Tamara Tasker | Alumni Board Profiles

Assistant professor of psychology Tamara Tasker answers questions about Pacific University.

What is your favorite thing about Pacific University?
The commitment to sustainability. As much as Pacific focuses upon the global outreach of sustainability, it retains its small-college feel and applies those principles in its own everyday functioning.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the Pacific community?
The sense of belonging to a university with a commitment to continually grow and build while holding on to the tenets that made it what it is today. 

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 sets a standard for excellence, while maintaining the feel and commitment to it’s small-school appeal. Students receive a top-notch education, both in and out of the classroom.

What is one thing you would change about the University if you had the power to do so?
Offer more assistance (financially) to our graduate students, many of whom graduate with over $150K in loan debt.

What do you admire most about the University?
Again, the commitment to sustainability, and the new initiatives that focus upon being environmentally friendly for all who attend.

What is your fondest memory from your time at Pacific?
Walking over to Maggie’s Buns in between classes to grab a huge cinnamon roll and a coffee.

Why did you decide to take a position on the board?
As an alumna, and current faculty member, I felt I had an obligation to give back, as well as the unique experience of seeing the university from both sides: student and educator.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
Spend time with my husband, daughter and golden retriever – walking, dancing, and generally just having fun.

What do you think is the most important quality in a person?
Openness. Being open to new experiences, open to other’s ideas and opinions, and opening your heart to those in need.

What is/are your favorite phrase/words of wisdom?
One of my favorites, that has been paraphrased many times is from the Torah: “Who is called strong? The person who controls his inclination (Avot 4:1)”. It is not our abilities, but the choices we make, that make us who we are.

What is something you have always wanted to do?
More recently, I’ve really been looking forward to traveling with my daughter and husband, to show her the places that we love, all over the world.

What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?
Moved across the country (3 times!) to pursue grad school, post-graduate training, and to return to our newly adopted home of Oregon.

If you could have dinner with anybody who would it be?
My family, both immediate and extended. I’d like my daughter to meet some of her far away cousins.

If you could be born in a different time period, what would it be?
Maybe during the 1960’s – I love the music from that decade and on into the ‘70s.

What is one skill you don’t have but wish you did?
I can’t draw, and as my daughter gets more into coloring books and drawing, I’d love to be able to draw things for her.

Posted by Stephanie Haugen (stephatpacific@pacificu.edu) on Mar 30, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Edited by Kari Christensen (kari@pacificu.edu) on Apr 12, 2011 at 10:38 AM

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