October has always been my favorite month.
Growing up here in Oregon, I insisted that there was an aroma to the month. The combination of burn piles and chimney smoke, overripe berries and decaying leaves created a sweet and pungent smell that meant fall was truly here. It’s time to trade in sandals for boots, T-shirts for sweaters. It’s time to take a moment to relax between the endless activity of summer and the bustle of the holiday season.
In an educational environment, fall also takes on special meaning as the beginning of something new. At home, I’ve loaded up on back-to-school gear and sent my son off to his first day of “big boy preschool.” At Pacific, we’ve welcomed new students and observed the rituals of Orientation, Convocation and Sign, Shake & Ring. We’ve braved the rain to cheer on the football team, and we’ve celebrated Homecoming and Family Weekend.
This fall, at Pacific magazine, we’re celebrating something else, too. This marks the first issue in our transition to three issues a year. It’s incredibly exciting, in an age where conventional wisdom says print is dying, to be able to expand our magazine production and bring you more stories from Pacific University. This issue recognizes the role of philanthropy and giving in the success of Pacific, and it thanks you — our alumni, friends and donors — for making the mission of this place possible. Our spring issue, in late February, and our summer issue, at the end of June, will bring you more stories about Pacific University — about the growth on our campuses, the inspiration of our students, and the successes of our alumni around the world.
Jenni M. Luckett
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