemented by rigorous, real-world experience. Students will be encouraged to study abroad and participate in internships and also will each create a microbusiness while on campus. The College of Business will seek accreditation from the Association to Advance College Schools of Business — International, the most recognized accrediting organization.

CLINICAL EXPERTISE | Pacific University’s EyeClinic Cornelius has moved to a new location within the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center in downtown Cornelius, Ore., in October. The new location more than doubles the space available for the EyeClinic and significantly increases the number of patients that Pacific faculty, students and clinicians are able to serve. Also this spring, Pacific University opened its first EarClinic, offering audiology services for the public and clinical experience for students in the College of Heath Professions’ doctorate of audiology program.

YOUR INPUT, TWO WAYS | We want to hear from our alumni. We are conducting two surveys this spring. The Pacific Alumni Survey of Recent Graduates will be emailed in May to all members of the classes of 2008 through 2012. Please take this opportunity to inform decision-making and shape the future of Pacific University. Respondents will be entered in a random drawing to win a variety of prizes. A second survey will specifically deal with this publication, Pacific magazine. The magazine readership survey will be sent by email to a random sample of people who receive the magazine. Look for this survey invitation in your inbox in April and take a few minutes to let us know what you think of the magazine. Not included in the random sample? Please feel free to email with your ideas and feedback. To make sure you have the opportunity to voice your opinions, update your email address.