Pacific is hopping with activity

April 4, 2012

A roundup of campus activity in Forest Grove from April 4-8.

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Spring break is over, last week’s flood waters have almost receded, and Pacific University’s Forest Grove campus is once again hopping with activity (Easter-related pun totally intentional).

Start at the beginning, with a guided tour or self-guided exploration of the Pacific University museum in Old College Hall, which is open from 1 to 4 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month. (Read about the tour I took last month.)

Then, Celebrate Pacific Authors with the Pacific University Library. The month-long celebration starts with a reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Forest Grove campus library for faculty and staff who had works published in 2011. Those pieces will be on display, and there will be a short program starting at 4:15 p.m. highlighting Pacific’s own publications (including Pacific magazine). Published faculty and staff from the Health Professions Campus will be honored in another reception at the HPC library on April 11 from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

The celebration of authors continues later Wednesday with author Don Sevetson, who will read from and discuss his book, Atkinson: Pioneer Oregon Educator, which presents the life of Pacific University founder and long-time trustee George Atkinson. The program will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Old College Hall and is free and open to the public.

If your interests lie more in the visual than the written, spend Wednesday afternoon instead enjoying the newest exhibit in the Kathrin Cawein Gallery of Art. Doug Anderson’s Asphodel opened Tuesday and will be on display through April 20, with an artist reception from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Asphodel is the part of the Greek underworld where average souls drift aimlessly after death. Visitors to the installation are invited to walk among the souls and place a written thought, dream or regret into the Vessel of Lethe (forgetfulness).

On Thursday, put your mind to work with a lecture by Simon LeVay, the famed neuroscientist who published research on variability of brain structure between gay and straight men. He speaks at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center and is expected to discuss the science, as well as the question of whether scientific knowledge about sexuality is relevant to how sexual minorities ore treated by society. The event has the potential to be a controversial one, so remember to bring an open mind and enjoy the discourse and debate that makes Pacific a great place to learn.

On Saturday, the Performing Arts Series presents its second-to-last installment of the year, with Bearfoot. Described as “new-timey,” “post-bluegrass,” and “string-band-music-for-the-21st-century,” the band with Alaska roots is at the top of its genre and has been named the Telluride Bluegrass Band Champions. The show stats at 7:30 p.m. in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, and tickets are available through the University box office, open 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays, at 503-352-2918 or

There’s also a full slate of home sports on tap throughout the week. The baseball team hosts Whitman at noon Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. The softball team faces Pacific Lutheran at noon Friday and the University of Puget Sound at noon Saturday. Men’s tennis hosts Puget Sound at 4 p.m. Friday and its alumni match on Saturday.

Finally, watch out for a little extra activity on campus Saturday, when the Forest Grove Kiwanis Club hosts its annual egg hunt in the west lawn by Marsh Hall. (Enjoy the festivity, but if you’re under, say, 10, try to keep your hands off the eggs, unlike these folks.)