Denise Banh | Alumni Board Profiles

Alumni Board member Denise Hanh answers questions about Pacific University.

What is your favorite thing about Pacific University?
The people. In my position, I have the pleasure of working predominantly with students and I love it. I love seeing the relationships and interactions they have with each other. There is obvious strength in the community.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the Pacific community?
I enjoy the fact that Pacific is a small community. It isn’t a big state school where you couldn’t fathom knowing even a small percentage of the community.

Why do you think Pacific is a high-quality place for students to attend? What do you think sets Pacific apart from other Universities?
It’s welcoming, rigorous, and such a beautiful campus. There’s something about being in a small town that enhances the bonds within the community.

What is one thing you would change about the University if you had the power to do so?
This is probably biased, but I would make the Phonathon program at Pacific automated!

What do you admire most about the University?
The dedication the faculty and staff have for making Pacific the best place it can be for students. Moving from being a student to a staff person really opened my eyes to how much work and dedication goes into making a school successful in all regards. The staff here works so hard to give students more opportunities, prepare them for life after graduation, and supporting them in any way they can. It’s quite admirable and I’m excited to be a part of it.

What is your fondest memory from your time at Pacific?
Spirit Night 2011. It was the first event I coordinated with the students and firsts of anything are fond in my mind.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I like to eat. Eat lunch, eat dinner, eat breakfast, eat snacks, eat dessert, eat for fun, eat with friends, eat at home, eat somewhere new, I couldn’t live without food (literally and figuratively). I also enjoy baking, reading, going to concerts, and traveling.

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

What is/are your favorite phrase/words of wisdom?
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take your breath away”.

What is something you have always wanted to do?
Travel the world. I’ve been to The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Australia but there’s so much more to experience!

What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?
Decide three weeks before Spring Break my sophomore year of college to go to the Netherlands with one of my best friends without telling anyone besides our family to surprise our friends that didn’t even know we were coming. At one point, we missed the last connecting train of the night and were stuck in the middle of nowhere somewhere between Germany and the Netherlands. It all worked out in the end but looking back on it, it was such a crazy thing to do! That, or, snorkeling off an island on the coast of Vietnam. It was adventurous for two reasons. One, I am terrified of fish and there were many, many fish in the water. Two, I also have a slight fear of being out in the open ocean, knowing the floor is nowhere near. But, I couldn’t say no to that unique opportunity!

If you could have dinner with anybody who would it be?
Jason Mraz. We can make dinner with the avocados from his avocado farm and after dinner he could sing to me.

If you could be born in a different time period, what would it be?
It would be interesting to live as royalty in the Ming or Tang Dynasty in China for awhile but I am so, so glad I was born in modern times. I am way too accustomed to life in 2011.

What is one skill you don’t have but wish you did?
I wish I was able remember historical facts really well. I am terrible at reading history texts and remembering how everything happened.

Posted by Stephanie Haugen ( on Mar 25, 2011 at 10:01 AM

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