News, Media and Stories

In Memoriam: Lafe Kellen Wiltbank PharmD '15
Jake Von Scherrer '80 retired after a 41-year career as a teacher, coach and athletic director in Rotonda West, Fla.
Lucy Mercer '16 gave birth to a baby boy named Alexander Damian on June 18, 2021. 
Three students in raft
The university expands its comprehensive undergraduate, graduate and professional programs with a brand new Doctor of Science Program designed for healthcare professionals and three new undergraduate majors: outdoor leadership, sport leadership and management, and sports communication.
Dental work
Pacific University faculty members and supporters have advocated for several years for recognition for a new class of dental care provider. This month, the Oregon Legislature signed on.
Class of 2023 physician assistant students
Oregon will lift most COVID-19 restrictions this week, and Pacific University is excited for the opportunity to take more steps back to normal operations, including teaching and learning, research, student support, and campus events. Effective July 1, most campus protocols will expire, including mask and physical distancing mandates. Campuses will reopen to the public, and we will begin the transition back to full capacity in classrooms and other operations.
Marsh Lawn
One Woman, Too Much is an hour-long play about the juggling act of a single working mom. The play is written and produced by Ellen Margolis, the chair of the Pacific University Theatre & Dance Department. 
Weather Alert
Pacific University campuses remain open Monday, June 28, but employees and students should take precautions due to excessive heat
Students outside on hammocks
An excessive heat watch is in effect for Oregon, much of Washington and parts of Idaho, excluding the coast, from Friday afternoon to Monday evening. Extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities. Be prepared will local resources.
Frank Giardina '83, OD '86 is the optometric director and residency director of Community Health Centers of the Central Coast in Nipomo, Calif.