New Board Member Talks About Pacific University

Alumni Board member Elaine Coughlin answers questions about herself and her new position on the board.

What is your favorite thing about Pacific University?
I like the feeling of community among faculty and students.  People genuinely care about each other.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the Pacific community?
Working with students that have a shared passion for teaching.  I have enjoyed a wonderful career in teaching and enjoy the ability to follow, mentor and guide future teachers in their journey to become educators.

Why do you think Pacific is a high-quality place for students to attend? What do you think sets Pacific apart from other Universities?
The intimacy of having small classes, and the ability to get to know students on a one-on-one basis.

What is one thing you would change about the University if you had the power to do so?
Make it just a little closer to my home.  At night the distance is sometimes daunting and because my students are in the schools during the day, most of my classes are in the evening.

What do you admire most about the University?
A beautiful, serene campus filled with people interested in education.

What is your fondest memory from your time at Pacific?
There are many--the bag-pipes at graduation set a tone of ritual and completion.

Why did you decide to take a position on the board?
The College of Education needed a rep and I enjoy out-reach opportunities.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
Exercise, travel, spending time with my family. Love playing bridge and my book club too!

What do you think is the most important quality in a person?
Being genuine and compassionate.

What is/are your favorite phrase/words of wisdom?
When things do not go your way, “smile, disregard and continue.”

What is something you have always wanted to do?
Travel to Europe and Israel.

What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?
Skiing and learning to ski when everyone else I was with already knew how.

If you could have dinner with anybody who would it be?
Neil Diamond-just because I have always been a fan.

If you could be born in a different time period, what would it be?
I like now--the present.

What is one skill you don’t have but wish you did?
Directions and the ability to use maps-I am directionally challenged. I know it and everyone around me knows it.


Posted by Stephanie Haugen ( on Aug 17, 2011 at 10:38 AM

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