Employee Wellness

Your health and well-being is important. Pacific University wants to help you balance the commitments of your personal, work and community engagements. We offer several resources to support our employees.

Boxer Boot Camp 2020

Calling all Boxer Boot Camp 2020 Recruits!

Open to all Pacific University Faculty and Staff

The 2020 edition of the Boxer Boot Camp will run for 11 weeks. As part of this program, participants will be paired with their own personal student trainer (PST) and a nutritional assistant who will help them achieve their personal wellness, fitness, and nutritional goals.

Please note: This program is designed to help those who need assistance with reaching their fitness goals. The participants and the PSTs and nutritional assistants will all learn from this great program!

When:  Begins the week of February 17th, ends the week of April 27th

Where: Stoller Center on the Forest Grove campus

How Many: We can accept up to 25 people this year

Length: 11 weeks total (10 weeks of training + a week “off” during spring break)

Program includes: Weekly one-on-one personal training with an Exercise Science major trainer, fitness testing, personalized workout programs, and sport psychology information. Participants will also receive a diet analysis and personalized diet plan information from a student in the Applied Nutrition class.

Cost:  FREE! Participants will receive a free t-shirt.

How to sign up:

Please download the registration form at: Boxer Boot Camp 2020. Email the completed form to Ken Ecker (kenecker@pacificu.edu), Assistant Professor in the Exercise Science Department. In the subject line put BBC Application.

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, February 12th.

Faculty and Staff Wellness Workshops

Free Faculty and Staff CPR Training 

Give those around you a gift. In the event of an emergency, have the tools to act fast and assist. Take this skill with you anywhere and know that you can say “YES!” if you’re in a position to help someone in need.

Presented by Pacific University Exercise Science Faculty Member Alec Webster In Partnership with the Human Resources Department

Hillsboro: February 18, Intermodal Transit Facility - Classroom 132, 9:00 am - 11:00 am 

Forest Grove: February 27, Washburne Hall - U.C. Boxer Pause 216, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Space is limited! RSVP REQUIRED. ​​​​​


Are you a Faculty or Staff team member who would like to know more about the Health and Wellness Committee? Sign up for more information today!

Faculty and Staff Health and Benefits Fair

Join your Pacific University employee community on a benefits and wellness adventure! Visit the fair to explore health and benefits selections, try samples, and win prizes. Learn more about employee resources - from our benefits providers and the local community.

Forest Grove: Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Washburne University Center, Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)

HillsboroWednesday, March 11, 2020, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hillsboro Campus Building 2, Atrium Courtyard 175

Out of the Box[er] Recognition Program

The Out of the Box[er] Recognition Program is a way for staff to nominate their colleagues for small acts that can have big, positive implications for the university. For example, members can be nominated for actions like helping visitors navigate to their desired destinations or suggesting/implementing ideas that help save resources. 

Eligibility/Nomination Guidelines

  • All Full-time and Part-time Staff are eligible
  • No minimum length of service is required
  • An individual can be recognized multiple times per year
  • Self-nominations will not be considered

Nomination Process

  • Fill out the Nomination Form
  • A committee reviews all submissions
  • If the nominated employee is eligible, an email is sent with an image of a Box[er] Buck
  • Employees save their Box[er] Buck emails and redeem them at the end of the year at the Out of the Box[er] Store 
  • Stay Tuned - Out of the Box[er] Store details will be revealed in the Spring of 2020

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program through Cascade Centers provides free and confidential assistance, including wellness, counseling, legal and financial consultations, and concierge services for community resources. Cascade Centers also partners with the Advantage Home Plus home ownership program.

Also, be sure to explore the benefits of Cascade Centers' LifeBalance program today!

Smoke-Free Workplace & Tobacco Cessation

Smoking of any kind is prohibited on all university-owned or controlled grounds, including the Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn campuses, offices in Portland and Honolulu, and all clinic sites.

Use of all types of tobacco products, including smokeless chew, is also prohibited at the Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn campuses and at locations in Portland.

We support our employees' choice to live healthier lives through tobacco cessation with a number of programs:

Employees who enroll in Kaiser Permanente healthcare have access to Freedom from Tobacco classes, phone counseling, and an online program. Coverage for medication therapy may also be available.

Employees with Pioneer Educators Health Trust healthcare also are covered for smoking cessation programs, online resources and medication therapy as needed. 

The Employee Assistance Program with Cascade Centers offers provides unlimited access to wellness coaches for help in making lifestyle changes, including smoking cessation. 

Cascade Centers also has interactive online resources, such as self-assessments and informative videos, to help you kick the habit. 

Fitness & Fun

Pacific University employees have free use of the Stoller Center, Holce Tennis Courts and the Lincoln Park Athletic Complex with a Pacific ID. 

Stoller Center facilities include the fitness center, three-court gym, and the turf-floored fieldhouse. Check the facility website for current hours.

The Holce Tennis Courts may be closed certain hours for tennis team practices and competitions. Normal hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., but check the gates for special hours.

The track and field at Hanson Stadium is open for public use from 6 a.m. to sunset, when not scheduled for competitions or special events. Schedules are posted at the west gate of the stadium. Chuck Bafaro Stadium (baseball) and Sherman/Larkins Stadium (softball) are limited access and must be reserved for use.

Faculty and staff also are welcome to take part in free fitness classes and intramural competitions, such as yoga and Zumba classes or intramural basketball leagues. Find current schedules and opportunities on the Intramurals webpage.

Each spring, students in the exercise science program at Pacific also offer Boxer Boot Camp, a one-on-one personal training service open to faculty and staff. Watch for opportunities to sign up each February.