Stacy Vance '03 | Alumni Board Profiles

Alumni Board Member Stacy Vance answers questions about Pacific University.

What is your favorite thing about Pacific University?
The way that there’s something or someone new on campus every time I pay a visit to Forest Grove. I will always cherish my four years at Pacific as a student, but it’s so invigorating to return and see a gleaming new residence hall, library or class of freshmen ready to take on the world.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the Pacific community?
The people I’ve met and the collaborations that have come from those relationships.

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 provides access to opportunities unequaled at other universities of any size. You can learn about (and study in!) the world-at large while being part of a learning community that values you as a unique student. Whether that access is direct contact with faculty in small classes, the chance to study aboard or discover a new academic or personal passion, Pacific prepares its students for life beyond the classroom.

What is one thing you would change about the University if you had the power to do so?
I would increase knowledge of Pacific and its prestigious reputation, both regionally and nationally. Pacific is such a fantastic place and wonderful fit for students across the U.S., but I don’t believe it garners the distinction and eminence it deserves. It’s disappointing when to find people – especially students – in the Pacific Northwest haven’t heard of Pacific. I can only imagine those numbers increase as you head outside of the West Coast, where we recruit most heavily.

What do you admire most about the University?
Its history, its faculty and the way the University continues to adapt to its students needs with new buildings, academic programs and athletic offerings.

What is your fondest memory from your time at Pacific?
While it’s difficult to pick just one, the few days between completing classes and graduation senior year stand out. It was such a wonderful time to celebrate, reminisce and reflect with the students and staff that made those four years so life-changing. Runners up would include the all-nighters in the Pacific Index office pulling editions of the paper together with Martha Calus-McLain ’03 et. al. and giving the student farewell speech to former president Faith Gabelnick with Dan Cleveland ’03 in front of the entire faculty.

Why did you decide to take a position on the board?
Pacific is incredibly important to me – as I said above, I cherish the four years I spent in Forest Grove as a student. In my time, I was involved in a variety of endeavors, including the honors program, Pacific Index, French club, Writing Resource Center, Public Relations office, residence life and volleyball team, to name a few. It’s a knack I’ve continued in the “real world” as a volunteer, coach and tutor; becoming a part of the Alumni Association Board of Directors was a natural progression and way to stay abreast of what’s going on at Pacific. An added benefit is the time I get to spend with the director of alumni relations, Martha Calus-McLain ’03, who is one of my closest friends from school.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I play a lot of volleyball (I also coach), love to travel and go to concerts with friends.

What do you think is the most important quality in a person?
Honesty. A close second is a great sense of humor.

What is/are your favorite phrase/words of wisdom?
A nonprofit executive in Seattle once told me, “The things that matter get messy” – it’s a sentiment I often remind myself of when facing a challenge. Abraham Lincoln’s “It’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years” is also a favorite.

What is something you have always wanted to do?
Hang gliding and kiteboarding are high on the list.

What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?
Bungee jumping in the Australian jungle at night.

If you could have dinner with anybody who would it be?
Bill Bryson, Kevin Spacey and Thom Yorke – I think that’d make for some interesting discussion.

If you could be born in a different time period, what would it be?
The 1940s. How cool would it be to have been around for the birth of rock and roll? Sam Cooke, The Beatles, Motown – awesome.

What is one skill you don’t have but wish you did?
If you couldn’t already tell, I have trouble narrowing things down to just one. Speaking fluent Italian for sure, but also taking fantastic photos and being able to write right-handed.

Posted by Stephanie Haugen ( on Mar 15, 2011 at 11:07 AM

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