Dave Boersema | Alumni Board Profile

Alumni Board Member Dave Boersema answers questions about Pacific University.

What is your favorite thing about Pacific University?
My job. Seriously! I work with very talented and dedicated people (faculty, students, staff, and administrators) and get to do work that matters to me.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the Pacific community?
Engaging with people who, as i said above, are talented and dedicated.

Why do you think Pacific is a high-quality place for students to attend? What do you think sets Pacific apart from other Universities?
I can’t say what sets pacific apart from other universities, but I can say that, once again, the talented and dedicated people here are what give it the quality is has.

What is one thing you would change about the University if you had the power to do so?
I really don’t know. I guess to have more resources so that people could do even more than they do now.

What do you admire most about the University?
All I can do is repeat what I have said above: the talented and dedicated people make it a special place.

What is your fondest memory from your time at Pacific?
Hmm. I’m not sure. One thing that comes to my mind is when a staff member (barbara story) was killed in an accident one year and the entire campus community held a vigil in her honor. It really was a genuine, wide-spread outpouring of care and good will for someone who was part of the “pacific family.”

Why did you decide to take a position on the board?
I value the connections to my former students and to the university.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
Well, besides sleeping and eating tons of chocolate, I like to travel to what I think are exotic places (such as the arctic), usually to see wildlife.

What do you think is the most important quality in a person?
To treat people with respect.

What is/are your favorite phrase/words of wisdom?
Treat people with respect!

What is something you have always wanted to do?
Travel to every continent. I’ve been to all of them except antarctica and i’m planning on going there within the next few years (but it is very expensive!)

What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?
Well, if by “advernturous” you mean “scary” it was asking someone out for a date the first time. (she said “no!” And made it very clear that the answer would always be “no!”) If you mean taking an adventure, then, i suppose some of my travles (to the arctic and to the middle east)

If you could have dinner with anybody who would it be?
Umberto eco (he is an italian author and scholar)

If you could be born in a different time period, what would it be?
Hmm. You know, the first thing that comes to my mind is: the future. I happen to like the present and would rather live now than in the past.

What is one skill you don’t have but wish you did?
To be smart.

Posted by Alumni Relations (alumni@pacificu.edu) on Mar 1, 2011 at 11:24 AM

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