Leilani Powers '13 | Alumni Office Profiles

Office of Alumni Relations Marketing Assistant Leilani Powers '13 answers questions about Pacific University.

What is your favorite thing about Pacific University?
Most of my professors are some of the best teachers I have ever had.  I love that they know me by name and they really care about my success.  I like that I can visit them during their office hours or whenever I need help. 

What do you admire most about the University?
I’m not just a number here at Pacific. My mother lives in Tokyo, Japan and my father in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.  When the earthquake and tsunami disaster hit Japan (and Hawaii) I was contacted by more than a half dozen people within the Pacific community  to see how I was holding up and to make sure I was doing all right and my family was safe. 

As far as I can imagine, that would not happen at a big university where not even my professors know my name.  Feeling like I matter and people were genuinely concerned about my family and me was a great realization that I was at the right school. 

There is definitely a sense of Ohana (family in Hawaiian) here at Pacific University, that is what I admire most.

What is your fondest memory from your time at Pacific?
When I first came here, my first week of school as a freshman, I had a horrible rash that severely altered my appearance due to inflammation and discoloration and was very itchy and even after two blood tests, a urine test, a culture, and seven doctors, was never identified (so I just had to ride it out until it went away). 

A high school aquaintance who was a sophomore at Pacific called me when she returned to campus and asked for me to join her and her friends for lunch.  Even if I looked horrible she introduced me to them and explained I was having a really bad allergic reaction, and as I sat there and ate with them they treated me like I was part of the crew.  They later became my best friends that year. 

It was great to have had that connection. Otherwise, I may not have been as happy, and possibly have not returned to Pacific the next year. 

Also, Jeff Grundon and Edna Gehring called me and offered to help me in any way they could.  Like I mentioned before, I felt like I was part of a family even within the first week of school.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
Relax by myself or with friends, shop, or snowboard.

What do you think is the most important quality in a person?
Reliability or responsibility.  When someone says they will do something, I like to count on them to see it through. 

What is/are your favorite phrase/words of wisdom?

"Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else."
-Judy Garland

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."
-Edward Everett Hale

What is something you have always wanted to do?
Create a life for myself where I support myself, financially and otherwise.  That way I can do things I want to do when I want to do them.

What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?
Swimming with sharks or maybe cliff jumping.

If you could have dinner with anybody who would it be?
My Grandpa, Edward Powers, who has passed away. He raised me and my siblings half the time.  He had a stroke when visiting old friends in the mainland and was unable to travel back to Hawaii during his hospitalization afterwards. I was unable to see him before he passed.  He inspires me to become the best person I can be. I would like to have dinner with him and be able to ask a few question I was too young to wonder about and say good bye.

What is one skill you don’t have but wish you did?
Speak the most prominent language on every continent.


Posted by Stephanie Haugen (stephatpacific@pacificu.edu) on Mar 29, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Edited by Kari Christensen (kari@pacificu.edu) on Mar 29, 2011 at 1:10 PM

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