Briefly Noted, Spring 2014

Featuring Pacific University's new master of social work and bachelor of music therapy programs, summer construction on the Forest Grove Campus, and a new agreement with a Hawai‘i community college.

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Professional Social Workers Train at Pacific | Pacific University will launch a master of social work program starting in Fall 2014 at its Eugene Campus. The two-year program will offer concentrations in health and wellness and in Latino studies. Students also will complete significant fieldwork with local service organizations. Pacific is just the second institution in Oregon to offer a master of social work degree. Spencer Ziegler was named the director of the new MSW program in 2013. 

Music Therapy Offers New Route to Service | Pacific University’s College of Arts & Sciences will begin a new bachelor of music therapy program starting in Fall 2014 in Forest Grove. The bachelor’s degree will require an intense five-year program that will give students a path to board certification in a growing field that melds the arts with health professions. Students will develop their music proficiency while also taking coursework in psychology, neuroscience, anatomy, and healthcare ethics and philosophy. The program is pending accreditation by the American Music Therapy Association, and Pacific will become just the third university in the Pacific Northwest to offer the degree.

Campus Transformation | Construction is well underway on Pacific University’s newest residence hall. The four-story building on the Forest Grove Campus is progressing quickly as crews work to a Fall 2014 opening date. The new hall will offer 200 beds in one- and two-person rooms, as well as four-person suites. It also will feature engaging community areas, ranging from shared kitchens, study areas and laundry areas to an indoor-outdoor patio and fireplace. This is the third residence constructed at the Forest Grove Campus since 2006 in response to a growing student population that topped 3,600 university-wide in 2013-2014. Meanwhile, the Washburne University Center will get a refresh this summer, including new paint, carpet, entryways and food service options on the first floor. The Pacific University Bookstore will move into the UC, as will a full-service Starbucks and a new quick-service food vendor, complementing the complete dining hall. The refresh is expected to be Phase 1 of ongoing work in the UC and will be complete by Fall 2014.

Partners in International Education | A new agreement with Kapi‘olani Community College in Hawai‘i will allow international students who graduate from KCC a clear pathway to continue their undergraduate studies at Pacific University. KCC international students who complete their associate degree in liberal arts and sciences with a minimum GPA of 2.70 will be eligible to enter Pacific as juniors. Those with a cumulative GPA of 2.90 or higher will also qualify for merit scholarships at Pacific. The agreement is a second for Pacific University, which also signed an agreement with Hawai‘i community colleges last year to allow a seamless transition for community college students to earn their bachelor’s degree at Pacific.