The university's Veterans Resource Center, and new scholarships for Pacific student-veterans, were made possible by a World War II veterans who believes strongly in the importance of education.
Research is like a puzzle for Rachel Araiza ’22. “I like trying to figure out what’s going on and being the first to figure it out,” said Araiza. A love of the outdoors and biology led her to the Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove to examine the eating habits of the bullfrogs that live in the wetlands.
The Forest Grove and Hillsboro campuses will be a little quieter on Monday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Pacific University is moving toward making Veterans Day a university-wide holiday. This year is a transition year, in which some offices and programs will be closed while others remain open. Please check with your program to verify if classes are in session. Food Service will be open for business as usual.
Monday, Nov. 11 marks the 101st anniversary of the armistice that ended the fighting in World War I. Traditionally, bells are rung at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day in honor of all who served in the military. There are a number of observances you can take part in between now and Nov. 11 In Forest Grove, Cornelius and Hillsboro.
Pacific is the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest, and as such, has a reputation for mentoring its undergraduate students especially in the areas of scientific and creative research. On Tuesday, Nov. 12, a distinguished alumni panel will open the Undergraduate Research Conference and talk to students about their career path since graduating from Pacific and how their undergraduate research experience contributed to their profession.
Pacific University's McCall Center for Civic Engagement, in conjunction with Oregon Humanities, has drawn attention for guiding public discussions on topics of common interest, such as last month's forum on "What does it mean to be an American?"
Steven James Cool, former Pacific professor, died August 1, 2019 at age 78. He joined Pacific's College of Optometry in 1979. Cool was loved by many for his ability to share knowledge in a way that encouraged learners to see things in a different light and that pushed students out of the dull glare of rote learning into that charged light of discovery.
Students and staff from Pacific’s Master of Social Work program and the School of Learning & Teaching took part in the Out of the Darkness Walk in Eugene, OR alongside more than 750 participants community members, to show their support for suicide awareness and prevention.
Jessica Heckman OD '09 was inducted into Concordia's Athletic Hall of Fame. After earning her degree from Concordia, Heckman pursued a doctorate in optometry from Pacific. Heckman currently is vice president of clinical affairs and optometric residency director at Chu Vision Institute in Bloomington, Minn. Her community service includes participating in eye care mission trips to the Philippines and Myanmar.
Josh Beck '12 joined the financial planning and investment firm Petersen Hastings as a Financial Controller, September 2019. In this role, Beck will be primarily responsible for developing and monitoring the Kennewick, Wash. firm’s financial strategy, budgeting, and forecasting.