President's Letter

As 2005 comes to a close, it is my pleasure to give you a glimpse of the new University library in this special 2006 calendar. Author and historian Shelby Foote said, “A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.” After watching the Pacific campus begin to transform when the new library opened in August, I can’t agree more with Mr. Foote’s remark.

This new 49,000 square foot building, which took nearly a year and $11 million in gifts and grants to complete, has provided energy and vibrancy to the center of our Forest Grove campus. Filled with the latest technology, stunning artwork from Pacific’s permanent collection, and incredible study and meeting areas, the new library is at the very heart of the University. Using the library and its information sources has become critical in how students learn at Pacific and at other universities. In this publication, our library staff shares the way information literacy is part of the University’s curriculum. Gone are the days of the card catalog!

I hope you’ll find the spirit of this remarkable library come through the images and words of this calendar. May it spark your imagination of what the future of Pacific will be, and may it rekindle in you the desire for lifelong learning. What better way to learn and capture the sense of a university than in its library?

Our excitement and enthusiasm have not ended at the library’s majestic brick walls. Soon to join the ranks of this spectacular building are the magnificent health professions campus in Hillsboro and a new residence hall on the Forest Grove campus – we plan to open both in fall 2006. With new programs in Pharmacy and Dental Health Science, and enrollment goals being exceeded across campus, Pacific is growing. Yet, at the same time we are reinforcing and strengthening its long-held traditions and values. As you’ll read in the calendar, our students and faculty are traveling around the globe, winning research grants, setting sports records, and reaching into all parts of the community through volunteer work and campus programming.

Come celebrate with us as we bring our visions and dreams to fruition. Among the pages of this calendar you’ll find Pacific dates of upcoming events. We invite you to come back to campus throughout the year for concerts, lectures, exhibits, and special events, or just to say hello. Your participation in the University helps keep Pacific strong and engaged. New buildings are significant, but even more important are the people that infuse those buildings with stories and memories.

Leigh and I wish you all the best for the New Year. May 2006 be filled with health and happiness for you and your loved ones. As always, I invite you to contact me at


Phil Creighton, President

President Phil Creighton