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."

Online exclusives


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

Women in Computer Science Club receives Grant

The new student club, Women in Computer Science, receives $1,000 grant from the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT).