President's Letter


With the conclusion of the Heart of Oak Campaign, we celebrated its successful result of surpassing our $50 million goal with a campus celebration on Feb. 4. Many people helped to make this campaign such a success, and our celebration was full of gratitude and excitement about the future. Read about the tremendous impact this milestone campaign holds for Pacific in this issue of the magazine, and share the excitement of your alma mater.

The most visible results of the Campaign are the new facilities. When we opened the new Library this fall, it immediately became the academic center of campus. The energy associated with the Library is compelling with students studying in groups, working together in the meeting rooms, doing research in the computer lab, and visiting over a cup of coffee in the 24/7 study room. The opportunities and resources of this facility are literally changing campus culture, and I expect this energy to only grow.

Across campus, Burlingham Hall, our new residence facility, is rapidly taking shape, and students have already requested to live there beginning this fall. Burlingham Hall will provide a unique living community that will exhibit the very best of university housing. The anticipation and enthusiasm over the opening of this new residence are palpable. In Hillsboro, the Health Professions Campus will soon become the health education hub we have envisioned. The $30 million facility will open this fall, and our new programs in pharmacy and dental health science will join our existing health professions in a powerful synergy of education and service.

Although bricks and mortar are vital to the success of our mission, Pacific is truly about the people that have learned and taught at this University. Frequently, alumni say their best Pacific experiences occurred in the classroom, whatever form that may have taken. In this edition of Pacific, Professor Terry O'Day provides a personal insight into her teaching philosophy and success at the University's B Street Farm. This "classroom" is another way Pacific is powerfully reaching out to the community while engaging our students is lessons of sustainable living.

At the core of our proud tradition are our many graduates who have helped changed the world though the noble profession of teaching. The College of Education continues to prepare students to teach, and to daily impact the future of our communities. The mastery of these teachers is called on even more when they work with children with special needs. Pacific magazine features this profession, its growing demand on school districts, and how the College of Education is helping to provide solutions.

The Pacific University community extends through each of you, far beyond Forest Grove and Oregon. The energy of those connections sustains us, and, no matter where you may call home, I invite you to be involved in your University. Come to campus and feel the excitement, or log on and chat with other alumni, or view the new buildings through the web cam. I promise you - it's a great time to be a Boxer! I look forward to seeing you at Reunion Weekend in June, and I always welcome hearing from you.

Phil Creighton, President

President Phil Creighton