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
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.
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."
After 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.
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."