Kari Christensen | Alumni Board Profile

Alumni Board member Kari Christensen answers questions about Pacific University.

What is your favorite thing about Pacific University?
I love what a diverse group of Alumni we have. Undergraduate, MFA, College of Education, our professional programs… our students and alumni come from all over and have so much to offer the world.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the Pacific community?
I love interacting with students and knowing that someday they will be the alumni who support the University, attend events, and continue the work that our current alumni are doing.

Why do you think Pacific is a high-quality place for students to attend? What do you think sets Pacific apart from other Universities?
Pacific University is personal, it’s friendly, and it’s approachable. It’s the perfect small school environment located in a wonderful small town.

What is one thing you would change about the University if you had the power to do so?
I would add more restaurants to the Forest Grove community. I need a Panera closer to work!

What do you admire most about the University?
I admire the staff. I hear so many stories and see such wonderful examples of staff giving of themselves to make Pacific a wonderful place to live, grow and learn.

What is your fondest memory from your time at Pacific?
My husband and I met in Forest Grove, so being on campus always reminds me of that special time.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I love to read, take in the latest movies, find arts and crafts projects to work on. I also enjoy camping with my family, traveling as much as possible, and perfecting my baking skills. I also secretly take tap dance classes every week, and when time allows love to perform in musicals. My favorite thing to do when not working, however, is to volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon as a wish granter.

What do you think is the most important quality in a person?

What is/are your favorite phrase/words of wisdom?
“Reach for the stars.”

What is something you have always wanted to do?
Perform on Broadway. More realistically though, I would love to travel overseas – Italy probably tops on my wish list.

What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?
As part of my Resident Advisor training in college, we went on a 10-day backpacking trip to Yosemite. We had only what we could carry in our packs, pumped water to drink from streams, and slept outside under the stars (no tents even). I was able to repel down a mountain, do some rock climbing, and in general be an outdoorsy woman – something people don’t typically see in me. The highlight was a 2-day solo, during which we had no contact with anyone, had only one Clif bar as food, and no flashlight. Yikes!

If you could have dinner with anybody who would it be?
Michael Buble. I would probably be too nervous to eat though.

If you could be born in a different time period, what would it be?
The 1950s look pretty ideal to me; Lipstick, pearls and high heels even while vacuuming. I wish women today held themselves to the same standards.

What is one skill you don’t have but wish you did?
I can’t snap.

Posted by Stephanie Haugen (stephatpacific@pacificu.edu) on Mar 2, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Edited by Martha Calus-Mclain (calu0689@pacificu.edu) on Mar 4, 2011 at 1:16 PM

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