A Home for Alumni

A Home for Alumni

March 8, 2013

Pacific University celebrates 10 years with the Abbott Alumni Center. Do you know what's available to alumni at Pacific?

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There aren’t always cookies, but the Abbott Alumni Center at Pacific University does try to offer most of the comforts of home.

The center, a beautifully refurbished house on the east edge of the Forest Grove Campus, swung open its doors on Thursday for its 10-year anniversary celebration.

The centerpiece of the event was a cookie bake-off, in which visitors voted on their favorite treats provided by Pacific staff members. There were sugar cookies elaborately decorated in the shape of the Abbott Alumni Center, chocolate no-bakes, s’mores morsels, chocolately-chocolate delights, and even a few gluten-free tasties — billed as “Portlandia” cookies.

Throughout the house, dozens of people milled about, thumbing through old yearbooks while sitting on the plush sofa and chairs, peaking into the kitchen, and chatting in front of the fireplace (sans flames, on this near-60-degree spring day).

The open house marked the 10th anniversary of the center, which was constructed during the tenure of President Faith Gabelnick with the help of then-Vice President Tim O’Malley, Alumni Director Amanda Terhes and Dr. Willard Bleything and supported, in large part, by Ambassador S.L. Abbot ’52, O.D. ’53.

It was, from its inception, designed to provide a permanent place on campus for visitors, administrators, faculty, students and alumni to meet and feel welcome.

Thursday’s celebration also marked a change in the building’s name — from Abbott Center to Abbott Alumni Center — further emphasizing its dedication to serving past students of Pacific University.

Alumni can, with reservations, stay up to three nights for free in one of the two guest rooms at the Abbott Alumni Center, and the house and backyard are available for special events, such as small weddings.

The center also is home to the Office of Alumni Relations, and staff members — Director Martha Calus-McLain ’03, Assistant Directors Rachael Burbank ’09 and Ginger Moshofsky, and Coordinator Rachel Cadd ’12 — keep the doors open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to provide resources for alumni visiting campus. They can arrange a tour of campus, help you connect with others on campus, and load you up with maps and information for exploring Washington County.

They’ll also help you hook up to the free Wi-Fi or use the on-site computer and printer, or make you a cup of coffee (if not fresh cookies) while you page through old yearbooks in the living room.

To learn more about the center, or the benefits available to Pacific University alumni, visit pacificu.edu/alumni.