Under the Oaks: Briefly

More than 550 people journeyed to the Forest Grove and Hillsboro campuses June 20–22 for Reunion 2008. Activities included a hard hat tour of the newest residence hall, a Greek alumni social, and a Kids College among others. Alumni from the class of 1958 enjoyed a reception and dinner at the Library, where they were inducted into the Golden Guard, Pacific’s honorary for alumni who graduated 50-plus years ago. They also made signatures in concrete in the Golden Guard sidewalk next to Old College Hall.


Meanwhile, planning is already underway for next year. Reunion 2009: Celebrating 160 Years will take place June 19-21. Alumni from the classes of 1959, 1969, 1979, 1984, 1989 and 1999 who are interested in assisting with their milestone reunion should contact Martha Calus-McLain '03, interim assistant director of alumni relations, at 503-352-2764 or martha@pacificu.edu. Reunions will also be planned for clubs, organizations, majors or academic programs, and sports teams with the support of interested alumni partners.


Pacific students took the spirit award honors at the Optometry Super Bowl held in Seattle in June during the American Optometry Association’s annual meeting. Sponsored by Varilux, the Super Bowl is a Jeopardy-style competition pitting one student from each of the participating schools and colleges of optometry. Some 80 Pacific students filmed the official Super Bowl Rules video at the Forest Grove campus. No word on how many actual directors there were.


On the Same Page: The Alumni Book Club will join incoming freshmen in reading "Into the Wild," a non-fiction book about Christopher McCandless who, at age 24, was found dead after traveling into the Alaskan frontier. The book was the official summer reading for the incoming the class of 2012. More information: www.pacificu.edu/alumni.


A New Masters in Healthcare Administration program begins this fall at the College of Health Professions campus in Hillsboro. Laura Dimmler, most recently at Montana State University in Billings, Mont. leads the new program. The two-year program is aimed at working adults with classes in the evenings and weekends, supplemented with online content, podcasts and projects. A total of 15 students are expected to enroll for the first session.


Five Fulbrights: Four Pacific students and a recent graduate have won the prestigious international studies award for the 2008-09 academic year. Evan Bredeweg ’08, an environmental science major, will be studying the endemic tuatara, a lizard-like reptile, at the University of Wellington in New Zealand.Jenifer Jennings ’08, a double major in exercise science and German, will be working in Germany on a prevention strategy for tears of the anterior cruiciate ligament (ACL) in the knees of athletes. Sarah Piazza ’08, an MAT graduate student, plans to study Mexican literature at the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro in Querétaro, México. Phillip Quercia ’06, a Spanish major, plans to work in Oaxaca, Mexico to study and preserve traditional music genres. He’s currently a graduate student at Oregon State University. Pacific alumna Sarah Gallup '06, a graduate student at Oregon State University, has also been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant scholarship to Perpignan, France.