Trial By Fire

Thirty years ago, in the early morning hours of March 27, 1975, fire broke out in Pacific University's main administration and classroom building, shocking a campus already struggling for survival. Read the full article

Strategic Plan 2010

The development of Pacific University’s Strategic Plan 2010 engaged the entire University family in a nearly two year dialogue to reflect the common aspirations and distinctive goals of 17 curricular and co-curricular planning units. The result is a plan of action for a five-year period that will deliver Pacific University to the next level of excellence as a learning community in the context of a vision for its future, rooted in core values and derived from the essential mission of the institution.

A Tsunami Survivor’s Story

Chris Burke ’00 details a harrowing experience, "I have been thinking lately that I’m the luckiest guy on the planet [...] in December I survived the Boxing Day tsunami in Southeast Asia."

Alumni Profiles

Alumna finds hope amid destruction

Thumbnail: Chanda Kroll '95Amongst the destruction and aftermath of the December tsunami, Chanda Kroll ”95 said she saw hope and the goodness of humanity.

Defining moments: How believing in a student started a Pacific legacy

Thumbnail: Shannon McIntyre '08 and her father Gene McIntyre '60One person who believes in you and offers encouragement at just the right time can change your life. For Gene McIntyre '60 – there were two.

Life is beautiful: Steve Beckingham '01

Thumbnail: Steve Beckingham '01After graduating from Pacific, Steve Beckingham '01 knew he wanted to pursue acting and music. Instead of moving to the usual Los Angeles or New York to start his career, however, Beckingham is living in London with Europe at his fingertips. Moving there was a coming home of sorts.

Life shaped by passion for learning, teaching

As a young elementary student, Joan Gundershaug Breece '65 was always helping with the slower children in class and being an assistant to a teacher in the lower grades. She knew then that teaching was her calling. She taught first grade for 32 years and fourth grade for the last five years before retiring in 2003 from the Moraga (Calif.) School District. She never tired of the life of an educator. "Every day in a classroom is different, every class is so different," she said. "Each day brought new challenges and the children daily gave me the reward of seeing them grow and progress intellectually."

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Photo: campus in 1901Marsh Before Fire

Take a trip through the archives to see Marsh Hall as it was being built and taking its place as the center of campus.

Photo: Marsh on fire. 1975.Marsh Fire and Aftermath

Shock and saddness gave way to reconstruction – and a continuation of the Marsh Hall legacy.

Pacific News

Mathematics Professor Defies Stereotypes

Associate professor Nancy Ann Neudauer recently traveled to Africa to teach high-level mathematics.

Yashica Island Bring Energy, Experience to Pacific

Director of Tutoring and Learning Center and of the Pacific Leadership Academy, Yashica Island brings experience, perspective to students

Staff Member Honored for Outstanding Support of Transfer Students

Denise Giesbers '00 named a recipient of a Transfer Champions Award by the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students.

Pharmacy Faculty Member Receives First-ever Collins Medical Trust Research Grant

Associate Professor of Pharmacy, Fawzy Elbarbry, received a Collins Medical Trust research grant to support his complimentary and alternative medicine research on hypertension.

Music Professor Accepted to Prestigious Research Program

Assistant Professor of Music Education and Director & Master Teacher of the String Project, Dijana Ihas, accepted to 3-year research seminar, supporting faculty interested in pursuing research that advances excellence in mentoring undergraduate research.

Pharmacy Faculty Expands International Connections

Three professors within the School of Pharmacy presented their research in Brazil, England and Singapore.

Psychology Professor Receives Prestigious Award

Professor Dawn Salgado, psychology, and student Samantha Cruz, received one of two Mamie Phipps Clark Research Grant Awards, given by the international honor society, Psi Chi.

Rev. Chuck Currie to Lead Center for Peace & Spirituality

Currie will take on role of center director and university chaplain in Fall 2014.

Chance Meeting Leads to New Life

Teen Russian volleyball player becomes artist, instructional designer in the United States

Carr throws efforts to Woodburn

Former athlete, longtime educator works to prepare future teachers

Optometry faculty identifies causes, remedies for visual and physical problems when viewing 3D video

A study led by professors Shun-nan Yang, Scott Cooper (O.D. '90, M.Ed. '93) and Jim Sheedy, and supported by Intel, appears in the American Academy of Optometry's journal, Optometry and Vision Science.