Pacific University Recognizes Faculty and Staff With Annual Awards and Honors

Pacific University is proud to recognize its most dedicated employees with its annual faculty and staff awards.

The annual Faculty & Staff Honors & Awards Ceremony, scheduled for May 6, was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. The university, however, announced its awards to recognize employees virtually.

“Today, we should be together, recognizing the exceptional work you have done at the Faculty & Staff Honors & Awards Ceremony,” President Lesley Hallick said in an email to employees. “But even though we are apart, I still want to take this opportunity to thank each of you and to especially call out the retirees and the exceptional individuals who have made notable impacts at Pacific this past year.”

Pacific bestowed awards on 11 faculty and staff members, recognizing their contributions to teaching, student support, service and the university mission.

Among the awardees are Denise Goodwin of the College of Optometry, who was named Distinguished University Professor. The university also bestowed its Dedication to Students Award posthumously to Mike Charles, a College of Education professor who died earlier this year. See bios of all award winners here.

Additionally, the university recognized 16 long-time employees who retired, or are retiring, in 2019-2020 (meet the retirees) and honored those employees who have reached longevity milestones with Pacific (watch the award presentation).

“The Boxer Spirit is, at its core, about people,” Hallick said. “You are what make the Pacific experience possible for our students, and you are what will carry us into the future.

Pacific University is the only comprehensive university in Washington County, Ore. Serving nearly 4,000 students in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the arts & sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry, Pacific is committed to discovery in a nurturing learning environment that pairs close, mentoring relationships with extraordinary educational experiences, research and service learning. 

Pacific has moved more than 1,000 courses online this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As Oregon prepares to gradually reopen, the university is committed to offering its rigorous and personally meaningful academic programs this fall.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020