Briefly Noted, Fall 2012

Featuring the visit of a group of Burundi children to Pacific EyeClinic; a grant to the College of Education; a new full scholarship for a graduate of Jefferson High School; new programs in Arts & Sciences and Health Professions; and charitable gifts from College of Optometry alumni in Japan.

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HUGS FOR EYE CARE | Some 20 children from Burundi sang and hugged their way into the hearts of many University employees in June. Members of the Asante Children’s Choir, on tour in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, stopped at Pacific EyeClinic Forest Grove to receive free eye exams and screenings for trachoma, a bacterial infection that had been diagnosed in one of their group. The children hugged everybody they saw at the clinic then performed an impromptu concert at the University Center. Attending to the children’s exams were optometry student interns supervised by Assistant Professor of Optometry Fraser Horn ’00, O.D. ’04. 

EDUCATION GRANT | The Pacific University College of Education was awarded a five-year, $1.34 million National Professional Development Grant to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education instruction for students with limited English. Awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, the grant will allow students and faculty to help both pre- and in-service teachers at partner school districts become more competent in teaching English-to-Speakers-of-Other-Languages (ESOL) students. Pacific partners with schools in Eugene’s Bethel School District, the Woodburn School District and the Forest Grove School District in the program. 

FULL SCHOLARSHIP | A comprehensive scholarship offering tuition, room, board and books has been established for graduates of Jefferson High School’s Middle College for Advanced Studies in Portland. University President Lesley Hallick in June joined leaders from Jefferson High School and the Portland Community College Cascade Campus—partners in the Middle College Program—in a ceremonial signing of the agreement to provide the scholarship to one Jefferson graduate each year. Middle College allows Jefferson High students to take free college credit courses from PCC Cascade. 

NEW PROGRAMS | Two new majors in the College of Arts & Sciences were approved this spring by the Board of Trustees, along with a new graduate certificate in the College of Health Professions. The environmental studies—policy, culture and society major builds on the political, social and cultural aspects of the human relationship with the environment. Tracks will be offered in economics, ethics, history and politics. In addition, the college will offer a self-designed major for students who want to draw from across the liberal arts and sciences fields at Pacific. The College of Health Professions will begin a new online graduate certificate in healthcare compliance. The new certificate will be Pacific’s second online-only program, joining the gerontology graduate certificate.

OVERSEAS INVESTMENT | A group of Japanese optometrists are saying “arigatou” to Pacific University with gifts for the College of Optometry. Seventeen Japanese optometry alumni have banded together to invest $10,000 and to secure an additional $100,000 from Fuji Optical in support of a new building for the College of Optometry as part of the Health Professions Campus in Hillsboro. The Japanese alumni are part of a partnership between Kikuchi College of Optometry in Japan and Pacific University, launched in 1987 by Dr. Shinji Seki O.D. ’79 and former dean, Dr. Wid Bleything. The partnership allows select graduates of Kikuchi to enter the doctorate or master’s program in Pacific’s College of Optometry. “Without advanced optometric education from Pacific, we could not work successfully here in Japan,” said Seki, who organized the donations.