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Rylee Trendell working in the outdoors
Rylee Trendell '19 found Pacific to be a good fit because of his personal connections with professors, as well as the opportunity to play collegiate basketball.
Mary Richardson Walker
Mary Richardson Walker and her husband donated  part of the land that became Pacific's Forest Grove Campus. After her husband's death, Mary remained active in the early life of the school and the community of Forest Grove. The qilin statue that became Boxer, Pacific University's mascot, was donated to the school in her honor.
Heide Island presenting
Psychology professor Heide Island spent the past 10 months on Whidbey Island north of Seattle to continue extensive research she is conducting on the behavior of river otters.
Pacific alum practices law while launching Fitonic, a fitness supplement company.
Oregon Silverspot Butterfly
Project led by Rich Van Buskirk using scent-trained canines to help identify hospitable habitats for the endangered Oregon Silverspot butterfly.
Dr. Halpern will travel to Japan in June to continue her study into invasive species and the role herbivorous insects play.
Scientist Jamie Dwyer will discuss how how incorporating biomimicry can positively transform the way we live.
“I love Pacific and am so grateful I will be able to get my degree from a place that has so quickly become a second home.”
Farmers feed the world, with a little help from scientists like Kara Lanning ’07. Lanning is a plant pathologist and visiting assistant professor of biology at Pacific Lutheran University near Tacoma, Wash. She is also the President of the Pacific University alumni board and will be celebrating her 10-year class reunion at Homecoming.
Once upon a time, there were no squirrels at Pacific University. Back in 1970, when Brian Douglass '72 transferred to Pacific from Portland Community College to compete on the speech team, there wasn’t a fuzzy gray rodent to be found.

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