Honors and Awards, August 2010

Accomplishments, accolades and a very funny student optometry video

Dan McKitrick

Dan McKitrick, School of Professional Psychology, recently retired with Professor Emeritus status, and also won a prestigious national award. The former director of the Psychological Service Center in Portland received recognition from the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology for contributions to the enhancement of diversity in professional psychology.

Jay Thomas

Professor Jay Thomas, School of Professional Psychology, is the 2010 Distinguished University Professor. The award, one of the University’s highest, recognizes outstanding performance over an extended period. Thomas helped develop the master’s in counseling program, mentored many students and faculty and leads student teams helping a variety of community organizations.

Psych Students Present Papers

Psychology Professor Alyson Burns-Glover and three School of Professional Psychology graduate students presented research at a peer-reviewed national conference devoted to science, culture and ethnicity recently. The American Psychological Association (APA), and Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues conference saw Burns-Glover join Jarrett Takayama ’09; Elinor Butay, ’06, MA ’08, and current Psy.D. student Terri D. Draper.


Science Studies

Pacific’s College of Education has received a U.S. Department of Education grant for $199,964 to fund a two-year Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) partnership with the Woodburn School District. Teachers and scientists will work together in teams across grade levels to apply what is learned in their classrooms.

YouTube Optometry

Optometry Student Marc Schmitt has won The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) 2010 Envision Video Competition and $5,000 for his YouTube video promoting careers in the profession. Judges based their decisions on how effectively the videos educated potential applicants and the general public about the profession of optometry through creativity and humor.