Orientation Staff

Director, Orientation, Office of Transfer Student Services, & Pacific Information Center

Denise Giesbers

Denise, a transfer student to Pacific and 2000 alum, has worked within student affairs since 1999 and specifically with transfer students since 2000. Denise oversees a number of operations and currently is the Director for Orientation, the Pacific Information Center and the Office of Transfer Student Services, which she founded in 2004. Denise has worked with transfer orientation since 2005 and in 2010 became the primary coordinator for all of the undergraduate new student orientation program including Transfer, Freshman and Parent Orientations.

Denise also serves as the advisor to Pacific Connections, the transfer student organization (founded in 2001), and the Alpha Kappa Delta Sorority (advisor since 2001). She is dedicated to supporting the current students at Pacific and enjoys keeping up with their lives once they graduate.

In her off time, she enjoys spending time with her family and is active with the cubscouts/boyscouts. She enjoys singing (she was a vocal performance major at Pacific), painting, and photography.

Associate Vice President For Student Affairs & Dean of Students

Will Perkins

Will is the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and the Dean of Students.  Prior to coming to Pacific in 2005, he was a therapist in the Portland area.  Will’s first positions at Pacific were focused on Graduate and Professional Student services. Now, as AVP, Will works with undergraduate and professional students.  Will currently supervises the Director of Residence Life and Student Conduct Advisor, the Director of Graduate and Professional Student Services, and the Director of the Office of Transfer Student Services, Communication, Information, and Division Visibility.    Much of Will’s work involves helping students who are experiencing difficulties and need extra support or assistance.  He is always happy to meet with students to discuss concerns or questions.  Outside of work Will enjoys cycling, playing soccer, and spending time with his family. 

Assistant Director For The Pacific Information Center

Angie Surratt



New Student Orientation Coordinators

Hello, my name is Hannah Lee! I am a 5th year student, from Boise, ID, majoring in Music Education. I am a member of the Chamber Singers, a Music in May mentor, as well as the co-director for Pacific’s female acapella ensemble, Voce Femme. I have been a member of the Phi Lambda Omicron Sorority for all 4 years at Pacific and have held positions such as Pledge Captain, and was the Vice-President for the 2013-2014 academic year. I am beyond excited to be a part of the Orientation team and I am looking forward to making Orientation a positive and fun experience for everyone!

Hi everyone! My name is Synclaire Waldron! Originally a California native, I came to Pacific University for its small class sizes, gorgeous campus and the involvement opportunities Pacific lets you get involved in. I am currently a Journalism major going into Veterinary Medicine after I graduate. During summer and the school year I work at the Hillsboro Veterinary Clinic on top of being the Recruiting Assistant for the Pacific University football team. I love being involved around campus and am so excited to be a part of such an amazing group of coordinators—we cannot wait to meet the new incoming freshman class!

Hi, I’m Taylor Farris! I’m a double major in Communications and Creative Writing, with a minor in English Literature from Grants Pass, Oregon. I have immersed myself in many aspects of life at Pacific—I am an active member of the speech & debate team, I have written for the Pacific Index newspaper, had a fellowship with the Berglund Center for Internet Studies, and work with the Undergraduate Admissions office as both a Pacific representative and a Boxer Ambassador tour guide. Outside of Pacific, I am the assistant coach of the Forest Grove High School speech team. I am excited to bring new ideas and input to help make this the best experience possible for the incoming class!

Hello, my name is Evangeline Van!  I am a senior from Chicago, Illinois, double majoring in Integrated Media and Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. I hope to one day go into sports advertising or work for a public relations agency. During the school year I work at the Technology Information Center as a senior assistant, and am a member of Pacific University’s Chamber Singers and acapella group Voce Femme. As a coordinator I am very excited for all the challenges and new experiences this summer will hold!