Year in Review (Philanthropy Edition)

Atiyeh Collection

Gov. Victor Atiyeh hon ’96 recently donated a collection of personal papers, artifacts and memorabilia to Pacific University. Housed in the Pacific University Library, the collection has been archived and much of it digitized for public access. The collection debuted with a reception and exhibition Oct. 3, 2013, and remains available to the public for scholarly research.

College of Business

Pacific University launched its College of Business on July 1, 2013. The new college offers undergraduate majors in accounting, business administration, finance, international business and marketing — degrees previously offered within the College of Arts & Sciences. The college also will begin its first graduate degree, a master of science in finance, in January 2014. The college’s opening was funded almost entirely by philanthropic gifts from trustees, friends of Pacific University. 

Early Learning Community

Look what children in the Pacific University Early Learning Community (ELC) are building! These new life-sized blocks, purchased with a gift from Margaret Thompson in honor of her husband, Tommy Thompson ’38, are letting the preschoolers and kindergartners in the ELC build new worlds. Thompson also has funded two endowed scholarships and an endowed professorship. Her son, Roger Thompson is a 1967 alumnus, and her great-grandson is a student in the ELC. 

Employee Giving

Almost two-thirds of Pacific University employees made financial gifts to the university during the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The 63 percent employee giving rate is among the top at Pacific’s peer universities.

Massih Prize

Dori Carlson ’88, OD ’89 received the Kamelia Massih Prize for a Distinguished Optometrist on May 18, 2013. Carlson was the first female president of the American Optometric Association, has been a strong proponent of pediatric vision care and continues to practice with her husband in North Dakota. The prize was named for the late Kamelia Massih, a 1985 Pacific University College of Optometry alumna who passed away in March 2010 following a three-year battle with cancer. Massih’s compassion and care for her patients and community exemplified Pacific University alumni.

President's Circle Inductees

Pacific University hosted its President’s Dinner in September 2012 (pictured). This year’s
President’s Reception in December will include the recognition of four new members being inducted into the President’s Circle, which honors those who have given $100,000, lifetime, to Pacific University. New members include Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Medical Research Foundation of Oregon, Steven Stewart ’69, and an anonymous donor.