Spring magazine has arrived

April 10, 2012

Take a look at the great stories and online extras in the Spring 2012 issue of Pacific magazine, now live online and in your mailbox!

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It’s here, it’s here!

OK, it was here yesterday, but chances are, today is the first day you will start seeing the Spring 2012 issue of Pacific magazine in your mailbox and around campus.

Pick up your copy, or read some of our great stories online. This issue is all about community service and community engagement—that is, all the ways that Pacific people get out and help, whether as individuals, as part of their course work or as teams and clubs.

The cover features Charlotte Basch, a Pacific University sophomore who is a leader in the Clatsop-Nehalem Tribe and who is using her Pacific education—including a soon-to-launch minor in indigenous studies, which she helped get started—to give back to indigenous cultures. She’s become something of a star around campus, and you’ll find her story in the magazine, along with a Boxer Tale video online about her Pacific University experiences.

Also featured in this issue is the College of Education pilot program that is embedding prospective science and math teachers in the Woodburn School District as they work toward their master’s degrees. The unique approach to teacher training is just getting started, but the program has drawn some fascinating students—including a Bosnian refugee and a former architect—who are taking their science and math backgrounds and using them to teach the next generation. (There’s also a new scholarship in support of this program, founded in memory of Pacific University professor “Doc” Roberts—if you remember his famous amoeba lecture, be sure to share your story int he comments.)

Pacific University’s School of Occupational Therapy also is doing some awesome work in connection with the community. Students seeking their master’s degrees in OT (and soon, those seeking doctorates) spend much of their learning time out in the community serving others. They work everywhere from a Hillsboro alternative school (video) to a local jail to a Nicaragua home for the elderly to a China orphanage and rehab hospital.

One School of OT professor also has been especially passionate about the way that the health professions serving aging populations, and she recently helped start Pacific’s online graduate certificate in gerontology, which graduated its first class this winter.

Elsewhere in the magazine, you’ll find a story and video about the Janaury Project Homeless Connect day, in which health professions students provided screenings to the local homeless and underserved populations. You’ll find the story and video of a glass artist who graduated from Pacific and came back to create the colorful glass panels in the Forest Grove campus library. And ever so much more!