President's Letter

Just a few weeks ago, a record number of alumni and friends returned to campus to celebrate Reunion Weekend. The activities, centered around the theme "All Aboard" were a great success, with alumni participating in campus tours, winery tours, Alumni College classes, a golf tournament, and so much more. The best part, however, was witnessing hundreds of alumni reconnect - hearing stories of their time on campus, the successes they have had since graduation, and meeting the families that hope to carry on the Boxer legacy. It's not too early to mark your calendar for next year's Reunion, June 21-23, 2007. It is truly a special time to come together at this special place.

Alumni were bursting with pride over Reunion Weekend as they toured our two new University buildings. The Health Professions Campus in Hillsboro and Burlingham Hall in Forest Grove are set to open in August. Both are remarkable accomplishments for this institution. Noted for its sustainability and "green" building features, Burlingham Hall has set a new precedent for student housing in the Northwest. The Health Professions Campus will bring Pacific even deeper into the heart of Washington County. With this new building, our clinics will be able to care for more community members and our health profession programs will have state-of-the-art facilities in which to learn, study, and conduct research.

This spring we were again delighted with the news of having three students and a faculty member named Fulbright scholars. In this issue of Pacific magazine, you'll read about last year's two Fulbrights and their experiences as Pacific ambassadors in South America. These grants are tremendous academic accomplishments that speak volumes about the caliber of our students and faculty.

Our alumni never cease to amaze me with their talents and career diversity. When Oregon native and 1994 graduate Judiaann Woo left Forest Grove for New York City she was determined to make her mark. Pacific magazine features her steps to food fame. Her ice cream, a new flavor for Häagen-Dazs, can now be found in stores across the country.

I hope you'll also enjoy the images of campus featured in this issue of the magazine. The photos, taken by the Pacific community, were part of our first annual Digital Day, which gathered images from 24 hours on campus. Although the spring blossoms have bloomed into summer greenery, what a wonderful reminder the images are of how spectacular the University is.

I hope you are enjoying the summer. We invite you to include a trip to campus as part of your upcoming travel plans and look forward to showing you our new buildings. As always, I welcome hearing from you.

Phil Creighton, President

President Phil Creighton