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Pura Vida! From March 23-30, a team of eight students along with Dr. Kundart, Dr. Kautz, and Dr. Closson and her son traveled to Puntarenas, Costa Rica to deliver eye care to the underserved populations of the coastal city.
Three Pacific Students with Thank You Signs
The results are in: Boxer Giving Day was a huge success!
This past spring break, a group of 13 AMIGOS traveled back to Belize to visit the communities of Corozal and San Narciso to provide eye care for those under-served areas. During our four clinic days, we saw 470 patients, spanning from 3- to 80-year-olds, non-verbal children, diabetics, motor-vehicle accident patients and many more.
This winter break, a group of seven students and one optometrist travelled back to Senegal to see around 400 patients in four days of clinic. This was the second trip to the Saint-Louis area, which includes the village of Rao working with the Yoonu Njub Organization.
Our first three days of clinic were in Zidong’s village health center. For our final day of clinic, we had screenings at a local county hospital. The hospital serves over 130,000 patients with only one ophthalmologist to meet the ocular health needs of that region.
Commencement
Pacific will confer degrees on nearly 900 students during two ceremonies at Hanson Stadium on the Forest Grove Campus.
The honor recognizes a Pacific College of Optometry alumnus or alumna who has made a significant impact on the profession.
Pacific University optometry students continue to help provide eye care to the underserved, using the EyeVan and working in tandem with partners like OHSU’s Casey Eye Institute and the Oregon Lions Foundation.
Taylor Swanson OD ’17 was recently welcomed to the Brainerd (Minn.) Eyecare Center team, joining his wife, Alicia Archibald-Swanson OD ’17, who has been practicing there since June 2017. 
Marvin West ’58, OD ’59 died Mar. 16, 2019, at age 88.

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