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Carl Mead ’86 was appointed to the position of Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning for the Beaverton School District starting July 1. As a regional administrator for the Aloha and Southridge region, this position will include overseeing a dozen schools in the district’s southern area.
He takes over for Sarah Boly, who retired. Dr. Mead, formerly the principal of Sunset High School for three years, received his MAT from Lewis and Clark after graduating from Pacific. While attending Pacific, Carl taught at Circle of Friends and gave tours to prospective students.
During winter break of her senior year, Heidi Cupp ‘10 traveled to the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institute in Pendleton, Ore. to conduct research for her senior project in anthropology, titled “Recidivism in Inmates with Drug Related Crimes.”
Cupp interviewed five inmates and three counselors in an attempt to understand why previously imprisoned criminals have a tendency to return to prison. According to Cupp, 70 percent of those who are currently imprisoned have been to prison before.
Specifically, Cupp looked at inmates who committed crimes while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. She asked the inmates about their lives before and after imprisonment. In addition, she asked them how and why they got involved in drugs or alcohol.
The 21-year-old student "grew up around prison and hearing all about prison and inmates." Her grandfather was once the warden of the penitentiary in Salem, Ore. and both of her parents worked as prison guards.
"I like working with vulnerable populations, with people who don't have a voice," Cupp told the Pacific Index, "I look at anthropology as a degree in people. It's a degree that helps you understand and relate to people better."
The inmates Cupp interviewed will receive a copy of her 70-page paper.
A Pacific alumna (O.D. '93) who has served as dean of the College of Optometry at Pacific University since 2008, Smythe is the first woman to be elected to the executive committee of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO). She will serve on the executive committee as an at-large member.
Founded in 1941, ASCO represents the interest of the schools and colleges of optometry in the United States and Puerto Rico, and is committed to helping its member institutions prepare well-qualified graduates for the optometry profession.
Prior to serving as dean, Smythe served as a professor, chief of contact lens services and associate dean for academic programs. She spent 12 years in private practice and has written extensively on vision care. She is a contributing editor for Primary Care Optometry News, Vice-President of Women of Vision, a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate in the Section on Cornea and Contact Lenses. Her research interests include contact lenses; correction of presbyopia; and corneal and ocular response to contact lens wear.
Col. Randall Christiansen ’72, OD ’74 recently retired from practicing optometry in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Rusty Hampton has joined the firm of Neel-Schaffer Inc. in the marketing department of its Jackson, Miss., office. Hampton has more than 30 years of journalism experience, most recently with 11 years as sports editor of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. He previously worked for Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal and the Statesman-Journal in Salem, Ore.
Terry Sullivan owns LBC Franchising Corp., where he helps people find franchised businesses, coaches business owners and connects people and ideas. He lives in West Linn, Ore., with his wife of 25 years and two children, both of whom are in high school.
Jake von Scherrer was recently honored with the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s State Award of Merit for Florida. Since 2008, von Scherrer has been the athletic director at Palmer Trinity School in Miami, where he started a variety of sportsmanship initiatives. Von Scherrer is a member of the NIAAA National Certification Committee and this year presented a workshop at its national conference on some of the sportsmanship initiatives at his school.
David LeFevre ’82, OD ’83 retired from Group Health Medical Center on Jan. 31, 2013, after practicing at its location in Olympia, Wash., for 23 years. He is now practicing half-time at the Dupont Family Vision Clinic in Dupont, Wash.
Ken Parshall was recently named assistant superintendent of the Salem-Keizer (Ore.) School District. He previously served as principal of McKay High School in Salem.
Cathy Leong ’87, MSPT ’89 married Kirby J. Doyle on Dec. 8, 2012.